• Christina Corsetti, H.S.

Theory #1

Some people believe that we’re ALL born with the ability to connect with the other side. Why? Because we haven’t been conditioned to ignore what society deems impossible.

The result of this innate paranormal ability is that young kids allow themselves to “see” things that adults might miss. Sadly, as we grow up and become more cynical and disbelieving of things unknown, that ability disappears.

Theory #2

Here’s a biological theory that’s actually quite convincing! Adult humans can only see 400nm – 700 nm on the electromagnetic spectrum. UVA light falls just below visible light at 400 – 315 nm. Infrared light falls just above at 750nm – 1mm. So in layman’s terms that means that what you are able to see of this world is quite limited – there are a lot of things happening just outside your vision that you’ll never witness.

Ok, so here’s where things get interesting. Young kids can see things at 380nm, putting them squarely in the UV range. When you consider the fact that several paranormal experts believe ghosts like to hang out in the UV and infrared ranges so that we humans can’t detect them, things get a little spooky. Next time you get annoyed at your child for zoning out and staring into space, consider the possibility that they’re really staring at a spirit!

Theory #3

Young babies often fixate on a point. Mothers might catch their newborns smiling happily at something interesting in the distance.

Well, one theory argues that since young babies only left the spirit world weeks before, they’re naturally more attuned to seeing ghostly visitors cross into their new world. In the video below, a child is happily chatting away when suddenly her eyes open wide, she sits back, and stares up at something that obviously surprised her (0:50). It’s a chilling moment and the girl’s rapt attention suggests that a spirit had caught her offguard.

What To Do If Your Child Sees Ghosts

Whatever you believe about ghostly spirits, if your child is adamant that they are seeing ‘someone’ or ‘something’ it’s important to take them seriously.

As a gut reaction you might be tempted to wallpaper your house in religious paraphernalia the second your child says they can see a ghosts, and I don’t blame you!

As a parent, the natural instinct to protect your baby kicks in when they confess to seeing dead people but that instinct can’t be put into action. You see, a ghost isn’t a live human being that you can kick in the face if you find it chillin’ by your kid’s bed. So finding out your child is dealing with visiting spirits often leaves parents feeling powerless because ghosts are something that you can’t see and, as a result, can’t control.

1. Don’t panic. Instead calmly ask your child to describe exactly what they’re seeing and listen. Make sure your interest is sincere. The more upset and disbelieving you are, the less your child will want to share with you.

2. Gauge the ghost’s emotional impact. If your child seems pretty OK with having a ghost BFF then maybe their paranormal acuity isn’t cause for panic. Again, it’s highly probable that your child will stop seeing spirits as they get older anyway. If your child is frightened then ease their terror by explaining that despite all the scary stories they might have heard, ghosts are just curious. They don’t mean any harm.

3. Direct attention away. Some parents will encourage these sightings and that’s OK! If you believe your child is is a medium and that she’s comfortable honing her craft, then go for it! However, many parents would rather keep the spirits at bay until their child grows out of it.

The good news is that paranormal experts believe ghosts will show themselves more frequently if they’re being acknowledged. After your child reveals that they can see ghosts, try to play with your child more instead of leaving them alone and read them to sleep at night. The more your child is engaged with real living people the less they’ll focus on the non-living people floating around the place.

  • Christina Corsetti, H.S.

“Automatic writing” is writing achieved without deliberation or conscious control. This can be through subconscious processes, or by acting as a medium for spirits or other supernatural forces.

The writer is generally not aware of the content of the writing until after the process is complete.

Automatic writing is a form of writing where one allows their subconscious mind, higher self or a spirit to guide their hands, in an effort to form a line of communication. This form of communication as a spiritual practice found prominence during the emergence of the spiritualist movement of the mid to late 19th century – however it has existed in different forms for many centuries before hand.

Traditionally, automatic writing (in its spiritual form), will involve the medium, the person the spirit works through, to be seated with a pencil, pen, quill and ink, or other writing implement in hand, and a large sheet of paper set out before them.

They may enter a trance-like state, allowing themselves to be more easily manipulated by a spirit (or other entity), who will control the mediums arm in order to write messages, symbols or even drawings, conveying the message.

Most times those who act as a spirit medium for this process are channeling messages from the deceased, but at times the messages can be coming from other sources, such as extraterrestrial life, or in some rare cases, other living people.

The writings can be in the form of answers to questions, guidance and even prophecies.

Another form of automatic writing is to have one relax and just write out thoughts as they come to them, no actual deliberation of thought, but to rather allow the words to spill out on the paper in whatever order they may come. This may result in actual messages being passed on through the higher self.

It is said some authors experience this as they fall into ‘the zone’, a state where everything works so perfectly that they are unaware they are even writing at all.

With much automatic writing being presented as symbols, or having the appearance of very rushed, very messy writing, skeptics point out it could just be the results of the ideomotor effect (another term for another time, but essentially involuntary/unconscious muscle twitches and contractions, ie movement), especially if a tool such as a planchette is being used.

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  • Christina Corsetti, H.S.

The greatest piece of evidence a paranormal investigating team can capture is a ghostly apparition. Of course, like any piece of evidence, it could be faked. There is much going on in the world today in technology. A ghost picture can easily be reproduced using an editing software program. But that is a topic for another article!

Ghostly apparitions are extremely rare. Many people who have seen one say it may look as real as you or me. Others say it looks transparent or semi-transparent. Still others say it may be surrounded by mist or it may be giving some kind of light, but these are few and far between. The general consensus is that a ghost looks pretty solid, much like a human being does. This is not very unusual as ghosts were people once!

Why do ghosts appear to human beings? There are many reasons, and this is what makes ghostly manifestations interesting, for it takes us to different types of hauntings. A ghost can appear to warn, advise, foretell or because he needs to focus on unfinished business. (This is referred to an interactive or intelligent haunting). A ghost can also appear in a battlefield, re-enacting this event; or walking through walls or doors, seemingly performing an everyday task in a house that clearly doesn’t fit the rooms or blueprints of the house you are in. (Residual hauntings, Historical and battlefield apparitions, stone-tape theory hauntings). One of the apparitions I actually found on the net speaks of ‘Atmospheric Apparitions’ and the strong imprint of the ghost in the location where he is seen. They relate this to quantum physics (time-slips) and other atmospheric hypothesis that have not been proved yet. Interesting to note, I have a theory of mine about time-slips and residual hauntings, but more about that later! Last but not least, are the apparitions that choose to make themselves known to a close friend or relative at the moment of their death as if saying goodbye. (Deathbed or crisis apparitions).

Whatever the kind of apparition or haunting, this much is clear: they are not as commonplace as they may seem and clearly only some people seem to be able to witness them.