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Travis Sanders on Psychic Kids, Spiritualism, and Support for Millennials – The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #102

An interview with Clairvoyant Medium Travis Sanders on Spiritualism, Mediumship, Psychic Kids, and Millennials - The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #102

 

Clairvoyant medium, Travis Sanders, sits down with Patrick for a conversation about psychic kids, Spiritualism, and support for today’s young people. Plus his book, I Am Psychic, So Are You!: A Clairvoyant Handbook

 

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Demons, Possession, and the Book I Almost Didn’t Finish

 

A photo I took from inside the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri.

A photo I took from inside the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri.

I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding the subject of demons or demonic possession on this blog. This isn’t due to being afraid of the topic or needing to leave the closet light on when I talk about it, but because the BS-o-meter tends to immediately start flashing in my head when the topic is brought up. It’s not something I do on purpose, and it’s not that I’m trying to be a jerk, it just doesn’t resonate with me, I guess. I’ve always done my best to not offend anyone in discussions about their beliefs, or when people recount their demonic experiences. As Jim Harold famously says, “I keep an open mind, but not so open that my brains fall out.” Most of the time I just listen and try to see the activity as simply paranormal, just like any other experience that may or may not be explainable, rather than attach a demonic name or entity to it. 

 

I admit it! 

But I think I need to finally come clean and admit that I have issues believing in the concept. Oh I know what some of you will use to argue already. Light can’t exist without darkness. A belief in angels requires a belief in demons. Those arguments sound nice, but they don’t settle anything for me, and to be fair, I have the same issues wrapping my head around angels sometimes too, with their names and their color coded wings. For a while last year I was involved in a few phone conversations with a popular television production company about the possibility of being involved in a pilot about angels and investigating whether or not they really existed. I’m not sure where the project ended up going, but many of the personalities they were interested in just had a knowing that angels existed, and that’s not what they were looking for. They wanted someone who needed the proof. It was exciting to be approached, but I’m not sure the topic of angels would have been enough to keep me focused or serious for a whole series. One thing is for sure, though. I’d have to see some evidence before I could confidently say I believed in angels. Now ask me if I believe in spirit guides. (Well… I can’t wait all night for you to ask, but just know the answer is YES. My regular readers already knew this.)

Oh I believe in evil, in a sense that there are bad people, good people, and a whole spectrum of people in between. Those same people may just end up being either the innocent ghost or the trouble-making poltergeist in a haunted house. Many people believe, as I do, that we’re placed here on earth, maybe more than once, to learn lessons and allow our souls to grow spiritually. Perhaps these “bad people” are here to be a part of those lessons, and maybe their struggle with being bad has something to do with their own lesson. But believing in an inhuman demonic entity, or the devil himself, is something that I admittedly struggle to take seriously. Some popular paranormal television shows haven’t helped my opinion, either. Often those suddenly possessed investigators or home owners seem to look like they’re simply starving for attention, and oh look, there just happens to be a camera rolling! The spotlight is on me! I don’t mean to be flip, but that’s how it appears. I have absolutely no doubt that spirit can make use of our energy, or manipulate the world around us, and I believe in some cases a person with a gift can be used as a channel for spirit. But sometimes I wonder if people confuse being mentally unstable, or just plain drama, with demon possession. 

 

The book

This post was originally intended to be a book review, but like it or not, I’ve always had a policy about not mentioning a book by name if I don’t have many good things to say about it. Therefore, I’ll be somewhat cryptic in talking about it, and I hope that isn’t seen as poor taste. I’m far from being qualified to be an English teacher, but if I have the urge to take out a red pen to correct grammar and spelling in every chapter of your book, you simply didn’t try very hard to edit it, and so that certainly means I’m going to have a hard time taking you seriously or trusting your qualifications. The book contains story after story of what is supposed to be taken from actual case files of demonic activity, but they just sounded like good fictional storytelling to me… and I’m not big on reading fiction. I simply don’t believe much of those events happened. And people shouldn’t be led to believe that a simple creek, a rap on the wall in response to a question, or an occasional shadow is a reason to convert to Catholicism, get a crucifix for every room, or look for an exorcist.

If you know me, you know that I can’t NOT finish a book, even if I’m not enjoying it. I take pride in finishing the last word and shelving it ceremoniously. But for the first time in years, I considered not finishing this one. I felt a little silly spending the time on it. It took me forever, but I finished it, sighed, and moved on to the next book on my “to be read” shelf.

