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My Paranormal, Psychic, Magick journey so far
by Edward Shanahan
My Paranormal, Psychic, Magick journey so far by Edward Shanahan s owned by Edward shanahan Permission to republishMy Paranormal, Psychic, Magick journey so far by Edward Shanahan in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.
At the young age of about 5, my enjoyment of magic was sparked. I don't know if it was the Bozo Circus show (with Bob Bell as Bozo) or if was something I seen on the Ed Sullivan show. But it was 'wow' that's neat and to a 5 year old it was magic, sure I seen the Mickey Mouse Disney cartoon where Mickey was the magician, but this was my 1st understanding of a 'human' creating magic.
My mother decided then to get me my first magic set. I still have my 2nd set and have shared it with my Grandchild as I did with my two daughters when they where young. But I actually enjoy teaching my granddaughter the magic also, as she picked it up fast at a very young age with the simple stuff.
For those who live in the Chicagoland area, many would know the name Ford City mall and in the mall they had (and still do), Peacock Alley that housed a lot of little shops.
That is where at around the age of eleven I was first introduced to ' Real Magick', as I just stood in a store in Peacock Alley staring at an object that's description promised ' Real Magick', it was the very first time I had ever seen a thing called a Black Mirror.
I asked my mother if she would buy me it, she said that I was not ready. I wandered around the shop in wonder to this whole new vision for my eyes. Crystal Balls, incense sticks, Tarot Cards, stars sewn on small bags with pull strings, candles, and other little neat stuff along with a small collection of books on astrology, séances, Mediums, Tarot etc...
After I was wandering around the store for awhile and not knowing any more then what these items claimed to be, my Mom said it was time to go (and I give her credit today, she and I being a Catholic back then, she did not say anything negative about anything in the store and gave me the freedom to wander in there).
Time went on and I came across stuff on TV that would mention ghosts. My own Uncle (my mom's brother) for a few years with his wife, they would appear on the Eddie Schwartz - talk radio show at night. Either it was on WLS or WIND and my Uncle would do Hand Writing Analysis and Eddie Schwartz a couple of weeks ahead of time, would have people send in their names written on post cards or a letter. My Uncle then would give readings over the radio to the listeners and others would call in with questions. To me, that was neat, but back then all I knew it to be was something called Hand Writing Analysis. But today I do realize my Uncle was also doing public readings and house parties in the form of Hand Writing Analysis.
That is also the same show that I heard for the first time the person who was and still many consider the Chicago Paranormal expert on locations, Mr. Richard Crowe.
I was fascinated, as I heard him talking about all the happenings and experiences here in the Chicago area and for me back then (as is it is now), some where almost right in like my own back yard.
Then came the teen years and all it provided a curious teen. Lucky for me I had a very strict mother, so I was more afraid of her during the early and middle 70's then the stories I heard about drugs and booze. So I never ventured there. I would still try to catch a Richard Crowe or other ghost type radio interviews when I could, as it was always very interesting to me to hear the stories.
In 1975 and with the freedom to drive, so I set out to go to one of those haunted cemetery locations that Richard Crowe spoke so much about, but what one? Let's see - Resurrection was (and is), 5 minutes away but it was all fenced in at night. Monk's Castle? I had no idea then where it was, as I knew of no castle's in the area. But the one that interested me as it had the best stories told about it then, was Bachelor's Grove Cemetery.
So I convinced my then girl friend to go (who is now and has been my wife for 33 years in 2010), even though she did not want any part of it, but I told her it would be OK (guys are good at saying that in their teens), nothing would happen. Also my buddy Dave came along with us.
The thing about Bachelor's Grove back then, is you where able to drive back there with your car and the stories about doing so was, you would hear scratching on the top of your car roof, allegedly from a spirit that in it's living form, was hung up side down from a tree by it's feet and left there to die and what you where hearing if you heard it, was the ghost's fingers dragging across the roof of your car as you drove under it. Plus the other stories that even today remain the same as those years ago when I first heard them on the radio.
So all three of us piled into the front seat of my 68 Ford XL (a more sleeker car then the Ford Galaxy for those who can go back that far :-) and headed out to Bachelor's Grove. Well not knowing back then what I (we), do now, my wife is very sensitive. We started driving down the single road into Bachelor's Grove in the pitch of darkness, a darkness that the headlights would only penetrate so far into.
