Monday, November 27, 2017

Decoding the Language of Spirit with William Stillman

Many of us studied a foreign language in school; perhaps it was Spanish, German, or French. By speaking a new language, we may identify the differences between it and our native language, including nuances in translation that don’t quite match up. For example, the Italian word zitto, or “be quiet,” can be interpreted as the coarser “shut up” in English. The many meanings for the Hawaiian aloha include not only “hello” and “goodbye,” but “compassion,” “peace,” and “affection.” The majority of us probably learned another language for the duration we were enrolled in a class and then allowed our use of it to lapse. As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you lose it. But the more you do use it, the more proficient you become. This is how those who are employed as teachers, linguists, and interpreters (including those who interpret sign language) make it look so facile; speaking the alternative language has become second nature.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I am, myself, a linguist of sorts. As a psychic medium, I don’t have a normal life or a regular job. In fact, my job is also to effectively interpret a foreign language, one in which I’ve become reasonably fluent. It is the language of Spirit. It is one of symbols and sensations, icons and emotions. I translate these impressions into words for those not yet as fluent as I am. By immersing myself in the culture of the language, I’ve acquired a cultural competency. Thus, my spirituality is not a mindset, it is a lifestyle. I am speaking, thinking, and breathing this competency, which, in turn, complements a lifestyle that honors the culture. It is akin to becoming a first-time father; a good parent dispenses with self-centeredness in favor of making his child the priority. In my case, the child is my higher self. The benefit has been a greater knowledge and a heightened awareness of the Spirit realm. This comfort level has granted me tenure, yielding me confidence to represent this realm as an interpreter with reasonable authority.

As with any translation, some of it may be open to interpretation or personal preference. Ascertaining the proper terms that align with my own language can cause minor discrepancies, and subtleties may get  lost in translation. For example, I was once asked by a woman from China to connect with her deceased brother. I was repeatedly drawn to the word murder, but she didn’t understand this. I finally asked her how he passed and she replied that he had been hit by a car. I don’t know if her brother’s tragedy was accidental or deliberate, but the variation in semantics was interesting. In essence, I was being shown that he died violently, not of his own volition, and not from natural causes. Once the woman and I could agree on the generality of the translation, the rest of the reading flowed smoothly.

The closest approximation I can fathom for expressing how I interact with the Spirit realm is to think of it as a celestial version of charades. If you recall playing charades, you’ll remember that the object is to convey to others, without speaking, a hidden meaning known only to you. There are some standard charades cues, such as pressing together both palms and opening them simultaneously to represent “book,” or cranking an imaginary camera for “movie.” If the hidden meaning is three words, you hold up three fingers; you fold down one finger to show “two” to isolate the second word. If one word rhymes with another, you can tug an ear as a clue to indicate “sounds like.” This analogy perfectly describes my daily routine, continuously engaged in a celestial version of charades for advanced players.

The language I translate is fascinating and intriguing to me personally. I have long held an interest in the unusual and the unexplained. This interest was indulged and encouraged as I was growing up, so it comes as no surprise to me that I have composed a book about it. Here, I wish to share what I have gleaned from my years of interacting with Spirit— the compassion, the wisdom, and the beauty of its mysterious ways. Our everyday lives are teeming with information embedded throughout in the cryptic manner of charades. It is, in essence, hidden in plain sight. Unfortunately, much of that information has the potential to be disregarded or overlooked for being a secret language. My hope is that The Secret Language of Spirit will provide the tools for decoding spiritual hieroglyphics as well as to offer insight about why Spirit desires to maintain open channels of communication with us all.

William Stillman is the internationally known, award-winning author of The Soul of Autism, among many other titles. Since 2004, Stillman has worked professionally as a psychic medium. He has been consulted on missing person and unsolved homicide cases and volunteers as an investigative resource to the Pennsylvania Paranormal Association. Stillman has been interviewed on numerous shows including Coast to Coast AM and CharVision, with renowned psychic medium Char Margolis. He has twice been a guest on the popular YouTube series Swedenborg and Life. Stillman has also been a repeated guest speaker for Lily Dale Assembly near Jamestown, New York, the country’s oldest and most revered spiritualist community. Stillman’s website is and his Facebook page is “William Stillman Psychic Medium.” He makes his home in Pennsylvania.

