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In many of the books I read, authors discuss the major breakthroughs in paranormal research, specifically EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) and ITC (Instrumental Trans Communication). There is usually a rather large section devoted to crediting Friedrich Juergenson for discovering EVP, even though some would credit individuals from a decade or so before. They then move onto praising Konstantin Raudive for his work with the subject. I always get disappointed when there isn’t as much focus or credit given to Sarah Estep, but there’s almost always at least a statement about her founding the AA-EVP, which is now ATransC (Association TransCommunication). Often there are complete chapters devoted to developments in ITC and EVP from the 1970s and 80s. There was a lot going on. Since I was young, and since this topic wasn’t even on my radar during that time period, I can only imagine how exciting it was to be involved with groundbreaking developments like spiricom or communication with the Timestream group.
Maybe I’m reading the wrong books, or maybe they’re just all outdated, but with the possible exception of the Scole group’s work in the 1990s, the history books seem to mostly end the timeline at the end of the 1980s. Maybe they just ran out of room on the page? I’ve highlighted so many examples of spirit communication from spirit teams on the other side with prophesies of how great progress would be happening in the future, or about how communication with the other side would continue to improve. In some of these older books you almost get the picture that the author fully expected us to have access to an elevator that just takes us right to the other side for face to face communication by now. Surely with our iPhones and tablets we should have been able to just stop on the side of the road in the car, pull out the bag phone from under the seat, pull up the antenna, and place a call to our ancestors in 1995. What has really improved besides us walking around for a decade with spirit boxes and digital recorders? Where is Timestream now?
Obviously we’ve been experiencing a decade or more of the current great paranormal craze. There are amazing researchers and experimenters out there. There have been many improvements in technology since Juergenson. More and more people are becoming enlightened to spiritual and paranormal topics. So… where does all of this fit in the history books? Where is the chapter for 2000 and beyond… and who is in it? Will paranormal reality TV stars be the next names to go down in history? (Am I still talking?)
Just a thought…
I am very excited to tell you that the report from my Two-Week EVP Experiment from this last Spring was just published in the Summer issue of the Association TransCommunication News Journal. I’d like to sincerely thank Lisa and Tom Butler for including it and believing it was interesting enough to publish. 🙂
I’ve mentioned ATransC and several of the researchers and books associated with this very important group many times in this blog. If you’re interested in EVP, ITC, or any form of spirit communication at all, you should definitely check out their site and the huge wealth of knowledge and resources that are there. You may even want to consider joining. In one way or another, ATransC has played a very big role in this still very new but exciting journey that I’m on.
I’m not yet aware of a link to the online version of this issue, but if you’re interested, the report is very similar to “The EVP Experiment” that is linked above.
By the way! If it’s HOT where you are now, I hope you’re staying safe and COOL, especially if you’re on the East or West coast of the United States. I know I have several friends and readers affected by the extreme weather conditions going on right now. It’s pretty miserable and dry here in Missouri, but we don’t have much to complain about from what I’m hearing and seeing from many of you.
Thanks for visiting and reading!
Wasn’t it the most dreaded question growing up? You had just gotten off the bus and were SO PUMPED to go up to the attic to play office or library… or maybe you couldn’t wait to kick back on the couch with a Little Debbie (Star Crunches were my favorite) to watch the latest Donahue or Oprah episode (although that was usually only if 3-2-1 Contact was a repeat). No? Maybe that was just me (actually, that doesn’t even come close to the nerdiest things I did… I hope my family doesn’t read this one). Anyway, back to my point. The dreaded question… “What did you learn at school today?” always came when you least expected it… and no one was ever happy with the answer, were they?
About mid-way into my formal 2-week EVP experiment, Tom and Lisa Butler of the Association TransCommunication (ATransC, formerly AA-EVP), showed interest in my experiment and asked if I would submit a report on the experiment, my challenges, and “what I learned”. This is the association that was founded by Sarah Estep, whose book inspired me to conduct the experiment in the first place. I was (and still am) so very honored and excited just to be asked. Documenting my inspiration, the process, the outcome… that was the fun part… the cool part! I did that weeks ago. What did I learn? That’s where I’ve been stuck. WHY AM I STUCK? It’s one of the coolest things I’ve done. It was a great experience. In fact, I haven’t stopped the experiment. I’m not recording at the same intense pace, but I think it’s something I’ll do on a somewhat regular basis for a long time. I KNOW I learned something. Sometimes I feel I’ve learned so much in the last several years that I don’t know what to do with it all.
