Q and A’s

Question: Can animals be ghosts?

Answer: The answer seems to be yes. Animals, it seems, can be both ghosts and involved in hauntings. There are countless stories from people who have heard, felt and even seen pets well after they have died. The animal usually behaves in ways that it did in life, carrying out its routines and habits – jumping on a bed, for example, to cuddle with its owner. The phenomenon brings up the question: do animals share the same life after death that humans do?



Question: How can I tell if my house is haunted?

Answer: Hauntings by definition are a collection of unexplained paranormal activity clustered in one spot—e.g., your house. Investigate the possible source of any mysterious noises before calling in a medium. Settling floorboards are the usual culprits of “eerie footsteps,” and old pipes can make quite a racket in the walls. Once you think you have a haunting, the power of suggestion can play tricks on your mind. If you’ve exhausted all logical solutions, though, consider the symptoms of what could be a legitimate haunting.

Though spotting a ghost is the most obvious sign of a haunted house, rationalize and think about what you’ve seen before jumping to that conclusion. Ghosts reportedly appear as solid people; only on TV and movies do ghosts appear as ethereal, transparent wisps. Similarly, the idea of ghosts turning up in period clothing seems to be a 20th century idea. People who claim to have spotted them have asserted that ghosts tend ignore their witnesses, but your “apparition” could also be a deaf, blind or just distracted person. The ability to perform the impossible—walking through walls, vanishing from sight—represents an obvious clues, but, again, make sure it you didn’t see an optical illusion. If your ghost can hold up against several logical explanations, it might be legitimate.

Hauntings often take more subtle forms than ghosts. Listen for unusual sounds, such as whispering, laughter, screams and talking that you cannot explain. Some witnesses have reported strange or out-of-place odors, such as perfume or cigarette smoke. Watch for doors to open, furniture to move, and picture frames and other objects to fall off the wall and tables. Lights and televisions may also turn on unexpectedly. Search for unexplainable cold spots; people also report being touched by unseen fingers. Try capturing the unseen using an electronic voice phenomena, reportedly tunes into a special frequency to attempt to capture the voices of ghosts.

Notice the reaction of visitors to your home—especially small children and pets. Residents in a haunted home become immune to its effects over time, but first-time visitors will often feel the energy in the house. Listen to what children say or point to while in your house; they often exhibit more sensitivity to paranormal phenomena than adults. Dogs will bark or growl for no reason or stare at the air as if someone is standing there. Make a note of where in the house visitors and animals sense the phenomena. Multiple visitors independently confirmed it, you may have a haunting.



Question: do Ouija boards really work?

Answer: The Ouija board as we know it dates back to the late 1800s when at the height of the spiritualist movement it was a popular parlour game. Over the years, many manufacturers have marketed Ouijas and other “talking boards.” At The Museum of Talking Boards – one of the best websites about the Ouija – you can see and read about the many incarnations of the board. Currently, apart from the familiar Ouija board marketed by Parker Brothers (now part of Hasbro), there are about eight other styles of talking boards that all work in pretty much the same way – with a pair of hands resting on a planchette that points to words or spells out answers to questions asked.

Why to many people believe that spirits make the Ouija’s plastic planchette move? For one, because they cannot understand how their subconscious might be doing it. For another, the Ouija itself often tells them so. It’s not uncommon for users to ask during a session, “Who is controlling this board?” And very often the Ouija will oblige the users, spelling out a name unknown to the users. Further inquiries sometimes reveal that the controlling spirit died recently, or some other such drama and can provide cryptic messages and even warnings to the users. Too often, however, users take these messages at face value, never considering that they could be coming from their own imaginations.

So which is it? Are we controlling the Ouija or not? The Museum of Talking Boards articulates the two prevailing theories on how the Ouija works – the automatism theory and the spiritualist theory:

The Automatism Theory – The clinical term is “ideomotor response.” You may not know that you are moving the message indicator, but you are. This is similar to automatic writing; also know as automatism, a well-understood phenomenon. Mediums in years past would hold a pencil in one hand and pay no attention as it wrote furiously. Some believed that these written messages came from the spirits. Others felt that the messages came from a clever medium. At any rate, most proponents of the Automatism Theory generally accept that it is very possible to move the planchette unconsciously. They claim that the Ouija board opens a kind of shortcut from the conscious to the subconscious mind. Collective automatism occurs when more than one person is operating the board.

