Four paranormal investigation teams continue to answer questions based on their research and beliefs.
Question: What do you hope to accomplish?
UROPA (John): From the beginning, I just wanted a better understanding of the possibility of “hauntings”, as for a long time I had an irrational fear of what we label as “ghosts”. I know there are many people who also fear the unknown, and because I was able to overcome my own fear, I may be able to help others with the same issue. Knowledge can ease fear. However, my emphasis on helping is becoming more focused on the ghost. If there is a way to help the ghost, those affected by a haunting will ultimitely be helped as well. When they try to get a family’s attention, there must be a reason…
PI Team of Utah (Jennifer): My main goal with the formation of NUPS (Northern Utah Paranormal Society), and since taking over as director of the PI-Team, was to scientifically investigate reported paranormal activity and help people who were possibly experiencing pararnormal activity and were frightened, with no idea who to talk to about it or what to do. I also wanted to find the activity that couldn’t be explained by a natural cause. I wanted to take a hard look at the evidence and not just claim every little blip and noise as proof of the paranormal.
KEY2RIP (Amber and Michelle): As a group, we strive to provide scientific validity or natural explanations to paranormal claims.
CPRS (Kevin): I am not looking to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts or spirits. I am looking for answers- paranormal or not. There are numerous things I would like to accomplish in this field. Above all, I would like to see the processes of gathering and analyzing evidence become more methodical. Personally, I prefer to collect clean data and multiple sets of data: historical, atmospheric, geological and technological.
Question: Do you use psychics or any other divination tools on your investigations? Why or why not?
UROPA (John): UROPA is not assisted by psychics, mediums or anyone who claims to have ESP. From the beginning, I have avoided using the unexplained (ESP) to seek out the unexplained (ghosts). As an individual or group in this field grows and explores new (and even old) ideas, methods tend to change. I now have a strong interest in “psychic” abilities and believe that psychokinesis and forms of ESP may actually be the key to understanding hauntings. If a ghost has the ability to manipulate something without a physical body, how would this be done? Psychokinesis? How does one communicate with someone they did not realize was a ghost until after the fact? Telepathy? If these kinds of abilities do exist, it would be easier to study from a living agent as opposed to one without a physical body. So, while UROPA does not currently work with “psychics”; we look forward to doing so. As for divination tools, we have not explored them extensively yet.
PI Team of Utah (Jennifer): Currently we have no psychics on our team and we don’t use divination tools. We have had psychics on the team in the past and we found that over time it just wasn’t meshing well with the mission of our team. We are strictly a scientifically-based team, and it was hard to get the scientific side and the psychic side to work together. As far as divination tools, we like using instruments that you can measure objectively. It’s impossible to do that with divining rods or pendulums, etc.; too much possible user interference.
KEY2RIP (Amber and Michelle): Our group’s main goal is to remain as scientific as possible. While we do not dispute claims of the psychic nature, we have chosen not to use these alleged abilities to aide our group’s efforts.
CPRS (Kevin): The use of psychics, mediums or sensitives is a practice that we do not implement. I do not discount their abilities, however we look for evidence when taking a case; evidence that we can link back to tangible data. Our group does participate in experiments that do look at these avenues. We experiment with cutting-edge technology, psychic abilities and other similar ideas and theories to further our research, but we do not use these methods when conducting an investigation for a client.
To be continued….