THE BIG BAY POINT LIGHTHOUSE IN MICHIGAN, USA
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Gazing down at the water below
Sun Rising on the Horizon

(All Photo Credits: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Photographer)

A few years ago, a friend and I spent a night at the Big Bay Point Lighthouse on Lake Superior in Michigan, USA. It is said that the lighthouse/bed and breakfast is haunted by the old lighthouse keeper whose son had grown very ill. It is said that when he did not take his son into town to a physician, his son died. The old lighthouse keeper was so bereaved that one night he ventured out into the woods on the property where he hung himself from a tree. It is said that the tree remains.

My friend and I explored the grounds in daylight. I was unable to sleep and at 4:30 a.m. got out of bed and quietly let myself out of the light house. It was still dark outside. Yes, it was more than a little creepy but I was determined to see what I might experience.

I walked over to the edge of the cliff over Lake Superior, and watched the sun begin to rise on the horizon. It was a magnificent sight. The only problem was that I found myself completely unable to shake the feeling that someone was watching me, and was not at all far away from me. I persevered, and shot a few photos with my digital camera. Notice the orb on the grass. It had been approximately twenty feet behind me while I’d been shooting the sunrise. A bit creepy? Oh yeah. But it was worth it!
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Copyright 2015 by JC Fredlund (JC Eberhart, Past Pen Name); ©JC Fredlund and JC Fredlund’s Artistry Blog, 1974 – 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to JC Fredlund andhttp://www.JCFredlund.wordpress.com blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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...while in San Francisco with my mother.

Ghost-Hunting Excursion in San Francisco. (Photo Credit: Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund)

  • IS GHOST HUNTING RISKY?
  • DON’T BELIEVE IN GOOD VERSUS EVIL?

Funny, inspite of the ghost hunting I’ve done, I  believe in good versus evil. Having experienced a Catholic upbringing, it would be difficult not to! That is the reason why I approach ghost-hunting with the utmost respect; respect for that which I cannot see! (Except of course, with the eye of my camera.)

Because we Catholics are brought-up to have unyielding  faith in the unseen, I believe that there is only a fine line between believing in God, and believing in spirits of the deceased. Both are unseen. (Yet we Catholics insist they exist! (Well, we insist that the HOLY Spirit exists!)

When I say that I approach ghost-hunting with the utmost respect, I’m not kidding. Once I arrive at a location, before I enter that location,

  1. I say a prayer for protection (I say the Our Father);
  2. I carry a rosary in my shirt pocket, (one that has been blest by a priest)
  3. before I leave I instruct (aloud) any spirits present that they are not allowed to leave the location with me!)
  4. . . . and as I’m leaving, I say another prayer of thanks for my heavenly angels protection.

There are many locations I will not visit. Those locations consist of buildings and homes with poltergeist activity, (such as the Chauncey Griggs mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota.) It does not fit with my beliefs, that an entity that throws things across a room, could be a “good” spirit. Obviously, someone can easily get hurt. (The Griggs mansion is an entire ‘nother story that you can find details about at the http://www.hauntedhovel.com website.)

I have experienced a presence draining my camera of all of it’s energy when I ghost-hunted at the Wabasha Street Caves some years ago, also located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wabasha Street Caves consist of an old time night club with caves behind it that back during the 1940s were commonly utilized by criminals like John Dillinger; they used the night club for their partying activities and the caves as their hide-out.

Upon arriving there one must walk through the night club in order to get to the door that leads into the dirt caves.  (The caves were also used to store criminally owned moonshine and other alcohol as well as for machine guns and ammunition.)  There are still the original machine gun holes in the night club fireplace from attacking gang fights that took place there.)

I shot lots of photos inside the night club. The camera I’d taken along with me had never before, nor since that day, failed me. But the moment I entered that cave, I was helpless to record anything of my experience in there! I took one step (of three) down into the cave and I’d may as well have been trying to push the button on an out of order elevator; nothing happened.

