Archive for October, 2009

Premonition Log

Posted in Premonitions, Uncategorized on October 29, 2009 by paranormalteam

As a follow up to the recent blog post I have noticed a number of people have recently tweeted about having a vivid premonition. In what possibly might be a vain attempt to get this stuff written down, I have created a premonition log (link on the right hand side). Please, pretty please, if you do have one then please log if you can.

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Premonitions

Posted in Paranormal, Premonitions, Uncategorized on October 19, 2009 by paranormalteam

It seems almost everyone I speak to says they have had a premonition of one form or another. Whether this be of an event such as a car accident or simply a vision of the phone ringing and it does. A premonition is the vision of a future event. I guess we all get these but how many of them come true? How many of them are far too vague to be trusted? For example, someone says they predicted a celebrity’s death. However they do this years before it happens? Not exactly convincing is it? For me, it would need to be within a very short amount of time. Also, obviously, it would need to be a shock death and not one thats rumoured anyway through ill health.

It’s not just the average joe that has these kinds of experiences. Almost everyone will have heard of Abraham Lincolns premonition of his own death. He had a strong premonition of attending a mourning in the East Wing of the White House. On asking a soldier present who the deceased was, he answered “The President”. Ten days later he was assasinated.

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After asking anyone on twitter of their experiences I noticed quite a theme, which turned out to be some kind of vehicle accident (cars, bikes, planes etc). Here are some of the stories, all anonymous of course! Excuse their grammar, they are limited to 140 chars! As usual I will throw in an alternate explanation if I can think of one. I might have to scrape the barrel with a few of them!

“I dreamed about John Lennon getting shot. It was in very vivid detail on NBC’s Today show. When I woke up, I saw the news and it was exactly as I dreamed it.”

Could it have been possible they were asleep in front of the TV? I know, clutching at straws possibly. I had something happen, not a premonition but I woke up at the exact time Princess Diana’s crash was being first reported on TV. Was the early hours of morning in UK. For some reason I got up and turned the TV on which I never do.

“I had another experience where I just knew my boyfriend and I had seen Raider’s of the Lost Ark. We went to the movie and I told him we’ve seen this. He said no way, it was just released. I kept telling him what was going to happen next and kept asking him “don’t you remember?!!” I was convinced we had watched it on TV together.”
Could it have been possible that this person saw the trailers and this is what they later recalled?

“I had one well you could call it that about a wreck and it happened the next day. It was my dad he wrecked
the car spun around hit the mountain just as i seen it the day before it was wild. Fortunately he was just shook up a little it really got him when i described the wreck to him and i was not there.”

A weird one, can’t think of an explanation if this is true.

“Not so much a premonition but saw a guy on motorcycle drive past me and I thought I shouldn’t change lanes just in case he wrecks. So I stayed in my lane and a few min later his lane stopped and as I was driving by I passed him as he was picking up his bike. Don’t know if he actually crashed or someone hit him but it
freaked me out to see him crashed”

Maybe this guy was riding a little bit unsafe and natural instincts kicked in? Move out of the way?

“I’ve had a few, one that stands out was a dream about a plane crash that happened the next day. That was about 20 years ago, would you call knowledge of someones appearence right before they show up a premonition? I’m talking someone I’ve had no contact with in 10 plus years that sort of thing seems to happen a lot.”
The phone call thing happens to loads of people. Usually its just someone that normally rings. In this case, being 10 years apart, makes it slightly more interesting.

“Strangest one I had was of small plane crash – no one hurt at Local airport. Small airport. I called my dad told him about it. Described plane etc. Sure enough he calls me next day it it had happened. Turns out my ex had been called in as standby to cover at firehouse. Have been lots of silly little things over the years. Only with loved ones. Know when bad thing coming buy now more a feeling than premonitions.”
Another one I can’t really explain if true.

All in all very fascinating. There does seem to be a real trend towards vehicle accidents. Whether it’s the case that these just stand out a load more vivid in the memory, I cannot say. Maybe we have premonitions all the time but they are so unremarkable that we just don’t remember them. As of yet, we still don’t have any definative proof that premonitions are real or just big coiincidences. It’s something we are very much interested in. Whenever I hear of someone who has a premonition I get them to write it down in as much detail as possible (trying to avoid vagueness). This can then be correlated against the actual facts should it come “true”.

Mediumship – What should we make of it all?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2009 by paranormalteam

I know this is a very sensitive subject which could result in a few people getting annoyed with me. However I will try to approach it in a neutral(ish) way and as sensitively as possible.

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A big part of the paranormal investigating scene involves the use of mediums. These people claim they are able to connect with those that have passed over and can relay information back to us. Most of us will probably be able to name a celebrity medium that we have seen on many of the paranormal TV shows out there. Recently mediums have become more forefront because of their appearances on these shows. You can even meet these people at many of the public organised events around the country (UK).

