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Dec 11, 2013

What You Don't Know About Ghosts - The Need for Para Ethics Among Paranormal Investigators and "Ghost Busters"
By Theresa M. Kelly, MsD.

Warning: Please do not read this article if you have recently lost a loved one. The content below is based on paranormal experience, evidence and research and is not the belief of all paranormal investigators. The content below can be disturbing.

Para Ethics

"Ghosts" or Spirits are made up of unstable atomic nuclei which loses energy, can decay, when exposed to radiation in the form of particles or electromagnetic waves. Allowing excessive electrical equipment near active sites during paranormal investigations can affect spirits in a harmful way.

  • It is unethical to allow excessive electrical equipment near an active paranormal site including electrical equipment for paranormal research and household electronics.
  • It is unethical to transport spirits from an active site unless they pose a threat.
  • It is ethical to locate a professional to help a spirit crossover.

Conscious and Alive

A spirit is a being that did not crossover shortly after the death of the physical mind and body. Reasons why the being did not crossover vary including confusion, duty, revenge or fear. Whether they may have been "good" or "evil" human beings during their physical lifetime is irrelevant because they were still Human beings.

While paranormal based laws and ethics can not be upheld with our current limited understanding and interaction with the spirits of the deceased, educating those who may or may not ever experience a paranormal event on the laws and ethics that should be upheld, when dealing with the living spirits of deceased physical beings, can prevent unnecessary suffering.

Why Para Ethics and Laws are Crucial

Those who do not crossover due to the fear of the unknown wander this world lost, depressed, sometimes angry, filled with regret or fearful of their chosen unknown. Some spirits may have turned down a passing to the other side due to a need or feeling of obligated duty to family or friends. Some spirits may deny their death or never realize their death at all leaving them confused or uncooperative. There are many reasons why a spirit does not crossover, but there are just as many reasons why they should have.

What would you expect in a world of living spirits with no law or order, with mixed personalities, those lacking in morals and those left vulnerable because of their morals. Spirits roam lost, uncertain of purpose or direction, unacknowledged by loved ones, scared, bitter and with no one to protect them.

Spirits are not only vulnerable to other entities, but to their atmosphere or rather the invisible world around them. Spirits are energy based, and living, and like all living beings they are seemingly mortal because the requirement for eternal life resides on the other side leaving spirits here low energy, weak, vulnerable and unstable.

As their deterioration advances the spirit become less and less capable of organizing thought, emotion, sensation and so forth until the deterioration is so highly developed that thought is rare, emotions are erratic and sensation is limited to the feelings associated with a slow, frightening bereavement. Eventually the soul is at rest when no energy remains to give the spirit its individuality and it once again becomes a part of the grand architecture of nature.

How You Affect Spirits

The antagonist that wears down a spirit most is radiation and everything emits radiation, even you. The exposure of radiation, magnitude and time exposed, determines the level of deterioration or decay of the spirit. Some forms of radiation that can affect a spirit include:

  • The human body has a small amount of naturally radioactive potassium.
  • Homes made out of stone, brick and adobe due to a small amount of natural radioisotopes.
  • Smoking results in a great deal of radiation because the tobacco leaf collects long-lived isotopes of air-born radon, like lead-210 and plutonium.
  • Natural and artificial light results in a great deal of radiation due to protons and electromagnetic waves etc.
  • Heat
  • Any and all electronics such as televisions, computers, microwaves, radios and cell phones.

Spirits at risk of advanced decay tend to stay in cool (to avoid heat radiation), dark (to avoid light radiation) and humid (to avoid static electricity and other potential electrical antagonists) spaces. This results in basements and under-maintenance or abandoned buildings to be the ideal place for a decaying spirit retreat. Spirits of many types can cause "cold spots," but cold spots are not a determinate of paranormal activity as cold spots can be caused by natural temperature variances such humidity.

Types of Spirits

General Presence – When a spirit may reside in a space, but does not have the effect of a haunting. General presence spirits tend to cause hair to stand up, shivering or slight chills and rare auditory events. Spirits of this type can occasionally move objects, but only inches. This type of spirit can be annoying at times, but is rarely every a threat of any kind. This can be a spirit with little to no rate of decay to a spirit with advanced decay. It is considered by Para Ethics to be unethical to exorcise this type of spirit as the spirit is non-threatening and removing the spirit from its current location can cause the further decay of the spirit.

