Monthly Archives: July 2013

Flies and Hauntings: “You can’t really kill what’s already dead.”

Hey folks! I’m on page 218 of the first volume of House of Darkness House of Light, the true story of the events that happened in the movie The Conjuring, written by Andrea Perron, the oldest daughter. I’ve got to be honest. I was initially intimidated by the size of these books (the third and final book is yet to come), but at this point I’m pretty sure that there’s virtually no chance of me not buying into all three volumes. I’ve been sucked into the story all weekend, and I’ve not been able to think of anything else in the last two days. It is such a good book!

Early on in their story, not long after moving in, the Perrons experienced supernatural and never-ending amounts of flies that seemed to come from nowhere. This was in the middle of a very cold and snowy winter. No amount of swatting or extermination could solve their problem. It was making them crazy, and along with other bone-chilling events, it was gradually tearing a family apart.

Most likely, when you think of flies and hauntings, you think of the famous scene from the movie The Amityville Horror from 1979. Usually when I hear someone describe flies as being a sign of a haunting, I get the instant urge to roll my eyes. You won’t find many “experts” in the paranormal who are willing to validate flies as being harbingers of things to come in a haunted location, though Lorraine Warren supposedly told Mrs. Perron that this was the case. Referring to their nasty fly situation, Warren is quoted in the book as saying “You can’t really kill what’s already dead.” In The Conjuring, James Wan apparently chose to nod to Alfred Hitchcock and use birds as a harbinger, rather than flies. It could be that birds play a role in the book as well, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I’ll admit I’m conflicted. It just seems so Hollywood to me… and like talk of “demons” (which I’m sure I’ll be discussing soon), it seems to require a certain kind of religious belief that I don’t usually buy into. But I’ve done lots of researching into this story and the Perrons recently, and unlike the questionable history of the Amityville haunting, and though I don’t know the family personally (though I’ve enjoyed recently being connected with Andrea on Facebook), I really believe their story. So here it is. I feel like I have to tell you that all of this is really making me re-think my position on evil harbinger flies.    

 

Thoughts? Experiences? Fly swatter recommendations?

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Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden on Lifetime?

 

Christina Ricci Photo Credit: David Shankbone

Christina Ricci
Photo Credit: David Shankbone

This is apparently not breaking news, but it was news to me today. I was watching Christina Ricci’s interview on today’s The View, where she was promoting the new movie, Smurfs 2, in which she lends her voice for the character of Vexy, a bad Smurf. Early on in the segment it was briefly mentioned that she is working on a film about the famous ax murderess, Lizzie Borden, and she plays the role of… duh… Lizzie. The ladies were poking fun at the fact that she has played so many dark characters. Christina talked about how she loved the darker roles and often saw humor in them. (It was funny seeing her talk about these darker roles while wearing a bright and sunny polka-dotted outfit.)  

According to The Herald News, the Lifetime movie (bummer) just finished filming a few days ago. No word yet on when we’ll get to see it.

Also from The Herald, it is interesting to find out that the curators of the famous Lizzie Borden house were not even contacted or used as a resource for the film, other than asking to borrow the famous couch that resembles the original. They turned them down (good for them).

Anyway, I’m totally still pumped.

Just in case you didn’t grow up learning the chant, or if you don’t watch SyFy or the Travel Channel and are therefore unaware of the Lizzie Borden story, let me catch you up.

 

Your Lizzie Borden Study Guide

In 1892, in Fall River Massachusetts…

Lizzie Borden…

did this…

to her father…

and this…

to her stepmother.

She used this. 

The jury…

announced that Lizzie (cough cough murderer) was not guilty. (Rrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight…)

She died in 1927. 

Be sure to come back and visit the Big Séance for all your remedial learning needs. 