 

But…

Like some things I’ve brought up in this blog, I might change my mind about all of this in a year or two, or maybe even next week! If I’m suddenly involved in an investigation where I have pea soup spat by someone walking across the ceiling while cursing me in 12 different languages, you’ll be the first to hear from me. Until then, this is where I am with it all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not out in search of evil. I’ve always preferred pleasant spirits “from the light”, but until I’ve experienced it, I refuse to make it something dramatic to fear.

 

Now it’s your turn to tell me why I’m right or wrong.

I know that many of my readers will disagree with me on this. As I say to my students, “you’ll still like me, right?”

As a counter to probably every opinion I just gave here, you may be interested in checking out the ongoing Hidden Astral World series from Gary Leigh’s Psychic Empaths blog, where he quite literally introduces you to Omen, who he claims is a demonic entity. Gary is a loyal reader of the Big Séance and I have a lot of respect for him, so I hope he chooses to still like me after this post. He’s writing about fascinating stuff. I’m just not sure where I am with it all or how to respond. Go check it out!  

 

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Perfectly Lonely and Snowy City of Souls – Return to Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis

Hilts Bronze Angel

All winter long I’ve been anxiously awaiting the perfect day to return to Bellefontaine Cemetery under snow cover. I’d been once before, though things were much greener then, and I didn’t have my new camera, or the photography skills that I’ve gained this year.   

Hilts Bronze Angel

Opening in 1849, Bellefontaine (pronounced “bell fountain” by most St. Louisans) was designed by Almerin Hotchkiss (Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York) and consists of 314 acres of park-like beauty with mausoleums as far as the eye can see. It truly is a small city. Among other big names from the region, you’ll find the resting places of Adolphus Busch (beer giant), William ClarkSara Teasdale, and the infamous Lemp family.

 

Since it was 28 degrees and I knew once I made it there I’d be on foot for a few hours, I bundled in layers and prepared as if I was on a journey to climb Mount Everest. The always-kind and wonderful workers in the office mentioned that the roads were drivable, but they didn’t seem too confident in that statement, so I decided to walk. They encouraged me to take a map and keep the office number on hand. I guess that’s what they do when they see out-of-shape fat guys drop by for photos in the winter. I figured I’d stay close to the main entrance and photograph what I could until it got cold or I felt I was going too far into the cemetery. I didn’t know until later that I’d walked a pretty massive circle that covered most of the popular and historical monuments on the driving tour.

 

 

As I bravely started out, I couldn’t help but notice that my car was the only guest car in the lot. It appeared I was going to be very alone on this journey. Awesome! It was also very quiet, other than the crows flying around, keeping their distance, and warning others of my presence. It was creepy and cool at the same time.

 

With every hill I kept finding beautiful excuses to keep going further. I was impressed that I found a few sites by memory, such as the famous “Girl in the Glass Box”. Even as I detoured off the road and trudged through snow as I found interesting shots, I felt confident I knew where I was and what direction I’d need to head once I decided to go back. I never pulled out the map, or my iPhone, for that matter. 

The famous Luyties “Girl in the Glass Box”

I’m not entirely sure I can describe to you how pleasant and enjoyable this was for me. I mean, I obviously enjoy spending time in cemeteries a little more than the average person, but to be alone (truly alone, I never saw another guest) in the middle of such a beautifully massive city of buried souls, in the middle of winter, enjoying the peace and quiet, with the added risk of getting lost or frozen before dark, was truly an amazing experience. I suppose this risk of being found frozen Jack-Nicholson-in-“The Shining” style could be why one of the workers came by in a cemetery truck as I was on the opposite end of the cemetery an hour and a half later… just checking. I waved and smiled and continued on.

Tate Mausoleum

 

Close up of the Tate Mausoleum doors

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The Francis Grieving Woman

I have to be honest, two hours later, as it got a bit darker, there was a moment when I wasn’t sure exactly where I was or if I was going in the right direction. I wasn’t lost for long, but I made the conscious decision to stop photographing so that I could focus on looking for the main entrance. It’s at this point that I nervously picked up the pace and started to feel the burn in my hips and joints. I couldn’t wait to find the car. A few minutes later I found it off in the distance, but I couldn’t believe how far away I was on the complete opposite side of where I’d been. I truly had made a pretty big circle. When I got to my car, the same cemetery worker was standing guard at the gate, probably relieved that he wouldn’t have to go searching for me again in the dark. I’d made it back forty-five minutes before the gates close and had been walking just over two hours.

