Owner / Producer / Director of The Phenomena Project
Don Philips explains.."Despite years of study in the field of paranormal research very little has been obtained the way of testable, repeatable evidence. When it comes to genuine phenomena, there is no rule book as to when or where an unexplained event may take place and this is the problem, often leaving many investigators sitting for many hours and hoping to capture something, fortunately this is not a situation I've ever found myself in. That said, even when good evidence is gathered, it is all too often readily dismissed prior to any testing procedures having taken place. Over the years a great deal of evidence which has been subjected to, and passed scientific analysis, has been suppressed, suppression of such information to this day is still happening. We've all seen the TV shows, and accusations of trickery and fakes, the credibility of many of these shows are shrouded in suspicion. After years of such shows, viewers are calling for something different, something real, something they can believe in, a show that's entertaining whilst at the same time will guarantee everything is real and at the same time contributing something to paranormal research, apart from the investigation side of things the experiments center around totally new concepts which have never been attempted or even contemplated until now. This is a very exciting prospect with potentially ground breaking results, many people are waiting to see what we come up with, they won't be disappointed Phenomena Project 'is' unique".
"My challenge, to produce a show that appeals to everyone in some way, believers and sceptics alike, a show that's exciting, entertaining, factual and honest."
COULD A SHOW THAT OFFERS TO DELIVER SO MUCH REALLY BE POSSIBLE?
Don Philips certainly thinks so: Enter Phenomena Project, surprisingly a show which promises just that, Phenomena Project is the creation of Don Philips, a man able to communicate with ghostly realms in real-time and has hundreds of paranormal investigations under his belt, using little by the way of traditional equipment, instead he relies on his own abilities which have shown him to be very effective in what he does.
He explains in his own words. "Over many years I've built trusting relationships with these spirit people". He claims to have first come into contact with them as a young child following a visitation which took place over several nights but he shares few details of exactly happened!
I caught up with Don Philips a few days ago on location, it all seemed very busy, he spared me a few minutes of his time during a short break. I wanted to ask, why he believes this venture will be successful, and asked will this show really produce what he's promised, or could this just be a clever publicity stunt?
Q. Don, how is it you appear to be able to speak to these entities without much difficulty, EVP (electronic voice phenomena) is usually associated with many hours spent trying to make sense of a captured sound on a laptop isn't it?
Don replies " yes you are quite correct, EVP is just that, but I don't associate with EVP, I classify my communications as AVP (actual voice phenomena), the two really are quite different but, unfortunately I haven't time to explain in-depth at the moment".
Q. So how will your show differ from the many others out there?
R. "I have for sometime since going public around five years ago always maintained to have a real relationship with spirit people, of course I've come under-fire from all sides on occasions that is to be expected, there are many people who have in the past made all sorts of claims, this is more than a claim. It's the truth, viewers will now have the opportunity to see that for themselves".
"Phenomena Project is nothing to do with idealism's or beliefs, the only thing that matters is the evidence as Steve Mera rightly puts it".
Q. You have teamed up with Steve Mera (parapsychologist) in this joint venture. I've spoken to Steve on numerous occasions in the past, he's quite sceptical, Don interrupts >
R. "Yes, Steve is sceptical, he's also open-minded and that's the difference, he will call it as he sees it and is very well known in the paranormal community for doing so, for Steve it's only the evidence that matters and I'm providing that evidence".
Q. Don, I've seen some of your video's and although I must say I am very impressed I must admit to being a little sceptical myself.
R. "To be sceptical is perfectly rational and normal and something needed in many aspects of life not just in relation to the paranormal, I'm able to provide the evidence which is both repeatable and testable. Phenomena Project has already made great progress and it's something we will continue to build upon, when what you're claiming is honest and genuine you have nothing to be concerned about".
"Spirit people are all around us, I'm in a position to help them be heard, this project and working with Steve is a great opportunity. I will stand by any results either way".
My brief time with Don left me feeling both curious and excited, he said a lot although didn't give much away, there was something about him I felt to be different I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Don believes he can do what he claims and so do his many followers however, I need to hear this for myself. I asked Don, can I hear Becky? A spirit closely associated with him.
R. "it would be a waste of time trying at the moment, as you can hear the birds and traffic are pretty loud he replied". However, he did offer to take me with him on one of his investigations at a later date. The show itself has a great deal to live up to, if Don can do in the show what I've seen on his Youtube videos, it will without doubt prove very popular with viewers and broadcasters. I have to admit I'm more than a little intrigued myself. Don has promised a more in depth interview in the near future until then, like many others I'm also looking forward to seeing just what Don Philips and Steve Mera will reveal to us when the show airs. In the meantime I'll await my promised evening accompanying Don on one of his investigations and wish both Don and Steve success with their project.
