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Paranormal and Ghost Research Methodology

Introduction

Methodology  is a system used in a particular area of study or activity. Hence, understanding the mystery of life is similar to a kid  starting to learn a formal lesson according to a set of learning methodology. Similarly, in real life, we are learning about our surroundings through our fundamental five physical senses that has become the only tool with different approaches and methodology that one carries out, to understand their own reality based on one’s perceptions and beliefs. Meanwhile, in paranormal and ghost research investigations; the research methodology also differs among paranormal and ghost researchers. Yet, the objective of an investigation itself determines the approach and methodology in the paranormal and ghost research that one will carry out during an investigation. However, paranormal and ghost research has its very own sets of standards and protocols of conduct that are not only essential for any ghost research methodologies, but also mandatory.

Ghost research has its very own sets of standards and protocols of conduct …
Ghost research has its very own sets of standards and protocols of conduct …

The scientific beliefs on parallel dimensions

Similarly, the research methodology by the scientific community with regards to paranormal and ghost belief also differs. Yet, research conclusions are similar that ghost exist, but both use different terminologies. Paranormal and ghost researchers use ‘ghost’ to refer to ghosts, while the scientific community uses ‘alien civilisation’ to indicate the existence of living energy. Furthermore, the scientific beliefs regarding the existence of parallel dimensions have been widely accepted,and evidence have been released through both laboratory research and paranormal photography, but the knowledge is most likely confined only among those involved in the research. In fact, among the paranormal researchers this knowledge is still new, unless we have intensively been following scientific research findings, or have taken the International Ghost Hunters Society (IGHS) home study course for Certified Phase Displacement Practitioner (PDP) and/or have read the IGHS E-Book The Truth about Parallel Dimensions, the books authored by Michio Kaku the Parallel Worlds and Hyperspace, as well as books authored by Fred Alan Wolf titled Parallel Universes and The Spiritual Universe. 

Our Own Experience in Paranormal and Ghost Research Methodology

Therefore, when I look back after 12 years having been involved in paranormal and ghost research where I have combined three methods in paranormal and ghost research to document the existence of the spiritual world which are photography using both film and digital camera, videography and Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recording, all these have given me the chance to see a larger picture of spirit existence that the so called paranormal.

Paranormal Videography

I have 12 years experience in outdoor video shooting following the IGHS recommended method, resulting in always successfully capturing more evidence of the existence of spirits of the dead. In fact, to date, I have also been using CCTV technology during ghost research. Furthermore, the advantage of using video is that we are able to determine if what we had captured, is related to ghost activity or to insects. Since spirits of the dead are represented by energy, therefore sometimes the anomalies will disappear before they manage to cross the screen area.

CCTV technology in the future will be the best equipment for ghost research.
CCTV technology in the future will be the best equipment for ghost research.

Unfortunately, in certain events, photography may not be able to explain the weirdness of paranormal nature itself because of its inability to record every detail of the event. One good example of a fish-like image that is valid as the energy of spirits of the dead – might be seen as an insect by one. Therefore, this lack of explanation in photography can be easily explained through video photography. Interestingly, after many years dabbling in ghost research with the video photography methodology, I have found that both infrared and external light works well without any limitation, but it must be mounted on a tripod. Hence Paranormal videography is most successful at completely recording paranormal events. 

Paranormal Photography

Paranormal photography using film or digital camera is the most common tool used by ghost researchers and investigators during their investigation. Point and press method is the easier paranormal and ghost research methodology on capturing ghost existence. Yet, this method works best if using a DSLR camera with an external light. As for an ordinary digital camera, it works well only within a distance of 12 feet, because of the lighting limitation that is needed to highlight the presence of ghost energy . Furthermore, it is recommended that one should use their inner feelings when taking paranormal photography, as paranormal photography is totally different from capturing ordinary photos of a landscape. Paranormal photography is a conventional method that gives us the opportunity to see  high details of a paranormal event in still form.

Paranormal photography has limitations, in that it cannot record the actual event such as this paranormal image, whereas paranormal videography has the capability of recording a complete event.
Paranormal photography has limitations, in that it cannot record the actual event such as this paranormal image, whereas paranormal videography has the capability of recording a complete event.