 

The massive and very popular Adolphus Busch (of Anheuser-Busch Brewery) Mausoleum

 

Through the gate of the Adolphus Busch (of Anheuser-Busch Brewery) Mausoleum

 

Close up shot of the gate of the Adolphus Busch (of Anheuser-Busch Brewery) Mausoleum

 

These decorative symbols are a part of the bottom of the gate of the Adolphus Busch (of Anheuser-Busch Brewery) Mausoleum

 

 

I sat for a while and relaxed in my car as if I’d truly conquered my own Everest. I had hundreds of photos that I was so very excited about! I couldn’t wait to get home and check them out. I took a deep breath, texted Joe to let him know I was alive, and then I drove the hour-long trip home with a wind-burned face. 

 




 

Again, the Hilts Bronze Angel

 

Before I leave, I wanted to make you aware of my Flickr page, where all of my newest and favorite photography, including this set, is being stored. Please feel free to drop by, comment, or share any of the photos.

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Thanks for your support!

Patrick

 

 

 


Lessons in Photography & Other Nerdly Stuff

 

I wanted to be inspired to blog about something exciting tonight, but it turns out my brain (and my body) is tired from long work days this week. How about some more photography from two new cemeteries? While at the second cemetery, I captured a killer sunset that just took my breath away. I’m not entirely sure I did a great job of capturing it, but it was fun trying. 

 

 

Fifteen minutes later I caught this one with my iPhone in the grocery store parking lot. 

 

 

Back to the cemeteries… Bellerive Gardens in Creve Coeur, Missouri and Thomas Howell Cemetery in St. Charles, Missouri. 

 

 


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While I’m at it, I’d love some constructive criticism from any experienced photographers. I had a chance to talk photography with a colleague at school today. He’s a “retired” administrator and former music teacher who has been doing some long-term subbing in our building. He does photography on the side, and so I took advantage of the opportunity to ask him some of those silly questions that a new photographer might ask when they’re learning lingo and the how-to. You know, like when do I need to switch lenses? What’s ISO? Things like that. I’ve found that he is GREAT at explaining things to me and making me not feel stupid. Ha! (He’s really great at explaining new sound systems too, by the way.) 

 

 

 

A lot of times when I’m shooting in a cemetery, I have the urge to lay on the ground for several shots. If you don’t know me, physically, crawling across the ground, under trees and bushes, and straining to get back up again is not the greatest activity for my back and will almost always result in breaking out the good pain pills. It’s also funny when you stop by the grocery store on the way home and realize you have twigs and leaves clinging to you everywhere. It’s totally worth it, though. 

 

 

Anyway, I’ve suspected this, but I’ve learned that I think I tweak things like the saturation and contrast a little too much in Photoshop Elements. I need to find a balance. You learn as you go, I guess. Here’s the link to most of my favorite recent photos from the new camera.

 

 

 

This was on a grave marker. How cool is that?!

This was on a grave marker. How cool is that?!

 

Question: Do I need a Flickr account, or something similar? Why? Why not? What’s the point of it?

 

 

 

 

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Photos by Randall Keller on Viewbug

 

 


A Very Wintry Update

Meril says Hi.

Meril says Hi.

A. I had planned on reviewing a documentary today, but… 

I have such strange and mixed feelings about it, that I don’t know what good it would do to share them. This doesn’t mean it was bad, it only means I’m not sure how I’d share my opinions on it without possibly offending members of the paranormal community. Is it because I’m too chicken? Possibly. I think I’ll reserve the right to continue my tradition of only reviewing material on the blog that I can say wonderful things about.

 

2. I have really enjoyed this beautiful wintry weather, plus a few snow days, but… 

  • After a long absence from the paranormal investigation scene, the snow grounded me from my chance to join an exciting investigation in Arkansas over the weekend. I was excited to share evidence and photos with you! It really has been too long. 
  • Due to road conditions and temperatures (it won’t even reach ZERO today), I can’t get beautiful snowy photographs of any of the cemeteries I want to go to. I really wanted to hit Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis… but Joe said it’s too far and too risky… and I guess I’d have to get back in a warm car to thaw out fingers after every two shots. Tomorrow will be no better, and by the time Wednesday is here, I’ll be back to school and no chances to get to cemeteries before dark. I’m assuming snow will be gone by the weekend. My new fancy lens is supposed to arrive today, so I hope the nice UPS man saves himself the trouble and takes an extra day to get here safely. I’m sure those people who get tired of so many cemetery photos are relieved. I don’t get it. Why cemetery photos? Well why not?  

