• Disturbing Presences – A new home has a past

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People often move to properties that are a matching picture in some way for their own story. We acquire properties and ‘own them’ in our culture’. But the land may hold other influences that must be honored and cared for. There is often a web of sacred associations that have accumulated for eons. The concept of ownership is a modern idea about land, but no matter what the name is on a legal deed, the land has its own story.

Issues of status and image often trump good judgment in people who are otherwise well intentioned. And so, even in a really uncomfortable situation like this one, there may be an odd familiarity that binds the two together: the new inhabitant, and the troubled house. It is possible that a healthy shift can naturally occur, and things can ease. In other cases, however, people move out and are relieved they did so.


A friend of a colleague told a harrowing story of an ongoing haunting at his second home. He had recently purchased this home, perched in a beautiful location on a cliff above the ocean. He lived there only occasionally, but hoped to make it his permanent home soon. When he came to see me he reported feeling that whatever was going on, in and around the house and with him, had escalated. For example, his shaving mug had flown through the air right in front of him on a recent morning, and he often felt a strong masculine presence breathing near him at night in his room. He was not afraid of these unusual events, and spoke about them in a very matter of fact way. A very practical person, he simply wanted to return to solid sleep, and a sense of ease while there. He wanted to know if he could or should live there and anything else I could turn up that had bearing on the disturbances.

I looked into the story thoroughly over a week or so and discovered there were multiple layers of influence. The first and most urgent was the necessary re-internment of a burial object, which I described. He confirmed that he had dug this artifact up further inland on the property accidentally and discovered a human skeleton along with it, which he left buried. It was a very large stone mortar that was now situated on his porch. He was startled and a little alarmed when I mentioned this object. He realized he had felt it should be reburied, but had just forgotten about it. He promised he would dowse to find the exact spot where he had taken it out of the ground, and rebury it with prayers, appropriate offerings and apologies, leaving it without further disruption.

Level two:  The unhappy ghost of the former owner, a military man of high rank, was present in the house. Indications were that he had taken his own life there, though this had never been disclosed at sale according to my client. So we needed to help his spirit move on in the most comprehensive way.

Level three:  Some places really are not meant to have houses built on them, no matter how lovely the view, and this spot according to my spirit allies was one of those places. This whole area was a reputedly sacred spot for local native tribes. It was associated with a ‘western door’ for departing souls and as my client had found out accidentally on his own, a burial spot.

My client, R. really did not want to hear this, but my spirit allies insisted that he understand that if he chose to live there, ‘he did so at some risk’ to his peace and ease. He conscientiously followed spirit directions in every other regard, to ease and correct the situation, but refused at that time to think about selling the property. He was willing to tough it out he said, and see if things settled down. He reported an enormous quiet and calmness after our work, and developed a new appreciation for the subtle realms he had intersected.



• Clearing a Salvage Yard – Removing Toxic Influences

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Under normal circumstances additional work would have been recommended and undertaken by me to protect and clear any descendants, who inherited not only the land, but the unresolved deeds of their ancestors. This kind of solid and comprehensive resolution is not always possible because it is beyond the scope of the people involved to understand the need, and could then even become dangerous. In this instance blessings were cultivated for the sake of the land itself, anyone who perished there, and anyone who stepped foot there. Human pollution of a once pristine rural site is inexplicable at best. But usually this kind of blatant disregard for life is the product of other previous unresolved traumatic loss, betrayal and shock. Negative energies can attract one another and begin to stew up a potent brew in a place, unless interrupted and released. I was very happy to be able to work to return this place to a measure of health. Natural energies instrumental in supporting our healing work on this land, assured us that the work would go on slowly but steadily to ‘compost’ away the remaining toxins


I was called by a removals contractor to come to a massive job site, because negative influences there had affected his workers and himself. He was a pragmatic, can do person, but after a trusted coworker had an unsettling, eerie experience in an upstairs loft, he began to believe he needed some otherworldly help.

The site was a cyclone fenced salvage and debris yard of many acres. There were toxic substances in barrels and presumably in the ground, old vehicles, several locked buildings packed to the rafters with miscellaneous furniture, many large building components, old outmoded tools, heavy machinery and even an enormous marine diesel engine, all to be removed and sold if possible as the owner had passed away leaving his estate in disarray.

The coworker, a young man in his twenties, had been the first to go upstairs in the stuffy main building to find a place to change before work. While there he felt a disturbing, even menacing presence surround him, leaving him fuzzy brained, stunned and apprehensive. He hurriedly dressed to leave but was unable to shake the sinister presence, and felt sick by the end of the day. Though he tried to make light of it, and was usually the ‘clown’ on the job site, he was now morose.

A shadow story began to unfold about the property, the character of the former owner and his various family members. My client T. and I became increasingly aware that violent acts had taken place on the property. Some were possibly instigated by members of the family who still owned the land. None of these incidents had ever been disclosed or investigated. T. wanted to be able to work there safely, and without any harm to himself or his workers. So none of what we suspected could be aired. T., of course, wanted any unresolved spirits to be at rest, but needed to get on with the job and not balk at any request to work or clear areas he was getting from agents of the owners.

I proceeded to work with my spirit allies there, but with caution. In short, there had been a history of violent group actions on the property. The death of at least one homeless person had certainly occurred. A fierce fire had killed a woman living on the premises in a trailer. Another member of the owner’s family had died in suspicious circumstances shortly after the fire, but, for whatever reason, his spirit did not appear to me on the property. I met three spirits there who did not know they were no longer in their bodies. They had all experienced violent, traumatic deaths, as I witnessed them, not accidents.

I proceeded one by one, and carefully performed whatever was necessary to help these troubled spirits leave.  I was also instructed to place ‘cures’ around the fire zone, and other areas that held traces of terrible acts. One of these was the loft, where the young worker had accidentally intersected the force of an unwholesome influence, confined up there for years. I worked with him to help alleviate the affects of that experience on him.

My allies revealed that there were items buried under debris that might be physically dangerous to the workers, and this proved to be true, as they discovered several toxic pits below ground level. Another eerie turn of events began when the overwrought young heiress, revealed some fearful knowledge of the stories I had found evidence for,  as she and the contractor surveyed the property.

An overnight security guard, who had watched over the property for a decade or more, with ‘no unusual occurrences’, reported a very hair-raising night after I began performing rituals of clearing. He knew nothing of my activities, and simply reported this experience to the estate’s executors. He said he had heard men’s voices calling out his name, and had seen small moving lights all over the property. Objects had fallen out of sight with loud crashes, but he could find no trace of any disturbance as he searched. A very complete haunting! He was still completely unnerved the next day.

My spirit allies explained to me that he had become inadvertently aligned with the property ‘the way it had been’, with the toxins, negative influences and all. As healing began to take place from these various dark influences, he was oddly out of sync with the new, and so was treated to the full force of what was leaving. This strange haunting did not reoccur, which supported their explanation.

This complex, but settling work to release trapped spirits, soothed the workers tremendously, and the job site returned to one of good humor and industry. Even the Mexican workers, generally strong Catholics, were very appreciative of the energetic improvement on the site.  I had sensed their unspoken wariness of my non-religious approach. Everyone working there had been affected either consciously, or unconsciously by the toxic atmosphere and were all relieved to feel it leave. No one but myself and the head contractor knew the full story or extent of what influences were cleared.