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Paragnosis

Posted in Investigations, Magick on February 17, 2020 by Occult Detective

 

DisembobiedThere are a number of things that hang around the neck of paranormal research and investigation like a proverbial albatross, not the least of which is the veritable legion of amateur thrill-seekers that muddy up the field.  That the majority consider themselves “professionals” and “science-based” investigators only adds salt to the wound, especially when you consider their educations to have largely come from watching every episode of Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, or some equally loathsome para-entertainment programing.

But I don’t want to paint them all with the same wide brush. I have met a number of investigators who are diligent and thoughtful, adverse to parroting the techniques displayed on late night Travel Channel mockumentaries.

Bob Pastorella, co-host and columnist for the This is Horror podcast, tweeted:

Paranormal is not the same as supernatural. The former suggests phenomena science hasn’t explained yet, while the later are things which cannot be explained by any means. There’s overlap, of course, but researchers using objective scientific methods to contact ghosts is silly.

Using sensors to determine the smallest variations in light and sound yield few results other than those shifts in light and sound that could possibly be anything, really.

I’m really enjoying Hellier on Amazon, because they tend to use subjective methods to test phenomenons based on eye-witness testimony. The real drive of the series for me is the continuous synchronicities they uncover, which is also very fascinating.

While I don’t believe in the supernatural, I do think that a way to access that reality is through subjective means, which also means kicking science to the curb for a bit.

There is a lot of truth in Bob’s stance, in my opinion. Far too many “investigators” approach the so-called paranormal as a “science experiment” that they are recreating based on what they’ve seen on television. K2 Meters, Thermal Cams, REM Pods, and the like are fun toys, but not really very useful in the field, at least not as they are typically used.

The very best tool you have is your own senses. All those fancy gadgets do is put up a barrier between you and the phenomena you’re hoping to connect with. And that is what we’re doing out there — trying to connect with and understand these unseen spirits. In our most gracious moments, we may even be there to help them understand themselves, or to provide solace and understanding for the people who live amongst these entities.

At the end of the day, we look to define ourselves and our place in the multiverse. By interacting with paranormal phenomena we learn more about the worlds we are a part of and the worlds outside ourselves to which we will one day cloak ourselves in. We commune with these intelligences in a hope for mutual understanding and a lifting of the veil.

We seek gnosis.

So, if I were to offer a single piece of advice to paranormal adventurers, it would be this — think outside the box. Be silent. Be still. Be open… And be prepared.

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Raising a horn to the memory of Dr. Hans Holzer on the 100th anniversary of his birth

Posted in Investigations, Occult Detectives, Paranormal on January 26, 2020 by Occult Detective

holzerOn of my most cherished childhood heroes was Dr. Hans Holzer, whom I discovered in the 1977 In Search of…Ghosts episode of the popular docu-series hosted by Leonard Nimoy. I would go on to read dozens of books written by the famed parapsychologist and his imprint on me in my own paranormal adventures has stayed with me the past 40+ years.

For my generation, he defined what a paranormal investigator was. He opened up a multiverse of possibilities.

He was one of the defining figures in my life. Today, we raise a horn to his memory, on this, the 100th anniversary of his birth in Vienna, Austria, January 26, 1920.

The paranormal community owes him a tremendous debt.

Spiritboxing

Posted in Investigations on January 20, 2020 by Occult Detective

Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Nightstalkers conducted experiments using the Estes Method of Spirit Box communication. I assumed the role of the “receiver”, using headphones, the SonoX10 Spirit Box App, and a hood, in order to isolate myself from all sensory interaction save for what I hear coming through the headphones, while Rodney Transier and Aaron Hurst asked me, or more accurately, someone or something, questions.

I experienced no audible or visual stimulation outside of the Spirit Box, although I was “touched” on a few occasions. I think the experiment was a success and I am eager to experiment with the method even more.

While I agree that it does not adhere to “scientific” methodology, that has never been my interest. Communing with the “other side” is an emotional, intuitive exercise. I hope to expand upon the experiment and see how far we can push it.

You can listen to the three sessions we held in the links below.

