Water and the Paranormal
There is a lot of natural phenomena which people believe may act as some kind of catalyst for paranormal activity. We question things like, does a full moon increase paranormal activity? Does a thunderstorm fuel energy in a location? Another theory investigators often talk about is the notion that perhaps water acts as some kind of conduit for paranormal activity. If a location is close to the ocean or if there is a spring running underneath, it is thought these are potential reasons for increased activity. So let's look into this theory as well as different ways people actually use water when it comes to the paranormal.
Where did this connection with water come from?
Like a lot of 'theories' within the paranormal field, a lot of the time, we don't actually know where they came from. From a lot of the research I have done, it leads back to similar leads I found when looking at the Stone Tape Theory. It was though that particular theory (though officially named stone tape because of a movie), are through to have come from the initial publishings of Thomas Charles Leithbridge. He was an archeologist who became a self proclaimed parapsychologist and in 1961 he released a book 'Ghost and Ghoul'. His theory was that ghosts themselves are not a supernatural phenomena. His theory was that traumatic events such as a murder or suicide could be absorbed by it's surroundings most specifically a kind of moist rock or stone. After having an experience where he saw an apparition near a stream a water, he also believed that the water, forests, earth and mountains could record imprints as they were charged by the ions in the air which allowed them to record these memories. It is certainly possible that some of the ideas of water having an affect on paranormal phenomena could have come from these musings.
Another connection could possibly be the fact that water itself is said to be a good insulator of electricity. We know that a lot of people associate different forms of electricity and electromagnetic fields with paranormal phenomena. It means thinking in this same light that it would not be too far of a stretch to assume that a large flowing stream of water next to a location could potentially be 'fuelling' this phenomena in the same way an electrical source does. An insulator itself doesn't conduct an electrical current. Pure water that has salts etc does not act as a conductor. Distilled water, tap or boiled water does. One would assume that all streams, lakes, oceans etc next to locations would contain pure water. What you have though is essentially something that could possibly set the 'right conditions' to fuel paranormal phenomena. The thing is, like theories as the Stone Tape Theory and Moon Cycles etc, there is actually no hard evidence to support these claims. It is a widely supported theory within the field and I have probably even said this myself in the past, but I don't have any data to back it up. It seems to be something that we just accept to be true because everyone in the field says it. This is where we really do have to start looking further into these claims. In the same way I encourage it with lunar cycles and thunderstorms etc, lets actually see if there is really anything to this theory. Is a location more likely to experience paranormal activity the closer it is to a water source? This would mean tracking things likes KMs in distance and using data loggers to measure the surroundings. It would be quite interesting to think a little outside the box here and try something a little different. In the same way investigators use things like EM Pumps to see if it can 'attract' paranormal phenomena, what if you set up something like a water fountain or something with running water during an investigation? Could this act as a source? Maybe even a running tap could have some effect? Given the above theory, perhaps it could work in the same way? It is worth at least trying and it may help us decipher if there really is any merit to this claim.
Once we start seeing an actual pattern or we actually have the data to back up these claims, they start to have a lot more weight behind them. Remember don't just believe a theory as fact because you have heard it from fellow investigators. Ask questions, ask their experiences and ask to see their findings. Create your own data and play a part in getting these answers. It may make you look at things in a way you didn't expect at all!
While we mostly look at water as some kind of conduit for paranormal phenomena, there are other ways that water is also associated with the paranormal.
Water and mythology
Many cultures refer to some kind of mythological water spirit. Celtic folklore refers to each-uisge which is a dangerous water horse. In German mythology there are shapeshifting water spirits referred to as Nix/Nixe/Nyx which mean The Neck. Greek mythology talks about the popular nymphs and sea sirens. The Romans talk about Camenae who were goddess of springs and fountains and also other forms of a nymph. In Asian cultures, evil spirits are thought to lurk in waters. People are encouraged not to swim or walk by water at night as these evil spirits could pull them into the water. Something they are particularly afraid of during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Water for spiritual rituals and protections
Water is often used in ceremonies and rituals among different spiritual and religious groups. In many cultures, water is thought to be the very essence of life. We as humans ourselves are made up of mostly water. Around 70 percent of the world is covered in water. People use it for a range of spiritual and religious purposes. Water is used for baptisms as water is the Christian sign of divine life. Water that has been blessed by a priest is considered to be the best spiritual protection against demonic forces. Moon water is also used by other spiritual people as a form of protection against spirits. By charging the water from the powerful beams from the moon, it is thought to be one of the ultimate sources of magic. It is also used for healing fertility, beauty and emotional abundance.
Water itself plays such an integral part of our daily life that it is little wonder that people have connected it to the paranormal. Quite simply, if we as living beings do not get water in some way shape or form, we will die. It really is the essence of life, so does that mean it has a connection to death? I would love to hear your thoughts . Do you believe that water aids paranormal phenomena? Tell me your experiences below.
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