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- The Life of Zecharia Sitchin Revisited -
- President Carter's Weird Science -
- Seeking Proof in Near-Death Claims -
- Haunted Lovers - Erotic Relationships From Beyond -
AND: Ghosts Use Cell Phones to Call Friends
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Occult Journeys Through South America
Strange Tales of Witchcraft, Spiritualism, Lost Races
and Religious Miracles!
JOURNEY TO A LAND OF MYSTERY AND MYSTICISMSouth American folklore has its share of unique and fantastic myths and legends. There are incredible tales of magicians and their weird magical arts, strange creatures, ghosts and other unexplainable mysteries. The first explorers that entered what is now South America were dazzled by the endless tropical rain forests, the strange and diverse wildlife, and the indigenous peoples and their mysterious ways. Even today, South America offers unique perspectives and influences on the paranormal that are not found elsewhere on the planet.
THE DEAD ARE ALIVEThe people of South America live in a world steeped in ancient traditions that enhance their lives with rich tapestry of mystical beliefs. In modern Latin America, Catholicism is the predominate religion. However, especially in Brazil, Espiritismo (Spiritism) has become extremely prevalent since its beginning in the mid 19th century. Spiritism like Spiritualism, believes in the survival of the human personality after death and that mediums are able to communicate with the spirits. Followers of Spiritism believe in an afterlife. But unlike Spiritualism, Spiritists believe that the soul with reincarnate after a period of time.
ON THE EDGE OF REALITYJoin John Wilcock in his mystical journey, noted occult and paranormal researcher Tim R. Swartz recounts stories of demons and sinister spirits, creatures from out of this world, living dinosaurs and giants in the Earth. If you are an armchair you will enjoy this work such as well as some one who is planning on heading for the grandeur's of South America. This is a travelers guide to the strange and unknown you should not be without.
About the AuthorThe author provides a fascinating overview of some of the occult beliefs and rituals of South America. Wilcock is an old hand at traversing the globe and sharing his insights with his readers. He has written guidebooks for Mexico, California, Texas, Rome, Florence and many other touristy locales. He has also authored a book called "A Guide To Occult Britain," as well as serving as a researcher for Albert Goldman's "The Lives of John Lennon," a biography of Jim Morrison and a biography of Rupert Murdoch. . . Wilcock also has impressive credentials as a columnist and editor. He was a cofounder in 1955 of the celebrated newspaper "The Village Voice," for which he wrote a regular column called "The Village Square." As an editor, WIlcock held the reins of "The Witches Almanac," "The East Village Other," and the "Lost Angeles Free Press." In 2010, Wilcock's book on Andy Warhol "The Autobiograph and Sex Life of Andy Warhol," was published to no small acclaim.
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- A LOOK BACK DEPARTMENT -
The Life of Zecharia Sitchin Revisited
AT NINETY, THIS BESTSELLING AUTHOR STILL EXPLORED THE DAY THE SUN STOOD STILL AND THE MYSTERY OF THE ANUNNAKI
By Sean Casteel
(My publisher, Timothy Green Beckley, and myself, have just learned of the October 9, 2010, passing of Zecharia Sitchin, perhaps the greatest scholar of ancient astronauts theory ever. The following article was written several months prior to Sitchin's death but is still relevant as a chronicle of his ideas as well as touching on one of the last books he published, "The Earth Chronicles Handbook.")
Zecharia Sitchin will be turning 90 in 2010, an important milestone in a life spent explaining human existence in ways that are controversial to say the least. While Sitchin's work at times flows along lines similar to the ancient astronaut theories of Erich Van Daniken, Sitchin stands alone in his understanding of mankind's origins and our relationship with the alien race who created us.
The general working structure of Sitchin's theories are well known in the UFO and paranormal communities. Based largely on his own translation of ancient Sumerian texts, the storyline goes like this: There is an undiscovered planet which follows a long, elliptical orbit, reaching our inner solar system roughly every 3,600 years. This planet is called Nibiru, and is associated with the god Marduk in Bablyonian cosmology. According to Sitchin, Nibiru collided catastrophically with Tiamet, another planet located between Mars and Jupiter. The collision resulted in the formation of the planet Earth, the asteroid belt, and the comets.
Nibiru was occupied by a race of technologically advanced, human-like extraterrestrials called the Anunnaki in Sumerian myth, who are called the Nephilim in the Book of Genesis. The Nephilim first arrived on Earth 450,000 years ago, seeking gold and other precious metals. They began their mining operation in Africa, and along the way created mankind through a method of genetic engineering - crossing their own genes with that of the Homo erectus species already evolving independently on Earth. The resulting hybrid was first used as a race of slave laborers, and according to the ancient Sumerian scripture of the time, the Annunnaki next began to establish the first recorded civilization on Earth, teaching mankind social organization and even intermarrying with the fairer daughters of their own creation. Sitchin believes that the original Sumerian beliefs were handed down to the authors of the Old Testament as well, who told a similar story, for example, of the Earth being destroyed by a flood save for a remnant group of people that included Noah and his family on the Ark.
The time of Noah was preceded by a verse in the sixth chapter of Genesis that is crucial to Sitchin's theory. In the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first verse reads: "When men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose." Skip ahead to verse four: "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men of that were of old, the men of renown."
