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We were formed in 2001 by experienced paranormal investigator, author and TV presenter David Scanlan and rapidly become one of the UK's leading investigation groups, A title we are proud to still have after 8 years of group investigations.

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General : Worlds 1st Psychic Museum Open

Posted by Founder on 17-Jul-2005 12:48 (1503 reads)

The world's first Psychic Museum has opened in York, the brainchild of astrologer Jonathan Cainer and psychic celebrity Uri Geller. Chris Bond stepped into the unknown. The front door of 35 Stonegate isn't painted bright purple by chance.

The colour is supposedly linked to psychic enchantment and, as the address is home to what is billed as the world's first Psychic Museum, it seems quite apt.

It's called a museum, but is more of an exploration centre for the study of parapsychology and unexplained phenomena, where visitors can try their hand at everything from telekinesis to dowsing.


The idea for the museum, on one of York's most historic streets, came from the North Yorkshire-based astrologer Jonathan Cainer, who bought the former bookshop six years ago.

The museum is already open to the public, with each 90 minute tour, led by the curiously-named tour manager Andy Dextrous, taking visitors around a building which wouldn't look out of place in an Edgar Allan Poe tale.

The story behind the idea, perhaps not surprisingly, is rather odd.

"I'd always been interested in doing something along these lines, and I thought a museum dedicated to telepathy and telekinesis hadn't been done before, and then this very strange thing happened," Cainer says.

"I sat down and was fishing in the psychic pool. I believe that when you're being creative it's as if you can fish something from above your head, so I'm fishing in the creative pool for my idea and this is the first time I've had an idea I've picked up from the creative pool and seen written on the bottom of it 'property of Uri Geller'.

"It was the strangest thing, I've seen people take ideas and try to copyright them, but I've never seen somebody have an idea and put it back but leave it with the name still stamped on it," he says.

"And the minute I had this idea for a psychic museum I thought 'I must ring Uri', I felt like I'd been hypnotised."

Cainer and Geller had met only twice before but when they discussed the idea they both felt it could work.

It has taken several years to get the project off the ground (not even psychic powers can rectify the problems that beset a 15th century building), but the pair believe they are offering something unique.

"This is about encouraging interest in psychic phenomena," Geller says of the museum.

"It's about teaching people and making them understand that there is a sixth sense and it's not magic; this is not Derren Brown territory.

"We truly believe that people going through the museum will come to the conclusion that we do all have some kind of sixth sense, extrasensory perception, maybe even telekinesis."

Cainer agrees.

"I'm convinced these powers exist and it's time we stopped being so cynical and try to understand and develop these powers, so with that in mind I wanted to try and make this place happen.

"If we wanted to make people think they were psychic by using tricks and techniques we could have been open years ago, but we're trying to be genuine about what everybody experiences."

It is a hands-on experience and people get to take part in telepathy games and visualisation experiments.

Cainer admits, though, that the nature of parapsychology means the results can be hit and miss.

"The problem with all this is sometimes they can work like a treat and sometimes they just don't work at all.

"Even people who are very psychic say there are days when they haven't got it or it won't come to them, it's not a phenomenon that many people have control over," he says.

"But we are trying to refine the experience so that everyone who comes here at least walks away thinking that they did something."

The whole notion of the paranormal comes in for a fair amount of stick, especially from the scientific community, but Geller believes attitudes are changing.

"What's happening around the world now is that people are beginning to validate psychic phenomena, whether it's the power of healing, the power of prayer or the power of positive thinking. It does work otherwise people wouldn't be interested in it.

"We've all experienced at some time in our lives a feeling of déjà vu and this, like ESP (extra sensory perception) are tangible forces of the mind, we just don't know how to activate them. I mean I don't know why I can bend spoons, my kids can't bend spoons," he says.

Geller has been a celebrity since the early '70s when he bent a spoon live on television and helped some viewers restart watches that had apparently stopped.

"For years I thought that I did it, but it wasn't my powers, I was only acting as a catalyst, a trigger to the people who were watching," he says.

Although they conduct experiments at the museum, it isn't a laboratory and at £15 a head, visitors get pretty good entertainment value.

The "aura machine", which shows the energy field around a person, is already proving popular, along with the Egely Wheel – a small metal disc which can be moved by people using the power of their minds.

Geller claims he discovered his psychic powers when he was just four years old.
"I was eating soup when the spoon bent in my hand. Being related to Sigmund Freud, my mother thought that I inherited them from him but I don't believe that. I think we all have these energies but they're dormant in most people."

He has been subjected to some harsh criticism over the years and admits he used to be on an ego-trip. "Show me a successful man and I will show you controversy," he says.

Nowadays he spends his time lecturing, writing and helping terminally-ill children.
He hopes, too, that one day he and Michael Jackson can become friends again, and has no doubts about the pop star's innocence following his recent court case.

