Do You Have a Plan for Afterlife Communication?

The Big Séance Podcast

So this weekend, among other random things, I’ve worked on getting caught up in reading my Association TransCommunication News Journals. Reading one makes you realize just how many different kinds of ITC (Instrumental TransCommunication) research is happening all over the world. It also makes me realize that just like education, technology, and communication, spirit communication techniques are constantly changing. Like a doctor or a brain surgeon, any person studying spirit communication needs to stay informed on the latest news and techniques. Besides things like mediumship and standard EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) recording, people all over the world are getting spirit communication results through the use of radios, telephones, video, photography, voice mail, ouija boards, scrying through things like water and crystals, Morse code, and even dimes being dropped around the house. What is even more interesting is that more and more people are reporting having afterlife communication through…

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CRAZY GHOST PHOTOGRAPHY!

I thought this would be a great way to start reblogging. Today we have this engaging and educational post on orb photography.

First of all, what are orbs? Orbs are theorized to be concentrated pinpoints of energy that have manifested intensely enough to present as a small ball of light, or as a small pocket of matter.

Often confused, orbs are not evidence of–nor even indicative of paranormal activity. Energy orbs are just that, balls of energy floating around in the air.

Scientists have been concerned with balls of energy for many years now, including ball lighting–which is a phenomena naturally occurring but so rare that scientists have a hard time studying it. They’ve managed to reproduce the phenomena in a laboratory, but whether or not the process is anything similar to what happens in nature is still a mystery.

However, some people believe that in the same way that we track anomalous and often-times communicative sources of “energy” on a ghost hunt, these balls of energy may well have something to…

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Mountain Mists: Appalachian Folkways of West Virginia ~ Book Review

Mountain Mists: Appalachian Folkways of West Virginia by Dr. Carol Ann Gillespie

This slim volume contains a compendeum of stories describing the cultural heritage and oral customs of the early West Virginians. The majority of the original settlers to the Appalachian region were from England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Many modern mountaineers still carry on the old ways today, learned from their wise ancestors in the oral tradition.

Within you will learn of folk remedies and healing. Traditional foods, tokens, premonitions and superstitions. Stories of stories told and songs sung to capture the history and beliefs of the people of this beautiful and wild country. Death, dying and burial customs are a community event, everyone gets involved when one in the community dies. There is much respect, ritual and superstition surrounding the dead and the ghosts they leave behind.

With every page turn you will find useful tidbits of information and a chuckle here and there. Dr. Gillespie packs a whole lot of history in a small package while keeping alive the stories and traditions of the early Appalachian folks. That makes this book an important piece of the larger West Virginia story. The old ways and wisdom should not be allowed to die and this is one of the written works that will keep that from happening.

You can purchase this wonderful book here:

http://mountainmists.com/

or

http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Mists-Appalachian-Folkways-Virginia/dp/087012790X

or where I got my copy…

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mountain-mists-dr-carol-ann-gillespie/1018476620

The Attic

Dark and empty spaces,

forlorn and grimacing faces,

shadows in the attic,

in and out like static…

 

A treasured box over there,

cobwebs hanging everywhere,

wavering, pale flashlight beam,

something moves and I stifle a scream!

 

This attic a forgotten ancient place,

full of memories, full of grace…

my steadying hand reveals

what is hidden,

only to find this place…

mouse ridden.

 

I would like the attic room please.

 

A Mental Challenge – Behavior & Perception

I  watch several criminology shows and some of the paranormal shows and movies now and then. “Getting into” the criminology shows sparked an interest in behavioral science and I’ve begun to dig deeper into the research. I know, it’s a part of psychology…but then again I’ve been researching quantum mechanics in relation to the paranormal. All related or interelated concepts.

