Tonight we will be speaking with Peter James Haviland ACCH – Parapsychologist, Hypnotherapist with Red Oak Hypnosis, Author and Private Investigator with Gillespie Investigations, and Paranormal Investigator with Lone Star Spirits.
About Peter James Haviland
P.J. Haviland helps those who struggle with trauma, fear and the loss of memory that comes along with it. He pulls it back, but more so, allows the afflicted to as well.
Haviland is a Private Investigator and Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with 33 years in the business of Parapsychology and Forensic Hypnosis. He is called on frequently by other private investigators to help find missing people and crack cold cases – the thin files collecting dust on forgotten basement shelves.
He uses forensic hypnosis in witness recall, the gist of that being he relaxes a person to the state of somnambulism, essentially sleepwalking, where the brain can access memories of the past. He uses dates, times and open-ended questions, like “what are you seeing now,” to guide the process. Imagine walking to your favorite chair, any chair of your choosing, sitting down, and in front of you a large movie screen plays clips from your story.
Hypnosis is not a miraculous power, and despite popular misbelief, it can’t coax you to do something you don’t want to, he says. It’s a process of initially relaxing people and then guiding them with suggestions that help trigger memories. You are conscious and you do have control. By using positive suggestions, people under hypnosis are able to release fears, unwanted behaviors, or strengthen parts of their personality.
Not all movies are pleasant. Especially the ones Haviland is called to help with. He interviews thoroughly before hypnosis, and in the beginning of the process says he works to release the pain before the memory is viewed. He says he often donates his skills just to help people find answers.
Haviland says he also helps trapped spirits find closure. At 12 years old he remembers the room getting cold and turning to see his recently deceased grandfather walk down the stairs and into a closet door. Since then he’s been fascinated with the paranormal; choosing to run toward irregular noises when most would run away. Less in it for the shock factor, Haviland’s more interested in the why and the how.
Parapsychology is defined by Merriam-Webster as the study of evidence for paranormal psychological phenomena. While Haviland says he is able to sense and see spirits, he is more fact driven, preferring to get proof via sound, film or thermal equipment. In 1995 he, his wife, and a few others founded the paranormal investigation team, Lone Star Spirits.
His mentor and fellow parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach credits Haviland for being really good at finding normal explanations too. Demons in the walls sometimes end up just being animals. Poltergeist activity, a label applied specifically to physical situations, such as things moving or appliances turning off and on, take serious digging to determine the common denominator or trigger point.
Peter James Haviland on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/peter.havilandacch/
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