"It was always inconceivable for me that he would molest a child," Geller says.

"Yes Michael Jackson could be bizarre at times, strange and maybe to some people weird, but he is not a child molester, not the Michael Jackson I know.

"I once asked him in my house 'Michael, are you a lonely person?' and he looked up at me, for 10 seconds he stares at me and suddenly he says to me: 'Uri Geller, I'm a very lonely man, I lost my faith in people, I can only trust children.'

"And when he said that I thought 'how sad' and that said it all to me."

For more information contact 0800 138 9788 or visit the website at www.psychicmuseum.com

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General : Ghost Hunter torches Haunted House

Posted by Founder on 06-Jul-2005 05:46 (2062 reads)

A drunken ghost hunter has been given 100 hours community service for setting an empty house on fire.



Christopher Noble, 24, caused £5,000 worth of damage to the Gate House in Darlington, when he dropped his cigarette during a spook watch.

He fled the house in Barmpton Lane, but was trapped by police after his fingerprints were found on a drainpipe.

At Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday warehouseman Noble, of Farnaby Avenue, pleaded guilty to reckless arson.

Aisha Wadoodi, defending, said Noble usually went on ghost hunts with his girlfriend but they had rowed, he had got drunk and had gone on his own to the derelict house on 14 June last year.


The court also heard how he had previously been arrested for public order offences and Cleveland Police had a record of his fingerprints.

Noble was also put on probation for two years.

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General : “For Love of Ghosts” Chaplain Takes “Hollywood” out of Hauntings

Posted by robinrenee on 24-Jun-2005 09:13 (1642 reads)

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CONTACT:
Robin Renee Bridges
Spirit Sanctuary
robinrenee@spirit-sanctuary.org
http://www.spirit-sanctuary.org

"FOR LOVE OF GHOSTS" CHAPLAIN
TAKES "HOLLYWOOD" OUT OF HAUNTINGS

Charlotte North Carolina - June 16, 2005 - Chaplain and author, Robin Renee Bridges, hopes to clear up the misconceptions about the nature of the soul and the afterlife. In her landmark book, A Bridge of Love between Heaven and Earth: Self-Induced Contact in the Afterlife, she analyzes the nature of the soul in the afterlife, including its concerns and capabilities, and applies this information to the ghostly sights and activities exhibited during a haunting.

Using her experiences with self-induced contact in the afterlife and the teachings of the Sanctuary, a spiritual development leader, she explains where ghosts come from, how they manifest themselves to us, and why skeptics never encounter them.

She denies erroneous concepts, such as, "caught between worlds," "going to the light," and "soul fragmentation." She repudiates the absurdities concerning children and hauntings with the good news that they immediately ascend into the realms of the afterlife in purity and innocence. She exposes the unfounded fears about negative entities and demons by defining the range of activities that are allowed in the afterlife.

Chaplain Bridges encourages the scientific investigation of ghosts and hauntings. She hopes to coax them out of the realms of superstition and into the light of scientific scrutiny. She endorses the use of equipment to measure physical changes occurring within individuals and the environment in the vicinity of paranormal activity.

It's a delightful summertime read that you will find yourself returning to as a reference to ghosts, hauntings, and the unseen world that surrounds you.

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Chaplain Robin Renee Bridges, Corresponding Secretary
http://www.spirit-sanctuary.org
robinrenee@spirit-sanctuary.org


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General : Scientist spooked by ghost study

Posted by editor on 21-Jun-2005 13:23 (2786 reads)

A scientist investigating one of the UK's "most haunted" locations has said "something quite odd" was going on.

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General : Ghosts cast darker shade on store

Posted by editor on 21-Jun-2005 13:22 (1608 reads)

Staff and customers at a lighting shop in North East Lincolnshire have been turning a whiter shade of pale after a spate of ghostly goings-on.
Lights drop from the ceiling, shades are thrown, doors open and slam, and footsteps echo throughout Beagles Lighting on Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby.

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General : Ghostly vigil for fishing centre

Posted by editor on 21-Jun-2005 13:21 (1634 reads)

Staff at a Grimsby museum are taking part in a vigil with paranormal experts to try to explain a series of strange happenings over the past two years.

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General : Exorcism 101 - A new college course!

Posted by Founder on 13-Jun-2005 18:35 (1859 reads)

The first college course on exorcism is being offered at a Catholic university in Italy. Already, priests from around the world are flocking to Rome to participate and study psychology, law and a history of satanism.





The university on the outskirts of Rome is about as far from Hogwarts as it gets. Sunshine streams in from a huge skylight above as a janitor pushes a broom across a slick, shiny floor and students mill about with coffee before making their way to class -- in black cassocks and dangling crosses.


Because beneath its modern veneer, the Vatican-backed Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, or UPRA, is grappling with demons. For the first time, this conservative Catholic university is offering Exorcism 101 this year.

