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From The Editor’s Desk
Letter From the Editor
Welcome to the September issue of The Paranormal Explorer. I have to apologise to everyone for not being about much to help or work on the magazine this month. I would like to say a huge thanks to Belle who, through hurricane Irene and massive storm surges in North Carolina, has managed to get this month’s issue out for you all. Thanks also to Tara, Belle, and Elaine who have been there when I needed them these last 5 weeks. I couldn’t ask for better friends. We at The Paranormal Explorer want all our readers to feel as though you are important to us, not for the money but for your opinions and thoughts on how we can improve the magazine. We feel that we have the best paranormal magazine in existence and with your help we can continue to improve our magazine to best serve you, our readers. I think this month’s issue is the best one yet! Our articles are looking more professional as Belle is learning hands on how to produce a fine magazine for all of our paranormal friends to enjoy. What do you think? In next month’s issue will have a full report of an
investigation we did at the fantastic Chambercombe Manor. To give you a teaser, there is a photograph in this issue in Keith Prosser’s article about different types of ghosts of a bedroom with a woman’s image looking through the window which is one that was taken at the investigation. It has created quite a stir around the world from skeptics and believers alike. What are your opinions? We’d like to hear from you. Is there a topic you would like to see covered in our magazine? Give us your feedback and we will do our best to cover what interests you the most. Until next month...
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Dear Editor, Your August issue was incredible! I especially enjoy all of the information you have jam packed into one issue. I am learning so much just by reading the articles about so many different paranormal phenomena. I look forward to future issues. Tina Manchester Dear Editor, Your magazine is really a great idea. You’ve asked for our ideas and suggestions so I thought I would add my two cents worth. You seem to cover so many topics around the paranormal and spiritual stuff, but what about legends such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? I really enjoy learning about those mysteries. And how about some more information about UFO’s? I really believe that we are not alone in this universe and learning more about the government secrets around their presence here would be educational. Thanks for doing a great job educating the world. Tom Gancey Dear Editor I have to commend your column on The Faulkner Tarot. Not only do I like her tarot deck but I also like how easy she has made the tarot understandable in modern day terms. I definitely plan to get her deck and start practicing on my own. Sarah Johnson
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8 The Sallie House 12 Ghostly Images 17 The Paranormal Undercover
21 Psychic Protection 22 Grave Stomping Yes or No? 24 Should Software Be Used? 26 Client Interview Process 28 Types of Ghosts
On Our Cover 58 Reincarnation The Secret of Past Lives 42 The Mystery of Crop Circles 38 The Hidden Temple Project 46 Blueprint For World Peace
32 Experiments with Orbs
34 Thought Forms 38 The Hidden Temple Project
42 The Mystery of Crop Circles
Myths & Legends
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46 A Blueprint For World Peace 52 Life and Us 58 Reincarnation The Secret of Past Lives
60 Healing Around the World 62 Is Stable Income Obsolete? 64 Angelic Experiences
66 Therapy Thoughts 68 Photograph Readings
70 In Your Dreams 72 The Faulkner Tarot 76 Agony Aunt 79 The Herbal Corner
80 September Horoscope
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The Sallie House
In the heartland of America there is a quiet little town called Atchison, Kansas. This small town is tucked away into a small valley off the banks of the Missouri river. By looking at this small town, you would never think twice about it being extremely haunted by a mysterious past. One area that stands out from all the rest is a house nicknamed the “Sallie House.” This small 2 story colonial style home looks to be a perfect starter home for a small family, but in reality, this house is not as empty as it appears to be. In August of 2004, I had the honor of investigating this known haunt in Atchison with Haunted Times Magazine owner Chris Moon. Upon our arrival to the house I stepped out of the vehicle and immediately sensed an overwhelming feeling emitting from the small house. I knew right then that it was not going to be a normal investigation, and I was correct. The Haunted Voices investigative team returned to the house in February of 2005. I felt compelled to return, although I still could not tell you why, it was a feeling that couldn’t just be ignored. The Haunted Voices Investigation team was accompanied by Debra and Tony Pickman who had lived in the house in the early 90’s and experienced some strange and horrific phenomena while living there. Tony was repeatedly scratched by an unknown entity. Both Debra and Tony experienced objects moving as well as items catching on fire before their eyes. It was an honor to have them with us for the investigation and I was quite shocked when Debra asked me if Tony could join us. Tony has not been inside of this home for over 10 years, in fear that he might be attacked once again. I hesitated for a few minutes and thought to myself, “Would this be safe for him? What if something goes terribly wrong?” After talking to Deb and advising The Paranormal Explorer 8
her that it would not be a good idea, we decided to let him try to re-enter the home that had haunted him for several years. He chose to enter the house against our recommendations and took full responsibility for his actions. Tony arrived at the house in the early evening hours and was eager to get started. You really have to get to know Tony before you can judge him at all. Tony is one of the most interesting and talented individuals I have ever known. He is a very private person and is somewhat shy when it comes to meeting new people, but this didn’t stop him from confronting his violent past. Before entering the house with him we all stood on the front porch and joined hands in prayer asking for guidance and protection for us all. It wasn’t until later that Michael Chappell (our video operator) captured one of the most disturbing pieces of evidence that I have ever seen. Tony entered the home with Deb and I very close by him and began his visit. He made his way to the kitchen and stopped for a few seconds to take in his surroundings, noting all of the changes that had been made while reminiscing out loud with us. We then made our way through the dining and living rooms where he stopped once again and told us how their furniture and things were placed in the house when they lived there. Deb told us the story of the stuffed animal catching fire as well as some other paranormal instances that took place in the house. It was time to make our way upstairs, which happens
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to be what Tony had feared the most. He led the way upstairs, stopping every once awhile to take in the surroundings and our first stop was the nursery. While in the nursery, Tony seemed very calm and was recalling past events that took place there when their youngest son was an infant. For the first time he saw all of the stuffed animals and dolls that were collected over the years and placed on the window sills as a tribute or perhaps just a toy for little “Sallie,” the spirit of a little girl believed to frequent the home, to play with. There was quite a collection of them ranging from stuffed teddy bears to very nice collection of small dolls. We soon left the nursery and preceded to the master bedroom which is located at the front of the home. In the master bedroom stories and experiences were shared while Michael kept the camera going to capture as much of the event as possible. Tony began looking around the area and made his way to a small closet; Tony still had a very uneasy feeling of that area and refused to enter it. We all kept a very close eye on him while he toured the home and we could all tell that his mood seemed to change from room to room. When we started in the kitchen he seemed very happy and eager to see the rest of the home, but as we all made our way upstairs his mood had changed to sadness and confusion. We stayed in the master bedroom and talked for a couple of minutes and while we were talking, Tony stood against the door frame and seemed very guarded, looking out into the hallway every once in awhile, like he heard or saw something out there. We finished our conversation in the master bedroom and decided to go into the last bedroom. With Deb and Tony leading the way we made our way there. While walking, Michael had stated to me that the camcorder was acting very strange and I advised him that they have done that in the past with our cameras. We stepped out into the hallway and noticed Deb and Tony standing in front of the rest room talking and pointing out some of the changes that had been made since they had been there last. At that time Deb noticed something on Tony’s arm; it was a cut on his right forearm, and a very deep one at that. I then stated, “That’s it” and took Tony outside and away from the situation. Michael had captured this whole incident on film and we cannot thank him enough for his excellent work in a very stressful situation such as that. While outside we addressed his wound and found it to be about 2 ½ inches long and deep enough to require stitches. Tony said that he didn’t even feel it and was just as surprised as we were. This was one of the worst injuries that he has received while being inside the home and it was very emotional for all of us to witness. My wife Kris and I had become very close with Deb and Tony and to see him in a situation like that was very upsetting. My wife burst into tears of both anger and sadness and just couldn’t understand why they were doing this to him. We were able to stop the bleeding on Tony’s wound and put a few bandages on it from our first aid kit. I had checked Tony for other marks or scratches and he was untouched other than his right forearm. Tony insisted that we go back into the house and at this time I was in total disagreement but granted him his wishes on one condition; that he would sit in the dining room and be closely monitored by us. He agreed and we proceeded to the dining room where he stayed for most of the investigation. We kept two cameras on Tony and while they were recording Deb had notice several cold spots or sensations by his legs and feet. My wife Kris and our researcher/investigator Pam (who is also my mother The Paranormal Explorer 9
in law) went upstairs to place motion detectors as well as video cameras in the area. We had placed a video camera in the nursery to hopefully capture an anomaly or EVP from the nursery area and across the hall to the 3rd bedroom. We also placed two motion detectors in the area. One was covering the nursery and adjoining hallway and the other monitored the stairs. After arming the units, we went back downstairs to find Tony sitting comfortably in the chair with Deb right beside him. My wife and a few others from the group had gone outside for a break. We had a total of 3 video cameras monitoring the house, one was upstairs and two were downstairs covering Tony from different angles as well as the kitchen and living room areas. While they were on break Michael and I went to the kitchen area and began to go over some of our evidence. I know what I am about to say may sound like a hoax or staged event but I assure you that it is not. While Tony was sitting still he said he felt something under him in the chair, he leaned up a bit and grabbed the object and it was a remote control, their remote control. The object had been missing in their current house for several weeks and suddenly it appeared in the house they no longer lived in. The remote looked as if someone had taken it in both their right and left hand and twisted it in opposite ways. It was hot and you could smell the plastic burning. I held the remote up to my ear and could hear a crackling sound as the plastic cooled. This was just amazing and you could see the remote just melting from the inside out. Photos were taken of the evidence and we placed it in an area where it would not be touched and our team members closely monitored it. A similar situation happed to The Paranormal Explorer 10
Deb on our last investigation, where her camera that was inside of her purse had melted. This was not a battery problem because the unit was turned off and the burn took place on the opposite side of the battery storage area. Michael and I were in the kitchen going over our EVR (Electronic Voice Recording) while Kris, Pam, and Julie were taking photos around the kitchen, living room, and dining room. Deb was in the kitchen with us and Tony was very curious about EVP so he had asked to come into the kitchen with us to go over the evidence. Tony came into the kitchen and listened to a couple of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) that we had captured and was just amazed by them. Tony was being very guarded and not leaving himself out in the open very long. He soon backed up and stood against the basement door and was still being very closely monitored by our team member Pam Preston who was also taking numerous photos of him. We began to talk about a photo that was captured at the foot of the basement stairs of a demon/dog like creature. After about 5 minutes or so I had discovered yet another EVP we had captured and was working with it on the laptop. During this time Tony stated that something was pulling at him from behind the door. Tony felt this and decided to come up for a closer look to get away from that area and that is when Julie noticed his right leg was bleeding on the calf area.
Now keep in mind that Pam had her eyes on him the whole time and it would be very hard for him to cause these injuries to himself without being noticed. These scratches on Tony’s leg were not near as bad as the one he received upstairs about 2 hours earlier, but they were bad enough to bleed. We took photos of the scratches and surrounding area and noticed yet another scratch located on Tony’s forehead. This wound was superficial and did not bleed but you could notice it very easily. Tony’s visit was not a pleasurable one but it did give him some closure on the situation. He relayed to us that he would never return to the house again for future investigations. Deb and Tony left about 20 minutes after that incident and we stayed long enough to finish analyzing our evidence for that night and then we packed up our equipment and went back to the hotel for a much needed rest and debriefing. We awoke the next morning and loaded up our vehicles for the long trip back to Illinois but wanted to check in on Deb and Tony before we left. We arrived at their house and while inside we talked about the situation last night and Deb had showed me a very disturbing piece of evidence she had noticed. Tony came from the kitchen and Deb had asked him to show me his leg where the scratches were made by an unknown source and I could not believe my eyes, there was a very large bruise of a hand covering the scratches. This could not have been done by Tony or Deb because the hand was too big to be Deb’s and due to the angle of the hand print, there is no way Tony could have self inflicted this. We left soon after seeing this and we were all ready to come home to the peace and quiet. The aftermath of visiting this house will change me for the rest of my life and has opened my eyes to even more of the paranormal and just how mysterious it can truly be. The Paranormal Explorer 11
Tantallon Castle in North Berwick, Scotland, dates back to the 14th Century. Christopher Aitchison took a photograph there in May 2008. It appeared to show a woman in period clothes looking out of a window. Aitchison said he did not see anyone at the window at the time he took the photograph, and it was only later when he discovered the anomaly.
Spiritualism, rather than being an obscure or fringe social movement, went from strength to strength. The numbers of believers in these phenomena increased so dramatically that they formed groups and churches. In 1861 William Mumler, a Boston engraver and keen amateur photographer, took his self-portrait. He was astonished to see a strange face next to his on the developed plate. Mumler claimed that it was the image of a cousin who had died some years earlier. He claimed that his right arm was trembling when he took the photograph, and that afterwards he was depleted of energy. Mumler went on to build up a profitable trade as a spirit photographer. Critics asserted that the images were fakes, probably the result of double exposure techniques. Mumler’s work was investigated by William Black, a prominent Boston photographer and inventor of the acid nitrate bath. Black visited the studio and had his photograph taken. Black checked the camera and claimed to have been meticulous in checking the plate leaving the camera until its final result in the darkroom. There was a man leaning over his shoulder on the photograph. Black had no explanation for this image, and was not able to produce any proof of fraud.
The image, of course, could have a perfectly logical explanation. However, staff at the castle asserted that there were no period costumes or historical reenactments on the day the photograph was taken. Some photographic experts, including those with expertise in Photoshop, could find no evidence of digital trickery. Even ghost sceptics would find imMumler’s profitable trade suffered when allegations ages such as this intriguing, and not easy to categori- suggested that a number of the ghostly images were cally debunk. in fact living Boston citizens. He was also losing the support from Spiritualists and had to return to his There is nothing new about strange phenomena former trade as an engraver. As a response to this appearing in photographs. In Victorian times there crisis Mumler decided to move his business to New were a number of spirit photographers who claimed York. to have photographic proof of ghosts of dead family members and friends reappearing on the photoBusiness was brisk, but he encountered problems graphs they had taken. before very long. One of the influential men in New The high point of spirit photography was reached in the 1860s, and continued until the 1930s. Spirit photography had strong links with the Spiritualist movement, which gathered momentum across America in the 1850s. This was fuelled by the claims of the Fox sisters in Hydesdale, New York, that they could communicate with the dead by tapping noises backwards and forwards with ghosts. The sisters held séances, both in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Paranormal Explorer 12 York was the Supreme Court Judge, John Edmonds. He visited his studio, apparently convinced that Mumler was a fraud. However, he left the studio with the firm belief that these were genuine spirit photographs.
Mumler was charged with fraud and brought to trial in 1868. The testimony of Judge John Edmonds could well have been one factor in ensuring that a not guilty verdict was reached. As Kaplan notes, John Townsend, his defence lawyer, was not only defend-
ing his client but also Spiritualism, which had at the time eleven million supporters in the United States. Townsend shrewdly framed this as a respectable option for religious belief as part of his defence. Despite many people considering that Mumler was a fraud, he had a long list of appreciative clients, even including some people outside of the Spiritualist circles. A woman calling herself Mrs. Tydall came into his studio without an appointment. Her photograph was taken, revealing the likeness of Abraham Lincoln standing behind her. Mumler claimed that when he saw the finished photograph he realised that the woman had been Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Lincoln. In England, in the 1870s, there were a number of people engaged in spirit photography. Mrs. Guppy, a psychic worked in association with the photographer Frederick Hudson. Hudson’s fame and reputation grew. Some of the more critical voices within Spiritualism thought he had prepared his plates in advance. This could be done with either a precoating or pre-exposure. This came to a head in the Spiritualist magazine in September 1872. It claimed that a number of plates revealed demonstrable signs of double exposure. In one example given, it was said that the pattern of a background carpet was seen through the dress of a woman having her photograph taken. In the early period of the twentieth century the death and carnage of World War I had given a boost to the fortunes of spirit photography. In the 1920s Arthur Conan Doyle was a powerful advocate of both Spiritualism, and spirit photography. His eldest son and brother had died as a result of injuries in the war. His beliefs no doubt offered him the reassurance of an afterlife for those he had loved and lost. The lectures, together with lantern slides that he gave, spread this message of hope and comfort to the far reaches of the globe. Two young girls, Elsie Wright and her cousin Frances Griffiths, claimed to have seen fairies in Cottingley Glen, England. They took some photographs of them playing with the fairies. This discovery produced a sensation in 1917. Doyle had a firm belief in the authenticity of these photographs. However, in the 1980s both Wright and Griffiths admitted that the
Self Portrait of William Mumler -1861 Claims the image of the girl behind him is his departed cousin.
