Definitions – Key Terminology

Apparition: The visual manifestation of a deceased person (commonly referred to as a “ghost”) or of a living person, known to be beyond the sensory range of the percipient; also known as a spectre.

Astral Projection: Described as an out of body experience that can be achieved while awake, dreaming, or meditating in which it is believed by many that in reality a person’s spirit temporarily detaches itself from the physical body.

Clairvoyance: Knowledge of external objects or events without the use of the physical senses.

Cleansing: A religious spoken prayer rite in which a dwelling or site is cleared or purified of malevolent spirits, demonic entities, or benign spirits.

Cryptozoology : A paranormal research sector that focuses on the discovery of legendary creatures such as Bigfoot, Loch Ness, and the Chupacabra. This study focuses on the scientific possibility that some unknown species might exist that have not yet been discovered by mankind.

Demon or Demonic: A hostile and dangerous entity of non-human origin that can be characterized as being malevolent and controlling in nature.

Ectoplasm: A somewhat filmy and gaseous semi-solid substance material of unknown physical origin that is associated with the actual manifestation of paranormal activity.

EMF: Electro Magnetic Fields: Our appliances emit an electro magnetic field which can extend throughout a room. These EMF have been proven to cause illness and dis-ease. Spiritually Clearing these energies can improve your health and comfort level.
Electromagnetic radiation has been around since the birth of the universe; light is its most familiar form. Electric and magnetic fields are part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation which extends from static electric and magnetic fields, through radio frequency and infrared radiation, to X-rays.

Some feel that EMF signals fluctuating where no electrical interference is present may suggest the presence of paranormal activity. This theory continues to this day. Some following the SMF signal all over a room. EMF signal has been known to move around at reported haunted locations. You can even feel a change in the area you are experiencing the activity.

Entity: term used by paranormal researchers that commonly refers to an unknown spirit, ghost, or being of demonic nature.

ESP: Extra-sensory perception; knowledge of an external event without the intermediary of any of the known senses. ESP includes the phenomena of telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition.

EVP: A common paranormal term that stands for “Electronic Voice Phenomenon”. This phenomenon occurs when unknown spirit or ghostly voices or sounds are captured on recording devices. These voices/noises are not heard by human ears due to frequency variations while recording takes place. They can be detected upon playback. EVP recording sessions are usually done by asking questions with a pause of approximately ten seconds between each question. Actual authentic EVP’s occur approximately 10 percent of the time.

Exorcism: A religious ceremonial act or rite conducted by a religious figure in which a demonic or spiritual entity is expelled from either a person or a dwelling.

Historical Psychic: A psychic with the ability to read the lay of the land, the mineral makeup of the geographical location, and events which have taken place in the past & may have left their impressions on a particular location.

Ghost: The spectral manifestation or image of a deceased person or animal witnessed, felt, or sensed (in the case of Psychics/Sensitives) by the living.

Orbs: This is the most common type of spirit energies to be captured on film. Orbs will appear as solid or transparent “balls”. They appear in many shapes and some colors, with white being the most common, although you can find them in red, yellow, green, and blue. Sometimes they have been seen displaying a combination of colors.
Orbs are most often described as sphere-shaped masses of energy believed to be either the start of an apparition or complete manifestation unto itself. Some feel they are a life form all their own and move at various speeds. Usually invisible to the naked eye, however, they have also been seen without any assistance of electronic devices. They have also been seen the size of an orange, and even a basketball, they have been seen vanishing into a wall, or moving with a purpose around a reported haunted location.
Orbs are widely debated as to whether or not they are actually indicators of true paranormal activity. Some sources say that orbs are nothing more than dust particles in the air, pollen particles in the air, insects, rain, moisture in the air, etc. Orbs can also be created from light bouncing off of reflective surfaces such as tabletops, mirrors, etc. Orbs can also be the result of two cameras taking a picture using a flash, at the same time. They are often seen using IR light on night vision video cameras.

Out-of-body experience (OBE): A spontaneous or intentionally induced experience in which the person feels their consciousness to be located elsewhere than where their body is located; in the esoteric literature, referred to as astral projection.

