The Sasquatch Is Out There, Part 2

Hey folks! Heather here! Shawn, our resident expert on all things sasquatch, is back with part 2 of his thoughts regarding said creature. If you would like to re-acquaint yourself with part 1, just click here!

I have fielded many questions and a lot of skepticism over the years about my belief in the existence of Sasquatch. Some of the biggest and most firmly-held arguments are over the “proof of life” debates. They range from “where are the bodies,” “it is just a myth,” all the way to “I bet you believe in UFOs and aliens don’t you?” (Which on a side note, yes, yes I do.) In my last blog, I skimmed over some these topics in the interest of brevity and space so as not to bore some of the lesser-inclined believers. I was also recently interviewed for a podcast on the topic due the posting of my blog, which I felt was an incredible honor. So, this blog is a follow-up to maybe further enhance your understanding of where I stand on the whole quagmire of myth, legend, folklore, scientific vacuum, weekly TV show, and grainy photo/film debate over the existence of Sasquatch.

Fossils. People always bring this up as proof of nonexistence due to the lack of fossil record. The problems with the fossil record are many. People have spent decades on dating and proving the ages of fossils only to have those results questioned by newer and better technology. Radiocarbon dating was first pioneered in 1905 and is commonly referred to as Carbon-14. Scientists are now utilizing multiple varieties of dating from C-14, Uranium-thorium, Potassium-argon, to fission track of Uranium-238 molecules. All of this sounds scientific and highly accurate, until you understand the ego and data correlation. All of this is driven by money. Scientist A gets a sample and utilizes one method of dating and gets paid for his results. Scientist B receives the same sample and because he is younger and wants to prove himself (in other words, get paid more) he uses a newer testing method. Since no one wants to be wrong and their results equal pay, “A” mocks “B” as unproven while “B” mocks “A” as antiquated and then somehow “C” gets involved and on and on and on. You get the picture. And all this takes place in a laboratory setting after the original discovery and clouds the original argument. The How. How did it come to exist? How was it found? Now the Where. Where was it found? And again, Who? Who Found? Who stands to gain/lose the most? How does this cloud the argument you ask? Simple. It diverts your attention away from how highly improbable the formation of fossils are. The conditions have to be absolutely perfect. Location, climate, terrain, and the presence of the living, or soon not to be, organisms are all vitally important. The mineral content to the ph and the type of soil are important as well. But, so is the weather and climate at that time and for long periods after as well. To prove this I merely point to Northern Arizona and the Petrified Forest National Park. It is awesome, go there. But here is my point, if fossilization was common and simple then why are there not fossilized trees from 65 million years ago found all over the world and only in a few isolated areas?

The scientific community has “created” an animal that some believe to be the ancestor or one of the ancestors of Bigfoot. If Bigfoot is real that is. Gigantopithecus blacki has an extensive scientific background. Size, weight, diet, range, morphology to include a sexual dimorphic classing (size disparity between the male and female of a species), and with what species (orangutan) it is most closely related to. And all this supposition is built on a few jawbones and teeth. No complete skeletal remains at all. In fact, it is this reason that there is no section for locomotion of the creature. Teeth and jawbones give us a 10 foot ape in China that lived until probably 100,000 years ago. See what picture I am forming here? If a philanthropist or even National Geographic came forward and offered to fund me financially as well as technologically for a year-long search or more for the purpose of proof to the existence of or not a Sasquatch, I say to them as I am packing and making gear lists and requests, contact me through this website, please.

I am by no stretch a scientist or an archaeologist. But what I am is a fairly intelligent individual who has seen and experienced things that fall outside of the normal who also has a very inquisitive mind. I like to know the “why” to a lot of things. I am also an admitted paranoid conspiracy theorist who believes that not everything the government tells us is true, so therefore I question conventional beliefs. When the scientific community is adamant that Bigfoot is nothing more than a hoax, I ask why. Why is a community that is founded on research and expansion of wild and crazy ideas so against the possibility of an undiscovered primate in North America? Why can they base the existence of an animal on a few teeth and jawbones? Why did they spend one year, one whole year in the jungles of the Congo for ten seconds of video of a previously undiscovered/unknown species of a 6 foot tall chimpanzee based solely on the myths and stories of the locals? They did not get any genetic samples or proof that it IS an unknown totally new species either. Just 10 seconds of video and “their word” that it is. We all know how awesome CG technology is. What I am getting at is why are we so willing to go to extremes for some things to believe, prove they exist, can be beneficial, need protection, etc. but are so totally inflexible and unwilling to even entertain the notion of another? Or is it because it is not a primate but the “missing link” that we were genetically modified from by the Ancient Aliens we called Gods and the “Illuminati” (for lack of better terms) already know this and under the auspices of National Security we are deceived? Or is it that it would shake the very foundation of many faiths and religions around the world?

