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Dream Haven

I’m curious. Do any of you have your own personal oasis or room that you go to in your head for meditation purposes, for example? I recall seeing exercises or being prompted in a canned meditation to go to that very personal Zen space. Maybe from there you meet your guide or passed loved ones. Perhaps some of you use this imaginary space strictly for those “Calgon take me away” moments. Some choose nature for their space. A bench in the park, a meadow, a fountain, or perhaps a recreation of the Other Side. My space had always been a room, perhaps a tiny cottage up in the clouds, nothing fancy, some comfortable furniture, some candles. It loosely resembled the living room of the house where I lived for most of my childhood. The last time I was in this imaginary space, I was led there by a medium during a séance. For some reason an indoor space is easier for me to design and recreate in detail when I need it.

 

I continue to make my way through Michelle Belanger’s Psychic Dreamwalking (which is absolutely fascinating so far, by the way), and she guides the reader through creating a “dream haven”. This idea reminded me of my personal space for meditation, only in this case, Michelle suggests using it as a starting point to get to your dream space. It can be a personal haven meant only for you, or it could also be used as a meeting area for those invited into your dream space.   

 

I had some quiet time during a study hall today and I decided to get the book out to read a few pages. With Michelle’s help, and using my imagination, within ten or fifteen minutes I’d moved out of my old space and creatively designed a dream haven so beautiful and perfect for me! I only wish I was an artist and could paint the picture for you. The fireplace is unbelievable and so it’s always warm and cozy. The best part? There’s no need for wallpaper since nearly every inch of the walls are decorated with books. It takes me back to another time! I can’t wait to practice visiting my dream haven! 

 

Please share! Do you have a dream haven or something similar? 

 

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Dreamwalking with Lady Gaga

Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/people/ryanjreilly/ (Creative Commons)

Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/people/ryanjreilly/ (Creative Commons)

No one will ever believe this, but I’ve been hanging out with Lady Gaga. She moved in down the street. Oh she’s not the Lady Gaga you’re used to seeing… she’s here for the peace and quiet during her down time, so she wears the typical A-Lister disguises. It doesn’t take much though really, because without all the makeup and costumes meant to shock, she doesn’t look much like her character at all. She almost fits in. Yesterday we took a long walk through the neighborhood, acted goofy, took selfies, and I find out that we’ve actually been Facebook friends for a few years now, but I never knew since she goes by another name on social media. How crazy and random is that?! Today she’s back at it though, and she texted me a photo of herself backstage in a crazy costume–business as usual–just before it was time to greet her massive screaming audience.  

I know it’s hard to believe. It’s so exciting though. I think I’ll call her now to… 

 

Wait… I hear my alarm… I mean I think that’s my alarm. Yup… a soft harp accompanied by an obnoxious buzz. I can’t wait to tell people I hung out all day with…  Oh no! This is the morning I have to be up at 5:30am! That’s NOW! Am I NOT really neighborhood buds with Gaga? That’s unfortunate. But why Lady Gaga, anyway? She’s definitely not a topic that pops up in my daily discussions. What was I reading before bed? Oh yeah, Psychic Dreamwalking by Michelle Belanger.

 

Hey Gaga! You weren’t reading the same book last night, were you? I don’t suppose there’s a chance you remember me?

 

When I mentioned my crazy and random dream to Michelle Belanger on Twitter, she said “My dreaming life has never been the same since writing that. It was active before, but now even more so.” Good to know! I only started the book. Can’t wait to see what’s next. 

 

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Recent books to land on my doorstep…

In the last month or so I’ve been busy jotting down titles of books that people have recommended. I’ve got several books already on my “to read” shelf, but these are the latest books to arrive on my doorstep. I haven’t been able to read as heavily as I would prefer lately, so trying to figure out the next few books to read will be a tough decision! Have you read any of these? Do you have other recommendations? 

 

This is what I’m currently reading. I very much enjoy Michelle’s books. She’s smart and informed on many topics. I think this is kind of her follow-up book to her The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide, which I’ve recommended to many people, including a few homeowners who have contact me for help or advice. If you have a chance to listen to one of her interviews on a Jim Harold podcast, you should. I could listen to Michelle Belanger all day!

 When I went to see Chip Coffey this fall in St. Louis, I sat by a lovely woman who asked the exact same question that I wanted to ask. There were a few other interesting synchronicities between us that evening as well. Her question was if Chip recommended any books for people who were interested in learning about and developing their intuitive or psychic abilities. Without hesitating, he mentioned a few books by Echo Bodine, and after she wrote the information down, I promptly stole her pen and did the same. I’m pretty sure this was one of the books he mentioned.

 

I really enjoyed seeing Chip Coffey, but I was embarrassed that I hadn’t read the book before the event. I’m going to get on that real soon. For more information, see my 10 important reasons to go see Chip Coffey at a “Coffey Talk” near you!

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This book was recommended by someone in the blog world. I will probably wait until next fall to read this one. 

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I’ve been interested in the early spiritualism movement for a while now, but this will be my first book that specifically covers the spiritualist community of Lily Dale. 

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I honestly don’t remember what led me to this purchase, but there aren’t many books on the topic of the Ouija, so I ordered it. The only other book on the topic that I’ve read to date is Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. 

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After seeing and reviewing The Conjuring, and after reading the first two books of Andrea Perron’s trilogy that tells the real life story, I wanted to see what some of the other “Warren files” were about. 

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This one will be another treat for next fall, but I’m excited already. 

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The Paranormal Podcast… To Ouija or not to Ouija?

Jim Harold and The Paranormal Podcast

I’ve mentioned Jim Harold and the Paranormal Podcast several times here at The Big Séance. It has played a big part in my paranormal “education” in the last several years. I love to listen to his podcasts driving to and from work. And… maybe I’m a nerd, but the opening theme music pumps me up and prepares me for the day. 🙂 I can proudly say I’ve listened to almost every episode! If you haven’t checked The Paranormal Podcast out, you totally should! 

Jim Harold

Some of my favorite guests or authors on the program have been Annie Wilder, Maria DeSimone, Michelle Belanger, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, and Rosemary Ellen Guiley, who was recently interviewed by Jim about her latest book. I’m ordering it as soon as I “publish” this post. 

Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley with Rick Fisher

From Guiley’s site:

For more than a century, simple divination devices called “talking boards” have captivated millions of people curious about contacting the spirit world. The most famous is the Ouija, whose trademarked name has become synonymous with all boards. Ouija messages have inspired writers, artists, and musicians, and have played a part in murder, suicide, possession, treasure hunting, marriage, divorce and bizarre behavior.Authors Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Rick Fisher provide a detailed examination of the Ouija. They debunk myths and discuss how horror films have influenced popular opinion.

 

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

I have to tell you (without going into a giant Ouija board post) that even though in the past I have resisted the urge to run out and get a Ouija board, I’ve always taken a strong NO OUIJA BOARD stance. After listening to her discuss the book, I wonder if this opinion is silly… especially having never used one. I like to consider myself a person who takes spirit communication and the study of it seriously. If this is the case, is it truly any different from experimenting with the spirit box or my clock radio… or even basic EVP research? 

I’ve read quite a bit about the topic, but never an entire book devoted to it. While looking up sites to link in this post, I also realized that there are more books than I realized devoted solely on the topic of the Ouija. My “To Read” shelf may have just grown quite a bit. 

 

Thoughts? Does anyone have any interesting Ouija board experiences? 

 

 


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