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September 7th 2018

Psychic Ability Outlined

In the world of The Paranormal, Psychic Ability remains one of the most popular and studied phenomena of all. These abilities have been around since the dawn of mankind and they are so crucial to our existence and just as natural as our normal 5 senses. Below I will list the various aspects of Psychic Ability and how they fit in with our everyday lives.

THE “CLAIRS”

CLAIRVOYANCE: is the gift of Psychic Sight. It is the ability to see things beyond the normal sense of physical sight. This can come in the form of visions and dreams to things being glimpsed in the minds eye.

CLAIRAUDIANCE: is the gift of Psychic Hearing. This gift manifests in a few different ways but mainly a person with this ability will hear things in their mind or even with their physical hearing. It seems to occur both physically and telepathically.

CLAIRSENTIENCE: is the gift of Psychic Feeling or Knowing. It is the ability to sense the energetic environment around a person, place or thing and is also known as Psychic Empathy. People with this gift tend to be an isolated bunch. They often feel extremely worn out or like they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. This gift allows people to read others like an open book. It is impossible to be fake around these people.

CLAIRGUSTANCE: is Psychic Smell and Taste. This occurs when one comes across place memory that presents itself as the smell of ones perfume long past or the taste of great grandmas apple pie long after she has come and gone.

THE GIFT

PSYCHOMETERY: or the ability to obtain information from touching an object or a person from the residual energy that is embedded on such things.

PRECOGNITION: is the ability to see, hear, feel or know things before they transpire in space and time. This is probably the most common and well known ability in the bunch.

RETROCOGNITION: is the ability to see, hear, feel or know things that have occured in the past without any prior knowledge of events that have occured.

TELEKENESIS: the ability to physically manipulate objects with the forces of the mind. It is the definition of mind over matter and can manifest in various ways ans degrees.

TELEPATHY: is the ability to exchange or discern information strictly through the power of the mind. This is the bridge in which all Psychic information travels.

AUTOMATIC WRITING: The gift to channel information on various energetic levels by putting pen to paper and letting what comes through be transcribed.

MEDIUMSHIP: is the ability to see, hear, feel and communicate with spiritual energies of various forms and kinds. Probably the most uncommon gift and the most dangerous.

CHANNELING: is the ability to be open to psychic information that resides within a person, place or thing. A very rare and troublesome gift that in most cases leads to several instances of negative encounters.

PYROKENESIS: the ability to create and manipulate fire through the power of the mind. Often thought to be the cause of the phenomenon know as Spontaneous Combustion.

PSYCHOKENESIS: the ability to project and manipulate the physical enviornment by the power of ones mind. Often thought of as the cause for Poltergeist Activity.

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Ghost Expedition Montgomery County, Silver Spring Maryland: Burnt Mills West Special Park/Robert B Morse Water Filtration Plant

The Burnt Mills area in Silver Spring, Maryland takes it name from a mill that was said to have burned down there sometime before 1788.  From an antique copper stencil, veteran local journalist J. Harry Shannon (aka “The Rambler”) suggested in 1916 the burnt mill may have been known as “Glen Cairn Mills Family Flour

Milling operations in Burnt Mills date to 1745 when then area was patented as the Mill Seat.  The area’s terrain and rapid waterfalls enabled the operations of a series of grist, saw and flour mills.  

The earliest records of a flour mill at Burnt Mills date to 1803 when the property known as “Beall’s Industry” was sold by Walter Beall to Peter Kemp and James William Perry  

Nathan Lufborough acquired the flour mill and land, described in an 1823 deed as “one hundred acres more or less”.  He had intended to sell the mill in 1847 but he died before the sale could be completed, leaving the property to his heirs 

The flour mill at Burnt Mills was owned by James L. Bond from 1858 to 1886.  Bond sold the property to his sons-in law.  The last owner was Dr. George W. Bready who acquired the flour mill and land in 1906

In 1913, The Rambler rendered the following portrait of the old flour mill in the Sunday Star

