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The Voices in Your Head

            Ghosts, spirit guides, mental illness?  There is any number of explanations for hearing voices.  Gift or curse, the phenomenon is very real for some, and most cultures do not consider it normal.  In his song Voices in My Head, Bruno Mars expresses the question “Is it strange I believe them again?  Voices in my head.”

            The most widely accepted theory for the cause of disembodied voices is mental illness.  Whenever someone experiences sensory perceptions outside of the norm, society chooses to label them with any number of mental disorders.  At first, the individual may be diagnosed with excessive stress.  Post-traumatic stress syndrome is a condition attributed to individuals having an adverse psychological reaction to a highly stressful event.  It is characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, and hearing or seeing things that aren’t there.  Schizophrenia is another mental illness associated with hearing voices.  A schizophrenic individual may experience hallucinations or delusions.  Schizophrenics are characterized by a loss of contact with their environment and a disintegration of personality.  For many, hearing voices equals mental incompetence.

            There are, however, those of the thought that hearing voices is the special ability to tune into beings from another plane of existence.  Some people, referred to as sensitives, claim the ability to communicate with the deceased as well as inhuman spirits such as ghosts, guides, angels, and dark entities.  The voices may sound like an echo or emerge as sudden and unexpected thoughts.  Cases have even been noted where the voices appear as block print inside an individual’s head.  Some individuals can have conversations with the voices, while others can only listen.  Electronic voice phenomenon or EVP’s are sited by many as further proof of the existence of disembodied voices.  EVP’s are said to be at a frequency unintelligible to the human ear, but may be audible to some sensitives.

            “I knew the words couldn’t be real, but the sound of their voices still rang in my ears.  I clasped my fist to my ears, blocking out the insanity trying to move in,” from the young adult fantasy novel Island of Tory.  In the book, Arella Cline is haunted by the voices of her deceased parents after she is the sole survivor of a fatal car crash.  Island of Tory is due for release by Loconeal Publishing in March 2012.

Disembodied Shadows

            Out of the corner of your eye you catch a fleeting glimpse of something moving.  You turn to get a better look…but nothing is there.  Chalking it up as just your imagination is the usual first response.  Tired eyes.  Time for a break.  The dark playing tricks on you.

            You go back to whatever it is you were doing without another thought.  But then it happens again.  This time, the shadow lingers for a few seconds longer.  Your brain registers a human shape before the entity disappears through a doorway.  Now, you start to worry.

            Thinking it’s an intruder, you cautiously follow the shadow into the next room.  Check the closet, behind the door, under the bed.  Again, nothing is there.  At this point, you start to question your sanity.  You think that maybe it’s stress.  Perhaps you’ve been working too hard.  Perhaps…but what if what you saw was real?

            Documented sightings of shadow people or shadow beings have become more common in recent years.  What once was an occasional ghost story told around a summer campfire, has now become a frequent, frightening phenomenon in the world.

            Of course there are many scientific explanations for shadow people sightings, including optical illusions, hallucinations, and medication side effects.  The human brain is designed to interpret the stimuli coming into it.  Sometimes the information is incomplete, especially when it is seen out of the corner of one’s eye.  When this happens, the brain automatically fills in the gaps with familiar data, thus making the distorted shadow of a lamp into the figure of a human, for example.

            Yet, there are many that believe that shadow people are real beings.  Most proponents of this theory think that shadow beings are ghosts.  In the 1999 thriller, The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osmert sent chills through movie-goers with the famous line, “I see dead people.”  But there are a growing number of people who theorize that shadow people are not human spirits trapped on earth, but are earthly visitors from another dimension.  Some even believe that shadow folk are time travelers from our future.  A few are of the thought that shadow figures are astral bodies projected while the physical self sleeps.  And then there are those who blame it on aliens.

            From my young adult fantasy novel, Island of Tory, due to be released in March 2012:  “The fog still swirled around me, but something was taking shape behind the gloom.  I stopped crying and watched as a human form materialized.  Nothing more than a shadow…”

Auras–Seeing Beyond the Physical

           Ever wish you could read someone’s mind?  What if you could glimpse inside someone’s heart?  Did you ever want to predict what someone was going to do, even before the thought ever crossed their mind?  Of course you have.  Who hasn’t?

            It sounds like something from a science fiction novel, however, there are real people who claim they can read a person’s thoughts and intents like you or I read a book.  They are clairvoyants who see auras.

            What is an aura?  There are many definitions, but most agree that an aura is a luminescent display of energy given off by living and nonliving things.  All matter is made up of vibrating atoms.  It is this vibration that produces the energy that some see in the form of glowing waves of color.

            The auras surrounding humans are composed of both high and low frequency waves.  The low frequency waves are related to body function, such as metabolism, circulation, DNA structure, etc.  The high frequency waves are related to thoughts, emotions, and intentions.

            Auras are not static.  They transform as a person’s body and mind changes.  Auras give warning of developing disease, predict thoughts before they are expressed, and foretell of secret intentions.  Auras are a person’s spiritual signature.

            Each color in an aura has a specific meaning and is a physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental fingerprint of the person it belongs to.  Purple is a very positive color that indicates spiritual thoughts.  It is never permanent, only flaring during divine moments of deliberation.  Blue represents a balanced existence.  Individuals who are relaxed and content display a lot of blue in their auras.  Turquoise is the color of a dynamic personality.  People with turquoise in their auras have a strong influence on others.  Green is a restful color.  Green in an aura signifies a natural healing ability.  Yellow auras correspond to feelings of joy, freedom, and nonattachment.  Halos depicted on saints in art are believed to be yellow auras.  Orange is the color of inspiration and power.  Orange usually goes hand in hand with yellow.  Pink is love.  Unfortunately, pink is rare and is usually a temporary thought.  All of the above mentioned colors are positive and would be found in various combinations in an optimistic, well-balanced individual.

            Unfortunately, there are also negative colors found in auras.  Red is a materialistic color.  It can represent anger and force.  Brown is an unsettling color, and is also a color found in auras representing materialistic thoughts or intentions.  Gray signifies dark and depressing thoughts.  Sulfer or mustard auras indicate pain or anger.  White indicates a serious disease or impending death, a lack of harmony in the body and mind.  Any one of these colors in an aura suggests an unhappy, unbalanced individual.

            Skeptics believe that auras may be seen due to brain injuries or disorders such as migraines, epilepsy, or synesthesia.  Vision problems or eye fatigue are also thought to be a possible cause.  And of course, drug abuse such as the use of LSD is also thought by some to be linked to auras.

            In my novel Island of Tory, Arella Cline begins to see auras after recovering from an automobile accident.  She later discovers that her father had also been a Seer during his time on Tory Island.  Arella’s ability to see auras allows her to know who are and are not her true friends on the island.  Island of Tory is due to be release in March 2012 by Loconeal Publishing.

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