Because I DO believe in spirits
Ever since childhood I've been sensitive to 'energy,' although I didn't realize it at the time. Always intensely impacted by other people's emotions, and fascinated by the so-called 'occult,' I conducted seances before high school and even tried levitation once. Decades later I learned the benefits of massage and energy healing, eventually training to do the latter.
My connection to energy manifested in a new way about 10 years ago. I was driving through Kansas while doing research for a state travel guide and entered the office of a renovated historic theater in Salina. I explained my project, and asked to take photos in the auditorium. The room captivated me, from its carved wood and gold leaf paint to heavy crimson drapes on a private balcony.
But it wasn't until I checked all of my images that I saw a large ball of light hovering to the left of the balcony. Neither I - nor a gal from the office - could find a light source that would explain this. When I asked if the theater was haunted they assured me that it was.
Since that time I've photographed what I now know are light 'orbs' in at least five additional U.S. locations. But my most remarkable experience with orbs occurred several years ago, in Ferrara, Italy. My mother's family ruled the city during the Renaissance while occupying a castle and several smaller palaces. Visiting the city fulfilled a four-decade dream.
It seemed the spirits knew this. During my brief, 2 1/2-day stay, I photographed no fewer than SIX orbs throughout the city. Since then I've smelled perfume wafting across a haunted jail and captured a ghostly apparition in a vintage home in the Kansas City area; and seen a sliver of unexplained red light in a haunted St. Augustine lighthouse. And as the most recent complete eclipse approached, I could have sworn I literally saw our beloved deceased pooch sitting in his favorite chair.
For me, evidence of spirits has become commonplace. And you?