How to Heal Yourself and Activate Your Chakras with Breath & Tone

BREATH PRECEDES THE TONE

The Arabic origin of the word breath stems from the word “spirit”. Breath creates the underlying quality of everything we do. The way we breathe can literally determine how we think, feel and the quality of our lives. Though I have always been a musically expressive person, when I first heard about the chakras, I actually did not believe they were real. The idea of having seven major points that governed certain organs in my body, radiating different colors and notes, and spinning clockwise when in balance seemed strange to me. It was not taught to me in school (as it is to children in India) and seemed irrelevant. It wasn’t until I was faced with healing an 8 inch scar along my core that I was motivated to explore the idea that maybe if I could put this knowledge to good use, I would heal faster.

This need emerged when doctors nicked my bowel by accident while performing a laparoscopy. The worst place for a singer to have a wound – outside of the throat, is the abdomen. In addition, due to an allergic reaction I had to the Morphine the hospital had been pumping into my veins as a pain killer, my body had purged itself of every toxin imaginable. I was so thin and so weak, I could barely lift my arms. I had to build my lung capacity by blowing into a tube to make the little balls rise above the line. I left the hospital weighing a mere 98 pounds at 5 ft. 9. Doctors told me it would likely take six to eight months to heal. I knew I had to heal way faster than that if I wanted to survive financially!

The connection that I was able to make with my body, my energy and my breath taught me that I am much more powerful than I thought, and that my breath, energy and intention can literally shift my vibration and generate healing in my body. Every day, as I developed a practice regiment, more light and knowledge poured into my mind and within two weeks, I was riding my bike with my little dog. I wasn’t fully healed, but well on my way, and over time, I was able to take the amazing things I learned and provide a structure for singers and speakers to not only gain physiological advantages in their voice, but also mental and emotional advantages which open and heal the soul. By tuning in to your spirit in a way that goes beyond diaphragmatic breathing, you can learn how to improve your speaking and singing voice, as well as your communication, energy, presence and confidence.

In order to relieve stress, most people say, “Take a deep breath”, but they are ignoring the fact that your thoughts and feelings while taking in the breath also play a huge role in how well you can shift from stress into empowerment. For example, if you breathe in a chesty, voiced breath while thinking a stressful thought about the future such as, “Oh no! I hope I don’t mess this up again!” you are breathing in fearful thoughts about the future. This tells your brain to send nerve signals down your spinal cord to your adrenaline glands, which release adrenaline, causing an increase of blood sugar, heart rate and blood pressure. At the same time, your brain’s hypothalamus signals your pituitary gland to release factors that tell your adrenal cortex to produce the stress hormone, cortisol, which will keep you in that “fight or flight” state. While you are in this highly charged mental state, your body is far from being involved with healing, peace, or empowerment. It’s simply trying to survive. Sadly, this is where many people live, and it’s amazing to consider how many more of us fall into this state before we have to use our voice for something important.

I’d like to share with you how just a little bit of awareness and a few tools can make a huge difference in your overall wellbeing, which is directly related to the power of your voice. As you commit to doing these exercises below, you may notice your nerves start to disappear in important situations, your voice becoming smoother, richer, and more powerful.

The first step is understanding that when you inhale, you are literally taking in the world as you experience it, and you get to choose what you are inviting into your consciousness as you do this. Most of us do it subconsciously [about 21,600 time per day], but either way, the amount of love or fear you breathe in at any given time will have a direct effect on your mental, emotional and physical health. Before I learned to heal myself, I didn’t realize how this concept alone had a profound effect on the confidence and power of my voice.

The simple, yet powerful integrative breathing exercises I discovered and developed over the past 8 years after my accident, help people to naturally tap into their CORE connection, and from here, they are able to speak and sing from what I call their “CORE Voice.” Your CORE Voice is your free, authentic, voice that doesn’t have any vocal blocks [stress in body, tension, fear, etc.]. When you are using your CORE Voice, your chakras are aligned and you are able to speak and sing freely, without being nervous or micromanaging your voice. In any situation you speak and sing from the truest part of who you are.

Below, I will explain the most important foundational key to creating the ease within that is required if you want to have a more balanced energy and confident voice. It has to do with how we take in the world.

Build PRESENCE with the Breath of Ah-wareness (BOA)

Exercise Instructions:

  1. Standing or sitting with your chest risen, feet shoulder width apart and a straight spine, while you think the sound “ah”, inhale silently and lovingly through a relaxed, but open mouth.

What did you experience? If you allowed yourself to hear yourself say, “ah” in your mind as you inhaled, you may have noticed this breath fills you immediately and you may feel an inner calmness and natural expansion, but don’t try to create this–allow it. Keep in mind, you don’t need to take in a lot of air.

