Investigating the Paranormal Realm

Beauty Obsession

venus-flytrap-sea-anemone-60565_640There was a woman from Korea who was obsessed with looking beautiful. She spent a lot of money for her face not to age and to look perfect. She has tried several creams and many diets just for her beauty never to fade. Her name was Jihun Park. She was 27 years old. She had her heart broken when she was 23 by her high school sweetheart who went abroad but ended up marrying someone else without even telling her. Her heart was immensely broken and she fell ill and looked old and harassed. She could not go to work for several days. She was missed by her high school students a lot.

Jihun grew up in poor family. She was always sad and alone. She had one brother who had Down syndrome. Her brother died when he was only 16 and when she was about 14. Her brother’s death allowed her to go to school and take up Education in college. She secretly thanked the heavens for taking him away.

When Jihun was young, she was often bullied by other children. She was pale and weak. She only ate rice and kimchi all the time. One boy helped her up one day when she slipped as she was trying to run in the rain to get home. They became instant friends. His name was Lee. He was a very different boy. He often got into trouble for disregarding rules. He said he did not care about the world.

Their friendship became love. Lee and Jihun had made many plans when they grow up. Lee was not able to go college because he said he just wanted to work right away. He worked as fruit vendor by day and a baker at night. The boss in the bakery took notice of his skills and told him that he might be interested to go with the new branch that they will put up in the United States. And so he did. At first he and Jihun spoke to each other a lot on the phone and on the internet. But slowly he drifted away until one day Jihun could no longer contact him.

Jihun became heart broken. She cried for many nights. She wanted to go to the US, but she could not for her mother was old and sick and might die anytime. One day she heard the news that Lee had married another Korean girl in America. Jihun saw their pictures on her friend’s phone. The girl was lovely and had a bright smile. She was devastated and cried for days and did not eat. She became like a ghost. She cursed the man who broke her heart and promised that she will get the love of any man. She tried to put herself back together. After a week of grief she went back to work.

Jihun changed after that. She sought to be beautiful. She dated an old man who provided her money to buy whatever she wanted. She scoured shelves upon shelves of beauty products to improve her face. She even considered cosmetic surgery. Jihun’s appearance had improved a lot but for her it was not enough.

One day, as she was cleaning her mother’s closet she saw a small piece of paper inside a jar. Her curiosity was peaked. She opened the jar and it said “Elixir of Beauty and Youth, USE WITH CAUTION”. She immediately opened the paper and it was a recipe written in very tiny letters. The ingredients looked quite normal except for three things; it said it needed a whole flower of Venus Flytrap, a drop of blood from her chest and one pure tear. She quickly created the elixir. It smelled funny at first but when she added her drop of blood and her tear, it bubbled and changed into blue and then into a beautiful pink shade. The recipe told her to drink it or to put it on her face. She decided to do both. Slowly she noticed her skin shimmering like glass hit by sunlight. She felt scared.

The shimmering died down and she went back to the way she was but she noticed there was something different about her. She felt a different kind of power. She decided to try it out. So she went out. And the first man she saw, stopped and followed her. He asked for her name and number. He was very handsome. He wanted to have coffee with her. And so she did. All her students liked her. Everybody was fascinated with her.

One day she and the man got drunk. They started to kiss and fool around. They took off their clothes and started touching each other. Suddenly when the man was about to trust his manhood into her, her female organ opened like a Venus Flytrap and bit off the penis of the man. The man was shocked and screamed. But no one came to help because this was a Love Hotel. Her hair grew like ivy and her skin turned green. The flower from her vagina grew into the size of a human head. Until it slowly devoured the man. He writhed in pain. She took mercy upon him that she snapped his head using her hair so that he would no longer feel the pain. Her genitalia ate all of him up until there was no longer a single trace of blood.

She later realized that her tear was not pure, it was filled with malice and hate. She has now turned into a beautiful monster, who eats men whenever they would make love. She tried not to do it, but she could not keep away from the hunger that she feels. She never looked old or got sick. So one day she decided to move from place to place so that no one would ever know about her.

She became a human Venus flytrap. And that was the price of her beauty.

The Tale of the Different Shadow

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's Ghost of Okiku
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s Ghost of Okiku

This story was shared to me by my friend who lived in Japan. When he was young many teenagers committed suicide. Many say that is because of failure to enter a reputable school but some say it is because these students where pulled by a strange entity to end their own life.

