Saturday, August 26, 2017

Are Empaths More Likely to Have Psychic Powers?

By Sally Keys

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Empaths (or highly sensitive persons) may make up as much as 15 to 20 percent of the world’s population. Being an empath is more than feeling for others, which most people can do on some level. These people can feel others’ pain as if it were their own, even for people they have never met.

Empaths, who know who they are seem to be much more in touch with others than the average person. So, it makes sense to wonder if they may also be more likely to possess other powers, such psychic gifts. Continually, this begs the question whether it true that empaths are psychics too? Let’s dive in.

What Is an Empath?

Being an empath involves much more than feeling sad when someone you love cries. Highly sensitive persons feel just as devastated as the other person, even when the subject is a stranger or fictional character.

Do you ever notice that your intuition always seems to be on point? You might be an empath. These in-touch people just seem to know things. Furthermore, empaths may feel overwhelmed in crowded spaces, due to a large number of emotions flooding the person.

What is a Psychic?

Forget the images you’ve seen on television. Psychics are just much more than those stereotypes would have people believe. Psychics possess what is known as the gift of Extra Sensory Perception (ESP). There are many different types of psychics, so the abilities vary widely.

Some people with ESP may receive premonitions that predict the future. Others may communicate with people who have passed. Psychic abilities don’t stop there. Mostly, individuals with ESP sense things that other people may miss.

What is the Crossover?

Have you noticed the similarities already? Both psychics and empaths sense feelings and spirits that others ignore. Because empaths are so in-tune with the people around them, they are more likely access psychic powers as well.

In fact, The Wellness Institute says that empaths are more apt to experience a whole host of paranormal things. People with empathic abilities are more likely to have out-of-body, near-death, and past-life experiences.

Some people believe that it is these experiences that allowed them to access their empath and psychic powers entirely. That makes a lot of sense, seeing as though paranormal experiences can have a profound and long-lasting effect on a person.

Although the exact connection is a mystery, there does seem to be a link between empaths and psychics. After all, if a person can feel so deeply, they can more easily connect with the world around us.

Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Writer’s Block? Find Inspiration Through Haunted Travel

By Sally Keys
Photo by Jesse Bowser on Unsplash
We can’t all simply reach into the darkest depths of ourselves and pull out a masterpiece the way writers like Stephen King do. Even if our imaginations knew no bounds, sometimes there’s no better story than the truth. It may seem that there are only so many ghosts in one’s backyard, and perhaps you’ve exhausted those resources. The world is full of spiritual, and potentially haunted destinations which are just waiting to be written about. Is it fate calling you to visit them, or the voices of lost souls?
Explore Haunted America
The USA is home to hundreds of sites known to be inhabited by otherworldly forces. You could close your eyes and pick a state at random and there would likely be a destination within it that suits your niche. Some areas have fascinating and well-known historical significance. Take Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Alternatively, in Independence, Missouri you can find the haunted Ginger Rogers' birthplace where Ginger Rogers’ ghost is said to reside. No matter what century you’re drawn to write about, the USA will undoubtedly have something to offer you.
Search Farther From Home
The world is a big place; it’s full of mystery and tragedy. See the final resting places of thousands by venturing to the Catacombs in France or the Killing Fields in Cambodia. There’s no denying that a certain energy is palpable in places that have seen such horrors. If you’re especially brave, or a little bit twisted, you may consider a visit to Aokigahara, Japan: otherwise known as “Suicide Forest.” The global possibilities for your ghost hunting are endless.
Look on the Bright Side
A little light couldn’t hurt, could it? Assuming you’re not a vampire, of course. There’s plenty of inspiration to be found in spiritual destinations around the world. Though these destinations are innumerable, countries like Thailand are popular for their particularly enlightening holy places. You can go anywhere for your spiritual trip, or you can visit some specific destinations for spiritual vacations.
Go Forth and Wander
Normally inspiration won’t seek you out, you have to go looking for it; but we are talking about ghosts, so you may get lucky. Just in case, play it safe and go find the creepiest places you could dream of. But remember the words of Friedrich Nietzsche, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Battle with Disney over Crop Circle Photos