When a paranormal investigator asks questions of unseen presences, when he/she asks who, what, where, when and why it is because they want to know the psychology of that presence. And they are generally attempting this without the use of all their senses. You rarely see the entity or feel it’s touch or even hear it at the time of questioning, but you just know it is there. You are picking up on some part of the psychology of that presence. When you lose one or more of your five physical senses then the others become more sensitive, including your sixth sense, and these levels of inner senses and instinct work harder to fill in the missing pieces.

Back to the tv shows.

Most of the time when one of these shows is recording on the DVR, I will have the volume muted and may be off in a daze thinking about something. But occasionally I have found myself watching the show muted only to watch it later with the sound and find that my perceptions and ideas were very close regarding what I believed to be happening in the show and what did actually happen.

Take any show that you watch with regularity, where you know the characters and their personalities and body language then apply this to new characters. Turn the sound off and watch the body language carefully. (You will pick up words anyway if you can read lips). See if you can work out what is going on based on what you can see only.

A bigger challenge lies in just how real it is…try this with things like the news or the weather channel shows, history and documentaries, shows where you don’t know the ‘history’ of the people involved…it’s all fair game in the quest to know why we behave the way we do.

Now watch it again with the volume. How close did you come? How close were your perceptions to what happened in the script and plot of the show?

You will get better at perceiving human psychology and behavior the more you practice this. This then makes you more empathic and sensitive to the people and situations around you all the time. Really look and listen to what is going on in your world. Use all of your senses and open your awareness to the psychology and behavior of others.

You will discover we really are not all that different from one another.

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” ~ William Blake

Environmental Sensitivity

I have known I was empathic in nature for a very long time but have noticed that as I have grown older, I have become more “sensitive” to various outside stimuli. It is overwhelming at times to have emotions bombarding you that are not yours…to feel a depth of understanding that causes, inside, a sweet pain. But with the occassional staggering insight come the rewards. For who would we be if not for our emotions?

The research paper below describes me so well and helps me to understand some of the things that go on with me.

Environmental Sensitivity: A Neurobiological Phenomenon? by Michael Jawer

Researchers often use the term “sensitivity ” when theorizing that certain persons may be more readily affected by various influences than others. Through a review of the literature, it is argued that some individuals are disposed toward a range of sensitivities that, in novelty as well as intensity, distinguish them from the general population. The author cites evidence indicating that such persons exhibit greater susceptibility to a range of environmental factors including allergies, migraine headache, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue. Their immediate family members appear to be similarly affected. Additionally, these “sensitive” individuals report a high degree of anomalous perception. While no single factor in a person’s background is likely to distinguish him/her as sensitive, eight demographic or personality factors are found to be significant.

Go here to read the rest of this research paper: http://cogprints.org/4738/1/Environ._Sensitivity_Paper_-_Seminars_Journal.pdf

“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” ~ Mark Twain

 

Sunset view from my place

 

 

 

Paranormal Investigators- Be aware of your mental state

It is another hot, humid day here in the northeast and temps will reach into the low 90’s and feel like the low 100’s. As it is, this aggravation will most likely make this post a bit fired up. I don’t mind hot, I don’t like humid…and we need rain, yesterday. So, I know I am not the only one who sees some of this crap go on and after something irritates me for long enough, I finally say something.

For the last several years I have been reading the writings of my friends and fellow paranormal investigators and have found some highly curious and intelligent people. People whom I gladly subscribe to because I know I’m going to find interesting ideas, theories and even some laughs.  Some of these people seem to have become targets for haters: people who take a crack at anything posted whether it be blogs, pics, video, EVP…in short, potential paranormal evidence.

All I can say to these haters is I think your time would be better spent i-n-v-e-s-t-i-g-a-t-i-n-g and r-e-s-e-a-r-c-h-i-n-g rather than sitting at your computer shooting darts at somebody.  I realize to put your words, your thoughts, your evidence- on the internet, is to open yourself to criticism and I have no problem with it provided the critic has a little respect. If you must be critical of another investigator’s evidence, do so politely and with tact, please do not be rude or hateful.  We should be learning together not having turf or gang wars.