WHY?

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Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 2 Part 2

ITunesPGIPodcastHey everyone! Last month’s installment of “Ghost in the Podcast” was the first part of our “Professionalism in the Paranormal” discussion (click here to listen to part 1 again). FINALLY, here is part 2! Hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe to our PGI Ghost in the Podcast on iTunes and leave us feedback and rate our show. Enjoy!

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Summer Cemetery Love

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As paranormal investigators, it’s natural for us to have a love of cemeteries. Heck, it’s natural for us to be fascinated with anything and everything having to do with death. Let’s just be honest, we all have our favorite local cemeteries that we love (*cough* Atlanta Oakland Cemetery *cough*). I don’t know about you, but cemeteries are always guaranteed to be quiet places where you can think, reflect, and reconnect with yourself. Cemeteries have also become favorite paranormal investigation locations, especially in the warm, summer months. It makes sense. Lots of dead people plus wide-open spaces with no high walls or barbed wire or locked doors equals instant ghost hunting magic! But, regardless of whether your favorite cemetery is a large, garden cemetery, in the center of town, full of historical markers and famous people who have passed on or if it’s a small, forgotten family plot in the middle of nowhere, there are rules you MUST follow before you load up with your favorite cameras and voice recorders for a night of spook hunting.

Most cemeteries are privately owned.

Even if the cemetery looks abandoned, it’s still on property owned by someone, somewhere. You really don’t want to be roaming around someone’s property, in the middle of the night, without permission. And when the cops show up, demanding answers as to why you’re there, they’re going to think vandalism before they think paranormal investigators. And even if you are there, just sitting quietly, recording the sounds of crickets, they’re most likely going to shoo you off the premises and ask you never to return. It’s always important to secure permission before you investigate a cemetery. Do a little research and find out who owns it. Explain what it is you want to do and how you intend to investigate. Invite the owners to come along with you if they are so inclined. You’ll catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar and you’ll investigate more cemeteries if you do it the right way and ask before you go.

Your audio is going to be full of bugs. Literally.

We’ve all been outside, at night, at some point in our lives. During the summer, the night is alive with crickets, frogs, bats, and bugs. Even in the winter, the leaves are being pushed around by the wind and nocturnal animals out for the hunt. The night isn’t still, not by any means, and that means your audio is going to be full of those noises. Once you’ve secured permission to investigate your chosen cemetery, be aware that your audio will be iffy. Make note of every sound you hear and be aware that when you go over your audio later, footsteps and other sounds that aren’t voices must be discounted.

Photo credit: Heather Dobson

Photo credit: Heather Dobson

Your video and photographic evidence is also going to be full of bugs. Literally.

Your video and photographic evidence that you carry home from your cemetery investigation is going to show a lot of dust, dirt, pollen, water droplets, and BUGS! Also, that mist you captured? Probably not paranormal, but rather your breath, especially if it was a cold night. If you investigate during the day, be aware that polished granite headstones will reflect the sun like nobody’s business. You’ll want to go over all your pictures and video with a fine-tooth comb and be more skeptical of anything out of the ordinary than you would during an indoors investigation. Just remember that Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your camera lens.

Nighttime. Daytime. Any time is a good time!

Who says you can’t investigate a cemetery in the daytime? If it’s a public cemetery, in the middle of town, that welcomes visitors during daylight hours, grab your voice recorder and go to work! Ghosts really aren’t concerned with the time of day. That’s our problem. But, again, if it’s a private cemetery on private property, you will still need permission to investigate, even during the day.

Just remember all these tips and your next cemetery investigation can be the best one yet! Enjoy your summer!

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Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 2 Part 1

ITunesPGIPodcastHey folks! You’ve waited long enough, and have been extremely patient, and so here we are, finally delivering our next podcast to you! This is a two-parter and is about “Professionalism in the Paranormal.” Part two will be coming up next month. Hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe to our PGI Ghost in the Podcast on iTunes and leave us feedback and rate our show. Enjoy!

