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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Our Waverly Hills Sanatorium Investigation


The paranormal team in which I’m a member is Dusk 2 Dawn ParanormalInvestigations. We work regularly at the 1859 Jail in Independence Missouri doing pay to play paranormal investigations and Ghost Tours in October. Most of the money we make goes to the Jackson County Historical Society to preserve our beloved 1859 Jail. The portion we get goes into a bank account and at the end of the year we decide on where to go for a team trip. This year it was Waverly Hills Sanatorium!

The front door of Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Image credit: G Gamble
Four of us arrived in Louisville on a Tuesday evening after a long drive from Kansas City. We checked into our motel and crashed for the night. The next day the four remaining team members got in around 4 p.m. so everyone rested up for the big night.
At 6 p.m. we loaded our equipment up and headed for Texas Roadhouse for a team dinner. We all ate and laughed and had a great time. Sadly, we found out that our founder wouldn’t be able to attend the investigation due to health reasons. We all hugged him and acknowledged that his health was more important  and he would be missed, then we were off to our Waverly Hills Sanatorium investigation.
The view of the back shows just how huge Waverly Hills Sanatorium really is. Image credit: G Gamble
Waverly Hills is on the bucket list of nearly every paranormal investigator in the United States. Waverly Hills was originally a two-story structure designed for up to 50 tuberculosis patients. This small sanitarium opened in 1910. However, a tuberculosis epidemic broke out in many parts of Jefferson County Kentucky and by 1924 construction began on the existing building. By 1926 Waverly Hills was open for business and housed more than 400 patients. At the time it was considered modern and perfectly equipped to help people with tuberculosis.

This photo hangs on the wall in the gift shop. It shows patients on the terrace getting their fresh air. Image credit: G Gamble
In the 1920’s doctors thought that rest and plenty of fresh air would cure tuberculosis. Sadly, the only thing they got right was the realization that it is an airborne disease so those diagnosed with it had to be isolated from the general public.


One of the small bedrooms from the hallway. Our guide told us that they put two people in each of these rooms. They pulled the beds out onto the terrace so the patients could get fresh air. Image credit: G Gamble
Once someone went to Waverly Hills they became a permanent resident. Waverly had its own vegetable gardens, farm animals, water treatment facility, and their own zip code. Even though they knew how contagious tuberculosis is, visitors were allowed to come see their friends and relatives then go back into the general population. Many Waverly Hills patients lived there as long as ten years.

Waverly was a tuberculosis facility until the discovery that a combination of streptomycin and para-Aminosalicylic acid cured the disease in the 1960’s. Waverly was later reopened in 1962 as a geriatric facility called Woodhaven Medical Services and remained open until 1981.
We walked around the building and were in awe of how big it is. Image credit: G Gamble
Now Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a historic site and is currently being renovated by the owner. Our guide informed us that they hope to always have paranormal investigations there even when the remodeling is done and Waverly can be opened for other activities.

We arrived at the gate around 7:30 p.m. The tour guide met us and told us to drive up to the parking lot. As we drove up the driveway through the woods the huge sanatorium came into view. Wow! It is huge!  We followed our tour guide to the gift shop where we signed waiver forms and purchased some tee shirts. Only one member of our team had been to Waverly Hills before so we all opted to take the tour of the facility.