For you serious investigators and empathic souls out there, watch your mental state!  There is sometimes quite enough psychic overload in the field we have chosen without wasting energy on un-called for drama.  The worst thing you can do is respond to people who seem to be out to get you. It’s like rewarding a disobedient child, you give them permission to do it again because they know it will get them attention.  Don’t worry about these kind of people ruining your reputation, your morals and intelligence will shine through and so will their lack of it.

As we all know, opinions are like a#%holes, we all have one.  And I won’t dismiss anyone’s opinion even if it comes from an a#%hole, but please people, don’t tolerate abuse. We are here to teach and to support one another, not to thrash and bash. The internet is sick with “ghost hunters” and you must use your common sense and don’t respond to anger with anger.  Ignore them or delete them but don’t encourage them.

If you are serious about investigating the paranormal and do more than sit on your ass and blaze people, I admire you!  We can learn from eachother and keep our mental state as clear as possible of negative energy.  I did not write this post to target any one person or persons…you know who you are.

Just sayin’.

 

Book review – Animal Ghosts by Elliott O’Donnell

This book, published in 1913, compiles a collection of stories in which the characters are ghostly animals. Here you will read of sightings and encounters with the spirits of cats, dogs, horses, bulls, cows, pigs and other domesticated creatures, birds, wild animals and inhabitants of the jungle. And although some of these stories seem a little far-fetched, over all I found the book to be a very enjoyable read and had a tough time putting it down until I had read the last spooky page. This book is in the public domain in the U.S.A. and you may download a copy here: http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2930  or just click on the book image.  Happy reading!

Dreaming Within The Dream

I can remember having this type of dream just a couple of times but it sticks with me like my paranormal dreams do. Basically I dream that I am waking up from a dream and telling someone about it. So I’m having a dream within a dream. When I really wake up I can’t remember what the dream inside the dream was, just the dream that I dreamed it. For a while after I wondered if I was still dreaming. These are not the same as lucid dreams where you know you are dreaming, nor are they false awakenings…I have both of those type of dreams as well. This is not just waking up within the dream but actually a whole different dream. Here is just one of many interpretations of this type of dream. http://www.thecuriousdreamer.com/dreamdictionary/symbol/2254/

Now that I’ve got you good and confused, have any of you ever had a dream like this?

Voices From Forever – There Is No Silence – X2 Book Review

I have read a bunch of books on the paranormal over my lifetime and expect to read many more. I plan to do more book reviews in the future but I wanted to break the ice with something great, a book that was top shelf , so to speak. With that in mind, I was compelled to choose these two  wonderful books by a fellow blogger and new friend, Randall Keller. Voices From Forever is about one man’s journey into electronic voice phenomena. Not since I read Sarah Estep’s Voices Of Eternity several years ago, have I been so inspired by one person’s quest into the unknown dynamics of the voices. Randall Keller is open, honest and very real in his experience and wisdom concerning E.V.P. When you pick this book up you will not want to put it down until you’ve read the last page…and then you’ll wish it hadn’t ended.

But…it hasn’t! Mr. Keller’s second book, There Is No Silence is a continuance of his incredible journey into the world of spirit voices. This book is just as intriguing as the previous book if not more so. Mr. Keller does not presume to know it all and that is refreshing but I have to say I agree with his insights for the most part. His is a voice of experience and rings as true to me as anything I’ve read on the subject of spirit voices. I highly recommend you buy both of these books. They are not just for those of you who love E.V.P. but for all  paranormal researchers and to all of you who want to experience the voice of truth.

Find out more about Randall Keller and his work at http://www.randallkeller.com/ where you can hear his collection of E.V.P., listen to The Voices Podcast, purchase these awesome books and more. For more on this field of study you won’t want to miss his blog here at http://thevoicesblog.wordpress.com/.

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