Generally, ‘paranormal’ is concerned with that which exists above and/or beyond the ability of science to explain it. Unlike the ‘crypto’ studies, which seek scientific proof for ‘supernatural’ subjects, the paranormal adherent largely accepts that science itself is lacking in the ability to provide an explanation. For instance, a while back a news story caught my attention. It was about strange occurrences at an orthodontics Las Vegas. Numerous accounts of paranormal activity have been reported over the years in Las Vegas. The theory was perhaps the building that housed the orthodontist’s office was built over a former cemetery. It was ironic that the dentist’s office used state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced procedures available to ensure their clients achieved that brilliant healthy smile, while at the same time the owner and building manager were trying to figure out with the help of paranormal professionals if the location was indeed haunted. They hired paranormal investigators of the company KPRS that is owned and operated by the brother and sister team of Michael and Lindsay Knight. Fortunately they are based in Las Vegas. Although they do not charge for paranormal investigations, they only ask for a “donations” to help cover some of their production expenses. Since all reports are confidential, the article did not disclose their findings. However, the weird issues in the orthodontists office disappeared after a month and the firing of one of their employees…so you go figure!
The other day I was reading about True Tales of the Paranormal. This particular tale was about a fifteen year old spirit, named Melissa, and her interaction with the author of the piece. It took place around 1985.The author was in a coma at the same hospital as the spirit she encountered. The girl had leukemia and was dying. The girl’s mother was insisting that her daughter, Melissa, wear wigs to cover her bald head. The young girl was exhausted from all the chemo treatments and tired from trying to “fight” the cancer. Her mother, remaining in denial of her daughter’s imminent death kept insisting upon her wearing a wig. The author suggested to the spirit of the girl that she refuse the wigs, telling her mother that they made her uncomfortable, foolish, and unhappy. The author also felt that it also might help her mother accept that her daughter was not going to survive and that the end was nearing. The Melissa spirit took the author’s advice and spent her remaining time having a soulful, heart felt talk with her mother. She died a short time later. When the author came out of her coma a short time later, she spoke to the nurses about her experience with this young girl, Melissa. The nurses where amazed at the details the author was able to mention regarding what took place before she died. Four days after Melissa’s crossing over, the girl’s spirit again visited the author to thank her.
While reading this paranormal tale I was struck how far the designs in wigs has come since 1985. Wig manufacturer’s now design wigs specifically aimed at women who are being introduced to wigs for medical reasons. Wigs today are made from a much thinner fiber then in the past, thus avoiding a bulky, “wiggy” look. The double monofilament top wig construction is recommended for women with sensitive scalps because it has an extra layer of monofilament that covers the 100% hand tied hair fibers. I should know since I have alopecia. I buy all my wigs from the Jon Renau Wigs store at Elegant Wigs, an online wig boutique that has fabulous customer service. Perhaps Melissa would have been comfortable wearing a Jon Renau or Amore wig style from 2016. But since I do not have the paranormal attributes of the author of the True Tales of the Paranormal, so I wouldn’t even be able to attempt to contact Melissa. Perhaps I will be able to some day when it is my turn to cross over.
Not that this has stopped any number of scientific-minded folks from seeking proof. In fact, the term itself was coined between the late 19th and mid 20th Centuries, during which any number of scientific experiments were conducted to discover what, if anything, could cross the threshold from supernatural to scientific.
During this time, a number of new age fads and pseudo-scientific theories have come and gone. For as long as there have been tools and techniques to ‘see’ beyond the limits of normal experience, there has been a surge in efforts and hopes that some previously unexplained segment of human experience would come to light. Basic instruments like the microscope and telescope indeed vastly broadened our horizons, leading to countless discoveries and additions to the breadth of our knowledge. Kirlian photography and EMF seemed to promise the same sort of quantum shift, but failed to lead to any substantial evidence.
True, the topics of paranormal study have had no scientific breakthroughs, and most programs dealing with parapsychology have left academia and ‘serious’ research. At this sad juncture, the field of paranormal investigation is largely in the hands of reality television shows featuring people who overact in real life, and who pretty much seem like they wouldn’t be able to investigate gravity or plate tectonics — let along a field as delicate and elusive as paranormal activity.