GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #116 - June 16, 2011
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Think about something. Anything. That thought is now a reality. That thought is as real as whatever electronic device on which you're reading this newsletter. Thoughts are powerful. They can change you, they can change the world too, because thoughts are contagious. When good ideas escape our brains, often other people will latch onto that thought and give it more power; they'll put a piece of themselves into it and spread it around generously. Thoughts can spurn actions, actions can spurn creations, and suddenly thoughts become something we can see, photograph, touch, and experience. Look at any great piece of architecture. It began as a single thought and evolved from there.
Stay with me here… The thought itself is reality--no question--but what if that very real thought can manifest outside of our heads and in the world? I'm not talking about a hallucination--I mean literally be there to the point where other people can see and experience this thing as well. The general term for this is a thoughtform. This is not some new idea at all.
The ancient Tibetan yogis had a word for this concept; they called it a "Tul-pa." The yogis could create and destroy their own Tul-pas at will... but sometimes the thoughtforms got away... escaped! When talking about ghosts, I wonder if these thoughtforms might explain at least a few haunting situations--especially those hauntings where a "ghost" has no basis in the history of location or the people associated with the place. Maybe this thoughtform was projected by an unknowing human creator and then given life by other sightings? All possibilities we'll be exploring more in depth this month on Ghostvillage.com. Have some thoughts on this? Join our discussion of the month!
With warmer weather, I've been getting the chance to get out to some outdoor haunts lately. I just returned from a recent legend trip to the haunted Ram Tail Factory in Foster, Rhode Island. The ruins represent another way of life: A lonely night watchman, a water-powered mill, our ancestors, our fading history. I'm glad I saw it. If you want to check out more photos from my trip, you can see them on my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150199814184748.317918.283029759747.
Speaking of haunts… here's a big announcement for June: I'm working as a researcher for a new television project for the Travel Channel! Don't miss the debut of Paranormal Challenge hosted by Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel Friday, June 17th at 9:00 PM! I even appear as a guest judge on the Pennhurst School episode. Be sure to check out the new show--it co-stars my buddy, Dave Schrader from Darkness Radio!
And speaking of Dave Schrader, join Dave and I for a small and private investigation of one of New England's most notorious haunts: The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts. We're holding the event on two different nights: Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th. Saturday is already sold out! If you want to join us for dinner, presentations, and hours of ghost investigating/legend tripping, check out the event page here: http://www.jeffbelanger.com/lizzie/.
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Legend Tripping with Jeff Belanger at the Agawam Public Library - Agawam, Massachusetts - August 1, 2011, 7:00 PM
2nd Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - August 12-14, 2011
A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at Hubbard Memorial Library - Ludlow, Massachusetts - August 18, 2011, 6:00 PM
Darkness Radio's Dave Schrader and Jeff Belanger haunt Lizzie Borden's - Fall River, Massachusetts - August 26-27, 2011
Chicago Ghost Conference - Chicago, Illinois - September 30 - October 1, 2011
Central Texas Paranormal Conference - Austin, Texas - October 8-9, 2011
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Billerica Public Library - Billerica, Massachusetts - October 13, 2011, 7:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Luna Gallery - North Conway, New Hampshire - October 22, 2011, 7:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Uxbridge Free Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - October 24, 2011, 7:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Middleborough Public Library - Middleborough, Massachusetts - October 29, 2011, 6:30 PM
The Stanley Hotel Cabin Fever Event - Ghost Adventures and Darkness Radio - Estes Park, Colorado - November 3-6, 2011
Congratulations to Tammy McCue, who was the May winner of an autographed copy of
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Who does artist Paulina Cassidy claim as her muses?
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We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book and DVD, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!
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Over the past few months Ghostvillage Editor, Deonna Kelli Sayed brought us "Ghostvillage's Spring of Culture 2011!"
|Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage
From the Desk of Deonna:
When the lights go dark... the creative juices get haunted. Ghostvillage's Spring of Culture 2011 profiled emerging artists, writers, and other creative thinkers in the paranormal community. We love all the ghost hunting shows, but they are only one segment regarding how the public approaches the supernatural. Pop culture is vibrant with creative expression, and the ghost hunting crowd is no exception. (Even Lady Gaga believes in ghosts, by the way.) Here is an impressive list of creatives who visited Ghostvillage during our festivities:
Tara Normal's H.C. Noel
Terri Garofalo of Entities-R-Us
Tarot Artist Jackie Williams
Ghost Huntress author, Marley Harbuck Gibson
The magical Paulina Cassidy
Super Dude Grant Wilson from Ghost Hunters
We hope to showcase more talent during next year's festivities!
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Village?
>>mastermind73<< - member since November 14, 2003
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
Overland Park, Kansas (Kansas City metro area).
What do you do for a living?
I am a graphic and Web designer for a local reprographics company.
What got you interested in the paranormal?
