Those who say ghosts do not exist and anything paranormal is the product of a fanciful mind should really think again. Chances are you will eventually have an experience that you cannot chalk up to perceived normal reality.
That’s exactly what happened recently to a well-known paranormal critic and as a paranormal researcher for many years, this writer is thrilled to relate his story.
Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine for many years, had something happen to him recently that changed his views on life and death completely. And believe it or not, he wrote about his experience in Scientific American.
In an article entitled Anomalous Events That Can Shake One’s Skepticism to the Core he wrote, “Often I am asked if I have ever encountered something that I could not explain. What my interlocutors have in mind are not bewildering enigmas such as consciousness or U.S. foreign policy but anomalous and mystifying events that suggest the existence of the paranormal or supernatural. My answer is: yes, now I have.”
Shermer said the paranormal event happened on June 25, 2014 – the day he married Jennifer Graf, who came from Köln, Germany. Although her mother raised her, she was also very close to her grandfather, Walter, who died when she was 16 years old.
When some of Jennifer’s belongings were ship to Shermer’s home, he found Walter’s “1978 Phillips 070 transistor radio.” It was one of only a few items that did not get damaged or lost in transit. Shermer put new batteries in it and attempted to get it working again but with no success.
“We gave up and put it at the back of a desk drawer in our bedroom,” he wrote.
On the day of his wedding three months later, the happy couple arrived at the “Beverly Hills courthouse to say their vows. They then joined their family members at home.
“Being 9,000 kilometers from family, friends and home, Jennifer was feeling amiss and lonely,” wrote Shermer. “She wished her grandfather were there to give her away. She whispered that she wanted to say something to me alone, so we excused ourselves to the back of the house where we could hear music playing in the bedroom.”
Since they had no music system, they couldn’t figure out where the sound was coming from. They checked all laptops and phones to see if it was emanating from them but it was not. They checked outside to see if the music was coming from a neighbor’s house – to no avail. They even check their fax machine but knew it could not be.
“At that moment Jennifer shot me a look I haven’t seen since the supernatural thriller The Exorcist startled audiences,” he wrote. ‘That can’t be what I think it is, can it?’ she said.”
Jennifer opened the desk drawer and there was her grandfather’s radio playing “a romantic love song” and both were stunned into silence. Jennifer said she knew at that moment that her grandfather was present – and so did Shermer.
It must have been a complete shock for a man who worked so hard to discredit all things paranormal. However, he and his new wife went back to their guests and he told them what happened. He quickly learned that his daughter had also heard the music.
“Later that night we fell asleep to the sound of classical music emanating from Walter’s radio,” wrote Shermer. “Fittingly, it stopped working the next day and has remained silent ever since.”
So there you go all you confirmed skeptics. One day something so out of the ordinary will happen to you too and your entire view of the world will change forever.
Although Shermer noted that it might have been an “electrical anomaly,” which would not “constitute scientific evidence that the dead survive or that they can communicate with us via electronic equipment,” he added that “when the evidence is indecisive or the riddle unsolved, we should not shut the doors of perception when they may be opened to us to marvel in the mysterious.”
But most importantly, Shermer added, “I have to admit, it rocked me back on my heels and shook my skepticism to its core as well. I savored the experience more than the explanation.”
Article in Scientific American