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Who opened that door?! Nothing is not the opposite of everything.

It has been way too long since I last wrote to you. A lot of things, some exciting, have been going on lately in my personal and work life. And because of all of the craziness, I’ve not been able to tell you about some very interesting activity that I experienced a couple of weeks ago. It left me scratching my head… and I loved every minute of it. 

I had been working on putting together the recent Learn How to Record EVP: The Session episode of the Big Séance Podcast. I worked on it quite a bit for several days. Some weird things eventually began happening over those couple of days, including me and the dog hearing some out of the ordinary knocks and noises, the dog acting stranger than usual, an incident involving lights in the basement, and finishing off with the following incredible moment:

I have a cabinet in the room where I’m sitting right now. It’s a cabinet that means a lot to me because it was built for my Grandma Keller by my father when he was in high school. It’s basically a bookshelf with two wood-framed doors that have glass so that you can see the contents of the shelf. It also happens to be where I keep several of my spirit communication tools, meters, digital audio recorders, spirit boxes, etc. If you’re familiar with my old yearbook collection from the 1920s, those are in this cabinet as well. I believe I was editing the show notes for the EVP episode when I heard a door of the cabinet pop open. I turned my head just in time to see the dog run away out of fear, and the left door coming to a stop from being swung open.

I want you to know that I’m kicking myself for not immediately jumping into an EVP session right there. I did, however, attempt communication, asked if they were visiting to help with my EVP efforts, and made a request for a few other signs to confirm a presence. I got none.

If you know me, you know I’d never jump to the conclusion that this was paranormal… however, I know my dog didn’t and couldn’t have opened this door. Is it possible that it wasn’t securely latched and somehow snapped open? Absolutely, though I’ve never once witnessed it.

Before everyone comments that I need to have my home blessed due to evil entities, or a poltergeist, slow waaaaaay down. I had just had an EVP session an hour or two earlier. My spirit communication experiments involve requesting and inviting the presence of spirits and loved ones from the other side. That’s what I do. I don’t go running from them or shooing them away when they show up. Part of me wonders if someone was just late to the party and they wanted me to know that they were there. The cabinet that was opened housed spirit communication devices. Was that a sign? Possibly. And what about the strange activity that happened in the days just before this event? The same spirit or energy? My (and the dog’s) imagination? A really early arrival for the EVP session?

And now for the part that will frustrate many of you. I haven’t analyzed this EVP session yet.

No unusual activity since then.

To be continued…

 

Tonight I leave you with some very poetic words that I came across at about the same time of this experience. Poetry doesn’t resonate with me often, but this really stuck with me. 

Nothing is not the opposite of everything. 
Dark is not the opposite of light. 
Good is not the opposite of bad. 
They are all the same coin, 
the head is inseparable from the tail. 
Yin is entirely dependent on Yang to exist. 
All opposites arise and fall away together.
So, running away also running toward.
Silence is sound, stillness is movement.
Nothing is everything.

–Mike Jenkins 

 

 


The Spirit of Creativity and More Ouija with Karen A. Dahlman – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #29

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Karen A. Dahlman, The Legends, Lore, and Symbols of Halloween, The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #17Author, licensed therapist, and Ouija Expert, Karen A. Dahlman, gives us the scoop on what role the Ouija board played in her first book, The Spirit of Creativity: Embodying Your Soul’s Passion. Also, how do you move beyond your own limiting beliefs? How do you channel chaos creatively? Plus, meditation, dreams, self-hypnosis, and how to know if you are sleepwalking through life.

 

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Today’s guest is one of your favorites. Her first interview on the Big Séance Podcast was all the way back to episode 5. She was then co-host for episode 17, which was one of our special Halloween episodes, and she had contributions in episodes 19 and 24. Today she gets the stage, once again, all by herself, though it’s a different book this time. We’re going to be talking about her first book, The Spirit of Creativity: Embodying Your Soul’s Passion.

