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 the BOOKS: "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.

Friday, October 9, 2015


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Christina Corsetti  manages and writes "Haunted Salem's" web page and blog. She's the ultimate paranormal historian and finds out more about hauntings than one could imagine. Recently, she posted this great blog about "Signs of a Haunting." This outline really provides you with a great understanding of hauntings and things associated with ghostly activity. You should also check out her page at: https://www.facebook.com/hauntedsalem  - Rob
by Christina Corsetti, Haunted Salem
The first step is to determine, as best you can, whether or not you truly have a legitimate case of a haunting. Not all hauntings are alike, and they may exhibit a variety of phenomena. Some hauntings feature a single phenomenon - such as a particular door slamming shut that occurs repeatedly - while others consist of many different phenomena, ranging from odd noises to full-blown apparitions.

Here’s a partial list of phenomena that might indicate that your house is haunted:
Unexplained noises- footsteps; knocks, banging, rapping; scratching sounds; sounds of something being dropped. Sometimes these noises can be subtle and other times they can be quite loud.
Doors, cabinets and cupboards opening and closing- most often, these phenomena are not seen directly. The experiencer either hears the distinct sounds of the doors opening and closing (homeowners get to know quite well the distinctive sounds their houses make) or the experiencer will return to a room to find a door open or closed when they are certain that it was left in the opposite position. Sometimes furniture, like kitchen chairs, are perceived to have been moved. Very rarely will the experiencer actually witness the phenomenon taking place.

Lights turning off and on- likewise, these events are seldom seen actually occurring, but the lights are switched on or off when the experiencer knows they were not left that way. This can also happen with TVs, radios and other electrically powered items.
Items disappearing and reappearing- Lets say, your set of car keys - which you believe you placed in a spot you routinely place them. But they’re gone and you look high and low for them with no success. Some time later, the keys are found - in exactly the place you normally put them. It’s as if the object was borrowed by someone or something for a short time, then returned. Sometimes they are not returned for days or even weeks, but when they are, it’s in an obvious place that could not have been missed by even a casual search.

Unexplained shadows- the sighting of fleeting shapes and shadows, usually seen out of the corner of the eye. This phenomenon has also been discussed in some detail in Shadow People. Many times, the shadows have vaguely human forms, while other times they are less distinguishable or smaller.

https://www.facebook.com/hauntedsalem a dog, cat or other pet behaves strangely. Dogs may bark at something unseen, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a room they normally do. Cats may seem to be “watching” something cross a room. Animals have sharper senses than humans, and many researchers think their psychic abilities might be more finely tuned also.

Feelings of being watched- this is not an uncommon feeling and can be attributed to many things, but it could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time. (Rob's NOTE: high electromagnetic fields, such as those generated from a fuse box or electrical wiring can cause the same feelings).

The following phenomena are more rare, but could be stronger evidence of a haunting:
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Mild psychokinetic phenomena - hearing a door open or close is one thing. Actually seeing it happen is quite another. Similarly, actually seeing a light go on or off by itself is greater proof that something unexplained is happening. Do you see the TV or radio turn on? Or perhaps you’re present when a child’s powered toy begins to operate on its own. Doors and windows are locked or unlocked. Some people report that when they are in bed they can feel and/or hear something sitting on the bed.

Feelings of being touched - the feeling of being watched is one thing, and actually feeling like you are being touched is quite another. Some people feel something brush past them, something touching their hair or “a hand” on the shoulder. Some feel a gentle poke, push or nudge.

Cries and whispers - on occasion, muffled voices, whispering and crying can be heard. Sometimes it’s music from some unknown source. People hear their names being said. This phenomenon, as is true for the one above, gains more credibility if more than one person hears or sees the same thing at the same time.

Cold or hot spots - cold spots are classic haunting symptoms, but any instance of a noticeable variance in temperature without a discernable cause could be evidence.

Unexplained smells - the distinct fragrance of a perfume or cologne that you do not have in your house. This phenomenon comes and goes without any apparent cause and may accompany other phenomena, such as shadows, voices or psychokinetic phenomena. Foul odors can happen in the same way.
Rarer still are more extreme phenomena, some of which have been called poltergeist phenomena, and can be quite strong evidence of a true haunting:

Moving or levitating objects (severe psychokinetic phenomena) - dinner plates sliding across the table; pictures flying off walls; doors slamming shut with great force; furniture sliding across the floor.
Physical assault - scratches, slaps and hard shoves. This kind of personal assault is extremely rare, but obviously highly disturbing.

