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What If The Ghost Was Me!

Something Sean said…

Recently I was chatting to Sean Cadman, one of the organisers of Paraforce UK regarding a recent investigation that he been on and he offered up an interesting point. Interesting enough to make it here to the Psi Theory Blog.

Basically Sean was taking part in John Blackburns Event at the Old Victorian School in Long Eaton and something rather strange occurred to him. He found himself in a corridor alone at one point and as he walked along it in the dim light, he felt as if he had bumped into someone. You know the kind of situation, the one where you accidentally catch their arm and/or shoulder as you pass them, so much so that it catches you and throws you off course a little. Like most of us in this situation Sean instinctively apologised, how very British of him right. The problem was that he didn’t receive an apology in return, in fact there was total silence and well no one there either. Sean checked the area and from where he was walking there wasn’t anything that could have had this effect on him. So he left the area slightly puzzled with an experience under his belt.

This seemingly paranormal encounter appeared to leave Sean thinking deeply though and rather than attributing this to a physical manifestation of a ghost from the location, he theorised quite a different idea.

Sean wondered about all this talk of multiverses and wondered if in some other reality he may have walked the opposite direction down the corridor, but because this reality was close to ours there was a cross over so to speak. Hence as he walked the corridor he may have bumped into himself from another reality. Now that’s thinking out of the box and my kind of thinking too.

Obviously playing on Sean’s mind a little, he decided to post this thought on social media and it sparked a little discussion on the topic. Something else I am a fan of too, friendly discussion on out of the box ideas around the Paranormal.

Not such a crazy idea…

The interesting thing here is that I don’t discount Sean’s thought process on this and as a matter of fact it is one possibility, if the multiverse Theory is correct, that could potentially explain ghosts in my opinion.

Now I am not going to claim to have a working knowledge of quantum mechanics or the multiverse theory here, so please feel free to comment if I get something wrong or miss something fundamental here. Small scientific disclaimer to say the least there.

Here’s where I like Sean’s thinking on this, the concept of multiverses is something that serious mainstream science is looking into, its a modern day version of the world being round argument. That being said we may be a long way off proving the existence of multiverses just yet, whereas the Earth being round was kind of obvious when you start to look. Yes, I know back in the day there was less tech so probably not that obvious or easy to prove. However the fact of the matter is that we managed to prove it in the end and that was built on a theory, an idea that someone had.

So, lets assume that multiverse theory is accepted to a degree and let’s equally assume that each new reality is created from a point of decision or change. A point whereas there was a possible number of outcomes and for each of those outcomes a new reality formed. As I write this blog I am listening to a track by the Cranberries from their recently released album, a decision made based on the loss of their lead singer not long ago. A talent that will be greatly missed. However in another reality I would be listening to a different track and in yet another reality I wouldn’t be listening to music at all. You get the idea right?

In Sean’s case he was walking one way down the corridor, but in a similar reality he was walking the opposite direction. This is what spiked my interest in this theory. You see in these two realities we can assume that Sean was pretty much doing exactly the same thing; he was at the Old Victorian School, he was there on the same relative date and time, he was investigating the paranormal, he was probably there with the same people too, he was even walking the same corridor for the same reason. There was only one difference, the direction of travel down that corridor. Now the reason for the difference in direction could be for a multitude of reasons. It could be the orientation of the other reality is the opposite to our own, hence what seemed like the opposite direction was kind of the same direction. Perhaps the decision that lead to the split between these realities was Seans choice to walk the corridor a certain way. Regardless it lead to there being more similarities between the two realities than differences, which could possibly bring the two closer together almost overlapping each other. Hence the reason Sean bumped into himself was that he was the only thing not behaving the same as the other reality. Now that’s some paranormal thinking right there, but something based on scientific theory! I’m not saying that this is indeed the case and Sean bumped in to himself from an alternate reality, there could be a logical explanation for this too, but I am glad there are more people thinking beyond that standard form. Let’s face it Sean could have said he bumped into a ghost in the corridor, but equally this would have not really told us much other than a common understanding of a ghost is a recording of someone that has passed away.

