Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Stone Tape Theory: Modern Minds Weigh In

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In this second part of the Stone Tape Theory Series, I am going to introduce you to two of the great minds behind this theory - one is a scientist turned parapsychologist and the other is an archaeologist who came up with the named Stone Tape Theory - but who is actually better known for his extensive research in to the use of pendulums and dowsing rods. In the third and final article (which will be published soon), I will add in two other aspects of research that was very pertinent to my book on Limestone and Its Paranormal Properties - the complex realms of palaeomagnetism and quantum physics. I hope you find this material as fascinating as I have!!

Early Pioneer

Sir William Barrett was born on February 10, 1844 on the island of Jamaica in the British West Indies. In his younger days he was a fledgling scientist who moved to England to study under the famous physicist named John Tyndall.


After studying in this field for quite a few years, Barrett began to spawn some new interests that were not really accepted in the scientific communities of his time.

"Barrett began to take an interest in psychic phenomena in 1874 after hearing of the research of renowned scientist William Crookes...[in dealing] with mediums."

In the beginning he was a complete skeptic until some very overwhelming evidence changed his mind. This change started when he began experimenting with hypnosis, or "mesmerism," as it was called in his day. He observed a young girl, who was under hypnosis, identify playing cards taken from a pack. While his colleagues, who had heard of this unusual phenomenon, laughed at the mere mention of the paranormal, Barrett kept an open mind. About three years later, his skepticism was further eroded when he met 10-year-old Florrie Clark. She could levitate off the floor and also had the talent for communicating spirit "raps," which spelled out messages from an entity named "Walter." From this point forward he began working with known mediums at the time.

These unexplained events took an even stranger turn when he attended a table-topping session within a small family circle. One of the mediums he was investigating named Kathleen Goligher was hosting this event. After holding hands, the group recited the alphabet and then a series of knockings occurred. The knocks increased in their violence with a final boom occurring which sounded like "the blow of a sledge hammer on an anvil." The table then lifted 18 inches off of the floor and Barrett was able to see that no one was doing the actual lifting. He tried as well to push the table back down with all of his might, but it would not budge. For a scientist this was an unbelievable experience and one that changed his life forever.   

I chose Sir William Barrett as one of the men behind the inspiration of Limestone and Its Paranormal Properties because his life's work in understanding death and the afterlife has revealed some basic truths. Consciousness continues even after death, which confirms the existence of a paranormal world. He further understood through his experiences that sometimes things happen that do not have an explanation. Here is where the open mind comes into play and it is a necessary tool to understanding limestone's paranormal properties. I admire Mr. Barrett for standing up against his peers and colleagues even when they may have laughed him out of the room. This is what makes a great pioneer. 

After his death, Barrett's wife held a sitting whereby she contacted her husband. He gives us a bit of a glimpse of what it is like on the other side of the veil:

     "Life on my side seems so extraordinarily easy compared to earth...because we simply live according to the rules of love."

The Man Behind the Theory

"Thomas Charles Lethbridge (1901-1971) was a British explorer and archaeologist. He was educated at Wellington College, before attending Cambridge University at the age of eighteen, where he discovered an interest in archaeology. Once he had completed his degree, he began working as a voluntary digger for Louis Clarke, the curator of the Archaeological Museum in Cambridge."

"Lethbridge was a superb scientific researcher who put forward intelligent factually-based theories on a host of unexplained matters like ghosts, witchcraft, dowsing, psychokinesis and aliens. Through his experience with the pendulum and his work with dreams, Lethbridge concluded that there are other realms of reality beyond this one and that the soul is probably immortal."

I chose these two quotes from William Shepherd's publication about Lethbridge because they sum up his work nicely. Thomas had a very keen mind and his experimentation and very detailed documentation has completely opened up the mysterious world of the pendulum. Prior to writing this article I had heard of midwives using pendulums to determine the sex of a child, but his work has given this phenomenon a whole new meaning. (By the way, if you hold a pendulum over a pregnant mother and it swings clockwise, it will be a girl. Counterclockwise determines a boy.)

