Have you ever met someone and you knew instantly there was a connection there, a familiarity, almost like you’ve known them your whole life? These people are your soulmates. That’s right, you can have more than one kind of soulmate. A soulmate is simply someone that your soul recognizes or resonates with. There are different types of soulmates we come across in our life and each one plays an important role in your personal, emotional and spiritual growth.
The Friend Soulmate
You usually form these types of soulmates early on but you can also find new friend soulmates as you get older. These soulmates will be in your life always, regardless of where the two of you live. You may grow apart in distance but when you come back together you pick up right where you left off as if no time has gone by at all. You feel the most “at home” with these soulmates and you can share anything with them and know they will always keep your innermost secrets confident. You also share similar tastes in your style or interests and laugh at how you will pick out the same shirt or discovered the same new music. If you believe in past lives, these people were usually in your family as a brother or sister or cousin. Cherish these soulmates because they will always be there for you, no matter what.
DM Example From Friend Soulmate:
Hey girl! I’m gonna be in town at the end of this month, lets get together and reminisce about old times…can’t wait to see you…we have so much to catch up on!
The Teacher Soulmate
Sometimes people show up in your life when you are in transition or struggling with your next move and you feel this pull toward these people. At first, you may wonder if this is going to be a romantic relationship, but then, you begin to realize that this person is either going through similar trials as you or has just come through something similar. Another name for these soulmates is “mirror soulmates”. They reflect back to you why you need to see. They can be somewhat painful at times if you are not ready to face what these soulmates are showing you. Ultimately, however, you will learn something from these teacher soulmates that will change the way you think, believe, or operate. The saying:
“when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”
applies to this relationship. This relationship is usually temporary and once the lessons for each are learned, the connection fades and sometimes this person is never to be seen again. Other times the relationship evolves into one of the other types of soulmates.
DM Example From Teacher Soulmate:
Hey, I got us tickets for this workshop on ‘How to Face Your Shadow Self to Level Up’. I’ll pick you up and don’t worry about paying me back, it’s on me.
The Past Life Soulmate
Past lives are something you either believe in or you don’t. Meeting someone that you feel an instant familiarity with is strange because you can’t place why you feel like you know them or you’ve met them before when you haven’t. This can even happen with complete strangers. Just a glance into their eyes and you know. These are often our souls recognizing others from a past incarnation. This soulmate type can also overlap any of the other types as well. It most definitely overlaps the twin flame soulmate. I believe that coming across a past life soulmate is like a confirmation to your soul that you are on your chosen path. Like a sign from another place and time that you’re showing up and doing the work and everything is gonna work out for the best according to divine timing.
DM Example From Past Life Soulmate:
After meeting you today, I had to look you up and let you know that I haven’t felt so understood by someone in a long time. It’s almost as if we’ve known each other our whole lives. Would you like to grab a coffee sometime?
The Lover Soulmate
This soulmate can be one of the most passionate relationships you ever experience. The chemistry you feel with this person is undeniable and can even be seen by others. Lover soulmates can be tumultuous though if one of the members is not on the same spiritual frequency as the other. The physical attraction and soulful longing are there but sometimes the maturity or intellect doesn’t match up. If one party is already in a relationship these connections can lead to affairs if no restraint is exercised. These are usually fleeting, except when you find your twin flame, if you do. The real purpose of these connections is to ignite passion in both parties. This passion can lead to a renewed sense of purpose and excitement in your life and can break you out of the mundane routine you’ve been stuck in. Lover soulmates can release any blocks you have in your sacral chakra and creativity is usually the result of this release.
DM Example of The Lover Soulmate:
When your hands touch mine, I feel this electrical surge coursing through my entire body! No one makes me feel as alive as you!
The Twin Flame Soulmate
Much has been written and aggrandized about the twin flame soulmate. The origin of the term came from Plato’s work “The Symposium” which reads:
“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”
This person would have all the characteristics of the other soulmates. They would be your friend, teacher, lover, and you would feel a past life connection with them. This would be the ultimate connection on the deepest level possible that you could ever have with someone. Not everyone is said to have a twin flame incarnate with them in the same lifetime. Some theorists think your twin flame could exist in the spirit realm and act as a spirit guide to you during your lifetime. If you do get lucky and come across your twin flame it can feel like the most magical thing you’ve ever experienced. The passion, the love, and the spiritual maturity are all there. You feel at home, and the energy created by your fields together is magnetic and intense, so much so, that others are usually in awe of it. You are often on the path to accomplish a shared goal that benefits humanity on the global scale. The physical attributes of each tend to be similar and the spiritual growth occurs together at the same time. In fact, intuitive gifts are unlocked in each and magnified in their intensity when the two first meet. These kinds of relationships are the ones that are talked about in history books. Examples include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Pierre and Marie Curie, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Jackie Kennedy and JFK, and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. I want to point out here that twin flames are not always of the opposite gender, however, one member will have more of the divine masculine attributes and the other the divine feminine attributes.
