Andrew Chesnut and Santa Muerte #30

 

 

Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint
Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

On May 10, 2016, Andrew Chesnut, Ph.D., author of Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint, joined Kate Valentine and Fahrusha for this thirtieth episode of Shattered Reality Podcast. He is the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of World Studies.

The worship of Santa Muerte is the fastest growing in the Western Hemisphere. Santa Muerte can be considered to be a religious syncretism between the Spanish European Grim Reaperess and the the death diety of the Aztec goddess, Mictecacihuatl.  She is widely worshipped by the very poor, drug dealers, prison guards, and the lovelorn. Devotees believe the Bony Lady to be the fastest and most efficacious miracle worker.

We also compare Santa Muerte to other folk saints both in the Americas and Europe and discuss the commonalties and differences as well as religious trends.

Andrew Chesnut appeared at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn on May 30, 2016. Sadly this venue has since closed.

Andrew Chesnut's book, Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint
Andrew Chesnut’s book, Devoted to Death, Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

Stephen Braude Psychokinesis and More #29

Philosopher and parapsychologist Stephen Braude, Ph.D.
Philosopher and parapsychologist Stephen Braude, Ph.D.

 

 

Stephen Braude is very accomplished. He joined Kate and Fahrusha on April 26, 2016 for a fascinating discussion on psychokinesis and related topics.  Braude is an Emeritus Professor of philosophy and former chair of the department at the university of Maryland, Baltimore. Currently he is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration and a past president of the Parapsychological Association. He is the author of six books and more than 60 essays, and the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships.

In this episode, we spoke about his book The Gold Leaf Lady, and to a lesser degree about The Limits of Influence and Immortal Remains.  The story of Katy, the Gold Leaf Lady, is a truly mesmerizing  account of a remarkable woman, which Stephen Braude shared with us. We hope to speak to him again about more of his work.

Dear Listeners, please share your PK experiences and your psychic pet stories with us. We want to hear from you!

Mary Rodwell, Australian Close Encounter Resource Network #28

 

Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, ufologist researcher and metaphysician.
Mary Rodwell is a professional counsellor, hypnotherapist, ufologist researcher and metaphysician.

On March 31, 2016 Mary Rodwell of the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network joined Kate Valentine and Fahrusha for a fascinating discussion about the meaning and effects of alien communication. She has interviewed thousands of experiencers and believes that each individual is the final expert on their own experience with the “others”, whether they be extraterrestrial, spiritual, or inter-dimensional beings. She also has an avid interest in the new generation of children who are experiencers. She has written a book, Awakening, How Extraterrestrial Contact Can Transform Your Life.

Mary Rodwell is a member of The Foundation for Research Into Extraterrestrial Encounters, also known as FREE. We at Shattered Reality Podcast have interviewed a number of FREE’s members including Kathleen Marden.

During the podcast we also hear from Diane, a listener, who had an experience of instantaneous teleportation.

As always, we welcome your comments!

Levitation – Dr. Michael Grosso #27

Michael Grosso, author of “The Man Who Could Fly, St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation”

 

Levitation, particularly unaided human flight, has been a fascination of many individuals since the advent of human history. In this episode of “Shattered Reality Podcast” recorded on March 1, 2016, Kate Valentine and Fahrusha sought to uncover information about the secrets and reality of this ever mysterious, ever elusive ability, with the able help of Dr. Michael Grosso, author of The Man Who Could Fly.

St. Joseph of Copertino, the subject of the book, was an uneducated and poor man who lived in the 17th Century in Italy. He became a Franciscan friar and during the course of his devotions experienced spiritual ecstasy causing him to levitate. This levitation was beyond his control. It was witnessed by thousands of people during his lifetime and happened hundreds of times in different locations around southern Italy.

Dr. Michael Grosso has taught humanities and philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, City University of New York, and New Jersey City University. He is affiliated with the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. His other books include The Final Choice: Playing the Survival Game (1985); Frontiers of the Soul: Exploring Psychic Evolution (1992), The Millennium Myth: Love and Death at the End of Time (1995), Soulmaking: Uncommon Paths to Self-Understanding (1997), and Experiencing the Next World Now (2004).

Ryan Hurd on Dreams #26

Ryan Hurd is an expert on lucid dreaming and dream research

On February 16, 2916 Kate Valentine and Fahrusha were very pleased to welcome Ryan Hurd of Dream Studies. Together we discussed the mysteries of sleep paralysis, hypnogogic visions, recurrent dreams and lucid dreaming. You can learn more about encouraging dream remembrances and lucid dreaming. Do “others” visit you during your sleep or during sleep paralysis? Can you be telepathic during dreams?

Ryan Hurd is the author of a number of books including: Dream Like A Boss, Big Dreams, Lucid Immersion Guidebook, Sleep Paralysis: A Guide to Hypnagogic Visions and Visitors of the Night. He also co-edited, with Kelly Bulkeley, the two-volume reference edition Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep.

You can learn a lot about dreams from Ryan so listen up! 🙂

Ryan Hurd on dreams
Ryan Hurd