Touching on the logical…

Earlier I mentioned the possibility of a logical explanation and well I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t touch on it briefly here. There is also a distinct possibility that this entire experience could be a complete misconception of something rather simple. Its important to mention that I am not discounting Sean’s experience here, but simply offering up an alternative possibility and one that could often be overlooked.

This explanation could be one of a physiological involuntary response or as I like to call them, an oddly timed muscle spasm. So, basically as Sean walks down the corridor he is focused on investigating the Paranormal, which effectively means he is looking for ghosts already. This mindset already in play can influence his comprehension of his environment and the events which occur within it. As he makes his way along the corridor he has a muscle spasm, which feels very much like he bumped into someone. Given that he is seeking ghosts he concludes he bumped into one, probably not even giving a muscle spasm a second thought. This isn’t saying that Sean is discounting the logical though, remember he took the time to look for an explanation, but couldn’t find one. However not every explanation that’s logical is obvious either, often these are clouded by are own perception.

However what’s important to mention at this point is that although I offered up a muscle spasm as a logical explanation, its still only a theory of what may have occurred. At the end of the day we really only have the anecdotal experience of Sean on this one and he’s memories of the event that occurred. The human mind isn’t always the best for giving accurate reports of the events that have occurred and in situations like this we are often left with a theory of the events explanation.

What do you think?

Given this is an actual situation that occurred to Sean recently I thought it might be great to open this up to everyone else out there. If you were at the Old Victorian School with Sean and John Blackburn, what were your thoughts when you first heard about this experience? Have you experienced anything similar to this during any of the investigations you’ve attended? Do you have a theory of what you think ghosts are? Let’s start a discussion..

If you have enjoyed this post or have an answer to my questions, please comment, like and share below…

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – The Warwick Castle Paranormal Investigation

Warwick Castle, Amazing Location, Enough Said!!

 

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Warwick Castle

Right first things first, I cannot express how much of a fantastic location that Warwick Castle is! Seriously, I literally had to pick my lower jaw up off the floor as I walked through the grounds. MJ and the Sage Paranormal UK team truly outdone themselves on this one. Now there are a few places like this around the UK that often catch me off guard and completely throw me, but this truly knocked my socks off! So much so that I forgot to take any useful video footage or even photos, slight school boy error on my part. In fact school boy, could not be more perfect an explanation. Just like the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, walking into Warwick Castle threw me a little and brought out that inner child. Problem is that inner child takes his eye off the ball and fails to gather good photographic or video to work with later.

So, hands up and apologies for not having anything to show you that I captured. However if you are reading this and you were there with us, please feel free to share you photo’s and videos with on my Facebook Page (link on the right).

Sage Paranormal’s Ghostly Visit Before Hand…

Now usually this post would be all about the night in question, which was the Friday night when Sage Paracon UK kicked off. However like an excellent investigator and event organiser she is, MJ from Sage Paranormal visited Warwick Castle before hand. Also, in order to understand the location she shot a few pictures. One such room was the Kenilworth bedroom which was more than a little famous for paranormal activity.

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The Kenilworth Bedroom

 

This particular room wasn’t only associated with some rather odd spiritual stuff that suggested the possibility of a girl being raised from the dead in the bed, but the room was also associated with Séance activity held by no other than Aleister Crowley. A guy that was connected to some very interesting, but possibly dark occultism in his day. He will have to be a subject of a future post all by himself I think.

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Aleister Crowley

Right, so now I’ve set the scene and in order to gather some understanding of the location MJ visited the Kenilworth bedroom and began to take some photographs. In particular she took a picture of the information plaque at the foot of the bed.

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Kenilworth Bedroom Information Plaque

Now at the time she was alone in the room and simply took the photo then headed off. When she looked through her photos later at home she was surprised to find a figure in the window on the right. However not one to jump to conclusions MJ contacted Warwick Castle to confirm she was both alone in the room and that there were no wax work dummies in the room. There were neither! The question now becomes, who the heck is guy in the window?

