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Sunday, February 08, 2009

GUEST BLOGGER NIGEL WRIGHT: Where paranormal worlds meet

Nigel was an integral part of the CFZ from about 1997 until about 2004, when family committments on my behalf led me to translocate to North Devon, and family committments for him meant that he couldn't donate as much time as he had used to. For years he was my PA (fulfilling much the same role as Matty Osborne does on occasion) and we drove around the country having adventures and doing odd things. If only as a guest, it is nice to have the old bugger back on board..

(PS The picture is me, him and Graham in the early spring of 1998)

When Jon asked me, very kindly, if I would like to write a guest blog for him, I must admit that, given the amount of different types of paranormal events I have researched and investigated over the years that I have been involved in the subject, I was slightly at a loss as to the subject matter of this blog. At last, having settled on the subject to be written about, some ware in the back of this tired old brain of mine, there lurked a comment that had been written about me, during my active time with the CFZ. I had been described as the “straight man” of the team! Hum, there IS a recommendation. So, given this glowing reference, I will attempt to begin!....

I had begun my own quest for the truth of things unknown after a boyhood encounter with a UFO. The fascination with this particular branch of the paranormal lasted for many years, until I went to live at Powderham, near the river Exe, in Devon. I found myself in the rather fortunate position of living in a very haunted house. Thus began my second string of interest in things out of the norm. In 1997, I by chance, met Jon and the rest of the great Guys (and Girls!) of the CFZ, so my life then acquired yet another line of paranormal interest, that of cyptozoology. It was during the research stage of writing Jon’s and my book (The Rising Of The Moon) that we both began to understand that there was a possibility of definite connections between many different types of so-called “paranormal” activity.

Take for instance, where ghosts often reported to have occurred, so did UFO reports. A certain area of paranormal activity would, more often that not, contain more than one type of event. These areas of activity are situated all over the world. They seem to occur in random locations, with no obvious connection of reason. But, as Jon and I researched deeper into these strange areas, we discovered what maybe the missing link, as it were, as to why these places are blessed with such an abundance of paranormal activity.

Almost without exception, these areas of increased activity were or had been areas of religious activity, of many faiths and beliefs. It seems to make no difference what type of ceremonies occurred at these locations; the effects are the same, an increased rate of many different types of paranormal activity. In the book Jon and I gave one possible explanation for this increase, but I’m afraid that you will have to read the book for that one! My main point in all this is to state the belief that ALL types of paranormal activity have common root cause. The clues are there to see in the excellent research being done today, by hundreds of very dedicated researchers, all over the world. There often occurs a measurable fluctuation in EMF activity in both ghost and UFO events, for instance.

Just what is the root cause?....Well I don’t know! If I ever find out, then I will sit right down and write a book about it. (Any chance of publishing it Jon?). But, on a more serious note, it really is important that we find this cause, because it will enable us to not only explain some of the great mysteries of all time, but it might even enable us to venture much, much further than we ever dared too imagine. Here’s hoping!..

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This all brings to mind the old question of which is the cause and which is the effect. It is known that if you induce fairly weak electro-magnetic fields next to a person's head, these can penetrate through the skull (which is only calcium phosphate after all) and affect the brain. Stimulating areas on the temples has especially interesting effects since specific areas cause the illusion of being in the presence of God to be felt by many people.

So, now we have the observation that changing EMF fields and/or EMF fields which occur at different strengths at different places are to be found close to areas of worship (stone circles are commonly to be found in close proximity to geological faulting, too). Since quite a lot of religious ceremonies involve the congregation moving about a little in the holy area, even a localised but static EMF field can still induce effects, since it is the change of EMF which causes electrical currents.

So, this brings us to the big question: which came first, the EMF field or the religious observances?