Monday, November 20, 2017

ETs: What Do They Want With Us? with Erich von Daniken

Many millennia ago, when our ancestors were living in the Stone Age, a giant mother spaceship was circling our planet. Smaller shuttles went down to Earth. The group of ETs acted like ethnologists. They studied some tribes, diligently learned the languages, gave human beings tips and instructions for a regulated future, and finally took leave again with the promise to return in the far distant future. This became the starting point for religions on Earth. Our ancestors had classed the strangers as “gods.” These thoughts are not speculation, no kind of hypothesis, or any other kind of theory—they can be proven. Everyone who takes the trouble to study the material reaches the same conclusion. Those who want to, know about it. 

The consequences of that prehistoric visit affect all of us: our religions, political systems, ideologies, what we are as “human beings,” and our present as much as our future. As an insider, as an “old hand” and author of 40 books on the subject, I am just as familiar with the unanswered questions as the critics are. For the latter, the contradictions appear obvious, problematic, and insurmountable. For those in the know, everything has its compelling logic, including those things that appear to be impossible. 

Are there extraterrestrials at all? What do they look like? Why do they look like human beings? What technology enabled them to bridge the light years? What did they actually want here? Why, given the billions of available planets, did they come just here to Earth? And why did they do so precisely at this point in the course of earthly evolution? Why did they leave their home? What do the ETs gain from contact with us? Do they want to exploit us? Why don’t they kill humanity off? And why don’t they reveal themselves to the general public? Why play games of hide-and-seek? 

These are all justified questions. And to each one— without exception!—there is a logical answer. In the meantime, the ETs have started influencing human beings again. I contend that the extraterrestrials were not only here millennia ago, they are here again. They are now and have been for decades. Earth is being observed, studied, and analyzed, and there is contact between the ETs and individual groups of people. Totally insane?

In 1966 I wrote my first book, Chariots of the Gods. In the introduction I stated, “Writing this book requires courage— reading it no less so. Because its hypotheses and evidence do not fit into the laboriously constructed mosaic of established conventional wisdom, scholars will put it on the list of those books which it is advisable not to talk about.” Meanwhile, 50 years have passed. My introduction from that time still stands today. The Gods Never Left Us is most definitely not a compendium of my previous works. In only very few sections do I have to cross-refer to my previous books, but only so that the reader is not left hanging. 

That extraterrestrials visited Earth millennia ago and influenced our forebears can be proved. But—and this is the ultimate test of our knowledge—ETs are still at work today. And that concerns us all. Why do they do what they do? What does an extraterrestrial species gain from observing us rather like we observe ants? What have the aliens actually wanted in the millennia to the present day? Can’t they leave us in peace? And why do we make it so difficult for ourselves to accept the existence of extraterrestrials? 

That is what The Gods Never Left Us is about. 

Erich von Däniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and best-known) book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. The worldwide best seller was followed by 40 more books, including the recent best sellers Twilight of the Gods, History Is Wrong, Evidence of the Gods, Remnants of the Gods, and Odyssey of the Gods (all published by New Page Books). His works have been translated into 28 languages and have sold more than 65 million copies. Several have also been made into films. Von Däniken’s ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of television series, including the History Channel’s hit Ancient Aliens. His research organization, the A.A.S.R.A./ (Archaeology, Astronautics & SETI Research Association), comprises laymen and academics from all walks of life. Internationally, there are about 10,000 members. He lives in Switzerland but is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit, traveling more than 100,000 miles a year.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Tattoos: Connecting with Your Spiritual Self with Lisa Barretta

