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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
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 beenreceived 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
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
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
PODSADA, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Hartford Courant
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
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
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
Galka's most recent invention
is a device that he says can detect shadows in the dark.
According to the D.A.S.
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
"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