The Spiritualist Theory – Ouija messages obviously come from forces beyond our control. You contact or “channel” these entities through the board. They are discarnate spirits, ghosts, or other ethereal beings that have a purpose for contacting the living. Many advocates of the Spiritualist Theory think that there is no harm in contacting the other realm because most spirits are basically benign and have important information to share. A few of these same advocates will perform elaborate cleansing rituals before using the board, just in case they run into a stinker. Other Spiritualist Theory supporters believe that no one should ever use the Ouija board. Malevolent forces can masquerade as good and cause emotional damage, even death to the user of the board. They offer as proof the many accounts of spirit possession reported by “experts” on the occult and demonology.

Indeed there are many anecdotal tales of very weird events and paranormal phenomena taking place during and sometime immediately following Ouija sessions. And this has led to the warnings that the Ouija is not a game at all, but a dangerous tool. Ghost researcher Dale Kaczmarek, of the Ghost Research Society, in his article, Ouija Not a Game, says: “The board itself is not dangerous, but the form of communication that you are attempting often is. Most often the spirits whom are contacted through the Ouija are those whom reside on ‘the lower astral plane.’ These spirits are often very confused and may have died a violent or sudden death; murder, suicide, etc. Therefore, many violent, negative and potentially dangerous conditions are present to those using the board. Often times several spirits will attempt to come through at the same time but the real danger lies when you ask for physical proof of their existence! You might say, ‘Well, if you’re really a spirit, then put out this light or move that object!’ What you have just done is simple, you have ‘opened a doorway’ and allowed them to enter into the physical world and future problems can and often do arise.”

The Moving Glass Séance/Ouija Page offers some other suggestions for how the Ouija operates:

Autosuggestion – Autosuggestion is where the participants unconsciously control the movement of the glass or pointer. Something, possibly the combination of the random and minor spasming of the muscles of the participants, drives the glass in a random direction. This random movement would, one would expect, lead to a random distribution of letters which would, for the most part, appear as gibberish. However, despite all good intentions, there is likely to be some editing by the participants. The participants begin to subconsciously guess ahead and the letters come out in a generally orderly fashion.

Self-delusion – Self delusion is where the belief of the participants drives them to subconsciously control the movement of the glass or pointer. A sort of not quite intended fraud. This is very like autosuggestion except that one or more of the participants actually controls the movement of the glass, albeit subconsciously. They hear the question, they know what needs to be spelt out and their fingers subconsciously push or pull the glass in the direction of the required letter.

Telekinesis – If telekinesis (or psychokinetic ability) exists, there is a possibility that in a séance the questions are answered by those who ask them. The participant who knows the answer also controls the movement of the glass or pointer. It is likely that control of the movement is subconscious, so the mechanism is closer to self-delusion than to fraud.

Telepathy – If telepathy exists, it is again a possibility that in a séance, the questions are answered by those who ask them. The answers are broadcast and the whole group then subconsciously knows the answer and they all ensure that the correct answer is achieved.

Some take the use of the Ouija so seriously that they suggest certain rituals be performed before a session to “cleanse” the board. Ouija Tips for a Smooth Session suggests lighting white candles and to be extra careful when using the board on bad weather days. At Using a Ouija Board, Linda Johnson, who believes the Ouija is a form of channelling, warns, “Do not choose a place where you suspect earthbound entities are gathered: graveyards, haunted houses, sites of tragedy. Choose a place that feels good – has the right vibrations, a home where loving people live, or a room usually devoted to learning and meditation. Start with a meditation where you concentrate on cleansing your own body, aura and chakras with a visualization of silver rain; filling your bodies with white light; and call upon your guides to protect you and ask them to allow only information and entities through for your highest good.”

Ouija, Using It Without Harm says, “The Ouija can be a useful tool for mediumship (spirit contact), but can also be a tool to tap into the subconscious minds of the users. It is believed that we know more than we realize and often the answers are inside of us. In this way, it can be used to develop your own psychic powers without having to dig up some spirit of a questionable nature. The Ouija is what each person or group makes it.”



Question: Are Ouija boards bad?

Answer: Ouija boards are used to contact spirits of the dead. a person using a Ouija board cannot control which type of entity is contacted.

Many members of the Christian faith believe that channelling boards like Ouija are products of evil and no good can come from them. It is a widespread notion that the spirits channelled by it are demons and evil beings. Many Christians site Bible verses that condemn Satanic tools and offer reasons why the boards are offensive.

There are broad ranging opinions on the safety of Ouija boards. While some say it is just a scam and others claim it to be a work of the devil, in general, the experience is what you make of it. If you have reservations or fears about using an Ouija board, it’s best to avoid them.