Here’s one of my latest shots… and a link to many of the other photos from my new camera on Facebook. I’m still learning about the camera and Photoshop Elements. 

Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Charles, Missouri

Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Charles, Missouri

 

C. I’m about a third of the way through The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House by Steven LaChance.

It’s about a supposed haunted house not too far from me in Missouri. I wasn’t sure about this book, but I can tell you that so far it has been one of only a few books that I’ve been concerned about reading in bed right before turning the light off, leaving me to sit there in the dark imagining horrible things. I don’t need another hand grabbing me in the middle of the night! Great book so far, though. You’ll probably get a review in the future.

 

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4. I’ve decided that tonight or tomorrow is a spectacular time to watch The Shining.

Wouldn’t you agree? Those people who prefer to watch this movie in the fall are just… well… wrong. It’s a WINTER scary movie. Am I right? Especially when my guest bedroom window looks like this! 

True Story. Actual picture.

True Story. Actual picture.

 

 


The Spirits of Ouija: Four Decades of Communication

From our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Ouija Session.

From our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Ouija Session.

There are a few great people out there who have served as inspiration for my recent interest in spirit communication through the Ouija, and I’ve blogged about these folks before. If you happen to be looking for books on the topic, you probably won’t find many. I should rephrase that last statement. If you’re looking for serious books by people with experience and years of research, and not written out of fear, you’ll only find a few. Karen A. Dahlman’s latest book, The Spirits of Ouija: Four Dacades of Communication is one of them.

 

I loved the book! Here is my review. 

Karen A. Dahlman, who is a true Ouija-ologist, begins by giving the reader a brief history of the Ouija Board and the misconceptions that many have, thanks to Hollywood for the most part. As I mentioned in a recent post, Karen and I tend to share the same opinion when it comes to fear and the Ouija.

In chapter 2 of her book, Karen says:

“Fear is a big reason for Ouija being cast off into an oblivion of negativity. People often fear what they don’t understand. It is easier to fear something than to take the time to learn about it. Fear is first and foremost created by assumptions. Assuming that all communications with the Beyond, coming from outside our typical experiences and the world of our everyday senses and faculties, is critically labeled ridiculous or blasphemous, is narrow-minded in itself. Just because these experiences can’t be measured by scientific theory or understood by religious communities, speak to the unfair and harsh criticism Ouija Board has received. Quite often, this type of communication is attributed to ideomotor effects (involuntary and unconscious motor behavior) by the scientific community, while attributed to demonic and evil forces by  many traditional Christians. Could there be a deeper reason for the ridicule and fear, thus the unfair judgment?” 

We then get to learn about Karen’s history with the Ouija Board, how it all began, the spiritual growth she has gone through, and the wealth of experiences and learning she and many others around her have gained over four decades.

 

My favorite parts!

There are several parts to this book that I really appreciate. First off, as someone who experiments an awful lot with spirit communication, I love that she discusses the proper use of the board, preparing the space, and just how she goes about conducting a session. She also includes an example of an opening protective prayer that I’m going to start incorporating into my sessions. 

Through the Ouija Board, Karen has communicated with the deceased, such as spirits and earthbound ghosts, but also communicates regularly with angels, guides, ethereal beings, and the higher self. She includes many of these examples and the messages that came across, but I never expected to read about her communication with animals, both living and dead! Have you ever thought about animal communication and the Ouija? I hadn’t! The communication that she includes from her own living pets is just fascinating! You read that correctly. She communicates with her living pets. 

 

About the Author

From her author page on Amazon.

Karen A. Dahlman believes that life is meant to be a joyful experience, driven by the expression of our creative inner potentials. She believes that we are able to tap this great source within when we open ourselves to all possibilities.

Within her latest book, The Spirits of Ouija – Four Decades of Communication, she shares all of the insights she gained, while opening up her communication with conscious beings from the Great Beyond via the Ouija Board.

