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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.

We have visited and investigated numerous sites over the years including Portchester Castle, Levens Hall, Dudley Castle, Wymering Manor, Beaulieu Abbey, Netley Abbey, Michelham Priory, Ancient Ram Inn, Chingle Hall, and many more, there are some sites that we cannot name due to their ownership being in the hands of the Royal Navy and a member of the British Aristocracy.

The Hampshire Ghost Club has also been featured highlighting our work numerous times in the media including Most Haunted, BBC Radio, Net Talk Radio, Power FM, ITV, Meridian, Portsmouth TV, Paranormal Magazine, Beyond Magazine, plus many others.

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General : How does one become a ghost?

Posted by Anjana on 29-Aug-2007 22:16 (1748 reads)

‘Ghosts’ have always been a mysterious and fear evoking topic for most of us. Fear of the ‘unknown’ has affected every individual on this Earth since ages. The Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) has conducted research into the subtle world for the past 20 years with the objective to bridge the gap between the known and the unknown.

What are ghosts?
When a person dies only his physical body ceases to exist. His subtle body (consisting of the subconscious mind, intellect, ego and soul, i.e. minus the physical body) continues to exist and moves on to the other subtle regions of the Universe.

A human being is comprised of:

• The Soul
• The mental body or the mind
• The causal body or the intellect
• The supracausal body or the subtle ego
• The Vital body
• The Physical body

What happens after death?
When one dies, the vital energy is released back into the Universe. The physical body remains on Earth while the subtle body travels to a subtle plane depending on its merits or sins and its spiritual level.

If the spiritual level is lower the subtle body becomes heavy due to sins and excessive ego and as a result gets stuck in lower subtle planes of existence such as the nether world. If the sins are intense then the subtle body goes to hell and may exist there as a subtle body or ghost.

This means that ghosts are subtle bodies of people who have passed away having unfulfilled desires such as cravings for sex, alcohol (things that they can only experience through a physical body), revenge, etc.

The subtle body of a person after physical death is defined as a ghost if their characteristics and intentions match the above. There is no special process as such which they go through to become a ghost.

What decides where do we go in the after-life?
When we die, our course in the after-life is decided by a number of factors such as:

1. The type of deeds done during the life-time.
2. The extent and the type of spiritual practice one has undertaken during lifetime.
3. The type of death – natural and peaceful, violent or accidental and the type of funeral conducted.
4. The rituals as per Spiritual Science done by the descendants after death to help the deceased in the after life.

Who are likely to become ghosts?
People are likely to become ghosts after their death when:

• They have many unfulfilled desires and many negative impressions in the mind.
• Many personality defects, such as anger, fear, greed, etc.
• A high amount of ego.
• They have harmed others and have the basic nature of harming others.
• Lack of spiritual practice consisting of progressive level of surrender of mind body and intellect, done with the intention of God-realization.

Summary
Only people who have reached the 60% spiritual level and have low ego are able to proceed to the higher regions of heaven and beyond and do not become ghosts. The rest of humanity, when they die, finds themselves in the regions of the Nether world and Hell. Most subtle bodies in the Nether region are highly likely to become ghosts. All subtle bodies in Hell are ghosts.

In fact, even if one is a gentleman but doesn’t have enough spiritual strength through spiritual practice, he is liable to become a ghost when he dies. This is because he is attacked by higher level ghosts and is controlled by them.

Performing adequate spiritual practice as per the five basic principles of spiritual practice decreases the possibility of becoming a ghost.

To learn more about ghosts please visit:
How does one become a ghost?

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General : Are Ghosts back in the closet?

Posted by Founder on 15-Aug-2007 08:30 (1626 reads)

Well it seems that most of the paranormal communities around the web have quietened down recently, and those that are active seem to be due to their own team members keep the ship afloat.

So what's happening?

Perhaps the Most Haunted Fad is now over, and people are seeing the light again rather than orbs, or perhaps they're just board with it all, maybe there is only so much patients one person can have whilst waiting in those dark locations for something spectacular and hair-raising to happen.

I suppose the first sign of things slowing down where around the beginning of 2007, now it's normal for on-line activity in the paranormal to have it's up's and downs in regards to popularity but certainly in the last 5 years or so since the first Most Haunted, this has to be an all time low.

Is this a bad thing?

