Month: August 2015

Airport Adventures or “Working Dog- Please Do Not Pet”

I figured I would post a few of the interesting adventures I’ve encountered. It’s particular story has also been published on the Cressona Paranormal page. But for all of you who have never seen it, and for those of you who have chuckled at it before. I have been told that this story is best done “live”, so if you are ever at one of our presentations on our encounters or our ways of working with the Dead, please just ask me to tell the story. If we have enough time, I’ll happily perform it…… AR

I’ve been asked if there has ever been a time that I’ve been tempted to think that “it’s all in my head”. Whenever I’ve been confronted with the thought either by another or by my own self doubt, I have my faith renewed by the little things, and sometimes the Big Things…

Airport Adventures or “Working Dog- Please Do Not Pet”

There is a time in every practitioner’s life when you get slammed in the face by the undeniable fact that This Shit Is Real. Sure I had been touched by my spirits, done healings, seen all kinds of weird things, but there was still a portion of my brain, however small, that still held an iota of “Yeah Right”. This small comforting thought that I was only pretending to be in a much bigger spiritual world than I could ever comprehend was obliterated by an unexpected airplane ride, a statue of a dog and a clueless security guard.

I was traveling from Dallas Airport to Harrisburg. I was supposed to have gone by train, but it turned out to be cheaper to fly. So there I was, with a bagful of clothes and a black canvas bag with my Villi Dog statue, Baku, cheerfully poking his head out like a chihuahua in a rich girl’s purse. I checked in my clothing bag and prepared to go through security. I was told to put the Bag with Baku in it on the conveyor belt and walk through the metal detector. Now, between bracelets, necklaces, ankle bracelets and the various charms in my hair, i was not surprised when it went off. Taking jewelry off and things out of my pockets was not making a bit of difference, so I was ushered through to receive a pat down.

While all this was happening, my carry on bag and Baku went through the conveyor and I saw that Baku had squirmed his way out of the bag. He was happily snuggling in the arms of a security guard and I saw a big doggy grin on his face. Suddenly, to my dismay, I see the security guard begin to twitch spasmodically. He knees were buckling and he was complaining that all the hair on his neck and e back of his arms was standing up. For those of you unfamiliar with the ATR paths of Palo, Santeria and Vodou these were the tell-tale signs of oncoming spiritual possession. The guard was probably sensitive and holding Baku probably triggered and excited the man’s spirits. The woman that was patting me down was done with me. I rushed over to the security guard, took Baku out of his arms, turned his face towards me and looked him in the eye.

“Do you trust me?” I asked.
The security guard looked at me with a groggy expression. “Yes.”
I quickly took off my hoodie, revealing my various tattoos. So picture this, please. I am here in an airport, my braids and dreds held back in a bright blue bandanna, multicolored thread weaved through them along with charms made of silver, bone and stone. Designs are inked into my shoulder and chest. I throw down my bag and rip it open, grabbing out a bottle of what we affectionately call La Bomba, some cascarilla and the wing of a snow goose. I douse the security guard’s head, muttering prayers as I continue to splash him, then I wiped him down with the wing, smeared his forehead and the back of his neck with cascarilla, then slapped him hard on the shoulders and sucked air in front of both of his ears.

Then I look at the grinning dog, now sitting on the conveyor belt, who looked genuinely pleased with the mischief he just wrought. “BAD DOG!” I say to him in my head. He simply grinned wider and thumped his tail.

I turned back to the security guard. The color had returned to his face and he was no longer twitching. He was sitting slumped in a chair. I handed him a bottle of water and he drank eagerly. “Do you feel better?”
“Yes,” he said, “thank you. Whatever that was you did.”
I nodded and put my hoodie back on. Then I put my naughty dog back in his bag and looked around to make sure I was good to get on the plane. The last thing I heard before I was on my way was the female guard who patted me down, a big black woman with a hearty laugh and a wide smile.

“GIRL!!” she called out to my retreating back, “You need to come on back to Jesus!!”

I waved, and handed in my boarding pass.

Talking “Ouija” Boards: A perspective

This is another piece that was originally done for our paranormal group, “Cressona Paranormal”.  It was also, thanks to Jim Achey, featured in the Reading Eagle in their “Bizarre Berks County” section…. AR

It has been requested of me to discuss Talking Boards and my experiences with them. Before I begin, I will say that these are MY experiences and through them, my opinions of the “Do’s and Don’ts” of using them. I am aware that there are people that use these boards with no ill effects, but I feel that being given some precautions hurts no one and helps everyone.

Talking Boards became popular as the Spiritual Movement gained momentum in the early 1900’s. Mediums were very popular, but not everyone could afford a medium so ways that the ordinary person could contact spirits and speak with them started popping up. It was at this time that the Talking Board became popular and was soon trademarked by Parker Brothers as the “Ouija Board”, “Ouija” being the combination of the words “oui” and “ja” which are the words for “yes” in French and German. Mass marketed boards and their accompanying planchets could be bought cheaply and used by every household.