Karen has a strong spiritual connection to her spirit friends as she has throughout her entire life. Highly experienced as a Ouija-ologist (one who studies the uses of the board), she teaches others about the positive benefits of using this tool as a means for expanding and deepening one’s world and expression within it in the most profound ways.

Karen’s background is as diversified as her writings are controversial. She began her career as a licensed and board certified art therapist, hypnotherapist and counselor after graduating the University of New Mexico with both her bachelor and master degrees. For over a decade Karen worked within multiple settings, with varying populations, including her private practice and public workshops, while providing creative and expressive means for her clients to find health.

After spending her formative years living all over the United States, she made Southern California her home in 1999. At that time, Karen hung up her therapy shingle and entered the high-tech. industry of telecommunications and founded CVC, Inc, a consulting and utility design firm for the fortune 100 wireless carriers. Coming upon its thirteenth year in operation, Karen remains at the helm as CEO.

Coming full circle within her career, from right brain to left brain to center brain, she strives to maintain a balance of her total brain within her heart. Karen shares within her books, her process of doing this with herself and with others. She endeavors to help others deepen into their unique possibilities to discover their own empowerment to affect personal growth, their spiritual evolution, and a passionate expression of their calling.

 

What’s next for Karen?

I want to personally thank Karen for her advice and encouragement with my own Ouija sessions. She truly knows her stuff. I asked her about her future projects and in her own words, she’s working on a book “based on the personal development my spirit friends have assisted me and other women with via the Board. It’s a book entitled: The Alchemical Woman: Becoming the Queen. It speaks to the transformation we women must go through in order to discover and find out true empowerment. The book is a culmination of all my experiences of evolution/growth via the Board, including my practice as a psychotherapist, and working with many women along the way, helping them uncover their inner truths and strengths. My spirit friends actively participate in the writings as we traverse down this path of balance and evolution. This book incorporates their teachings, our learnings and the process to discovering true empowerment.” I’m hoping boys are allowed to follow along in this future journey. 🙂

 
For more on Karen A. Dahlman, visit www.karenadahlman.com

 

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Ouija Gone Wild (Big Seance)

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Thanksgiving Ouija Session 2013 (Big Séance)

Thanksgiving Ouija Session 2013 (Big Séance)

 

 


Fear and Spirit Communication

On more than one occasion recently, the topic of fear in areas of the paranormal or spirit communication, such as the Ouija board, has crossed my path. So it has been on my mind lately. Below is a somewhat unstructured blabmentary on this topic.

It all began with a reader who commented on one of my Ouija posts. Most of the people who caution me about the use of the Ouija board refer back to their own personal negative experiences. Most of these experiences involve either sleepovers, dares, parties, or other situations where there probably isn’t much planning, focus, or reverence involved. In most of these situations where people are gathered and dabbling for fun, there’s not a lot of seriousness or trust involved, and with so many hands on the planchette, I’m likely to be skeptical of any paranormal event or communication that you tell me about.  Sometimes people will use the term “dabbling” with me, or warn me of evil, as if I’d never ever thought about the possibility or read a book on the topic. It’s a bit insulting to me when people compare my very positive and structured experiments, based on reading and research, with a drunken party or a sleepover from when they were twelve.

That’s okay though. People only have their own experiences to draw from, and we’re all different. In fairness, this particular comment was left on a post from a year and a half ago, a time where I was only starting to read about the Ouija, and I’d conducted no formal sessions yet. It was a respectful comment and was intended to be a warning, or perhaps encouragement to use caution. As I’ve mentioned before, in my opinion, all tools of spirit communication fall in the same boat. Having to fear a Ouija board because it has a sort of magical power to bring in evil spirits, yet thinking a digital audio recorder is fine, makes no sense to me. And I’ve also publicly mentioned how I don’t hold much belief in demonic or evil entities, demons, etc. Negative or nasty spirits who were negative or nasty humans, sure. Bad energy? Of course. But the concept of the devil is something that makes me chuckle when it pops up in a serious discussion. Oh I know, so many of you say “In order to have good, you must have evil”, or “You can’t have angels without the devil”, but I don’t really get that opinion either.

My opinions of demonic or negative energies aside, I’ve always practiced spirit communication responsibly, often grounding and centering, praying or asking for protection, being in a light and positive mood, etc. I also should once again point out that I have never actually had any successful Ouija sessions where I witnessed any communication or paranormal activity.

