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The following article has been written by Jamie Godfrey, who is a well respected Paranormal Investigator, Geomancer and Teacher at Mystical Dragon.

"The very thought of learning is nothing new to us. In fact we have been accustomed to the idea throughout our lives as it has helped build us from childhood into who we are today. We therefore readily accept that we need to continue learning to further develop ourselves whether it be for professional or personal reasons. This journey we take appears to be straight forward right? Well perhaps - but what of the big unknown!

You see the thought of the big unknown can be an intimidating head space for the ordinary person. It may challenge the very way we think with different or challenging ideas. It is these ideas that potentially threaten to erode the foundations of our behaviour and beliefs we have worked so hard to achieve. It is the difference in ideas that may lead to uncertainty and lack that sense of control. It can be said that people are not comfortable or typically designed mentally to constantly exist in a world where they lack control over their existence.

So few the brave souls that have the courage to think differently, to experience, to grow and yet the majority work hard at avoiding new ideas, the big unknown, in order to feel safe and in control. Could their endeavours be further from the truth? Perhaps the real risk here is to exist purely within our programming (conditioning).

When you think about it, programming or conditioning starts as far back as you can remember. It starts with your immediate family and then extends to those you encounter outside the safety of your home. As we grow and mature we work out what works well for us in our belief systems or world view. From the safety of what works for us becomes the foundation of our beliefs. It is the act, or challenge, of learning that may threaten this world view.

You see, a lot of our programming was instilled in us by older people and that of our own age at the time of learning. Does it concern you that your behaviour today was perhaps imprinted on you by a 6 year old? The way you may find yourself teasing someone, or responding to teasing today was inherited from your early years, so it begs the question, has this occurred to you? In fact what your parents taught you may also derive from similar age groups, and so on and so forth. Yet people are afraid to depart from the comfort of their conditioning? A perplexing thought.

And this is where the courage of learning truly begins. It should be noted that learning is not necessarily aimed at abandoning your most cherished thoughts but rather the courage to grow beyond your inner self. Courage therefore is to act in spite of fear, to show fortitude despite hardship. It, at times, commands the attention of your peers; in particular when you demonstrate the integrity of your endeavours despite general opposition by those around you and the wider community.

As people are constantly engaged in the day to day tasks of their lives with the all encompassing, common goal of survival (income, security, family etc), then it begs the question, how is it that you took those first steps into this big unknown, and even more importantly - why? And what drove you take those first steps? Am I missing out on something here? Isn't surviving the rigours of day to day more important? It is these and other questions that potentially create varying degrees of resistance. It is your path that may be in question, hence the plight of the paranormal investigator - comparative resistance.

The courage to learn or break away from what is commonly accepted can be a difficult journey but always remember that when you step into the light of your own truth we can often cast shadows. It is those who wish to remain in the dark, in their programmed way of thinking, that often generate comparative resistance as they refuse to step into the light.

Communication and understanding therefore is an important key to learning. It can unlock many doors and allow you to discuss with family and friends the importance of your journey; a journey you may not yet be fully aware of. It takes time to discover your role in the bigger scheme of things and your beliefs are you own. It's important to communicate that it's not your intention to force your beliefs on to those around you, and it would be your hope that this same level of respect be exchanged.

You should also keep in mind that your friends and family do not always know what to expect as you take this path. As you connect with other like minded people and related communities, we discover the diversity of different thinking. It is the open acceptance, without judgement, of other people's thoughts and beliefs that ultimately teaches them to accept our beliefs as we do of others. We should however always be conscientious that family and friends may fear losing you to people not of their own beliefs.

It is these fears that need to be belayed if we wish to receive their understanding - which is an important element of the journey - however be aware of their expectations. If they generally do not think or act outside the square due to their own personal fears, your connection (peer pressure) to these people may allow their fears or insecurities to wash over you.

The safest way to learn therefore is to always remain grounded and connected with people. Avoid carrying unnecessary fear with you or the fear of others. Remember the sense of fear is a useful tool for protection and should be honoured not ignored but we should never carry the fear bestowed by others. Remember fear is energy and potentially a commodity for spirit, so don't give away your power!

