Paranormal Burnout…

Warning! Lots of opinionated comments and blabbering below… 

As a teacher, I have learned to appreciate my well-deserved summers. I’m not one to take trips, go to the beach, socialize with friends, or probably most other activities that people engage in during the summer. And, because we have no children (other than the four-legged kind), I’m able to be selfish and go about whatever business I plan. On my spring break this year I planned out and conducted my two-week EVP experiment that many of you followed. When it ended I was already excitedly planning what I was going to do during the summer months, including ordering a big pile of books on the topic of spirit communication. With more time to be consistent, I would continue my EVP research. I could finally get tons of analysis of some previous paranormal investigations completed. I was also pumped to start thinking and planning some séance experiences for this fall. And… of course, I was very excited to blog my way through it all on The Big Séance.

Well, I’ve done most of these things. Unfortunately, the results of my recent EVP research would bore most of you. A lot of VERY quiet and VERY questionable moments that I continuously label as “possible” communication or “possible” EVP. I get nervous about the possibility of my hard drive filling to the max with these “possible” audio clips, and sorting through them and labeling them is becoming a chore. I’ve stopped saving so many of these and only make note of them. Either I’m doing something wrong or I’m not very patient. Or… maybe I’m not supposed to be an EVP master like Randall Keller. 🙂 It probably shouldn’t ruin my day, but sometimes after spending hours reviewing one session with no gems, it gets me down and I begin to wonder what the point is.

I’ve continued to occasionally experiment with radio sweep on my clock radio, which was brought on by possible (there’s that word again… see a theme here?) encouragement from spirit in a dream as well as an EVP response a while back. I’ve done more research with the spirit box, which I was very excited about, but have continued to be disappointed by, or maybe I’m just too skeptical about responses that may be coming through. Or… maybe I just need to get out of the house and record elsewhere. Or… maybe I just need to get out of the house. 🙂

By now I’ve read most of the books. One thing I didn’t consider is that these books would take me on a wild ride through several tangents and ITC topics that are interesting me. My mistake? I jumped right from one book to the next due to my addiction of knowledge and need to gain lots of it in a small amount of time. I didn’t stop to take a break between each book, or to even think about or attempt any of the concepts inside each individual book. Now that I’ve realized this, I plan on taking a step back. I’ll review each book by taking some notes, researching more of the techniques or concepts more deeply.

And finally, I’ve developed a kind of paranormal attitude that I’m not liking one bit. I’m a member of several online groups or circles of different paranormal and spiritual people and I’m learning a lot about other nerds and “crazies” like me. I find myself too easily criticizing the person who sees the obvious dust particle or reflection of the sun or a beam of light as the beautiful spirit orb whose name is Ralph, who is apparently in the photo to protect the person being photographed while sitting at their table at Applebees. Whaaaat?! “What you are seeing here in this water scrying example is a sprite. I also see a native American.” Why is there always a native American? And who am I to judge or get upset, anyway? I’m the one planning séances and sitting here waiting for my clock radio to talk to me based on a dream. And you should know that I’m interested in the spirit box. I’m interested in all things ITC. I want to be able to meditate successfully. I want to channel. I want to experience astral travel. I really want to hear and see what others do. As you may know, I’ve struggled to balance the “spiritual” nerd and the “paranormal” nerd inside myself. You may think there’s not a big difference, but trust me, they are completely different circles of people.

And so… I’ve decided I’m just burned out. Or maybe it’s just the July blues and I really need for school to start (and don’t worry, it will… less than two weeks away). Maybe I just need to get grounded and go be a “normal person” for a while. My friend Marilyn tells me I need to go and stick my feet in the dirt. Not a lot of dirt around here, but maybe she’s right. If you drive down my street and see me sitting in the yard looking like a patient from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, perhaps staring off into the distance while chewing on a blade of grass, just wave and drive on by. If you’re invited to my home and you notice I’m hoarding chicken carcasses under the bed like the girl from Girl Interrupted… well… just call for help, please. 

Last night I prayed to whoever would listen, perhaps my spirit guide, or my totem, or an Archangel, or maybe even Ralph. Hopefully someone can help me figure out what I’m supposed to do or not do. I hope you’ll understand if I take a blogging break for a while. You may even enjoy a break from reading it. 🙂 

I hope I haven’t offended anyone. Am I still talking? (Are you still reading?)

