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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:05 AM
I’ve searched through the paranormal studies forum for something similar to this but my search yielded no results thus far, apologies if this is indeed a duplicate. My aim however, was to find a single thread that hosted some of the best and most enlightening, that’s not to forget interesting and fascinating, threads listed on forums on the subject of the paranormal.

Now, the fact that after a great deal of time spent searching for one, and then finding none, I thought it’d be a good idea instead, to make one myself. This is why I’ve put this thread together. A thread that hopefully adds some of those other great threads, all of whom seemingly contribute to the studies part of the paranormal studies forum a great deal, all in one place for much easy viewing and for much easy future researching.

NOTE: I’ve also tried to add threads which have either interesting, important and/or helpful posts encased within them as well.

That being so, I do ask however that, and if possible of course, others decided to add to this list also. Reason being, the whole point of having something like this is so those of us who care a great deal about this topic, and all of us who researched and studied it have a single thread to refer back to. And a single thread to get advice and help from and it will only work if it’s constantly being updated with new and interesting material that has come to light.

So again, please do add to this thread if at all possible.

Thank You.

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*NOTE: Some posts are repeated in separate links below, but are added still to clarify what each post contains.

ATS Thread’s on Important Paranormal Phenomenon

Paranormal Definition

Paranormal Glossary A - C

Paranormal Glossary D - H

Paranormal Glossary I - M

Paranormal Glossary N - R

Paranormal Glossary S - Z

ATS Unrelated Websites Concerning the Paranormal Phenomenon

General Helpful Link's

Links used making this thread

ATS Thread’s on Important Paranormal Phenomenon

- NDE's (Near Death Experiences)

Blind people see during NDEs

Near-death experiences are real and we have the proof, say scientists

a look at the other side: My Near Death Experience...

i have died 3 time's...i know whats after thought

NDE similarities-Beyond the tunnel and light

My mothers near death experience-video

Interview video of my mother's visions-NDE

ATS.MIX: 58 - Dr. Raymond Moody - “Near Death Experiences”

- Demons

Demon Identification Help Required.

Demon voice box/ Incredible story!!!v Must read!!

Demon possessed woman calls into religious radio show

Call and capture a demon.

Demon Dog in Photograph

Demon outside my window?

Demons 101


EVP's.... how to record them

I Discernibly Hear Dead People!! **Recordings Added, Pg. 2**

ATS.P: EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) Recording Introduction

ATS.P: EVP Recording Part 1

ATS.P: EVP Recording Part 2

- Ouija Board

The death of Estefania Gutierrez lazáro - why you shouldnt play with the quija board.

I'm Going to Try the Ouija Board, any Tips, Tricks, or Suggestions?

The Ouija Board" - Documentary Film for TV

The Proper Way to Get Rid of a Ouija Board?

- Research and experiments

The Psychokinetic Ability Research Project

Report in - Prophetic dreams research

How Psychic Are You? A Thread to Find the Answer!

An Exercise that will help you Find your Inner "Third Eye"

Creating a Ghost – The Philip Aylesford Experiment

- Member Investigations

Paranormal Member Investigation @ Convict and Colonial Station. Photos!

Ghost Hunt At Casa De Ruiz Albuquerque NM

My roommate went to an abandoned insane asylum town in NJ. LOOK AT THIS PHOTO!

My investigations results about the mind-control :

- Threads with 500 + replies

About Real-Life Super-Powers

conscious Oobe....It's Real!!

Shocking: New Zealand and Australia are out of their place on the map

Something has changed, timeline?

"Higher light answers for questions"

"We are Gathering"

What is the strangest thing you've ever experienced?

Have I Disturbed Some One? (Revisited)

criss angel discussion...

Psychic Experiment: Please participate!

Ghost Rides Rocking Horse (Video)

- Threads with 115 + flags

What is the strangest thing you've ever experienced?

A Strange Feeling as of Late...

Random thoughts not so random - pay attention!

10 Earth Anomalies That You (Probably) Never Knew Existed

Something has changed, timeline?

Strange Happenings in Louisiana

The mysterious domes of Siberia's valley of death.

conscious Oobe....It's Real!!

Fourth Horse of the Apocalypse spotted at Egypt protests with VIDEO. Illusion or Omen?

Ok Remote Viewers! Remote View This! Experiment #3706.

Inadvertent Time Travellers

10 Unexplained Phenomena That You (Probably) Never Heard of Before

Untersberg - The Mystery Mountain

- Other

Exploring Ghosts, Souls, Orbs, Ectoplasm, Evil spirits and Poltergeists

Will We Continue to Live Once We Die?

