The Spirits of the Borders

On Friday we crossed the border into Scotland.

This ancient land of rugged wilderness was saturated with an otherworldly presence. As I looked out from the passenger window of the car, it was like I could see this profound atmosphere rise from the ground itself. History – the very lives of the people who have inhabited this land for centuries – seemed to permeate from the fog as it oozed across the landscape.

By the time we arrived at our location, we were anxious to begin our adventure.

We were lucky to have arranged to shadow an experienced team of paranormal investigators at a stellar location. Not on-location investigators ourselves, we were there to observe and learn. Admittedly, although excited, I was expecting to have a quiet evening.

I began by asking members of the team questions I had prepared beforehand. I wanted to know why they do what they do – their beliefs. Their passion was infectious!

After the interviews were concluded, much of the investigation centred around the use of electronic equipment, which sought to provide the spirits – if they were present – with a means to communicate. The results were surprising. It was not such a quiet evening after all…

And so it begins…

Yesterday we travelled from our home in France to the port, across the English Channel to Portsmouth, and then up the country to near Sheffield. Today, we will continue our journey north to the Scottish border, where adventure (and hopefully a ghoul or two!) awaits!

After just one day of our journey, Erik and I are already exhausted! Travelling, including seemingly endless hours of driving into the night, is certainly tiring. However, we are full of excitement for this adventure, and cannot wait to meet with all those we have scheduled to meet with.

As I begin this journey, I am filled with a mixture of emotions: anxiety, excitement and a longing to be surprised. I want to experience something which will challenge my understand of the world around me. Yet, at the same time, I am having a hard time believing that I will experience such a moment. My sceptical, cynical mind, is expecting to be disappointed: to either encounter nothing that I would classify as paranormal, or to be able to explain away anything I do.

I sincerely hope that I will be proven wrong.

What is your starting opinion? Are you of the same mind as me? Or, do you need no convincing?

Encountering so many believers, as I invariably do as The Paranormal Scholar, as well as in my conversations with members of the public, can often make me feel unreasonable in my beliefs. That being said, I cannot abandon my stance of scepticism. Whilst I have an open-mind, and always try my best to be non-judgemental of what others have to tell me about their own beliefs, I need something more than stories. I need evidence. I need to see something with my own eyes. I need to experience something inexplicable for myself. Only then will I be convinced.

So, with that, let us go in search of the dead!

Back to Blighty!

We have booked our travel tickets and arranged our hotels!

The first round of filming for In Search of the Dead has been planned and will soon be underway.

From the 15th to the 24th of June, Erik and I will be travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles to meet with people from all walks of life, believers and sceptics alike. Our schedule is packed full of great interviews and exciting adventures. We cannot wait to get started!

We will be posting updates here of our progress, including (hopefully!) behind-the-scenes photos. Undoubtedly, we are going to be very busy – as we are packing in as much as we can – but posting regular updates is important to us.

That said, speak again soon!

“In Search of the Dead” Live Stream

Yesterday Erik and I did our first live stream on The Paranormal Scholar. It was nerve-wracking and fraught with technical difficulties, but was immensely enjoyable!

During the hour long episode, we were able to discuss our current views on ghosts, spirits and the afterlife, as we enter the planning stages of our documentary project.

Topics we covered included: the difference between ghosts and spirits; cultural differences in our understanding of the afterlife; and, the possibility of capturing Electronic Voice Phenomenon.

You can watch the full episode below.

Documentary Call-To-Action

We are proud to announce that we are in the planning stages of our debut documentary, In Search of the Dead. As such, we are looking for people to be a part of our project!

The following Call-To-Action video was published on The Paranormal Scholar YouTube channel.

We are looking for people based in Europe, fulfilling any of the following criteria: 

  • A medium or clairvoyant
  • Part of a paranormal research group or a ghost hunter
  • Someone who operates publicly as a demonologist
  • A paranormal author or historian
  • A spiritual or religious minister willing to discuss the afterlife
  • A local historian with knowledge of a nearby haunted location, who could tell us its history.
  • A psychologist or parapsychologist with insight into belief in the paranormal, whether a sceptic or a believer
  • Someone who operates a ghost tour

If you would like to be a part of our project, you can get in touch using this contact form.

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