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Podcast News

After some serious thought, I have decided. The Dark Jottercast Podcast hasn’t grown the way I wished it would’ve, but that’s entirely my fault. This year has thrown a lot my way, from trouble with my health to other personal issues. I haven’t been able to keep up with the schedule I kept trying to keep.

With this decision, the series Pajama People Podcast that was a part of The Dark Jottercast will now step out on its own as a stand-alone podcast. We will continue reviewing movies in how we already have been. We have many episodes pre-recorded and being edited that will begin finding themselves in a new location.

We are working to cement Pajama People Podcast as its own podcast and not a series already. A Facebook Page has been started. As we work through migrating episodes, it will eventually have its own links for Spotify and Anchor. There is a lot of planning that is going on. This will also be a place for listeners to contact us and a single location you can bookmark to see when things are going up.

I, L. Bachman, am so grateful to have a co-host, J.K. Allen. She has been a game-changer. Episodes will continue to be recorded and uploaded for as long as the both of us want to continue doing them.

As far as episodes of Dark Jottercast episodes that are already public, they will be migrated back to my Youtube Channel. There will be an archive playlist of all the remaining episodes, that haven’t gone public, and current episodes.

All podcast links will be updated at www.lbachman.com under the podcasts’ page.

The Veil: Skinwalkers by Rob Shepherd

The Native American legend of the shape-shifting Skinwalker takes on many and various forms from tribe to tribe, however most tribes seem to agree on the basic appearance of the Skinwalker. The appearance across tribes as a deformed, almost animalistic form with a scarred facial features and blazing orange to red eyes is common.

The legend of the entity we know today as ‘the Skinwalker’ has largely been relegated to a hoax and that of pop culture and media, including film and TV and being employed in scary pasta stories in the online media. After all, for most people it is hard to imagine that a humanoid figure has been or can be transformed into a four-legged animal entity that terrorizes families, mostly in the American Southwest. However unscientific the legend may be, the Navajo Skinwalker has deep roots in American lore.

So what is a Skinwalker? Translated from Navajo, yee naaldlooshii, it literally means “by means of it”, “it goes on all fours” yee naaldlooshii is described as one of a variety of Skinwalker that exist within Navajo lore. The Pueblo, Apache and Hopi peoples all have their own legends that involve the Skinwalker.

In tradition, some believe that Skinwalker are born through selfish or benevolent actions of a medicine man who abuses their indigenous magic for selfish or even evil intentions. These can vary from tribe to tribe and depending on which tradition is observed. However, one thing that all tribal traditions and lore mention is the ability to transform from a human into an animal or for an animal to metamorphose into something more human in some capacity. Medicine men however are the key figures who turn into Skinwalkers.

The Navajo Legends site quotes that those who have “attained the highest level of priesthood in the tribe, but chose to use his or her power for evil” are candidates for the change. Rituals form an essential part of not only Native American life, but the lives of Skinwalkers as well. Ancient ceremonies are performed in caves, with an elder positioned as leader of the group. They engage in dark practices referred to collectively as the “Witchery Way”. So how do potential Skinwalkers gain their powers? The details of this are fairly grim to behold. Family members are prime targets, thus in order to be initiated, the medicine man or ‘warped woman’ must kill a sibling, or someone in their close family circle.

In some cases, in tradition it is also believed that men, women, and even children can all become Skinwalkers according to their actions, should they commit evil acts, act with evil intentions, ambitions of greed and selfishness, or succumb to deep-rooted desires of various taboo nature to the tribe’s moral codes. After inheriting the malevolence, individuals are then said to display a range of physical abilities through the animals they become or transform into. Navajo Legends mention how they are typically seen in the forms of a coyote, owl, fox, wolf, or crow—although they are also said to have the ability to turn into any animal that they so choose or desire to be. Transformations will occur at night, and according to native lore, other creatures can also be controlled by Skinwalkers. Tribe members also may fear being set upon in the darkness by an army of sharp-clawed servants when Skinwalkers are present.