Students of Sitchin will immediately recognize that this verse in the Bible is what started the scholar on the path his life would take. In the introduction to his most recent book, "The Earth Chronicles Handbook," he writes that the seed of his quest was planted when he asked, as a young schoolboy in Hebrew school, what exactly was meant by the word "Nephilim," that derives from the verb meaning "To Fall, To Come Down." Why was the word translated as "giants" instead?
That question led to more questions, such as why does the Bible call the Nephilim sons of the gods, who chose wives from among the daughters of Adam? Who were the Elohim, the Hebrew plural term for the gods, a collective body who had created man and woman in their image? Was there a Garden of Eden, and if so where? Was there a Deluge, a Noah? How did civilization itself begin?
Sitchin says his search led from the Bible to archeology, to the Cradle of Civilization in the Ancient Near East.
"Its monuments, artifacts and written records," he writes, "unfolded a vivid history of lands and peoples whose tales of gods of heaven and Earth led through mythology to religion, from astronomy to genetics. Before long, what began as a simple question mushroomed to embrace virtually every scholarly discipline, ranging from the depths of the Earth to the Solar System and Outer Space, from the Past to the Future, from the beginning to the End of Days."
Over the course of his seven books, collectively called "The Earth Chronicles," what Sitchin called a Global Theory emerged, where all the various cultures and mythologies could be grouped together quite neatly. The pantheons of Greece and Rome, of Aztecs and Hindus, are all linked to those of Sumer and Babylon. Inca tales of creation or the day the sun stood still are echoed in the Hebrew Bible. Pyramids and massive stone circles in varied lands reveal a basic kinship. The interrelatedness of all these ancient myths and beliefs became apparent to Sitchin, and he opted to take the ancients at their word and explore the idea that alien "gods" had indeed created man and established his civilizations for him, giving order and meaning to a new species where previously had existed only primitive life forms with little social organization at all.
There is also the question, posed by even the most skeptical and pragmatic of modern archeologists and anthropologists, of just where our first civilizations sprang from to begin with. There is no gradual buildup to the earliest civilizations, no record of early man slowly learning the ways of social organization, no tools or farming implements that evolved step-by-step into ancient Sumer. That first civilization seemed to appear out of nowhere in the historical record, with mankind suddenly and for no obvious reason instantly capable of governing himself in a working city-state that required literacy and cooperation to function effectively.
While this of course stops short of "proving" Sitchin's ideas, it does lend some scientific merit to his work, which is often criticized for errors in his translation of the ancients and for the physics involved in his Nibiru scenario.
And what are some of the implications for present day believers in the UFO and alien abduction phenomena? Does the belief in the Nephilim's mixing of their seed with human women carry over into the present day genetic program of the gray aliens so often experienced by modern day abductees? For abduction researchers like Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs, the alien genetics program is the primary purpose of alien abductions, with Jacobs in particular arguing that the end result of the process will be the eventual colonization of Earth by the alien race. The hybrid alien/human children will be a large part of the colonization process, acting as a bridge between us and them. Was something similar intended when the sons of God mated with the daughters of men? Was that simply the alien hybridization process as seen through the eyes of the ancients? Perhaps it is true, as the Book of Ecclesiastes so famously states, "There is nothing new under the sun."
Mr. Sitchin's publicist said that the venerated author continues to get inundated with requests for interviews, and while Mr. Sitchin tries to accommodate as many media types as possible, he finds himself swamped. Which is unfortunate, because I have always wanted to ask Sitchin several questions I feel are pertinent to my own understanding of the ancient astronaut theory, such as why he chose not to put the same negative moral spin on the sons of God and their mating with earthly women that many Christians do when they argue for a demonic interpretation of UFOs. Some Christians also believe that the intermarrying recounted in the sixth chapter of Genesis was a matter of fallen angels defying the laws of God and unlawfully mixing their seed with an inferior species.
Since Mr. Sitchin was unavailable to answer my question, I opened one of his books, "Divine Encounters," from the mid-1990s. In an early section of the book, Sitchin declares that the whole notion of the sons of God, of Elohim, having a sexual urge toward the daughters of men really began with the Sumerian myths about the Anunnaki and precedes the Biblical version of the story. However, that the idea of this intermarrying was a controversial one among the Hebrews is evidenced by the stories of Enoch in the apocryphal books "Jubilees" and "The Book of Enoch." In fact, when Noah himself was born, he appeared to be of mixed ancestry, with the paternal element being supplied by some otherworldly creature. The "Book of Enoch" says of Noah:
"His body was white as snow and red as the blooming of a rose, and the hair of his head and his locks were white as wool, and his eyes were fair. And when he opened his eyes, he lighted up the whole house like the sun, and the whole house was very bright. And thereupon he arose in the hands of the midwife, opened his mouth, and conversed with the Lord of Righteousness."
While Noah admittedly is not the same kind of giant or "man of renown" said to have been birthed by the sons of God in Genesis Six, he is nevertheless something other than completely human. His father, Lamech, is shocked by his newborn son's appearance and goes seeking consolation from his father Metushelah, saying that he fears that Noah "is not sprung from me but from the angels."
"In other words," Sitchin writes, "Lamech suspected that his wife's pregnancy was induced not by him, but by one of the 'sons of the God of Heaven,' one of the 'Watchers.'"
