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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 

 

 


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 Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn RadioStitcherGoogle Play Music, and iHeart Radio. 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!


My Favorite EVP and My Spirit Visitor, known as “My Rapper” – The Big Séance Podcast #6

 

In this special episode, I share my favorite EVP, as well as highlights and clips from what just may be communication from a spirit visitor that I call “My Rapper”.

By the way, toward the end of this show, while I’m discussing the rapping knocks and taps from my spirit rapper, a “knock” is picked up in the audio in a very annoying place. I left it in the audio, and you’ll understand what I mean if you catch it. Coincidence?

Let me know what you thought about this episode. I’m considering an occasional show like this, between interviews and guest appearances.

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

Investigation Report from Friedens United Church of Christ
My Two-Week EVP Experiment
My Rapper: Missing you, old friend…

 

 

Thanks, everyone!

 

The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn RadioStitcherGoogle Play Music, and iHeart Radio. 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!


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

 

You might also like:

Ouija Gone Wild (Big Seance)

Ouija Gone Wild (Big Séance)

 

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)

 

 


Table Tipping… Discuss!

I’ve read a lot on paranormal and spiritual topics, but for some reason most of the books I read avoid the topic of “table tipping”. Or, at least they don’t get into the subject very deeply. Along with discussing séances, mediums, etc., the book I’m reading now (which is not necessarily spectacular) discusses table tipping a bit. If you’ve followed my Scole Experiment posts recently, you’ll know that some of the major phenomena for them involved the table in the room. Apparently, in one sitting, the table levitated completely off the floor, turned on its side, and spun around like a fan. Can you imagine? It was recreated and dramatized in the introduction of the Scole documentary video I posted.

Can you spot the trickster in this photograph?

But table tipping has roots way before Scole. Beginning in the middle to late 1800s, table tipping was just one of the phenomena being experienced by the Fox sisters, most famous for spirit “rapping” and really introducing modern Spiritualism to the world. Along with some EVP (electronic voice phenomena), I tend to get a lot of rapping in my home. Table tipping sometimes happens in a séance, usually involves a medium, and requires all sitters to gently place hands (sometimes just finger tips) on the top of the table. Usually a smaller, lighter table, and made out of solid wood. The idea is that spirits use your energy to rock or tip the table, making it easy to communicate.

Of course, this form of spirit communication involves a lot of trust. All the sitters must be able to trust that their fellow sitters are not causing the rocking or tipping themselves. I think this is probably why the practice has a lot of skeptics.

I’ve never been involved in table tipping. Have you? Thoughts? Feelings?

Enjoy these videos (there are also many others online) and discuss.

 

 

 

 


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