"I have been involved with the paranormal in all its forms, hands on, for more than fifty years now and in that time I have encountered many phenomena for which there are no good or rational explanations. Just when I thought I had just about seen it all, approximately two years ago I was contacted by Don Phillips who made some truly extraordinary claims regarding communicating with the ‘other side’, and as the late Carl Sagan used to say, 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence'. Don Phillips, along with researcher Steve Mera, is trying to provide exactly that. So much so that experiments are being designed that should silence even the most strident critics.
"I have known Don for more than two years now and since our initial contact, i.e. via a chance email, it has been a process of constant discovery and evaluation of a phenomenon that just might prove once and for all that we do in fact survive physical death in a sentient capacity with the ability to both think and, vitally, communicate. In Don’s case he does this using a form of electronic voice communication (also called electronic voice phenomena or EVP) specifically with Olympus digital recorders and the results have been, and still are, truly remarkable".
"Don and I have discussed many of the implications of what he does, because they are staggering and in some instances what has been contacted may be positively harmful. Don is fully aware of this and has developed techniques to deal with them, this is quite apart from the fact that his other 'colleagues' in the spirit realm can and do look out for him and give support when necessary. That aside, I am now convinced that what is happening here is absolutely genuine and the results are literally amazing. I am also certain that, very soon, Don (and Steve) will be able to provide definitive, evidence, proof that life really does continue after physical death. Just what the sceptics, debunkers and cynics intend to do then will be interesting to see, because there will be nowhere left for them to run".
Author, Researcher and Editor of Phenomena Magazine
Though the subject of parapsychology can be rather mundane at times there does seem to be a divide in opinion between university study based parapsychologists and active field parapsychologists. I have always argued the point that... as an example... if you want to discover the learning habits of the Antarctic Fox, then you need to go to the Antartic and study the animal in its natural environment. I believe the same applies to much phenomena and those that seem to demonstrate profound abilities.
This is where active field parapsychology comes in to play. Now... in my 32 years of investigative research I have come across countless reports of spirit communication, unfortunately none of which I had personally witnessed. I was not prepared to take any ones word for it, especially in regards such incredible information. Most of my active investigation in the field consists of visiting around 3000 locations throughout the British Isles. I've spent many a night sat on my own in a dark damp room, being told it was demon infested. Often no evidence is found to support such claims, often you discover rational explanations.
Now involved in Phenomena Project and working alongside paranormal researcher Don Philips has been somewhat of an eye opener. Though I immediately told Don I was not interested in doing any work with so called ghost hunters. I turned him down. But... rarely was I ever asked to participate in such investigations with paranormal investigators in the first place. I guess parapsychologists and paranormal investigators rarely work together. Maybe it's due to the fact that we often find explanations, hoaxing and fakes and not to mention reveal findings that could cripple some organisations. You would be surprised in regards the information I have on numerous organisations and their attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of the general public. Yes!... I can be an undesirable addition to any paranormal investigation.
I have for many years pondered if there could be life after death... that some form of ones self continues. Though I remained open minded and objective I could never really conclude on this matter. But... how things have changed. It would seem I have been met with the very thing I strived to obtain. But once you do... Beware! It's not as easy as you think to digest. Life after death! Surely not... The evidence I have been privy to in the last 12 months has by all means created many challenges and though replicatable test procedures reveal the same results. Intelligent, verbal wording, often in response to direct questions.
I've, on so many occasions, pointed out pareidolia.. a psychological phenomenon involving a vague or random stimulus (often an image or sound) which is perceived as significant. But... when do you decide to draw a line in the sand. I'll tell you when! When you hear what clearly is a female voice talking to you via a recording device and answering questions in a clear and precise manner under experimental conditions. If that isn't enough to make you stomach twinge just a little. Try sitting comfortably whilst they come straight out of thin air right beside you. Yep! it would seem that your anticipation can actually pay off.
Attempting to swallow the lump in your throat, just enough to clear it and say... 'Don... that is quite incredible'. 'How the hell is that happening?'. No need to take my word for it guys, the evidence is building... Consider the possibilities of information gained during my work with... well.. a paranormal researcher that can actually do what he says he can do. That would be Don Philips. And the work would be Phenomena Project. I have been involved in over 120 TV programs worldwide and I can honestly say. You've never seen anything like this before! Its on its way!... Edging closer and closer to completion. When done, just remember my warning! It's not for the faint hearted and... it may... just may... change your views forever...
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