GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #63 - November 16, 2006
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Communicating With the Dead is an objective and journalistic journey into the history and practice of spirit communication devices and methods. Practitioners, scientists, clergy, and psychics all weigh in on the various means and materials used to make contact with the spirit world.
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This past month was our busiest ever here at Ghostvillage.com -- more than 8 million hits in October alone. That means there are a lot of new faces seeing this newsletter for the first time. Welcome to the supernatural discussion to all of you who recently signed up online or at some of the many lectures I've given over the last several weeks. During my recent travels, I've had the pleasure to meet so many people who are interested in ghosts and the supernatural and who are doing some great work to further the research and discussion of this important subject. This past weekend I was in Astoria, Oregon as a guest of the
A.G.H.O.S.T. organization. Thank you to Ross Allison and the rest of his group for their hospitality and for their great insight. This coming weekend I'll be speaking at Ghostfest on the
Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. I know several Ghostvillagers have already emailed me to say they plan on attending -- I look forward to seeing you all there and showing you the secret handshake (which looks remarkably like a regular handshake).
In the month ahead we'll be exploring Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) here in the Village. The exact definition of ITC is a bit of a moving target, but basically the idea encompasses spirit communication via modern technology. There are many offshoots from this practice that you may be more familiar with -- certainly Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) can fall under this umbrella, as can certain aspects of spirit photography and videography. We live in a technological age with a myriad of devices that we use to communicate: telephones, televisions, computers, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, and radios just to name a few. If our personalities, memories, and intelligence can pass on after death, it would seem logical that we may use these old familiar devices to try and reach back to our living loved ones (hopefully there are no exorbitant roaming charges for that call). There are also researchers building electronic devices with the sole intent of communicating with spirits. The field of ITC is wide open.
Practitioners of ITC believe these devices can be used to bridge the gap, and that an open, two-way dialogue with spirits is possible. The practice takes focus, not just on the living side of the veil, but also on the spirit side -- a symphonic blend of science and spirituality. This month we'll explore the methods, the evidence being collected, and the history of ITC. To kick things off, I've included an excerpt from my book,
Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave. You can click here to read part of my chapter on ITC.
Thank you all for another great Halloween/Samhain season. Please keep sharing your experiences, your evidence, and your opinions. Great things will come of it. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.
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Congratulations to Melissa McConnell of Sartell, Minnesota who was last month's winner of a copy of 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!
This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link:
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and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.
On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first
person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.
Who were the guests on the November 6th episode of Ghost Chronicles?
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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, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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November 17-19: Queen
Mary Paranormal Convention, Long Beach, California - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
November 29: Jeff
Belanger on APSR Paranormal Talk Radio
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>evad_83647<< - member since October 21, 2005
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
Las Vegas, Nevada
What do you do for a living?
Jet engine mechanic, photographer, and author. I've just released my latest book,
The Enlightenment. It is a novel about how man came to be on Earth (www.dandepublishing.com).
What got you interested in the supernatural?
This is a hard question. I guess I've always been interested since I was a child trying to explain the dreams I had. I have also had unexplainable experiences in my life, both with ghosts/spirits and UFOs. I found Ghostvillage while doing some research on another book I am writing. You guys sucked me in, and I am probably more interested in the paranormal now than I have ever been.
Do you think science will ever be able to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts?
I think as long as there are unexplained events which occur, people will try to figure out why. As you know I am very interested in the science end of things. If you compare us to the universe, our current knowledge level would fit on the head of a pin. We have a long way to go to understand how everything works and why. At this point I am inclined to say anything is possible.
I think to be able to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts is going to require a lot more research. You have people on both sides right now who swear they are correct. We need to get past that mindset and work together to find the answers. Ghostvillage has done an excellent job of bringing people to the table to discuss their experiences.
Yes, I believe science will prove or disprove the existence of ghosts, but not for a long, long time. Hopefully we will be around to see it.
What's in your CD player right now?
I don't usually listen to music while I'm working. If I had something in there other than what I was currently working on, it would probably be Larry the Cable Guy or some other comedian.
Our last month's theme was Psychics. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Discussion: Halloween - What Did You Dress Up As?
Discussion: Halloween Decorations 2006
Discussion: Cultural Observances for Halloween
Archive: Halloween 2003 - What Scares Us - From the Ghostvillage.com archives
Discussion: What's Your Favorite Halloween Movies?
Archive: The History of Halloween - From the Ghostvillage.com archives
Feature Article: What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You? by Jeff Belanger
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:
Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
The Museum of Lost Wonder by Jeff Hoke
Ghosts of War by Jeff Belanger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Dream Exploration by Robert P. Gongloff
Darkside Zodiac by Stella Hyde
The Ghosts of the California Missions by Richard Senate [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
The Knights Templar in the Golden Age of Spain by Juan García Atienza
The Way of Four Spellbook by Deborah Lipp
The Wicca Handbook by Eileen Holland
The Sacred Embrace of Jesus and Mary by Jean-Yves Leloup
The Essence of Tantric Sexuality by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson
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Shadows and Cold Spots - Essex, Ontario, Canada
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Footsteps From the Red Room - Warwick, Rhode Island
Darting Shadows and My Haunted Home - Berri, South Australia
Spirits Followed Me Home From Carnton - Nashville, Tennessee
Downs Road Ghosts - Bethany, Connecticut
Kay's Goodbye - Sacramento, California
The Woman on the Bed - Melrose, Minnesota
Cemetery Apparition Video and EVP - Bardstown, Kentucky [VIDEO] [EVP]
The Shadow Man - Richfield, Minnesota
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BU Students Learn About Paranormal Activity Waco Tribune-Herald Waco, Texas - November 15, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Can Faith and the Paranormal Co-Exist? The Wichita Eagle Wichita, Kansas - October 28, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
The Shady Science of Ghost Hunting Yahoo - October 28, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Science Bites Myth of Vampires, Ghosts Yahoo - October 27, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Wildcat Mountain's Secret Vernon County Broadcaster Viroqua, Wisconsin - October 25, 2006 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
PsyTech and Utopia Dream Productions Announce the Release of the documentary Haunted Kentucky to DVD
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Ghost Hunt Seminar - Ghost Chronicles - November 15, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]
Ghost Photography: Orbs by Robbin Van Pelt - November 9, 2006
Pet Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles - November 6, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]
Ghosts Haunt the Inn by Richard Senate - November 3, 2006
Japanese Woman Artist - by Lee Prosser - November 1, 2006 [COLUMN]
The Ghosts of the Windham Restaurant - Ghost Chronicles - October 30, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]
Part Four of Belle Gunness: McClung Road and the Blood Farm Horror - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
October 25, 2006 [COLUMN]
The Salem Witches - Ghost Chronicles - October 23, 2006 [GHOSTVILLAGE RADIO]
Homan House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Report by John Sabol - October 20, 2006
That is the Way of It - by Lee Prosser - October 15, 2006 [COLUMN]
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Ghostfest - RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California - November 17-19, 2006
2007 Haunted America Conference - Decatur, Illinois - June 22-23, 2007
Ghost World Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 20-22, 2007
Tickets to the Ghost World Conference are already selling fast, so definitely click on the Web site
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July 20-22, 2007 in one of the most haunted places on earth: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Tickets and booth space are already going fast
and space is limited. Be sure to visit the conference Web site for more information or to sign up:
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Workers Unearth Civil War Coffin
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Does Hell Exist?
Is Hell an actual place or just a state of mind?
What are your favorite Internet hoaxes, email rumors, and urban legends?
Does a spirit remain in car #751?
Blue Mist in the Photo
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Can ghosts form a larynx and speak audibly?
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