Do Ley Lines Only Have a Paranormal Explanation?


“Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate describe the origin of ley lines in their ‘Book of English Magic’: ‘Alfred Watkins, a landscape photographer in Herefordshire, noticed that ancient sites seemed to be aligned with others nearby. His idea was that our ancestors built and used prominent features in the landscape as navigation points. These features included prehistoric standing stones and stone circles, barrows and mounds, hill forts and earthworks, ancient moats, old pre-Reformation churches, old crossroads and fords, prominent hilltops and fragments of old, straight tracks. Watkins went on to suggest that that the lines connecting these ancient sites represented old trackways or routes that were followed in prehistoric times for the purposes of trade or religious rites, and in 1921 he coined the term “ley lines” to describe these alignments.’ “¹

The idea that some sort of land or water structure could represent a “trackway” for prehistoric travel purposes does make sense. Back then, the only navigational tools available would be the position of the stars and any natural or man-made landmarks. Placing these in some sort of a “line” would make travel easier and decrease the chances of getting lost.

Over time ley lines have been a bit redefined as being avenues of intense energy that ancient civilizations knew about and harvested to their advantage. These lines of energy are believed to have electromagnetic properties that ebb and flow as the Earth changes. These energy pathways may be associated with telluric currents:

“Telluric currents are natural electric currents flowing in the Earth’s crust and mantle…. Geophysicists have known for decades there are electrical currents in the earth and that these electrical currents are modified by natural resources which can be resistive (fresh water aquifers, oil, gas. salt, etc.) or conductive (brines; clays; minerals like copper, iron, lead, zinc, gold, silver, and rare earths; Kimberlite Pipes; etc.)”²

Despite any changes in energy, ley lines remain more powerful than the areas that surround them. Furthermore, it is also believed that, when two or more are crossed together, ley lines create a type of energy vortex that many believe increase paranormal activity,

And so this leads to the bigger question – does this phenomenon actually exist or is it just some convoluted idea that really has no foundations in scientific proof? There is plenty of skepticism out there….

Pareidolia

Sometimes the human brain can create something that doesn’t actually exist by simply “filling in the blanks.” In the paranormal world a good example of this is when a ghost tour guest or paranormal investigator claims to have seen a ghost in a window. Many times the objects in the room behind the window, the angle of light on its surface or the texture of the screen can make it appear that someone is standing in the window.

The photo on the left is from one of my paranormal investigations of a local crematory. If you look closely you may be able to see shoulders at the bottom of the window with a darker pointed collar above them. A vague head can be seen as well with darker hair flowing off to the right.

Having trouble seeing the figure? Well, that’s the mystery of pareidolia – some can see them, some cannot. And it is this argument that sets skeptics afire. It is claimed that sacred sites only line up exactly if you choose to see it that way. Consider the fact that a quarter-inch line on a map to equate to a fifty-foot line on the ground. That’s a pretty big chunk of real estate to connect together. Consider also that some parts of the world have multiple sites in a concentrated area. As an example, England itself has thousands of locations that are considered ancient or sacred. Anyone with any concept of what a line is could draw ley line connections between any of these sites.

The Origins Of Ley Lines

As was mentioned in the opening quotation, Alfred Watkins, a British photographer, is attributed with coining the term “ley lines.” He noticed that in his travels of taking photos that certain sites seemed to line up in straight trajectories. In his book Early British Trackways, he discusses the implications of what he believes he may have discovered at a lecture given to the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club at Hereford – September, 1921. Here he offers up a provable experiment whereby he was able to draw out all of the natural and man-made objects can be linked together in this straight line. He goes further by stating that the concept of a ley line has even evolved in our spoken language:

“The fact of the ley is embedded in the rural mind. A country man in directing your path will invariably bring in the now misleading, but once correct, ‘keep straight on.’ It was once absolutely necessary to ‘keep straight on’ in the ley, for if you did not you would be de-leyed on your journey. This is not said as a pun, but as in some succeeding sentences, to point out the place of the ley in the evolution of our language.”³

For all he did present as possible proof, Watkins always kept himself a bit reserved in  admitting that ley lines absolutely exist.

“My deductions may be faulty. But the facts are physical ones, and anyone can test in their own district whether moats, mounds and churches do not line up in straight lines with a hill peak at one end, and with bits of old tracks and antiquarian objects on the line…. I had no theory when, out of what appeared to be a tangle, I got hold of the one right end of this string of facts, and found to my amazement that it unwound in orderly fashion and complete logical sequence.
Make your own deductions when you have verified….”⁴

Since his time, New Age thinkers have taken his discovery and transformed it into an entire discipline that encompasses feng shui and Gaia – the planetary consciousness of Earth.

What Does Science Say About Ley Lines?

If you search through Google Scholar and other academic resources, you will be hard-pressed to find anything reputable that mentions ley lines. In fact, the disciplines of geology and electromagnetism have nothing or very little to offer. It would seem that science has not been able to use the scientific method to verify the existence of ley lines. But does the search for answers really end here? Let’s consider some things we do know about energy and its impact on humans – both alive and deceased.

In the realm of quantum physics, our understanding of what exactly matter is composed of is slowly changing. Decades ago we understood the basic building blocks of physical objects to be made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Now we understand that matter’s composition may be more about energy than it is about physical stuff. The physical particles themselves consists of swirling vortices of energy that each have their own signature spin. We are slowly discovering new information each day through the Hadron Collider and scientific research, changing our understanding of matter and energy. As an example, quantum entanglement – a term used in quantum theory to describe the way that particles of energy/matter can become correlated to predictably interact with each other regardless of how far apart they are – has redefined the physical laws of energy/particles and their relationships. The unknowns discovered through our pioneering efforts may also play a role in proving the existence of ley lines.

Consider also that the Earth is surrounded by electromagnetic fields. They are what keep our atmosphere protected from solar radiation. These fields are created by the flow of the Earth’s liquid iron core which is whirpooled around by the planet’s spin, or Coriolis force. These electromagnetic fields have a direct impact on life itself – as has been observed in the medical field.

Geopathic Stress

Electromagnetic radiation has both positive and negative effects on humans. We know that adequate sunlight allows plants to grow and humans to produce healthy levels of vitamin D. Transversely, overexposure can have detrimental effects:

“It has been reported that living close to power lines can cause or exacerbate headaches, depression, allergies, anxiety, irritability, and may even lead to fetal difficulties, increased tumor growth or cancer.”⁵

When the Earth’s magnetic field is disturbed in some way, it is known as geopathic stress. These disturbances can be made naturally, like geological faults or underground water – or they can be man-made through power lines, mining, construction of underground transport systems or the building of stone structures. Just as an example – if a hospital is built on top of or near a disturbed site:

“Patients in hospital beds where geopathic stress is a problem are likely to suffer more post operative complications and take longer to get well…geopathic stress can undermine the patient’s energy and sleep patterns thus delaying their recovery.” ⁵

Furthermore, it can be observed within many patient care facilities that Sudden Cardiac Death happens between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Half of all heart disease deaths happen this way. This type of death is attributed to an electrical disruption or arrythmias in the heart. Many of these patients have ventricular or atrial fibrillation, a common diagnosis of racing heartbeats, fluttering, and a feeling of being “off.”

“…sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system to the heart malfunctions and suddenly becomes very irregular. The heart beats dangerously fast. The ventricles may flutter or quiver (ventricular fibrillation), and blood is not delivered to the body. In the first few minutes, the greatest concern is that blood flow to the brain will be reduced so drastically that a person will lose consciousness. Death follows unless emergency treatment is begun immediately.”⁶

Interestingly enough, as the sun moves across the planet’s surface, the disruptions in its electromagnetic fields are at their greatest. It has been theorized that an increase in SCD may be linked to this massive disruption of electromagnetic fields on the planet as the sun begins to rise.

What Might We Deduce?

If we take all of the information previously mentioned and examine it together, there are many things we do understand about the Earth and its electric currents. We know that its core is responsible for its electromagnetic fields that exist around the planet in distinctly separate circular patterns. We also understand that telluric currents run under the crust and throughout the mantle and that they can be modified by natural and man-made resources. Matter, as we continue to understand it, is quickly becoming a discussion more so of energy than physical stuff. Humans are directly affected by the Earth’s electromagnetic surges and wanes, as in sudden cardiac death.

Is it too far of a stretch to make the link that perhaps the Earth does have lines of concentrated energy that can be harvested, or at least understood? In all of the mysteries of past civilizations, might those peoples have figured out that by erecting sacred sites along these energy lines that an amazing potential would be achieved? Might we be able to say, scientifically, that ley lines do exist?

I leave you with one final quote to mull over in regards to ley lines and the paranormal:

“…most of the Earths leys are positive but when two of these leys cross or intersect a vortex of negative energy is then created. It is like a powerful magnet attracting all kinds of lower vibrational spirit, energy or entity and even sometimes people. These entities can then draw off the energy, feed on it and use it to manifest. Bodmin Jail (Cornwall) is a place where two such energy lines cross and therefore they form lower energy vortexes and this, in turn, will also affect the way people behave in such places. They will be prone or influenced to lower vibrational thoughts, paranoia, anger, ego and fear etc………it can be a source of food to an entity to recharge their essence.”⁷

Works Cited:

Photo courtesy Nicholas Raymond:                                                                         http://freestock.ca/ireland_g53-poulnabrone_dolmen__hdr_p1689.html

¹  http://www.livescience.com/41349-ley-lines.html

²  H. R. Nelson1 , Les R. Denham2 , and D James Siebert2. “Telluric and Earth Currents, Lightning Strike Locations, and Natural Resource Exploration.” May 12, 2014.

³  Watkins, Alfred. Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps and Sites. 1922. pg. 17.

⁴  Ibid.

⁵  Freshwater, Dawn. “Geopathic Stress.” Downloaded from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51308274_Geopathic_stress

⁶  http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/sudden-cardiac-death

⁷  http://supernaturalmagazine.com/articles/ley-lines-and-the-connection-to-adverse-spiritual-phenomena

https://www.flickr.com/photos/twelvizm/

Sleep Paralysis and the Legend of the Old Hag

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Many of us may be familiar with sleep paralysis and perhaps some of you have actually had the sensation of being in a semi-sleep state, trapped in your body – unable to move. If you have, then you know what a frightening and shocking phenomenon this is. If you are unfamiliar with what this is exactly – a quick definition:

“[S]leep paralysis [is] a state of consciousness occurring while falling asleep or upon awakening, lasting for several minutes or a few seconds, and characterized by a feeling of an inability to move. While experiencing this state the individual is fully aware of the condition, surroundings, and have complete recall of the episode. Vivid and terrifying hallucinations often accompany this state of consciousness and a sense of acute danger may be felt. Once the episode of paralysis passes, the individual often sits up with a start, experiences symptoms of panic (e.g. tachycardia, hyperventilation, fear) and realizes that the perceptions of danger were false.”¹

Sleep paralysis is very often attributed to paranormal activity. It is believed that a spirit of some type has entered your bedroom and has perched itself onto your chest. It is attempting to enter your dreams or your psyche in some negative way. A few of the most common entities who are held responsible for holding people down in their beds are the incubus, the djinn, demons, and various other dark entities. maxresdefault-1This can happen only once or it may happen repeatedly over a series of nights. It is documented that about 15% of our population has fallen victim to sleep paralysis. In the United States alone, nearly 3 million people report this nightmare each year.

According to Shelley Adler, in her book Sleep Paralysis², there are certain common traits:

  • victim’s impression of wakefulness
  • inability to move or speak
  • realistic perception of the immediate environment
  • intense fear and anxiety
  • lying in a supine position
  • feeling pressure on the chest
  • difficulty breathing
  • an awareness of a ‘presence’ that is often seen or heard

Other experiences include a feeling of weightlessness or floating, auditory or visual sensations, and an array of emotions including anger, joy, fear, pain or sadness. There are also hallucinations that may include dark entities or other visible forms.

The Stuff of Legends

The history of sleep paralysis has been recorded as far back as the 2nd century when the Greek physician Galen attributed it to indigestion. Since then, it has perplexed mankind so much so that it exists as legends within nearly every culture throughout the world.edd6e0991227749b08d12dbfa132b958

One such culture is located on the most eastern province of Canada – Newfoundland. Here the stories of the “ag rog” have become a popular explanation for what happens in sleep paralysis. “The Hag,” as she is also known, is an incubus or succubus that visits in the form of hallucinations. She then sits on top of the chest of the victim, pushing the life out of the them. Sometimes the creature is a male, the gender doesn’t necessarily matter:

“He was heavy. I tried to shift my arms, but they were pinned to my sides. And I could smell him, which was the worst of it — the bitter combination of feeling a rough jaw against the skin of my neck, and the terror of being unable to breathe. I choked. He smelt like sweat and something else — something ugly.”³

After the experience is over and the victim recovers, profuse sweating and exhaustion usually ensue. Witnesses report that some victims let out a high-pitched scream or low moans. Their eyes may be closed or open. Sometimes these attacks can be fatal, as was reported during the 1980’s in Portland, Oregon and St. Paul, Minnesota. A group of healthy Laotian Hmong refugees, between the ages of 25 and 50, were suddenly dying and professionals were unable to find any medical cause. Their deaths were attributed to sleep paralysis.²

Outside of the United States, sleep paralysis is known all over the world. “In Chinese culture it is called, in pinyin, “鬼壓身/鬼压身,” guǐ yā shēn (‘ghost pressing on body’), in Turkish ‘uyku felci’ karabasan (‘the dark assailant’), and in Vietnamese ma đè means ‘held down by the ghost.’ The Hungarian term boszorkany-nyomas means ‘witches pressure’, while German has alpdrucken, or ‘elf pressing.’ ” 093387aa4288d961b7ff7a1e24a8cc25In Japanese culture sleep paralysis is known as (金縛りkanashibari (‘bound or fastened in metal’). In Korean culture, sleep paralysis is called gawi nulim (‘Hangul: 가위눌림’). I list these terms specifically to show that sleep paralysis has been a deeply embedded issue within the human race for millenia. So why is this happening?

From a paranormal perspective, spirits and other entities do visit us in our dreams. Sometimes, like a deceased relative, he or she comes to offer up a warning or perhaps to comfort in a time of need. Darker entities have an agenda of their own. Perhaps it has attached itself to a family member so it can execute a haunting in the home. Sometimes we involve ourselves in activities that invite malevolent spirits into our lives such as using Ouija boards, magic rituals or any form of witchcraft. As such, these entities have been invited into your life and subsequent dreams with sleep paralysis being a direct effect from your actions. Others claim that alien abduction is the cause.

Sometimes, though, none of these scenarios apply. So then, why do folks who may not even as much as believe in the paranormal suffer from this frightening experience?

Skeptic’s Explanation

Science has a pretty convincing explanation for why sleep paralysis occurs. Once we start to fall asleep, we slowly move into REM sleep. Once there, we are locked into the dream state. These are the normal stages of sleep. Sometimes, though, stages are bypassed:

“During rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, the muscles of the body are paralyzed, presumably to prevent the dreamer from physically acting out the dream. Researchers are not sure why this normal paralysis happens during consciousness for victims of sleep paralysis, but psychophysiological studies have confirmed that attacks are particularly likely to occur if the person enters REM sleep quickly after hitting the pillow, bypassing the stages of non-REM sleep that usually happen first.“⁴ 

73815b3225afb75057b20814c3d09c64Panic attacks are commonly associated with sleep paralysis and may be a possible explanation. Over the course of my research I have found that a very large percentage of the general population suffer from symptoms that qualify them for a diagnosis of panic disorder according to DSM-III critieria, even though they may not recognize themselves as having this horrible phenomenon.

Fear is yet another possible predictor for sleep paralysis. Once the victim awakens from the sleep state and the body remains in “paralysis,” the element of fear takes over immediately. The fear reaction activates the amygdaloid and temporal lobes of the brain which then leads to all of the other hallucinatory and sense experiences. To put it simply, the brain creates the unusual phenomena of sleep paralysis triggered by the surge of fear.

One final scientific explanation is sleep apnea. I personally suffer from this disorder and use a CPAP machine every night. When the body falls into its pre-dream resting state, breathing is slowed dramatically and blood pressure drops. Those of us with sleep apnea will stop breathing at points during the night which drops our oxygen below safe levels. Mine went as low as 67%. In an oxygen-deprived state the brain can go a bit haywire and create many of the symptoms that are being associated with sleep paralysis. Although I have never personally suffered from paralysis, I can see where having sleep apnea could be a possible explanation.

Final Thoughts

The four possible explanations for sleep paralysis offered here are an attempt to rule out paranormal phenomenon by using our current understanding of the human body and mind. Depending on what angle you choose to look at the subject, any one of these possibilities can debunk sleep paralysis’ supernatural claims. There is one fact that remains a common thread through all documented experiences no matter what part of the world is studied.

“Auditory experiences ranged from tapping sounds and footsteps to jabbering voices. Visual experiences ranged from shadowy outlines to vivid demonic figures. Floating experiences ranged from rising sensations to vertiginous flights through spinning tunnels.”⁵

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The experiences listed above could be taken straight from the transcripts of any paranormal investigation, out-of-body-experiences or those who are sensitive to the spirit world. No matter who the victim is or in what part of the world sleep paralysis is studied, these experiences remain strangely consistent. As stated earlier, while in the dream state it is known that we can interact with certain spirits – like our deceased relatives. The spirit world, transversely, likes to interact with us. Perhaps it is the intent of certain entities that trigger the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Darker entities love to play the role of trickster or dominate individuals and using fear is a great way for them to accomplish their devious goals.

Science has left us with a few unknowns that surpass anything it can yet explain. Scientists cannot provide clear answers why auditory, visual, and floating experiences are so consistent across the board. The study of the paranormal realm can. Until science can prove further… people who experience sleep paralysis may truly be interacting with spirits and entities – many of whom feed off of our fear of being trapped in an immobile physical body and subject to whatever the entity chooses to do to us.

Would you agree with this assessment? Do your personal experiences dictate that sleep paralysis may actually be something else?

Drop me a line in the comment box below or wherever you find this article on social media. I’d love to hear from you and thank you!!

Works Cited:

¹ Bell, Carl C., et. al. “Further Studies on the Prevalence of Isolated Sleep Paralysis in Black Subjects.” Journal of the National Medical Association. Vol. 78, no. 7: 1986. pp. 649-659.

http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/2015/10/23/10-creatures-associated-with-sleep-paralysis/

² Adler, Shelley R. Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection. 2011.

³ https://thehairpin.com/ridden-by-the-hag-my-sleep-paralysis-visitors-1db68980dc65#.i1bu7akqb

https://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/kanashibari-%E9%87%91%E7%B8%9B%E3%82%8A-sleep-demons/

http://yokai.com/kanashibari/

⁴ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ask-the-brains-sleep-paralysis/

⁵ Cheyne, J. Allen, et. al., “Relations among hypnagogic and hypnopompic experiences associated with sleep paralysis.” J. Sleep Res. (1999) 8: 313-317.

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1300682/sleep-paralysis-can-be-indicator-neurodegenerative-disease

Cryptochromes and Our Magnetic Sixth Sense

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Scientists have recently made an interesting discovery in the field of animal magnetoreception. Each of us should be familiar with the migratory habits of animals we find in our own backyards. Crows fly east in my neighborhood every year. Geese fly south for the winter. Even Monarch butterflies take to the air when the winter season is beginning to settle in. Magnetotactic bacteria, which you will find written about on this site, have very strong magnetic qualities because of their iron-based backbone. The ability for certain mammals to travel in specific patterns is guided by a biological component in their brains and throughout their bodies. This is called magnetoreception.

“Sea turtles, honeybees, spiny lobsters, dolphins, migratory birds, and more all have a magnetic compass which allows them to use the information that’s coded into magnetic fields.”¹ It allows them to ascertain direction whether in the air, on land or immersed in water. This ability, which sensory biology is just beginning to understand, has been discovered in humans as well.

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Dropsophilia (Fruit Fly) Cryptochrome

There are structures found in the human retina which, when removed and placed into a fruit fly, have the ability to detect magnetic fields. They are blue-sensitive photoreceptive proteins called cryptochromes. Scientists are unsure how or if humans use this protein, but what they do know is that detecting the Earth’s magnetic fields may well be the primal sixth sense for us.

Birds, as an example, have cryptochromes in their retina which allow them to see magnetic fields as clearly as they can see visible landmarks. It is asserted that the magnetic fields are layered on top of the physical contours, giving them their amazing sense of direction.

“…cryptochrome isn’t unique to birds – it’s an ancient protein with versions in all branches of life. In most cases, these proteins control daily [circadian] rhythms. Humans, for example, have two cryptochromes – CRY1 and CRY2 – which help to control our body clocks. But Lauren Foley from the University of Massachusetts Medical School has found that CRY2 can double as a magnetic sensor.”²

The discovery of this protein raises all sorts of questions and poses some doubts, but the fact is “that Cry2 is heavily active in the human retina. ‘It’s beautifully poised to sense light but we don’t know if it has the downstream pathways that communicate magnetic information to the brain. The possibility exists.'”

600px-electroreceptors_in_a_sharks_head-svgAn example of these “downstream pathways” are abundantly represented in sharks. A shark has a massive amount of “holes,” or ampullae of Lorenzini, in its head which lead into jelly-filled chambers that disappear somewhere into their body. Changes in DC voltage of the water and magnetic fields emitted by certain prey are detected through this mechanism. How animals in general, and humans, use the magnetoreception mechanism is the current great challenge of sensory biology.

The discovery of human magnetoreceptors opens up the possibility of understanding our relationship with the Earth’s geomagnetic fields and EMFs in general.

What could this discovery possibly have to do with the paranormal? Let’s delve into some information on magnetic fields, first, to find out the answer.

How Magnetism Affects You

The Earth’s magnetic field is absolutely critical to maintaining life on our planet as it deflects the intense solar wind. Without it cosmic rays would harm us and power as we currently utilize it would not be possible. Furthermore, our atmosphere would dissolve away and life as we know it would cease. What you might not realize is that these magnetic fields also directly affect us through emotion, body homeostasis, and overall happiness.

Specifically there are two important fields that need to be considered. The first is the geomagnetic field that emanates from the Earth’s core. Secondly, are the fields between the Earth and the ionosphere. The ebb and flow of these fields change us both mentally and emotionally, causing spikes in us just as they happen within the planet Earth.

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It has been proven through multiple scientific studies that our hearts produce electromagnetic fields that are altered with the Earth’s field changes. These EMFs can be measured up close and from a distance. This phenomenon is also what allows Geiger counters to measure activity when placed close to our hearts – especially in the rare cases of demonic oppression and possession. You will notice in the diagram that the heart’s EMF field emanates in a very similar pattern as the Earth’s.

Here are some further concepts to consider:

  • The Earth’s magnetic field is a carrier of biologically relevant information that connects all living systems.
  • Every person, through collective consciousness, affects the global information field.
  • There is a feedback loop between human beings and the Earth’s energetic/magnetic systems. This simply means that humans and the Earth are dependent upon one another for balance. The output from one fuels the input for the other.

The point to be taken from all of this is that all living organisms, especially humans, are inextricably tied to the Earth’s geomagnetic field and the affecting electromagnetic fields. The discovery of cryptochromes has opened the doors for the possibility that humans can not only connect directly with these fields, but that we also may have a direct link to the spirit world through these same retinal proteins.

“These organs could also possibly sense magnetic fields, by means of Faraday’s law: as a conductor moves through a magnetic field an electric potential is generated. In this case the conductor is the animal moving through a magnetic field, and the potential induced depends on the time varying rate of flux through the conductor….”

Might Faraday’s law be perceived differently by phenomena in the paranormal realm? 

Consider This Link…

Have you ever been on ghost-hunting-emf-meters-122013zza paranormal investigation and sensed the presence of ghosts or spirits? If you have never been on a haunted site, have you watched this happen on your favorite television show? Detecting the presence of ghosts, spirits, entities or whatever you may wish to call them is very common when exploring the paranormal world. Devices like these have been used extensively to discover electromagnetic fields and even track spirits. Changes in the magnetic fields are backed up with actual witness accounts:

“In the course of investigating haunt reports at historic Hampton Court Palace in England… the magnetic field changes in areas of the palace where haunting phenomena had been reported were significantly different from the field changes in areas where no phenomena were reported. [Investigators] also found in another statistical comparison that the number of unusual experiences reported by tourists visiting the Palace was also related in some way to the magnetic field changes at the site.”³

There are some, though, who do not need these tools to determine the presence of a ghost. They simply can feel the energies coming from spirits. The information that instruments can pick up are somehow built into certain “gifted” people. How can it be possible that anyone can “sense” unseen forces?

Thus far, there really isn’t any scientific proof that can be offered to explain why people are able to do this. Many folks consider themselves “sensitives.” Others are a bit more gifted and are known as “mediums.” I have personally experienced both of these types of people and can verify their authenticity.

Is there a physiological reason why they possess these “gifts” when others do not?

Might it be possible that the presence of retinal proteins in our eyes allow “sensitives” and “mediums” the ability to connect with the spirit world? Keep in mind that ghosts themselves emit electromagnetic fields and spirit activity can be fueled with EMF pumps and also through the stored energy inside of limestone.

Therefore, is it too much of a stretch in reasoning to say that cryptochromes may have a direct relationship in helping us connect with the spirit world? Science has not figured it out yet… what do you think?

I invite you to leave a reply in the box below the Works Cited or whatever social media site you find this article, and… thank you for your feedback!!

Works Cited:

¹ http://www.inspireactachieve.com/consciousness/scientists-discover-that-humans-have-a-magnetic-6th-sense/

http://www.livescience.com/14694-humans-sixth-sense-magnetic-fields.html

² http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/06/21/humans-have-a-magnetic-sensor-in-our-eyes-but-can-we-see-magnetic-fields/#.WGRtN_krLIV

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=FMQQnijnhsUC&lpg=PA844&dq=robin%20baker%20new%20scientist%20magnetic&pg=PA844#v=onepage&q=robin%20baker%20new%20scientist%20magnetic&f=false

³ Williams, Bryan., Ventola, Annalisa., Wilson, Mike. “Magnetic Fields and Haunting Phenomena: A Basic Primer for Paranormal Enthusiasts.” pg. 5.

The Paranormal Therapy of Spirit Attachment

 

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“The demon’s target is not the possessed; it is us the observers…everyone in this house. I think the point is to make us despair…to reject our humanity: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial, vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.”
William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

On my sister site, Paranormal Insights, I decided for the month of December to bring you, the reader, home to my neck of the woods for the Christmas holiday. And so, by keeping in tune with this theme, I want to do the same with this site.

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The above quote is taken from the movie “The Exorcist.” Most paranormal enthusiasts are very familiar with this possession that took place here in St. Louis in 1949. Robbie Doe was a young boy from the East Coast area who was held responsible for what may have been considered Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK). His extreme activity confounded the professionals and forced a focused discipline from priests never seen before in current history. The lines drawn around this exorcism are so blurred between the field of parapsychology and paranormal demonic activity that it is difficult to tell if his possession was derived from this physical world, the spiritual one or both.

“In what is perhaps one of the most remarkable experiences of its kind in recent religious history, a 14 year-old Mount Rainier boy has been freed by a Catholic priest of possession by the devil…. the boy broke into a violent tantrum screaming, cursing, and voicing of Latin phrases – a language he had never studied – whenever the priest reached those climactic points of the 27-page ritual in which he commanded the demons to depart from the boy.”   – Washington Post, August 20, 1949

Geographically, if you search Google Maps, you’ll find the house of this notorious supernatural event located at 8435 Roanoke Drive in Bel-Nor, Missouri. A photo is pictured above and has been the source of many books and investigations.

Local writ51xvcn-ensl-_sx331_bo1204203200_ers like Troy Taylor and Steven LaChance offer up their versions of the story, which are quite different from the movie. The real stories are based on the actual people and priests involved in this historically controversial event. Troy has personally interviewed one of the priests before he died. I invite you to check him out at this link:

https://www.amazon.com/Devil-Came-St-Louis/dp/1892523469/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480118976&sr=1-8&keywords=troy+taylor

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Steven’s perspective on this incident brings it into the broader spectrum of how it affected the city of St. Louis in general. You can find him here:

https://www.amazon.com/Confrontation-Evil-Depth-Possession-Inspired/dp/0738747998/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480119238&sr=1-3&keywords=steven+lachance

 

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

When we think of a spirit releasing from or attaching to a human body, we tend to think of two things: the rising of the soul out of the body at the point of death and exorcisms. Death is a process that we have little to no control over – when your ticket is pulled, it’s time to go. Exorcisms are, in reality, an extreme form of spirit attachment that is not as common as folks might be apt to believe. Although there are numerous claims that exorcisms are on the steady rise worldwide, these phenomena are not necessarily a concern for most of us. There are spirits, though, who do affect our daily lives – and we do not even realize it. Here is where the gentle practice of spirit release therapy is called into action.

What exactly is this discipline? Before this question is answered, keep in mind that today’s science was yesterday’s myth. Many of the things that were once considered as coming from some mysterious realm of magic can now be tested and explained by science. With spiritual matters, this too will only be a matter of time.

“There is a tension between what the physical sciences can accept and what people experience in their subjective reality. This is not helpful for the person who suffers distress that has its origin in a spiritual domain. It is therefore necessary for medical science to be able to expand its frames of reference and accommodate real subjective experiences in order that they can be treated effectively.”

In Spirit Release Therapy (SRT) it is understood that certain spirits are able to affect each one of us at any given time. Sometimes this is done in a good way, but with SRT, entities that negatively affect people are the main concern. These entities may be spirits who have died and have not yet passed on through the Light or they may be mischievous or malevolent spirits who seek out potential victims. The spirits do not necessarily enter into the human host, although sometimes they do.

Snippets in History

The medical professional who is credited with pioneering SRT is Dr. William Baldwin, a man who left the field of dentistry and decided to pursue a passion. In his doctoral dissertation in psychology he put forth the first serious effort in considering spirit release therapy. His approaches and techniques may be a bit controversial, but the basis of his work does hold merit. Here is an example of a case study by one of his advocates, Dr. T.J. Palmer:

“The schoolgirl who could not walk. This was a fifteen-year-old girl who had progressively lost the use of her legs until she had to be taken to school in a wheelchair. There was no medical explanation for her condition and when I [Dr. Palmer] visited her home she was seen to be crawling on her elbows from room to room as she dragged her legs behind her. On investigation, it was discovered that when she was eight years-old [she had fallen victim to abuse]. The fear generated by this experience attracted a discarnate entity that used the fear to attach itself and incapacitate her. This case is representative of how…emotions emit an energetic frequency that acts as a beacon to attract negative spirit entities.”

This example relates how certain spirits are able to influence, sometimes even completely alter, our lives. If this case study seems a little far-fetched, the let’s revisit a story that is closer to the hearts of those of us who love the paranormal.

Aaron Goodwin, as most of us already know, is an paranormal investigator and many times “ghost bait” for the hit show Ghost Adventures. He has documented his encounters from their lockdown at Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Kentucky. He relates what happened as a result of a spirit attachment on his website Aaron Goodwin Collections:

“I wanted to just talk about what happened with my ex wife and I and of course Mackey’s. After I came home from Mackey’s the 1st time hunting there, everything changed for me. Right away we could notice something had followed me home from there. My ex-wife and I would share the same nightmares at night and went threw some crazy paranormal stuff. My nightmares had to do with this white bearded old guy that was always trying to get her and I. We would wake up at the same time at night. She would wake up screaming or out of breath. She would wake and talk about things that had to do with places I hunted. We would share the same dreams and the stuff that happened around the house was indescribable.”

This spirit attachment disrupted Aaron’s life so much that his marriage ended in divorce. The entity created an environment that drove a wedge between them. It interacted physically by performing different poltergeist activities. Then it made its way into the dream state and did not allow them to have peaceful nights. Any tensions that may have existed between Aaron and his wife would be exacerbated to a whole new and conflicting level. They may have constantly fought. Every little trigger that could be pushed, would have been initiated by the shadow entity. These are just a few of the things that can occur with spirit attachments.

Never Throw Caution into the Paranormal Wind

How is it possible that a spirit can influence us, many times without us even realizing it? The answer is simple: energy.

The ability to manipulate energy may single-handedly explain a great deal of paranormal activity. Ghosts are able to use and transform electromagnetic fields into energy that allows them to perform tasks such as speech, scratches, knocks, object movement, and many of the familiar interactions. This manipulation can be performed with a variety of other sources like lithium batteries and low-level radiation. Activity can also be utilized from humans themselves through their emotions.

As was stated earlier, our emotions can act as a beacon to attract unwanted spirits, and, as such, these same spirits can alter our mental states. Another physician, Dr. Parisetti has this to say:

“We have patients showing exceedingly weird symptoms and/or a variety of disruptive behaviours whom are reportedly cured by therapists by basically asking a ‘possessing spirit’ to leave their body.”

So we have observations in both the paranormal and scientific realms that warn us of the potential of spirit attachments and the consequences when this happens. Sometimes a priest must show up with his book of the Rite of Exorcisms or the patient may see a therapist for relief.

Why This Article?

My purpose in bringing out all of this information is to reveal the fact that everyone needs to be cautious when they dive into the field of paranormal investigation. Our field has been in the pioneer stage for over a couple decades and we have amassed an incredible amount of knowledge from our technological efforts. But always keep in mind that we are dealing with an unseen realm that, fundamentally, we do not understand.

We do not know exactly how spirits can do what they do or how far they can take a spirit attachment. We cannot specifically define the Natural Laws that govern the world on the other side of the veil and we certainly can never know the true intent of any spirit or entity. Ghosts can not only affect us emotionally, but they can physically alter us as well. Slowly the stories of para-enthusiasts suffering from heart palpitations, abrupt organ disruptions, and other medical conditions are being whispered among themselves. Could they simply be coincidences?

I certainly encourage further exploration, as I will continue to do so from the research end. But please, when you’re investigating that reportedly haunted site… never throw caution into the paranormal wind.

 

 

Works Cited

Research

http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/television/gail-pennington/exorcism-live-is-coming-for-demons-at-a-famous-bel/article_43173e3a-1ad7-5882-8071-1ec0b5acc0b6.html

Flickr – Photo taken from the archive of Alice Popkorn

Spirit Release Therapy (II)

 

The Science of Paranormal Sounds: Explaining Ghostly Footsteps

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There are certain phenomena in the paranormal realm that nearly defy any possible explanations. With a residual or intelligent haunting we know that a ghost or entity is either continuously replaying life’s events or they are genuinely interacting with the environment. When EMF detectors spike up from their baseline, we know that a spirit’s energy is manipulating the device. If divining rods move in a specific manner, we know that an entity is pulling them in their direction. Some activity; however, is not so easily explained.

How it is possible for spirits to make knocks or create the sound of footsteps are two phenomena that, so far, have eluded explanation.

This article will offer up a couple possibilities as to how exactly ghosts can create audible footsteps or knock on physical objects. This approach will be taken from a point of view which is as scientific as possible, while still bridging the experiences of the paranormal.

But before we can begin to establish any possible explanations for that sound of soldier boots tramping on the wooden floor over your head, we first should gain an understanding of exactly how the phenomenon of sound works.

Can You Hear Me Now?

In order for an object to make a sound it must either come in contact with another object (such as banging a tuning fork) or be able to create sound from itself (like the vibration of our vocal chords as air passes through them). This sound travels in waves just like water or, in paranormal terms, like electromagnetic fields. Sound is described with the same terms as water waves or EMFs – those being, frequency and amplitude.

