Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Seems there’s no shortage of the paranormal these days, either in books or tv or even conversation. Then there’s all the other paranormal talk out there, too. The parapsychological stuff like clairvoyance, reincarnation, near-death experiences and apparitional experiences. And so much more.
A long time ago, decades and decades ago, folks used to talk about the paranormal as part of entertainment. Think Dracula or The Twilight Zone or Rosemary’s Baby. My, how times have changed. These days, we just can’t get away from this stuff because it’s everywhere. But I think there’s a difference between the vampire paranormal angle and the parapsychological angle because, to me, one type of paranormal is more believable than the other. Others may disagree and that’s okay, but I truly believe that there’s more out there than meets the eye, and that it’s not just our three-dimensional world that surrounds us. It may not be completely explainable but it’s there, waiting to be discovered or uncovered until it becomes the ‘norm’.
Here’s an example. About two weeks ago I was having a very fitful sleep. Somewhere in my twilight sleep, I was tossing and turning and as I rolled over in bed I saw someone standing off to my right. It wasn’t an apparition because he (and yes the person was definitely a he) was real. I saw him. I wasn’t scared and he wasn’t there to frighten me or send a message. He was simply someone passing through from some other side. The next morning when I woke up, I had a lingering sense that this man was my father. A younger version of my father, who passed away in August 2011. It felt pretty cool.
I do believe that our brains and maybe even our souls are tied to something bigger than us and that some people, for whatever set of reasons, are more open to experiencing parapsychological activity or connecting with someone or some thing on the other side. The big question is, what is that other side? And why does this happen?
This is a fascinating aspect of life that I love exploring, particularly in my novels. I’m not sure why it captures my attention so — because it didn’t always — but it’s not something I’ll be giving up any time soon. And I’d love to share my thoughts and stories with you about it. So as we head into the second month of 2013, my goal with my blog is this: to chat up the unexplainable and maybe things that are scary, and see where it leads us.
So what about you? What do you think about the paranormal? Believe in it? Have an experience with it? Think it’s just another way for people to get attention or make money? Would love to know what you think…
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