Right now I’m in the middle of Karen A. Dahlman’s book, The Spirits of Ouija, Four Decades of Communication. On this topic, we seem to share the same opinion, for the most part. She discusses how people fear the Ouija board out of ignorance. They believe what Hollywood or religious leaders want us to believe, and they don’t want to take the time to learn about it. I’m really getting a lot out of it so far. I wanted to include a passage that pertains to fear, but I haven’t taken the time to send her a message asking for permission. She really knows her Ouija! She has a great interview out there on one of Jim Harold’s podcasts.

Another catalyst for this commentary was a portion of Theresa Caputo’s book, There’s More To Life Than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight About the Other Side from the Long Island Medium. My mom is a big fan of hers, and she sent the audio book to me as an early Christmas gift. At one point in the book, Theresa discussed how those who fear negative energy and experiences, breed negative energy and experiences. In other words, if you expect it you’ll get it. She also talked about how many of the homes she’s cleared of negative energy had a lot of religious items displayed around the house, as if it was a dare, or an obvious attempt at over protecting themselves. This has really gotten me thinking, and it has sparked a few discussions among friends recently. I suppose it was kind of like an Oprah “aha moment” for me.

Am I still talking? Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! 

 

You might also like: 

Thanksgiving Ouija Session 2013 (Big Séance)

EVP/Ouija/Spirit Box Session: “Ouija… Board” (Big Séance)

A Very Ouija Thanksgiving (2012) (Big Séance)

Ouija Gone Wild (Big Séance)

The Paranormal Podcast… To Ouija or not to Ouija? (Big Séance)

 

 


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)

 


Human Collective, Gandhi, & Angelic Realm Séance

Below is a guest post by medium, Marilyn Painter, that I am excited to present to you. See my last post for an introduction. Also, I encourage you to check out her Complete Data Comparison Grids linked in the post. Enjoy! 

 

Medium, Marilyn Painter, during our second séance.

Medium, Marilyn Painter, during our second séance.

The primary reason why most conduct a séance is to receive physical concrete evidence that spirit exists, is with us, and can communicate to us. Usually we hope to hear an audible voice, an out of the ordinary knock or sound, see an object move, or an apparition. However, when we have predetermined expectations or limitations on what we would consider evidence, we could miss a profound display of evidence that is grander than any of our conceptions.

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Patrick Keller, founder of Missouri Spirit Seekers Paranormal Investigators, a male and female sitter, and me conducted a séance at Ahtah Sanctuary Holistic Center. During this séance, one at a time, we called upon the Divine Consciousness of Humanity, divine spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, and finally the Angelic Realm. Our intention was; if it is in divine will, to bring forth, here and now, physical evidence of their existence and any messages they felt beneficial.

As I set to organize my thoughts to write this post, I was guided by spirit to recall the last message received that came from communications in the Angelic Realm at this Séance, “But it kept saying and showing me the eye is very important… “to see through” … I couldn’t get it all. There’s something very strong about the eye and the deep seat of the soul.” At the time of the Séance, I didn’t understand the message “to see through/eye/deep seat of the soul”.  But I get it now!!!   Bypass the physical eye for evidence that spirit exists, is with us, and can communicate with us. Enter into the spiritual eye of the soul. What I know through experience, spirit communicates energetically in frequencies. The spiritual eye of the soul entails clairvoyance, claircognizance, clairaudience, clairsentience etc.

When I do soul readings for people or readings for those who want to hear from a loved one in spirit, most all are hoping there is some information revealed about them or the loved one that they know and I couldn’t know for evidence that spirit is communicating to them through me.  Validation of a reality or experience grows solid when more than one has a similar knowing, reality or experience. Therefore, validation of spirit communication during Séance 2 is stronger if two or more have related experiences during communication efforts. In keeping with the guidance of the Angelic Realm, I bypassed physical evidence and looked into similarities in Spiritual Eye of the Soul experiences.

A video still from our second séance.

A video still from our second séance.

Patrick Keller sent me a transcript of the audio recordings from Séance 2. I compared all of the sitters’ descriptions of their sensory experiences during all three communications of Séance 2. Even though the mediumship skill levels of 3 out of the 4 sitters ranged from none to minimal experience, there was evidence of two or more related experiences during all 3 communication efforts, especially during communications with Mahatma Gandhi.

