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Encyclopedia of the Unexplained
Explore outside the Box! Voices in the Dark, Mysterious Phenomena, UFO's, 2012, and Other Bizarre Events
In this section is a collection of articles on the paranormal, strange, uncanny, and bizarre events; alternative thinking, alternative healing, alternative medicine and alternative energy.
The Man who Projected Voices Outside his Head!
If one thinks that hearing voices inside one's head is bad enough, then what about the man who projects voices outside his head for everyone to hear? Typically thought of as just a symptom of being "crazy," an even more bizarre thing would have to be for actual voices to be heard (and recorded on hours of tape) outside one's head by countless and most credible witnesses! Would not reality itself then have to be considered "crazy"? It would have to seem that somehow all those listening to those voices around him slipped into the "Twilight Zone"!
Direct voice medium, Mr. Leslie Flint, born in 1911 and passed away in 1994, was known as the most scrutinized and tested meduim of the 20th century, not only projected voices outside his body into the atmosphere of a darkened room and heard by countless witnesses, these voices have been recorded hundreds of times on miles and miles of tape now freely available to the listener on the internet!
Even more fantastic, these voices claimed to be spirits of the dead, came across as endlessly fascinating, amazingly intelligent, and actually conversed quite clearly, naturally, and in a very genuine manner, in an often-times humorous and always relevant way for hours and hours with those sitting around Leslie Flint.
Skeptic scientists have tried for decades to disprove the reality of these voices as simply a hoax or parlor trick. It turned out that no one was able to discredit Leslie Flint as a hoax or parlor trick showman simply because there was nothing ever found on Leslie Flint that could possibly recreate or mimmic such voices that apparently came out of thin air from what spiritualists term "ectoplasm" which is an almost weightless and vital substance that comes from the body of the medium and is extremely sensitive to light.
As stated earlier, no one was ever able to disprove Mr. Leslie Flint who not only performed excellent mediumship, but was able to fully understand and present in various lectures a most remarkable comprehension of what good mediumship really should be, how to tell frauds from the real thing and why it is essential to be free of greed, materialism and selfish motives if one seriously wants to be a good medium.
His early life in Great Britan (UK) was fillied with hardship and poverty, and had to fulfill some of the most menial tasks such as grave digging, cleaning grates, working in a cinema, a pub, a men's clothing store and during the Second World War as a bomb disposal officer.
Early in his life, he attended various seances without any serious intent until he found out to his astonishment that he had fallen into a trance during one of the seances and was told by others of some incredibly relevant and amazing messages he was able to channel from the spirit world. He was also told that he had tremendous potential and that he should definitely consider himself seriously for a lifetime service to humanity as a very powerful and excellent medium.
Even more astonishing, he was eventually able to develop the ability to channel spirits directly through an ectoplasmic voice box or boxes that seemed to float around a darkened room rather than (at first) through his own vocal cords. Such voices were not always under his own control. One time, he was ousted from a cinema because some of the spirits started speaking to him around his seat, causing such a disturbance that others near him could no longer enjoy the movie!
Some of his most notable spirit contacts who came through quite often was the famous silent movie actor Rudolph Valentino, Ellen Terry, his spirit guide, Dr. Marshall, and his boyish Cockney spirit control, "Mickey" (John Whitehead). In addition, all manner of famous and ordinary people communicated their messages of life eternal throughout his approximately 60-year long career as a direct voice medium.
The direct voice mediumship of Leslie Flint is a triple miracle. It is a miracle enough that any sort of manifestation from the afterlife came through at all. The second miracle is that the length and quality of communication is the greatest and highest I have ever heard in the history of mediumship. The third miracle is that other great souls such as Dr. Marshall, John Whitehead (Mickey), etc. managed to help bring through souls from rather high planes of consciousness who would not otherwise have been able to come through at all such as Rabindranath Tagore, St. Matthew, and Mahatma Gandhi. Great spiritual truths rarely heard of in seances were spoken of at great length and recorded on hours and hours of tape.
I am astonished that Leslie Flint is not more widely known for this absolutely irrefutable, most amazing, and most complete evidence ever in the history of humankind of afterlife existence and the immortality of the soul.
