There are quite a few misconceptions about the paranormal. Below are some of the more common examples explained by NPIS directors.
A SPIRIT IN SHADOW FORM IS NEGATIVE
A spirit in a shadow form (also known as “shadow person” or “shadow figure “as some may call it) does not make that spirit a negative form of energy. There are four basic manifestations of spiritual energy. The most basic form is an orb. It is said that an orb is the simplest form of manifestation, as manifesting takes energy. Another form of manifestation is mist. Another is a shadow figure and the last is an apparition, the rarest of all spirit manifestations.
Contrary to what movies have shown us, if a spirit presents itself in the form of a shadow, it most likely has to do with the amount of energy being built up in order to manifest. The spirit has drawn in enough energy to take on the form of its once physical body but does not have enough energy to become an apparition and take on physical features. Some members of NPIS have seen shadow figures on investigations and are confident is saying that none of those experiences were negative in any way.
A HOME OR BUSINESS THAT CONTAINS A SPIRIT IS CONSIDERED HAUNTED
The word “haunted” is the most commonly misconcepted word in the paranormal field. If your home or business contains spiritual activity, it is just that, spiritual activity. You and the spirit are residing together harmoniously. It becomes a haunting once your everyday life is effected by the paranormal goings-on. Seeing or hearing occasional sights and sounds in your home or business does not constitute a haunting unless it becomes so frequent or disruptive that it becomes a burden in your life.
SPIRITS ARE ONLY ACTIVE AT NIGHT
Spirits may seem to be more active at night but that is not the case. They are just as active during the day. The reason spirits seem to be more active at night is due to the fact that there are less distractions at that time. During the day, we are bombarded with sounds of traffic, talking, electronic devices and other forms of visual and auditory stimulation. At night when it’s quiet, our senses are heightened and we become more aware of our surroundings. This is the same reason why paranormal investigations take place at night. Conducting an investigation during the day makes it very difficult to review material for evidence with daytime noise.
YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING WATCHED, THEREFORE A SPIRIT MUST BE PRESENT
In some cases, yes, a spirit may be present but before an assumption is made that your home or business contains a spirit due to the feeling of “being watched”, we at NPIS recommend investing in an EMF meter. You don’t need an expensive one. They can easily be found online for as little as $25. Wires, outlets, pipes and electronic devices such as microwaves, televisions, alarm clocks, etc give off electric waves called electromagnetic fields (EMF). This is natural but sometimes there may be a “leak” in which more EMF is being emitted from an object than normal. Being in the precense of large amounts of EMF can create a condition over time known as EMF hypersensitivity. EMF hypersensitivity is known to cause nausia, dizziness, headaches, teeth and jaw pain, among other symptons, including hallucinations and paranoia in more serious cases. These more serious cases of EMF hypersensitivity are what tend to produce the feeling of being watched.
If you have an EMF meter, hold it up to wires, light fixtures and any electronic devices you may have around. They may be the culprit of the sensations you are feeling. The higher the reading on the meter, the more EMF the object is putting out. If you don’t have an EMF meter, ask yourself in what room do you feel the most uncomfortable. If the feeling continuously persists in the same room, it is likely there is an EMF leak. Either replace the object giving off the high EMF levels with a new one or call an electrician to take a look at possible faulty wiring.