Do you believe empathy is a real phenomena? While the purest form of the word simply means “showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another “, in the paranormal world we take that definition further to claim that people can sometimes feel the emotions and personal energies of both the dead and the living at a psychic and physical level.
I can’t count the number of people that I have interviewed over the years that lay claim to some form of empathic ability. I personally claim the ability to “tune-in” or open my mind up when I am doing paranormal work so that ghosts can tell me their story at some energetic level. My “gift” (if you believe in such things) has also always allowed me to block these energies once I identify them at least in general terms.
We have all heard the question “is it haunted?” Clients want to know our opinion in the field. Someone on a television gives his or her opinion weekly. There are even persons and groups running about that will “certify” a location as haunted for whatever that is worth.
It might surprise you to find out that I generally don’t like the term. It might surprise you even more to find out WHY I generally don’t like the term.
I don’t like the term because it is subjective and hard to measure.
I think that nearly every place is haunted.
Now before you start accusing me of misleading clients and assuming that all of those “orbs” in my pictures are spectral beings flitting about the countryside, let me explain.
A recent tragedy in the Paranormal field brought this topic to mind.
When someone dies, tragic or otherwise, the standard procedure for their spirit is to leave or become disconnected from their worldly body, take a quick look around, and then proceed in an orderly manner to the nearest exit into the next world.
It is not unusual for the spirit to want to hang out a few days for any number of reasons. They may be upset that they died before they were finished with life. Often they are in denial of their circumstances. It may be something as simple as wanting to comfort their loved ones or to get one last message across to the living. I suspect that some just stick around just to see who shows up for the funeral. Despite the endless possibilities, the point is that in death – as in life, we all find a lot of excuses to not follow instructions.