Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TMCC: Spirit to Spirit Communication

After last year's disappointing attempts to harness my psychic tools, I wasn't expecting too much out of the Spirit to Spirit Communication class in this year's TMCC's paranormal series. In fact, I considered staying home, chilling on the couch and watching a little TV. At the last minute, I lost the - should I stay or should I go - argument with myself, got up off the couch and snuck into class 10 minutes late. I'm glad I went. Pride Hansen's approach to spirit communication is straight forward, easy to understand, and (most important) makes sense. I have a hard time swallowing anything too over the top or New Age-y (Is that even a word? New Age-y?). Anyway. I made it in time to catch his explanation on the difference between clairvoyance and mediumship. As I've mentioned many times before, I have little faith in mediums, that whole idea of a psychic "middle man" conveying messages to and from the spirit world on my behalf  just doesn't sit well with me.  Clairvoyance, on the other hand (as explained by Pride), is one on one communication with another spirit, which totally makes sense to me.

As a Native American, I have grown up with the belief that we are all connected through spirit. Spirit is in everything, everyone. We are surrounded at all times by spirit. We are connected to the earth and all its elements through spirit. When we die, we leave this physical shell and become a part of the Great Mystery; that infinite mass of spirit energy that connects us all. As such, we never really leave, we just vacate the vessel that contains our spirit, and we are freed.When we pray, we pray to our ancestors within that Great Mystery. In our ceremonies, through song and prayer, we call in the spirits of our ancestors to enter into our space and lend us their energy, and when the ceremony is ended we release them back into the Great Mystery with our thanks and gratitude. Some spirits choose to be born again in a physical form, some do not. Some spirits attach themselves to places or people that are significant to them. Some spirits choose to make themselves known to us, some do not. There are those who have been born with a greater ability to channel spirit energy; individuals we consider medicine people, but everyone can speak to spirit to a degree, or can learn to.

Pride spoke on opening and closing our chakras, detecting and interpreting auras and grounding ourselves through meditation. The class was given the opportunity to experiment with these things, and as usual, I didn't really get a whole lot out of it. But if there is one thing I really appreciate about Pride, it's his belief that we each have our own truth; that we each have to interpret what we perceive in relation to that truth. My truth may not be yours, and vice versa. So while he uses visualization and meditation exercises to achieve awareness, I use ceremony: song, prayer and sweat lodge.

In the short time I have been acquainted with Pride and his companion Gail, I realize that we do have similar views on a number of things, it's just that we're using different vocabulary. Hey, two classes for the price of one: psychic tools and a foreign language. How cool is that?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Nevada Ghost and Paranormal Series 2010

Today begins the much anticipated TMCC's Nevada Ghost and Paranormal Series 2010. As a former participant, I highly recommend these classes to anyone interested in the unknown, the paranormal, local history, and psychic phenomenon. As always, Kathy Berry has put together a great line up. This year's classes include: UFO study, dream analysis, life after death, spirit communication, paranormal photography and videography, researching haunted locations, decoding tombstones, and a ghost hunt field trip to Buckland Station at Fort Churchill State Park. As an added incentive, TMCC offered an extra investigation of the Chism House to those who signed up for the entire series and enrolled early. Unfortunately, due to prior work and school commitments, I was unable to sign up for the entire series this year. However, I did manage to work 3 classes into my schedule and the Buckland Station investigation. The classes I am taking are:

Paranormal Photography and Videography with Anne and Sharon Leong.

Sharon spoke at the Virginia City ParaCon back in March, and she was wonderful. The Leong sisters are very knowledgeable in the field of image technology as applied to paranormal investigation. As the least tech savvy member of W.I.G.S, I can benefit with a class like this. When we show up for an investigation, the other members of my team unload suitcases full of equipment. The total of my equipment fits handily into a small shoulder bag. Wait. Now that I think about it, maybe that's not a bad thing.

Decoding Tombstones with David Davis

I signed up for this class just a couple of days ago. I hemmed and hawed and fiddled around with my schedule until my inner historian caved in and I rushed to enroll before I could talk myself out of it. David Davis is a wealth of Nevada historical knowledge, I know he won't disappoint me.

Ghost Hunt Field trip to Buckland Station with staff.

With "staff"? What's that about? I hate when programs are listed like this. I hate the uncertainty of not knowing. I want to know things. It's why I investigate. I had hoped to be in the group led by the ever divine diva, Janice Oberding, but the constraints of travel time following the photo/videography class nixed that. Pride Hansen is conducting an earlier, psychic led investigation, but I will be in class during that time. I guess I will settle for "staff".

Spirit to Spirit Communication with Pride Hansen.

A similar class was offered during last year's paranormal series. She had us searching for spirit guides. Nope, never found one. Ever the optimist, I signed up for this years class with hopes of tapping into my psychic self and openly communicating with the spirit world. We can have long drawn out discussions over coffee about the afterlife, past life, the meaning of life. Am I asking too much? Seriously though, I've been working a lot with dowsing rods this past year, and I really want to tap into the next level with that sort of energy. That and those psychic types are a hoot.

Even though the first lecture begins tonight, there is still time to sign up for the other classes if they are not full. I'm eyeballing that UFO class, if I can just get someone to work for me...