My friend was an outsider in Japan, a gaijin as the locals would say or a foreigner. He was excluded by the other students all the time. Being an outsider also gave him some benefits. He was able to observe his classmates from a safe distance. Most of the time the other students were quiet and disciplined in school. Some of them even went to cram school to get better results in the entrance examinations. Most wanted to go the famous Tokyo University or Kyoto University. Sometimes my friend who we will call Tomo, who is a half Japanese and half Canadian, would see classmates laughing and having fun. They acted like normal students. But deep inside Tomo, he felt that there was something peculiar happening to some of his school mates.

One day, as Tomo was walking home he heard a girl crying and struggling. So he tried to look for where the sound of cry was coming from. It was dusk and the street lamps just lit up. He saw the girl beside a big tree in the empty parking lot of his school. She seemed like being pulled by an invisible force. She was crying quietly and incorrectly. She seemed to be struggling to break free from something. But Tomo could not see it very well. Then he saw the girl’s face. The look in her face froze Tomo completely. Her eyes were glassy and blank. She looked like a frozen doll. Her lips were closed but she was trying to move them as if begging for help. She clutched her neck as if trying to pry something off of it. Then Tomo saw under the bright street lamp, a shadow. The shadow did not look much different from what the girl’s shadow should look like but it did now seem right. Instead of showing the exact form of the girl, the shadow seemed to be skewed. And then Tomo saw it, the shadow had long bird like fingers with talons at the ends, grabbing the girls neck from behind. Suddenly Tomo snapped out of his reverie and tried to help the girl. When he was inches away from her she suddenly collapsed. Tomo caught her. She breathed fast and shallow. Suddenly her eyes opened and was shocked to see Tomo. She looked at her hands. They had a little blood in them. She glanced at Tomo and suddenly ran away. Tomo sat there, puzzled and scared. He had cold sweat running down his face. He could not understand what happened.

The next few days Tomo looked for the girl in school. He could not find her. He did not have any friends in school so he could not tell anyone what had happened. At night he could not sleep. He feared for whatever happened this girl. He could not forget that strange look on her face; a twisted eerie blankness that took hold of her. Tomo could not concentrate in school anymore.

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One Saturday afternoon Tomo and his mother went out to go shopping for groceries. As they were about to go home Tomo felt weird again he could not understand why. He stood on the train flat form all frozen. Then suddenly he saw the same girl. She was wearing her school uniform. She looked at Tomo. She smiled. Suddenly the expression on her face changed. She looked at the incoming train. Tomo ran towards her but she already jumped. Tomo froze. He couldn’t stop her. He was not fast enough. People screamed around him but he did not hear any of it. All he could think about was he was about a split second away from saving her. His mother ran to him and pulled him away from the crowd and hurriedly dragged him away from the platform and all the people in there.

They took a cab home. Tomo went to his room all dazed. He could not eat or sleep for days. His mother was very worried about him. She talked to his father. He heard them talking about going back to Canada. Tomo snapped out of his confused state. He needed to know why it all happened.

He tried to be brave and asked some of his classmates if anyone noticed this girl and anything weird around school. At first no one would talk to him. He was the outsider. Finally, one day as Tomo ate his bento box in the school canteen a gangly looking boy sat down across him. He introduced himself. He was the girl’s brother. He did not tell Tomo his name. He just sat there and then suddenly said “Did you see it too? The shadow of my sister?” Tomo was shocked he did not know what to say. The boy just stared at his hands for a few minutes and then told Tomo everything he knew. He said that his sister was not the first one to have had a shadow. He has heard of other students who have had them as well. But no one really wants to talk about it. He said that the shadow started appearing after his sister came back from an old bookstore and brought home with her a comic book that had some weird drawings on it. The younger brother said that he was not bothered by it at first because he said that most Japanese comic books are full of weird stuff. He said that his sister started acting strange after reading it. She would sleep walk at night and would act violently suddenly.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi's portrait of Oiwa.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s portrait of Oiwa.

Tomo was scared. He had just been to that bookstore and he also got a weird looking manga. He went home and burned it. He said that after that he went to his mom and said that he really wanted to go back to Canada.

Tomo is now a grown up and works in a bank here in Vienna. He has visited Japan several times but has never bought another comic book. He sometimes dreams of that shadow with long fingers and talon like nails.

The End.

 

 

Equipment for Ghost Hunting and Recording Paranormal Experiences

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There are many places in the world that are considered at the most paranormal, and at the least a little spooky.  These places draw ghost hunters and searchers for the paranormal alike to see if they can find and record something seemingly out of this world.  You might be asking yourself, “What kind of equipment do these people take with them?”

