Drama In The Paranormal
As many of us knows this is a big issue in this field. There are teams or individuals out there that want to take clam of a location or want to start trouble with others/Teams. Sweetwater Paranormal Research has had its share of this and has stayed clear of it. We have had bail out with it got deep. I have been in this field two years now as of January 2011 and have had my own team since October 2009. My former team was full of the drama and lies and jealousy. I bail on that team when it started to get bad. When we was talking about starting this team we put the 1st rule down and that was stay clear of the drama. I am please to say as of today we have handle it well. But this is my thoughts on the drama that surrounds this field. My current frustration? Honestly, it’s the never-ending debate over who’s doing it right vs. who’s doing it wrong. First, it has to be asked, who out of any of us is THE definitive expert on the paranormal? You? Me? Sorry folks… I don’t have an answer for this one. There are many people I look up to and work with that I consider to be experts on different areas within the paranormal, but I certainly do not believe any ONE person or ONE theory is the end-all-be-all to everything.
If we are all in search of answers, why do we spend so much time cutting each other down? Is that sort of behavior going to bring us any closer to enlightenment? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy into everything I read or hear, and I have definitely formed my own personal opinions about people, places, equipment, techniques, etc. However, I have found that if I disagree with someone, it doesn’t mean either of us are right or wrong. I have no problem leaving them to their own devices and walking the other way. This is not to say that I condone ALL behavior in the paranormal field. Sadly, there are those individuals whose intentions are only to cause harm or to bilk the public out of their money with one scam or another. Again, this is a universal human experience, and not exclusive to the paranormal field. Easy solution for me is to simply choose to not be a part of it.
If you spend your time so wrapped up in what everyone else is doing wrong, how do you devote any time to doing what you feel is right? If you think something should be done a certain way, get out there and do it! If you’re worried about other people faking evidence, don’t fake yours. Don’t believe in psychics? Easy answer is, don’t use them. Whether you subscribe to a completely scientific/skeptical view, a more spiritual/open-minded one, or anywhere in between, you have the right to pursue answers right alongside those that disagree with you.
It is completely expected that people will disagree with you no matter what you do or believe in. Thing is, if they can disagree tastefully, and with some tact, chances are that eventually you just might learn something from one another in the end.
I love the work that I do, and I have an amazing support system in my team. Would I still be doing things the same way if they weren’t behind me? Yes, because it has never been my intent to convince anyone of anything. I just happen to be one of the lucky ones surrounded by people who are working toward the same end.
Do what you know, do what you love, because it’s up to you (and you alone) to travel the road you’re on. No one said you had to take anyone else with you on the trip.