Immediately following our visit there, we took my camera to a camera shop where a technician placed my his head and my camera underneath a black cloth where he safely rewound my film so that it could be developed. He examined my camera thoroughly and explained to me that there was absolutely nothing wrong with my camera!  (Refer to my post, “So Just What Are These Orbs, Spiritts and Ghosts Anyway?” for explanation.)

Another two experiences I will have nothing to do with are Ouija boards and séances. I am aware that the movie The Exorcist with Linda Blair was based upon a true story and that the only differences between the movie and the actual event was that the child-victim of the demon-possession was a boy, not a girl, and he was younger; around the age of eight.  It is also noteworthy that the boy who was victimized had, shortly before his victimization, been playing with an Ouija board. (I’ve spoken to several people who’ve experienced some very frightening results of having used an Ouija board.

My explanation? There are many ways of inviting spirits in. One problem with doing this is that there is no telling what spirit may accept the invitation; good, or bad. My advice on Ouija boards? Don’t play with fire if you don’t want to get burned!  As for séances, it is my belief that many are fake. It is also my firm belief that if the spirit of someone I care about wants to visit me, that spirit will do so under their own steam.

I firmly believe that there are spirits who walk the earth all around us. Some good, some bad. To do anything to invite a spirit into our lives not knowing what that spirit’s intentions may be, is, in my opinion, unwise, at best.

All of this having been said, there are highly qualified, professional mediums who are “for real.” There are only a couple of them I would recommend to anyone who is determined to contact a loved one who has passed. One of them is James VanPraagh, (author of  the book “Ghosts Among Us” and many other excellent books on the subject and who sometimes visits the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and Troy Parkinson (resides in St. Paul, MN USA.)

Last time I hired one of these individuals his fee was $200.00 an hour and that was four years ago (and let me tell you, that one hour FLIES by!) I left my visit with him realizing fully that he was for real because he told me very specific things about deceased loved ones that he had absolutely NO way of knowing. He even described their physical attributes “to a T”!

As far as ghost hunting being risky, I really don’t do ghost hunting much anymore. After a few years of playing with it as a hobby and then learning much more about it (including how some folks have been hurt doing it) I’m inclined now to agree with the philosophy of Amy Allen (who sees and communicates with the dead). You can “Google” Amy Allen to learn more about her. In Amy’s words, “The dead don’t like to be toyed with; having people coming around all the time saying things to them like, come on out where we can see you! I mean, if YOU weren’t living anymore, how would YOU like that?!!) Thank you, Amy, very well put. Enough said.

(Excerpt from Ms. Fredlund’s new book due for publication 2016, “OMG, I’M PSYCHIC!”)

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In all cases, yes, including ghost hunting, to sum it all up, I would say, “A word to the wise: Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!”

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NOTEWORTHY!  Ironic as it is, just now, as I’m sitting here writing this, my husband is telling me he sees on the internet that John and Debbie Constantine from the reality show Ghost Adventures are both dead! It seems that John had Debbie hold-up in a condo and told the police to give him fifteen minutes with her or he’d kill her.  The police complied and both John and Debbie are dead. No more details are known at this time, but the public is already e-mailing tons of comments. Reality is, there does exist at least the possibility that it could be related to their adventures ghost hunting. YOU be the judge!

EDUCATIONAL BOOKS ABOUT THE PARANORMAL

I must say that, to date, my favorite book is Ghosts Among Us by James VanPraagh.  Why?  Because following my personal experience of a Dream Visit from my father who died when I was eight, I needed information, badly.  I’m grateful to be able to say that I found James VanPraagh.  Upon reading his book Ghosts Among Us, I finally, after all these years, experienced a total sense of peace regarding my father’s death.  I finally understood that our loved ones never really leave us at all; but that when they pass, they simply shed the human body because they no longer are in need of it; the same way that we who reside in the north shed our winter coat when spring arrives because we are no longer in-need of it.