DM Example from The Twin Flame Soulmate:
I’m so grateful to have you in my life and I can’t wait to see what goals we acomplish together in 2020. You’re the answer to my prayers and our souls will forever be entwined.
Knowing the type of soulmate relationship you share with your deeper connections can help you understand the way to communicate with them and what to expect from the other person. Humans are intricate people and when we feel like someone gets us we know we’ve found a special relationship that should be cultivated and honored. Gratitude for these unique people we come across in our lives opens the door for diving timing to synchronize your destiny.
Do ghosts only come out at night? Does bigfoot exist?
Just because the paranormal is the realm of the unexplained doesn’t mean there isn’t any explaining to do. Humans have always sought to give definition to the world around us, and even to the worlds that may be beyond us. As a result, over the course of millennia, we have developed countless theories and told endless stories within the realm of paranormal pop culture, and there have been a lot of misconceptions that have taken root in the public’s consciousness. Believe it or not, even when dealing with the mysterious realm of ghosts, aliens and creatures, there are some things we can fairly confidently label as false. So, to clear up some incorrect assumptions about the unexplained, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Paranormal Myths.
1. Paranormal Facts Exist
The term “paranormal” applies to anything currently beyond the range of scientific explanation. So anyone who claims they have access to the rulebook of the paranormal, and that they know a foolproof way of making a ghost go “boo!” is probably a charlatan … or about to be pretty famous. Plenty of researchers — including reputable scientists — have compelling theories about unexplained phenomena and are attempting to apply those utilizing the scientific method, but so far, paranormal facts don’t quite exist.
2. Ghosts Only Come Out at Night
There are a lot of reasons to ghost hunt at night: The world quiets down as the day fades away; some locations only let you enter after the close of daytime business hours; it is much creepier at night; and, most importantly, it’s the best time to play with your sweet night vision camera! But if you want to chase ghosts, you can just as effectively do it during the day, according to most paranormal researchers. In fact, it might even be a more effective time because that’s when the dead were probably most alive.
3. There is No Physical Evidence of Bigfoot
While there have not been any bodies found, Bigfoot researchers claim there is quite a bit of physical evidence to suggest the creatures exists — including hair, blood, tissue, tracks and, yes, poop.There is also a growing community of scientists who believe in Sasquatch, including famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State University, among others. Eric Altman of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society stresses that, as far as the lack of physical remains (a dead Sasquatch), fossilization requires very specific conditions and Mother Nature has an effective system of breaking down animal remains in about 10 days — so a freshly-dead specimen of the already-rare creature would be hard to find.
4. Only Old Buildings are Haunted
A decrepit, ancient Victorian mansion with broken windows, creaky floorboards and moldy furniture may be the best haunted house in Hollywood, but it’s not where ghosts necessarily hang out. Beyond just old houses, researchers claim to have found paranormal evidence in jails, asylums, hospitals, hotels, museums, battleships, cruise liners, cars, roads and forests. New locations can also be haunted, as can the ground where a new building is established. There doesn’t necessarily have to be a death on the property, either. It is widely accepted within the paranormal community that objects and people themselves can be the focus of a haunting.
5. America’s Paranormal Fascination is New
Although the paranormal has become quite popular with the arrival of investigation-based reality shows, America’s fascination dates back to the origins of the nation. The paranormal peaked in the US in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries with the introduction of Spiritualism, a religious philosophy that espoused that communication with the spirit world is positive. Mary Todd Lincoln, Mark Twain and Harry Houdini were among the American celebrities who became part of the paranormal conversation, and the public gathered in homes and auditoriums to connect with the dead in séances. Beyond ghosts, future president Teddy Roosevelt wrote of a frontiersman’s encounter with a Bigfoot-like creature in 1893, and other Sasquatch stories would periodically make their way into the news. Long before the Battle of Los Angeles in 1942 or The Roswell Incident in 1947, “airships” were reported in the skies above America — and newspaperman S.E. Haydon wrote about the crash of such a ship in Aurora, Texas, in 1897, about 6 years before the Wright Brothers’ first flight.