The following are excerpts from the Séance 2 transcript that demonstrate similar knowing and experiences among the sitters during Séance 2 communication efforts. Click for: Complete Data Comparison Grids

 

Collective Human Consciousness

Marilyn:  “When the Spirit Box was turned on, Marilyn said she continued to hear it (high pitched frequency) more amplified and it was longer strands, almost like Morse code or a signal.”

*(Note: Marilyn can hear the sounds of energy with her physical hearing mechanisms.)

Sitter 2: “Feeling a surge of energy when the Spirit Box was turned on.”

 

Mahatma Gandhi

Marilyn: “His energy very, very strong and I see him as a white light. Beautiful, beautiful white light… pure… beautiful.”

“The energy was so big, a bright white light

Patrick: “Mentioned in a vision, he was looking up to see the bright sky while under water.”

Marilyn: “and then it became like a full moon. Then she felt night time.”

Patrick:  “At one point I was seeing faces… fading in from the dark… face after face, seeing all of the features.”

Sitter 1: “Feeling like it got darker or feeling darkness.”

Sitter 2: “Feeling like it got darker or feeling darkness.”

Marilyn: “Gandhi came to her in human form but then switched to a pure energy form.”

Patrick: “At one point I was seeing faces… fading in from the dark… face after face, seeing all of the features.”

Marilyn: “Reported feeling heavier, specifically in the shoulders.”

Patrick: Mentioned getting tingly and itchy around the throat.

*(tingly with itchy is a heavy type of feeling and the throat is on the same plane as shoulders)

Sitter 1: Reported feeling heavier, specifically in the shoulders.

Marilyn: “I saw flooding and the earth around to where it created islands, so to speak, or separation.”

Patrick: “Mentioned having visions of being underwater (like the ocean… deep greenish aqua color) and looking up to see the bright sky while under water. This was right before Marilyn mentioned flooding.”

 

Angelic Realm

Marilyn: “Marilyn said a lot of what she was feeling was in the head and the crown. It was good… not a heavy energy.

Sitter 1: “Said she just experienced a lighter feeling.”

Marilyn: “I saw that white light, and a little bit of the blue… it was really crystally”

“As I was traveling and flying really quickly toward this bright white light…”

Sitter 1: “Said they were seeing white light come over here and then it seemed like it was kind of illuminating

It illuminated… like it was starting to spread out.”

 

Sony PX-720 Digital Audio Recorder (placed behind Marilyn’s chair)

Sony PX-820 Digital Audio Recorder (placed on the center table)

 

From 1:47:55 – 1:48:13 in PX-820, I (Patrick) feel as if I hear several messages requesting us to “leave”, “leave, please”, or “leave us.” “I can possibly hear some “leaves” in the next rotation as well.”

1:48:46 in PX-820, “(Patrick) something interesting that I can’t make out. Almost sounds like “Rachel” to me. (Marilyn, in response to Patrick’s notes in his transcript) Could it be, “Raphael”, as in Arch Angel Raphael, “Patron of Travelers” who helps with inward spiritual journeys, assisting in searches for truth and guidance?)

Marilyn: “It was a long journey, traveling to their place.”

Had to travel quite far to get to them. The other ones; they just kind of came here. So I felt like I traveled to where they were at.”

“Then all of a sudden I saw this white circle… it was like I was flying through the clouds and it was kind of powder blue like I was a bird… like with angel wings. And it (possibly archangel Raphael) was taking me there.”

1:47:55 – 1:48:13 in PX-820, (Patrick) “I could also interpret one of them as a “stay”.”

Patrick: “Said he was not as focused this time around.”

Sitter 2: No input; tired perhaps.

(This may be why spirit communicated “stay”. They were not in the energy to “leave/travel”.)

**The following physical data was obtained and noted in the transcripts by Patrick Keller:

During the Mahatma Gandhi portion of the Séance

56:35 in PX-720, 56:59 in PX-820 – Some kind of bell or chime or clang sound in the background. Much louder in the PX-720.

1:00:47 in PX-720, 1:01:11 in PX-820 – Same bell/chime/clang sound. And again, it was picked up louder in the PX-720.

1:13:38 in PX-720, Sounds like possibly the quick squeal of the **Trifield Meter. Not picked up in the PX-820. (Trifield was right next to the PX-820)

Trifield Meter (left) and Mel Meter (right) with temperature and EMF readings.