Past Life Experiences and Understandings

Your scariest experiences contest that isnt a contest

Spontaneous Past-life Memory.

Is There Life After Death (YES!)

Project Stargate

So as I have stated already please do add to this (as well as request changes in the form of a post and/or send me a U2U

Thank you.

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:05 AM
- Paranormal definition

Para-nor-mal (par′ə nôr′məl)

Paranormal is an umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of reported anomalous phenomena. According to the Journal of Parapsychology, the term paranormal describes "any phenomenon that in one or more respects exceeds the limits of what is deemed physically possible according to current scientific assumptions."

So as the words “paranormal” could be so easily applied to so many variations of subjects I think it’s best to clarify what part of the paranormal this thread is aimed at specifically.

The Paranormal on ATS:

This forum is for the general discussion of a wide range of paranormal phenomena that includes remote viewing, ESP, OBE, telepathy, ghosts, spirits, etc. Participants should be aware that this is a highly speculative forum where topics and responses will tend to lean in favor of the existence of these phenomena. Those who would wish to refute these subjects should be aware of's tradition of supporting the free examination of "alternative topics" which includes the paranormal.

Also when dealing with this side of the paranormal it’s important to learn/Know a few phrases and definitions that could be very confusing to someone who is unfamiliar with or is new to paranormal studies.


Agent: The Agent is the person who is the sole focus of paranormal activity.

Amulet: Any magical object used to ward off misfortune and ensure good health and protection: lucky horseshoe, lucky rabbit's foot, silver coin, four-leaf clover...

Apparitions: An apparition is the physical appearance of a deceased person/animal, It could appear in any physical form, such as a vapour-like image, even for a very short period of time.

Partial bodied apparitions are usually shown more often but only show part of a body such as; torso or arms. They often appear as white (or various shades of white/gray) or solid black. Usually apparitions can appear to hover in the air. It is rare that apparitions show their legs or feet.

Apport: An Apport is the physical appearance of an object which usually appears during a séance which is supposed to be immediate and empirical evidence that a spiritual, supernatural realm has been accessed.

Asport: An Asport is the complete opposite of an Apport, it means that an object/living being has disappeared from its location.

Astral Body: A metaphysical state of being. The astral body is the "body of star-stuff" used to initiate out-of-body experiences. The astral body is mistakenly called the "soul," but is actually just a separate version of our physical bodies existing on a parallel plane.

Astral Plane: A collection of emotions, thoughts, actions and events from all of our Universes history. A type of "back-up" Universe which can be reached by learning how to move in the Astral body.

Astral Projection: Astral projection is when we achieve the ability to separate from our physical bodies whilst maintaining consciousness.

Various methods exist for learning to do this, and various other writings exist for what is capable while in this state. The best book I have found is Muldoon and Carrington's "The Projection of the Astral Body".

Aura: The Aura is in scientific terms, the normal electromagnetic field that surrounds the body; in metaphysical terms, the life force surrounding the body is presented in colour, with the colour corresponding the body’s physical and/or emotional state/states.

Automatism: Automatism is any unconscious and spontaneous muscular movement that is caused by spirits. Automatic writing and sleep walking are forms of automatism in some cases.

Autoscopy: Is/Can often be associated with looking back at one’s own body from a vantage point or position outside of the physical body. It associated with astral projection, as in the out of body experience which occurs when the astral body leaves the physical body and goes on a tour of the physical plane.

Autoscopy is also associated with seeing one's double or duplicate of one's own body.

Automatic Writing: Is Communication from a spirit in written form. The medium holds a pen or pencil against paper and allows the spirit to take possession or control of his or her hand to write out a message.

This can be a very dangerous method! As with all channelling methods (Ouija boards, crystals, etc.) you are opening a door way and have no control over who or what may come through, and no way to be sure to make it leave and "close the door".

Channeling: Is where a spirit communication where a spirit possesses a person in a meditative or trancelike state. The unseen spirit could be a deceased human being, an Angel, Demon or Elemental.

Another form of channelling is trance mediumship during a trance, mediums can be aware of their surroundings and listen to instructions of a spirit guide and converse with other people whilst passing on messages, words of wisdom or inviting questions.

Clairaudience: Is the ability to hear sounds that exist above the reach of common hearing.

Example: hearing the dead speak or make sounds. This is an example of Extra sensory perception. (ESP) It includes the audible perception of ghosts, spirits, and those who are on the astral realm. Clairaudience is essentially the ability of hearing the paranormal as opposed to seeing it.

