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I have been thinking about writing a post on this for quite some time.  In fact it stems from a conversation I had at Through The Veil in Atlanta with my friend Callea Sherrill.  So …quite some time… is an under statement.

Personal experiences from an investigator ALWAYS seem to get a bad rap.  Not sure where it has stemmed from, maybe the ever wonderful “ParaTV” world or somewhere else.  Hell I am guilty of downplaying it all the time and 95% of my experiences are personal experiences.  I have rarely caught a decent EVP (maybe my standards are too high with those), nothing on video, nothing on camera…. all personal experiences.

A vast majority of the people in the paranormal field came to it because of personal experiences, a good number of people leave the paranormal field because of intense personal experiences. To quote Callea “Those experiences are very real to each and every person who has one.”  So why do personal experiences get downplayed so much?

90% of the “evidence” I have ever been show is questionable at best.  In this age of technology and “ParaTV” it is really hard to get serious “evidence” that hasn’t been manipulated in different ways, tweaked with different filters or completely faked.  There are many people out there looking to make their fortune or become famous so the motives behind the “evidence” gets kind of iffy.

I remember talking to a group of curious participants at an event about investigating and I stressed that if you experience something… be it a cold breeze, a feeling of being touched, the feeling of being watched… to make sure and let someone know.  I sat back in the darkness as the group started a small EVP session and just watched.  I noticed one younger girl, who was there with her mother, kept brushing at her sleeve.  I couldn’t see exactly why she was doing it as I was across the room.

Later the mother approached me and said her daughter had to tell me something.  The daughter had been experiencing what she described as something tugging at her sleeve.  I asked her why she didn’t say anything.  Her response… “I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy!”  Little did she know someone else had experienced the same thing earlier in the same location as well.  Others that had stayed at the location also have reported similar experiences.

“I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy!”  Why is that even a response?

I have been at locations where the “client” thinks they are completely bat-shit crazy because of what they are experiencing.  When someone comes along and says, hey I experienced that also…. it can be exactly what that person needs.  No need for video, audio, pictures…. just that sigh of relief after knowing that they aren’t crazy.  And at the end of the day, isn’t that one of the reasons for helping a “client?”

I have experienced some amazing stuff throughout my life.  I have heard, felt and seen things that I can not explain.  Some of these were only experienced by myself, others were experienced by multiple people.  I know in my heart without a shadow of a doubt that I experienced these things.  Whenever I am asked the good old question “Have you gotten any cool evidence?”  My answer is always “No, just personal stuff.”

Why is my response that?  Should it be that?

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