I'm not sure what originally got me interested in the paranormal. I have been fascinated with the unexplained since I was very young. I did have a few personal experiences in my teens and twenties that increased my interest in spirits specifically.
What do you think is the most credible form of paranormal evidence?
I believe that all evidence is as credible as its source. I tend to judge on a case-by-case basis what outside influences could have caused an inaccurate piece of evidence. When all the common pollutants (human error, loud noises, traffic, etc..) are removed or accounted for, any evidence can be very credible.
What's your dream ghost investigation location?
I would very much like to investigate a big, old building that has lots of activity. An old war hospital or something like that. I would love to find a location where I can get video of some apparitions and video of some objects moving on their own.
What's your favorite paranormal-themed television show?
I'll probably get torched for this, but... Ghost Hunters. I find it great entertainment and enjoy the locations that they go to amazing in many cases. Since I'll never get to see many of these places myself, I like to live vicariously.
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New features added since our last newsletter:
The Haunted Dibbuk Box with Jason Haxton June 14, 2011 [WEBCAST]
Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Ghost Hunter's Grant Wilson June 13, 2011
The Haunted Book by Lee Prosser June 10, 2011 [SOLUMN]
Raymond Cass - EVP Pioneer by Bobby Garcia June 9, 2011
Illinois Haunts with Michael Kleen June 7, 2011 [WEBCAST]
Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Artist Paulina Cassidy June 2, 2011
Alien/Human Hybrids with Barbara Lamb May 31, 2011 [WEBCAST]
Spring of Culture at Ghostvillage - Author Marley Harbuck Gibson May 26, 2011
Biblical Apocalypse Prophecies with Dr. Robert M. Price May 24, 2011 [WEBCAST]
America's Strangest House by Deonna Kelli Sayed May 23, 2011
Our last month's theme was the Royal Ghosts. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Discussion: Tower of London, Arguably the World's Most Haunted
Discussion: Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland
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Comforting Presence - Sussex, England
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From the Desk of Ghostvillage News Editor Christopher Balzano
Believe in ghosts? Think your neighbor shares your ideas? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. Despite the recent polls revealing an overwhelming belief in the paranormal (and there are always recent polls that claim the same fact) the past month and a half has been filled with signs society is not quite ready to buy into the supernatural as a nonliving, non-breathing part of our world. The thought we reported on several years ago (http://www.ghostvillage.com/news/2008/news_09212008.shtml) is still the hard fast rule. People can believe in ghosts, but trying to find them and allowing them to influence your life is a bit off.
You might have thought the tide had changed. In addition to the landslide of paranormal shows on television, the beginning of the year was marked by repeated confessions from famous people promoting their latest work by coming out on their own ghostly experiences. As recently as last week, the people behind the new X-Men movie were telling tales of shadows and weird noises on set. Despite the revelations from the likes of Ben Stiller and Lady Gaga, society is moving slowly.
One police officer in Manchester, England, believes he was fired because of his participation with a paranormal group and his criticism of the department's dismissal of witnesses' stories. A hospice is being built in a Chinese section of British Columbia, even though some residents believe its construction will stir ghosts there. A church says it cannot support local ghost tours in Morpeth, England, that speak on the hauntings in the church (the same tour seems to have suffered another setback when another haunt was torn down and built upon) and has banned them from stopping by. Are things any better in the States? Not quite. Although there have been some inroads made, there is still work to be done. Two different groups were denied access to buildings by local governments over the past month, and another was denied permission for a recreation ground they intended to use for a ghost conference.
The arguments usually stay away from actually denying the existence of ghosts or any kind of conflict of beliefs. Authorities usually site not wanting to put people in harm's way or the need for the modern to replace the worn out. In other words, they're not saying the paranormal doesn't exist, they just don't want it in their town.
Take heart, though. There are still plenty of tours to see across this country and across the pond. Conferences are still being held despite the economic downturn, and there is still a class in an adult education center near you that will teach you local haunted places and how to look for ghosts. And, of course, evidence keeps coming in and making it onto your local, nightly newscast. That will have to be enough for now, and the benefit to these is they will help you find people with similar beliefs and enough of a pull to do something about it. For now we'll just consider everyone else late to the party.
5th Annual Paranormal Meet and Greet to be held in Indianapolis
School accidents result of chance, not hauntings Global Times Gaozhou, Guangdong Province, China- May 24, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Demons take over Mdzimba High The Swanzi Observer Dlangeni, Swaziland - May 19, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost photo phone suddenly quits working Times and Transcript Moncton, Canada- May 17, 2011 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
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Discuss SyFy's newest show, Haunted Collector.
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What Is Your Idea of God?
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The End of the World - a Discussion
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Urban Legends, Myths and Folklore
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Prejudice and Bias in Science
Why does science reject spookology?
Board of the Month -- Thoughtforms
Are some ghosts or other paranormal creatures just a projection of our conscious minds?
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