Paranormal Research Association of Boston

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Paranormal Terminology

  • Altered State of Consciousness (ASC): Any state of consciousness that is different from "normal" states of waking or sleeping.
  • Apparition: The disembodied soul or spirit that can be seen visually.
  • Astral Projection: See Out-Of-Body (OBE).
  • Atmospheric Apparition: Not actually a ghost or spirit, but instead a "visual imprint" of people and events that was left behind in the environment that continues to replay.
  • Aura: A field of energy believed by some to surround living creatures.
  • Automatic Writing: A type of communication with ghosts or spirits where they take control over the writer's hand and write out a message.
  • Banshee: Omen spirits of Scotland and Ireland.
  • Channeling: A form of spirit communication where an unseen entity possesses a medium in a controlled environment to impart guidance, wisdom or future events. The channelled entity could be a deceased human being, an Angel, Demon, Elemental or other higher plain spirit.
  • Clairaudience: A person’s ability to hear spirits.
  • Clairvoyance: Either an internal or external vision of present or future events, spirits, objects, places, and people.
  • Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP): EVP is the attempt to capture a ghost or spirits voice on audio recording tapes. Typically there is no voice heard to the people present in the recording but after reviewing the tapes there are strange voices recorded.
  • Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) Detectors: Handheld scientific instruments that can pick up electronic and magnetic fields over different frequencies. They can read changes and distortions in the normal electro-magnetic fields.
  • Extrasensory Perception (ESP): The acquisition of information by means beyond the five human senses.
  • False Awakening: An experience in which a person believes he or she has woken up, but actually is still dreaming.
  • Ghost: The visual appearance of a spirit or soul of a deceased being, human or animal. The disembodied soul or life force.
  • Paranormal Investigation: A scientific endeavor, in a controlled environment, set up to communicate, record, and capture visual evidence of the existence of ghosts.
  • Haunt: A place where a ghost or ghosts frequently return.
  • Haunting: The continuous manifestation of inexplicable phenomena associated with the presence of ghosts or spirits attached to a particular location.
  • Haunted Objects: Jewelry, furniture, clothing, etc, that seems to be haunted.
  • Hypnotism: An induced trance or sleep state.
  • Lye Lines: Invisible lines that run between sacred objects or locations.
  • Levitation: The paranormal raising or suspension of an object or person.
  • Lucid Dreams: A dream where the dreamer does not know that they are dreaming.
  • Near-Death Experience (NDE): A phenomenon in which a person clinically dies or comes very close to death only to be revived and then can recall in great detail stories of spiritual worlds and other supernatural events.
  • Orb: A mass of energy in the shape of a ball, there are several classifications depending on size, ghostly apparitions are usually always associated with an orb and are present.
  • Louisa Board: A board with letters and numbers used by people who are attempting to communicate with ghosts or spirits, via direct contact through the board and agent.
  • Out-Of-Body (OBE): Also called Astral Projection. The phenomenon in which a living person's spirit can exit their body, travel the earth and other spiritual worlds and then return.
  • Paranormal: Beyond the normal.
  • Parapsychology: The scientific study of unusual events associated with the human experience and PSI subjects.
  • Photographic Apparitions: Ghosts and spirits that you can't see, but appear in photographs after they are developed.
  • Poltergeist: "Noisy Ghost." Poltergeists are invisible masses of spirit energy that may or may not be connected to a living human Agent. Some of the most common poltergeists activities include loud unexplained noise, levitations, the moving of objects, and electrical problems.
  • PSI: A general term used to denote the unknown factors responsible for a variety of paranormal phenomena.
  • Psychic: Popular term used to denote a person who regularly uses, or who appears to be especially gifted with, psi abilities.
  • Psycho kinesis (PK): Mind Movement. Psycho kinesis (PK) is the apparent ability to influence the environment by intention alone.
  • Psycho Kinetic Energy: Energy residue left embedded into the surroundings after a death or tragic event has occurred, or a spiritual energy trapped by its surroundings or objects.
  • Scrying: A type of prophecy where an individual can see future events by staring into a shiny or reflective surface, such as a mirror or crystal ball, a form of divination. Or a way of finding paranormal activity by the use of a related PKE objects.
  • Séance: The gathering of a group of individuals for the purpose of communicating for the ghost of the dead.
  • Sensitive: Someone who is aware or can detect paranormal events beyond the range of their five human senses.
  • Sleep (Hypnopompic) Paralysis: A frightening state of seeming to being awake but unable to move.
With thanks to David, PRAI

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