Sunday, May 1, 2016

Paula for Paranormal Day!

 Editor's Note: Paranormal Day is May 3rd! Share your weird stories with us!

The Paranormal is a topic that i consider fun. Either you believe the paranormal is indeed real, a fairy tail or you haven’t taken the time to even think about it. Either millions of people have encountered circumstances they could not explain or millions of people were all seeing swamp gas while intoxicated at a nut bar convention. Of course there are cases where people created hoaxes, yet does that mean all of the cases are now hoaxes as a side effect? Some people enjoy stories so they look towards the paranormal to entertain them, while other people are fascinated by such stories and they decide to take the subject as truth. 

  Weather you enjoy a tall tale or really believe that the truth is out there, my view of the paranormal is a personal view point that in no way is scientific proof that the paranormal is real.
Yet if you fancy a bit of reading that makes you think “What if ”, then you’re in the right place. My thoughts on the Paranormal range from, “oh i can see that happening” to “what kind of drugs is this person on?” So hold on tight, this is going to be a bumpy ride. 

My love of the Paranormal began at an early age. Listening to ghost stories my mother told me and other tales of wonder. Since then I wanted to know more about the unknown. Finding out about the paranormal was a favorite book topic of mine since then. Growing up i used to watch The X-Files on tv, what an awesome show. It made me curious. I grabbed any book i could get my hands on on the subject. I watched documentaries and listened to radio broadcasts. It seemed the topic was on many people’s minds. So why were there so many people who believed it all to be a lie? Why were so many people risking their jobs, family’s safety and relationships by speaking about the topic if it was all a lie? Was it merely a world of fancy or was there truth to be found?

paranormal topics include:

Ufo          Faeries           Chupacabras   Mermaids      Witches
Ghosts     Sea Monsters Aliens             Knomes         Zombies
Bigfoot     Vampires        Angels            Werewolves    Unicorns

Most cultures believe in the paranormal in one form or another since ancient times. Ghosts seems to be the most common in all cultures around the world. The belief that a persons soul roams around in the afterlife, or haunts a location is very old. The ancient Egyptians prepared mummies for the  journey of the afterlife. People today pray for family members to cross over to be with Jesus in heaven. So why is it so hard to believe someone when they say they saw a ghost? What is the determining factor that says it’s okay to believe here in church but not here listening to a person who says witnessed an apparition? The belief that a person lives on in spirit after they die has been around for a while. There is also the belief that a person can reincarnate and be born again as someone new somewhere in the world. I’ve pondered what if my grandma was reborn and was celebrating her 3rd birthday somewhere in the world? That would make a lot of people happy and disturbed at the same time. Happy because their loved ones aren’t gone and are okay, yet disturbed because if you have a child it could be someone who just recently died! (have i reached the what kind of drugs is this person on yet? don’t worry it gets worse.) What if there is life on other planets and when they die they reincarnate here or on another planet? So your living with a possible alien and you didn't even know it (told you it gets worse.) All of this is mere speculation and random thoughts yet there are weirder stories out there.

How is a investigator supposed to rationally try and understand a person who comes out with stories like these? My belief is they are not supposed to. An investigators job is not to Judge a person and say you are lying or telling the truth. An investigators job is to find all the information about a case they can get their hands on and present it to the public. Who knows there might be a case just like that one in some other part of the world that could unravel the meaning of what said investigator is researching. Believe me even paranormal researchers say “oh my god this person is bonkers!” Yet the nature of the job is not to judge others and pigeon hole them or the case into a forgotten corner. That would never solve the issue, but rather suppress temporarily the research. As always everyone makes up their own mind about if what they encounter is real or not. If the paranormal is real or not is not the issue, the important part is to enjoy the journey. 

Now that we’ve gotten past the is it real is it fake question let’s get to some weird cases!

1. Reincarnation: Bridey Murphy, Virginia 1952

There are many theories which surround reincarnation - the notion that the soul of a dead person can re-establish itself within the body of another living being. However, the case of Bridey Murphy is used by many as an example of a verified case of paranormal reincarnation. In 1952 Colorado housewife Virginia Tighe began to talk about her past life whilst under hypnosis claiming that she was once an Irish woman called Bridey Murphy, born 1806. Under hypnosis, Virginia spoke with an Irish accent, used Irish language and supplied details of obscure place names, many of which were checked and verified at a later date. Research uncovered that Bridey Murphy did actually exist and Virginia's vivid tales were authentically accurate.

2.  Visions at Fatima; Fatima - Portugal

How much do you need for something to be considered an event that changed history? How about the blessing of the Roman Catholic Church? With some cajoling, The Miracle Of The Sun was finally recognized as an actual, Biblical miracle on on 13 October 1930, a good twenty years after the event itself. And it was a doozy.

At around lunchtime on Sunday 13 October 1917, in the town of Fátima, Portugal, thousands of gathered beneath storm clouds which were interrupted by an an opaque, spinning disk in the sky, which then blasted a dazzling ray of light down upon the on-lookers, many of whom claimed to see an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in it.

Right? This was a thing that really happened, was viewed by between 30,000-100,000 people of varying ages, and has since been confirmed as a miracle by the Roman Catholic church. Despite some theories about space dust and tricks of the light, though, science has been unable to explain exactly what all those people saw.

3. Mermaid: May 2013 – Kiryat Yam, Israel

Kiryat Yam is the only place in the world where a $1 million reward is up for grabs for the first person who can provide conclusive footage capturing a real mermaid. The local government has offered this reward in response to the numerous mermaid sightings there.

Allegedly there is a mermaid that appears sometimes at sunset. One of the first people to see the mermaid was Shlomo Cohen: “I was with friends when suddenly we saw a woman laying on the sand in a weird way. At first I thought she was just another sunbather, but when we approached she jumped into the water and disappeared. We were all in shock because we saw she had a tail,” Cohen was quoted as saying by Israel National News.

4. April 1st 2014 Caithness, Scotland

A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has spoken out about seeing a unicorn roaming the highland area near to Wick in Caithness, Scotland. It is not the first time such claims have been made, although it is a first for northern Scotland and comes in the wake of a Unicorn Lair being proclaimed to exist within North Korea that was backed up by spurious photographic evidence last year. The man was out hiking near to the Castle of Old Wick when he spied what he described as a unicorn, saying it was "basically a horse with a horn, I could nae believe it". He did not manage to get a photograph but locals say that his sighting is the talk of the town, indeed it seems that it was all anyone was talking about when we visited the Crown Bar on Wick's High Street yesterday evening.

It didn't stay in sight for long and was last described as cantering off in the direction of Loch Hempriggs to the south of the town. It is expected that this sighting will lure many to Wick to try and sight the magical creature of lore, with some saying that they hoped Wick would benefit from those wanting to come and try their hand at spotting the unicorn, in a similar way that Loch Ness has become a haven for fanatics to try and spot the as yet unfound but much sought after Loch Ness Monster.

So here we have four cases ranging from very documented and being blessed by the catholic church no less, to a man said he saw a unicorn and wishes to remain anonymous. Indeed the paranormal has About 37,800,000 results (0.54 seconds) on google yet the topic itself is fascinating and ranges from many topics and types. 

Please feel free to share your weird stories, tall tales or even stories you heard from a person who heard it from another for Paranormal day! Believe me i won’t judge you for a second :)

If you are interested into looking more into the unknown one of the best places to start is just browsing videos on youtube or searching on google for stories of the unknown. As always the truth is out there.

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