Lets take a moment to review some equipment for ghost hunting and recording paranormal experiences.

The Digital Camera

Though many people consider a digital camera to be a useless tool, being able to take high quality photographs is the best way to record what is happening around you.  Having a camera that can be modified to see into the infrared spectrum as well as ultraviolet will make them even more useful.

Video/Voice Recorder

The one thing most people think of when they think ghost hunting equipment is a video handheld recorder.  Having a recorder that is capable of picking up fine sounds is crucial, as one of the many ways that people have reported hauntings is through sounds.  Be sure to state the time, place, and any other relevant details prior to beginning your investigation.

Flashlights

A practical necessity, having flashlights with extra batteries is common sense.  Many places you may be checking out will not have lights and can be a challenge and possibly even dangerous to navigate through.  It is also believed that spirit activity causes batteries to lose their charge quicker.

First Aid

Having a first aid kit will make sure you and your group can treat injuries that might occur from navigating through the dark.

Notebook

Logging your journey, as well as anything that may feel out of place is the best way to create a better understanding of where you should return to after the fact.

EMF Detector

Officially known as the electromagnetic field detector, the EMF is used as a tracking device for ghosts.  It is believed that ghosts release an electromagnetic field that can be tracked using these devices.  If you have one of these devices, then look for fluctuations between 2.0 and 7.0.

Compass

A Compass is a helpful tool in indicating when there is spiritual activity near by.  You will be able to tell when the needle refuses to point in a single direction, fluctuating wildly instead.

How to Prepare for Your First Ghost Hunt

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The unknown is equal parts scary and intriguing.  From the paranormal to ghost hunts, not knowing what can be found around the corner brings people to investigate some of the most haunted places in the world.  If you have been invited to go along on a ghost hunt, and it is your first, do not fret!  There are a few simple things you should keep in mind.  Lets review how being helpful, being mindful, and staying calm can make your first ghost hunting experience into a success.

Being Helpful

Depending on the organization of your group, you may be asked to bring things along.  Most beginners will be asked to bring along their own flashlight, as well as several pairs of extra batteries.  In addition, having a phone for easy contact will make staying with your group much easier.  More likely then not, your group will already have most of what it needs, including more expensive paranormal hunting equipment.  They will also take the time to let you know how the ghost hunt will go down, and your role in it.

Be Mindful

Many places where you can go ghost hunting will be either abandoned or in poor shape.  The best thing you can do is to work as hard as possible in being mindful.  When checking out a place, know where other people in your group are.  Do not get separated, especially if you are wandering through a large place.  In addition, take into consideration everything around you, and try to memorize the location of objects you come across.  The more mindful and aware you are, the easier it will be to spot paranormal activity when it takes place.

Stay Calm

One of the biggest problems people new to ghost hunting have is shaky nerve.  This is perfectly understandable when you take into consideration wandering around in the dark in a place that may be haunted.  However, you cannot let your nerves get the best of you.  Try your best to refrain from yelling or shouting if something happens, as this will only make a situation worse.  Instead, work to get the attention of somebody else as quickly and as quietly as you can.  Some paranormal activity will flee when people raise their voices, and the last thing you want to do is be the one responsible for scaring away the ghosts!

The Tale of the Old Abortionist

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This tale is based on a true story.

This story happened many years ago. I was only six and was in my final year in kindergarten. My mom and dad had recently had a huge fight and my mom decided to run away from home or leave my dad.

Before I begin this tale of horror, let me give you a bit of background into this story. In May 1987 my family moved to my aunt’s big house. She allowed us to rent it until we have completely paid for the mortgage. The house was really big but I have very little recollection about how it looked like when we moved in since I was only about two at that time and I could only remember some blood stains on the wall.

When I was about three I had experienced many strange things in this house. Since I’ve had a spiritual awakening, I’ve begun to think more deeply about these times.  I was inspired after reading an article about spiritual awakening on a good occult site I found called Signal River. So here is my story to share with you.

It was said that the house used be an abortion clinic at the second floor and a gambling den in ground floor. Just to give you a bit of a picture, the house was big. It had a garden parking space for two cars, a backyard which was a filled with an assortment of old discarded things. The first floor housed my dad’s office, a big living room, a storage area, working space for our other employees. The second floor had enormous bedrooms, a playroom and a weird small hallway that was lined with several bathrooms and the last one on the hallway was barricaded by wooden planks. That hallway gave me the creeps. It smelled funny. It smelled of death. It was said that behind that door was the bathroom which the abortionist used to throw and flush down the fetuses.