6. Aliens are Little Green Men in Flying Saucers
Actually, the most popular aliens are little grey men, according to believers. In America, “The Greys” are the archetypes when discussing alien encounters, and were supposedly found in The Roswell Incident. The creatures supposedly have large, black, buggy eyes and a slit for a mouth on their oversized noggin. However, aggressive reptilians and blonde-haired Nordic humanoids have also been reported by eyewitnesses, along with dozens of other alien species. As for the flying saucer part, UFOlogists claim we should add flying crescents, cigar-shaped crafts, triangular ships and a V-shaped craft to the classic flying saucer motif.
7. No One Still Believes in Vampires
The bloodsuckers from folklore have enjoyed a nice comeback in paranormal pop culture in the last few years, but they never completely went away in some societies. Recently, Indian politicians placed a $2,000 bounty on vampires sucking the blood from villagers’ cattle in the town of Dharampuri in Tamil Nadu, which called to mind the 2004 exhumation and subsequent staking of a corpse in Marotinu de Sus, Romania. The supernatural ghouls may not resemble the sexy beasts of “Twilight” and “True Blood,” but they are still very much alive (or undead) in various parts of the world. Even within the United States, there are subcultures of individuals who believe they are among a class of vampire — with especially active groups in New Orleans and New York City.
8. Modern Zombies are Supernatural
The term “zombie” has been in use for well over a century and, before 1968, applied to seemingly soulless slaves created by Haitian voodoo “magic.” After 1968, when George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was released, the term was forever changed. Modern zombies are the result of an unexplained contagion but are not supernatural. According to zombie expert Matt Mogk of the Zombie Research Society, the modern zombie is a relentlessly aggressive, re-animated human corpse driven by a biological infection. So, supernatural vampires, mummies, Nordic draugrs and all revenants need not apply for brunch with this bunch.
9. Skeptics and Believers Don’t Get Along
There are actually many skeptics involved in the paranormal community, and they are normally welcomed by investigative groups. When the 2 groups operate together, the skeptics can assist in disproving misidentified phenomena. If something cannot be disproven, it then leads believers closer to a possibly legitimate experience. Dave Schrader, host of the popular paranormal radio show Darkness Radio, says paranormal believers are not at war with the “skeptic nation,” and he embraces their input because he’d rather be taken seriously when findings are reviewed. Additionally, most skeptics are confused for cynics but actively want a paranormal experience — but they want it to be real and not just a false positive.
10. The Paranormal is Bad for Business
Even if the phenomenon is unexplained, the business world is a big believer in the paranormal. Paranormal Tourism, where travelers spend vacation money on pilgrimages to genre conventions and famous hotspots, is an active industry. Instead of shying away from a paranormal reputation, locations are embracing it. Every city seems to have a few ghost tour operations, while haunted house attractions and vampire balls abound, and entire towns in America are defined by their paranormal personalities. The Roswell UFO Festival attracts droves of alien enthusiasts to New Mexico every July. Meanwhile, Point Pleasant, WV, belongs to The Mothman, and Salem, MA, has a tourism industry focused on the infamous witch trials. Zombie walks, runs and obstacle courses (along with proms, protests and pub crawls) are weekly occurrences in cities across America.
Skip the greeting card aisle and head straight to an underground bunker.
If you’re anything like me (aka single and tooootally fine with it, why do you ask?), then this time of the year is always a big headache. But 2020 is gonna be a little different. Because it’s everyone else’s – as in couples’ – turn to freak out, thanks to some crazy astro weather.
Venus is in Aries, its weakest position, making commitment sound boring and arguments more common. And since Aries’ egocentricity rivals Leo’s level of self-centeredness (love you, Leos!), compromising with bae will be *very* hard. So if you’re in a relationship that has any ~issues~ at all, things are just going to get more volatile.
There’s more! Mercury Retrograde starts on February 16th, but it will be craaawling its way out of its pre-shadow phase (the sometimes equally dark period before an actual Retrograde) on V-Day. Meaning: It might feel like all your probs are piling up out of nowhere in a single day.
Mercury Retrograde is also infamous for bringing old flames back around, and it goes without saying that this is the absolute worst time of the year for that one ex your partner absolutely cannot stand to show up.
