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EVP: “Hey! Great job, man.” Maybe? Maybe not.

Courtesy of www.simpsoncrazy.com

Courtesy of www.simpsoncrazy.com

So I had just started my analysis from an EVP/Ouija/Spirit Box/Clock Radio session from March 25th of this year, the day after our 13 inches of early spring snow. This session lasted approximately 30 minutes and began with setting positive and respectful intentions, and included invitations to members of The Big Circle, paranormal/EVP pioneers, and also a loved one who is crossed over. Like usual, I was using two different recorders, a Tascam with an external microphone and a Sony PX-820 (my favorite for EVP). Twenty-four seconds into the recording, immediately after announcing the time and date, from the Sony I picked up what seemed to be a soft voice. All I needed was a little amplification for me to hear what I interpreted as a childlike voice saying “Hey! Great job, man.” It kind of has a Bart Simpson flare (and as far as I know he’s still 10 years old, alive, and kickin’) . This message was not captured in the other recorder, nor were any other sounds that could have been perceived as a soft voice. I’ve only shared it with a few people, and after talking with them I don’t believe they heard what I heard… only the syllables and the pattern of the message. I realize that the syllables and the pattern of the message is the only thing that is clearly heard here, at least in my opinion. The fact that I’ve already contaminated your brain with what I hear makes this not very scientific, but I am curious to know what my readers hear, if anything.

 

“Hey! Great job, man.”

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Just one of the many versions of the folk song written about Liza.

Just one of the many versions of the folk song written about Liza.

After hearing this, I cautiously allowed myself to accept the compliment and I’m sure I had a huge grin on my face! It made me excited to finish analysis of this session. Fifteen seconds later, and still before I had asked any questions, I captured what seemed to be another voice, this time a lower voice with a different quality. Once again, my brain pieced together a message together pretty quickly… it was “Liza Jane”. Ha! This time I laughed out loud! It was awfully nice for Liza to join me in this session. It’s unclear if this is THE Liza Jane… you know, the one we all adore, from somewhere way down south in Baltimore. If it was, then our buddy Randall Keller just might know something about that. I’ll keep you posted on her status.

 

“Liza Jane”

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So listen, I am in no way prepared to back these up with confidence that they are saying “Hey! Great job, man” or “Liza Jane”. They could easily be saying “Can I have one of those potato chips?” or… “Dog smells.” And honestly, even though for the first time in a long time I feel pretty good about these two, I can’t even confidently tell you they’re spirit voices. But isn’t it interesting how our brain and possible pareidolia (matrixing) works?

Recently I’ve read a few articles and research that discusses the interpretation of the actual message that is interpreted in EVP. It turns out that even among experienced researchers and investigators, rarely do they ever agree on the message of EVP. Some of these disputed EVP are even classified as “Class A”, meaning most, if not all listeners, should agree on its message. (I don’t usually classify my EVP.) It makes you wonder how we have confidence in this “field” at all, but it is definitely interesting. I plan on sharing some of this research with you soon, but I need to study it further when I get some time.

Anyway, these were the two artifacts that were captured without the aid of the spirit box or the clock radio. During the rest of the session I did get possible responses of names (including my own) and even a comforting “I’m here with you.” I’m still going through those, but my regular readers will know how cautious I am of radio sweep responses, anyway. As far as the Ouija board goes, to this date I’ve yet to have any action.

That’s all for now. Peace!

 

Related Posts:

Join the Radio Sweep Experiment: What do you hear? 

EVP/Ouija/Spirit Box Session: “Ouija… Board”

Who Cares: Some Possible EVP Artifacts, Just For Fun… 

 

 


Join the Radio Sweep Experiment… What do you hear?

At the end of this post I want to encourage you to join the informal experiment and reply via a comment with your findings. But first…

I just finished Speaking to the Dead with Radios by Michael Hobert Edwards. In this young area of spirit communication, he is one of the leading pioneers. Even though I don’t have the wealth of experience at Radio Sweep that Michael has, I found myself agreeing with many of his thoughts and realizing that I could back those opinions up with experiences that I’ve had with a spirit box. In some areas I did have a few differing opinions… or maybe a better way of saying it is that I’d probably do some things differently. I was impressed by how thorough Mr. Edwards was at covering his entire radio sweep process, from the actual radio sweep devices, to how he records, how he analyzes, edits, and documents what he finds. The book really made me stop to take a look at my entire process of EVP recording, in general. And it may have just inspired me to try my hand at hacking a radio myself. I considered doing this a few years ago but chickened out. I want to try it, but I’ll definitely have to reach out for some techie help. I think Speaking to the Dead with Radios would be well worth the read for anyone involved in spirit communication, or in the paranormal, in general. 

