Monthly Archives: January 2013

Apparitions…

Okay this post was inspired by a conversation I just had with a friend. He had an experience at work recently where he saw a full-blown apparition of a woman dressed in a period late 1800s dress. This was a shop, and so he naturally greeted the woman and asked how he could help her. She looked at him and vanished before his eyes. This isn’t something he’s comfortable with, in fact he’s terrified by it and wants nothing to do with it. Soon after this experience he heard from his supervisor who claimed to have seen the same apparition during a similar experience. 

I tried to comfort him. But sometimes it is difficult because as a paranerdal person I totally don’t get why he wasn’t totally excited! And of course, I’m extremely jealous!

Have you ever seen a full-blown apparition? Were you scared? Excited? Please share your story. And since I’ve never seen one (other than the spirit of my very first dog), please tell me where and when to show up so that I can see it too! 

 

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Bring Out the Fire…

Because I know I have several readers that are either into, or experts in the area of dreams, at some point this week I was planning on describing a dream a friend and neighbor of mine shared with me recently. Shortly after that conversation, I had an interesting and similar dream. This was all a couple of weeks ago. But last night I had a dream like I’ve never had before. Because of its strangeness (or goofiness?), and because I don’t want to forget details, I’ll push pause on the other dream post and share the latest one. I’m not even sure how to present it to you today, really. Are you sitting down?

By the way, I’m assuming the details that I am able to remember now was the end of a dream. I don’t know how it all started.

I was apparently watching a movie. The camera angle was high in the sky and panning over a setting that looked like Oregon coastline. There was a large and beautiful dinosaur… FIGURE SKATING… on what seemed to be lightly frozen waters. Like a movie where a child runs out onto a frozen pond and you cringe because you just know the ice isn’t incredibly solid, I feared for the life of this giant creature. Was it an animated film? I’m not sure. It seemed very real to me. But even though I was uncomfortable and fearing the ice would break, the dramatic 1990’s Alan Menken-like Disney pop score (bring on Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson) soared beautifully as the elegant dinosaur made large figure eights on the ice. You could see every cut created by the giant ice skates. It seemed like the ending of a movie where you expect the credits to roll any second. Still concerned for the dinosaur, I wondered if we were being fooled and the dinosaur was going to crash through the ice. But the music score was beautiful and emotional and didn’t hint at any danger. I could even hear the melody and lyrics to the chorus being repeated over and over… “Bring out the fire.”

That’s when I woke up. And like my previous posts about being so excited about realizing I had been reading in my dreams, I was so very impressed with the fact that I could still hear the melody and the lyrics. I don’t remember it at the moment, but lying in bed this morning, the melody was stuck in my head for quite a while. I’m absolutely sure it’s a melody that doesn’t exist. I’d never heard it before. And “Bring out the fire”… what’s that about?

Just before writing this post, I searched “Bring out the fire” on Google. There were tons of links to what is apparently a very popular Usher song, titled More, that includes “bring out the fire” as part of the lyrics. I listened to the song. I’d never heard it before and it didn’t seem anything like the song in my dream. Also, just minutes ago I Googled “Peabo Bryson” to make sure I was spelling the name correctly above and one of the first links was a video for a 1978 Peabo Bryson song with the title Feel the Fire. Weird.

 

So there you have it. Do any of you hear newly composed music with lyrics in your dreams? And do you wake up singing it? I really should have recorded myself singing it into a recorder so I’d have it, but that seemed embarrassing. 🙂

Anyone in Hollywood interested in the movie rights to this story can contact me directly at info@mospiritseekers.com.

 

 

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Exciting News! Beyond the Scole Experiment!

The "Scole Hole"

The “Scole Hole”

A few days ago I got some exciting news through a comment right here at The Big Séance. Grant Solomon, one of the authors of The Scole Experiment: Scientific Evidence for Life After Death, informed me that the two mediums from the Scole Experiment were not only active again, but getting results. I was also informed that another book that follows the current experiment is in the works. How exciting is that?!

Grant suggested we all check out the following two sites (both on Facebook) to stay updated. 

The Scole Experiment

Beyond the Scole Experiment

I’ve already found a ton of things there to keep me busy for a while. 

 

Thank you, Mr. Solomon, for stopping by and keeping us informed! 

 

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Do Spirits Reside at Papa Jack’s Pizza in Lexington, Missouri?

