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We missed July 2018 in our news roundup and we’re sorry for that. There was a lot going on and not enough manpower to create the monthly news roundup. The next couple months are very, very busy for us as well due to the heightened interest in the paranormal that happens every fall. We are busy doing radio shows and conferences almost every week but we will endeavor to try to get you a list of the interesting articles that made their way through our feeds in a timely fashion.
August gave us some great paranormal news articles. Here are some of the articles and videos that have we have come across this last month which may be of use for your paranormal studies. We included material on ghosts, poltergeists, panpsychism, mediumship and much, much more. You can see prior monthly news roundups by clicking here.
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Soldier Diaries Tell Of Ghosts Intervening In First World War: Canadian Historian (National Post): Historian David Cook examined World War I diaries and discovered that there were several paranormal reports of both specters and premonitions. Those who reported these occurences in their diaries only had these encounters on the battelfield and they did not occur again during the remainder of their lives. He also noted that these occurences only happened to people who were on the battlefield as they were not reported during training nor to military persons who did not serve on the battelfields themselves. This is a fantastic historical account and an underserved section of paranormal study.
Panpsychism: 3 Reasons Why Our World Is Brimming With Sentience: The author examines three arguments in support of panpsychism, the belief that everything – even molecules – have sentience. Through documented sources, the author argues that sentience did not emerge spontaneously but has always been present; that recognizing an object by its external properties belies the internal properties contained within; and that as humans we infer that all humans and some animals have consciousness due to similar biology but we ignore other flora and fauna with dissimilar biology which have shown signs of consciousness. This is an interesting article which challenges the reader to think about the definition of life from a different viewpoint.
A New Method For Having Lucid Dreams Has Been Discovered by Scientists (Science Alert): The MILD method is the best known way to induce lucid dreaming; this technique involves cognition training and scheduled wakefulness. Researchers have taken MILD a step further by utilizing Galantamine, a drug used to prevent memory decay in Alzheimer’s patients. A startling number of participants, 57%, were able to induce LD through MILD with the use of placebo, and doses of either 4mg or 8mg of Galantamine.
Smoke ITC Located in Random Photo: ITC Voices and Paranormal Study founder, Tim Woolworth, was at a casino on 25aug18 speaking at a large conference in Northern Michigan. At the end of the night he posed with several friends for a single photo. Everyone had a lit cigar to celebrate the end to another paranormal conference. When he reviewed the photo, he found a wonderful smoke ITC impression: his initials in the smoke right above his head.
The Moffitt Family Poltergeist Case 1987-1992 (Metaphysical Articles): This article profiles a well known poltergeist case from California in which a family was terrrorized by a purported poltergeist. The incidences were attributed to an entity, Prince, and included destruction of property, mirror writing, and violence. It is a fascinating story that has begun to receive new interest due to the 2015 book, Unwelcomed: The True Story of the Moffitt Family Haunting. Deborah Moffitt has been featured on many podcasts in the last two years and her story is fascinating from a paranormalist’s perspective.
DMT Models the Near-Death Experience (Frontiers in Psychology): An interesting correlation between the effects of a drug, DMT, and the experiences of the NDE state have been found. DMT is thought to be produced by the pineal gland. This raises the question if some NDE’s are caused by a DMT release upon death. Granted, the work into NDE’s by Dr. Pim van Lommel, Dr. Raymond Moody and countless others shows than there is much more to the NDE experience that a tunnel with a light at the end. We here at Paranormal Study still think the NDE is a unique event experienced by those who’ve died due to countless reports for millennia and communications from the other side. But, this correlation does open up wonderful lines of enquiry.
Search For The Mothman: “Search For The Mothman” is a documentary that explores the unusual disturbances, odd sightings, bizarre occurrences, and surreal eyewitness reports connected to a large, winged, red-eyed creature known as the “Mothman” (first sighted in the Point Pleasant, West Virginia area in the 1960s). These events transpired over the span of 13 months. Strangely, the sightings and disturbances seemed to reach a peak with several area residents sharing the same collective nightmare of a river disaster. John Keel published the lauded book The Mothman Prophecies: A True Story which went into great depth regarding the Point Pleasant events and the bridge collapse; this book is highly recommended reading. As a reminder, the Mothman Festival is happening in just a couple short weeks in Point Pleasant, so read the book and watch this documentary to get up to speed on the topic:
Non-Verbal Austistic Children Demonstrating Telepathy: Dr. Diane Powell, M.D., reported some jaw-dropping results working with children who were autistic and non-verbal. In her experiments, she found that a group of children she worked with displayed a 90% accuracy rate on telepathic tests. One child, featured in the video below, demonstrated a 100% accuracy rate. The test was a simple design where a researcher, who works with these children, attempts to test the children’s telepathic ability with the researcher. The researcher views a card hidden from the subject with information on it and the subject pecks out the answer on a board. This test has profound results that demonstrate a telepathic ability present in at least one segment of the population.
Are We Being Supernaturally “Fed” On? (MU): Nick Redfern is a prolific author of over forty books and numerous articles. In this brief article, Redfern outlines several types of supernatural experiences that have left the victims exhausted. He raises the question of whether or not these experiences are much more than the physical phenomenon they are typically perceived to be. We highly recommend checking out Nick’s vast array of books to broaden your understanding of the paranormal.
Strange Case Of Norfolk Life After Death Experiment That Could Become A Hollywood Film (Eastern Daily Press): There are few cases of paranormal study in modern history that have truly captured the attention of the world and have stood the test of time. One of these studies was The Scole Experiment. A small group conducted mediumship sessions in Norfolk, UK, in the 1990’s. During these experiments which took place in the basement of a 17th century farmhouse, the standard mediumship protocols were followed. The room was painted black, there was no light. Over the sessions, glowing hands appeared, spirit trumpets moved and voices were heard from them, several apports appeared and undeveloped film had images imprinted upon it. The results were astounding and were well documented in The Scole Experiment: Scientific Evidence for Life After Death by Scole attendee, Grant Solomon. It now appears that there is a movie in the works based upon the Scole Experiment.
Deathbed Vision of Angels (Thought Co): This article briefly recounts several sources regarding the appearance of angels right before death occurs. Angels are often regarded as harbingers of the afterlife and appear to those dying to reassure them that everything is as it should be. They have been reported for millenia and have become part of the ideology of death in most cultures around the globe. While it is unknown who, or what these angels are, they appear regardless of race, sex, religion, politics, country, et cetera. If you would like to brush up on Angelology, Rosemary Ellen Guiley has a fantastic work entitled The Encyclopedia of Angels that is a wonderful reference guide.
From Hades To Out Yonder: The Soul’s Journey Through The Seven Planes According To Frederic W.H. Myers (The Search For Life After Death): F.W.H. Myers was one of the founding members of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) in the late 19th century. He is well known for his work on apparitions and mediumship having published three books during his life and what is often referred to as the Bible of British Psychical Researchers, Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death, was published posthumously. All of Myer’s works are available in the Paranormal Study Library as free PDF downloads. The article referenced a work by famed automatic writer, Geraldine Cummins, who was able to transcribe communications from the other side into several books. The book that is referenced, The Road to Immortality, is a Cummins classic in which she purports to have communicated with Myers after his death. Myers relates that there are seven planes of existence that the soul passes through and they are explored in a few pages of this book. The idea of planes has been around since time immemorial and has also been referenced through mediumship by numerous persons and groups such as the Theosophists and ITC researcher George Meek.