I certainly don't think so, perhaps now we're starting to whiteness a new revolution or rebirth, something that many may have long forgotten, hmm what's that word again? Ohhhh yeah 'Normality'.

Quote:

a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving; "the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution"
wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn


The old timers of the paranormal, I'm sure you'll remember the days gone by where you used to get contacted by locations having alleged paranormal activity, and they'd ask 'How much do you charge?', more often than not your reply would be something like 'oh charge, erm.... we don't do that, but a nice cuppa and perhaps a donation to our travel costs would be good'. When you contacted a location and it was free, then more than likely you'd have made a donation to them, especially if they had staff there too for the night.

Now you don't get contacted, you have to contact them and are often faced with ridiculous charges.

Will this be the end of commercial paranormal groups?

Personally I don't think it will be, there are still people out there willing to pay large sums of money to spend a night in alleged paranormal locations, and I'm sure the commercial paranormal companies are still thriving. Although saying that have you actually seen how many of them are out there now.

I'm sure there are a lot of established groups out there that pre-date Most Haunted, are hoping for the collapse of such companies, many believe they are the main cause for locations either closing their doors or charging extortionate prices, well that and of course Most Haunted which some people refer to as Most Taunted, or Most Farted, thanks to http://www.popnoodles.com/mostfarted/ If you've not watched the Most Farted clips then I'd urge you to pop over there and do so, personally I find them hilarious.

Did you know some of the commercial paranormal groups out there, now have contracts with many locations that prevent all other groups including none profit groups from accessing the location.

Provoking thoughts

I know the thoughts and opinions of various groups and individuals out there with regards to the television programs such as Most Haunted, Ghost Towns, etc. They feel that this type of media does indeed get people interested in the paranormal and opens it up, but it doesn't provoke thought, criticism or logical thinking (at least most of the time), when most people get involved with the paranormal they expect it be a thrill seeking night like what these shows portray it to be, however the reality is far from this, investigations tend to be monotonous, with most using their digital camera's and catching the 'DORBs' or 'ABPORBS' (Dust Orbs and Airborne particle orbs), many believe there are no possible scientific explanations or non that are credible as shows like Most Haunted have in the past suggested, and because it's on TV they often see this as fact.

The problem as I see it is that most people are either total believers wanting to prove everything or total sceptics wanting to disprove everything, which often leads to heated debates from both sides of the fence that often results in abuse being thrown about.

A belief gives people hope, it warms their hearts, and comforts them in believing their loved ones are still around, and that everything they do in life will mean something once they pass over themselves. I have no problem with belief of any kind albeit religious or spiritual, but it does dishearten me when people have blind faith, you know what I mean, having a belief or faith were they actually know nothing or very little about it.

Personally I've had experiences which could be deemed as paranormal, but only because there was no visible and logical explanation, however this doesn't mean it's actually something supernatural, it could just mean I either didn't look hard enough or further research would be needed. This is of course based on the definition of paranormal being unexplainable by modern science.

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Phenomena which seem to defy the known laws of science.
library.thinkquest.org/C0120993/glossaryfull.html

The word paranormal comes from the words “para” meaning beyond, and normal. So the term paranormal really means something that is beyond the normal scope of science or being beyond a scientific explanation.
knorton13.tripod.com/id33.html

Beyond normal experience.
www.thepeacefulplanet.com/glossary.html

I bet some maybe wondering why I'm writing about provoking thought when this article is about how quiet the paranormal is, well if people don't question themselves, and try to improve what they are doing both with knowledge and experience, they will eventually bore of it all.

I could go on about why the paranormal is so quiet all day, but I won't. So in summary the paranormal does seem to be getting rather quiet, there could be many causes for this, people getting on with their life's, they could just be bored with it all, or perhaps they are just fed up with all the bickering that happens.

Are the ghosts back in the closet? I don't know, maybe we're waiting for a new birth of life, the next generation, or things may get back to normal, you know the way it used to be, before all the glamour and lights it's attracted.

You never know if this continues the interest of ghosts and paranormal investigations may become a ghost itself. Hmm I wonder who would investigate that?

Written by Ghosts-UK

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General : Displacement of objects not always paranormal!

Posted by Founder on 11-Aug-2007 15:15 (2245 reads)

People in search of paranormal beings set up cameras in so-called haunted places in hopes of finding what?

Paranormal beings, I understand, are notably camera-shy.

A story about a haunted opera house in Anson from the Abilene Reporter News Web site caught my attention recently.