Our Ghostly Night at Warwick Castle

Back to the Sage Paracon UK 2016 event at Warwick Castle and after I managed to pick my jaw up off the ground, we all gathered in the cafe area I believe. After MJ ensured that everyone was there and ready to go, we started the evening with a tour, which would equally identify the areas we would be holding vigils in later that night.

The tour of Warwick Castle was actually really good, as you can imagine it would be for such an iconic location. We started off our tour in the Ghost Tower, then onto the main building where we passed the library, the Kenilworth Bedroom, the main hall and a few more amazing spaces. We also stopped off at the dungeons, which included a room full of mirrors, never a good thing right?

The tour ended back at cafe for a break before we began the evenings vigils. Which was also chance to move around the room and chat to a few of the people attending.

Vigils at Warwick Castle

The Sage Paranormal UK Team lead this part of the night by allocating the guest speakers; Jeff Belanger, Frank Cinelli (Dr Spectre), Greg Lawson, Graham Smyth and I particular areas in Warwick Castle. Graham and I were given the Ghost Tower, so headed off there with our first group.

Although both Graham and I may have been considered a slight double act (we are serious researchers and investigators honest) we done our best to get our groups involved in the investigation of the Ghost Tower, with some interesting results. Our initial approach was to talk with our groups to see what gadgets they had brought to the tower, but also if any of them were particularly ‘sensitive’ to spirit. Luckily for us all the groups we had did have an excellent mixture of both.

In one of our first vigils we tried communicating using one of the groups own gadget. Alan Smith’s small device would pick up changes in the static field (I believe) when something moved closer to it. Placed on one side of the highest room in the Ghost Tower we were asking various questions and on a few occasions we did appear to receive some kind of response via the device. As it illuminated a few times as if someone or something had moved closer. We attempted to back this communication up using other devices, but unfortunately only Alan’s device reacted. As ever it’s not definitive proof of communication and it is very subjective as we dont have all the data on a very variable environment, but heck whilst you’re in a darkened room that has the name Ghost Tower, it was interesting.

If anyone that was present has any audio or video footage of that Vigil or other Vigils that night, I would be interested in looking at it and you never know it might make a future post on my website and YouTube Channel .

Other Vigils in the Ghost Tower were more spiritual in my with less tech and more information being passed through the group via mediumship.

I remember that a couple of the guests picked up on quite a few things related to the location including a very dramatic fire there. Some of this information also appeared to centre around one particular woman. I always find this transference of information fascinating.

In a later group, which included Rach and Selwyn from the Royal Oak Pub in Swanage where I conducted the Victorian Seance Singapore Theory Experiement; we had some interesting communication or telepathy depending on your perspective. One of the guests picked up on a very specific unique piece of information that to her seemed very random and possibly incorrect. However it became apparent following the Vigil that this information she picked up on was actually had a direct relationship to another member of that group. Unfortunately its not really my place to post what that information was here as it relates to an individual, but should they wish to share their story please use the comments below. Suffice to say this was a great example of localised Telepathic Interaction. Oddly this group also picked up on a name directly to Warwick Castle and one of the guests too.

Free Time Vigils

The last part of the night began after a final break where all the guests could venture out to a location of their own choice. For me I had to visit the Kenilworth Bedroom and investigate that area a little more. This wasn’t just because of its connection with the infamous Aleister Crowley, but oddly because some of the panelling was bugging me a little. I never got to the bottom of the panelling really, but we did spend some quality time in the room. Earlier on during the night another group picked up some interesting stuff in the Kenilworth Room, I believe on device one of our American friends Susan had with her. I would be interested to see that footage too.

Suffice to say I left the Kenilworth Bedroom wanting more, that room needs a thorough investigation and quite possibly a good old fashion Séance. Maybe one day I will get back in to do that.

