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Taken from first-person accounts and historical documents, this book chronicles more than 300 examples of alien encounters, conspiracy theories, and the influence of extraterrestrials on human events throughout history. Investigating claims of visits from otherworldly creatures, aliens living among us, abductions of humans to alien spacecraft, and accounts of interstellar cooperation since the UFO crash in Roswell, this discussion of the theories and mysteries surrounding aliens is packed with thought-provoking stories and shocking revelations of alien involvement in the lives of Earthling
Often just for fun many people around the world decide to try to contact the dead. Some use Ouija boards, some even today try ghost hunting. But over the past generations Séance's have always been the number one method for calling up the dead to question. A séance was in the past a gathering of individuals at which a medium attempted to receive communications from the spirits of the dead. Many paranormal experts often equate today's standard ghost hunting techniques as modern type of séance. Also the collection of EVP's or most of the technical equipment of today seems to replace the drum, horn, bell or candles of past generations. Now a days to "Conduct A Séance." many bring everything they can to document the experience.
Séance.'s in the late 1800's were often held on Friday or Saturday nights Special days have always been when it might it might fall on a holiday or a Friday the 13th, this they said was because it was a time when evil and spirits of the dead could roam the earth freely. November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (all Souls Day) are the days when families go to the cemeteries and light candles for their dead relatives. And many do still believe the long dead will follow them home. Please also see: IS TODAY ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTED DAYS OF THE YEAR
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is a 116 year old community of spiritually-minded people located in Central Florida. Is a town where real Séance.'s or held night and day. It is considered the most haunted hotspot in the world where the dead speak to the living. The Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Historic District (also known as the town of Cassadaga) is a U.S. historic district (designated as such on March 14, 1991) located in Cassadaga, Florida. The district is bounded by Cassadaga Road and Marion, Stevens, Lake and Chauncey Streets. It contains 65 historic buildings and 2 objects.
Cassadaga (an Seneca Indian word meaning "Water beneath the rocks") is a small unincorporated community located in Volusia County, Florida, just north of Deltona. It is especially known for having a large number of psychics, also known as Mediums, and has consequently been named the "Psychic Capital of the World"
The Cassadaga Spiritualist camp began when the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association was founded by George P. Colby, from Pike, New York, a trance medium who traveled to many different states, giving readings and séances. He was well known, and in his travels, Colby was referred to as the "seer of spiritualism". Colby attended summer Spiritualist Camp meetings at Lily Dale, New York, the town adjacent to Cassadaga, New York
Colby claimed to work with several spirit guides who would channel knowledge to him. Colby claimed that one of his spirit guides was an Indian named Seneca, who had manifested to Colby during a séance. in Lake Mills, Iowa. According to Colby, Seneca had instructed him to travel to the south, into Florida, where he eventually arrived at a place called the Blue Springs Landing, near Orange City, Florida. According to Colby, the area that Seneca had led him to was the same area that Colby had seen during the séance. in Iowa.
Colby had arrived in Florida in 1875, and several decades later, on the 18th of December, 1894 the charter was granted to form The Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association. Later on January 3, 1895 Colby had signed a warranty deed to the Association for thirty-five acres. The people who came to the Spiritualist Camp in the early days of its formation were affluent and well educated. The Cassadaga Spiritualist camp was named after the small Spiritualist Camp community found outside of Lily Dale, New York. The Spiritualist Camp Association later received additional acreage that expanded the camp to the current fifty-seven acres.
The Devil's Chair in Cassadaga, Florida is a graveside bench in the cemetery that borders Cassadaga and Lake Helen. According to one local legend, an unopened can of beer left on the chair will be empty by morning. In some accounts, the can is opened, and in others, the beer is simply gone, through the unopened top. The Devil is sometimes said to appear to anyone so bold as to sit in the chair. It is also noted that if the person you seek to contact in a ritual or séance. does not come forward to you in a séance. it is because their soul is suffering in hell.
To go to the Devil's bench and ask the devil to allow them to communicate with you is often the case an offering of beer, a pack of menthol cigarettes and a shot of vodka or whisky is left. The next day it is believed if you go back and the item is gone then you will be able to contact that deceased person right away.
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The term séance is used in several ways, and can refer any of four different activities, each with its own social norms and conventions, its own favored tools, and its own range of expected outcomes. Religious séances, Stage mediumship séances, Leader-assisted séances and Informal social séances.