Skinwalkers are often described as being mostly animalistic physically when in a human form and are claimed to be all but invincible, even immortal, especially in their Animal forms, death only being achieved against them should they be shot with a bullet or if they are stabbed with a special knife or spear dipped in white ash.They are reportedly near-impossible to kill. They can also assume control over other humans, even possessing them through eye contact, especially prolonged eye contact, Eyes being an important part in Skinwalker lore. In a juxtaposition, the Skinwalker is said to possess human eyes when in animal form and animal eyes when in their human form.

According to reports, Skinwalkers have been known to rummage around in gravesites. This is reported in part, to steal whatever’s inside, but allegedly, it is also in an attempt to extract a powder from corpses. This powder is then said to be used in order to poison people. A tribe member who falls sick may then wonder if they had ever crossed paths with a Skinwalker at some point.

“These witches live on the unexpired lives of their victims and they must continually kill or perish themselves.”

Legends of America

“Those who do track a Skinwalker and learn of their true identity must pronounce the name of the evil one in full. Once this happens, the Skinwalker will get sick or die for the wrongs they have inflicted against others.”

Navajo Legends

Little else is known about the Skinwalker. This is much to do with the private nature of Native peoples and the reluctance of the Navajo and other tribes to discuss them, even amongst themselves and other tribes. Common traditional belief is that even mentioning them, or merely of the malevolent nature of the entity, should bring about the appearance of them even more probable and could even summon them. Even if the entity does not show, it is believed that the talk would cause only but bad luck for all peoples concerned if not the tribe or entire tribes themselves.

When JK Rowling used Skinwalker entities in her series, it is believed that this mere action in written fiction affected indigenous peoples, who strongly believe in the existence of the Skinwalker and operate their lives according to the belief in how their actions and that of others has repercussions, especially in vanity, greed and selfishness, thus the use of the entity that is the Skinwalker or yee naaldlooshii in written text, whether that be factual or not is included in that and has made their appearance or existence, now a certainty, likely to adversely affect their lives and wellbeing. Especially when used in fiction, as this is seen as using the name or entity with disregard and disrespect, even as much as complacent and arrogance of the entity’s powers.

What happens when Rowling pulls this in, is we as native peoples are opened up to a barrage of questions about these beliefs. But these are not things that we need to nor should be discussed.

Adrienne Keene – Native American Author & Historian

In 1996, a couple were rudely introduced to the legend of the Skinwalker after incredible, inexplicable and downright terrifying incidents began occurring on their newly purchased ranch. Terry and Gwen Sherman began observing strange lights and later on, UFOs which varied in size, shape and general appearance over their property. Seven of their prized cows would go on to die or inexplicably disappear, only to be found at a later date with a hole cut neatly into the centre of their left eye and have their rectum cut out or removed entirely. Tracks from the cows would be found and traced in the snow, only to stop suddenly, leaving no trace of where they may have stopped or left or even how.

“If it’s snow, it’s hard for a 1,200 or 1,400 lb animal to just walk off without leaving tracks or to stop and walk backwards completely and never miss their tracks. It was just gone.”

Terry Sherman

Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of what was later nicknamed “Skinwalker Ranch” were the voices that Terry Sherman has spoken of hearing while out with his dogs late one night, stating that they seemed to “come with the wind”. Sherman reported that these voices spoke in a language that he could not recognize. His estimations were that they may have come from mere feet away, yet he was unable to see anything when he looked for their originators. The dogs Terry said, “went berserk”, backing away and ran quickly back to the house.

“I take my truck up the road, and as I start to get closer, I start to get really scared. Just this feeling that takes over. Then I hear this voice, as clear as you and me talking right now, that says, ‘Stop, turn around.’ I lean out the window with my spotlight out and start searching around… Nothing.”

Terry Sherman

The Sherman’s were too later to go on and sell the ranch and the property, only for the incidents to continue at the ranch afterwards.