Clairsentience: Is the ability to clearly feel or sense other peoples, your own or spirits emotions and sensations.

Clairvoyance: Is the ability of seeing objects or actions from normal viewing that is unexplainable by the natural laws of nature.

A form of ESP (Extrasensory Perception). The ability to have clear visual mental images or pictures and to see auras, spirits, or events through normal sight.

Cold Reading: Is a technique commonly used by fake mind readers, mediums and magicians which allows them to obtain previously unknown information about a person by asking a general series of statements, questions and answers.

Cold Spot: Is A small, defined area of intense cold (at least 10 degrees colder than the surrounding area) that can not readily be explained by other natural or mechanical causes (e.g. air conditioning, a drafty window, ice or snow). In paranormal research the prevailing theory is that when an entity is trying to manifest itself it draws on many sources of energy.

One of those sources is the heat energy in the air. As the entity draws the heat out of the air the area in that specific immediate location becomes unusually cold.

Collective Apparition: Is an unusual type of spirit sighting in which more than one person sees the exact same apparition.

Control: Is in the spirit world and is manifested by a medium, usually in a séance, to act on the medium's behalf as guide among the spirits. A control may appear as a disembodied voice, speaking through the medium's own voice, write with the medium's hand, be materialized visually either partially or full-form, or take full possession of the medium's body.

Crisis Apparition: A crisis apparition is a specific type of out-of-body experience in which the agent projects his or her astral body at a time of crisis or death to a particular percipient, usually a loved one.


Thank you to Wandering Scribe For adding to this list.


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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:05 AM
Daimon: Daimon is the Greek derivative for the term demon. n this sense the term "demon" means "replete with knowledge." The ancient Greeks thought there were good and bad demons called 'eudemons' and 'cacodemons.' The term 'daimon' means "divine power," "fate" or "god."

Daimons, in Greek mythology, included deified heroes. They were considered intermediary spirits between men and the gods. Good daimons were considered to be guardian spirits, giving guidance and protection to the ones they watched over. Bad daimons led people astray.

Socrates said he had a life-time daimon that always warned him of danger and bad judgment, but never directed his actions. He said his daimon was more accurate than omens of either watching the flights or reading the entrails of birds, which were two respected forms of divination of the time.

Dematerialization: dematerialise - dematerialize: become immaterial; disappear

Demon: Demons are said to have the ability to enter your home via the Ouija board, it is claimed that in such cases a demon will attach itself to an individual and not the home and therefore will follow where ever that person goes, similar too but not to be confused with possession.

Refers to an evil spirit and is associated with fallen angels, can also refer to the Devil which can be more powerful than man, but less powerful than God. A female demon is a Demoness.

Demonologist: A person who actively pursues demons and other nonhuman entitles both for study and to help people rid them from their lives.

Usually demonologists are very religious people as they believe strongly that only faith has the power to combat a demon. They are also usually schooled and or experienced in the field of psychology and mental health.

Direct Voice Phenomenon (DVP): Is a spirit voice, spoken directly to sitters at a séance. The sound usually seems to come from a point near the medium, or through a spirit horn or trumpet, but not from the mouth of the medium.

Dowsing (aka Divining): The ability to use a pair of rods (often metal) held in the hands to locate objects, most commonly water. A Y-shaped tree branch can also be used for finding water.

In the paranormal investigation field Dowsing Rods are sometimes used to locate energy sources that could be paranormal in nature.

Doppelganger: Meaning "double walker" in German, a doppelganger is, basically, the shadow every human has; however, there is some intelligence given to it. It may only be seen by its owner, although it is reported that pets can often see one's doppelganger.

The doppelganger is there for one's support and sympathy but will sometimes give advice, thoughts and ideas by whispering them in their owner's ear. While rare, doppelgangers will occasionally decide to make themselves seen by others and they do so by manifesting as a double of their owner.

They then go about playing tricks that can sometimes be quite mean, causing great distress for the owner's family and friends. If the owner sees their doppelganger in this complete form, it is a sign of bad luck and great misfortune, and some believe it means the owner will soon die. Other beliefs are that the doppelganger is one's astral body, one's soul or an apparition of a living person.

Earthbound: A term referring to a ghost or spirit that for some reason was unable to cross over to the other side at the time of their death and is stuck or attached to the earth.

Echolalia: A professional clinical word that means to repeat back what you hear. As applied to the paranormal field it means when a ghost or spirit repeats back something you have just said in order to show they are there and are trying to communicate with you.