  1. Take a moment to feel how open and expanded you are.
  2. On the exhale, you can either use a gentle unvoiced “hhhhhhhh” sound, or voice the sound “ah” as a sigh of relief, but keep your chest elevated as you do this.

The key to doing this exercise is in the silent, loving inhale. Subvocalizing the sound “ah” on the inhale allows you to naturally open your heart and create an expansion of the diaphragm without even trying. The result should be that you are completely present. If you are not used to this, it may bring up a sense of impatience or even tears. Accept whatever shows up for you and continue to work in harmony with yourself through this as it may take time.

  1. You can inhale through your nose as well, but for most people at first, nose breathing feels more connected to the head. I want you to connect as close to the base of your spine as you can when you inhale. Once you become good at inhaling through the mouth, switch to the nose. When you do this, be sure to imagine the sound “ah” at the back of a relaxed throat.
  2. When you become advanced in the BOA exercise, on the inhale, hold and exhale, you may affirm this phrase in your mind: “I am here now and I am okay!” or any other affirmation to help you manifest what you’d like to create, instead of what you don’t want to create like the example I gave earlier. I call this, “intentional breathing,” which means that now, instead of taking 21,600 unconscious breaths a day, you can actually put meaning into how you want to think and feel and spend part of your day breathing consciously. This is an important pre-curser for vocal expression. If you want your voice to show up the way you need it to, you must prepare it mentally and emotionally.

The Breath of Ah-wareness [BOA] exercise works on 5 Levels to do the following:

Level 1
Create the open and expansive space in the body for the voice to emerge. [Access diaphragm].

Level 2
Create clarity and presence in the mind by literally hearing the “ah” sound in your mind and embodying it.

Level 3
create more stillness and freedom in the body by releasing all tension.

Level 4
Shift nervous or unsettled energy into comfort by breathing in love.

Level 5
intentionally allowing your chakras to align on the inhale and choosing healing in the body through breathing in love to specific areas of the body, or as a whole.

Regardless of the obstacles that show up while you attempt to do these exercises, resolve inwardly to make peace with them. Where there is peace, there is stillness. Where there is stillness, there is clarity. And, where there is clarity, there is the unlimited potential for you to create whatever you wish! Enjoy the breath of “Ah”-wareness as often as you like and gain the benefits of building stage presence and confidence as you speak and sing from your CORE Voice.

CONNECTING TONE TO BREATH

Part of why expressing our voice can feel so good is because when we resonate, we are literally validating ourselves at a cellular level. What does this mean? When we hum or sing the consonant “mmmmm,” every chakra along the spine gets stimulated. Think about it. When we say, “mmhmmm”, in many different languages, it means “yes.” Have you ever thought about why we do this? A few years back, Dr. Oz was quoted on the Oprah Winfrey show as saying, “humming” massages the inner organs along the spine [chakras]… and when you do this, you are releasing a natural gas called nitric oxide. Which is a natural anti-depressant.”

So now, it makes even more sense as to why sustaining a tone can feel so good. We are literally validating ourselves, and when we do this, we become more in alignment. We are also massaging our vocal chords and inner organs along the spine. This was a very amazing and powerful part of my healing. I felt the “mmmm” way more dramatically when I wasn’t feeling well, then when I felt 100% healthy, because it literally MOVES energy that is stagnant.

In a symbolic way, resonating helps move energy through our “inner world” and makes it audible in the outer world. This can be a very deep, and empowering process. Many of us try to hide how we really feel, but when we resonate, or sustain our tone, we are sending out our unique signal from inside ourselves, and there is no other signal on the planet like it.

HOW OUR VOICE BECOMES TAINTED

Our western world is quite focused on teaching us external things, such as how to go out and earn this diploma and that job, and get that dream house and vacation. We were taught at a young age, that there are hierarchal levels, and some of us are “better” than others. In school we were judged, and our inner value oftentimes was based on a letter in the alphabet, for example: “I’m only a ‘C’ student.” As a result, most of us stopped playing those fun artistic games we enjoyed as a child, and learned to become part of “the real world” having to prove ourselves worthy. Soon the world became a much more serious place and there were expectations and more “important” roles placed on us. We were taught to be tough and that it is not always safe to show others how we really feel. That might make us look weak and thus, more easily destructible.

As adults many of us are left wondering why when we open our mouth to express our voice, [which is directly connected to our feelings and emotions,] we feel vulnerable and exposed. Could it possibly be that it has something to do with the fact that we were never really taught how to feel safe in our inner world? When we sing or even speak, we’re having to share something deep from inside of us and bring it into the outer world that judges. Most people do not like the idea of being judged.

