A question I’ve been asked a lot is, What proof do you have?
I usually answer that question with one of my own, “How do you define proof?”
Dictionary.com defines the word, as
- Evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its
- Anything serving as such evidence:
So, now let’s take a look at the definition of the word, “evidence.”
- That which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief;
- Something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign
EVPs and pics, a video of the doll “moving” would be, to many people, proof that the doll is haunted. A video could also be a camera trick, fishing line, or “invisible thread.” I’ve seen magicians (entertainers) do it. Does that mean that what I’m seeing is “proof” of a haunting? Of course not.
Things move, appear, and disappear, during poltergeist cases. Parapsychologists will tell you that in those cases, “ghosts” aren’t the source of the activity. The human mind is.
In the “Philip” experiment, the table they were using actually chased one of the experimenters in full view of others with no one near it. It literally moved on its own. Is that proof that there was a “spirit” present? No, because Philip was made up in the minds of the experimenters.
Which is why I didn’t share much of the “evidence” I collected concerning Harold before now. I wanted to avoid the so-called, “Philip effect.”
Another reason is that I was constantly getting people’s (especially psychic’s) opinions all of the time. Unless what they say lines up with what I knew to be true, I wasn’t accepting it.
When I asked two psychics how I can verify what they were telling me they both said that I simply needed to accept their assessment at face value. Thanks, but no thanks.
Don’t even get me started on “scientific investigations” using technology that was never designed to detect ghosts in the first place. And those devices that were designed to do so are “experimental” and designed for research purposes, at best.
In my opinion, hauntings are human experiences. An anomalous reading on an EMF, without the human experience that precedes it is just that… and anomalous reading. Not “proof” or even “evidence” of a ghost. So the question isn’t, “Can I prove Harold is haunted?” but, “Am I trying to prove Harold the Doll is haunted?
The answer to the second question is “no.” I’m not trying to prove that it’s haunted – to anyone. I do have enough evidence to convince me that something is going on. The question in my mind is, “what?”
Is the doll haunted?
Is it cursed?
Is it possessed?
All of the above?
Whatever is going on, how did what happened… happened?
Whatever is going people are being physically, mentally and emotionally harmed. Not just me, but other people as well.
Which is why, ultimately, the question in my mind isn’t, “Is the doll ‘haunted?” but, “What I can do to stop it?”