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Can some orbs be legitimate?

Can some orbs be legitimate?
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We all know that virtually all orbs in photographs are nothing more than distorted dust, water, or bugs. But can there be orbs seen with the naked eye that are paranormal?

There have been a few times in my life when I have seen unexplained balls of light with my naked eye. I don’t have another word for what they might be except the dreaded orb, which is almost a swear word to most investigators in recent years. I’m right there with them. I see allegedly shocking orbs in photographs or video and I want to tear my hair out and scream. The television show, My Ghost Story, has only encouraged this misguided idea that what are really bits of dust or moisture are shocking evidence of the paranormal. Seeing balls of light behave with intelligence and without the aid of a camera are entirely different things though.

My biggest experience with balls of light happened in Gettysburg. My very first time there, I went to Little Round Top at dusk before I totally lost daylight to see my way through the woods. It was my first experience coming into contact with something tangible that played an important role in Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s life. I was there with a few other people and we were all standing around quietly talking about everything that had happened there. At one point, I looked toward the position where the 15th Alabama charged up toward the 20th Maine and I noticed a little movement. I squinted a bit and thought I saw a firefly, except it was November, and fireflies don’t progressively grow to the size of baseballs right before your eyes. More appeared, each moving toward the 20th Maine position but vanishing once reaching a certain point, as if hitting some kind of barrier. They were colored lights as well. Some were in varying shades of red, orange and yellow, while fewer were in shades of blue and green. No one else in my party seemed to notice the lights, so I didn’t say anything. I thought maybe I was just misinterpreting giant Pennsylvania bugs or somehow imagining it. After I went home, I searched online for paranormal experiences on Little Round Top and, much to my shock, other people had reported seeing the same thing at different times.

Here is a photograph of my party and I on Little Round Top that exact evening. It should be known that I was with Jeffrey Keene, who is widely known to be the reincarnation of Confederate General John B. Gordon and a lady who was once Lucy Pickens, who was First Lady of South Carolina at the start of the Civil War. I still wonder if being a Union general’s wife accompanied by Confederate notables had some effect on the spirit activity that evening.

A few years before, I had been basically bed-bound due to a multiple year battle with borderline kidney failure. It was the middle of the night and the house was quiet when I noticed movement by my bedroom door. Three or four blueish-green balls of light came into the room and they ranged in size from a marble to a baseball. I don’t recall being afraid. Quite the opposite. I felt rather calm.

I asked other people recently if they too had ever seen mystery balls of light and I received a great deal of responses. There were a lot of reports of similar things that I had seen and there were other experiences like a sparkling effect or a gassy effect as well. The majority of experiences were just like mine, however, but nobody knew what to make of them. They all saw the same things but the question of what it all meant was met with a resounding I don’t know.

So what are these balls of light? What do you think? Are they partially manifested spirits? Are they merely traces of the earth’s energy? Are they some type of inhuman entity?

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Ancestry DNA – yay or nay?

Ancestry DNA - yay or nay?
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Did you like that? My blog title rhymed.

Most of you know what a junkie for genealogy I am, which came from my mother’s incessant searching when I was a baby for ancestors who might have had my disability. The doctors asked her to do genealogy when I was born in hopes of establishing some sort of genetic explanation for what happened to me (there never was any explanation). I grew up with a mind for history, literature and art, which are all things quite linked, so it wasn’t a stretch of the imagination to see that I would want to understand my own family history. My grandmother gave me boxes upon boxes of documents, photographs, letters, etc., compiled by her cousin. Not all of it pertained to me because she compiled her husband’s genealogy as well. It also had nothing about my father’s side, which, unfortunately, is still a big mystery today. My legal last name is Jones like my father but that’s not the original family name. We had a horse thief in the family who was caught and he thought the shame brought to the family was so massive that he chose to disappear and change his name to Jones, thereby producing me as a Jones generations later. We know the original name sounded like my-s. My but plural. It’s a German name, so it might have been spelled Meis. Other than that? Nothing.

Fast forward to being a member of so I can try to digitize all of the family tree information in case the tangible documents meet with an accident. They came up with a test known as Ancestry DNA, which will tell you about your ethnicity in specific regions of the world and put you in touch with possible relatives who already took the test. I had heard mixed reviews about the test, so I decided that I was going to compare different genealogical DNA tests over the next year since a few other companies make them too.

Here was my DNA test kit in detail as I unwrapped my package.

As you can see in the last picture, there was a test tube and a specimen bag. The process was to avoid smoking, drinking, eating or chewing gum for at least thirty minutes before collecting my saliva in the test tube up to that black line. Once the saliva was collected, I snapped the lid closed. You can’t really see it here but there was a chemical in that lid that was activated when snapped shut that was meant to stabilize my DNA in the test tube. At that point, I untwisted the lid and replaced it with a smaller lid, and then I shook the tube for five seconds. That’s all it took took to prepare my own DNA sample! It went into the specimen bag, it was sealed, and then it was sent back to Ancestry by their self-addressed stamped envelope.

I mailed in my sample on October 20 and received an email a few days later saying my test was being processed and to allow 6-8 weeks for results. It didn’t take nearly that long, obviously, because today is only November 6 (this blog will post November 12). My results came via email, which I thought was efficient, and made it up to the environment what they did with all that packaging for the test kit. The email directed me to my account where the results were connected to my existing username. The first thing shown to me was this pie chart of my ethnicity based on their DNA test.

