What is your method/philosophy of paranormal investigation?
After we rule out any other factors that might make a situation SEEM light a haunting when in fact it is not, we then shift gears and deal with the situation in spiritual terms. At first we attempt communication with the entities using mediums that we have on staff and we try to find an amicable solution. This works approximately 80-90% of the time. If however we encounter a belligerent entity we empower the client through coaching so that they can reclaim their own personal space / home from the invading entity.
We use a spiritual but religiously neutral approach based off of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung’s work in psychology and comparative mythology to empower the client to reclaim their home. Our work is also heavily based in holographic theory which is outlined in the book Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot. The perspective afforded by the holographic theory blends very nicely with comparative mythology and allows us to understand the mechanics of what’s really going on in a haunting with regard to how haunting phenomenon work and how to effectively deal with an invading spirit. It all revolves around the “reality” and the human experience not being what we really think it is, coming to terms with that and being able to deal with these entities on their own ground.
Our “research” is not as much involved proving and documenting the existence of the haunting phenomenon. We all know that exists already, and most of our clients certainly know it’s real. Our research is in understanding how hauntings work from both a scientific and spiritual perspective and coaching clients through the process of dealing with their individual situation.
What are challenges for researchers in the paranormal community?
Most other groups we’ve encountered seem to be too focused on “proving” or “documenting” a haunting. That’s fine in some circumstances, but in the case of a haunting in someone’s home where they’re afraid to sleep in their own beds, the group needs to realize that the family invited you there for help and for answers. Your first goal is not to take spooky pictures. Your goal is to help the family resolve their crisis.
“Proof” has already been gathered in abundance. It’s already out there and documented. Gathering more data is great, but don’t expect your “evidence” to change the world. The real issue is that leaders in our scientific and spiritual communities do not take this issue seriously. They don’t treat it with legitimate respect, most likely because of the social taboo attached to this whole subject area amongst the academic community. Everyone wants and needs to protect their reputation to continue to hold their current positions and maintain funding. People in positions of authority either have no personal experience with this so they don’t know it’s real or they HAVE had personal experience and their afraid to speak out because of the backlash they would get in peer review. It’s professional suicide to take this subject seriously. Until we can get over that stigma, our knowledge in this field will only grow inches at a time by those that are comfortable doing their work on the fringe with the little funding they can find.
Why is paranormal research important?
On a mundane level, there are people out there in the world, families dealing with traumatic hauntings. They have few resources for support. They might be able to find a paranormal team who will try and help but while groups today are often willing, their priorities are not aligned to help or they are not properly trained / educated to help. Standards need to be established within this field, but that seems to be very difficult to do. Movements like Randy’s Para Unity are a good first step.
As a society and as a species, this work is important because it will help us to understand and gain greater perspective on the true nature of reality (it’s not what we think it is) and our place in the world. From a “spiritual” perspective we’re still at the stage where we think the world is flat. We need people who can throw off the chains of old thinking and set sail into uncharted waters to help discover the truth. That’s very difficult for some people who are locked into old dogmatic structures of religion and thought.