Several weeks ago I had driven through Anson but was not aware then of the ghostly goings-on.

One of the investigators reported that her purse was inexplicably moved from where she had put it.

Hah!

My purse, billfold, hat, sunglasses, pens and just about any other accessory you might imagine have been mysteriously moving around for years.

All this time, I thought I was absent-minded. Instead, I live and work in haunted buildings. I can buy that.

I still don't believe there are ghosts who do such mischief to distract humans from whatever it is that might go bump in the night. But I am willing to entertain the idea that my laptop computer has a resident demon that curses wherever it will.

I no longer wonder why it was named a cursor. It jumps from paragraph to paragraph with no warning whatsoever. This is the only laptop that I have had with this particular paranormal effect.

Occasionally, an entire paragraph will just disappear. Usually, I can call it back by hitting control z on the keyboard.

So, I can certainly sympathize with anyone under siege by paranormal happenings. But isn't it much better to be assaulted by paranormal occurrences than to be considered abnormal by those who never seem to lose things?

These ideas about mysterious happenings have been with us for a long, long time.

Some things we thought were mysterious turned out not to be once some smart observer figured out what really was happening. At first, these observers tended to get in real hot water when they explained things that went against what society had believed to be the truth.

Today, we have a curious mix of belief and disbelief that is most visible as an issue in classrooms where there is study of science. Belief and disbelief really have no place in the scientific pursuit, other than to recognize our assumptions are as likely to be based on one as the other. We keep confusing the difference between what we are able to observe, what we assume we know and what we believe as a matter of faith.

Some members of the scientific community go absolutely ballistic when their science is not accepted on faith. Isn't that odd?

We are not surprised that religion reacts negatively to some of the explanations advanced as theories by those who are studying such things as origins of matter when they begin with the assumption that all religion is bogus.

Science, if it is true to its purpose, will have answers today that are different from yesterday's science. Thus, its theories must always be held in suspension until proven to be absolute. People get rather attached to their assumptions and forget sometimes that science exists to prove or disprove its observations and deductions.

Religion, on the other hand, deals in absolutes. But religion steps outside its purpose when it attempts to describe the scientific processes of creation based on literary description in sacred scriptures. The Judeo-Christian faiths are not answering questions of science, but questions of meaning. Science can't do that. In looking beyond that which is measurable, science defers to religion. The role of religion for the sciences speaks to boundaries and ethics in how knowledge is to be applied. Science asks, "Can we do it?" Religion asks, "Should we do it?"

If the roles of science and religion are to seek ultimate truth, why the fear and hostility of each toward the other?

When we misplace our purpose in either case, we blame not the paranormal, but our human tendency to love our assumptions more than we love truth.

Source: http://www.lubbockonline.com
By: Beth Pratt

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General : Thanks to Pizza Hut!

Posted by Founder on 04-Aug-2007 11:00 (1738 reads)

A recent investigation structured around members of the public and to raise finances for the HGC was sponsored by Pizza Hut, Shirley.

The night was a great success with everyone enjoying themselves and lapping up the break time meal of Pizza's supplied freshly baked from Pizza Hut in Shirley, Southampton FREE OF CHARGE

We would like to express our thanks to Pizza Hut and their manager Tim whose help went along way to making the night a success.

Thanks Tim & Pizza Hut

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General : Ghosts - Subject of Research

Posted by Founder on 31-Jul-2007 19:07 (2510 reads)

The term ‘ghost' generically refers to various types of subtle (invisible) bodies such as demons, devils, witches, etc. who have the intention of harming others. The Spiritual Science Research Foundation has undertaken extensive research on ghosts in order to demystify this widespread phenomenon and help people in recognising and treating the adverse effects caused by ghosts through proven methodology according to the Spiritual science.


Ghosts (demons, devils, spirits) though neither visible to the gross eye, nor perceived by the other sense organs, mind and intellect are factors that affect all mankind. The manifestations of distress due to ghosts can be from a person displaying uncharacteristic behaviour to erratic display of violence, addictions, various physical and psychological illnesses, family problems, business problems, etc.