Warwick Castle Round Up

Warwick Castle is a fantastic location, which needs far more than just one visit as there is so much to be had there. You need a good weekend there, hmm!

The Sage Paranormal UK Team ensured that we all had a great night at a fabulous location, a night that I will long remember. The location houses so much history and possible hauntings that its going to need a few more visits I think.

In all fairness we had a great bunch of people there that Friday night, all the VIPs, Guest Speakers, the Sage Paranormal UK Team and the Warwick Castle Guide were great and influential in ensuring we all had a great night. So, thank you to all.

If you were there that night, please feel free to share your experiences of Warwick Castle in the comments below.

After Investigation Party

Ok it wasn’t so much a party, but a small gathering outside when we returned to Wroxall Abbey, those involved know what I mean! I just thought it was important to mention that its good to have a sit and chat following a good night at such an epic location. Something else that my investigations of the paranormal has given me is the friendship of some very interesting people the world over now. Often its not just about investigating haunted locations,  but the friendships you gain along the way. Its most definitely not always the destination, but the journey itself that helps you grow. So, this is a small footnote mention to all of you out there in the paranormal who I am lucky enough to call friend, thank you all. As MJ of Sage Paranormal might say, you’re like my para-family.

Wherever you may be investigating next, good luck and enjoy the journey.

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – A Sneak Peak at Wroxall Abbey 

Sage Paracon UK 2016

www.sageparacon.co.uk Sage Paracon UK 2016

On the 8th & 9th October 2016 Sage Paranormal will be hosting their very own Paranormal Convention at Wroxall Abbey Estate in Warwickshire. I know this because it’s well advertised, if you’ve missed it you’re social media blind and because I have the pleasure of being one of the guest speakers. Don’t miss out on what’s going to be a great weekend and pop over to their website later and purchase your tickets. There are some great deals available.

So, as we begin to run up to the event I thought I would make a few of my posts all about some of the things going on over the weekend at Sage Paracon UK 2016. Hopefully as you follow the posts, which I will try to make as frequent as possible, you can join me on a virtual journey into the paranormal world. Our final destination will be the Wroxall Abbey Estate on the 8th October and Sage Paracon UK 2016.

If you missed my previous posts on Sage Paracon UK, here’s a few for you to catch up on:-

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – History is a Ghost Story – Jeff Belanger

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – Ghost Adventures Guest & Paranormal Tech Guy Carl Hutchinson

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – What to expect?

Random Visit to Wroxall Abbey

So, this morning saw a slight change to my usual Tuesday morning, with annual leave from the day job I took the opportunity to head over to see MJ Dickson in Warwickshire. This was to achieve two things; a) deliver a few things to MJ for the VIP bags and, b) see Wroxall Abbey for myself.

After bumping into MJ at Knowle with the slight assistance of clever technology, we jumped in my car and headed through the beautiful countryside towards Wroxall Abbey. Just for the record the winding country roads with overhanging large trees, rolling countrside and a couple of canal side pubs are just stunning. The area that Wroxall Abbey fits into is simply one of the most perfect examples of the British country. I’m telling you this in order to help set the scene before we move onto the Abbey itself. They say that often the right location can make the event and this location is a fantastic place locate conveniently too.

It’s actually pretty close to Warwick itself, which means it’s not far from Coventry and Solihull (South Birmingham) too. Now I know it’s in the middle of the country, but don’t let that deter you it’s actually closer than you might think. I live in Hertfordshire and still managed to get there in less than a couple of hours, pretty sure it wa like an hour and half in the car.

An Impressive Entrance

During my time investigating public locations one of the most amazing things was also the access to the historical buildings. Often for me as you drive up to the location, you can just tell how good a location is. Wroxall Abbey did not disappoint as I passed the Gate House and headed up the drive either.

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As you can see it’s pretty impressive and really beautiful. Straight away I could tell that this location was impressive and was kept very well too. The picture above was certainly an excellent introduction to the site.

