"I Hear Dead People"

I am fascinated with the field of paranormal science. It intrigued me long before all the ghost-hunting shows made it the cool thing to do. Everybody is a paranormal investigator these days. Watch out man, I'm a ghostbuster... ummm..ok

Those who claim ALL pictures of dust, breath and reflections to be paranormal phenomena are referred to as "dust-chasers" in some of the paranormal community. These investigators seem to capture loads of "evidence" at every location. And some of it is probably genuine.

Some insist that everything is a face. This is called "matrixing" where our mind puts together pieces to make sense, like finding a face on the moon or Jesus on buttered toast. Or maybe sometimes it really is a spirit manifesting. Dust and moths can appear as orbs in photos. This can be confusing when attempting to photograph the real thing (a ball of energy floating around). The so-called psychics do a disservice to those who have genuine psychic abilities when they go around claiming to be talking to Elvis or Michael Jackson to bring attention (and money) to themselves.

Then there are skeptics (like us) who look for scientific evidence. No matter how cool a picture might appear and how badly we would like it to be paranormal, if we have a reason to suspect otherwise we won't consider it seriously as paranormal. Unfortunately, that may mean some real evidence will likely be tossed out or thrown into the category of "entertainment" instead of actual evidence. And the majority of our investigations turn up nothing; but it's the ones that do that make it all worthwhile. Like, really really cool. Hearing a voice actually speaking into my recorder that I didn't hear at the time... that's just awesome!

The entertainment aspect of it all can be fun, and as long as it's done with respect to any spirits encountered I see nothing wrong. It may even help present actual evidence in a way that's easier to understand.

Photos of dust, bugs, breath, fog, raindrops, reflections, dirty lenses, over-exposure, motion blur, light play or even a hair or camera strap can all appear paranormal.... but so could spirit energy.

When exploring a scientific frontier, anything is possible.

©2012, Mary Lou St. Lucas

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Mary Lou St. Lucas is a former stay-at-home mom who has participated in custody and divorce-related support groups. She often speaks out through impassioned letters to local newspapers regarding issues affecting quality of life for children and families. She has experienced divorce, including the heartbreaking decision to give up daily contact with her two sons for what she believed was their best interest at that time, as well as the societal stigma attached to being a non-custodial mother. She emphasizes the importance of kids having BOTH parents in their lives on a regular basis, even if the parents cannot or will not be married anymore. She hopes other parents will see that there may be alternatives to the standard custody arrangements, depending on the individual situation. She writes from her perspective of today instead of revisiting and dwelling on the painful emotions of her past. She strives to live a full life in spite of a recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and believes a sense of humor is mandatory. mlstuff.blogspot.com/2007/08/male-bashing-t-shirts.html or E-Mail.

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