This would not be the first or last time Skinwalkers and UFOs would be linked in circumstances. Many Native traditions speak of sky people or star children and have narratives that tell of tribes or even entire histories of Native peoples having coming from people from the skies or from the stars.

UFO enthusiast and realtor from Las Vegas, Robert Bigelow, bought the $200,000 ranch in 1996. He would establish the National Institute for Discovery Science on the grounds of the ranch and placed substantial levels of surveillance in, on, and around the ranch with the goal of finding out and recording exactly what had been occurring there.

Biochemist Dr. Colm Kelleher was later to be employed by Bigelow and reported witnessing a large humanoid figure, perching in a tree. Detailing the account later in his book Hunt for the Skinwalker, he described the creature as being 20 feet off the ground and approximately 50 feet away from him. And spoke of the yellow unblinking eyes as they stared fixedly back at the light of his torch. Kelleher went to explain how he had shot at the creature with a rifle, but it had fled, leaving claw marks along with imprints on the ground behind it. He went on to describe the evidence that was left as signs similar to that of a “bird of prey, maybe a raptor print, but huge and, from the depth of the print, from a very heavy creature”

However, this was to have come mere days after another disturbing encounter. The ranch manager and his wife had only just finished tagging a calf before their dog began growling and act very strangely. Having checked on the dog and finding nothing untoward they later checked back on the calf some 45 minutes later and in the field, they found the calf, in broad daylight, with its body cavity entirely empty. Kelleher would go on to explain, “people know that if an 84 pound calf is killed by an animal in any way, there is blood spread all around. It was as if all the blood had been removed very thoroughly.”

Distressing activity would go on to continue right into summer.

Kelleher continued to talk of other witnesses of strange and supernatural encounters on the ranch.

“Three eyewitnesses saw a very large animal in a tree and also a large animal at the base of the tree. We had video camera equipment, night vision equipment. We started hunting around the area of the carcass and there was no evidence whatsoever.”

Bigelow and his research team claim to have experienced over 100 separate incidents on the property, however, they could not collect the level and kind of evidence that scientists nor scientific publications would accept as credible. Bigelow later sold the ranch to a company called Adamantium Holdings for some $4.5 million dollars in 2016.

“we as Indigenous peoples are constantly situated as fantasy creatures… But we’re not magical creatures, we’re contemporary peoples who are still here, and still practice our spiritual traditions.” The site is concerned about “the constant commodification of our spiritual practices”.

The Native Appropriations website

Since then, the research on the ranch has become more sophisticated and secretive than ever before.

A plethora of stories exist online in chat rooms and forums and so on regarding the ranch. Experiences commonly seem to have and occur on Native American reservations, which it is alleged, have only been prevented by the intervention of blessings by medicine men.

It is difficult to find out just how reliable these accounts really are. However, descriptions almost always seem to describe the same basic type of encounters. That being of a four-legged animal of some sort, with a disconcertingly human, albeit disfigured face with orange to red glowing eyes.

Those that have claimed to have seen a Skinwalker also talk about how they move with incredible speed, make wild and unnatural, shrill, and make almost hellish like sounds and screams.

According to reports, how true is yet to be verified, since taking over the ranch, Adamantium has installed electronics all the property, which include cameras, alarm systems, infrared and night vision technology (including video equipment), EMF readers and recorders and other hi-tech equipment. However, the most alarming reports are of accounts of experiences, by and about purported ranch employees of the company itself. It is, once again, difficult if not impossible to verify these reports as the company is itself difficult to gain reliable background and general information about and remains tight-lipped and silent regarding its work on the ranch and its employees.

Now according to VICE (which we advise you, as always, to use your own judgement as to the reliability of their information), one employee by the name of Thomas Winterton, was one of several people who allegedly experience varied physical effects and ailments including skin inflammation and nausea after working on the grounds. Some employees were, according to Thomas and Vice, needing to be hospitalized, with no clear medical diagnosis for their conditions.

Despite his experience, Winterton is reported to have stated that he wasn’t intending to leave Skinwalker Ranch anytime soon, which is strange given the vehemence and seriousness of the situations employees have apparently been subjected to or and the fear that they have expressed.