Paranormal: 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.” For this reason, the scientific community often avoids research on the paranormal, believing that it may not conform to the standards required by the scientific method. Paranormal describes subjects studied under parapsychology, which deals with psychic phenomena like telepathy, extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, and post-mortem survival studies like reincarnation , ghosts, and hauntings. However, as a broader category, the paranormal sometimes describes subjects outside the scope of parapsychology, including anomalous aspects of UFOs, some creatures that fall under the scope of cryptozoology, purported phenomena surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, and many other non-psychical subjects.

Describes phenomena which seem to go beyond known laws of cause and effect; frequently used as a synonym to parapsychological or psychic.
The word paranormal consists of two parts: para and normal. In most definitions of the word paranormal, it is described as anything that is beyond or contrary to what is deemed scientifically possible. The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is the “normal” part of the word and “para” makes up the beyond, contrary, or against part of the meaning.

Para has a Greek and Latin origin. Its most common meaning (the Greek usage) is “similar to” or “near to”, as in paragraph. In Latin, para means “against,” “counter,” “outside,” or “beyond”. For example, parapluie in French means “counter-rain” – an umbrella. It can be construed, then, that the term paranormal is derived from the Latin use of the prefix ” para”, meaning “against, counter, outside or beyond the norm.”
The term paranormal can also be traced back to World War II. It was a term coined and used by paratroopers to describe proper deployment of their canopy on a jump. Immediately after the static line deployed the chute soldiers were to look up and determine whether any lines were tangled, and corrective action needed. A proper deployment indicated “paranormal” status.

Parapsychology: Scientific domain dealing with phenomena which cannot be explained by the known laws of physics or biology; the modern equivalent of psychical research.

Precognition: Knowledge of a future event which could not have been predicted or inferred by normal means.

Projective PSI: PSI phenomena which imply an influence of the person on the external world – e.g., as an agent influencing another person’s thoughts, in telepathy, or the state of biological or inanimate systems, in PK.

Psychic: One who possesses an unusually high degree of spiritual awareness which may include clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, telepathy, telekinesis, precognition, psychokinesis, psychometry, mediumistic abilities, etc. (This is a compilation of several different sources & is by no means a complete definition of the abilities of psychics.) (Rox)

Psychic Healing: The healing of one person by another, when this is brought about by purely mental means, i.e., without the use of any known mechanical, chemical or energetic means.

Psychic Photography: General term used to refer to paranormal photographic images. A person who has the ability to sense where to take a photograph and capture paranormal images. Sometimes not knowing how they do it, psychic photographers seem to have better luck capturing photos which are not explainable by science.

Psychokinesis (PK): Mental influence upon an object, a process, or a system, without the use of any known mechanism or energy. PK includes: bio-PK : influencing living systems, whether humans, animals, plants or micro-organisms. macro-PK : directly observable, large-scale influence upon objects. micro-PK : influencing the statistical behavior of random systems, such as dice or electronic noise.

Psychometry: The apparent ability of certain psychics to describe the history of a particular object and of people with which it has been in contact simply by holding that object.

Receptive PSI: PSI phenomena in which the person receives some information from the environment, or from other people, without the use of any of the known senses. Receptive psi generally refers to ESP, and may include either real-time phenomena (clairvoyance, telepathy) or time-displaced phenomena (precognition, retrocognition).

Remote Viewing: ESP information identifying a physical location or object at a distance from the receiver. Sometimes used synonymously to clairvoyance, it could actually involve any ESP capacity (telepathy, clairvoyance or precognition.)

Site Cleansing: Spiritually and psychically cleansing a specific location of negative energies, demonics, disembodied entities. This procedure may involve the use of multiple spiritual techniques, such as Christian, Native American, Orthodox, Metaphysical, etc.

Subliminal Perception: Perceptions registered below the threshold of awareness or consciousness.

Spritualism: A quasi-religious popular movement which developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, and which held that the soul survives bodily death, and that the living can communicate with the spirits of the deceased.

Telepathy: An exchange of information between two people without any known sensory or energetic interaction.

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