After some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe I’m struggling with this question because I was somewhat disappointed in the general results. I didn’t record a hard drive full of EVP like Randall Keller or Sarah Estep. However, I have since recorded several more EVP (or at least probable EVP) and that has gotten me excited again. Apparently, I have some spirit collaborators that have taken notice and are willing to help me out. So… is “patience” what I learned? “Patience” might get me one sentence. Did I gain an EVP addiction?
Maybe I just have a fear of the question. I know you’re just dying to find out, refreshing my blog hourly to see what knowledge I gained. 🙂 I’ll get crackin’ and keep you posted………………………………
Hmmm… Those of you who tuned in for much of my experiment, what did YOU learn? (Can you see me leaning over to check out your homework? I’m only interested because I want to know if I did it correctly. Yup… I was that kid too.)
Tonight will be my last recording for this official two-week EVP experiment. I’ll review that session tomorrow evening. Yesterday was day 13 in my EVP experiment. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that I had several days in a row of disappointing sessions. Well apparently all it took was a little bit of whining, encouragement from many of you… and some serious begging through a meditation before last night’s experiment. It took me several hours to review the audio and before I knew it I had typed three pages of notes. I may not have any impressive voices… but I definitely had a visitor.
Below are summarized segments from my notes and some audio files. Times are represented in minutes and seconds. For example, one minute and 30 seconds = 1:30. “Tap” and “knock” are pretty much used interchangeably as it is hard to decide which is which right on the spot.
(From the Tascam digital recorder)
Thirty seconds into the recording there is a knock (before I even said anything), at 1:24 a tap. I then ask “Is that you making that noise?” No response.
I then ask “Can you make another noise if that was you?” Several seconds later… “Like two taps or two knocks?” A few seconds later after getting no response I asked “Have you been present with me before in one of these sessions?” Two loud and clear taps at 2:02. The first one further away and the second one closer to the recorder.
At 2:35 I ask if they could give me two more knocks just for validation. I got two taps at 2:51.
I then decided that 1 knock was going to mean “yes” and two knocks was “no”. I asked “Have you been with me in one of these EVP sessions before in the last couple of weeks?” and 15 seconds later there was a faint unidentified noise in the background followed by a tap.
A few questions with no responses.
At 5:10 I ask “Do I know you?” A very light tap can be heard at 5:20. I mentioned “I THINK that was a tap” and then “Yes? Thank you.” Maybe there was another light tap before I answered but I cannot hear it in the audio.
At 5:50 there is another tap while I’m in the middle of a rather long question. I was asking for them to pass on a message, tell me who they are, etc. After the tap I finished my question and also asked where they were talking to me from… the other side? No response. My question ended at 6:00. At 6:16 there is a tap.
At 6:30 “You seem to be good at the knocking thing. Can you tell me… are you male?” For several seconds there is no response. “Maybe that’s ‘no’.” Immediately there is a tap at 6:47.
At 6:52 I asked “Are you female?” No response.
At 8:17 I’m playing music and ask “How many of you are with me?” At 8:34 you can hear a very loud knock somewhere in the house.
At 9:07 I ask “Can you make anymore noises? I think the noises are just how you want to communicate today.” No responses.
I then started up the pink noise portion of the session got no responses to several more questions.
At 11:42 I ask “Is there something I can help you with?” A few seconds later at 11:46 (pink noise still playing) you can hear what sounds like a very soft and low-pitched “no” (11:42 in PX-820… sounds a bit different but still there). A second later… “Or are you here to help me?” No response.
At 12:32 after pink noise is turned off I ask “Are you still there?” At 12:23 in the PX-820 there is two syllables of something heard very softly… right before “Are you still there?” At 12:41 there is a knock. I say “Okay!”
A few seconds later (12:53) I say “I’ve been asking for the presence of Sarah Estep or Cathy…” Before I could finish the question there was a very loud tap right in the room! I say “Ooh… Sarah, is that you?” No response. At 13:98… “Sarah Estep?” No response. At 13:15… “Or Cathy? Is that you Cathy?” A few seconds later… “Cathy from The Big Circle?” No response.
At 13:31… “I’m kind of excited! Who is this?” You can hear a few very light pops or taps. At 13:48… “I feel like I can’t go on without knowing who you are.” No response. At 14:04… “Should I continue? Or should I end this session and listen?” No obvious responses. You can hear two very soft taps that are very close to the microphone… but I can’t be sure if it’s something I’m doing or not.
A few more questions with no responses.