UNDERSTANDING CHAKRAS AND THE VOICE

We have chakras all over our body, but most of us stop seeing them after infant hood. Chakras are the name we give for the energy, or electrical life force which expresses our internal world. The word chakra means “wheel or disc” and although we have many, I will be sharing with you a brief overview of the seven major chakras and how they relate to vocal expression and healing. When balanced and in alignment, each of these “wheels of light” spin clockwise and are known to radiate different colors. We can activate each chakra by singing the vowel that it is connected with. When we do this [preferably with an intention], we stimulate that part of the body. I have already discussed that “m” is the one consonant that activates every chakra along the spine. I used the information below to heal the organs along my CORE. You can do more specific healing work on yourself by singing the vowels associated with each organ/chakra as outlined below.

Below are the seven major chakras paired with their underlying issue which can help be cleared through the vocal toning sound next to each chakra?

  1. ROOT CHAKRA
    Sound: “OH” as in “toe”
    Color: Red
    Location: base of the spine/tailbone
    About: This center governs the reproductive system. When it is balanced, you feel grounded and secure in life and all it has to offer. It is known as your tribal center and related to survival.
    Psychological Issue: Fear of being judged and not accepted.
  2. SACRAL CHAKRA
    Sound: “OO” as in “shoe”
    Color: Red
    Location: Just below the naval
    About: The second center governs the spleen, adrenals, kidneys, Uterus and Ovaries. It is your creative center and when it is balanced, you feel a flow in your creativity and your emotions feel at peace.
    Psychological Issue: Feeling guilty for hitting bad notes and not being perfect either now, or in the past.
  3. SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
    Sound: “AY” as in “stay”
    Color: Yellow
    Location: Stomach area
    About: This center governs the pancreas, stomach, liver and intestines. When it is balanced you feel a mental clarity and secure sense of self. Criticism doesn’t hurt and you own your actions.
    Psychological Issue: Being ashamed of how you sound or how bad you sounded in the past. Being disappointed in your voice.
  4. HEART CHAKRA
    Sound: “AH” as in “father”
    Color: Green
    Location: heart
    About: This center governs the Lungs, Thymus, Lymph, Immune System, and Blood Pressure. When it is balanced you feel a healthy sense of forgiveness and deservingness. There is a healthy flow of love and harmony within.
    Psychological Issue: Feeling like you’re not worthy of being loved or having a voice that is lovable.
  5. THROAT CHAKRA:
    Sound: “EE” as in “see”
    Color: Turquoise
    Location: The throat area
    About: This center governs the thyroid, neck, nose, ears, and teeth. When it is balanced, communication and self-expression flow with ease and grace.
    Psychological Issue: Telling yourself you are not good enough and believing it.
  6. THIRD EYE CHAKRA
    Sound: “OHM” like the monks say!
    Color: Indigo
    Location: In between the eyebrows
    About: This energy center governs the pituitary gland, the eyes, and autonomic nervous system. When it is in balance, your intuition is clear, you have given up any addictions, and you understand what you have to offer humanity.
    Psychological Issue: Believing that when you are singing, there is a separation between you and the audience.
  7. CROWN CHAKRA
    Sound: “NG” as in “sing”
    Color: Pink
    Location: The top of your head
    About: This energy center governs the pituitary gland, the eyes, and autonomic nervous system. When it is in balance, your intuition is clear, you have given up any addictions, and you understand what you have to offer humanity.
    Psychological Issue: Being attached to what other people think of you.

Now that I have defined each center, you have an opportunity be more aware of the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs that govern each region of your body. If you feel blocked or tense in a specific area, breathe into that center, then continue by singing the vowel sounds. You will be surprised at how the body is quick to respond and heal; for our natural state is wellness, and singing reflects our present state.

Note: After much research and exploration on this subject, I have found several different interpretations as to which vowels, notes and colors are associated with each chakra. I have found contrasting African, Eastern, Native interpretations, and Western interpretations. My research and experience with literally thousands of students has led me to conclude the above, and that it’s not always important what vowel or note you sing, but the intention that you hold along with it, and the space you create within yourself for the shifts to occur. 