Let’s try something just for fun… an informal radio sweep experiment!

If you’ve never tried your hand at radio sweep or using a spirit box, here’s your chance. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be such a paranerd with all of your free time, give it a try! If you’re a seasoned researcher/investigator, I’d love to hear from you too!

Listen to the audio clip below. It is a 2 minute and 40 second portion of a Ouija Board/Spirit Box session I conducted back in December. This is the same session in which I claimed to hear the response of “Ouija… board” (read the blog post from that experience HERE) after asking whoever was present to tell me what I was touching. You’ll hear the “Ouija… board” response at the very end of the clip. 

Regardless of whether or not you think the words or messages you hear are paranormal, what do you hear? Do you think what you’re hearing is the result of Pareidolia (matrixing)? Doesn’t matter at the moment. What do you hear? Even if you’ve decided a particular message or response is from a radio DJ, or a commercial for a little blue pill, or a portion of your favorite Barry Manilow hit, what do you hear? You’ll probably hear many short messages and responses. Will everyone hear the same messages? Leave your findings in a comment.  

Before you begin, be aware that you will hear my voice as I ask a few questions. I look forward to hearing from you all!

What do you hear? Length: 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

What do you hear? Length: 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

 


The latest books to land on my doorstep!

I’m excited to share with you the latest books to land on my doorstep. I started Speaking to the Dead with Radios today and am considering being brave and reading both of these at the same time. I don’t do that often. I’ve read several “spiritual” books recently so I feel it’s time to once again dig deep into some “ghostie” books. Sometimes I just feel the need to do some homework. 

True Haunting by Edwin F. Becker

This is the story of a true haunting. It was the first ever filmed and televised by NBC in 1971. A young couple purchases a building that was built and occupied by a single family that refused to relinquish their hold, even after death. Investigated and verified by experts, this residence brought chaos to the lives of those who chose to reside there. Unlike a horror novel, this chronicles what a real ghostly experience would resemble. Long before the laws of disclosure, a young couple winds up in the midst of strange occurrences prior to the term ‘paranormal’ becoming a common description. Searching for help at time when supernatural events were a taboo subject and being ignored by the Church, sent them into a desperate search for any assistance. Only a little known organization came to their aid. Author Tom Valentine, brought in a nationally known psychic, Joseph DeLouise, who then asked assistance of an exorcist from England, Reverend William Derl-Davis. Together, they gave their best effort at exorcising the multiple spirits inhabiting the building and disrupting the lives of the living. Events were filmed by NBC, who sent their most prominent Chicago journalist, Carole Simpson, to cover the event. Follow a young couple with a newborn as they attempt to cope with inexplicable events, experience denial, plead for help from their Church, and step into the world of the paranormal. Understand why ghosts cannot be exorcised and a true example of their strong sense of domain, even after death. Learn what experts and gifted people did in a failed attempt to assist this desperate couple. There is no happy ending, as the young couple suffers emotionally, are physically threatened, have their pets terrorized, and eventually suffer financially by actually “giving” their building away. What was intended as a financial answer to their prayers became, instead, a curse to be abolished. Learn many of the various manifestations that can be common in haunting. Ghosts can be seen and heard. They can propel objects and interrupt utilities. They can affect your moods and feed off of your emotions. They can appear as solid as you and me. They can react and become hostile if threatened or violated. Most important, as this young couple learned, they can harm you and cannot be removed. This is a firsthand accounting of what a true haunting is like. There are certain subtle occurrences you may find the most frightening, because you just might relate and recognize them. If so, guess what? You may have a ghost! (Book description from Amazon.com.)

 

Speaking to the Dead with Radios by Michael Hobert Edwards

Speaking to the Dead with Radios I will tell you is not this just another fish story to reel in readers for momentary mind entertainment. Communicating with the dead using a radio with recorder is achievable and any person can do it. You do not need to be a psychic, a medium or have any paranormal gifts to make contact with the dead using these devices, and that my friend is the luxury of this in that you do not have to pay someone else hundreds or even thousands of dollars to contact your deceased family members or friends as you can do it yourself in the privacy of your own home. (Book description from Amazon.com.)

 


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

 

 


EVP/Ouija/Spirit Box Session: “Ouija… Board”

As promised, I want to keep my readers posted on this last session. On the late afternoon of December 26th, 2012 I held another Ouija board session, once again incorporating the spirit box and recording it all on a digital audio recorder. This would be the first time I held a Ouija session on my own. Other than Meril (my four-legged son), no one was in the house. And no, his paws are not allowed on the planchette. After a very brief meditation and stating my respectful intentions, the session began and lasted about 25 minutes. 

