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Goth and the Paranormal with Cemetery Confessions – The Big Séance Podcast #35

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How much do you really know about the goth community? Have you considered that the goth and paranormal subcultures might have a lot more in common than you realized? Enjoy this fascinating discussion with The Count and Mark, the hosts of the Cemetery Confessions podcast.

 

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  • The Count of the Cemetery Confessions goth podcast - Goth and the Paranormal - The Big Séance Podcast - BigSeance.comEpisode Preview :00
  • Where have I been? 2:49
  • Meet The Count and Mark (AKA DJ Gomez), the hosts of Cemetery Confessions 4:03
  • Why the name “Cemetery Confessions”? 10:24
  • Goths and cemeteries 10:47
  • How does the goth culture view death and mortality?  14:07
  • Do the paranormal and goth subcultures have a lot in common? 16:46
  • Explanation of the goth lifestyle 18:49
  • Isn’t spirit communication and talking to the dead a little goth? 20:28
  • Mark of the Cemetery Confessions podcast on The Big Séance Podcast at BigSeance.comPatrick works to earn an honorary goth card 21:14
  • Fall and Halloween… a time to be goth 22:28
  • Mark’s memories of October and Halloween 27:10
  • The Count properly celebrates Halloween for the first time! 28:45
  • Have the hosts of Cemetery Confessions had any paranormal experiences? 30:15
  • The shadow person 31:13
  • Religion and the paranormal 33:16
  • The ghost at The Count’s house! 34:55
  • Was that paranormal? 37:17
  • The Count asks me (Patrick) about some of my views 39:01
  • Sylvia Browne and life on The Other Side 43:28
  • Mainstream culture and fearing death 45:18

 

Shoutout to Diane and Denise of the History Goes Bump podcast! Thanks for the 5 star rating and lovely review! 52:48

 

  • Kids and goth/What are the biggest misconceptions of what goth is? 54:20
  • Nerd culture in and outside of goth 1:02:30
  • More about Cemetery Confessions, The Belfry Network, and where to find it! 1:06:43

 

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Psychic Predictions and Prophecies for 2015 – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #24

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Check out your Psychic Predictions and Prophecies for 2015 from Janice Carlson, Angela Thomas, Rob Gutro, Carole J. Obley, Karen A. Dahlman, Lee Allen Howard, and Marilyn Painter.

 

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Some of the Prophecies and predictions of Edgar Cayce and Sylvia Browne.

Janice Carlson – Janice has been a lovely friend and supporter of the podcast. You can hear my interview with her if you go to episode 10 from August 27, 2014. I wanted to start our special predictions episode with Janice today, because this was actually all her idea… and I thought it was brilliant! For more on Janice, visit janicecarlson.com.

Janice gives us her psychic predictions for 2015.

Psychic-Angela-Thomas-big-seance-podcastAngela Thomas – Next up is a psychic named Angela Thomas. She is a research psychic for the study of precognition with Dr. Vernon Neppe. She’s been a guest of George Noory’s Beyond Belief on Gaiam TV, and in the spring of 2015, she’ll be publishing her book “Three Dimensional Tarot: The Art of Gathering Information”. You can find more about Angela at AngelaThomas.org. 

Angela gives her psychic predictions for the next 18 months. 

Author, medium, and scientist, rob gutro. Pets and the Afterlife. Interview for The Big Séance Podcast.Rob Gutro – Rob is an author, medium, and scientist, and he made his initial appearance on the 13th episode from September 18, 2014. For more on Rob, visit ghostsandspiritsinsights.blogspot.com.

Rob joins us today to tell us how we all have the ability to have premonitions, and he shares a very touching story about one of his own premonitions. 

Psychic Carole J. Obley, The Big Séance PodcastCarole J. Obley – A future guest of an upcoming episode of The Big Séance Podcast, Carole has been the bridge between heaven and earth in over 7,000 group and individual readings. It’s no surprise that she is fast becoming a sought-after medium, author, workshop leader and speaker given the startling clarity, specificity and accuracy with which she sees, hears and senses people’s loved ones in spirit. Names, descriptions of loved ones’ personalities and uncanny, validating details as well as grief support and teachings about the Afterlife are typically delivered in her readings. Heartfelt and compassionate in her approach, Carole is also well-known for her practical, down-to-earth guidance and insight into life issues, such as relationships, career and finance. Fore more on private sessions, visit soulvisions.net.

Carole shares the message that coming in 2015, we will have a deeper awareness of humanity and unity.