VOCAL TONING

Tribes and ancient civilizations from Babylon, Greece, Tibet, and India have used vocal toning for healing themselves and others by using the bridge of sacred sound. Releasing pent up energy through the voice can help clear tension and open up blocked energy in the body. Sound was thought to be the principle healing tool of the ancient mystery schools of Egypt where tones and chants were used to manipulate energy fields and bring about balance in the body. If we accept that harmonious sound is fundamental to health and well-being, we can begin to harness it as a positive and powerful creative force with which to transform our lives. Our voice encapsulates our essence and emotional state, and is a powerful instrument of healing and communication. All sound carries a momentum of power, creating balance and harmony, or imbalance and discord. Toning is a simple process in which you influence the energy patterns in your body in a beneficial way. It doesn’t involve melody or rhythm, but the simple sustaining of a vowel sound that is within comfortable range. You can play with the pockets of resonance in your face by changing the position of your lips, tongue and vowel placement.

HOW IT WORKS

We release our emotions through vocal sound, sending a ripple of vibration through the physical body and energy surrounding it. The vibration of the tone ripples through the body and subtle energy system, drawing upon the body’s natural inbuilt systems of self-healing to strengthen and balance the electromagnetic field. Our thoughts and feelings are carried in the tone of our voice. Through vocal toning we restore health by stimulating the circulation and releasing held emotions and impacted memory.

One of my favorite sounds to sustain is the vowel, “AH”. As mentioned above, it is the heart chakra and also the widest of all the vowels, [mouth is open with a relaxed tongue touching bottom of teeth] making it the most vulnerable vowel to sing on a physical level. Also, “Ah” is known as the sacred sound of God. In most languages, words that mean deity or reverence for deity have “ah” in them. Examples spelled phonetically: “Jes-Ahs”, “Jehov-Ah”, “Ahmen”, “Y-AH-weh”, “Halelu-Yah”, “All-Ah”, “Budd-AH” and the list goes on.

Earlier in the article, I had you silently inhale, while hearing yourself say “ah” in your mind. This unlocks a sacred door within you that is connected to your heart, and allows you to expand from within, and yes, activates your diaphragm. I go into more detail on how to center this chakra in my other books and materials, but it’s best to start with just the idea of inhaling a silent “ah”, and toning [exhaling] on “Ah” can help you balance and release any energy that is stuck.

ACTIVATE YOUR VOICE, ACTIVATE YOUR LIFE!

With dedicated practice and integration of the exercises, you can watch the quality of your entire life improve, and in turn, so will the quality of your vocal expression. Remember: the way we do anything is the way we do everything. When you are able to slow down and become more consciously aware and present in life, you will have this ease and presence on the stage. Doing your C.O.R.E. work can literally transform your whole being into a lighter, more powerful, and freer you. This includes: connecting to your silent loving, “ah” breath, taking more conscious breaths throughout the day with more love in them than fear, humming more often to stimulate your entire body, and toning, which can literally shift your vibration and lead to healing. The exercises I have shared can help anyone start to reprogram their nervous system in a positive way, creating the best kind of conditions for a confident, powerful voice to emerge.

 

 

 

The Zalud House

6a1d44_d84db2de0300422a95144ba004471b6d_jpg_srz_p_360_306_75_22_0_50_1_20_0The Zalud House is a nostalgic glimpse into the past. Built in 1891, it is one of the few houses of that era that has not undergone remodeling. It has the mansard roof construction, which makes the house unique in its style of architecture. Commissioned by John Zalud and built by John and Hugh Templeton.

From the time the house was built, only the Zalud family lived in the home. In fact, it is one of the few museums in the nation that is furnished entirely with the original owners’ possessions. The house was given to the City of Porterville [California] by the Zalud family’s youngest daughter, Pearle, when she died in 1970. The Zalud House is listed in the National Historical Registry of Old Houses and in the National Register of Historic Places.

This place was one of the first places that my wife and I ever investigated when we got started in the field of the paranormal. It was such a blast, that we’ve gone back again and again.

The house is furnished with approx. 90% of the original possessions of the Bohemian (today’s Czechoslovakia) immigrants who lived here. The fireplace is encircled with a beautiful, intricately carved wooden panel from China. From the time the house was built, only the Zalud family has lived in it. In fact, it is one of the few museums in the nation that is furnished almost entirely with the original owners’ possessions.

6a1d44_27aa44a2a03541859bfcd4d11a99aca0_jpg_srz_p_299_297_75_22_0_50_1_20_0It is filled with clothing, linens, books, ceramic and porcelain collectibles, newspapers, records, personal belongings and other items solely owned by the Zaluds. Several of the items still have the original price tags on them.

The house is surrounded by a large variety of roses, decorative shrubbery and flowers. The rose garden has meandering brick paths, flower beds and archways. The original carriage house is on the property.

The Zalud House is listed in the National Historical Registry of Old Houses and is in the National Register of Historic Places. It was willed by Pearle Zalud to the City of Porterville upon her death in 1970.