Winterton is quoted as saying, “It’s like the ranch calls to you, you know?”

Most of what we know these days about Skinwalkers tends to be biased through pop culture which has unfortunately, in the eyes of many Native American tribes and cultures, been sorely misrepresented, as have they themselves as a people, civilization and culture. The infamy of the Skinwalker Ranch has led to a plethora of documentaries, mockumentaries, and movies on cable tv and streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and the ever present obvious YouTube. With the later, providing hours and hours of videos purporting to explain, capture on film or camera, Skinwalkers and witches of many and varied kind, most of which sadly are faked for viewership. However, don’t be too downhearted on that last point as there are many interesting and sympathetic and tasteful documentaries, if you look discerningly enough for them as well as a number of interesting and entertaining films based upon, around or inspired by the lore, myth and legend of the Skinwalker.

Finally, yet another theory, one that’s tied up to Creation Myths, states that Skinwalkers were once the helpers of divine beings. In Navajo stories, the yee naaldlooshii were agents for the Holy People when they were first training humans in the Blessing Way. Naagloshii were supposed to abandon the mortal world with the Holy People—but a few decided to stay behind. Their greed and desire to stay in the mortal plane corrupted the power the Holy People gave them and transformed them into malicious semi-divine beings.

Some tribes differentiate between Naagloshiis and Skinwalkers. The former the Native American equivalent of Fallen Angels while the latter a mortal with a gift for black magic.

To end this, I would say that any information, never-mind new and unknown information is difficult if not almost impossible to come by, most information gathered is repeated across media, including magazine, television and online media with many websites and media repeating the same information. One reason for this is obviously the lack of verifiable accounts and physical evidence, which can also be linked to the second more fundamental reason, which is the reluctance of the Native tribes to talk about Skinwalkers, owing to their beliefs and traditions. That makes things incredibly hard to verify information, potential evidence and encounters, but one that at the end of the day, one can and must understand and respect. We may hunt and want to find monsters, cryptids, the supernatural, and the paranormal, however, that doesn’t mean we get to tread over people’s properties and especially not over their traditions and belief systems, whether we personally agree or understand them or not. The first and foremost thing we need to do is respect all those involved in the inexplicable and the unexplained.


sources:

thevintagenews.com

Marco Margiritoff – allthatsinteresting.com

rivercityghosts.com

[The Veil] The Woman Who Lived Before-The Story of Dorothy Eady

Dorothy Eady’s tale truly begins after an accident that happened when she was three years old. A tumble down the stairs caused her to hit her head, which changed her life thereafter. Some reports say she experienced a near-death experience where other reports say Eady she only dealt with brain damage, but whatever the case may have been, she notably changed. With all the research I did on Dorothy, many sources mentioned that at the time they believed the brain injury caused her to have foreign accent syndrome.

From speech patterns to the begging of her parents to ‘take her home’ when she was, she never felt the same. When asked where home was she didn’t have an answer, but she did over time give more details of what ‘home’ looked like. She spoke of beautiful gardens. It wasn’t until she took a trip with her parents to the British Museum that her ‘home’ was finally revealed.

The exhibit had a picture of the temple of Seti I, father of Ramses the Great(the Ramses from the Bible). The young Eady ran to it and began talking about it being home. She began asking where the gardens had gone, where the trees had gone, and asking what had happened to it. Dorothy insisted she had lived there. Overjoyed she ran from room to room of the Egyptian exhibit kissing the feet of the statues and remarking ‘she was among her own people’.

Sadly, she could not read the hieroglyphics on the different statues and displays, and this caught the attention an Egyptologist named E.A. Wallace Budge who encouraged her to learn how to read them while her parents tried their best to calm her and discourage her to speak of ‘being amongst her people’, details of the temple, or having lived there.