The words repeated back could be EVP questions or just casual conversation. It is not clear why an entity might repeat back your words rather than respond on their own. Perhaps it is easier/simply for an entity to repeat what it has heard rather than form new words.

Ectoplasm: The substance left behind when an entity tries to manifest itself. Although still largely theoretical (none has yet been collected for chemical analysis) it has been photographed on many occasions. Ectoplasm often appears in photographs as a thick white mist or smoke in nearly straight lines.

Vapor and humidity is often mistaken for ectoplasm. It is rarely seen with the naked eye. It can, however, be felt as a dense area of cobweb-like strands.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP): The capture of spirit voices on magnetic tape as an audio recording. Many times, no sound is heard while the tape is recording. It's only upon playback that the harsh, hushed voices can be heard.

Electro Magnetic Field (EMF): A field of force associated with electric charge in motion. There is a theory that a high amount of electromagnetic energy can cause poltergeist activity, but also a theory that these same high energy levels attract spirit and that it is indeed spirit that cause the strange phenomena.

Elementals: Many societies believe in the existence of elemental spirits, those spirits that have never inhabited human form but consist of the base human emotions, such as love, anger, fear, etc. Elemental spirits are usually entrusted with the care and guarding of sacred areas and lands.

Entity: A generic all-encompassing term used to describe a paranormal object/being that is presumed to be a ghost or spirit. Since no one is yet 100% sure what paranormal objects really are the term "entity" is used as a pronoun to include any and all possible things such as ghosts, spirits, poltergeists, non-human spirits etc.

Exorcism: The expulsion of a ghost, spirit, demon, or other entity/entities thought to be possessing or haunting a human being or location.

The ritual, conducted by an exorcist, is usually religious in nature, and calls upon some Higher Power to cast out the evil force(s).

Extra Sensory Perception (ESP): The paranormal sensing of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. ESP is divided into three categories, telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition. ESP occurs in mediumship, possession, cases of apparitions, some cases of poltergeists, hauntings, near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences.

Fear Cage: A term used to describe a confined area such as a walk in closet, hallway or basement with very high EMF readings. The combination of being close and confined within an area of strong EMF often brings out extremely great feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, paranoia and/or uncontrollable fear.

When this occurs the best thing is to quickly and calmly leave the area and go to a more open area with lower EMF.

Ghost: A spirit or shade of a dead person believed to haunt people or previous habitats/locations. The spirit remains of a living being, strongly attached to the living realm by some form of emotional force.

Often ghosts do not realize that they are in fact dead. Others live out the routine of the day they died, and continue this in a cycle. Other ghosts interact with everyday life of the living.

Ghost Hunter: A person who searches for, finds, and sometimes is able to identify apparitions or the cause of spirit activity. A ghost investigation, on the other hand, is a carefully controlled research project, set up to record paranormal activity, usually at a location known or presumed to be haunted.

Half Real Objective: When you perceive nothing subjectively but obtain objective documentation.

Half Real Subjective: When you subjectively perceive something that was not documented via objective means.

Hallucination: A false or distorted perception of objects or events with a full belief in their reality. Ghosts, as we define them, are not hallucinations, because they have a real, external cause.

Haunting: The repeated manifestation of strange and inexplicable sensory phenomena said to be caused by ghosts or spirits. A ghost that returns to the same location is said to haunt it.

Ghosts generally haunt places, not people, however it is not unusual for a spirit to attach itself to a particular individual or family due to a familial connection.

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:06 AM
Ignis fatuus: Literally meaning "foolish fire," ignis fatuus are any of a variety of ghost or spectral lights. According to some folkloric traditions, the lights are souls of the dead; in other legends, they are imp-like spirits.

Intuition: The act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes; immediate cognition often through mystical or paranormal means.

Imprint (Imprinting: It is theorized that events and strong feelings/emotions can leave a copy or record of themselves on places (tunnels, rooms, fields etc) and objects (furniture, buildings, personal affects etc).

Most notably this occurs when a sudden and violent death occurs such as a powerful accident, a murder or other crime, a war or battle area etc.

The energy that is left can result in a non-intelligent haunting, usually a residual haunting. In these cases people often report seeing and hearing the same thing over and over like a tape playing, rewinding and playing again. Sometimes the event seems to be recorded on the specific location rather than a building, room or object.

There have been cases reported where an imprint haunting has occurred in a building, the building is later totally demolished and a new one built (or the area just left vacant) but the haunting still continues.

In the situation of imprinting on an object the haunting can follow the object through several owners. This is often reported with items purchased at a yard sale or flea market.