Lamech's father, Metushelah, consulted with Enoch, who still lived in the heavenly abode after being taken up while he was still alive. Enoch reassured the concerned grandparent that Noah was of human parentage, but also that he had been chosen to lead a remnant of survivors after the Deluge. One cannot help but wonder if this was said in part to assuage the tormented Lamech and to ease his doubts about his own paternity. In any case, the interrelatedness of the present day alien genetics program and the sometimes suspect genealogy of the ancients of the Bible may still be palpably real. Since we know some kind of genetic tinkering is going on within the UFOs, tracing it back to our earliest recorded history is not difficult. The interbreeding may have been intended as positive all along, perhaps even essential to mankind's survival since Noah seems to have been created that way as well. Have I answered my own question? I can only wonder what Mr. Sitchin himself would have said had I been able to ask him.
Sitchin was written up in "The New York Times" in January of 2010, and he is portrayed in the article as a charming eccentric, which is better than total ridicule obviously.
"Mr. Sitchin has been called silly before," the journalist Corey Kilgannon writes. "By scientists, historians and archeologists who dismiss his theories as pseudoscience and fault their underpinnings: his translations of ancient texts and his understanding of physics. And yet, he has a devoted following of readers. His 13 books, with names like 'Genesis Revisited' and 'The Earth Chronicles,' have sold millions of copies and been translated into 25 languages."
Which brings us, finally, to Sitchin's latest book, "The Earth Chronicles Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Seven Books of the Earth Chronicles." The book is structured like a dictionary or encyclopedia, with chapters arranged in alphabetical order listing relevant terms and concepts. For instance, the "A" chapter begins with the Biblical names Aaron, Abel and Abraham. When Sitchin adds his own particular or innovative take to an entry, he denotes that by placing his initials on the passage. The book offers a kind of crash course in the historical data required to understand the works that went before and also serves as a handy reference book for anyone interested in the study of ancient man and his mythologies and religions. If you're able to make the leap of faith along with Sitchin that extraterrestrials created us "in the beginning," then "The Earth Chronicles Handbook" is an essential addition to your Ufological library.
Sitchin says in his introduction to the "Handbook" that the "Earth Chronicles" series comprises over 2,300 pages, and there are several companion books as well. The amount of sheer data and information contained in all that is staggering, and I think it may illustrate the familiar saying, that "God is in the details."
[To read more by Sean Casteel, visit his website at www.seancasteel.com]
- REMOTE VIEWING FOR THE MASSES DEPARTMENT -
President Carter's Weird Science
Even with all of the press coverage of Jimmy Carter's latest book, "White House Diary," a strange and interesting nugget of history went ignored: Carter, as president, was enthralled by and impressed with the Central Intelligence Agency's use of parapsychology in intelligence gathering (the field and practice of parapsychology explores various psychic abilities).
Consider this entry in Carter's diary, from April 11, 1979:
"CIA briefing on unhappiness of King Hussein of Jordan [about agreements between Israel and Egypt], Idi Amin's government about to fall, and that a plane had crashed in Zambia. An American parapsychologist had been able to pinpoint the site of the crash. We've had several reports of this parapsychology working; one discovered the map coordinates of a site and accurately described a camouflaged missile test site. Both we and the Soviets use these parapsychologists on occasion to help us with sensitive intelligence matters, and the results are unbelievable."
(Carter alluded to another discussion about parapsychology in the White House situation room on May 8, 1980).
Writing in the present day, the former president reflected back on that entry in the book.
"The proven results of these exchanges between our intelligence services and parapsychologists raise some of the most intriguing and unanswerable questions of my presidency,” Carter notes in “Diary.” “They defy logic, but the facts are undeniable."
Mind-reading as intelligence-gathering? Sure, it was the 70s. Yet parapsychology's new-age reputation doesn't quite square with the historical and enduring stereotype of the CIA as filled with tight-lipped men-in-black. And when reached for comment by POLITICO, the CIA made it abundantly clear that they don't do that anymore.
"Absolutely not," said Paula Weiss, a media spokesman from the CIA's Office of Public Affairs.
But parapsychology advocates and scholars say that Carter’s amazement hardly makes him a space cadet. Researchers in the field lament the fact that the practice has been dropped.
"I absolutely am of the opinion that it's something that should be considered when you don't have other forms of intelligence," said Boston University professor Robert Schoch, author of "The Parapsychology Revolution." "As I see it, the reason that the government — at least ostensibly — stopped using such things was not because it wasn't functioning, not because it wasn't supplying good intelligence — in some cases, not every case, but that's the way with all intelligence — but because of the sort of political and social stigma surrounding it. There is a lot of misuse and nonsense surrounding parapsychology."
As for the Carter years, Schoch recalled the intelligence community's use of parapsychology during the Iran Missile Crisis.
"To the best of my knowledge, it was used successfully in that situation," he said.
Most parapsychology experts points to a government program called “Stargate,” which relied heavily on parapyschology.
"The human ability that we call extrasensory perception or anomalous cognition as embodied in the technique known as remote viewing has in the past proven to be very useful in intelligence gathering," said Richard Broughton, author of "Parapsychology." "This was in the Stargate program that employed highly talented individuals working to strict protocols.”
Broughton said that the current major threats of the world will be extinguished by intelligence, not weaponry, and argued that parapsychology could play a role in helping to collect good intel.
