TECHNOLOGY, FRIEND OR FOE?


An unfortunate thing has happened regarding the paranormal as technology has progressed.In these wonderful times we live in of rapidly expanding technology,  it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect some kind of empirical proof of ghosts or of  an afterlife to have  emerged by now. We now have instruments that can measure so many aspects of our environment in ways that were either impossible or unavailable to the layman just a few years ago.’Ghost hunters’ all have meters that measure temperatures ,sense radio frequency disturbances or magnetic fields which they believe can indicate the presence of a ghost. Most people, ghost hunter or not,  now have at least one camera about their  person everyday and billions of photographs and videos are taken each day.

Not only that ,we have a situation where most of the developed world is under constant surveillance  with street cameras. There have been reports of ‘ghosts’ appearing on street cameras but these have obviously been just bugs or an old plastic bag blowing in the wind, in my opinion that is.

I have seen the many photographs and videos that claim to show a ghost but always disappoint and usually show nothing more than somebody’s breath or some cigar smoke. The most annoying ones are those that show the dreaded ‘orbs’ ! Orbs have been proven beyond any doubt to be nothing more than dust,water droplets,insects  or digital artefacts. I am personally satisfied with that scientific explanation. I would be happy to be proven wrong though . I am always happy to change my mind if presented with FACTS.

Now, the problem is that with all this technology available to the layman and so easy to use that a child can do it ,anything can be faked ! We can never trust photographic or video evidence. I’m not saying that all such evidence is fake or that every person presenting it is a liar, just that it is possible.For me, that makes any such evidence worthless. I know that some people will find that hard to swallow but I for one would much rather face the truth . I suppose the only way a photograph is acceptable as proof is if you have taken it yourself of course and only then under certain circumstances.

It may sound to some that I will not accept anything as proof of ghosts and that my mind is closed.in fact ,it is the opposite . My mind is open to the possibility of al kinds of weird and wonderful things.it’s just that I want PROOF.I want FACTS. I do not want to be one of those people that believe the drivel served up by some of the paranormal themed programmes on T.V. these days. Those programmes where a few guys run around a reportedly haunted location with the latest popular technology , meters that were never meant to be used to detect anything except stray radio frequencies by an engineer ! Or radios that scan around and around the dial picking up snatches of conversation from many stations. So called ‘ghost boxes’ . The user of the ghost box will spend long periods asking questions of a radio then listen for words that seem to be a reply to their question, disregarding the often huge amounts of words that do not fit with what they want to hear.A bit like a ‘psychic’ reading.

It is a shame that serious scientists just do not wish to investigate the paranormal because as long as that is the case we will never make progress. I’m sure that many of the things that  we see as paranormal today will one day be fully explained using the laws of physics. Equally, I’m sure that many things will remain a mystery.

In the wrong hands technology can be useless . I can’t see the point of running around a haunted location with some meters that were never meant to be used in such ways and then claiming that those meters have revealed the presence of a ghost. On the other hand it can be useful and interesting to record changes in temperature etc and see how it matches up to other events in a location. It doesn’t prove anything though. Perhaps it might in the future. I hope so.

Mystery Priest Comes Forward

An update on the story about the woman in Missouri that was trapped and dying in her car.She was slipping away and asked for somebody to pray out loud for her. A priest stepped forward ,at that time,seemingly from nowhere .He just seemed to appear.I won’t re-cap the whole story as I have written about here previously.Anyway, his presence seemed to be something of a mystery.Until now.

Father Patrick Dowling has revealed that he was the ‘mystery priest’ He just happened to be passing and so volunteered his services.

At least two people at the scene said that the priest had said something to the effect that the firefighters equipment would now work better and that the trapped lady would be saved. Father Dowling however stresses that he said no such thing ” I did not say anything like the machinery would begin to work or they would succeed in getting her out of the car.”

So, that part of this little mystery remains. Did TWO people mis-hear those words attributed to the priest? That seems unlikely to me . Perhaps somebody else said it.

What is certain though is that a calmness came over the trapped lady and she was freed after better equipment turned up.

I have to say this..it was a FATHER DOWLING MYSTERY !Image

Psychic Sally?

I see that Psychic Sally won substantial damages from a newspaper that alleged she was using an ear piece to receive messages that she claimed were of a psychic nature.

I love D.J. grothe’s comment that she could have won lots more money if only she had agreed to take James Randi’s Million Dollar Challenge !

I do not believe that Sally is psychic or that any other person is .That is just my opinion.I may of course be wrong and am very willing to be proven so.I believe that so called psychics simply use cold and hot reading techniques along with research of their victim , I mean client .

It is amazing how people that go for a psychic reading quickly forget the endless ‘misses’ the ‘psychic’ makes during the reading and yet remember the odd ‘hit’ that pertains to their life.It is human nature I suppose. Personally , if death is the end and we are plunged into eternal sleep , I want to know the truth. likewise if there is another realm , I want to know. Life is so wonderful ! All we can do is keep asking questions

It Happened To Me

What I am about to relate will sound like a badly scripted B movie but I swear on my children’s lives that it happened.I remember it very clearly.

I was Eight years old.I had woken in the night desperate for the loo.As most people do I lay there for some time trying to ignore the throbbing feeling in my bladder.It was too cold to get out of bed. Eventually I had to get up of course and padded along to the bathroom.The house was silent save a gentle snoring from my brother’s room.I was now wide awake.

I pushed open the bathroom door and there stood a man. A man that had a silvery glow about him . I was not afraid or shocked for some reason.I have often pondered over why I was not afraid  over the years.I looked up at the man and our eyes locked.He smiled gently and  spoke to me. ” Don’t be afraid” I shook my head . “Do you know who I am “? I said “No” “Touch me ” he said. I reached up and touch the mans stomach. It was icy cold and yet I felt nothing solid. The man smiled and said “Follow me” and he led me along to the landing window. He turned and said “Don’t worry son ,I won’t come again” With that he floated out of the window and vanished in mid air !

Yes, it sounds insane and I know it will give the skeptics a real laugh but I was awake and it happened . I have never forgotten it. I told my parents the next day and my mother was crying and shaking for hours.In fact for days afterwards she would break out crying and was afraid to go upstairs alone. I remember it so clearly. I discussed it with my parents many times in later years and my dad thought that the man had been his father.