Paranormal Is Normal (Article)
The paranormal is reality that has not yet been explained or scientifically proven. The paranormal is NOT evil; nor is it devil or pagan worship. It is unexplained occurrences that have been a part of almost every human culture since the beginning of written history.
There are several “official” definitions for the Paranormal:
“Events that are seemingly outside normal sensory channels.”
“A general term that describes unusual experiences that lack a scientific explanation.”
“An umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of reported anomalous phenomena.”
“Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.”
“Events above the normal or everyday experiences. Events that can not be readily explained by known conventional reasons and/or commonly accepted science.”
I beg to differ with all of these explanations. For me, the Paranormal is normal; and it’s been normal for me throughout my entire life. I’m not alone—there are many people who believe “normal” is a relative term. What is normal for some can be abnormal for others. So, let’s look at the established definition of the word, “normal”:
“Being approximately average or within certain limits.”
“In accordance with scientific laws.”
“Conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal.”
I would like to add one definition of my own: “Normal is a proven fact based on scientific experimentation using the knowledge and experiences of which we are presently aware.”
Before Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas, “normal” was that the Earth was a flat surface from which a ship would fall off “the face of the Earth” if they sailed over the edge of it. Columbus and other contemporary explorers scientifically proved that our planet is and orb and not a flat surface. Not until the late 15th century did the general public begin to believe that the “normal” was the Earth is round.
Scientists and Astronomers believed and attested to the fact that the planets in our solar system revolved around the Earth until the 17th century. In 250 B.C. a brave man named Aristarchus of Samos attempted to convince the scientists of his day that the Sun was actually our universe’s center. It took a long time for this theory to be accepted, and Aristar was considered crazy for doubting the scientific evidence of the era that countered his theory. It wasn’t until 1543 A.D. when Copernicaus published his book, “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, Libri VI” that the concept of the sun being the center of our universe was seriously looked at again. However, it wasn’t until the late 1600s that this information changed from theory to established fact.
Before the discovery of the mountain gorilla in 1902 these animals were considered
a myth. A few explorers might have
captured a glimpse of one or two gorillas on occasion and reported their
sightings to the unbelieving public. In
1847 the first gorilla scull was found in
Africa and passed on to the scientific community. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s when a live gorilla was captured that the mountain gorilla was taken off the “paranormal” list and added to the “normal.”
There are many more examples of what is termed as normal changing as humans learned more about their environment and the Universe. (Pluto being one of them—I was taught in school that Pluto was a plant—now it’s not.) Normal is a relative term, and is ever-changing. The more knowledge we acquire the faster what is considered normal varies from what was established a year before. In the 1950s it was normal that every household in America had only one car and a black and white television…and no microwaves, no colored television sets, no electronic adding machines, no cell phones, no computers, no video games, etc., etc., etc.
All this being the case, let’s go back to our original question . . . The paranormal, what is it? Some humans seem to turn a blind eye to anything they weren’t taught about in school. Many also believe that if it’s not in the Bible, it doesn’t exist. (The dinosaur bones that grace the halls of natural history museums all over the world were created and not really dug up.) It’s a good thing there are people who don’t wear blinders to what is happening around them. There are people like Thomas Edison who question everything and go out of their way to prove there is more out there than what they had been taught. To these brave men and women, there is no such thing as “paranormal.” Everything is normal, although we might not currently have all the knowledge we need to prove it yet.
What does it take to move a theory from the paranormal column over to the established normal column? A great deal of evidence—so much that there can be no doubt by anyone that a fact is true. Unfortunately, first hand experiences are not considered scientific proof of what is normal. Throughout the centuries there have been thousands of reports of Spirit/Ghost, Big Foot, Nessie and UFO sightings. All have been photographed and filmed from just about every country on our planet, and yet each phenomena is still considered to be paranormal by most scientists and the general public. (Although, I do see some hope on the horizon for UFOs. In 2010 the United Nations appointed an Alien and UFO Ambassador. The time is coming when we will be able to move UFOs over to the normal column. And once this occurs, there will be many “proven facts” that will be discarded in the process.)
There have been thousands of recorded voices and sounds made by spirits who have passed on to the next dimension. How many recordings would it take to bring Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs) from the paranormal to the normal?
Here are a few other bits of little-known information to ponder. Did you know that . . .
. . . before his death, Thomas Edison was working on a device that would enable spirits to communicate with the living? Edison was a firm believer in our energy surviving after death.
. . . Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, was a member of the spiritualist movement and by 1855 there were over two million followers?
. . . there was a UFO sighting and crash in Aurora, Texas in 1873, which was two years before the invention of the airplane? There is a grave of an alien buried in the city’s local cemetery. There have been UFO sightings on just about every U.S. manned space flight, and the astronautics don’t seem to be afraid to talk about their experiences.
. . . hundreds of people, some very famous, have reported having Near Death Experiences (NDE), including Jane Seymour, Chevy Chase, and Elizabeth Taylor? Just about every person who has had a near death experience states that it has changed their lives. However, their doctors still state that what was experienced was drug induced or the patient’s imagination, even though they can report ver batim what was happening in the room after they were pronounced dead?
. . . historical references trace vampires back to 1047. They document a Russian Prince as "Upir Lichy" or Wicked Vampire.
. . . true crop circles have been known to heal illnesses of people who sit within their circles? The circles have appeared in broad daylight in a field within minutes. Unexplained crop circles have been appearing since 1678. Most crop circles have been created above or near water sources or ancient monument sites. (e.g.: Stonehenge) There is never an indication of entrance or exit paths to these crop circles. The crops in true crop circles are not only undamaged, but they continue to ripen normally even tough the stalks never regain their upright position. Many UFO sightings have been reported before or right after the crop circles have been discovered. True crop circles are perfectly geometric in every way.
In Avebury, England this is a newspaper article in the local paper: Police Officer Sees Aliens at Crop Circle by Alastair Jamieson
"A police officer contacted British UFO experts after seeing three aliens examining a freshly made crop circle near Avebury, Wiltshire.." Crop circle researcher Andrew Russell, who is investigating the bizarre sighting on behalf of the officer states,"He stopped his car and approached the crop circle and at first he thought they were forensic officers as they were dressed in white coveralls. The figures were all over 6 feet tall and had blond hair and seemed to be inspecting the crop". When he got to the edge of the field he heard a crackling noise where the crop was moving gently. "He shouted to the figures who, at first, ignored him, but when he tried to enter the field they looked up and began running. 'He said; "They ran faster than any man I have ever seen. I'm no slouch but they were moving so fast. I looked away for a second and when I looked back they were gone. I then got scared and got an uneasy feeling and headed for the car. For the rest of the day I had a pounding headache. "The bizarre incident occurred on the morning of July 6, 2009. Wiltshire Police have refused to comment on the incident, saying it is a "personal matter" for the officer involved. -- Wiltshire, England.
. . . the graves and remains of King Arthur and his wife Guinevere were found in the churchyard of St. Dunstan in Glastonbury, England in the year 1190?
There are so many unexplained events that occur every day all over the world that it’s almost impossible to keep up with them all. And since there are so many of these events, how can they be classified as “Paranormal?”