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Monday, October 15, 2012

Beyond the Door

My whole life has been a braid of things that just keep reappearing. I may walk away from a part but somehow it'll be reintroduced and weave its way back into my life. One part of that braid has been the paranormal. I have a love of mystery and what we don't know, and paranormal things are good like that. I can't say I'm a skeptic but I can't say I'm a believer. I know what I've experienced and that there is no known reason for those things to have happened. People aren't good with standing question marks. It worries them. I like leaving the big ? right in the middle of the room and then pointing at it and saying, "See? You don't know, I don't know, nobody knows. If somebody says they know, they're lying." Intellectual cowardice makes me impatient.
With the advent of new whirlygigs in the psi investigation field, and the disenchanting parade of submorons pursuing careers on tv doing it, the field has changed. Contraptions that took up a whole room are now cool little portable whatsits and things are being measured. Bully for them. But if you're talking to someone who died, why aren't you asking them what it's like to die and be dead?
Here's a very good bit of conversation with a ghost. It's a shame they didn't hear her responses in real time.
The Princess EVP

Another thing I love is the classic legend ghost story. And for my money, graveyard ghost stories are the chocolate of ghost stories. There's a lot around about Greyfriars. Here's a fun bit.

This one is very close, because I lived there for almost a year and it's not just haunted, it's a house Shirley Jackson would have loved. Whatever walks at the Sawyer Mansion does not walk alone. There are too many of them.
The Sawyer Mansion

The psychic in this program from the UK is just like the classic mediums my Mother was friends with and I grew up around. Filled my heart to see him; they're few and far between these days.

Fair warning: for much of the next 2 weeks when I post it'll probably have some Halloween flavour to it. There just isn't enough spookiness in the world to take our minds off of terrifying reality. I'm aiming to correct that.


The Elephant's Child said...

I don't know why people have so much trouble with 'I don't know'. There is so much in this world that we don't know that it seems to me to be logical that the paranormal is at least possible.

Anonymous said...

This is one of your best laura.... keep it coming. I love this stuff.

Austan said...

EC- Exactly! What's wrong with admitting one doesn't know? How else will one learn? It's stupid to claim to have all the answers. And while we don't know, we can't rule anything out.

Austan said...

Thanks Lawless, you're going to like the next weeks then! :)

Lisa said...

The most recent Ghost Adventures show (I don't watch it, myself, as I prefer GH, GHI and DT) was right here in our little town. The episode is Black Moon Manor. Didn't watch it, so I don't know what they discovered.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

98% of the time I do not believe in things that go bump in the night, but the other 2% of the time, well, I don't know.h

Geo. said...

Provocative post, Austan. Much of my psychic investigation involves a '71 VW Bus. See "Trainride..."

Austan said...

You're right in the spirit of things, Geo. And we're in the right medium to share these things without a spectre of doom hanging over us.
That's one of your very best posts ever, too.

Austan said...

Arleen- 98% of the time I don't believe anything at all. But then that nagging 2% makes me leave the door open.

Austan said...

Niecely! I didn't see it either! I'll have to go look for that. Even though they're idiots. ;)