Karen A. Dahlman, Psychic Predictions and Prophesies for 2015, Big Séance PodcastKaren A. Dahlman – You remember her. She’s been on the show several times already. Her interview in episode 5 from July 23, 2014, remains very popular! For more on Karen, visit karenadahlman.com

Karen shares some predictions for the year 2015 that she received from one of her spirit friends known as “The Moon”, and she received these predictions from the Ouija board. 

Our last two contributions stand out, because they are channeled messages that are recorded as they’re happening. Both Lee Allen Howard and Marilyn Painter have been guests on the podcast, and I’m glad to have them back. 

lee allen howard, medium and metaphysician, the big séance podcast interview, channelingLee Allen Howard – He was with us on episode 12 from September 11, 2014. For more on Lee Allen Howard, visit building-the-bridge.com.  

Lee gives his 2015 psychic predictions, but also leaves us with the recording of him channeling a message that he received from a “watcher” that he talks about on building-the-bridge.com. He received this on November 24, 2014 during a channeling session. 

Marilyn Painter, Psychic Predictions and Prophesies for 2015, Big Séance PodcastMarilyn Painter – She was my very first guest in episode 1. You can also hear her in episode 9 from August 20th, 2014. For more on Marilyn, visit ahtahsanctuary.com

Marilyn also shares a recording of her channeling the energies of 2015.

 

I hope you enjoyed this episode, and I would absolutely LOVE to hear from you if you have any thoughts about any of the messages you heard today. I’m sure all of these folks would love to hear about any validation if you notice anything lining up as they predicted. I hope to hear from you!

 

Happy New Year! Have a GREAT 2015!

 

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Sylvia Browne (1936 – 2013)

 

Sylvia Browne

October 19, 1936 – November 20, 2013

 

Spiritual teacher and psychic Sylvia Browne didn’t have the easiest life, and controversy sometimes followed her, but today she passed on, presumably to a beautiful and picturesque Other Side that she wrote so much about. I absolutely love her books, and am convinced that many of her critics have not read one. I just know that she’s working on a new book right now, well, at least after her guide Francine drops her off at one of the marble benches inside the Hall of Wisdom for the cool scanning machine, which she claims is our first stop after reuniting with our pets and loved ones.

She always claimed that she was on her last incarnation, so what now? I wouldn’t mind having an extra guide! And if Francine is looking for another gig, the more the merrier! I have to tell you, it makes me want to have a séance right now. I sincerely hope she reports back to someone soon! 

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Our lives on this earth, no matter how briefly or how long they last, are just moments in the context of the eternity God breathed into us at the instant He created us. Our real lives, joyful and glorious and perfect, are back Home, on the Other Side, where we all came from, the place we’re wistfully Homesick for every minute we’re here whether we’re consciously aware of it or not, and where we’ll go when we abandon these flawed, cumbersome bodies and soar Home again as alive as ever. Clinging fiercely to this one life, as if it’s all there is and all there will ever be, would be no different than clinging fiercely to one random day of school, as if there’s nowhere else to go but there and nothing more to learn.

–Sylvia Browne, from Prophecy, 2004, Health and Medicine, page 217. 

 

More Sylvia Browne:

Sylvia Browne: In her own words...

Sylvia Browne: In her own words… (Big Séance)

Sylvia Browne: Are members of the "spiritual community" turning on her? (Big Séance)

Sylvia Browne: Are members of the “spiritual community” turning on her? (Big Séance)

 

 

 


All Pets Go to Heaven…

Since it has been a while, I wanted to write a blog post a day or two ago, but with the excitement of all of our tornado weather in the last few days, I (and our four-legged son Meril, unfortunately) have been rather distracted. But today I am inspired to bring up a topic that is so very close to my heart, and that is the subject of pets and the afterlife. At the risk of getting the Syvlia Browne haters riled up again, I’ve had her book All Pets Go to Heaven on my shelf waiting to be read for several years now. It’s not a book I’ve been excited to read because sometimes I just don’t even want to think about the topic, but just like our family and loved ones of the human variety, death can never be avoided. It’s a reality that we all must go through. As my “to be read” shelf has gotten down to just a few books (that have also been there for a while), I decided to get this one started a few days ago. 

I won’t lead you to believe that this is the greatest book in the world that you have to drop into your Amazon shopping cart right this moment. To be honest, if it weren’t for Borders going out of business a few years back, I probably would never have had it. The first third of the book is actually pretty dry and discusses the history of animals as pets, animal totems, etc. Once you get past all that, Sylvia includes several heartfelt stories from readers about their pets, pets coming back from the other side to visit, and in a few cases even having a hand in choosing their owner’s next pet after they cross over. These stories got me thinking back to all of my pets growing up, and of course the love we have for our very spoiled son Meril, who gives us so much happiness today. 