Because I am a firm believer that there is good and godliness in the world, by the same token there is evil that exists.  There are authors of books who themselves chose to become involved with evil.  In my opinion, their books are likely to have been written with a hidden agenda.  Personally, I do not purchase books that explain rituals.  I particularly avoid books that explain ‘dark rituals’ and/or ‘rituals used in Satanism’.  Why?  I simply don’t want to clutter my mind with anything that I consider to be ‘negative’.

Everything we read creates an imprint on our minds, like it or not.  I urge you to research each author that interests you by “Googling” their name and you will learn all you need to know about them. Thus, I would (and I always do) use caution in selecting educational books on the subject of the paranormal.

*Ghosts Among Usby James VanPraagh

~ Powers of the Sixth Senseby Jock Brocas

~ The Haunting of Americaby William J Birnes & Joel Martin

~ When Ghosts Speakby Mary Ann Winkowski

~ Spiritedby Rebecca Rosen

~ Historic Haunted Americaby Michael Norman & Beth Scott

~ The Practical Psychic Self-Defense Handbookby Robert Bruce

~ The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Hauntingsby Theresa Cheung

~ The Practical Psychic,  by Noreen Renier

~ Another of my favorite authors is Sylvia Browne.

NOTE:  One of my favorite book stores is: The Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller Company, PO Box 15, Falls Village CT 06031-0015.  Their prices are really quite phenomenal.  If interested, I recommend ordering their free catalog!  There are also countless half-price book stores all around the country.

Warm regards,

JC Fredlund, Intuitive & Paranormal Researcher

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Copyright 2015 by JC Fredlund (JC Eberhart, Past Pen Name); ©JC Fredlund and JC Fredlund’s Artistry Blog, 1974 – 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to JC Fredlund andhttp://www.JCFredlund.wordpress.com blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

To view some interesting stories of people’s experiences with the paranormal here and in the UK, go to:  “http://www.hauntedhovel.com/”>The Haunted Hovel

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Our Haunted House
Our family in the livingroom
Turned and walked away
Our daughter on the stairs

(Photo Credits: JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Author and Photographer)

WHY A  BLOG ABOUT THE PARANORMAL?

I became especially interested in the-things-that-go-bump-in-the-night, upon discovering that my ex-husband, our two children and myself had been living in a haunted house for five years.  That was during the mid-to-late 1970s.  The house to which I refer is located in Mankato, Minnesota at 619 North Fourth Street.  (This house is now a private residence again.) Our two children, then nine and four years old, had both come to me (on separate occasions) and told me they were having scary experiences in our house at night.

 Our son (aged nine) told me that there was a bogeyman in his closet that looked like a dark shadow.  He said that he would see this shadow moving about outside the front of his closet.  Our daughter, (aged four) told me that during the night someone she couldn’t see had picked her up in their arms in a tiny room off the bathroom, and behind our master bedroom door.

Needless to say, I didn’t take my children seriously.  I told my son to keep his closet door closed, and told my daughter to stay in her bed at night.  I clearly was not very understanding and not at all sympathetic.  Then I shot the above photo of my little girl one day while she was playing house and walking around my bedroom (the master bedroom) in a pair of my high heels. I’d immediately snapped the second photo – the one of our daughter having turned and walking away. As you can see, there is nothing at all unusual about the second shot!)

I hadn’t paid any attention to the bright yellow light swirling about our daughter.   Not back then. (If you look very closely, you will notice that the yellow light appears to be coming out from behind our door – right where my daughter had told me some of these occurrences were happening.  It then seems to SURROUND HER.  (YES!  I DID have this photo debunked!)

Years later upon researching the paranormal, I became suspicious that the house may, in fact, have been haunted after all. (I couldn’t deny the fact that the house has changed residents numerous times since we sold it. No one remains in the house for more than five years!)

The more I researched topics such as hauntings, the paranormal, spirits, orbs, etc., the more I learned about them.  My children are both adults now with children of their own, and to this day, they both insist that those happenings they’d told me about as children, really did happen!  ( Interestingly, my daughter went back there a few years ago and returned to tell me that the tiny room off the bathroom has been walled-off, and that she was told by a neighbor we knew that no one has remained living in the house for more than five years.)

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