I also don't believe in the paranormal even after years of trying to see or feel anything.
Which leads to me asking the question, "Are those who cannot be hypnotized unable to see the paranormal?"
or the converse...
"Are those who are easily hypnotized more likely to experience the paranormal?"
Is there a correlation between suggestibility and paranormal experience. Is being open to the spirit world simply a nice way of saying someone is easily influenced by themselves or others?
The parallels are rather obvious. A trance is considered an essential step for both hypnosis and remote viewing, communing with the dead, etc. Rituals are also used in both cases to inspire that "open" state. Those under hypnotic suggestion and who can view the spirit world often report seeing and experiencing things others do not.
It should also be noted that those who score the highest on hypnosis susceptibility scales are those prone to fantasy, diassociative disorders and PTSD. Children that suffered abuse as children are also highly susceptible to hypnosis. Could that be the origin of the "angel" that protected me archetype we hear over and over again?
I believe that there is a correlation, and I believe that those who experience the paranormal are essentially hypnotizing themselves into seeing what they want to see. The expect ghosts, chills, strange lights, laughter, and disembodied heads, and that's exactly what the get. The ones that have dramatic experiences are simply those with a greater than average ability to self-hypnotize.
Those like me that cannot be hypnotized will never see anything no matter how often we sleep in a graveyard or insane asylum.
ETA: I'm also willing to entertain the position that those susceptible to suggestion are just preferred vehicles for spirits...though I don't really believe that.
Edited by DystOpt, 30 July 2013 - 05:00 PM.