The evidence literally speaks for itself, and again, I am astonished that the deeply meaningful information that came through is not taken more reverently, seriously and more widely known and distributed throughout all educational institutions. However, hundreds of these direct voice recordings are available for listening right here. Most of these recordings originated from the Leslie Flint Educational Trust which are at this time featuring only a few of the recordings now available.
This effect is no isolated incidence ether, many other genuine mediums have also been witnessed as creating similar phenomenon, even complete materializations of both spirits who died long ago and some who more recently passed away.
David Thompson - One of the Greatest Mediums Living Today
The greatest living medium today is David Thompson who since the 1980's has developed the amazing capability to allow spirits to communicate and/or materialize fully while under trance and in a darkened room. He was often tied down in a chair to prove to skeptics that he could not have walked around the room to play the parts of various entities both tall and short, huge and small, some women, some children and many male visitors who themselves sometimes untied and tied David's restraints, while even waking him up from trance once in a while so that his spirit guide and "convener" William can talk with him directly.
After listening to many of these seances, one notices that the entitiy, known as William Caldwell (who says he passed away in 1897) speaks in a most remarkable old-English accent that no one alive today really can reproduce. William also runs the seance, starting with an introduction, question and answering session, then temporarily departs for a long period to allow other spirit visitors and spirit regulars to manifest their own unique personalities, followed by a conclusion with William coming back to end the seance. One can actually hear the sounds of the ectoplasm as it collapses (sounds like a ballon deflating) and the sound of it reforming into another spirit each time a new spirit takes shape in the room.
Light-hearted and inspiring music is often played in the room to uplift the sitters in the room to create more positive and loving vibrations so vital to keep the atmosphere most conducive for successful and pleasant manifestations to take place. The spirits themselves often joke around in a loving and positive but often-times mischievous way to help keep everyone in a positive and excited mood.
There are some rare exceptions, however, such as the one time when a very tyrannical-sounding entity materialized. Along with the heavy thumping of footsteps all around the room, he exclaimed in a very demeaning manner, "What sort of place is this? My horses' stalls are more posh than this shabby room!" When asked who he was, he claimed to be King Henry the VIII and acted the part in the most chilling way imaginable. His male chauvinism was to such an extreme he was horrified to find both women and men mixed together in the small group unlucky enough to encounter this very severe and intensely cold personality. Even the slightest remark without first calling him "Sire" created an immediate "I will have your flee-bitten head cut off!" response. Everyone was supposed to kneel down before him and answer all his demands only with "Yes I will Sire!" otherwise heads would roll! Finally the ectoplasm gave way and to everyone's relief the light-hearted high-pitched voice of Timothy (the spirit who controls the ectoplasm) came through appologizing for King Henry the VIII's terrible behavior. "Wasn't he horrible?" Timothy said.
William, who had to encounter King Henry the VIII in spirit in order to get him to materialize in the first place, knew his bluff, saying "That is preposterous!" to King Henry's "I will cut off your head for doing this!" knowing fully well that no individual dead or alive can possibly cut off the head of one already dead! Although decapitation may temporarily appear to happen in the lower sub-planes of the spirit world, the spirit would always and immediately find a more complete version of itself on even a slightly higher vibration level!
However, what I found to actually be most disturbing, is how Henry VIII, born 28 June, 1491 and died 28 January, 1547, even after over 463 years in the afterlife, showed no sign whatsoever of any intentions to retire any time soon! Henry seemed very much "trapped" in the same state of mind he had when he was still on Earth. People like William have tried to help him out of his "time lock" only to be strongly rebuked by his overwhelming tyrannical and overly "authoritative" personality, who may, for still a long time yet to come, desperately cling to his own self-created etherial "United Kingdom" located somewhere on a lower sphere or "hell" of his own creation.
The rather harrowing experience of King Henry the VIII suddenly materializing back on Earth reminds me so much of the episodes from Time Tunnel (aired in the late '60's and early '70's) where rather motley and cantankerous characters from history would pop into the time machine's laboratory in place of two marooned time travelers tumbling around randomly from one page in history to the next.
Another amazing incident occurred several years ago when the seance was hit with a surprise thunderstorm. William became expressly concerned that any flash of static electricity from a stray electric lightning charge could cause David's ectoplasm to rush back into his body with such force that it could either seriously damage the medium for life or even kill him. William, with almost no time to explain, immediately discontinued the seance and had one of the sitters in charge gently bring David out of trance and be taken outside until the storm finished.