The Main Convention Area

After we parked the car we took a brief walk to the front of Main Convention Area and took a look at the space we would be using on the 8th and 9th October 2016. I have to admit I was a little taken back by it at first glance and equally impressed with MJ’s efforts. She immediately took to explaining the ‘zoned’ layout and I listened intensly as I began to visualise her plan.

www.sageparacon.co.uk Main Convention Area Entrance
www.sageparacon.co.uk Possible Spiritual Zone for Stalls
www.sageparacon.co.uk Main Stalls & Mini Museums Area

As the picture suggests this is the area that will house the main stalls during Saturday and Sunday, with space at the back for the three mini museums too. The wooded floor will also be the dance floor for the Zombie Prom on Saturday night. It’s a large space, but to be fair one perfect for this convention. Also, from the picture above what you can’t see is the stage area behind the photographer or the bar to photographer’s left. All important, trust me.

Oxjam Live Music Festival Stage

Through most of Saturday and Sunday Sage Paranormal have organised for there to be live music within the main convention area from the stage below.

www.sageparacon.co.uk The Oxjam Live Music Festival Stage

This is an excellent space to allow the bright new talent to showcase their music as a part of the Oxjam Live Music Festival. Please take the time to look at the Sage Paracon website in order to familiarise yourself with some of the talent coming to this very stage and help support Oxfam. A few are listed below too, I’m nice like that.

www.sageparacon.co.uk The Oxjam Live Music Festival

The Spooky Graveyard

Surely no paranormal convention would be truly complete without some kind of spooky haunted graveyard! Well Sage Paracon UK 2016 is no acception to this rule, the team plan to make the on site graveyard look appropriate for the event and especially for that all important Zombie Prom. Check it out in its normal state below:-

www.sageparacon.co.uk The Spooky Path Through The Graveyard
www.sageparacon.co.uk The Graveyard and Cathedral

Lecture Room & Guest Speaker Rooms

Last and not least there is the building where the lectures will be held on Saturday and Sunday, which if memory serves me well can seat around one hundred people. Good to know and cheers MJ! Incidentally the lecture room is housed in the same building where the team, guest speakers and VIP’s will be staying. That’s right they’ve placed us all in our own building.

www.sageparacon.co.uk The Lecture Building
www.sageparacon.co.uk The Main Building at Wroxall Abbey

Well if all that doesn’t convince you that Sage Paracon UK 2016 has chosen a fantastic location for the convention, then I’m not sure what will really. When I visited the location today it literally had me in awe, it’s beautiful, peaceful and so very perfect for this convention that I have to take my hat off to MJ Dickson and the Sage Paranormal Team.

I simply can’t wait for the weekend in October now, it’s going to be epic!

Get On Line And Get Your Tickets Before Its Too Late!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this fantastic event, follow the link below to the Sage Paranormal’s Paracon website to purchase your tickets now.

Sage Paracon UK 2016

Alternatively if you already have tickets to Sage Paracon UK, then please comment below to let us all know and make those not going a little jealous ha ha!

I look forward to seeing you all there and possibly talking paranormal at some point over the weekend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my future posts related to Sage Paracon UK 2016.

A Little on Sage Paracon UK 2016

Sage Paracon UK

On the 8th & 9th October 2016 Sage Paranormal will be hosting their very own Paranormal Convention at Wroxall Abbey Estate in Warwickshire. I know this because it’s well advertised, if you’ve missed it you’re social media blind and because I have the pleasure of being one of the guest speakers. Don’t miss out on what’s going to be a great weekend and pop over to their website later and purchase your tickets. There are some great deals available. 

So, as we begin to run up to the event I thought I would make a few of my posts all about some of the things going on over the weekend at Sage Paracon UK 2016. Hopefully as you follow the posts, which I will try to make as frequent as possible, you can join me on a virtual journey into the paranormal world. Our final destination will be the Wroxall Abbey Estate on the 8th October and Sage Paracon UK 2016. 

Okay so here’s a little video just to remind you about Sage Paracon UK.  

