By Gary Robusto, Tri-City NYPS Founder
As a paranormal researcher for 18 yrs now, I have seen, experienced and witnessed a lot of different things in our field. After all, we are investigators of events, witness claims, other investigators' claims, outside contacts & clients and most of all the countless hours of data collected from each case that we do. It's our job and responsibility to keep an open, unbiased mindset in all the work that we do. As a person that conducts research and investigates it, is essential that we are able to take our personal beliefs, religious views, thoughts/what we the individual think to be right and set all of that aside while we conduct interviews, investigations and research into what we are doing. If we can't do that, then really, are we helping a client? Or are we just giving them what "WE" or "I" think in my own beliefs is the right information? Not fair to anyone.
In the field of the paranormal we meet all sorts of people. Believers, skeptics, religious, non religious, science driven, technology driven, spiritual driven, psychics, demonologists, soccer moms, enthusiasts and the list can go on and on. This field is awesome in the fact that people from ANY background can do this type of work. The sky is the limit. Each person has a different belief that gets us interested in this field. That belief is personal to us as individuals and to us only, as we only know what it truly is and when we will truly get the answers we seek on a personal level. With that being said though, in my opinion, we as humans need to be very careful.
Our beliefs are what encompass what our thought process is made of and determines what it comes up with. Already we have a level of bias going into anything in life since our beliefs give us that. If we understand what we on a personal level believe is "truth" then of course that bias will be there and our thinking heads in that direction. In the field of the paranormal though, this isn't the case in most aspects of our work. We are indulging in things that are yet to be understood by the world; life as humans and science and religion. Each one of us come into this field looking for some sort of answer, but since this is the field of the unknown, we need to take a different approach in our thought process and push ourselves to see things and get past things that go right to the core of who we are as individuals and what makes us who we are.
Critical thinking is really what we do as researchers. From forming theories to doing experiments, we are using methods that have been produced by humans and human thought process. Ideas have been bounced around as to the why's or how's of paranormal events and it's the investigators job to try to collect the data to better find those answers to those questions and theories. In order to do this though, we need to keep a total "open minded" approach. We can NOT put our personal beliefs in there as they hinder the work we are trying to accomplish. As people, it's totally fine to believe whatever it is that you want, but in a research environment it's so very important to step back and see things as a whole, rather then be narrow minded to just one thing.
As we have seen, a lot of para events that occur are because of cause and effect. From renovating a home, to the poltergeist and intelligent activity, something is being caused to make these events come out to be seen to witnesses. This only explains such a small part of paranormal activity though. Psychics come in and do their work and talk to the spirits, so to speak. As humans, we have no idea how they do this, how they work this way or even if they are seeing what they claim they are seeing. Just because we can't understand it on a personal level or just because our belief system doesn't allow to have psychics in our set of rules, doesn't make it any less possible than when we break down a wall in a home and spirit activity starts happening. It's still cause and effect. We watch K-II meters go off as researchers, but we still don't 100% know why they go off. We assume that spirits give off EMF energy, but we can't be sure of it.
We only have the understanding in human terms and means because that's all we know. We are working in a field based on unknown means so we can't be narrow minded to just human knowledge, since it may not at all be correct. We try to make the paranormal more understandable in human terms, but this is not always the case. Just because a psychic can see/hear things a regular person can't, doesn't make it wrong at all or any less creditable then the Mel Meter or capturing an EVP. Psychics, like the paranormal researcher, are one in the same and are trying to communicate with the unknown and spirits. At the end of the day it's really all the same, just two different mediums to come up with the information we are looking for.
Keeping an open mind and separating ourselves from these ways as we try to collect data and information are so necessary to our work. One may not believe in a psychic due to their personal beliefs, and that is okay on a personal level, but not on a research level. At the end of the day you could be wrong in your assessment. Even if you're right in your thinking and find out that you were right on a personal level and a data level, then great and high five, but you have the data and collected the information in an unbiased, open minded, open discussion and critical thinking way to come to that conclusion; not a closed minded, narrow view and defensive or argumentative type of way. Our beliefs can't get in the way of our research since we all believe different things. If they do then it becomes a witch hunt and is a disgrace to the hard work and dedication of all of us in the paranormal field because no single person is above another in our field.
We are in it for the purpose of spirit communication on all different levels. At the end of the day it's being a spiritual person and that is fact, but just because that's a fact doesn't have to change someones belief at all. That person needs to just accept it and work with in the parameters of the big picture, just as we do in the science that we work with, since it's really no different at all at the end of the day. The only thing that is different is the individual's perception. Stay open minded to the whole and you will be able to see, learn and encompass things so much more freely, and do the research that is needed for the field in an unbiased way.....