The Third Eye – Peacock Feathers

Peacock Feathers, Pavo Cristatus, Native to India
Peacock Feathers / Third Eye

Peacock feathers have long been associated with protection, most especially of the inner psyche, the Third Eye.  It’s beautiful pattern appears as an eye, fueling the legends of old.

The peacock “eye” in some cultures was thought to represent the evil eye and considered unlucky.

The bird, because of its vivid hues and royal attitude, is held up as a symbol to manifesting wealth in our lives and it was this royal attitude that had monarchs keep peacocks on the grounds for state occasions.

From Greek myth to Christianity, the “eyes” of the peacock represent celestial bodies, the field of eyes being the stars.  In ancient Babylon, they stood on throne and throne-room as guardians to royalty.

Many incredible facts about peacocks


Fox Sisters of Hydesville

March 31st, 1848 saw the beginnings of spiritualism in the parlor of the Fox home in Hydesville, New York. Kate and Margaret had been living with their parents in what was considered a haunted house. Raps and knocks were pretty much the extent of the activity.

On this infamous night, Kate began to ask the spirits questions, like repeating how many times she snapped her fingers or asking the sisters’ ages. The responses developed into yes and no, so that other questions could be asked. Very quickly these methods spread like wildfire, with mediums coming out of the woodwork.

Margaret Fox, in her later years noted:- “They [the neighbors] were convinced that some one had been murdered in the house. They asked the spirits through us about it and we would rap one for the spirit answer ‘yes,’ not three as we did afterwards. The murder they concluded must have been committed in the house. They went over the whole surrounding country trying to get the names of people who had formerly lived in the house. Finally they found a man by the name of Bell, and they said that this poor innocent man had committed a murder in the house and that the noises had come from the spirit of the murdered person. Poor Bell was shunned and looked upon by the whole community as a murderer.”

The two women were sent to sibling homes, Kate to Leah’s and Margaret to their brother David’s home. The Fox parents felt it might be good for them to get away from the fervor that the rappings had caused in an ever-expanding area around Hydesville.

Unfortunately sending them away wasn’t the answer. The goings-on followed them. This, of course, convinced everyone that the mediums were genuine and the contact with spirits was very much real. Friends of the family, Amy and Isaac Post, Quakers, had the girls visit their home.

“In this way, appeared the association between Spiritualism and radical political causes such as abolition, temperance and equal rights for women.”

By mid 1850, the girls had channeled for both famous and not famous people of the time, conducting séances and spirit communication. The sisters began to travel in circles of high society because of their apparent gift of talking to the dead. Wine drinking and late nights took their toll on the women.

In the fifties, Margaret married a man named Kane, a skeptic who tried to keep her from her sisters by moving her away and having her convert to Roman Catholicism. After Kane’s death however, she returned to her sister Kate in England and the mediums continued. Kate’s husband passed away in 1881, leaving her with two kids.

William Crookes, a scientist of some note between ’71 and ’74, said that Kate was a powerful medium, producing raps with authenticity.

“I have tested them in every way that I could devise, until there has been no escape from the conviction that they were true objective occurrences not produced by trickery or mechanical means.” Crookes – 1874

In later years, both Margaret and Kate drank far too much, causing Leah and other spiritualists to be concerned for her children. The sisters feuded with Leah and took money for a confession of fraud and Margaret was seduced by the offer. She went into detail about how her toe joints caused the crackings and rappings, that she and Kate had devised methods to convince those attending that the messages were real.

Within five years of Margaret’s recanting of her expose, both sisters were dead, in pauper’s graves, turned away by former followers and friends.

© J J Thompson

Born With A Caul

Once in a while, a baby is born with a caul, or veil on its head or encased in it.  This is a natural membrane, but has folklore an beliefs attached to the occurrence. My own great uncle was born with a caul and spent his nearly ninety years telling of this feeling or that and usually right.

Many believe that the child in the caul will have unusually strong powers of psychic abilit and be naturally empathic by nature.  The caul, or veil, is supposed to keep contained, the energy and memories of previous existence and ability.  Most babies born without the caul are said to have lost those memories and abilities during the birth process and regain them sometimes, in their lives.

During the centuries of the middle ages, a caul bearer was seen as a very good sign of luck. Villages felt blessed to have a bearer among them and often looked for indications from the bearer about crops, and markets, etc. 

A caul was gathered with clean unbleached cotton cloth, dried in the sun and wrapped up for the mother to keep. Many mothers sold their baby’s caul to sailors as it was considered a charm to ward off drowning. 

In the Victorian era, a small bit was tucked into a hair locket or petite pointe embroidery and carried as a momentum, especially if the child succumbed in child birth in a time when the infant mortality rate was so high.