So, yeah, if you’re boo’d up, this Valentine’s could be a tough one. Make your reservations way in advance, set as many reminders as you can to pick up those flowers, block who needs to be blocked, try to keep calm, and cross your fingers. You’ll be fine… if you’re lucky.
(And now I need to take this moment to say that for singles, Valentine’s Day might be… finally kind of great? All the planetary action spells a perfect time for flings – and some of the best sex you’ll ever have. So if you’re looking for a little fun, calling up an ex or having an exhilarating one-night stand is not a bad idea. In fact, it’s a good idea. And also a little something called justice. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! *evil laugh*)
P.S.: in case you wanted a little more insight into this wild V-Day, here is your hyper-specific February 14th ‘scope.
Aries: A romantic night in or wild night out – either way, your V-Day looks great.
Taurus: Trust me: Book a relaxing spa appointment, just in case.
Gemini: You’re totes getting ~lucky~ this year.
Cancer: This holiday catches you right in the feels. Sorry, bb.
Leo: You’ll go big for bae, even if they don’t do the same for you. (They won’t.)
Virgo: Don’t count on getting the rom-com energy you deserve. Sorry to you too, bb.
Libra: Your night will be action packed, if ya know what I mean. *wiggles eyebrows*
Scorpio: Fire up the sexy Snaps – you’ll be stuck at work.
Sagittarius: Mood: cozy night at home. Aka cancel that spensy dinner.
Capricorn: Some whips and chains as stress relief? It’s that kind of night.
Aquarius: Your bedroom’ll be as lit up as your birthday cake.
Pisces: Boo is definitely thinking about you rn. Expect gifts.
SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) (2/7/2020) – A Saginaw County native is starring in a new Travel Channel series highlighting unexplained or paranormal experiences around the United States.
“Haunting in the Heartland” with Steve Shippy premieres at 10 p.m. Feb. 21.
During the series, Shippy visits towns traumatized by fear of the unknown. He uses personal experiences from his childhood in a “creepy house on the corner” to connect with families seeking help.
“Growing up in a haunted house in a small Midwestern town, I understand the isolation of the experience, and it was only when others in town started to have similar experiences that I realized I wasn’t alone,” said Shippy.
The first season features six one-hour episodes. Shippy uses eyewitness accounts, archival information and his own toolkit to investigate the towns’ ghostly past until he can develop a plausible resolution.
“Like my documentaries, working on this show is truly my life’s work,” Shippy said. “These small towns have a bigger story to tell, and in order to find the resolution these families need now, we need to piece together their past.”
He will document an alleged evil spirit holding the small town of Merrill hostage since the 1800s in the first episode. The Saginaw County town along M-46 has about 765 residents.
Shippy will investigate an increase in hauntings during the summer of 1974, which prompted investigations by police, firefighters and even the FBI. The paranormal activity may have included a spontaneous fire that burned down a family’s farmhouse.
The alleged evil spirit at work in Merrill may be connected with another haunting. Shippy gets help from a clairvoyant during the episode to ward off the spirit.
During the first season, Shippy also visits Malvern, Iowa; Atchison, Kansas; Hebron, Ky.; Holly Springs, Miss.; and Greeneville, Tenn.
Where can you meet likeminded UFO and paranormal enthusiasts from around the world? Check out these conventions.
At most comic cons and fan events, one expects to run into people dressed as supernatural entities, extraterrestrials, and mysterious creatures. But at paranormal, cryptozoology, and ufology events, fans are discussing the existence of them – and often gather to actively go looking for them.
And as much as I move about in the world of comic cons, for the past decade or so, I have spent weekends traveling the world to talk as a journalist and researcher about ghosts, demons, curses, aliens, UFO, and monsters. During the day, the world of paracons closely resembles most fan events, and there is quite a bit of cross-pollination between them. There are panels, vendor rooms, and signings by notable authors, television personalities, and occasionally actors from paranormal pop culture. But at night, the activities continue with a skywatch, ’squatch hunt, or ghost hunt in supposedly haunted houses (or asylums, penitentiaries, hospitals, and hotels).
Many paracon attendees skew towards the belief end of the spectrum, but most are an overwhelmingly curious balance of Mulders or later-season Scullys in the “I Want To Believe” or “The Truth is Out There” sense. While there are certainly eccentric characters, they are no more so than the most ardent comic con-goer – which is to say things can get delightfully weird. And though I could tell stories about times I was accused of being a reptilian from another planet, I rarely encounter tinfoil hats or (hardly ever) meet anyone possessed by the spirit of a dead president.
