Paranormal? There’s An App For That!

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I’ve been talking to dead people for a very long time. It started when I was just a kid and I would see the old lady in my house. Over time I’ve developed my own inner system for communicating with the other side. But in the interest of full disclosure, it is just kinda all in my head.

It’s sort of the big elephant in the room, and the main way that skeptics and debunkers dismiss psychic phenomena. But I presume, since you’re here and all, that you’re okay with the whole psychic, telepathic, etc., experience. And until fairly recently, the only way to know if a spirit was around was either some sort of physical manifestation, or a psychic medium told you what the being on the other side was saying.

Enter technology. Modern ghosthunters have adapted devices to measure the electromagnetic spectrum and record voices that are not immediately audible to the humans present. In the early days these devices were rather large and bulky. Today you can buy a variety of apps to download on to your smartphone. Which I did before heading out on the ghost tour I did last weekend.

In my excitement I started randomly downloading apps that looked good, and then I went and did some research. A lot of the apps were rated as crap less than useful when seriously looking for paranormal phenomena. They all state plainly that they are strictly for “entertainment”. Remember how we creeped ourselves out with the Ouija board in dark closets when we were kids? And you were scared even though you were sure someone was really pushing that planchette? This is the new brand of that. Is it real? Hard to say. I suspect in the presence of other paranormal activity – knocking, orbs, apparitions – that a positive reading on these apps could be considered confirmatory. But if it’s just randoms bleeps on a screen with no other data, well, you have to be your own judge on that.

In this Wall Street Journal article, it describes how some pro ghosthunters think they work, and some don’t. Seems opinions can get fairly heated.

I’ll be the first one to admit I’m not very techno-savvy. I’m still surprised I manage to get blog posts up. But it was fun to play with the apps I downloaded, and I did find one in particular, Ghosthunter M2 by Jedasoft that has produced some surprising results. I saw a fair-ish number of positive reviews. It even has it’s own Facebook page. While the ones that liked it made a point to say that it couldn’t be used to produce viable scientific data, they noted that it could be useful to get a sample of spirit activity.

Now normally when I attempt to interact with the spirit realm, I take steps to protect myself. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t really expect the apps to work, or I was just lazy, but I started turning the app on at random times without engaging any of my spiritual protections. And I got a mixed bag of results – some blips on the screen, high EMF readings where there was no other source of EMF nearby, creepy digitized voices pronouncing random words.

But then…

I started to notice my senses tingling a little more than usual around my house. Yeah. I turned those apps on in my house and around my yard. I keep my home pretty clean spiritually. Usually negative entities don’t even bother because I move them on as soon as I detect them. This was definitely something of a darker aspect, and it was elusive. It hid from me when I actively searched for it, retreating beyond the borders of my yard.

The first night, my dreams were only vaguely unsettling and quickly faded out on waking. The second night it was a completely different story. This being attacked me in my dream, multiple times. The dream evolved through several scenes, and in each one a person was trying to do me harm. In each case the people would grab me and draw me toward them, attempting to pass the negative energies into me. In the last attempt, a woman pretended to know me, to be my friend. She drew me in close to give me a friendly kiss, but at the last moment I saw her eyes change to a weirdly pale light. For a flash, they went milky white. Behind her shoulder I saw a dark hooded figure appear and place it’s hand on her, lending her strength. A dark fog rolled out of her mouth and she stabbed one finger into the hollow of my throat in an attempt to distract me so this fog could move into me.

I woke with a start and could still feel the pain of her finger digging into my throat. My arms were crunched up protectively toward my face and throat and my muscles were still shaking and cramping from fighting against her pull.

So here’s the deal, I haven’t had a bad nightmare like this in a very long time. I’m not the best, most all-powerful psychic there is, but I have spent a good deal of time honing my skills. Let’s just say that I usually have sufficient protections that my dreams are typically untroubled by beings attacking me. This thing had gone right through those protections and had managed to attach itself to me.

Awake now, I scanned the room and saw it looking at my husband next. I quickly centered and grounded myself, called in my spirit allies and protectors and did the psychic equivalent of tapping it on the shoulder.

Hey. You’re really not welcome here. And what you just did was really rude. I told it. So I’m asking you to leave. Now.

Awake, I could see this being was just a small, confused creature. It wasn’t even fully human, more like just a fragment of some poor soul’s anger and pain. In short, it wasn’t very smart. All it knew was how to cause pain and terror, because that was all it had ever experienced.

When it realized I could see it, it went into The Scary Dance. This is something spirits will do when they’re trying to convince you they’re big and bad. Sometimes it works, because the spirit I’m up against is one of significant power. This little being dancing around my bedroom was hardly that. It’s gyrations were almost cute.

Let me tell you, spirits hate it when you’re only amused by their Scary Dance. They try harder.

Look, I told it, You have exactly two choices. I can help you. I can point you toward the Veil and help you get to the other side so you can find the rest of you and be healed. Or you can leave.

It laughed and gnashed phantasmal teeth and told me it was going to kill me.

Um, no, you’re not. I said. You’re going to make your choice. Cross over or leave my premises.

You can’t make me! It cackled. I do whatever I want.

You’re right. I can’t make you. But They can make it very uncomfortable for you to stay here.

When dealing with beings who project negative energies, it’s important to maintain your own center and calm. If you maintain your heart and mind in a loving space then the power these beings have is greatly reduced. Plus I had help.

“They”are my allies in spirit. Big, bright, beautiful beings who help me in my work. They manifested their presence in my room, and though the room itself remained dark the energies of love and light poured in. The little being took one look, squeaked in dismay and popped out of my awareness.

