GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #56 - April 17, 2006
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Have we been here before? Ever experience déjà vu? Have you had past lives? It's an interesting concept and is even one of the basic tenets of some belief systems. The idea is that when we pass on we come back again -- maybe as a new human being, perhaps as an animal. Reincarnation is the subject we'll be exploring more in-depth during the next month here at Ghostvillage.com.
You know the concept of the "old soul" -- those people you meet who seem wise beyond their years, or somehow a little more comfortable in their own skin than the rest of us? Maybe these old souls are more comfortable because they've had a few more go-arounds than the rest of us and are getting closer to what our Hindu friends call enlightenment. Enlightenment is the the place we all aspire to get to, where we have all the answers and no longer need to reincarnate.
Science tells us that matter can neither be created nor destroyed -- meaning all of the material that makes up the trees, rocks, the air, and us have always been here and always will be. We're breathing the air Shakespeare, Jesus, and Tutankhamun once breathed. We're still influenced by some of our ancestors because word of their works spread far beyond their mortal lives. Is there a piece of Shakespeare in a young aspiring playwright who just saw her first performance of Hamlet? You bet. Will we inspire future generations in some way -- that's the goal -- and our ideas, our selves will be born again. Read more about reincarnation in this month's feature article, an
interview with Dr. John
Gilbert. Or discuss the topic further in our message board of the
I see by the Supernatural Calendar that many conferences are coming up in the next two months. I hope you'll have the opportunity to attend some of these great events. I'll be speaking at several of them over the next several weeks including conferences in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, so if you're in the neighborhood, definitely come by and say hello. It's always a pleasure to meet a fellow Ghostvillager. Also, I'm trying to get in touch with people who have had ghost encounters at the sites of military battles and conflicts. If you've seen a ghost of war, please send me an email -- I'd love to hear more about it. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.
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On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first
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Once we have our winner, we will announce them on our home page as soon
as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)
This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the World, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free!
Very soon, Ghostvillage.com will begin syndicating our calendar of events so other Web sites can display these supernatural happenings.
Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!
April 19: Jeff
Belanger on Chronicle TV - Boston, MA
April 21: BOOt
Camp Ghost Hunters Intensive Training & Expo
April 22: New
Jersey Ghost Conference 2006 - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event, 2006
Paranormal Conference - Jefferson, Texas, IL
- Paranormal Gathering @ Ashbary Coffee House
April 28: 2006
California Ghost Hunters Conference
April 29: Supernatural
Summit - Rochester, New York
April 30: Bachelor's
Grove - Outing
May 6: Eastern
Massachusetts Paranormal Conference - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
May 13: CPRI's
1st Annual Paranormal Conference
May 14: Paraquest
Paranormal Conference 2006 - England
May 19-20: Jeff
Belanger at Book Expo America - Washington DC
May 20: First
Annual Ghost Conference - New London, Connecticut
June 16: 8th
Annual SGRA Paranormal Conference, Milford, Connecticut - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
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became more curious as more people I knew passed on. I knew they had to go somewhere, right?
What is the most compelling piece of evidence for the existence of life after death?
I have had a few experiences from time-to-time. The one experience that
confirmed things for me was when I had a ghost in my yard. I tracked down
the origin of the ghost and it turned out to be a friend from school who was
killed about a block away from where I live. I have since confirmed a few
details that convinced me, and I have also communicated with her since.
What's your favorite junk food?
Our last month's theme was Celtics and Druids. We had a great number of articles and thoughts on the subject, and we definitely learned a few things about this enigmatic group. Here's
what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Feature: The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 4 of 4
Feature: The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 3 of 4
Feature: The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 2 of 4
Column: The Witchcraft Connection - Celtic This, Druid That, Saint Patrick Hit Me With a Wiffle-Ball Bat - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
Author Interview: John Michael Greer and The Druidry Handbook - by Lee Prosser
From the Archives: Druids - by Lee Prosser
Feature: The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 1 of 4 - This month's feature article by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
Shamanic Christianity by Bradford Keeney
The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja by Ross Heaven
Trigger Point Therapy
The Enchanted Cat by Ellen Dugan
Chinese Home Remedies by Lihua Wang
The Ibis Western Mystery Tradition Series
Pagan Spirituality by Joyce and River Higginbotham
Inner Journeys by Dr. G. Michael Vasey [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Encyclopedia of the Undead by Dr. Bob Curran
Oracles of the Dead by Robert Temple
Witch in the Boardroom by Stacey Demarco
The Druidry Handbook by John Michael Greer [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
The Cherokee Herbal by J. T. Garrett
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Portrait of a Funny Old Man - Hull, England
Little Dancing Girl - Baltimore, Maryland
The Haunted Mansion - Reading, Pennsylvania
Haunted Newport News - Newport News, Virginia
Tormented in Our Apartment - Brooklyn, New York
The White Dove and Heavenly Voice - Toms River, New Jersey
Lights Flashes in the Night - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The Ghostly Mom is Still Here - Everett, Washington
A Young Man's Spirit - Hudson, Michigan
Trying to Get Our Attention - England
The Moving Knocks - Rochester, New York
Hearing My Name Three Times - Walnut Creek, California
The Ghostly Skeleton - Coast Range, Northern Oregon
Teaspoon and Grandpap - Bentleyville, Pennsylvania
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Eighth-Annual Paranormal Conference Set For June 16-18 in Milford, Connecticut [CONFERENCE WATCH]
2006 California Ghost Hunters Conference Set for April 28, 29, and 30 [CONFERENCE WATCH]
Chicago Ghost Investigations are expected to set the standard for the tour industry in Chicago
Second Annual Las Vegas Paranormal Conference - October 1-2 [CONFERENCE WATCH]
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Billy Bob Firestone and the Ghosts of Pythian Castle - by Lee Prosser - April 15, 2006 [COLUMN]
Cryptobotany: The Search for Lost Plants by Richard Senate - April 7, 2006
Vedanta and Durga - by Lee Prosser - April 2, 2006 [COLUMN]
Ritual, Resonance, and Ghost Research: The Play in the Fields by John Sabol - March 27, 2006
Celtic This, Druid That, Saint Patrick Hit Me With a Wiffle-Ball Bat - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin - March 21, 2006 [COLUMN]
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the
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email us for more information.
|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
New Jersey Ghost Conference 2006 - Hackettstown, New Jersey - April 22, 2006
Revelations: The Eastern Massachusetts Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar - Methuen, Massachusetts - May 6, 2006
SGRA's 8th Annual Paranormal Conference - Milford, Connecticut - June 16-18, 2006
2006 New England Ghost Conference - South Portland, Maine - October 13-15, 2006
Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party at the Sprague Mansion - Cranston, Rhode Island - October 26, 2006
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Beware of Your Plants: Hidden Horrors
What exactly are you bringing into your house along with the plants you buy?
Read any good supernatural books?
Read a good piece of supernatural fiction? Tell us all about it! Recommend one that you think others would enjoy too.
Haunted House in Horicon, Wisconsin
Relive the facts and legends of this famous haunting that made national headlines.
Gospel of Judas
"New" gospel sheds a more positive light on Judas.
Were they real?
Childhood fears and friends.
Fear of Black Cats: Why are people scared of them?
There are many myths surrounding black cats, so much to the point that some people are biased against them and fear them. What would make people feel this way?
Supernatural Short Stories
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Board of the Month -- Reincarnation
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