With that in mind, I wanted to offer a breakdown of some of the best paracons out there, worthy of a fantripping adventure. I have not attended all of these, but based my recommendations on reputation, location, or guest list. Whether you’re new to the scene, or the paranormal is an old haunt for you, give these a chance. Enter with an open mind, and an appetite for fun. And if you see me at any, come up and say, “Boo!”
Paranormal Historical Investigation at Morris-Jumel Mansion
New York, NY
Feb. 15, 2020 (and recurring)
The Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan is one of the crown jewels of the haunted Big Apple. Notable investigators from Hans Holzer to Zak Bagans have looked for paranormal activity here, and now you can as well. The mansion offer bi-monthly investigations of “Manhattan’s Oldest House,” which also includes some tips, theory, and history. There are also snacks! While this is a recurring event, it’s an especially fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend.
Hosted by Amy Bruni and Adam Berry of Travel Channel’s paranormal show Kindred Spirits, this four-day event is unique for its exploration of Hawaiian ghosts and spirituality. An intimate affair on the Big Island, limited to 20 attendees, this year the focus is on spirituality. Along with daytime lectures, the event includes cocktail parties, a sunset meditation, and private tour of Hulihe’e Palace. There is also a visit to the Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, the Painted Church and Cemetery, and Kona Living History Farm. Look, I am all for dark and stormy nights in haunted prisons, or asylums, but sign me up any day for a paranormal/meditatitve/tiki mash-up vacay!
Regarded as a beloved paranormal community event, “Phenom” returns after a couple year absence with an impressive line-up. The guests this year include Jason Hawes from Ghost Nation, Dave Schrader from The Holzer Files, paranormal icon John Zaffis, prolific researcher Jeff Belanger, medium Chris Fleming, and the Perron Family fictionalized in the movie The Conjuring.
Combine a historic (and allegedly famously haunted) ocean liner, with a theatrical séance led by an illusionist, and seven-course gourmet meal, and you have “A Night To Remember” upon the RMS Queen Mary. Master Magician and Apparitionist Aiden Sinclair (as seen on America’s Got Talent, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us), casts a striking presence as he utilizes antiques, and artifacts, in a Victorian séance. But is the haunting evening that ensues an illusion or something more … unexplained? This special black-tie affair will be dedicated to the memory of the Titanic, which sank April 15, 1912, and includes cigar rolling, whiskey flights, and a menu inspired by the final first-class meal served aboard the doomed ship. If you miss the event, it is still worthwhile checking out Sinclair’s “Illusions of the Passed” séance on the Queen Mary throughout the year.
The 133-year-old Ohio State Reformatory is a historic prison with a striking exterior, and haunting interior. A combination of Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, and Queen Anne styles of architecture, the facility was meant to inspire inmates to rediscover their spiritual sides. Instead, it has come to be known as one of the most haunted locales in America (though it should be noted that ghosts are notoriously reluctant to fill out surveys quantifying this). But I’ve been there numerous times, and it is an amazing location. ParaPsyCon taps into this history with a six-hour ghost hunt in the foreboding prison, as well as offering programming.
Running for seven years, the Paraunity Expo gathers the power of multiple Travel Channel paranormal series: Kindred Spirits, The Dead Files, The Holzer Files, and Kindred Spirits, while also including Daryl Marston from A&E’s Ghost Hunters.
The line up for this UFO and Extraterrestrial Life event looks out of this world (pun very much intended). George Noory of Coast to Coast AM, investigator Leslie Kean, Dr. J Allen Hynek’s son Paul, author Whitley Strieber, Ben Hansen of Ghosts of Morgan City and Fact or Faked, and so many more heavy hitters from the E.T. community will gather to talk about crop circles, abductions, forbidden archaeology, and more. There will also be some epic sky watch opportunities at night.
Cruising from the New York region to Nova Scotia, and Maine, this Strange Escapes tour features multiple paranormal lectures, as well as a gallery reading by psychic Chip Coffey, and a ghost tour/excursion in St. Johns. There are also cocktail parties, a shore day, and tours of Halifax’s Atlantic Maritime Museum, and Fairview Cemetery – both connected to the Titanic tragedy.
