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Episode #2 – Paranormal Experiences

 

Show Notes:

Episode 2 – Paranormal Experiences

In this episode I get a bit long winded about the full gamut of paranormal experiences. Since we are going to be talking about them throughout the entirety of the podcasts to come, I thought a good idea to go for a quick run down the rabbit hole that surrounds them.

I break them down into their different components like the physical and non-physical, objective and subjective. Along the way I offer a few theories and tips if someone is just getting starting researching the paranormal as well as opening up the floor for debate. I also offer a question which I currently do not have an answer for. I don’t want this podcast to just be me. Let me know your thoughts and I’ll be sure to include what I can in the next episdoe.

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Thanks for listening!

Please contact me here or at my email account
alongadifferentpath@gmail.com
Blog – alongadifferentpath.wordpress.com
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Information Links:
Carl Jung Resources : www.carl-jung.net/
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell: gladwell.com/blink/
The Gift of Fear by Gaviin De Becker: www.amazon.com/Gift-Fear-Surviva…nce/dp/0440226198
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll (Full Ebook): www.gutenberg.org/files/12/12-h/12-h.htm


Intro and Outro music “People Are Spinning” done by Monplaisir at Loyalty Freak Music from their album, To Chill and Stay Awake.
Bio – loyaltyfreakmusic.com/about

To Chill and Stay Awake – loyaltyfreakmusic.com/post/165657190…-stay-awake-an

I found the work on Free Music Archive.   Huge thanks to him for making free music for folks like me to use to enhance my podcast.  Give it a listen!

 

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The Big Day

Today is the day.   Time for a long coming gear shift for this blog and for me.

Announcement time!  (Two of them, actually.)

Drumroll, please?

First up – After ignoring the idea for about a year, I have decided to launch an Along A Different Path podcast.  You can find the link to Episode 1 below!   Come join me as I discuss, rant and ramble about all manner of paranormal subjects.   Each episode will be approx. 20 minutes long and will focus on a particular topic for discussion, experience to share or information to pass on.  In time, hoping to get questions and topics from the audience as well as having some special guests and interviews.

 

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SHOW NOTES:

Episode 1 – The Dark Cave

I wanted to say that I know there are a lot of quality podcasts out there already working with this subject matter.  It means a lot to me that you chose to take some of your time to listen to this one.  Thanks!!!

Not a whole lot to add for this one as I pretty much left it all at the mic.  For this episode I wanted to give an introduction of where we were going, discuss the fears I had to fight through and give a very brief introduction to who I am and how I became involved in all of this.  As this was my first dip into podcasting I would definitely like to hear feedback so don’t be shy.

Intro and Outro music “People Are Spinning” done by Monplaisir at Loyalty Freak Music from their album, To Chill and Stay Awake.   I found it on Free Music Archive.   Huge thanks to him for making free music for folks like me to use to enhance my podcast.  Give it a listen!

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I’m very excited about this project, more excited then I thought I would be.  Initially, I was a nervous wreck but after numerous test runs I finally recorded the final run and the minute I was done I felt a rush of excitement.   (As of Wednesday, as I write this, the day is draaaaaaagging on. ) I have a lot of material to cover and I’m looking forward to where it takes me.   All I know is that I want to have fun with it and share my passion on the multitude of topics available.

What does that mean about this blog?  I will be posting the podcasts here, of course, and my wish is for this blog to remain just as it is, a vehicle for the combination of written word and pictures.  I’ll post podcast announcements, etc, here as well.  This blog will continue to function as is for the foreseeable future and if I get the inspiration for some fun bits and bobs that need pictures and perhaps written instead of audio commentary, I will post them here.

 

The second announcement?

It’s a subtle thing but, for me, a lot longer coming than this podcast.  If you check up at the author of this post, you’ll start seeing a different name there.  Matter of fact, if you’ve already listened to the podcast, you might have caught it. As of this posting, it will automatically change over on all of the posts of this blog as well as on the About page.  I’ll be going through the next few days and tightening everything up.