Mary Todd Lincoln taken by Mumler in 1871 became a famous spirit photograph. This is the last photograph taken of her before she died in 1882. The Paranormal Explorer 13
Above - The five fairy photographs that duped the public staged by Elise Wright and her cousin Frances Griffiths in 1917 with paper cut-outs taken from a children’s book. Right - The famous Brown Lady photograph taken at Raynham Hall in Norfolk in 1936. The Paranormal Explorer 14
photographs were a prank and they were merely paper cut outs from a very popular children’s book at that time, Princess Mary’s Gift Book. Nevertheless, both women still asserted that they had seen fairies and that only the first four photographs had been faked. The spirit photographer Ada Emma Deane in 1924 was also strongly defended by Doyle. This former cleaning lady from London was accused by The Daily Sketch of using the images of thirteen football and boxing personalities, all very much alive, as the ghosts of dead soldiers at an Armistice Day Ceremony. William Hope headed the Crewe Circle in the 1920s. In striving to be free of fraud they invited sceptics to examine their equipment, and even allowed sitters to bring their own plates. Harry Houdini sought to expose their trickery in his book A Magician Among the Spirits. A friend of Houdini’s asserted that they were using sleight-of-hand to switch the plates while passing around hymn books. The Society for Physical Research conducted an investigation, and sent Harry Price to see if there was any evidence of trickery. He had an understanding of conjuring and claimed that marked plates had been switched. As a counter blast, Spiritualists accused him of trying to discredit them and switching the plates himself. Doyle strongly attacked both Price and his methods. This was also instrumental in Doyle writing a book The Case for Spirit Photography in 1923. One of the most celebrated ghost photographs was taken in 1936, at Raynham Hall in Norfolk. There was said to be a ghost of Dorothy Walpole. The first sighting was in 1835, by a guest at the manor. The guest claimed to see an apparition wearing a brown satin dress, and that her eyes had been gouged out. Captain Provand and Indre Shira were taking photographs of the manor for a magazine, when Shira reportedly saw the ghost on a staircase. Provand quickly took a photograph. Whilst many ghost photographs look crude and faked, this for many people, was a genuine photograph of a ghost. Critical commentators would differ in their assessment, and claim it was two photographs that had been superimposed on one another. In the early part of the twentieth century there were photographs taken at séances, revealing ectoplasm streaming from the mouths of the medium. In reality, this might be no more than ordinary cheesecloth, perhaps coated with a glowing paint. Spirit mediums could exploit a pulley, or string, to drop the ectoplasm down from the ceiling at the key moment in the séance. It could then be easily pulled away when required, so that it would be difficult to detect. Many of the results of Victorian spirit photographers look faked, at least to the modern eye. But, the preoccupation with death and the desire to believe in an afterlife was a very powerful force in Victorian society. Jolly states: “Looking at these portraits now, the fakery seems crude and self-evident, but, if we keep on looking, another very real quality emerges from the faces of the people who were photographed – their ardent desire to see and touch a loved-one once more.” Over the years sceptics have debunked the vast majority of the claims made by mediums and spirit photographers. However, even the skeptics have been unable to fully explain how the mediums and spirit photographers produced such phenomena in every case. Spirit photography has been a curious marriage between photography and the occult. Its ardent supporters and their belief in the paranormal have met formidable challenges from defenders of rationalism. Even in the age of digital photography, where images can easily be manipulated on a computer, the faith in spirit photography has not been completely consigned to history. As Cheroux and Fischer state, “The fact that those images of ghosts, spirits, and séances continue to fascinate viewers today is a testament to human curiosity and the continuing allure of the unknown.”
The author will shortly have a novel published titled Ghostly Images dealing with Victorian spirit photography. For further details go to http://www.ghostlyimages.wordpress.com References: Cheroux & Fischer, The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult, Yale University Press, 2005 Conan Doyle, A., The Case for Spirit Photography, London: Hutchinson, 1923 Houdini, H., A Magician Among the Spirits, Harper & Brothers, 1924 Jolly, M., Faces of the Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography, The British Library Board, 2006 Kaplan, L., The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer, University of Minnesota Press, 2008
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The Paranormal Undercover
By Tara Perfetti
My Soul Has Gone On Vacation
Paranormal was a phrase that was coined circa 19151920. The phrase was to encompass anything that could not be explained with logic, reason or science. If we use this definition of paranormal then we open the door for more than just what the word initially brings to mind: Spirits, Ghosts, and Hauntings. We are talking about your Bigfoot or chupacabra experiences, your UFO sightings, and what I am bringing to you this month, Out of Body Experiences. An Out of Body Experience is the feeling that one is floating outside of their body. They will often report that they are able to see the physical body laying, or sitting somewhere but not with the use of a mirror. This is called “Autoscopy” in the scientific world and has also been labeled as “Astral Travel.” I have researched and studied this topic in depth myself and there is actually a foundation dedicated to it, although they often seem to believe these go handin-hand with near death experiences. Let’s explore together. Here is Kai’s out of body experience story as written by him. I was raised in a home with a pretty spaced out Mom. She seemed to have left the land of reality and gone somewhere far off where us kids could not find or reach her. She went through her daily activities and jobs, but her eyes were empty and she didn’t know how to say “I love you.” I imagine this shut down came when the alcoholism took control of my Dad and he started to be drunk anytime he was awake. It wasn’t good enough he was drunk, he was mean too. He was mean to my Mom and he was mean to us kids, and it never seemed to stop. I think my Mom had to just get away and this was her way of doing so. We kids were pretty much left to ourselves and to fend for ourselves. I felt like I had to have my own escape from the day-to-day routines that upset everyone in the house on a daily basis so I started to meditate. I had looked it up and heard a friend of mine mention it and swear by it. I focused on my breathing, the heavy in and out. I focused on controlling my breathing and making my breaths come in when my chest rose, and out when my chest went down. I started to feel so relaxed focusing on my breathing. I thought about places that made me happy. Places from my past before Dad’s drinking The Paranormal Explorer 17
got bad; Mom’s smile that I hadn’t seen in years, that old cabin we went to for vacation. I imagined I was in these places or seeing these things and I could feel the smile come across my face and feel the peace wash over me. I went to open my eyes and realized I was staring straight at myself. I couldn’t believe it I was in shock! Wait, what happened? Am I dead? Why am I lying over there but standing here? WHY CAN I SEE MYSELF? What is happening to me? I was scared, I didn’t know what to do or what was happening. I think that the fear jerked me back into my body because I remember feeling this tremendous jerk or pull and then sitting up and realizing I was alive and I was in me, seeing from my eyes, staring at the wall of my room. It took me weeks to try and understand what the hell happened, I was so confused I just didn’t comprehend. I was scared, but curious and intrigued. I wanted to know more, and the more I felt that drive to learn what could have happened to me the less scared I became. I started to remember the smile on my face before the realization. I remembered the peaceful feeling I had and I wondered if I wouldn’t be able to do this again! Now, I had heard of things like this before and it always seems like a scene from a television show or movie, or a story that is being told about a person having a near death experience. I knew that I hadn’t come near death so the best I could figure is that I made this happen. If I made it happen once then clearly I should be able to make it happen again. So I shut myself in my room with nothing more than a bottle of water. I sat on my bed and I crossed my legs in the old Indian-Style that they teach you in Elementary School. I started to focus on my breathing and controlling it The Paranormal Explorer 18 just as I had before. I started to think about sites that made me happy, and places I could remember being happy at. I felt light, airy, like there was just nothing to me anymore and I opened my eyes some time later and realized I was standing in front of my bed staring at myself sitting there in the same position I remember starting off in – sitting Indian-Style with my eyes closed. I felt so much peace and the smile, the smile was on my face. Was this my escape? Was this where I could come to get away from it all? Can anyone else see me? Do I look like a ghost? Can I die? So many questions raced through my head and I didn’t have an answer for any of them, and honestly I don’t think I much cared to seek the answers out because I never did. I did continue to practice this deep meditation as I called it, and I continued to escape into my own little out-of-body-world. I can tell you that to this day I think it is all that kept me sane and from slipping into a deep, deep depression. It is something I have held onto throughout the years and it is something I will stand by and swear by. I was so enthralled with Kai’s story! I wanted to know more! I asked Kai if he felt this was something that anyone could do “I think we are all capable of anything we want to do, it is a matter of having the will to do so. When you have the will then you have the discipline it requires and the means to seek it out. So yeah, I think anyone that wanted to experience this themselves could definitely do it, but I can’t tell you that they won’t be scared their first time/” he replied with a chuckle. I asked Kai if he has ever taken the time to try and research and answer his own questions that he had said he asked himself, and his reply was “No, I thought about it once but then I realized this is just something that brings me peace and comfort in my life so it is better to just leave some things alone. I had to ask myself, what if I found out I could die from something that has brought so much light into my life knowing I had this secret get-a-way? Would I still want to do it? I didn’t want the answer to that question. I guess at this point I don’t really care for all the answers no more than I care if anyone believes me. I do think that there are a lot of people out there though that know how to control themselves and have this ability and I do think they are scared of being labeled a “witch”(making reference to the old day witch trials) and I think that if we share our stories with each other and the world we can all come to understand that you really can help yourself with something as simple and cheap as deep
meditation, and have your very own personal private get-a-way!” We finished up our lunch and coffees and I left feeling so light hearted and really just happy in general. It was the overall feeling that Kai brought to the table, there was something so peaceful and happy about him. It most certainly transferred onto me. I will be seeing and talking to Kai again in the near future, and perhaps learning some tricks of the trade! I do believe this is a possible occurrence, and I do believe it happens A LOT more often that we hear or read about. I believe there is a whole community of people across the world that posses the ability to have out-of-body experiences, and hopefully with getting the information out there that they aren’t alone we will start to hear more about this in our lives. At the very least I do believe it warrants a lot more looking into and education. After all, it is a cheap self taught; self disciplined means of feeling better. No doctors or pricey prescription drugs required! How great would that be?!? So tell me readers, have YOU had an out-of-body experience? How did it happen? How did you know that is what it was? Was it chance? Luck? Taught? Write to me and tell me about it. On the flip side of the coin, do you think Kai is full of bologna? If you do, write in and tell me why you think it is garbage. Your replies are always published and if they require an answer I am always happy to answer! If you have your own personal paranormal story that you would like to see published and shared with the world, write to me and tell me all about it! Seen Bigfoot? Where? Know all about UFO’s, tell me! I cannot write your story if you don’t write to me and tell me about it, so get writing! Until next time Explores, I leave you with the link to the online website of the Out Of Body Experience Foundation: www.oberf.org
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By Gina Wedlake
what I had caught. It was an adrenaline rush as I rewound the tape getting ready to push the play button. I felt like a child on Christmas morning anxiously awaiting my gift unwrapping. As I turned on the tape I quickly spotted unknown voices from the mausoleum. My mouth fell to the floor. I was astonished and curious and wanted more answers. After my first experience to the cemetery I became a frequent visitor to the cemetery. Upon returning home I would immediately rewind my taped recording hoping for more voices, but what happened next scared the hell out of me. After four visits, I noticed a pattern after I got home from an investigation. I would go into a hysterical crying spell about 5 hours later and didn’t know why. Other symptoms reported have been lack of energy, lack of interest in normal activities, headaches (especially migraines), insomnia, depression, hearing voices, memory loss, difficulty in focusing and concentrating, and changes in behavior/personality. Every time we do an investigation we are reaching into unknown territories. Practicing psychic protection is an important precaution often not practiced by some teams. Many of us have our own private protection rituals that we use, but I’m convinced that we have to do this as a team. If there is just one member of the team that is attacked, it affects the entire group. One method I use for psychic protection is called The White Light of Protection. I ask for protection from the Highest and the best. I often imagine a white light entering the crown of my head and filling my body as if it were a cup. Once filled with this light I see the light flow from my heart center and then surround my body like a protective shell. This is done for my protection and insures that lower entities or discarnates will not follow me home. This same method can be done as a team with each member doing this visualization and then sending the white light to each participant through their heart chakras. Then visualize the protective energy around the entire team. You can also include this protection around your equipment as well. Taking this precaution will insure a safe and enjoyable investigation without unpleasant incidents. The Paranormal Explorer 21
You have watched a couple of episodes of paranormal TV and you are ready to buy a recorder and head to the local cemetery. This, unfortunately, is the way many get started. With there being no formal education for investigators this is often times the case. Para TV shows use many dangerous practices like provoking, demeaning, and daring entities to harm them. What new investigators don’t realize is they are opening themselves up for danger without getting guidance from an established team, or a spiritual advisor. I remember my first visit to the cemetery after listening to an Art Bell guest stating all we have to do is take a recorder out to the cemetery and we could capture ghostly voices. There was never any mention of formal education or classes from established groups and, more importantly, they did not talk about psychic protection. Upon hearing the voices from the recorder as they were played on that radio show I was intrigued. I went to the store, bought a recorder, and headed out to the local cemetery. I stayed out there for about 1 hour and then returned home. I couldn’t wait to turn on the recorder to see
Grave Stomping: Yes or No?
