Monday, June 29, 2015

Fall 15 New Release Announcement

Our Fall 15 list features 9 New Releases this Season. Find out more by visiting the individual book links below.

The Children of Roswell: A Seven-Decade Legacy of Fear, Intimidation, and Cover-Ups 
By Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt
Feburary 16 Release 
This book is about the aftermath of the events that took place in the Summer of 47.  The lifetime impact Roswell has had on the families who were forced to live with the truth while accepting the government’s account of the incident, then forced to face years of suppression and fear of reprisal from a government sworn to protect them. Parents who were present during or immediately after the incident may have passed on, but their children know what happened‚ and have paid dearly for their knowledge. These are their stories. You will finally learn the truth.

How to Talk to an Alien: Can They Speak Our Languages? Can They Read Our Minds? What Are They Trying to Tell Us? 
By Nancy du Tertre
October 15 Release
We are no longer just looking at strange flying objects in the skies; now we are beginning to interact with the actual pilots, crew, and passengers! 2.9 million Americans believe they have actually been abducted by aliens. If aliens exist and are visiting us, we need to talk! Who will speak to them on behalf of planet Earth? Who can translate their intentions—good or evil—toward the human race? How can we learn about their advanced technologies? Can aliens speak human languages?

The Aztec UFO Incident: The Case, Evidence, and Elaborate Cover-up of One of the the Most Perplexing Crashes in History
By Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey, and Frank Thayer
December 15 Release
The first ever widely publicized report of a recovered flying saucer—was derided as a hoax for decades. But now the Ramseys and Frank Thayer reveal the exact spot where the craft landed and show how the 100-foot diameter saucer was moved to a secret laboratory. Witnesses to the incident who were interviewed by the authors affirm that they were sworn to secrecy by the military.


Find Your Bliss: Break Free of Self-Imposed Boundaries and Embrace a New World of Possibilities  By J.P. Hansen
November 15 Release
Many of us struggle to find meaning in life, yet resist the changes that might help us discover it. Find Your Bliss will help you identify barriers to happiness, then provide proven techniques to recognize and overcome resistance. In addition to real-life examples, it uses the author’s Six Spokes of Bliss and Ten Steps to Break Free.  Meaningful happiness is your birthright; this book will help you. 

The Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World
By Achim Nowak
December 15 Release
A moment is an elusive event. It stands out from the events that precede it and those that follow. It tends to happen quickly. And it often evaporates in the blink of an eye. The proposition of The Moment is simple: What if we could experience each moment more deeply as it unfolds, make it last longer, make it more memorable? We would have a more momentous life—a more richly lived, fully experienced life.

The Haunted House Diaries: The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery
By William J. Hall
January 16 Release
Nestled deep in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, a 1790 farmhouse sits near the epicenter of a paranormal commotion. The family that resides there regularly encounters its own ancestors and strangers—human and 
non-human—who seemingly occupy the same physical space in our world while remaining in their own, parallel worlds. When famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated, they dubbed it “Ghost Central.”

Life After Near Death: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People With Newfound Powers
By Debra Diamond
January 16 Release
The only book to explore the deepSpiriter meaning of the near-death experience (NDE) through the prism of its miraculous aftereffect profiling a dozen cases of specific cognitive and physiological near-death aftereffects, including newfound musical and artistic talents, mathematical gifts, enhanced hearing, elevated IQ, improved eyesight, spontaneous healing, and electrical sensitivity. It explores new evidence to shed light on this phenomenon. 

Lightworker Relationships: Creating Lasting and Healthy Bonds as an Empath
By Sahvanna Arienta
January 16 Release
Lightworkers are sensitive and highly empathic souls who have an innate need to help and heal others. These peaceful supporters of humanity are here to make positive changes and create personal, balanced, and loving human connections. But many Lightworkers become so caught up in their divine mission to heal that they sometimes overlook the importance of receiving love.

