The Rev. Clarissa Vazquez: Further research needed

To the editor:

I recently read “The Thin Veil Between” from the Oct. 30 Saturday Morning Press. I am shocked that you would print such an article without further research.

Ms. Nicholes’ six months of cemetery-hopping by no means qualifies her as a “ghost hunter.”

Her “evidence” is a series of photographs containing “orbs,” which I affectionately call Ordinary Bits of Stuff.

Personally, I discredit anything orb-like unless it emits its own light or casts a significant shadow.

Most investigators cannot financially afford the cameras necessary to eliminate images of the dust, bugs, water vapor, etc., that are routinely encountered. Further, most investigators are in dark places, and utilize the almighty flash, which illuminates not only the physical area, but also airborne particles.

Faces? Have you ever looked at a piece of dust under a microscope? Each dust particle has thousands of textured surfaces, each one creating random patterns that can often resemble faces.

There are three main components of dust: dead skin cells, the dried feces and desiccated bodies of dead dust mites (lovely thought, eh?), and clothing fibers.

Unless you are investigating a “clean room” where they build microchips, you’re going to encounter dust. A good rule is to discount it unless it can be seen with the naked eye.

Ms. Nicholes stated that her interest in ghosts stemmed from television shows. Over the last few years, televisions have been inundated with shows about ghosts. While some appear to be quite legitimate, others are scripted and need to be cancelled before someone gets hurt, or worse.

Law enforcement is tightening restrictions on cemeteries and abandoned locations because of the amateurs and wannabes, not to mention credibility issues that arise from having a less-than professional person in the same town.

There are serious, trained and dedicated investigators in Colorado. I know this because I am one of them. I have personally spent more than 10 years studying ghosts. My organization has been called to Craig on numerous occasions to investigate.

I am not surprised by Ms. Nicholes’ claim that she was followed home by something that was displeased with her activities.

As an untrained and inexperienced amateur, Ms. Nicholes didn’t have the first clue about appropriate conduct and practices for investigating.

Thankfully, that spirit was appeased with her promise to stop running around in the Craig cemetery, but what happens when she encounters someone or something that isn’t as easy to please?

I humbly ask that in the future, you investigate your topics before printing such a dangerous article.

The interest that your article has generated cannot only instill fear into readers, but can also inspire others to embark on dangerous ventures into cemeteries, abandoned buildings and other places where the untrained amateur can be seriously injured, both physically and mentally, or even killed, as was the case involving an investigator in North Carolina who was hit and killed by a train while looking for a ghost train last August.

The Rev. Clarissa Vazquez

Founder, Colorado Coalition of Paranormal Investigators

Comments

ColoradoNative1 3 years, 5 months ago

What a judgmental letter, "Rev" Clarissa! Especially considering how long you have "studied" ghosts, you should be aware that there is so much in the world beyond the physical that none of us knows, with 100% accuracy, everything that exists out there. You and your methods are certainly not the only "right" ones! Who are you to criticize?

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George Robertson 3 years, 5 months ago

So one ghost buster said "Those are deer tracks". The other declared "NO they are elk tracks", and during their argument, the train hit them.

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Lawspecialist 3 years, 5 months ago

Ghosts: If the term means “spirit beings,” the answer is a qualified “yes.” If the term means “spirits of people who have died,” the answer is “no”. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that there are spirit beings, both good and evil. But the Bible negates the idea that the spirits of deceased human beings can remain on earth and “haunt” the living.

Hebrews 9:27 declares, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” That is what happens to a person’s soul-spirit after death…. judgment. The result of this judgment is heaven for the believer (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23) and hell for the unbeliever (Matthew 25:46, Luke 16:22-24). There is no in-between. (Further research needed? uh, no) There is no possibility of remaining on earth in spirit form as a “ghost.” If there are such things as ghosts, according to the Bible, they absolutely cannot be the disembodied spirits of deceased human beings.

The Bible teaches very clearly that there are indeed spirit beings who can connect with and appear in our physical world. The bible identifies these beings as angels and demons. Angels are spirit beings who are faithful in serving God. Demons are evil, deceptive, and destructive. According to 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, demons masquerade as “angels of light” and as “servants of righteousness.” Appearing as a “ghost” and impersonating a deceased human being definitely seem to be within the power and abilities that demons possess.

The closest biblical example of a “haunting” is found in Mark 5:1-20. A legion of demons possessed a man and used the man to haunt a graveyard. There were no ghosts involved. It was a case of a normal person being controlled by demons to terrorize the people of that area. Demons only seed to “kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10). They will do anything within their power to deceive people, to lead people away from God. This is very likely the explanation of “ghostly” activity today. Where it is called a ghost, a ghoul, or a poltergeist, if there is genuine evil spiritual activity occurring, it is the work of demons.

We are all entitled to our own opinions, and while we have the right to have that different opinion, I believe it does not give anyone the right to be cruel. My philosophy is this….if I’m wrong?, I have nothing to lose; But if the other person is wrong? They may have EVERYTHING to lose.

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