Everyone has the potential to be a conduit for spirits. We all have latent psychic powers hiding somewhere in the deep recesses of our untapped brains. Using the Talking Board helps these powers come closer to the surface, allowing spirits to speak through us. We open our psychic door, inviting the proverbial Elijah to come through and eat at our table.

Sometimes this can be a wonderful experience. We feel we are talking to those that have passed and they get to tell us that they are all right and watching over us. But there are times when our experiences are not as wonderful. People are told horrible things by spirits bent on mischief out of malevolence or just plain boredom. Spirits can manifest pretending to be loved ones, famous people who have passed (I once supposedly was speaking to Jim Morrison) or even angels. And people believe them, opening up their psychic energies, their souls so to speak. They open their homes and invite them in. Now, one would not just open their door and invite in a stranger from off of the street, would you? But when you use a Talking Board without precautions, that is exactly what you do.

I’m not trying to scare you into thinking that “The Exorcist” is real. Frankly, that severe of a manifestation is rare indeed. Even the supposedly real story in the book by William Peter Blatty is different than portrayed in the movie. In the book, the entity is contacted by a toy phone. We think it was changed to a Talking Board in the movie for effect.

Your question now is probably: “What are the precautions of which you speak?”. Glad you asked. I’ll explain some of them…

DON’T USE A TALKING BOARD. It’s kind of like saying if you don’t want the countless consequences of sex, don’t have sex. And it’s as easy for me to tell everyone out there to not use a Talking Board as it is for a Health teacher to tell a bunch of preteens to abstain until marriage. And just as realistic.

For those of you that are going to do it anyway…

1. Light a white candle and say a prayer. If you are Christian, I recommend an Our Father. If you are Jewish, I’d recommend the Shema and the Kaddish. If you are another religion, I would say a prayer summoning the protection of your God and a blessing for the Dead. A prayer for your ancestors would not hurt either. The candle needs to be WHITE. Do not be lazy and substitute. The color is important. If you are going to go to the lengths to use a Talking Board, you might as well do it right.

2. Don’t use the Talking Board while drinking, using drugs or with anyone who is. These substances lowers inhibitions and opens you up to suggestion. Plus you won’t have the greatest judgement. If there is something there that is a bit mischievous, being drunk is going to tweak it and make it want to mess with you. If there is something there that is downright malevolent (or sometimes even just mischievous), being drunk can give it entrance into your body where it can possess you and it might be damn hard to make it want to leave.

3. Many have said that what happens when you use a Talking Board is all in the intent brought to it. I believe that is true. If you come to a session with the Board nervous and thinking that something horrible will happen, that is the kind of energy you will probably attract and you will have the negative experience you expect. Try to come into a session with a clear head and heart. This will provide you with a possibly wonderful experience.

4. That being said above, there is certainly no harm in taking precautions against things that might appear no matter how good your intentions may be. What many people don’t seem to grasp is that in using a Talking board, you are opening a portal. You are asking and giving permission for an entity to come through and manifest. You are most often not specific about what entity comes through. You do not know it’s name and most likely it will not be giving you it’s real one when it does come through (knowing an entity’s name gives you power over it). So you have opened a door, invited in someone you don’t know (or even a group of someone’s) don’t know it’s name to ask it to leave and have no idea on how to shut the door when and if it does leave. This does not seem to be an ideal situation, but a large percentage of Talking Board sessions end up just like this. A door remains open and entities continue to come through like uninvited party guests. This could end up costing money in the long run as you would have to call some one who could spiritually cleanse your house and you, close the door and give a stern lecture in taking precautions when using a Talking Board, or better yet not using them at all.

Possession is real. It’s not like the movies. You are probably not going to crab walk across the ceiling or projectile vomit pea soup. You will however, feel like crap. Your health might be affected, both mentally and physically. You may have crazy dreams, even nightmares. There could be physical manifestations in the form of unknown bruising or scratches.

When you use one of these boards, it’s best to use respect for the spirits present. Light your candle, say a prayer and declare your intent and invite them to speak. Have some holy water available, or positively charged crystals, blessed salt (kosher is good) or blessed oil. If someone in the party knows how to cast a sacred circle, it would be wise to do so. If someone in the party is a die hard skeptic, it might be best for them to not even be present. Spirits LOVE to play with skeptics. Same goes with anyone who is in a bad or angry mood. Spirits are attracted to that kind of energy like flies to honey.

All in all, the best thing to do is use common sense. If you’re unwell, drunk, high or skeptical, don’t use a Talking Board and for those of you that are believers, take some simple precautions. You may not alway need them, but it’s sure helpful when you do.

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