Well my wife could not take it, she actually climbed into the back seat area of the car, and demanded while crying, that we pull out
of there. With no other choice, I did so.
But..... The end of one night brings another. Dave and I the brave young dudes we were and no little lady with to be scared, we headed
out for Bachelor's Grove again the next night.
We drove all the way in and parked the car, got out (no flashlights or anything) and walked the direction that the high beams of the headlights lit for us. This led us to the lagoon area, slowly we walked there as all our senses kicked in (more so then we knew they could back then), and we walked toward the lagoon with just the moonlight of reflection shining off of it.
About six feet away from the lagoon, and nothing between us and the lagoon. We started to hear on the ground heavy foot steps of wet shoes walking toward us, and yet nothing was there in front of us, yet something un-seen was coming toward us.
Well needless to say thinking back on it, Dave and I must of looked like Abbott and Costello getting out of there in a full run toward the car and gunning our way out of there in the car.
Dave and I went back there the next day during the afternoon and discovered the true Bachelor's Grove Cemetery in it's fullest light. Much was like it is today, but yet so different then compared to today.
Bachelor's Grove Cemetery area photo taken in around 11:30 am in 2003 by
So back in 1975 at the age of 17 and a teenager innocent to knowing anything about the paranormal other then it was a spooky good time and in reality that is what it was. I would not even claim today that my 'Paranormal experiences, interest and feeling spirits', started back then, because honestly as a teen I did not have that way of thinking about spirits as a teenager. Spooky encounters - yes they would go back to then. Paranormal experiences with spirits and the spiritual world? That was not part of my teenage thoughts, so no (and being honest to anyone reading this), I will not make claims of such thoughts of me Investigating Spirits, being a Paranormal Investigator going back to then, other then it being a Spooky Good Time, but if I did claim to doing such back then, it would make me one of the one's with the longest experience of such things. Just think if I was not honest with my self, I could make claims to over 35 yrs of Paranormal Investigation Experience, maybe drop the Investigation and the rest would be true.
In my early late 20's there where a vacant home or two that a Real-estate lady friend took my buddy Pat and I too in the Chicago Ridge area, that had their own things going on in the Paranormal way of things. At that age I started to look at it differently then when I was in my teens, more of a "hmmmm, what is going on here?", way of thinking and then knowing.
Then other things started sending me down a road of a new journey.
Something was pulling at me, not on the paranormal side, but on the 'Magick' side. I was then able to hear the show - Coast to Coast, and that there was more then just Ghosts that existed and reminded me that there was 'Real Magick' somewhere out there. I was being drawn, but by what? I did not know then and not sure even today by what, but it was to find something, answers per say..
I visited Psychics, the first well known one in my area that I visited had her own newspaper article and she was Ms. Jacki Marie. Plus I visited others now and then who where what I call storefront Psychics with all saying I was gifted and it will come.. I'd ask, what will come? "You'll know it" was their response (well that is no answer for my money, is it?).
Then I came across a Psychic who was on the radio, guests on many TV shows and we became friends back then in the early and mid 1990's. His name is Joe Who, and he showed me possibilities I only heard talk about on the radio. He took me into my Past Lives, he showed me his abilities and slowly showed me a little on opening my self up, as he said he knew what was there, but I had to discover it and he would assist me in doing so, not telling how it should be done, but allowing what was inside to work for me.
He was also the only Psychic I've ever came across that was able to direct me (telling me where to turn, what street do go down etc..), to a house I knew about that was haunted, and he never was there, he picked up from me the feelings to direct him. The house I had been to in the past and the haunting is because a mother and child where killed in their own house, by the husband and she remained as the child spirit knew it as home and remained there. Joe Who directed me right to the house, by being able to read me and knew in his
Psychic ways where I wanted to take him.
Next came the Paranormal Web Site:
The Unexplained World ( http://theunexplianedworld.com ), with my going out only during the day and capturing with my camera what I had no idea I would get. I was just receiving feelings to shoot the camera in a certain direction and I did so, nor was I and I'm still not, one that will photograph what seems like every yard of a location or take dozens of photos hoping to catch something. If I take 15 photos at a location that would be a lot.
* I'm not an Investigator nor call my self one * nor will I use tools and spend hours investigating a location in the manner that Investigators do, and for that I respect them. But I go by my feelings and direct Investigators when they are with me, to come to an area I'm in to pick up with their tools, what I'm feeling.
