Do You See Things That Go Bump in the Night?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Do you have a unique awareness that is completely unrelated to your five senses? Do you sometimes know things, yet you cannot explain how you know them? It is said that some individuals are so exceptionally sensitive to their environment; they can perceive what most cannot ... disembodied spirits. Perhaps, you are one of these "exceptional" people. All cultures have legends, told in hushed voices as the tellers look fearfully around, of spirits who cling tenaciously to this world. They are no longer of this earth, yet they remain among the living, annoyingly unaware they are dead. In the "scare you to death" movie, "The Sixth Sense," this was the explanation given for ghostly visitations. According to the movie, a few "gifted" individuals are capable of perceiving these ostensibly unwelcome spooks. Unfortunately, since I missed the first few minutes of the movie, Bruce's lack of respiration came as a heart-stopping revelation to me, just as it did to poor, wretched, dead Bruce Willis. Oops, sorry, I forgot, his heart had already stopped. Are you a ghost magnet such as the mendacious, beleaguered semi-heroine of "Ghost," Whoopi Goldberg?
Are spirits powerless to move on because of a thirst for revenge or a desire to protect the living? Could their opposition to moving on be --hair stands up straight-- because they died a horribly brutal death? We have no answers for these questions. Sane, responsible individuals have reported encountering displaced spirits. Eleanor Mondale, daughter of the former vice-president, insists a ghost visited her one night at the vice-president's mansion (Evans & Huyghe, 2000). It is said that presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield did not "leave the building" when their terms expired. They are still there, alarming unsuspecting guests and demanding overtime pay. Why can some visitors see the illustrious former presidents and others cannot? Would you be able to see Honest Abe or feel his ghostly presence? Let's take the test and see. Hush... quiet... Did you hear that noise?
Mark a "Y" for YES or an "N" for NO to each of the following
statements. Then tally your score using the interpretation instructions
at the end of the test.
Test # 34 : Are You Psychic?
____ Have you ever known the phone was going to ring before
____ Have you ever felt a sudden chill in a room, when there was no apparent reason?
____ Have you ever seen anything that could not be explained by science and logic?
____ Have you ever felt you were being watched when you were alone?
____ Have you ever had a vision or a dream that came true?
____ Have you ever had a successful session with a Ouija Board?
____ Do you have an open mind about the supernatural?
____ Would you refuse to spend the night in a "haunted" house?
____ Do you meditate?
____ Have you retained the childlike ability, simply to "accept" new experiences free of distorting preconceptions?
____ Are you more likely to make decisions using your "gut feeling" than your "thinking logic?"
____ Have you ever been told that psychic ability runs in your family?
____Do you wear black 90% (or more) of the time?
ScoringGive yourself one point for each "yes" answer. As for question "13," I was just kidding. I wear black much of the time, but now that I think about it, there was that time I was alone in my 100 year-old farmhouse, and I heard ... Perhaps, I will share that in the next book.
Scores 1 - 4
Your psychic ability has not been fully developed. Perhaps, your personality is rational and pragmatic and you prefer to see "phenomena" that can be explained by logic. However, if you are interested in improving your psychic ability you can practice meditation and open yourself up to new experiences. There are on-line sites that offer information about and guidance in the fascinating world of the supernatural, such as http://www.bitesizeinc.net/index.php/ouija.html, which has a virtual Ouija Board. Werner Heisenberg (Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science) wrote, "... many new elementary particles may be created from the available energy and the old particles may have disappeared ..." In other words, something dies and something new is created from its residual energy. Makes sense to me. Is this a possible explanation for the presence of ghosts, if indeed, they exist? See, logic and reason ...
Scores 5 - 8
You are coming along quite nicely. Your score indicates you are open to unique experiences and you esteem an open, inquisitive mind. You may have experienced the supernatural. Perhaps, you would like to enhance this area of your personality by learning more about spirits. Here are several fascinating sites:
Scores 9 - 12
It is certainly possible that you have psychic ability. Your score is particularly encouraging. You, as well as the last group, may have experienced the supernatural. It would be a pity if you did not learn more about this enthralling subject and about your innate ability. Look at the sites listed and perhaps take a ghost tour, plan a vacation to spots that are rumored to be haunted and read some scholarly books on the paranormal. Good ghost hunting!
then whatever remains, however improbable,
must be the truth."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Our Guest ExpertsDr. David Oester, of the International Ghost Hunters Society was kind enough to provide this information (personal e-mail) on key character traits for a ghost hunter.
"It has been our experience over the last combined 28 years of ghost research that the people who have experiences with ghosts are those with an open mind and those with a closed mind, as in total skeptic, fail to have any experiences. It is okay to be skeptical, but a skeptic's mind is closed to anything paranormal. An open mind is the only characteristic that we have discovered. We have had over 4 million visitors to our site and all of them with experiences if married, and their spouse is closed minded will not have any experiences with the paranormal. This open mindedness spans race, color, creed or sexual orientation and equally so, those that are closed minded are closed to any kind of paranormal experiences."
Wendy Haver, a Spiritual Counselor, from Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society, was kind enough to provide more insight (personal e-mail) into the personality of ghost hunters.
"Many seem to be more open to having such experiences occur. Not that they believe in ghosts necessarily, but will admit to it being a possibility.
Education level does not seem to be a factor, but intelligence might be. Those of an average or slightly less than average intelligence seem not to report as much activity as those of a higher intelligence or those of a significantly altered intelligence such as mental retardation (higher functioning so as to be able to report events.)
Age may not be a factor but the environment in which they were raised does seem to be a factor. This has changed over time and so it will skew any age related reports.
One must take into consideration those who have had experiences vs. those who are willing to report their experiences. There are many who will not openly admit to such things.
Therefore, you could say that being willing to talk about this sets them apart."
Author:Dr. Dorothy McCoy
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