Lethbridge made some very interesting discoveries in regards to the Stone Tape Theory. He was able to ascertain that nearly every object or living thing is able to leave an imprint on the environment. His studies of the human body's emission of electromagnetic fields simply reinforce this claim. His scientific and paranormal studies bridged across nearly discipline and incorporated them into a sensible understanding. It is impossible to sum up the details of his life's work, but I encourage you to read up on him through this link.

I leave you with a quote from Thomas that will give you a little insight into his thinking on a object's ability to record psychic energy and why I chose him as the core of my book:

   "We saw that something of the personality of an Iron Age slinger remained for two thousand years in the field of the stone he slung. It is just the same with a letter. Something of your personality remains in it, which is beyond what you said in the words you wrote on the paper."
   - Beyond the Lines, Thomas Lethbridge 1969

Works Cited

Tymn, Michael E. Sir William Barrett's Biography. Association for Evaluation and Communication of Evidence for Survival (AECES). 2010.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Stone Tape Theory: Fiction And The Early Years

"My first book, Limestone And Its Paranormal Properties, is being published on Amazon KDP at the end of this month. As a service to you, I wanted to write a prelude to its launch so you might better understand the context in which it is written. As a thank you for what I hope will inspire you to learn more about the Stone Tape Theory, I am offering the first two chapters for free as a viewing download. Find the link here."

This month on Paranormal Insights I am focusing on the history and relevant material that pertains to this intriguing theory. Frequently I will post a brief article enlightening you on this and other related subjects. I truly do hope you enjoy!

Status Quo

There are many, many paranormal groups that have surfaced all over the world in light of the latest paranormal craze. In fact, investigating may have become the newest trend in hobbies. There are, like with anything, some good and bad points about this social phenomenon. 

One of the best points, in my opinion, is the fact that since so many people do experience supernatural happenings, then this verifies that the spirit world does indeed exist. For all of the atheists and skeptics out there, you have quite a bit of new information to process in order to further uphold your beliefs. But, to each their own. I certainly respect everyone's point of view, no matter what my thoughts may be about it. 

Perhaps one of the less pleasant things about having thousands of investigators combing every spooky building throughout the world for any knock, disembodied voice or cold spot, is that some of the "evidence" really is not reputable. I discussed last month in the article "The Orb Dilemma" (Paranormal Enlightenment Magazine), the issue of investigators shooting photos of a site and then later finding white balls in the analysis. Inexperienced or overly excited investigators will quickly assert that they have captured orbs, which in turn suggest the presence of a spirit. This over-exaggeration to find something paranormal can mislead team members to misinterpret what might actually be dust particles, rain drops, moisture in the air, debris on the digital camera lens or some other foreign material. When this happens, our craft is criticized for being bogus and written off as the musings of paredolia.

A Common Belief   

Since I began nurturing my interest in the paranormal several years ago, I noticed that there was a prevalent belief that if an investigation site possessed limestone on it, then a blanket explanation was assumed. This assumption was consistent in implying that somehow rocks like limestone and granite are able to fuel paranormal activity. 
I never once heard anyone explain why this is, although nearly every investigation team that would make this statement, the members would all nod their heads in agreement. For some reason I too joined in this weird social contagion and went along with the idea, using this assumption in my own paranormal investigations. And then one day I stopped and began to wonder - what is the story behind this unspoken rule among paranormal professionals?

Surprisingly, for as common as this theory is among the paranormal community, there really isn't an abundance of information to research on the topic. I did find some good sources, which I will share with you. First off, from a fictional perspective, there is a movie named "Stone Tape". It is a BBC television play that aired in 1972 and it is written by Nigel Kneale. I have yet to watch the production and it certainly does sound interesting:

"A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyze the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a 'stone tape'), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results..."   (

I encourage you to check out the movie and extract from it the basic belief that limestone and similar rocks are able to absorb psychic energies. It is from this premise that we jump into the time machine and head back to the roots of this belief.

A Stone's Throw Back in Time

The origins of this theory takes us back to the 1800's with a man named Sir William Barrett, who was a physicist and the founder of the Association for Psychical Research. He was one of the first professional scientists to begin bridging science and the paranormal and he was well known for studying what happens at the point of death. His proposal that inanimate objects were able to somehow absorb psychic energy naturally received much criticism. Barrett fully understood the tangibly of psychic energies, as his work is a direct reflection of this controversial subject.

