The term Paranormal (Meaning: Para- above or beyond and Normal – Ah, well, normal) has only been around since 1920. Paranormal is the phenomena in pop culture, folklore and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. This includes; ghosts, extraterrestrial life, UFO’s, psychic abilities, extrasensory perception and Cryptids (Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, werewolves, etc.). Anthropologist George Frazer, in his book “The Golden Bough” explains the soul is a creature in an animated body.
Come on, all that mumbo-jumbo trying to describe what we all know, it’s something that scares us! Most of us enjoy the scare, the adrenalin rush we get when we think we see, or hear, something that shouldn’t be there. At first we want to run, to get away from what we can’t explain, but eventually we go back and find that normally there is some logical explanation. But sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes we find ourselves caught between what we can understand and what we can’t.
Are there ghosts, monsters, UFO’s in the world? Maybe, it all depends on what you believe in. Perhaps they are nothing but our imagination, coming alive in the right setting at the right time. There are dozens of “Ghost” shows on television and they never seem to actually find a ghost. They explain sounds that could be ghosts but they could also just be a house settling or the wind blowing through a crack in the wall that makes it sound like someone is speaking. They may also be faking it because as we all saw when Geraldo finally got Capone’s vault open and there was nothing there, it was really, really boring.
I have gone out ghost hunting on numerous occasions and can honestly say I have never found evidence of anything “out of this world”. I have had some experiences, however, when I was not expecting them that I can’t explain. I have gone to a door and reached for the door knob only to back away when I saw dozens of hands floating unattached to anybody on the other side of the door. (It had a window in the door) I did not hang around long enough to try and figure out some logical explanation. In mere seconds I was a mile away from the location having broken the land speed record for humans.
I have searched the sky for UFO’s but never seen one. And yet I had an Uncle in the service that received Federal reports that he could not talk about concerning them. I have had powerful feelings that I was being watched when inside a house that was reportedly haunted. I have had those feelings that I have been somewhere before when to my knowledge I knew I never had.
And I have had to rescue two women who were running on an old battlefield from a man they identified as a soldier from another era. I have seen photographs of people who should not have been in he picture at all.
Are these paranormal experiences? I honestly don’t know, but it’s sort of fun to think they are. I suspect if I knew for sure I wouldn’t care for it too much either way.
How to celebrate: Watch a scary movie, preferably with a friend. Read a scary book. Start your own “Tales From The Crypt” television show, it’s pretty easy… you don;t have to prove anything just suggest.