This house was a haunted place. Many entities were said to live in every nook and cranny.  We will park those stories for now. We will first delve in to the story of old abortionist that haunted this house. Many of our neighbors say there once a nice doctor who lived in that house. She was always smiling and friendly, yet very quiet. Many women visited her. Most of them looked pregnant. The neighbors before found it strange that whenever a woman visits they never see her leaving from the front door. The fact of the matter is some of them use the back door to leave but some of them never leave at all.

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When we moved to this house, as my older brother tells me; there was a lot of blood stains in the second floor. Most of this blood was found in the hallway that had five bathrooms; two on each side and one at the very end. He said that there was even a woman who knocked at our door asking for a “Doctora”. The house frightened me a lot.

I was a very imaginative child. I had imaginary friends. But unlike most children I had a gift. I could see things other people could not see. I was born partially blind. I had congenital cataracts on both my eyes. This made me unable to use my central vision. So I relied looking the side of eyes; in my peripheral vision. At first, I thought it was nothing. But as I grew I started seeing spirits. I felt things behind me, sometimes on my back, sometimes holding my hair. When I would turn to look they would show for a split second, but then would vanish right away.

So let’s we go back to that day, when my mom left. I was alone in second floor kitchen near the mysterious hallway. It was Holy Week. The house was very quiet. My sister and brothers weren’t at home. It was just me and our nanny there. She was in the playroom folding our clothes. Since I was but a child, I played that day. I was not aware of the horror that was to come.

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The sun was shining brightly outside and the sky was so blue. I felt curious about the mysterious hallway which I was told never to come near to, specially the door at the very end. Maybe it was boredom, maybe it was a strange pull; I found myself going into the forbidden hallway. I never went close to the barricaded door before. But I really wanted to see it. I had to go near since I can’t really see from afar. I slowly crept closer and closer. The smell of the place was dank. The air suddenly felt cold. I wanted to touch the wood nailed to the door to prevent it from opening. I slowly moved my hand close to the door.

Suddenly, there was an old woman. She gripped my arm. It hurt a lot. My body froze. I could not move nor could I scream. She looked at me with big grey eyes. She looked wretched. Her hair was a gray mop. Her skin was so wrinkled it looked like the bark of an old tree. Her skin was grayish too. She wore a gray tunic like rag of a dress. In her left hand was a long walking stick or a staff. Her hand was very cold.

I finally got a hold of my body. I walked slowly backwards… Then I finally ran to my nanny in the playroom. The woman followed me. I screamed. She was still behind me. She got into the room at the same time that I was about to forewarn our nanny. Our nanny was stricken with fear. Her eyes grew big and jaw dropped. She had cold beads of sweat all over. Finally the old woman spoke.

“Leave my house! Leave! Leave my house or someone in your household will die!”

She stood there looking at us. She seemed very enraged. Suddenly she vanished. I fell on my knees and cried for fright.

My mother returned that night. We sat in the table eating dinner. I told my family my story. At first they would not believe me, but the nanny saw the old wretched witch as well. They were all frightened. My mother and father decided to leave the said haunted house. We decided to leave not just because of what happened to me. But because of many, many creepy surreal things that has come about in that house.

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It was said by people near our house that the doctor who lived there was woman who whose heart was broken. She was impregnated by man who left her so she decided to abort her child. She was said to have lost her mind afterwards and decided to devote her energy into removing fetuses and even almost full term children from mothers’ wombs. They said that the woman felt happy at the sight of blood. It was also said that she was almost arrested for her illegal acts and the death of some of her patients. Before the police came to get her, she committed suicide in that very bathroom.

 

Inside a Haunted House… Happy or Hell?

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Haunted houses… They have intrigued as since time in memorial. We have always wondered what goes inside those four walls. The mere words “haunted house” creates a mental picture for us about an old creepy house filled with cobwebs. We always think about the ghouls and ghosts lurking inside. So what if you go on a real spooky exploration into one of this places? What will you see? What will you experience?

The Haunted House Myths – During the Medieval times, royalty lived in large castles. Many rooms were sometimes not tended. These places where cold, dark and damp. The lack of electricity lent to the horrific tales the beset the walls of such palaces. Some royalties were evil and tyrannical. When these people died, their souls are said to cast a strong energy upon the castle. Such energy allowed them to still roam the plane of living. Many servants would report that their previous masters haunted the old walls that they used to live in.

In the 1920’s to the 1950’s large estates in the United States were said to be haunted. Some say it is the souls of the servants and slaves who were treated badly and have cast upon themselves and enchantment that would allow them to torment their masters and their master’s family when they depart this world.

In Asian cultures many believe that material things that people loved when they are living can be possessed by them once they die. They may torment people in the present since they are not aware that they have been long dead. These tales have now brought about the stories behind the sordid and scary walls of haunted houses.

What happens in a Haunted House?

A haunted house is not just a huge mansion filled with cobwebs. It can be a small flat in New York City where someone was murdered. It can be a hut in the hot planes of Africa. It can be a beautiful beach house in the Caribbean.

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Ghosts – Haunted houses normally are inhabited by ghosts. These are souls who have not moved on into the other realm or souls who feel that they have some unfinished business. They walk through walls. Women with torn clothes raped and abused. Children with rag dolls full of blood. Men with cut-off limbs. Priests with tortured bodies.

Ghosts can be people who were unaware that they have died. They may feel that they are still alive and would try to go about their business. These ghosts are not dangerous, unless they were evil when they were alive. If an evil person suddenly dies without him knowing it, he can cause a great haunting.

On the other hand there are ghosts who knew they have died and are seeking revenge. They can be so powerful that they turn into poltergeists. Poltergeists are entities that can cause noises in the haunted house or even hurt people. Sometimes, if your soul is weak and you visit one of this houses, they can possess your body.

Sometimes people also believe that they see angels.  This is often shown as a sparkly type light which can be seen around people, often around people’s hands.  If you think that any of these things has happened to you it may be worth contacting a psychic medium.  If you feel odd about the thought of actually having to speak to someone you could try a psychic email reading, I have found these to be invaluable, if you are not sure if they really work then read more about that here.

Haunted Objects – Living people can have a preference towards certain things when they are alive. They may have a favorite chair, a favorite mirror, a beloved doll or an old clock. As you love an item, a part of their soul is imprinted to that item. It lives a trace of their spirit there. Once they die, sometimes that soul refuses to move on and attaches itself to that item. One of the most popular of these are haunted dolls. These dolls can be haunted by the owner who chooses to use the doll as a host. Others are because they feel lost because their owners, who once loved them have abandoned them. These dolls find refuge in the old houses they used to live in. Chairs may also rock back and forth without anyone sitting on them. They creek and creek into the night, with their hinges cold and frozen. Mirrors have been symbols of astral planes. Once a mirror is left in an abandoned house it can be used as a bridge to cross over the world of the living.

Shape Shifting Monsters – Many of us see an old scraggly dog near an old decrepit house. We dismiss them, thinking that the poor creature is just looking for shelter. We see birds inside the house, looking at the window directly into your eyes. We see them and look at them and then we feel a chill run down our spine. Evolution tells us that change is inevitable, mutation can allow these creatures to have powers that we should be afraid of.

Venturing Into a Haunted House

If you are a brave soul, and you wish to embark on an adventure in an abandoned abode then you should be prepared. This is not an adventure for the faint of heart. If the house is not haunted, you can merely roam around and take pictures and have fun. But what if it is? What will you do if you see a woman dressed in white, with blood stains all over her body? What will you do if you see a headless man? Will you run? But what if you can’t?

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If you believe in entities that are evil then you should be prepared. You should have weapons to protect you. If you don’t believe in such, bring the armaments as well. It would be cool to be in the mood.

A Cross – The most common if not most important weapon for fighting evil. The cross is used to fend off evil attacks.

Salt – Salt has been used since ancient times to heal and cleanse. The mystic powers of salt can rid you of evil spirits.

Water (or better yet Holy Water) – Water is also a purifying agent that can banish evils around.

Garlic – Garlic is an age old cure for many things. Garlic is said to have distinctive smell that is foul to vampires and ghouls.

Silver – Being one of the most reflective metals, silver has the capacity to transmit electricity and light. This causes pain to werewolves and monsters.

An amulet – A blessed Talisman is said to protect is bearer from evil. Amulets have been used all over the world to ward off evil.

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So, if you’re planning to go a haunted house for Halloween, prepare yourself, be strong. You have to face the unknown. It may scare you or it may be the best adventure you can have.