“Extrasensory perception, used properly, is one of the tools that should be deployed,” he said. “In the Stargate program remote viewing [ESP] was typically brought in when all other methods failed, and the technique did provide some amazing successes. …The big lesson that came from the Stargate program is that ESP can be used for 'psychic spying' but it is not a magic bullet. If it is deployed as one of the range of intelligence methods it can improve the overall odds of success in the mission, but it won't guarantee it."
Fans of shows like “Medium” and “Fringe,” however, shouldn’t hold their breath. It’s unlikely that parapsychology will return to the CIA.
"It doesn't have a great reputation," said Schoch. "That's partially due to such silly programs as 'Ghost Hunting' and 'Paranormal Activity.' They don't help legitimize something as a genuine science. ... It becomes very politically difficult to fund things under those circumstances."
- HERE THERE BE GIANTS DEPARTMENT -
Solomon Islands Giants
Are you ready for dramatic news in the next year of an expedition exploring a new corner of the world?
During the 21st century, a surprising new source of True Giants research has blossomed in an overlooked location, the Solomon Islands. Researchers have discovered a treasure trove of traditions and tales from the indigenous peoples there. They are to be congratulated for working away, mostly in the shadows, on a topic few wish to hear about.
The Solomon Islands is a sovereign state in Oceania, east of Papua New Guinea, consisting of nearly one thousand islands. In size, it covers area slightly smaller than the state of Maryland.
The Solomon Islands are believed to have been inhabited by Melanesian people for thousands of years. Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendaña discovered the islands in 1568 and named them Islas Salomon. The United Kingdom established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in 1893. In the Second World War, there was fierce fighting between the Americans and the Japanese in the Solomon Islands campaign of 1942–45, including the Battle of Guadalcanal. Most Americans are familiar with the area through the name Guadalcanal.
It is believed that Papuan-speaking settlers began to arrive around 30,000 BC. Austronesian speakers arrived circa 4,000 BC also bringing cultural elements such as the outrigger canoe. It is between 1,200 and 800 BC that the ancestors of the Polynesians, the Lapita people, arrived from the Bismarck Archipelago with their characteristic ceramics. The first European to visit the islands was the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, coming from Peru in 1568. The people of Solomon Islands were infamous for headhunting and cannibalism before the arrival of the Europeans. How diverse is the Solomon Islands? One hundred and twenty indigenous languages are spoken in the Solomons.
The capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. Americans recognize the name Guadalcanal, because of the fierce fighting that took place their during WWII between the Japanese and Americans. But that was not the only conflicts occurring.
Are there True Giants on the Solomons? It would appear that from the people there who are newly communicating what they have known for years, yes, there may be.
Marius Boirayon, Research Director, Solomon Anthropological Expedition Trust Board Incorporated, is one of the researchers who has been doing investigations in The Solomon Islands on the accounts of True Giants. Australian Boirayon who lived and worked in the Solomons as a helicopter pilot and engineer, ended up marrying a Solomon Islander. He grew to know and appreciate the culture, the folklore, and the day-to-day interaction between the natural history of the area and the people living there. Before long, he began hearing about the stories of the giants and decided to write of what he was learning.
In his book, Solomon Island Mysteries (Adventures Unlimited Press, 2010), Boirayon first chronicles the information he was gathering from the natives, of whom his wife is one, from the Solomons. He came to know that there were giants on islands, one that was large, over 10 foot tall, with evidence that supports that the giants do grow much taller than that. These Guadalcanal Giants, as he calls them, have very long black, brown or reddish hair, protruding double eyebrows, bludging red eyeballs, flat noses, and wide gapped mouth facial features. Awareness of them is shown by the newspapers, as well.
“The Solomon Islanders…are lacking the understanding that their Giant race [would be a] big scientific discovery to the rest of the World. Whether by design or not, it is appropriate that the Solomon Island’s National logo is ‘The Place That Time Forgot,’” Boirayon points out.
Boirayan has collected firsthand accounts of the sightings of the Giants, said to be over 15 feet tall and which leave footprints around construction sites. There are even kidnapping stories. He shared on one website the following: “The Guadalcanal people, and many others, all know the story of ‘Mango,’ whom passed away two years ago. She had been kidnapped by the Giants fifty years ago and spent 25 odd years with them, and like them all they had given her up for dead until she was found pregnant, hysterically frothing from the mouth in a garden on the Northeast coast. A Giant had taken her as a wife. When the men realized who she was, they tried capturing her, but because her skin was as slimy as an eel, they found it difficult holding her. One of the men got an ingenious idea and got some particular rough-sided leaves of which they used to hold her down and tie up with vine. Understandably, she was mentality unstable for the remainder of her life, but through her pregnancy she gave birth to a half-cast boy. The bastard boy lived to the age of five when one of Mango’s brothers slaughtered him. Peter and a few other friends of mine know where he is buried. Mango is just one of many that this type of thing has happened too, but you don’t have to believe me, just ask them. There are quite a few more.”
Is Melanesia a fertile new area for groundbreaking research on True Giants? Of course it is. It took a man who married into the culture there to crack a layer of silence that often exists for outsiders. As my forthcoming book with Mark A. Hall, entitled True Giants, from Anomalist Books goes to press, we are being told that an exploratory effort of a cryptozoological nature is being planned to the Solomon Islands in 2011, to do more research on the True Giants, and try their best to film those unknown hominoids.