By Scott Haire
The Pros and Cons of Cemetery Investigations
It is something we can all admit doing at some point in our paranormal careers, getting the group of friends or a new paranormal group together and taking a ride out to the local cemetery to see if we can pick anything up on equipment that has just come out of the box. To us American investigators we call the practice “Grave stomping,” to my paranormal friends and colleagues across the pond if this is a new term for you I hope you all use it well and you’re very welcome. Whatever name we give to it, the practice seems to have set off a little bit of a controversy in the paranormal world asking what benefits come out of it and/or if locations like this are a good idea at all to visit. So let us dive into this abyss and discuss what the pros and cons are of this endeavor and if the local burial ground is a good place to head out to for a night of investigating. Let’s start with an argument I hear a lot from many investigators including some of my friends, “The last place I would want to spend eternity is by the place I am buried.” I can agree with that statement somewhat when talking about modern burial grounds, with modern medicine and embalming practices I do think it is very unlikely you would find anything or anybody good in a modern cemetery. Here’s a little tidbit to think about here in the United States, have you ever wondered why most modern cemeteries are on the outskirts of most towns? It is because most people in this era want to forget death and don’t want to be reminded of their own mortality and the fate that will come for all of us some day. This is a very different reality from the society of the The Paranormal Explorer 22 past when funerals were held in the home of the deceased (ever heard your grandparents use the term “parlor room”……yep that’s where it came from) and death really was accepted better as a part of life. But let’s return to those days gone by for a moment and think about a few things before saying this first question is closed, and talk about the days before modern embalming practices were used (basically before the U.S. Civil War). When the deceased were buried especially during an epidemic (smallpox, cholera….etc.) They were obviously not embalmed and at times were also not deceased either, with the lack of the medical advances we have today in determining death sometimes a perceived death was a coma state and there were many instances of people being buried alive. To try to catch these errors a system was created called a Safety Coffin where a string was connected to the deceased wrist or toe and ran up to the surface of the burial plot to a bell hanging on a wooden post above. If the person were to awaken the movement of the person (obviously in a panic) would ring the bell and hopefully grave diggers holding vigil at the grounds would be able to dig the previously thought deceased up in time before you ran out of air or before your heart explodes due to the fact the previously deceased blood pressure at this point is 300 over 280 from realizing that you’ve been BURIED ALIVE.. The fact is unfortunately they didn’t get to everyone in time and people did die violent and confusing deaths, so thinking about it like that there is a chance that these unlucky souls who suffered this fate have become attached there
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due to confusion, anger or both and it is where their living body last was. So in these cases there may be a chance to catch an EVP or two and possibly catch some evidence of activity in a photo or on video of a soul trying to find answers or revenge for a premature death. With that said are these locations a good or bad idea for investigators, in my opinion there are positives and negatives that need to be brought to light. The first thing is simple, it’s a seven letter word that you would think would be common sense but sometimes seems to be more the exception then the rule. That is simply, RESPECT! If you take any advice from this article when visiting these types of sites take this; remember when you are walking around in a cemetery that this is a place where once or currently people come to mourn and pay respects to their loved ones now gone. If you or someone in your party gets the idea to stand on a headstone which I have seen pictures of people doing this, or feel the inspiration to do something else ethically irresponsible which I hope wouldn’t happen, let this run through your head before you allow it to happen. Would you allow this to happen if that was the burial plot of your beloved family member or friend? Always remember where you are and this is a place of reverence to many in that community. Even in what can be considered an ancient burial ground, here in the US that would be burials 200 years ago or longer, you must remember the same idea applies that families mourned their loved ones there at that place. The Family may have moved from that area or died off sometime ago, but the same respect should be given none the less to all these sites in any case. It is also a good idea to scout these areas during the day first to look for hazards, yes I know that everyone there has passed on but you would be surprised how many hazards there could be. In older burials some of the headstones (or you may call them tombstones) may have 200, 250, 300 years of exposure to the elements so it is vital to be careful where you step around them to make sure you don’t damage any of them, it’s always an awful feeling when you realize you are the cause of irreversible damage to something that can’t be replaced because of a careless step. Also in the watch your step category think about this; in some locations some burial plots are so old that you can actually cause a cave in due to the cavity the body and wooden coffin has left behind and your own weight walking over it, leaving you in a hole with who knows what…..well actually we kind of know what but you get the idea without me going into detail. When you are comfortable with your surroundings and want to pursue a night investigation it is always a good idea to get permission to see if you can conduct an investigation from the local authority, I have found that in most cases they are willing to work with you and will respect you more as a legitimate organization because you had the courtesy and respect (there’s that word again) to clear it with them first. Also it will help in gaining a good relationship with them and may give you leads on other possible investigation sites you had thought you would not be able to gain access to earlier. On the paranormal side another topic must be brought up for safety, you must to remember especially in older burial grounds but also in more modern cemeteries the energy that exists within them. Sadness, Regret, Anger and many more negative emotions have negative energy lingering within them making them a place for possible negative activity to manifest. Parasitic entities (you may call them demons I just don’t like the word) can thrive in these areas and may mimic earthbound spirits to find a way to attach and oppress you. My group was in a Colonial American area burial ground here locally (actually Winston Churchill’s Great Grandmother on his mother’s side is interred there for my English friends) when my sister was partially possessed by an entity within the grounds. Just after her incident I was also pulled to the ground and held to it with two of my team’s staff attempting but failing to be able to get me up. My sister does not believe that this entity was evil in nature and was an earthbound spirit, but obviously it had an agenda nonetheless of its own. I’m not trying to scare you, just make you aware and to stay prepared spiritually during your time there. By the way in a footnote to that incident, we were able to catch it all on audio recorder and video tape as well. There are good and bad as you can see in this area of investigation if you decide to start your field work there, but there are times when the pitfalls aren’t worth the effort. I hope before you do decide to run out to the local burial ground that you stop and evaluate some of the things I’ve said in this article and make a sound decision for you and your group. I do believe though as always if you use common sense and remember to respect the living and the deceased in these locations, I am sure the learning experience will be a good one for all participating. In closing, the last bit of advice I can give is simple and always true…… “If in doubt, just get out.” The Paranormal Explorer 23
Should Software Be Used?
We have all sat back and wondered just how or why voices from the other side would want to talk with us. Is this just some kind of interference or some kind of hoax? No one knows the true answer to these questions but we do know that voices have indeed been recorded. Many researchers have captured voices and we are able to hear them just fine, but there are some spirits that for some reason cannot communicate as clear. I feel that these spirits have a right to be heard and treated just the same as others. This is where the use of sound editing software comes into play. Now, I do agree with most of the comments made about using software to enhance or clean your recordings, but I feel some are simply missing the big picture. Editing software should only be used if necessary and not as a standard crutch. If you are serious about your research and communicating with spirits from the other side then you must treat all recordings or E.V.P. as equals. There is a classing system for these recordings with ‘A’ being the best/ highest and ‘C’ being the worst/lowest grade and this is a great system to work with. I have captured a lot of faint voices on my recordings and feel they are just as important as the class A’s that I have received. Like it or not, this is communication with the other side even though it can be faint. Using software to enhance this just makes them easier to understand, and who knows, one of these faint voices just may answer a few of our questions if we take the time and effort to listen. There are many recordings that I have heard that are, to put it lightly, “butchered” due to over correction. It is those recordings that have given the use of enhancement software a bad name. Most of the others choose not to use it in fear of what others may say about their evidence or credibility. I for one The Paranormal Explorer 24 use my own thoughts and approaches and I am not in competition with anyone. I am merely seeking answers like everyone else. With the use of software you are able to hear what the human ear normally couldn’t and this, to me, is a breakthrough for us. Unfortunately, the use of software is often abused. For those that don’t take the time to learn how to use it correctly, you are not helping the field of paranormal research, but hurting it. For those that do choose to use the software correctly, thank you for taking the time and effort to make even more communication with the other side possible. I have been working with editing software for several years now and I can honestly say that I have never faked or altered any of my recordings. I have only cleaned and enhanced them, as this is what the software should be used for. Let’s take a couple of E.V.P. for example here and compare a few things. First, for those of you that follow the studies of reverse speech this would be for you. I have captured several E.V.P. noting that a majority of these recordings have what Dr. Jimmy Lowery has coined as “reverse vocal impressions. Could this be subconscious? Sure it could, do I believe it is? No, I do not. Let’s take for instance one particular E.V.P. that was recorded with a reversal E.V.P. from one of my investigations. The recording was heard with a forward meaning of “Please help me” and in reverse it stated “into the light”. This was to say the least, an eye opener for us and would have not realized this had it occurred without the use of editing software. After realizing what we had stumbled on, we then began to try a few experiments using this theory and placed 3 recorders in one area and conducted a question/answer session. After listening to the recordings we found that on one of the recorders the E.V.P. was in forward speech and on our other
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recorder the same message was recorded in reverse. This was fascinating to me, while at the same time confusing. One thing it did prove to me though was the possibility that “reverse vocal impression” does occur and is an added bonus phenomenon in E.V.P. research. Second, how many of us have heard a faint voice captured on our cassettes or digital recorders but just can’t seem to make it out? There are so many researchers that will simply toss these aside or simply delete and move on because: (1) They are too lazy to make adjustments needed or, (2) They fear what others will say about them. This is a terrible problem and no one should fear what others are going to think when it comes to research because we simply don’t know; no one does. The only concern you should have is how are we going to find out if we don’t try everything we can? The simple tool to use for hearing those faint recordings is called amplification and this is not in any way altering the E.V.P. All amplification does is push any vocals recorded to the front. For example, when you hear a good song on the radio but you are in the other room, what do you do? You want to turn that song up don’t you? In my opinion this is similar to enhancing your E.V.P., now are you altering that song when you turn it up? No. You are just making it easier to hear. So why does everyone fear or dislike using software? I truly cannot answer this question and it brings up more questions than answers, as you can see from my earlier statement. This is why you use it as a tool and not a crutch. I personally just think that editing software is getting a bad name in paranormal research for the wrong reasons. I have even come up with a name for it, “Spirit Prejudice.” All spirits should be treated as equals just as we like to be, no matter how faint or brief their message is to us. To me they are all a puzzle piece and we cannot complete the puzzle without all of the pieces. Some just choose to
put together an easier puzzle then others. In closing, if all of us work together were going to accomplish so much more than we would alone. We should all be trying not to make fun of or badmouth others for their theories and ideas, but respect all of them as if they were our own. This is not a popularity contest or a mad dash for a Pulitzer Prize here, but research, and with research there are ups and downs as well as the good and bad, but let’s not make it worse than it already is. There are plenty of people out there that choose to humiliate or ridicule us for what we believe in and do. Why some people make it worse by purposefully causing conflict within the field is beyond me. Are they that insecure with their own beliefs that they have to make fun of others to get the extra step up on the paranormal ladder? I surly hope not. I also hope that we can all finally start to work together as one and perhaps solve this possibly infinite investigation into the paranormal. I have said and will continue to say, ‘it is only through sharing that we will learn and get anywhere’. *Some people believe that E.V.P.’s are actually a form of the person recording sending out telekinetic messages that get recorded. This however does not explain the change in voice from male to female (and vice versa), foretelling of events to come, direct answers to questions there is no way anyone present during the recording could know, as well as several other facts that have been recorded.
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Client Interview Process
Screening your clients prior to an investigation. Unfortunately, in our line of work (paranormal investigators), there are quite a few people out there that just want to give us a call to waste our time for “Friday night kicks” so to speak. Some individuals that call you will sound very sincere in their intentions but truly have a different purpose for us. The problem is that we, as investigators, have to take any notification we receive very seriously no matter how crazy the situation may sound. As an investigator, all the calls must be treated with respect and interest to the client. Have them tell you what they are experiencing in their residence, listen and take notes on all of this. What you learn in the beginning will play a major role in their story when it comes to the interview process later. Like I have said before, you will have some that just want you there for entertainment. Most of us provide a free service so this is cheap entertainment for quite a few people while some are just curious. After you have finished listening to their situation, you need to set up an interview or “preliminary investigation,” to go into further detail about their situation. This is also a great way to see if their stories match up to what you already recorded. I know this may sound harsh but I assure you that there are some out there that will use you. We all work too hard with our research for us to be used in this way. Before the interview process, you will need to take a few things with you. You will need a recorder or a notebook of some kind, a liability document for them to sign, a detailed description as to what your intentions are, and what you will be using as far as equipment in their residence. I would advise bringing someone else to record data and take notes of the area while the interview is in progress. Have them note the client’s comments and facial expressions to your questions, as these will be key to their credibility. Here are a few questions that you can ask the client during the interview. Always ask their permission to be recorded on tape or film prior to the interview. Answers to these questions can help you decide what are real, possible hallucinations, or flat out lies. * How long have you lived here?
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* Describe what you have seen? * Do you hear voices? * Have you done any recent remodeling to the residence? * Have you had any loved ones that have passed recently? * How many children do you have and what ages? (Key in poltergeist activity.) * Are you or anyone that lives in this residence taking medication of any kind? If yes, what? * Does anyone use alcohol? If so, how much? After the interview process is complete, you and your group need to have the client take you around the residence and show you where they have experienced the most activity. Note everything unusual in the area as well as where objects are placed and how the house is maintained. Are the clients clean and organized? If they are having objects disappear, and they appear to be organized, then this adds further possibilities to their credibility. When the preliminary investigation is complete and you have all of your data you will need to regroup
with your team and discuss your true feelings of the client and what your approach is going to be. This should never be discussed in the presence of the client. You may need to do some background research of the area and do not be shy about asking the homeowner if they have an abstract of the residence. This will help you tremendously in research and will give you a few names and backgrounds as well. You want to research the land the residence or building stands on. Just because the house may be haunted does not necessarily mean the haunting is tied to the house itself. The haunting may be tied to the land and the homeowner may not be aware of this. If after this process is complete and your group as a whole feels this may be a hoax, then you need to pull out of the situation as gracefully as possible. This may be a very hard decision but you will know after the interview process and the data collected if it is a possible hoax. It would be your call as to whether a full investigation is needed or not. Try and keep in mind that this is your time and your time is valuable.
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Types of Ghosts
By Keith Prosser
What is the difference between ghosts and spirits? Both are referred to as discarnate, however the primary difference is that ghosts are earthbound, but spirits have already passed on and are able to travel between realms. There are several different types of spirits and ghosts. Anniversary Ghosts - Anniversary ghosts, as the title suggests, only appear on an anniversary of some significance like deaths, birthdays and other times that held some meaning for the deceased or are of historical significance to them. Since this type of ghost only appears on the anniversary of a special event, it seem likely this type of haunting could be a residual haunting, re-enacting a certain event in time on that one day or night Apparitions - An apparition is the visual representation of a ghost or spirit. There are several different types of apparitions, but the most known form is that of seeing a transparent figure. Many apparitions look as real as any living person. Some have been known to hold conversations with people and even interact, but then will suddenly disappear. It has also been reported that certain odours have been smelled prior, during, and after the sighting of an apparition. Apparitions are not limited to people, there has also been apparitions seen of animals, cars, ships, trains, carriages, and buildings. Simply put, an apparition is something we see that is often transparent that suddenly disappears in front of our eyes or walks through solid objects like a door or a wall. Atmospheric - This type of ghost is only seen in one location and repeats a certain action over and over again. Some investigators believe they are projected images brought about by the psychic energy stored in the area, also referred to as replaying haunting or residual. The Paranormal Explorer 28 Entities - These are the most intense of infestations and fortunately very rare. Many people have opinions on what this final level of ghosts are - some people think they are extremely violent individuals, murderers, psychotics, and just plain evil people. I tend to believe that they are something that was never human to begin with. Strangely enough, they are almost exclusively called forth through Ouija Boards, séances, and necromancy ceremonies. If someone else called forth an entity in a home - it can remain dormant for years - even decades - until circumstances are right for it to manifest. It is patient and will wait until it can emerge at its strongest. It feeds on anger, strive, depression, arguments, and general turmoil. It makes these emotions worse and the worse it can make the situation the stronger it actually becomes. Family - These are ghosts that are connected to a particular family, believed to appear to forewarn of a death or disaster. Haunted Objects - A particular object a ghost has a strong emotional tie to. This can be almost anything, such as a wedding ring, a favourite chair, a toy doll, etc. Hauntings - These are events that are recorded in time, either in a place or an object. A haunting does not show any “intelligence” or communication. Apparitions may occur with hauntings, but instead of showing any type of communication they will just go about their business without noticing anything around them. Behaviour similar to apparitions may also occur such as smells, sounds, voices, or objects moving. In the case of hauntings there never seems to be any motive toward the events or communication to the living. Hauntings may last years or decades, they may appear regularly or whenever the conditions are right for them to appear.
There are many reasons and theories for hauntings to occur. Most popular is the sudden or extreme death (the person is then cursed to roam the halls of where they died, this is not always the cause and in my experience is the least likely of explanations. Historical - These are a lot like atmospheric ghosts except these have been seen in multiple locations doing their business. They are also non-interactive therefore they would fall into the category location based. These ghosts typically appear often to be solid and wearing period clothing. Battlefield ghosts would fall into this category. Intelligent Ghosts - Unlike residual hauntings, this type of ghosts are not in a ‘stuck in time’ type of deal. They actually seem to have intelligence. These spirits are interactive, sometimes verging into the territory of the poltergeist. They may try and attract your attention by creating odours, moving things, making noises such as footsteps, slamming doors, or moving and hiding objects. Modern - These ghosts are like historical ghost but these appear to resemble more contemporary people. Phantom - This is the type of ghost that most closely resembles the living. These are often not even suspected of being a ghost until they do something like walking through a wall. Phantom Hitchhiker - This is the type of ghost that many urban legends are centered around. The appearance of this type of ghost usually happens on the anniversary of their death. These ghosts will interact with humans by asking them for a ride, but before they arrive at the destination, they mysteriously disappear. Phantom Travelers - Ghosts that are usually found along a certain stretch of road or along a certain route, this is usually the place of a deadly accident. These ghosts can be found riding in or waiting to board a train, plane, boat, car or horse. Again, these are the types of ghosts that usually manifest on the anniversary of their death.
See the confederate soldier on the left? He is holding an actual Civil War rifle. See the red orb in front of the rifle? Could this be the spirit of the rifle’s owner or a haunted object?
