More and more the Sweetwater County Library seems to be receiving phone calls or emails from paranormal groups requesting permission to perform a “ghost hunt”. Also many no-professional ask if “they can spend the night in the library”. The word is spreading a bit about our small town library. It occurred to me that it might be helpful for me to share some of the criteria that we use when approving a Ghost Hunt.
In the past a few chosen groups have been given permission to do a “hunt”. I believe that there have been 5 hunts previously. And last year alone we have received 5 new requests from groups for access. Not everyone was given permission. Because of the increasing demand and the spike in interest in general, we have prepared new guidelines for choosing a group.
First you must contact the head librarian Carla Hardy here at the Sweetwater County Library. She then reviews the requests and verifies if you are in fact a legitimate group (or not). Please do not send a request if you are not. Next we schedule you with one of our designated staff (there are only a few that are willing to do the ghost hunts so they are limited.) You will be required to fill out a form and list all persons on the team that will be attending and their contact information. If you have a website that can be reviewed, you should include the website address. Any other information that will show your level of abilities and training is always helpful.
We will provide access to the Ghost Log if you wish and copies may be made of anything within. The Ghost Log does not check out and must be used in the library only. If you use information from the Ghost Log, we require that you list the Sweetwater County Library as your source.
We do ask that you share what information you do gather so that we might include it in our Ghost Log. Also any information that you share would be posted on the High Spirits: the Ghost Log Blog and credit will be given to the reporting group of course.
Things you need to know:
If you are given the green light for doing a hunt please note that there will be some lights left on at all times. This is for safety and insurance reasons. There will be no exceptions.
We do not allow provoking the spirits. On television, some groups will try to provoke to get the spirits to come forth, but with serious consequences. The reason we do not allow this is we still have to occupy this space and anything that is stirred-up we would have to deal with afterwards. This is not allowed and you will be asked to leave if you do so.
Mrs. Hardy’s makes the rules and her word is final.
Only a few hunts per year are usually allowed. We are trying different times of the year to see if there is a difference with the seasons. We are recording times of year, day, etc. Documentation is very important to us and may be used in future research.
If you have questions or concerns please let us know.
Micki Gilmore 307-875-3615 ex. 1130 email@example.com
Carla Hardy 307-875-3615 ex. 1410 firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the “out of body” experience real? Is it a possibility for one’s consciousness or “spirit” to leave the physical body for a short period of time? Many people will tell you without a doubt that it can and does happen, while others say it is nothing more than a vivid state of dreaming. The out of body experience or “OBE” can happen by will or spontaneously. People use deep meditative states in an attempt to induce an OBE while being fully aware and in control of their experience. Others “awake” to find themselves hovering above a hospital bed, fully conscious and observing their own body being attended to by doctors and nurses. These people soon realize something tragic took place and wonder if they have indeed, died. This is the “near death experience” or “NDE” which has been experienced by many who have been involved accidents and sickness.
Sleep paralysis often takes place when one slips into an OBE. I have experienced sleep paralysis many many times and it still happens to this day. This condition is when the body is asleep and the mind seems to be very aware and conscious of its surroundings. Some people can achieve this state and intentionally induce an OBE. I myself find it somewhat terrifying that I cannot move my body and frantically try everything I can to wake myself. This I believe to be a barrior of sorts as one has to negotiate this fear to be able to possibly achieve an OBE. If OBE’s are real, I believe I have experienced it during a state of sleep paralysis. I remember taking a nap one day as I was very exhausted and I “woke” to hear my wife and my brother in law talking in the living room. Although I could hear their conversation and knew I was very alert, I could not move my body. I began to panic (as I always do) and tried to wake myself by attempting to vocally make a noise or to move any part of my body I could. I tried frantically for what seemed like an eternity to awake and I felt as though I began to move my arms and legs but knew that my physical body was not moving. I remember the sensation of rolling off the side of the bed and being slammed back into my body!
Did my “spirit” actually leave my body only to be brought back because of my own fear? Can one consciously observe their own body as it lies dead only to return and give great detail of the events that took place? Is it possible for someone to induce their own OBE and be able to travel without physical boundaries?
This phenomena may never be proven to be true and science can for the most part explain many things, but is it possible? Have you or anyone you know experienced an out of body experience?
**Special thanks to John York for his contribution and expertise.
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