Solitary Séance.: How You Can Talk with Spirits on Your Own By Raymond Buckland
Connecting with your departed loved ones doesn't have to mean visiting a medium or taking a specialized course. With the proven techniques in this book, you can contact spirits anytime you wish—easily and safely in your own home. Bestselling author Raymond Buckland guides you through nearly twenty effective methods for communing with spirit, as taught in his popular workshops. No special knowledge is required. Simply follow the steps for each method to see which one works best for you. —Dreamwork —Table-tipping —Pendulums —Crystal skrying —Automatic writing —Tarot —Runes —Spirit photography —Dominoes —Flame messages Praise: "Buckland brings his wonderful wisdom, insight, and experience together in this comprehensive guide for personal spirit communication."—Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
Religious séances In the religion of Spiritualism, it is generally a part of services to communicate with the dead. The term "séance" is not often used to describe this, except by outsiders; a preferred term is "receiving messages." In these sessions, which generally take place in well lit Spiritualist churches or outdoors at Spiritualist camps (such as Lily Dale in upstate New York or Camp Cassadaga in Florida), an ordained minister or gifted contact medium will relate messages from the dead to the living. Generally Spiritualist "message services" or "demonstrations of the continuity of life" are open to the public. Sometimes the medium stands to receive messages and only the sitter is seated; in some churches, the message service is preceded by a "healing service" involving some form of faith healing. In addition to communicating with the spirits of people who have a personal relationship to congregants, some Spiritual Churches also deal with spirits who may have a specific relationship to the medium or a historic relationship to the body of the church. An example of the latter is the spirit of Black Hawk, a Native American warrior of the Fox tribe who lived during the 19th century. Black Hawk was a spirit who was often contacted by the Spiritualist medium Leafy Anderson and he remains the central focus of special services in the African American Spiritual Churches that she founded. In the Latin American religion of Espiritismo, which somewhat resembles Spiritualism, séance sessions in which congregants communicate with spirits are called misas (literally "masses"). The spirits contacted in Espiritismo are often those of ancestors or Catholic saints.
Automatic writing or psychography is writing which the writer states to be produced from a subconscious and/or spiritual source without conscious awareness of the content. In spiritism, spirits are claimed to take control of the hand of a medium to write messages, letters, and even entire books. Automatic writing can happen in a trance or waking state.
One of the first mentions of the automatic writing method used in the Ouija board is found in China around 1100 BCE, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty. The method was known as fuji 扶乩 "planchette writing". The use of planchette writing as a means of ostensibly contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty. Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. Similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been widely practiced in Ancient India, Greece, Rome and medieval Europe.
Spirit boards, also known as talking boards, or Ouija boards (after a well known brand name) are flat tablets, typically made of wood, Masonite, chipboard, or plastic. On the board are a number of symbols, pictures, letters, numbers and/or words. The board is accompanied by a planchette (French for "little table"), which can take the form of a pointer on three legs or magnifying glass on legs; home made boards may employ a shot glass as a planchette. A most basic Ouija board would contain simply the alphabet of whatever country the board is being used in, although it is not uncommon for whole words to be added.
ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESSFUL CONTACT WITH THE
There are several important
things to consider when embarking on this
traditional attempt to reach the “Other
Side” – simple signposts on a
road less traveled that can mean the difference
between success or failure, contact and a
waste of time.
First and foremost there must be a defined
PURPOSE. This should be established at the
start and should be clearly defined so that
all participants are absolutely certain
that they understand the reason or need
for the séance. These reasons could
vary – contact with a dead relative,
contact with the spirit world for purposes
of divination, guidance or comfort –
but they should be defined and, most importantly,
adhered to throughout the process.
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Equally important is the talent and skill
of the conducting MEDIUM. This should be
a person whose abilities have been proven
in prior séances; this can usually
be determined by word of mouth recommendations:
remember, cost does not always determine
quality in this process and some very skilled
mediums offer their services for nothing,
or next to nothing. Other important qualities
to look for are evidence of compassion and
sincerity on the part of the conducting
medium as these are important to the contact
process. In the event that such a qualified
medium is not available, a person who displays
the highest level of empathy, sensitivity
and seriousness can sit in as a reasonable
substitute. This must be someone that all
agree upon and who has demonstrated at least
circumspectly the ability to make contact
with the Other Side.
The quality of the SITTERS is also extremely
important and those people who are given
to making light of spiritual matters or
who may be there for the sake of their own
entertainment should be tactfully asked
not to participate if a serious attempt
at contact is desired. Again, this hinges
on the importance of PURPOSE and the clear
understanding of this goal in the minds
of every participant. Sitters can also be
chosen with regard to relevance: for example,
if one is attempting to contact someone’s
dead relative, it is helpful to have family
members who are supportive and understanding,
and, of course, whom the dead person was
positively connected to in life. Participants
who might negatively impact a séance
should be gleaned out by thorough questioning
from the conducting medium or primary sitter.