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) Research

EVP research is another paranormal and ghost research methodology in documenting the presence of ghosts. However, this method needs one’s understanding and knowledge in paranormal nature, as the documentation is in audio form. Furthermore, in paranormal and ghost research, what you are looking for is an extra ordinary audio that comes from beyond – considered as paranormal in nature. The recording can be done anyway, but without understanding on paranormal and ghost presence, coupled with basic knowledge of EVP research, one can be easily fail to record or even to analyse any audio related to paranormal and ghost existence. Therefore, EVP research only can be done if one has knowledge on the paranormal phenomenon, and how people from beyond communicate with us through voices, by manipulating energy and converting them into audio – The voices of the dead.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, the EVP research fields are very new indeed – just 12 years to date. In fact, I am the first IGHS certified EVP researcher in this country. In this field, I have discovered solid evidences of parallel dimensions, paranormal and ghost existence in the form of an audio that have been  captured during the solar and geomagnetic storms, proving that a home is not necessarily haunted but rather, the paranormal activities of the other side which are the parallel dimensions also known as the spiritual world – will overlap into our domain. Therefore, I believe paranormal activities and sightings during this time are related to the overlapping dimensions of paranormal nature origin. Interestingly, this method of documenting the existence of paranormal activities and spirits of the dead has given me the chance to realise the existence of life in the nearest parallel dimension, and at the same time proves the existence of the ‘paranormal’ terminology derived from the continuation of life in the afterlife.

Our Success in Documenting Spirit Existence is According to Spirits’ Freewill

In my paranormal investigations through EVP in our home that has no sign of being haunted nor has paranormal activity, yet, I have managed to capture more EVPs especially during the geomagnetic and solar storms, identifiably multi racial EVPs talking about different topics – but of course there are also spirits that would interact with us. In fact, the fact why I could not capture them using a camera may be because they do not want to be seen as ghosts, as one of the spirits came, simply opened one of the room doors and said, “I don’t want you to see me as ghost”. The dead is aware of their present consciousness, yet at the same time, they are helping us to understand our fear related to  the paranormal, and ghosts. 

Magnetic voice recorded was one of the best tools that Malaysian Ghost Research have used that record EVP without or less static noise…
Magnetic voice recorded was one of the best tools that Malaysian Ghost Research have used that record EVP without or less static noise…

Interestingly on one occasion, I had managed to record a paranormal event in the form of audio; an EVP of a male dog barking inside our home from the parallel dimension considered to be the voices from beyond, while the neighbourhood dogs could also be heard barking in the background. However, we have no dog or kitten, as two dogs my wife had, had died something like more than twenty years ago. Therefore, this is to prove that every living energy including animals and non-living things continue to exist at the higher dimension beyond the touch of human thinking. Therefore, paranormal origin is not only related to ghosts, but also other living and non-living energy. Yet, the existence of these non-living energy is less important to most of us because it does not relate to one’s continuation in the afterlife. Yet, it is still within the paranormal scope. Hence, it is not surprising if one were to capture ghosts that have appeared in clothes, because whatever that had existed within the physical world also exists at the parallel dimensions. The problem is; we cannot comprehend paranormal existence related to quantum weirdness.

In fact, the easiest way to experience the overlapping dimension is through the recording of EVP during the solar and geomagnetic storms. A home is not necessarily haunted or having paranormal activity going on – because the energy that comes from the solar and geomagnetic storms is enough to weaken the barrier between the physical world and the nearest parallel dimensions,  which is the duplicate of a present location. In fact, energy that the spirits need to produce sound is less compared to the energy that is needed to produce an apparition. Yet, to understand this phenomenon, we must be able to comprehend paranormal weirdness.

Conclusion

Therefore, if one were to conduct a paranormal and ghost research, then one will have three options on research methodology which are paranormal videography, paranormal photography and EVP recording that each has its own techniques and skill requirements. Yet, to be involved in the paranormal and ghost research, one must have a clear reason as to why they want to conduct paranormal and ghost research. If one conducts paranormal and ghost research for social purposes or a hobby, then we recommend you to not waste your time, because your purpose will fade away in the long run. However, if your are serious because of your personal spiritual yearning, then we recommend you to do the paranormal and ghost research solo where you can find the truth of life for your own personal spiritual progress.

Cite this article as: Augustine Towonsing, "Paranormal and Ghost Research Methodology," in Malaysian Ghost Research, June 8, 2016, https://www.malaysian-ghost-research.org/paranormal-and-ghost-research-methodology/

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A member of the UK Geographical Association, the Assistant Afternoon Supervisor of Gurun Secondary School (Kedah, Malaysia), a Geography teacher with 22 years of teaching experience and holds a masters degree in Geography, an outdoor education trainer, an education application developer, an environmental researcher, a photographer, a videographer, a solo paranormal and ghost researcher, as well as the sole founder of Malaysian Ghost Research.

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