A few nights ago, Missouri Spirit Seekers (MOSS) investigated a popular pizza place in Lexington, Missouri. This last fall I had stopped in for lunch at Papa Jack’s Pizza with some family after a morning of shopping on Main Street. (By the way, I highly recommend the pepperoni pizza with a special request of BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce. Sounds weird, I know… but delicious!) This visit led us to discussing the history of the building and the paranormal. We learned that employees at Papa Jack’s Pizza have been experiencing friendly paranormal activity on a regular basis from the time they  moved into the building on 1014 Main Street. With an amazing view of the Lafayette County Courthouse (built just 20 years earlier) just across the street, the Papa Jack’s building is believed to have been built in 1869, which would have been eight years after the Civil War Battle of Lexington, and making it one of the oldest structures on Main Street.   

Most of the activity has been reported on the restaurant level as well as the basement. Voices, singing, whistling, footsteps, apparitions, and being touched are just some of the experiences that are reported in these two areas. However, there are two upper floors of forgotten apartment units that haven’t seen tenants since the early 1980s. In a picture below, you can see that much of the furniture and appliances in these apartments are still there, creating the eerie feeling of being in a 1970s time warp. A very musty and dusty time warp, yes, but strangely beautiful and absolutely fascinating. In another picture, you can still see a calendar on the wall that tries its best to get us to believe that it is May of 1982. As a native of Lexington, it was hard to imagine that what I was seeing had been sitting there, mostly untouched, for nearly my entire life and childhood. And as someone obsessed with studying and learning about the paranormal, it was like finding an abandoned theme park in your own town. It made me stop to realize that there are probably many forgotten gems just like this one, hidden away above the shops and stores on Main Street. 

Our goal in investigating was to find out more about the unseen tenants. One of these spirits is said to be that of a friendly little girl, so we came to play. We have tons of footage and hours of audio to review, which will likely take a month or more. But here is something that I can tell you right now before I even get started. This was one of our most exciting investigations yet! And it turns out we did have some interesting experiences on the restaurant level and in the basement that we will be looking into. And yes, the paranerd in me hopes to find evidence of spirit communication from the two upper floors of the building. 

View of the Lafayette County Courthouse from a top floor window.

View of the Lafayette County Courthouse from a top floor window.

I will likely post an occasional update right here at www.BigSeance.com, and when analysis is complete, a final report with evidence will be published at www.MoSpiritSeekers.com.

 

 

 


Just Checking In… Planning for a Conversation with Spirits…

Just wanted to check in this evening. Nothing too put-together or organized since a lot is on my mind. 

 

Image from wallpaperscraft.com

Image from wallpaperscraft.com

At the moment I’m preparing for an out-of-town paranormal investigation scheduled for this weekend. For this investigation we hope to communicate with what many believe are the spirits of a man and a friendly young girl. I hate going into an investigation without details and history, but not much is known right now. The property is around 150 years old, four levels, and lots of character. We’ll also be bundling for a frigid winter evening with no power for much of the investigation. Exciting, right? Not knowing much back story, it is interesting trying to plan for a meaningful spirit conversation. What to ask… what to ask… I also enjoy planning for and using trigger music in an investigation, but I’m not sure what decades or styles to choose. With any luck, we’ll get live requests. 


Everyone have a great weekend!

Patrick


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Categorizing Hauntings…

Recently, a conversation brought me to the topic of categorizing paranormal events, more specifically… hauntings. Many paranormal groups list these categories or “types of ghosts” on their webpages. Often they have their own slant to them, depending on their experience or beliefs. And I don’t pretend to be the wisest or most experienced investigator, but in my opinion, many of these definitions or explanations are sometimes just clearly wrong. I have to be honest though, I’ve considered adding such a glossary to my own group’s page several times before. 

Here are a few examples of these categories…

A Residual Haunting (a phrase that I believe was coined, or at least made popular, by Jason and Grant of T.A.P.S./Ghost Hunters), also sometimes referred to as an “imprint” haunting, is usually considered to be the energy of a spirit or even an event that plays over and over like a recording. It is usually predictable and there’s little chance of getting any kind of communication back from this type of phenomena. Some even believe that the makeup of certain environments or physical surroundings involved in one of these hauntings (such as water or limestone) could play an important role in the imprint. Actually, many old-school investigators consider the word “haunting” itself to be “residual”. 

An Intelligent Haunting is thought to be the actual spirit of a person who remains (maybe by choice, maybe not) on our side of the veil. You are more likely to strike up communication with one of these hauntings, since they are likely to be aware of your presence. I could be wrong, but I think most paranormal investigators get way more excited about this kind of haunting. One of the main reasons I am involved in the paranormal is to learn whatever I can from the other side, or from paranormal events in general. And who really wants to talk to someone who doesn’t talk back?

