Cold Spots

April 30, 2014 on 6:52 pm | In Article | No Comments

 DSC_0110(Investigation withWyoming Senator John Hastert 2013)

What is a cold spot?  What many refer to as “cold spots” are simply an area that suddenly feels cold when it in fact should not be.  There seems to be no logical reason for it. But, in the paranormal world it is believed that a spirit pulls energy from the area so that is can manifest itself.  If this is true then unexplained cold spots would mean spirits may be present.

Just yesterday, two women approached me at the Front Desk.  They both seemed quite excited and I knew there was a story forthcoming. Sure enough, they took a deep breath and began.  While they were in the back of the library, they felt a cold spot in an area where there had previously not been one. There was no vent or fan.  There was no logical reason for it.

As the women continued with the story they told of a strong feeling of a “little girl” with them.  One stated “I think she is still right here with me.”  I could tell by watching their reactions that they truly believed this was happening. I went to where they had felt the cold spot, but I found nothing. They were adamant that this was what had happened.

Little did they realize, I am not one to question their story.  Working where I do and having the experiences I have, I know odd things can happen. I too have felt cold spots and felt as though a small child was walking with me.  It is a very strange thing to have happen. I have had my name whispered in my right ear, I have seen shadows in the stacks, I have seen two full apparitions (someone else saw them at the same time as me), and I have heard many things that I had no idea what it was. I have worked at the library since 1992. I is amazing how many of these things have become “just part of my job”.  You might laugh, but it is true. 

Here at the library we have heard pretty much everything. Many locals come to us and just want someone to listen.  We hear of spirits, ghosts, shadows, voices, noises, things moving, and on and on. No, we do not have books flying around the room.  Occasionally someone will say they did see a book fall or move.  On occasion shadows are seen and on really rare occasions a full apparition has been seen. Please remember, these are not daily occurrences.

Many people want an answer.  This is where we have issues.  We have ideas of what is happening, we have theories, but we do not have definitive answers.  As many of you know, those of us that do the Ghost Walks have tried to educate ourselves as best we can. We have contacted several experts and asked many questions. We can share with you what they have shared with us.  For more information than that, we always refer you to them, the experts. We try but we do not have all the answers.

If you have had an experience please report it to the Front Desk of send it to me at mgilmore@sweetwaterlibraries.com.  We will do our best to help you and answer your questions.

What was that?

April 15, 2014 on 6:39 pm | In Article | No Comments

pareidolia_faceYou are walking in the dark and suddenly you see what looks like a face in the shadows.  Of course you are frightened. What was that?  Many of us have had this happen.  Seeing a face where there should not be one is very disturbing.

What if we just thought it was a face?  What if it really wasn’t?  What is it then?  There is a term for seeing faces in inanimate things.  According to Ask.com and Wikipedia, it is called “PAREIDOLIA”.

Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, “beside, alongside, instead”) in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον “image, form, shape”) the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.

As you see, it may also include sounds and patterns.  Does this mean what we have seen is not something paranormal?  The answer is maybe.  Like many things we deal with, there are two sides to the story.  It is believed that a good portion of what we think we see is actually not paranormal, but pareidolia.  We think we see a face when it is just clothes handing in the closet (in a very interesting or scary way).

I for one, have seem things both pareidolia and paranormal.  There are times I really am not sure which is which.  Here is where our intuition and our senses come into play. I am not a true expert, but I feel our intuition tells us much.  I know that if you see something unexplained, your body will sometimes give you “goose-bumps” or you feel a chill.  It is a natural reaction to the unknown and our bodies are preparing for fright. I also know that when a ghost is close by, the body will react the same way. This is where the intuition helps. Most times we have a sixth sense if the “thing” is paranormal or not. I say trust your senses and listen to that little voice inside.

I too, have heard things that I thought were voices that were not. A voice was heard and seemed to be in the room where I was sitting. It happened twice. After some time and a diligent search, it turned out to be my dog sleeping and snoring.  I had a good laugh at that.  Also electric appliances may cause noises that seem questionable.  If you hear noises, be aware of what is in the area.  Take a good look and listen closely.

This doesn’t however, prove all things are debunked. We have captured many EVP’s (electronic voice phenomenon) while in the library. Our goal is to always try to debunk what we may find, but many times it just isn’t possible.  We assume it is our friends from the beyond.  The recordings are saved and analyzed as best we can. It does seem the spirits do have things to say if we just listen.

Bottom line, it is many times our perception of what we are encountering.  I know there are many things unexplained.  I also know many objects and shadows can take on the image of something else.

What is your take on this?

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