Me with a young Mickey Mouse.

Me with a young Mickey Mouse.

My very first dog that I have memory of was named “Mickey Mouse”, even though she was a girl dog. She was very much a mutt and as a puppy was rescued by my father near the banks of the Missouri River in my hometown of Lexington, Missouri. Though the memory is foggy, I remember her energy and running around the house, tail wagging like crazy. If I calculate correctly, Mickey Mouse was 19 when she died. I was actually a freshman or sophomore in college and away from home at the time. When I got the call my heart broke. I didn’t really have any memories of life without her. How was I going to live without her? Often growing up I would literally talk to her out loud, telling her my silly problems with tears in my eyes (and she always seemed to understand and was there to listen). She was mostly an outside dog, and to this day I’ve never seen a dog with such street smarts. I swear to you she looked both ways before crossing the street to get to the field across from our house. I can still hear her squeaky bark and remember how she would stand guard for hours, trapping a squirrel in a tree. After mom called me upset and gave me the news I remember lying on my bed in my apartment an hour away from home and crying all day. At one point something caught my eye toward the entrance of my apartment. I swear I saw Mickey Mouse walk into the room from the front door, but things were blurry and in a flash she was gone. I, of course, talked myself into believing I imagined it because of being upset. But did I? 

A much older Mickey Mouse. (Not the greatest picture.)

A much older Mickey Mouse. (Not the greatest picture.)

Growing up we had several other dogs who have since passed. Even before Mickey Mouse died we lost a beautiful dog named “Missie” who was hit by a car. We hadn’t had her very long. After my father buried her in the back yard, it was actually my Aunt Mae or my Grandma Keller (don’t remember) who saw me sitting by the grave by myself and walked down to console me, explaining that maybe Missie would be reincarnated and I would see her again. I don’t remember my reaction or response to the thought, but that was the first time I had heard of such a thing. I do, however, remember believing with all of my heart that I’d see all of my dogs greet me when I got to the other side. Mickey Mouse was our first dog. She was so special… and she was the one who lived the longest. Gosh… I get choked up now even thinking about it. 

I’m only halfway through the book now, but I felt inspired to share this with you today. It is only fitting that right before I began writing this post I found the following story being shared on Facebook, a story about a hero dog named Kaiser, who crossed that beautiful rainbow bridge just yesterday. 

Members of the Plymouth, Mass. police department salute their K-9 companion as he’s walked into the vet’s office to be put down. (Picture via Old Colony Memorial and Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation. Caption via WLS-TV Facebook page.)

  Members of the Plymouth, Mass. police department salute their K-9 companion as he’s walked into the vet’s office to be put down. (Picture via Old Colony Memorial and Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation. Caption via WLS-TV Chicago, IL Facebook page.)

May 31, 2013 (PLYMOUTH, Mass.) (WLS) — Police officers in Plymouth, Mass. saluted “Kaiser” the police dog as he was led to the vet’s office to be put down on Friday.

 The 2.5-year-old German Shepherd was diagnosed with a chronic and fatal kidney disease this March, according to Plymouth Police patrolman Jamie Lebretton, who handled the dog.

“Kaiser loved being a Police Dog and I will miss him dearly. Out of love and respect for Kaiser, and with the input from our excellent vet, trainer, and family, I have made the heart wrenching decision to end Kaiser’s suffering,” Lebretton posted on the K-9 unit’s Facebook page.

An image showing the Plymouth Police officers saluting the dog quickly went viral on Friday after it was posted on Facebook by the Old Colony Memorial and Reddit.

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Rest In Peace, Kaiser. The respect shown for this furry hero makes me tear up. So sweet. 

Meril in the center with his cousin Mahni (left) and aunt Emily (right).

Meril in the center with his cousin Mahni (left) and aunt Emily (right).

 

Anyone have a story to share? Have you had similar experiences?

 

Peace!

 

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Sylvia Browne: In her own words…

My last post on the recent and ongoing backlash and criticism of the psychic medium, Sylvia Browne, brought on more discussion and comments than we’ve seen here at the Big Séance in a while. It’s still a hot topic among bloggers and in online paranormal and spiritual circles.  

Since that post I’ve discovered that Sylvia responded in a statement. 