© J.J. Thompson

Poltergeists and Things That Go Bump

Hollywood and fiction have long depicted poltergeists as spirits that disturb households, sometimes cause physical harm and generally disrupt the human experience in unpleasant ways.

The word itself – poltergeist – comes from the German root “poltern” or to bump or knock.  Knocking or rumbling spirit.  Since humankind’s ability to record occurrences in history, there have been reports of poltergeist activities around the globe. Things like obnoxious odors, bells, whistles, scratching sounds, scratches on the skin and enacted rapes.

Many paranormalists believe that poltergeists attach themselves to a person, disrupting the environment around that person and attacking those close to him/her.  Often poltergeist activity will present when there is an emotionally disturbed teen.  Puberty through to young adulthood are especially vulnerable years for this type of “haunting” because the victim is also vulnerable, with unfocused mind and imbalance.

Many parapsychologists classify poltergeist activity as a type of psychokinesis.  A term heard in relation to this classification is RSPK or recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis.

Still others believe that the whole phenomenon is a hoax, put about by those it is supposed to effect.  Poltergeist activity could conceivably be some of the easiest haunted activity to fake and many believe that fakery is the rule of the day in cases suggesting paranormal activity of this type.

From Wikipedia –
William RollHans Bender, and Harry Price are perhaps three of the most famous poltergeist investigators in the annals of parapsychology. Harry Price investigated Borley Rectory which is often called “the most haunted house in England.”


Famous instances of poltergeist activity –

            The “Wizard”, Livingston, W. Virginia (1797).
The Bell Witch (1817).
The Haunting of The Fox sisters (1848)
The Borley Rectory phenomena (1929).
The Black Monk of Pontefract
The Enfield Poltergeist (1977).

Copyright  J J Thompson

Automatic / Spirit Writing

Automatic or spirit writing is the practice of writing while channeling messages from the spirit realm.  Those on the Other Side are sometimes strong enough to “push” textual messages across the veil and those who are able to relax enough to take up the pen in a spirit writing session will have interesting messages come through.  

Automatic writing sessions will often leave the psychic exhausted.  It takes great effort to remain still while spirit energies literally take over strongly enough to send messages through the brain of the channel.

It may have its down side, but spirit writing can yield some of the finest works and bodies of information.  It allows for great detail if desired and so long as the psychic can keep the same momentum as the spirits, the message system will be successful.

To try automatic writing, sit in a quiet place, with a large pad of paper in front of you and a pencil or pen in your hand.  Relax completely and breathe, letting stress drift away.  Try not to focus on anything in particular.  Let your thoughts drift until they are indeed random.  Begin writing if the urge strikes you.  Many beginners feel the spirit pull as an urge to put pen to paper.  You can begin by doing circles (a spiral) along your page.  At times this can develop into words and messages.

This practice can bring out messages and information that otherwise may not get channeled, but caution is always wise when dealing with the other side and energy that isn’t familiar to you.

Copyright  J. Thompson

History of Spirit Writing / Art

As spiritualism came into vogue in the mid nineteenth century, spirit writing became a popular form of mediumship.  A spiritualist or medium sat with pencil in hand, while others sat nearby ready to feed her/him blank sheets of paper awaiting the frantic script of the channeled messages. With the fringe attendees growing weary of the standard methods of “communication” like the auditory knocks of the Hydesville Fox sisters and other fashionable spiritualists used, spirit writing was just the ticket to renew a robust interest in the spirit realm and séances once more.  The method of automatic writing opened the door for women of the Victorian era to achieve some notoriety.  Taking up the spirit pen meant they could write, while not breaking any of the societal morals of the day. Blaming it on the spirits held up much better when confronted by an angry husband or father.

When it comes to the medium’s involvement in the process, some people slip into a trance-like state while doing this, while others are fully awake and simple let the words flow, usually not really aware of what is being written because the messages generally come in very quickly, as though the spirit has only so much energy to funnel the message to the medium.  Some go into a complete trance, unaware of either the  movement of the pencil or the words coming through, although some have reported feeling heat when angry words pour out and cool when the messages are calm.  As though the feelings behind the messages come through clearly for some sensitive ones.

A NY state supreme court judge named John Edmonds, in the mid nineteenth century attended a session with the Foxes after he lost his wife.  He had a friend who claimed to be a medium and pushed this man to try to channel famous authors and writers. What those automatic writing sessions produced are considered vague at best. The one thing the get-togethers did do was to stir even more interest in professional and public figures.  Edmonds was lucky his position in the courts did not radically suffer from his dabbling in the spirit realms.

Over the next hundred and fifty years, not only was writing used, mathematics came through from the spirit world, music, song lyrics, poetry, erotica and art.  Mandelas are said to be drawn by artists guided by “god”. Voodoo Veves and other magical symbology as well.