Alright so it’s not going to win me an award or anything, but you get the idea right?

Get On Line And Get Your Tickets Before Its Too Late!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this fantastic event, follow the link below to the Sage Paranormal’s Paracon website to purchase your tickets now.

Sage Paracon UK 2016

Alternatively if you already have tickets to Sage Paracon UK, then please comment below to let us all know and make those not going a little jealous ha ha! 

I look forward to seeing you all there and possibly talking paranormal at some point over the weekend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my future posts related to Sage Paracon UK 2016. 

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – “History is a Ghost Story” – Jeff Belanger

Sage Paracon UK 2016

Sage Paracon UK 2016

Sage Paracon UK 2016 On the 8th & 9th October 2016 Sage Paranormal will be hosting their very own Paranormal Convention at Wroxall Abbey Estate in Warwickshire. I know this because it’s well advertised, if you’ve missed it you’re social media blind and because I have the pleasure of being one of the guest speakers. Don’t miss out on what’s going to be a great weekend and pop over to their website later and purchase your tickets. There are some great deals available.

So, as we begin to run up to the event I thought I would make a few of my posts all about some of the things going on over the weekend at Sage Paracon UK 2016. Hopefully as you follow the posts, which I will try to make as frequent as possible, you can join me on a virtual journey into the paranormal world. Our final destination will be the Wroxall Abbey Estate on the 8th October and Sage Paracon UK 2016.

If you missed last weeks post on Ouija Boards and Robert Murch, who will be speaking about the Boards at Sage Paracon UK 2016, then check it out at Sage Paracon UK 2016 – Ouija Boards.

A Ghost Story and a History Lesson

Back in the day when I was only about eleven years old I saw something which captured not only my imagination, but my passion to understand a mystery. You see I was always fortunate to be encouraged as child to understand things. However this was oddly developed into a slightly strange captivation for the paranormal, a need to understand the Unknown!

This began with me spotting a probable ghost in an old Manor House which was located across the park from my home. The building stood proud overlooking the green park in which I played football more times than I could ever count. On the odd occasion we would cut through grounds behind the Manor House and into the woods, no one minded or really cared as the place was empty. Well we thought it was empty! A few times as made our way across the open grass behind the Manor, I would become frozen to the spot and my gaze transfixed on the upper windows of the old building. This wasn’t fear though, it was perplexed interest. You see in those upper window’s I saw what looked like a woman stood looking out at us. Something told me although it was entirely possible that she was living and visiting the empty building, I knew this not to be the case. I was almost sure it was some kind of ghost!

It was the sighting of this particular ghost that led to me becoming more interested in History, a subject I would later take as a GCSE in result of this incident I suppose. You see although my parents had words of comfort for me in order to ensure that this experience didn’t lead to fear, they also offered logical explanation and encouragement to research the location in order to learn more about its history.

As Jeff Belanger says “History is a ghost story” and often these accounts of strange happenings can lead to us looking to understand what has occurred. Something which often takes us in search of history and evidence to help us understand our own experience. Ghost stories are a fantastic way to help us learn and teach history, as they are excellent to help gain an understanding on different levels of what may have happened years ago.

Chasing Ghosts Through History

That early lesson for me in understanding a locations history has become a fundemental element of my own research and investigation tool kit. We often may hear accounts of paranormal activity at a location, but by researching these accounts and comparing them to other related historical accounts we can often draw comparisons and begin to understand the bigger picture of a location.

A great example of this is the ANZAC Soldier often reported at Peterborough Museum. Look into the buildings history and we discover that the building was once used as a First World War Hospital and at one point there was indeed an ANZAC Soldier that stayed there. The very same research often highlights a few accounts of the Soldier and where he was seen, which narrows the search down to the main staircase. It was research like this that had me focus on the main staircase during one visit and because of that two of us witnessed a light anomaly drift up the stairs similar to a candle light.

