EMFs and the Paranormal: Indicator, Cause, or Gateway?

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EMFs and the Paranormal:

Indicator, Cause, or Gateway?


Bill Cogswell, CPI

Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF’s) have been a hot topic in the field of the paranormal for many years. “Ghost
Hunters” and “Paranormal
Investigators” have been using EMF detection devices for quite some time in order to
help corroborate or rule out supposed, alleged, or real paranormal experiences. There are several different views
in regards to EMF’s and their relation to the paranormal
and this article will briefly outline those different theories.
Before I begin, for those of you who may not understand what an electromagnetic field is, here is a brief tutorial
on the subject.

An electromagnetic field is an invisible, physical field crea
ted by electrically charged objects. All electrical devices
such as appliances, power lines, or even batteries, etc., will have an EMF. The higher the voltage of the appliance
or electrically driven device, the higher the EMF will be. Also, the EMF of any
electrical device is often present,
even when the device is shut off. EMF’s also occur naturally and are one of the four fundamental forces of nature.
As well, the sun constantly bombards us with electromagnetic fields. EMF’s often occur in the atmosphere
electrically charged particles are built up resulting in thunder storms. Human beings have an electromagnetic field
and there is even a theory called “The electromagnetic theory of consciousness” which states that the
electromagnetic field generated b
y the brain is the actual carrier of conscious experience. However, that is a much
deeper discussion for another day.

So, as you can see electromagnetic fields are constantly surrounding us; they are part of life and something that
we cannot ignore. Ok, no
w that we have a basic understanding of what an electromagnetic field is, let’s move on
to the various theories in relation to the paranormal.


The first theory behind EMF’s and paranormal activity is that a high and unexplained EMF reading could
be an
indicator that something is going on that cannot be explained, such as paranormal activity. It is believed that when
a spirit is manifesting it draws energy from the available electrical fields around it. By drawing on external electrical
fields, tha
t spirit would then register its own detectable EMF. These fields would of course be measured using an
EMF detector.

For an EMF reading to be considered a potential indicator of paranormal activity it needs to be unexplained
meaning it didn’t come from wi
ring, nearby appliances, people (yes people have EMF’s as well), or another
explainable reason. The investigator must also be very thorough in ruling out all other potential natural causes
before considering labeling the EMF as paranormal.

Along this line
of thinking, EMF readings are useful in verifying potential paranormal activity. For example, if a
witness sees an apparition and a high unexplained EMF reading is taken at the same time in the same location,
then that could be seen as possible verificatio
n that what the witness saw was potentially authentic. If someone is
hearing unexplainable sounds and a high EMF reading is taken at the same time, then that could be an indicator of
paranormal activity. Most people do not believe that a high EMF reading a
lone is verification of paranormal
activity of course, but in conjunction with other indicators such as noises, smells, apparitions, objects moving,
unexplained cold spots, etc., it can be verification of potential paranormal activity. When it comes to ver
ideally, the more indicators of a single incident, the more believable that the activity is of a paranormal nature. So,
with this theory an EMF detector can help confirm whether or not a witness has observed something potentially
paranormal by w
ay of measuring unexplained EMF’s.

Many different paranormal investigation groups utilize the high EMF readings theory in conjunction with
paranormal activity, which does give some credence to this line of thinking. Some of these more respected, well

individuals and groups include Loyd Auerbach, TAPS, Joshua Warren, and a host of others that are regarded
by most in the field to be reputable.


Another theory on EMF’s is that perhaps the high EMF’s are the cause of the paranormal activity. In other

there is nothing paranormal going on; it is the actual EMF that is causing the witness to experience what is
perceived as paranormal.

This theory is also backed up by scientific studies involving the number of reports of paranormal activity in
unction with EMF’s. One such study was done by Dr. Michael Persinger, Professor of Psychology at Laurentian
University, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Persinger was inspired to conduct his study based on a previous study he was
involved with. In this previous study,

Dr. Persinger compared thirty seven years of haunting incidents reported in
Fate magazine to geometric activity occurring on the same dates as the reported incidents. He found enough
correlation between the two that he began his own study in order to furt
her develop this theory.

In his own study he was able to duplicate similar incidents of paranormal activity by bombarding the subject’s
temporal lobes with elevated electro
magnetic energy. Through his experiments he was able to prove that
increased EMF ex

even short term

can cause frontal
lobe hallucinations. Some of the reported effects of
being exposed to higher
normal electro
magnetic energy were very similar to those of paranormal activity.
The study participants reported feelings of a prese
nce in the room, being watched, fear and general paranoia,
seeing blurry dark figures out of the corners of their eyes, and hearing unexplained noises. This of course does not
prove that all paranormal phenomena are caused by EMF’s, but it does prove that
normal EMF’s can
produce similar effects on subjects in a laboratory, which is a big deal when it comes to science.

Dr. Persinger’s findings have also been backed up by another study called “Project Hessdalen,” which was done by
a more ‘pro
anormal’ group. This project came to similar results in regards to seeing a correlation between
electromagnetic energy on the brain's temporal lobe and hallucinations of a paranormal nature. The fact that
paranormal phenomena can be reproduced in a laborat
ory gives a lot of weight to the theory that high EMF
exposure can cause seeming paranormal activity. (further research into Project Hessdalen

can be found on


A third theory regarding EMF’s and the paranormal is that strong EMF’
s actually act
as a gateway, enabling the brain to tap into abilities that allow us to see into other
dimensions. Supposedly, we only use a small percentage of our brain power and the
theory is that perhaps higher EMF’s can help us in accessing that brain
power in
order to view information or “things” that are always around us yet unperceivable in
our normal state of being. Basically stated, the effect of the EMF on the brain in
relation to other dimensions/worlds is similar to using a descrambler to pick u
channels on a television set that you can’t normally receive. When the brain is
exposed to higher
normal EMF’s, we are potentially able to view these other
worldly “channels.”

The backdrop to this theory is that we are possibly surrounded by other d
and other life forms at all times. For example, it is believed that when we pass on,
our soul enters into one of these other dimensions (Heaven?). Hence, we may be
able to see people or things from other dimensions which we then perceive as
ts.” If this is the case, then the things and people we see as “ghosts” may
actually be real, just residing in another dimension or time.

In regards to seeing into other times, this could be why some people report
witnessing an out of time apparition or ve
hicle (apparitions in period specific
outfits, old cars, UFO’s, etc.). Could we be receiving signals from the past or
future? If this theory were to one day prove correct, it would sure make for an
interesting existence. Imagine the possible breakthroughs
in communication

Of course, this theory is difficult to prove either way and there is no scientific
evidence to back it up at this time. Perhaps in the future, as science evolves, it will
provide us the means with which to test this theory.


So, here are three theories in relation to electromagnetic fields and the paranormal.
The line of thinking to which you subscribe would correspond to your own belief
system. Could one of these theories be correct? Could they all be correct? Perha
we will never know, at least not in our lifetime. However, science is evolving at an
incredible rate so no doubt in the future, answers will be more attainable on this

© 2007 by Bill Cogswell. All Rights Reserved. Bill Cogswell is a Certified P
Investigator. He is also a paralegal in the estate planning field, a self
instructor, and is currently working on his degree in criminal justice. He continues
to expand his knowledge of all things paranormal to help find answers, both
entific and spiritual, to paranormal phenomena.