Sources: 
http://www.heraldnews.com/news/x273440786/Lizzie-Borden-film-is-a-wrap
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/LizzieBorden/bordenhome.html

 

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Messenger Between Worlds: True Stories from a Psychic Medium

I’m not exactly sure why I find books by mediums so fascinating. Actually, that’s not true. I admire mediums… and as someone who is obsessed with learning about spirit communication and the afterlife, I’m envious of their ability to reach out to the Other Side, often helping souls, both living and deceased, at the same time. Sometimes when I read a string of books that are so serious or about paranormal research or something heavy, I just end up needing to put whatever I’m reading down. I end up breaking my rule, which is to never start a new book when there’s one that still needs to be finished. And it’s like a breath of fresh air. Messenger Between Worlds: True Stories from a Psychic Medium by Kristy Robinett was my most recent breath of fresh air. 

About five months ago I discussed Kristy Robinett here on the blog after hearing her interview on a podcast. I found that just listening to her was a comforting experience. She is so very genuine, she has a beautiful personality, and she has some fascinating stories. Her book was teased in the interview at that time, but I had to wait months since it was released only a few weeks ago. It was well worth the wait.

From the back of the book: 

At the age of three, Kristy Robinett predicted her grandmother’s death. When she was eight, the spirit of her deceased grandfather helped her escape from a would-be kidnapper. This captivating, powerful memoir is filled with unforgettable scenes: spot-on predictions, countless spirit visits at home and school, menacing paranormal activity, and Kristy’s first meeting with two spirit guides who became her constant allies. Born into a strict religious family, Kristy believed she was cursed and hid her  psychic abilities for many years. Over time, she learned to use her talent to do good in the world, and now she has decided to share her incredible story. Follow Kristy’s emotional journey through a difficult childhood, stormy marriages, conflict with faith, job loss, and illness—and the  hard-won lessons that opened her heart to true love and acceptance of her unique gift.

My emotions took a few turns while following Kristy’s journey, and I think most readers can relate to many of the struggles. Throughout the first half of the book, I found myself frustrated that not only was she often not treated kindly, but not accepted for who she was and the reluctant gift that she was given. I think that’s why for a long time she couldn’t find herself. But it’s easy to cheer her on. Haven’t we all had those “what am I SUPPOSED TO BE when I grow up” moments? I’m 35 and I’m still having them. I think we all want to land on the right track. Some of us don’t know we’re on the wrong track, and some of us know but we’re not entirely sure what train to hop and where it’s going… and how to pay for the ticket… and what will be waiting for us when we get to that mysterious destination, anyway? Well I found myself smiling and truly happy for her as she took a giant risk and bravely jumped onto the right track for the rest of her journey… and because she’s so young, there’s a lot of track left, with plenty of stories yet to tell. Okay, enough trains. But seriously, I look forward to reading about the next part of the journey.

Yes, the book is about the medium author herself, but if you’re wanting the stories of spirit communication in her readings, of helping to solve cold cases, of the conversations with spirit guides, don’t worry. If you’re looking for validation from the various messages she gets, it’s here. Those beautiful moments, the heartfelt stories, the changed lives… those gems can be found throughout as well.

I truly loved it! Thanks for being brave enough to share you life with us, Kristy!

If you haven’t heard or seen Kristy Robinett, I wanted to give you the chance to see and hear her below. The first is video of a recent radio show appearance that I enjoyed. Below that is Kristy’s appearance from this last October on the Ricki Lake Show. Kristy has several other videos online. For more info, visit KristyRobinett.com.

 

 

 

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Survey Says (Answers!)

Because I know Renae Rude has been holding her breath for days to find out how close she was (You totally rock, Renae!), I wanted to reveal the answers to the teaser post from earlier this week. The answers are accurate as of July 14, 2013. Ready? Here we go with an exciting link-filled post!

 

What are the all-time top 4 search terms for Big Séance?

 

 

  1. Thomas Edison and the phonograph (By far the winner… I’m convinced this post is used in a curriculum for a course somewhere. When fall gets here there will be a few days where old Tommy will get 60 or 70 hits each day. One day it was over 400.)
  2. Jimi Hendrix (Can you believe it? I think the name exists ONCE on ONE of my earlier posts. Fascinating.)
  3. Black Eyed Kids
  4. Marcello Bacci

 

What are the all-time top 4 Big Séance blog posts?

