Purpose of this Blog

I'm an investigator with Inspired Ghost Tracking and a developing medium. Inspired uses scientific equipment to find proof of ghosts or spirits. Since I was a child I could receive messages from ghosts or spirits (who have crossed over). I wrote "Pets and the Afterlife," "Ghosts and Spirits" and "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead" to teach others how Ghosts and Spirits communicate and to give hope about the afterlife. I also provide some scientific explanations about how they do it. I'm not a medium who makes appointments - I'm not as well-developed in my abilities as learned mediums. I'm more of a "medium rare." I just hope you find comfort in these explanations based on my experiences.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pets and the Afterlife: Research: Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us


In my book "Pets and the Afterlife" I explained how dogs learn and behave just like human children, and are thus able to communicate with us from the other side. One of the scientific studies I included in the book was from Hungary.
  In Budapest, researchers at Eotvos Lorand University studied canine brain activity in response to different human and dog sounds, including voices, barks and the meaningful grunts and sighs both species emit. Before this study, we had no idea what happens inside canine brains when humans make noise.
   Here's the article that goes in depth on the study, and also mentions the other study I referenced in the book (from Emory University) that showed similar results.

Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us

This partner story is part of BrainMic, a collaboration with GE to share the latest advances in brain research and technology.
We love our dogs.
In the 30,000 years humans and dogs have lived together, man's best friend has only become a more popular and beloved pet. Today, dogs are a fixture in almost 50% of American households.
From the way dogs thump their tails, invade our laps and steal our pillows, it certainly seems like they love us back. But since dogs can't tell us what's going on inside their furry heads, can we ever be sure?
Actually, yes. Thanks to recent developments in brain imaging technology, we're starting to get a better picture of the happenings inside the canine cranium.
That's right — scientists are actually studying the brains of dogs. And what the studies show is welcome news for all dog owners: Not only do dogs seem to love us back, they actually see us as their family. It turns out that dogs rely on humans more than they do their own kind for affection, protection and everything in between.
Dogs gathered around MRI scanner MR Research Center in Budapest. Image Credit: Borbala Ferenczy
The most direct brain-based evidence that dogs are hopelessly devoted to humans comes from a recent neuroimaging study about odor processing in the dog brain. Animal cognition scientists at Emory University trained dogs to lie still in an MRI machine and used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure their neural responses to the smell of people and dogs, both familiar and unknown. Because dogs navigate the world through their noses, the way they process smell offers a lot of potential insight into social behavior.
The scientists found that dog owners' aroma actually sparked activation in the "reward center" of their brains, called the caudate nucleus. Of all the wafting smells to take in, dogs actually prioritized the hint of humans over anything or anyone else.
These results jive with other canine neuroimaging research. In Budapest, researchers at Eotvos Lorand University studied canine brain activity in response to different human and dog sounds, including voices, barks and the meaningful grunts and sighs both species emit. Before this study, we had no idea what happens inside canine brains when humans make noise.
Among other surprising findings, the study revealed marked similarities in the way dog and human brains process emotionally laden vocal sounds. Researchers found that happy sounds in particular light up the auditory cortex in both species. This commonality speaks to the uniquely strong communication system underlying the dog-human bond.
In short: Dogs don't just seem to pick up on our subtle mood changes — they are actually physically wired to pick up on them.
"It's very interesting to understand the tool kit that helps such successful vocal communication between two species," Attila Andics, a neuroscientist and lead author of the study, told Mic. "We didn't need neuroimaging to see that communication works [between dogs and people], but without it, we didn't understand why it works. Now we're really starting to."
Dog in an MRI
Dog waiting to be scanned at MR Research Center in Budapest. Image Credit: Borbala Ferenczy.
Behavior research supports the recent neuroscience too. According to Andics, dogs interact with their human caregivers in the same way babies do their parents. When dogs are scared or worried, they run to their owners, just as distressed toddlers make a beeline for their parents. This is in stark contrast to other domesticated animals: Petrified cats, as well as horses, will run away.
Dogs are also the only non-primate animal to look people in the eyes. This is something Andics, along with other researchers, discovered about a decade ago when he studied the domestication of wolves, which he thought would share that trait. They endeavored to raise wolves like dogs. This is a unique behavior between dogs and humans — dogs seek out eye contact from people, but not their biological dog parents.
"Bonding with owners is much more important for dogs than other pets," said Andics.
Image Credit: Getty
Scientists have also looked at the dog-human relationship from the other direction. As it turns out, people reciprocate dogs' strong feelings. In a study published in PLOS One in October, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers measured human brain activity in response to photos of dogs and children. Study participants were women who'd had dogs and babies for at least two years. Both types of photos sparked activity in brain regions associated with emotion, reward, affiliation, visual processing and social interaction. Basically, both furry and (typically) less-furry family members make us equally happy.
Credit: Getty Images
Dog-lovers have committed a few notable gaffes in interpreting dogs' facial expressions, e.g., assuming the often-documented hangdog look signifies guilt, an emotion that, most behavior experts agree, requires a multifaceted notion of self-awareness that dogs probably don't have.
But, as with family, our instinctive hunches about dog behavior are often correct.
"Sometimes our intuition about what's going on inside dogs' heads is dead-on," said Laurie Santos, the lead researcher at Yale's Canine Cognition Center. "Like, that dogs are seeking out help from us — and that's true based on studies — which is different from even their closest relatives, wolves."
The precise wish or worry lurking in a dog's doleful look may not always be clear. But we can relish the fact that we know our pets love us as much as we hoped, maybe even more. Even if they're not full-fledged children, they see us as family. And to us? Well, they'll always be our babies.

