Paranormal Glossary

ALCHEMY – The Science of turning the baser metals into gold or silver by chemical means. The byproduct, “Quicksilver,” was thought to have magical powers. This was a very perfected science in Egyptian times and lasted all the way up into the 14th-16th Century A.D. when some of the alchemy methods were lost due to wars and fires that were amid in those times.

ANOMALY – An irregular or unusual event which does not fit a standard rule or law. An anomaly is something which cannot be explained by currently accepted scientific theories. Anything weird, abnormal, strange, odd, or difficult to classify is considered an anomaly.

AUTOMATIC WRITING or AUTOMATIC ART – To freely channel your higher self or another soul’s words, music, or art without the interruptive interference of the mind.

CLAIRAUDIENCE – Hearing voices, astral music or discarnate beings.

CLAIROLEOFACTOR – To have an extraordinary sense of smell, as if you could smell flowers before they bloom or smell trouble before it occurs or death before it happens.

CLAIRSENTIENCE – The ability to clearly feel yours and/or another’s emotions and sensations.

CLAIRVOYANCE – To have lucid mental perceptions and keen insights about people and life situations and to have clear visual mental images, pictures, to “see” auras and other psychic phenomena.

CROSS-SPECIES COMMUNICATION – To have a special rapport and understanding with animals, plants or alien beings.

CRYSTALOMANCY – The art of gazing into a crystal globe, a pool of water, a mirror, or any transparent object. The person may put him/her self into a hypnotic state to see visions or to summon forth spirits or demons.

DEJÀ VU – Certain events and experiences seem as if you are re-experiencing the event or situation that has happened at another time. As familiar as the experiences are, you cannot recall nor figure out when they happened.

DEMONOLOGY – One who studies and practices the art of demonology. An individual who specializes in the removal of evil or demonic forces from a given environment using the art of demonology. One who brings demonic forces out of their slumber to be cast away. Someone who uses the art of demonology to incantate demons for ones use in battling them.

DIRECT WRITING – Direct writing is when spirits actually write using any means. This can be done by slate writing or by pen and paper.

DIVINATION – The obtain unknown knowledge or future events from omens. Astrology may be considered divination.

DIVINING ROD – A forked rod from a tree said to indicate the presence of water or minerals underground.

DMILS – Abbreviation of Direct Mental Interaction with Living Systems. Used to denote instances where one person is attempting to influence a distant biological system, usually the physiology of another person. As it is unclear whether this represents an influence (see psychokinesis), a case of ESP on the part of the influence (see ESP) or an opportunistic selection process, the term ‘interaction’ has been adopted.

DOPPELGANGER – A spirit of a living person outside of the physical body.

DOWSING – To be able to find underground water and/or underground minerals.

EMPATHY – Rarely used in modern parapsychology, the popular usage of this term refers to a low-level form of telepathy wherein the empath appears to be aware of the emotional state of a distant person. An empath may also be able to “broadcast” emotions to others.

ESP – Extrasensory perception (ESP) is the knowledge of external objects or events without the aid of the senses.

FAITH HEALING – To know that you and others can heal yourselves by simply believing it.

GANZFIELD – A state of mild sensory deprivation, characterized by the presentation of homogenous sensory fields. Thus, a person in Ganzfeld will have diffusive plastic hemispheres over their eyes while in a dimly red-lit room, be listening to white noise through headphones, and be seated in a comfortable, semi-reclined chair. Its use in parapsychology is based on a noise-reduction model.

INNER VOICE – Receiving guidance and assistance from inside of you.

INTUITION – Act of knowing without the use of usual rational processes. Based partly on subconscious pattern association of known information, and partly on subconscious psi impressions.

KNOWINGNESS / INTUITION – To get information without knowing where it came from.

OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE or ASTRAL PROJECTION – To be able to leave your physical body and project your soul, consciousness or what appears to be your mind to another place and return via a silver cord.