I did an energy sweep of my house, and my allies likewise assured me it was gone. Then told me using the phone apps had opened me up and called it in. Because I didn’t have all my usual protections in place it had found a weak spot to slip through.

Lesson learned.

Have you tried any of the ghost hunting apps? Been on a ghost tour or a ghost hunt? I’d love to hear your experiences.

Spooked in Seattle Tour – Fun AND Ghosts

Yesterday was my birthday. No, you don’t need to know how old I am.

Hub was out of town playing The Demon in the KISS tribute band Almost Human. Breathing fire and spitting blood in Butte, Montana. That’s my rock star Hub. It’s all good; he was making money and I was partying with my friends. And by partying I mean going to a late morning breakfast with friends, napping and reading all day, then dinner and a ghost tour that night with another friend. Living that rock’n’roll life!

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My friend Kim and I took the 8:15 tour with Spooked in Seattle. I’ll say it right now, if you’re in Seattle, take this tour. A little history, a little spookiness and the chance of getting some paranormal activity. Which we did. Yes, I’ll get to that. Jerome was our guide; he was funny, theatrical and did a great job.

This is a walking tour, and the sidewalks and establishments of Seattle are treacherously cobbled charmingly rustic in spots, so stilettos are not recommended. Haunted spots visited highlighted a blend of older spirits dating back to Seattle’s founding to more modern spirits from just a few decades ago. With a tablet and speaker, Jerome shared with the group EVP’s caught by their professional ghost hunting team and pictures taken by tour guides and guests alike showing paranormal activity.

Spooked In Seattle tours are given by “real ghost hunters.” This group offers more than just to tour you around haunted places, they actually conduct paranormal investigations that you can participate in. The tours take you inside a couple places that are notorious “hot spots” of spirit activity, the Merchant Cafe and Spooked in Seattle’s portion of the Seattle Underground, but time there is limited. Jerome informed us that on an investigation the group spends a few hours in one location, late in the evening – minimizing distractions and sounds from other patrons. Kim and I decided we need to go on an investigation next.

IMG_1925The Merchant Cafe is the oldest continuously operating restaurant/bar in Seattle, and it has several resident spirits. It also has this picture hanging toward the back of the room on the main floor. While my lowly iPhone took what I’m sure most people get – a picture of the woman with reflections in the glass – we were shown something that I had never seen or heard of before.

To just look at the picture, all you see is the woman against a flat, featureless black background. In photos, you get either the reflections like you see in my pic from the room and it’s lights if you don’t use a flash (that’s my hand holding my iPhone off to the left), or flash glare from the glass if you do. Except for one photo Jerome shared with the group in which the black background is replaced with a shadowy room showing among other things a ladder and a chair – which do not match the room’s environment at all. No flash was used, and there’s no reflection from the room and lights as you see in my picture, yet a very different room from the one the picture actually rests in was clearly visible in this one picture. It was eerie and beautiful.

It was while we were taking pictures of this haunted picture that Kim had a touch from the spirit realm. She held her phone up to snap the pic and felt the pressure of a presence near her head and heard a woman’s voice speaking. Kim couldn’t make out the words, but she said it was so clearly a woman’s voice she thought for a moment she’d turned on a video. But when she checked her phone no other apps were open.

The tour concluded in a portion of Seattle’s Underground that forms part of Spooked in Seattle’s Pioneer Square location. There they have Seattle’s only Death Museum which displays a rather chilling collection of haunted dolls, mourning jewelry (made from human hair!), mortician’s equipment, and other artifacts of death and dying.

I don't know why anyone would give these to a child to play with. They seem designed to induce nightmares.
I don’t know why anyone would give these to a child to play with. They seem designed to induce nightmares.

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I call that a successful ghost tour! Good, true stories plus a little brush of paranormal activity. Happy birthday to me! Yes, it was a great one!

Have you taken a ghost tour? Have you experienced anything paranormal? Tell me about it below!

How Do You Like Me Now?

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Hi there! Notice anything new? I know, I know, I let this blog just sit for a very long time, but it’s time to get it up and running again. If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I kind of bounced around on topics – animals, training, ghosts, conspiracies, gardening. Yikes! It was a mish-mash of everything I love, but I figured it was time to give my writing and blogging better focus and direction.

I’ve given the blog a whole new look, and I’ve activated my Facebook Page – go ahead and give me a Like.

Now, here goes. I hope you’ll stick with me.

Serena Dracis is all about the paranormal. Supernatural. Spiritual. Whatever name or label you like, if it’s strange or unusual, I’m going to write about it. Hold on, it’s gonna get weird in here. But you like that, don’t you?

You can expect to see posts about UFO’s, alternative histories, conspiracies and ghosts, like this one:

I like how the apparition just casually walks right through the gate. And how appropriate is it that this spirit is walking away from the Haunted Mansion? Maybe it’s break time and the ghost is off to see other parts of the park?

I used to work at Disneyland and heard about the ghosts supposed to haunt the Happiest Place on Earth during my two summers there back in the ’80’s. I never saw or heard anything personally but I heard about the ghost on Space Mountain that would open doors and the guy that died swimming from Tom Sawyer’s Island. Speaking of the Island, I always got a creepy vibe in those fake caves.

If you loved the posts on dogs, training and gardening, check out my “sister” blog here. My new look and focus should make it much easier to find the posts you love.

How about you? Do you love the paranormal? Have you had a ghostly encounter? Have you seen a UFO? Do you know there’s more to this life than what we see with just our eyes? You are definitely in the right place. Let me know what you’ve seen and experienced in the comments. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!