FOR THE BOOK "PETS and the AFTERLIFE SUMMARY: To lose a pet means to lose a child. The love we share with our pets never dies, and the author proves our pets do communicate with us from the other side.
    Learn how dogs, cats, horses and some birds have the intelligence and ability to send signs to the living after they pass.
    Take comfort in knowing our pets are around us from time to time and recognize the signs they give. Learn how they wait for us when it’s our time, what a pet’s ashes can do, and the difference between ghosts and spirits. Learn how and why living pets can sense entities. Follow one of the author's dogs on a ghost investigation.
   Read how spirits of the author’s 2 dogs and dogs from three other mediums communicated with them from the other side. Read about spirit cats and how a ghostly dog rescued a girl.
    The author also volunteers for Dachshund and Weimaraner rescues and has several dogs. 

ON AMAZON in PAPERBACK AND KINDLE: Click here for Amazon Link to book 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

PART 1: Q & A from Anne Marie with Rob Gutro, Author/Medium/Ghost Tracker

Back in September I gave a talk at a VFW post and there were both ghosts and spirits there. I received a lot of great questions from Anne Marie C. after she read the blog post I wrote about it, and this is part 1 of that Q and A: 
Q: Could you actually SEE the pets and people there?
A: Yes, I actually could see pets and people in the room.  I had to look again around the room to be able to describe them!
Q: Do they look different than people standing in the room? How so?
A: When I see ghosts or spirits in a room they look somewhat clouded or misty sometimes. Most times I see them in my mind and can sketch out exactly what they look like.

Q: Did the humans have any message to convey?
A:  The human spirits that were there didn't have messages that I could tune into, because I was concentrating so much on what I was trying to convey. It's just like trying to listen to someone in the audience talk softly to you when you're giving a speech!  

Q: Were those spirits able to reach the persons they came to see, do you think?
A: Yes. During my talk at Inspired Ghost Tracking, there were a couple of people who got through to the people in the audience that they needed to.
- One was a younger Vet, though, who fought in Afghanistan and died there. He was from the local area and was just "visiting" at the VFW because of the energy of the people that drew him there. He wanted his family to know that he was okay on the other side (but they were not there).

Q: How often do you think we have spirits around us that aren’t able to convey something to us?
A: Spirits are around us only from time to time, and mostly go unnoticed unless we are involved in a traumatic thing, like an accident where we walk away and we can't explain why we didn't pass.
- They also come around on birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Q: Does this require an effort on their part that is often too difficult for them to muster up the energy for?
A: It does require a LOT of effort on the part of a spirit to get enough energy to give a clear sign or message. Especially when the grief of a living person tends to block out those signs.
  
Q: Does it frighten you when you see them, or are you just used to it at this point?
A: Not scared of them at all!  In fact, all of the visitors were spirits that came to try and connect with people in the room. They were all people or dogs and cats that lived before in the physical. Now they're just in the spiritual, and they're there out of love. So, yes, I'm used to it! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pets and the Afterlife #38 in Amazon Supernatural Books!

Thank you to all of the folks who have read and recommended my book "Pets and the Afterlife" to help grieving pet parents know that their beloved pets are still around and communicating.  Yesterday, Nov. 20, the book reached  #38 in
Supernatural Books on Amazon.com!