I wish the Solomon Islands Giants Expedition and its members well. BTW, if someone wants to send me a ticket, I’ll be there in a flash investigating those True Giants!
Source: Cryptomundo/Loren Coleman
- GOING INTO THE LIGHT DEPARTMENT -
Seeking Proof in Near-Death Claims
At 18 hospitals in the U.S. and U.K., researchers have suspended pictures, face up, from the ceilings in emergency-care areas. The reason: to test whether patients brought back to life after cardiac arrest can recall seeing the images during an out-of-body experience.
People who have these near-death experiences often describe leaving their bodies and watching themselves being resuscitated from above, but verifying such accounts is difficult. The images would be visible only to people who had done that.
"We've added these images as objective markers," says Sam Parnia, a critical-care physician and lead investigator of the study, which hopes to include 1,500 resuscitated patients. Dr. Parnia declined to say whether any have accurately described the images so far, but says he hopes to report preliminary results next year.
The study, coordinated by Southampton University's School of Medicine in England, is one of the latest and largest scientific efforts to understand the mystery of near-death experiences.
At least 15 million American adults say they have had a near-death experience, according to a 1997 survey—and the number is thought to be rising with increasingly sophisticated resuscitation techniques.
In addition to floating above their bodies, people often describe moving down a dark tunnel toward a bright light, feeling intense peace and joy, reviewing life events and seeing long-deceased relatives—only to be told that it's not time yet and land abruptly back in an ailing body.
The once-taboo topic is getting a lot of talk these days. In the new movie "Hereafter," directed by Clint Eastwood, a French journalist is haunted by what she experienced while nearly drowning in a tsunami. A spate of new books details other cases and variations on the theme.
Yet the fundamental debate rages on: Are these glimpses of an afterlife, are they hallucinations or are they the random firings of an oxygen-starved brain?
"There are always skeptics, but there are millions of 'experiencers' who know what happened to them, and they don't care what anybody else says," says Diane Corcoran, president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, a nonprofit group in Durham, N.C. The organization publishes the Journal of Near-Death Studies and maintains support groups in 47 states.
Dr. Corcoran, a retired Army colonel who heard wounded soldiers talk of such experiences as a nurse in Vietnam, says many military veterans have had near-death experiences but are particularly hesitant to talk them for fear of being branded psychologically disturbed.
Some investigators say the most remarkable thing about near-death reports is that the core elements are the same, among people of all cultures, races, religions and age groups, including children as young as 3 years old.
In his new book, "Evidence of the Afterlife," Jeffrey Long, a radiation oncologist in Louisiana, analyzes 613 cases reported on the website of his Near Death Research Foundation and concludes there is only one plausible explanation: "that people have survived death and traveled to another dimension."
Skeptics say there is no way to verify such anecdotal reports—and that many of the experiences can be explained by neurobiological changes in the brain as people die.
In the 1980s, British neuroscientist Susan Blackmore theorized that oxygen deprivation was to blame and noted that fighter pilots also encountered tunnel vision and hallucinations at high altitudes and speeds.
This year, a study of 52 cardiac-arrest patients in Slovenia, published in the Journal of Critical Care, found that the 21% who had near-death experiences also had high blood levels of carbon dioxide, which has been associated with visions, bright lights and out-of-body experiences.
A study of seven dying patients at George Washington University Medical Center, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, noted that their brainwaves showed a spurt of electrical activity just before they were pronounced dead. Lead investigator Lakhmir Chawla, an intensive-care physician, notes that the activity started in one part of the brain and spread in a cascade and theorized that it could give patients vivid mental sensations.
Some scientists have speculated that the life review some patients experience could be due to random activation of the dying brain's memory circuits. The sensation of moving down a tunnel could be due to long-buried birth memories suddenly retrieved. The feeling of peace could be endorphins released during extreme stress.
Other researchers say they have produced similar experiences by stimulating neurons in parts of the brain—or by giving patients ketamine, a tranquilizer and sometime party drug.
Yet researchers who have studied near-death experiences note that such experiments tend to produce only fragmentary visions and hallucinations, not the consistent, lucid and detailed accounts of events that many resuscitated patients report. One study found that people who had near-death experiences had higher blood oxygen levels than those who didn't.
Several follow-up studies have found that people undergo profound personality changes after near-death experiences—becoming more altruistic, less materialistic, more intuitive and no longer fearing death. But some do suffer alienation from spouses or friends who don't understand their transformation.
Other relatives understand all too well.
Raymond Moody, who first coined the term near-death experience in his 1975 book "Life After Life," explores the even stranger phenomenon of "shared death experiences" in a new book, "Glimpses of Eternity." He recounts stories of friends, family and even medical personnel who say they also saw the light, the tunnel and accompanied the dying person partway on his or her journey. "It's fairly common among physicians who are called to resuscitate someone they don't know—they say they've seen a spirit or apparition leave the body," says Dr. Moody.
Meanwhile, in his book, "Visions, Trips and Crowds," David Kessler, a veteran writer on grief and dying, reports that hospice patients frequently describe being visited by a deceased relative or having an out-of-body experience weeks before they actually die, a phenomenon called "near-death awareness." While some skeptics dismiss such reports as hallucinations or wishful thinking, hospice workers generally report that the patients are otherwise perfectly lucid—and invariably less afraid of death afterward.