Roswell is bucket list destination for anyone remotely interested in UFO, aliens (and government cover-ups). The town is inextricably linked with the 1947 incident involving a crashed “flying disc,” or surveillance balloon, according to some. The so-called UFO Capital of the World has responded by throwing an annual festival complete with alien parades, cosplay, and carnival rides. Along with the light-hearted fun, the UFO Festival typically includes lectures from Roswell investigators Donald Schmitt, and Thomas Carey, as well as notable figures in the community, such as Travis Walton (whose UFO abduction story was the inspiration for Fire in the Sky).
Cryptid Con combines ghostly pursuits and cryptozoology with a comic con-style format that welcomes both the casual fan, the movie nerd, and the die-hard researcher. This year’s event is still being assembled, but it already boasts sasquatch researcher Jeff Meldrum, James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman from Finding Bigfoot, Nick Groff of Paranormal Lockdown, the cast of Mountain Mounsters, and a lot of other notable names. The event also looks like a lot of fun because of the wild assortment of crypto-crazy vendors.
Celebrating its eleventh year, the Michigan Paranormal Convention has earned a reputation for its top-notch roster of guest speakers from all manner of paranormal fields. This is a veritable who’s who of paranormal celebrities from Ghost Hunters, Kindred Spirits, The Holzer Files, Ghost Nation, Ghost Adventures, Finding Bigfoot, and more. The Michigan Paracon is notable for not placing focus on a ghost hunt, but instead for its presentations, and a social scene where attendees mingle with the speakers at the Kewadin Casino.
Dragon Con is first and foremost known as a Nerdy Burning Man event, where parties and cosplay reign. But in addition to those, and the traditional convention trappings of celebrity signings and vendor floors, the Atlanta event has a healthy paranormal programming track. The event draws notable TV personalities and researchers from the ghost hunting and ufology.
This one is something of a family affair at Den of Geek as contributor Alejandro Rojas is one of the organizers, and yours truly has spoken there. But the Congress also bears the distinction for holding the Guinness World Record for largest UFO conference. The guests are still coming together for the event, but it’s guaranteed to be a great one.
This annual festival commemorates the 1966-67 sightings of a red-eyed, winged creature (was it a cryptid? Alien? Interdimensional being?), and other supernatural happenings that led up to the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The events are a part of folklore, but the stories of the Mothman don’t end there. While the schedule is still coming together for this event, it is a slice of Americana, complete with speakers, entertainment, tours of the sighting areas, and of course photo ops at the Mothman statue.
I have admittedly never attended this event, but am quite enamored of the lore surrounding it. The small-town festival situated south of Des Moines is dedicated to a series of 1903 eyewitness accounts of a 9-foot-tall bulletproof, horned, bat-like creature (who shoots light out of its horn). The so-called Van Meter Visitor supposedly disappeared into a mine but has been seen into modern times.
This event is a new one to me, but touts an impressive lineup across the paranormal board. There are lecturers on the areas of cryptozoology (Loren Coleman), aliens (Chuck Zukowski, John E.L. Tenney), psychic phenomena (Chip Coffey, Chris Fleming), and a lot of ghosty folks, such as Grant Wilson, Amy Bruni, Dustin Pari, and actor/ghost hunter Chad Lindberg from Supernatural.
Hosted by the Chicago Hauntings tour group, and noted paranormal author Ursula Bielski, the Ghost Con is more than a decade strong as an “all paranormal” event with speakers, workshops, ghost tours, and ghost hunts. Details are still coming together for this year’s event, but keep an eye on the site.
Horror meets paranormal (and real-life ghost hunters meet Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson) at Fort Wayne Fright Fest. Along with modern horror icon Kane Hodder, Boris Karloff’s daughter Sara, and Cryptkeeper John Kassir, the event includes a diverse roster of paranormal authors, and investigators from TV, with a variety of expertise.
Before the year ends, it is certainly worth taking a jaunt across the pond for Sage Paracon at the historic Coombe Abbey in Coventry, England. The Abbey is a gorgeous setting, and the 11th century abbey – since modernized into a luxury hotel on 500 acres of scenic parkland. The location alone is worth a trip, and that’s before you consider the ghost stories, and tales of a murdered monk. In addition to a paranormal investigation of the grounds, organizer MJ Dickson offers a VIP dinner and Ghostly Great Gatsby Gala at night, with a group of diverse guests giving presentations during the day.
LIFE after death and the possibility of reincarnation is at the heart of a 15-year-long study of children claiming to have lived past lives – but could the claims of reincarnation be real? What happens after death?
