Ever wonder what exactly qualifies as paranormal? Well, let's try to clear up some key points.
Para- (prefix): A prefix with many meanings, including: alongside of, beside, near, resembling, beyond, apart from, and abnormal.
Normal (adjective): Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.
Together they are the things that fall outside of the scope of what we think of as "normal". A picture frame next to an open window on a windy day suddenly being blown off the table, normal. That same picture lifting itself off the table with no wind, vibration or contact with known living or mechanical interference, possibly paranormal.
Note the use of the word "possibly". There would need to be further experiments to try to find a normal explanation. Once you rule out all possible causes, what you are left with is "paranormal". Paranormal has more than just hauntings that fall under it's umbrella. UFOs, Cryptids, like Bigfoot and the Lochness Monster, as well as other dimensions and time slips. I myself know very little when it comes to some of these other things, so I'll just stick to the hauntings for now.
There is so much to learn and with an ever growing community out there, information is getting a little easier to find. Sure, lots of people still think I'm crazy, but that's just fine with me.
People have been reporting paranormal happenings since dawn of recorded, and even oral history. Every culture has some stories rooted deep in their beliefs. As time has moved on and science has advanced, many people decided it was all due to people of history simply not knowing any better. Others have taken these scientific tools and methods and used them to prove the existence of the paranormal.
We have come such a long way in our knowledge. Our toolbox has expanded right along with it. We have found ways to see in the dark, measure the electromagnetic field, hear things that our naked ears can't. So many other developments that keep things new and exciting. And I'll tell you what. The first time you are in the moment and know for a fact that nobody was talking, but still have words spoken in direct response to something you said on your recorder......CHILLS!!!!
I could go on forever about the tools and evidence, never mind the theories. For today though, I'll leave this here for you to ponder. Stay spooky people!