Jessica (autumnscars) wrote in doc_paranormal,
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Glossary (Done by consortofvenus)

Please note that we are NOT saying that these things are correct. We are simply trying to give everyone a better understanding of the general paranormal investigatory culture.



Afterlife:
-The place where ones' spirit/soul goes when one dies; commonly referred to as heaven/hell or simply "the afterlife".

Astral Body:
-Also known as the spirit/soul of a person; the body one has in the spiritual world; ones' spiritual-self.

Astral Travel:
-The practice of leaving your body and traveling to the spiritual world in ones' astral body.

Demon:
-An evil supernatural being; a devil; a persistently tormenting force.

E.V.P./Electric Voice Phenomena:
-Electronic Voice Phenomena, or EVP, are weird and mysterious, apparently paranormal sonic events of unknown origin, which can sometimes be heard (and captured in recordings) on various types of electronic apparatus, and which are usually discounted by skeptics as being simple forms of radio interference. Some people believe the voices have a satanic or demonic origin, others postulate that they are extraterrestrial attempts at communication, or that they may, in fact, be "projections" from the researcher. (http://www.anomalist.com/features/evp.html)
-Electronic Voice Phenomena is a process whereby the voice or voices of the dead are embedded onto magnetic recording tape by a process that we do not understand. The embedded "ghost" voice can be heard when the magnetic audio tape is played back on a tape recorder/player or with a digital recorder. (http://photos2.ghostweb.com/evp.html)
-For more info about EVP visit: http://dawghouse.topcities.com/evp.html (this site is not affiliated with us).

Ghost:
-The spirit of a dead person, especially one believed to appear in bodily likeness to living persons or to haunt former habitats.
-The center of spiritual life; the soul.

Magic/Magick/Majik/Magik:
-The art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking unseen forces.
-Possessing distinctive qualities that produce unaccountable or baffling effects.

Paranormal:
-Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.
True, this does say beyond the range of scientific explanation. But we used the word "paranormal" so it's easier to understand what this community is about from first glance because of it's pop meaning; We are NOT saying that this definition is true of all experiences; we're simply documenting.

Psychic:
-A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
-Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental: psychic trauma; psychic energy.
-Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.

Shaman:
-One who uses mind-altering substances to put them in a trance in order to enter or commune with the spiritual world.

Spirit:
-The vital principle or animating force within living beings; incorporeal consciousness; the part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings.
-The soul, considered as departing from the body of a person at death.
-A supernatural being; an angel; a demon; a being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon; a fairy or sprite.

Spiritual Medium:
-A person who is a go-between between this world and the spiritual world, specifically designed for communication.

Telekinesis:
-The movement of objects by ones' will/mind/spirit/soul.

Telepathy:
-Communication through means other than the senses such as the mind or spirit/soul.
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