This is a very resolute decision which comes from a deep sense of wanting to walk in wholeness again.  Many, many years ago I used to do this.  I cared little what people thought or how they might react to  my interests.  Something changed along the way.   Regardless of how it occurred, it’s source was fear.  Was it wise to follow this fear? Perhaps!  I may never know.   All I know is that things needed to change back.

Many things have shifted for me in the past year that have led me to this point and this decision.    I’ll be going into more detail in an upcoming podcast where I will focus on those fears as well as discussing the very legitimate reasons some folks need to stay behind a different identity.

And that, they say, is that!

I look forward to more podcasts to come and hopefully hearing from some of you regarding the content. Thanks so much for being here on what is, for me, a pretty big day.

Happy Harvest and Happy Autumn to each and every one of you and to our friends South of the equator, Happy Spring!

 


Serious Silly Fear

Due to everything explained in the previous Disconnection/Reconnection series of posts, I have plans for this month’s Harvest Moon which is only a few days away.  The plans showed up during the September new moon and I decided to nurture them.  Of course, as it is with this sort of thing, over the past two weeks things have been speeding up and, yeah, I’m terrified.

What started as a simple re-connection has taken on a life of it’s own, pushing me forward into deeper and deeper water.  It’s also bringing with it a fair amount of clarity and change.  Not a bit of it is bad.

So, if it’s not bad then why am I terrified?

Because of bad habits and, well, THIS GUY!

This is G. Hobyah.  He lives in the Faeries Oracle deck.  Well, he hangs out there.  I’m not sure where he lives but I imagine it’s several different places; under your bed, in your closet, under the stairs and around dark corners.  As penned by the wonderful Jessica Macbeth and painted by the as-wonderful Brian Froud, he is the faery of unrealistic fears, of being frightened by things that are not really there whether they be boogeymen in the shadows, an intimidating person walking behind you or a stern boss who doesn’t say much.

Although he is quite frightening, G. Hobyah has a job and that job is to help you find your spine and your common sense.   Once he’s done that he would much rather sit down with you with a pint and watch a horror movie then go through the exhausting process of scaring you all day for weeks on end.  However, if you don’t know this or if he comes at you sideways with a mask on, it can be absolutely terrifying.  He is, after all, very, very good at his job.  Well, it’s an artform, really.  Regardless, he’s an expert at it.

Thankfully, he showed up in a reading this morning that I was doing for the #theoctobertarot challenge over on Instagram care of @Lionhearts.  Ol’ G. Hobyah was kind enough to step out of the shadows, pull down his mask and wave at me as my Shadow Mentor for the month of October and letting me know he’s been behind a lot of my fears over the past few weeks.  I don’t think I could have found a better fey for the job.

Did you ever have a moment as a child when you were scared by a family member wearing a mask?  A nice uncle or aunt, a loving sibling, or perhaps a parent jumped out with a monster mask and you nearly wet yourself?  Then, they are kind enough to pull the mask off to show you that it’s nothing really to fear?  Yeah, that’s what happened when I pulled the card.

“Oh, G. Hobyah!  It’s only you!!”  I said while laughing in my wet pants.

I’m pretty sure he put a finger to his raspy, gnarled lips, “Shhhh, don’t tell anyone,” he hissed with a wink and then slowly put the mask of The Thing That Is Scaring The Beejeebus Out Of Me back on.  I’m pretty sure he was just giving me a break because I was getting cold feet on my plans.

I’ll be announcing things here later in the week.  I’m getting more excited by the day.

And keep a sideways eye open for G. Hobyah.

I’ve heard that this month is one of his favorites.

 


Reconnection (Part 2 of 2)

(Continued from Part 1 – Disconnection.  Click here to read that post first.)

It had been about four weeks with the runes when the dragon came calling.