Who do you see in the window? Sure looks like George Washington to me... there also seems to be a family sitting on a sofa.
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Photographic - These can be all different types of ghosts, but simply are ghosts that are not usually seen with the naked eye, but are seen in the pictures afterwards. Some of these appear as orbs, vortexes, ectoplasmic mist, and other unusual light or optical abnormalities. Poltergeist - The word poltergeist usually brings with it the fear of angry demons or ‘angry ghosts.’ Poltergeists have been traced to psychokinetic activity of those living under stress, referred to as RSPK, recurrent spontaneous psychokinetic activity by parapsychologists. It is the unconscious release of stress into the living environment of someone who can not release the stress any other way. At times the release is due to the relief of stress (arguing, yelling, difficult situations). The person causing these things is usually not aware they are causing these things to happen. Events surrounding poltergeists include; movement of objects, disappearing and reappearing of objects, electrical disturbances, water coming from no apparent source, objects raining down from the ceiling or from outside (rocks from no apparent source), apparitions, smells (usually unpleasant), and small spontaneous fires. Poltergeist activity is usually short in duration, as little as a few days or few weeks. They are usually thought of coming from children going through puberty, but can happen to anyone at any age. Recurring - These ghosts usually appear at a certain time, most often on the anniversary of their death. See Anniversary Ghosts. Residual - Residual Hauntings are “recordings” of an event in time that are left at a location which are played back at a later time. You may hear residual hauntings on tape recordings or see them, endless loops of the same scene being played over and over, and they are usually always experienced in the same location. A couple ways these impressions are left on a location is: A traumatic event happening at the location, or by someone doing an action over and over at a location causing it to be imprinted there. A traumatic The Paranormal Explorer 30 moment in time leaves an indelible impression on a building or area, one example being Battle Fields. There are numerous accounts of people seeing soldiers fighting battles on old battle fields, only to learn later that day that there were no re-enactments going on that day. By someone doing an action over and over in an area they can leave an impression on the location, an example would be when people hear footsteps walking down hallways, yet no one is there, or when people see apparitions walking up/down staircases. Another example of this is in St. Augustine, Florida there’s been an apparition of a woman who every time seen is always in the same location, and always doing the same thing such as her laundry, as if she is stuck in time. Spirits - Spirits do not make noises and are not disruptive. They rarely haunt places and tend to be more attracted to people. They cause little clutter in your daily life and tend to appear when you are stressed or depressed. Strangely enough, I have found that spirits who are haunting you are rarely someone you knew in life. The only reason you don’t want a spirit around in times of stress or depression is a spirit can make matters worse by feeding off your energy and leaving you tired and thus leaving your defenses down.
Do you see the ghost in this picture?
How about now?
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His Experiments with
Orbs Speed Test
Let’s take a camera for example with a flash and find some speed freeze. A friend did just that with a 10,000 rpm grinder and placed a strip of white tape to the grinder blade. After doing that, one person held the grinder and got it in a maximum rotation and then a photo with flash was taken. The grinder blade and tape were frozen. We asked a retired physicist what that speed translated into in km/hr which he replied would be 180 km/hr. Now taking this into account that was the fastest speed test we had conducted as we didn’t move on to find a faster rotating device and do the same to find the extent of the limits. However I did find out about a year ago that my Canon Eos 50 can freeze a speeding bullet. Keeping in mind the vortex type objects that we do capture in photos and are bright in varying degrees may have been a single orb traveling faster than the shutter speed, much like artificial light travels in 400 iso and higher, so the minimum speed I can say is 180 km/hr and max is a speeding bullet. Do you think a small speck of dust can do that feat? Think about it, that is why lots of objects that can be seen by seers find something so fast it is incredible. This is no joke, so for a ball of dust, no chance. Let’s take another look at what orbs are. Orbs are what anyone wants to believe they are. There is no proven method on how to capture one to do a proper analysis. One can see the orbs with the naked eye and that is the best capture. One can chase it and in your photo or video you will have your target, but by just taking photos they can be many things The Paranormal Explorer 32
from dust to pollen and even moisture (but chances are very slim if using higher grade equipment since camera technology is getting more advanced). There are many orbs that are quite different and don’t fit in those categories. Confusing? Yes, it can be, and is for many people. Using proper camera equipment will help you more to understand them. For instance, capture the same object 3 times in half a second and you will notice the object’s features have changed somewhat.
In videos you can slow the video down to see the object change shapes and shed energy (debris) many times a second. You have orbs that blink as they move along. At the same time, in photos, you may have caught an orb when it was in its brightest stage. They can pass through solid objects and travel at different speeds and against the wind. They appear to change colors at will. There are many other things an orb can do that we are only now finding out. So, we ask, are orbs energy? One would have to say that is only a part of the equation as these objects not only shed energy they would have to renew the spent energy. They would have to have some life within itself in order to think which way to travel and how and where to get fresh energy, so these orbs would all have their own characters and like DNA, every orb appears different. Orbs will not be at the active location every day. What I found is they were like a cycle, they rotate, and it didn’t matter if there was rain, snow, hail, thunderstorm, or dry weather conditions. I could get orbs in these conditions and also no orbs in these conditions. There would sometimes be a smell present for no reasonable explanation. I have personally smelled burning hair, rubber, perfume, and sweet pipe tobacco. Sometimes you can smell stale air like it wasn’t fresh outside. All these can only make you wonder as the perfume I know who wore that, and the pipe tobacco, who smoked it. Orbs appear to be attracted to certain people whom they trust, and they will help to protect them from other evil forces present. There is no proof that they can heal a person of illness as orbs are suspected of absorbing energy from people, animals, and other sources such as electricity, water, etc. (anything that is energy to them) in order for them to proceed to move. They shed energy so in turn they must have to renew their spent energy. My perception of the energy is it is also dimensional. This energy is the propulsion system to the orbs and that is how they get around. They spend energy and gather it, some are bright and can move at lightning speeds, and others move at speeds they wish to. We have no radar gun to clock the speeds they move, but there are many that you don’t even know passed in front of you.
In still photos there are many orbs in motion. Think of a shutter speed of 1/60th of second, and the object was in motion?
I would like to see a dust ball or other natural airborne particle do that! Remember the speed test with tape on grinder? Their energy is positive and that is what most like to gather, and why they are visible to our equipment for capture. Negative energy is darker and can be difficult to see in photos. Dim orbs may be low on energy and farther from the camera as a flash may only reach 30 ft. or so unless one is using an external set up. Orbs can create their own light at the same time as seers see these flashes moving by. Next month I will discuss black orbs and mass objects.
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Occult If You Make It ~ It Will Come
I’m often asked about my beliefs about the supernatural or paranormal. Do I believe in external forces, is it possible that I’m deluding myself into disbelief? Anything is possible. My personal beliefs are formed from learning and experience. In my personal experience, if I am not actively fueling something with belief, it doesn’t exist in my reality.
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By SIN JONES
As an occultist, I use psychosomatic tools for anything from managing my own psychology, to forcing a current of will outside of myself. The mind is the most valuable tool we have. It may take a lifetime to realize its full potential. As children our world begins to take shape by our environment and the current of will by our care-givers. This can be a small world or a world so big we feel small in it. It’s all dependent upon the stimuli our brains receive. As the brain receives stimuli, thoughts form. Depending on the particular information it receives, they can even take form in ways we don’t always understand. We just experience the thoughts. The earliest thought forms we are often introduced to, stem from either cultural or family tradition. In my own family, and in the cultural tradition of American Culture, I was introduced to the Toothfairy, as I imagine many children are. It begins with a story, with rich lore. It is followed through with traditional practice, and for many years. You lose your first tooth, and your parents celebrate this as a child’s rite of passage. A signifier of a child growing. Not just biologically with the growing and losing of baby-teeth, but the ability to receive more advanced data and process it. I was told the story of the tooth-fairy, an extremely watered down version romanticized for a small child, to create a sense of excitement and understanding as to why we lose our teeth. I placed my tooth under my pillow, hoping to catch a glimpse of this magical creature that would creep in the night, steal my tooth and leave me coin. This serves a multi-fold purpose. To soften the blow of a tooth lost, to nurture the imagination, and teach me the value of money. What is money to a child? For many years I believed in the Tooth-fairy, but once, and only once did I ever see it. I had caught my mother creeping out of the room after sneaking out my tooth and replacing it with a goodie pouch with money and a little note from the Tooth fairy. As my mother whisked away, I caught the flow of her night-gown but what I believed I saw was the flowing dress of a magical being from another realm. It wasn’t until I got much older, that I realized that this was simply a story that was held up by belief, which shaped my perception of what I saw. This is merely one example of a thought-form. There are many we are introduced to as small children and even in our adult lives. Some really resonate with us, and others our minds reject. I suppose it’s a matter of personal development to determine which. The Tooth-fairy resonated with me because I believe it was my first. Our parents are the first will current we are exposed to. As the current contains other ideas, based on how forceful the will, and the carrier of concepts, our minds decide how much belief will allow them to be given form. In the case of the Tooth-fairy, the story was appealing (force), and the evidence of its existence was something tangible in the form of coin left behind (carrier). Others weren’t so convincing so they didn’t root or bear fruit. I found the mind to be the most fascinating thing to explore. I found myself studying human psychology very early on, and this led me to occult studies. My research into thought-forms has nurtured my beliefs about many things, to include most things classified as the supernatural or paranormal. Based on my learning and experience, I feel strongly that the mind sees what it believes to be real. Thus, belief is reality. I have found that the use of Thought-forms is a useful tool in psychology. It can also be a harmful one. Your world shaped by what you believe to be true. What you believe to be true compels action; it even can be acausal to inaction. Understanding this can be detrimental to how well you live. Living well, can make your life satisfying or you can become dissatisfied with living. The Paranormal Explorer 35
I actively use thought-forms to manage my own psychology. This is in the spirit of remaining self-aware. Self-awareness allows you to make adjustments in your living modalities. The occultist is using methods with wisdom unseen by the naked eye. It is the knowing, or Gnosis, that the occultist can shape her world. It often appears as insanity. Insanity is in use by the occultist but it’s a slippery slope as insanity can certainly use the occultist who forgets herself, and loses her awareness. All religion is occult. Thoughts take form, as rich mythologies are used as the will current to create carriers which will nurture belief. You can look to any religion to see evidence of this. I study all religion, not just because I find the subject extremely fascinating, but to pirate ideas. This is primarily why I take no issue with any religion; nor with the adherents. I understand all too well, belief as reality. This concept often de-mystifies and affects belief. I chalk that up to the strength of personal truth. I can delve into any occult subject, explain the mechanics of what I do, what it does for me, and why. If you find yourself questioning your own truth; well this is just evidence of your personal beliefs. You are not required to believe me; however if you do and it aids you in understanding your own psychology - I believe this is just another stage in your development as a human being. How to create a thought-form: You can certainly take from any pre-existing mythology, but you can also develop your own. Create a fantastic story; the greatest story ever told has been the Judeo-Christian cosmology. Even though it borrowed from the mythologies of various cultures, the way that story was carried through time, as a will current, has not lost its momentum. It has affected the whole wide world. Think about that. Once you have your story, you develop practices which hold up the structure of that story in your The Paranormal Explorer 36
own life. Say for example, you have an affinity for a specific culture’s mythos cycle. You take the story and allow it to compel you as a will current. The most common methods are iconography, and devotion. You use the icon as the carrier, it nurtures practices of devotion. Devotion fosters faith. Faith grows into belief. Why create thought-forms? Thought forms are tools yes, but they can also enrich our lives with color. Man creates with his hands, but it starts in the landscapes of his mind. Every man, woman and child is a creator. It is through creation that you can recognize your own divinity. You have the power in your hands to shape your world. Thought-forms are a tool to accomplish deeds, and reach goals; the cause to produce an effect. This can be anything from changing mood, to enriching human experience. I have included references to papers I have written which cover relevant topics to though-forms at the conclusion of this article, should you seek to develop this tool for yourself. What do thought-forms do? Thought forms do what you make them do. If you make it, it will come. Yes, thought-forms can even manifest themselves in ways you imagine; to include, but not limited to, presenting themselves in the forms of apparitions. There are volumes of books written on the subject by individuals who embarked on a journey of manifesting what they imagine. Perspective is a funny thing, in that many have forgotten that they themselves made it happen. There are fantastic stories told by others that act as the will current, the book is the carrier and the reader the receiver. The receiver can be affected, and effects can be produced by merely the mind-to-mind exchange. Consider the intimacy between the author and his audience. You sit quietly, reading, taking in the stimuli into your own mind. There it will be processed, what it produces is dependent upon the reader’s
beliefs. Beliefs can change with the introduction of new information. Thought-forms are belief, but they can also change belief. And therein lies the paradox. The thought-forms of SIN JONES I thought it might assist to understand this concept, if I gave an example of a thought-form I actively use today. First, I discovered a fantastic story, ‘The mythos cycle of the Aztec people.’ I found this story appealing as it ties in directly to my practices of Memento Moritum (August Issue of Paranormal Explorer). By enriching my life with death, I remain self-aware, remembering to live each day as if the next will never come. The iconic Mictecacihuatl, the Aztec underworld goddess, serves as reminder to do just that. She was born in the underworld, making her the living death. She is also the keeper of the bones, and consorts to Mictlantecuhtli the Aztec’s primary god, ruler of the underworld. The Aztec underworld would be the equivalent to the Judeo-Christian heaven. As the living death, Mictecacihuatl travels with the bones assuring that they make their way to the underworld to be made into new born Aztec people; the cycling of life from death. This post-classic Mesoamerican mythology sets the stage for the modern day Sante Muerte, or Saint Death, the unaffiliated Saint of thousands. Thought-forms fueled by the belief of one is useful. Thought-forms propelled by the belief of many is powerful. I have included a reference to my paper on Sante Muerte to gain further understanding of her icon, and her cultus. The modern day syncretic icon appeals to me as it ties in directly with my use of elements found in folk-Catholicism. My research was the basis for understanding her symbolism, and creating my own icon. The icon serves as the carrier. The carrier, in this case, is method. Methodically, I use the icon to achieve a desired effect. This also technically makes me a devotee in her cultus. And
devoted to my task I must be in order to do what I set out to do. de•vo•tion - noun [Webster’s Dictionary] 1. Profound dedication; consecration. 2. Earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc. 3. An assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc.: the devotion of one’s wealth and time to scientific advancement. Even devotion takes practice. The relics or icons I produce to symbolize my devotion to a task also gives me an opportunity to exercise my creative processes. As an artist, I create to experience the flow of creation. An idea becoming something I can hold in my hands and made to manifest by my will. The end product is typically something I will deconstruct; bringing it back to the state of thought when I began. The relic, serves as a tool to keep my will on track. If I spend too much time focused on the relic, I lose sight of what the relic represents. The process of ridding myself of the relic is also part of the devotion. By keeping that symbolic representation in my full view, paying attention to it, offering it something: I am practicing at my devotion. When I’ve reached my goal, or have accomplished my task, it’s time to let go of the relic. This practice shapes my reality. There will be a time when Santa Muerte will also be deconstructed or transformed into something else I can use. In the meantime, it will serve as a tool for Autonomy, power, and self-deification. www.the-poison-apple.com Further Reading: Belief is foundation http://www.scribd.com/doc/62322678/Belief-isFoundation Santa Muerte http://www.scribd.com/doc/44528763/Mictecacihuatl-Santa-Muerte The Paranormal Explorer 37
The Hidden Temple Project
Many years ago, I heard tales from friends and contacts within the Pagan scene of a “Hidden Temple” that a few people had been taken to view by their “Guides/Teachers.” This strange Temple lay underground with a small set of steps that led down to an inner chamber with massive carved stone columns, Altars, and a strange stone hollowed out at the top like a font. The Temple resembled a cave, but has tunnels and chambers off the main passageways. I got to thinking of this place, obviously Sacred, due to its hidden access and remote location away from any habitation. Five years, and a lot of questions later, I found two of the people who had visited this Temple in the past, one of the “Guides/teachers,” crossed my pathway quite by chance in a Pagan goods store while there with an Australian Witch friend who was on holiday. We were discussing things and places in general, The Paranormal Explorer 38 and she had asked if there was anywhere that I really wanted to still see in the UK but had not visited, and we were overheard by an elderly gentleman who joined our conversation. Imagine my shock when I revealed that the supposed legendary “Hidden Temple” was top of my list, and I received a cunning smile and glint of his eye as he winked at me with an offer to visit the place with him! He told me first that he must obtain permission from the owner of the land where the Temple is located. A condition would be that I did not reveal its location, and would be prepared to help clean up some of the rubbish that had accumulated down there by local youths having night time parties and amateurish attempts at satanic Rites. These conditions I readily agreed to. After some months of waiting, I left a message at the Pagan goods store for this gentleman to contact my home phone, which he did some weeks later explaining that the landowner had been on their
foreign travels to Nepal for a while, but had returned and was happy to let me and a friend view the place under the conditions stated. On a cold morning after 5 years of waiting, I met the “Guide” at a remote Public House/Inn and was taken in his van with a friend to a lonely country lane in the middle of nowhere with no landmarks to reveal its exact location. We walked some hundreds of yards along a roadway and suddenly the “Guide” disappeared through a small gap in the thick hedgerow. He called for us to follow quickly. After a few moments we were taken to what appeared to be a set of vertical steps going down into the Earth. We took our Torches out and followed him as he descended and suddenly, within the darkness, was revealed the Temple foyer with massive carved pillars holding up the roof above carved from the living rock. It took but a few minutes during which we lit 50 Tea light Candles to reveal the extent and Craftsmanship that had gone into creating this weird but wonderful place deep below the ground. The floor layout is based on a Spiral so upon entering you are drawn to the right and around, having pillared galleries to the sides of the walkway which is a good 7 feet in height. Niches line the galleries with carvings, Circles, what could be Crescent Moons, and elaborate doorways that lead nowhere –very much the doorway to the “Otherworld.” Finally after negotiating the walkways and Spirals end you come across a ‘Beehive’ chamber with an arched entry. Within this inner chamber, which is circular and has a raised sitting platform around, is a carved chair or Throne sided by 2 carved pillars and faces the entrance doorway which is aligned south east. I estimate that 12 people, plus one seated (a Priest/Priestess?), could gather in this chamber comfortably. Outside the chamber to the side of the entry doorway within a niche sits a stone that has been hollowed out at its top allowing it to hold either fire, or water, and it is not of the stone that the Temple is carved from. I suspect that this is a “Bullawn stone” of the type found in Ireland and pictured in the book “2A Witches Bible,” by Stewart and Janet Farrar, page 211, plates B. & C. A spectacular place filled with eluThe Paranormal Explorer 39 sive energies, not oppressive, and an awesome place to conduct ritual Sabbats /Esbats inside. Now, this is where the Magick begins for after our visit during which we filled 8 trash bags of cans, bottles, tea light cases, and candle stubs the owner contacted the “Guide” and asked what he thought of us; if we had respected the place, our views, ideas, comments, etc. Following a short conversation in which our reverence was expressed the owner gave permission for the Temple to be used by our Coven with free access to visit for Private Rituals. We are very privileged to have gained both access and use of this spectacular sacred space whose age I cannot decide upon to this day, but I suspect that it could be of the origin of Neolithic and adapted by Religious belief system adherents over many thousands of years. Possibly even being a lost “Mithras Temple” of Roman type, but having many carvings obliterated and added to over millennia. We have, since discovery, been able to perform a Bealteine Ritual Circle down below with our sister coven from Australia, and many Esbats and private meditation sessions thus allowing glimpses of the Temple to those who can respect its Sacredness. I have added a few pictures of the Temple to accompany this article, which I hope you find as mystifying as we do. The late, great Robert Cochrane (Roy Bowers) speaks in his letters of a “Neolithic Temple“ that he found whilst on a pot holing trip to find new locations for his Coven. I believe that this may be the Temple he mentioned. Many Blessings, Magister
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What creates crop circles?