The Spirit of Creativity: Embodying Your Soul's Passion by Karen A. Dahlman, The Big Séance Podcast, BigSeance.comKaren A. Dahlman is an author, licensed therapist, business owner & consultant and a leading expert Ouija-ologist. She has been researching the use of the Ouija Board since 1973 by first-handedly using and perfecting her communication with varying consciousness and sentient beings via this tool with consistently amazing results!

Having a strong, spiritual connection to her spirit friends, as she has throughout her entire life, she teaches others within her books about the positive benefits of using the Ouija Board and other creative means as a pathway for expanding and deepening one’s world and expression within it in the most profound ways.

From working in the creative and humanistic field as a private practice art psychotherapist and then more recently as the CEO of a consulting and design firm in the high tech wireless industry, she found herself coming full circle within her career, from right brain to left brain to center brain. Karen strives to maintain a balance of her total brain within her heart.

She endeavors to help others deepen into their unique possibilities found only within their heart, so that they too may discover their own empowerment to affect personal growth, their spiritual evolution, and a passionate expression of their calling. Karen shares her developed processes for doing this within her books.

 

In this episode:

  • Karen’s work and background with creativity 4:15

  • So what role did the Ouija play in writing this book? 16:47

  • “Our own beliefs and the beliefs we hold about others or about life in general can affect us.”
    So how do we move beyond those limiting beliefs? 25:05
  • “Life is a process.” “Happiness is found in the path, not the destination.” 29:05
  • Karen on creativity and chaos 33:41
  • Chaos and soul contracts 38:39
  • Sleepwalking through life. How do we know if we are? 42:38
  • Meditation, Self-hypnosis, Dreams, and Trans-Awareness 50:05
  • What led Karen to what she’s doing now? Why these specific writings? Why Ouija? 1:04:07
  • What’s coming up for Karen? OuijaCon! New book coming soon! 1:09:18

 

For More on Karen A. Dahlman:

Visit KarenADahlman.com or CreativeVisionsPublications.com

 

Thanks, Karen!

 

The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

 


Learn How to Record EVP: The Session – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #28

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Are you fascinated by the EVP examples you hear on your favorite paranormal television shows? Have you ever wanted to learn just how to conduct an EVP session? Or maybe you’re already actively involved in an area of spirit communication, but you’d like to learn about someone else’s process and hear a new perspective on EVP. In this episode, I share the techniques that I’ve learned and use in my research on Electronic Voice Phenomena.

 

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How to Record EVP: The Session

 

There are many many ways of recording for and capturing EVP. For decades, people all over the world have successfully recorded spirit voices in their own individual way. There are basic techniques and there are techniques that are rather complicated, some requiring more equipment and more explanation. There are also techniques that due to times changing and new technology, are just outdated. 

My experiences with EVP began as a paranormal investigator, but more recently it comes from research and conducting various experiments and seances, mostly in my home. 

I want to make it clear that my intention for this episode is to share how I typically go about recording for EVP during experiments in my own home, specifically. The process might be a bit different during a paranormal investigation, especially if you are investigating with a group.

And before I really get into my process, I have to give some credit to the following researchers/authors who have influenced me in recent years: the late Sarah Estep, one of America’s great EVP pioneers; Tom and Lisa Butler, directors of Association TransCommunication; and Randall Keller, a wise and experienced researcher who has been a great mentor. And he’s also a former guest of the podcast, from Episode #8 from August 14, 2014. A lot of what I know and the “how to” came directly from these folks in one way or another.

 

My technique for recording EVP

 

Determine your location/recording environment

  • Quiet and comfortable
  • Avoid bad energy/pick a feel good place
  • Be familiar with your surroundings (noises and sounds)
  • Ideally, you will want to record when you are alone in the house or location
  • Document the location and details of others in the house if you’re not alone.
  • Pick a time of day where the neighborhood (if that is an issue for you) is at its quietest. 
  • Document specific equipment you’re using (if it’s out of the ordinary).
  • Document anything you may be trying or changing as far as technique goes.
  • Document anything odd in your surroundings for a session. 

