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EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena)
These are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit (or unexplained) voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. Class 'A' EVP is the highest quality of a response and would be directly answering a question that was asked. Some would call it an intelligent answer.
To be completely honest, it really is not as much of a “haunting” of a spirit as it is a recording of specific energy. Many professionals in the paranormal describe this type of supernatural experience as a “recording of past energy”. It is believed, that in a location where a person released a large amount of energy, or heightened emotions were experienced, and the energy imbeds itself. As a result of the lingering energy, individuals in the future may get to experience seeing a type of “recording” of these events. The following describes some of the signs that a haunting is residual:
1. One of the first things that the witness to a residual haunting will notice is that the spirit does not seem to interact, or acknowledge that there is anyone present. The spirit will almost seem oblivious to anything that is occurring in its presence.
2. There have been cases in which the apparition will seem to come and go. However, even when the actual spirit is not present, it is common for noises to be heard by the living. These noises often sound as if the spirit is walking, or moving things around. Once again, this is simply the energy exhibiting itself.
3. The energy that is felt in a residual haunting may be quite tremendous for the individual experiencing it, but it is not something that has to be feared. The energy may also result in interruptions to electricity and electrical appliances. It is also quite possible for parts of the area to change. Examples include the opening and shutting of doors. Once again, this is merely energy. There is no conscious effort on behalf of the spirit when it comes to these activities.
Intelligent hauntings are a completely different type of haunting from residual. Whereas a residual haunting is a type of energy that has no consciousness, the intelligent haunting does have consciousness. These spirits have been accounted to interact with the living all throughout history. There are many possibilities why an intelligent spirit may elect to stay on our physical plane. Below are some common explanations:
1. Many spirits that are considered to be intelligent simply may not realize that their life has ended and they are trying to continue living as if they would if they were still alive.
2. There are some who may elect to remain on the physical plane in an effort to ensure the safety of particular loved ones.
3. There may be a strong connection to a particular place, item, or person on the physical plane that results in the spirit remaining in our world.
4. Many of the spirits may feel as if it is their obligation to send a specific message to a loved one.
5. In some instances, it may simply be that the spirit is frightened to move on from life to death, and that they need time to get used to the idea that they are no longer living.
Investigators use a baseline measurement of environmental conditions to determine environmental anomalies during the investigation. Measurements of temperature, radiation, electromagnetic fields, air density and pressure, and others are systematically recorded to determine what’s “normal” about the site; departures from those baselines, therefore, potentially suggest what could be abnormal or paranormal.
An environmental anomaly marked by a sudden and focused drop in temperature is commonly referred to as a “cold spot,” but warm spots are also recorded. Paranormal enthusiasts theorize that “spirits” draw energy from the environment in order to manifest themselves, and that a drop in temperature is the “footprint” of a spirit trying to manifest. Consequently, investigators use thermocouples (thermometers) and thermal images to track the movement and, in some cases, the shape of these thermal anomalies in hopes that they are monitoring an entity.
EMF (Electromagnetic Field)
Localized electromagnetic fields are measured before and during an investigation, first as a means to determining a baseline of electromagnetic activity, and then as a means of measuring anomalies whose EMF measurements stray from that baseline. The presence of increased anomalous EMF activity is thought to coincide with the manifestation of some paranormal phenomena, and instruments such as a K-II Meterare now routinely used as a crude method of communication that allows alleged spirit entities to manipulate EMF fields to light up buttons on the meter, generally as “Yes/No” answers. It is also thought that some individuals may have a genetically predisposed sensitivity to EMFs that causes them to experience phenomena they understandably interpret as paranormal: paranoia; headaches; nausea; skin irritation; nightmares; visual and auditory hallucinations; and more. This is why detecting EMFs, especially high EMF readings--called "EMF hot spots"--is a routine part of modern paranormal investigative procedure. It should be noted, however, that even though some countries (particularly in Europe) regulate wiring and appliances to protect consumers and employees against electromagnetic "poisoning," In the United States, EMF poisoning is sometimes treated as though it is fringe science. Most paranormal investigators, however, remain quite open to the seriousness of it, making an EMF meter one of their most valuable tools.
The K-II Safe Range meter (which acquired its name from its manufacturer, K-II Enterprises, was designed as a simple detector for laypersons to identify potentially hazardous electromagnetic fields in their homes or businesses. PPI uses them as inexpensive broad spectrum EMF/RF (radio frequency) detectors during our investigations. The K-II possesses a panel of five LED lights that light up cumulatively as the EMFs increase or spike. Because these lights provide a visible confirmation of EMF or RF activity in the darkness of a paranormal investigation, K-II's have come into popular use by the paranormal community as simple communication devices. Working under the premise that unseen "spirits" create measurable electromagnetic fields, investigators invite entities to interact with the device and use the lights to answer questions in the style of "one knock for yes; two knocks for no; however, other creative interrogation techniques are possible and encouraged: questions in which the answers can be limited to five responses or fewer (e.g., "If you are a child, flash one light; if you are a teenager, make two lights illuminate; etc."); questions whose answers are a matter of intensity (e.g., "On a scale of one to five, five being the most, tell us how angry you are?"); and so on. In the capacity of a communication device, K-II meters both inspire innovation and invite criticism.
Matrixing is a common psychological phenomenon in which random stimulus is organized by the brain into a recognizable pattern (e.g., seeing faces in wallpaper patterns, or hearing musical beats in the sound of heavy machinery). Often used synonymously with the term matrixing, "pareidolia" explains a large percentage of visual evidence mistakenly touted as definitive proof of the paranormal. In photographic evidence, it occurs in the tendency to pick shapes out of the blurry background or the random contrasts of light and shade (the face in a window, for example, that's merely the window pane reflecting the trees). In audio evidence, it occurs largely in the tendency to hear words and phrases in random sound; a good example of this is in Class C EVPs where words and phrases are discerned in the white noise, but without consensus as to what they are saying. Critics of those who protest claims of pareidolia rightly point out the interpretive bias that often accompanies such evidence: an apparition in the rust of an oil tanker may resemble a veil and a blank face, but, predisposed to a religious interpretation, the observer will fill in the missing details and identify it as the face of the Virgin Mary; or, fear of "evil spirits" or concern for "lost souls" will influence the listener to hear "Get out!" or "Help me!" in the white noise of poorly recorded digital audio. Matrixing can be a powerfully convincing experience and, as such, it is sometimes difficult to disabuse people of their assumptions once they take an emotional or psychological investment in them. Consequently, it is a challenging problem for paranormal investigators who value objectivity in their analysis of the evidence.
The Mel Meter a single axis electromagnetic field meter marketed as being created specifically for ghost hunting. It has been widely published that the Mel Meter was created and designed explicitly for ghost hunting, after the inventors daughter passed away. Indeed the name "Mel" is short for her name, Melissa, and the model numbers that follow are symbolic dates to the family. There are currently more than a dozen models on the manufacturers website. The differences range from the addition of glow buttons, an "EMF probe," ITC 'spirit box communicator, vibrations sensors, and green or red backlights. The short of it is, we like the idea of manufacturing equipment with expressed intent on aiding researchers investigating reports of paranormal phenomena.
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