As our tour guide prepared for the tour we all walked around the huge building. The structure sits atop a hill surrounded by thick woods. The city of Louisville also surrounds it so there are people in every direction. 
We had to stop at the front of the Sanatorium to take a group photo. Left to right is Cari, Adria, Jerry, me, Margie (in front), Erica (in back), and Stacey (in front). Image credit: J. Nichols 
As we went around the building, we noticed that our voices echoed when we laughed. There are lots of fences and barriers around the building to stop trespassers. The guide also has many security cameras to watch the surrounding grounds.  We were in awe of this huge building and so anxious to investigate it!! Once we got back to the gift shop the tour guide, Mel, took us into the sanatorium.
The Waverly Hills Gift Shop is a large building. They have tee shirts for sale and many Sanatorium artifacts on display. Image credit: G Gamble 
We walked through a door from the gift shop and went through a tunnel. Some stairs led us to the first-floor lobby. There were paintings on the walls of skeletons and ghouls which is part of a Halloween haunted house that Waverly does each year. When we went up the stairs to the second floor we were shown a room that we could use as base. This room had electric lights and electricity which came in handy and we were very grateful for.
The fifth floor of Waverly during our tour. This is the area where a nurse was found hanging from a light fixture in the 1930's.  Image credit: G Gamble
Mel took us up to the fifth floor to start the tour and proceeded to tell us about the nurse that was found hung in the 1930’s. Another nurse had fell or jumped to her death around that same time. She laid her flashlight down on a windowsill in the area of these events. While she talked the flashlight would dim, then brighten, and ended up flashing like a strobe light. It did this all on its own. Mel did not have control of the light and it was just an ordinary flashlight.  That was pretty cool! We walked around the fifth floor out onto the roof where the children used to play. The view was amazing and the hills of Kentucky are breathtaking.  Apparently, the children were kept on one side of the fifth floor while the adults with tuberculosis of the brain were housed on the other side.
The hallways at Waverly Hills Sanatorium seem to go on forever. Image credit: G Gamble 
We followed Mel down the stairs to the fourth floor. Here the hallway has rooms on both sides. On the side toward the back is a terrace. This terrace is open air. This is where the patients were put for “treatment” to receive fresh air. Mel said that patients were left there year-round and there are photos of patients lying in bed on the terrace with snow on their feet. Mel said that the patient rooms next to the terrace were where the patients that were doing well stayed. Once someone was deemed too ill to survive they pulled their bed back across the hall into a different room where the patient was left to die. Once the patient died, personnel would move the body down the hall at night in an effort to be discreet. They did not want to alert the other patients of a death. Deaths grew to the volume of one per hour before Waverly Hills Sanitorium closed it doors.  All of this death apparently left a mark on the fourth floor as it has the darkest hauntings. While we were there, two of our team members were overcome with emotion and one member could not stop crying. There definitely is a sadness that hangs in the air on the fourth floor.  Shadow figures have been seen moving in and out of the doorways down the hall. The Creeper is the one shadow that everyone is afraid of because it crawls on the ceiling and along the walls as a dark shadow. We didn’t see the Creeper but we did see the shadow figures in the hallway. Mel let us know that the fourth floor is where the darker entities are. 
Our team touring the long hallways with our guide. Image credit: G Gamble
At the end of the fourth-floor hallway was the operating room. Surgeries done here were experimental at best and many people did not survive. While Mel was telling us about the operating room I received a message from a very close friend to call her. This close friend just happens to be the medium that works with our team. When I called her, she told me that my Mother (who passed in 2015) popped in and told her that “Lucy will be their guide for tonight” then my Mother left. My friend was frustrated that was the only information my Mother gave her but she wanted to tell me right away.  I thanked her then went back into the operating room. I apologized for leaving and explained about my friend and told everyone the message from my Mother. Mel looked at me and said “I can’t believe you just said that!” Mel went on to explain that there is a child spirit there named Lucy and she has communicated with many people. Mel said that Lucy was in the body chute once and wanted some living people to take her back up to the fifth floor with the rest of the children. I told her that my friend is spot on and my Mother keeps track of me from the other side.


