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Episode 3 – The Forest Dark

Are you scared of the woods? What about the woods at night? In this Halloween episode, I talk about a handful of forests that have strange, spooky and haunted history. Do you have a story about something creepy, mysterious or paranormal in the woods? Let me know and I’ll read it in a future episode!)

Thanks for listening!

Please contact me here or at my email account
alongadifferentpath@gmail.com
Blog – alongadifferentpath.wordpress.com
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Informative Links:
(These are stand out links. You can, of course, find plenty of others by doing your own research which I highly recommend!)

Black Forest Legends -http://www.websters.net/blackforest/legends.html
Brothers Grimm – https://www.biography.com/news/brothers-grimm-facts
Hoia Baciu Forest – https://hoiabaciuforest.com/
Destination Truth in Hoia Baciu – http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3iw0q1
Old House Woods – http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/03/the-mysteries-of-virginias-cursed-forest/
Freetown State Forest – http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/06/the-cursed-forest-of-massachusetts/


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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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.

You can contact me via one of the options below!

Thanks for listening!

Please contact me here or at my email account
alongadifferentpath@gmail.com
Blog – alongadifferentpath.wordpress.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/AlongADifferentPath/

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!

 


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!

 


A Lesson in Not Knowing

(A brief warning, this is not a happy story.  However, I present it as an illustration of what sometimes occurs in a spiritual/magical life.  I felt it was important to do so.  There are things that occur and you are left with only a sense that “something” occurred but given no hard data, no magical entrance of a spirit teacher to explain it all out for you.  Oftentimes, these are sad things.  You are left with only enough information to make out a dim sense of what it “might” have been about.  This is one such story.)

Occasionally, my intuition will kick in and give a very loud warning that is very hard to ignore.  It is hard to describe.  When it occurs in my life now it is an overwhelming tightness in my shoulders and a mounting sense of dread.  It happens very quickly and I get information on what to do just as fast.  I jokingly refer to it as my “spider sense.”

The first time I realized I had it was when I was very young and we were taking my father to the airport for a flight.  We were in a hurry as he was late.  It manifested differently then.  I remember being very nervous, distraught and did not want to get into the car.  I was also very nauseous.  Being, I think, 7 years old, I voiced my concern but it was misinterpreted by my parents as a small boy not wanting his father to leave on a long trip.  On the way there, we were nearly in a fatal accident when a semi-truck flipped over an overhead overpass and landed directly in front of us!  We were unhurt but ever since that day it drove into me the fact that intuition is a very real thing and the importance of paying attention to it no matter what.

Whenever I am driving, I will sometimes feel a strong jolt of information that says, in short, “Do not continue the way you are going.  Take a different route.”  I always hear it but there have been times in the past where I did not listen and wish I had.  To be fair, there have been a few times when nothing dangerous occurred.  However, there has ALWAYS been something occur along the route I had been warned not to go whether that be a near-miss from a running cat, a herd of deer running across the road or a drunken walker stumbling along the side of the road.  Even then, I wonder what would have occurred if I had not been on edge while driving that route and ignoring my intuition.  As I grew older I stopped being stubborn about it and simply turned when my intuition told me to turn.

A few nights ago, I was driving my family home from a wonderful Mother’s Day visit.  It was dark, rainy and we were on the highway.

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A Final Answer

At the end of my last post I stated that I was “happily derailed.”  This proved more true than I realized and as I continued my practice of staying in the Now and working with Earth Energy and divination, an odd thing occurred.  I ran out of things to say!  Well, not so much that I was out of things to say but I ran out of inspiration of HOW to say it.  I became stuck with how to put those experiences into words accurately.  For the first time I truly encountered what I had read in other books and research, that the Way cannot be described with words.  It can only be felt, experienced. I think I ran through at least five different attempts to write a blog post and each time it became more and more frustrating.  To laugh at myself even further, it wasn’t until the fourth or fifth time that I realized what was happening!  I finally understood that Spirit/God/Universe/Being/The Way can only be shared or described through our stories and myth.  So, in staying true to the practice, I observed my frustration and let it go.

As it often goes, the minute you let something go you often get a lesson to sink the point home.  As a bonus, by working through the lesson I was then given fodder for a blog post!  First, a bit of back story and then I’ll bring it around and I think you can see how the puzzle pieces all fit together.