The Zalud house is run by Docent Heather Huerta, which is a friend of mine and my wife Crissy. We were fortunate enough to be able to schedule many investigations with Benny and Heather Huerta of the Paranormal Movement. One of the great couples in the paranormal field. Both extremely professional, knowledgeable and very respectful to other paranormal teams coming into the Zalud House. And, just really nice people too. It was like we were stepping into their home.

Annie’s Room

The house itself is pristine. It really is a museum, it is so well preserved and maintained. There is a lot of care and time that Benny and Heather put into this home. When you step inside, you step back in time. Everything in that house is original from the Zalud family or from that era. With the exception of a few cars passing by, you are in a time warp bubble and feel immersed in what life must have been like in the early 1900’s

One of the reasons we might have been drawn to Annie’s bedroom is this bed. Every time we’re in this room the atmosphere is so light and airy, that not one time that we’ve done an EVP session that it doesn’t end up with the whole group starts laughing. Thus, the nickname for this room is called the “Laughing Room.”

his was the chair that Annie’s husband, William Hubert Brooks was shot in 1917 at the Pioneer Hotel – and yes, the bullet hole is still there.
This was his room where William Hubert Brooks died from his wound.

The youngest of the family was Pearle. She never married, instead, became a matriarch of the town she loved until her death. She was involved in everything in town. Above and on the left, this was originally Pearle’s room before she became too fragile to climb the stairs anymore and was moved down to the Laughing Room until her death.  An interesting thing about this room is that Pearle was an avid bird lover. She always had one or two canaries in the house. The last one she had and died just before she did, she had stuffed and encased in a square glass case. Now what is remarkable about this is, when we do an EVP session in this room, we always get a canary chirping in them.  On the right is Pearle sitting in the main room (living room.) during the early 80’s right before she died.

These were very old fashioned style people and appearances were everything. During one investigation in the formal dining room, it was Ed’s birthday. So I decided to buy him a birthday card and use it as a trigger object. It worked perfectly. As soon as I was done reading the card, we got an EVP saying; “Thank you.”

 

We’ve investigated the living museum about a dozen time now and it’s never let us down on getting some great paranormal evidence. So if you’re ever looking for a place to have a fun and very active paranormal investigation and you’re on the West Coast, this is a must stop at this great spot. To get a hold of Heather to schedule your investigation, just go to Facebook  or Official Site and tell them Chad sent you.

A look at time-slips

So here is the scene, imagine walking down a familiar road, one that you have walked down many times before.  You know the line of houses, familiar trees and bushes and perhaps even peculiarities such as gravel drives, iron railings and ornate doors. Then on this one particular day, you happen to take the same route and although things appear normal to you, somehow you feel ‘different.’  Maybe there is a peculiar feeling to the atmosphere; it might be unusually cold or warm for the time of year.  You do not hear the usual sounds of passing traffic or birds singing, there is a strange and eerie silence.  Suddenly, you look around and everything appears to have changed.  Houses have vanished; there may be unknown buildings and where there were streets and modern houses, now there are green fields and maybe even old cottages or farm buildings.

You suddenly catch a glimpse of people, but they are not like the people you are familiar with.  Their clothes are maybe ten, twenty, and thirty or even one hundred years out of date, or even more peculiar, they are wearing clothes and materials as yet, unknown.  There may be distant voices and noises, but somehow everything sounds muffled and muted and there might be a feeling of oppression and strangeness. As quickly as this phenomena happens, it vanishes and again there is the comfort of familiar sights and sounds.  So what on earth has happened?  Well to those who have an interest in things supernatural or paranormal, you might just have encountered a time-slip, a ‘blip’ or ‘loop’ in time, which has allowed you to either experience the past or in some cases, the future.  It doesn’t happen to many people, but to those who have encountered a time-slip it is both a frightening and an amazing experience.

Nobody really understands what a time-slip is and just as there are numerous theories about time itself, so there are various time-slip hypotheses.  For centuries, scientists and theorists have debated the subject of time and the great men of understanding such as Newton and Einstein both have tried to explain their ideas regarding time, but as they are heavily wrapped up in physics and philosophy, it is often beyond the understanding of the man on the street.  But as humans, we are physically aware of time, as seconds turn into minutes, minutes into hours and so on. Looking back on photographs taken throughout a lifetime, a person rapidly becomes a living witness to the relentless march of time.  From the baby to an old person, human beings are the evidence of what time can do.  Once smooth and flawless skin gives way to wrinkles and hair turns grey as the years march on regardless.  Nobody can seemingly stop time; we are governed by it, so is it possible that some people can witness the past or the future without the aid of any man-made ‘time machine,’ such as the one portrayed in H.G. Wells’ science fiction book, “The Time Machine”? Or are time-slips just the figment of somebody’s very ripe imagination?