The conversation on my end went pretty much like one of my typical EVP sessions with a few added questions specifically aimed at the topic of the Ouija. I also made sure to ask for any feedback or suggestions on how to make the communication more successful.

 

The results?

 

Crickets…..

Once again there was no communication via the Ouija board. 

I encouraged any spirit present to also communicate through standard EVP and my audio recorder. Other than one small instance where there is an unintelligible and very soft possible response that may or may not be paranormal, no voices were captured. 

For the second half of the session I turned on the spirit box and continued to wait for a response through the Ouija board. The radio waves were very active with chatter, but at one point in the recording I can hear a possible response of “spirit”. Later, after I asked “What am I touching?” I can make out a fuzzy robot-like “Ouija… board”. A response like this (since my brain is wanting to hear “ouija board” anyway) could easily be pareidolia (matrixing), but I’m open to the possibility.

"Ouija... Board"

“Ouija… Board”

Thoughts? Opinions?

Seemed like a perfectly good excuse to share a picture of my handsome son.

Seemed like a perfectly good excuse to share a picture of my handsome son.

Oh… and I almost forgot. Toward the very end of the session while the spirit box was buzzing away, Meril growled as he stared down the steps to the lower level. It is pretty unusual for him to growl inside randomly so it caught me off guard. There were no relevant spirit box responses and there was no movement from the board. This may have been nothing, or possibly he was distracted by the spirit box itself, but I felt it was worthy of mentioning. 

 

Due to life and work I’ve definitely not been regularly conducting spirit communication experiments in the last several months, but when I have I’ve been disappointed, for the most part. I’m trying to keep my spirits up (no pun intended).

Until next time…

 


Investigation Report of a Private Residence in St. Peters, Missouri…

This report has been completed for months but I’ve just now gotten to where I could get the online version done. I learned so much from this investigation. This was my first experience investigating with friend and medium Marilyn Painter. In fact, she invited me onto this case. It was definitely an interesting evening. Thanks, Marilyn!

Click HERE to get to the report. Or you can visit www.MoSpiritSeekers.com and click on “Investigation Reports & Evidence” from the menu on the left.

 

Friend and medium Marilyn Painter during the 8/10/12 investigation.

 

Related Posts: 

Carthage Opera House Investigation Report & Evidence (www.BigSeance.com)

Fort Chaffee Prison Investigation Report & Evidence (www.BigSeance.com)

Highlights from our 9/15/12 Seance (www.BigSeance.com)

Haunting Trip Through an Abandoned Farmhouse (www.BigSeance.com)

Abandoned Missouri Farmhouse Investigation Report & Evidence (www.BigSeance.com)


One-Syllable EVP: Memo to Paranormal Investigators Everywhere…

MEMO

To: Paranormal Investigators Everywhere

Re: One-Syllable EVP

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I move that we, as paranormal investigators and researchers, stop placing so much importance and confidence on one-syllable “responses” when recording for EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena). Whether you’re capturing your EVP through traditional recording methods or through opportunistic methods like white noise generators, radio sweep/spirit box, etc, one-syllable sounds or “responses” are commonly captured. These sounds can certainly satisfy an EVP craving, especially when they happen after we ask those oh so challenging questions requiring a “yes” or “no” answer. After all, you’re eagerly awaiting a wise response. They really can be paranormal (and some of them clearly are), but compared to longer phrases or patterns with more than a single syllable, I feel they’re way more likely to be either imagined or simply one-syllable sounds (either created by investigators, the clipped voice of a DJ from a random radio station, or sounds found in the natural environment) confused for common responses like “yes”, “no”, “hey”, “stop”, “leave”, or any of the single-digit numbers that we always seem to hear. This is often referred to as “pareidolia” or audio “matrixing”. 

A creak in the house, a car door shutting from nearby, a bark from the neighbor’s dog, or any slight movement you make while recording can be the cause of these sounds. I think sometimes we’re listening for and hoping to hear things that are paranormal, therefore that quick scratch of your arm through your shirt ended up being a response of “yeah.” I think I annoy fellow investigators a lot because I tend to be more conservative (the word “conservative” is ugly, but so is that annoying phrase “openly skeptical”) in my listening and determining what I’m hearing in recordings. Most of the time I probably end up going with my first instincts. If from the beginning it sounded like a scratch, or the shuffling of a piece of paper, or a footstep on a dusty floor, then in my opinion any words or “responses” that you can force yourself to hear from that noise are accidental. Of course then there’s the opinion and theory that spirits may just take advantage of those natural environment sounds or our own movements to create their communication. It’s possible. In most of these cases I think they’re important to note or document. But to classify some of these as “paranormal” or “EVP” is a bit reckless, in my opinion. This is why I have tons of files saved as “possible EVP” or just simply “artifacts”. They don’t impress people as much, but until I can prove otherwise, that’s what they are to me.

