Glossary

Paranormal Terms
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C

Cleansing

Cleansing - A less ritualized form of exorcism, where-in a dwelling or site is purified and malevolent influences are banished through prayers, spoken as the petitioner moves through the area. See also Smudging

Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology - The study of “hidden animals” including Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monsters, Yeti, Myakka Skunk Ape, and hundreds of other crypt ids. Look for Loren Coleman, the leading expert with the largest Cryptid museum.

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E

EMF Electromagnetic Field

Electromagnetic Field (also EMF or EM field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. Possibly one of the most contested theories made popular by Sci-Fi. A lot of things can create and radiate EMF. Even flourescent bulbs that have been turned off can radiate EMF at random intervals. The belief is that a spirit is made of energy and will produce EMF. When using an EMF detector like a K2 meter you need to be aware of what is around you. Some people are very senstive to EMF and it will cause illness, illusions, headaches, among other things. The paranormal group will do a sweep to find any hot spots and will take note of them. If they get some readings in an area that was previously clean of EMF they might be contacting a spirit. It shouldn't be used as "evidence" but rather something to back up other actual evidence.

EVP Electronic Voice Phenomenon

Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) – Sounds found on electronic as well as analog recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. The word/sound will not be heard at the time of the recording. If it is heard than it becomes an AVP, Audible Voice Phenomenon.

Eye Matrixing

Eye Matrixing - When you see recognizable shapes in unrecognizable patterns. Your brain searches to make sense of nonsense and that leads you to see things that aren't there. Rabbits in the clouds, eyes in the textured walls, demons in the dust photo you thought were Orbs. Just your eyes playing mind games.

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F

Full Spectrum

Full-spectrum light is light that covers the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared to near-ultraviolet.

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I

Infrared

Infrared (IR) is invisible radiant energy. Night-vision devices using active near-infrared illumination allow people or animals to be observed without the observer being detected.IR

Intelligent Haunting

Intelligent Haunting - Case in which there is interaction on the physical plane as in communication or object movement.

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O

Orbs

 

Orbs - The term orb describes unexpected, typically circular artifacts that occur in photography and video. Here is a video showing various causes of "Orbs". Real Orbs would be visible balls of light that change shape and color. 99% of Orbs people claim to be "spirits" are dust, bugs, or reflections. Rain and snow can also appear to be Orb looking. Yes if you zoom way in you will see faces. That is called Eye Matrixing.

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R

Residual Haunting

Residual Haunting - Case in which an event or scene is re-enacted and is not affected by any external influences. These types of hauntings wont interact with the living. It would repeat itself without much change. An example would be footsteps heading up the stairs and into a certain room that doesn't change overtime.

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S

Smudging

Smudging - Essentially, a smudge ritual or a smudge ceremony is performed to correct the energy in a home, in an office, in an object, or even in a person. This is accomplished by burning sage in a focused, intentional way to cleanse out negative energy and to replenish positive, healing energy. Most of us in MPF have smudged our houses and/or vehicles at least once. If we preform an investigation at your property and find evidence of a haunting we can provide you with a sudge stick. Here are the steps;

1 - Use sage if you are not following a specific tradition. Dozens of Native American tribes and other cultures have their own smudging ceremonies, and each one has its own traditions concerning which plants to use. Sage is probably the most common choice. Make sure it is dry Sage.

2 - Choose a natural container to hold it in, or bundle the herb into a bunch. Clay or stone bowls are commonly used in smudging rituals. Bundles of sage are called "smudge sticks"

3 - If you want to use a feather, pick an eagle, hawk, or turkey feather. Many people use a feather or fan of feathers to waft the smoke during a smudging ceremony. I should note, only Native Americans can own an Eagle feather.

4 -Pray or give thanks. You and anyone else present should enter the ceremony with good intentions. Pray to the world's creator, to spirits, or in whatever way you feel comfortable. If you do not wish to pray, talk or think about your gratitude toward the plants and the earth that produces them.

  • You may continue to pray throughout the ceremony, either silently or aloud. Many people believe the smoke carries your prayers.

5 - Place the dried herbs in the container or bundle them together. You may already have a prepared "smudge stick", or bundle of herbs which can be used for multiple ceremonies. Otherwise, place a small handful of the dried plant material into a natural container, such as a clay, stone, or abalone shell bowl.

6 - Burn the herbs to produce smoke, not fire. You can light the plants with any source of fire, although some people feel more in touch with the ceremony if they use matches rather than a lighter or torch. Let the fire catch hold for about 30 seconds, then blow it out so the herbs are only producing smoke.

  • Feel free to relight the herbs or add more during the ceremony if the smoke starts running out.

7 -  Purify each participant by fanning the smoke over their body. Typically, each participant is smudged before the house is. There is no one correct way to perform this part of the ceremony, although one suggestion is described below. Just make sure each participant rubs the smoke against their body and focuses on their ritual purification.

  • If you have an eagle, hawk, or turkey feather, use it to fan the smoke.
  • When you are being purified, use your hands as a cup to catch the smoke, then pass it over yourself or rub it against your skin. In some areas, people put their hands palms downward when they're finished.

8 -  Walk around the perimeter of the house or room, wafting the smoke to each corner and outside. Use a feather to push the smoke to each place in the house, or use your hands. As you pass by an open door or window, you may use the feather to push the smoke outside, carrying with it the negative energies. Make sure to get smoke into every corner and each window and door. Spirit will try to hide form it.

9 - Let the ashes cool, then return them to the earth. Thank the earth for providing a sacrifice of plants for you to use, and thank the plants and fire as well. Ashes will provide nutrients back to the soil. This act has a different interpretation in some traditions: the Anishinaabe place the ashes outside to symbolize leaving negative feelings outside the door. If using a smudge stick, extinguish it by gently stubbing it against a hard surface. Return the ash and broken fragments to the soil, and store the stick in a special location off the ground for later use.

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