1. Ghost characteristics
• Ghosts (demons, devils, spirits) are subtle (invisible) bodies
• Ghosts belong to the nether region or one of the seven regions of hell but are found on Earth region too
• Ghosts (demons, devils, spirits) do not exist in the positive planes of the universe i.e. heaven
• Ghosts (demons, devils, spirits) have unfulfilled desires such as cravings for sex, alcohol (things that they can only experience through a physical body), revenge, etc.
• Ghosts (demons, devils, spirits) derive pleasure out of exerting control over and tormenting humans
• The general aim of ghosts is spreading unrighteousness and consequent turbulent havoc in society.

2. Who can become a ghost?
People who have died with unfulfilled desires, personality defects, negative impressions in the mind, high ego, who have harmed others and/or have the basic nature of harming others. Most importantly people who have not done spiritual practice according to the basic principles of Spirituality while alive are likely to become ghosts in their afterlife.

3. What is the meaning of being affected by ghosts’?
Being affected by ghosts (demons, devils, spirits, etc.) is when the physical, mental, intellectual or spiritual functioning of a person or any combination thereof is affected or altered by the ghosts entirely through the use of ghosts’ black energy without direct intervention by the ghosts. Since there is no direct intervention by the ghosts, there is no controlling of the mind and intellect of the affected person.

However the ghost affects that aspect of the person, which is most conducive to achieving its objective; either of troubling that person, fulfilling its own desire, or preventing spiritual practice, etc

4. What is demonic possession?
Demonic possession is when ghosts (demons, devils, spirits, etc.) control the mind (emotions, thoughts) and intellect (decision making ability) of a person. As a result, they also control the person’s actions.
In a possession, the ghost (demon, devil, spirit) is actively involved in controlling the mind and intellect as a means to harm the person. In almost all cases, the person possessed does not know that he/she is possessed, until it manifests in a dramatic way as shown in the Hollywood movie ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’.

5. Spiritual strength wins
In the subtle realms of our existence, spiritual strength is the most important currency. Out of the person targeted for attack and the attacking ghost, whoever is spiritually stronger wins. If the ghost has more spiritual strength than the person to be attacked, then the ghost can affect or possess the person at will. If a person has a higher spiritual level, his defence against a ghost attack is stronger as a result of his own spiritual strength accrued with spiritual practice, and consequently the protection that he/she receives from God is also higher.

6. Solution
Initiate one’s spiritual practice and maintain its regularity so as to build protection from ghost attacks.

Courtesy: Spiritual Science Research Foundation

http://spiritualresearchfoundation. ... ts_Demons/

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General : A Psychic Spa Break with Derek Acorah

Posted by Founder on 23-Jul-2007 23:05 (2716 reads)

A Psychic Spa Break with Derek Acorah - FRI 9th – SUN 11th NOV 2007


- 6 out of10 people in the UK believe in the possibility of psychic ability
- 50% of people have had a premonition or dreamed an event before it happened.
- 43% believe they have, at some point, tapped into someone’s thoughts, or had their own mind ‘read’
- Nearly 70% sense when someone is looking at them or calling them when the ‘phone rings.
- 1 in 5 believe they have seen a ghost.
- Research carried out showed that within the last 3 years there has been a surge in interest in all paranormal related topics & 80% of people now believe in the possibility of an afterlife.
- The discussion of paranormal activities is no longer seen as strange but acceptable and interesting.
(Readers Digest survey May 2006)

It’s the ideal pick-you-up weekend… combining sunshine, spa pampering & spookiness!
‘Spirits in The Sun’ is a new concept in psychic travel – offering a few days in the company of Britians best known celebrity medium Derek Acorah, who will be appearing amidst a whole weekend of paranormal experts, at a renowned 4 star Spa hotel complex on the Costa Del Sol, Andalucia, Spain.

Derek Acorah is one of Britain's most popular psychics and ‘a phenomena’(according to the Guardian!). His live appearances attract audiences of thousands and he appears regularly on radio and TV, memorably on Living TV’s ‘Most Haunted’. Derek currently features in his own television series, Derek Acorahs ‘Ghost Towns’ also on Living TV, and has conducted consultations with show business stars Robbie Williams, Roger Moore, Lionel Richie, Bette Midler and Burt Reynolds.

Everyone who books gets to attend ‘An Evening With Derek Acorah’ in the intimate theatre, in addition to getting the chance to meet, ‘the modern day Merlin’ and capture the moment on camera.

Psychic Faria

In addition to a daily talk on the paranormal (which is included in the price of the package), there are optional extras which include: live aura photography from Auraworld.co.uk & private tarot readings (all pre-bookable) with Angel readings from one of Irelands leading mediums, Patricia Buckley, in addition to one-to-one appointments with spirit mediums and healers.