It came from an entirely unexpected angle.  I could feel things were “coming back on line” but I had no idea it would take such an unexpected turn or have such force to it.  In hindsight, perhaps someone knew that they needed to drop the equivalent of a magical bomb on me to get my attention?

I had continued with my rune work by drawing a rune every day.  Typically in the morning and as a meditation exercise.  I was very strict with myself not to read too much into the coming day.  My usual thought process was “draw the rune, reflect on the rune, watch it through the day.”  As those days went by it seemed to be working and I was really enjoying getting back to what I could consider “my roots” with them.

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Disconnection (Part 1 of 2)

Over the 2017 Summer the tarot cards did not like me.

Matter of fact, no divination system seemed to like me. It started at the beginning of May and continued throughout the month.  Having been involved with oracles and that type of  communication for over 30 years it was unsettling. There had never been a time where I felt so disconnected or unable to sense the message being put forward.

It started with my daily card draws. I began to get cards like the 9 of Swords, the Tower, and the 3 of Swords day after day. At first, I was concerned about what it meant. Then, as I focused on the real time events throughout the day I realized the cards did not apply at all.

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Keeping On Track

(Note – This was originally drafted on Nov 6th, just before the election.)

Since Samhain things have continued to move forward, the flog clearing.  A few things have come up since then and I thought that even if it turns into a short post I would catch you up.  Since my last post I have been very focused on making sure the fog does not “slip back in.”  I’ve started a few routines to help with it.  I’m sure some of you may already do these things.  If not, perhaps they might give you some ideas of your own.

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At least twice a day, I re-affirm the magic and spirituality of life

What I mean by this is I try to take some time, at least twice a day, to really appreciate Spirit.  I do this in different ways.  This may be a short as a minute or two or it might be longer.  It just depends on what is going on and how much time I have in the morning or the evening.  It can be a simple thought about spirit or ancestors, a musing on the interconnected nature of everything while sitting quietly, or perhaps just stopping to count my breath for a few moments while I watch a spider at lunch.

I  started a magical / paranormal journal

This has been started several times but it always crashed and burned.  This was because I was stuck on it being handwritten and having all the different aspects of my magical life crammed into one tome.  My hand would often cramp up from trying to get everything in there and I found valuable free time going to catching up on my entries instead of doing a reading or experimenting with dowsing.  I started a digital journal, created some tags to help me find things and began to document this new phase of my life.   I agreed with myself that I would hold no reservation on how long or how short an entry may be and I could enter multiple entries a day if I wished.  There are no rules.  It has helped immensely.

I ask myself, “What is Spirit trying to tell me here?”

In any situation, from a stressful work moment to a peaceful lunch among falling autumn leaves, I pause and ask that simple question. I ask gently.  Then, I take a few seconds and just listen.  Sometimes there is no answer and I don’t push for one.  Other times I’ve heard some really great answers.

I relaxed and gave up.

Let me be clear, this was not in a depressing way.  I’ve just started to just let things be… well… things.  I’ve stopped pushing so much for answers.  Better yet, you could say I’ve stopped pushing for the answers I wanted to hear.

And that’s it.  I just try to pay attention more and work towards not going “unconscious” again.

It feels good.

I feel like I’m coming back around to a place of solidity which I have not seen in a long, long while.

 

 

 


Transitions and Cycles

For the past month or so I’ve been struggling with the fact that, for all intrinsic purposes, this blog is dead.

It’s no surprise to subscribers here and I have been accutely aware of it for awhile. My run of posts regarding the Glen in the Spring were an attempt to not only talk about my experiences there but to also put some life into the blog, to use the Spring energy to renew things. For some reason it did not stick. I wandered off. I stopped writing. I started to beat myself up by reminding myself this blog is over 5 years old and yet it never really seemed to go anywhere, never seemed to grow.