By Colin Andrews

CA: The Movie "Signs" - The scariest movie ever. The public were not aware of what was going on behind the scenes - I had threatened an injunction to stop the movie release in Europe - a threat Disney found out quickly that they had to take seriously. Quickly conceding to my legal demands:
According to 'Decider' and many who watched Disney, Mel Gibson, blockbuster movie 'Signs', it was: "The Scariest Alien Movie Ever"?…/signs-at-15-the-scariest-alien-movie-…/
By Jade Budowski @jadebudowski
Jul 29, 2017

First though - back to my legal battle which I won in less than a day.
CA Comments:
The public have not been aware until now that a frantic legal battle was going on behind the scenes which nearly scuttled the European launch schedule of 'Signs'. Why? Because I discovered that Disney had broken contract with me. I was in the process of instructing my attorney to issue an injunction on Disney to cease their scheduled filmed advertisements and TV interviews with the stars of the film, ahead of the European launch. This was unexpected and sad because I was a consultant for the movie.
The Disney legal heads first tried to impress me that they were making me famous and that even 'Starbucks' paid them to be named in such releases etc. I pointed out that I was not a movie star or a coffee company but a researcher and well known in my own right for what I do.
They questioned my official complaint, which was the breaking of agreed terms of my contract for limited use of 11 crop circle photographs. They checked my contract, not believing my claim. After all, this was Disney I was talking to, who have teams of legal experts who just don't make these kinds of mistakes for which I protested. They asked for 20 minutes to check my claim against the contract - then came back first with an attempt to put me down and tell me how lucky I was to be working with them. After the arrogance, came obvious panic when they acknowledged their error - a serious one at that - because some of the crop circle photographs were promised to be published exclusively in my new book 'Crop Circles - Signs of Contact, co authored with New York Times best selling author, Steve Spignesi. The book was due any time soon. They had used them behind many interviews on many national TV shows - none legally.
The 11 photographs were licensed only for use at specific pop music venues, which were planned for the launch of the film.....but hey, on this particular day, I turned on my television set and there I was as filmed in England some short time before and Mel Gibson back in Hollywood being interviewed with my photographs fading in and out behind him as back drop. Later in the day another TV show and now I was looking very closely. There was Night Shamalan and Joquin Phoenix again with my photos as backdrop. This was in complete contravention of contract, which placed them in a very serious situation and for me too, because the exclusive material for our new book 'Signs of Contact' was blown out of the water.
I had a signed contract with Disney with strict conditions which did NOT include backdrop for television interviews with Mel Gibson, Night Shamalan or Joquin Phoenix. I had taken part in several TV interviews myself for the movie launch and would have been shocked had they again inserted backdrop using my own material behind me. I though had the real deal behind me, i.e. Silbury Hill and I was stood in a crop circle.
Disney, are renowned for their ruthless pursuit of copyright contraventions of their own material, such as Micky Mouse etc, but here now they were in a tangle. In the days following the release in the United States, and hours before the transmission of interviews with the movies stars for the European they had a problem they had to remedy - with a threat of an injunction.
Their initial attitude towards me didn't help them. Their contracts attorney was like "hey little nobody, it was an error made by a junior staff member but you should be thankful because we are making you well known. So we will send a new contract through to clear this up - sign it and fax it back straight away. That will be great".
Not so fast ......They had tried all the slick talk and flattery and so now what, this they knew this was going to cost them. In less than two hours Disney agreed new terms with me to proceed but to this day I realize it was nowhere enough. Not because I am greedy but because their arrogance and lack of apology with not the slightest concern for my promise of exclusivity to my publisher for the new book 'Crop Circles - Signs of Contact". Perhaps the title of the book should have been called "Signs" of a broken Contract".
Andrews & Spignesi Book: Crop Circles - Signs of Contact
PS: I later learned that Paramount Pictures had a very similar breach which cost them more than $4,000,000 and that was over 2 photographs. Oooooww!

Colin Andrews: