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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.



Sunday, January 21, 2018

My Obsession with Moon Energy

The full moon is mesmerizing. Image credit Acteivedia

When I was a child my Mother taught me about the moon and the constellations. We lived in a small country town so the moon and stars were bright and easy to see. Mom told me about the man in the moon and we would look for his face on the lunar landscape. We would find the big dipper and the little dipper. If we’d only had a telescope we could have seen so much more.


As an adult, I’ve been mesmerized by the moon. Standing under a full moon makes me feel happy. The moon energy is positive and it lifts me up. I love staring at it. There is something magical about the moon and its presence.
A face starts to manifest in the IR light on a jazz stage in a club in Kansas City. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations 

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS ARE BETTER DURING FULL MOONS

When I became a paranormal investigator, I learned more about moon energy. Investigations performed during a full moon have more activity than other investigations. Spirits are intelligent energy and they are fueled with energy from many sources. They can pull energy from electronics, people, thunderstorms, and the full moon. The full moon energy gives spirits the strength to communicate with us.

THE FULL MOON ENERGY CAN MAKE US ALL CRAZY

My personal experience has taught me that the full moon energy can also make people crazy. For over 30 years I worked in banking and finance. There were certain days that things went haywire and people were just plain crazy. Seeing the weird things going on I’d always check the moon phase and sure enough it was during a full moon.

FULL MOON RITUALS CAN HELP US SET OUR INTENTIONS

Many people who work with crystals do full moon rituals. These rituals consist of getting rid of things in your mind that do not serve you. The full moon is considered a new beginning and gives us a new start. The full moon energy helps us move forward and set new intentions. These rituals are a great way to help one get focused. They help in making decisions and going forward with a clear mind.

The Native Americans called the January full moon the Full Wolf Moon. Image credit: Patrice_Audet

THE NATIVE AMERICANS NAMED THE FULL MOONS 


The Native Americans respected the environment and held everything in reverence. They named each of the full moons during the year. The January full moon is the Full Wolf Moon, named for the wolves they would hear howling outside their villages. The full moon in June is the Full Strawberry Moon. This name came from the short season left to harvest strawberries. We need to be in touch with our environment as the Native Americans were. 

THE MOON PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN ANCIENT PEOPLES LIVES

Ancient peoples viewed the moon as a representation of life and death. The moon also played a part in certain religions and myths.
A scene of the Underworld from ancient Egypt. The moon was associated with death and rebirth. Image credit: Souza_DF
The Egyptians saw the moon as a symbol of recurring rebirth. The lunar god wasn’t worshiped like the sun god Aten; however, the moon was associated with the deceased and the underworld.

In Greek mythology, Selene was the goddess of the moon. Selene had a moon chariot that she rode across the heavens and she ruled over all the stars.

In religion and myth, the Romans thought Luna was the personification of the moon. The Roman writer Varro held Luna as one of the gods that was very important to agriculture. 
The Farmer's Almanac advises farmers when to plant seeds using phases of the moon. 

FARMERS HAVE PLANTED BY THE MOON PHASES FOR YEARS


The power of moon energy is used by the Farmer’s Almanac. They use the phases of the moon to determine the proper times to plant crops and flowers. This makes sense since the moon energy can create ocean and earth tides, it would also effect plants.
The 1859 Jail in Independence Mo under the full moon. Our investigations here during full moons never disappoint us. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations


No matter how you view the moon it is fabulous. The moon’s magnetic forces create the energy to pull the tides and move the earth. This energy also gives us a boost by rejuvenating us. This energy can also make some people a bit crazy. It gives spirits the ability to do more such as communicate with the living. So next time there is a full moon go outside and look at it. Bask in it’s light and energy; open yourself up and see if you feel the difference. It’s really amazing. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sexual Misconduct - "Times Up"

The "Me Too" movement has changed the way women are viewed in the workplace.
Some people might be getting tired of hearing all the accusations of sexual misconduct that is currently being railed against men in high places. The sad fact is that these men are everywhere. They are school teachers, bus drivers, CPA’s, lawyers, and business men who all have spotless reputations. Why are their reputations spotless? Because the women they harassed, molested, or raped never came forward. These women never told anyone because they were ashamed. Ashamed of what happened to them because they blamed themselves. They blamed themselves because that is what society told them to do. Women were to blame for men’s sexual misconduct. How ridiculous is that?

OLD SOCIAL NORMS HAVE TO GO!


Thankfully things are beginning to change. Just because a woman dresses a certain way or acts a certain way, doesn’t mean that she is “asking for it”. I heard that a lot when I was young. “Well, she was asking for it.” Who in the hell came up with that?  When would a woman asked to be harassed, molested, or raped?  Never!

We have to make changes for our children's sake.

MEN GUILTY OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT NEED TO THINK OF THEIR WIVES AND DAUGHTERS


Thousands of these men will never be accused because they aren’t in the spotlight. These men have become husbands and fathers. They are now in a position where they have to protect their wives and daughters. I wonder how they feel about sexual misconduct now and do they regret their actions in years past?

THE MINNESOTA SENATORS FALL FROM GRACE


I have to admit that I was hurt when the Minnesota Senator was accused. I believed the accuser; it’s his fall from grace that hurts. I thought he was a great guy. I used to watch him on Saturday Night Live doing his Stuart Smalley skits. He seemed so sweet and kind; yes, I know it was an act. I guess I thought the real guy was somewhat like Stuart. I was wrong. It’s disappointing when you look up to someone, admire them, and believe in them. Any bad behavior, like sexual misconduct, from this person would be the last thing you would ever think of. Then the shoe drops.

I haven't been surprised by some of the other Hollywood elite that have been accused. The women who were trying to make their way in Hollywood dealt with horrible decisions. I can’t imagine having to sleep with a boss to get a job. That’s not only disgusting, it’s immoral. How many good actresses quit acting and went home because of these slime balls? I had dreams of being an actress when I was young but who didn’t?  I ended up going into banking and finance. I later found that sexual misconduct was rampant in the finance world.

I was excited to be living and working in Kansas City. Little did I know I would learn more than finance while I was there.

MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH POWERFUL MEN IN AN OFFICE WAS AN EYE OPENER


In 1984 I moved to Kansas City and got a job in a large bank. It was a trust department where one wall was lined with offices filled with men (they were the bosses) and seated at rows and rows of desks throughout the large room were the women workers. I became one of those workers and was excited about my new job. I was making new friends and enjoying being a city girl for once. However, I quickly learned that sexual misconduct was the norm and the women tolerated it. I wanted to fit in, so I did too.

The male managers would come out and make all kinds of remarks about the way women were dressed, some would even ask us how our sex life was! One manager in particular was old enough to be my father. He would come up behind me, lean over my shoulder, and tell me how he wanted to bite my neck. I was young and naive, and didn’t want to make waves. I wasn’t sure how to deal with this, so I laughed it off. I would tell him to stop in a friendly tone but it was never long before he was back again. This went on for four years. I was lucky to finally get out of that “sweat shop”, as I called it.

I transferred to the trust tax department where I was working for a woman. I was much more comfortable working in that department but there were male investment advisers there and one of them had an eye for me. Most of our interactions were harmless flirting. Looking back, I realize that some of it could have been classified as harassment.
Men may be in charge of big corporations but they aren't immune to falling from their towers.

I HOPE WE CAN CHANGE THE POWERS THAT BE IN MY LIFETIME


As long as men are running the world, women will have to fight for their rights. We will have to work harder, speak louder, and most of all, support each other. Women have proved that there is nothing men can do that they can’t. Women can be cunning and manipulative like men as well. I worked for one of those women but that’s another article.  

We must stick together and support each other in our fight for respect.

We must stick together and stand up against sexual misconduct. This includes women who try to get by with it as well. Those women need to be reprimanded just like the men. The superb speech at the Golden Globe awards made by America's real first lady stated it perfectly “Times up!” we all need to stand firm on this and have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct  everywhere!



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Spirit Communication - Is a Loved One Trying to Contact You?


Have you ever lost someone close to you and sometimes felt like they are trying to communicate with you from the other side? Have you ever caught the scent of cologne that the deceased person wore or had wind chimes ring when there is no breeze?

When our loved ones leave us, they can come back to check on us. If you were extremely close to someone who passed, I believe that not only will they check on you but they will watch over you.

Spirits aren't always visible. Sometimes you can feel their energy.

LOSING MY BEST FRIEND WAS PAINFUL

In the 1980’s my best friend Joni and I worked in a very stressful department in a bank. We hadn’t known each other very long but our circumstances drew us closer together. We used to walk together through the halls and catwalks going to and from lunch, or taking documents to other departments. We leaned on each other during hard times.