At 16:04… “So could this knocking be from Sarah?” No response. At 16:18… “Cathy?” At 16:31 there is some kind of knock in the room. At 16:40… “Was that a ‘yes’ for Cathy? Did I hear you correctly? Is this Cathy then?” A few seconds later… “Knock if it’s Cathy”. Other than a dog barking outside, there are no responses.
At 17:05… “Are you someone other than Sarah or Cathy? Or ________? Could you knock if you’re someone else?” At 17:20 there are two faint knocks that I acknowledge hearing in the recording. I’m not sure if this was the answer of “no” or if this was an entity just knocking in response to my question, in general.
At 21:02 I began to do my usual thank you to anyone helping me, but I didn’t get very far. I began “Well I want to thank you for your energy…” and there was a pretty loud knock close by. I excitedly say “Oh!” and you can hear a dog barking loudly outside in the background. A few seconds later… “Thank you, there’s one.”
At 21:16… “I feel like maybe you’re playing games with me. Every time I move on I hear a knock” (more dog barking). A few seconds later… “…but as I was saying, thank you for your presence and your energy… and your assistance.” A few seconds later… “Any last messages… before we end?” No response. A few seconds later… “Thank you.” Then my elbow popped and I laughed and said “Now my bones are popping!”
End of recording.
Just some of the audio…
SOOOOOO…. Did the FOX sisters stop by? I’ve asked for their presence before, but not recently. Was it Sarah? Cathy? I got lost in the answers. I was caught off guard by this rapper and wasn’t expecting to translate knocks. I have NEVER heard so many pops and taps in my house. I’ve been sitting here this entire evening and haven’t noticed one creek!
As exciting as this has been, it has been very tiring going through it all and getting it up before bed. Listening to some of these audio clips again, I’m wondering if there aren’t other “voices” I missed the first time around. I’ll keep working on them.
I’m excited to hear what you think!
Yesterday was the 10th day of my EVP experiment. Although I did not find anything I would consider to be a true EVP, I did hear some interesting “responses” in the segment where I used the EVPMaker. I decided I would post this segment along with another example, because its use in EVP and paranormal research is somewhat controversial. I tend to be very careful when claiming things are truly communication from spirits. On this blog and on the Missouri Spirit Seekers website you’ll often see me list audio examples as a “possible EVP”, or like I mentioned above… “interesting responses”. Since absolutely nothing about the paranormal or EVP can be 100% proven (that sucks, I know), I have to be pretty confident before I’ll claim something is a true EVP. With that being said, as a very spiritual person I don’t need science to know in my own heart that life doesn’t end at death, or that sometimes spirits hang around or communicate with us (whether earthbound or from the other side). I’m just not willing to claim that a sneeze from another investigator is an EVP, or that the asthmatic breathing of the person holding the recorder is a ghost spookily telling you to “Get out!” In the rush of wanting to find cool evidence I think this happens too often in paranormal research these days. I’ve spent probably hours in the last week alone analyzing segments of recordings which sound like they could be impressive EVPs only to throw them out because I realized (sadly) the noise came from something in the natural environment around me.
Most likely, the EVP that you may be familiar with, have heard through my blog or on TV, are examples of Transform EVP. An example of this would be if you were to take a basic tape or digital recorder and were fortunate enough to capture a spirit voice in the natural environment around you. When I use a sound source, such as white, pink, or brown noise in the background, this is also an example of transform EVP, although it’s sometimes harder to review. More and more we are finding that spirits seem to be able to use this energy and sound source to create or form their own words and phrases. You may remember that just a few days ago I got what may have been a response of “yes” when I asked if turning up the volume on the pink noise made it easier to communicate. Many EVP researchers have even found quite a bit of success using just a fan (something with a motor) or running water nearby. I’ve used both for this current experiment.
More Controversial types of EVP…
EVPMaker is a computer program that many EVP researchers have used in the last few decades. It’s an example of what we call Opportunistic EVP. According to the site where the software can be downloaded, “EVPmaker is an experimental software for the generation of acoustic ‘raw material’ for recordings of paranormal voices on tape, also known as ‘Electronic Voice Phenomena’ (EVP). For this purpose, the program divides any recording of speech into short segments and then plays them back continuously in randomly order. The resulting ‘gibberish’ still sounds like speech, but can’t be understood anymore, and is therefore suited as background noise for EVP recordings.”
For my experiment I recorded my own voice reading a couple paragraphs out of a book. You can tell EVPMaker how short you want the segments to be chopped into. The segments are always played back randomly. In addition, I have it set to overlap segments and have the speed set to 122%.