“For more than 50 years as a spiritual psychic and guide, when called upon to either help authorities with missing person cases or to help families with questions about their loved ones, I have been more right than wrong. If ever there was a time to be grateful and relieved for being mistaken, this is that time. Only God is right all the time. My heart goes out to Amanda Berry, her family, the other victims and their families. I wish you a peaceful recovery.” – From the Huffington Post

Regarding the other similar highly publicized case involving Shawn Hornbeck in 2007, Browne’s publicist told CNN “She cannot possibly be 100 percent correct in each and every one of her predictions. She has, during a career of over 50 years, helped literally tens of thousands of people.”

Psychic Medium Sylvia Browne

 

Since it is highly unlikely that Sylvia Browne would pop in to defend herself on my blog, and since I own many of her books, I decided I would highlight just a few of her statements that seem to fit this situation. 

 

“I have never used a ‘ringer’ in my life, or participated in a hoax. I would never forfeit my credibility, my career, and my life’s work for the sake of a cheap trick.”
From Life on the Other Side: A Psychic’s Tour of the Afterlife

 

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made some mistakes along the way — and I mean some real whoppers — that if you don’t know the whole story could make it look as if my integrity was a little blurry from time to time. Again, ask me and I’ll tell you exactly how stupid I’ve been, how naive and inappropriately trusting of the wrong people I can be, and just how incredibly unpsychic I am about myself. But accuse me of ever being deliberately dishonest, or indiscreet, or greedy and ambitious at someone else’s expense, or careless about the issue of integrity, you’ll have a fight on your hands, and that includes the subject of celebrities, both past and present.”
From Visits from the Afterlife: The Truth about Hauntings, Spirits, and Reunions with Lost Loved Ones

 

“I love being right. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. My career depends on my being right a lot more often than I’m wrong, and I’ve been tested at somewhere between 85- and 90-percent accuracy as a psychic. Averaging, let’s say, twenty clients a day for fifty years, plus another forty years of lectures, print interviews, radio and television appearances, added to several decades of very private pro bono work with the medical and psychiatric communities and various law enforcement agencies, and my own extensive research and writing, I wouldn’t have the strength, the skill, or the courage to try to calculate the number of hours of information I’ve transmitted in my sixty-six years on earth this time around, and I’d be ecstatic to find out that 95 to 90 percent of that information has been accurate and give all the credit to God where it belongs. 

There’s no doubt about it, either, that when I miss something, I miss it, and when I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to point it out. The terrorist attacks of September 11? Not one inkling. The sniper killings that held the Washington, D.C., area hostage in the fall of 2002? I called Lindsay and recorded detailed descriptions of the two suspects several days before any arrests were made. They turned out to be very accurate descriptions of the two alleged suspects who were mistakenly surrounded by the authorities at a gas station and completely exonerated several hours later. I’ve been thrilled to hear it when I turned out to be wrong about the outcome of a missing-persons case or two, and heartbroken on more occasions when I turned out to be right.”
From Visits from the Afterlife: The Truth about Hauntings, Spirits, and Reunions with Lost Loved Ones

 

“Psychics don’t solve crimes. Law enforcement solves crimes. We simply bring another set of tools to what’s usually a long, exhaustive, difficult process of identifying criminals and putting them behind bars. We’re no different from the criminal profilers, the geographic profilers, the forensic anthropologists, the sculptors and other experts who were viewed with initial skepticism until they proved their worth, as any participant in an investigation should be expected to do.”
Included in her section on “Psychic Forensics” from Phenomenon: Everything You Need to Know About the Paranormal

 

“However, Mr. Randi and other anti-psychic skeptics have called me a liar and a charlatan numerous times, and there are even entire Websites devoted to trying to stop my work for God. How miserable is it that instead of helping others, some people choose to start atheistic or skeptical societies and ridicule, or even try to destroy, the men and women who are trying to help others?”
From
Mystical Traveler: How to Advance to a Higher Level of Spirituality

 

Update for 5/13/13

I have been reading Prophecy: What the Future Holds for You by Sylvia Browne and had actually started it just before the women in Ohio were found. Today I came across a passage that I sure wish I would have found before I put this post together. In this particular section she was discussing the prophesies of Edgar Cayce. It’s the perfect response to this situation. I probably wouldn’t have even needed the passages I included above. Here it is.

“There are prophesies of Edgar Cayce’s that haven’t come true. I wouldn’t presume to speak for him, but my guess would be that his explanation for that would be similar to mine when I find out I was wrong about a reading or a prediction. Any prophet, psychic, clairvoyant, medium or other paranormalist who claims to be accurate 100 percent of the time is a fraud and a liar. Only God is right 100 percent of the time. All the rest of us can do is receive and transmit information we’re given, and stay out of the way as best we can. We can’t take credit for any of the information, but blame for inaccuracy falls justifiably on our shoulders, because it means that somewhere along the line we misspoke, misunderstood, misinterpreted and/or somehow involuntarily interfered, and the messages suffered in the translation.”