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Old Ghosts & Night Stalkers

Posted in Investigations on January 17, 2020 by Occult Detective

So I was digging around on an old flashdrive and found some files that I thought were long lost — the original casefiles from a location I’ve been investigating for almost 14 years now. The site’s name and address have been redacted, as the owners have requested anonymity, but thought they might be interesting reads from a historical perspective.

I am also including the original logos for the Nightstalkers of Indiana, my old outfit (that just might be getting dusted off and given new life)… More on that later.

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“The Little People” of the Mississinewa

Posted in Investigations on January 10, 2020 by Occult Detective

One of the foundations of the strange and unusual experiences that permeates this part of North-Central Indiana, particularly along the Mississinewa River, stretching from 5 Mile Bridge in Marion to Seven Pillars near Peru, is what locals have referred to as  “Hobbitland” for the past sixty years or so.

The heart of “Hobbitland” is found in and around the area where the annual Mississinwa 1812 reenactment and living history museum is held, located in Grant County, Indiana, along the Mississinewa River, near the town of Jalapa.

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Very few locals could tell you how “Hobbitland” got its name, besides the obvious Tolkien reference, but it’s the sort of thing that seeps from the collective unconscious to take on a new life beyond simple folklore and urban legend.

Why? Because the Miami natives revered this area as the home of the Paissa.

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What were Paissa? Magical “little people of the forest”, akin to what Northern Europeans would call gnomes, fairies, or wights.

The Paissa were said to be dangerous trickster spirits, imbued with great magical powers who stood between two or three feet tall. Paissa literally translates as “little ones.” Some Miami traditions place these Paissa in a more important religious role,  being guides who lead the spirits of the dead through the Seven Pillars to the Milky Way and on to the afterlife.

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When I was a child in Converse, it was said that two local men had captured one of these creatures in an animal trap and kept it in their workshop near Fox Lake, but it escaped, most likely with the help of others of its kind.

As teenagers, “Hobbitland” was sacred territory for me and my friends, and, I guess, for young people all across the tri-county area. It had been for decades. It’s where you slinked off, far from the prying eyes of adults. It’s where we took our girlfriends, told ghost stories around campfires, drank cheap alcohol, and smoked cigarettes for the first time.

It’s also where many saw their first ghost, or encountered strange, otherworldly sounds in the night… where they got their first taste of the paranormal, and it still holds true to this day.

It’s a magical place — a place where the veil between this world and the next is thin.

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I have had numerous encounters out in the Mississinewa, along its river and the surrounding forests, in its caves and abandoned places.

I have heard the voices and sounds of things that could not be seen and some that could —  full bodied apparitions, unnatural orbs, and spectral lights that danced upon the water.

From Five Mile Bridge to Somerset to Seven Pillars and all points in between, there have been more mysteries than I could possibly recount.

But recount them I’ll try — tales of Hobbitland and the Circle of Stone, of Goose Creek and the Murder House, of Cliff Cave and White Feather and the Black Coven and more…

So many stories. So little time.

Coming Soon: Liber Mysterivm

Posted in Investigations, Magick on January 2, 2020 by Occult Detective

 

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I’ve got a lot on my mind as we roll into 2020. Looking for clarity and focus, and for a project that will encompass where I’ve been and where I’m going, I think it’s finally time to embark on something I’ve been threatening to do for a number of years — examine my evolution in the paranormal field, going all the way back to the beginning, to the early seventies here in rural Indiana, and forward into the 21st Century.

The posts under the Liber Mysterivm heading will be raw and honest, and hopefully insightful. Maybe even inspiring. But be forewarned: there will be magic and mayhem and things that will seem altogether unbelievable. All the best stories are.

I had considered publishing this, and who knows, I may still one day, but for now this will be the unfiltered, unedited version of my life peeking behind the veil.

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New chapters and fragments, maybe even some video, will roll out randomly without a lot of fanfare and with little linear focus. Think of it as us sitting by a campfire on a chilled autumn night, surrounded by the sounds of cicadas and bullfrogs, and coyotes just past the firelight. I’ve a mind to chew your ear and there’s no better stories around a campfire than of those things that go… well, you know.

This will be a fun little exercise for me, and hopefully for you.

Watch for Liber Mysterivm to begin later this month and for all the months to come.

 

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