Researching a locations history and its activity reports is very much like chasing ghost back in time to their probable source. They often teach us a lot about a location and sometimes allow us to get to know it a little. Sometimes they often allow us to have a rare window into their lives too.

Jeff Belanger and the White House

The first time I stumbled on Jeff Belanger was whilst looking through some TEDx Talks on You Tube. I found Jeff’s talk on the haunted White House and how History is a Ghost Story. He’s explanation of how the White House, probably the most famous house in the US, had many accounts of ghosts over the years. Jeff even touched on the famous seances that had been conducted there too. However there was always a tie in to the places history, which was done seamlessly.

Jeff Belanger

In my own experience from investigations and research over the years the ghost have managed to teach me a lot about many places I’ve visited. Okay granted not always direct from a spirit as such, but in looking for the ghosts I have found out a lot of history.

Jeff Belanger hasn’t just presented a few online talks or even given a few lectures, he’s written numerous books on the subject and has been involved with many TV shows too. One example being the very popular Ghost Adventures. This is just the tip of the iceberg too.

If you want to know a little more about Jeff Belanger, please check out his website at www.jeffbelanger.com.

However if you’re looking to ask the guy himself some questions and listen to one of his lectures first hand then Sage Paracon UK 2016 is the place you need to be this October. I know I am already gathering up some questions of my own.

Get On Line And Get Your Tickets Before Its Too Late!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of this fantastic event, follow the link below to the Sage Paranormal website to purchase your tickets now.

Sage Paracon UK 2016

Alternatively if you already have tickets to Sage Paracon UK, then please comment below to let us all know and make those not going a little jealous ha ha!

I look forward to seeing you all there and possibly talking paranormal at some point over the weekend. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my future posts related to Sage Paracon UK 2016.

Sage Paracon UK 2016 – Ouija Boards

Sage Paracon UK 2016

Sage Paracon UK 2016

On the 8th & 9th October 2016 Sage Paranormal will be hosting their very own Paranormal Convention at Wroxall Abbey Estate in Warwickshire. I know this because it’s well advertised, if you’ve missed it you’re social media blind and because I have the pleasure of being one of the guest speakers. Don’t miss out on what’s going to be a great weekend and pop over to their website later and purchase your tickets. There are some great deals available.

So, as we begin to run up to the event I thought I would make a few of my posts all about some of the things going on over the weekend at Sage Paracon UK 2016. Hopefully as you follow the posts, which I will try to make as frequent as possible, you can join me on a virtual journey into the paranormal world. Our final destination will be the Wroxall Abbey Estate on the 8th October and Sage Paracon UK 2016.

When Ouija Boards Spoke to Me

My only experiences of Ouija Boards during my time as an investigator and researcher have always been somewhat in comparison with Marmite! That’s to say those in the paranormal either seem to be relatively happy with their use or completely agains them as they are obviously something evil that opens gateways to evil dimensions! Okay a little extreme to be fair, but even today the Ouija Board still seems to play with the beliefs of individuals.

I first encountered an actual Ouija Board first hand when I joined Phil Whyman’s Dead Haunted Team years back. We had one which the guests would be given the opportunity to use should they feel comfortable to do so. Once again though there was still this reputation that preceded the Board that meant we had to ensure people were comfortable to use it. Even then it was interesting to watch the behaviour of many people as they used the Board. Some would begin completely oblivious to the board with the impression that nothing would happen. Then when the planchette moved and spelt a name or piece of information they could relate to the colour would drain from their face. Granted there were often a few that this didn’t happen with and they always had an answer to explain the communication.

Now the most obvious explanation for how the board works is very simple, those using it are moving the planchette themselves. This has been given as an explanation many times and has even taken two forms, the movement is either conscious or non-conscious. When it’s conscious it’s likely to be fraud as someone is attempting to fool the rest of the group. When it’s non-conscious it’s possible the spiritual communication is being chanelled through an individual or group in order to communicate. This simply balances the possibility between fraud and actual spiritual communication to keep things in the Unknown!