Other physical evidence - unexplained writing on paper or walls; handprints and footprints.
Apparitions - physical manifestation of a spirit or entity. These phenomena are also very rare and can take many forms: human-shaped mists or forming mists of some indistinguishable shape; transparent human forms that disappear quickly; and most rarely, human forms that look as real and solid as any living person, but that disappear into a room or even while being viewed.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Great Audience at Reston Regional Library Talk

Sue, the host, introducing Rob Gutro for the talk
What an amazing audience at my talk on Sunday, Oct. 4.  I gave a talk about a ghost/murder investigation at the  Reston Regional Library in northern Virginia. Sue Cordek of the library asked me to give the talk and she organized and promoted the event.
   During and after the talk, there were a lot of great questions about ghosts, the afterlife, what happens, how it happens, etc.
  DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? Please send me your questions and I'll answer them on this blog, facebook and twitter.

The Library is located here: Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190  

I talked about a case in the book where murders were committed and a ghost lingered. I went on the investigation with the Inspired Ghost Tracking Team of Maryland. The book is "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead," and it's like a reference book for all questions (and answers) on the paranormal. Available on Amazon in paperback and E-book. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Workshop in SE Mass: Ruthie Larkin: Beantown Medium: YOU WERE BORN PSYCHIC WORKSHOP

It's that time of the year again when I teach my workshop "You Were Born Psychic." Please check out the information below and I'm also very excited to be adding a Past Life Regressionist to the agenda. She will gives us a demo on how this works and teach us what it all means. Come spend the day with me...I promise it will be a day you won't forget!
Always the best,

Ruthie Larkin also known as 
"The Bean Town Medium"
Psychic Medium, Reiki Master/Teacher, IET Certified, ESM Holistic Healer, Medical Intuitive & Home Clearings

Psychic Medium, Reiki Master/Teacher, IET Certified, ESM Holistic Healer, Medical Intuitive & House Cleanings

Saturday,October 24, 2015
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Franklin Country Club
Route 140
Franklin, MA 02838
(click here for directions)

Join Ruthie Larkin in an all day psychic workshop that will include: 
  • You were born psychic! Using your five senses
  • How to open yourself up to receiving messages from Spirit
  • How to recognize signs from your loved ones who have passed
  • You will practice Psychometry in pairs and groups proving how everyone has psychic ability
  • We will have a group practice to understand how to interpret the messages we get while working with volunteers
  • You will learn the importance of Chakras and how to balance yourself
  • Kimberly Willard will be taking us into our past lives during a group session
  • You will have a guided meditation and visit with a deceased loved one
  • Ruthie will spend the last hour giving messages from Spirit to attendees  
Tickets can either be purchased below or at  www.beantownmedium.com
Sign up now - space is limited. 

Tickets are $125.00 and include a full country club lunch. Deposit of $50.00 required to save seat until day of event. Parents who have lost a child to death will have a special discounted rate of $75 each to
attend this seminar.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Talk Today at 2pm: Reston, VA Regional Library: Ghosts and Murder

Can you see the ghostly face?
Today, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m, Sun. I'm giving a talk at the  Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190 
TALK: "A Double Murder Ghost Investigation" 
SUMMARY: Ghost investigator, medium and author Rob Gutro will share a case from the files of Inspired Ghost Tracking of Maryland, where the team investigated a private home reporting paranormal activity. What they found was the result of a double murder with amazing confirmations of what happened, and photographic proof of the ghosts left behind. CONTACT: Sue Cordek for information (No Registration needed). Karen.Cordek@fairfaxcounty.gov,
(703) 689-2700
**I will also have copies of my book "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead" which includes a chapter on the investigation with photographic proof of one of the ghosts!


Friday, October 2, 2015

In the news: Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

Humans have considered pets precious throughout time and the ancient Egyptians were a great example. They wanted their beloved pets to join them in the afterlife and believed it - as we do today (finally). It's interesting that all the knowledge and understanding we had about the afterlife got lost somewhere along the way,and has recently been re-discovered. Sadly, some man-made religions (they're all man-made) have given people the wrong ideas about the afterlife.
Every living thing transitions to the afterlife. It's all about energy.   When we die, people or animals, our energy combines with our memories and personalities and joins the energies of the universe, or heaven, paradise, Valhalla, etc. and we all become a spirit- all a part of a 'god' energy if you will.
This article provides a fascinating look at how ancient Egyptians revered their precious pets as many pet parents do today. - Rob

Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

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In catacombs south of Cairo, researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs.
The catacombs, at a site called Saqqara, are dedicated to Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the afterlife. Archaeologist and Egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo who has worked extensively at the site, writes that animal mummification began in ancient Egypt "to allow beloved pets to go on to the afterlife, to provide food in the afterlife, to act as offerings to a particular god and because some were seen as physical manifestations of specific gods that the Egyptians worshipped."
Speaking with NPR's Arun Rath, Ikram explains that "each [animal] mummy would be a symbol of something a pilgrim had given as a gift to the god. So nowadays, people go to a church and light a candle.
"But the Egyptians were in for the long haul, so instead of a candle, they would offer a mummy. So clearly, this means that there were a lot of very religious people out there who were asking Anubis for intercession and for help for a variety of things."
Since ancient Egyptian gods and divinities are associated with nature, Ikram says, "The faces of the gods are also associated with different animals that have the same attributes as the gods do. So, for example, Anubis, god of embalming and travel, is associated with canines because they run through the deserts, they don't lose their way and you find them around graveyards."
An X-ray of a dog mummy from the catacombs reveals what's beneath the binding. Some of the mummies were found in much poorer condition than this. i
An X-ray of a dog mummy from the catacombs reveals what's beneath the binding. Some of the mummies were found in much poorer condition than this.
Courtesy of Salima Ikram
Ikram says the huge number of dog mummies suggests the existence of ancient Egyptian puppy mills.
"You don't get 8 million mummies without having puppy farms," she says. "And some of these dogs were killed deliberately so that they could be offered. So for us, that seems really heartless. But for the Egyptians, they felt that the dogs were going straight up to join the eternal pack with Anubis. And so they were going off to a better thing."
There is much more left to explore at Saqqara, Ikram says.
For now, she says, "We have been into as many of the tunnels as we could, because some of them are very dangerous. But this does mean that for future generations, there will be things to explore and discoveries to be made."

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Q&A: What Did your Dad look like Going into the light?

The light
I received the following question from Carolyn, who read about me seeing my dad' spirit at the cemetery (in 2008) during his graveside services and then as he walked into the light (that opened on the nearby hill). 

 Q: When you saw your father in the cemetery , was he light and shiny in form, possibly see through? Was his spiritual body shimmering and almost effervescent? All I meant was from your point of view, as it was a spirit visitation, how would you describe the body of your father from a distance and, I guess, your beloved puppy (I think you said he was there), when you saw them?


A: When I saw my dad in the cemetery he appeared as if he were solid, but fuzzy.   In the light, waiting for my dad were shadowy figures of all the family relatives that were waiting for him, but I could see their faces. Their bodies were in shadow with a bright glow behind them. Yes, the 2 family dogs, and my dog Buzz were sitting in the front, and they all appeared somewhat shadowed, too, but their faces were also clear.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Meet I.R. Harris Weaver of Adult Fantasy Novels and Amazing Scarves

My friend Isabella, well-known author of Adult Fantasy novels, is a master of many trades. She's also an artist and a master of the weave. This blog is intended to highlight some of those talents. Check out her many works- I'm sure that you'll want to read her books and buy a weave or two. - Rob

ISABELLA SAID:   I'm Isabella, the main weaver at Culloweaves! I'm also a wonky Dark Fantasy author over at I.R. Harris Books. When I'm not writing or weaving or editing or getting tangled in my yarn, I spend as much time as possible enjoying the incredible mountains that surround my home and hitting the ComiCon circuit. Oh, and I am for sure--a wonky weaver!

You can check out some of my  novels  at irharrisbooks.com

 As a writer by trade, I tend to not do any other writing whilst working on my novels--which is what I'm currently doing! :-) We're also gearing up to start our Con circuit over at I. R. Harris Books, which always proves to be an exciting time! Currently, Culloweaves and I. R. Harris Books are working to open an Etsy store: Studio Vudu--we're super thrilled with the prospects and are looking forward to this wonderful new venture. Studio Vudu will feature not only our stunning and unique textiles, but also a variety  of original mixed media art and GiclĂ©e prints. As an artist, it is my passion and my mission to encourage others to find their own creative voice, to realize their own creative potential and to utilize the healing power of art in their own lives.

Welcome to Culloweaves! Handmade textiles that support a sustainable purchase cycle for women in Nepal and India. Click here for the website: http://www.culloweaves.com/  Happy weaving!