Apparition – A spirit that is in human form and usually visible to the naked eye; or may appear in a photo undetected originally by the naked eye. Often this anomaly is dressed in period clothing. Apparitions are very hard to capture on film but many have reported seeing this type of ghost. This is the “Hollywood-Type” ghost featured in many movies.
Automatic writing – Automatic writing is the process, or product, of writing material that does not come from the conscious thoughts of the writer. The writer’s hand forms the message, and the person is unaware of what will be written. It is sometimes done in a trance state. Other times the writer is aware (not in a trance) of their surroundings but not aware of what is going to or is being written.
Clairvoyance – Means “clear seeing” –Clairvoyance is defined as “the power of discerning objects not present to the senses––seeing persons, places and things by purely psychic means. Just as you can visualize your favorite vacation moment or your favorite memory of a child, with clairvoyance you are shown things in much the same manner as you would replay one of these favorite memories. Messages may come to you as single snapshot images, either in your mind or outside your mind. Or, you may see miniature scenes, as if from a movie. The images may be black-and-white or full color. Messages can be symbolic, such as seeing a stop sign as a signal that you should take a rest, slow, or stop what you are doing or they may be an actual person, event or item.
Clairaudience –Means “clear hearing” – The voice may sound like your own or it may sound different. The voice can emanate from within your body, within your mind, or sound as if it’s outside your head.
Clairsentience – Means “Clear sensing” A person with this gift, receives messages via intuition, gut feelings and hunches. Much of our intuition comes in the form of a fluttering or tightening in the stomach area. A clairsentient interprets these gut feelings and over time will come to learn what they mean and know that it is indeed clear direction.
Claircognizance – Means “clear knowing” Those with this gift, “just know things” without any logical reason for knowing these things. A claircognizant knows without knowing they know. Consequently, they may doubt the validity of such knowledge. Those with this gift can speak about topics that they have never studied or know nothing about, the information is “just there” when they need it or ask for it.
Clairalience –Means “Clear Smelling” and is a gift when people can smell the odor of the person who is not on the earth plane. They can sometimes smell their pipe tobacco, cigarette tobacco, food smells, different spices as though they are coming from a kitchen, or smell the places where the deceased person worked like a chemical factory, the docks.
Clairgustance – Means “clear tasting” is being aware of tastes without putting anything physically in the mouth. To perceive the essence of a substance through taste from the spiritual or ethereal realms. The sensation of what one is tasting is often linked to a spirit on the other side.
Channeling – There are two forms of channeling, one where the medium allows the spirit to use their body (their voice and actions are those of the spirit). The other form is where the medium is in a state that allows continuous thought transmission and the medium transmits those thoughts or messages without allowing physical taking over of the vocal chords or body.
Curses – I do believe in curses and am still studying the specifics of them. So far it seems that these curses can be generational, that is the curse was put on a great-great grandfather for example but it remains throughout the generations and continues. I have also seen that the effects of the curse heighten when one focuses on it constantly. Curses can be lifted by those that are trained to do so.
Debunking – Paranormal activity is said to be “debunked” when a logical explanation can b found for the experienced events. For example a clunking noise may be found to be old pipes making noises and thus the paranormal “noise” has been debunked and proven to be non-paranormal in origin.
Demon: According to the Catholic faith demons are angels that were cast out of Heaven by God during the rebellion against God lead by Lucifer. There are several levels or hierarchies of demons, each with different powers. Other faiths may have different concepts of what demons are.
Demonic Haunting: A haunting by a nonhuman entity. These can turn into violent haunting and often start out with subtle and relatively simple paranormal activity, then quickly increase to stronger activity. Most often affects people or families that are already under great personal stress from conditions such as alcohol or drug use, psychological or emotional problems, family or marital problems, etc. It is believed the nonhuman entity takes advantage of people in such weaken psychological and emotional condition. Persons who believe they and/or their families are the subject of a demonic haunting should immediately seek both professional and paranormal help.
Discarnate Entity – Discarnate means “existing outside the body”, so a discarnate entity is just one that is not of this Earthly world (ghosts, spirits, etc).