Then Amy came in to my life, she is the one who helped and held my hand to walk me through in learning what abilities where inside of me, she was raised on a Native American Reservation and is very Spiritual, and what drew her to me, was what was showing up in the photos I have on my web site and how I was drawn to the locations to photograph them. That is when I became aware of being a Spirit Feeler and what guided me at the locations.
Close up of what appears to be an Angel of Spirit in trees at Archer Woods Cemetery.
Taken in 2003 and published on web in 2006.
The Healing Miracle that moved me forward:
During this time with Amy, the miracle that the medical field called an actual miracle happened for my granddaughter, it was wished upon by me, a wishing and praying that went deep into the soul and I even offered up my own life in exchange for this little baby to be cured, as I lived my life and all that I ever wanted to do, I had done. And I was by instinct led to the Miracle Childs Grave Site in Chicago Ridge, I laid my hands on the head stone and from there went to the children's hospital where my Granddaughter was in reverse isolation, I picked her up in my hands, held her close to me and looked up and offered my life in exchange, so that her life could go on.
Two weeks before the bone marrow test she was supposed to have been done, the doctors as they always do before an operation, did a blood test on my granddaughter, a couple days later they called my daughter and the father to the office at the hospital, sat them down and told the parents, "All we can say, is it is a miracle, she is 100 % cured".....
I call my granddaughter 'God's little Angel'. The Spiritual side provided the Miracle. I then also started to receive dream messages, one was - what I would have to do, because of the miracle, was to open more people up to the experience of the Spiritual / Spirit World so individuals know it exists by experiencing it, in whatever way I can do it.
I to this day go back to the Miracle Child's Grave site and lay my hands on the head stone and take individuals there to pray
with them for a love one in need of a Miracle.
Then I came across Annette, who is a High Priestess and she, her husband, my wife and I became friends. She would explain her views and beliefs on Magick to me, this led me deeper to discover what was inside me wanting to be discovered. Now I was in my early 40's, I would have to look at my old e-mails on my other computer to see how far Annette and I go back, but it's been awhile. Even though I'm not Pagan or practice Wicca, I did realize then and still do, that there was and is much that is beautiful in their beliefs.
I believe in the Unity Of Faiths. She also convinced me to not be afraid to do hands on healings, and I have done them in the past, without being asked, just went and did it, when I knew a miracle was wanted from the heart of others, but yet it is the Higher Power that has the final decision of it. One just acts as a middle man per say, no one has the actual ability to heal another, it's all in the Higher Power's hands.
Miracle Childs Grave Site - Pink on the headstone is area Shanahan touched and pink on the ground is right in front of him.
Providing others the experience of the Spirit World:
As I mentioned above, do to the healing miracle for my Granddaughter, I had to provide for Individuals the ability to experience the Spiritual / Spirit World, so individuals know it exists by experiencing it. So the ' Paranormal Outings ' started, where I take individuals with and interest in the paranormal and haunted locations, to those type of locations. Some of the locations like Ashbary Coffee House and the Humphrey House being haunted locations I discovered. Also well known locations like Monk's Castle, The Stag's Head, Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, the Miracle Child's grave site, Archer Wood's Cemetery, the Scutt Mansion and many more. Some of these locations you can view at my web page of video tours: http://theunexplainedworld.com/show.html or even participate in the paranormal explore and experience haunted locations at: http://hauntedhistoriclocations.com
The locations are just the setting. What has become a regular demonstration I do at my Paranormal Outings at locations, first started with my ' Circle of Energy ' and the first one was in what I call the Sacred or Spiritual Woods at a location in Willow Springs, IL and has expanded in to what I call 'Seance Energy Circles'. With my Seance, I don't pick the individuals who will sit at the table, the love ones who have passed away, of the Individuals attending the Paranormal Outing, chose who will be sitting at the table, how it is done is known to those who attend. My goal is to have the Spirits interact with the individuals at the locations during either the Seance or my Circle of Energy (the Circle of Energy is even done during the day outdoors). I do not sit there and tell individuals what spirits have entered the room as most Mediums do. I attempt to raise the spirits in whatever verbal way is needed and those sitting at the table or in the room, actually become the Medium. That is providing those there the ability to experience the Spiritual / Spirit World, as
required for the miracle granted.