Mr. Kessler says his own father was hopeless and very sad as he was dying. "One day, he had an amazing shift and said, 'Your mother was here—she told me I'd be dying soon and it will be fine—everyone will be there."
Dr. Parnia, currently an assistant professor of critical care at State University of New York, Stony Brook, says verifying out-of-body experiences with pictures on the ceiling is only a small part of his study. He is also hoping to better understand whether consciousness exists apart from the brain and what happens to it when the brain shuts down. In near-death experiences, people report vivid memories, feelings and thought processes even when there is no measurable brain activity.
"The self, the soul, the psyche—throughout history, we've never managed to figure out what it is and how it relates to the body," he says. "This is a very important for science and fascinating for humankind."
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- THE STEAMY SIDE OF GHOST HUNTING -
Haunted Lovers - Erotic Relationships From Beyond
Ghostly encounters, on their own, are pretty strange affairs. Yet, a large percentage of the population admits to believing in the possibility in the reality of ghosts and life after death. However, there is one aspect of hauntings that would strain the credibility of most people, and because of its taboo nature, is not often discussed even amongst groups interested in the paranormal. I am referring to people who claim that they have had sexual encounters with ghosts.
On the surface, the idea that ghosts could have physical relationships with the living seems utterly ridiculous. Yet, paranormal history is full of cases that seem to show that such encounters do happen on a fairly regular basis. But because of the sensitive nature of these cases, when they are reported, the cases are often sealed away in a file cabinet and never discussed again.
Fortunately the Internet has allowed a number of these sexual haunting's to be revealed and studied. Reports are often told of everything from victims of these haunting's being punched, slapped, scratched and even further being pushed into forced unnatural sexual paranormal encounters with these very real and terrifying brutish ghosts and or demonic forces.
"Sexual haunting or spiritual molesting visitations seem to have a life of their own manifesting at all hours of the day or night unprovoked." Stated Lisa Lee Harp Waugh at a recent paranormal gathering On the very haunted Queen Mary. "Sometimes they might occur to several individuals then stop occurring entirely for long periods of time." "Many groups directly choose not to investigate such haunting's for the feeling that the stories that haunted individuals are telling them or over the top or out right hoax's or crazed individuals looking for attention." "Or in some cases just too much for the inexperienced team to handle."
In 2005 the China Press reported that a man sought the help of a medium after he got tired of a female ghost who wanted to have sex with him every night for the last 16 years.
The 34-year-old man from Kuala Lumpur, known only as Kelvin, said he felt very tired every night as the long-haired ghost would lure him into making love with her by appearing in different images.
“I have been having bad luck since she appeared in my dream. I have not been able to get married although I have had five girlfriends.
“My employers fired me because I could not concentrate on my work,” Kevin said, adding that he had changed jobs at least 10 times.
Kelvin said his nightmare began when he was 18. He believed that the ghost had attached itself to him when he was at a research institute in Kepong.
When he sought help from a medium, Kelvin was told the ghost was that of a woman who committed suicide after a failed love 30 years ago.
For Carla Moran, a single mother with four children living in California in the mid-1970s, nothing seemed random about the repeated and apparently violent attacks that, like Mary's, felt like rape. Carla sought psychiatric counseling and books on the subject, and while in a bookstore, she happened to meet Kerry Gaynor and Barry Taff, two parapsychologists specializing in haunted-house and poltergeist cases. Gaynor and Taff volunteered to investigate Carla's case. Her story was overdramatized in the 1982 movie The Entity and a book of the same name. Neither treatment was completely factual.
Carla was initially accosted by what she perceived as three entities – two holding her down while the third assaulted her. Over the course of nearly a dozen incidents, the number of perpetrators decreased to just one. Carla reported attacks that simulated penetrating rape in some instances. Her teenage son described a particularly vicious attack in which Carla was thrown by the malevolent force and hit her head. He tried to intervene, but he was also thrown, breaking his arm. ("In the filming of The Entity, the actor playing the son broke his arm in that scene, and the curtains tore from top to bottom without explanation," recalls Gaynor.) Carla later moved to Texas and the attacks subsided and eventually stopped.
Despite on-site investigations by Gaynor and Taff, as well as psychics and professional photographers, the attacks on Carla never occurred in the presence of non-family members. Gaynor observed only bite marks on Carla's neck and bruises on her body. But general paranormal phenomena in the house was observed by many. Strange lights started to appear on the walls. Investigators covered the walls and ceiling with black cardboard and told the light source to move to certain spots. The light obeyed. On several occasions, it floated into the middle of the room, gaining speed and dimension, and formed into a distinct human-like figure before dissolving.
Gaynor remains convinced there was legitimate paranormal activity in the house, but he stresses that there was no evidence of anything paranormal about the attacks. If Carla did experience sexual assault, possible sources could have been a random violent spirit or disturbances in her psyche, such as subconscious childhood abuse memories.
Obscene Phone Calls from Beyond
Paranormal investigator Gina Lanier is currently collecting cases of paranormal sexual encounters and recently came across a situation where a woman was reportedly receiving obscene phone calls from a dead man.
Mary Jansen Cross says a ghosts calls her every few days and gives her the dirtiest phone calls that would make a sailor blush she states. "I know it is from a dead man because he use to call me when he was alive. "I even had a restraining order put against him while he was living and arrested 6 times because of it... When he died I thought it was all over," but I was wrong she tells. "I had my number changed several times when he was alive and even more so since he is now dead."