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Paranormal and the Outdoors

Hey folks! Heather here! Shawn is one of our newest investigators-in-training and he has already proven to be our resident Bigfoot expert. Before applying to PGI to become an investigator, he has led, and participated in, several Bigfoot “hunts.” Everyone in PGI is excited to hit the woods with Shawn sometime this year for our first official Bigfoot investigation. This is his first blog post and there will be several more, I’m sure. So enjoy his take on the paranormal entity/cryptozoological animal known as Sasquatch.

The word paranormal means “anything beyond the ‘normal,’ or outside of scientific explanation.’ Chances are you already knew that or you wouldn’t be here reading this.  Thunder, lightning, wind, comets, tornadoes, drought, crop blight, mental health issues, and a plethora of other daily environmental, climatological, and physiological events were once considered paranormal in earlier times. Such events were attributed to the devil, demons, witches, god/s, but all are now perfectly accepted natural “normal” events. What some people forget is there are still paranormal events and experiences that are not always specters, ghosts, or things that go bump in the night. Well, some things that still go bump in the night are paranormal.

Many people enjoy spending time in the outdoors and some recreational activities place people in the woods for extended periods of time. As a culture, Americans have urbanized and have begun to lose “touch” with nature. It’s when you finally step back into the woods, into our beginnings, that something deep in the dark recesses of our brains remembers those ancient experiences and we experience something that our minds cannot process or explain. It is then you have the paranormal experience while camping, hiking, hunting, etc.  And therein lies the crux of the paranormal. The “What the Hell was that??!!”  moment.  And that is where he lives. Who lives you may ask? Sasquatch, The Hairy Man, Skookum, Skunk Ape, Bigfoot. Bigfoot lives in the paranormal because the scientific community lives in fact and theory and until scientific fact is proven incorrect, everyone else is wrong. Not all of the scientific community discards the idea of Bigfoot, just the vast majority, or at least the loudest of the naysayers. Scientists have had careers ruined over Sasquatch, until now. Now there is a shift in the belief of the possibility of the existence of Squatches.

Why is it that hunters, backpackers, hikers, and people who live in remote rural areas seem to be the only ones who experience this phenomenona? Because they choose to put themselves right in Sasquatch’s backyard. It is that simple. Those people are also the ones who cannot explain what they saw or experienced because they lack a frame of reference, so it is usually and quickly dismissed as misidentification of known species and because modern science has said there are no KNOWN fossil records of a large bipedal primate shown to have lived in North America. Apparently, modern man was the only primate smart enough to use the Bering Strait Land bridge during the last ice age. Yet, modern science continuously has to adjust its timeline on this as archaeological sites push this time line further back.

Did someone say fossil record? Easy. Less than 1% of 1% of all life that ever existed had the PERFECT conditions present to create a fossil record. And the deep forests are not even close to being the perfect conditions for fossils, never mind all the scavengers. But we all know there are deer and bears and squirrels, etc., in the woods. Where are the bodies of the ones that die of natural causes? They are there, somewhere, for a time. What about mountain lions? I have personally photographed mountain lion paw prints, in the mud, at a large metro-Atlanta county park. When talking to a DNR officer he scoffed and told me there may be some mountain lions in extreme South Georgia but none this far north. That is, until I showed him the picture. They are here but no one see them except for the people who spend inordinate amounts of time looking for them.

So why are Squatches hiding in the deep forests? Because we are not there! Think of it this way. There are two species competing for resources in the same environment. One starts getting the upper hand and chases the other out. You, the winner, want to make sure you don’t have to revisit this fight so you keep chasing. The loser, scared for its very survival, decides it is time to stop running when the winner stops chasing. And looking around, the loser decides that this place, the deep forest, is a pretty good place to live, sleep, forage, and hunt where it can move easily and quietly to avoid the vicious pack of hairless things that chased it here. But it teaches it’s young to avoid those creatures at all costs.  And so it goes until you have the myth, the legend, and the folklore extraordinaire, Bigfoot.

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Ghost in the Podcast, Episode 1

ITunesPGIPodcastWell, here it is, folks! Our first ever podcast! The name we chose for our podcast series is “Ghost in the Podcast.” Hope you enjoy this introductory episode and make sure you leave feedback in the comments!