It’s no secret that my biggest passion in the paranormal world is that of UFOs and crop circles, however, just those two subjects are vast in themselves, with so many complexities involved, so which of the two do I choose? I feel that over the years, the crop circles have had a poor deal in the media, so the underdog it is.
I’m saving that for the end, but please remember, there is no hard scientific evidence (as with much of the paranormal) to support my conclusions, just my own 20 years of research, the research of others, my personal experiences, and from reading every single book and article on the crop circle phenomena, as well as discussing this subject at length with others, and doing presentations on this subject at conferences, and discussing them on radio shows. I may be completely wrong in my ideas of what generates these magical shapes, but it is the air of mystery that keeps me going as it does with all other paranormal elements, be it ghosts, hauntings, fairies, dreams, ancient sites, UFOs, or the Loch Ness Monster! How about a brief history of the crop circles (and I do promise to keep it brief!). The modern day crop circle phenomena started in 1976, in various counties of southern England. Just a small handful of researchers were doing their utmost best to get these enigmatic circles in the corn to the attention of the public. Throughout the 1980s, it was just the odd snippet in a local newspaper, or at the ‘And finally’ section of the BBC/ITV news. The shapes each year consisted of circles, and some circled with rings, and some with smaller circles outside the larger ones. To scientists far away, it was the work of natural weather phenomena, or rutting hedgehogs. To those researchers who were much closer to the ground, something much more mysterious was going on. Then, in the summer of 1990, something truly extraordinary happened in the sleepy village of Alton Barnes, deep in the Wiltshire countryside. A formation appeared that was truly alien to all previous crop circles. Here was a shape that consisted of circles, rings, connecting corridors, and key symbols. Suddenly, the crop circle phenomena were thrust into the public limelight. You couldn’t escape the subject, even if you wanted to. Scores of people flocked to Wiltshire to view this latest wonder, and at last the news channels were taking it seriously! More and more wonderful shapes appeared
The Mystery of Crop Circles
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throughout 1990, and again in the summer of 1991. Then, in September 1991, a bitter blow was struck. Two pensioners, Doug and Dave, stepped forward, with the headline-grabber in the now defunct ‘Today’ newspaper, “The Men Who Conned The World”, with their ludicrous claim that they hoaxed all crop circle formations since 1978 (they didn’t realise at the time that the phenomena was happening much earlier than this!). The public could now all go to sleep again in their beds, safe and sound that another mystery had been solved. Once you start looking at Doug & Dave’s story, it becomes apparent that it was riddled with flaws. They were asked to demonstrate their landscape art, in broad daylight, in front of the researchers and cameramen. Needless to say, the fruits of their labour was a complete mess, and what a shame none of this ever made it out into the media. And what about the crop circles? They kept on appearing, getting more wonderful and more complex with each passing summer, and they continue to do so right up to this summer of 2011. In recent years, it’s become apparent that the phenomena has been happening certainly since the 1940s, and evidence is also coming forward of circles as early as the 1920s (I advise the reader to seek out Terry Wilson’s excellent book ‘The Secret History of Crop Circles’). Going back to the issue of hoaxing, we do know of some hoaxers who have hung up their planks of wood (stomping board) for good, after experiencing bewildering phenomena whilst out in the fields at night, as they soon realise they are up against something ‘other-worldly’, with stories coming forward of hoaxers being watched by balls of light hovering near them, almost as if they were inspecting their work, and of hoaxers secretly plotting which shape to put down and in to which location, and then driving to that location just moments later, only to discover that the exact formation is already there, in the exact location! How do you tell the difference between the genuine crop circles to those that are man-made? There are always tell-tale signs when you do an inspection at ground level, and it’s looking for the small details that you need to investigate to determine this, such as any signs of scorched plants, any single-standing crop stems, and of course, no muddy footprints. These are just a small example of things to look out for in determining if genuine or not. Of course, it always helps to have a psychic/sensitive with you, as they can sense the energies of the paranormal force that created them. My own personal experiences with these magical wonders started in south-east Cornwall with the Plymouth UFO Research Group (of which I’ve been a UFO investigator with for 20 years) in the early 1990s. During those summer evenings, a small team of us would go and sit in these ethereal patterns, and taking many photographs (digital cameras weren’t invented back then!). Several of us caught on camera incredible balls of blue light hovering over the circles over the course of several evenings. This lead us onto doing a 3 year study and research of these lights (which we now commonly refer to as ‘orbs’) from 1991 to 1994, and little did we realise at the time, that it was us doing the pioneering research into the whole orb phenomena. Our reports and photographs were published in several paranormal magazines and journals across the UK and Europe (remember - there was no internet in those days!), which spurred other paranormal groups across Europe to also conduct research into this phenomena.
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I and others have witnessed and filmed these mysterious balls of light flying and hovering over the crop circle formations. To start to understand what these balls of light are is to uncover layer upon layer of ever increasing complexities - I will do my best to summarize at my conclusion. Out of all the many hundreds of fantastic formations that have appeared over the years, my personal favourites are as follows: July 1990 - the big one at Alton Barnes that changed everything (as mentioned earlier) July 1996 - a spiraling formation consisting of over 100 circles, which appeared right next to Stonehenge on a sunny Sunday afternoon! It would have appeared within a matter of seconds. August 2001 - The mother of all crop circles, consisting of 409 circles making up the formation. Don’t take my word for it, go and seek a photograph of it now on the internet - you won’t be disappointed. It is the one formation that makes even the most hardened skeptics sit up and take notice! There are of course more which have formed in front of eye witnesses (ourselves from PUFORG only just missing out on witnessing a formation from appearing), but I feel now is the time to try and put a conclusion to all of this, so here goes. Why southern England, and in particular, Wiltshire? Crop circles continue to appear all around the world, but it is fair to say the majority, and most impressive, appear in Wiltshire. Little did we realise at the time, but back down in Cornwall when we had those circles in the early 1990’s, there was an ancient upright standing stone in the pasture field right next to the crop field. This particular stone is known as ‘Witch Henge’, and here lies what I believe to be just a part of the secret; just look at the many ancient sites which cover Wiltshire far, far too many to list here. I strongly believe the nonhuman intelligence that creates these formations draws some of its energy from these ancient sites. The Paranormal Explorer 45 What is this non-human intelligence? I believe it to be highly advanced/evolved spiritual beings that exist in the higher dimensions, much in the same way as UFOs. They call upon the help of the energies in and around the ancient sites, they call upon the help of ethereal beings/elementals, and they call upon the help of Mother Earth herself. All of these energies combined together help generate these beautiful creations for all of us to enjoy. I also believe that some of these energies manifest as balls of light, and if you are very lucky, you might just see a fully manifested fairy or angel from the spiritual realms. Why do they do it? This I want to keep as simple as possible. To evoke a magical sense of awe and wonder within our human consciousness, to reawaken our soul as it were. You could argue why don’t these non-human intelligences do so in a more blatant manner? It is my belief that only we, ourselves, can reawaken our souls, and these supernatural energies are merely ‘aiding’ us to achieve that, with the ultimate goal being to do so on a truly global level. And who knows, maybe one day, this will be achieved.
A Blueprint For World Peace
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Spirituality Introducing A New Column By Nathan Martin, EFT.
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In my EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practice I have noticed that humans operate on one of three levels in life. We are either a victim, a victor, or we identify with the perfection of the present moment and the Oneness of all things. In the first two options, we are playing differing roles within the same game, living on two sides of the same coin. According to the book, “The Presence Process” by Michael Brown, the majority of our fear based reality is based on relating as either a victim or a victor. After being a victim, we can graduate to being a victor, and this mentality is what I would call setting “natural boundaries or limits”. However, in reality, the victim energy is still flowing through us in this space, as we are still motivated by fear in some way. We live in a competition based society, where resources, and more importantly, love, is limited and finite. Love that is finite is fear based, which brings with it a slew of expectations and conditions that we place on ourselves and others. In order for us to feel loved, somebody else needs to be unloved, and additionally, they must conform to a certain set of standards and expectations for us to appreciate that love. If they should break one of our expectations, we feel angry and powerless, due to the fear that we are inadequate and not worthy of their love. A key indicator that we are living a fear based life is that blame will always be present when the other party does not meet our expectations. So now that the object of our fear based love has not lived up to our expectations of them, instead of taking a hard look at our own feelings of fear and inadequacy, we lash out and blame them for our feelings. After all, it’s easier to blame them than to accept responsibility, so we choose to be their victim. Arguments are heated, blame is thrown between parties, and it is then resolved by one of the two admitting fault, and the other party offering forgiveness. There is also the option of finding a common ground, where both parties make concessions in their expectations of each other. This is called the “win/win” resolution, where peace is hashed out at the bargaining table. This kind of peace is tolerable, as it ends the argument, but in the end, both parties have to lose a bit of their own truth in order to meet in the middle, leaving them both feeling a bit frustrated. One way in which we try to solidify this “win/win” peace is to create a contract which lists our expectations. This contract for peace is a valuable instrument of fear based love, it is called commitment. In commitment, we trade one thing of value for something else of perceived value. In a job, we trade money for our time and services. In a mortgage or credit debt, we trade the object we want to purchase for extra money on top of the original item’s cost, called interest. In marriage, we gain the illusion of love while we trade our freedom to experience other people. All of these things are motivated out of a fear of loss, not out of peace and truth based love. If this commitment is violated in some way, there are serious consequences for the offending party. In the case of love and marriage, the parties agree to divorce, usually as enemies, as love is consequently used as a weapon against each other as a means of harming, manipulating, and gaining revenge. Even if they part on friendlier terms, they are still usually withholding their love for a particular violation or dashed expectation. If expectations are a part of fear based love and relating in the world, then true peace is impossible as a victim or a victor, and it is not attainable in a competition based world. How so? In regard to feelings, fear is the opposite of peace, they are a positive and negative, night and day, they cannot coexist together. If we are in a state of fear, we are not in a state of peace, and if we are in a state of peace, we are not in a state of fear. This means that meeting in the middle, commitment, and finding common ground is not peaceful at all, they are just another facade for fear. The Paranormal Explorer 48
Attempting to find peace from a state of being that places us as either a victim or a victor will never work, it is attempting to solve the problem from the same space from which it was first created. In order to ensure true peace in our lives, we must approach it from an angle that is neither a victim nor a victor; this is the space of truth based, unconditional love. This is a love that does not seek to trade its truth or freedom for security, but rather unconditionally embraces each person’s truth as sacred. The Zen masters call the victim or victor mentality the dream state, while the place of true peace and unconditional love is the awakened state. Once we taste the reality and Oneness of the awakened state, even if for a temporary time, we have a point of context in which to now view life outside of our old victim or victor mentality. To operate from this state of awakening is to live our truth from our highest context; and it only takes one of two parties awakening to this reality of unconditional love for peace to be created between them both, for it dissolves their negative point of attraction.
CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT Let’s discuss childhood development and how it teaches us to live as either a victim or a victor. Before the age of four, we are in a virtual state of hypnosis emotionally, unable to filter out any behavior, experience, expectation, or pattern that we learn from our parents. At the age of four, our filter, the frontal lobes in our brain, gradually turns on. By the age of seven our frontal lobes are fully developed, this is when we stop learning emotionally and start learning from a more critical perspective. At this point in our development, our coping patterns that we needed to survive and receive what we perceived as love are now firmly engrained, like the operating system of an elaborate computer. This operating system that is running in our animal brain after the age of seven is what is known as our ego, our mind. This is our identity, how we perceive ourselves, as well as our expectations of how others “should” act; and we filter everything we experience in life through this stored program, this personality. But is this really us, or is it actually what our parents and experiences created us to be? No, it’s not us, it is only a filter based on the expectations from our family and culture of origin through which the real us perceives life. AWAKENING The real us isn’t in the past, nor in the future, the real us exists right here, right now, in this present moment, being—and the real us isn’t thinking all of the time either, the real us is experiencing each moment, either with the filter turned on, or the filter turned off. The real us doesn’t have expectations, any expectations are just an aspect of our filter. To be awakened means to live life with our childhood filter turned off, to experience life as it is in this present moment, not as we were programmed to experience it in the first seven years of life. The Paranormal Explorer 49
When there is no past filter through which to experience life, our future concerns also disappear; and then there isn’t any fear, there is only peace and love without expectation. There is only now. To live in the now is to be free to experience truth based love, which is the space where real and lasting peace exists. Peace is not found at the bargaining table, it is not found in a contract or a commitment, it is only found when we drop our childhood expectations and experience presence. This is peace. This is awakening. Our ego doesn’t go without a fight though, as it is there as a survival instinct, a means to keep us safe from trouble. That is why the ego is fear based; it is meant to protect and keep us alive. This is where EFT comes in particularly handy. It allows us to reprogram the old traumatic memories, expectations, and patterns, and to replace them with love, acceptance, and trust. Any form of emotional releasing, such as the Sedona Method, EFT, or EMDR will do, although I feel that the Sedona Method and EFT are the easiest to learn without extensive training. An interesting thing happens when a traumatic event, pattern, or expectation is let go of through emotional releasing, as that particular aspect of your life graduates past the victim or victor mentality, and goes straight to awakening. It’s a way to mini awaken aspect after aspect of our lives, until we reach a tipping point of internal critical mass in which we experience complete awakening into the present moment. With each mini graduation, we no longer experience the same old frustrating outcomes in our lives that we had been experiencing. The fight, flight, or freeze circumstances in those areas of our lives are now transformed and peaceful. I call this setting “energetic boundaries”, and these new boundaries are permanent and serene. WORLD PEACE If personal peace is created by releasing our childhood filters and traumas, then world peace is created by releasing national and cultural traumas. Since I am Jewish, let me use my culture as an example. The Jewish people have suffered greatly throughout our history; there has been the exile into Babylon, the destruction of the second temple, the bloody crusades, the inquisition, the exile from Spain, and the Holocaust, just to name a few. In each of these national traumas, we were a victim of another nation, religion, or tyrant. After the Holocaust though, we graduated from being a victim to being a victor, as we now have a land of our own again. We have firm and defendable natural boundaries, and a military in which we can now protect ourselves from external national aggression. Although we are now a victor, we still have the victim energy flowing through our nation, as we are picked apart in the world news for defending ourselves, and by other nations for not giving away the farm in the so-called peace negotiations. Both sides blame each other for the break down, and no real resolution or peace is realistic. The Paranormal Explorer 50
But what if as a nation, the Jewish people were to let go of our ties to our traumatic past, to unlearn our victim and victor mentality and drop our filter? What if the Jewish people were to stop blaming outsiders for our troubles, and instead choose to live in the moment, to see all nations, all creation, as One? What if as a nation, Israel was to awaken from the dream state and into the reality of who we really are? We would then live our truth from our highest context without compromise, and set the example and empower our aggressive neighbors with the capacity for true peace as well. At the very least, we would find that our neighbors, as well as the rest of the world, would stop repeating the pattern of blaming us in any way, shape, or form. CONCLUSION World peace is not a problem that can be solved at the negotiating table, as the table is rigged by the victim or victor fear based mentality that created it in the first place. World peace is the absence of world fear, and to create that, we must start owning our feelings and expectations, and release them one by one. This personal responsibility will chase away our blame, as the light chases away the darkness at the beginning of a new day. This is a process that begins with me, as I awaken to the reality of who I really am in this moment. As I release my expectations, blame, and destructive patterns in my life, I experience truth based love and create peace within me. As I create peace within me, I create peace within my community. As I create peace within my community, I create peace within my nation. As I create peace within my nation, I create peace within my world. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi It all starts by clearing one limiting belief in one person, and spreads from there. Several have already started this journey, will you be the next?
Nathan is an EFT life coach who has mixed modern psychology, EFT Meridian Tapping, and the quest for spiritual awakening. His passion is to assist the earth, and all of its inhabitants, in the transition from the low vibration of fear based love, and into the higher vibration of truth based love. He believes that this transition will lead to a real and lasting peace within each and every creature across the globe, where even “the wolf shall lie down with the lamb.”
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Life And Us
By Bryan Wright
tions and chose to become an Electronic technician; good decision. I developed an alcohol problem while in the army and recovered from that. Four years later I had foot surgery and was medically discharged. No regrets. After my discharge I turned to pain pills which soon proved to be of no help so I turned to drugs, cocaine; BAD decision. After a night on a binge, I scared myself clean. I truly thought I was not going to wake up the next morning. Thankfully I did awaken that next morning and decided then and there to get clean. Throughout my life I made some good and bad career choices. I walked out of one job just because of conflicting work ethics. I am more of a customer oriented technician. The company was all money first. This was the wrong priority sequence for me. That company has since lost three out of the five shops it had when I left. One decision that stands out for me is going into business for myself. I know now if I had just stayed in the service of electronics I probably would have been fine but I tried my hand at selling the new thing on the market, two way radios; bad decision. I killed my business financially. But I learned what it takes to run a business, still no regrets. So when I went back to work for a radio shop I had a new respect and understanding of the business itself. I looked at everything I did from an owner’s standpoint. In 1988 I met Ann, who would later become my wife, and we began our lives together. Life was good for us until a few years ago when we had a rude awakening and faced a life changing event to our easy going life. My wife of 19 years developed breast cancer. Two years earlier Ann had found a lump in one of her breasts. After three biopsies the determination was not cancer, but a calcium buildup. The determination later changed from a calcium deposit to stage-three breast cancer. Our life then changed from an active lifestyle of bowling, yard sales, and going out to dinner once a week to weekly doctor appointments. It was determined that several tests had to be done. For the next two months we had two to three doctor appointments a week. More biopsies, tests for
Our life experiences are the key elements which help to mold who we are today. We are always ever changing with the choices we make throughout our life and the people we open our hearts to. I am a true believer of the philosophy that all things happen, when they happen, and how they happen for a reason. Do you ever think back and say, ‘If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have done things differently?’ Man I have! But guess what... If you didn’t do those things, HOW WOULD YOU KNOW TO DO THEM DIFFERENTLY? I have said the very same thing, but I know now why I know what I do. If I hadn’t fallen... how would I know to get up? If I hadn’t slipped...how would I know how to recover? If I hadn’t made that choice...how would I know what choice was there to make? I have made decisions, some wrong, but I’ve come to learn that all decisions are a hidden lesson you will learn. In a rush to start my adult life I chose to do an early graduation from High School; bad decision. I should have stayed the full year just to grasp the concept of responsibility. I had a job waiting for me after I graduated but was too wrapped up in my youth and lost that job. I learned something from this; dedication to your work is important. I didn’t wake up to that lesson until years later. I had to get help from my then girlfriend’s mom to get another job. I did well there. Our crew was laid off two years later, but I stayed dedicated to the job. Lesson learned and a new one on the way. I joined the Army in 1984. I received a few career opThe Paranormal Explorer 52
her heart condition, lots of blood work, and checkups for her physical condition and overall health, for what? The doctors had to be sure of what they were dealing with, where the cancer was and if it had already spread somewhere else in her body. Plus they needed to figure out if Ann could physically handle a mastectomy and chemo therapy. The woman I loved seemingly became very sick over night. She had the mastectomy and then chemo therapy every three weeks for a period of six months. Then when the doctors thought they had gotten all the cancer, we were Survivors. This turned out to be a short lived celebration. Three months had passed and Ann was in constant pain. After several more tests, MRI’s, blood testing, CT scans, the Doctors found the cancer had indeed spread to Ann’s chest and back bones. Radiation was the recommendation.
learned there are no limits to what a human spirit is capable of handling....with God on your side. I watched an active woman come to a complete stop in two years time; all the treatments wore her out. Some symptoms came slowly. At first she was still able to clean house, wash clothes, keep up with her medications, and enjoy watching TV. Soon the cleaning would wear Ann out quickly and she needed to rest, eventually unable to perform any tasks at all. Depression set in and instead of her watching TV, the TV was watching her. I had to make sure I was home when it was time for her to take her medications. Ann had given up. Her spirit to live was very tired. She just laid in one spot hoping and wishing to just pass away. I would physically pick her up, put her on her feet and tell her I was not giving up on her and I didn’t want her to give up fighting either.
Our lives became the proverbial monster roller coaster.....nothing was ever going to be the same again. I She went from pretty good health to being very,
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very sick. Being a man and her husband, I became frustrated that I was unable to fix this problem. That was very hard to deal with in my mind, but physically I was able to perform amazing things trying to help her. Ann became unable to take care of herself. I carried her to the bathroom, helped her to the toilet, and cleaned her up. At times she was unable to maintain control and I had to clean up messes on her, the furniture, and the floors. This will humble a man quickly. Bathing was difficult for her. I had to place her in the tub, wash her, get her out, dried off and dressed. Ann stayed so sick to her stomach she was unable to keep any foods down. I thought it was my lousy cooking, but toast and grits are very easy to make. Nothing tasted good to her. My own heart, mind, and body were fatigued, but I forced myself to keep pushing and giving her positive support. It soon dawned on me that she and I have only today to live for… tomorrow is not guaranteed. However, on Christmas Eve, 2010 her tomorrows stopped. Twenty-three years with my soul mate came to an abrupt end. Ann was having trouble breathing the weekend prior to Christmas. I finally convinced her we needed to go to the doctor and find out what’s wrong now. Tuesday Christmas week I took her to the clinic. The news was not good. I was told I would not be taking her home this time. It was pneumonia. Ann was admitted to the hospital and immediately put on oxygen. I stayed by her side during the days and nights that followed. She fought the oxygen mask, constantly trying to take it off of her face. I kept putting it back on begging her to leave it alone, she needed it. By Thursday that week she was struggling to breathe. I had to come to peace with God knowing Ann’s time was very short. She managed to fight long enough to see her son and grand kids that drove up to see her that Friday, on Christmas Eve. Around 9:15 that night they gave her a breathing treatment to help her lungs. I stood at the foot of her bed and watched her. Ann took two deep, lung filling breaths at the very end of the treatment. I commented to the technician I had never seen the treatment work like that. The young lady put the oxygen mask back on Ann’s face. The Paranormal Explorer 54 Ann never took another breath. At 9:30 pm Christmas Eve Ann was no longer suffering. I had a sense of calmness, peace, and extreme sorrow. I told her I loved her and that she had put up a good fight. I sat next to her with my heart feeling very heavy, prayed, and cried. I cried harder than I have ever cried before, not knowing how to take another step, or what that step would be. All I really knew was I had to get off the floor and continue moving forward. As hard as it is to keep going, I still have today, and I must live it the best I can... Ann and I did not have the greatest relationship, BUT, I would not give up one moment of our life together. Ann’s previous marriage ended because her husband was cheating on her when he was supposed to be at meetings or training. He eventually left her for another woman. The resulting scars Ann had were very deep, so every time I didn’t make it home for lunch, had to work out of town, take a class out of town, or work overtime, her mind said I was cheating on her. Believe it or not this was the only real problem we had, but it was a constant issue from when we first met to the end. Yes, even when she was dying in front of me she still accused me of messing around with someone when I was not at the hospital. This issue was very hard for me to handle. I tried everything I could to show her I was an honest man, would never cheat on her, and strongly believed in my wedding vows the whole time we were married. And yes, it made me very angry to be accused all the time. I was too stubborn to give up on our marriage and my love for her has never changed, although we did fall out of love with each other two years before Ann became sick. There is a difference. You can love someone unconditionally without being ‘in love’ with them. We had great times together, raising our grandson, who is now a wonderful young man. She made sure everyone felt like family when they were in our home. We struggled together, succeeded together, and supported each other. Collecting movies, music, singing, bowling, dinners, fairs, we did everything together.
Today I celebrate her life, our lives together... that is something no one can take from me. Memories are what they are, some we learn well from. I will never regret a day with Ann; good or bad. I wear my wedding ring every 24th of each month as a celebration of her life; death befalls all of us eventually, no doubt. But life comes for sure at least once... and we must learn to accept life’s blessings when they come. Shortly after Ann’s passing, I became reacquainted with a woman I had met six years ago. Our rekindled friendship became a strong and timely connection, and we decided to start a new life together. This has been a good choice in my life.
I am very uneasy about my wife’s condition. She has been here since Tuesday. Lord she is very sick and suffering. She is struggling to breathe. Please help her. My heart is very heavy with sorrow, already knowing I won’t be bringing her home. How do I handle this Lord? How can I come to peace with it? My Angel is lying in a hospital bed dying. Lord please help me. Family is here so I take a walk. I am going out front of the hospital for a smoke. It is a cold day, calm, kind of gloomy which fits the feeling in my soul. Suddenly a breeze blows as I pass between the trees. What was that? I think to myself, and where is that wonderful sound coming from? I look up and there is a large wind chime in the tree. I never noticed it there before. It has a low calming tone. I go stand under it and absorb the sounds. A rush comes over me and calms my sprit. I look up at them again and again; it is still emitting that warm sound. No more wind blew. I have become calm. My heart ache has lessened. All I feel now is peace. I feel the need to utter a few words. “Ok, I understand” is all I said. I put out the cigarette and walked calmly back into the hospital with a smile, on my face, in my heart and soul. Somehow I have come to peace with the inevitable passing of my soul mate. I know it is going to be hard on me but God is with her and we will both be fine. I know this now and only wish to be there to comfort my wife of twenty-two years until it is time for her to go. Ann, I will always love you with all my heart and soul. I pray for the day we can be together again in Heaven. In memory of my soul mate and wife: Ann S. Wright, March 12, 1950 - December 24, 2010 God bless you. Bryan K. Wright 12-28-2010
Some of my family members, however, have basically disowned me because of this and the timing. They felt I have should have waited a reasonable amount of time before entering into another relationship. I understand their point, but I no longer try to justify myself to anyone. I don’t question why it happened or when it happened. That is not under my control. Stefanie came along, or was sent to me, right when I needed her in my life. These are just a few of the many conscious decisions I made over my 48 years. But each has had its own part of molding me into the person I am today. I feel I am a better man from my life’s experiences, ALL INCLUSIVE. Our good or bad decisions help mold us into who we are. Sometimes it pays off well to slow ourselves down. The Paranormal Explorer 55
Take each day as it is and make it a good day. Too many times I have found myself in a big rush, trying to accomplish too much in as little time as possible. My own body has let me know that I’m pushing too hard. Life is not a race; the finish line is not where I want to be… yet. After Ann passed, I have felt my life is very short. So I threw everything in life into a big bowl and tried to clear it, afraid I would not have time to do so. I have since changed my frame of mind about this. These are some little mottos I try to live by now: * Make plans for life, today, tomorrow... but... don’t get upset if you don’t get to all of it. I have plans to move, and live the rest of my life my way. Not for anyone else. If I don’t take care of myself and make me happy I’ll be no good for anyone else. * Life is all hustle and bustle by itself; so don’t forget to live life for yourself. * When you talk on the phone to your loved ones... smile... you’d be surprised... they can tell you are smiling. I know we are experiencing many changes at this time in our existence here on earth. Our experiences are more intense, meaningful, and filled with growth opportunities. I feel as though my past mistakes weren’t mistakes at all but lessons for me to grow through. I know I am supposed to let go of the baggage I’ve carried with me for years, and each time I allow forgiveness for myself and others I feel as light as a sun beam. I know there is purpose to why I am here and I intend to live this life to the fullest and discover the best possible me I can be.