"The calls are more then just suggestive he openly tells me to do things to myself as well as what he wants to do to me." States Cross."The phone companies cannot trace the calls to any direct source." I can go to someone ones home I just met and their phone will ring a mans voice will ask for me and it is the ghosts calling to have phone sex with me." "How does he know where I am,"She asks?
"You can't live with out a phone these days but I wish I cold live without the dead caller making sexual innuendos to me."
Kyle Rusher A paranormal investigator in Kentucky says the phenomena is more wide spread then one might imagine. In a recent conversation with him he related that he knew of a case where several woman who got phone calls from a dirty caller all received more frequent calls from him since he died. The calls have become more frequent And explicit. He believes that the dead obscene caller now knows that he cannot be jailed for it so his calls have become more numerous since he has died. Rusher also has these obscene calls on tape and I got to listen to them as well as the calls which were taped when the person was alive.
Obscene phone Sex from the dead by Text Messages chilling to say the least. A Client of Tom Bradbury a ghost Hunter in New Mexico says he has discovered a case where a man gets Haunted Text messages from a dead sexual stalker he once knew.
Kevin (not his real Name) told Tom that a ex of his had died over two years ago and still sends him dirty sexual messages via his haunted cell phone. The messages range from down right dirty and obscene to just words like boo!
(Send an email to Gina Lanier if you have had a paranormal sexual encounter: email@example.com)
Actress Lucy Liu once told Us magazine of her sexual encounter with a mysterious spirit. “I was sleeping on my futon,” Liu said, “and some sort of spirit came down from God knows where and made love to me. It was sheer bliss. I felt everything. I climaxed. And then he floated away. Something came down and touched me, and now it watches over me.”
The late Anna Nicole Smith also reported that she had supernatural sexual encounters - mistakenly believing it was her boyfriend making love to her.
She revealed to FHM magazine: "A ghost would crawl up my leg and have sex with me at an apartment a long time ago in Texas. I used to think it was my boyfriend, then one day I woke up and found it wasn't."
Anna Nicole admits she was scared at first, but soon realized she had nothing to fear because the 'ghost' was giving her "amazing" sex.
She said: "I was freaked out about it, but then I was, like, 'Well, you know what? He's never hurt me and he just gave me some amazing sex, so I have no problem.'"
So before you go into that haunted house searching for ghosts, you had better consider that the saucy spirits may have some other ideas about "making contact" with the living.
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Ghosts Use Cell Phones to Call Friends
A paranormal expert in Britain has claimed that ghosts are trying to contact the living through mobile phones, with the number of mystery calls attributed to them rising by 43 percent in the last four years.
Phil Hayes, a spectre investigator from Paranormal Research UK, believes a third of all haunting are now through mobile phones.
"There is evidence to suggest that ghosts can use phones to communicate, with reports of people receiving phone calls from deceased relatives," the Sun quoted Hayes as saying.
According to him, the calls often feature heavy static and the voice sounds faint and distant, and nine in ten show as "withheld number" or "000000000000" on caller ID.
Statistics show two thirds of all paranormal phenomena feature sounds, with just 20 percent being actual sightings of ghosts and 15 percent based on smell.
The study by Tesco Mobile revealed Paranormal Research UK have seen a 70 percent upsurge in paranormal evidence in the last year due to people using their phones.
"We'd recommend those brave enough to capture any spooky sightings should MMS or email their pics to the paranormal society for investigation," Lance Batchelor, CEO of Tesco Mobile said.
"Keep your camera phone on the highest quality resolution setting and use the recorder to capture the noise of any spectral sounds," he added.
There have been quite a large number of reports of mysterious phone calls that some paranormal experts believe were made by discarnate entities. Some phone calls are just so strange they defy all explanations.
Consider these true stories from people who have had unexplained, puzzling and sometimes downright unnerving experiences with their phones. These stories are from the article "Freaky Phone Calls" from About.com-Paranormal Phenomena.
The Impossibly Cloned Call
Many years ago, when married to my first husband, I received a telephone call at about 4:20 a.m. It was my elder brother telling me he had just gotten married. The call woke up my husband and I spoke with my brother for about five minutes. I hung up and went back to sleep. About a week or so later, I was visiting at my mother's home and this same brother was there with his wife. I thanked him for calling me... and I got this odd stare and his mouth fell open. He told me he had called our mother, but he had never called me at all. I turned to my mother and she related the entire conversation she had had with him, and then I related the entire conversation I had had with him - and these conversations were literally identical and at the exact same time. - Barbara
The Phones That Called Each Other
This strange incident happened in our home at Christmas. My husband had his cell phone on our dining room table and it was turned off for the evening. My purse was in our library, where my husband was playing a computer game with our daughter. In my purse I had my cell phone turned on. As my husband and daughter were playing, my cell phone rang. My husband picked it up and it said the incoming call was coming in from his cell phone! He thought our son was playing a prank on him and ran into the room we were in and told our son to stop messing around with his cell phone. We laughed at him and asked him what he was talking about. He said, "Your phone just rang and it said the call was coming in from my phone!" This is where things get weird! My son and I were both in the same room together talking and neither one of us had left the room. We weren't even in the same room as my husband's cell phone at all. My husband checked his phone and sure enough it was off just as he had left it. We can't figure out how a call came into my phone from his phone when his phone was off and there was certainly no one in the room with his phone! Strange indeed. We were all pretty mystified over the whole incident for sure! - Janine T.