Apparitions – A spirit that has been lost for a great deal of time that has deteriorated and only knows the difference between light and dark, can feel pain and express emotion. This is a type of spirit that even a medium can not speak with due to the spirits inability to function to such a degree. It is highly unethical to exorcise this type of spirit as relocation can result in the destruction of the spirit as they are vulnerable to almost all forms of radiation including sunlight and heat. This type of spirit is most commonly found in dark, cool and humid spaces.

Anniversary or Resident Spirits – Spirits who only appear on certain dates of the year or have been resident of a specific space for more then two generations. These spirits are traditionally non-threatening and therefore it is considered unethical to exorcise them unless they have proven to be a threat by causing a great deal of disturbances.

Haunting Presence – A genuine haunting consists of mild to heightened auditory events, psychokinetic events (where the spirit moves and throws objects, turns on electronics, shorts out electronics, cause fires, pushes or strikes a living person or cause heightened behavior modification/manipulation of those residing or visiting the space etc.). These hauntings can be the cause of a single spirit, several spirits or a poltergeist. It is not considered to be unethical to exorcise these types of spirits. In the case of a poltergeist, a demonic presence may be involved. As a result of this poltergeists should only be exorcised by a professional well versed in the paranormal and demonology.

Poltergeists – Demonic Presences - Poltergeists can be the result of several weakened spirits trapped in a location that contained a demonic presence prior to becoming trapped or after the fact. In this case the spirits individuality, that which separates one spirit of energy from another, may or may not have been decayed by the demonic presence and the accumulation or individual spirits are strengthened through demonic means causing extremely heightened psychokinetic events and full visual manifestations etc. This strengthening does not allow spirits to escape the trap because it results in the emotional, "mental" and atomic instability of the spirit ensuing confusion and erratic and violent behavior. Typically these locations are places that have a traumatic or horrifying history including horrific murders.


The average lifespan of a spirit that did not crossover following the death of its physical body varies due to:

  • The age of the deceased body, as the energy of the spirit weakens over the lifespan of the physical life.
  • The amount of exposure to antagonists throughout the life of the spirit.

The longest estimated lifespan of a spirit is roughly four-hundred years. The average lifespan of a spirit is estimated at two-hundred years. Sites and spaces with paranormal activity predating four-hundred years are typically a result of residue memories of decayed spirits, new spirits drawn to the area because it is and ideal retreat or the site may have an active poltergeist tied to a demonic presence in which case the demonic presence prolongs the essence of the spirits, but not their individuality.

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Dec 11, 2013

By Theresa M. Kelly, MsD.

Parapsychology is defined as the application of scientific methods to the study of certain kinds of anomalous phenomena, which basically states that a desire to be come a parapsychologist is a desire to become a scientist.

Realizing this, one needs to decide from which scientific discipline they want to approach parapsychology. Many parapsychologists start with a academic background in psychology, typically a Ph.D.

Many universities offer parapsychology courses to those majoring in psychology and other relative fields. Other fields to consider are those in anthropology, neuroscience and various areas of physics such as biophysics or particle physics.

In any respect, it is essential to have a strong understanding of quantum theory, especially if you end up in research.  In any case, being a parapsychologist requires some form of academic approach to succeed, especially when it comes to research employment and funding.

I recommend having at least your Masters or preferably a Doctorate in a relative field, all the while taking courses relative to parapsychology. If the university or college you attend does not offer parapsychology courses, there are online options such as the University of Edinburgh Parapsychology Program.

Very few parapsychologists work in the public sector (i.e. employed by a university), as employment opportunities are very limited, in part by limited funding.

Parapsychology is not a field for everyone, but the field does continually need fresh ideas. While a full-time career is a rarity for parapsychologists, offering part-time contributions to the field is always an option second to your full-time career in a related field.

This above applies to those who desire to become a researcher, counselor, or educator in parapsychology. Alternatives to parapsychology, depending on your focus, include metaphysics (involved in studying the fundamental nature of being and reality), paranormal investigations (investigating locations that are reported to be haunted by ghosts), spiritual counseling (counseling from both a practical and spiritual perspective), and writing (in regards to experiences in your field, or your personal life).

Click here to read more about Parapsychology – the scientific study of psychic ability.

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