Being a student of the subjects discussed within this blog I have encountered many people who describe a component of their experience as a "psychic energy" or simply as an energy. This is, of course intriguing, as energy is something we can measure. However, when we ask the experient to describe in greater detail this "energy" they often falter, and can in fact become a little frustrated if pushed for more information. While understandable, this frustration can go both ways.
There are many forms of energy; chemical, electrical, thermal etc. All of these examples are measurable, so in theory this "psychic energy" should be measurable too -> if we can figure out what it is. And with more information and clearer descriptions of what people experience we could potentially form better hypotheses.
What got me to thinking about "psychic energy" was a personal experience that occurred this past weekend. I had been vacationing at Sauble Beach here in Ontario. This is an annual getaway for the ladies in our family. The beach is spectacular, and award winning, but when we need a break from the sand and sun we make a point of visiting some of the cute shops in town.
One of theses shops Glass In Motion is a favourite as it has a lovely atmosphere, and unique handcrafted items. This year I was drawn to a beautiful blue star on a silver chain, and I decided to treat myself to it. The lady in the shop was helping me with trying on different chain lengths and we got to talking about the metaphysical, and my interest in UFOs. When I was set to pay for my bead the change worked out to two dimes, which she began to tell me a story of why this particular denomination of coin had a special meaning for her. She put the dimes one in each palm of my hand and then closed them while telling me the story and I instantly felt a very mild electric current run up both arms to about the elbow area. Having had many electric shocks over the years I immediately took note of the feeling. It definitely felt electric, but much milder than say a jolt from a wall socket.
Was this "psychic energy?" Was I somehow feeling an electrical impulse through the shopkeeper? Did the coins act as a conductor? Was this some form of energy transfer? And if so why does this not happen with more frequency, say at the grocery store where I'm handed coins on a regular basis?
I cannot answer these questions, but what I can hopefully do is inspire others who are "feeling the energy" to take note of what it feels like, your surroundings, and anything else you may feel is important to your experience and write this down and share.
Again, with more information comes better hypotheses, and hopefully one day more knowledge.
Sue Demeter St Clair
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Last night some of the local PSICAN members met with authors and fellow UFO researchers Chris Rutkowski and David Haisell at the Artful Dodger here in Toronto. Despite being seated beside some very loud birthday revellers we did manage to get in some great UFO and parapsychology shop talk so to speak. Thanks so much to Chris and David and cheers again to UFOs!
I first wrote about David Haisell's The Missing Seven Hours for this blog back in 2006. It was an entry entitled I Love Used Book Stores and I was so excited to have found a copy of his book. The original had been out of print for quite some time, and not only had I found it, I think at the time I paid about a dollar. I still treasure it.
From my original blog post: "The book details the investigation of a series of alleged alien abductions/contact that occurred within an hour of my home in the Lake Simcoe area of southern Ontario. It all began for Gerry Armstrong as a young lad growing up in the UK during the 1950's and a puzzling episode where he seemingly lost seven hours of time. The book chronicles the Armstrong family's experiences with UFO's, apparitions, poltergeist activity, and an encounter with their exact body doubles that spans twenty-five years and two continents. "
This is a case that has fascinated me ever since, and even more so after I learned more about the late Henry McKay's investigations into the Jackson's Point UFOs. So, you can imagine how happy I was to learn the book has been recently updated! Read more here: Intro To Missing Seven Hours A Question Of Control Please note this is a link to a pdf.
In the original David Haisell writes about the strong influence Jacques Vallee's Invisible College had on his thoughts and ideas while investigating these very strange happenings. And as someone who equally admires the work of Vallee I am eager to read David's updates, insights, and conclusions. Mr Haisell if you find this blog entry please contact me. Would love to talk to you.
Click here for purchasing information for A Question Of Control A UFO Revelation!
Members of the Eccentric Club of London at their annual Friday the 13th lunch in 1936 – surrounded by objects that are connected with superstitions.