Skeptics and non-believers can dramatically
affect the outcome: sometimes producing
no results at all; sometimes annoying and
even angering the Spirit Guides in their
attempts to assist with contacting those
who have passed on. Similarly, a person
who is fearful or nervous, either of the
process or of the supernatural in general,
should not be included in any serious séance.
The TIME the séance is held can
be important, and this applies to calendar
dates as well as actual timing. For example,
if the attempt is to contact a particular
individual who has passed on, it is advisable
to stage the séance on or as near
as possible to a date of significance to
that individual, either a birth date or
the anniversary of the person’s death
or some other important anniversary such
as a wedding day or favorite child’s
birthday. There is some veracity to schools
of thought that support the spirit’s
identification with these significant events
even after death (note how many reports
there are of spirits occurring in photographs
of family events or appearing in times of
significance to the family) and it can be
helpful to be aware of these facts and apply
them to your efforts. It is wise to keep
in mind however, that serious attempts to
contact family members or other persons
who have been long dead are not as successful
even with the attention to date and time
details. This has more to do with the fact
that the person has been dead for an extended
amount of time rather than any other factor.
Note: Attempts to contact persons or personages
who have been long dead more readily fall
under the practices of necromancy, a whole
other realm of contact that should not be
attempted lightly by anyone and never without
the stern hand and steady influence of a
As for TIME of day, night seems always
to be the preferable time, and this is not
pure Hollywood hogwash. In the night time
hours there is less interference from outside
influences, when in the day everything from
planes overhead to traffic going by can
cause serious interruptions in the concentrated
thought process necessary to séance
success. And timing a séance around
the midnight hour is not necessarily Hollywood
hogwash: the hour between 11:30 p.m. and
12:30 a.m. have special significance, but
extra care must be taken at this time, especially
in the half hour prior to Midnight.
LOCATION can also play an important role
in the success or failure of a séance.
If a serious consulting medium is used,
he or she sometimes has set aside a certain
area in the home which is used regularly
for conducting séances. If the medium
is coming to you, then it is acceptable
to hold it in a neutral location (in this
case even exteriors will do), or in a location
significant to the person(s) you are trying
to contact. Séances have been held
in the homes of the deceased, at the gravesides
of the deceased, in historic locations with
significant history and energy attached:
the choices are wide open. But in general,
the location should be quiet and though
seclusion is not necessary, separation from
the normal ebb and flow of everyday life
is most conducive. Note: Please, under no
circumstances, choose locations that are
so far “off the beaten path”
that you are putting yourself or any of
your companions in danger. Some cemeteries
are really “cool” at night and
it might be where dead Uncle Harry is buried.
But if the neighborhood around the cemetery
is dangerous, then Uncle Harry won’t
mind a bit coming to your house for a visit!
Always choose with caution and discretion.
The use of DIVINATION AIDS,
such as tarot cards, crystal balls, pendulums,
etc., should be left up to the discretion
of the conducting medium, where appropriate.
In the event that a qualified medium is not
present, the primary sitter can use such aids
at his or her discretion, however, absent
these devices, a successful séance
can be conducted merely by channeling the
latent energy of those present in the room.
Note: Ouija boards are not reliable in the
séance format for several reasons;
most notably that it is more difficult to
control the flow of spirit energy through
the board. For example, Uncle Harry may happily
come through, but who (or what) else may come
through in such a heightened spiritual atmosphere
is an unknown variable. There are very real
reasons that most reputable occultists warn
against the use of the Ouija board: it is
truly the scratch off lottery ticket of the
spirit world, and as such should be wholeheartedly
What the typical séance ritual usually
shares with the Hollywood counterpart is
the placement of the sitters and the concerted
effort to focus rapt attention on the purpose
at hand. Beyond that the similarities end.
As with any ritual gathering, when everyone
first comes together there is a “cool
down” period, a bit of unwinding while
everyone shakes off the troubles and thoughts
of the day and prepares individually to
meet the task at hand.
Refreshed, with clear minds
and a concentrated purpose, the sitters should
sit in a circle – around a table, on
the floor – and are usually placed at
the discretion of the conducting medium (for
example, the person who is most anxious for
contact may be seated at the right hand of
the medium for maximum energy).
