Paranormal Investigation 101
This course goes over important aspects of paranormal research, including proper protocol and standard operating procedures needed for a successful research experience. It serves as a motivator for anyone interested in learning more about paranormal research and investigating the unknown. Topics include: the tent poles and foundations of a solid paranormal researcher and investigation team, investigation methodology (Photo/audio/video/environmental monitoring); examples of spirit photography / how to examine photographs / the "Great Orb Debate" - how to identify natural versus spirit orbs; types of equipment used in paranormal research; when and when not to investigate (the importance of being healthy, grounded and centered); ways to improve paranormal research and contributions to paranormal study, etc.
Developing a Paranormal Research Team
Have you ever envisioned yourself running your own paranormal team? Nicole Strickland definitely has. Nicole and other SDPRS members share the steps and procedures utilized for co-developing the San Diego Paranormal Research Society. Topics include: Standard Operating Procedures/Protocols, team mission statement, relevant forms, administration function, team members, conducting team meetings, case management, investigation permission, investigation principles, team website, etc. This course is a must for those who want to establish and run their own paranormal team. Nicole's upcoming book about Paranormal Research will discuss this topic more in detail.
This course explores the classifications of and theories for various ghosts and spirits, such as earthbound entities vs. spirits, classic shadow people, crisis apparitions, types of elemental energies, angels,poltergeists / PK (psychokinesis), animal spirits, vortexes, orbs (the great orb debate), celestial entities, waking dreams, etc. Furthermore, discussion will include research on how spiritual entities communicate with the living; theories for how the human body can possibly survive death; foundations, mechanisms and signs of a haunting; various paranormal research theories and hypotheses; how to survive a haunting and classic cases of hauntings from around the world.
CHILDREN AND THE PARANORMAL
This class explores both Piaget's stages of cognitive development and Erikson's stages of psychosocial development and how a child might perceive and be affected by the paranormal at each phase. Other discussion points include signs that children are communicating with spiritual energies and some tips and suggestions for parents, educators and paranormal investigators on how to handle these such cases. This course also offers advice for mentoring a child with psychic abilities and explains the origins and traits of crystal, rainbow, indigo and blue-ray children.
SAN DIEGO'S MOST HAUNTED
This presentation discusses the history and paranormal claims of various historical landmarks in San Diego, California. The San Diego Paranormal Research Society has conducted paranormal investigations at many of the sites mentioned and its highlights / paranormal collected data from its case files are discussed in depth.
THE HAUNTED RMS QUEEN MARY
I have been researching the RMS Queen Mary for close to 15 years. I have presented about the ship's history and paranormal phenomena at numerous conferences and libraries as well as on television, radio and in print. This presentation gives a detailed overview of the liner's remarkable history and thoroughly discusses its resident spiritual energies and theories for its hauntings. Collected paranormal data in the form of audio, video and photography from various ship locations will be showcased.
TULPAS AND THOUGHT PROJECTIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR PARANORMAL RESEARCH
It is often highly theorized that our own thoughts and psychokinetic projections can directly cause or at least influence a location's hauntings. This presentation discusses the origins of tulpas or "manifestations" and "emanations." It is theorized that persistent thoughts about something can generate thought-provoked life forms. Thus, are some known hauntings and/or spiritual entities the byproduct of our own imaginations and psychokinetic creations? Quite possibly, yes. For example, are some alleged negative and/or malevolent paranormal cases caused by human thought projections and tulpas? This question and more are examined in this presentation as well as how tulpas can implicate the field of paranormal research.
TRENDS IN PARANORMAL RESEARCH
This presentation explores various trends in the field of paranormal research and investigation and their effects on the field at large. Discussed trends include technological advances / metaphysical instruments and their implications; spirit resolution vs. "para-tainment"; getting rid of "ego" and educational development. Those who fervently engage themselves in down-to-earth paranormal research, including proper protocol, standard operating procedures and empathy, are becoming more comfortable calling out those amateur groups of people who act in manners that disrespect the departed and the field at large. All in all, I do see more and more genuine, grounded paranormal research teams expanding their repertoire by helping the ethereal energies they investigate and commune with. In my opinion, this is vital in the rapport building between the living and departed – the ultimate, natural way to improve not only the paranormal research arena but how the public at large perceives it.
DOCUMENTING PARANORMAL DATA / CASE REPORT WRITING
In this course / presentation, I discuss ways to properly document paranormal data (environmental monitoring data, audio, video and photographs) and experiences (personal experiences and/or intuitive impressions) and what should be included in a paranormal research case report. Also discussed are ideas for creating documentation templates for data and why it's important to be descriptive in taking notes during a paranormal investigation.