The operating room on the fourth floor. This was taking during the investigation. Erica is on the left and Adria is on the right. Image credit: G Gamble
She took us down to the third floor where the atmosphere seemed lighter. This floor was set up much like the fourth floor with the terraces, hallway and rooms on both sides. She told us about a homeless man and his dog who had lived there years ago. The owners at that time left him alone as he wasn’t hurting anything. Tragically, a gang initiation brought several teenagers into the building where they killed the man and his dog and threw them down an elevator shaft. Mel showed us the room where the man stayed. We knew we had to investigate this area later. While we were on the third floor, Erica said that she felt like she walked through a giant cobweb and Stacey had a similar experience. Apparently, the spirits wanted us to know they were there.
The body chute is a long underground tunnel that slants down 45 degrees to an outside door. We sat here and watched the shadows moving at the end of the tunnel. It was mesmerizing! Image credit: S Allin
The last place Mel showed us was the tunnel known as the “body chute”. We followed her downstairs and through a dark tunnel that slanted downward. We stopped at the top of some stairs. There were stairs on one side of the tunnel and a concrete slab on the other that slanted downward to the bottom of the chute. This was where supplies were brought in when Waverly was in operation. Once people started dying by the hour they used it as a death chute to remove the bodies. Mel told us to turn off our flashlights and we did. “Now watch”, Mel said, so we all stood still and looked toward the end of the tunnel. It wasn’t long before our eyes adjusted to the darkness and we could see light moving around at the end of the tunnel. This was a spot we would definitely come back to.

Mel took us back to the gift shop and we gathered our equipment up and set it up in the second-floor room with electricity. Mel locked us in and set the alarm. This was for our safety to be sure someone else didn’t sneak into the building.  
Several team members at base preparing for the investigation. Image credit: G Gamble
There were outside sounds that we had to take into account during our investigation. Since Waverly Hills has three floors where the windows are nonexistent these floors are open to noise, birds, bats, and bugs. Apparently, cargo planes take a route out of Louisville that goes directly over Waverly Hills Sanatorium because we heard lots of planes go over. We could also hear some traffic outside not to mention the trains that were going through the area. Reviewing my audio from this investigation has been a challenge to say the least.


Most of the activity on the fifth floor came from responses to questions by lighting up our K2s (EMF readers). Image credit: G Gamble 
It was around 9:30 p.m. and we only had until 4 a.m. so instead of setting up cameras and kinects we chose to use our handheld cameras and devices. We started off on the fifth floor where the nurse was found hanging from a light fixture in the 1930’s. Our guide told us that they had gotten a lot of interaction using the spirit box but when we tried it we didn’t get anything except a man saying “Hi”.  We got several hits on our K2s and kept getting the name “Lisa” on the echovox. At one point a team member farted, we all laughed, then the tempod went off. A moment later the echovox said “fart”. I don’t know what the spirits thought of us but we were having a good time.
Margie and Stacey on the fourth floor watching for Shadows. Image credit: G Gamble
By midnight we were on the fourth floor. We sat in total darkness to see if we could see shadows in the ambient light coming through the windows. Several team members saw some of these shadows moving down towards the end of the hallway. One of the figures that was seen was white. Jerry, our team leader, placed a tempod in the hallway and the spirits played with it turning the light and sound on and off. They seemed to be playing a tune on it at times. During our session we heard three gunshots outside. We watched a bat flying up and down the hallway and a rogue lightening bug which at first, we thought was an anomaly but then realized it was just a lightening bug.  


The session we had on the third floor was interesting. Here is a tempod that the spirits enjoyed playing with. The red light is from doing Facebook live. Image credit: G Gamble
By 1:30 a.m. we were on the third floor stationed outside the room where the homeless man and his dog had lived. We were getting many K2 hits and responses to questions on the tempod. I was getting K2 hits in an area about ten inches off the floor, not above, or below, but in that ten-inch space. We wondered if it was the spirit of the homeless man’s dog. Our echovox gave us several words repeatedly: death, black, and kill. When we asked if Lucy was there the echovox answered “Yeah”.  After asking the question “How did you die?” We received the words bled and kill. It was getting late and we were all tired. Several team members, me included, got the giggles over Lord knows what and we had a hard time stopping the laughter.