Personally I am no expert in Ouija Boards, but what I have learnt and practice is the use of a defined process when using them. This creates in itself the mindset of control and a kind of ritual in place to ensure that nothing bad happens post use.  This was something I used more when my ex-wife purchased an old Ouija Board online. Classic horror film material this; she purchased it from someone on Facebook who didn’t seem to have any knowledge of its history. After a little research by me, we realised that it was likely to be reasonably old dating back to the 1950’s. Unfortunately it didn’t come with a planchette, but we decided to use a small light glass instead. To cut a long story short, otherwise we will be here all night, four of us decided to give the board a go. I believe it might have actually been Christmas Day night the first time we tried it. On that night the board communicated some random pieces of information, some of which were only known by one member of the group. Ironically on that night that one member didn’t believe the board would work! How could the board or the other group members have known what only he knew?

A Little Ouija History Lesson

An Early Ouija Board

Now I don’t claim to be an expert in the field of Ouija Boards, I’ll tell you who is shortly, but here’s a little board history form my own notes.

As far as I know the method of communication used through the Ouija Board can be found in China around 1100AD in some historical documents related to some Dynasty or another. So, basically the concept dates back a fair few years that’s for sure.

Talking Boards were commonly used in spiritualism in the late 1800’s and commonly reported around 1886 as they became more popular as a well known parlour game.

Around 1890 businessman Elijah Bond had the bright idea to patent the board and planchette sold together as one. However it was William Fuld that took the board into production under the famous name of ‘Ouija’. He also reinvented its history I believe in order to make it more mysterious. The board enjoyed it’s most popular period between the 1920’s and 1960’s.

The Fuld estate sold the entire business to the Parker Brothers and then onto Hasbro in 1991.

Realistically the history of the Ouija Board isn’t that exciting and seems to be simply a good idea to fit a popular parlour game. However there have been many and still are many reports of spiritual communication through the board which are quite unbelievable.

Ouija Boards Are Perfect For Horror Films

Over the years the Ouija Board has been used as the main prop in many a horror film and has even popped up in the odd reality TV show too. It remains today to be one of those objects related to the paranormal and dare I say the occult which does appear to be a great tool to highlight communication with some evil entity hell bent on doing the hero and their pals harm.

Even when it pops up in reality TV it seems to get bad press and the blame for the current paranormal activity in a property. I kind of feel bad for the Board, it seems to get all the blame for paranormal activity! We often hear the question; “did you play with a Ouija Board?” Which if the answer is ‘yes’ is usually followed with; “that’s why then, you’ve probably opened a doorway or something.” Of course, the Ouija Board should probably come with a warning then!

Okay hands up, my approach to Ouija Boards does seem a little less passionate that some, but in my experience nothing bad has ever come from using them. Maybe I’ve not done anything bad or pushed the demonic boundaries with one, I don’t know. However that doesn’t mean I don’t disbelieve that many have had horrific experiences with these things.

In 2014 the movie Ouija came out and focussed purely on the Ouija Board as the main point that brought some pretty nasty activity with it. This year sees its sequal Ouija 2: Origins of Evil and it looks set to bring the Ouija Board back out of your Nans closet into the parlour for more spiritual communication. Robert Murch consulted on the movie and he is bit of an expert on the talking board.

Robert Murch Ouija Board Expert

Ouija 2: Origins of Evil

Actually he’s more than a bit of an expert, he is the Chairman of Talking Board Historical Society. He also collects the boards and is known as a world wide authority of the boards.
More importantly he will be available to talk to at the upcoming Sage Paracon UK 2016 in October, where he is a guest speaker. So, if you have an interest in the Ouija Board then that would be a perfect opportunity to meet the man in the know.

Robert has devoted his life to researching the history of the Ouija Board and its founders, which has taken him all over the world in search of different types of board and the introduction the Mystifying Oracle. I’m looking forward to asking a couple of questions myself about the boards I have encountered in my own research and investigations.

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Sage Paracon UK 2016

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