Thousands of years ago, ancient indigenous cultures recognized
a deep connection to the cosmos, nature, and the realm of spirit as
evidenced in their art, symbols, metaphorical myths, and use of tattoos.
These venerable cultures weren’t superstitious; they were enlightened.
Their close relationship with the spirit world wasn’t muted
by religious dogma or overshadowed by technology. It was a true,
pure, authentic connection that very few cultures maintain today.
They knew there was a mystical connection in art and symbols, and
an even more profound magic in creating and adorning themselves
with tattoos. Images that were put on the skin represented an embodiment
that linked directly to consciousness. Tattoos told stories,
encouraged healing, empowered the wearer, and tapped into
the hidden realms of the spirit. Tattoos were, and still are, powerful
symbols that speak the cryptic language of the soul. Consciously tattooing can be a vehicle for self-empowerment.
When you decide to get a tattoo, you are taking part in a potent
blood ritual that opens your inner pathways to self-awareness.
Getting a tattoo goes well beyond just capturing an image on your
body; it also stirs up the emotional cellular memory that lies beneath
your skin. You are crossing a threshold and making a commitment
to an inked-on symbol that you not only wear outwardly, but also
Now, you might be thinking it’s just a little symbol or a cool
image, but believe me: your tattoo holds volumes of inner information.
The symbols in themselves represent an archetype—or possibly
your shadow—that is pulled forth through the decorative tattoo portals
you place on your body. It can mean something deep inside of
you wants to be outwardly expressed. Alternatively, your consciousness
is calling for something to be added so you can embody the energy
and power represented by the image you decide to ink.
Tattoos are usually synchronized to events in your life that come
from an emotional connection to an experience, a dream, an inner
urge, or a certain something or someone. When you ink an image
onto your body, you are embodying the vibration of the symbol’s
meaning, the color, the transference of energy between you and the
tattooist, and even the qualities of the ink. Combined, they’re a personal
form of alchemy. Tattooing beyond the sake of vanity can initiate
your own shamanic journey into your consciousness, to reveal
what’s hidden in the matrix of the body, mind, and spirit. Yes, tattoos go beyond skin deep. Put a tattoo on your body, and
it becomes a sentient image and a portal into your consciousness.
In this book, you will see some very compelling examples of how
tattoos precipitated a healing, opened the doors to recognizing profound
knowledge, and symbolically represented and activated the
embodiment of an intended desire. Ah-ha—that brings me to intention.
Conscious Ink is about tattooing with intention. An intention
behind getting a tattoo gives you more focus and control over the
hidden magic in your ink. Once you realize tattoos create an energy
exchange with the physical and subtle bodies, you will most likely
disengage from the standard opinion that classifies tattoos as merely body art. There is a very cool, supernatural side to tattoos, and they
are an unequivocal vehicle for transformation and awareness.
Conscious Ink isn’t a tattoo picture book, nor is it a tattoo history
book. It is all about looking at tattoos through the lens of consciousness,
the term we loosely call “spiritual.” After all, tattooing is
a sacred art, rich in symbolism, ritual, and mysticism. You will come
to understand the importance of intention, the vibration of colors,
and how body placement all combine with your subtle body energy
field to create a permanent body talisman for better or worse. They
are spiritual birthmarks, or soul prints, markers along your path to
wholeness. If you are still deciding on whether to get a tattoo, my guess is
that you will be making an appointment to get inked by the time
you finish [my] book, Conscious Ink. I am inviting you to cross the threshold into the
world of body art to explore the intimate, symbolic language of your
spirit that is mysteriously veiled within tattoos.
I’m sending you good energy as you awaken the spirit within on
your artful path to self-actualization and enlightenment.
Lisa Barretta is a well-established intuitive counselor, Reiki practitioner, and astrologer. During the past 35 years, she has developed a client base that spans North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Lisa is an authority on consciousness, specializing in spiritual evolution and the paranormal. The executive producer of Surviving Death: A Paranormal Debate, she is also the author of even more enlightening titles. See her website HERE
Do you remember the first time you heard about someone’s ghostly encounter?