We moved down the hallway toward a noise we heard and found some toy balls. We tried to kick the balls around to get a response but it didn’t work. The echovox told us to “Leave” and “Get Out”. Apparently, they didn’t appreciate our kicking skills.
This is where bodies were kept before they went down into the body chute. Each member of our team (excluding me) climbed into the bottom shelf to see what would happen. Image credit: G Gamble
It was nearly 3 a.m. when we got down to the morgue. Everyone but me took a turn laying on the bottom shelf of the cabinet that held the dead bodies. I wasn’t going to get into a tight place where I couldn’t get out. Once in the container, Stacey told the spirits they could whisper in her ear and then she suddenly exclaimed “Shit!” and crawled out of there. “Something touched me!” Stacey said. I think it freaked her out. 
We headed down toward the body chute as we wanted to check it out before we had to leave at 4 a.m.  My camera and recorder batteries had died by then so all I had left was my cell phone. Luckily other team members still had their equipment running.
This photo of the body chute was taken with my cell phone because my camera died. This was probably the most interesting experience we had that night. Image credit: G Gamble
We all went down to the area in the body chute where the 45-degree angle begins to go down toward the outside door. We sat on the stairs and concrete slab in total darkness and silence. It wasn’t long before we could see the shadows moving at the bottom of the tunnel. The light would appear at the upper right-hand corner of the tunnel, then the lower left-hand corner. It moved back and forth as if someone was stuck moving items from one place to another. The light would be visible on the left then the right, it went up and down. It was completely mesmerizing. We all sat in wonder watching these shadows. It was if they were stuck in another dimension doing the same tasks in death as they did in life and we could see it all.  It was something I will never forget.

We soon realized our time was up so we went back to base and gathered up our equipment and headed toward the gift shop where Mel was waiting for us. She had to turn off the alarms and unlock the door so we could transfer our equipment from the building to our cars.  We thanked her for the opportunity to investigate Waverly Hills Sanatorium and headed off for our motel.
The morning after in front of our motel. We were tired but very happy for getting the priviledge of investigating Waverly Hills. From left to right Erica, Jimmie, Stacey, me, in front Cari, Margie, and Adria. Jerry was cut out of the photo. Image credit: J Nichols
The next day we had a quick breakfast at the motel and headed back west to Kansas City. Our Waverly Hills adventure had come to a close but not without giving us incredible experiences and memories. It is a treat for a paranormal team to be able to investigate a place as huge as Waverly Hills. We thoroughly enjoyed it and once we review all our data we will be able to post what we caught on our Facebook page. If you ever get a chance to even tour Waverly Hills Sanitarium, do it! It’s an awesome place with an incredible history.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ghost Hunts Can Save Historic Sites


I’ve always been interested in history. My Dad was a history buff and I’m carrying on his tradition. A lot of people don’t like history which puzzles me. Don’t they want to know about their roots? What about the history of their town or the area in which they grew up? Well, no matter how you feel about history, it is important. Why? It’s important because it goes hand in hand with hauntings. Yes, hauntings!


The Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the most haunted places in America

Our history is peppered with violence, high emotions, and trauma. These emotions and actions leave marks, or imprints on places. Historic sites like prisons, asylums, factories, hospitals, and group homes all contain imprints of these strong emotions. Many of these places have spirits that have yet to move on. So, most of these historic sites have ghosts, some have many ghosts.


Some people have smelled baking bread in the kitchen of the 1859 Jailers home.
Most people are fascinated with ghosts. The multiple ghost hunting shows on cable TV has created a huge interest in ghost hunting for the general public. People don’t want to just watch someone hunting ghosts, they want to hunt ghosts too! This has created a demand for historic sites to hold public ghost hunts.


The owners of the old Odd Fellows home in Liberty Missouri have ghost hunts to pay for remodeling the main building.
There are thousands of historic sites around the world. Many of them are struggling because young people aren’t really interested in visiting them. Upkeep on historic buildings is costly. Once declared a national historic site, a building has to be kept up as it originally was. This means that plastic shutters can’t be put on windows when the original shutters were made of wood. Building materials have changed a lot over the years so this makes it more difficult to preserve historic sites.


An old church in midtown Kansas City needs to be restored. As we found there are ghosts here and it could be restored by having ghost hunts.
 Now some directors of historic sites are learning that allowing ghost hunts won’t ruin their reputation. Some have snubbed paranormal teams in the past that offer to do investigations. They thought that it would drive potential guests away from their sites. They are now learning that they can increase their revenue by allowing ‘pay to play’ ghost hunts. In a time when the Federal government has cut funding for historic sites, cities and historic societies are jumping on the ghost hunt bandwagon to keep their historic sites afloat.


