Ghost Tours Launched at Royal Couple's Home
She's brought fresh spirit to the Royal Family - but Kate Middleton also has to shack up with some old ghosts.
Kensington Palace, where she lives in London with new husband Prince William, is rumoured to be haunted. And now bosses are opening up the historic home - first bought by King William III and wife Mary in 1689 - for a series of spooky ghost tours.
Stories collected in the warders' log book over the years include numerous reports of screams, bumps and ghostly sightings.
For four nights on the Halloween weekend, from October 28 to 31, tourists can hear all about the rumoured ghosts of Queen Mary, Peter the Wild Boy and the anonymous sinister figure who stands at the window (not to be confused with Prince Edward).
A source said: "For years now there have been rumours about Kensington Palace being haunted. In the evenings, the place has an atmosphere all of its own.
"There are lots of strange and unusual stories which the warders have logged over the years. There are bumps in the night and that kind of thing. It's fascinating stuff and not for the faint-hearted."
Wills and Kate, both 29, will spend most of this year at their main residence in Anglesey, where William works as a search and rescue pilot. But they are expected to be in London more next year.
William spent much of his childhood in the palace with his mum, Princess Diana.
Kate has filled their flat at the palace with scented candles and cushions to make it cosy.
Parts remain a building site as it undergoes a £12million refurbishment, expected to be completed by the Queen's Jubilee year in 2012. - mirror
Spirit Rescue International: Initial On-Site Investigation Following Remote View Session - Business - Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Irene and SRI UK team on location
Lon, Kim, Sunny and Rae on Skype
OK...well, this was just a walk-through (a few hours) of the location but some of the evidence collected in the brief time the team was there gave us an indication of what we were up against.
The initial investigation included voice recordings and video of the main floor and basement of the building. The upper floors will be probed on the next visit.
There was substantial verification of much of the activity and objects perceived during the remote view, namely the constant 'touching' by an entity, many of the objects on the main floor, a hidden passageway, some of the history of the location (much more research needs to be done), paranormal hotspots not originally provided by the clients as well as descriptions of voices and apparitions experienced by the clients.
There were several disembodied voices heard during the session, but in particular:
Sunny stated she heard a very clear voice while monitoring through Skype. After going back through the EVP recordings there was a very distinctive voice recorded. In fact, it is probably the best EVP we have every collected. For various reasons, we have decided not to release it just yet.
Also...after the team started to pack up they were gathered together talking with the clients (4 people in all) when suddenly a loud gargled scream (described as a child's) was let out from the direction of the floor near a seating area. Everyone was instantly alarmed and acknowledged hearing it.
I am in the process of listening to all the evidence and will present it when we feel it is appropriate...Lon
Irene Allen-Block's Statement:
Coffee Shop - first onsite investigation - Saturday, 27 August, 2011.
Onsite: Irene, Brian, Linda, Barry, and clients Paul and Simon off and on.
On meeting the client, Paul, at his front door, we did a walkabout of the living space upstairs. Paul first showed us all the areas where there had been paranormal occurrences. The hallway downstairs gave off the feel of how old the building was, but as we reached the rooms upstairs, the feeling changed. The living quarters had been very tastefully decorated throughout in modern style. While being shown around, most areas felt very comfortable, until we got to the master bedroom. (This floor was originally part of the attic. There were two bedrooms and a bathroom with a small hallway dividing them, the bedrooms had the sloping ceilings of the roof of the house.) Entering the master bedroom was like being hit with an energy so uncomfortable I immediately started to feel ill. My chest felt as if it was being crushed, my ears felt as if they were going to burst. I felt sick and my legs went like jelly....I had to get out.
Next, we went into the business part of the building an upscale coffee shop with cellars under. It was decided that this was the area that we would cover on this visit, leaving the living area for the next visit.
Walking through the main door into the coffee shop, again, the atmosphere felt wrong...there was heaviness about it. As the others started to set up the equipment and connect the team in the USA up to us by Skype, Paul took me down to the cellar. We walked down the stone steps, Paul going first, followed by me, who was followed by the sound of disembodied footsteps. Reaching the bottom of the steps, we then entered one of the three rooms that made up the cellar. As we went through the door, a hanging water pipe started to sway back and forth on its own accord. I attempted various tests to try and recreate this movement, even to the point of jumping up and down on the concrete floor, but nothing worked. There was no way I could make this rigid pipe move on its own.
Following this, we all met up again in the coffee shop, close to the counter, and were talking with the client, Paul. He was telling us about the many times he felt a sensation on his back, and as he was relating this, Brian suddenly moved out of the way whilst saying he had just been touched on the back, I moved into the same position that Brian had previously stood and felt a sensation of a finger being run down my spine, Everyone agreed this is what we had all felt.
The evening carried on with the usual Orbs moving around, and many of these could be ruled out as dust from the carpet but some were interesting. Linda had a sensation of someone blowing in her ear, which none of the team could debunk as being a draft. All through the investigation there was a strong feeling of being observed.
There was a point in the investigation when client Paul turned on his 2 infrared cameras in the shop, which were wired to a television on the wall. As we all stood around watching, a mist moved across the screen and orbs aplenty were crossing the room from the old fireplace to the direction of the cellar door and disappearing through it.