SUMMARY: To lose a pet means to lose a child. The love we share with our pets never dies, and the author proves our pets do communicate with us from the other side.
    Learn how dogs, cats, horses and some birds have the intelligence and ability to send signs to the living after they pass.
    Take comfort in knowing our pets are around us from time to time and recognize the signs they give. Learn how they wait for us when it’s our time, what a pet’s ashes can do, and the difference between ghosts and spirits. Learn how and why living pets can sense entities. Follow one of the author's dogs on a ghost investigation.
   Read how spirits of the author’s 2 dogs and dogs from three other mediums communicated with them from the other side. Read about spirit cats and how a ghostly dog rescued a girl.
    The author also volunteers for Dachshund and Weimaraner rescues and has several dogs.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Look Inside the Haunted Eastern State Penitentiary

Inside Eastern State Penitentiary. Credit: E. Campion
Recently my friend Ed, who is a talented photographer, took a trip to walk though Pennsylvania's very haunted Eastern
State Penitentiary. It's open to visitors during the daytime and to get information and tickets, see below). Meanwhile, take this opportunity to learn about Pennsylvania's most infamous penitentiary that has a number of ghosts.

    ABOUT THE PRISON:  Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.


Ed's photos (which you can buy):  http://escampion.zenfolio.com/easternstatepenitentiary
Gargoyle at Eastern State. Cr: E.Campion


HAUNTINGS: As early as the 1940s, officers and inmates reported mysterious visions and eerie experiences in the ancient prison. And the ghost sightings have only increased since Eastern State was abandoned in 1971.

VIDEOS: Several Ghost Hunting Television programs investigated the prison, and you can see on of them here: Most Haunted Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEIP1lMJquo#t=281

HEAR SOME AUDIO ABOUT THE PRISON: http://www.easternstate.org/halloween/ghosts/audio

MORE INFORMATION AND HOW TO VISIT: http://www.easternstate.org/

Every day 10 am to 5 pm
(last entry 4 pm)
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Address:
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 236-3300

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Check out the Big Séance Podcast !!

Patrick Keller, host of the Big Séance Podcast is taping an interview with me tonight for his upcoming New Year's Week 2015 show and I'm really excited about it. I thought this would be a good time to remind you of his program- because it's a top notch production and always entertaining and informative. - Rob

The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here at http://bigseancepodcast.com/,  and on iTunes, and on Stitcher
 Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! 
Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com
Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page
You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). 
I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance! - Patrick

Patrick Keller

About Patrick Keller, host of the Big Seance

My name is Patrick Keller. Along with blogging and podcasting (bigseance.com), and doing various kinds of paranerdal research here at home, my main gig is being an educator. I am also the founder of the Missouri Spirit Seekers (mospiritseekers.com), a group of paranormal investigators based in both O’Fallon and Lexington, MO since 2010. I am a member of Association TransCommunication (ATransC) formerly the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP).

Monday, November 17, 2014

In the news: New Mexico police catch a 'ghost' on camera

 The following article appeared on-line from a New Mexico Television station (local fox news broadcast). It was from footage in a parking lot for the Espanola Police Department. It was a locked lot and it appears there was a ghostly man walking around. What do you think?  Video and story follow.- Rob


New Mexico police catch a 'ghost' on camera



   Next time you see a ghost, ‘who you gonna call?’ For those who live in Espanola, New Mexico, it won’t be Bill Murray and his fellow Ghostbusters, but instead the local police department. On Sept. 20, Officer Karl Romero of the Espanola Police Department was on duty watching surveillance video from around the station when he spotted something strange. What he saw spooked him. In the surveillance footage, a foggy figure is seen moving through a parking lot and through a secured gate.
   “At first I thought it was a fly, a moth, and then I saw the legs and it was a human,” Romero told KOAT.
While not entirely clear, the object in the video that moves across the screen appears to be walking. Skeptics might raise their eyebrows at Romero’s claims that the shape on the screen is something otherworldly, but it is the kind of spectral presence that Detective Solomon Romero said is not out of the ordinary at the station.
   “A lot of officers have seen certain things,” Det. Romero said. “Some officers have felt someone breathing down their necks as they’re working in the briefing room.”
   For those who have watched movies like “Poltergeist,” the question of whether or not the station is built over ancient burial grounds immediately comes up. KOAT reports that the department, which has been at this location since 2006, is not standing over any hallowed ground and no inmates have ever died on the premises.
      That being said, those who work at the station have their fair share of spine-tingling stories. Many of the officers have reported hearing unusual noises in the middle of the night as well as seeing strange images in the building’s lobby that can’t be easily explained.
     Just in time for Halloween season, these unexplained sightings have left many at the station rattled. Is the image in the video a speck of dust, or a visitor from the ‘beyond?’ For Det. Romero, at least, the answer is clear. “I do believe in ghosts,” Det. Romero said, adding that “we’ve had some unsolved murders in the area.”
VIDEO LINK: http://youtu.be/X4mMw0lcEYM




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