Afterlife expert and child psychiatrist Dr Jim Tucker from the University of Virginia spent 15 years interviewing children who may have been reincarnated. The findings of his incredible study were published in the book Life After Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives.
For the book, Dr Tucker interviewed 2,500 children who exhibited unusual signs and behaviours associated with memories of living a past life.
Some of these behaviours included vivid memories of events from many years in the past.
But the researcher was also on the lookout for bizarre scars and birthmarks that could be evidence of past wounds and injuries.
Dr Tucker believes the phenomena can be explained through a quantum universe, where the human consciousness is linked to the cosmos in the form of subatomic energy.
What happens after death? Does the human spirit reincarnate into a new body?
What happens after death: Is consciousness linked to the universe through quantum energies?
He told Virginia Magazine: “I understand the leap it takes to conclude there is something beyond what we can see and touch.
“But there is evidence here that need to be accounted for and when we look at these cases carefully, some sort of carry-over of memories often makes the most sense.”
For his research, the psychiatrist interviewed children between the ages of two and six, who said they had lived past lives.
In one such case, a four-year-old boy named Ryan Hammons in Oklahoma recalled memories of living in Hollywood and directing black-and-white films.
His mother Cyndi Hammons said: “I started researching the internet about reincarnation. I even got some books from the library on Hollywood, thinking their pictures might help him. I didn’t tell anyone for months.”
In some of the cases examined by Dr Tucker, children have been able to recall enough detail about their past lives to trace the memories back to specific people.
Our physical world may grow out of our consciousness
Dr Jim Tucker, University of Virginia
The psychiatrist said: “Quantum physics indicates that our physical world may grow out of our consciousness.
“That’s a view held not just by me but by a number of physicists as well.”
However, in a 2014 study, Susan Clancy of Harvard University showed how memories of past lives and UFO abductions can be explained through psychological means.
In the study, she wrote: “Our data point to quasi-spiritual motivations for why some people embrace the identity of alien abductee or past lifer.”
What happens after death: Are people with memories of past life reincarnated?
What happens after death: Scientists are looking for evidence of an afterlife
After first interviewing people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens, the researchers moved on to people with memories of a past life.
One woman detailed in the study, claimed to have been Anne Frank in a past life, while another man said he used to be General Gordon, a Confederacy officer in the American Civil War.
The study noted: “Despite their unusual beliefs, the past lifers did not appear mentally ill, consistent with the scant literature on this topic.”
The study also said: “Having ‘memories’ of past lives is very unusual, even among adherents of Hinduism and Buddhism.
“Their mainstream doctrines endorse reincarnation but deny that people can recover memories from previous lives unless they have attained extraordinary spiritual enlightenment as the Buddha reportedly did.”
In the study’s concluding remarks, Dr Clancy said both groups of people – alien abductees and past lifers – boasted vivid imaginations and ranked high in terms of their openness to “unusual ideas”.
Dr Clancy also noted the past lifers believed in reincarnation and used their experiences as proof of life after death.
Dr Clancy wrote: “They are content with their lives and non-distressed about their mortality.”
I stumbled upon this article today and I LOVED it! Very sage, and true, advice. Thus, I’m sharing. Calleen
Mercury is teaching you a mighty lesson.
Every now and then, YOU need to slow down. Because Mercury rules our thoughts and governs communication, during its retrograde cycles, it’s an opportunity for you to SLOW DOWN and process your intuition, before you speed ahead with your plans. There are subtle intuitive messages you have missed that are vital for your soul’s purpose. Without taking the time to regroup, you would have overlooked them.
If it ain’t broke, it wouldn’t break
One of the biggest frustrations of Mercury Retrograde is when things break down. This is certainly frustrating at the time, however it wouldn’t happen if there wasn’t something already wrong with it. Most likely, whatever has broken has needed your attention for a LONG TIME. It usually breaks during Mercury Retrograde if it wasn’t something that hasn’t needed your attention previously. Since the retrograde is your chance to catch up on whatever needs attention. That’s when it breaks.
You can thank your lucky stars you fixed it now, before it became dangerous.
The Universe is on your side.
Things that you fix now (communication, computers, systems, appliances, etc.) will save you a LOT of time and money in the long run. If you have that in mind, you can be grateful and keep your sense of humor when it happens.
Mercury retrograde is a time to go back and REVISIT all of your communications. Keep these RE words in mind during these transits: