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   History of where Paranormal Worlds meet: by Mindy Hardy

 

Fact or Faked? Spiritual accounts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

                                               

            Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, creator and author of the fictional tales of  “Detective Sherlock Homes” was born this week in the year of 1859 on May 22nd.  As well as being well known for the books that he has written, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a self proclaimed Spiritualist and he had a passion for delving into the afterlife, supernatural, psychic phenomenon and communicating with friends and relatives that have passed to another realm.

            It is said that when his wife Louisa passed away in 1906, the death of his son Kingsley just before the end of World War I, and the passing of his brother Innes, his two brothers-in-law, and two nephews shortly after the war, that being overcome with depression, he found comfort in Spiritualism and searching for proof of existence beyond the grave. He became a member of a renowned supernatural organization called “The Ghost Club” which focused on the scientific study of supernatural activities to prove or debunk the existence of supernatural phenomena.

            Conan Doyle was often questioned about his beliefs in the supernatural and was thought by many to be dillusional with his proclaimed discoveries and studies. He was an avid believer of Spiritualism and never backed away from his beliefs although at times phenomena that he backed up was proven to be a hoax, not by him but by others. He always stood behind what he believed to be psychic phenomena and the paranormal.

            One of the stories that he is known by is the case of the “Cottingly Fairies”. The stories happened in 1920 when a friend of Conan received a letter from a friend by the name of Felicia Scatcherd. She told Sir Doyle of some photographs that she had which proved the existence of fairies in Yorkshire. The photographs were taken in July and September of 1917 near the Yorkshire village of Cottingley by two female girls, Elsie Wright and her cousin Frances Griffiths.

English: Frances Griffiths in 1920, picture pr...

English: Frances Griffiths in 1920, picture printed in the american edition of the 1922 book “The Coming of the Fairies” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (died in 1930). Author is not precised. Français : Photographie de Frances Griffiths prise en 1920, publiée dans l’édition américaine du livre The Coming of the Fairies d’Arthur Conan Doyle en 1922. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

                                                

  They claimed to have seen fairies on an earlier occasion and had gone back to take pictures of the said fairies.

            Elsie Wright’s father did not believe the photos were real and banned his daughter and niece from using his camera in the future. Elsie’s mother however was a believer of all things impossible based on her belief and participation in the “Theosophical Society” founded by Madame Helena Blavatsky.

            Doyle’s friend , Edward L. Gardner, also a Theosophist claimed that the photo’s were genuine and made copies for his friend Arthur Doyle. The photographs received notoriety with the media and the “City News” was quoted as saying, “It seems at this point that we must believe either in the most incredible mystery of the fairy—or in the most incredible wonders of faked photographs”.

            Conan Doyle published articles about the fairies in 1920 for “Strand Magazine” and soon others sent him photos of the fairies that they claimed to see. He later wrote a book in 1922 called “The coming of the fairies” detailing the entire affair.

            Being a true gentleman and believing that if he treated others with kindness and honesty that they would do the same. Because of this he was taken advantage of on many occasions, although in this particular case he did not doubt the authenticity of the photo’s that the girls had taken. He would never tell the girls that he questioned their honesty even if he did as that was not his way or personality.

English: Frances Griffiths with Fairies.

English: Frances Griffiths with Fairies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            In the early 1980’s after the girls were older women, they admitted that the photos were definitely a hoax, they made up the story to get back at all of the adults who teased them for playing with fairies, they did not realize how out of hand their joke would get and so they continued with the farce until they knew that all involved, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had passed on before they told the truth. Although the photographs were faked, they did maintain that they had in fact seen the fairies but the photos were actually cut outs from “Princess Mary’s Gift Book” 1915.

            Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, even through the trickery that he experienced with the “Cottingly Fairies”, continued to firmly believe in communication between the two realms, and psychic phenomenon.

He became friends with Houdini although they held differences in opinion when it came to spiritualism and whether or not it was created by trickery. Doyle and his wife held a séance in which Mrs. Doyle claimed to have communicated with Houdini’s mother, the details that she reported were wrong therefore Houdini became outraged and ended his friendship with Conan Doyle.

            Until his dying day Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle believed in the occult influence into an invisible world.  Margaret Fox wrote a signed story that appeared in “The New York World”, October 21,1888 about Spiritualism being a fraud and a deception. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is quoted as saying,

 “Nothing that she could say in that regard would in the least change my opinion, nor would it that of any one else who had become profoundly convinced that there is an occult influence connecting us with an invisible world.”

                Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is well known in the history of the literary world being the creator of the character of “Sherlock Holmes” and he will always remain in our hearts as a part of history that will live on forever, but now we know of another aspect of his life that we as Paranormal Passionists can love and appreciate about him, and we know all too well that although we may not be able to convince some people of the reality of another world, we understand what Sir Doyle believed and we hold these possibilities close to our heart.

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By Mindy Hardy 05/21/13

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Scrying

Scrying is the practice of looking into a translucent ball or other material with the belief that things can be seen, such as spiritual visions, and less often for purposes of divination or fortune-telling. The most common media used are reflective, translucent, or luminescent substances such as crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke. Scrying has been used in many cultures in the belief that it can divine the past, present, or future. The visions that come when one stares into the media come from one’s subconscious and imagination,[1] though in the past they were thought to come from gods, spirits, devils, the psychic mind, depending on the culture and practice.

Although scrying is most commonly done with a crystal ball, it may also be performed using any smooth surface, such as a bowl of liquid, a pond, or a crystal.

Scrying is actively used by many cultures and belief systems and is not limited to one tradition or ideology. The Ganzfeld experiment involves sensory deprivation which might be seen as comparable with scrying. According to the small community of parapsychologists, it provides the best known evidence for psi abilities in the laboratory.[citation needed]. Like other aspects of divination and parapsychology, scrying is not supported by mainstream science as a method of predicting the future or otherwise seeing events that are not physically observable.

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Ghost Hunting with a Disability

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By Tom Miles

  My name is Tom Miles, I am a disabled paranormal investigator. My disability was cause by my profession which started out as a Draftsman and progressed to a Senior Design Draftsman, CAD Manager and Network Administrator, my career spanned over thirty years which involved sitting at a drafting table and a computer. I lost the feeling in my lower legs which caused the tendons, ligaments and bones in my feet to separate causing serious foot and leg problems. As time went on I could no longer drive because of the corrective boot I have to wear on my right foot. After time you become a liability for any employer at least this is what happened to me and I was eventually laid off. Not being able to find work because of my disability I was forced to go on disability. This was the end of a long successful career and opened up doors to things I always hoped I could do once I retired.
 

  My mother became disabled about the same age that I am now, so even then I began to develop a respect for what someone with a disability has to go through on a day to day basis. But I also leaned that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. But sometimes you just need a little help. There are many things that a person with a disability can do for a paranormal team. Just because a certain part of the body doesn’t function right doesn’t mean the person can still do his job.
 
 Things that a disabled person can do to help a paranormal team with an investigation;
 
 Evidence Review – All teams can use help doing evidence review. Someone who maybe confined to a wheel chair or maybe home bound for some reason, can be utilized to do evidence review, listening to audio files or viewing video files and recording times where they see or hear something and at the same time experience what it is like to be on a paranormal investigation.
  Case Management – Finding locations to investigation, talking with property owners, doing research, paper work, talking to clients, organizing team members, setting up meeting for clients and team meeting. They can also do promoting and manage evidence files, keep the teams web site up to date.
  We have two disabled investigators on our team. One investigator has a severely injured back, he has to be careful lifting, where he walks, climbing, and anything that could cause additional damage or strain to his back. i am the other person who is disabled in our group, i explained my disability earlier. The boot I wear has tripped me more then once, so I walk with a cane to help balance myself in uneven terrain, like carpet and grass. Most of my time when on an investigation is spent viewing the DVR monitor, taking notes, reloading batteries in equipment, or dumping evidence from SD Cards and DVD disks. When I do do an active investigation I will usually look for a place where I can sit and do EVP sessions and take photos.
  The biggest thing that a disabled person needs is members on the team who are willing to help. I am very fortunate to investigate with some of the best investigators in the field. I have their support 100% of the time. If anything they will go over board to help me while we are on an investigation. I am the Case Manager so I am the one who makes contact with the client first, when we arrive at a place I will usually meet with the client, introduce our team and sit with them and explain what will be taking place over the course of the investigation. By the time I am done with this the gear has been unloaded. I don’t expect it to be done, I like to help. But it is appreciated more then I can ever express.
  Support and acceptance are to to biggest thing that can be given to a team member with a disability. I know what my limitations are and I do not go past them. It’s Important that your team members also know your limitations. When you are with a team of people who are passionate about investigating and care about your team mates there are no obstacles the team can not over come.
  Most public places today are handicapped accessible. Since Gettysburg Battlefield is forty minutes away from us, we will go here when we have free time. it is a Federal Park, and it is handicapped accessible for just about anyone with a disability. They provide handicapped parking, ramps and hard surface walkways to most areas. I personally will spend most of my time alone the road or off into the grassy area were there might be a rock, a stone wall, monument, bench or embankment that I can sit or lean on. Someone who maybe wheelchair bound has many places along the roads and paths were they could sit and do an EVP session. The only thing holding back a disabled investigator is their willingness not to try, or a team who does not want to bother trying to help.
 
  If you have a disability, there are places you can go and I know there are teams out there who have a place for you just as our team has made a place for us. If your a team in search of team members to help with evidence review, case management, research, monitoring equipment in the field, give a disabled person a chance, you may just be surprised!

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Where the Railroad meets the Paranormal

Mindy’s Accounts of Paranormal Happenings:

 

There are many historical accounts of the “Railroad” and this is another one of these events in history that take us back in time to when the “Railroad” was the number one way of travel before roadways and air travel was born.

Promontory Point, Utah was the location on this week in 1869 where the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union pacific Railroad were joined which formed the Transcontinental Railroad linking eastern and western U.S. for the first time. Promontory Point is located northwest of Ogden, UT and directly west of Brigham City, UT.

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The majority of the workers who built the “Transcontinental Railroad” were Chinese immigrants. Not far from Promontory Point was the base camp for these workers, it was near Kelton, UT in the “Dove Creek Basin”. This was the site where thousands of the Chinese immigrants died making this area their final resting place.

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In recent years there have been multiple reports of paranormal activity in the area of “Dove Creek” and the camp of this final resting place. There have been reports of disembodied voices carried through the wind, the tales have been that the voices sound as if they are speaking distinctly in Chinese tongue. There have been reports that some people have actually seen apparitions of these Chinese workers laboring in the camp that they once made their home years ago. Some campers have reported encountering strange lights that appear to be sparking from the ground.

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There was a report from a group of campers who were awakened from sleep to the sound of a steam locomotive chugging through the darkness with a faint lantern light seen moving in the distance.

As Troy Taylor, a popular paranormal writer, writes about Steve Ellis, a former park ranger who claimed to see the apparition of an old steam locomotive that headed toward him on the tracks. “He could see nothing but the small light of what appeared to be a lantern in the darkness. Frightened, he returned to his tent and retrieved his old rifle, trying to convince himself that nothing was going to hurt him…… then he saw what appeared to be dozens of tiny lights like sparks flying up from the steel rails. The lights fluttered around him for a short time and then vanished.” When Ellis told others what he had witnessed, he found that he was not the only one who had experienced strange happenings at the old Chinese camp. Many people over the years said they also had heard strange noises including the ghost locomotive which is said to still travel on the long vanished rails.”

What is wonderful about Promontory Point, “Golden Spike” and the surrounding area is that it is right in our backyard here in Utah. I encourage anyone who loves history and of course paranormal history to visit these sites the next time you head up north for a Sunday drive.

by Mindy Hardy


If you visit the Dove Creek Basin, you may want to keep a keen eye or ear open for the phantom railway workers, still toiling in their harsh labors for all eternity.
e late 1800s from 1863 and 1869 to be exact, laborers toiled so that the Eastern and Western United States was joined via railway for the first time.  This culminated at Promontory Point, Utah just north west of Salt Lake City

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Where death and life after Happens!!!

May 6th 1936: This week in 1936, a German airship named the Hindenburg was near the mooring mast of Lakehurst, New Jersey when it burst into flames at appr. 7:20 p.m. following a trans-Atlantic voyage. There were 97 passengers and crew on board the Hindenburg and 36 were killed. As one commentator was quoted as saying, “Oh, the humanity!” as he witnessed this devastating event. The accident effectively ended traffic by commercial airship.

As we have seen in so many tragic events such as the destruction of the Hindenburg, and with the devastating end of so many lives, paranormal activity often follows as is the case with the site of the Hindenburg.

It is reported that the majority of the paranormal activity takes place in the Main hangar where it is reported to have seen apparitions, unexplained humming and noises, lights turning on and off by themselves, and doors closing for no apparent reason.

There are also reports of activity in the medical facilities and in the abandoned office area of Hangar One. There have been EVP’s captured by paranormal investigators as well as audibly hearing a man voice making a grunting noise in this area.

Today, the Lakehurst station is still in operation and the employees who work there have been reported as saying that they often hear footsteps, doors rattling, and loud unexplained crashes. It is stated by The McDowell News, “that one staff member was working alone in the building, when he heard a loud crash in the clinic area. When he went to check it out he saw where a large pamphlet rack had fallen and pamphlets were all scattered around the floor. The staff member said out loud to no one in particular, “I didn’t make this mess, I’m not cleaning it up. You are.” The man then went home. The next morning upon returning, the rack and the pamphlets were back in their proper place, no one knew how they got back that way, according to a website.”

There has also been talk of people seeing a naval officer walking around Hangar No 1. Some have also said that they have seen an airman wearing vintage gear from the 1930’s walking around there too. Voices of men have been heard shouting “Away the lines, Away the lines” and “She’s afire” coming from near the hangar. This is in the area where the Hindenburg crashed.

They do offer tours at the site and many paranormal teams including T.A.P.S have investigated the Hindenburg.

This is an event that touched and affected many lives and the Hindenburg and the lives lost will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

by Mindy Hardy

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