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Reincarnation, The Secrets of Past Lives By Mike
How to discover your own past lives. In last month’s article I wrote about the effect past lives have on us, the phobias and fears, even physical disfigurement we may bring with us from the past; I also wrote about Dr. Guirdham, a West Country psychiatrist, who investigated such effects in his patients. Of course, what we bring with us is far from all bad, quite the contrary; we bring skills, talents and natural wisdom. I have received a little feedback from a number of people who would like to discover their own past lives,. This can be done through meditation. After all, the greatest secrets of our past lives are who we were and what happened to us personally. I had the opportunity to interview Doug Kelley, the founder of the Metaphysical Church of Humanistic Science, and he posed some questions about past lives So, in this article, I will answer those; and offer something to a reader of The Paranormal Explorer who, last month, wrote how she likes Metaphysics. If we are to learn anything about ourselves we have to look at the evidence. We already know that the visible World is only part of what there is, with radio and TV waves we cannot see; so it is with ourselves, there are many aspects of our minds which are unknown to our consciousness. Many people, aside from psychologists, explore dreams; psychic mediums bring accurate information from talking to spirits; there have even been experiments to weigh the human spirit. It has been found that a dying person weighs slightly more before death than after it. There is plenty of evidence that we are spirit as well The Paranormal Explorer 58
as a physical form, and that spirit survives death. Of course, evidence is not proof. Proof is that level of evidence which people require before they acknowledge a fact; it is a matter of belief. What decides how much evidence amounts to proof depends on how much resistance there is to believing it. So, why should people resist belief in spirit? Like all simple truths the answer is obvious, but uncomfortable. In all of us is a sense of “I” identified with our consciousness, this is who we are. The “I”, or ego, is fearful of admitting there is anything more to who we are than itself, it will sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to deny it. The first step to discovering spirit is therefore to quiet this ego and set it aside, to reach other parts of who we truly are. This is the gateway for the metaphysician, psychic medium, psychologist or researcher into past lives. There is a quick way to suspend the conscious mind through hypnosis, and it is no coincidence that overwhelmingly most research into past lives today is done by hypnotherapists. But, there is another way, through meditation. In meditation you may discover many things; most strikingly, memories, impressions, skills and knowledge which you know could not have come from this present life. Your ego will jump in with all sorts of explanations, keep those to one side and continue asking questions, there will be time for judgment later. Work to assemble these impressions, see if they make a testable picture. Why should you have impressions which do not come from your present life? The answer is again
simple. If some part of you survives death what will that part of you do when the body has died? Human beings are full of attachments to life; loves, appetites, concerns about unfinished business, the list of what binds us to physical existence is endless. It is natural we should return to it, and so we wait for the generation of a suitable new body, we re-incarnate and repeat the whole process, life after life. That is the theory, it is for the metaphysician to explore and weigh the evidence. If you want to be a medium, and contact spirits other than your own, you have to learn to distinguish thoughts, feelings and impressions which are not your own, which must therefore have come from some other spirit. Understanding this distinction is a knack and a skill which can be developed, it is a good thing to do in any case, but it is rather less necessary if what you want is simply your own past; just remember, not everything in your head is your own past. Are you likely to pick up other lives than your own? Actually, if you are aware of the possibility, it really is not hard to distinguish. So how do you meditate? Really, this may not be the place to tell you, and there are many good books worth reading, but the quick answer is to do anything which distracts the conscious mind. Look at yourself steadily in the mirror, eventually your eyes will lose focus and the image before you will start to change; the same thing works with looking at a photograph or a candle flame and it is the basis of ‘scrying’ with a crystal ball. Relaxing every muscle in your body, one at a time, is a good exercise in itself, and will distract the mind. It is important to be as relaxed as you can be, and clear your mind of the stream of thoughts which usually run through it; it is not helpful if you are preoccupied by what to have for tea, or the pain in your big toe. When I empty my mind it tends to stay empty; so, what thought should you bring to your meditation? The answer is whatever brought you to this article, to thinking about reincarnation, were you struck by the seeming familiarity of a strange place or a strange person? What sticks from the past is strong emotion, relationships, or, perhaps, the experience of your own death; are you afraid of water or fire or heights? Mediate on these; accept whatever you imagine for the cause. The other day, a large kitchen lighter ‘exploded’ in my face, setting fire to my hair. Meditating afterwards, the flames so close to my eyes and the smell of the hair took me to a scene of chaos, in burning wooden buildings, all crammed together, with people running everywhere. I believe I broke my leg but didn’t die in that scene; I believe it to be the Fire of London, but it isn’t checkable to the point of certainty, and the worst thing to do is invent with your conscious mind. Ego will tell you whatever comes into your head from imagination is just invention, maybe it is not the truth, but it is the conscious and not the unconscious mind which tells lies. Suspend disbelief until your imagination has thrown up facts which you can check. Check them; you will be amazed how often imagination gives you the truth – once the “I” is taken out of your thinking. As with all practical work, remember to be safe, proceed gently and stop if you feel uncomfortable. It should not need to be said, do not meditate while driving a motor car! Choose a quiet secure place where you will not be disturbed. Do not enter any imagined scene too deeply; experiencing your own death, amongst other memories, can be unpleasant. If there is any psychological or medical reason against it, don’t meditate in search of your past lives. On the other hand, do not be discouraged if your best efforts give little return, it may well take persistence, and there are never any guarantees. If you want to see how much can come this way, though it goes a bit further than described here, this site is for a novel about my own meditations: http:// www.edwardstafford.co.uk Best wishes for your self-discovery,
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Healing Around the World
Recently I was asked a question. A lady was having difficulties because she felt she was so empathic and sensitive she was absorbing other people’s negative energies causing her to feel confused and uncomfortable. My response to her was this: “You are absorbing too much negative energy from others just the way a sponge absorbs water. You may find that your chakras are too open and you would benefit by learning how to close down your chakras and protect yourself from the constant input of other people’s unwanted negative energy.” I will incorporate this practise into this month’s healing meditation. Begin your meditation by making sure you remove all distractions. Switch off your radio, TV and mobile phone. Make sure you are warm and comfortable. Light a candle and dedicate the light to a person or a situation you wish to receive healing. Sit down and take three deep breaths. Stretch out your fingers and rest your hands on your lap, palms facing upwards. Protect yourself by visualising a golden eggshell covering your entire body. Only positive influences will penetrate this shell, negatives will simply bounce off. Ground yourself by visualising roots growing from the soles of your feet and into the earth. Now we will begin to open our chakras. Begin with the base chakra which is red. This is situated between your legs. Visualise a red flower bud slowly opening into a beautiful flower.
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Now move up to the navel chakra which is orange situated at your belly button. Visualise the flower bud opening into a flower. Now move up to the solar plexus which is several inches above your navel and is a yellow colour. Visualise the tight bud opening into a flower. Now visualise the heart chakra which is green and situated at the heart area. Visualise the tight bud opening into a flower. Now visualise the throat chakra which is blue and situated at the throat. Visualise this tight bud opening into a flower. Now move up to the third eye chakra which is between the eyes and the colour Indigo. Visualise the tight bud opening into a flower. Finally visualise the crown chakra which is situated on the top of your head and violet in colour. Visualise the tight flower bud opening into a flower. Now with your chakras open begin to concentrate on a person or situation you wish to send healing to. Get the energy flowing by sending out feelings of love towards them. Keep the energy going for five minutes. Now we begin the process of closing the chakras. Begin with the base by closing the red flower back into a tight bud. Follow with the navel chakra closing the orange flower into a bud. Follow with the solar plexus which closes the yellow flower into a tight bud. Follow with the heart chakra closing the green flower to a tight bud. Now up to the throat chakra and close the blue flower into a tight bud. Now up to the third eye chakra and turn the indigo flower into a tight bud. Finally close the crown chakra by closing the violet flower into a tight bud. Wriggle your fingers and toes open your eyes and bring yourself back into the room. Eat and drink something to replace energy and to keep you grounded. Blow out the candle. This easy exercise to open and close your chakras can be used at any time. This way chakras will not be left wide open inviting outside influences into your energy field. The Paranormal Explorer 61
With Elaine F essey
I would love to receive your comments concerning anything you have experienced during your meditations. If you would like to share with us at The Paranormal Explorer please send email’s to firstname.lastname@example.org
Is Stable Income Obsolete On a World Wide Scale?
By Charene Henderson
As a business owner experiencing the financial crunch of this challenging economy, I would like to offer the following to those feeling the pressure of seeking a stable income stream. First, let’s make something clear, money is plentiful. There is really NO SHORTAGE of money. Money is energy just like everything else. This is a proven fact. How can I state this? Just look around you, people are still buying, working, selling, and exchanging money. Shortage of anything in this universe is in the mind set, this is where the lack of money so popularly talked about nowadays is born. Thoughts ARE real actual things that come into form in the mental area of our minds. Thoughts are energy, and energy goes where thought flows. If you think you have limited resources, guess what, you continue to receive limited resources. No matter what those resources may be. The nature of our universe is precise and it is not prejudice. If you think you only have limited funds in the bank, you will continue on that path. Reversing the thought of thinking you have limited funds in the bank will not automatically make massive amounts of funds appear, no, that would be foolish. However, to continue to think you have or are receiving limited funds keeps you on that same energy stream of receiving just that, limited resources. The world as we know it is not only changing, but rapidly so, and the idea of having a Job is becoming more and more obsolete each month, day, and hour. There is a skill that lies within you that is your meal ticket. At this point you have exhausted all of the regular avenues one would use to forge ahead in gaining financial stability in this present economy. Who can say they haven’t worked hard to find anThe Paranormal Explorer 62
other JOB (Just Above Broke). I mean, let’s face it, as a worker being paid less than $30 to $40 per hour is living pay check to pay check. It is not secret that many have earnestly attempted to obtain gainful employment. Unfortunately, as you can see, that’s not going to cut it at this point. Now is the time to think outside of the box. I know this sounds corny, but its truth. Focus on a skill (gift) that you have that will provide you with the stable income you seek. Stop what you are doing and invest in THAT right now. Don’t waste another minute in seeking the answer outside of you because the answer is within you. Take your thought energy and focus on your abilities. Allow the Universe to lead you to your next source of income. In focusing like this you WILL yourself from thinking about your limitations (you know, what you don’t have, or can’t make happen), and start focusing on new possibilities. I mean, let’s face it, you didn’t keel over, you’re still here, which means there’s something left for you to do or complete here on earth at this time. If you begrudge your existence or the experience you’re going through you’ll only attract more of what you don’t want because you’re focusing on only that one thing. What is happening to all of us right now? The uni-
verse is forcing us to use the spiritual gifts and talents that we possess within. Don’t take what I say to be the last word on the matter, test my statement. If you weren’t in the situation you’re presently experiencing would you be searching desperately for income resources, stressed or reading this now? As for your immediate financial issues, trust that the universe will find a solution and in your trusting use your natural ability of belief to get you to that point where you can exhale. Believe it or not, you have been here before, btw income streams, and if you haven’t then welcome to your new beginning. Even if you can’t see what that next step is right now, let go of your present thought pattern because it is limiting you in moving ahead, and isn’t that what we all want, to move on with our lives? This is not an easy transition and many of us are facing that fact as evident in our income source, however, we can beat this. We can weather this storm. We can make a whole new market if we pool together by focusing on our inner gifts, skills, an abilities. Okay, so the corporate world won’t take notice that we are fast learners, dedicated, and hardworking but we know who we are and what abilities we possess. It’s time for us to create new markets by marketing these abilities ourselves. We have a plethora of friends who will support us, if we will use these abilities to create fresh new markets in this economy. I know what you’re thinking; I don’t have the means to get started with creating the market I require for the abilities I possess. The one thing I know about the universe is this, you get started with only faith in your pocket and just watch how situations, people, and resources start flowing to you from out of nowhere! It’s called manifesting, like attracts like. It’s time for us to think outside of the box. It’s also time for all of those we know who are still able to maintain a stable income to support those making an effort to create brand new markets in a challenging economy buy looking at what those who are forging ahead are offering. Bargain deals can The Paranormal Explorer 63 now be found among old and new entrepreneurs. If you’re on a tight budget seek these resources out because we’re out here! For all of us, no matter what end of the hour glass we are on, the universe is demanding that we embrace new ideas, invent and introduce new products into the market, and take on new concepts. We are being asked to do this among ourselves and to stop relying on the old ways of receiving stable income streams. Feel the fear and do it anyway! Take belief and your abilities [inner gifts] and create something that someone has been waiting to receive! You’ll never know who will want what you have to offer until you put it out there. In Humble Servitude, Divine Love and Light to YOU!
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By Elaine Fessey
Each month I have been looking at different aspects of the therapy world. In this month’s issue I shall be continuing with a look at life coaching. You may wonder why I am writing about complementary therapies in a paranormal magazine. As a practising therapist I understand how hard it is to rid ourselves of negative emotions and memories. Unfortunately unless we attempt to clear out the residue from life lessons we may remain stuck in a rut, unhappy with life and not developing spiritually. Visiting a complementary therapist can help with facing the demons of the past, helping us learn how to forgive ourselves and others and find true meaning to our life’s lessons. This is the starting point of spiritual advancement. By clearing old emotional blocks from the auric field we raise our vibrations. This enables our spirit guides to make contact. If you wish to become a healer you must first heal yourself and a qualified therapist is the first step. So if you wish to dedicate your life to healing and spirituality look for a therapist you trust and resonate with. Your amazing journey is about to begin! The Paranormal Explorer 66
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A FURTHER LOOK AT LIFE COACHING: SELF LIMITING BELIEFS Stretching and yawning, you open your eyes to another day. Sipping your first cup of steaming coffee your eyes rest on the unopened envelope on the kitchen table. Heart thumping you pick up the letter and decide to peel away the seal. Time stands still as you unfold the formal document inside. You read the contents. You read it again, unable to take in the words. After two months of intensive interviewing you have been chosen over one hundred applicants for your dream job. Running around the kitchen you give the air a victory punch. This is it; it’s your big opportunity and nothing can stop you now. Or can it.......? Once excitement dies down niggling doubts bring you back down to earth with a bump. “Who am I to deserve all of this?” you ask yourself. “When I get started the boss is going to realise they made a big mistake.” These doubts are our enemy and will try to sabotage every opportunity that comes our way. 2. Write down all of the reasons you believe this statement is true; I am not intelligent because.... 3. Add all of the characters who have reinforced this idea. 4. Take each character and walk in their shoes. Have they projected their own issues onto you? 5. What are your personal experiences of this? An example would be, Dad always told me I wasn’t as bright as my sister. 6. Take a look at your life today. Are these thoughts still relevant? 7. Now take each individual and forgive them unconditionally. Don’t worry if this takes time. 8. Make a decision to think something different. Change each statement from “I am stupid.” TO “I am NOT stupid.” 9. Repeat these statements until they feel real.
10. Give yourself time to process new thoughts. From birth we are surrounded by so called experts Don’t discuss your new ideas with others, their opinwho observe and evaluate our every move. Parents, ion may cause doubts and take you back a few steps. teachers and family members freely offer their advise Wait until you are strong in your new self belief and and opinion which are accepted as the only truth. then nothing will hold you back again! At adulthood it’s up to us to decide. So how have these opinions added to or limited our personal The motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins says “It development? Our perceived self image is the norm. is in your moments of decision that your destiny is Here we feel safe inside a reliable comfort zone, but shaped.” is this a positive or a negative place? Is it a prison that keeps us from challenging situations? Next time you entertain a self limiting belief try the above exercise. You can change into a powerfully A belief may be empowering or limiting and self im- positive new you! age the accumulation of others repeated opinions and judgments. Who we think we are determines how much we believe we are capable of or deserve. In next month’s issue of The Paranormal Explorer Our comfort zone is not necessarily the best place I will be discussing a subject that we are all somefor us. It’s simply what we are used to and that could times guilty of; Blame. How can blaming others or be a life of fear, pain or abuse. situations hold back our spiritual development? Try this exercise: 1. Identify a self limiting belief, for example, I am not intelligent. Until next time remember to think positive and be kind to yourself and others. Elaine The Paranormal Explorer 67
Pho to graph Read ings
My name is Kristen Leona and I am a psychic medium. One of the tools that I can use to receive psychic information and to connect to someone who has passed onto the other side is photographs. These photographs can be either actual photos or digital ones. When I prepare for a photo reading, I light a white candle and ask for protection. During the reading, I listen to an MP3 recording of nature sounds while I take notes of any information that I receive. When the reading is completed, I type up my notes and answers to any questions that were asked and email them to the client. From looking at her photo, I can tell that she has a lot of plants in her house or apartment. She has a cat that she loves very much. This is a turning point for her and she’s wondering if she should go back to school or continue to look in the job market. She has a strong spiritual side and tends to be a little psychic herself. Mijin enjoys watching things grow and playing a nurturing role. She tries to eat healthy and has a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and chicken. Mijin’s Question: What would be a good career choice for me? I believe a good career choice for you would be something do with gardening or flowers. This may not bring you great wealth in the monetary sense, but will bring you great wealth in peace and happiness. If you would like to have your free photo reading in the October issue of The Paranormal Explorer, please send your photo and any questions to: theparanormalexplorer@gmail. com, with “Photo Reading” in the subject line. Visit my web site at www.kristenleona.com The Paranormal Explorer 68
This month’s photo reading is for a reader of The Paranormal Explorer, named Mijiin. The photo she sent was of herself and asked a question that will be addressed at the end of the reading.