IR (Infrared): Infrared light is light from the lower end (long wave length/low frequency) of the electromagnetic spectrum (between the visible light spectrum and microwaves). IR light is not visible to the naked human eye without the use of special equipment.

IR is not to be confused with thermal imaging. While IR and thermal energy are both on the short end of the electromagnetic spectrum they are not the same thing.

There is evidence that ghosts/spirits and other paranormal entities may be more susceptible to being viewed (including video and image photography) using the IR light spectrum. IR sensors are also often used for measuring temperature and detecting movement.

Kinetic Energy: Energy needed to force an object at rest into motion. Objects in motion have kinetic energy. Energy is neither created nor destroyed. As the kinetic energy diminishes it changes into potential energy.

Ley Lines (aka LEY): The theoretical lines that can be drawn to connect ancient (and some modern) sites across a country, even around the world.

The term "Ley Line" ("Ley" being a Saxon word meaning meadow or cleared strip of ground) was first coined by Alfred Watkins in the early 1920's. He noticed that many ancient and prehistoric structures (e.g. mounds, stone circles, temples, river crossings, ceremonial hilltops, etc.) could be connected by straight lines.

Often these lines exactly fit compass directions, and sometimes at certain times of the year match up with star alignments. He also noticed that many of these lines intersect and where they intersect are significant other structures such as churches, temples, and burial grounds.

Some people believe Ley Lines also follow the natural magnetic forces of the Earth and therefore are very powerful for spiritual and mystic activity. Ley lines are also known as corpse ways, church paths, church lines, and coffin lines.

Lights Out Investigation: A paranormal investigation, usually conducted indoors and at night, where all the light sources and other electronic devices in the building have been turned off.

The equipment used for paranormal investigations is typically more sensitive at night and in the dark. Having lights off reduces the possibility of false or misleading evidence caused by reflections and glares.

Living Ghost: The manifestation of a ghost or entity, usually a living close family member or friend, that appears a long distance (sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles away!). This event usually coincides when the other person (the one manifesting) is facing an immediate great stress or life-threatening danger.

Examples include a aircraft pilot or crew flying through a storm, a soldier on the battle field, an automobile driver or passenger during a sever accident, etc. Some believe this is related to astral projection and out-of-the-body experiences.

Manifest/Manifestation: The act of an entity trying to make itself appear in our world. Entities are believed to exist mainly as energy with no physical form.

When an entity is trying to make itself appear or make its presence known in our world it is said to be manifesting itself; trying to make itself into some form of physical state.

Marian Apparitions: The appearance of the ghostlike figure of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

Materialization: The manifestation or production of some physical object or person from the spirit world. The most difficult and impressive materialization is all (or even part of) a human spirit, especially if the ghost's face is recognizable.

Medium: Someone who can communicate with spirits on behalf of another living being. The word suggests that the medium acts as a midway point, halfway between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Mist: An energy field that looks like a cloud or haze but has a paranormal ectoplasm substance. There may or may not be any particular shape, color (typically white or light colored), thickness, or consistency.

Moment Of Mortality: A ghostly manifestation that occurs when someone is at the exact moment of their death. A ghost, spirit or other apparition appears to a close friend or family member, It Can even happen over great distances (hundreds, even thousands, of miles away).

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:06 AM
Near Death Experience (NDE): Term applied to experiences undergone by persons who either seem to be at the point of death (or who are even formally declared dead) but then recover, or who narrowly escape death (as in an automobile accident) without being seriously injured;

most NDEs feature certain common elements, such as a feeling of indescribable peace, a sense of being out of one’ s body, a movement into a dark void or down a tunnel, seeing a brilliant light, and entering that light;

reports may also feature seeing one’s life “flash” in front of them, the encountering of an unseen presence, or being greeted by deceased relatives or religious figures.

Necromancy (Necromance): The attempt to conjure, summon or raise the dead in order to learn secrets and insights from the spirits to gain personal advantage or fortune over others. The person who is trying to perform the necromancy process is called a Necromancer.

This deals heavily into the unsavoury realm of magic, spells, and dark/forbidden witchcraft rituals. This can also be attempted with Tarot cards and Ouija boards.

Night Shot: A setting common on hand held video cameras. Originally it was a term used to describe the night vision (total darkness) recording capability of the Sony Handicam series of camcorders.

This term has since become synonymous with meaning any night vision/total darkness video camera or recording device regardless of the manufacturer.

Non-Human/In-Human Spirit: An entity (ghost or spirit) that is not the result of a human person that once lived on Earth. This category also includes angels, demons, devils etc.