Several minutes later, the storm finally blew over and after the seance was resumed, William re-materialized and explained that any source of electromagnetic energy (especially a flash) can be just as dangerous as any source of light would have on ectoplasm and therefore the health and safety of the medium. William, the spirit convener of all the seances, also considered himself very much responsible for the safety of the medium David Thompson and was willing to take no chances.
New seances are recorded and uploaded to the website on a monthly basis for anyone with an internet connection to hear in astonishing clearity. In the website, one can also see videos and images of the ectoplasm, apports, and of the medium channeling William directly during a trance. Very clear stereo recordings of his seances are available free of cost on the internet at their website, Circle of the Silver Cord.
This article is written by Shaktivirya, researcher and creator of this website, Science of Wholeness at WholeJoy.com. More information on spirit communication and the realms of the afterlife can be found here.
Evidence For Life After Death
Is there really life after death? It sure seems that way. Even before reading this book, I believed life continues in the spiritual world. After reading it, I feel less inhibited to talk about my own experiences. I've never been in a seance, much less have I seen trumpets flying around the sˇance room, but I have seen ghosts, angels, and other bodiless energy forms.
Do you ever feel as though you are being watched? What if you actually saw or heard the entity? Vandersande's book, Life After Death, gives many accounts of his sessions over an eight-year period where he personally witnessed such things as ectoplasm and direct voice through trance mediums and channelers. All his experiences are described in detail and with supporting strange-but-true photos. Materializations of deceased entities are probably the most impressive evidence for life after death. He talks about materialization during sessions he calls sittings or sˇances in which the medium is usually in trance.
This is not hard for me to believe, and probably a pretty acceptable idea to those who have lost a loved one and felt their presence near them thereafter. I have awakened during the night on more than one account to see a bluish-grey figure hovering over my bed. Things have been known to move from one place to another in my house. Thanks to Jan, I now know that these phenomena are due to spirit entities manifesting themselves. Such occurrences were so common in my life that I wrote and published a book about it in 2005. Vandersande's book is appropriately subtitled Some of the Best Evidence for life after death.
The thing that captivated me about this book is how the medium or channeler was able to give exact details about a person or situation that let the seeker know that their deceased loved one was indeed speaking or communicating (in the case of a channeler) through them. There was no other way such intimate things could be revealed. The author considers alternative explanations for these psychic phenomena such as telepathy and ESP but to me, it would be just as hard (if not harder) to believe in telepathy or ESP as it would be in life after death. I've had readings/prophecies that were as effectively true. He talks about a few frauds in this field, but there can be a fraud in any walk of life.
Fortunately, this did not keep Dr. Vandersande from investigating the topic in depth and forming his own opinions. His beliefs are supported by his experience, which I would expect from a scientist such as Vandersande. We all want proof that our experiences are real, but we don't to be rejected by those whose beliefs are different than ours. I think that is where many religions lead people astray; they tell people what to believe rather than teaching them to explore and accept their own truth.
I enjoyed this book and found the stories fascinating especially the ones where the medium was able to give personal details that he or she could not have known in the natural realm. I think that one of the most helpful spiritual gifts a person can have is to be able to provide comfort and emotional healing through prophecy or by providing readings that give specific and accurate information to let the inquirer know it truly was the spirit of their deceased loved one speaking. Is this book and psychic phenomena proof or spoof? You must decide for yourself. Read more or purchase Dr. Vandersande's book at www.outskirtspress.com/bestevidence
Reviewer: Yvonne Perry
Freelance writer and editor, Yvonne Perry, enjoys helping people find their spiritual path. With her Bachelor's Degree in Metaphysics, she has written books and more than 100 articles on a variety of topics. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS podcast feed and her free monthly newsletter about writing, networking, publishing and marketing when you visit Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services' Web site at writersinthesky.com. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Yvonne_Perry
Famous Psychics - Helen Duncan
The Helen Duncan story is one that is both fantastic and sadly, very tragic. She was born in Scotland in 1898. Her greatest period of popularity was during the 1930's and 1940's when the was most in demand as a psychic. What she was most known for was holding sˇances in people's homes where she would supposedly contact family members who had long gone to their graves.