 

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The Living vs. The Dead

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 1.23.23 PMWe, at Paranormal Georgia Investigations, don’t consider ourselves to be “parapsychologists,” mainly because we don’t study telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, or reincarnation. Since we only study and explore apparitional experiences and other supernatural or paranormal claims, we prefer to call ourselves paranormal investigators or paranormal researchers. But, at times, we do feel that we are psychologists more so than paranormal investigators. Why? Well, I’m about to tell you a secret that many in the paranormal community don’t want you to know. Are you ready? OK. Come in close and I’ll whisper it to you.

Investigating the paranormal is more about the living than it is the dead.

Yes. You heard it here first. It’s all true. What we do is more of a study, an understanding, of the reactions of the living to the dead. Yeah, sure, we attempt to communicate with the spirits of people who have passed on, we try to capture them on audio and/or video. We are always after that “Holy Grail” of evidence, a full-body apparition that appears, acknowledges the camera, and disappears. To be able to capture that, prove what it is, and share it with the world? It’s every paranormal investigator’s dream.

But, honestly, what we mostly do is help people cope with what is happening to them and most of the time what is happening to them is not as bad as they make it out to be.

Our reality is what we make of it. Barring any mental illness which requires medication, our personal world is colored by our perceptions of it. My joy for rainy days allows me to see the beauty of a cloudy sky, the wet pavement, and the heavy, moist smell of the air. For someone who hates rainy days, they would see only ugliness in such a day. The paranormal is a lot like that. Where we, as people who seek out the unseen, find excitement in communicating with someone who has died, others aren’t so excited at the prospect. Many are confused and most are down-right scared witless.

The activity at my home is all audible in nature. I’ve heard my name called out, I’ve heard a voice mimicking mine, I’ve heard someone coughing when no one is in the house but me, and I typically either tell whatever is there that I hear it and go on about my day, or I ignore it. It all depends if my kids are nearby or not. But, I don’t let it get to me and I don’t make a big deal out of it. As paranormal investigators, we find that those people who accept the paranormal activity in their homes and function normally in spite of it can better emotionally accept that said activity occurring is OK.

Yep. You read me right. It’s OK that Uncle Bob continues to walk up and down the stairs even though he died ten years ago. Let’s take a moment to look at one of my favorite statistics. The Population Reference Bureau site has a nifty article about How Many People Have Ever Lived On Earth? The number they estimate as of 2011?

107,602,707,791

Just let that sink in a little and realize that we’re constantly surprised that not every single home on this planet isn’t haunted. Over 100 billion lives have walked and talked and lived and loved and died on this planet. It’s a number that many of us cannot fathom. People die every day and not all souls remain behind, but a good number do and what we need to remember is that existing side-by-side with those who have passed on is more common than we think. Rather than think of activity in your home as extraordinary, we need to see it as more ordinary, more normal than paranormal.

I guess if we all start thinking like that, PGI would become NGI, Normal Georgia Investigations. And our calls would trickle to nothing, and we, as a group, would cease to exist.

This fear of paranormal activity in our homes and businesses stems directly, I think, from our species-wide fear of death. If NONE of us feared death and what may or may not happen afterwards, I don’t think any of us would fear the footsteps on the stairs or the touch on the shoulder. The shadows outside the door would be something to accept and the voices in the next room would be a pleasant reminder of what is to come, not a sound to fear.

We all need to remember that death is a part of life, and so as we will all someday die, so do we need to realize that sometimes our lives intersect with that veiled after-realm and that it’s OK to accept the paranormal.

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Our Halloween Gift to You… EVIDENCE!

Well, we have an amazing piece of evidence to share with all of you on this wonderful Halloween day! We’ve been saving this one until today and hope you enjoy!

This video clip was taken during an investigation last month in the suburban Atlanta area. The client has several things happening at her house, one of which is picture frames which move on this one particular filing cabinet. She will walk through the house and a picture frame will be faced one way and later, it will be moved to a different spot or turned. She couldn’t explain it and that activity, along with several other things happening, compelled her to call us.