Friday the 13th has never bothered me, in fact my own parents were married on a Friday the thirteenth. They liked to break with tradition as a rule. More recently on the last Friday the 13th this past December 2013 I was given perhaps the happiest news of my life after going through a very serious medical situation last winter. On a personal level Friday the 13th has become a very lucky day.
Whilst the day and/or number has never troubled me personally, it does cause some real issues for certain people suffering paraskevidekatriaphobia (say that three times fast) or a morbid, and irrational fear of Friday the 13th, as coined by Dr. Donald Dossey.
According to a 2000 survey conducted by American Demographics 13% of Americans suffer this fear. Its an interesting coincidence with that number 13, and I sincerely hope that you dear readers are not afflicted with this.
The history of where this fear originated is unclear, but here are a few theories put forward by others:
Christ is thought to have been crucified on a Friday, which was execution day among the Romans.
Friday's were also traditionally execution day in Britain.
The number 13 ties in as it was believed to bring bad luck because there were 13 people at The Last Supper. People have suggested that Friday was the day God threw Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden, which would be a lucky guess as the concept of Friday hadn't been invented yet.
Thirteen is an unlucky or bad number in Norse mythology as well. Loki, the most mischievous of the Norse gods, went uninvited to a party for 12 at Valhalla, a banquet hall of the gods. And whilst there he caused the death of Balder, the god of light, joy, and reconciliation.
On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templars and sixty of his senior knights in Paris. Thousands of others were arrested elsewhere in the country. After utilising torture techniques to force the Templars to "confess" to wrongdoing, most were eventually executed and sympathizers of the Templars condemned Friday the 13th as an evil day.
Chaucer alluded to Friday as a day on which bad things seemed to happen in the Canterbury Tales during the late 14th century, "And on a Friday fell all this mischance." Perhaps with the plight of the Templars in mind?
In my opinion it was probably a combination of all of the above that led to the superstition, and belief that Fridays that fall on the 13th are somehow an unlucky day. How do you feel about Friday the 13th? Will you be doing anything different today because of it? Or do you believe it to be a silly superstition only?
Wishing you a great day no matter how you feel about it!
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Earlier this morning I was having a lively discussion within our Canadian paranormal Facebook group on the topic of ghosts, our pets, and the possibility of an animal afterlife. This is a topic that is dear to many of our hearts. Anyone who has loved an animal and believes in an afterlife would want the reassurance that their animal companion also survives in some sense after their bodily death.
Christopher Laursen has written an excellent article on this topic entitled "Why Not An Animal Afterlife?" in which he shares a personal experience. I too have written on Animal Apparitions that includes my experiences with a ghostly cat. My own encounter was not with a beloved pet, but perhaps a former resident of my 1920s home.
Over the years we have collected numerous accountings from people who have had an experience with what they believe is the spirit of an animal that has passed on. Just recently I published an encounter to the PSICAN website that is typical of the type of reports we receive. I entitled the article "A Family Dog Says Good-bye" because that is exactly how the witness described their experience .
While reports of ghostly cats and dogs are quite common I would be interested in hearing about similar encounters with other types of animals that we might form a close bond with such as horses, birds, or smaller mammals.
I have wondered about the possibility of non-domestic animal apparitions. I do not believe I have ever received a report of a ghostly coyote, moose or other wild creature, but if pets can haunt, why not wildlife?
It is my opinion that if human consciousness can survive bodily death then it stands to reason the consciousness of all living things must survive too.
The entries found on this blog are based on the thoughts and discussions of Sue Demeter-St Clair and Matthew James Didier....two paranormal investigators/researchers based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The blog is now archived, but will remain online for those interested in reading it. Please have a look for us via these websites:
The Ghosts and Hauntings Research Societies, Paranormal Studies & Investigations Canada - PSICAN, and Pararesearchers of Ontario We are also members and supporters of The Society of Psychical Research, and the Institute of Noetic SciencesPages We Contribute To On Facebook
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