Eady’s experience led to disturbing behavior. She began getting in trouble at church as she denounced Christianity and for others to embrace Egyptian paganism. They forced her to drop Catholic Mass despite her enjoyment of it. She claimed to enjoy it as it reminded her very much of the ‘old religion’.

As she aged, it behavior forced her parents to put her into a sanatorium when she refused to let go of her ‘delusions’ of this Egyptian life and her tales turned graphic as she spoke of sexual activities she had with Seti I. She also spoke of what some would consider nightmares. One example is a dream she described of having where the mummy of Seti I would engage in adult activities with her. Her time as a patient at the sanatorium would mark the end of her time in school. Despite no change in behavior, Eady’s parents continued trying to help their daughter by committing her over and over in sanatoriums.

Over time, she re-enrolled in school and continued her education. It was during this time she was able to work out clearer details and link her stories properly. Some of these details included her name, Bentreshyt. She told her parents how she had been abandoned at three years of age by her previous parents at the temple of Seti I at Abydos, that that was how she came to live there. She was a priestess of Isis and it was during her time as a priestess that she met Seti I. Eady even detailed how she had died. She claimed to have committed suicide in her past life to protect her lover. Being an Isis priestess, she was to remain a virgin, but had broken this vow.

I do feel it is important to add that during my research some sources I read claimed she had committed suicide after being tried and convicted being given the option of her punishment. Whether tried and convicted or willingly committing suicide to cover up the crimes of the pharaoh, she had died by her own hand.

Dorothy Eady’s story doesn’t end there. She met an Egyptian man named Emam Abdel Meguid and moved to Cairo, Egypt. She had a child with him and named him Sety after her past life’s lover and even changed her own name to Omm Sety. Her behavior became too much for her husband, who tried his best to help her, but when all attempts failed, he left.

She continued her life as a single mother and found work as a draftswoman with the national Department of Antiquities. Eady left this job while in her fifties when she was given the opportunity to work in Abydos, the location of the Seti I’s temple, her ‘home’.

Dorothy proved herself invaluable to the researchers there. She was able to prove many of her claims when the chief investigator took her to the temple to prove herself. He tested her by standing her in darkness, describing murals on different walls, and telling her to go where he described. She passed his test quickly. What made this even more special was these specific murals and locations had never been published. She would have not been able to study them beforehand.

Her life is one of great interest that has left many wondering if her stories were true, if reincarnation is real, and what other explanation could they be for someone having such details from a claimed previous life. Eady is featured in a 1982 National Geographic documentary entitled Egypt: Quest For Eternity.

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The Veil: More than Monsters

I’ve been working for sometime preparing new articles on The Veil covering old local monsters and creatures of the ancient world when I realized a theme. The Veil will expand to be more than just monster focused. I will begin posting other articles for The Veil that include, but not limited to mysteries, the odd, and the bizarre of the world. I’ve had an interest in oddities, mysteries, and the unexplained for sometime. It’s another reason I began learning so much about the monsters The Veil has, until now, focused on.


Today a post called The Blasphemer Series Mythos: Reincarnation went up covering reincarnation and how it inspired the background of my book series, but at the very bottom was a small section on interesting cases I recommended you look up. Encouraging your own research at the bottom is me wanting to write more about this topic and subjects in the same odd vein. I do hope, very much, that ya’ll end up enjoying the new topics coming to The Veil.

The Veil: The Jersey Devil

The story begins with a woman name Jane Leeds and great mother Leeds had already given birth to twelve children, but upon finding that she was pregnant for a thirteenth she cursed the child. She called it the devil and wished it would be taken by the devil. Upon the night this child was born it stormed, and it introduced the world to the Leeds Devil.

The legend described the birth as violent, with the baby ripping from her and flying around the room before escaping out of a door/open window. An alternative version says the baby beat everyone in the room with its tail before escaping up the chimney and out into the world. Another version says that Leeds was the mother, but the devil himself was the father. Both versions I’m aware of describe a priest going into the Pine Barrens to perform an exorcism. There are two versions of the story that I can tell, but there are many subs-versions that combined the details of two separate tellings mixing them around and telling alternative versions. 