The shingle roof of the mill is green, dark and old, with moss, but  nearly everything else about the mill – the miller, of course, included –  is whitened by the flour and meal ground there, and which has been grinding there so long that no man’s memory runneth to the contrary  

Near the mill is the miller’s house, bowered in the shade of numerous  close-growing trees and the home of Dr. William T. Brown, surrounded by  shrubbery, orchard and vineyard

The mill produced three grades of flour and stone-ground corn mill. The technology of the mill improved over time. A roller mill replaced mill stones around 1895. A turbine replaced the wheel in 1911 

In 1922 the mill was sold to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and was subsequently demolished in 1928.  After the mill had closed, it was briefly used by the Boy Scouts as a meeting hall

In 1879, Burnt Mills (Four Corners) was a farm community with a population of 125 persons.  In 1934, the Robert E. Lattimer Land Company developed the area as a community of country estates known as Burnt Mills Hills.  The development preserved the area’s topography of rolling hills and streams and farm lanes

WSSC began construction of a water filtration facility in 1930.  The plant featured a “state of art” design, by WSSC Chief Engineer Robert B. Morse, for rapid sand removal and water treatment.  The plant had two filter assemblies, two pumping stations and a new concrete dam.  Pumping stations were designed in the Georgian Revival style to give the appearance of large colonial houses rather than a public utility

  • The low-lift pumping station moved cleaned (sediment free-water) to filter assemblies where lime and ammonia were added
  • The filter assemblies featured circular rings that were used for each stage of the filtration process, which included coagulation, filtration, and delivery

The late Robert Brooks Morse (1880-1936) was married to Carrie Emma Ross-Morse (1883-1979). They had two children: Caroline Allen Morse (1903-1905) and Katherine B. Morse-Devereaux (1904-1984)

  • He was trained as a civil engineer at Johns Hopkins University (A.B. 1901) and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. 1904).  He became Chief engineer at WSSC since its inception in 1918
  • Unfortunately, he died prematurely at age 55 due to blood poisoning, months before the water filtration plant opened.  WSSC named the water filtration plant in his honor

The water filtration plant did not have the capacity to meet rising service demands from suburban growth and it was closed in 1962. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission acquired the former water plant in 2000.  Today they are recreational facilities known as Burnt Mills West Special Park (the high-lift pumping station) and Burnt Mills East Special Park (the low-lift pumping station)

There are no haunting legends associated with historical Burnt Mills nor the Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Facility. However, there may be potential for transcommunication experiences owing to area history.  The ghost expedition will focus on “drop-in” communication,

and not on evidence for a haunting

The ghost expedition will also participate in National Ghost Hunting Day (NGHD), an event sponsored by Haunted Journeys magazine.  Connectivity and live streaming will be provided by SHINDIG. Digital marketing services for the event are being provided by CyberSpyder. The event will attempt to build a global “consciousness bridge” that will last two hours

Data from random event generators (REGs) belonging to the Global Consciousness Project  (GCP) that are in proximity to participant locations will be monitored over the event. 

REFERENCES:

Beall, J.R. (1931). The history and construction of the mill at Burnt Mills, Maryland. Initiation Thesis. Records of Phi Mu Fraternity, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.  University of Maryland, College Park. Hosted at archive.org

Boyd, T.H.S. (1879). The history of Montgomery County, Maryland – From its earliest settlement in 1650 to 1879. Baltimore, W.K. Boyle and Son

Bushong, W. (1994, May). Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Plant. M33-22. Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission. Maryland Historical Trust

Find A Grave, database and images. Memorial page for Robert Brooks Morse (13 Sep 1880–31 Jan 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135832899, citing Chebeague Island Cemetery, Chebeague Island, Cumberland County, Maine, USA. Maintained by townsendburial (contributor 47629974)