It is not known exactly where these kinds of entities come from but it is reasonably well accepted by the paranormal community these spirits are not from people who had lived on Earth and have since died. An encounter with non-human spirits is rare and usually dramatic.

Orb: Orbs appear to be a form of energy of an unknown origin. An orb can take different shapes. They can also be seen by the naked eye, but most of the time you only get orb sightings in photographs, and on video tape (VHS).

They seem to defy gravity and change directions quickly. They seem to also twinkle and the presence of people make them react. They appear both indoors and outdoors.

False orbs tend to be transparent and pale white, or blue. Real genuine orbs tend to appear dense or brighter on film.

To increase the probability of you getting a photograph of a genuine orb, it is good to take the photograph at the same time as other unusual phenomenon are experienced, such as sharp changes in temperature, and increases in electromagnetic energy.

In a genuine orb there is a nucleus. It has concentric circles or bands within. It can be active in visible realm, but more active in infrared. They appear abundantly in supposed haunted locations. Drops of rain, specks of dust, insects, reflections, as well as many other things can be mistaken for orbs.

Ouija Board: A board pre-printed with letters, numerals, and words used by mediums to receive spirit communications. Usually a planchette is employed to spell out words or point out numbers or words.

A game version of the Ouija board was mass-marketed as OUIJA by Parker Brothers in 1966 and is currently distributed by Hasbro.

Out-of-body experience (OBE): An experience, either spontaneous or induced, in which one’s centre of consciousness seems to be in a location outside of one’s physical body;

there are two types of OBE experiences, the first involving the person believing themselves to possess a duplicate body, occasionally attached to the physical body via a “sliver” cord, and the second involving the person feeling entirely bodiless; in either case, many OBEs are characterized by the individual looking down upon their inert, physical body, seeing and hearing people gathered around their physical form and perceiving objects and events normally outside the range of physical senses.

Paranormal: Something that is beyond the range of normal human experience or scientific explanation.

Parapsychology: One who studies parapsychology

Percipient: A person who sees (i.e., perceives) an apparition or ghost.

Poltergeist: A general term applied to a variety of site, or sometimes person-, specific physical phenomena. These can include temperature variations, anomalous sounds, and movement of physical objects. The word 'poltergeist' literally means 'noisy spirit' and was coined back when such phenomena were thought to be due to the presence of some sort of mischievous entity.

Currently, poltergeist phenomena are usually considered to be related either to unusual physical conditions at the affected site, or to be related to psycho kinesis. Anecdotal reports suggest that many poltergeists focus on an individual under some form of emotional stress.

Precognition: A form of ESP in which the target is some future event that cannot be deduced from normal, presently known data.

Psi: A blanket term used to denote or describe paranormal events, processes and causes.

Psychic: Popular term used to denote a person who regularly uses, or who appears to be especially gifted with, psi abilities. Also refers to general phenomena related to the mind.

A psychic person uses empathic feelings to tap into nonphysical forces.

Radio Voice Phenomenon (RVP): Receiving the voice of a deceased human being over a regular radio.

Reciprocal Apparition: An exceedingly rare type of spirit phenomenon in which both the agent and percipient see and respond to each other.

Remote Viewing: Ability to access distant or shielded information primarily of visual character, such as natural or structural features, via an unknown mental process.

RV can include other sensory modes, such as feelings, motion, or sound. Some individuals associate specific approaches, or protocols, with RV. Other similar terms: remote perception, enhanced perception, extrasensory perception (ESP).

Residual Haunting: Non conscious and unintelligent (no thought or purposely actions), usually appear as person but can sometimes be a group of people, and animal or any non living thing. An example is the famous "Flying Dutchman" legend.

There are no interactions with observers. They stay in the same location replaying the same event over and over usually on some rhythmic cycle or pattern (though what the pattern is can be hard to determine). Sometimes causing electrical environment interference to occur often compared to a video recording that automatically plays itself over and over.

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:06 AM
Scrying:A term used to cover a wide range of divination techniques which parapsychology would tend to classify as types of ESP.

Most scrying techniques involve some degree of fixation on a surface with a clear optical depth (e.g. a crystal ball, a pool of ink or deep water) or on an area which shows random patterns (e.g. flames in a fire, smoke), the idea being that subconscious information available to the scrying will be manifested in their interpretation of the imagery or random patterns they see.

Techniques using a clear optical depth are actually very similar to the idea behind the homogenous visual field used in Ganzfeld ESP research.

Séance: A gathering of individuals, usually led by a medium, for the purpose of receiving spirit manifestations or communication with the dead. Also known as a "sitting," a "spirit circle," or simply, a "circle."