The 1859 Jail and home. We have done pay to play ghost hunts here since 2014 and paid for many improvements to the structures. 
I’ve been a member of Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations for seven years and people always ask me if we are looking for new members or they want to know the date of our next public investigation.  We’ve been doing ‘pay to play’ ghost hunts at the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home in Independence, Missouri for four years. People find them so much fun that they come again and again. 
Guests investigate the upper cell area of the 1859 Jail.
The best thing about this is the money we’ve raised for the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home. We’ve paid for many improvements. We pulled up the old carpet in the museum and paid for new carpet to be installed. We also painted the museum ourselves. We’ve paid for a new roof on the one room schoolhouse that is on the property and have helped to fund their repair and upkeep account.


This was taken in the Alexander Majors Home in Kansas City. They've been doing ghost hunts for years to help fund their historic site. 
Not all historic sites are trying to restore and keep up their buildings. If you do a Google search you will find many haunted sites that allow people to come and hunt ghosts. Some haunted buildings are seen as money makers by their owners. They’ve learned that they can make lots of money charging people and paranormal groups for overnight investigations. These places are usually dirty and seldom safe to investigate. It’s best to find someone who has been to the location and ask them about their experience. Just be aware that these places exist.


The John Wornall Home in Kansas City, Missouri also has ghost investigations as well as daily tours.
Whether a historic site is using funds to restore or remodel their building(s), going on an overnight ghost hunt is exciting. It’s best to go in a group to many of these places due to the cost. For instance, a private overnight investigation at Waverly Hills Sanitorium runs from $1,000 to $1,500 for one night.


Members of Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations went to Waverly Hills Sanitorium in 2016.
Ashmore Estates is $129.00 per person for an overnight ghost hunt. Malvern Manor charges according to the day of the week. Costs run from $200 to $350.00 for the first five investigators then $25.00 per person after that. 


Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations has investigated Malvern Manor twice.
When going on these ghost hunts remember that you are on your own. Stay in pairs and use flashlights to be safe. Watch for debris on the floor, wires hanging from the ceiling, and be aware of stairs, open windows, and elevator shafts. You want to come home in one piece and not end up being one of the ghosts at the site.


The Marshal's office at the 1859 Jail. 
At the 1859 Jail, we don’t do overnight investigations. Our investigations last around five to six hours. We stay with our guests for the duration. First, we only charge $30 per person. We usually have snacks, coffee, and water for our guests. We take them on an initial tour informing them of the history and some of the activity, then we have sessions of about 45 minutes each throughout the night until about 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. depending on the activity. We let our guests use our K2’s (electromagnetic field detectors) and make sure everyone has a flashlight. We watch out for them and if someone is suddenly sick or feels faint we get them out of the room asap. We’re hands on but we encourage our guests to bring their own camera’s, recorders, etc. and we want them to ask questions and have experiences.


Our base at the 1859 Jail. We hand everyone a flashlight and allow them to use EMF detectors during the investigations.
One thing that we don’t do is provoke the spirits. That is one of the worse things to do. We know the spirits so well at the 1859 Jail that one night a voice came through the Echovox and said “They’re okay, they’re here a lot”.




Guests sit in a circle in the parlor of the 1859 Jails home. It may feel silly talking to things you can't see but when you get an answer it is exciting!
 Most of our guests enjoy the experience and many report being touched during the investigations. We have people come in who don’t believe in ghosts. At the end of the night they leave a believer.


The Bingham Waggoner Mansion in Independence, Missouri hasn't yet jumped on the ghost hunt bandwagon. 
Having ghost hunts at historic sites serves two purposes. One is to raise money to keep the site going. The second one is allowing people to come in and play ghost hunter for the night. This situation is a win, win for everyone. This preserves historic sites for future generations which is very important. It also allows people to discover there is more to our world than what we see.