 

 


Sylvia Browne: Are members of the “spiritual community” turning on her?

Psychic medium, Sylvia Browne

Psychic medium, Sylvia Browne

I have to admit I didn’t necessarily think much about the psychic medium, Sylvia Browne, until I read a few of her books. Seriously, you should read one. I really do think that her unusually gruff voice and appearance causes people to form unfortunate opinions of her when they may know nothing about her. For many people, her appearances on the Montel Williams Show (cancelled in 2008) may be all they know about her and her work.

Most likely you’ve run across some statements or articles being passed around social media this week following the shocking, sad, yet celebratory news of three missing women in Ohio escaping the hell where they were held captive for a decade or more. In 2004 Browne told the mother of one of the missing women that her daughter, Amanda Berry, was dead. The other big miss that people remember and refer to was in the case of Shawn Hornbeck. For me, this story was close to home and I remember it well. I had just moved to the St. Louis area to begin my teaching career when the young man went missing. In 2004 Sylvia told his parents that he was dead and a few years later he was found alive. (Click here for Shawn’s recent interview by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in light of this week’s events.) These were two very unfortunate blunders that no doubt caused pain and suffering.

This week I’ve seen some people from what I’ll call the “paranormal” and “spiritual community”, some psychic/medium personalities, turn on Sylvia Browne so very easily and quickly. Some of these community members constantly plaster statements all over social media about how everyone can learn to use their natural psychic abilities, trust your intuition, use your third eye, kum ba yah, etc. Most psychics and mediums (including Sylvia) will tell you that not all readings or predictions will be accurate. They are human just like anyone else. Apparently for some people, practicing what they preach doesn’t count in some situations. I don’t have any personal experience to back up whether or not Sylvia truly has the abilities she claims to possess, but scientists have gone back and forth for over a century trying to prove or disprove these phenomena. With so many psychics and mediums popping up on the scene, most of whom are relatively unknown, how is anyone to know who truly is “the real deal”? Is someone keeping track of and publicizing all of the misses of every local psychic/medium? Perhaps shaming another while they’re down will make them look more real and put some distance between them and the skeptics? 

This has definitely caused a setback for those of us interested in learning and researching all things paranormal or spiritual. All of this just shows how very careful a psychic/medium should be with their gift. Maybe these very heavy and emotional statements should never happen in such a public forum, and maybe they shouldn’t even be stated if they can’t be more certain of their accuracy.

But… a few highly publicized misses does not make someone a horrible fraud.

I hope I never have to eat my words from this post, but I’m not jumping on the tar and feather wagon just yet. Maybe I’m a fool. For now, my thoughts and prayers go out to those women and their families, and to the many missing people in this world who are holding on and just waiting to be found. 

Sylvia Browne during one of her many appearances on the Montel Williams Show.

Sylvia Browne during one of her many appearances on the Montel Williams Show.


First post… and a discussion on Spirit Guides!

So it’s my first blog post! I’m not really sure of what I’m doing yet but I guess I’ll learn along the way. If you’re reading this thanks for stopping by! Feel free to add to the discussion.

Recently I was having a discussion with a friend on the topic of reincarnation. I made the comment that I’d love to have the chance to be a spirit guide when I return back home to the other side. Who knows what our priorities and interests really are when we’re Home, but I can think of several areas of work I’d like to focus on when I return. One of those things would be to help researchers studying the paranormal/life on the other side from Earth. But, being a spirit guide would be pretty darn cool too I think (and a lot of work I hear). Then yesterday I was reading a Sylvia Browne book and she says that chances are at one time or another before this reincarnation we’ve all been a spirit guide.

In a channeling class that I took with Marilyn Kastner Painter (you can find her on my links page) I discovered that my guide’s name was Merlin. I’m not real clear on what the details of our meeting were or if that is really my guide’s name… but it came from somewhere and you’re just supposed to go with it. 🙂 I at least felt the presence of someone special being with me.

Being a spirit guide must be a pretty big deal and there has to be a lot of trust involved. Many believe that a spirit guide could be a “soul mate” from a previous life. That’s also interesting to think about.

It was probably 6 or 7 years ago when I first learned about spirit guides. I had no clue. I can’t imagine NOT knowing about spirit guides now. I talk to mine all the time. If you’re new to the concept of spirit guides, there are many places online with information. You can also check out spirit guides on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_guide

Thoughts? Anyone have a good relationship with their spirit guide?


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