Last week I again began to draw a Wildwood Tarot card at the beginning of my day.  I had stopped doing this for several months but I had started a new journal and I realized I missed the experience and meditation of drawing a card in the peacefulness of the pre-dawn hours with a warm cup of coffee and my dowsing rods.  The first few days went very well and the cards offered a nice reflection before starting my day.  Life, for the past several weeks, had settled into a peaceful and enjoyable pattern.  Something that, for most of my life, I am not used to having but have recently been trying, successfully, to materialize.  Then, on Tuesday, the challenge occurred.

theguardianI pulled the Guardian.

In the Wildwood Tarot the Guardian is a bit of a stand-in for the Devil card.  It indicates a challenge arriving in your life, a breaking away from bondage created either by yourself or an outside source.  More importantly, “… now is the time to take control of your fears and deal with the insecurity with courage and integrity.”   However, after a series of pleasant weeks, seeing a card like this took me off guard.

Immediately upon pulling it I realized it for what it was, a test of everything I had been writing about here!  As stated in previous posts, what do you do when you get a card that rumbles an ominous portent for the rest of a day that appears to be going very well?   Well, here was my chance to practice!

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First Steps

When I wandered into that bookstore in 1986, I had no idea the choices I was about to make would affect the rest of my life.  I was just going in to browse, kill some time.  Today, the bookstore no longer exists.  The mall it once resided in held a greeting card shop, a JCPenney, and a fairly decent arcade but the large building has now been turned into a huge farm supply store.  Today, locals barely remember there was a mall there at all.

After kicking around the bookstore for awhile, I happened upon a small paperback called “Seth Speaks.”  I’m not really sure why I picked it up but I remember being intrigued.  I was in the mood for something different and something involving “channelling” and the written journal of a entity called Seth sounded like just the ticket.  As I walked to the counter, I also noticed a runestone kit on sale.  “Why not?” I thought to myself, “I seem to be on a roll anway.”   I liked vikings, right?  I tossed the runestone kit onto the paperback, paid the clerk in cash, and completely unaware of what path I had just decided to walk down, left the store to go back to my small student dorm room.

It wasn’t a purchase that I would say was “out of character” for me.  I grew up with stories of ghosts.  Growing up I had noticed my rockhound grandparents had a slightly more than passing interest in crystals, copper bracelets, and psychic phenomena.  They kept it on the down low but, as children do, I saw it in the background.  As a child I was intrigued and terrorified of Bigfoot, my Mother still loves a good UFO story and as a child I would also get premonitions about things about to happen.  In high school, I did a ten page report on Project Blue Book.  The paranormal was not “new” to me.

However, it was that singular purchase which laid the groundwork for all that was to come, including this very blog you are reading now.  The book got it’s hooks into me.  The runes were fascinating and from that day forward I started to voraciously read everything I could get my hands on in regards to channeling, automatic writing, psychic phenomena, and, in short, the paranormal.  Over the years that passed I worked with the runes, learned more than I bargained for about nature spirits, transitioned to tarot cards as well as other oracles.  I began spending more and more time in the woods, amidst nature, and just listening, watching.  I found there was an intense communication possible there as well.

Through all of it I  tried to maintain a very level-headed approach.  I was curious about these things but I didn’t want to jump in without really taking a hard look at all the angles.  I read articles and books on debunking as well.  Regardless, I found that time after time the volume of personal experiences and coincidences simply became far to large to ignore.  I began to transition towards the idea that this world was a lot more broad and amazing then I had originally thought possible.

20+ years later here I am and I’ve decided to craft up a blog about it all.   This is something I’ve wanted to do for years but felt a little intimidated about stepping forward into the public eye.  These days, though, I’m a bit older and a bit more grounded in what I know and do.  My goal is to really just jump off and talk about anything that comes onto my radar.  By anything I do mean ANYTHING;  paranormal experiences, other web sites, current stories, other dimensions, spirit guides, cryptozoology, dowsing, ancient cultures, Fey/Nature spirits, oracle readings, Fortean stories, etc.    I’m looking forward to conversations with other grounded folk as well, people that are also moving along their own different path.

I also know that when you start something like this it’s impossible to plan on where it might go or what might happen!  Who knows, putting this blog out there might one day equate to walking into a bookstore and making an eccentric purchase?  Only time will tell.