Ghost Hunting in Gibraltar

There will be an option to take a daily coach excursion along the coast to Gibaltar, where the oceans meet, to visit haunted sites including the Great Siege Tunnels and the Governors House.

Pamper & Paranormal

The on-site Delfinus Spa & Beauty Institute offers an impressive range of hydrotherapy & ‘Spirits in The Sun’ guests qualify for discounts on some spa and sauna packages. A choice of indoor or outdoor Jacuzzi means you can pamper yourself something rotten – whilst pursuing an interest in the paranormal.

With the basic package costing just £99 -which includes airport transfers, 2 nights half board in 3 star hotel & weekend pass to psychic activities (4 star package £119) , Spirits in The Sun also offers value-for-money and is an affordable winter sun-with-a-twist weekend break.

Bookings: 0208 780 5885 (mon-fri 9am-5.30)
More info: www.spiritsinthesun.com

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General : Jesus is buried in Glastonbury

Posted by Founder on 10-Jul-2007 08:29 (2545 reads)

A Somerset based author is set to announce on Saturday that he has evidence to suggest that Jesus Christ had a twin brother, and is buried alongside Mary Magdelene in Glastonbury.

Ross Hemsworth announced today, that he will be putting forward evidence at this weekend's Forbidden Knowledge Conference, that the grave at Glastonbury Abbey was NOT that of King Arthur and Guinevere, but the marble tomb of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdelene, explaining why so many thousands of people make a hoily pilgrimage to Glastonbury every year.

Hemsworth also believes that Jesus didn't die on the cross, it was in fact his brother James that was crucified, although he also survived after being taken down after just six hours (crucifixion normally took around 36 hours for the victim to perish) and took his ministries to Kashmere.

The Monks who moved the bodies from the site where the abbey now stands released the story that the tombs were those of King Arthur and Guinevere as a "red herring" to cover up what they had really found, as they feared that such a discovery would end religion, which was built on the faith that Jesus died for us on the cross.

The author now has four sites shortlisted, where he believes the bodies were moved to, and is keeping these under wraps until further investigation has taken place, including a planned archeological dig.

Hemsworth has also pin-pointed King Arthur and Guinevere to Perth in Scotland around the 6th century, and believes that his "Knights of the Round Table" were the original Knights Templars (warrior monks) meaning that the Templars did not originate in Farnce as history currently tells us. Evidence found around the site of the former Culdee College near Scone seems to back up Ross's claims. It may well be that the original Stone of Scone is where Arthur claimed the sword now known as Excalibur.

Ross will be divulging more of his research at The Forbidden Knowledge Conference at The Town Hall in Glastonbury this coming Saturday (July 14th). Other speakers include Ann Andrews (mother of the so-called iNDIGO CHILD Jason Andrews), Nick Pope (former MOD UFO investigator) and TV presenter and author Paul Devereux. Tickets are available online at www.glastonburyfayres.co.uk

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General : Legend Busted?

Posted by Founder on 05-Jul-2007 11:00 (1976 reads)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN DIEGO, CA – JUNE 28, 2007 – MYSTERY OF THE GHOST OF THE HOTEL DEL CORONADO - NEW EVIDENCE REVEALED, LEGEND BUSTED.


YouTube Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlbfLHjTeVQ

Researchers use a new process called “Interdimensional Communication” to separate fact from fiction on the internationally famous legend of Kate Morgan, the Hotel Del Coronado’s most longstanding guest.

The “Legend” would have you believe that Kate Morgan was under the assumed name of Mrs. Lottie A. Bernard when she checked into the Hotel Del Coronado on the afternoon of November 24th, 1892. She is accused of being a swindler and a cheat, using her charms to cheat men out of their money. She is married to a gambler and pregnant and riding the rails. She is also ruled a suicide when she is found dead on the steps leading to the beach on the morning of November 29, 1892. Not only is this legend completely untrue for Kate Morgan, it is even more wrong when the legend is not even about the correct person. Mrs. Lottie A. Bernard is not Kate Morgan.

Bonnie Vent ( Research Medium located in San Diego, CA) spoke with the famous spirit. Vent said; “The first thing she wanted to make clear is that she is not Kate Morgan and her real name is Mrs. Lottie A. Bernard, the widow of John Bernard”. “This is the main reason why Lottie stays at the Hotel Del Coronado”. “She is waiting for her true story to be told”.