As per usual, our investigators attempted to debunk the claims of activity. In the case of the filing cabinet, we placed picture frames and several other objects on top of the cabinet and walked heavily past it, tromped through the room, jumped around, opened and closed doors forcefully, did everything we could the budge the items on the top of the cabinet using vibrations and air pressure changes. Nothing worked. So, we set up our REM pod on top of the filing cabinet and focused one of our infrared cameras on the REM pod and began our investigation.

The following statement about the activity comes from Jeremy, our Assistant Tech Manager, who discovered this clip:

This evidence was captured during one of our recent investigations. I was preparing the investigation video when I noticed something interesting. When I was in the editing program, I placed the mouse cursor over the video clip presented here, and when you do that it provides a preview of the video at an accelerated rate. Well, when this was viewed, I noticed that over a span of 20 minutes, our REM pod moves from right to left. It was not being touched, it was not being pulled. The client was not in the home and we investigators were together in a separate room. The REM pod was set on top of a filing cabinet in an area of the home where picture frames have been reported to move and to our knowledge, there was no noticeable slope of the cabinet. In addition, the other two items on the cabinet (a K2 meter and a computer hard drive) did not move during this time span. We present the video to you in it’s “sped up” state so that you can notice the movement.

At the end of the clip, you will see Jeremy move the REM pod. That’s because after it moved across the cabinet (unbeknownst to our investigators) the REM pod started going off, meaning it was making noise and lighting up, indicating that something was disturbing it’s EM field. It did this for several minutes, so Jeremy entered the room to reset it, not knowing it had just moved of its own accord across the filing cabinet.

So, I present to you our best evidence to date of paranormal activity. Enjoy and please, feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments! We have scheduled a follow-up investigation with the client and we hope to either further debunk this activity or capture it again on camera, which will just solidify her claims of paranormal activity.

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A Review of “Ghosts From the Ground Up, Field Notes of a Ghost Miner”

Ghosts From The Ground UpHi, everyone! Heather here! Clint Brownlee, our investigator and sensitive-extraordinaire, is back with an awesome book review! Our whole team had the honor of meeting Patrick Doyle, star of SyFy channel’s “Ghost Mine.” He’s a great guy, an awesome investigator, and now author. Enjoy!

Ghosts From the Ground Up, Field Notes of a Ghost Miner is a well-written book that is easy to read and contains about 200 pages. It was a fairly fast read and I was able to finish it in two evenings of reading. It is well-printed with a good size text to help some of us that are a little sight-challenged.

I purchased the book from Mr. Doyle at DragonCon and he was kind enough to sign it for me. He was a pleasure to talk to and we seem to share similar ideas about the paranormal. When I purchased the book I made the assumption that it was going to be full of stories about the events that happened to him and the rest of the crew on Ghost Mine. Turns out, I made an incorrect assumption. While it does contain some descriptions of some of the events that took place while filming Ghost Mine, the meat of the book is dedicated to Mr. Doyle’s take on popular and not so popular theories about the existence and cause of paranormal activity. It is full of questions, questions that we as investigators should be asking ourselves. He mentions “Stone Tape Theory” in the book and gives a brief description. I have to say that I like it. He also discusses “Time Slip Theory,” which I was not familiar with, but he breaks down the theory in an easy to understand way with an illustration. Mr. Doyle also discusses his past as a paranormal investigator and the reason he got started on this adventure.

This was a good, quick read that made me think about some of the things we do as paranormal investigators and what we should be doing. If we continue to ask questions and use new tools and theories, then maybe one day we will find the answers we are all seeking. If we are all not getting anywhere with the tools we currently have, then maybe it’s time to rock the boat and develop some new tools. If you are an investigator or on a team that is stuck in a rut, doing the same thing every time you go out, then maybe you should read this book to help you start asking questions again.

Book Review Disclaimer: I am writing this review of my own free will. Mr. Doyle didn’t pay me with money or promises of haunted mine adventures. I just felt like highlighting an awesome book for this blog. No FTC disclosures needed.

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Paranormal Sensitives Don’t Always Cry

Hello, everyone! Heather here! Today’s post comes straight from our very own Charter Member, Past Director, investigator, and sensitive, Clint Brownlee. Enjoy!

Sensitive? What, you cry a lot or something?

No, I don’t cry a lot or get weepy-eyed at television commercials, but the occasional hug is OK.

So I’m “sensitive.” What does that mean to paranormal investigators? Well, it depends on who you ask and since I am writing this, let’s pretend you asked me.