I decided to take my infrared hand camera and go through the door myself. As I proceeded down the stone steps I heard squeals of excitement from the team. Apparently, up until now, all the orbs had been traveling in one direction, as previously mentioned. But as soon as I went through the door, they all started to come back up and out into the shop, witnessed by the team watching the television. One of the team commented that it was as if they were trying to flee away from me.
Time went by and we decided to call it a night, we had got as much as we could in the way of filming, photos and recordings and all were feeling the strain of the investigation.
Everything put away, we were standing talking, none of us more than 4 foot away from each other, when all of a sudden a heart- wrenching scream came out of nowhere, It was as if it was there beside us, as if it was coming up out of the floor, so loud as if someone was in such pain or fear. All of us heard it at the same time and was so flabbergasted that beside me saying “what the #### was that” the rest of the team had their jaws dropping as we all looked blankly at one another. After a short skirt about the floor and shop trying to debunk this EVP, we gave up and left the building.
(When first talking on the telephone earlier during the week, the client did tell me about a time when he was in the cellar and the door would not open, trapping him in there. As he was trying to get out, he heard a scream coming from the shop floor above, although the shop was closed and locked up. As soon as the scream finished, the door released itself and he was able to exit.)
Arriving home, I decided to listen to the recordings we had made. The usual recordings where the recorder had been in a locked off empty cellar room showed signs of movement on the floor and a few sighs, that’s all. The last recording made during a discussion we were having on the shop floor with the team from the US gave us a very disturbing EVP, so much so that when I heard the recording the cup of tea I was drinking ended up on my wall opposite where I had been sitting. It came as a shock, as I was not expecting it.
My only regret of this night was that when the scream happened all the equipment had been packed away but next time I will make sure that at least one recorder gets left out and switched on until we have vacated the building.
Wednesday, 31st August, I received a concerned telephone call from Paul, the client. It was evening and Paul had decided to go down to the shop and relax and read the paper, leaving his girlfriend who had not been too well to her own space in the living accommodation above. Sitting there drinking a can of Coke and reading a paper in the same vicinity where we had been standing when we heard the screaming EVP, Paul was shocked to hear the scream himself exactly as we had experienced, it took him by surprise and like my tea his Coke went everywhere.
There were many unusual things heard by the team that were listening in to the investigation on Skype even down to the fact that the EVP caught was heard as well. although no one onsite heard it. I can only think this was because computers, like recorders, are electronic.
The EVP will be posted by Lon in due course.
NOTE: There was another location investigation on Saturday September 3rd. Details are forthcoming after the evidence is examined. More on-site sessions are planned...there are other active areas of the premises that need to be probed before a clearing can be initiated. As well, we are working actively on a possible UFO / unknown entity infestation in Grayson County, Texas. That information and past/current/future cases will be posted and updated at Astral Perceptions - Spirit Rescue International Case Logs. Registration is required in order to view case logs...Lon
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Psychologists Discover We've Been Underestimating the Unconscious Mind
What does consciousness do? Theories vary, but most neurologists and cognitive psychologists agree that we need awareness for integration. That is, unconscious processing can take in one object or word at a time. But when it comes to pulling together disparate stimuli into a coherent, complex scene, consciousness gets to work.
Now, new research by four Israeli psychologists—Liad Mudrik and Dominique Lamy of Tel Aviv University, and Assaf Breska and Leon Y. Deouell of Hebrew University of Jerusalem—suggests that scientists have been underestimating the abilities of the unconscious mind. “Integration can happen even when we’re unaware of the stimulus,” says Mudrik. “Unconscious processes are much more sophisticated and deeper than was previously believed.”
The findings will be published in the June issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
To test this idea, the researchers put their subjects—18 men and women with normal vision—before a stereoscope, which allows stimuli to be introduced to each eye separately. In one eye, “Mondrians”—changing patterns of color blocks—continuously flashed, suppressing perception of other objects. In the other eye the subjects saw images of people interacting with objects. Some scenes were “congruent”: a woman putting food in an oven; a player handling a basketball. Others were “incongruent”: the woman putting a chessboard in the oven; the player holding a watermelon. The pictures were present during the entire viewing, but increased in contrast over several seconds, as the Mondrians grew fuzzier in the background.
The participants were instructed to press one of two buttons as soon as they detected the hemi field, or side of the one eye’s vision, in which the picture appeared. The experimenters compared the time participants took to respond to congruent versus incongruent scenes.
The incongruent scenes broke through the visual noise and came into awareness significantly faster than the congruent ones.
Why? “During unconscious processing, subjects are able to integrate object and background without the need for awareness,” Mudrik explains. “When the integration of the incongruent scene happens, though, it doesn’t make sense.” That’s not a cookie sheet. It’s a chessboard! “Then consciousness is recruited to make sense of an integration that does not come out properly.”
The research, says Mudrik, is rich with potential. In terms of theory, it “opens the gate” to a new understanding of the complex functioning of awareness.
But it also has implications for daily life. “These findings give us information about the resources we allocate to everyday actions. Say you are driving and talking on a cell phone. What we’ve shown is that you are doing some unconscious processing; we can perform many quite sophisticated actions at one time.
“But we have to bear in mind that this only works as long as things go according to plan. When things go wrong—say, a child runs into the road—our unconscious system cannot deal with it.” In other words, it’s wise to keep some perceptual resources in reserve for those novel situations, whether they are life threatening or simply weird. - medicalexpress
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