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#79 The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons with Sharon Hatfield

Sharon Hatfield, author of Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons.

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Fahrusha was pleased to welcome Sharon Hatfield, author of Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons to “Shattered Reality Podcast”. We covered the history of Jonathan Koons as regards his career as a famous American Spiritualist during the middle of the Nineteenth Century. Fahrusha was pleased to note that the author did not decide on the veracity of Mr. Koons’ claims of physical mediumship. It is difficult enough to vet the claims of those with whom one is contemporaneous, no less the claims of those who are long gone. No one is currently alive who ever met Jonathan Koons so there are no witnesses. There does exist ample critique of this man’s seances in publications of the day, and they are both positive and negative. In addition Mr. Koons, himself, was a prolific, if opaque, writer on matters spiritual.

Jonathan Koons did not charge money to attend the seances, but did sometimes charge board to those who lodged with his family, so his motives were not influenced by personal enrichment. His entire family participated in this endeavor and he had eleven natural children and one adopted daughter, although not all lived to adulthood. One son, Nahum, was often the centerpiece of these gatherings and was considered quite gifted. Magnetic anomalies in the ground on the ridge where the seances took place just outside Athens, Ohio are believed by some to be the cause of the unusual effects produced in the Spirit Room. Others point to poltergeist activity due to the raging hormones of so many pubescent children.

We also discussed other notables of the day, including D. D. Home, the Fox Sisters, and somewhat surprisingly, John Chapman colloquially known as “Johnny Appleseed”. He was a staple character in American history texts in public schools across the US, famed for planting apple trees where ever he wandered, but few know him as the Swedenborgian spiritualist he actually was. Currently physical mediumship is looked down upon in many but not all spiritualist circles in the US, though it receives better treatment in the UK.

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Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons by Sharon Hatfield published by Swallow Press.

 

 

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#72 George P. Hansen the Trickster

George P. Hansen, author of The Trickster and the Paranormal.

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Fahrusha and Kate Valentine were pleased to welcome illustrious author and paranormal investigator George P. Hansen to “Shattered Reality Podcast”. There was so much to speak about that it was difficult to fit it into an hour and fifteen minutes. Hansen looks at the paranormal from the view of anthropology and skepticism but never debunking. He views many of the phenomena of the paranormal as being affected and sometimes caused by the Trickster. He gives two compatible definitions of who or what the Trickster is, the first of which concerns the folk traditions of many, if not all, indigenous cultures around the world. Some of the famous folk tricksters are Loki of Norse mythology, the Coyote of the American Southwest, Iktomi (spider) of the Lakota and Ananzi (spider) of the Caribbean and Africa. These Tricksters are shapeshifters so they can appear in different guises. In his words “The trickster archetype is not designated by immediately observable physical features.  Rather it is a more abstract constellation of characteristics that is usually personified (i.e., identified with a person or animal).”  His second definition is a bit more ephemeral to explain. It includes many aspects of psi including boundary crossing, irrationality, fakery, change and instability and it is, by its very nature, non-binary.

We tackle many subjects, especially including UFOs. For instance these objects are often seen to be shapeshifting, and some might be interstellar or not, and of course they may have more than one origin and they often appear at times of great change. The purported occupants may lie to humans or their communication may seem absurd or be misunderstood. They often appear to people when those people are in altered states of consciousness, as in the liminal state.

 

Book cover, The Trickster and the Paranormal by George P. Hansen.

 


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#42 Psychic Experiences of Psi Explorers

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In this podcast episode #42, Kate Valentine and Fahrusha speak to two Psi Explorers and one listener about their personal psychic experiences.

Russell Targ and Fahrusha at the 2016 SSE Symposium (courtesy of Rosanna Schaffer-Shaw)

First up is Russell Targ, formerly of the Stanford Research Institute, and one of the originators of remote viewing. His two stories of his own precognitive dreams are thought-provoking. He emphasizes that psychic dreams and other psi phenomena are normal and these experiences can be had by anyone. We just need to be attentive to them.

Russell Targ’s latest book The of Reality of ESP, A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities is an excellent book explaining several different but related psi abilities and substantial examples from his professional experience. A trailer for his movie about the history of the US government’s Remote Viewing program and his participation in it can be seen at the website thirdeyespies.com.

Dr. Michael Grosso, author of "The Man Who Could Fly"

Dr. Michael Grosso, author of “The Man Who Could Fly”

Next up is Dr. Michael Grosso who tells two stories from his own collection of personal psychic experiences. The first is the story of a beautiful Christmas miracle (I can’t tell you more because that would be a spoiler) and the second is a precognitive dream he had as a child. His most recent book is The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation.

Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego built in 1888. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons)

Listener Peter completes this episode with a very strange ghostly experience he had at the illustrious old Hotel Del Coronado in California in the early 1990’s.

Notes: During the episode Fahrusha mentioned an opinion piece on her blog which was reprinted by George Filer on Filer’s Files. We want to also thank Ken Pfeifer for also reprinting it. The article is called Extraterrestrial Evolution.

 

 


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Dr. Ross Dunseath and Psychokinesis #9

Dr. Ross Dunseath (courtesy of Rosanna Schaffer-Shaw)

Dr. Ross Dunseath (courtesy of Rosanna Schaffer-Shaw)

Kate and Fahrusha delve into the mysteries of psychokinesis on Podcast Number 9 with University of Virginia’s Dr. Ross Dunseath. Psychokinesis is the ability to move objects by mental effort alone.

As Assistant Professor of Research in the Division of Perceptual Studies with the esteemed Dr. Edward Kelly, Ross has been working on establishing irrefutable scientific evidence of human mental action on matter, such as metal bending and movement of small objects. All aficionados of the paranormal will find this interview both fascinating and instructive.

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Remote Viewer Angela Thompson Smith #8

The multi-talented Angela Thompson Smith

The multi-talented Angela Thompson Smith

Kate Valentine and Fahrusha have a nice chat with the British born psychic, shaman and remote viewer Angela Thompson Smith. She is the author of five books, Remote Perceptions, Diary of An Abduction, Voices From The Cosmos (With C.B.Scott Jones, Ph.D.), River of Passion and Shire.  In addition Ms. Thompson Smith is a nurse, social worker and earned a Master’s Degree in Great Britain. The genial discussion is far ranging and covers various paranormal topics.

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Podcast 5 with Natalie Sudman

Author Natalie Sudman

Author Natalie Sudman

Natalie Sudman worked as a civilian with the Army Corps of Engineers where she was blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED) while travelling in a armored motor convoy. Application of Impossible Things is her account of that experience. Kate Valentine and Fahrusha talk to Natalie about what happened to her when the impossible happened. Currently Natalie is a psychic reader, Monroe Institute facilitator, artist, and blogger.

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Podcast 2 Walking Through Walls with Philip Smith and his father Lew Smith

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Our second podcast features author and artist Philip Smith speaking about his book Walking Through Walls, his father psychic healer Lew Smith, and his art. Philip Smith, a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award and former managing editor of GQ Magazine joins us to tell about growing up with his well known father. His book is a must read for all students of things psychic and mystical. In addition, it is a well written and sometimes humorous account of life in Miami during the fifties and sixties. I could feel the spirit of his father coming through Philip’s words during the interview.

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You might remember my 2009 blog piece featuring this book.

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