Why is it so controversial? Since what you’re hearing is already portions of a human voice, it is harder to tell if it is a spirit manipulating the data and random sounds to create their own voices, or if the message you’re hearing is a pattern of sounds that coincidentally forms a message. Sometimes our brains hear what they want to hear. This would be an example of auditory pareidolia (commonly referred to as matrixing).
Here’s my example. I won’t tell you what I hear right now. You kind of have to develop an ear when working with opportunistic EVP. After each question I ask in the example I hear several possible responses. I hear maybe 4 or 5 responses in the whole example. Are they truly answers from a spirit or spirits present for my session, or is this just coincidental sounds that my brain just wants to hear? I look forward to your comments and feedback!
Audio Example: (click the link below)
Another example of opportunistic EVP that is fast growing in popularity is the use of Radio Sweep or Spirit Box (sometimes “ghost box” or “Frank’s box”). Recently I’ve gotten to know Darlene, founder of Joplin Paranormal Research Society (JPRS). They have had lots of success with using the spirit box. Below is a video of just a few of their many examples.
If you are a facebook friend of mine you’ve probably heard me mention The Big Circle before. If you are a parent who has lost a child, or anyone who has lost a loved one, you absolutely should watch both of the videos below. I’ve watched them many times in the last few years. This group is a part of the Association TransCommunication (ATransC, formerly AA-EVP), in which I am a member of and have mentioned quite a bit on here.
If you’ve been following my EVP experiment in the last few weeks, you’ll remember that I’ve been asking assistance from my guides to help bring in the presence of Sarah Estep (who founded the AA-EVP/ATransC), and anyone from The Big Circle. As you’ll see in the videos, Martha Copeland started the group after her teenage daughter Cathy died in a car accident. From the other side, Cathy began communicating with loved ones via the computer and EVP. There is a book by Martha about this amazing story of Cathy and The Big Circle called I’m Still Here. It’s a great book.
The last paragraph in I’m Still Here really moved me.
After completing this last page of the book, I envisioned a white light of love and protection surrounding me. Turning on my recorder, I posed this question: “Cathy, how do you and The Big Circle feel about the book?” Playing back the recording, I could hear Cathy’s voice saying, “Thank you, Mom,” and a male voice followed her voice with a clear “thank you.”
How can anyone NOT be moved by this stuff?
From the site…
The Big Circle consists of our loved ones in the etheric along with their loved ones in the physical. The realization that this group existed in the etheric, and was trying to connect to their loved ones here in the physical world, prompted members of the Association to form a special group called “Big Circle – Bridge to the Afterlife,” which is now referred to simply as the “Big Circle.” This group is made up of bereaved parents, spouses, siblings, and friends, whose mission is to build a channel between the physical and etheric aspects of reality–a Bridge to the Afterlife. We do this by joining our energies together on alternate Thursdays at 8:00 PM. We try to keep reminders of upcoming recording dates posted on the ATransC Idea Exchange in the Big Circle forum. But you can figure out the next date by extrapolating from the ones listed here. We effectively conduct a worldwide group recording session. Some participants join together in groups, or individually from their homes, making a joint effort to record for about five minutes.
As someone who has spent a lot of time working with EVP and hours and hours of audio from investigations in the past, I know how time-consuming it can be. You wouldn’t think a daily 15 minute EVP session would really tie you down for long periods of time. Because I’ve been recording each session with two recorders, and because it takes at least twice as long to review a recording as it took to record it, and because you then have to dig in and really analyze anything you’ve flagged along the way, this project has taken a couple of hours out of each day. This is especially true recently because even though they’ve been very soft, I’ve begun to hear voices. Because they’re not incredibly clear yet, they can more easily be confused with other natural sounds from the environment.
I feel like I’ve learned so much from this experiment… and not just about EVP, surprisingly. I’ve had so much fun and I really feel like I need to extend it and keep going after the two weeks are over. Since the voices are only beginning to come through it seems really silly and almost irresponsible to stop now. One problem… on Monday my spring break is over and life continues. Can I devote the time without going crazy and still stay in the focused, positive frame of mind that I’m finding EVP needs? My last session for this experiment as it is now will be on Monday evening, which is a school day for me… and no doubt it will be a long day. I guess that will be a good time to decide if I can keep going for a while. Would recording once or twice a week be effective? I’ll have to ponder the subject and keep you posted.