The Vaile Mansion in Independence, Missouri hasn't started doing ghost hunts yet but it is rumored to be haunted. 
If you go on a ghost hunt at a historic site, please, please be respectful. Although the furniture usually isn’t original to the site, it is old and delicate. Also, don’t yell at or provoke the spirits. Even though people may not live at some historic sites, they do have docents that have to deal with whatever you have stirred up, so just don’t provoke. Be sure to take your camera and digital recorder to catch any mists or voices during your hunt. Most of all remember to be patient; spirits do not act on command. Happy hunting!  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Petalite - Used for Protection


There are several crystal stones that can be used for protection. Petalite is one of those crystals. Using crystals for protection is fairly common now. People who are finding or have found their spiritual side use crystals to help them through their daily lives. There is so much negativity and violence in our world, we need to shelter ourselves from the dark side and stay in the bright light of positivity and love.

Pink Petalite is one stone that can be used to help heal cancer.

THE MINERALS IN PETALITE GIVE IT POWER


Petalite is a tectosilicate mineral of lithium aluminum. It is also known as castorite. The elements in petalite repel negativity and protect the holder of the crystal. Man has known the power of petalite long before scientists analyzed its properties. In antiquity, Shamans used petalite in talismans to ward off black magic. It was used to promote safe contact with the spiritual realm. Petalite grounds one during spiritual communication.  

Our energy is fueled through our Chakra centers. 


PETALITE ACTIVATES ENERGY AND PURGES FEAR


Carry petalite on your body to activate your energy centers. Petalite purges guilt and fear. It also helps heal the endocrine system and is useful in the treatment of cancer and AIDS. Placing Petalite in a room also helps to dissipate electromagnetic energy omitted by TV’s and computers.

Meditation helps to control stress. Using  petalite enhances peace and stillness

USE PETALITE IN MEDITATION


Pink Petalite’s extreme high vibration can enhance meditation. Use petalite during meditation to achieve a sense of peace, stillness, and healing. It helps one find a strong spiritual connection. Those who are sensitive to spirit energy can use petalite to aid in clairaudience communication.

Many of us have emotional scars from our childhood that we need to release.

PETALITE BRINGS CLARITY AND RELEASES EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE


Petalite can bring clarity to one’s thoughts and release emotional baggage. It is also the stone of the heart Chakra. Petalite takes worries and concerns away and will increase your awareness.

Working with crystals takes time and thought. Crystals in and of themselves won't bring you what you need. You have to work with them. 

WORK WITH YOUR PETALITE CRYSTAL


How will you get your petalite crystal to do all this for you? You work with it. Once you have a connection with a crystal you need to cleanse it and give it a job. Once you’ve given your petalite a job it will work for you.




Sunday, March 4, 2018

Working With Crystals


The first thing I want to point out is that although there is energy inside crystals, this energy alone cannot give us what we expect from the crystals. We have to tap into the energy of the crystals using our own energy and our will to bring good things to us. Using crystals is a learning process.

Different crystals hold different vibrations.  Image credit: JosepMonter

A person wrote on my Facebook page that the only power a stone has is when you throw it. Obviously, this person didn’t take science class in school because everything on this earth is made of energy and holds vibrations. The key is learning how to use this energy and sync our vibrations with those of the crystals. This may sound complicated but it’s not really. It just takes patience and concentration.

Smokey Quartz is a powerful crystal that the ancient Druids held as a stone of power.  Image credit: Simcraft
There are several steps in the process of using crystals. The first thing that is the most important is choosing a crystal. We can pick a crystal from a website, book, or go to a crystal store and look at them in person. Holding a stone in our hands is the best way to choose a crystal. Think about the warmth and comfort you feel when you’re with your love, best friend, or even your dog. That same feeling can come from a crystal. Hold each crystal for several moments to see how it feels to you. If you focus on it you should be able to feel it vibrate. Choose the crystal or crystals that resonate with you. These are the crystals you can work with. 


Each crystal has it's own essence. The makeup of the crystal determines it's energy and vibrational frequency.
Purchase your crystals and take them home. Once you have them in your possession there are three things you need to do.


