How Do You Measure the Immeasurable? Advice for Beginners of Investigative Research in Regards to Personal Experiences
By Margie G.
Investigator & Researcher for Normal Paranormal
(with additional contribution by Justin Bamforth)
If you've been to a doctor, you might have been asked: "What number would you give your pain?" Typically, you'd rate between either a one to five or a one to ten. But how can a person express to another what it's truly like to feel your specific type of pain? It's really a personal feeling and although, you can assign it a number, it's still difficult to accurately convey the entire nature of that experience. It is a singular, personal moment in time, specific to that individual.
It's kind of the same thing with a paranormal "feeling."
Describing to someone what you experience out there on an investigation—be it a footstep, a voice, a touch or something visual—is just as difficult. Especially, if you weren't fortunate enough to record it. And although you can attempt to describe it to another who might actually believe you, no one will ever truly understand, nor appreciate, what you yourself had witnessed first-hand.
So how do you learn to understand the paranormal if you haven't experienced it?
Even though there are tools and instruments we use to record changes in the environment that may be directly related to the paranormal, the seasoned investigator will tell you, you first go by your gut. It's an instinct, a feeling, an emotion, an experience. If you don’t open up your mind, your senses, your heart, you may be shutting yourself off to "it" without even realizing.
And you may never experience anything for a long time.
There are people investigating this who have waited years to experience even just the slightest bit of something remarkable. But the fact is, these things don't happen on command. However, at some point, you could just notice a slight "difference" in your environment that isn't picked up right away by all that ghost hunting gadgetry. Does that mean it's not there? Not necessarily. It could just mean that the tools you're using can't experience it for whatever reason, unbeknownst to us.
For example, we've had video recorders pointed in the direction an apparition will physically manifest and take shape before our very eyes, and yet, when we play back the tape, there's nothing. We've had audio recorders present in a room where a disembodied voice was heard by a group of people, yet on review, nothing is recorded by the microphones.
Sometimes your devices will pick it up. Sometimes they won't.
These entities could operate on a level of existence in direct relation to our universe, or sometimes they might work opposite of that. But perhaps our senses are able to pick it up at just the right place, at just the right time, for whatever reason.
Unfortunately, this makes for a pretty crappy lack of evidence to show others, but you, yourself, still have something extraordinary. You now have a personal experience. Whether it's a vision, a touch, feel, sound, vibration...only you will understand it when it happens to you. And then it's the sudden realization of "ah, so this is what it's like."
Ideally, we want to have a personal experience validated by instrumentation.
That is what we strive for as paranormal investigators. But our understanding of the devices and their relation to the paranormal are still only primitive in comparison to the powers and abilities used from the other side. Sure, we're learning more and more each day on what works and what doesn't, but there's still a lot of learning yet to go on our end.
When investigating in a team and you think you may have experienced something, it is imperative to state it immediately. You might be surprised to hear the person next to you witnessed the same thing, but was too busy second-guessing themselves. Being skeptical is great, but being skeptical and withholding potential evidence is not so great.
I remember when I had the experience everyone wishes could happen to them.
I was in an old building with a group when we all heard voices of little children outside. It was two in the morning, raining and we were on the second floor of an old tavern in the middle of the woods; yet, we all heard the children. Radioing down to the outside crew confirmed there weren't any children, let alone any adults in the vicinity aside from us. It was a personal experience heard audibly by more than a single individual in the room in this instance, yet never recorded by a single one of our cameras or recorders in that very same room.
So we all just looked at each other and smiled. We knew what it was. It was a personal experience.
Later on, I would try to communicate with the entities with just thoughts—the telepathy technique.
I encouraged whomever was in the room to just come forward—as I spoke this only in my mind. After a while, I began to notice my feet were getting cold and shrugged it off to the fact we were in a building with no heat. However, as I slowly began to have the cold travel up my body, I asked the other investigators in the room if any of them were getting cold at the same time.
No one was feeling the same cold I was. I started shivering. Everyone extended their hands around my body and noticed they felt an invisible aura of cold air taking shape around it.
At that moment, I decided if I was being approached too closely by a spirit, it was time for it to move away. I yelled (in my mind only), "Enough!" and instructed it to please leave my body immediately. The cold subsided. The warmth returned.
Some may say this temperature change was simply due to a lack of heat and my body was only reacting naturally to this. I can only say that I know what I felt, and what I experienced. No one can tell me that I didn’t experience it. It was my experience and not theirs. I question, what if they themselves had had this emotion or feeling—what would would they say then?
Try to understand these feelings are nothing to be afraid of, but, try and understand what is going on at that moment and time.
Understand it just may be happening to you alone and no one else. Sometimes these entities like to select someone in particular and reach out to them.
That someone could be you.
So be patient.
Sooner or later, you too will have your own personal experience that is yours alone. Just hope that you are able to record it. It could help someone else to experience it and look forward to having their own.
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