We'll See You On The Other Side…

…Don’t try this at home!

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So my friends it’s that time of year when Macy’s starts to proudly display all of their coats, fur-lined sweaters and boots (even though it’s still 103F outside). Spirit Stores start popping up in your local abandoned Circuit City and the smell of latex and over priced grocery store pumpkins fill the air.

Yes! It’s fall!  With fall comes an amazing amount of paranormal activity. Already our email has exploded with “amped up” activity from around the city. Some of this is simply due to the beginning of the holiday season. Loved ones want to pop in and say hello.They want to reassure us that they are ok on the other side and that they still want to take part in family traditions.

Additional activity can also be attributed to changes in the atmosphere. Has there been a recent flow of thunderstorms through your area? See? And you thought it was the coming of Gozer…Nah.

There is one more thing that often brings about activity during this time of year and it happens to be the key topic of this post. Are you ready for it? Drum roll please ………………….DABBLERS!

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Yes folks it’s the season of what WE like to call DABBLERS!

Merriam Webster defines a Dabbler as such:

Dabbler

: one that dabbles: as
a : one not deeply engaged in or concerned with something
b : a duck (as a mallard or shoveler) that feeds by dabbling—called also dabbling duck, puddle duck, river duck  
          Obviously we’re not talking about ducks, so let’s go with that first one. We’ll elaborate for you. To us a dabbler is someone who: sees a movie, reads a book or does an internet sweep of a subject and then deems themselves appropriately schooled to call forth spirit. A dabbler doesn’t care to or doesn’t feel the need to learn the responsibility of what they might be getting into. They also never seem to know how to get themselves out of it.
          We have found that the most popular tool for dabbling during this season is the Ouija Board, once called a “spirit board.” It was patented in 1891, although such items date back to approx. 1100A.D. in China. They are currently on the shelves of your local Toys “R” Us and Target with board games and are marketed as such.
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          Hmmmm- calling to the great beyond is a game? This is what we found on drugstore.comEight years and up! Great for sleep overs!  Please tell us the general public is smarter than this? We understand people are curious. Someone hands you what appears to be a harmless board game, it’s practically giving you permission to be an idiot, right?
This is a toy:
                   
 This is not a toy:
 
In the spirit world, it is theorized that:
          Catch our drift? We thought you might. The Ouija Board is not a toy. It’s a tool. There is no one that we would trust at this point in time to use this competently as a tool for spiritual connection. Our views come from a place of knowing. When you choose to dabble in things that you are not schooled in, you are opening yourself to a world of the unknown. Your intentions can be heard in places that you can’t even fathom right now.
          We operate under the rule of 3 fold (more like 10 fold really) here is a little rhyme to help you remember:
“Mind ye three-fold law ye should, three times bad and three times good.”
                                                                                                                                              ~The Wiccan Rede~
          It’s all about intent. This simply means that what ever your intentions are, you will get back 3x what you put out. Remember this when you are looking for something “fun” to do this Halloween season. When you blindly open yourself to things beyond this realm of living with out proper training and guidance you open yourself to EVERYTHING : good and bad, light and dark.
           These so-called toys and even books that you read innocently or scenes you try to recreate from a movie are all subject to creating an “opening”. Yes, congratulations! You just gave everything on the other side(s) permission to enter not only your home, but to enter you. You opened a doorway, and we are guessing that you have no idea how you did it, or how to close it. 98% of all residential cases we’ve encountered have been connected to someone dabbling. Here’s the real rub, we were not there, we don’t know what you did exactly so how are we supposed to help you?
          Paranormal investigators do not, let me repeat, DO NOT GET RID OF GHOSTS. We are there to research, to document and try to discover the cause of disturbances. We can give you suggestions on how to deal with what is there, but we can not guarantee it’s removal. Often times certain groups may specialize in other methods that can help, but we don’t carry proton packs and we don’t have a nuclear vault under a firehouse that holds ill-mannered entities.
          Okay, okay.  We know it’s been a lot of finger wagging up to this point. As you may be able to tell, we are passionate about the subject.
Insert deep relaxing breath here :

Deep relaxing breath

          We are not trying to tell you that you should never try to seek out what can no longer be seen.  There are easier and better ways to connect with those who have passed. The easiest way is to simply talk to them as though they were right there next to you. Most of the time they are. Did you happen to get a warm fuzzy feeling or suddenly smell your loved one’s favorite scent? They are just letting you know that they are with you at that moment.
          There are also many traditions from around the world that are centered around honoring and communicating with the dead. Here are a couple of examples from Wikipedia:
Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1st, in connection with theCatholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
or:
Obon (お盆?) or just Bon (盆?) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.
          See? There are ways to responsibly and safely connect with those on the other side. If you still have questions or concerns try contacting a local group and asking them for advice. It’s better to ask and be sure than to not ask and be sorry. If you are having trouble connecting with someone near you for answers you can always contact our team. We will do our best to help you find the right team near you.
          You can contact us and some of our favorite teams by visiting our website @ www.eastvalleyparanormal.com or contact us via email @ eastvalleyparanormal@gmail.com
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