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Term: paranormal


Paranormal: A term used to describe anything that is beyond (para-) our normal experience. It has been adopted by many because it can encompass a wider range of unusual phenomena than previous terms such as extra-sensory perception.Donald Michael Kraig

Paranormal: Something that is beyond what is usually considered normal. A term frequently used today to indicate a more scientific grounding to the study of such things a ghosts, UFOs, abilities such as telepathy and clairvoyance.Donald Michael Kraig

Paranormal: Occurrences that take place outside the natural order of thins: ghosts, UFOs, ESP; difficult to explain; beyond the normal, yet in the realm of the natural; something that is beyond the range of normal human experience.
source: Ghost Worlds, by Melba Goodwyn


Demystifying the Paranormal
One of the newer goals of Paranormal research is to take the mystery out of the paranormal without loss of respect for the early pioneers and for the varieties of the subjects involved. Even where “scientific” understanding is still ...
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Introduction to Llewellyn’s Paranormal, Magical & Occult Encyclopedia
Many of the terms used in these subject areas do not actually describe "things" so much they do "functions." Similarly, a hand can be described as a fist, or an open palm, or a light hand or a heavy hand, and so forth—these describe functions of ...
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Symptoms of Psychic Attack
How do you know when you are under psychic attack? First, a word or two of common sense: Don’t jump to conclusions. If you find yourself having problems, being plagued by bad dreams or suffering from illness without immediate apparent cause, first ...
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Psychic Self Defense
What is your chance of being psychically attacked at some point in your life? It is fairly high, the evidence suggests. That does not necessarily mean that you will be victimized in a dramatic, life-threatening way, but it is distinctly ...
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Ouija Boards
Dabblers in "occult toys" such as Ouija boards and planchettes sometimes complain that the disembodied entities with which they believe they are communicating will not let them alone, even when they are not using the boards. The entities may try to ...
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Psychic Self Defense Story #3 - Something Wicked This Way Comes
Peter had come into the world with a terrible variety of physical imperfections, chief among them vital organs (including heart, liver, and spleen) that were too large for his little body. For months doctors feared he could die at any ...
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Are You Vulnerable to Psychic Attack?
The answer, in all likelihood, is yes. You are immune to psychic attack only if you have learned how to protect yourself from this kind of assault—and most people don’t even know psychic attack is possible, much less that they can learn techniques ...
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The Reality of Psychic Attack
In one sense, we are all victims of psychic attack. We’re psychically assaulted almost constantly by a world that has little respect for our precious selves and that seeks to influence and manipulate us in all kinds of ways, some of them potentially ...
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Meditation is: An emptying of the mind of all thoughts and "chatter" often by concentration only on the slow inhalation and exhalation of breath and is characterized by slow alpha and theta waves. It induces relaxation and a "clean slate" ...
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New Age
A phrase adapted by certain occult writers to describe: A belief in a new level of consciousness coincident with the Aquarian Age. A social movement of diverse spiritual and political elements directed toward the transformation of individuals ...
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