The categories I just mentioned are the two main categories that I’m likely to use in my investigations. I can really get behind these. But I think we in the paranormal field sometimes recklessly jump to categorizing things too far… either because it makes us sound educated on the topic, or because we’re just not sure.

This next one bugs me, mainly due to the stigma and history that comes with the name…

…which is Poltergeist. By simply using or saying this term you are likely to bring negative or concerning thoughts to someone looking for help or answers. As an entity, a poltergeist has traditionally been described as a noisy, sometimes disruptive, and sometimes destructive ghost.  But I think now days we use this term in reference to a “phenomenon” that isn’t really an entity or “ghost” at all.

Poltergeist activity is often reported to be caused by or have a connection with young adolescents, many times female. It’s also often reported in homes where tension and/or struggle is constantly present. So if we’re using the term “poltergeist” to refer to a ghost, then I don’t understand why. In my opinion, couldn’t any intelligent haunting make noise or move an object if they really wanted to? Maybe they all can’t, but some certainly have. And investigators have been capturing evidence of spirits making noise or moving things for years, such as communication via EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and even disembodied voices (voices that are heard live on site, without the aid of equipment).

If we’re using the term “poltergeist” to refer to the phenomenon that isn’t an entity at all, then in my opinion, we need to come up with a new term. Let’s call it something else. It’s not a ghost, so let’s stop confusing people.

Now to a few categories that just flat out get on my nerves…

Shadow People. Different groups or investigators describe these “ghosts” differently. Rather than being a full-blown apparition, or a see through vaporous apparition, these are usually described as solid and dark shadows. Sometimes they’re described as always short. Some people say that “shadow people” are “inhuman” entities (we’ll get to those later) or even “trickster” entities. My question is, how do we know so many details about a spirit or entity just by seeing the shadow? What if what you saw was just an average spirit and they were working really hard to present themselves physically to you and this was all he could muster today? Maybe yesterday he was a full-blown apparition? What makes us automatically know that an apparition that presents itself today as a shadow is “inhuman” or “trickster”? In my opinion, it’s just a spirit that happened to present itself to you as a shadow at the moment. And maybe you’ll learn more later… but until then, let’s not insult the spirit of Great Uncle Frank with calling him a “shadow person”. What’s that? Oh, the shadow was running from you and darting in and out of rooms? Oh… that’s probably because you were hunting him down with a laser grid.   

How about when an investigator tells a client that they’ve got an Inhuman Spirit in their home? Really? Explain, please. Is it E.T.? Is it a demon? And how did you come to this conclusion so quickly? Was it a dark shadow? Did it growl? Did it smell? Maybe it’s just the spirit of an old family pet? 

This list for me could go on and on. Negative Entities or sometimes even Demonic Entities, Gnomes, Fairies, Djinn (this one is really popular now), and one of my least favorite…. ORBS! (Don’t get me started.)

So anyway, here I am conflicted with categorizing the paranormal this week when I was asked a question by a friend. She asked “If a house is haunted and then you relocate said house, does the ghost move with the house or stay with the property?” And actually, it’s something I’ve pondered more than a few times. I immediately jumped into my explanation with… “Well… it depends on if it was a residual ghost or an intelligent ghost.” 🙂 

I guess categorizing is important… sometimes. But let’s be careful and think it through. 


Deathbed Visions…

Carla Wills-Brandon

Carla Wills-Brandon

Today I listened to an interview of the author, Carla Wills-Brandon, regarding her expertise in the area of deathbed or departing visions. This is when the dying begin seeing or communicating with spirits, entities, or passed loved ones that the living can’t see (in most cases). These very real visions have been known to comfort the dying, and in some cases it is an invitation for them to go ahead and cross over. This specific topic doesn’t always hold my attention, but I thought the author was fascinating. What makes her more interesting is that she is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is the author of twelve books, but several of them are related to deathbed visions and/or the afterlife. She had great energy and seemed to really know her stuff. I could have listened to her speak all day and I plan on grabbing at least one of her books. You can find more information about Carla in the related article below. 

I’m curious… do my readers have any experiences with deathbed visions? Did the dying feel reassured or comforted by the visit? Were you aware of just who was joining or assisting them? I feel we can probably learn a lot from them. Some believe they are merely hallucinations. What are your thoughts? 

I’d love to share an experience, if I had one… Please share yours! 🙂 

 

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