Spirit communication is here to stay, be it by word, tapping, ouija boards, automatic writing or spirit art.  Humans will continue to strive to open more clear communication with those on the other side.

©  J. Thompson

Walk-Ins, Step-Ins, Other-Kins

Walk-ins, Step-ins, Other-kins  — Soul exchanging

Popular Mythos
A typical modern walk-in report is similar to near-death experience, generally involving a human who is initially injured, ill, incapacitated, or seems to “die” and then recover during surgery. Deep emotional trauma and suicidal desires are said to be other suitable settings for the “walk-in”.

After recovering the “walk-in” may behave dramatically differently from previously established behaviour patterns. S/he may speak in an unfamiliar language, self-identify under a different name, be disoriented, or supernally calm. Under current conditions such experience cannot be proven to have an objective basis or “reality”; in psychological terms, this subjective experience might be caused by depersonalization.
In the popular mythos the walk-in exists to provide an accessible wisdom, via close encounters with the nature of personality or death. Typically the walk-in’s statements reflect popular obsessions, often of a New Age character, and may be considered “wise” by virtue of slightly archaic language and non-committal references to the metaphysical. Typical statements might include “It is not known where the original inhabitant of the body has gone”, and references to reincarnation via the statement “the original soul has left and gone on”. The new individual may claim he or she is an angel; a “new” version of the former self; an older, more experienced soul; less often, a brand new one who has never incarnated before; or other origins.

Many walk-ins claim heightened psychic sensitivity and may take up work as New Age healers or ministers. Others claim inability to accomplish basic tasks of daily living. Clearly, at least for some, claiming a walk-in experience may have a number of secondary gains.

In classical cases, the change is immediately apparent to the subject. However, it may take weeks or months before a supposed walk-in notices, or comes to believe, that a transition has indeed occurred. The New Age religion explains this in terms of the “new soul” having enough information to take up the life of the “previous occupant” seamlessly

Occasionally, the “old self” returns after a period of months or years; whereupon either the “new self” departs, or they coexist and may try to integrate into a single being, or work out a means of cooperation and live as two persons in one body.

Orion Nebula
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This kind of walk-in is very similar to old-time, pre-Sybil cases of multiple personalities such as Mary Reynolds. A period of unconsciousness is followed by the manifestation of a new self. William James studied Reynolds and Ansel Bourne, and thought of multiple personality as something natural but not yet understood, rather than a mental disease

Boris Sidis in his 1903 book Multiple Personalities recorded similar cases, involving both men and women.

The Spiritualist version of the walk-in belief is similar, except that Spiritualists dealt less with “advanced beings” or guides than with the souls of ordinary persons, perhaps loved ones, who would take up residence within the body of a living person to help them or to stay in touch with earthly goings-on. An example would be the cooperative partnership of Florence Cook with “Katie King”. [2] This was regarded as a completely normal form of mediumship.

The original animus of the body is typically portrayed as spiritually exhausted, voluntarily taking a break or ceding control of the body, and the so-called new personality regarded as legitimately “in charge”. While the general New Age belief about walk-ins claims represents that no soul leaves a body involuntarily, and that no soul walks into another body “without reason” or spiritual justifications, the popular understanding has evolved since its inception in 1970.

Interest in the “walk-in” phenomenon was initially stimulated in the 1970s by the popular “Seth Speaks” series of occult books written by “channel” Jane Roberts, as reputedly authored by her various “spirit-world” benefactors. In 1979, Ruth Montgomery capitalized on the fascination with Strangers Among Us, a collection of accounts of walk-ins. She included prominent historical figures among her subjects, such as Thomas Jefferson as having hosted walk-in spirits who actually wrote the Declaration of Independence.[2]
Subsequently, a belief system grew up around the walk-in.[3]

It included New Age attributes such as the concept of “ascending into higher frequencies of evolution”, a variety of psi powers, traditional “predictions regarding Earth Changes” first cited in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation but popularized by Edgar Cayce, and predictions of dire fates for those whose “vibrational levels” remain unraised. In the late 1980s and early 1990s a channelling team known as “Savizar and Silarra” (Extraterrestrial Earth Mission), emphasised their “walk-in” status, claiming successive walk-in experiences together with corresponding name changes. The New Age walk-in belief system now includes a number of variant experiences such as channeling, telepathy contact with extraterrestrial intelligences, or soul merging, where the original soul is said to remain present, coexisting or integrating with the new one. As of 2006, an increasing number of people claim some type of walk-in experience. Walk-ins were featured on the June 4, 1999 segment of Robert Stack’s Unsolved Mysteries. According to information presented on this program, there are now walk-in conventions, one of them drawing approximately 500 people.

