Paranormal Unity

We are an internet society.  Things posted on the World Wide Web become fact to some and if picked up by enough people, may even become viral, spreading like wildfire in chat rooms and coffee shops.  Within the paranormal community the new buzzword is “Paranormal Unity”.  It is being thrown around by groups and loosely used to define the way they believe the world should look. Has anyone really looked at what this phrase means and what impact it may have on the paranormal community?

 

The word paranormal was created between 1915 and 1920. The website Dictionary.com defines it as:

“Of or pertaining to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception or other purportedly supernatural phenomena.”

The search for proof through scientific methods to explain the paranormal is the bread and butter of what we, in the paranormal community, do.  In our search, we put out evidence to be reviewed and scrutinized by our peers, both within and outside of the paranormal community.  To be defined as a community is to share a common belief, in this case, a belief in the aspects of paranormal phenomena.  Not all the individuals who make up a community believe in the same things or in the same way, that is what, in my belief, lends to the strength of the community.  Its fabric is woven by the varied beliefs, strengths, gifts and talents that its members bring.  The diversity of the group, united under the common goal, is what makes the community strong.

 

The word unity was created between 1250 and 1300.  It is based on the Latin word ūnitās (ūn=one + itās=ity).  Dictionary.com lists 8 different definitions.  My focus, for this blog, will be only on the first 4 as the remaining definitions focus on math or literature.  I believe that three of these four define what I see as the underpinnings of paranormal unity.  They are as follows:

  • “the state of being one, oneness”
  • “a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one”
  • “the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification”

 

To take this one step further, part of the “Teresa definition” of paranormal unity would read as follows: “The unification of paranormal groups to explore events or perceptions that, up until now, are without scientific explanation.”  This unification does not mean that all in the community must think alike, nor must they all live in a harmonious, blissful existence.  With questions arise differences in thought.  These differences bring about conflict, for example, debunking of evidence.  This conflict brings about change.  Without conflict there is no change.  Now, let’s be realistic, by conflict I don’t mean two paranormal teams duking it out over an orb photo.  I mean each group challenging the norm, looking beyond the popular status quo to seek an answer.  At times, this answer may change the norm of the community.  The diversity of the community creates the conflict and thus brings about the change and the discovery. 

 

The fourth definition of unity, as defined by Dictionary.com, is the one that I believe some in the paranormal community are striving for.  It is as follows:

“absence of diversity; unvaried or uniform character”

The belief that everyone needs to believe and feel the same way is not beneficial to the advancement of scientific knowledge.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that teams should be supportive of each other when possible and continue to strive for the common goal.  What shouldn’t happen is the belief that if you are not one of us you are against us, the us against them mentality, and the fear that a team who stands alone is not “unified” with the paranormal community.  Paranormal unity does not mean a state of group think or the creation of large interconnected networks.  I think it simply means that we, the paranormal teams and believers in paranormal phenomena, support each other by being (word) skeptical of the evidence provided, continuing to search for the answers and protecting not only our clients, but the rest of the paranormal community.

 

I believe that true paranormal unity can only be achieved when we, as a group, celebrate our diversity. Like a family, things may not always be harmonious.  Differences in opinion should be allowed and not swept under the rug or deleted off of the “chat”.  In order to further the field, each group must reach out beyond their comfort zone and take risks that are away from the norm of the group.  We, as a group, must hold a set of base morals that first and foremost protect our clients.  If our clients or the community is in danger, we must not be afraid to speak out and, when we do, the community should strive forward to seek the truth in what is said, not hide behind the comfort of what is.  Paranormal unity is not the coming together of many to a single mind, but a diverse group of minds coming together for a single purpose.

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