Not just someone on TV, but a friend or family member.
I was 14, and after my friend thrilled me with his personal encounter
with a ghost, he asked me, his voice trembling slightly, “Do you believe in
ghosts? Are ghosts real? What causes a ghost?”
I must have stared at him for 10 minutes as my brain worked overtime
to come up with an intelligent response. But the only answer I could
muster up was “I don’t know.”
It turns out that my response, at age 14, is very similar to what the
majority of mainstream scientists and researchers would say today.
My friend’s questions have bothered me for more than 20 years, and
I have actively sought the answers through education and interviews with
those who report interacting with a ghost. While looking for the answers,
I noticed similarities among ghostly encounters, which ultimately led to
developing new theories to explain ghosts and ghostly experiences presented
in this book. I haven’t investigated hundreds of haunted locations, nor do I own a
vest with hundreds of pockets. I never understood why ghost hunters on
TV always have those vests. I do not dress in all black. I don’t claim to
have psychic talents. And I’m not part of a paranormal investigation team.
What I am is extremely fascinated with reports of ghostly encounters. My
passion has led to countless hours combing through the paranormal literature
and speaking with people who report ghostly encounters. When
someone is recalling their ghostly experience, their whole persona changes.You can physically see the rush of emotion and excitement on their faces.
The people around them change as well. From staunch skeptics to steadfast
believers, their ears will perk up and their eyes will widen when someone
is recalling a ghostly encounter. Everyone is fascinated with ghosts.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a clinical therapist and parapsychologist
residing in Northeast Ohio. I’ve worked within the Neurological
Institute for the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, conducting behavioral
health consultations. Currently, I’m the director of behavioral health for a
local hospital. I’ve been fascinated by paranormal phenomena for 20 years,
and have been a participant and featured speaker in numerous paranormal
forums and events including the Parapsychological Association’s 60th
Anniversary Celebration. I studied psychology and parapsychology at the
University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and my research has been cited in
parapsychological journals, newspaper articles, and mainstream books. I present my background to communicate that I have experience with
assessing hallucinations brought on by mental illness or drug abuse, and
in my opinion, the ghostly encounters that a majority of the millions of
people have reported are definitely not the results of mental illness or substance
abuse. Upon hearing of someone’s ghostly experience, skeptics are
quick to proclaim “They are crazy,” or “You must have been imagining
things,” statements that question the witness’s mental stability. This is an
uneducated and irresponsible way to respond to someone who reports a
ghostly experience, but unfortunately it is far too common.
With ghosts and hauntings, although an individual’s experience is
unique to them, overall there are some key similarities among all ghostly
interactions. Through the years, I started to really listen to people’s paranormal
experiences and certain similarities caught my attention and led
me to write this book.
A true apparitional or ghostly experience happens on rare occasions
and is only possible when several factors line up. These factors include
psychological, environmental, and bioenergetic fluctuations. Much time
and research has been spent on whether people’s ghostly experiences are
of a natural or spiritual origin, which has simply led to scattered results.
Looking for a single cause for a haunting or ghostly experience may be too
simplistic. For such complicated phenomena, it is likely to be a combination
of several theories or mechanisms.
In The Ghost Studies, we will explore popular theories on ghosts, discuss
the role of energy and electricity during ghostly encounters, and finally,
through real-life case examples, explore my theories on the processes that
are necessary for apparitions, ghostly experiences, and hauntings. By the end of it, we will
have provided answers to questions such as:
What causes ghostly experiences?
What is the catalyst to witnessing a ghost?
Why do certain people report numerous ghostly encounters
and others none?
What leads to certain locations being haunted?
If you are looking for more than ghost stories, and want to know what
causes ghostly encounters, The Ghost Studies is for you.
Brandon Massullo is a clinical therapist and parapsychologist residing in Medina, Ohio. Fascinated by paranormal phenomena for more than 20 years, Massullo has been a participant in and featured speaker at numerous paranormal forums and events. He studied psychology and parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His research has been cited in numerous parapsychological journals, articles, and mainstream books.