"People are experiencing these things more for various reasons, but they are starting more and more to come to the priest and say I need some help," said Father Christopher Barrack, a priest from Lincoln, Neb., who was sent to Rome by his bishop specifically to take the 8-week exorcism course.


Forget rosaries and bibles


In one room, Father Piedro Barahan is giving a lecture to a class of 80 students -- almost all men. Forget Bibles and rosaries. With the aid of his laptop computer and a microphone, Barahan gives a power-point presentation on the theology of demons. Another 50 or so students follow the lecture through videoconference links with three other Italian cities.





"Most of these people here are priests and most of them in their pastoral work deal with people who feel that they have a problem of possession and they don't know whether it's really supernatural or psychological," he said. "I think they want criteria with which they can distinguish if it's really the supernatural action of the devil or a psychological sickness."

The devil you know


Barahan is an expert on demons and satanic worship. It's an especially hot topic these days in Italy. A sensational murder case involving teenagers who practiced demonic worship and Satanic rituals has got the country worried about the spread of such cults, especially among young people. One Catholic sociologist who was a guest lecturer here claims these cults are on the rise, with up to 100,000 young people involved.



There's no proof to back up the claim, but the alarm is real. And if this crowded classroom is anything to go by, there's certainly interest in exorcism and the devil among Catholic priests.

Like many Catholics, Barahan is convinced that the devil is a real, very powerful entity and not simply a symbolic representation of evil. He's assisted in numerous exorcisms and says he's learned to tell when someone is truly possessed as opposed to mentally ill.



"This is not so easy, but we have signs," Barahan said. "For example, the aversion against religious objects -- a cross or a rosary or blessed water. Sometimes these people have a lot of strength, not natural strength, against these kinds of signs. Sometimes they speak languages without having studied them before. Sometimes they know the future of other people. So there's not one sign, but several signs, especially, psychologically. You have a lot of instability as if you have two souls in one body."

Barrack explains he isn't an exorcist himself -- only priests appointed by their bishop can conduct exorcisms -- but he said his parishioners back home do come to him for help with a range of battles against evil: Anything from special prayers against temptation to protection against strange noises in their homes. But, he cautions, it doesn't mean the devil has taken them over.

"Certainly there could be a lot of temptation and oppression from the devil on a person," he said. "That does not mean possession. Possession is when a devil actually takes control of the person and the person does not have its own free will, so the devil is using the person to speak and act without the person freely consenting to that. That would be possession."

Barrack also said he believes that the devil is behind some of the New Age and other alternative spirituality groups. Even parents can be involved.

"I've noticed, from some people they've said maybe one of their parents dedicated them to Satan when they were born," he said. "There are many satanic cults or Gnostic groups, some that are well-respected in society, but behind the scenes there is this connection with Satan."



No witch hunts, please



But not all priests are so convinced. Father Gerry O'Collins is a renowned theologian at the Gregorian University in downtown Rome. He says there's a real danger in Catholics focusing too much on demons. He cites the witch hunts of the 16th century as an example of how people can get carried away.

"There's definitely a risk of people seeing the devil's hand all over the place and being superstitious," he said. "You can become caught up by that and even obsessed by it. And certainly official church leaders don't want freelance priests and others to play games. They want a wise old priest who's the official exorcist and who's skeptical and who knows what he's about and I think that's a happy situation."

O'Collins does believe that possessions can happen, but of all the people claiming to be possessed, most Catholic theologians estimated only a tiny number is the real thing.

"Yes, it can happen, but it's extremely rare," Collins said. "Maybe 2 percent of the cases you should take seriously."

For the dozens of priests who are following the exorcism course in Rome, that percentage is enough to study exorcism. And at the very least, Barahan said, priests can help people who are under the illusion they're possessed by getting them psychological help.

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General : HGC Site Updates

Posted by Founder on 12-Jun-2005 22:05 (1627 reads)

A Large site update has been done today.

You will find amongst these updates:

7 New Web Links
15 New Photographs from site members and the HGC Investigation team
1 Book Review
2 Technology Reviews

Thanks to everyone who submitted to the site to make this update possible

Regards

Dave

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General : Most Haunted Star Phil Whyman visits Wymering Manor

Posted by Founder on 05-Jun-2005 22:51 (3848 reads)

Sunday 5th June 2005

Phil Whyman has today visited Wymering Manor in an attempt to discover and unravel some of the ghostly goings on at Wymering Manor, Hampshires Most Haunted House.

He is assisted in this investigation by David Vee from Ghosts-UK.

Phil and Daves findings will go straight to DVD which should be released in the not too distant future.

Members should be on the look out for an exclusive interview coming in soon in our newsletter

Regards

Dave

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General : Theatre calls in Ghost Hunters

Posted by Founder on 01-Jun-2005 17:48 (1581 reads)

A TEAM of paranormal Investigators is to investigate a Glasgow theatre after a string of reports of spooky sightings.

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