Guest Linda Myers - Psychic Medium and Paranormal Investigator

I met Linda Myers at the 2016 Oregon Ghost Conference.  We soon became fast friends with a dear kinship.  Linda is truly one of the most genuine psychic mediums and paranormal researchers out there.  It was an honor to have her as a guest on Haunted Voices Radio.

During the episode, Linda discussed one aspect that is not only imperative to our field, but one that is often overlooked: developing one’s intuition first before commencing supernatural exploration. She studied at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment and quickly learned many avenues to developing intuition, such as using Zener cards and journaling.

Linda teaches paranormal bootcamp classes at conferences, such as the Oregon Ghost Conference and the Port Gamble Ghost Conference.  One question she always gets by attendees is, “What is the best piece of equipment to use and what should I do first?” She lets her students know that fostering one’s own innate psychic senses is extremely important before partaking in investigation of the unknown.   There is no such thing as a “ghost detector.”  Thus, there is no such thing as a best gadget either but rather our own bodies and their senses.

Some people solely rely on what science and their equipment tells them.  Those that do this are selling themselves short.  It should be the other way around – let your body and its senses dictate the route of the investigation and blending that in with scientific research. 

Along with the San Diego Paranormal Research Society, I also teach local courses on paranormal investigation and research and get the same common question as Linda.  My answer is identical to Linda’s.  Ali Schreiber and I co-host our “Spirits of the Adobe” tours at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista, California.  We’ve been hosting these events since 2011.  As with our courses, we also reiterate the importance of blending our body’s senses with scientific approaches in paranormal investigation.

These are just some of the compelling topics that Todd and I discussed with Linda.  To hear the full episode, please visit http://www.wltkdb.com or https://wltkdb.podbean.com/

Nicole

Back to Basics Episode II - Working with Clients, Case Report Writing and Historical Research Methods

On this episode of Haunted Voices Radio, Todd and Nicole delve into their “Back to Basics” series, which is beneficial for both beginner and veteran researchers.

Listen to the episode at: https://wltkdb.podbean.com/ or https://wltkdb.com/release

On this Part II episode, Todd and Nicole discuss how researchers should respond to client investigation requests and the importance of forms, such as permission and liability waivers; historical research and its overall importance to the entire case study process.

Sometimes, it’s not always about actual paranormal activity on the premises.  There may be situations, such as high EMF – electromagnetic frequencies, plumbing issues, carbon monoxide problems, sleep paralysis, etc.  So, as paranormal researchers, it is our duty to educate our clients on other potential causes of what they’re experiencing. 

Safety is also paramount – physical, spiritual and emotional safety.  Todd discusses how his daughter’s home was investigated and the problem had to do with high EMF from the refrigerator.  Some individuals are very sensitive to high EMF levels as they can cause a whole host of issues – hallucinations, anxiety, heart palpitations, feelings of being watched, among many others. 

Nicole also shared the time when the San Diego Paranormal Research Society investigated a haunted restaurant in Oceanside, California, which is situated on top of a burial ground.  About 30 minutes into the case study, two armed robbers stormed through the site’s kitchen.  Luckily, Nicole and her team had all of their emergency protocols in place as well as their permission and liability form signed by the manager. 

There’s a lot that goes into the entire paranormal case study from client interviews, preliminary studies to tedious data review and supplemental research. 

Stay tuned for more “Back to Basics” topics.  The series airs monthly on the WLTK-db network. 

Guest Brenda Ganske - Horrifying History Podcast

The mere thought of cannibalism may invoke sheer curiosity in some and pure disgust in others, or a little bit of both.  Both archaeological and genetic evidence prove that cannibalism has been practiced for hundreds of thousands of years - as far back as 600,000 years.   

Cannibalism is essentially the consuming of human flesh by other humans.  In Spanish, it translates to Caribales or Canibales for the Carib peoples - a West Indies tribe notorious for the act. 

In times of needed survival, eating another human's flesh may not be nearly as feared but more of a mandatory necessity.   Then, there are those stories of lore that point to people engaging in this horrific phenomenon for other horrific reasons.  

Insert Brenda Ganske of her Horrifying History podcast, where she elaborates on the often untold and hidden accounts of people chowing down on human meat.  Yes, you will hear some hair-raising tales about cannibalism, including stories from the Donner Party, one relating to Moby Dick and many others.  Yes, I am not kidding.  

We have one requirement before listening: make sure you've eaten! 

You can listen to the episode at https://wltkdb.com/ondemandaudio or via the many audio listening platforms.