  1. Cleanse your crystal
  2. Connect with your crystal
  3. Set your intentions


Before starting these three steps think about your intentions or what you want your crystals to do for you. Do you want them to heal you physically or spiritually? Do you want them to bring harmony to your family or friends? Once you’ve made your decisions write each of your intentions down on a piece of paper. This will help you to remember them and keep the crystals on track.

Medicine pouches contain complimentary crystals that have one purpose. 

Once you know what your intentions are and have written them down you need to cleanse your crystals. There are several ways to cleanse crystals. If your crystal is the size of a fist you can bury it in the ground and leave it for 24 hours. This not only cleanses the crystal but recharges it with the earth’s energy.  A crystal can be cleansed by placing it in under the sun or full moon for four hours. Be careful of placing colored crystals in sunlight for too long. The sun can bleach them out. I cleanse my crystals by smudging. This practice originated with the American Indians. Smudging is using smoke to cleanse a space or an item. We can even cleanse ourselves with this smoke. Frankincense resin can be used so can Copal or White Sage. I use white sage and hold the crystal over the smoke, turning it to cover all of the sides of the crystal.


A smudging set can be obtained through Etsy or Amazon. Smudging is the easiest way to cleanse crystals.

Once you’ve cleansed your crystal you need to connect to it spiritually through vibrations. Sit upright in chair in a room where it is quiet. Relax and take a few deep breaths. Hold your cleansed crystal in your hands, close your eyes and focus on your faith, your belief in a higher power or the power of the earth, whatever your belief system is. Then concentrate on the things that make you very happy. This could be your family, friends, pets, or anything.  These strong emotional thoughts omit the highest vibrations. Through these high vibrations you will connect with the crystal. While in this state speak out loud, I ask that the highest vibration of light and love release all negative energy and any prior programming from this crystal.


We are drawn to crystals due to their color, texture, or shape. There is no right or wrong choice of a crystal. Image credit: Angelsover

Immediately after making this request you need to program your crystal. Set your intentions for the crystal. Hold your crystal over your third eye Chakra (the middle of the forehead right above the bridge of the nose). Speak out loud saying the intention for the crystal. This can be one intention or up to three intentions. These are the energies you want the crystal to hold for you. For instance, “I program this crystal to bring me serenity.” State this intention or intentions three times and speak in a firm tone. Once you’ve stated your intention(s) say “Thank you” three times. Then place the crystal on your nightstand, desk, or carry it with you in your pocket or purse. Take the paper with the written intention and put it under the crystal. If you carry your crystal with you put the written intention in a safe place where you can find it. This is to remind you what your crystal is working for.


Emeralds are one of my favorites. They hold protective energy.to ward off toxins.

Some people may not believe that using crystals in this manner will do anything to help them. The whole thing depends on the individual. Any metaphysical work depends on one’s energy, strengths, and abilities. I used to think I was as thick as a post and couldn’t feel energy or connect with anything from a spirit to a crystal. I was wrong. I found out that I can feel energy and connect to crystals and spirits. All it took was practice and belief in myself. Meditation helps us get to a higher plane. It not only helps us connect to our inner strength but it helps us connect to spirits as well.


We are energy and we hold powerful vibrations within us. Image credit Digital Artist

There is a power within each of us that lies silent until we choose to use it. Our minds are much more powerful than we think they are. There are ways to delve deep into our minds and consciousness. To start simply just remember positive thoughts bring good things and negative thoughts bring bad things. We have the power to bring change into our lives, crystals are the tools provided by the earth that we can use to make this change.   

Sunday, January 28, 2018

My Take on Ghost Adventures




Jay Wasley, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, and Billy Tolley make up the Ghost Adventures crew. Image credit: GAC

Many of my friends and relatives watch Ghost Adventures each week and there are mixed feelings about Zak Bagans and his Ghost Adventures crew. Some people love the show and others don’t but no matter what you think of the show it is entertaining.

I like Ghost Adventures because I like the crew. Aaron Goodwin is my favorite. He is expressive, funny, and honest. Aaron makes me laugh. I don’t think that is the intention of the show but there are times that it is pretty darned funny.