In essence, one of the best ways to stay grounded is to always maintain your connections, in particular with those who care about you. Notwithstanding the need to learn and apply (and when to apply) good grounding techniques, we should also impress upon our supporters the important role of balance along the journey. By keeping it real and respecting their role in maintaining your reality through listening, their opinions or concerns as they arise will be heard and respected which will always promote strong ties.

So perhaps now it all begins in earnest, all because you have the courage to learn, to experience, to document and share your experiences with others and perhaps this would now be an opportune moment to reflect on the very important aspects of integrity.

To be of good integrity is to be accountable. This takes courage in itself, as accountability requires confrontation. Now no one likes the idea of confrontation; in fact we are typically programmed to avoid it. But in order to present our findings or experiences we have to be prepared for it, which requires honesty from within in order to be honest with others.

For example, if you were presented with an EVP recording by a colleague that wasn't clear in your mind, would you agree with the enquirer's assertion that it says what they believe it says or would you tell them your thoughts? Perhaps it is better to agree with what they say in order to avoid them questioning some of your previous recordings or photographs that may be of a similar nature?

From this example you can see how our past, present or future learning can be affected by avoidance of confrontation so let's briefly review the general nature of confrontation.

Confrontation will always be driven from some level of natural justice or fairness in the confronter. It typically will generate in the confronted some level of negativity, whether through actions or thoughts, justified or not. It is important to identify that this reaction of ours comes from our general avoidance of blame as it is inherently connected with punishment. It is the preparedness in accepting our role, and any subsequent consequences for our actions, that takes courage. It is important therefore to always be honest with ourselves with good integrity in order to face the potential confrontation of others and this requires commitment to our journey. There should be no conceived peril in your mind when taking this path so where does the punishment truly reside? If we can keep this belief close to our hearts then we should never be afraid of punishment for taking our journey, hence the ability to stand in the light and face confrontation.

Remember, if we are committed to our own integrity, we are committed to introspective processes that being the deliberate process of self reflection. The use of discernment is a classic example of deliberate effort of thought. For example, if a person shows you a photograph of what appears to an orb they captured on film and are excited by what they have discovered, this is not necessarily an attempt to seek confirmation but rather perhaps connection. Connection being with you, perhaps as their peer or an opinion they would respect. It may look like a flying insect to you captured in the flash but do you just tell them that? If you tell them it looks like a flying insect and nothing more, you would have to expect some level of disappointment or disconnection.

To be discerning would be to identify with the person trying to connect with you through your previous successes and disappointments. By relating back to your own journey and inherent accountabilities in contrast to their experiences we reaffirm the connection. We can then safely identify on this occasion that you considered it to be a normal occurrence under the circumstance. In summary, you have been true to yourself and the enquirer yet acknowledged and maintained the connection. The enquirer after all may have had their own doubts, but it's the act of kindness in your response and encouraging the connection that perhaps was the only real motivation, the thing they really wanted to protect in your answer! Conceivably being accountable within this example is its own protection against confrontation through which will lead to greater respect and caring for each other.

In conclusion, the process of learning should be seen as a journey of the soul, one of betterment and achievement. There will always be comparative resistance by mainstream thinkers but that should be an accepted part of the journey. A safe way to start is to discover and pursue reputable books and people on the subject and more importantly, share the journey with others. Their knowledge however should not determine your experience to the contrary; it is the experiences of others that enrich your own. Don't go out therefore into your experience with the limitations of what you have read or been told but instead be open to your experiences with your unlimited capacity for understanding.

Be committed to your integrity and courage to learn whilst being respectful to your family, friends and others. It's your reputation your building upon that ultimately builds your confidence. Always remember you are never alone in your experiences. Just as others will confront and criticise you, others will equally rally to your support. Confrontation comes in many forms as you will discover, however it will always come back to how you have conducted yourself in the past that will give the confidence to move forward into the exciting world of paranormal investigation.

In the next edition we will examine the various ways of documenting and recording the paranormal from high tech equipment right down to the very basics that takes into consideration the average persons budget!"

 

Jamie conducts House Clearings and has created a series of training focused around Paranormal Investigation. The one day workshop "Introduction to Protection in Ghost Hunting" is the first session of this training. If you are interested please visit our 'Study' menu under 'Paranormal Activities' for more information.

 

 

 

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