Shadow People: (Shadow Beings, Shadow Entities) Shadows refer to the possible paranormal apparition which appears as a dark human-form manifestation. We say "possible" paranormal apparition since the true nature of this type of paranormal event is still unknown and the subject of much research

Shaman: A wizard in tribal societies who is an intermediary between the living, the dead, and the gods.

Sigil: An abstract symbol used in magical ritual and ceremony to metaphorically present an image of the desired outcome. May also be used to create a magically charged representation of a magical being for use in summoning or invocations.

Stigmata: Term used to refer to the marks which appear spontaneously on the surface of the body in imitation of the wounds believed to have been received by Jesus Christ at the Crucifixion;

sometimes observed on the bodies of certain devout individuals, and may also be induced by auto-suggestion or under hypnosis.

Supernatural: Something that exists or occurs through some means other than any known force in nature. As opposed to paranormal, the term "supernatural" often connotes divine or demonic intervention.

Talisman: An item that is magically consecrated and blessed in ritual or ceremony for the expressed purpose of bringing about a specific change in the magician's environment.

Talking Board: Any number of alpha-numeric set-ups in which a planchette, or cursor, is placed within the alpha-numeric arrangements so that disembodied forces may move it. The goal is to have the disembodied presence spell out edicts, commands or messages regarding questions asked of it. Examples include: automatic writing, the Ouija, spirit boards, blank slates and more.

Telekinesis: (Telekinetic power) The ability to manipulate physical objects using the body’s static electrical charges. Chi is the Asian term for telekinesis.

Psychic extension of the person transported through the electrical field surrounding the individual more commonly known as a persons' ability to move object with just their mind and thoughts.

Telepathy: Communication using the mind as opposed to other senses.

Ultraviolet (UV): Ultraviolet light is light from the upper end (long wave length/low frequency) of the electromagnetic spectrum. As with Infrared light, UV light is normally not visible to the naked human eye without the use of special viewing or photography equipment.

Some paranormal investigators have experimented with using UV light to take video of ghosts and other paranormal entities. The results have been indeterminate.

Other paranormal investigators have claimed UV light is an effective barrier to block demonic entities.

Vortex-Vortices, Vortexes: A concentrated yet brief area of high electromagnetic energy often found in photographs taken at paranormally active locations. The often appear as sold (opaque) white or silver tubes, rods, or elongated ovals.

They can also appear to be braided like a rope or chain (care has to be taken to ensure it is not a rope, chain, camera strap etc). A vortex is not an entity.

However, some paranormal researchers believe a vortex is a momentary doorway or portal to another realm that allows entities and other paranormal phenomena to come into our world.

Some researchers also believe vortexes are linked to the Earth's own electromagnetic fields which at least in part help determine when these portals open/close. It is also believed that some locations are more prone to having active vortices due to the alignment of the Earth's magnetic field and local geological structure.

White Noise: White noise is the random non-descript static sound produced by various electronic devices. The sound covers and combines all wavelengths and frequencies.

In this way it is like the colour white which is really a combination of all colours.

Hence the name white noise – the combination of all sounds. Examples of common white noise sources are the radio or television static when set to an empty channel, the hum of an electric fan motor and the babbling sound of a fast moving stream or brook.

Whole Real: When you are able to document an experience both objectively and subjectively. There are three different types of whole real:

  • Type I: When the subjective and the objective appear at the same time.
  • Type II: When the subjective and the objective appear at different times.
  • Type III: A combination of types I and II when the subjective and objective match but additional information is documented on either side.

Zener Cards: ESP cards, named after psychologist Karl Zener, who apparently suggested the symbols used on the cards – circle, cross, square, star and wavy lines.

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Please do remember that not all of these are strictly paranormal phrases or are 100% related to the paranormal at all but they may still be used in that specific line of work.

And also please feel free to add some to the list that I may have missed out or if you wish, a better and more in depth definition than what I have added, please do so by sending me a U2U.

Thank You.


Thank you to Wandering Scribe For adding to this list.


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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:07 AM
ATS Unrelated Websites Concerning the Paranormal Phenomenon

- Shadow People

Official Shadow People Archive

Shadow People Story Archive

Shadow People Archive: Coping with Shadow People

Shadow People stories Page

Wikipedia : Shadow People

Angels Ghosts: Shadow People

The Psychic Detective: Who or What are Shadow People

The Psychic Detective: Sleep Paralysis & Shadow People

The Psychic Detective: Types of Shadow People

The Psychic Detective: Shadow People Theories

Crystalinks: Shadow People

Monstropedia: Shadow People

Ghostweb: Shadow People Paranormal Phenomenon: Shadow People

- Orbs

Mostly Haunted: Orbs in Paranormal Photography

Wikipedia: Orbs

The Orb Zone: So what are Orbs?