Back in Barrett's day recording tapes obviously did not exist. However, he was well ahead of his time in the paranormal world. He first became interested in supernatural phenomenon when he claims to have experienced mesmerism, the transference of thoughts from one person to another. From here his interests skyrocketed into exploring the world of poltergeists and then the founding of his society for those of his like mind. Not surprisingly, he was being harshly criticized for his beliefs.

Barrett is also known for exploring the realms of telepathy, clairvoyance, and a host of similar subjects. He experimented with the use of dowsing rods and eventually wrote two papers on the subject in 1897 and 1900. He is one of the unspoken and unknown pioneers in our paranormal craft and his work began to set the stage for the Stone Tape Theory.

In my next article on this fascinating subject, due for publishing September 25, I will walk you through the modern pursuits of this theory and introduce you to the paranormal explorers behind the movement. 

I hope you will join me each weekend as we lead up to the final launch of Limestone and Its Paranormal Properties: A Comprehensive Approach to the Possibilities.... on September 30, 2015. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Astral Body Light Shout And Apparition Manifestations

     Depending on where you live in the world, the idea of death and the process of dying may be very different. Some cultures do not fear death, but rather, they embrace it with celebration that the soul of their loved one is about to embark on a new and wonderful journey. A feast is laid out at the bereaved home, while drink and merry are abundant all night long. For these cultures, it is truly a blessing to be a part of someone's death process and to participate in the excitement of knowing that the deceased soul is progressing through his or her spiritual journey, on to the next level. 

    In other cultures, like ours in the United States, families tend to view death as a fearful experience shrouded in sorrow, disbelief, and the notion that this truly is the end of existence for their loved one. Mournful graves are prepared, black colors are donned, and absolute heartbreak accompanies the funeral train as it pulls into the tear-soaked roadway that leads to the eternal unrest where the lifeless body will be laid. No matter how death may be viewed in whatever culture you may be a part of, there is one certainty that is constant throughout all humanity - the point of death. 
The Final Burst
We all should be familiar with the phrase "giving up the ghost" when we talk about death. True, this process is about relaxing and turning oneself over to the peaceful sleep, however, there are deeper scientific and paranormal aspects to dying. When the spirit leaves the body it emits a very bright light in the form of a flash. This is called a "light shout" and it was initially discovered by Italian scientists who were performing research on the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

      Their studies showed that a very low-power, intense ultraviolet light had left an imprint of Jesus' body in perfect detail on the linen fabric. The blood had soaked through the cloth, but the image was a very light yellow color, superficially marking the fibers. Since the cloth was carbon-dated to the 14th century, there was abundant skepticism asserting that this fabric was not the authentic burial wrap. It was, naturally, first proposed as a fake. However, as scientists began ruling out powders, dyes, chemical pulps, acid vapors, and any other possibilities available in the 1300's, they began to disown the proposal that the Shroud was a fake. 

The Shroud of Turin
Multiple excimer laser experiments were then performed on specimens of this cloth using the most modern technology available today, but they were unable to replicate the 0.2 micrometer image.

      This lead the experts to the "hypothesis that VUV [vacuum ultraviolet] radiation could have generated the Shroud images...[which] is out of the realm of science.... Current scientific paradigm has as yet failed to produce a consistent explanation for what is observed on the Turin Shroud." (Dr. Paolo Di Lazarro - physicist and Chief of Research at ENEA)

     Although billions of people have died throughout the course of human history (it has been predicted that 60 billion souls exist), there are very few records and photos of the "light shout". One location where there has been some photo evidence is in hospitals. Cameras that run 24 hours have captured the very instance when the soul leaves the body. As far as I have been able to research, the actual "flash" has yet to be documented. There have been photos which reveal a white light rising up from the body of a newly deceased patient. So... what exactly is this light anomaly and how does it reveal the phenomenon of apparitions that people do see in their homes and in buildings all throughout the world? 

Stepping Out of Body

     Perhaps you have heard of astral projection - whereby a person has in some way transformed themselves into a trance-like or sleep state and he or she leaves their human body for a period of time. The astral body is an exact duplicate of our physical bodies and it is this entity that leaves and travels through the other planes of existence. 

