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On average, one out of every eight households will experience supernatural activity in one form or another.



Paranormal Definitions 

In the field of paranormal research there are many terms used. Some commonly known  and others not so well know. This list is provided to help lessen any confusion. Feel free to contact us if more explaination is needed.


Agent - A living person who is the focus of poltergeist activity.

Amulet - An object that is thought to bring good luck or have the power to protect from ghosts or spirits and ward off evil.

Apparition - 1 a : an unusual or unexpected sight : PHENOMENON b : a ghostly figure


Astral Body – The body that a person occupies during an out-of-body experience.


Astral PlaneA world that is believed to exist above our physical world.


Aura An invisible emanation of light that seems to surround a person or thing which is often thought to reflect a person’s personality.


Automatic WritingThis method of obtaining information from disembodied spirits is used by mediums in which the spirit takes control over the medium causing them to translate unconscious information on paper without being aware of the contents.

AutomatismAn unconscious or involuntary muscular movement caused by spirits. (See automatic writing)

AutoscopyThe visual hallucination or image of one's body looking back at themselves from a position outside the body. (See out of body experience).

Case StudyAn in-depth investigation of an individual subject.

Channeling In this modern day method of spirit communication, a spirit will pass information directly to a medium or channeler who will then relay the information on to the listener(s).

Clairaudience - 1 : the power or faculty of hearing something not present to the ear but regarded as having objective reality

Clairsentience A general term for clairvoyance and clairaudience. Clairsentience typically occurs in the form of ESP through physical sensations or smells.

Clairvoyance - 1 : the power or faculty of discerning objects not present to the senses
2 : ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception

Collective Apparition - A rare type of sighting in which more than one person sees the same apparition or phenomena.

Déjà vu - An impression or dull familiarity of having seen or experienced something before.

Demon - 1 a : an evil spirit  b : a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin

Direct Voice Phenomenon (DVP)An auditory “spirit” voice that is spoken directly to the sitters at a séance.

Earthbound – A term referring to a ghost or spirit that was unable to cross over to the other side at the time of death and is therefore stuck on earth.

EctoplasmAn immaterial or ethereal substance associated with spirit manifestations.

EMF Detector (See Magnetometer)

Entity - 1 a : being, existance; especially : independent, separate, or self-contained existence; b : the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes : 2 : something that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality

ESP - : Extrasensory Perception.

Exorcism - The banishment of an entity or entities i.e. spirits, ghosts and demons that is thought to possess or haunt a location or human being or animal. The ritual, which can be religious in nature, is conducted by an exorcist who will call upon a Higher Power to cast away any evil forces that may reside there.

Ghost - a disembodied soul; especially : the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness

HallucinationThe perception of sights and sounds that are not actually present.

Haunting - to visit or inhabit as a ghost


Illusion A delusional perception between what is perceived and what is reality.


IntuitionNon-paranormal knowledge that is gained through a perceptive insight.


Levitation To lift or raise a physical object in apparent defiance of gravity.


Magnetometer (EMF, gaussmeter) - An instrument for measuring the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field typically used by paranormal researchers to detect a ghost’s magnetic energy.

Medium - : an individual held to be a channel of communication between the earthly world and the world of spirits.


Mist A Photographed anomaly that appears as a blanket of light. There is no substantial proof that these are related to paranormal phenomenon.


Old Hag Syndrome A nocturnal phenomena that involves a feeling of immobilization, suffocation, odd smells and feelings and is sometimes accompanied my immense fear (See Sleep Paralysis).


OrbA photographed anomaly that theoretically represents the “spirit” of a deceased person. It will appear as a ball of light on film though is some cases; they are not seen at the time of the photo. Since there are many reasonable circumstances (dust, snow, rain, insects, reflection, lens flare, etc.) orbs still remain a highly controversial subject.

Out of Body - : relating to or involving a feeling of separation from one's body and of being able to view oneself and others from an external perspective

Paranormal - 1 a: : not scientifically explainable

Phantom - 1 a : something (as a specter) apparent to sense but with no substantial existence; b : something elusive or visionary; c : an object of continual dread or abhorrence : 2 : something existing in appearance only


Poltergeist - a noisy usually mischievous ghost held to be responsible for unexplained noises (such as rappings and bangings) 

More information on poltergeists below


Radio Voice Phenomenon (RVP) - Receiving the voice of a deceased human being through a regular radio.

Reciprocal Apparition - An extremely rare type of spirit phenomenon in which both the agent and percipient are able to see and respond to each other.

Soul - 1 : the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life 2 a : the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe.


Specter, Spectre - 1 : a visible disembodied spirit :
2 : something that haunts or perturbs the mind


Spirit - a : supernatural being or essence;  b : an often malevolent being that is bodiless but can become visible; c : a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being


VortexAn anomaly that appears as a funnel or rope-like image in photographs. These images are sometimes thought to represent ghosts, collections of orbs or gateways which travel to a wormhole in time-space. There has been no substantial scientific evidence to support any of these theories.

 Wraith - the exact likeness of a living person seen usually just before death as an apparition















Do you have a Poltergeist?


The word ‘poltergeist’ means, “noisy or racketing ghost” in German. Poltergeists are random energy psychokinetically generated by the spirit of an evil or mischievous person.  They are the only form of paranormal that can harm a person or animal, and therefore are not something to mess around with.


Poltergeists will more often than not occupy a household with at least one child; young children cannot decipher between spirits and reality, and therefore are more susceptible to contact with paranormal.  However, many occurrences of poltergeists have also been recorded in households with no children.


Poltergeist activity can include the presence of unexplained noises such as knocking, banging, rapping, and footsteps.  In some cases, objects can levitate or even fly across the room, and in extreme cases, physical harm can occur.


There is no known “cure” for a poltergeist.  It can go away on its own if chooses to or gets bored, but we highly discourage any attempt of removal.  Exorcisms and House Blessings have never been documented as successful remedies, and often have worsened the activity.  In the case of a poltergeist, the only guaranteed answer is to move.  If you believe that you have a poltergeist, we suggest researching the history of the property or land in question before taking further action. 


If you have a poltergeist story, please let us know about it.  We would like a chance to help you in any way we can, and see how we can learn from your experience.  Only through the knowledge of others can we gather information and see if there is a better way to handle a situation.  


Thank You,

Northwest Arkansas Ghost Connection