There are people in the world that have had life altering paranormal experiences. There are those that claim to interact with the supernatural on a daily bases. Some, like myself, even seek out and attempt to further their understanding of the paranormal by doing things like ghost hunting. And then there are those that have had absolutely no paranormal experiences what so ever and wouldn’t know what was going on if they did. I affectionately call these people dead inside.

So, they aren’t actually dead inside but I’ve wondered over the years what is so different about them that sets them apart. Many of my friends have shared with me ghost stories and unusual encounters involving unknown entities. I’ve even taken a few of them ghost hunting and they’ve had some spooky encounters of their own. Others, not so much. What about a person dictates the level of paranormal experiences they can, or will have, over their lifetime?

I have three such members in my group and let me tell you, it’s frustrating sometimes. You take them to a perfectly haunted hospital or hotel and pay a lot of money for nothing to happen. I honestly don’t understand. They want to have experiences like the rest of us but they never really experience anything. Why is that?

One of the members of my group, let’s call him Dan… because that’s his name, loves ghost hunting. He’s always ready and willing to investigate. But he rarely ever experiences anything from the ghostly realm. We were investigating at the Temperance Building in Harriman, Tennessee several years ago. He was recording with his night shot camera as his wife and I explored the second story landing. As we passed by one of the dark, empty rooms, I heard someone whispering his name. They called his name several times like they were trying to get his attention. I stopped and asked if he had heard the voice, which of course he hadn’t. I even recorded the voice on the recorder that I was holding and I was farther away from the room than he was.

I also took him to the Walking Horse Hotel where I’ve witnessed a disembodied voice laughing, caught multiple EVP and experienced chairs being moved away from tables after I left the room. I’ve gone several times with another ghost hunting group and we’ve captured some interesting evidence and had some amazing experiences. With Dan along, the most interesting thing that happened was, a mouse fell off of a board inside the wall we were sitting against, startling us. That’s it.

The first time I ever took Dan and his wife ghost hunting in a graveyard, his wife and I were standing close to one another and heard a man clear his throat between us. She and I were surprised. Dan didn’t hear anything and he was less than ten feet away.

Sushi is another one that is dead inside… I mean hasn’t ever had a paranormal experience. Sushi was one of my co-hosts for the Ænigma Project and the SEPS Paranormal Podcast and she’s a member of my ghost hunting team as well. She really wants to experience something other-worldly but just can’t seem to. She’s very analytical and can debunk just about anything. My nick-name for her is the Debunkinator. I’m convinced she could meet a full body apparition face to face and in a matter of minutes convince it that it wasn’t real. She’s been on many investigations with me and has never experienced anything she would call paranormal (other than capturing a few EVP).

The question I have is, why? Do we put off a field of energy that attracts or repels entities depending on our polarity? Does our belief in the paranormal affect energy on a quantum level and either allows a ghost to manifest or dispels it into the ether? Or is it more simple than that and the ghost knows that the person doesn’t believe in the paranormal and they just don’t want to waste their time trying to convince a non-believer that they are real?

There’s also the possibility that we make ourselves see what we want or expect to see. There are a lot of strange naturally occurring phenomena out there. What if, as believers, we are misinterpreting these events and seeing things that aren’t really there? Are we overreacting to stimuli due to being in a dark, spooky place? Or is the opposite true and these paranormal events are real and there are people that just can’t accept it as the truth? Maybe a little of both?

I’m not really sure why some people don’t experience the paranormal. My personal opinion is that we affect reality on a quantum level that we don’t understand and we allow or deny ourselves an experience based on our beliefs. I’m honestly not sure but hopefully one day we will understand more about the paranormal. Until then, I’m going to continue to investigate, attempt to record the best evidence I can and drag my friends who are dead inside on investigations and see what happens. With a little luck and the right timing, perhaps they will start having experiences as well.