There have been several books written about this case, but her identity was never questioned until now. With this new information in hand, provided by Mrs. Lottie A. Bernard herself, research into the facts of the case were initiated.

According the San Diego Union December 2nd, 1892, Mrs. Lottie A. Bernard was seen on a train in Denver, CO heading to Coronado, CA. Kate Morgan was under the assumed name of Katie Logan in Los Angeles, CA. To quote the San Diego Union: “A bell boy of Hotel Del Coronado said yesterday that he was told by Joseph E. Jones of Boston, who came to the hotel on Thanksgiving Day, that the latter was a fellow passenger in the same car from Denver with the young woman.” “Mr. Jones said that he had not mentioned the fact as he was averse to being called to testify before the coroner’s jury”.

Mr. Jones was never called to testify, even though he was a key witness. His name is listed directly after hers on the hotel register. Mr. Jones is the same person who saw Mrs. Lottie A. Bernard arguing on the train in Orange, CA. This argument is a corner stone to the legend. Some of the newspaper account was used for the legend but not all of it. If Mrs. Bernard were on a train heading from Denver to the Hotel Del Coronado she cannot be Kate Morgan. Kate Morgan under the name of Katie Logan left her employer’s home the day before Thanksgiving and said she would return the next day to make a Thanksgiving Dinner, she never returned, but she could not be on a train in Denver several days before leaving her employer’s home.

This is just an example of the facts given by the famous spirit at the Hotel Del Coronado. Research is ongoing and additional funding is needed.

Media Contact: Bonnie Vent - bvent@sdparanormal.com
Website: www.sdparanormal.com
Sample Footage of actual communication from the documentary “Conversations with the Dead”:
http://link.brightcove.com/services ... d959009698

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General : Black Forest Haunting

Posted by Founder on 02-Jul-2007 14:04 (2770 reads)

This video was shot by Steve Lee during a rather famous haunting in his home in Black Forest, Colorado in the mid-1990s. "One day we came home," said his wife Beth, "and it was like the Fourth of July in our living room and in our bedroom. We had all kinds of lights flashing through, and it sounded like people stomping across the roof. We would lay in bed at night and hear chains rattling. One night we woke up and heard orchestra music. Strange things started happening every day

The video clip be seen HERE

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General : Lets try it: Scrying

Posted by Founder on 15-Jun-2007 13:03 (2397 reads)

Your humble Guide attempts scrying - staring into a crystal ball - to see what visions might appear. And I got some interesting results!
What Scrying Is
Scrying is a method of divination (fortune-telling or seeing the unseen or unknown) by gazing into the shiny or reflective surface of an object. The scryer stares into the object until a vision is seen in his or her mind's eye. It's an ancient art that dates back to early Egyptian and Arab civilizations, and throughout history has been used by wizards, witches, clairvoyants, and psychics to look into the future, answer questions, and even find lost objects or people. Nostradamus is perhaps the most famous scryer.

Tools
A crystal ball is the most well-known scrying tool - or speculum - but other devices have been employed in the art, including black or dark mirrors, the waters of a still lake, or bowls of ink, water, or blood. Nostradamus used a bowl of water set upon a brass tripod. Jeanne Dixon, the late American psychic, used a crystal ball, while other clairvoyants have used black obsidian mirrors, crystal skulls - even light bulbs. If you need a crystal ball or some other kind of scrying tool, you can find them online at Shadows and Light.

Some scryers say that it's best to use a crystal of some kind because they have certain "vibrations," whatever that means. Others say it doesn't matter much what you use because what you're tapping into are your own powers of divination, and that the speculum is just a tool. So experiment and find whatever works best for you. Since I happen to have a crystal ball, that's what I'll use. You may also need a candle or two.

Objective
I'm going to try to see into the near future. Actually, I'll be satisfied with any vision I see.

Preparation and Procedure
The room. Now for the set-up. At night, choose a room or area of your house or apartment where it is quiet and where you are not likely to be disturbed. Dim the lights or completely turn them off. Low light is recommended to reduce distractions and allow you to concentrate on the speculum. I chose to set up on my kitchen table just after midnight when the house had finally quieted down for the night.