One of the most famous time-slips occurred in the summer of 1901, when Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain, two English women, travelled to France in search of the Petit Trianon, a small chateau in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.  At some point during their visit, they report that they encountered a feeling of gloom and dreaminess and suddenly their surroundings changed and they believe that they met the figure of Marie Antoinette who was sitting in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles.  They also encountered people who were dressed according to the 1700’s, including servants and commoners. Nobody could prove or disprove their account and as they were very distinguished scholars themselves, it is highly unlikely that they fabricated their story purposely, but maybe they became confused or as has been suggested, they encountered French nobility or high society and this would account for the elaborate dress.  These are all feasible possibilities, but nobody can account for the changes to the landscape, which the two women remarked upon.

A more recent time-slip, made famous by a television program on the supernatural called “Strange but True”, (video can be accessed on YouTube), and retells the story of two British couples driving through France on their way to a holiday in Spain, who stop off at a very old fashioned and quaint rural hotel.  On their way back from their holiday, the couples decided to revisit the hotel, but to their amazement, there is no earthly sign of it, it had completely disappeared.  Both couples testified that they were puzzled by many irregularities that occurred on their first visit.

Another remarkable time-slip was experienced by Alice Pollock, who visited Leeds Castle in Kent, UK.  Alice experimented by touching objects in a room to try and recreate or experience events from another time period.  For a while, nothing happened but then suddenly, the room changed, becoming cold and bare and a small log fire burned in the fireplace.

Alice noticed a woman dressed in a white dress, walking up and down the room and the woman appeared to be deep in thought.  Then as quick as it happened, the room returned to its original state.  Later it was discovered that Queen Joan of Navarre, stepmother to Henry V, was imprisoned in the castle’s rooms as she had been accused of witchcraft.

So, was Alice Pollock’s mind recreating past history or did she actually encounter a loop in time caused by her intense desire to recreate the past?  Are human beings able to manipulate time through objects, by touching them and absorbing their past energy?

Dr. Joseph Rodes-Buchanan, of the Covington Medical Institute, was convinced that objects carried their history photographed in them and he wrote, ‘the past is entombed in the present.’

The art of touching objects and having a psychic link with them is called ‘psychometry’ and many believe that ‘standing stones’ such as Stonehenge, are in some way endued with psychic power and are able to connect us to the past and the present simply by touching them.  Can this act of psychometry allow us to form a link or bridge between past and present?

Maybe time is like the sea, ebbing and flowing, never quite still and always restless.  Perhaps every now and then when a small eddy appears in the sea of time it allows humans to be caught up in a gentle whirlpool, where both past and present become one…Nobody can quite give us a plausible answer and nobody probably ever will. But for those who encounter a time-slip, it will always be a mysterious encounter, never quite understood and never quite proven to be true or otherwise, but nevertheless, an encounter that will always be remembered.  So what do you think?

Living in a Haunted House

This article is for those whose homes are haunted. If you are looking for someone to come and exorcise your home, you have come to the wrong place. It has been our experience that there is no sure fire method for removing spirits from a home. No blessing, no rituals, no icons, no religious words will “force” the spirits to depart. Now that I have your attention, I will discuss some of the aspects of having a ghost in your attic, basement or living room.

You become aware of footsteps going up and down the stairs, muffled voices, strange smells, cold spots, the feeling of being watched, appliances turning on and off, hearing your name being called, finding personal items vanishing and suddenly reappearing elsewhere, seeing balls of light and black shadows moving about, taking pictures and getting smoky vapors on film. Perhaps you have a son or daughter who can see and hear the ghosts. Perhaps these ghosts scares them and they are afraid of sleeping in their room at night.

A home, apartment or building does not require a death to take place for it to be haunted. Many new homes are haunted because the ghost or ghosts like the home and have decided to dwell within. Did you catch the important word — decide to dwell. Yes, the spirits think and respond just like we do. Sometimes the land is where the spirit is attached and not the house. Most often the spirits move about without restrictions as to where they died or where they lived.

Most people are frantic when they discover that their homes may be haunted by ghosts, what should they do? It has been my experience that the first reaction is to label the ghosts as demons or some other evil spirits, especially if the people come from one of the fundamental Christian sects. They feel threatened by the presence of these creatures from beyond the grave. They think, “What have I done to merit this kind of ghostly activity?

They become frantic because they relate their haunting to television shows about demons and dark monsters. They call in a minister or priest to bless the home and cast out these unwanted spirits. Unfortunately the spirits still remain at large, the blessing did nothing accept peak the activities in the home. Now they are really scared and they start surfing the web for help?