Historic Preservation, Montgomery County, Maryland. (1996, Mar 6). Montgomery County Atlas (MCATLAS) Map Viewer: ROBERT B. MORSE COMPLEX (WSSC). Resource Number: 33/022-000A. Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission. Montgomery County, Maryland

Kelly, C.L. (2012). Burnt Mills Hills. M33-29. Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission. Maryland Historical Trust

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND HISTORICAL CHRONOLOGY. (2018). Maryland State Archives

Montgomery Parks. (2016, Aug 15). Burnt Mills West Special Park. Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission

Montgomery County Planning Department. Montgomery County Atlas (MCATLAS) Map Viewer: Burnt Mills West Special Park. Montgomery County (MD). Department of Parks. Montgomery County, Maryland

National Ghost Hunting Day: The World’s Largest Ghost Hunt. (2018).  Haunted Journeys

Shannon, J.H. (1913, Jun 22). With the Rambler. Sunday Star, Washington DC.  Reprinted in Neighbors of the Northwest Branch

Shannon, J.H. (1916, May 14).  With the Rambler: Tramping the Northwest Branch. Sunday Star, Washington DC.  Reprinted in Neighbors of the Northwest Branch

Sutton, R. (2016, Jun 16). Burnt Mills Dam has a long history in Montgomery County. Ross Sutton Blog. Keller Williams Real Estate

Williams, B.J. (2017).  Exploring Collective Consciousness: Could There Be Some Implications for Paranity?. National Ghost Hunting Day Collective Consciousness Article. Psychical Research Foundation

IMAGES:

Historic American Engineering Record. (1968). REAR ELEVATION of high-lift pumping station. Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Plant, 10700 and 10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD.  Library of Congress

Historic American Engineering Record. (1968). FRONT ELEVATION of high-lift pumping station. Colesville Road (also called U.S.Route 29 or Columbia Pike) is in foreground. Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Plant, 10700 and 10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD.  Library of Congress

Burnt Mills Flour Mill prior to its demolition – Figure 1. (c 1928).  From Beall, J.R. (1931). The history and construction of the mill at Burnt Mills, Maryland. Initiation Thesis. Records of Phi Mu Fraternity, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.  University of Maryland, College Park. 

Hosted at archive.org

Burnt Mills Flour Mill prior to its demolition – Figure 2. (c 1928).  From Beall, J.R. (1931). The history and construction of the mill at Burnt Mills, Maryland. Initiation Thesis. Records of Phi Mu Fraternity, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.  University of Maryland, College Park. 

Hosted at archive.org

Historic American Engineering Record. (1968). GROUND FLOOR of high-lift pumping station. Note the main stairway and columns. Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Plant, 10700 and 10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD.  Library of Congress

Historic American Engineering Record. (1968). ATTIC of high-lift pumping station showing steel framing and concrete slab roof units. Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Plant, 10700 and 10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD.  Library of Congress

Historic American Engineering Record. (1968). OFFICE SPACE ON SECOND FLOOR of high-lift pumping station. Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Plant, 10700 and 10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD.  Library of Congress

Historic American Engineering Record. (1968). BASEMENT of high-lift pumping station. Note steel I-beam and pump foundations. Robert B. Morse Water Filtration Plant, 10700 and 10701 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, MD.  Library of Congress

National Ghost Hunting Day: The World’s Largest Ghost Hunt. (2017).  Haunted Journeys

Montgomery Parks. (2016, Aug 15). SOUTHEAST ELEVATION. Burnt Mills West Special Park. Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission

Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County…

Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County (“Maryland”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“Maryland”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Furnacetown Living Heritage Village [Snow Hill MD] Ghost Expedition Jul 28-29 2018. Several responses were heard in response to a (location) control question regarding the county and name of the state (“Maryland”).  There was also a reference to Worcester  County. Audio was captured with a SONY DCR SR45 Handycam with an onboard ZOOM condenser microphone.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer;  TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

Real Magic by Dean Radin

para-skeptic:

Chapter 2: Science and Magic?