Silence can be inhibiting at this point,
so it might be helpful to play some calming
or meditative music faintly in the background.
Remember, the attempt is to enhance, not
overwhelm. Barring this, a “white
noise” machine, or nature’s
sound type CD is also effective.
A tape recording should be made to refer
to later. If this is being done, now is
the time to begin recording.
The consulting medium or primary sitter
will ask all sitters to breathe deeply,
closing their eyes and relaxing to obtain
a near-meditative state. Then, hands are
joined and the PURPOSE of the séance
is stated for all to hear and fix on: this
must be kept uppermost in everyone’s
During the séance-proper,
depending upon the strength and skill of the
medium, numerous minor spirits may make unscheduled
appearances. This is due to the fact that
a significant amount of energy is being directed
at the spirit realm from the gathering of
the sitters, and spirits are attracted to
this. Most spirits are helpful, some are known
and some are nameless, but most are there
to facilitate the process once they become
aware that an attempt to communicate has commenced.
Often, the conducting medium will identify
his or her personal Spirit Guides and at this
point the séance becomes a sort of
engine, guided by the medium and the Guides,
and fueled by the combined energy of all present.
Often, during this process, negative entities
or spirits will come through. It is in these
instances that a trained medium is most
valuable, but in the event that one is not
present, it is important for the primary
sitter to remain calm and to project an
air of authority. Remind all present not
to be fearful, and to stay focused upon
the PURPOSE. The will of all present should
be employed to diffuse the situation and,
if necessary, to command the encroaching
spirit to leave the circle. Really bothersome
encounters can be effectively neutralized
by momentarily putting aside the fixed purpose
and asking all to calmly visualize the entire
circle encompassed by a radiant white light
or protection. Soon, the entity and the
negative energy will recede. Under no circumstances
should anyone release hands, although this
is the first thing that most people want
to do. Remember, the negative entity is
still present in the room, despite the fact
that you have “disconnected”
the circuit that made you aware of it in
the first place. There have been reports
of such entities persisting beyond the séance
setting, and appearing as negative manifestations
in familiar environments. This is not something
you necessarily want to take home as a souvenir.
But returning to the PURPOSE, and assuming
that only helpful spirits have responded
to your call, do not expect the traditional
“disembodied voice” or “knocking”
– although sometimes the latter does
frequently occur. Rather, the spirit will
communicate through the conducting medium
or through other intuitive or “sensitive”
individuals that may be present. The extent
of the communication process may vary, but
generally this is brief, not lasting more
than a half hour at the most, sometimes
only minutes. All sitters should be encouraged
frequently by the medium or primary sitter
to share any thoughts or messages they feel
they may be getting. Everyone should be
advised to dismiss any fanciful or silly
messages or images, as this is not conducive
to the process.
If no contact is made on the first or even
the second attempt at a séance, do
not be discouraged, but keep trying. Also,
make certain that the sitters are appropriate
to the task: weed out those who may be having
a negative effect overall through no fault
of their own, or opt for a one on one attempt
with the medium at another time.
After approximately 30 minutes, the sitters
should be gently encouraged to return their
focus to the circle and to each other. There
should be several minutes of sustained silence,
similar to coming out of a deep meditative
state, and then all present should gently
release the energy by releasing their hold
on each others’ hands.
At this time, a friendly poll
can be conducted to compare the impressions
of the sitters as well as to receive guidance
from the conducting medium, as appropriate.
Each sitter should be given pen and pencil
to record their thoughts and impressions as
these may seem insignificant immediately,
but upon further study may reveal important
messages from the Other Side.
Above all, be patient. Sometimes it takes
several attempts at the séance process
to produce successful results. Don’t
be discouraged if your first attempts fail;
Spiritualism became extremely popular in
the early 19th Century. Many people suddenly
wanted to communicate with the spirit world,
and those with the special gift of being
able to see or speak to the dead sprang
up everywhere. Some even managed to photograph
the spirits. Despite this, the ordinary
person still wanted something simple that
they could try, that didn't require any
"special gifts". In 1890, Elijah
Bond and Charles Kennard provided the answer
when patented the first Ouija board.
The name Ouija first appeared in 1901 when
an employee of Kennard, William Fuld started
production of his own boards. The meaning
of the word Ouija is unclear, but it is
most likely that it is from the ancient
Moroccan city of Oujda, who's Fakirs were
renown in Victorian times times for the
The history of séance communication
may be traced back to the third century.
It was during the 1800's that the séance
became popular mainly due to the stardom
of the Fox sisters.
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