Here’s an Update…
Yesterday’s two EVP sessions (I did an extra one just for the heck of it) were uneventful. I did not hear anything impressive enough to document. However, in today’s session (day eight) I have flagged some interesting audio. I would not feel comfortable taking a stab at what this voice is saying, if it is a voice at all. Feel free to submit your opinion.
The audio below comes from the Tascam DR-07, using the Tascam TM-ST1 stereo microphone. Exactly nine minutes into the recording you can hear a possible voice speaking (through the pink noise I was playing in the background) what seems to be several words or a phrase. I apparently heard it through my headsets because I turned up the volume of the pink noise and asked “Is someone here?” The last thing I asked before this possible EVP was “Cathy, or anyone from The Big Circle, are you here with me?” and then “Are you available?” followed by “I’m really enjoying your mom’s book about you” (I plan on posting on the topic of The Big Circle sometime soon. It’s a wonderful group and an amazing story…I’m waiting to finish a book first). Twenty-four seconds later the possible EVP was recorded. Nothing from this moment was picked up in the Sony PX-820.
Possible EVP from 3-20-12
(Best heard with headphones)
You can’t hear much in this file, but I like to always let you hear the unedited file. The Tascam tends to be softer and I have to amplify those recordings a lot.
With Noise Removal & Amplification
This file has been cleaned up a lot. I with I could make it more clear.
So I have come upon the fourth day of my two-week daily EVP experiment inspired by Sarah Estep’s Voices of Eternity. I have not yet reviewed today’s audio, but I’ve found myself getting a little disappointed that I have had no clear communication with the spirit world, or any other realm for that matter. I’ve always known that it takes perseverance and consistency, and I’ve done EVP sessions in my home before, but after four days of serious thought, planning, and determination, I can’t help wondering what I’m doing wrong. I’ve also had to stay strong because when you have a passion for this kind of topic and study, you can sometimes be perceived as a weirdo, even in your own home. Yesterday I got a little self-conscious when I wasn’t the only one home and it was time to record. I’m going to have to work on that. It’s not always easy when others in your life think a passion of yours is silly. Not everyone will understand why some of us put so much effort and energy into this type of thing, and I suppose not everyone was meant to believe or understand.
I finished Voices of Eternity today, and thankfully I found some reassuring inspiration from Sarah in the last few chapters. Remember, I have just completed my fourth consecutive day of recording.
Since many experimenters work for weeks before picking up their first word, I was fortunate to record “beauty” on the sixth day. Even with this, it was far from easy. I would go for days and not hear a thing and then, when I was feeling most discouraged, someone would come through and say, “Don’t give up.” I think this is one of the secrets of voice recordings. If you don’t give up, if you persevere, you will receive answers. The voices will speak to those who search, but it is up to each person to initiate that search.
Sarah Estep started her journey of EVP in 1976 with the intention of recording for just one week at first. Her loved ones thought she was crazy, too. If she didn’t hear any voices by the seventh day she would not continue. As she mentioned above, hearing the word “beauty” on the sixth day was enough to keep her pushing forward and was the beginning of many years of successful EVP research. She would later become known as one of the modern pioneers of EVP. She died in 2008. You can visit the Association TransCommunication website for more information on Sarah.
The following passage from the book really felt good to read.
I am willing to accept whatever conditions our communicants set for I know that eventually we will be able to find our way firmly, without hesitation or faltering, to the other side. “Crossing the bridge” is available, not only to our friends in other realms, but to those of us who wish to make the journey. That they want this to be a mutual crossing there can no longer be any doubt of. If they hadn’t meant for our worlds to meet, they would not have begun to speak thirty years ago.
Recently I asked Styhe why he and his friends sought to contact us on the earth plane. His female associate first answered, “Help them.” Two counters later Styhe agreed, clearly giving the same message, “Help them.” In the following recording he replied, “It is,” when I asked whether it was accurate to think they wanted to help us so we would know what to expect when we crossed over to the spirit world.
Many months ago, when I was working on the third chapter, “The Voices on Death and Dying,” a clear voice said, “Your soul is not defeated.” They knew I was writing about death, and they took this additional way to reassure me, to reassure everyone, that life does not end at the grave. Life is eternal.
In tomorrow’s post I’ll share more interesting details from the book that I found interesting. And who knows? Maybe I’ll be able to also report on some voices from the other side?
If you’d like to hear some of Sarah Estep’s EVPs you can visit the World ITC website. Scroll down to the bottom. I also discovered that thanks to the Association TransCommunication, Voices of Eternity is available for free in its entirety online via a PDF download.