Have you ever heard someone say “spirits are able to manipulate the electromagnetic field (EMF) in order to. . . “? This is one of the most common “technical” explanations used for how paranormal equipment works. It is also one of the most frustrating. Let’s take a moment to explore why this is such a troubling explanation.
Question number one, do you know how to manipulate the electromagnetic field in order to make something happen? With a quick internet search, I found a few ways to manipulate the field by using mirrors, wires, or antennas. If you are thinking about REM pods, yes, you can disrupt the EM field just by moving through it because it works the same way as a theremin (musical instrument). But most of the devices that thrive on this “manipulate EMF” theory are not just asking the “spirit” to move through the field.
Question number two, while manipulating the field, can you select specific words from a digital database to be displayed on an electronic device screen? I can honestly say that I don’t know how to do this. If you do know, I am very interested in how it works and would love to pick your brain.
Question number three, if you were a farmer or civil war soldier or any other random historical figure we often go looking for in haunted places, would you know how to do any of this? Would you even know what the EM field was? Heck, I’m not even sure a random person who passed in the 1990’s would know how to do this but maybe I’m underestimating the intelligence of the dead.
Final question, why do we use this idea to explain paranormal technology?
I propose that we focus on simplifying our interactions with whatever is causing paranormal phenomena. (Unless you think we are dealing with aliens, then it is possible that they know how to do all of this and more.) There is a reason why knocking and simple object movement has been the standard for paranormal investigation for over a hundred years. When you over complicate the process, you eliminate the potential for communicating with anyone who doesn’t understand the technology.
When I was much younger (and had way more energy), I was taught the KISS method. For those who don’t know, that means “Keep It Simple Stupid”. When looking for means of communication, think simple and learn how to utilize things like knocking and tapping. Use bells and painters tape for marking object movement. Use your digital recorder and give “spirits” time to speak. Even using REMpods or other motion activated devices is fine as long as you know the limits of the technology (ex. radio wave and IR interference). Anyone can understand the idea of “walk past this device” to make it function.
“Spirits” may be affecting environmental conditions such as EMF but don’t expect them to know how they are doing it. Technology can be good for measuring changes in the environment that correlate with paranormal phenomena but it can be limited in use when you are trying to communicate with someone who has no idea what they are doing. Put yourself in the place of the people you are trying to talk to and consider what might work best. You don’t have to spend all of your money to have a useful paranormal tool bag. Be creative and think outside of the EMF manipulation tool box.
Until next time, Happy Hunting!