Upon deeper research for this post, I discovered a third story version that says that Leeds was punished by a higher power for having a child out of wedlock with a British soldier, an enemy of the country during the Revolutionary War.

Some folklorists had identified mother Leeds as Deborah Leeds, on grounds that Deborah Leeds’ husband, Japhet Leeds, named twelve children in the will he wrote during 1736, which is compatible with the legend. Deborah and Japhet Leeds also lived in the Leeds Point section of what is now Atlantic County, New Jersey, which is commonly the location of the Jersey Devil story. One theory says that the story of Mother Leeds, rather than being based on a single historical person, originated from colonial southern New Jersey religion-political disputes that became the subject of folklore and gossip among the local population. 

According to the theorist, folk legends concerning these historical disputes evolved through the years and ultimately resulted in the modern popular legend of the Jersey Devil during the early 20th century. It contends that “colonial-era political intrigue” involving early New Jersey politicians, Benjamin Franklin, and Franklin’s rival almanac publisher Daniel Leeds resulted in the Leeds family being described as “monsters”, and it was Daniel Leeds’ negative description as the “Leeds Devil”, rather than any actual creature, that created the later legend of the Jersey Devil.
It’s an interesting and more rooted of the story, but the eyewitness accounts are not of a Daniel Leeds and him being a monster and of something very different.

The Jersey Devil is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations. The common description is that of a bipedal kangaroo-like or wyvern-like creature with a horse- or goat-like head, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, legs with cloven hooves, and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly and is often described as emitting a high-pitched blood-curdling scream.

With many legends dealing with crypto zoological creatures, there have been many hoaxes with people faking ‘hoof prints’ and claiming to find them in the area The Jersey Devil calls home. There seems to be details even pointing to an actual manhunt for the creature by President James Monroe in which the claim that the devil was in fact found and killed by a man named Commodore Stephen Decatur, but there’s no hard evidence that I can find that proves this manhunt even happened. For me, this story of the devil being found and killed seems to be just a story to calm the nerves of locals or even as a bragging-rights type of tale.

With, all the information that is out there about The Jersey Devil, I recommend you doing your own research as I have purposely left much out to shorten the post. It’s a interesting story with historical ties.

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The Veil: The Wampus Cat

It’s getting closer to a very spooky day, so let’s talk about The Wampus Cat. A good deal of may never have heard of it, but that doesn’t mean the legend is less real. This is an Appalachian supernatural beast with its very roots in Cherokee tales. From what I understand, the legend begins with a Native American/Indigenous hunting tribe are about to embark on a long hunting trip. They allowed no women to accompany them as it would be too dangerous and rough on them, so they were to be left behind.

The story continues that during this trip that one woman from the village went alone, anyway. She covered herself in the hide of a mountain cat, cougar, or mountain lion. She spied on the men as they asked forgiveness for what they were about to do, taking lives of animals, but also thanking them for their lives. The woman was so enthralled she stepped back breaking a stick. This stirred the hunters and ultimately they took her back to the village to let the shaman of the tribe decide her fate. The shaman turned her into the animal she wore the hide of, a mountain cat.

There are different variations of the story I know online interesting reads. One variation is that the woman was the wife of one hunter and the other was a spirit that transformed into a woman to follow them. One of the more interesting variations is that the woman was cursed to walk alone for being a witch dating the legend to a different time period altogether. 

It is said the Wampus Cat is forever to roam the Appalachian Mountains at night and some have claimed to see it. The tales are all different, as mentioned above, but primarily that it is a woman that roams the night as a half-cougar half-woman as a punishment of some sort. This is primarily a North Carolina crypto animal and tale. 

Folklorist have dated the tale going back to the 19th century with a 20th century twist turning it into a Native American woman.  In 1964 reports of a ‘ape-like’ creature seen roaming the woods came to light and they labeled it the Wampus Cat, but ‘ape-like’ and ‘cougar-like’ are very different descriptions. It is said that you know you have a Wampus Cat near if in the middle of the night you hear odd cat-like meowing or growling or if animals have disappeared from local farms. 