Am I a psychic? No, not at all. I do not do readings, or talk to your dead relatives, or communicate with the other side through spirit guides or guardian angels. Well, at least I don’t think I do.

What do I do? I do what everyone else does. The main difference is that I pay attention to what I feel and I vocalize it or write it down. I feel energy, at least I think I do, and I say what I feel. We all have the ability, but many people have “turned off” their sixth sense. It is that intuition, or gut feeling that you get. Lots of people follow their gut feeling and it serves them well. There is a reason we have these feelings and I think they are to protect us. How many times have you looked at a person and got that creepy feeling that something was just not right and you decided to remove yourself from the area as rapidly as possible. Think of it as an early warning system. It’s the same thing as meeting a person for the first time and within the first five seconds or so, you know if you like them or not and you can’t explain why. They may feel that same way or they may not. This is something that we all have and with practice it can be enhanced. Well, maybe not enhanced, but you can be taught to recognize, vocalize, or otherwise acknowledge what you feel.

What have I done to better realize what I feel? Nothing that I know of. It has sort of just always been that way. I think it became even stronger when I was a firefighter because going with your gut feeling tended to produce better outcomes in the field. It could be anything from “feeling” like we are about to get a bad call to “feeling” the energy of people on an emergency scene and knowing if something is about to go sideways on you. I think most police officers and firefighters have tuned into their intuition or “gut feeling” because they rely on it to survive in the field. How many crimes are solved because the detective had a “hunch” or “gut feeling” about the suspect or the victim? These feelings lead to searching for the right clues and evidence. As paranormal investigators it would be smart to pay attention to those gut feelings, you never know if they will lead you to a room where you catch the best EVP you have ever caught.

How do I use this so called “sensitivity” while investigating? Generally I will go into a location without any prior knowledge of the case. After the lead investigator and tech manager do their walk-through with the client, I will do a walk-through of the location and make written notes about what I feel and where. If another sensitive is there for the investigation, they will do the same and we will compare notes. I would say that we usually match up about 80% to 85% of the time on what we each feel. If there is only one sensitive on the team then they share their notes with the team lead and compare them with the client’s claims. Sometimes we use these feelings to help guide the investigation through questioning or through investigating an area that may normally be overlooked.

What is it that I feel? Energy, I think. That’s what I really think it is, perhaps it is the vibration of that energy, but I guess no one really knows. I do feel the energy of the living nearly as often as that of whatever else it is out there. Sometimes it is hard to separate the two and I sometimes find it difficult when the location is more modern. I have sat on a client’s bed and become physically ill with stomach pains and as soon as I got up, the pain was gone. I sat down again the same thing happened. I asked the other sensitive to try it and she too had the same experience. At the end of the investigation we asked the client if she had been sick or anything and she then told us that she had stomach cancer and had several surgeries and other treatments. It is rare that I see a spirit. I usually create an image in my mind of what they look like based on the energy that I feel. Usually I can feel the gender and an approximate age, but there is no way to really tell if I am correct or not. I feel emotional energy too: happy, sad, angry, etc. Sometimes this gets clouded with the energy of those who are living and occupying the location. Sometimes their energy is the only energy in the house and they are really just causing their own problems. They may feel suffocated and oppressed in their home because they live a cluttered and chaotic life and their home is full of clutter and is disorganized without harmony. Cleanup your environment and that would all change.

Judge or Judge not? Over the years I have used this skill to judge the character of people that I meet. It is hard not to judge others, but let’s face reality here. We all judge each other on some level. I think I feel the vibrations that a person’s energy gives off and if that vibration is not in a frequency that I am tuned in to, then I will usually keep my guard up and put distance between us. It could be physical distance or emotional. It just depends on what I feel I need in order to protect myself, my family, and my friends. At some point this can become a problem and I have just not even given some people a chance to prove themselves, but every time I do let someone have a chance to prove themselves, I usually end up being right. The overwhelming majority of people give off good vibes and the ones that cause me to keep my distance are pretty few and far between

What now? I feel like I have really just opened the first door on being able to really recognize what I am feeling and being able to be confident enough to vocalize it. That’s a lot of it right there, being confident enough to vocalize it. I know there are more doors that can be opened to learn new skills and ways of seeing, but at the moment I am fine where I am and maybe when I am ready, I may start the journey of opening up more doors.

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