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2012 Archive:
 LIVE from Oddfest 2012
December 18, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Zombie Advocate Greg Lawson
December 11, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Real Exorcist Case with Thomas B. Allen
November 27, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Embracing the Joy of Ghost Hunting by Deonna Kelli Sayed
November 28, 2012


LIVE from the Haunted Stanley Hotel
November 20, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Animal Mutilations and ETs with Chuck Zukowski
November 13, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Origins of the Devil with Corvis Nocturnum
November 6, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE From Wareham's Haunted History Night
October 30, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Real Halloween Ghost Stories -- Part One
October 26, 2012


LIVE from the Central Texas Paranormal Conference
October 16, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Chasing Spirits with Nick Groff
October 2, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Real Wolfmen with Linda Godfrey
September 25, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Trekking the Ghost Frontier: Challenges and Opportunities by Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 21, 2012


Your Cryptid Encounters
September 4, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Lost Technology from the Great Pyramids with Steven Myers
August 28, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Harassing Spirits by Sharon Schindlbeck
August 27, 2012


Black Eyed Kids with David Weatherly
August 21, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE From the 3rd Annual Michigan ParaCon
August 14, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Time Slips
August 7, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE from Eastern State Penitentiary: Scared Straight
July 31, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Top Five Cornish Haunted Locations by Mark Porter
July 31, 2012


U.S. Civil War Ghosts with Mark Nesbitt
July 24, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Haunted Objects with Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg
July 17, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Paranormal Vatican with Gary Jansen
July 10, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Fact or Faked's Ben Hansen by Jennifer Hitt
June 27, 2012


Mission #100 Special
June 26, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Phone Calls from the Dead with Cal Cooper
June 19, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Real Dracula with Dave Schrader
June 12, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

A Supernatural Life: Richard T. Crowe by Ursula Bielski
June 11, 2012


All I Have is My Word by Angela Ward
June 6, 2012


What If the Government Disclosed E.T.s Are Real?
June 5, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Paranormal and the Law with Psychic Lawyer Mark Anthony
May 22, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Guidelines to Presenting Paranormal Evidence by Nick Ferra
May 18, 2012


Your Paranormal Encounters - 3 Year Anniversary Special
May 15, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Crop Circles with Patty Greer
May 8, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

After Death Communication with Gary Galka
May 1, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Living Legend Series: Troy Taylor
April 25, 2012


LIVE From Ohio State Reformatory
April 24, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Growing Up Psychic with Chip Coffey
April 17, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Residual Haunts or Paranormal Time Reflections?
April 13, 2012


The Union Screaming House with Steven LaChance
April 10, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE from the Phenomenology Conference in Gettysburg
April 3, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Bide One's Time: Life After Death? By Debra Prosser
March 31, 2012

Column - regular feature

Time Travel with Von Braschler
March 27, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Extraterrestrial Contact with Stan Romanek
March 20, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Hauntings at Fado: Irish Pubs, Ghosts, and Weird Chicago
March 16, 2012


Getting Psychic with John Holland
March 13, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

SPIRICOM with Thomas Pratt of MetaScience
February 28, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Farewell, Grant Wilson
February 24, 2012


Alien Abductions
February 21, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim with Scott Roberts
February 14, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Induced After Death Therapy: An Interview With April Slaughter
February 2, 2012


The Ghosts of Ohio with John Kachuba
January 31, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Pendulum Dowsing Study
January 25, 2012


Ghost Research: Science or Spiritual? With Dustin Pari
January 24, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Paranormal Pastoring: Part 2 by Reverend Sherrie James
January 11, 2012


The Patterson Bigfoot Film with Jeff Hilling
January 10, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Your Ghost Encounters
January 3, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast



April 13, 2012

Residual Haunts or Paranormal Time Reflections?


By Sherrie James

As with all emerging sciences, including paranormalogy, knowledge about the subject being studied grows steadily. Words that once were used to describe what was happening or an observable event must alter to reflect a better and more precise understanding. Perhaps, the time has come to alter our terminology for hauntings as well.

In the past, hauntings were broken down into roughly two categories. They were considered to be either an intelligent haunting or a residual haunting. In an intelligent haunt, a ghost, spirit, or entity seems to be self-ware as well as aware of what is taking place within our current earthly environment. The possession of -- and the ability to continue to express in some form -- a freedom of will and self-awareness seems to remain an integral part of the ghost's or entity's existence. The ghosts/entities in intelligent hauntings generally seem to be able to choose to be interactive with the currently biologically living or with our current environment at times.

Residual Hauntings


Residual hauntings, however, are different. Most people consider a residual haunting to be a specific type of non-interactive "haunting." A residual haunting is more like watching the same, very short clip of a DVD being played again and again with the exact same scene being witnessed and with the same entity/entities being seen. Almost exclusively, this paranormal clip seems to involve once-living people.

Please note that if ANY type of direct interaction occurs between a currently living human or with that person's current surroundings and with an entity during the supposed residual haunting that would automatically make the event an intelligent haunt!

A "residual haunting" may be an incident of when it is time to reevaluate the terminology being used by the paranormal community to describe this occurrence. After all, is this type of paranormal event truly a "haunting?"

