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So, You Think You Know What The Great Awakening Is?

By Dorraine Fisher

I hear a lot of talk about a Great Awakening. It’s plastered across the internet and social media; thousands upon thousands of references to a supposed time in history that we all think we understand. But if someone asked you to define it, could you give a clear definition?

Chances are, you’d give a definition that’s based on your own beliefs about it. We all think we know what it is. But the truth is, none of us has a clear grasp of it…yet. But we will.

Many people think it’s a socio-political or religious movement. Depending on what side of the social and political or religious fence you happen to be on, you’ll be convinced YOU’RE the one that’s awakened and the other side isn’t. I’ve seen countless arguments on social media about who’s awake and who’s not. But if you’re still arguing and you think it has to do with ONLY politics or only religion, you’re not awake yet.

Your Supernatural Heart
Why Your Heart May Be A “Paranormal” Organ

By Dorraine Fisher

There’s an old joke that tells us all to think with our brains more because our hearts are stupid. But real research about the nature of our hearts may indicate that it might be the other way around.

Ancient Egyptians, during their embalming and mummification process of the dead, took great care in removing most of the organs from the body and storing them separately in earthenware jars. But in order to avoid damage to the head and face of the deceased, they pulled the brain out through the nose in small bits. In a process where they took great care in preserving a person’s body for the next life, it seems they regarded the brain as less important than other organs.  And certainly less important than the heart, which was carefully left intact inside the body. It was believed that the heart was the central part of a person’s entire being, knowledge, wisdom, and consciousness. Did they know something we, to this day, still don’t know? Scriptures and ancient spiritual teachings make almost no references to the brain but many references to the heart. Why?

Is This The Ghost Of A Baby...or Something Else?

By Dorraine Fisher

Melissa Smith of Toronto, Ontario, Canada suffered a miscarriage in September of 2016. Not long afterwards, she claims a musical toy turned on by itself in her living room and started eerily playing music in the middle of the night. This along with other unspecified events forced the young woman, a paranormal skeptic, to rethink her beliefs.

Reality 101: There Is No Reality

By Dorraine Fisher

Those who’ve had paranormal or cryptid encounters have the potential to be some of the most enlightened people on the planet. Why? Because they’ve had an experience that not everyone has had or will have. And through that experience, the universe is pushing them to make sense of it all. The universe is pushing them to think outside the box. The universe is giving them an opportunity to expand beyond boundaries of what’s considered acceptable or reasonable.  And they may see this experience as a curse, but it’s very significant and important to a bigger picture and I’ll tell you why.

How To Make The Paranormal Normal
What Scientists Were Trying To Tell Us Years Ago

By Dorraine Fisher

There is way more to the universe than any of us can imagine.  Our advancement and evolution as a species depends on our acceptance of this.  And it, much to the annoyance of many, includes the subjects of the paranormal. But once we better understand the true nature of reality, the paranormal suddenly becomes normal. And here’s how.

Are You A Smart Researcher?

Here’s One Easy Way To Find Out

By Dorraine Fisher

Some of us are old enough to remember when information presented by certain sources was widely accepted as fact. People barely questioned the validity of the information and no one argued about it, least of all, publicly. Any information distributed by journalists, scientists, and other known experts was accepted by the masses because those sources were considered trustworthy. But that is no more. And we’re all left arguing and grappling with the truth. But why is this? Why can’t we know the truth? Why has the search for information become so difficult?

In the age of endless information, our sense of trust has definitely been broken by a giant wave of deception in all aspects of our reality. Too many people have been caught in too many lies. And in this Great Awakening where people are now questioning everything they’ve been told (with good reason), to all the information out there, there are now loads of counter information. And we’re messing up in our search for the truth. But why?

Why You Should Love Being Called A Conspiracy Theorist

By Dorraine Fisher

Gaslighting is the act of telling someone they didn’t see what they think they saw and attempting to shut down the conversation and make them think they’re crazy for bringing it up. Paranormal witnesses and investigators know this all too well. People do it to them all the time.  But they don’t care. Being called crazy in the paranormal community is a badge of honor they consent to wear. This is the price they pay for blazing the trails for true critical thinking.

The world is changing fast, and there’s a war raging right now on out-of-the-box thinkers. Anyone capable of thinking beyond what they’re being told on a daily basis by the media or any other of the powers-that-be, are being called conspiracy theorists, or just unintelligent. But why? Well, let’s be real here. Some of them have an agenda. And not a very nice one. Some of them would like to suppress any kind of critical or out-of-the-box thinking because it threatens their status quo and their ability to manipulate us.
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Sleep Paralysis Or Something More Sinister?