Frequency is “the number of times a periodic phenomenon occurs over a unit of time.”¹ When we hear a frequency, the brain interprets the sound as either high or low pitch. The figure below will help you visualize its meaning:

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Amplitude is the fluctuation or displacement of a wave from its mean value. With sound waves, it is the extent to which air particles are displaced, and this…sound amplitude is experienced as the loudness of sound.”² The greater the amplitude, the louder the sound will be. The figure below shows that amplitude is the distance between the crest and the median level. The key word with amplitude is loudness.

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In order for the human ear to pick up on a sound, it must fall between the frequency range of 20 – 20,000 cycles per second – also known as the unit termed Hertz (Hz). Anything falling below or above this range cannot be detected by our hearing.

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When we analyze how it is possible to interpret sounds in our physical world, it’s pretty straightforward. (You might remember this from grade or high school.) The sine waves enter the auditory canal, vibrate the ear drum, and then our brains interpret the sound as it travels through the inner ear. All sounds follow this pattern and with paranormal footsteps or spirit knocks, the process is the same. There are, though, a few things that must be considered.

Could it be possible that the “footsteps” one thinks he or she is hearing might actually be something else? In other words – plumbing pipes rattle,  HVAC systems expand and contract, house lumber creaks, and loose window panes move with the wind. All of these types of noises must be ruled out or debunked. Once all of these factors have been fully considered, only then can we ask the big question:

How in the world can an invisible entity make physical sounds?

As has already been mentioned, there are two types of hauntings – residual and intelligent. In considering how to answer this “big question,” we must treat each one separately. Let’s create a scenario:

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Basic Geophone

You are a paranormal investigator and you enter into an old Victorian home. The owners have given you the history of the house and in their narrative they say that a woman in white has been seen on many occasions going down the spiral staircase in the center of the home. She continuously suffered from sleepwalking and nearly every night could be found wandering the confines of the home a couple hours after midnight. You set up a DVR camera at the base of the steps and place a geophone halfway up as well. At 2:18 a.m. the LED lights and sounds on the geophone go off and the DVR camera does capture this mysterious woman coming down the stairs.

How is she able set off your equipment by being only in a spiritual body? The answer may lie in the realm of quantum physics.

The Quirky World of Entanglement

It’s been some time since I have referred back to the second concept that this website was established – entanglement. As a brief reminder of what this term means:

“In short, quantum entanglement means that multiple particles are linked together in a way such that the measurement of one particle’s quantum state determines the possible quantum states of the other particles. This connection isn’t depending on the location of the particles in space. Even if you separate entangled particles by billions of miles, changing one particle will induce a change in the other! Even though quantum entanglement appears to transmit information instantaneously, it doesn’t actually violate the classical speed of light because there’s no “movement” through space.” ³

In our example the lady in white is a spirit that, when alive physically in this world, always walked down the steps at 2 a.m. The owners have informed you that this was a nighttime habit she developed. Because of her repetitious behavior the house itself became physically altered from her consistent energy. The sounds of her footsteps, when she was alive, literally became embedded in the woodwork. Now, in death, her spirit is able to trigger the entangled energy that still lies dormant in the staircase. Simply by walking over the same spots, as she did in life, the lady is able to create the footstep sounds that can in real time now be picked up with a geophone.

2418898852_294e3c38c8_zAnother example, more familiar with paranormal enthusiasts, is that her repetitious behavior left an imprint on the atmosphere. Each night this event is able to play over and over again because her energies have been recorded and play back much like a cassette tape. Perhaps through what might only be explained as possible other dimensions crossing over with ours, can we understand how the footstep sounds can be made. This is simply saying that when another dimension manifests itself in our dimension, the interaction is both visual and auditory. Also what I have found in my research is that the residual energy will eventually run out and the activity will cease at some point.

These possible explanations tackle residual hauntings and may help to explain them. The greater challenge lies in intelligent hauntings, where an entity purposely interacts with paranormal investigators or a homeowner through footsteps or knockings on walls or doors. This type of activity is not residual and may not be fully be explained simply with our theories in quantum entanglement or the crossing of dimensions.

The Mind Is Stronger Than the Body

With an intelligent haunting, a spirit may use a very different approach when the entity wants to execute some sort of a sound. Let’s first consider the Natural Laws of our physical world. Some of these entail the Laws of Thermodynamics or Newton’s Laws of Motion. They may also include Einstein’s theory of light speed or the phenomenon of gravity. There are also basic principles that govern how sound works. No matter which natural law you choose, all of us must abide by them. We have no other choice. Unless, of course, you are a spirit.

There are hundreds of hours of film footage that show spirits can and do pass through physical objects – such as walls, furniture, even people themselves (ever get a sudden unexplained chill down your spine?). Thus it would seem that the physical natural laws do not necessarily apply in the spirit world. And yet, they have to be able to abide by the same physical laws in order for a ghost to make the sound of footsteps or knock on a wall. What may be happening here?

I propose that the answer is simple: intent.

Gamma Brain Waves

shutterstock_134103404“Gamma rays are the most energetic waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. On Earth, nuclear explosions and lightning produce gamma rays.”⁴ These types of rays are not the same as the ones your brain emits, but they are just as amazing. The only similarity they have is that gamma rays in general have an extremely fast frequency with a small amplitude. Their frequency range is from 25 and 100 Hz, with the human brain functioning around 40 Hz.

“They are associated with the ‘feeling of blessings’ reported by experienced meditators such as monks and nuns, and with peak and extremely high levels of cognitive functioning…. Gamma is the brainwave state of being ‘in the Zone,’ that feeling that you can do anything.”⁵

Although gamma brainwaves are a relatively new discovery, scientists have been able to discover that these rays are responsible for neural communication throughout the brain. “[T]he gamma ray originates in the thalamus and moves from the back of the brain to the front and back again 40 times per second!”⁵ They are quickly discovering that these rays may play a very important role in unraveling the mysteries of the brain.

From a paranormal perspective, this phenomenon is deeply fascinating. This function of the brain will still be a consideration because the mind does live on after death. If not, how else would most paranormal activity even occur? That said, the key phrase to ponder here is that gamma rays will give you the feeling that you can do anything. Here is where the “intent” explanation comes into play.

Perhaps a spirit is able to walk through walls, make audible footsteps, knock on doors or even throw objects simply by accessing the gamma rays of the mind. It is an act of sheer will combined with an understanding of all the natural laws, both physical and spiritual. Through the use of gamma brainwaves a spirit is able to initiate any of the natural laws and make ghostly footsteps as they wish. I further support this evidence with the fact that ghosts in general move silently and so something has to be different for the footsteps to be audible. Once again: intent.

Final Thoughts

Presented in this article are a few ideas of how paranormal phenomena like ghostly footsteps and knocks on walls or doors might be explained through the lens of scientific reasoning.

multiverseAs has already been mentioned, there are different dimensions that may cross over with ours. As an example, there have been reports in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that in the basement of the Pennsylvania Hall a surgical scene was caught when two administrators accidentally took the elevator down one level too far:

“The women were terrified watching the doctors at work, performing meatball surgery on their patients – and watching the growing pile of amputated limbs stacked up in the corner. The scene was completely silent, but when one of the blood-soaked doctors approached them, they hit every button on the elevator and escaped.”

(You can read my entire article here: http://ghosttracker423.blogspot.com/2015/07/time-warps-and-pennsylvania-hall-in.html)

Here is where the concept of the multiverse manifests itself, as it has been presented by the quantum theory pioneer Erwin Schrödinger in 1952. In a multiverse there are layers of existence which overlap one another, each layer representing in a different time plane. Events in the past may cross over with present-moment events, creating a kind of multi-layered environment. Perhaps the footsteps created in one time period can become manifested in another time period through the multiverse theory.

With an intelligent haunting, the explanations become a little more complex. Gamma brainwave activity may have some promise in the possibility of explaining how ghosts do what they do. Here in our more scientific world we know that one “of the most remarkable properties of the gamma state is the processing speed: the brain is able to process incredible amounts of information very quickly, remember it, and retrieve that memory later.” There is a fantastic power with this brain function which might also help us better understand the spirit world that lies just on the other side….

 

Works Cited:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alicepopkorn/

¹ Source: Boundless. “Frequency of Sound Waves.” Boundless Physics. Boundless, 12 Sep. 2016. Retrieved 19 Oct. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/physics/textbooks/boundless-physics-textbook/sound-16/introduction-128/frequency-of-sound-waves-454-11189/

² http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-amplitude.htm

³ http://physics.about.com/od/quantumphysics/f/QuantumEntanglement.htm

http://www.omharmonics.com/blog/gamma-brain-waves/

http://www.finerminds.com/mind-power/brain-waves/

 

Native American Traditions and Their Paranormal Link to Limestone

 

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The state of Indiana in the United States is attributed as being the home of America’s most-popular and most-used limestone. The Empire State Building pictured above is just one of many structures throughout the country that is built with Indiana limestone. Back in history, before Indiana was admitted to “the Union in 1816, a light-colored, fine-grained native stone had been used by pioneer settlers for cabin foundations, door sills, milling burrs, and memorials…. The first organized quarrying effort of record was established in 1827 in Southern Indiana near Stinesville.”¹

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Before the migration of Europeans westward, the Native Americans had discovered this sedimentary rock first. Their purposes for the stone are shrouded in the mysteries of their culture and what they may have used it for, if anything at all, is something this article will attempt to discover.

What can be known about these indigenous people in the Indiana area is that they were predominantly from the Miami and Shawnee tribes. Although there may be little documented evidence that limestone played a direct role in their lives, it is known that Native Americans were and still are firm believers in animism. If you are unfamiliar this concept, it is a belief that all things animate or inanimate possess a spirit. Limestone would be treated in the same manner. Thus its presence in several Native American environments may suggest that this sedimentary rock plays a functional if not significant role in their culture and helps to shape their relationships with the spirit world.

What I Hope You Discover

In this article I will offer up a sort of “treasure map” by expanding a little more on the theory of animism and then making a direct link from two Native American tribes to oolitic and Bedford limestone. This link will show that this stone did and still does play a crucial role in their societies. The basis for this connection is rooted in the fundamentals of animism and the inherent paranormal properties of limestone. In closing, you can judge for yourself whether or not limestone plays an influencing role in your life – which you may find surprisingly akin to the Native Americans’ treatment of inanimate objects.

The Earth Speaks From Wisdom

The fascinating thing about animism is that it is much more than just a cultural belief or form of religion – it is a recognized science. Anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor (1832 – 1917) is credited with the theory of animism and the coining of the term:

“In standard accounts, E.B. Tylor’s theory of animism is derived from the ‘primitive’ inability to distinguish between dreams and waking consciousness. When the ‘primitive’ ancestors of humanity dreamed about deceased friends or relatives, they assumed that the dead were still alive in some spiritual form. Out of dreams, therefore, evolved ‘the doctrine of souls and other spiritual beings in general’….”²

Tylor’s assertions that “primitive” minds were unable to distinguish a difference between the souls of the living and the dead has laid the foundation for spiritual transference to inanimate objects. His theory is continuously placed within the context of Native American and other similar societies because they adopted this belief system long before Tylor made the claim. This “inability,” as he suggests, is a perceptual understanding that life energy continues on even after the original human or object has changed. This same energy can exist in spirit form or possibly become interwoven with the physical environment. His theory proposes that there is an inherent link between everything material, which, again, Native American societies like the Miami and Shawnee tribes still embrace today.

How can you and I believe that animism is not just some hockus-pockus of the mind? Let’s take a little scientific journey….

“A particularly revealing example of … animistic effects… can be seen in the wonderworlds of mirror neurons that connect humans and other primates through networks of empathy…. Mirror neurons are the latest result in a sequence of investigations that once began under the imperative to debunk speculative and spiritualistic entities by means of dissolving them into strictly natural, material processes—perception, feeling, reasoning, decision-making, and memorizing, once understood as results of neurophysiological processing.”

So what does this quotation mean in our search for proof? To put it in a nutshell, there are unseen forces at work, like empathy, that we once thought were simply the work of our brain processing information. The discovery of mirror neurons suggests that the “speculative and spiritualistic entities” might hold merit because we have discovered an anatomical connection that fuels their existence.

Our brains can process, manipulate, and direct forces like emotion to another animal that is not human. This newly affirmed “power,” if taken to a higher level, may be able to transfer this same unseen energy to physical objects. This line of reasoning opens up the doors to understanding how haunted objects work and how limestone can have psychic/emotional energies embedded in its composition based on the consideration of Native American ideologies.

With all of this in mind, can we observe a direct relationship between Native American animism and cultural traits tied to limestone and other similar geology? Let’s swing down to the state of Florida and continue this quest for some concrete (pun intended) answers.

The Miami Circle

In 1998 a surveyor in Miami-Dade County in Florida uncovered a stone site underneath three feet of dirt while construction was underway for two high-rise tower apartments. The arc-like section has some very uniqimg_3720ue traits:

“The Miami Circle is characterized primarily by a series of 24 main basin ‘rectangles’ which have been cut almost 2 feet deep into the site’s oolitic limestone bedrock, 6 smaller ones, and hundreds of random ‘post holes.’ The 30 large and small ‘rectangular basins’ form a ring geometry approximately 37 feet in diameter….”

The Tequesta Indians are accredited with using this site for a variety of ceremonies. These people inhabited the area approximately 2,000 years ago. There are other opinions that suggest there was a more highly-sophisticated tribe who lived in this same area upwards of 13,000 years ago. No matter who receives the credit, the fact is that they specifically chose to use limestone in its construction.

Florida’s geology is primarily sedimentary rocks because of its location, with coquina and limestone being the primary composition in the Miami area. Thus the fact that the Miami Circle is made of limestone in and of itself proves little in our search.

Archaeologists have ascertained that the circle may have been used as the foundations for a Council House. It has also been paralleled with England’s Stonehenge as a possible site in understanding the cosmos or it may hold some religious significance. This circle may have functioned as a type of “capital” for the Tequesta tribe – a center for all of its most important activity. It is still a mystery what purpose limestone may have directly played in the Miami Circle and it is even harder to make any claims that the Tequesta Indians knew of limestone’s paranormal properties.

There is a site, though, that will shed much more light on the subject and certainly might give us the proof that Native Americans do indeed use limestone in their everyday and spiritual traditions.