PARAPSYCHOLOGY – Literally beyond psychology. The study of apparent new means of communication, or interaction, between organisms and their environment (commonly referred to as psi, or psychic ability), beyond those presently understood by the scientific community.

PAST LIFE RECALL – To remember or have mental flashes about living in another century.

POLTERGEIST – A general term applied to a variety of site-, or sometimes person-, specific physical phenomena. These can include temperature variations, anomalous sounds, and movement of physical objects. The word ‘poltergeist’ literally means ‘noisy spirit’ and was coined back when such phenomena were thought to be due to the presence of some sort of mischievous entity. Currently, poltergeist phenomena are usually considered to be related either to unusual physical conditions at the affected site, or to be related to psychokinesis. Anecdotal reports suggest that many poltergeist focus on an individual under some form of emotional stress.

PRECOGNITION – Pre-knowing; where nondeductible information about a future event is acquired.

PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS – To have dreams of events or incidents before they happen.

PREDICTION – To be able to predict future events before they occur.

PSI – A general term for parapsychological phenomena that includes informational (RV, ESP) and energetic (PK) effects. Psi, or Y, is the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet.

PSYCHIC – Popular term used to denote a person who regularly uses, or who appears to be especially gifted with, psi abilities. Also refers to general phenomena related to the mind (from Greek psyche).

PSYCHIC SURGERY – The supposed ability to paranormally perform invasive surgery using no conventional medical tools. The psychic surgeon uses either an unsterilized knife, or his bare hands, to appear to make an incision and remove some internal matter. Once the operation is finished, there is no sign of an incision, nor are there any unpleasant aftereffects (e.g. infection). Many of the investigated cases have turned out to be fraudulent, involving sleight of hand tricks to make the operation appear convincing. However, it is possible that, in some circumstances, the ritual nature of the “surgery” could help effect a cure through the equally mysterious placebo effect.

PSYCHOKINESIS (PK) – See Telekinesis.

PSYCHOMETRY – To touch an object with your hands and get information about the object, it’s creator, its owner, or it’s history.

REMOTE VIEWING (RV) – Ability to access distant or shielded information primarily of visual character, such as natural or structural features, via an unknown mental process. RV can include other sensory modes, such as feelings, motion, or sound. Some individuals associate specific approaches, or protocols, with RV. Other similar terms: remote perception, enhanced perception, extrasensory perception (ESP).

SCRYING – A term used to cover a wide range of divination techniques which parapsychology would tend to classify as types of ESP. Most scrying techniques involve some degree of fixation on a surface with a clear optical depth (e.g. a crystal ball, a pool of ink or deep water) or on an area which shows random patterns (e.g. flames in a fire, smoke), the idea being that subconscious information available to the scrying will be manifested in their interpretation of the imagery or random patterns they see. Techniques using a clear optical depth are actually very similar to the idea behind the homogenous visual field used in Ganzfeld ESP research.

SUBLIMINAL PERCEPTION – Sensory impressions below the threshold of conscious awareness.

SYNCHRONICITY – Meaningful coincidences that often are mediated by subconscious psi activity. Our intuitive/psi faculty nudges our paths into meaningful intersections in times of need.

TELEKINESIS , PSYCHOKINESIS, LEVITATION – To move an object or your body without physical means.

TELEPATHY – To know what others are thinking as if to hear thoughts in your head. Thought transference including the sending and receiving of thoughts.

TERRAFIRM – To be connected with the planet Earth as if it were a part of you.

TIME TRAVEL – To project your soul’s consciousness out of your body and into a past or future time.

TONE HEALING – Your tone of voice affects others by disturbing, catalyzing, soothing, lulling, inspiring and quite often healing them.

TOUCH HEALING – To impart through your hands soothing and healing vibrations of energy.

TRANSMEDIUMSHIP, TRANSCHANNELING – To have severe personality shifts.

 

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