I’ve been tempted more and more recently to not only use two audio recorders (the normal routine for me) in experimental sessions here at home, but to also use a video camera. Your brain can’t log (and recall later) every slight move you make in a recording session. You thought you were sitting silently, but did you scratch your nose? Did your stomach make a quick noise? And in my case (embarrassingly), occasionally my breathing will have a slight wheeze to it… or a tiny squeak. And many times a good audio recorder will pick up a noise that you weren’t even aware was happening. Just like in a more typical paranormal investigation, a video might help you more confidently determine if what you are hearing can be ruled out.

When it comes to radio sweep/spirit box sessions, I still very  much consider myself a newbie. But I keep an open mind. And sure, I’ve heard my name a few times in investigations. I’ve even heard spirits read words presented on objects in the room. Those are notable experiences and responses that are probably worth carefully classifying as “EVP”. But if you have a white noise generator or a spirit box of some kind, do me a favor by doing this little experiment for me. Find a friend or two and challenge them to think of a common one-syllable response without revealing it to anyone. If you listen for at least a minute I almost guarantee that each person (if they’re honest) will report hearing their response. Now challenge them to all listen for the phrase “My name is Sylvia and I like pork chops”. Please contact me directly if you heard this one.  

 

But if you have a white noise generator or a spirit box of some kind, do me a favor by doing this little experiment for me. Find a friend or two and challenge them to think of a common one-syllable response without revealing it to anyone. If you listen for at least a minute I almost guarantee that each person (if they’re honest) will report hearing their response.

 

So basically, I feel we just need to be more careful about what we’re so quickly and easily classifying as “EVP” or “paranormal”. 

But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe a spirit named “Joe”, who claims there are “five” spirits present, simply saw your Little Debbie next to the recorder and said “yum”.  

–Management

 

 


A Very Ouija Thanksgiving…

From our first Ouija session…

So I’ve been hinting for a few months now that I’d be doing some research and some experiments with the Ouija board soon. After reading Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s Ouija Gone Wild and then learning about some pretty amazing Ouija sessions on the Consciousness Travels blog, I realized (and I’m just hoping I’m right) that Hollywood has turned the Ouija into something it is not. Well I’ve had the board for several weeks and have just been waiting for the right day… the right moment to start my next exciting spirit communication journey. 

While going back home and visiting for Thanksgiving, I thought it might be a good time to try it out if the right moment came along. My family makes up most of my MOSS team. They’re used to investigating and participating in my experiments. But most importantly, they know how serious I am and how important this research is to me. So on Thanksgiving night at around midnight, after all of the festivities winded down, I set up for my first Ouija session. 

You can see my setup in the picture above, but in addition I recorded the session with a digital audio recorder, I had a Mel Meter (measures ambient temperature and electromagnetic field) and a spirit box on hand. For those who may not know, a spirit box (sometimes called a “ghost box”) is simply a radio that has been modified to sweep through all of the radio stations on either the AM or FM band at a quick pace. Using a device like this for spirit communication purposes involves a somewhat controversial technique called “radio sweep”, which along with EVP fits under the umbrella of “ITC” (Instrumental Trans-Communication). The spirit box was only used toward the end of the session.

Three of us were involved in the session, but only two of us were at the board at a time while the third monitored the surroundings. We began with our own personal quiet time for meditation. I then stated our intentions and respectfully invited any non-negative spirit to join us for the purposes of learning about the other side and spirit communication in general. (I decided to avoid the popular  “from the light” statement because sometimes I feel this can kill an experiment right off the bat.) I was open and honest about this being our first Ouija session and invited anyone present to give advice or help us with our technique. We asked several times if anyone was present with us and then waited. We received no answers through the board, however, there were multiple instances where the light fixture overhead (set to be very dim) flickered. It is not exactly unusual for lights to flicker in my parents’ house, but not usually this many times in such a short period. Also, my mother has never noticed the flickering with this particular dining room overhead light fixture. Several of the flickers seemed to happen within seconds of each question, especially the “Is there anyone with us?” questions. We noted the flickering and moved on with other various questions and received no answers. That’s when we turned on the spirit box. 

