SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY By Karen E. Herrick, PhD

This article was published in the Jan-Feb 2018 issue of The National Spiritualist Summit Magazine

The October 29th, 2017 New York Times Book Review (Pg. 15) discussed the book entitled The Apparitionists, A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost written by Peter Manseau.  The reviewer Errol Morris stated this book caught his eye because he believes that this type of a photograph is inextricably connected with lying. Read More

A NEUROSURGEON WHO RECEIVED PROOF OF HEAVEN Many people return from their Near Death Experience (NDE) knowing they are to have better relationships in their life. Many others return with gifts such as mental telepathy, talking to spirits, using automatic writing, etc. Dr. Eben Alexander, a Harvard trained neurosurgeon who found himself in a coma when he experienced things he never thought possible in his journey to the afterlife, returned knowing a NDE was real and not caused by “chemicals in the brain” as his scientific belief system had taught him. He describes his 2008 journey in his book Proof of Heaven (2012). Read more...

Heaven is for Real .NDEs are important not only because they usually broaden one’s life by giving it renewal of purpose but because the experiencers typically tell of heaven having this wonderful light and love that shapes the atmosphere of it so differently from that of earth where we have the duality of good and bad. Read more...

Healing Energy Gives Resilience to People. Healing is the act or process on which a cure is affected. Energy is an internal or inherent power that gives the capacity for vigorous action. Another definition is that energy is magnetism which is found everywhere, moving throughout the universe in every direction; located in earth and in the air. Read more...

 Who is a Mystic?  "In Evelyn Underhill’s massive book (1990) entitled The Preeminent Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual consciousness describes a mystical experience as “the will is united with the emotions in an impassioned desire to transcend the sense-world, in order that the self may be joined by love to the one eternal and ultimate Object of love; whose existence is intuitively perceived by that which we used to call the soul, but now find it easier to refer to as the ‘cosmic’ or ‘transcendental’ sense (p. 71)". Read more...

Discovering Who You Are Through Astrology. "One of my favorite pieces of history about astrology is from the year 1527 when John Dee was born. He was an astrologer, author, mathematician, alchemist, and a spy for Queen Elizabeth I throughout his many trips in Europe. He used to sign his name as 007. He was a math tutor for Prince Edward, who took the throne before Elizabeth and for the then Princess Elizabeth". Read more...

Reincarnation. "Does anyone remember the movie Defend Your Life (1991)? It begins with Albert Brooks taking a ride in his new car. He’s driving and on the car radio the song “Something’s Coming” is playing. He has a fatal accident in this car and ends up in Judgment City where he and others are told: “All of you should be from the Western half of the United States. You will sleep the night and tomorrow you will be raring to go. You will probably be here for the next five days; however the worse your life was determines that you will spend more days defending it. We want you to enjoy yourselves.” Read more...

 Ghostsand ApparitionsIn ancient Israel, as in many cultures in the ancient Near East, it was believed that a person would continue to exist after “death.” It was thought that their spirit went somewhere below earth most often called “Sheol.” Everyone went there. There was no judgment of good or bad attached to Sheol. Read more...

Jungian Dream Interpretation. Your dreams have unconscious knowledge of the past, present and future. A symbol comes through your imagination, emotion, and intellect. These symbols that are chosen by your unconscious give you a message or messages so you will have a better understanding of yourself. Dream interpretation can be a form of healing and growth for the dreamer. Read more...

Near Death Experiences. To experience death without actually dying, to be able to visit the realm of the dead and return and to be able to communicate with the world of spirits with no help needed from a shaman or religious person - NDEs have aided in the spiritual growth of our culture tremendously.” I wrote the above statement after completing my PhD work on NDEs with Dr. Raymond Moody, Jr., a consultant on my PhD committee. What I didn’t realize then was that most people who experience a ND return with a more loving attitude, wanting to make their life better, no fear of dying and special talents that they did not have before their experience. Read more...

Prayer and Meditation."...for some prayer would be something a religion requires. For others, it’s reserved for emergencies – a plea to a higher power, someone or something outside the self. Do you have faith that there is a Higher Power, God or an energy source? This is usually a requirement for prayer - that in your belief system there must be something higher than you are". Read more...

A How To On Consciousness. When Wm. James, sometimes called the Father of American psychology, wrote The Principles of Psychology (1890), it was believed that a person’s thoughts have a clear beginning and end and that the thinker is in control of his or her thoughts. But James described consciousness or thoughts as flowing. He influenced writers and novelists from James Joyce to William Faulkner who began to write about streams of consciousness in their work. Consciousness, then, became important during that time. Read more...

Long Island Medium. On Saturday, July 7, 2012, Theresa Caputo, HLN television personality and medium, presented two sold out shows at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. After Theresa’s two hour performance, it would be difficult to remain a skeptic about her mediumistic abilities. She used the words spirit, loved ones and soul interchangeably during the evening. Read more...

TELEPATHY, PRECOGNITION & CLAIRVOYANCE According to the dictionary, telepathy is the transference of thought between minds “supposedly” by means other than the normal sensory channels.  The word “supposedly” is used because thought transference is considered unreal to some people.  They have no use for this fact.  Telepathy, therefore, was under suspicion by many people...Read More...

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