Here are a few terms we at WINDY CITY PARANORMAL may use to explain some things about the paranormal For the purposes of making communication during investigation and research clearer for everyone especially the client.
Angel: A divine being that acts as a messenger of God; a spirit that protects and offers guidance.
Anomaly: Something that deviates from the norm or from expectations something strange and difficult to identify or classify
Attachment: The seeming connection a haunting or entity may have with an item, such as furniture or other personal belonging. Often, this type of haunting is noticed when an item is first brought into a location. When the item is again removed, the events related to the haunting cease.
Apparition: An appearance of a supposed ghost; something or somebody strange and/or unexpected.
Debunk: To show something wrong or false. When an investigator finds simple and logical explanation for paranormal activity. Just because certain things can be debunked doesn't mean there is no paranormal activity, it just means that those portions of the activity may be ruled out as paranormal.
Demon: Hostile and resentful entity, supposedly of non-human origin, which some believe to be "fallen (from grace) angels."
Dematerialize: To disappear or cause something to disappear physically or apparently.
Ectoplasm: the theory of a residue left behind by spirits. Although no known ectoplasm has been collected and analyzed. It is thought to be seen via a vapor like mist or slime of various thickness and colors from transparent to black.
Entity: A generic term used to define paranormal spirit.
E.V.P: 'Electronic Voice Phenomena. Disembodied "voices" and sounds imprinted on audio recording devices that are not heard by the human ear. EVP's are the most common type of evidence a paranormal investigator collects.
Exorcism: Ceremonial expulsion of invading spiritual/demonic entities from a person or dwelling, present in virtually every worldly culture. The Jewish and Catholic Christian faiths each have a formal 'Rite of Exorcism' to be conducted by the respective Rabbi or Priest.
Ghost: The image of a person witnessed after his/her death, reflecting the appearance of the living, physical body yet less substantial. These forms often seem to exist in a dream-like state of semi-awareness, at times though not always cognizant of their human observers.
Haunting: The manifestation of a ghostly presence, or presences, attached to a specific locale. A haunting can be categorized into many distinct types. Definitions of these and a more to come soon.
Hot Spot: An area or location of higher or frequent activity of paranormal activity
Materialization: A ghost appearing visually, suddenly or gradually, sometimes indistinct, sometimes seemingly quite solid. (See also apparition)
Matrixing: When the mind starts seeing familiar patterns in things. Like when you look at a cloud and see familiar shapes like faces and animals that's matrixing. The human mind has a natural tendency to interpret sensory input. This also occurs with audible sounds during recordings.
Occult: Relating to the paranormal the definition in simple terms would mean the supernatural, magic, witchcraft, or devil worship.
Oui-ja (Board): Ouija board, pronounced "wee-gee" a trademark "game" board with letters and numbers other symbols and a pointer call a planchette by with answers to questions are spelled out, by supposedly spiritual forces. DO NOT BE FOOLED THIS IS NOT A GAME. This is thought to be a portal to another realm where the entities have been known to be negative. DO NOT EVER PLAY WITH A OUIJA BOARD only bad things can happen Experienced researchers vehemently advise against their usage.
Orb: In theory orbs are a form of energy of unknown source which are believed to be disembodied spirits. A true spirit orb emit their own energy source or light. Most orbs found in paranormal investigations are just dust or bugs caught in the light of the cameras. Basically if it can be recreated by shaking a towel or flannel shirt it can't be taken seriously.
Paranormal: An event that is unable to be explained or understood in terms of scientific knowledge.
Pentacle/Pentagram: The traditional five-pointed star design, with its interior pentagon delineated, generally representing both spirituality and protection when point "up"; when inverted, it is said to signify diabolism.
Possession: Invasion of the human mind by a spiritual or demonic entity, where the invading agent for a span of time, influences or entirely subverts the personality of the human host. It is in these instances that the boundaries of psychology, religion and spiritualism are rendered less distinct.
Shadow People: These unknown entities are exactly what they sound like Shadows in the shape of human beings mostly in a shadow like dark to a solid black coloration the true nature of this type of paranormal activity is still unknown and is subject to lots of interpretation
Spirit: The essence, energy or soul of a living or deceased person, animal or being. A spirit commonly refers to a ghost.
Spirit Rescue: Attempting contact with entities, intended to alleviate the entities' distress and aid them in the resolution of their conflicts, and in "crossing over" to a higher, spiritual plane.
Vortex: In the paranormal definition these are also subject to a lot of conjecture one theory is an area of high electromagnetic energy for some type of portal or doorway to another dimension that allows entities to travel back and forth from our dimension to theirs.