The light. To quickly attain scrying results, I've read, it's best to darken the room and set up some kind of dim flashing light. (Epileptics are advised not to do so.) But who has a flashing light around the house? Not me. So I opted for a flickering candle, which provides better atmosphere anyway. To make sure the candle flickered properly, I turned on a ceiling fan. After blowing out a few times, I finally got the candle in the right position where it would flicker without extinguishing. If you don't have a fan handy, perhaps the air coming through an open window would provide the air flow you need. The candle should not be in your direct line of sight, but near enough to provide illumination and reflection on the scrying surface.

Bonding. For best results, some scryers recommend that you take time to "bond" with your speculum. Since I was eager to get on with the experiment, I didn't take time to get intimate with my crystal ball. But I figured it's been sitting around the house long enough, so it probably already knows me pretty well. Other scryers advise that you consecrate the speculum with salt water or charge it in the smoke of burning wormwood. I was fresh out of wormwood (you always seem to run out of it just when you need it most), but salt water I could manage. Nostradamus is said to have anointed himself with the water from his speculum before going to work. If I tried to anoint myself with the three-pound crystal ball, I'd be seeing visions through a concussion, so I skipped that part.

Get comfortable. Since you'll be gazing into your speculum for at least 20 minutes, get comfortable. Find a position in which you can gaze into your speculum for an extended period without moving. My kitchen chair did just fine.

Breathe and gaze. Following the instructions I've found, I took a few deep breaths and gazed into the speculum. I allowed my eyes to relax, unfocused my vision, and allowed the images to come.

Record the images. You'll want to remember what you see in your speculum, so it's best to record the many images as they appear. A friend or family member can jot down what you report seeing, or you can simply talk into a tape recorder, which is what I did.

Results
Scryers say that after a few minutes you'll see the speculum cloud over, after which the images will begin to emerge. Indeed, after two or three minutes, the crystal ball did appear to fill with a light gray haze. After several minutes more, I began to see things. Again, it was my intent to see the near future. This is what I recorded:

"Shapes trying to come into focus..." (Recalling them now, they looked like tightly grouped figures of light that remained just out of focus.) "A mask..." (It could have been the reflection of my own face in the crystal, but I'm not sure.)

Long pause.

"A mouse-like image... shifting shapes... something just out of focus... Like the surface of a planet..." (Here's where I began to see a barren landscape, as if viewing it straight down from a great height. It was mostly a flat plain with a few irregular shapes on its surface.) "Like a pyramid on Mars..." (One of the shapes looked like one of the "pyramids" at Cydonia.) "Looks like the surface of Mars... [unintelligible]... A profile of a face..." (The mask was back, only this time in profile.) "Turning toward me..." (The face seemed to turn and look at me.) "[unintelligible] face... [unintelligible]..." (I was whispering to try and remain focused, which is why some of the remarks are unintelligible, but this last one didn't even sound like English.) "Giant tower..." (I don't even remember that one.) "[unintelligible] face... primitive... mouth dividing in two..."

Long pause.

"My own face..." (This did not appear to be a reflection, but it seemed that I was looking at my own face.) Pause. "Black triangle..." (This was a big black triangle with rounded corners and a dim light in the middle.) "[unintelligible] images... mailbox... G7..."

Pause.

"European train, explosion..." (This I said emphatically, as if the image were very clear - it looked like a European-style train exploding.) "Fire... " Pause. "Missile... It's on fire..."

"[unintelligible] It's Egyptian..." (I recall this being a door or something with Egyptian styling.)

"Calendar... fork... guitar... [unintelligible] diver... cattle... [unintelligible]... television... dart..."

Conclusion
The session lasted about 45 minutes to an hour and, frankly, I was surprised that I saw anything at all. It was a unique experience. At times I was so focused on the crystal ball that I seemed to move into it or be enveloped by it, and I wasn't even certain if my eyes were open or not. If I were to try it again, I think I'd either have someone take notes or try to talk louder into the tape recorder as too many remarks were later unintelligible.

Did I see the near future? Or was it all my imagination? I'm not sure what any of it means, if anything, although scryers say that the images are often symbolic, like a dream's, and can be interpreted in the same way. It's easy to read into a lot of what I saw, except for that last set of images, which makes no sense whatsoever. But if there's a train crash in Europe in the near future (and I certainly hope there isn't), I'm going to freak out! In any case, if you are going to try it, my only advice is not to take it too seriously.

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