Here’s where the test is good and bad. I had been told by other people before I took the test that it missed big pieces of their known genetic background, so I wasn’t surprised to find that big pieces of my known genetic background didn’t show up in my results. It’s true that my mother’s side is predominantly British Isles (this is England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland) and my father’s side has some of the same, but the test completely missed a large, lengthy branch of French genetics. The French blood was not guesswork in genealogy. It was known ancestors from the 1700s up until just a few generations ago. Through my British Isles blood, I have genetics in every royal European household. Most of it is centered on England, Ireland and France. There was a smattering of Spanish marriages and various other places as well but not really enough to count. The test also missed the Native American blood, which is quite known. I noticed other people didn’t have those things turn up in their tests either when it was known to be there. Several people who were known to be Western European, like me, didn’t have it show up at all. Perhaps there’s something the Western European DNA has that should be adjusted in the test or something. I have no idea how DNA works!

I’m utterly dumbfounded by the 13% of Eastern European blood. That in itself is funny because when I mailed in my test tube, I told people I was hoping for something shocking to turn up, like mystery African blood or something. I got a surprise in the Eastern European blood and I’m not sure if it’s another test error or if it’s the big mystery on my father’s side. Remember, I know virtually nothing about my father’s ancestry and, after talking to my sister, she doesn’t think our father knows much more than perhaps his grandfather. There are a few little branches of people from Hungary on my mother’s side but I doubt they add up to 13%, so that must mean a lot of it comes from my father. Eastern Europe includes the modern locations of Poland, Greece, Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Moldova, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Belgarus, and Kosovo. Since my father’s side is supposed to be very German, I have a theory that those Germans originated in one or more of these Eastern European countries. I have seen Poland, Hungary and Ukraine mentioned as regions where lots of modern Germans might have originated. Without some kind of lead on my father’s side, I may never know if this Eastern European blood is a test error or something real.

All in all, I would say this test was about half-accurate. It needs work before I would say it’s worth the cost. They’re onto something good though because in addition to the ethnicity percentages, you can also be put in touch with possible cousins who also took the test. I haven’t ventured into that part of it yet but I do have one friend who says that part of the test needs work too.

I kind of do like the idea of possibly being a tad Ukrainian though. Ukraine is like Russia. Russia is mysterious. I love a good mystery!

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The importance of journaling in psychic development

The importance of journaling in psychic development
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Nearly every psychic, intuitive or medium I know keeps a journal. Some of us were told to do so by our teachers and mentors, while some of us picked up the habit naturally. It’s my experience that it’s very important to keep journals but it’s even more important to be diligent about doing it on a daily basis. Sporadic journaling is not going to help you understand the nature of your specific intuitive talents because, as many of you know, we all have different strengths and weaknesses in this field.

The process of keeping a journal for developing intuitive skills is not the same as keeping a regular journal that records your daily events. An intuitive journal is designed to keep track of your impressions and feelings about anything and everything. There is no possible way to remember every intuitive impression. I do a reading for someone and forget it immediately afterward because it’s not good to hold onto all of that energy. Trying to remember every impression you have causes an accumulation of energy that can and will begin to have a negative effect on your mind, body and soul. The process of writing it down allows you to properly channel the energy, record it, and release it to the universe so it doesn’t clog up your personal system. Seeing your impressions written out on the page also facilitates your ability think it through on a deeper level. Think back to being in school when you took notes, copied text, wrote papers, etc., to engage your brain in critical thought and a better understanding of what you’ve learned. It’s a similar process with taking the time to write down your intuitive impressions as well.

Practicality comes into keeping the journal in that you have a tangible piece of documentation at your disposal. It is an exercise in proper documentation by learning to keep track of your impressions as well as the exact date, time, environmental conditions, circumstances, etc., that were present at the time your impression came. It may be days, weeks, months or years before a particular impression is proven accurate and there may be a connection between what you felt and the conditions of your environment at the time. This is especially important when it comes to encounters with spirits. There may be patterns in environmental conditions when it happens that should be recorded, otherwise you might miss those patterns because you’re not seeing them on paper. When it comes to recording dreams, it’s important to describe your emotional and mental condition at the time of the dream in order to establish patterns there as well. Emotional and mental issues have a huge impact on the type and quality of dreams you experience.

Getting into the habit of keeping a regular journal isn’t easy. Don’t get discouraged if you forget to do it or if you simply procrastinate too often at first. In all things with this field, it’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself. This work should not feel like a terrible strain but it will be a bit tough to establish regular habits at first. Eventually, it should feel like second nature. Practice for a few months and see if it gets easier, which I think it will.

Here’s an example of how to record your impressions if you are highly organized like me.

Type of Experience: [Dream, General Feeling, Future Event, Spirit Communication, etc.]
Detailed Account of Experience: [This should be a highly detailed account of what you experienced from start to finish, whether it’s a paragraph or pages.]
Mood: [Your mood at the time of the experience.]
Weather: [Temperature, rain, snow, sun, etc.]
Others Present: [Names of people who might have been present at the time and their relationships to you and possibly a spirit if applicable.]

Of course, you can customize it to your own tastes or simply keep it as a stream of consciousness journal. I’m merely showing you how I do it.

Happy journaling!

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