One of my main goals on my podcast is to help people. I want it to be a safe environment where people feel welcomed to speak freely. That their experiences will not be judged or dismissed. I've had that happen to me and I know how it feels, especially when it's something terrifying or when you really need help and you're trusting that this person can help set you on the correct path to beat this obstacle in your life.
However, my mission to do this goes beyond my podcast. Being part of the paranormal community I believe that it is part of my job, part of my cause, to give people that same experience. That we as a group should be helping others to feel that same level of comfort. So when I hear that someone shared their personal experience, and someone, a paranormal investigator no less, told them bluntly that they are crazy, stupid, that their experience is impossible to happen, and insulted them on so many different levels, I'm not only shocked, I'm angry.
The paranormal is still unwelcomed in most conversations. It ranks up there with talking about your politics or your religion to strangers. It's one of those things people argue about, that they even disown family members over.
To begin with, things must be severe if you're asking a paranormal investigator to come to your house. You're asking a stranger to listen to you. You're asking a stranger to hear the scariest stories you've ever had happen to you, you're begging them for help. You're being vulnerable and putting yourself on the line. That takes courage and faith, and for someone to turn around and discount that to your face is horrible.
Now you can share your opinion. You can definitely say you didn't believe a story, that's you're right. But to discount that person and any and all stories relating to that experience means that you are discounting a large part of the entire paranormal and supernatural community.
As a paranormal investigator, even if you don't believe that an occurrence can happen, wouldn't it still be a good idea to investigate it? To see if you are wrong if there is really something else out there? Isn't that why most people get into this business?
I've listened to paranormal investigators who say they're skeptics. That upon arriving at a supposedly haunted location, they are arriving with the mindset that this may not be a haunting at all. That they are going to attempt to give a logical explanation for anything that they can, and only if they have an experience which breaks past the rules of logical explanation will they believe there is a haunting. In my opinion, I applaud that. I applaud being open enough to both be logical and understand that sometimes, there’s more going on here.
I see the same things going on about paranormal investigators and that a lot of people believe all of them are fake. They think the same thing about psychics or mediums, and sometimes that is the case. Sometimes people are only working in something for the money and whatever way they feel that they can get it, they will. It is also possible that a story may not be true. However, we all not only have the chance but an obligation to walk into any of these scenarios with the right mindset. We should be here to help one another, help anyone with their experiences, and try to help them better themselves and become more knowledgeable about whatever is going on in their lives, not to judge them and put them down. Think about how you would feel if that was done to you, and if it would bother you, then don't do it to another being.