Thursday, May 3, 2012

Measuring the Paranormal

I generally avoid stories related to the paranormal because like the thousands of UFO reports, there is little useful information that is compelling.  Something is generally sensed and it is related to the spirit of a departee.  This is no different although it is an excellent report.

What makes it interesting is that the engineer has gone out and produced sensing devices and for the first time we can generate a range of measurable data related to the input been  received by the observer(s).

It is still all in the hands of lay observers but as occurred in the Sasquatch phenomenon, that improves and with the collection of such data we will have a body of evidence that cannot be dismissed.

Spirits have been reported on for centuries and the picture that emerges is pretty consistent.  I will lay out what we appear to know.

1]         The soul is an artificial construct that captures the living reality of an individual life and may return to live on Earth over and over again.  It was established around forty thousand years ago when humanity first arose.
2]         On death the soul or spirit is freed from the body.
3]         Provided it has a spirit guide, it is able to connect with what we refer to as the Source and presumably establish its abode in what we refer to as the afterlife until reassignment.
4]         Consciousness is retained.  We do not know how much knowledge of one's life is retained and easily accessed, but we can presume that this is substantial.
5]         The soul retains choice and can linger close to its former life. 
It has been stated that this rarely exceeds a couple of centuries.
6]         Souls that have become malevolent are also detected.  It appears that the condition of your soul is your responsibility and this will determine the choices you continue to make.

It is all very curious but what is blindingly clear is the continuing presence of free will.

Without the ongoing reports pretty well confirming this scenario, the above would simply be a business plan to be put in place about forty years from now.

I am glad that observers continue to come forward as this allows the picture to be firmed up.  One observe must be deranged while a mass of observers forces the issue.  This has happened in the Sasquatch hunt.

Saying He Has Felt His Dead Daughter's Presence, An Engineer Develops Devices To Measure It

By JANICE PODSADA, jpodsada@courant.comThe Hartford Courant
8:50 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2012

In 2004, 17-year-old Melissa Galka, a senior at Granby Memorial High School, died after the car she was driving hit a tree in town.

Within days of her death, her father said, she begin communicating with her family.

"She started doing things like ringing the doorbell, changing TV channels, turning lights on and off," Gary Galka said Monday. "Then one time she came into my room and I felt her sit on the edge of the bed."

Now Galka has a thriving trade in paranormal detection devices, launched as a result of those eery events.

Galka, an electrical engineer who owns a firm that distributes test instruments, began developing hand-held devices that purportedly can detect unusual vibrations in a room, temperature variations — "hot and cold spots" — and other effects associated with the paranormal. Galka also created a voice recorder, the "spirit box," that he says can record responses from any "spirits" that might be present.

He said he has sold thousands of the devices, which range in price from $79 to $350. "I've created over 30 different products for paranormal research. No one was making products for these people," Galka said.

This past weekend the family was featured on "Ghost Adventures," a Travel Channel TV program that explores paranormal phenomena. Through one of the devices, a voice is heard on the show saying, "Hi Daddy, I love you."

The Galkas insist Melissa's presence around them is absolutely real, and that Gary Galka's instruments show it. When she was sitting on the bed, he said, "I felt her lay her head on my chest."

Galka's wife, Cindy, and his two daughters, Jennifer and Heather, have also experienced similar phenomena, either seeing Melissa or hearing her voice.

"I've never seen Melissa," said Galka, "but my younger daughter Heather has seen her three times."

The crew of "Ghost Adventures" used several of Galka's devices in the show, including the Mel-Meter and the SB7 Spirit Box. They also use the devices in other episides.

"With his devices, he's captured voices of her. His family, even people that aren't related to him, have seen her at the house," Zak Bagans, the show's host, said on the Travel channel's website. "Gary is a very, very talented electrical engineer and he's helped companies, massive companies, in that aspect in order to do things better."

The paranormal devices are sold through Galka's company, D.A.S. Distribution Inc. in East Granby, which has six employees and makes the equipment in-house. The company sells sound meters, humidity and temperature meters and lasers to medical and aerospace companies. The paranormal devices are a small portion of the business. Galka did not give exact figures.

Galka, 57, was raised Catholic, and said he believes in God and the afterlife, although he said he does not attend church. He donates one-third of the profits from the sale of paranormal devices to bereavement groups, including The Cove Center for Grieving Children in Wallingford and Mary's Place, A Center For Grieving Children in Windsor, both of which help children deal with the death of a brother or sister.

Galka's most recent invention is a device that he says can detect shadows in the dark.

According to the D.A.S. website,, the Mel meters, which can pick up electromagnetic field activity, are specifically designed for paranormal investigators.

As for skeptics, Galka says he hopes that his family's experiences and the devices he has created will help people who don't believe in the afterlife to "take a better position."

"I feel compelled to help other bereaved parents … to show these parents that they can live beyond the grief and be comforted knowing their child is in a good place — to show them they can have hope."

Melissa Galka was a member of the school's gymnastics team and was preparing to study interior design and business management when she got to college. Students at Granby Memorial High School erected a permanent memorial on the school's campus after her death.

"They built a beautiful memorial," Galka said. "It was donated by the graduating seniors of 2005."

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