Who are you?
My name’s Mindy, I’m a co-founder of PA Paranormal Association, based in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Do you believe in Reincarnation? Who do you think you were in your past life (or lives)?
Yes, I believe in reincarnation. I have never had a past life regression but it’s definitely something I’d like to try sometime. For some reason, in my gut, I feel like I served in the Vietnam War with my uncle.
What are your thoughts on Para Unity?
I think it’s great. We all don’t have to agree, but we can all learn from each other as long as there’s respect. Aren’t there enough ghosts to go around?
Have you ever investigated a Church? What are your thoughts on this?
Actually, we haven’t. I think that would be an interesting experience. There are usually high emotions in a church, I can imagine that energy would possibly feed into anything paranormal going on there.
When having a joint investigation with another team(s), how do you select the team(s) or members of other teams that you invite?
We haven’t had a joint investigation with another team. We would be open to the idea of it, however, as long as we trusted and had similar work ethics. We would probably decide on the team and members based on our needs for that particular investigation and their strengths and skills.
What do you tell someone looking to join a team, what should they look for or ask?
First, we explain that this is time consuming. More than the hour or two they might see on tv. They have to be willing and able to meet the time commitment. They also want to find a team who has the same beliefs they do about how the business and investigations are run. If someone is more focused on the intuition side of things, they probably want to avoid a team that is more focused on scientific, unless both sides want to expand and they feel they can compliment each other.
Any advice to a group just starting out?
Start simply, make sure what you are doing you are doing well and correctly before expanding with new equipment, new investigations, new members. You need a solid foundation to build on.
Do you think it’s important to share findings with others in the paranormal community?
Of course! The more information that’s out there, the more we can all learn.
You run across a team that you feel gives a bad name to the field. How do you handle the situation? Do you confront them about it?
I would only confront them if I feel that it would help. Most of the time, those kinds of people/groups will 1. not listen to constructive criticism anyway, so why waste my breath and cause drama and 2. will end up burning bridges for themselves and will soon have a reputation they don’t want.
Do you feel it is important to do a background investigation on the location (land/building) that you’re going to investigate?
We do investigate anything we can about the history of the location or residents as needed for investigating purposes. When we investigate, usually some of us will go in “blind”, that is not knowing any background information about the location, the owners, the experiences or anything at all and then others will go in with that information. If an investigator has no knowledge of experiences but has the same experience, it add more credibility to the story and any evidence we have, however an investigator going in with the knowledge can use it for social relevance to hopefully get responses as well.