The mind-body problem – how does brain mass give rise to consciousness? Does consciousness even originate in the brain? Some scientists think that consciousness is a brain-centric illusion.

There are 3 conventional approaches to studying consciousness

  • Philosophy: analysis of concepts, logic, and assumptions to describe consciousness
  • Science: the study of consciousness from the outside in by measuring the brain and the body or by self-report measures. 
  • Meditation: the study of consciousness from the inside out via introspection

A 4th and less conventional method: Parapsychology

The investigation of phenomena that challenge assumptions about the brain-mind relationship. Investigating psychic-phenomenon abbreviated as Psi

Psychic-Phenomenon (Psi)

  • Telepathy – images/emotions shared between minds separated by a distance
  • Clairvoyance – the perception of distant events/images
  • Precognition – the perception of distant events/images through time
  • Psychokinesis – the influence of distant systems via mental intention

Parapsychology is often associated with unreliable tabloid stories and conspiracy theories of the “lunatic fringe” which is a problem for those trying to pursue the field. The popular opinion of parapsychological phenomenon results in a discipline-wide resistance to earnestly pursuing research within the field of parapsychology. Scientists who do study it risk their credibility by merely showing interest. There’s a theme for even scientists involved in parapsychology to downplay their belief in PSI phenomenon when among peers who are not a part of the field.

“Parapsychology involves the application of orthodox scientific and scholarly methods to a class of commonly reported but, as yet, poorly understood human experiences.” The methods used to study PSI are transparent and orthodox. It should be just as regarded as scientific pursuits in any other field of research. 

The international organization of academic parapsychologists – The Parapsychological Association – is one of less than 300 associations that make up The American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Parapsychological Association’s aim to investigate PSI and the associated research is in accordance with typical rigorous scientific methods.

Literature that discusses the Magic/Psi connection:

  • Parapsychology, a handbook for the 21st century
  • Real Magic – Isaac Bonowitz 
  • Post-Modern Magic – Patrick Dunst
  • Pieces of Eight – Gordon White

All academic books that mention either PSI or magic discuss these concepts with the assumption that they’re misrepresentations of reality. The literature on Psi largely ignores magic and the literature on magic largely ignores Psi.

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Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County (“They is Wrong”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“They is Wrong”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Furnacetown Living Heritage Village [Snow Hill MD] Ghost Expedition Jul 28-29 2018. Several responses, some errant, were heard in response to a question regarding presidencies and voting rights during the lifetime of late Sampson Harmon.  One communicator appears to exclaim (“They is Wrong”). Audio was captured with a SONY DCR SR45 Handycam with an onboard ZOOM condenser microphone.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County…

Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County (“Yes, Behind You”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“Yes, Behind You”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Furnacetown Living Heritage Village [Snow Hill MD] Ghost Expedition Jul 28-29 2018. Several responses were heard in response to questions regarding the whereabouts of Sampson Harmon. One communicator indicates (“Yes, Behind You”).  Audio was captured with a SONY DCR SR45 Handycam with an onboard ZOOM condenser microphone.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County…

Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County (“They is Wrong”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“They is Wrong”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Furnacetown Living Heritage Village [Snow Hill MD] Ghost Expedition Jul 28-29 2018. Several responses, some errant, were heard in response to a question regarding presidencies and voting rights during the lifetime of late Sampson Harmon.  One communicator appears to exclaim (“They is Wrong”). Audio was captured with a SONY DCR SR45 Handycam with an onboard ZOOM condenser microphone.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

marylandparanormal: Furnacetown Snow Hill MD …

marylandparanormal:

Furnacetown Snow Hill MD Ghost Expedition 2018 /Worcester County (“I Know Her Family”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“I Know Her Family”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Furnacetown Living Heritage Village [Snow Hill MD] Ghost Expedition Jul 28-29 2018. Several responses were heard in response to questions regarding the Purnell family. One communicator responds (“I Know Her Family”). Audio was captured with a SONY DCR SR45 Handycam with an onboard ZOOM condenser microphone.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]