With 50-70 million American adults reporting that they have a sleep disorder, it's an issue that needs to be addressed. Sleep disorders can vary from moderate to chronic insomnia, a obstructive sleep apnea or sleep paralysis, and a lack of sleep can lead to poor physical and mental health. Sometimes it's hard to sleep when we're convinced that something goes bump in the night, so whether the prospect of a Bigfoot sighting is keeping you awake or you hear creaks in the house that don't exist, is sleep paralysis affecting you, or is something more spooky occurring?

Demonic Possession: Is It Real?
A Yale-Educated Psychiatrist Weighs In
By Dorraine Fisher

Any of you who have followed my work with The Crypto Crew have probably read some of my articles and seen my podcasts. And you probably know that I tend to push the envelope of science just a bit. To me, science is limited. It only goes as far as what can actually be seen. And then, there are many of us, like me, that have come to realize, often the hard way, that there are many things in this world that as yet can’t be explained. As well as many things that are believed to exist but can’t always be seen. So, of course, it fascinates me to read about a scientist who’s witnessed some very unusual phenomena first hand and is forced to stray outside the scientific method and imagine that many things in the world aren’t always black or white.

Richard Gallagher, a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College is just such a scientist. After years of working with a priest/exorcist in hundreds of mental health cases involving individuals afflicted with supposed “demonic possession,” he’s been forced to reevaluate his beliefs on the subject, and said so freely in an article for the Washington Post a couple of weeks ago.

Gallagher, a Yale-educated psychiatrist, did not give into his new beliefs willingly, but was asked nearly 30 years ago by this priest/exorcist to evaluate a patient’s state of mental health. A patient who was believed at the time to be demon-possessed. And they had some success, obviously, as this unlikely partnership has continued all this time. Dr. Gallagher has helped filter out many cases of mental illness, that he claims make up a good portion of these cases, from the cases he is unable to explain as mental disorders, or the so-called “devil’s work.”

And when asked what he actually believed about the concept of demonic possession after years of analysis and thought and in spite of his scientific education, the doctor had this to say:
Most of my scientific colleagues and friends say no, because of their frequent contact with patients who are deluded about demons, their general skepticism of the supernatural, and their commitment to employ only standard, peer-reviewed treatments that do not potentially mislead (a definite risk) or harm vulnerable patients. But careful observation of the evidence presented to me in my career has led me to believe that certain extremely uncommon cases can be explained no other way.

But I ask, how do they discern the difference?

After a long google search for a scientific explanation of demonic possession, it became abundantly clear to me that science rejects the subject overall and hesitates greatly to offer any scientific explanation for this possibility. Or maybe they just can’t come up with one. But those who witness these supposed possessions make very consistent claims of the victims speaking languages that weren’t previously known to them, isolated cases of levitation, and expressions of knowledge the victim did not previously have. These included personal information about certain individuals involved in the case, including their whereabouts, how their loved ones died, or their secret sins. All of these are things that can’t be explained away as mental illness. All of these depend on some psychic or preternatural ability, according to Gallagher.

So, this goes back to how I often say that those who actually witness these phenomena while having the education to prop themselves up are sometimes the ones who bravely cross over the bridge into the unknown, throw their hands up in the air, and say they’ve seen some weird things and they can’t intelligently and in good conscience discount them, no matter what their education might dictate.
To this, Doctor Gallagher said, “I have personally encountered these rationally inexplicable features, along with other paranormal phenomena. My vantage is unusual: As a consulting doctor, I think I have seen more cases of possession than any other physician in the world.

The doctor explained that some patients exhibit symptoms of what is known as pseudo-possession in which the patient identifies with possession and interprets his or her personally destructive feelings as a possession. These patients are deemed psychotic. But then there are the other types that might suddenly begin speaking perfect Latin.

And the doctor did stress that when he gives his evaluation, he never claims the patient/victim is “possessed” per se. He only informs the clergy that he can see no medical explanation for his or her symptoms and behavior.

In recent years, the clergy has tried to stay more on the side of science, but the demand for help with demonic possessions seems to be growing in spite of this. And it that’s the case, more psychiatric professionals will be called upon to aid in these highly controversial matters. And although this is just one psychiatrist making these claims, it could represent others who haven’t dared come forward with their new thoughts on the matter...yet.

It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for this belief that doesn’t seem to die in the modern world. But you can bet, I’ll be watching.

He has an upcoming book on demonic possession in the works and you can read the entire article by Dr. Richard Gallagher in the Washington Post HERE.


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!

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This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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The Shift – Belief In Reincarnation
The Day My Beliefs Changed Forever
By Dorraine Fisher

I never believed in reincarnation. Such an idea seemed ridiculous. Not to mention illogical. But there was a time about five years ago that things happened to make me change my mind.

I was going through a very trying period in my life, and, with all the emotional stress, my dreams seemed to come alive at night. They were so lucid most of the time that I decided to start writing them down. And I was so curious about their meanings that I decided to buy a dream dictionary so I could try to make sense of them.

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