 

Recorders and their placement

  • Use a digital audio recorder with USB capabilities
  • I use the Sony ICD PX-820 and Sony ICD PX-720, and they’re nearly identical. They’re also old models, so don’t go looking for them on Amazon, unless you’re wanting a used one. I also use a nicer and techier Tascam DR-07 with an external Tascam microphone.
  • In my opinion, it is important to use two recorders at the same time for sessions. These recorders should be different models or brands. This may help you to rule out questionable sounds that could be picked up or more easily explained in another recorder. 
  • EVP are not often recorded in multiple recorders at one time. If I hear something or a voice out-of-place in one recorder, but not in the other, I’m more likely to believe it is truly paranormal and possibly an EVP.
  • Place your recorders near you, probably on opposite sides of the room, but far enough away where you won’t hear your every breath.
  • Using headphones or ear buds? Maybe. Maybe not. 

 

Advice for saving time and frustration later

  • Starting both recorders at the same time (or close to it) will be very helpful when comparing time stamps during analysis.
  • Get in the habit of “tagging” while investigating or during an EVP session. 

 

Just before the session

  • Brief meditation or prayer.
  • State intentions. I invite spirits/guides/loved ones to help in sending or inviting appropriate spirits to help with research and to learn about life on the other side.
  • Sometimes before a session I’ll simply play relaxation or meditation music lightly in the background to help me chill out.
  • Be in a good place or frame of mind when practicing any form of spirit communication.

 

The Actual EVP Session

  • Click record and allow for at least 30 seconds of silence.
  • Re-state verbal request for protection/invitation 
  • State the date and time
  • Briefly describe the equipment used and where it is placed
  • Document anything unusual in the environment
  • Once again state intentions
  • Begin by asking some basic identifying questions.
  • Give 100% respect
  • Don’t interrogate.
  • Don’t assume you’re smarter because you’re alive.
  • Don’t assume they want or need your help.
  • Don’t assume they’re miserable.
  • Don’t assume they’re “earthbound”, troubled, or in need of help.
  • Do not jump to the conclusion that because you’ve captured an EVP, your home is haunted. Some very impressive and historic examples of spirit communication have come from spirits reporting to be communicating from a kind of station used for communicating from the other side.
  • Further questions might be more specific, possibly relate to a specific spirit, or be no different than elements of a conversation you’d have with a living person.
  • Allow plenty of time (20 to 30 seconds) in between questions.
  • If you have a complicated or deep question in mind, consider breaking it up into smaller chunks.

 

If you experience activity during the session

  • I don’t always instigate it, but as you may know from a previous episode of the podcast, often I get spirits who like to let me know of their presence by knocks or “rapping”. I guess it’s just the best way for some spirits to communicate with me. When this happens, I roll with it, and I try to continue the communication through the rapping. In my opinion, this kind of communication is just as fascinating and noteworthy as EVP.
  • Sometimes at the end of a session I’ll ask for some kind of validation through touch or the moving of an object. If you’re comfortable with it, why not ask? I know that when I get two or three loud knocks or raps when I ask for it, or if I ever capture a recorder being moved across the table, I’ll be way more likely to be confident about any EVP captured in that session.
  • To hear examples from my sessions where I communicate with spirits through rapping and knocking, be sure to listen to Episode #6 from July 30, 2014

 

Before ending a session

  • Give any spirits present the opportunity to give feedback or suggestions to make the research, or the communication in general, more successful.
  • Thank those present for their energy and presence and invite them to return for future sessions.

 

I think my sessions are longer than most people prefer. A typical session for me is 15 to 20 minutes. Just remember that depending on how thorough you are during the analysis of your audio recordings, it will take at the very least twice as long to listen and analyze as it took to record. Some of my more complicated and longer sessions can take a day or more to get through. And that’s just with one recorder. You get the picture. 

