When one writes about the paranormal, particularly in one's own life, how many people take one seriously, and how many take one as a crank.
I'd value your responses. If it's too negative, I'm taking my article down. I don't want to make an idiot of myself.
Since you are the best Judge of your own self.
You should know what to do and what to do not.
Why let the crowd be your judge, they cannot be please anyway.
Why be afraid to write about life's experiences be they Paranormal or not, whatever happened it was real to you.
I have written many Hubs around the Paranormal, I spent many hours researching the various subjects in preparation of my Murder Mystery books which have a paranormal twist in them.
I have no first hand experience but I have met many people who who have and they have become true believers, if they weren't before.
My own take on the situation, for what it's worth, this is the hidden or lost powers of our own mind coming to the surface. Be it an out of body experience or the ablity to conjure up ghosts.
It's far too easy for us to scoff at what we don't know, it's also easier to scoff at something we are too scared may be real.
I am convinced that our ancestors were much more familiar with these powers and it was beaten or burnt out of them by the early Christian church and their "Convert or Die" style policies over the Pagan peoples of Europe.
"...life's experiences be they Paranormal or not, whatever happened it was real to you."
I have had many experiences that are considered paranormal, starting when I was really young. I remember telling my mom about them, and she said it was just my imagination, so I went to find out what my imagination had to say. As a child, I had no idea that imagination was something that was suppose to come from inside one's head!
I think Merlin is right in saying that it is hidden or lost powers of the mind coming to the surface, much like intuition.
I love to read about the paranormal, especially true life experiences. I'll take a look tomorrow.
I believe such things do occur, so I, for one, wouldn't consider people who write about such things to be a crank.
Depends.. Ususally those who are interested in that subject are the ones that will read it. It will be rare for anyone who isn't to read it for the sake of reading it. Unless there is curiosity. Rarer still is the one who will read it to rubbish it completely.
Why would it matter whether one believes it is a crank anyway? It is your experience. No two experiences are ever the same and that applies to the normal!
Penny, I think it's because I grew up in a skeptic environment, and I'm accustomed to the views of skeptics, so I feel a bit awkward about having the experiences I have had. In fact, I spent most of my life denying them. I don't deny them anymore. I just put them in the category, "I have no idea what happened."
However, you have some very valid point. People who aren't interested won't read them, so they won't search for them...
So, my credibility is okay.
Skeptics can sometimes be good, especially if it inspires you to explore the experience/s more.
You made me laugh big time when you said you put it in the category of "I have no idea what happened". Many do. At least you are not ignoring them now. That I see as a good thing.
It might surprise you that there are those who consider the paranormal normal like breathing. The "paranormal" to them is living like (what most consider) normal.
Many indigenous cultures have lived this way and still do.
Well, yes, that is true. I don't know if you read what I wrote, but at a certain point, because this stuff was so undeniable in my life, I had to explore it. I spent about two years meeting people thta I had always thought absolutely crazy.
I would never do that again.
And I truly do mean, "I have absolutely no idea what happened.,"
How can one explain what one is not sure one's eyes are seen. The experiences I have spoken about in what I wrote are only a few. These days I don't have those experiences any more. I must have become sane or boring or something !
So I don't really know what their point was.
Have you ever had anyting strange happen to you that you couldn't explain?
I would say that few people would laugh at a hub about thje paranormal as long as you don't insist that it was a pink elephant or whatever that appeared. To say you have no idea and report what happened to you is a good and valid way of doing it. I am as sceptical as they come and I have had several unexplained weird things happen in my life - I just accept that I don't know.
Yes I realize that is what you truly mean. The mind is a very powerful thing. In your hub you express this very well. There are some things however that are not necessarily of the mind. Discerning what is and what is not is a journey in itself.
If I remember correctly there is scientific evidence to validate thought transference or telepathy. There is scientific evidence too relating to the auric fields of living things. Some do see this field without the use of the specialized equipment.
Whilst there are many things that happened to me all of them can be explained.. there was one exception. To this day I do not know why I was able to see this. It made no sense because it wasn't useful to anyone. It could not be prevented in my opinion.
On three different occasions I was able to see when a person was going to die. How they were going to die, I did not know. The first took two years, the second took 3 months and the last took 1 night.
I realize that the essence of who they are or were connected to were communicating that to me. Why they were communicating that to me is what I think I may never know.
Penny, I have had so many paranormal experiences that I cannot number them. That's why, in the end, in my early 40s, I had to go into this field. Thank you for your kind comments.
On the basis of the enccouragement I have received on this page, I feel more comfortable about keeping it up. I have now gone on to include photographs and videos.
Thank you. I hope it does well on the web! It's on page two of Google currently. I'm trying to figure out how to get it to page one.
Good on you! Good luck with getting it on page one. I would have no idea how to do that myself?
It has a lot to do with the topic and the words used. If one writes about topics where there isn't a lot of competition, then one is more likely to get a better ranking.
You can find out if there is a lot of competition on google keywords...
You remember incorrectly, there is no scientific evidence for any of that.
The paranormal is pseudo-science and defies a number of physical laws. Paranormal = Boogieman and things that go bump in the night.
As you stated in your hub, there is a lot we don’t know. The human mind seeks knowledge but wants proof of everything. As Wayne Dyer says in the title of his book, ‘You’ll see it when you Believe It’. Quite the opposite from the well known adage ‘seeing is believing’.
You’ve written a most informative hub and shared your experiences. I don’t see that any of that loses credibility for you. It shows you have not only done the research, but have something to say from a personal perspective.
I've written about the paranormal experiences in my own life. My mother talked to spirits her whole life, and both my daughters insist there is a "ghost lady" in our home that seems to be watching over us in some way.
These experiences with the paranormal have been real in my life although they have not been my own personal experiences. I never saw or heard the spirits my mother talked to and I've never seen anything ghostly in my home, so I remain skeptical as to whether these things are real or just inside my family's heads.
Millions of people experience things that can't be explained every day. There will always be believers and skeptics. Don't worry what somebody else will think. You know the truth of what you've experienced and that's all that counts.
Don't take your article down! Lots of folks are interested in personal accounts of paranormal activity.
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