De-myth-ify the Paranormal

It was a windy, static-filled October in Southern California. I was on a paranormal investigation of a dusty old western town. The unexplainable activities were creating havoc for the docents of this historic establishment and had invited our little group to get some answers. Each member of our investigative team were paired with a journalism student from a local college to observe, record, and document our process which was a real treat for us!

I performed my personal connect & protect practice while the investigative team also did a group ground, center, and shield process. I was paired with Stephanie, an eager and engaging student reporter. Usually on an investigation, I do automatic writing, take notes, and sometimes speak into a recorder as I meander around the property. The gift of having a student observer with me was that I didn't have to multi-task with notetaking and it took my connection to the place to a whole new level.

We walked up the rickety old steps to the third-floor attic of the landowner’s main house. As I stepped upon the top step, the sounds of the wind stilled. The silence in this location was palpable. I could feel the environment change as the energies seemed heavy and slow.

My inner guidance was drawing me to the center of the space which was filled with storage for beautifully carved headboards, sturdy dressers, and well-used tables. My attention was drawn to the south-east corner of the attic and I used my trusty ol' pendulum to dowse a few Yes/No questions. I asked if there was someone in this space and suddenly the pendulum was ripped from my hand. We heard the pendulum chain with the beautiful deep purple sugilite stone hit the wooden floorboards in that south-east corner.

Stephanie screamed and said, “You opened a portal. You summoned an evil spirit.”

My body tighten – not with fear of what had just happened with my pendulum. No, it responded to the uninformed assumptions made in the comment. She was there to observe and document. I was there to investigate and gather information. I had properly GCS’d (the ground/center/shield process) prior to the investigation. I was tuned into the energy but my boundaries and permissions were firmly established.

The frustration I was feeling at a core level was that our society perpetuates myth as fact and is unabashedly accepting of making leaps in logic. We hear a TV personality say something and we take it as truth, we accept it as fact, and we automatically assume that this myth exists in every situation.

For me, taking in information is like a math formula: A + B = C

In this instance A + B = C yet to be determined.

In this instance A + B does NOT equal

  • an evil C

  • a friendly C

  • a bad C

  • a demonic C

  • an angelic C.

  • an adult/child C

  • a lonely C

  • a vengeful C

At this point . . . It is just a C of which the qualities and characteristics are yet to be determined.

The investigative process, research, and data collection adds dimension to the experiences, but at this point in time, all we knew was that

  • an external energy was sensed

  • it was felt intuitively

  • a question was asked

  • a pendulum was snatched from my hand and flew across the room.

  • More questions: Did I drop the pendulum? No; Did I throw the pendulum? No; What did the experience feel like? It felt like the pendulum was forcibly taken from my left hand.

If the energy-- the spirit--was able to communicate by moving the pendulum then I say, "Yay for the spirit. Thank you." Imposing a negative interpretation to the movement was not appropriate and, in many ways, counter-productive.

In a split second of time, my creative juices started flowing and I had a vision of an entire course curriculum outlining a foundation-level class that addresses the myths and falsehoods that invade our paranormal culture through fear, misunderstanding, following without questioning, and even taking on the opinions voiced on paranormal tv shows.

The volunteer assistant, Stephanie remained at my side and listened with interest as I connected with a young 12-year-old girl who was feeling ignored. Not evil. Not a lower vibrational energy. Just a spirt---standing in front of a psychic---asking not to be ignored. We gave her an opportunity to communicate, thanked her for sharing the space with us, and provided the notes, video, and recordings to the Lead of the Investigative Team.

Doesn’t make for great TV but safe and sane investigations that don't jump to conclusions or pass judgment can be so informative and insightful. It is time to de-myth-ify so many aspects of the paranormal. What myths do you have questions about?

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