Sound familiar? Unfortunately this is how most people respond when they discover they have a ghost or ghosts living with them in their home. It is sad that folks immediately jump to the false conclusion that ghosts are evil or demonic simply because they do not understand them. Ghosts are NOT demons. First, take off your religious rose-colored glasses and view the events without religious dogmas and fears. Ghosts are people without bodies. They have intelligences, emotions, personalities and attitudes, just as they did when they were living.

Do you realize what you just read? Ghosts are people without bodies, complete with their attitudes, personalities and emotions. If they were happy campers in life, they will be happy campers in death. Ghosts are NOT fragmented souls cursed to roam the earth. This is an outdated philosophy by ill-informed ghost researchers who relied upon Ouija boards and séances for their information. Ghosts exist in a “ghost society” of their creation.

Just as some people are loners so too are some spirits. Most hauntings are by more than one ghost, often several. This does not mean they stay around in our physical realm. They may exist within the spirit realm and only choose to become active in our domain during the full and dark moons because of the much stronger geomagnetic fields or during solar flares.

The spirit realm and the physical realm exist on this earth, but in different dimensions. The spirit realm may often overlap our physical realm, bringing the two as one. Other times, we hear noises coming from the spirit realm, but heard in the physical realm. This is why a person hears boxes being knocked over in their basement, but no boxes are out of place. The boxes being knocked over existed in the spirit realm, but was manifesting the sounds in the physical realm.

Ghosts love to be pranksters. They love a good joke. They love humor. If you will examine your ghostly experiences, you will find the pranks were simply harmless pranks that scared the boo-boo out of you because you fear the unknown. Once you come to an understanding of life after death and that ghosts are the evidence of life after death, our fears slowly fade away.

Why are the ghosts here? Some are here because they want to be, others are anchored here because of unfinished business or unresolved issues. Something as little as not being able to tell someone that they love they may anchor a spirit to this realm. We take with us our emotional baggage, both good and the negative. The negative emotions keep us earthbound, the positive emotions allows us to soar to higher realms beyond the earth plane. We must let go of the negative emotions if we want to soar. Bitterness, anger and resentment are but three of the many negative emotions that we tend to hang onto throughout our life. These same emotions will anchor us, preventing us from becoming all that we can be after death.

We can learn from those who have gone before us. Ghosts should not be feared, but studied so we can learn more about what happens when we cross beyond the grave. There is life after death and by understanding ghosts, we can understand what we need to do in this life to prepare for this transition. The religious folks who fear ghosts also fear death because they believe they will be going to Heaven or Hell. This fear of not knowing which place they will be sent often brings forth much fear when they discover they have a ghost. They quickly discover that their religion does not deal with the issues of death and the spirits of the dead who return to the earth. Unfortunately, they do not understand that the spirits that left the earth at death can and do come back to this earthly plane.

Instead of being fearful, be of brave heart and learn to love the spirits as spirits. They are an evolved life form in composition, but they still retain their earth based memories and attitudes. Don’t judge or condemn them, treat them as you would someone in your peer group. Speak in a calm, firm voice, show no fear, show love and compassion. If you dislike something they are doing, ask them to stop and explain why. Explain if you need some private space, free of spirits, such as in the bathroom or bedroom. Remember, you can learn to mutually co-exist together in a harmonious way. So what do you think?

Can Ghosts Hurt The Living?

I have often been asked whether ghosts are capable of hurting the living. On the face of it, it is a simple enough question. However, like everything in this world of ours, it carries with it some gray area. If I had to give a simple answer, I would have to say that ghosts really cannot hurt the living. However, it is an issue that must be looked at a little deeper.

The first bit of gray area involves what you mean by “hurt.” Certainly ghosts can have a terrible mental effect on someone. Living in fear is unhealthy, plain and simple. If there is a ghost operating in a house, even one that means no harm, it can cause all kinds of mental strain. Frightened people do not sleep well. They become extremely nervous and often their diets suffer as well. All of this creates problems with the jobs or schooling and that adds to the pressure they are under.

If you take that a bit further, prolonged fear and stress and all the results from it will surely have a debilitating effect on the health of the person involved. So in that regard, a ghost, even a well-meaning one, can cause physical problems. Granted, it is not physically injuring the person but its actions are causing physical problems. I told you it was a gray area. However, there is something else to consider.