Awaken Your Devine Intuition: Receive Wisdom, Blessings, and Love by Connecting With Spirit

By Susan G. Shumsky
February 16 Release
In this profound, practical, transforming book, you will learn proven techniques to open your heart, mind, and spirit to the riches of inner divine contact. You will open the pipeline to the divine and begin the flow of inner guidance, love, healing, wisdom, and inspiration from your center of being. You will awaken the still, small voice within, go directly to Spirit without a middleman, and experience higher consciousness.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Creature of the Month: Of Sahuagin and Sea Monks: Monstrous Men of the Seas by Micah Hanks

         I remember it vividly from my youth, although the reference is an obscure one: a strange, manlike beast said to inhabit the waters of mythic seas, called the “sahag.”

         This monster, however, came from no ship captain’s log, nor any ancient tract on the order of beasts that populate our oceans. This creature instead had been among the bestiary of the very earliest installments of the popular fantasy role playing series Final Fantasy.

         Supposing that the creature had been borrowed from much earlier myths, I searched for sources that might explain the true origins of the creature, combing through books, and scanning over websites to see where the creature’s name might appear, apart from references held in relation to the aforementioned fantasy gaming series.

            As it turns out, the man-fish called the “sahag” had been borrowed from a source that only preceded it by a few years, with the creation of the Dungeons and Dragons game, that which literally put fantasy role playing on the map, as well as in many mother’s basements around the globe.

            The name “sahag” was derived from Sahuagin, the name given to a group of intelligent, but dangerous and aggressive fishlike people by creator Steve Marsh, who had purportedly been inspired by a character seen in an animated series based on the DC Comics Justice League. They were first introduced into the Dungeons & Dragon mythos in 1975. Hence, the myth of the sahag (or Sahuagin, as it turns out), had its roots in much more recent mythologies.

            While even the direct inspiration for these fantasy characters had their underpinnings in popular culture, the myth of the fish-man has long been with us. Ancient Babylonian gods such as the Oannes, as well as Enki, depicted men with fishlike characteristics; so did the semitic god Dagon, and the Nommo of Western African folklore. Perhaps to become the best remembered of all the ancient mermen, however, had been Triton, son of the Greek god Poseidon, who oversaw oceanic affairs the world over.

            These ancient gods of earliest times were by no means the last of the mermen to appear from the depths. Legends of mermen and mermaids have persisted, and of course, beyond the realm of pure myth, strange specimens have been brought into question as possible proof of strange, manlike “fishes” in our oceans.

         Among the most notable of these had been a peculiar animal that was recovered in around 1546, reportedly found near the island of Zealand, off Denmark’s eastern mainland. This specimen purportedly bore the likeness of a monk draped in his loose robe, though was undoubtedly a fish, according to those who discovered the creature. Conrad Gesner, in his Historia Animalium, later chronicled the animal, noting that it had not been the only discovery of such a mer-monk; philosopher Anicius Boethius had reported the discovery of a remarkably similar animal, and Gesner also recounted a sighting of an animal off the coast of Poland seen in 1531, though perhaps this sighting, taken at a distance, may be considered with less consequence. This hadn’t kept the latter report from being immortalized in Guillaume du Bartas’s La Sepmaine; ou, Creation du monde, where the poet wrote of “very fishes living in the Seas… The mytred Bishop and the cowled Fryer; Whereof, examples, (but a few years since) Were shew'n the Norways, and Polonian Prince."

            The question has remained as to what the monkfish actually was; had there been a real creature that had the characteristic appearance of a robed monk, or might there be a species known to us in modern times that fits that earlier description?

            By the middle of the nineteenth century, a greater degree of scientific scrutiny was applied to the notion of sea life of the more mythic variety. Sir Richard Owen, acclaimed paleontologist and skeptic, had questioned the credibility of reports of purported “sea monsters” reported by the likes of nonetheless credible sources; among them had been Captain Peter M 'Quahe, who, along with many members of his crew, observed a large marine reptile swimming in the South Atlantic from aboard the sailing vessel Daedalus in the summer of 1848. In a similar spirit of skeptical inquiry, Danish zoologist Japetus Steenstrup had proposed a novel theory about the so-called seamonk: that this creature, and earlier tales of the mythical kraken, might have a common lineage in misrepresented retellings of giant squid encounters. In modern times, Bernard Heuvelmans had suggested the seamonk might have been a walrus, mirroring Richard Owen’s earlier suppositions about an errant walrus cast adrift on ice, which might have been mistaken for a slithering beast by M’Quahe and his crew. Other theories have returned again to the squid hypothesis, having been given fair attention by writer Richard Ellis.