Checklists to determine walk-in status include name changes, career changes, new interest in the study of psychic phenomena, a feeling that one is an alien, or a sudden desire to move to a new environment. Reported physical changes include memory loss and the sudden onset of allergic reactions. Since all of these factors could possibly be attributed to simple life changes such as adolescence or middle age, it’s difficult to determine solely from such a checklist if a “true” walk-in has occurred. The most logical method might be to determine if any specific event historically connected with walk-ins (anaesthesia for surgery is one of the most common) occurred around the time one first started feeling differently. There is, however, no known scientific method to prove whether or not the walk-in experience has any objective reality, let alone how to determine if one has occurred.

The present belief system states that all souls come to earth in order to accomplish missions of cosmic significance, and that a walk-in is a highly evolved soul who is here to help raise the vibrational levels of humanity and doesn’t want to bother with the tedious process of incarnating in the usual fashion (through birth).

Walk-ins, according to New Age teachers, are not perfect like Ascended Masters, but are invariably more spiritual, compassionate and sympathetic than the original person. This interpretation is sometimes disputed by the spouses of people who abruptly discontinue marital relations on the grounds that they are not the person whose name appears on the wedding license or that carnal love is not for those of higher vibrational frequencies. Separation, divorce, and remarriage are very common to the New Age walk-in experience.

Walk-Ins, Otherkin and Multiplicity
The “otherkin” community defines a walk-in by the standard definition, with the caveat that people with multiple personalities may have one or more perceived entities in their body who “walked into” the body of their host, without the host needing to depart (closer to the older Spiritualist idea); they believe this can happen right after birth, or later in life. Such a person is described as an otherkin host, or simply as a host, and the foreign entity they experience as residing in them would be a walk-in.

The theorised origins of these types of walk-in souls vary. Some are thought to be human or animal spirits; others, creatures usually considered mythological; or extraterrestrial intelligences. They are thought to share the body space and take turns using the body, usually with permission and awareness.

Unlike the classic or Sybil-like description of multiple personality disorder, people experiencing these groups of minds usually report getting on rather well, contributing energy and ideas to the host individual’s life goals, as well as helping with activities of daily living. Rosemary Brown is perhaps a better example of this style of existing with multiple identities. Some people who experience classic MPD also report walk-ins[4]

Another phenomenon often confused with the abovementioned and classical walk-in experience is hosting. A host is a person who believes he voluntarily shares his body with other souls, usually but not necessarily since birth, while retaining his own consciousness and sense of self. A person who believes he’s sharing his body with otherkin walk-in spirits can said to be hosting; but according to reports by people who experience hosting, not all hosted spirits are walk-ins, nor are they necessarily otherkin.

Some hosts claim that the presences they experience as residing in their body are simply the spirits of deceased relatives, or friends or lovers from past lives. This is very similar to the description given by old-time Spiritualist mediums who believed they could allow a departed loved one or a spirit guide to take up residence in their body temporarily or permanently. These mediums were among the first to have the term “multiple personalities” applied to them. according to some early articles in The Word magazine. They experience a sharing of space and body time with the perceived spirit, usually with mutual respect and caring uncharacteristic of stereotyped MPD behavior as reported by psychiatrists.

The concept of voluntary possession or sharing of the body by more than one spirit is well known in many indigenous cultures. One of the central practices of Vodou is to allow gods and saints to take temporary possession of human bodies, to give advice and help to all the people. Folk healing on the island of Bali can involve ceremonies in which departed ancestors take over a living body for the same purposes.[5] For the ceremony called Sanghyang Dedari (external link), two little girls are specially trained to become temporary vessels for a pair of angels, Tunjung Biru and Dewi Supraba, who come to remove bad luck and sickness from the village at the end of the monsoons. And in some Gulf Coast Indian tribes, leaders and healers are chosen from “those who have the most spirits living inside them.”

Generally, hosts say they are able to change body control between the persons residing in their bodies at will; in such situations, they feel that the main or host self (in most cases, this is the soul of the original inhabitant) simply “takes a step back” and lets another entity “come forward” to control the body.

People who find themselves in a hosting or walk-in situation are also in a larger category, generally referred to simply as “multiples” (without the “disorder” label) by the otherkin community.

Some otherkin multiples, and other people in walk-in hosting situations, stress that it is important to make a distinction between themselves and people who experience DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). On numerous websites and Internet forums (where a certain amount of anonymity is possible), these people report being aware of the others and able to communicate and cooperate with them, again in contrast to standard popular and psychiatric conceptions of MPD or DID. They may refer to this experience as healthy or non-disordered multiplicity.

Such people often prefer to use internally-referential terms such as “people” or “selves” over the popular “personality” or psychological term “alter”, which are considered misleading through the implication that each perceived internal entity is not a person in his or her own right