Question: What is Déjà-vu?

Answer: The term déjà vu is French and means, literally, “already seen.” Those who have experienced the feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn’t be familiar at all. Say, for example, you are traveling to England for the first time. You are touring a cathedral, and suddenly it seems as if you have been in that very spot before. Or maybe you are having dinner with a group of friends, discussing some current political topic, and you have the feeling that you’ve already experienced this very thing — same friends, same dinner, same topic.

The phenomenon is rather complex, and there are many different theories as to why déjà vu happens. Swiss scholar Arthur Funkhouser suggests that there are several “déjà experiences” and asserts that in order to better study the phenomenon, the nuances between the experiences need to be noted. In the examples mentioned above, Funkhouser would describe the first incidence as déjà visite (“already visited”) and the second as déjà vécu (“already experienced or lived through”).

As much as 70 percent of the population reports having experienced some form of déjà vu. A higher number of incidents occur in people 15 to 25 years old than in any other age group.

Déjà vu has been firmly associated with temporal-lobe epilepsy. Reportedly, déjà vu can occur just prior to a temporal-lobe seizure. People suffering a seizure of this kind can experience déjà vu during the actual seizure activity or in the moments between convulsions.

Since déjà vu occurs in individuals with and without a medical condition, there is much speculation as to how and why this phenomenon happens. Several psychoanalysts attribute déjà vu to simple fantasy or wish fulfillment, while some psychiatrists ascribe it to a mismatching in the brain that causes the brain to mistake the present for the past. Many parapsychologists believe it is related to a past-life experience. Obviously, there is more investigation to be done.



Question: What causes déjà-vu?

Answer: There is no known cause why people experience déjà-vu, this area is still being investigated. Its fleeting nature makes déjà vu about as easy to study as the afterlife.

Question: Can I trust a psychic?

Answer: A psychic is an individual with supernatural mental powers or sensitivities to unseen forces. Psychic abilities can range from empathy and intuition to clairvoyance, telekinesis, telepathy and/or healing. A professional psychic reader usually does not tell the future but instead counsels clients with the aid of her spiritual abilities.

Psychic powers are a topic of controversy in the scientific community. Most scientists will not acknowledge a psychic, while some study psychic phenomenon. Because psychic powers are purely mental and vary from person to person, only those psychic skills dealing with predictability can be tested with the scientific method.

Psychics can be trusted, but fraud does occur. Psychics that advertise that they can tell the future are to be avoided. Research the psychics you are considering, and make sure they have been recommended by a reputable person or establishment.



Question: Do UFO’s really exist?

Answer: According to the Telegraph newspaper, many reputable people, including government officials and scientists, believe UFOs are real. These include Edgar Mitchell, a former astronaut for NASA, and Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist.

Claims of UFO sightings are anecdotal. The U.S. government has never officially confirmed the existence of a UFO, or confirmed that they have any in possession. There is no scientific evidence that UFOs are real.

There is no concrete evidence that UFOs are real. There is no space ship or alien life form that proves their existence. However, there is enough anecdotal evidence and belief from scientific minds to make it a strong possibility.



Question: What does SETI mean?

Answer: According to the SETI Institute, the acronym SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. SETI is a not-for-profit organization devoted to studying life in the universe. Its goal is to use technology to detect intelligent civilizations in the galaxy.



Question: What should I do if I see a UFO?

Answer: 1. Remain calm and don’t panic.

2. Do NOT attempt to approach the craft if it is on the ground or hovering at a low altitude. There have been many cases in which witnesses have heat and/or radiation burns from approaching too close to a craft.
3. Do NOT attempt to make contact with any of the craft’s occupants. Your intentions may be mistaken as an act of hostility.

4. REPORT YOUR SIGHTING. By all means report what you have seen, but don’t bother reporting it to the Air Force, the FBI, or local Police. These organizations maintain there are no UFO’s and as such will simply file your report away.

Instead report your sighting to a UFO organization such as CUFON, UFORN, MUFON, CAUS, or any of a dozen other UFO groups. Chances are these organizations will send a “field investigator” to personally sit down with you and discuss your sighting.

5. If possible, take a picture of the craft with a camera. DON’T use a flash.

A flash on an ordinary camera is only good for about 20feet and all you will accomplish is letting the UFO know exactly where you are (if it didn’t know already.)