During the harvest festivals thoughts of the blog would come and go. What did I want to do about it? Was it worth keeping? Should I simply close it down after so many years? Up until Samhain I could not get a clear answer.

During Samhain and more importantly, the days immediately afterwards, I always do several readings. For my readings this year the weather was wonderful and so I ventured back out to the Glen. Even though I’ve not posted here, I’ve continued my visits to that magical wood. I go to refocus, to commune and to give back to the spirits there. It’s been a wonderful, evolving relationship.

With a wonderful chilly, Fall breeze playing amidst the branches of the sun-lit autumn forest, I took to the woods and brought my cards with me.  One of those spreads was, of course, about this blog. For it, the pendulum chose the Faeries Oracle and the reading is below. For this reading I chose a “conversation style” of reading. I ask a question. The deck responds. I ask another and so on until the conversation is over. Even as I was shuffling I felt that the conversation would be three questions total.

BlogReadingSamhain2015The first question? What do I need to know about this blog? Death. Well, nothing like cutting right to the chase, eh? Of course, Death is speaking of where the blog is currently. All things come, grow and die in time. It is important to acknowledge the fact. A point of transition as well as a point of acceptance. The blog as I’ve known it is done.

Second question: I don’t feel it is right to shut the blog down. (I actually tested this with a bit of dowsing and the answer was a very solid, “No way!”) So, what should I do next? Mickle a’ Muckle.

Mickle has always struck me as two things, being merry and being in the Now. This, in turn, reminds me of my work with the writings of Eckart Tolle and blending them into my work with the cards, spirit and magic. Mickle says to “lighten up” and to look at the Now and to something unusual or adventurous that is coming around because of the Death card. See how he is facing the Death card?  “One thing leaves, another arrives, it’s the way of it!” Mickle says to me.

Final question: I heard the wisdom of those two answers and asked, “So, for the betterment of myself, the blog and my subscribers what is the very best next step to do?” Lady of the Harvest. Ah-hah! Another “transition” card but more importantly this card spoke to me about the rituals involved with transition, with moving forward into something new from something old. The Lady of the Harvest is about releasing the past, all that has occurred (or not occurred) and moving forward to the next new phase. I also felt very strongly that in order for this to happen, a ritual needed to occur. A ritual to help acknowledge the omega and the alpha.

I needed, within myself, to let the blog go. Not to really turn it off, not to stop posting but I needed to internally acknowledge that whatever I had hoped for with this blog, whatever I had been trying to do, whatever I had been attempting to express was over. It was this energy, this acknowledgement that I had been resisting and which, in turn, was causing the energy blockage.  The energy for the blog had swirled and slowed and stopped. There was nothing wrong with it.  It just was.  It was time to let it go and to work on something new.

Now, since I’ve had this blog for five years, it took quite a bit for me to work through the energy of the Death card and that full reading. I’ve been circling it and fighting it since Nov. 1st and here we are, fourteen days later! After another wonderful stroll through the Glen today, I found the words I needed to write this blog and to take the first steps needed.  Hence, this post!  ( I also had to acknowledge the fact that I began this blog with the Faeries Oracle and it I would now be ending it as well with them!  See my second post here which was the reading I did for starting the blog.)

To be clear, I am most certainly not done here. This is not a “Bye and thanks for all the fish” moment. However, things will be a bit different around here.   How?  Well, I’m not really sure.  When the muse comes back to me, when I understand what I am supposed to be doing here the second time around, you’ll see it here. Oh, and the Muse will come back because, most importantly, I’ve done what was necessary by letting the transition begin. (I also have asked real nicely a couple of times which always helps!)

 

I want to thank every single person and spirit that has interacted with me here. If I have, in some way, added a bit of magic to the world with the telling of my stories and my readings, then I can call the past years a success.  I really hope you stay with me for another 5, or  6 or, dare I say it, 10?  I also hope you enjoy the upcoming transition.

The blog is dead.

Long live the blog.

Blessings, Peace and Light!