 

Other techniques and tools that you can combine with your EVP session

  • The use of background noise, such as “white” or “pink noise”, or even taking advantage of explainable noises in the environment. Many believe, and some are convinced, that using background noise during EVP sessions may help entities to communicate.
  • I will sometimes use a “spirit box” or any device that will help me practice the “radio sweep” method of capturing what is an example of “opportunistic EVP”. Avoid falling for pareidolia.
  • One last tool that I tend to use now, won’t surprise most of you at all. But I will also spend some time in my session, often by myself, but sometimes with a partner, using the Ouija board. As of this date, after around 3 years of occasional use of the Ouija, I’ve yet to experience or capture movement on the board. With that being said, I have captured a possible EVP that I’ve shared with listeners in a past episode. This communication seems to say “Ouijee… board” after I asked “what am I touching” during a Ouija session. Pretty cool, if you ask me. That was in Episode #5 from July 23rd, 2014, and was my first interview with Karen A. Dahlman.

 

So as you can see… there are so many things you can do with an EVP session. You can have a very basic session, or you can be very detailed, go crazy with it, and pretty much make a full-time study of it. But as I always say, as long as you’re being respectful and have good positive intentions, there’s nothing wrong with it. Just be smart and have fun. 

 

Perhaps in a future episode, I’ll get into how you can listen to and analyze your recordings, in search of those possible spirit voices.

 

Also in this episode:

Listener Feedback

Check out Todd Moster’s Kickstarter Project – The Afterlife Files

Sneak Peak at next week’s episode with returning guest, Karen A. Dahlman!

 

The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

 


Carole J. Obley and Soul to Soul Connections – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #27

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Psychic Carole J. Obley, The Big Séance Podcast

 

A conversation with spiritual medium, Carole J. Obley, on such topics as past lives, meditation, how she uses her gifts, the most memorable messages that she has received from spirit, and her book, Soul to Soul Connections: Comforting Messages from the Spirit World.

 

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Carole J. Obley, of Soulvisions, LLC – is a professional spiritual medium from Pittsburgh, PA, who has done thousands of readings for people seeking confirmation, guidance, and healing from the spirit world. She has been the subject of newspaper articles, spoken on both radio and TV and is the author of three books on mediumship and healing. She has also published articles on spiritual and metaphysical subjects and taught workshops at Lilydale, N.Y., the largest US center for Spiritualism. She has produced audio programs to help people with spiritual development and teaches three levels of classes in intuition and mediumship. You can find Carole’s website at SoulVisions.net

 

In this episode:

  • Intro and Carole’s Bio :37
  • What’s it like doing so many phone readings and connecting with people over the radio? 3:50
  • When did Carole first discover she had the ability to communicate with the spirit world? 6:30
  • What types of messages from the spirit world do spirits typically want to communicate with us? 9:33
  • Messages of forgiveness 11:30
  • Let’s dig into Carole’s book, Soul to Soul Connections: Comforting Messages from the Spirit World 13:19
    • Soul to Soul Connections: Comforting Messages from the Spirit World by Carole J. Obley, The Big Séance Podcast, BigSeance.com Carole gets details of past lives in her readings 13:19
    • Tips on mindful meditation/”timeless state” and my own “A-Ha” moment! 18:37
    • Eckhart Tolle 18:37 
    • Avoiding getting lost in the noise and details of our 21st century technology and busy-ness 22:50
    • Chaos/Negativity/the shift 27:10
    • Addiction and Recovery 29:02
      • 12-Step Recovery and Spiritual Growth 30:28
    • Carole’s most memorable readings and evidence 34:25
  • What is the spirit world like and what happens when we die? Also, the “life review” seems to be the ultimate Elf on the Shelf! 40:43
  • Carole also gets communication from pets and animals from the Other Side! 48:31
  • Carole’s courses on mediumship and spirituality 52:08

  

For More on Carole J. Obley:

Visit SoulVisions.net

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Thanks, Carole!

 

Also in this episode: 

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  • Claire Broad (ClaireBroad.com) and her development circles in the UK. Thanks for the contacting me, Claire! 54:53 

A New Book!

 

The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

 


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