The Orb Zone: Scientific Evidence of Orbs

The Orb Zone: Explaining the Causes of Orbs

Are Orbs Paranormal: 3 Strong Reasons to Prove the Spiritual Nature of Orbs

- Poltergeists

Wikipedia: Poltergeists

Themystica: Poltergeists

MysticalBlaze: Poltergeists What are poltergeists

TrueGhostTales: What is a poltergeist

Daily Mail: The sinister images caught on camera that could prove poltergeists DO exist...

Poltegeists description

Investigating Poltergeist Activity

Monstropedia: Poltergeists All About Poltergeist Activity


Wikipedia: EVP

EVP Recordings

EVP Research Association UK

EVP History

Angels & Ghosts: EVP Recording

Ghost Voices! EVP Voice Recordings of Ghosts

- Ghost Hunting Tips:

Pre-Ghost Hunting Tips

Ghost Hunting Code

How to Take Pictures of Ghosts

How to Hunt for Ghosts

How to Record Ghost Voices

Standards & Protocols for Ghost Hunting

Possible Ghost Hunting Equipment

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:20 AM

Thank you so much for this, it will help me out in my research and experiments

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:57 AM
Whoa, this thread could be a site of its own. Thank you, S&F. However, I would like to offer some skeptical balance:

That is a skeptical article about parapsychology with links to skeptical articles about most of the paranormal phenomena addressed in the OP. The sources for the skeptical claims are well cited in the articles. If you want a balanced representation of the material, I recommond that you review the skeptical arguments in addition to the pro-psi material that is availible in the OP; that link and the links from that page are an excellent place to start. I'm not trying to take away from your work here - it's great. I'm trying present alternative perspectives on the relevant material.

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 12:40 PM
reply to post by OnceReturned

Thank you!!

No please i really do want more people to add to this thread so out of curiosity from that link you gave is there anything specific you want me to add??

and if so then where?

EDIT TO ADD: I already added your link

(Click Here)

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 12:57 PM
Wow, that must have taken some effort to put together.

Thanks for the resources. It will certainly take some time to sift through!

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posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 01:06 PM
reply to post by Rising Against

I am glad that you included it. I respect you for including the skeptical position, I don't think many people would. I think that that one particular link to parapsychology in general ought to do it; that page contains links to similar articles on nearly every paranormal phenomenon. It's pretty strict skepticism, perhaps to the point of being fairly hard headed in some cases, but it certainly makes clear the skeptical understand of many of these issues. If we're going to entertain the idea that this stuff might be real, we need to be aware of what we're up against.

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 01:10 PM
Wow S+f definitely. I got me some reading to do. Anyone that could sticky this that would be awesome.

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 01:14 PM
reply to post by OnceReturned

I don't think many people would.

Well I think it's incredibly important because just looking at one side of the story so to speak isn't really going to improve or advance our knowledge in the slightest.

Also I’m trying to go through those links that were included in your link (there is alot! lol) and I’ll try and add some to other sections but just having the link (you provided) in the general helpful links section should be enough there.

So thank you very much and any more links both skeptical or not would be greatly appreciated and that applies to everyone.

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 02:11 PM
Wonderful work, Rising Against. S&F from me too. I'll take a look through your dictionary of terminology and see if there is anything I may be able to add there. Religious, spiritual, and paranormal studies are one of my major life focuses. I'll edit this post with either missing definitions, or updated definitions for your glossary. Thanks for doing this, it will be a big help to many, many users on these boards.

~ Scribe

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 02:44 PM
Thank you

And yes being a help to others was one of the main inspirations for making this thread in the first place but I just wanted to have all of this in one place (which this thread never had) and because like you said it would be a big help to others as well as myself.

But yes please do add to it and I can still edit my posts right now (not long till I won’t be able to so please do let me know if you have added something to your post by sending mea U2U so I can add it or if needs be I’ll contact a MOD so he can add it instead.

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 02:50 PM
A plethora of information. Great for the people who want to have an extensive read of the paranormal events.

S&F man, great thread

posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 04:55 PM
Thank you and so if anyone does have anything to add then please do so!

posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 03:32 PM
reply to post by Monsieur Neary

Glad you enjoyed it and yes it did take a while but it's worth it lol

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