           Perhaps most promising among the alternatives, however, is the literal usage of the name “monkfish” and similar derivatives in parts of Scandinavia, which has been attributed to the angel shark. It is a species that, despite its name, is actually more akin to a skate. (Note here that the name “monkfish” is also used for a fish found in the North Sea areas, which is a variety of anglerfish of the genus Lophius; though also referred to as “monkfish”, their flattened heads and otherwise ominous appearance have also inspired names such as “frogfish” and “sea devil”).

            The theory of the angel shark bears unusual promise, as we know that the protuberance of the skate’s nostrils, especially in relation to the less prominent appearance of the eyes, may have first inspired sailors to trim away parts of a skate in order to create the appearance of a more anthropomorphic creature, dubbed the “Jenny Hanivers.” Fishermen who dried them carved the humanlike traits into the remains, and then preserved them in a varnish so that they might be sold as souvenirs. It was Gesner, in fact, who as far back as 1558 noted these “creatures” were in fact merely skates, and not the dragons they were so often promoted as being.

            In truth, it seems that in the long history of purported sightings of mystery beasts of our oceans, it becomes hard to tell whether misconceptions and misattributions might constitute the larger majority of supposed “sightings.” Some of the reports are indeed more promising, like that of M’Quahe’s Daedalus serpent, whereas some, like the monkfish, were in all likelihood something else entirely. Like the eerie little Jenny Hanivers that still haunt many a crowded Antwerp pier, the humanlike characteristics have been up-played with these fabled beasts—even beyond their innately superficial appearance—with the help of “improvements” through what amount to grotesque mutilations.
            Which, in turn, brings to mind the notion that perhaps the “monsters” that fascinate us are, in many cases, far less monstrous than those who pursue them.

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, lecturer, and radio personality whose work addresses a variety of scientific concepts and unexplained phenomena. Over the last decade, his research has examined a variety of approaches to studying the unexplained, cultural phenomena, human history, and the prospects of our technological future as a species as influenced by science.

He is author of several books, including his 2012 New Page Books release, The UFO Singularity, The Ghost RocketsMagic, Mysticism and the Molecule, and Reynolds Mansion. Hanks produces a weekly podcast, The GralienReport, which follows his research.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weird News of the Week

Raccoon Rides A Gator

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Cat Videos Like Red Bull & Rainbows

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TWC: Toe Wrestling Championship

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Positive News of the Week

Man Saves 2 Million Babies Donating Blood

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Hero Dog Saves Blind Man

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Camden NJ’s Piano Man

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Weird News of the Week

Amusing Reactions From Wild Animals

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This Stinky Cheese Costs $209 a Pound

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Peacock On The Roof

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Toward the Light, an Excerpt by Amy Major

Stories of ghosts and haunting have frightened us since the beginning of time.  Until recently few have dared to contact the deceased and discover the true nature of earthbound spirits and the phenomena they create.  Our understanding of the afterlife has evolved, and with it the reality that ghosts are just like us, facing many of the same problems we face every day.

Here we share an excerpt from Toward the Light, the first guide dedicated solely to spirit rescue and its role in saving earthbound spirits from their self-imposed exile on earth.  This excerpt focuses on the many reasons why spirits become earthbound and is excerpted from Chapter 2.

At the time of our death, our Silver Cord becomes detached and our soul begins to make the transition to the spiritual world. Because death and dying vary so much from person to person, the experience of this transition varies as well. Upon death, the soul is usually greeted by family, friends, loved ones, guides, and angels. These afterlife spirits help the soul transition to a higher plane of existence, also known as the “other side.” Granted, there are no sides to heaven and earth. One does not cross a distinct line into heaven. To say it’s more complex is an understatement. “Crossing over” is just an easy analogy to explain the transition of the soul from the earth plane of existence and a return to the greater consciousness and energy level known as heaven.