Ghost hunting takes you into some dark and dirty places. This was a basement of an old building we investigated in the river bottoms. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations

THE DOCUMENTARY THAT STARTED IT ALL


These guys started out by making a documentary in 2007. The documentary was made in Virginia City, Nevada and in the course of filming they caught a full-bodied apparition on video. It is dark and transparent but it is there. My friends in the paranormal community agree that is why they got their show on the Travel Channel.

By October of 2008 Ghost Adventures was on the air. The first episodes were rather calm. The guys would get voices on the spirit box and calmly converse with the spirits. There was no jumping or running and screaming in those early episodes.

Waiting for the Tempod to go off in the 1859 Jail. Ghost hunting is a waiting game. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations

GHOST HUNTING CAN BE VERY BORING


Although the running is rare, the jumping and screaming is in many episodes. I think what happened is that their executive producers told them that they needed to be more dramatic. Drama makes better TV. If the guys jumped when they were a bit scared or screamed like a little girl now and then it would make the show more exciting. Ghost hunting is boring unless you get into a place that has extreme activity and that is rare. They had to liven it up a bit.

Paranormal investigators that don’t work in front of the cameras don’t over react. We calmly sit in the dark for hours waiting for a reaction, voice, noise, or anything. When we get a voice, we ask questions to try to get as much information as we possibly can. Spirits don’t perform on command and getting a conversation going with a spirit rarely lasts long. Spirits are constantly on the move and most don’t want to reveal much.

Guest investigators waiting for something to happen at the 1859 Jail. Ghosts don't respond on command. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations

TAKING TIME TO GET EVIDENCE LETS US KNOW IT'S LEGITIMATE


Another thing many people may not know is that one episode of Ghost Adventures may take a week to film. The paranormal group I’m in knows the owner of one of the places the Ghost Adventures crew investigated. It took them one week to get enough evidence to put into their hour show. There is nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, that proves the evidence on the show is real. This is how paranormal investigating works. Like I said before, ghosts don’t perform on command. We have to remember that spirits were once human beings and we all know how cantankerous humans can be.

Oddfellows Asylum in Liberty Mo. The GAC investigated here in 2015. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations

Another reason I watch Ghost Adventures is that I like to see where they go. I have a bucket list of haunted places that I want to go to and sometimes after seeing one of their shows I end up adding a new place to my list. Of course, they get into places that small groups like mine couldn’t get into without paying an astronomical price.

ZAK CAN BE PRETTY DARK AT TIMES


Several of my friends and I agree that there are times that Zak Bagans gets a little too dark. He seems to go after evil entities in a way that can be dangerous. He’s admitted to having things attached to him which I hope that he has gotten rid of by now, but this is worrisome. 

THE HAUNTED MUSEUM 


Zak has his Haunted Museum which is filled with some of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard of. Most of his collection supposedly has dark things attached to them. The Dybbuk Box which has a frightening history of giving people nightmares and making its owners sick was donated to Zak’s museum after it was supposedly sealed. Now it apparently has brought a black-cloaked figure into the museum that has been seen by Zak and many guests. Zak also has Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s death van and the chair that Michael Jackson received his Propofol injections in. To sum it up, visitors have to sign a waiver that states they are aware of the risks of entering the museum. To say that Zak Bagans is obsessed with death is an understatement. I’m also fascinated with what is on the other side but I think Zak takes it to a whole new level.
Learning to sense energy can come in time. Although it's not considered solid evidence of the paranormal, it helps investigators to know where the spirits are located. Image credit: hhopus


PICKING UP ON SPIRIT ENERGY 


Another thing I've noticed in the recent episodes is how in tune the guys are with spirit energy. I don't doubt that they feel spirit energy because once you have investigated the paranormal for many years, you learn to pick up on energy in a room. Some people are more sensitive to this energy than others. It just depends on how much you can open yourself up to it. 

Overall, I enjoy watching Ghost Adventures. I love Aaron Goodwin and the guys and hope they continue on past their tenth anniversary this year. I also hope they don’t get too involved with the darker side of the paranormal. There are some things in this world that are better off left alone.



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