The astral plane, to give another point of reference, is where we travel when we are in the dream state as we sleep. I won't get into a detailed account of what astral bodies are specifically or the five other realms which exist outside of the astral and physical ones. That may be for another article. What I do want to discuss, and I encourage you to comment either on this blog or the Google Plus site this is shared, is the astral body's relationship to death and the "light shout". 

     Once the human body has reached the point of death, it is time for the soul to depart. Instantaneously, the bright "flash" occurs and the soul is released into freedom from physical constraints. One of the interesting things about Jesus and His death is His resurrection. The traditional burial cloth that covered his body in the tomb would had to have been wrapped around him long after death because he physically died on the cross. I can only imagine the intensity of His "light shout" at the point of death - it had to be amazing. What is intriguing is that the ultraviolet image of Jesus would have been burned into the cloth once his soul returned to his body during resurrection. It would only be possible to have such an imprint in this way. Just a little something to ponder as a possibility....

The Biophoton Phenomenon

Flickr - Michael Mol
Our bodies, and every other living thing on this planet, emit photons of a non-thermal origin and can be seen in the visible and ultraviolet light spectrum. You may be familiar with the Flir camera which picks up the light signatures of people and can detect spirit entities on this ultraviolet level. It is a great tool to use during paranormal investigations because if you do find a human shape or see movement in one of the darker colors, it tends to be very strong evidence of activity. It's hard to debunk.

These biophotons are a result of cellular communication in our bodies and this activity is reflected in the form of heat. The 1st Law of Thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed into a different form. This concept is critical to understanding not only how the biophoton phenomenon works, but also how apparitions can exist. At the point of death, the heart stops beating, and then the brain ceases to function. Now, in this stage, clinical death has been achieved. There is still an abundance of energy inside the body which then is brought out with the astral body as it is leaving the physical body. The "light shout" represents the intense burst which occurs as all of the remaining life energy changes into a different form.


There are two types of apparitions - induced and spontaneous. The induced "visions" are typically caused by ingesting some sort of drug, achieving a very deep meditative state or they can be a result of certain dementia. The key with induced apparitions is that they emanate from the person, not the environment. Transversely, spontaneous apparitions do come from the environment and it is these entities that paranormal researchers are concerned. 
Residual Apparition - Pinterest, Colleen Wilder

These types of spirits can take on two states of being. There are the residual apparitions who simply repeat a certain pattern over and over again. These apparitions may continuously walk down the same flight of stairs or the spirit will perform some sort of behavior they were known for in life. This paranormal activity is the result of psychic energies embedding themselves in the atmosphere and they will be experienced just like a tape recorder playing back its content.

Intelligent apparitions are brought out in a whole different light - literally. These are spirits who can interact with the living and they may be a form of astral body that has developed into a being capable of manifestation. The return of Jesus to his apostles and other members of society is an example of an intelligent apparition. 

Intelligent Apparition - Pinterest

In our everyday lives we may interact with spirits, so long as they are able to harvest enough energy to do so. In some ways, spirits need a form of "food" to be able to enhance the natural biophotons they possess in their ethereal bodies. Electromagnetic fields, lithium batteries, and psychic energies embedded in material like limestone are good sources of "food" for intelligent apparitions. This is also the motivation behind the use of EMF pumps during paranormal investigations - it gives the spirit the required energy needed for manifestation and communication. 

"Shouts" From Different Backgrounds

I first learned about this phenomenon while researching the last article on time warps. Reading through some of Mark Nesbitt's material revealed this phenomenon in an interview with Gary James. It intrigued me so much I now have material on astral bodies and biophotons, which, of course has led to more questions about the paranormal. It's kind of like dominoes.

I am very curious, though, what other folks like yourself think about the light shout/biophoton/apparition connection. Skepticism and feedback are the bread and butter of paranormal investigations. They are just as valuable to me as a spectral writer. If you have not had an opportunity to join the Google Plus Paranormal Chat community, I encourage you to do so. There you will find a discussion moderated by yours truly on this subject. Thank you for your input and remember... death truly is just another stage of our existence as we mature through the vast universes God has created!