The term ‘catawampus’ in the south to refer to something being ‘odd’ or ‘strange’ is said to come from this legend. I’ve even used this term to describe something messed up, for example: the room was clean until the kid ran through now it’s all catawampus.

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The Veil: Mothman

The Mothman has been a feature of folklore and myth for many years. A prime focus of movies, books, and mentioned through television. The story goes that the Mothman appeared in the area Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966. The legend goes that it only appears right before something bad happens.

He was linked to a bridge collapse that killed over forty people, thus forever being linked with his appearance seen as a bad omen. A ‘bird like creature’ was seen near the bridge and then it collapsed leaving many to connect the dots and blame the creature. Though many believe a sighting to be bad, there are also the group that believe him to be a good omen. That he is a type of protector. This camp of people see his appearance at the bridge, before it collapsed, a foreshadowing or warning that wasn’t heeded.

He has been sensationalized throughout children’s books, but it wasn’t until the novel The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel published in 1975 that a nation became fascinated. This novel turned movie popularized him. The book, one I haven’t personally read, is a imaginative investigation of the cases surrounding the creature between the years of 1966 and 1967.

What this creature truly is no one knows. Theories range from demon to alien protector come to Earth.

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The Veil: Tulpas

A tulpa is a thoughtform that comes to life and the practice of this is called tulpamancy.  The concept of tulpamancy can be traced back to Tibetan Buddhism. Monks practiced this; to create tulpas to overcome emotional attachments like phobias. An example of their practice that I discovered to explain this would be if a monk was afraid of a spider they would strongly focus during meditation that there was a spider (but it was really a tulpa) until there really was one that they could see. Ultimately, they would then use this to teach themselves that the fear of something was utterly useless.  These creations would move, speak or do whatever was required for the monk to overcome the fear.

In a modern more fictitious explanation through example, that I can relate this to would be from the Harry Potter movies where the audience was introduced to a ‘boggart’, a creature that took upon itself the viewer’s worse fear. I do not know the Harry Potter world in-depth, so I do not know if this was the basis for this creature in the books and movies, but that was what came to mind when I first learned of tulpas.

Another example of a fictitious explanation I can refer to is from a television show would be from the television show Supernatural. On the episode of Supernatural, basically, a group online was reporting the legend of Mordechai Murdoch, over time the group’s forum changes details of Murdoch, then the details of the spirit of Murdoch people were seeing would change. This goes along the lines of believing is seeing, that’s how a tulpa in the Western world works. If you believe in it enough it becomes real, the intense focus of the object. 


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The Veil: Shadow People

Something was watching me, I could feel it before I saw it and then there it was. At first, when I saw it I wasn’t sure if it was just my eyes or something else. A black mass stood within the shadows of my bedroom, maybe I’m just tired, but as it began to move it took upon a silhouette, a humanoid outline. No longer blending into the shadows the horror zigzagged down my spine like a lightning bolt had struck me and I tried to move, but the fear overtook me, drowning in the ocean of emotions that had flooded over me.

That is a common experience. Many that have seen a shadow person have seen them while at rest, leading to the theory that they caused sleep paralysis.  Science has proven that sleep paralysis is caused when the mind wakes before the body does. This is something I have personally experienced, it is very scary. My family even believed I had a seizure when I went through an episode. I was diagnosed with sleep paralysis when I got done at the hospital. I didn’t consider it a ‘demonic experience’ just something that was scary that happened. When I began research into what would’ve caused this is when I came across the connection of ‘shadow people’. Do I think I experienced that at that time, no. A simple googling can give you many links to how science explains it. Do I take that as solid proof that is what is happening to everyone? No. I do believe in the paranormal and supernatural things, but for me it just wasn’t.


THIS IS JUST PART OF THE FULL POST. This was one of two posts I had done over at The Buzzkill Magazine, with permission I posted just part of it as this project is there. To read the full article go here.