About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit! View all posts by Patrick Keller

16 responses to “Paranormal Burnout…

  • Ash

    Silly goose. Whatever it is that you are doing right now, is whatever you are supposed to do 🙂 … said Confucious.. In the famous words of every horny college boy who ever walked the earth, “Sshh…. just let it happen.”

  • Randall Keller

    I hope this goes through. I never know if my comment has made it or not. Take a break! It’s always a good thing, but I assure you that you’re meant to do this. I won’t go into it on here, because tapping an iPad gets old fast, but you’re definitely meant for paranormal research. You’re good at it. If it really gets to you, let me know – ill give you my number and we’ll talk it out. Seriously! Because I am just that confident that I can make my case. You have the right kind of mind for it, but it nevers hurts to rest it. PEACE!

    • Patrick

      Got it, Randy! I hope you know when I have replied, because I almost always do! Your words of wisdom and compliments mean an awful lot. I think you know this, but I appreciate it. I’m always honored to have you stop by.

  • Aunt Sarah

    We all need a break PK! ChilL out, and when the inspiration starts itching you, you’ll have a light bulb moment, and THEN, it will be fun again!

    • Patrick

      I sure hope so. I’ve actually been kind of chilling for a few days now (other than this post). Feels kind of good… but I’m starting to get ready for school and that is a bit scary.

  • Diana

    You just need a change, i.e. a vacation!
    Go to a beach, lake, or walk in the park. Don’t think about anything paranormal for a few days and you’ll come back to it with a fresh eye and attitude. And believe me you’re not one if the nutcases! (But I love Ralph!)

    • Patrick

      Maybe I just need to go on some extra dog walks. Nah, I don’t think that’s happening until it cools down. I’m jealous of the rain you guys just got. Thanks for not thinking i’m a nutcase. Funny that you and I both know Ralph very well. 🙂

  • aradiasilvermoon

    We all get burned out by thing we are passionate about! Just take a step back, take a deep breath, and do something else for a bit. You’ll be better at it when you decide to come back with a fresh mind. Use those two weeks before school starts to do something fun, fresh,and exciting 🙂

    • Patrick

      I’m not sure “fun, fresh, and exciting” is in my DNA, but this is good advice. I’ve had a nice break for a couple of days and I’m already thinking ahead. I knew I couldn’t stay away long. Thanks for visiting, Heidi! 🙂

  • LeeAllenHoward

    I do the same thing, Patrick. Full steam ahead — until I run out of steam. Seasons of seeking and working must be balanced with down time and attending to other areas of our lives. I find that time off actually helps me to process what I’ve learned in my hard-driving seasons. Peace.

    • Patrick

      Thanks Lee. I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson (though I seem to have had this lesson thrown at me before… hmmm…). Actually, more than anything I think I need my normal routine with work back. I hate to admit that… sad. 🙂

  • Paranormalogistically

    This “burnout” is normal, Patrick. You have been trying to do it all in just a few short weeks, stuffing years of learning down yourself without break. I would have been worried if you didn’t crash. You, my friend, are meant to do these kinds of research but chill out a little. We get consumed by paranormal research to the exclusion of all else and that’s not healthy. I know my head is always in it and I’m not one to preach moderation. I just wanted you to know you are not alone in your feelings. 🙂

  • Maria Laing

    I am just now reading this….a few days late, but I have to laugh because I fully understand much of what you relate!! I especially smile about your reference to the Native American bit, because I have a mother whi IS Native American, Apache, from New Mexico who grew up in a hand made adobe house and all that it implies. There is no sentimental, super-spiritual, communing with nature in most of my mother’s family/tribal history and hasn’t been for a long, long time. Persons who know of me and my family bloodline have assumed there is a deep spirituality inherent in our family. Truth is, there is alcoholism, mental illness, and a host of other issues….poverty, lack of education, etc. There were a few spititual leaders along the way in the past among the various people, but assuming that all Native Americans are endowed with spiritual attributes is a type of romantic drivel! Take your rest and be well!!

    • Patrick

      Wow, Maria… your last few visits and comments to my blog make me want to pre-order your future book. I’m still anxiously waiting. 😉

      Growing up, family used to always talk about how my great grandmother was a descendant of some Native American tribe (which I guess would mean me too). I was crushed when I learned it wasn’t really true and was something they just all said. 🙂

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