6. Note if possible the exact time of the sighting. This will aid in determining the duration of the sighting. Also look around for familiar objects that you can use to estimate the size of the craft.

7. Notice if possible any unusual colors or shape of the craft, did the craft produce any sound and if so what was it.

8. Notice if possible any related effects caused by the craft, i.e. electrical malfunctions of electronic devices (car ignition, radios, etc). Look for ground effects such as dust being blown about beneath the craft.

9. After the craft has left look for any “Traces.” A trace would be any physical sign the craft was there,

i.e. flattened grass, unusual soil patterns etc.


10. As quickly as possible write down exactly what you saw or dictate it into a tape recorder.



Question: What is area 51?

Answer: Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, is an isolated site that is said to be a place where a UFO cover-up by the U. S. government is happening. It is a 6×10 mile block of land located at about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Inside this top secret military base, various towers, vast runways and buildings are situated. Guards are assigned along the borders of this rectangular-shaped area. They are called camo-dudes. Warning signs are also placed along security wires to keep the public from entering and exploring it. Even public photographing is not allowed.

In April of 1955, a test pilot named Tony LaVier was searching for a remote area big enough to accommodate the testing of a U-2 spy plane. He found it in Groom Lake since the place is remotely situated, near certain equipment and its dry type of lake is perfect for serving as an aircraft landing site. The runway was built at the southern part of Groom Lake. Thus on July 1955 at the cost of $800,000, control towers, runways, mobile halls and mess halls were constructed. Work then began there and it was controlled under the supervision of Lockheed Skunk Works. In August 4, 1955, the U-2 spy plane had its first flight on the lake. The place was also placed under a major expansion in September 1960. Since then, other planes were included during certain tests. Among them were the C-54,A-12 and F-117A. Some of these flights were unsuccessful, however. Even some pilots were killed. Years followed and in the 80’s, parts of the former public area, specifically the Freedom Ridge and Whitesides Peak, were legitimately closed from the public.

Throughout the years, people living near the area or even some visitors have reported sightings of UFO spacecrafts flying around at night time around the complex. They also have said that strange, rumbling noises cab be usually heard there. However, the government continues denying these paranormal accusations and even the existence of Area 51. They reason out that the area is only used to serve as a site for military bombings.

Because of all these paranormal stories, people from all over the country have become curious if the alleged site really existed. As years have passed, documents and articles have been written on the place. People claiming to have been assigned to work in Area 51 were even interviewed in television shows. UFO enthusiasts have begun flocking outside the complex hoping to secretly capture its photographs.



Question: Do all people have the “Third Eye”?

Answer: Yes. The so-called Third Eye is nothing more than clairvoyance, which everybody has. It is not really a physical third eye but merely a symbolic representation of inner knowing. Clairvoyance comes from two French words, which mean “to see already.”

Although everybody has clairvoyance, some are more highly developed than others. It is the same as the ability to draw or sing. Everybody can draw and sing but some people are better at it than others.

A person with a so-called open Third Eye can see things (e.g. elementals, fairies, angels and other spirits) that ordinary people cannot see.

But, in reality, anybody can strengthen his/her natural psychic perception through practice and regular meditation.

There are several types of clairvoyance. One is seeing what’s going on at present; another is seeing the past (called retro-cognition). Another is seeing the future (called precognition). Still another is projecting one’s awareness to a distant place and describing it accurately. This is called traveling clairvoyance or remote viewing.



Question: Are humans the only ones who have ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) or psychic powers?

Answer: No, even animals have ESP. There are many documented cases of dogs saving their masters from certain death by anticipating the collapse of a house, the occurrence of an earthquake or similar events.

Several books and articles have been written about animal ESP. It is known, for example, that a dog can tell whether his master, who is at a distant place, is about to come home.

Dogs and cats, as well as horses, can sense the presence of spirits. They also know when a person close to them is about to die.

There is also evidence that dogs may have dreams because they exhibit rapid-eye movement (REM) while asleep. A person who is dreaming exhibits REM.



Question: In which part of the brain is psychic ability located?

Answer: ESP is associated with the right side of the brain. According to some theory, the third eye is located in the pineal gland. However, there is no hard evidence of this yet.

Intuition, imagination, synthesis, depth and perspective, space relations, etc., all these belong to the right hemisphere of the brain. Analytical, logical, technical and mathematical thinking belong to the left hemisphere of the brain.

Biologist Roger Sperry discovered the specialized functions of the hemispheres of the brain for which he received the Nobel Prize for medicine, although he was not a physician.



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