Much as with any other part of the paranormal you probably will not use a piece of kit or equipment without knowing what you are attempting to measure with it. Also does the thing you are measuring have any bearing on the paranormal? You could, if you want to, say that a medium is another piece of equipment in your paranormal toolbox. Of course, you would also need to look at the potential flaws with the equipment you are using.

So bearing the above in mind, we can look at a medium in this light. Firstly what are we attempting to measure or capture by using them? Usually we are asking the medium to pick up on any spirits present at a location. If we are to believe that mediums can indeed relay this information back from the other side then I’d say you have the right tool for the job. However, and this is a BIG however, a large percentage of the time you have no way of validating the information received back. Occassionally you might have a name that you can find in the history books. But all this is public knowledge and that’s where we have the doubt. If you can find the information then any medium may also (if they choose) be able to find this information too.

This leads on to examining the potential flaws with the tool you are using. In the case of mediums the obvious flaw would be a deliberately misleading medium who knows they are faking the results. Another may be that the medium may not be deliberately misleading you , however they do believe 100% that the information is coming from those passed over.

After many many hours spent researching mediumship we are still no closer to proof that it exists. It’s for this reason that, although I find it very interesting when dealing with mediums, I do take the information with a pinch of salt. However, never say never but also never say yes for definate. Mediumship as I see it currently is a theory like any other that needs testing out and ultimately providing definative proof either way.

Paranormal Wibble

Posted in Ouija Boards, Paranormal on October 12, 2009 by paranormalteam

You’ll have to excuse the title. The blog posts covers a number of things so I thought wibble was the best description.

There are a few things I’d like to cover in this post. They are……. Public paranormal investigations, posting investigation reports and evidence.

So lets start with public paranormal investigations. For those that don’t know what these are I will provide a quick summary. There are a number of companies over here in the UK that act as event organisers for paranormal investigations. They will hire a venue out and then sell a number of places at the event. Usually its around 20 people but that all depends on the size of the venue. Obviously huge locations can cater for more people. Members of the general public then attend and depending on the event, mediums etc will spend the evening doing a number of types of vigils (glass moving, table tipping, ouija boards etc).

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So that’s you public paranormal investigation in a very small nutshell. A lot of people shun these as they are not controlled, however they can be very interesting for a number of reasons.

a) Access to a location that, more than likely, is out of a investigation groups budget. These places can run into 4 figure sums. Bear in mind you can take any equipment you wish, if you are that way inclined.
b) People watching. This is great for those researching the effects on people at these investigations. Which I believe is a very important part of the whole subject. This is my primary reason for going, because it’s the average human being that reports these experiences in the first place.
c) Something to do on a Saturday night…… I jest but in a way its true!

However, now let’s look at the negatives. Because you have no control over the people with you on these events any serious vigils are really out of the question. You usually get the gigglers who laugh most of the way through. You get the talkers, these also yap all the way through the vigils. And for the record, you also get the farters. Yes, those people that disrupt vigils by letting one rip at the right moment. On one of these events we had someone severly under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. We asked them to be removed and they were. (So fair play to the organisers for that).

This is not to say that nothing ever happens on these investigations because they do. It just means you have to take it with a pinch of salt. For instance, the one we attended this Saturday as we were doing the walk around everyone heard clear footsteps in the room above. We were told no-one else was in the building but who can say. Personally myself I experienced some very clear phenomena on one of these events and one that I can’t really explain without going into the realms of clutching at straws.

The second thing I am going to wibble about is the posting of investigation reports. If you are going to a location, you can do a quick search on google and you can bet that one group has been there and posted a report. So you read the report which contains all the names of the people that were “picked up” during the investigation. You then go on the investigation and sure enough your group picks up the same names via a Ouija board. However if you hadn’t read the report would you have come up with the same information?

During experiments/vigils with the use of an object that can be influenced by a human being you have to take care. In the paragraph above it would be very easy for you to sub consciously push the glass to spell out the name of the person you had read about. You might think Woo but then it could be the ideomotor effect in its full flow.

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It would be best to avoid any kind of contact with information about previous investigations wherever possible. This would help to stop you absorbing information and influencing the evening. Also bear in mind you could have read a report months back and still be retaining the information even though you don’t realise.

Finally, I am going to wibble about evidence. Just how paranormal does the evidence need to be to be truly paranormal. What if you find what you think is undeniable proof of the paranormal. You are unable to come up with an explanation?

Well, just because you aren’t able to come up with an explanation doesn’t mean it is paranormal. There may still be an explanation, possibly something scientific which you have no idea about or even isn’t known about by anyone yet!

So where does that leave us with our evidence? I’d say up shit creek without a paddle. Frustrating isn’t it.