Trifield Meter (left) and Mel Meter (right) with temperature and EMF readings.

**Patrick here… since this transcript and analysis of the audio was typed up, I have completed all video analysis. The camcorder focused on the Trifield meter showed that there were never any readings, and the squeal/alarm never sounded. It is unclear what was making this noise. 

1:15:15 in PX-720, Another squeal of the Trifield meter? Not picked up in the PX-820. (Trifield was right next to the PX-820)

1:19:00 in PX-720, Another one again? Not picked up in the PX-820. (Trifield was right next to the PX-820)

1:22:12 in PX-720, Another squeal of the Trifield meter? Not picked up in the PX-820. (Trifield was right next to the PX-820)

End of Angelic Realm portion of the Séance

1:52:47 in PX-720, 1:53:11 in PX-820 – More Trifield sounding noise. Could these noises possibly be a squeak of Marilyn’s chair since the recorder is right behind it? I can hear it softly in the distance in the PX-820. But the Trifield was right next to the PX-820 so I know that’s not what it was.

I (Marilyn) don’t believe the quick squeal noise came from my chair. The chair I was in is a wing-back chair of solid wood and very fluffy cushion. I have never heard it squeak. If it was from the squeak of my chair, I then wonder why my chair squeaked every less than 5 minutes only during the Mahatma Gandhi portion of the Séance (except a final squeak right as we concluded the Séance but different in that both PX-720 and PX-820 picked it up)?

When I am in a trance, conducting mediumship, I feel Spirit communication energy/ frequency come through my back at the spine and also the back top of my head like a current. The PX-720 was on a table closely and directly behind my back where this energy comes through. The squeal noise could be the sound of this energy coming through.  When the sound was picked up in both PX-720 and PX-820 at the conclusion of the Angelic Realm communications, the PX-820 could have picked up the sound of this spiritual energy because the communication energy was quite expanded at the time, and not during communications of Angelic Realm because my spirit left the room and traveled there and received communications there.

 

Overall, I am ecstatic with the results and experience of this Séance. Thank you Patrick Keller and the Missouri Spirit Seekers Paranormal Investigators for this amazing opportunity.

See through the physical eye and experience with the Eye of the Soul.

 

Marilyn Painter

Ahtah Sanctuary Holistic Center

www.ahtahsanctuary.com

 

 


More Random Bits and Thoughts on Scole…

My last post about Scole discussed creative energy, music and vibrations, and light. Here is my final post about my thoughts on The Scole Experiment: Scientific Evidence for Life After Death by Grant and Jane Solomon. 

Manifestations…

Photograph from 28 February 1994 of the front page of the ‘Daily Mirror’, 16 December 1936. A copy of the original was obtained. It was almost identical to the photograph, with some minor differences which indicated it might have been from another edition on the same day. The newspaper was tested and proved to be genuine wartime paper. (Caption taken from the book) This showed up on sealed photographic film after a sitting. 

During a session, instructions for building a Germanium receptor (for better communication) manifested on sealed photographic film. This signature appeared at the end and is thought to be that of Thomas Edison, since compared to existing documents, his signature from life seems to be identical. 

All of the color photos of phenomena and apports that are included in the book can be found on the Scole Experimental Group’s page, or you can click on the photos above. 

Wisdom from the spirit team…

The spirit team answered many of the Scole group’s questions, which are included in the book. Here are some of the shorter question/answers that I find interesting. 

I’ve always found it interesting how many people insist on there being a heaven and a hell, angels, devil, demons, dark side, etc. My current opinion is that it’s all nonsense, but I’m always open to learning and changing my opinions. It felt good to read this first question/answer. Is the spirit team saying there’s no evil outside of us? No hell? No devil?

Is there a negative side that fights this very positive energy?

No. It is man in his ignorance that causes problems. If man lives his life without aspiring to a spiritual awareness, he lives in ignorance. Ignorance breeds negativity and negative thoughts create a negative force as, in a similar way, positive thinking creates a positive force, so we have to work on the negative forces. Not, however, those outside of man, but those within man.

Do the Akashic Records exist and can we have access to them?

It is true to say that much information is stored in other realms and spheres. But again, perhaps not as much as you are led to believe. Some of the records are accessible to higher beings. There are also some on Earth who claim to have access to them, but I do not know if this is true. 

As always, any thoughts? 


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