Even though I can do what I do in total sunlight and have done so many of times, the darkness allows the senses of others to open up and experience. As they say about those that are blind (living in total darkness), they at times can see better then those who are not blind. That is one of the ways I have individuals open up their senses to what is around them on the Spirit level.
I started first with Palm readings, and I even say 'any one can learn to do them' once they study how to and then work what they learn to work for them. But when I finally came out in public to do them, something happened that I was not even aware could. I was Palm reading Luanne, while doing so, she asked a couple questions to be answered.
Edward Shanahan doing a Psychometry One on One reading
back in 2005.
Something came over me, all I said was, "put your hand between both of mine", and that is when I discovered what later I learned was called Psychometry. But because I do it with an Individual, I call it one-on-one psychometry. From that I wanted to try something else a few months later that I internally believed I could do. While doing a reading at an individual's home, the person mentioned her dead husband. My internal feelings told me to tell her to bring me an item of his. That was the start of my Psychometry with an item of a loved one who has passed away. Being able to do that for others who have lost a loved one, is very special to my heart and one of the things I'm booked more often for at house parties and provide it also for free on the paranormal nights. To view more about the type of readings I do, go to my web site at: http://edwardshanahan.com and you will also find the newspaper articles and more about what I provide.
Dream messages I still receive, to guide me in the direction I should and should not go. Even when to end some things. One strong one that I had about a year ago and even today I can not say I did not die to experience this, but I was taken to and stood right in front of my loved ones who passed away, all of them. It was a clear as looking at them in the living state. I was told by my Grandmother, the oldest and wisest of them, to go ahead and do what I have to, as I will be protected. And snap I was out of it, sat up, shaken as I did not know if I died or not. Even had to call Annette later in the day to get her thoughts on it. So I move on, doing what I do and more doors open up and some I have to close or eventually close as they do no longer provide what is needed to move on.
Well that is a short story about what has been actually a long journey. It will go on, as what is written here is like the cap on this leg of the journey and expanding on to another. One that may be more for the general public interests and enjoyment then those as they would call it ' in the Paranormal Field ', as the true number of those are limited compared to The Unexplained World that is unlimited with the number of individuals with an interest and desire to experience it .
My readings and demonstrations of abilities have always been basically for the general public and not a source for religious beliefs or to be accepted in or by a religious belief. I'm a firm believer we all have abilities to know and all have internal knowledge, different degrees and levels for each individual. There is much more of my internal knowledge and experience that is not meant for all to know. Those who are at the same level, we know each other when we meet. But all have the ability to know their internal knowledge and the level of it depends on if your an old soul or a young soul, but in a future life time you will experience the internal knowledge of being an old soul.
Remember, you where part of the Spirit World and you will be again a part of it, it is home and we are all welcomed to know it.
Edward Shanahan will discuss what to do for your Spirits of Loved ones from Holidays Past. Join Annette and Edward Shanahan on this 'Not On Sunday Night' broadcast of The Unexplained World. Open Lines, Open Minds and Open Mouths as the listeners become the guests, Annette and Edward are a more open and much more on this Not On Sunday Night, broadcast of the Paranormal and Supernatural and who knows what else or who we may have call in?
Edward Shanahan will discuss what to do for your
Spirits of Loved ones from Holidays Past.
You can go to the web page and set a reminder for
yourself now and also listen to 3 years of archived broadcasts.
Join Annette and Edward Shanahan on this 'Not On Sunday Night'
broadcast of The Unexplained World. Open Lines, Open Minds
and Open Mouths as the listeners become the guests.
Annette and Edward are a more open and much more free on this
'Not On Sunday Night', broadcast of the Paranormal and Supernatural
in a 1/2 hour or longer show, and who knows what else or who we may
have call in?
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Join Edward Shanahan and Annette with The Paranormal Cops on this hour broadcast of The Unexplained World. You can go to the web page and set a reminder for yourself now and also listen to 3 years of archived broadcasts.
Edward L. Shanahan
Spiritual Observer - Psychic Reader - Paranormalist - Chicago land area.
Edward Shanahan is a Psychic Reader, does Conscious Channeling and has been called a Spiritual Observer. He has been written about in four
paranormal books. Sunday nights he co-hosts the Internet radio show 'The Unexplained World'. He does Psychic Reading and Séance Parties in the
Chicago land area and also is involved in group tours of paranormallocations.
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