Accidents and Fear Reactions

Many people who live in a haunted house find themselves injured as a result of trying to get away from a ghost. More than a few people have fallen down stairs in an attempt to flee the ghost. That has resulted in broken bones and it is conceivable that someone could be injured severely, if not mortally. Thus, it seems that the ghost hurt the person. However, it must be pointed out that the person’s reactions are what caused the injury, not the spirit itself. It may seem like a small distinction, especially to the one who was hurt but you have to remember, it is quite possible that the ghost meant no harm to the person. In that regard, fear was the cause of the accident. Of course you can argue that the ghost caused the fear but is that the fault of the ghost or the person who saw the ghost? If the person involved knew the ghost meant no harm, he might not run from it. Okay, you could argue that the ghost should have known he would scare the person but remember, the ghost was a person and he may be desperate to have contact with the living. Again, it is a tough one to call.

Then there are the cases where a nasty ghost has decided that he does not want anyone living in his house and makes every possible attempt to drive out the living residents.  There have been many documented cases where the living have been hit by objects that were propelled by a spirit. Also, many people have claimed that they were tripped, sometimes on stairs. That would be a direct attack and proof conclusive that ghosts can indeed hurt the living. God knows there are more than a few nasty spirits out there. Earthbound spirits tend to be in death exactly as they were in life. The person who was mean and grouchy while alive is likely to be equally mean and grouchy in death. For that matter, he may be a bit worse since he may feel that he was gypped out of life. But can he really hurt someone? I have always doubted that human spirits can actually hurt people. In my mind, there are limits to what they are capable of doing on their own. However, they may occasionally get a little help from their friends, so to speak.

The Bad Ones

There are spirits out there that are quite capable of causing severe harm but they are of the inhuman variety. Demonic spirits do have the ability to cause serious injury of both the mental and physical variety. However, attacks by demonic entities are extremely rare, thank God, although they do take place more than most people realize or are willing to admit. Still, you chances of encountering one are minute, unless you delve into high-risk areas such as practicing the black arts or you live an evil lifestyle that would be attractive to demonic entities. Far and away, the most likely spirit you will encounter will be human. The overwhelming majority of those spirits are benign and even benevolent. However, they are often mistaken for being bad. It is my belief that where you have physical injury, aside from the variety that results from a panic reaction, you can look for a demonic spirit. Yes, there may well be a human entity involved but it is the demonic spirit that has the ability to cause the physical attack.

If you have a situation where there is a nasty human spirit, you can expect frightening phenomena and attempts to drive you out of the residence. He may knock on your walls or he may turn your electrical appliances on and off. He may even shake your bed. However, acting alone, that is probably all the ghost can do.

The situation changes where there is a demonic spirit present. It is in this scenario where I feel physical injury is sustained. Why would a demonic spirit be around? Well, the negativity of the ghost might be such that it attracted the attention of a demonic spirit.  That spirit then moves in and uses the ghost as a puppet. Like I said, left to his own devices, the human ghost probably can do little more than frighten. So why then do people fear ghosts?

Ghosts have a bad reputation. To the average person, seeing a ghost would be a terribly frightening experience. This is often true even when the person knows who the ghost is. People have been taught that ghosts are frightening and dangerous.  They have been taught to view ghosts as aberrations, as things that should not be around us. Or that they are not supposed to exist. Yet we all will become ghosts. We may not all stick around after our deaths, but we all will die and become spirits. Actually, I should say that we will revert back to being spirits. If you look at it logically, they have every bit as much right to be here as we do. We exist; they exist. Why should one group have more right to be than another?

People often ask me how I can do ghost investigating. “Aren’t you afraid of ghosts?” I am often asked. Truthfully, I am not or I could not do this work. There really is no reason to fear the ghost since it is simply a person in spirit form. In the overwhelming majority of cases I have worked, human entities were the cause of the trouble. In the vast majority of those cases, the ghost meant no harm. In most cases, it was confused. With a little guidance, they can be helped across the line into their next dimension. In so many cases, the ghosts are pretty much lost and simply do not know where to go. Fear may be holding them back. The desire to remain where they were most comfortable may be holding them back. If you don’t mind my using a bad pun, eventually they will see the light.

Today more than ever, people like to go ghost hunting.  They will take ghost tours, stay in hotels that are reported to be haunted or they will go to famous locations. I am often asked whether this is dangerous.  The answer is no. I have never heard of anyone being hurt by going to a reportedly haunted location for the sake of adventure. I will say that if you go looking for ghosts, you will probably find them since they are all around us.  When you do find them, there really is nothing to fear. Doing private cases is a little different because you will eventually come across a nasty one and possibly even a demonic one.

However, going to a haunted location for the sake of fun is quite safe. Use a little common sense and take a few precautions and you can have a lot of fun. So, having said all of that, happy ghosting! So what do you think?