I’ve used my spirit box in a few paranormal investigations, and although I continue to be openly skeptical about how people use or interpret it, I feel there is a good chance I’ve had some legitimate spirit communication through the device in those situations. In my experiments at home I haven’t had the same experience. This may have been the case with our Thanksgiving Ouija session. After asking for anyone present to introduce themselves, we heard a pretty significant response that sounded like “Bubba”. Other than that moment, I don’t feel like we had any significant or paranormal responses through the spirit box. 

Regarding the Mel Meter, no unusual EMF or temperature readings were noted. 

Were we disappointed? Sure. I was completely prepared to type out the transcript for you in this post. But paranormal investigators get used to things being quiet and boring for most of the time. And sometimes, paranormal or not, the simple light flickers are pretty exciting. I still intend to analyze the audio eventually, and perhaps we captured an entity who preferred to communicate that way instead. If this is the case, you’ll hear about it.  

I’d love to get feedback or suggestions from some of my readers who are experienced in this form of spirit communication. Just so you know, my future Ouija sessions are likely to be conducted by myself. I’m not sure when the next one will be, but I’ll keep everyone posted.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Peace! 

 


Carthage Opera House and the Sound of Music…

On the eve the election, it’s very fitting that I present to you….  um… some highlights from an investigation? Sure. Sounds good. 🙂

On Saturday August 4th, I was once again invited by Joplin Paranormal Research Society (JPRS) to be apart of a joint investigation of the Carthage Opera House (or Burlingame and Chaffee Opera House) in Carthage, Missouri. My friends at JHPS were invited as well. It was a very hot night and I remember it well. I have only recently begun reviewing my audio and video, but JPRS is way ahead of me and they’ve found some pretty amazing evidence. Dar has put together some of this evidence in a great video. It makes me really excited to get deep into my review.

For my previous post on Carthage Opera House and a few pictures, click here.

I have to tell you, the video footage of the lightning through the windows is totally mine! 🙂 So you’ll probably see it again when I put my own video together.

 

Here’s another much longer video that includes some evidence from Spirit Box sessions (Ghost Box). Dar is the Ghost Box master… 

 

 


“Paranerdal” Update…

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to just give readers an update on my incredibly exciting life as of late. (Ahem… that was your cue to laugh.)

I am completing my fourth week of school for this new year. The beginning of the year always keeps me pretty busy, and so I haven’t be able to focus nearly as much as I would like to on “paranerdal” activities. I’m behind on analysis of my last two investigations. I’ve really stepped up the analysis of the most recent private residence though, due to more activity and the concern of the family. It has taken me almost two weeks to get through all of the audio alone (lots of stationary audio), but I have to tell you, I’ve gotten some interesting stuff, including the voice of someone asking for help. One of the EVP from this investigation is possibly the most clear file I’ve recorded yet. I’ve captured some interesting responses and activity from the spirit box as well, although I still struggle with having confidence in knowing what I’m hearing. In general though, experiences with my own spirit box have not been as clear or impressive as what I’ve heard and experienced with other groups. It’s still a big learning experiment for me… although I guess everything is, isn’t it? It has been a pleasure getting to know the family, working with a friend and medium, and trying to do what I can to get to the bottom of whatever is going on. Tomorrow I move on to video analysis and add to my already 11 pages of notes. 

Someone or something was definitely in my house and woke me up at around 3am a few nights ago. One of the strangest feelings I’ve ever had. Maybe more on this later. Nothing since. 

I’ve been reading and enjoying Ouija Gone Wild by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. It’s the first book I’ve checked out that was devoted solely to the topic of the Ouija Board. I’ve always liked to hear what Rosemary has to say. I plan on sharing more of my thoughts on this latest book in a future post. 

What about my personal EVP and Radio Sweep experimenting here at home? Well… there hasn’t been much of that in quite a while. I hope to have a session sometime over the Labor Day weekend. I also hope to have some willing spirits joining me since it has been a while. Send some my way, would ya? Only the good ones. 🙂 Stay tuned.

I’m waiting for whatever is left of Hurricane Isaac to show up here in Missouri. Bring it! After this drought, I might just lay out in the yard and make rain angels when it gets here.  

Lastly, I’m excited for some upcoming séance experiences happening in a few weeks. This will be a big project for me, and Marilyn and I are excited to jump into it. Don’t worry, we hope to take you along with us!

 

For those of you in the US, have a fantastic Labor Day weekend! (Oooh, that means Fall is just about here!)

Peace!


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