Sandra Champlain, author and host of We Don’t Die Radio, shares her journey from the fear of dying to a passion for sharing the news that we all survive death. Plus amazing stories of seances and physical mediumship!
Joshua Black, one of the leading academic researchers of dreams and the deceased, talks to Patrick about grief dreams, including the categories of visitations and precognition.
Chuck Gotski, psychic medium, paranormal investigator, and co-host of Paranormal Underground Radio: In the Dark, shares his experiences with investigating the paranormal, and his recent journey of mediumship.
Tim Stevens fills us in on the inspiration behind his Southern Gothic Horror film, The Resurrectionist. Go behind the scenes of the movie’s production and learn how you can support the art of independent film!
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Do you meditate? If so, do you struggle with things like focus, finding the time, or falling asleep? Are you interested in learning how to meditate? Morgan Dix of AboutMeditation.com and the OneMind Meditation Podcast shares some of his experiences and offers tips!
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This story was sent in by a very loyal and regular listener. I was given permission to share it with you. As he mentions below, “everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit”, and this is the perfect story to go along with it. You’re welcome.
I am a mortician in the Midwest and have had many experiences that could be referred to as paranormal. These types of experiences are common among people in my business, but it is very much frowned upon to speak of them. Many feel as though it is disrespectful to the families in our care to mention experiences that could conflict with their personal religious beliefs, or in some cases could very well involve their own loved one, so we keep it quiet. I have shared some of my experiences quietly among colleagues and heard a few stories in return that nearly mirror my own. Since the greatest season of them all is upon us and everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, I feel inspired to share my very first funeral home ghost story with you, though I must do it on a condition of anonymity. The story that I am about to tell you is 100% true.
My first encounter with the spirit world inside of a funeral home took place back in 1999. I was a lowly funeral assistant back then whose duties involved greeting families, floor work at visitations and funerals, answering the phone and cleaning. One night I was working a visitation that caught me a little off guard. A small group of people arrived together for the visitation and requested that it be private. They informed us that no other attendees would be joining them, and asked that we stay out of the parlor out of respect. This in itself was not uncommon, but what came next certainly was. The building began to smell of incense and candles, which they had brought in and burned, and we could hear them chanting in unison. We couldn’t make out what they were chanting, but we were certain that it was not in English. After approximately 20 minutes of this, they all simply left. They didn’t tell us whether or not they were coming back, but as the visitation was scheduled for 3 more hours we just waited. No one returned.
The next morning it was my job to come in early, clean the funeral home up, turn all the lights on and prepare for the funeral service that would begin later that morning. I arrived at the funeral home through the garage, turned off the alarm and put on my first pot of coffee of the day. I walked into the parlor that the people had been chanting in the night before and instantly felt a very heavy presence in the room. The air was thick, as though you could actually feel it rubbing against your skin as you walked. The smell of stale incense and burnt candles was still present from the night before. I looked around to find that there was nothing to clean up or prepare, as the people had only been there for a short time. I turned the lights on around the funeral home and went back to the employee areas to begin feeding my caffeine addiction.
After reading a portion of the daily newspaper and drinking a few or more cups of coffee, nature called. I didn’t want to miss any phone calls inquiring about the morning’s funeral service, or God forbid miss a family who walked into the funeral home, so I used the small employee restroom in the back of the funeral home and left the door open to listen. As I momentarily stood there taking care of business I heard footsteps walking up the hallway towards me. I turned my head and saw a man in a suit walk by the doorway, turning his head to look at me as he walked by. I was humiliated. Here I was standing there using the restroom with the door open and a family walked in. I shouted “I’m sorry, Sir, I’ll be with you in one second.” I couldn’t have possibly been more embarrassed. I quickly washed my hands and went out to meet him. I walked to the front of the funeral home and found nobody there. “Sir” I shouted, but nobody answered. I figured he must have gone back to his car to wait until the time of the funeral before returning, so I went to the front door to check the parking lot. I pushed the door and suddenly felt my stomach drop. The door was still locked. I had forgotten to unlock the funeral home when I arrived that morning, and it hadn’t even occurred to me that I didn’t hear the door chime from somebody walking in before seeing a man walk past me. There was simply no way that anyone could have been in there other than me, and I most certainly didn’t hallucinate what I had just seen. I wandered back into the parlor, though this time the air wasn’t as thick or uncomfortable as it had been an hour or so prior. I was getting ready to walk out when something caught my attention. It was the blue suit, white shirt and red tie that the deceased gentleman in the casket had on. I walked up to the casket and froze when I looked at the man’s face. His features, his hair and his suit were unmistakable. This was the man who wandered down the hallway and turned to look at me as he passed.
The funeral went on as planned and after the director who had made the arrangements with the family took the small procession to the cemetery, I told my boss what had happened. He only laughed, not adding anything to the conversation. I know he believed me, as I was noticeably shaken up, but we aren’t supposed to talk about these things in this business, so he didn’t.
I have had several other paranormal occurrences in this line of work over the years, but none were as profound as that first one. My views on what happens to a spirit in the time following death were forever changed.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this experience. I will share another story or two in the future. I very much appreciate your podcast, and I wish you well.Midwest Mortician
In this episode, I chat with special guest co-host, Karen A. Dahlman! My favorite holiday is just around the corner, and so we reminisce about Halloween memories, the month of October, and some of the legends, lore, and symbols of Halloween! You may remember her from Episode 5, talking about The Spirits of Ouija.