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In Your Dr eams
When we go to sleep at night, our consciousness leaves the body and travels into other realms/dimensions where we are able to view the past, present, or future; we can visit departed relatives, or meet with our spiritual teachers for further learning, and even offer teachings ourselves. However, for the most part, our dreams are messages from our Higher Self providing guidance to our daily life situations. They often present themselves in three steps: they give a time reference for the problem, they will show how the problem is manifesting itself now in your present situation and what is surrounding it, and they will present the solution or how to learn from it and move beyond the problem that is limiting you. Most teaching dreams will follow this format.
The purpose of your dreams is to know yourself and to see your lessons in life as positive opportunities to learn and grow through your life experiences. We chose to come to this earth to experience life using our own free will. The answers we seek lie within us. During our lifetime, we have angels and spirit guides who assist us during our life lessons, but they will never make decisions for us. They will, however, lead us to enlightenment so that we can make our own wise choices. Our dreams are just one method of showing our true inner feelings surrounding a situation. Once we can learn to understand the symbols given during our dream time, we can then begin to work with those symbols to obtain the message within the dream to assist us in our day-to-day life. In this column I will work with your dreams, pointing out the symbols and their meaning, to help you understand the message your dream is bringing to you. These symbols are a guide for you and it is up to you to choose what to do with their message. If you would like to submit a dream to us to help you find meaning to its message, you can send them to email@example.com. Please keep in mind, the time frame in which you had the dream has purpose at the time of the dream and may not always apply to you today. I look forward to assisting you in finding clarity in the message your dreams are bringing to you. May your dreams always be sweet dreams! Belle Salisbury
Once we understand the situations we experience in life are of our own creation then we can begin to ask why we chose the lesson. We can ask, ‘What is this teaching me?’ Or ‘What is the positive lesson?’ We learn to stop blaming others for our misfortunes or unhappiness and realize no one can limit our lives. We cannot change others but we can change ourselves and move beyond these situations. Every relationship and every experience is nothing more than an opportunity to grow through our limitations. During our dream time, all characters within the dream are an aspect of self, meaning we are the writer, the director and the actor playing out our life situations at the time of the dream. Dreams are given symbolically because often times we can misunderstand the spoken word. In addition, our guides and teachers usually do not speak to us in the human language, as this is not their mode of communication within the higher realms. So our dreams will contain symbols which are not to be taken literally many times, but should cause us to explore their meaning in order to make sense to our current situation. The Paranormal Explorer 70
Brenda’s Dream I had a dream the other night that I was riding in a car with some friends. The ride was crazy! We were driving all around and getting lost. We kept turning around and trying different routes only to get lost again. My friends and I were arguing the whole time as to who was right. After what seemed like forever we finally found the freeway and made our way home. Belle’s Response Hello Brenda, thank you for sharing your dream with me. When we are working with our dreams, we must first pick out the most significant symbols and understand what they mean to us. Although the symbols in your dream are your symbols, and up to you to interpret, I can give you a guideline as to what I feel this dream is addressing. It is indeed up to you to determine if my interpretation is accurate, or if you feel it could be saying something else by a different definition. With that said, let’s look at your symbols and see what we can figure out. When dreaming of a vehicle this usually represents your potential to manifest what you desire in your life. The car in this dream would demonstrate your mode of movement toward that potential. As you explained you were riding around with friends. Each of these ‘friends’ are an aspect of you. You recognize a characteristic of yourself within each. So, in essence, each of your friends are a different part of self. You didn’t mention who was driving the car. If you were not the driver this would demonstrate your willingness to allow someone else to lead your life. You are not in control. Get behind the drivers wheel and take charge of your life and the direction it is going. While driving around you were getting lost, trying different routes, turning around, and getting lost again. This represents your indecision in life. You are Image © FellyChan www.fellychan.deviantart.com The Paranormal Explorer 71 unsure of which direction to take. The sense of making wrong turns might well be a review of past mistakes, or representative of choices you are making at this time. This would also demonstrate scattered energies in your attempt to find your way. Your statement that you and your friends were arguing with one another is symbolic of you arguing with yourself, an inner struggle or turmoil over the direction you are heading. The ending of your dream you said you eventually found the freeway and made it home. This demonstrates having made a decision and finally moving forward with the direction you wish to go, thus saying you found your way home. (Home symbolizes self ). So basically this dream was showing you your own inner turmoil regarding the direction you have been going. It is telling you to get in control of your life choices and you will see progress with a sense of clear, smooth travels. I hope this has helped you. I wish you a safe and happy journey along your life path.
The Faulknerphotographic deck Tarot The modern black and white
Rhiannon Faulkner was widowed at the age of 36 and is mother to five young children. Her late husband Dave is pictured on many of the images on the deck, as are her children. She donates 10% of all profits to cancer charities and is in the process of setting up a sanctuary in Devon UK to offer support to other families in the same situation. You can see her teach how to read the tarot on Youtube on The Faulkner Tarot Deck Channel.
Last month, we looked at the suit of cups – telling the story of love and emotions in our life. So, this month, I wanted to show you the family in this suit. Lots of people write to me and say that they struggle to understand these cards in a traditional deck. This is not surprising when the kings and queens are shown as quite literally regal figures in sometimes bizarre scenes. My guides, in creating this deck for us all, have managed to show real people that we could recognise easily in our everyday life. The cups family are all water signs, Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. If you can think of a friend or family member who is one of these signs, it might help you to understand how they function and see the world. To be able to know their good and bad traits helps you to give a detailed account of the person you are seeing in a tarot reading and also to understand how your client feels.
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The page of Cups is a child aged 0-18. They are adorable, sweet, loving, affectionate, gentle creatures. However, they are also moody, sulky, and serious and cannot take a joke. A pleasure to raise – but need constant reassurance and affection. They learn from a very young age that love makes the world go round. They are here to love and just want to be loved in return. Parenting one of these children, you get a lot back – they just simply adore the people that adore them. If they fall out with a friend at school, they think their whole world has collapsed. They value close friendships and seem to need one best friend rather than a large circle. This makes them feel safe and secure in their surroundings.
The knight of cups is our child growing up. This card signifies a teenager (male or female) from the age of 18 – 30. They are constantly on the lookout for love. They take dating and romance very seriously – they cannot just have a boyfriend or a girlfriend as a teenager, they are always planning ahead, dreaming of the white wedding and starting a family. This starts in the page of cups stage – sometimes from as young as 12. Love is important to them and they wear their heart on the sleeve. Often getting their heart broken, they learn to hide the pain, making them secretive and careful. These guys are the loveliest, most genuine people – on the lookout for the perfect love – not settling until they find their idea of perfection in a relationship. Yes, this means that they would have affairs, hoping that the next person is a little closer to perfection than the last.
Here is our female knight all grown up. This card in the deck is the “mummy” card. She is a lovely, caring devoted mother and wife. She is still as sensitive and gentle as she was as a child, making her vulnerable sometimes. She would ideally love to be able to afford to stay at home, keeping home and raising her children the traditional way. She gets hurt a lot and still finds it difficult to put into words how she is feeling. It has to be said, this is the woman who is capable of gossiping... never nastily, but carelessly, through idle chit chat on the playground. She seems to get rather jealous of what other people have and aspires to keep up with the Jones a lot. This lady by the way is every girl’s best friend. She can be a true friend once you have earned her trust and will be there for you whenever you need her.
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Here is our male knight all grown up. The king of cups is now a man, aged 30 upwards. He has matured into a fine man, still having the gentle, sensitive characteristics that he had as a young boy. He is the hands on Daddy that adores his family and loves to play with his children. He is not afraid to change the nappies and everything he does is to give his family the very best. But, this man still needs loving and attention paid to him, just like when he was a knight. The most romantic man you could ever want to meet. What happens if his wife focuses too much on the children and forgets him? He might well look elsewhere, still searching for the Mills and Boon romance he believes is real. So, married to one of these men ladies you have to remember to give him oodles of affection and love just like you did when first dating! Remember – all he wants is to be loved.
So, now think of the cups people you know in your life. Understanding how the other star signs see life is important for relationships to work. Raising water sign children can be very rewarding and fulfilling, but sometimes you are not able to see why they don’t take work seriously, or why they would drop all dreams and goals for love. Knowing these people cards in your deck as real people can help you be a genuine tarot reader and a sympathetic one, seeing the situation from their angle. I hope this has explained the suit of cups to you in an easy and simple way. If this has offended any water signs reading this, don’t worry – you will get the last laugh when I cover the fire signs in a few months.
I have a new 2 hour DVD released this month – in both UK and US formats. It teaches you how to read these cards for yourself. The DVD is available through my website and also at www.amazon.com and www.amazon.co.uk. If you have any questions related to reading the tarot, or suggestions as to what you would like to see in this column next month, please contact Rhiannon at Thefaulknertarot@aol.com www.rhiannonfaulkner.com
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Agony Aunt is here to help you with your problems. With the help of my own Spirit Guides and yours I am able to give you guidance that will assist you in moving forward along your life path. I offer counseling with an intuitive flair to answer your questions.
Question 1 Dear Agony Aunt, I would like to know what my past life was and what effect is this having on me during this lifetime? Tegan, UK. Agony Aunt:
This month I have been entrusted by three people with their problems. As always I have done my very best to answer them in as helpful a way as possible.
Dear Tegan, In the past life that is having a karmic effect over this one you were a German man who served during the war as a submariner. You were actually a very talented musician but gave up your dream because of a strong sense of duty to your very strict father who expected you to serve your country. You lost your life through drowning. In this lifetime you are not afraid of water and prefer being in it to being on dry land. You have carried over the strong sense of duty into this lifetime and must not sacrifice your dreams because of it.
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Tegan’s response This is very true! I always try to do the right thing and often put myself and my needs last because of a strong sense of duty to always be doing the right thing. I live near the sea and love being in the water; it is a passion of mine. I shall try to put my own needs first for a change from now on and see what happens. Question two Dear Agony Aunt, I have recently been interviewed for jobs in two different countries. I’m torn between what I want and what I feel is destiny. One is in Germany and the other USA. The court is out to decide. Can I solicit spiritual help to influence an outcome? Pete, USA. Agony Aunt: Dear Pete, Although you have a pre-set path to travel, you also have your free will to make decisions. However a pattern has been set for your future and either job will take you along this path. One will simply delay things a little as new challenges present themselves. The job in Germany feels rather rigid and uncompromising. You may find the work environment stifling to your creativity. Make sure you carefully read the small print in a contract as you may be tied in for longer than you expect. Working here will give your reputation a boost that will open future doors. The USA is a faster track to success. You gain a large following for one of your projects and gives you the financial security to start something up on your own. Eventually you will use your skills to help people The Paranormal Explorer 77 from disadvantaged backgrounds via workshops and training. Question three Dear Agony Aunt, I have had issues around depression since my mother’s suicide following my father’s affair with another woman. How can I break this cycle and move on? Anonymous Agony Aunt: Dear Friend, The depression you suffer from is a stage of your bereavement that you have not been able to move on with. You are stuck in the blame game with your father and everyone surrounding his situation. This blame and resentment has halted the natural progression of your healing since the sad loss of your mother. Try to remember that we choose our parents before we are born. Any experience they put us through will allow our own life lessons to progress. By learning to forgive your father you will be able to continue with the bereavement process and become happier and settled down. There are so many happier days ahead for you.
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The Herbal Corner
I am a big fan of herbs and natural products that produce healthier benefits. I also use herbs for their metaphysical properties. In this month’s column I want to focus on a natural remedy for heartburn. Heartburn is an uncomfortable but common feeling of burning or warmth in the chest. Although the pain of heartburn is felt in the chest, heartburn has nothing to do with your heart. Instead, heartburn is caused by stomach acid. One in 10 Americans experiences heartburn symptoms at least once a week. Heartburn has different triggers, including certain foods, medications, obesity, or even stress. Knowing your triggers will help you design a prevention strategy. If you suffer from heartburn it’s important to find effective heartburn remedies to prevent the acid reflux from worsening. Heartburn treatment may include medications, home remedies, or diet changes. Although our Herbal Corner is not intended to take the place of your personal medical doctor, before you run to the medicine cabinet for your bottle of Tums or other over the counter antacids, try this simple heartburn remedy: Quick Heartburn Relief You’ll need to find a carpeted area for this heartburn remedy called a heel drop. This sounds strange, but it works. Roll up onto your toes as high as you can, and then allow your heels to quickly drop down onto the ground. Repeat this 20 to 30 times, holding onto the back of a chair for balance if you need to. The downward motion pulls the acid that causes heartburn back into your stomach.
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Horoscope September 2011
Mar 20 - Apr 19
August 23 - September 22
May 21 - Jun 20
LEO July 22 - August 22 You act decisively when it comes to worries ‘on your mind’. This gets things out into the open and ensuing discussions hit problems on the head even before anything manifests. Your increased confidence in your finances finally reassures a loved one.
Some general confusion indicates that you need to revise your life’s direction and purpose, for so much has happened and you’ve moved into a new arena. A new partnership will make all the difference and this will involve much commitment!
This month sees much change and you are freed from previous responsibilities. Friends lose their grip on you as your paths diverge. An old work project comes to an end and your practical approach isn’t required. A new and serious friend emerges.
Apr 20 - May 20
Jun 22 - Jul 22
Aug 23 - Sept 22
You move away from social groups and settings as you strive for independence and peace of mind. This increase in individuality leads to a new job and one which will involve much hard work. However, the increased responsibility will take you far!
As a loved one reclaims control over their own destiny, your interests are much more ‘down to earth’ as you address material and financial considerations. Thus, work becomes much more interesting and enjoyable. Changes at home are necessary!
A happier time prevails and one which is emphasized by more time spent with a loved one. A relationship decision is also helpful and your life direction is now clear and sure-footed. As a result, you’re much more relaxed, without ‘so much a care’!
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Horoscope Columnist Jeanne Douglas
Sept 23 - Oct 22
Nov 22 - Dec 20
Jan20 - Feb17
You find yourself at the end of an old work project and will have extra time on your hands. New practical beginnings involve hard work but much progress. It is a successful time to start a new diet or invest in a new wardrobe. Yes, take your time!
Much less worried about your cash situation, you stride forwards much more positively. Home changes are also likely as you reach the end of a phase and it is a good time to move or at least refurbish or decorate. Others are impressed!
You finally realise that you have little to really worry about, especially being as you reach the end of money worries. This improves all relationships with others as you relax more and have fun! You’re more motivated at work and the cash flows in.
Oct 23 - Nov 21
Dec 21 - Jan 19
Feb 18 - Mar19
Life is much easier these days as others stop their power games and behave themselves – for once! You are actually destined to move on out of the orbit of anyone who does not have your interests at heart. This helps to simplify things.
You decide to take a much more positive approach than previously and this permeates every aspect of your life. The daily routine alters significantly and maybe even dramatically when events outside your control bring in a new career opportunity.
Others are much less threatening, having presented you with a challenge or two over the previous few months. Life calms down as a consequence and this is soothing to your soul! Love and romance now enter in as well as a new friend who offers work.
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