 

 

  1. Thomas Edison and the Phonograph (Naturally… he thinks he’s so brilliant.)
  2. Communicating with Dead Celebrities and the Famous (Same post where Jimi Hendrix resides… there’s a pattern here.)
  3. Memories of the Stanley Hotel (Yay! **In my announcer voice** –> This is Stanley’s first nomination and first win for his role on the Big Séance blog.)
  4. Black Eyed Kids (They’re sneaky. Can’t get rid of them.)

 

 

Care to know what the all-time LEAST viewed (as of today) post from the Big Séance is? (This was not asked in the teaser earlier this week.)

  1. Holiday Spirits (Kind of shocks me! Since I know you missed it, check it out.)

 

Out of 132 countries, what are the top 5 all-time countries that represent my readership? (This one might not be so tough.)

  1. USA
  2. UK
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. France

 

Who are the all-time top 4 commenters? (Apparently not a word.)

  1. Randy Keller (Renae’s correct answer! 🙂 )
  2. Brandie Sellers/Maria Laing (A tie!)
  3. Lee Allen Howard

 

As always, thank you all for supporting the blog, being loyal readers, sharing posts with friends, and for playing along! Till the next post… 

 

Peace!

 

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A Sign from the Guides…

Photo Credit: Jessie Eastland

Photo Credit: Jessie Eastland

I want to tell you a really cool story tonight. Unfortunately, it is not my story to tell, but my sister has given me permission to pass it along to you.

 My sister and her partner had just pulled up in their car to pick up a carry out order at Chipotle. She stayed in the car, which was near a patch of grass with running sprinklers that were giving the car a shower. While she was waiting, she decided that there was something on her mind, an important decision, that just might require some special guidance. She brought the issue up to her guides and asked for some kind of sign. It was then that the sprinklers turned off next to the car. She thought, “Was that my sign?” With her eyes closed, she asked for further clarification to know if her guides were with her and listening. Suddenly, two women exited the restaurant and walked by my sister’s car, where she still had her eyes closed. The first two words that came out of one of the women’s mouths was “Spirit Guide”. Message received. 

After leaving the parking lot with their food, she immediately called to tell me the story.  

Isn’t that exciting?! My very first post on February 5, 2012 (225 posts ago), was about Spirit Guides. I’m not sure I’ve specifically brought the subject up since then, which kind of surprises me. Around the time of that first post, I was spending a lot of time trying to get to know my spirit guide (who I refer to as Merlin), learning about channeling, taking a channeling class at Ahtah Sanctuary, and reading waaaay too many books on the topic for me to handle. Right now though, I’m a bit out of practice and haven’t been meditating, working on intuition, or developing a relationship with my spirit guide. I’ve tried very hard over the years, but my sister tends to be a little more gifted in her sensitivity to these things. Her story makes me want to get reacquainted with Merlin and get validation that he hasn’t given up on guiding me.  

 

Do my readers have any stories or experience with getting incredibly clear or special validation from your guide(s)? 

 

Two books I’d recommend on the topic: 

 

Ask Your Guides: Connecting to Your Divine Support System
by Sonia Choquette

Opening To Channel: How To Connect With Your Guide
by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

Related Articles: 

5 Ways to Hear Your Spirit Guides and Angels More Clearly (psynergywellness.com)

You Have a Spirit Guide (Building the Bridge)

 


Haunted Summer Reading Part One

I wanted to share with you a reblog, which happens to be my very first guest blog post, from News From The Spirit World. Please enjoy Haunted Summer Reading Part One and look for Part Two at Newsfromthespiritworld.com soon.

News From The Spirit World

book front

One of my obsessions is reading non-fiction material on paranormal and spiritual topics, especially those about spirit communication, specifically. When each book is done, I take pride and conduct a shelving ceremony (I’m usually the only one who attends). One of the greatest problems one could have (in my opinion) is to have to buy a new bookshelf to make room for more books. I own every book I’ve read and haven’t caved into the e-book craze yet. It will be a while… and it gets expensive… but I think the loss of physical books is a very sad thing. Look at me being off topic already.

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