In 1988 Joni was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought it for two years but it took her life in 1990. I was devastated. I was lost without her. Not long after she passed I was walking over to another building and suddenly Joni popped into my head. I thought of how much I missed her and how she had such a strong energy. As I started across the catwalk I had a really intense feeling that she was actually there walking beside me. I suddenly stopped and slowly turned around. I didn’t see her but I felt her energy there. I smiled and stood there for a moment. I’m sure whoever was reviewing the security cameras thought I had a screw loose. I felt that she was there to comfort me and let me know that she was okay. After that, somehow, I knew I could go on without her.

A cardinal may suddenly appear to let you know that your loved one is watching over you. Image credit: skeeze

HOW CAN SPIRITS GET OUR ATTENTION?


Spirits have different ways of getting our attention:

Cardinals will appear at opportune times.  

Lights will flicker.

Your dog or cat will stare at something that you don’t see.

You hear the voice of your loved one calling your name or saying something they used to say.

You hear the type of music your loved one used to listen to.

Something is moved to a place where you didn’t put it.

You see white figures moving in your peripheral vision. They go by doorways or peek around corners.

You smell the cologne that your loved one used to wear then it dissipates.

EXPLAINING INCIDENTS AWAY


Some people don’t believe in ghosts until they have an encounter that they can’t explain. There are coincidences, of course, but a large number of coincidences isn’t likely. Don’t be quick to dismiss all of these events. There comes a time when we have to be open-minded to discover new things. Many people that want to have a paranormal experience never seem to have one. I think this is because they are quick to dismiss the odd things that happen.

Have you ever had a situation where you’re trying to solve a problem, then you suddenly think of a deceased loved one? Then you think of a solution to your problem. Spirits can communicate with us without speaking by putting thoughts in our heads. Mediums usually communicate with spirits through mind to mind communication. Our minds are amazing things. The sad fact is that we don’t use them as much as we could.
Wind Chimes are lightweight and easy for spirits to move. Image credit: StarbuckATC


SPIRITS CAN USE THEIR ENERGY TO MOVE PHYSICAL THINGS

I lost my Dad in 2004. He was a huge gardener. He grew every vegetable and fruit that he possibly could in the Midwest. Dad was particular about his garden tools being cleaned and put away as well as the way his garden was kept. We had a shed at the back of our property where we kept the gardening tools and the mowers. After he passed, one day I had been working in the yard and went into the house without shutting the doors to the shed. When I went out later to shut the doors, I noticed they were already shut and latched. I walked up to the shed and was trying to figure out how in the world those doors could be shut. My Mother told me later that she didn’t do it and there was no one else on the property. As I was looking around I looked down on the walk where the cement block had been holding the door back. Clear as day there was a wet mark on the walk in the shape of an E. The dampness on the bottom of the concrete block should have left the imprint of an 8. It didn’t, it was an E. My Dad’s name was Everett. I immediately knew it was a sign from him and I felt his energy present. I looked up, smiled, and said “thanks, Dad”. I knew that if Dad would have been alive he would have been scolding me for not shutting the doors to the shed. That time he shut them for me.

My Mother passed in 2015. She always enjoyed the sound of my windchimes when she was alive. Now and then, she likes to ring my windchimes that are inside the house. Many times, I just sense her being with me.
Investigating the paranormal has taken me to some incredible places. A white anomaly was caught in the choir loft of a 100-year-old church.  Image credit: G Gamble


BEING A PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR HAS BEEN ENLIGHTENING

I joined a paranormal team in 2010. Mom always wanted to go on an investigation with us when she was alive, but she wasn’t physically able to do so. I’ve received several messages from my Mom since she passed. My dear friend is a medium and Mom knew her. Now Mom drops in and talks to my friend without notice. My Mother is a very strong spirit! She came through when my cousin was having a reading with another medium. He called me to tell me that she came through and wanted him to tell me that she loves me. That experience really got to me. Mom also likes to drop in during investigations and play with our equipment. Gone is the older lady with Alzheimer's who was confused and heartbroken. Now my Mother is strong and energetic. 

We are energy. When we die that energy moves on to another form.


ENERGY IS NEITHER CREATED NOR DESTROYED

Whatever your beliefs are, there is life after death. The laws of thermodynamics state that “energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another.” We are energy. When we die that energy (or soul) changes form. What happens after that is a great mystery. I do know from my paranormal experiences that many spirits are happy. Spirits are like we are. Some are sad, some are angry, and others are just lost. Some spirits are watching over family members like my Mom and Dad, and I am very thankful for that.

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The paranormal team in which I’m a member is Dusk 2 Dawn ParanormalInvestigations .   We work regularly at the 1859 Jail in Independence M...