Topics discussed in this episode:
What’s the Halloween season like in California vs. the Midwest?
We talk about our memories of trick-or-treating, and Karen will surprise you with the tale of her last time partaking in this fun tradition.
With perfect timing, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, two of my favorite paranormal television shows, finally return. We review the most recent episodes and talk quite a bit about the ghost of the little girl on the Queen Mary.
My visit to A Death in the Family: Death and Mourning in the 19th Century at the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion in St. Louis.
What’s the lore about death and mirrors?
Are we disconnected with death in 2014? Death, the Spiritualist Movement and the 19th Century. Mary Todd Lincoln and séances at the White House.
Karen, a leading expert on the Ouija, tells us about some of the superstitions regarding the talking board.
Will Karen or I hold séances on Halloween?
Is it really true that during this time of year the veil is lifted between the living and the dead? Karen says yes, and she teaches us about The Law of Critical Mass in physics.
Remember the myth of tampered candy and razor blades in apples?
Divination games played on Halloween in the Victorian time period, including waiting for your future love by staring in a mirror (not creepy at all, right?), and the “dumb supper”.
Spirit Communication with candles and flame.
The number 13 and the story of the 13th floor. Myth?
Some facts and jokes about Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns!
Halloween (The Jack O’Lantern Rag) by Arthur Manlowe (1911)
Karen tells us why she loves Owls, which are viewed as symbols of Halloween.
Bet you didn’t know what the witch’s broom symbolizes.
Avoid having bad luck on Halloween. Be careful! (Actually, these are myths…. supposedly.)
Are there ways to have GOOD luck on Halloween?
Both Karen and I share our favorite Halloween candy!
Have you ever bobbed for Apples?
The top haunted attractions for 2014 in the US!
Karen teaches us how to have fun with panty hose on Halloween!
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And check out my review of The Spirits of Ouija.
Thanks again, Karen!
Spooky Music featured on this episode is from Sam Haynes. You can find more about Sam and his music at http://www.hauntmusic.co.uk/. Thanks, Sam!
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One of the books I’ve been reading this summer is My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side by Elisa Medhus, MD. If you’ve ever visited ChannelingErik.com, that’s Elisa. Much of the book comes from the site, which she started not only to work through her grieving, but to serve as a place to share the channeled messages that she received from her son Erik, who committed suicide in 2009. These channeled messages come mostly from Erik’s spirit communicator (medium), Jamie Butler.
I was introduced to ChannelingErik.com two or three years ago, and was immediately blown away and overwhelmed with the wealth of information and transcribed sessions between Elisa, Jamie, and Erik. In fact, one of my very first blog posts featured the site. For many, the site is controversial, and you’ll find several sites expressing skeptical opinions about it all. Elisa herself claims to have gone from skeptic to believer because of this whole journey. If you know me, you know I can’t NOT doubt a bit when I read things like this, but who wouldn’t want this to be authentic and real? I do my best to keep my ego and somewhat analytical mind in the corner while I read his messages, and I find them fascinating!
As I said, the blog itself is a bit overwhelming… and that’s perhaps why I haven’t been a regular reader in a long time. But I’ve really enjoyed the book so far. Having it all organized in book form has really been helpful to me. After giving some background and describing the tragic moments that changed the family’s life forever, Elisa goes right into what I can only assume is a kind of “best of” from Erik. At the moment I’m only halfway through the book, but so far Erik has given answers to most of the typical questions that people wonder about the Afterlife.
I don’t know why this fascinated me so much, but I immediately thought to blog on it when I read it. It’s so simple, really.
Elisa asked Erik how it was possible for him, or spirits in general I suppose, to create smells, good or bad, so that we on Earth notice or sense them. Erik has been known to be a jokester, and so he apparently will often create “rank sock smells”, for example.
He answered by saying “everything has an energy formula on Earth, so I just replicate that energy formula, and I put it in that space.” So stop to think about the energy formula that your perfume or cologne is made up of, or even something we see as solid, like your desk or coffee cup. He says that what we end up sensing or smelling doesn’t actually exist. It’s just the energy formula that we’re sensing.
And do you know what I instantly thought of? It made me think of binary code, or the 1s and 0s used in computer programming, and even the recording of CDs. When would I ever think about or even try to understand binary code? A recording in a .wav or mp3 file, or from a CD playing, can potentially put me in a kind of euphoric state, or make me cry, or transport me to another world. The music and the orchestra isn’t sitting here in my room or living in my headphones, but the code is. So when I stop to think about it now, I totally get it. I mean, I don’t think it’s a concept that we’ll ever completely understand until we get such knowledge and experience on the Other Side, but I’m beginning to process it.
Whether you choose to believe all of this or not, isn’t it truly fascinating when you think about it? Or… am I just a nerd? One of my earliest readers and blogging friends, Ashley, knows a lot about Erik and the CE site, and she created the Facebook group for fans and readers of ChannelingErik.com. I hope she chimes in! *HINT HINT*
This message is for Erik, if he’s reading. I know you’ve been known to visit and play tricks on many of the visitors and readers of ChannelingErik.com. I’ve made the request before, but I’m sure you’re busy. Consider this a formal invitation to bug the hell out of me for experimental purposes! Bring it. And I’ll keep everyone posted.