Someone experiencing a very slow death over the course of a few days may have already made contact with their guides, angels, or family to prepare them for their transition. Their loved ones comfort them, stay by their side, and slowly help them find their way to the other side. This slow process may happen during times of a long medical illness, coma-like states, an injury that lasts for days and gets worse, and so on. Their soul makes its transition very slowly allowing them ample time to prepare and feel at ease. The closer the person comes to death, the stronger the pull to the other side.
Those souls that are ready for death find themselves being pulled to the other side. Some people have experienced a white light or tunnel that guides them to heaven whereas others find themselves surrounded by friends and family. Once the person makes the conscious decision to cross, she transitions very easily.

Although the transition is made easily for most, there are souls that do not cross over. These souls do not complete the full transition and remain earthbound. It’s been thought in the past that earthbound spirits reside in the physical plane of existence. Where they remain is actually just above the physical plane, but still well below the astral plane of existence. The stage of transition determines which energy level the spirit resides in. Meaning, someone who just died will still be closely connected to the physical plane and will slowly pull to the higher and lighter levels of existence throughout the transition process. Those who make the full transition will move through these levels very quickly whereas those who find themselves confused or scared during death will move very slowly. Because of this slower movement to the higher and lighter states of existence, the spirit’s ego, mind, and emotions will get in the way and may stop the spirit from further movement. These spirits will find themselves between states of existence. Because the state they reside in is closer to the physical earth plane, these souls are known as “earthbound spirits.”

Why spirits remain earthbound
The reasons why the soul does not decide to cross are as individual as the person who has made the decision not to cross. Some common reasons are due to:

·                     Fear: There are many different reasons why spirits feel fear at the time of their death. Fear of death itself can be overwhelming for the spirit especially if they’ve been taught to believe that death is a negative experience. Religious, cultural, and personal expectations and beliefs can hinder the spirit from crossing over. In some cultures, death is believed to be negative, so sadness and fear are strongly associated with the experience. Also, certain cultures or societies do not believe in the afterlife, therefore, death becomes feared. Though the spirit’s consciousness after death becomes aware of their soul’s continuation once the person has died, the fear will sometimes remain and will keep the spirit from transition. Other than fear of death itself, the fear of judgment is a powerful reason for spirits to remain behind. The reassuring white light signals possible punishment for those who have committed violent acts and believe they will be judged upon their crossing.

·                     Anxiety: Those experiencing fear regarding death will most likely also experience anxiety as well. Anxiety can manipulate the energy around the spirit. Thoughts and feelings create energy manifestations around spirits. So, if a spirit is anxious due to fear of judgment, the environment around the spirit will become dark and negative, feeding into the spirit’s fear. This negativity can overpower the spirit. Their focus will now be on their negative environment, and less toward the white light and their guides. Anxiety isn’t always created through fear; it can also be experienced from loss, grief, and through the protection of others. Anxious feelings for the safety and welfare of others left behind by the person’s death can also be a deciding factor for some spirits. For example, if a parent or guardian of a child unexpectedly dies while caring for the child, the parent might likely want to stay behind to make sure the child is safe and protected. Some spirits do eventually cross over once they know the child is safe, some do not. Often they decide to stick around and stay close to their loved ones even after the danger is gone. Anxiety can create a false belief that they are always needed and the spirit will remain earthbound until their fear and anxiety have subsided.

·                     Grief: Spirits grieving for their lost body may hold back from crossing over because they have a hard time disconnecting from their physical life. Changing from the physical to a non-physical form is usually a natural experience that most spirits accept right away. Just like any other experience, there are those select few that can’t let go as easily and will stay very close to their physical body and their loved ones. It isn’t until the earthbound spirit accepts celestial form that it is able to release its hold on physical life.

·                     Anger: Anger can be felt in many different ways by the earthbound spirit. Some spirits feel anger over the situation of their death. A rage felt that their lives were taken from them (victims) or anger at a loss of control over others (sociopaths, murderers) can be felt. Those spirits that weren’t ready to die might feel anger at God for losing their lives too soon. They feel God has full control over the reason for their death and direct their anger at God for letting it happen. They turn their back to the white light out of spite and frustration.