The Seven Pillars

Along the Mississinewa River in Indiana there are natural erosion structures that were used by the Miami Native Americans for a variety of purposes. These “pillars,” as they are named, are made of limestone and their unique structure have provided a very unique environment for council meetings, tradition activities, and it was even used as a trading post.

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Within the dark confines of this geological phenomenon, though, lies an even darker story. There are claims that criminal trials were held within the pillars and that anyone who committed heinous crimes against the tribe were beheaded. Reports of apparitions moving throughout the pillars and hovering over the water have been expressed by campers who have spent the night on the grounds in front of the limestone structures.

“It was a mist, roughly in the form of a man, swirling among the pillars. We were camped on the south bank when we were awakened by the sound of someone running through the water. We went to look and saw the apparition moving in and out of the limestone pylons on the north side of the river.”

Could there be residual and/or intelligent hauntings on this site? We already know that Native Americans firmly believe in the existence of supernatural energies within all things animate and inanimate and so the limestone rock will contain a naturally-occurring spirit. The bigger question to finally answer is – have the Miami and Shawnee tribes always known that limestone carries unique paranormal properties?

“The Miami believed the site to be home to what Europeans would refer to a fairy-folk or land wights…preternatural beings who live between this world and the next, with the natural formations of the Pillars being a gateway between these worlds.” 

Some skeptics may say a definitive answer cannot be derived from the Seven Pillars because the site simply seems to be a natural choice to have gatherings with its unique structure along a flowing river. However, I would argue that the Tequesta and Miami tribes could have chosen locations anywhere on their land to represent their capital or council meeting centers. But they specifically chose these limestone sites.

Based on the information given, might it be possible that Native Americans have always understood the energy absorption/transference abilities of this rock – they just didn’t fully understand how? What do you think?

Your Connection to Limestone

Reflect throughout your day all of the places where you inhabit, work or visit. Is there limestone anywhere in the construction of your house or in the landscaping on your property? Odds are, there is.

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Does the building where you work contain limestone or granite? Most office buildings do and many other workplace sites have limestone buried underground.

If you attend church then you will surely find granite in the walls since nearly every church is built with this stone.

Have you experienced unusual things in any of these places that seems to be out of the ordinary?

If so, then perhaps you too may sense the supernatural power of limestone. And perhaps, just like the Native Americans, you just haven’t realized why.

I encourage you to share your story in the comment box below or any social media site you find this article and… Happy Haunted Halloween!!!

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Llandudno’s Victorian cemetery, which is still in regular use, was laid out in 1859 adjacent to the 12th century church of Saint Tudno where open-air services are held every Sunday Morning in summer. Nearby are several large ancient stones that have become shrouded in folklore and also an unexplained stone lined avenue called Hwylfa’r Ceirw leading towards Cilfin Ceirw (Precipice of Deer).

Works Cited: 

¹ http://www.iliai.com/pages/History

² Taylor, Bron. Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. London & New York: Continuum, 2005.

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/animism-in-the-sciences-then-and-now/   (mirror neurons)

http://www.religionandnature.com/ern/sample/Chidester–Animism.pdf

http://hoosierghost.proboards.com/thread/24/pillars-mississinewa

Spirit Communication Through Mirror Neurons and My Podcast Interview

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Recently I was researching the topic of animism and came across an interesting snippet of neural science that I thought I would share with you. Many times when either a friend or a loved one goes through a traumatic moment – let’s say a family member’s death – we are able to empathize with them because we have experienced this type of tragedy too. What allows us to be able to connect with this person on such a deep level? Here is where mirror neurons come into play.

“Mirror neurons represent a distinctive class of neurons that discharge both when an individual executes a motor act and when he observes another individual performing the same or a similar motor act. These neurons were first discovered in monkey’s brain. In humans, brain activity consistent with that of mirror neurons has been found in the premotor cortex, the supplementary motor area, the primary somatosensory cortex, and the inferior parietal cortex.”¹

In a nutshell, and from what we have learned from studying monkeys like the macaque, the brain has specific neurons designated for imitating actions that are observed. The majority of the data has been derived from the study of fMRI’s (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and the results show that certain neurons will “mirror” a behavior just as if the observer were acting in the same behavior. These cells in the brain play a significant role in not only learning by imitation, but also a myriad of other activities:

  • Gives us our sense of self-awareness
  • Are linked to understanding goals/intentions
  • Intricately tied to the Theory of Mind², which is “the branch of cognitive science that investigates how we ascribe mental states to other persons and how we use the states to explain and predict the actions of those other persons. More accurately, it is the branch that investigates mindreading or mentalizing or mentalistic abilities. These skills are shared by almost all human beings beyond early childhood.”
  • These neurons, as already mentioned, are attributed to our ability to empathize with others.

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Spirit Communication

What might mirror neurons have to do with spirit interactions?

There are many different ways that spirits can communicate with us. The most well-known techniques are through the ever-evolving paranormal investigation tools we have today. REM pods, digital voice recorders, EMF dectectors, EVP recorders, thermal scanners, and even flashlights rank on this list. But what about the personal, one-on-one interactions? Sure, mediums and psychics have an innate ability to reach spirits that common folks do not. Or do they?

As has been mentioned above, everyone has the ability to sense and predict other people’s behavior through observation. Mirror neurons give all of us this faculty to translate what we see into action. We carry this ability with us across the veil into the spirit world. How can we know this statement to be true, that spirits do utilize a type of mirror neuron?

Think about anyone who is close to death and entering into the hospice phase. In nearly every instance, when the point of death draws near, relatives and loved ones who have passed on come to visit. They are there to help the dying person to cross over the threshold of death. This act is a form of empathy and affirms the assertion that we do indeed keep the faculties of mirror neurons in the spirit world.

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Think about a house haunting. The entity or entities on the premises will continuously observe its occupants and seek to imitate any fears or disturbances the spirit finds by providing them a tangible, physical reality. The entity does need a fuel source to do so and so any inanimate objects containing stored negative energy or the presence of limestone will function for this purpose. Batteries work well also. Nearly every paranormal investigator can affirm a ghost’s ability to utilize lithium power.

Is it possible that the existence of mirror neurons in both the physical and spiritual bodies might contribute to the function of paranormal activity?

Could these cells acting as a mode of empathy be just another means of spirit communication done so on a much deeper level?

The Podcast 

I have deliberately brought you down this road of thinking so I might get you thinking about the many possibilities of spirit communication – especially this newest theory of mirror neurons.

Furthermore, I also want to get you thinking about the possibilities of limestone and its paranormal properties. In the link below you can listen in to an interview hosted by Mike Huberty of See You On The Other Side and myself.

http://othersidepodcast.com/blog/2016/08/29/107-stone-tape-theory-timothy-yohe-paranormal-properties-limestone/

In this podcast I mention one of my theories of how ghosts can harvest energy from limestone. I call this energy “paranormal plankton” because it can be scooped up just like baleen whales gather their food.

I would be honored if you would give it a listen and offer up your thoughts, comments, and feedback.

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I’ll leave you with the sounds of Sunspot, Mike’s rock band. His three-member band put together a song for each of their podcasts, following the theme of the guest. Here is what they made for my interview, Captured in Limestone. I love it!!

Works Cited

¹ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3510904/

² http://www.iep.utm.edu/theomind/