The Phone Call That Never Was
My mum usually picks me up from work and she doesn't work far from me. One Tuesday night, we were driving home when I asked her how my dad's computer classes were going. My dad usually attended the computer classes every Tuesday night. She said she didn't know as she hadn't spoken to him about it. She asked me why. I replied, "Well, when I was speaking to him he said he was having some trouble. They had been given three assignments to complete, but he couldn't finish assignment number two as the computer wouldn't 'save as.' I think he eventually managed to do them all though."
"Oh, right." she said. That night, with the conversation with my mum forgotten, I was sitting watching TV, when my dad knocked on my door. He said, "I was speaking to mum earlier about the conversation you had about my computer class. How did you know we had three assignments and I had trouble with the second one?"
Confused, I said, "You told me that on the phone."
"No, I didn't. There is no way you could have known that because I have just come from my computer class. You had the conversation with mum before I went, and what you told mum happened tonight. I couldn't have known we had three assignments as I missed last week's class."
We both just sat there looking at each other trying to figure out how I knew what was going to happen before it did. I was sure we had spoken on the phone about it, but how could we if it hadn't happened? The strange thing is, I can remember my dad telling me what happened on the phone, but I can't recall how, where and when. - Cian B.
The Call from Grandfather
Sometime in 1999, our phone was out. My mother was at work and I was asleep when the phone rang and woke me up. I answered the phone, but didn't hear anything. I listened and then this man said something that I did not understand. I said, ''What?'' Then the man repeated himself. He said, "Is this the barber shop?'' And I said, ''No.'' Then I didn't hear anything else. The phone sounded dead, so I hung up. But I soon realized that the person sounded exactly like my grandfather, who had been dead for four or five years. The phone wasn't even working at the time it rang, because after it had rung I picked it up and the phone was still out! I'm convinced it was my grandfather. - Judy W.
The Message from the Afterlife
My sister has had some pretty interesting activity on her answering machine and phones. I have heard messages from the other side left on her answering machine. We know someone or something is trying to communicate with her using electronic energy as the mode. What we both want to know is how we can better receive these messages. The messages are sometimes hard to make out, yet some of the words are very clear. These messages are not left by human vocal chords (that much we know). We do not know where to go for this. I mean, it is not like we can call Ghostbusters or anything! She recently has had a good friend pass away, and I also have had a friend pass. It could be one of these two ladies, or it could be any lost soul in need of assistance. Today's message said (as far as we could make out), "I'm calling from the afterlife. Pick up the phone." - Patrice T.
The Anniversary Call
I was asleep one Sunday morning and heard the phone ringing. I tried to wake myself enough to answer it and when I did... it was my father. I was stunned. He had a big voice, like James Earl Jones, so there was no mistaking who it was. He asked me how I was doing. I'd just had major surgery a few weeks earlier and was in recovery. He asked me if I'd heard about the death of two people. I told him I hadn't. He told me that things would get better and to hang in there, he loved me and he had to go. When I hung up the phone, it was as if I stepped from another level back into this one. I immediately called my siblings to tell them daddy called! My father called on September 13 - the second anniversary of his death. - Michelle
The Call That Got Back at the Telemarketers
I worked as a telemarketer to earn a little money before fall quarter started for nursing school. A friend was a manager there and got the temporary position for me. I had been working there for a couple of months. There was a dialogue on the monitor in front of us to read from while talking with people. The computer dials the number, so I had no say in who I call. I cannot remember the last name of the folks I called this one day, so I'll just use the name Smith.
The phone rang and a man answered the phone. I asked to speak to Mr. or Mrs. Smith, please. The man very nicely said, "It depends on what you want." So I went into my spew of mailers for donations for the particular charity we were doing that day - spew being the number of letters they would have to send and what to do with any money they should get back. I asked if I was speaking to Mr. Smith. He answered with a chuckle, "Yes. And just how much in postage would I have to pay? I'm on Social Security, and my wife and I have to watch our money pretty close." I think it was like $3.40 in postage.
As I was explaining the amount of money and options to mailing, a woman comes on the call and says, "Hello." I said, "Excuse me, I was talking to Mr. Smith." The woman said, "Miss, I'm sorry, Mr. Smith has been gone for three years now. He passed away."
I asked, "Is there someone else there I could have been talking to?" She said, "No, honey. I'm here by myself. Can I help you with something?"
By her voice, I believe she was being sincere. Stunned, I said, "No, thank you, ma'am. You have a nice day."
When the call was disconnected, I looked at the girl sitting beside of me. She said, "Terrie, are you okay?" I guess my face was pale and I had a vacant stare on my face. I went out to a break right then, and proceeded to tell my friend, who was also the manager of the floor. She went in and called the main office and asked them to pull my operator number calls for the day. I told her the name and the next day she called, concerned someone may have been in the house with the woman and she didn't know; she sounded elderly to me. The answering machine came on and sure enough, she sounded like an elderly woman to my boss. Shelly left the number to our office and asked that the woman call back and reverse the charges. The woman called back a few hours later and just said she was fine. She recalled the phone conversation and thought maybe I was a prankster. - by Terrie
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