We hear these words mentioned a lot whether it’s in general conversation, hearing about them on TV or even in the name of film titles. But what really is the supernatural or paranormal? By definition a supernatural or paranormal event is something that happens which defies logic or explanation. It’s something science cannot explain fully. There are several different kinds of paranormal phenomena, here we’re going to look into some of them.
This is the number one talked about paranormal entity, many are asked if they’ve seen a ghost, some explain they have seen one or even several. Many of us wonder what happens after we pass away, if we’d be able to communicate afterwards. Many people think so and some really hope and want for it to be true. Whether you believe it or not there’s plenty of people out there who have said they’ve had a run in with a ghost or at least seen one from a distance.
While many think that ghosts are people who have passed on or those who are stuck in some way, some think they are a spirit, sometimes evil but not always. Some even think they are elemental and are not human or humanoid at all. Most parapsychology theories state that ghosts are embodiments of energy able to communicate though extra sensory perception. This can be done via clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience. It is thought they aren’t necessarily just those who are dead but can convey the energy and consciousness of anyone.
The Haunted House
Also known as “hauntings” this phenomenon is location based, they don’t just involve ghosts, they can attract other supernatural beings. They are usually categorised as one of three types. Residual where the same thing keeps happening over and over, usually at the same point and time of day. Poltergeist activity, this is where objects move around, doors open and close and general chaos can be caused. Finally there is intelligent hauntings, this is where a spirit tries in various ways to interact with humans.
Poltergeist hauntings are the ones people are usually scared of the most, but strangely enough many people say that they are not caused by evil entities or ghosts. Rather, they are caused by the living. It’s thought that this activity is a form of psycho-kinetic energy created by someone who is either deluded, very stressed, angry or suffering some other kind of strong and usually negative emotion, very often the person is unaware of what they are doing.
Again this is something we’re scared of, demons are seen to be devil like, in the pursuit of evil at all times. Those are believe in the paranormal are often split on whether demons actually exist. They believe that what perceive to be a demon is a very angry or distressed ghost, it could also be that it’s a ghost of someone who was literally a very bad person when alive.
Cryptozoology, Myths and Legends
Cryptozoologyis the study of paranormal animal activity. These would include things like Bigfoot/Yeti and roaming skunk ape creatures as well as the Loch Ness Monster and Chupacabra. There’s also many myths and legends that are categorised in the supernatural such as werewolves, vampires, mothmen, zombies and more.
These are concepts that although science can explain to an extent sometimes, they still remain largely unknown. For example:
- Clairvoyance/ESP: This is where someone has the ability to see future events and sense things beyond the usual five senses.
- Reincarnation: The belief that life is cyclical, once we die, we are reborn as another living being.
- Telekenisis and telepathy: The ability to move things with the mind and the ability to send thoughts silently to others.
- Auras: Coloured energy fields that radiate from the body, many say each colour has a different meaning.
- Chakras: Energy portals along the body that relate to specific parts of the body, mind and soul as well as the world around us.
As you can see, there are many different branches when it comes to the paranormal and supernatural. Just because they cannot be fully explained by science, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist or that they don’t matter or cannot be a part of your life. Believe in what you want to believe and make sure you also believe very deeply in yourself.