Thousands of years ago, ancient indigenous cultures recognized a deep connection to the cosmos, nature, and the realm of spirit as evidenced in their art, symbols, metaphorical myths, and use of tattoos. These venerable cultures weren’t superstitious; they were enlightened. Their close relationship with the spirit world wasn’t muted by religious dogma or overshadowed by technology. It was a true, pure, authentic connection that very few cultures maintain today. They knew there was a mystical connection in art and symbols, and an even more profound magic in creating and adorning themselves with tattoos. Images that were put on the skin represented an embodiment that linked directly to consciousness. Tattoos told stories, encouraged healing, empowered the wearer, and tapped into the hidden realms of the spirit. Tattoos were, and still are, powerful symbols that speak the cryptic language of the soul.

 Consciously tattooing can be a vehicle for self-empowerment. When you decide to get a tattoo, you are taking part in a potent blood ritual that opens your inner pathways to self-awareness. Getting a tattoo goes well beyond just capturing an image on your body; it also stirs up the emotional cellular memory that lies beneath your skin. You are crossing a threshold and making a commitment to an inked-on symbol that you not only wear outwardly, but also embody. Now, you might be thinking it’s just a little symbol or a cool image, but believe me: your tattoo holds volumes of inner information. The symbols in themselves represent an archetype—or possibly your shadow—that is pulled forth through the decorative tattoo portals you place on your body. It can mean something deep inside of you wants to be outwardly expressed. Alternatively, your consciousness is calling for something to be added so you can embody the energy and power represented by the image you decide to ink.

Tattoos are usually synchronized to events in your life that come from an emotional connection to an experience, a dream, an inner urge, or a certain something or someone. When you ink an image onto your body, you are embodying the vibration of the symbol’s meaning, the color, the transference of energy between you and the tattooist, and even the qualities of the ink. Combined, they’re a personal form of alchemy. Tattooing beyond the sake of vanity can initiate your own shamanic journey into your consciousness, to reveal what’s hidden in the matrix of the body, mind, and spirit.

Yes, tattoos go beyond skin deep. Put a tattoo on your body, and it becomes a sentient image and a portal into your consciousness. In this book, you will see some very compelling examples of how tattoos precipitated a healing, opened the doors to recognizing profound knowledge, and symbolically represented and activated the embodiment of an intended desire. Ah-ha—that brings me to intention. Conscious Ink is about tattooing with intention. An intention behind getting a tattoo gives you more focus and control over the hidden magic in your ink. Once you realize tattoos create an energy exchange with the physical and subtle bodies, you will most likely disengage from the standard opinion that classifies tattoos as merely body art. There is a very cool, supernatural side to tattoos, and they are an unequivocal vehicle for transformation and awareness.

Conscious Ink isn’t a tattoo picture book, nor is it a tattoo history book. It is all about looking at tattoos through the lens of consciousness, the term we loosely call “spiritual.” After all, tattooing is a sacred art, rich in symbolism, ritual, and mysticism. You will come to understand the importance of intention, the vibration of colors, and how body placement all combine with your subtle body energy field to create a permanent body talisman for better or worse. They are spiritual birthmarks, or soul prints, markers along your path to wholeness.

If you are still deciding on whether to get a tattoo, my guess is that you will be making an appointment to get inked by the time you finish [my] book, Conscious Ink. I am inviting you to cross the threshold into the world of body art to explore the intimate, symbolic language of your spirit that is mysteriously veiled within tattoos. I’m sending you good energy as you awaken the spirit within on your artful path to self-actualization and enlightenment.  

