Many who have lost close loved ones frequently experience seemingly unexplainable signs or events. Simple things like a light flashing on and off, the repeated appearance of an object, like coins on the ground,, a familiar smell, like perfume, the feeling of someone's presence or touch, a familiar symbol showing up many times over, or a lucid dream of the deceased.
For years there have been many books and articles describing many examples of these unexplained events. But aside from these stories, little real data has been collected and published to provide evidence that these experiences are in fact common to ordinary people, reoccur often, and are very real to the person having the experience.
Because our Western culture is largely skeptical of unexplainable events like these, many of the people having the experience get uncomfortable after they are met with polite doubt, critical skepticism, or even thoughtless clichés, like "oh sure," "that's crazy," or "get over it." As a result, instead of feeling supported or even defending themselves, they commonly hide and become very reluctant to share.
Most of the books and articles written about these unexpected experiences were written before the common appearance of support groups to share experiences and readily available social media to spread the experiences to a wide audience. Today, these provide a new opportunity for these people to discover they are not alone and to share and collect a large sample of data that was previously locally closeted and unavailable.
The Angel Tracking Project was started in 2017 to collect a sample of this data using a short ten-question, web-accessible survey. Although the survey was only run a relatively short time and is currently inactive, the results are posted here to help comfort survivors and friends that they are not alone, their experiences are surprisingly common and very genuine.
In addition to the results a list of references are also provided that list several related surveys discovered after this project was started, as well as further background and future project plans to expand this investigation.
Please forward this web link to others you know that have had unexpected experiences that may benefit from this information and sign up to follow future progress.
The survey list was developed based on a list of unexpected events that appeared in a number of the books and articles listed in the references. Interestingly, the list in these references was surprisingly common to each and consisted of about 10 categories listed below.
Previous articles dealing with unexplained signs suggest the "theory" that unexplained events are real, but they are only based on anecdotal descriptions from a handful of interviews. Left to form their own opinions, believers will probably remain believers, based on their pre-existing "beliefs," and skeptics will continue to dismiss. AngelTracker is not intended to be a scientific study to prove/disprove or explain the unexplainable. But it provides a sizable number of the responses to provide confirming evidence that these experiences are very common and real in a large community. While not scientific evidence, the intent to only to provide some comfort to the survivor community. The goal is just that simple.
A number of years ago my wife died of cancer. Several months after, odd inexplicable events started occurring with some frequency. Lights flickering on and off, pictures falling off the wall for no seeming reason, pennies showing up unexpectedly in front of my car door, and the landing of a butterfly on my hand. Even though I'm now in a new relationship, these occurrences still happen with regular frequency.
The death of my wife caused a number of radical shifts in my life. I started taking yoga, exposing me to a new community of broad
Soon after, in a grievance support group I was surprised to hear first-hand descriptions about similar experiences by almost every member. Later, while exploring several on-line, I discovered many others sharing personal stories about a wide range of unexplained experiences. Hearing about how common these unexplained experiences were opened my eyes to the possibility that they were very real, occurred frequently, and occurred widely in this community. But having the opportunity to talk to others directly, I also discovered that many kept their experiences to themselves.
We have all heard common folklore about such events described as messages from loved ones who have passed. I have been a scientist and technologist for over 40 years, so I've always been a natural skeptic. But these very personal and very vivid experiences dramatically changed my world view.
Being a researcher by profession, these new surprises triggered my curiosity to investigate more broadly searching online. Again to my surprise I discovered that these experiences were actually just the tip of an iceberg of active
topics I’d never researched, like spirituality, and recent developments in quantum physics and biology I hadn’t been watching for decades.
I learned that a growing number of respected scientists have become more open minded about links between spirituality and science for the first time since discarded in the 17th century for a mechanistic worldview. While today's conventional science still cannot provide complete explanations, that doesn't mean that the events don't occur and are very real. Rapidly evolving concepts of a conscious universe, an entangled quantum universe interconnected everywhere, have become hot topics in the science research literature, general interest science articles, and even minor Hollywood movies.
This knowledge inspired me to continue my journey to learn more about unexplainable phenomena. I have since plunged much deeper into both the related science developments, as well as the spiritual side - which was a new horizon for me to explore. While my new passion is driven partly to explore the science to convince the skeptics, I became aware that the large survivor community cared more about knowing they were not alone in their experiences. That need for comfort became the inspiration for the Angel Tracking Project, to fill the gap for missing data that unexplained experiences are in fact frequent and very widespread. The fact that we can't explain these events today doesn't mean they do not happen and are not real. This is not a systematic research study. The goal is not to prove anything or change minds; it just hopes to inform both the survivors and skeptics that the raw, unsummarized data, confirms that these unexplained phenomena are very real, common. and frequent.
Scientist & Spiritual Wonderer
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