Considering what is being witnessed to be "residual" or "lingering" might be accurate, but referring to what is being witnessed as a "haunting" is rather misleading. Using that particular word may make what is happening seem more frightening or seem more personal than it actually is in reality. A huge difference exists between being interactively haunted by a negative entity or by a ghost and simply witnessing the same exact unexplained event occur repeatedly and without any interaction.

A 'residual haunting' is more like someone in modernity witnessing a temporal time loop or repeatedly witnessing a reflection of a moment in time. Thus it might be more accurate to call this type of event a "paranormal time reflection" or PTR, instead of a residual haunting.

(For the Star Trek fans: I had actually thought of calling it a paranormal temporal reflection but we cannot be sure at this time if the event is caused by a singularity.)

No way ever seems possible to interact with the one(s) being seen during a paranormal time reflection as one can with most ghosts - if they are willing and capable - in the present time. Trying to interact with a PTR would be like someone attempting to interact with a person's tape of a ghost hunt that accidentally got sold at a yard sale. It might be interesting to watch but no way exists to interact with what is happening on the tape and what is happening on the tape has nothing to do with the one doing the watching. Similarly, the PTR taking place simply has nothing to do with the one witnessing the event or even with whether or not anyone is present for the PTR.

Clarifying Paranormal Time Reflections (PTR)


Again, if a person can interact with what is being witnessing in ANY form during the paranormal event, than it is not a true residual haunt/PTR but an actual haunting instead. No direct interaction or communication with the dead or with the biologically living EVER takes place in an actual paranormal time reflection. The biologically living simply are viewers of the usually brief, sometimes repeated paranormal event. Also, please remember that in a PTR, no demonic or human life force/energy/soul seems to be either trapped or still present in real-time modernity during this type of paranormal occurrence. The person/ghost seen in a PTR actually may be in heaven or in his or her post-death 'wherever' just as the person would be if you were watching him or her on an old movie after he or she had passed. A person cannot interact with a movie directly -- Rocky Horror fans exempt - and again, a person cannot interact with a PTR directly.

This understanding is especially important to realize because it makes it rather impossible to cleanse or to exorcize a PTR. Arguably, demonologists or exorcists simply cannot exorcize time. In a reflection of a moment of time, the exorcist or demonologist has nothing to interact with or to cast out. (I have never known of a residual haunting/PTR to involve a demon or even a negative entity, but it may be possible that some do.)

The best that any exorcist or demonologist can attempt to do in the case of a PTR is to try to close whatever metaphysical doorways that may be open for whatever reason. Then he or she may bless and cleanse the home/location to make sure that nothing negative does enter the location. The best thing to do, however, is to thoroughly investigate to make sure that what is being witnessed is not an intelligent haunt, and then to sit down and educate the client about the nature of a PTR.

No universal way seems to exist to be able to shut-down or to stop a paranormal time reflection because we simply do not know what causes it to happen. Some people claim residual haunts/PTRs happen due to traumatic events leaving an energy imprint. That may be true in a few cases, but many scenes of PTR are commonplace occurrences, like someone repeatedly walking from room to room, exiting through an apparent doorway that is no longer there, or doing some mundane task. Nothing seems to indicate why that particular moment in time gets captured and repeatedly reflected back during our time or perhaps through time perpetually.

Please note that a PTR is different from a ghost with a type of immortal obsessive-compulsive disorder. Tales have been told for hundred of years about repeated scenes of certain ghosts hitching rides with people in the location where they died tragically or repeatedly being seen in the same location looking for a loved one and asking people for help. Though the ghost may be fixated on "getting home" or on finding a loved one, the key here is that the ghost will INTERACT with the living.

Even if it is the ghost doing the same thing in the same way on a certain anniversary, it is still considered to be a real haunting and not a PTR because the ghost does interact with the living and with today's environment.

Explaining to Clients


Clients must be educated that the PTR does not mean that the person or their family is being targeted or that they have anything to fear from just seeing the event repeat itself, even though that may be disconcerting for some people to witness. Yes, they may feel "haunted" by seeing the event happen before their eyes periodically in their home, but in truth, no ghosts are haunting them.

Since no ghost is actually present - just a past "reflection" of the person is being seen - this understanding potentially could help to bring comfort to those who are afraid of ghosts or who are frightened by what they see during a PTR.

Clients should be educated that they are simply experiencing a time anomaly for which there is no explanation at this time. Clients should be reassured that other than the shock of witnessing the PTR, no reports of danger or harm typically have come from simply witnessing a true PTR.

In the paranormal community, we need to assist our clients and ourselves by being willing to change. We need to adapt and use vocabulary that better describes paranormal events and perhaps helps to debunk the fright factor for our clients. One way that we can begin is by considering referring to a "residual haunt" as a "paranormal time reflection/PTR."


The Rev. Sherrie James works in the paranormal and religious communities to help bridge the gap between religion and the paranormal. She writes and she speaks at conferences and on the radio to help educate about the spiritual and ethical aspects of paranormalogy and about negative hauntings. As part of her ministry, Rev. Sherrie acts as a paranormal crisis intervention specialist, and occasionally as an exorcist, as she assists clients and their families who are experiencing especially challenging or negative haunts. For more information, please go to her website, or write to her at revsherrie at gmail dot com.




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