Demonologist: A person who actively pursues demons and other nonhuman entitles both for study and to help people rid them from their lives. Usually demonologists are very religious people as they believe strongly that only faith has the power to combat a demon. They are also usually schooled and or experienced in the field of psychology and mental health. IMPORTANT: Active pursuit of demons and demonology is not something to be tried for fun or kicks. Serious injury – both physical and mental – can occur!
Doppelganger – A spirit of a living person outside of the physical body.
Earthbound Spirits – Earthbound spirits are disembodied people who have remained attached to the physical realm, having not moved beyond it, after their physical bodies expired . Earthbound spirits are ghosts. Many wish for a ghost to hang around them or their residence but a ghost is a lost soul, no matter how nice the ghost may seem. When the body dies, the spirit of the person should move into the light, where loved ones and a feeling of peace, love, and joy are experienced. This is a cleansing process for the spirit, and the ones greeting the recently departed bring comfort, aiding the newly disincarnate in adjusting to the spirit world.
Spirits can remain Earthbound for MANY reasons but the most common I have found are fear of judgment, feeling unworthy, fear of what is in the light, wanting to remain behind for their loved ones or because of an attachment to a thing or place.
Ectoplasm : A substance that can be left behind when an entity tries to manifest.
EMF Meter – A meter for measuring electromagnetic fields. Spirits have been found to interrupt or even create their own electromagnetic fields. Compasses can also be used to detect changes in EMF’s. A spike in EMF activity could represent spirit activity and is an excellent tool of the paranormal investigator to locate areas to study and collaborate evidence of the presence of spirits.
Empath – Empathy is one’s ability to recognize, perceive and directly feel the emotion of another person. As the states of mind, beliefs, and desires of others are intertwined with their emotions, one with empathy for another may often be able to more effectively divine another’s modes of thought and mood.
ESP – Extrasensory perception (ESP) is the knowledge of external objects or events without the aid of the senses. (clairvoyance, clairaudience, etc are forms of ESP)
EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomena: The hearing of unexplainable voices during the playback of a recording made on an electronic recording device. The voices can not be readily identified as persons speaking or events (mechanical sounds, background noise etc) that took place while the record was being performed.
Orbs – Orbs are believed to be energy or the spirit and soul of individuals, which show up as circles or balls of light in photos – varying in size, color and opacity. It is important to note that dust, rain or snow directly in front of the camera can also appear to be orbs in a photograph.
Out of Body Experience or Astral Projection – To be able to leave your physical body and project your soul, consciousness to another place and return.
Psychometry – This is the ability to “read” objects. In other words, you can hold or touch an object and receive information about that object, the person that owns the object as well as others that have owned the object.
Parapsychology – Literally beyond psychology. The study of apparent new means of communication, or interaction, between organisms and their environment (commonly referred to as psi, or psychic ability), beyond those presently understood by the scientific community.
Past Life Recall – To remember or have mental flashes about living in another century.
Poltergeist – A general term applied to a variety of site, or sometimes person, specific physical phenomena. These can include temperature variations, anomalous sounds, and movement of physical objects. The word ‘poltergeist’ literally means ‘noisy spirit’ and was coined back when such phenomena were thought to be due to the presence of some sort of mischievous entity. Currently, poltergeist phenomena are usually considered to be related either to unusual physical conditions at the affected site, or to be related to psychokinesis. Anecdotal reports suggest that many poltergeist focus on an individual under some form of emotional stress.
Precognition – Pre-knowing; where nondeducible information about a future event is acquired.
Precognitive Dreams – To have dreams of events or incidents before they happen.
Remote Viewing – Ability to access distant or shielded information primarily of visual character, such as natural or structural features, via an unknown mental process. RV can include other sensory modes, such as feelings, motion, or sound. Some individuals associate specific approaches, or protocols, with RV. Other similar terms: remote perception, enhanced perception, extrasensory perception (ESP).
Residual Haunting – When a spirit is seen doing the same thing over and over, many believe this to be simply an energy imprint or residual haunting. In other words, a strong, traumatic event that occurred in some other time, repeating itself over and over. Usually these spirits do not interact with those who see them.
Shadow People/Dark Shadows – Unexplainable dark shadows in photos and video which sometimes may be seen with the naked eye.
Telekinesis , Psychokinesis, Levitation – To move an object or your body without physical means.
Telepathy – Thought transference including the sending and receiving of thoughts.