Lisa Barretta is a well-established intuitive counselor, Reiki practitioner, and astrologer. During the past 35 years, she has developed a client base that spans North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Lisa is an authority on consciousness, specializing in spiritual evolution and the paranormal. The executive producer of Surviving Death: A Paranormal Debate, she is also the author of even more enlightening titles. See her website HERE

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Real Ghost Hunting: Finding Nothing, but the Truth with Brandon Massullo

Do you remember the first time you heard about someone’s ghostly encounter? Not just someone on TV, but a friend or family member. I was 14, and after my friend thrilled me with his personal encounter with a ghost, he asked me, his voice trembling slightly, “Do you believe in ghosts? Are ghosts real? What causes a ghost?” I must have stared at him for 10 minutes as my brain worked overtime to come up with an intelligent response. But the only answer I could muster up was “I don’t know.” It turns out that my response, at age 14, is very similar to what the majority of mainstream scientists and researchers would say today. My friend’s questions have bothered me for more than 20 years, and I have actively sought the answers through education and interviews with those who report interacting with a ghost. While looking for the answers, I noticed similarities among ghostly encounters, which ultimately led to developing new theories to explain ghosts and ghostly experiences presented in this book.

I haven’t investigated hundreds of haunted locations, nor do I own a vest with hundreds of pockets. I never understood why ghost hunters on TV always have those vests. I do not dress in all black. I don’t claim to have psychic talents. And I’m not part of a paranormal investigation team. What I am is extremely fascinated with reports of ghostly encounters. My passion has led to countless hours combing through the paranormal literature and speaking with people who report ghostly encounters. When someone is recalling their ghostly experience, their whole persona changes.You can physically see the rush of emotion and excitement on their faces. The people around them change as well. From staunch skeptics to steadfast believers, their ears will perk up and their eyes will widen when someone is recalling a ghostly encounter. Everyone is fascinated with ghosts.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a clinical therapist and parapsychologist residing in Northeast Ohio. I’ve worked within the Neurological Institute for the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, conducting behavioral health consultations. Currently, I’m the director of behavioral health for a local hospital. I’ve been fascinated by paranormal phenomena for 20 years, and have been a participant and featured speaker in numerous paranormal forums and events including the Parapsychological Association’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. I studied psychology and parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and my research has been cited in parapsychological journals, newspaper articles, and mainstream books.

I present my background to communicate that I have experience with assessing hallucinations brought on by mental illness or drug abuse, and Introduction 11 in my opinion, the ghostly encounters that a majority of the millions of people have reported are definitely not the results of mental illness or substance abuse. Upon hearing of someone’s ghostly experience, skeptics are quick to proclaim “They are crazy,” or “You must have been imagining things,” statements that question the witness’s mental stability. This is an uneducated and irresponsible way to respond to someone who reports a ghostly experience, but unfortunately it is far too common. With ghosts and hauntings, although an individual’s experience is unique to them, overall there are some key similarities among all ghostly interactions. Through the years, I started to really listen to people’s paranormal experiences and certain similarities caught my attention and led me to write this book.

A true apparitional or ghostly experience happens on rare occasions and is only possible when several factors line up. These factors include psychological, environmental, and bioenergetic fluctuations. Much time and research has been spent on whether people’s ghostly experiences are of a natural or spiritual origin, which has simply led to scattered results. Looking for a single cause for a haunting or ghostly experience may be too simplistic. For such complicated phenomena, it is likely to be a combination of several theories or mechanisms. In The Ghost Studies, we will explore popular theories on ghosts, discuss the role of energy and electricity during ghostly encounters, and finally, through real-life case examples, explore my theories on the processes that are necessary for apparitions, ghostly experiences, and hauntings. By the end of it, we will have provided answers to questions such as:

  • What causes ghostly experiences? 
  • What is the catalyst to witnessing a ghost?
  • Why do certain people report numerous ghostly encounters and others none? 
  • What leads to certain locations being haunted?

If you are looking for more than ghost stories, and want to know what causes ghostly encounters, The Ghost Studies is for you.

Brandon Massullo is a clinical therapist and parapsychologist residing in Medina, Ohio. Fascinated by paranormal phenomena for more than 20 years, Massullo has been a participant in and featured speaker at numerous paranormal forums and events. He studied psychology and parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His research has been cited in numerous parapsychological journals, articles, and mainstream books.
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