Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Different Paranormal - Gifts of the Senses

Instead of Paranormal vamps, witches, demons, werewolves, and shifters, my world of the Paranormal deals with the senses. Those sixth senses some are gifted with -- almost "special powers" to know the unknowable, the ability to do the unthinkable, or perhaps to communicate in unusual ways.  I've always been fascinated with psychics, healers, mediums, and those people who just seem to "know" things. 

My paternal grandmother was a mountain woman. She knew and easily accepted that there were forces on our Earth not meant to be understood. She believed in "seers" and "healers," yet she was one of the most down-to-earth, practical women I ever knew. 

My maternal grandmother was part Native American. I never met her, but heard lots of stories about her. She also believed in things and abilities "not of this world." She foretold the drowning of her oldest son, the death of her infant son (Crib-death), and also her own death months before either happened.  Is it any wonder that I am fascinated with special psychic abilities?
We all have hunches, gut feelings, and make instinctive decisions which we accept as a normal part of our lives. Women are often credited with a special "intuition" particularly where our children are concerned. Many researchers believe this is a dormant form of Extra Sensory Perception. We no longer need these senses to survive and most of us never use or develop them. But it is widely believed that a severe trauma or shock can switch on such abilities.    

When I began writing, my fascination with the world of the Paranormal in the form of the sixth senses found an outlet in my work. 

Looking Through the Mist tells of a psychic who has visions of children who are the victims of crimes. 

While writing this story, I felt this would be one of the hardest things to deal with  -- the horror of seeing children being kidnapped or harmed in one's mind, but be unable to do anything to stop it. And also not to know if it had already happened, was happening at the moment, or would happen in the future. 

Would you want such a gift?

Would you prefer the gift of clairvoyance, precognition, healing, or telepathy if you could choose? 
Have you ever thought what you would do with such a gift?

Following Destiny involves another special gift -- hearing voices from an ancestor's ring. These voices give warnings of death.

I've often thought of how wonderful it would be to talk with my ancestors and ask them what their lives were like. Think of the history they could share with us. But what if all they had to share were warnings and dire predictions?  

Would we listen to our ancestors or refuse to believe?
If you had a chance to find out what your destiny held in store, would you want to know?

Drop by Romance With a Twist to find out more about each of these books.

With this being the week of Halloween, I wanted to share a legend that deals with the Paranormal senses:
Divination rituals such as the one depicted on this early-20th-century Halloween Greeting Card, where a woman stares into a mirror in a darkened room to catch a glimpse of the face of her future husband while a witch lurks in the shadows, may be one origin of the Bloody Mary legend.

Would you look in the mirror?


Redameter said...

I don't know if I would look into the mirror or not, although admittedly I'm a curious person by nature. I'm not sure I would want to know, and yet not sure I could pass it up. Interesting article. I enjoyed it, thanks Rebecca.
Love and blessings
Rita Hestand

Miriam Newman said...

People have enough trouble coping with my outer witch! Would I want to go looking for the inner one, as well. Hmm...good question, Rebecca.

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Rita,
When I was in my teens looking in the mirror would have been unavoidable. LOL Not so much now.
Thanks for coming by. I know how busy you are. And congrats on your latest review for Beyond the Dream Catcher.

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Miriam,
I'm not sure I want to find my inner one either. LOL I'm sure she has lots of warts on her nose and can wither flowers with a look. LOL

Savanna Kougar said...

Rebecca, great paranormal blog!

What a wonderful heritage you have. I bet your grandmothers and other of your ancestors are communicating.

I wouldn't want the psychic gift of seeing children abducted or harmed unless I could do something to stop it. That is the hell of knowing things.

I might have looked in the mirror in my younger days. Not now!

Cheryl said...

Hi Becca,

Yep, I'm with everyone else, I would have looked in the mirror when I was younger, but not now. LOL I believe in supernatural phenomena too--there ARE things in this world we cannot explain. Very interesting post!


Bekki Lynn said...

Awesome post!

Would I look into the mirror? Yeah. I did when I was younger, but now I think I'd want to face the thing that scared the daylights out of me back then.

My great grandmother was Native American, so I can relate very much.

I have what they call synchronized dreams. Not pretty. It's been quiet for a while and I hope it stays that way. They started when I was eleven and my first was about my dad.

Usually they are about people I know having a car accident and dying. Until January of 2009, no one actually died, just badly injured.

A few years ago something changed and I began having feelings while awake and would become very agitated and uncomfortable to the point I couldn't function until the news came. The last time that happened - April 2009, it was a classmate of mine - she was murdered ten minutes from my house. I pretty much secluded myself and stayed away from people after that.

If I didn't already have it, no I wouldn't want it.

I have a son who dreams about things that will happen. Once it was about his older brother. He didn't tell me until after it happened, because he didn't know for sure if it would. He was fifteen. I don't wish that on anyone much less a child. They have enough of the accepted-norm going on.

Sherry Gloag said...

There is definitely more out there than we have any concept of.

Rebecca, your books sound fascinating, and I'm on way over to find out more about them. Thanks for the great post.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Fascinating post, Rebecca!
I'm with others - I wouldn't look in the mirror unless I could do something positive,