·                     Emotional pain: Emotional wounds can linger long after a person has passed on. Unresolved emotional conflicts and issues we all struggle with are only amplified after we pass on, making it even harder to let go of the pain and move on. Earthbound spirits have a hard time letting go due to the overwhelming emotions that they are faced with. Counseling and emotional support are needed to help calm and comfort these spirits.

·                     Trauma: Traumatic death can cloud or disillusion the spirit from their guides. Some deaths can be so fast that they do not even realize they have died. Fast deaths include fatal accidents, medical conditions, murder, and suicide. These types of deaths can be very traumatic which causes the spirit to release from their body very quickly. This fast release from the body can leave the spirit dazed and confused. If you can, think about what it feels like to be hit on the head by a very hard object when your back was turned. Imagine how out of sorts, dizzy, confused, painful, and scary that situation is. The same is experienced for the spirit but on a deeper level.

·                     Guilt: People often hold onto guilt about a decision they made or actions that they regret taking against others. Some actions may have led to the pain and suffering of friends or loved ones. The experience of death usually prompts a life review or a “look back” regarding their life. This isn’t a full life review that spirits complete on the other side, but rather a quick glimpse at the life they lived and the choices they made. Knowing that they caused harm to someone else may cause the spirit to feel guilt and shame. The slower the transition for the spirit to the other side, the longer the spirit has to think about these mistakes and negative choices. That guilt can be strong enough to cause the spirits to walk the earth, trying to reconcile their guilt or feelings of failure. It isn’t until the spirit can face the decisions they’ve made and forgive themselves enough, that they decide to make their way to the other side.

·                     Holding onto earthly possessions: Greed and the insatiable hunger for material things can compel spirits to remain behind, unable to let go completely of the physical world. Addictive or obsessive behaviors are usually present before death and can continue in the spirit world. These behaviors are usually released once the spirit has crossed over and connects to a higher consciousness. Earthbound spirits have yet to make the full transition; therefore, their negative mentality of possessiveness and greed are still very much a part of their consciousness.

·                     Not ready to die: These spirits believe it really isn’t their time to go and are in a state of disbelief that causes them to ignore the white light and beckoning loved ones, instead turning away in an attempt to deny what has occurred to them. Unresolved issues can influence the spirit to stay behind until they feel resolution over a problem or situation. Sometimes messages to their loved ones here in the physical world need to be made so that the spirit feels comfortable enough to move on. Another reason spirits stay behind is because many people believe that when they die, they become someone or something else. They believe holding onto the life they lived prolongs their personality and personal joys. Many people get caught up in the comfort of the familiar. Crossing over doesn’t sound appealing if change is involved. Once these spirits finally decide to release their hold on life, they transition very easily.

·                     Just a dream: When a soul leaves their physical body, their soul or spirit now resides in a non-physical plane of existence. Because it is non-physical, all physical properties cease to exist for the soul such as time and space. Time no longer continues the same way it does in the physical world and spirits get “trapped” in time, or so it seems in their consciousness. This trapped state of consciousness or “dream-like” state keeps the spirit separated from their guides, angels, and family which is why they do not follow them to the spirit world. Though the soul is blind to their guides and angels, they are never alone. Our guides and angels are always by our side.

·                     Love: Love, or so it seems to the spirit, can keep the spirit earthbound due to emotional attachments to others. Holding onto romantic partners or obsessive attachments to people they have feelings for can keep the spirit very close to that individual. Lust or desire for others keeps the spirit at a low vibrational level because it isn’t true unconditional love. Other spirits feel such a strong devotion to the ones they love that they find it hard to let go. These emotions can overwhelm the spirit, making them less receptive to their guides and loved ones.

Amy Major is a trained psychic, empath, and medium with more than 20 years' experience in the paranormal and spiritual fields. At a young age she learned she had the ability to communicate with her spiritual and animal guides. Throughout her childhood she developed astral projection as well as the ability to see auras.

Amy has been a successful spirit rescue medium since 2002 and was the lead medium on many local ghost investigations. She works alongside other mediums and spirit rescue specialists to help aid spirits in their transition to the other side. She lives with her husband and four children in New Hampshire and conducts workshops and seminars locally and nationally.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Positive News of the Week

No Elephant Left Behind

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