In 1933 Duncan was accused of fraud when a policewoman successfully grabbed a vest that was supposed to be Helen's spirit child helper. She was found guilty of fraud and fined ten pounds. In spite of this scandal, she continued to hold her sˇances until 1944 when one of them was raided by the police. A police officer tried to grab the ectoplasm that was coming from the medium, thinking it was just a white sheet, but he was unable to grab a hold of it. No sheet was actually found when other officers went through the room. Even though no evidence of fraud was discovered, Duncan and three others were ordered to appear at Portsmouth magistrates' court. They were all charged with conspiracy.
They were refused bail, and Duncan spent four days in a British prison. The case was sent to the central criminal court at the Old Bailey. There, many charges were brought against her which included vagrancy and conspiracy, and believe it or not, the Witchcraft Act of 1735. This absolutely caused an uproar with Spiritualists. The trial lasted seven days. During that time many people testified on Duncan's behalf. They each recalled many feats she performed. Duncan told one of her visitors that a family member had just died, and later it was confirmed that this person had died just two hours before the meeting. Many other claims were made to verify that Duncan was indeed legitimate.
Even though many attempts were made to prove Duncan's ability, she was eventually sentenced to nine months in jail. After she finished serving her sentence, she returned to do her spiritual work. There were many accounts of her work as a medium. Many of the reports told of the actual appearances of those who had passed away.
In 1951, the Witchcraft Act of 1735 was finally done away with and in its place was put the Fraudulent Mediums Act. In 1956, the police raided one of Helen's sˇances in Nottingham. They claimed to be searching for props and interrupted a sˇance right in the middle. Supposedly this interruption caused a great shock to Duncan by having the ectoplasm return to her body too quickly. A doctor was called to examine her. She became so ill that she had to return to Scotland to be with her family. In just five weeks after the raid she died. Many believe the raid to be the cause.
There are no definite conclusions to this very sad and tragic story. If she was the talented medium that many claimed she was then she did herself no good by adding fraudulent activities to her gifts. The truth is, we will never really know if she was a gifted psychic or just another con artist.
Michael Russell - Your Independent guide to Psychics
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Psychic Medium - A Look Into the Intriguing Ways of Physical Mediumship
People resort to the psychic realm to seek answers that neither science or logic can provide. A medium is sought for many reasons. But among the many popular purposes, is the assistance via their gift of mediumship, to seek communication with the other side!
The term seance, refers to the meeting in where together with a group of people, a psychic connects with the spirit world. Mediumship can be done in many ways, but among the most intriguing method, is the physical mediumship.
When people talk about physical mediumship, it is best and proper to first understand what a medium really is. Serving as a refresher definition, a medium is popularly known as the "spirit communicator" since, from the term itself, mediums have the ability to communicate with spirits of those who have passed through the ordeals of mortality.
You might be wondering how a medium seeks to communicate with a loved one who has passed on, or any spiritual being such as spirit guides or guardian angels just to name a few. They are able to do this because of their strong spiritual energies which they also use to gather more of the surrounding energies and use it as a channeled force to connect with these unseen entities. The spiritual entities may then be able to relay messages because of this connection.
Sometimes however, a "medium" is needed by some spirits to be able to relay a message. Hence the term "psychic medium," they use their own body as means for the spirits to relay their messages. This is also known as physical mediumship.
Physical mediumship is often needed because spirits from the other side most of the time need a means to exist physically or give us evidence. These often happen in the form of floating objects, or a pen writing the message on its own. There are also some cases where a spirit needs a physical body in order to materialize itself and communicate with the living. This is where a medium comes in.
So when a spirit materialize a body of a person, that spirit will now be able to communicate with the living. Now when the spirit takes the physical to communicate, it could either move objects, or as what is also mentioned, guide you through a page of a book. Other evidences of psychical mediumship can be rapping, knocking, and the like. It may even be as great as transfiguration or levitation!
So there you see that a medium is one gifted individual. A medium can do everything that a psychic does but most of all, he can communicate with those at the other side, an ability which an ordinary psychic does not have. It is only unique to psychic mediums.
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