Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dogs Mark Territory, Maybe We Do Too!

Looking at many elements of psychic/paranormal phenomena, you find some interesting themes that run throughout.

Psychometry, or the ability to read object’s history by touching them, involves psychic elements no one has been able to accurately describe, other than to say, “the object holds information and it’s accessed somehow.” Buildings leave residual hauntings, or events that replay over and over again as if recorded into the woodwork. Traumatic events scar historic places and leave issues with hauntings. These are widely accepted within the paranormal investigation world, but has anyone asked why?

If dogs can mark their territory, is it possible that humans can, with a strong mix of emotions, chemistry, and geomagnetism possibly mark places too? Do humans depend on a sense (other than olfactory as dogs use) to discern if a place or object has been marked? Was it a sense developed from early times that allowed us to know if a place was good or bad, a person was genuine or lying?

Are we psychic bloodhounds? Do we experience haunting apparitions, sounds, and other types of phenomena through a sense we have yet to name, perhaps the one often referred to as the sixth sense?

Going by the assumption that traumatic events leave places haunted, what is it about trauma that locks in a haunting? Are we assuming that somehow the soul is confused upon leaving the body with such agony that it remains or is it possible that an event left a kind of psychic marking that we can sense? Perhaps something that is essential to our survival? A sensation some of us call the “creepy willies” or the “heebie jeebies.”

Have you ever gone into someone’s house the first time and felt a sudden sweeping sense of unease or perhaps complete and total bliss? Did the family leave an imprint? What about historic sites? Have you ever passed by someone on the sidewalk and suddenly get goosebumps/chills throughout your body like a strange premonition that makes no sense? What about that person gave you the “willies?”

People often report elements within inherited objects that make them either quite pleasant to be around or something they’d rather hide away in a closet. If you’ve ever watched a show where a psychic holds a crime victim’s possession and begins to feel and see the final minutes and hours of that person’s life, you’ve watched this in action. The victim in a moment of extreme distress leaves an imprint. That imprint is a marking that other humans can pick up on. Do you leave an imprint just having an ordinary day but most humans ignore those markings for the more emotionally impacted ones? A sort of subconscious way to sift through information for the most critical aspects for our survival?

It we can tie together residual hauntings, psychometry, crime scene psychic readings, and traumatic events being locked into an environment, then this theory of mine would cover the whole gamut of phenomena.

The next questions are; How do we mark it? And, what senses are we using to pick it up?

As someone who’s read objects for over 40 years, I can tell you that everyone who reads and object reads it differently. To some, they hear things, others see things, others simply “know” things. For me, it’s like acquiring someone’s memories. I can feel associations, know inherently, feel emotionally, and visualize some of the residual images. But, like the sense of smell is in the nose but interpreted by the brain, reading an object enters you one way and depending on your talents, you see or hear or feel it your own way. The only way I can describe it is to say that somehow I hold the object, synapses in my brain reform somehow to match the owner’s brain. When I obtain his memories, I feel his emotions associated with it, quirks like visual distortions (i.e. remembering your childhood home spatially off which many of us do resulting in "it's smaller than I remember" comment), and it is as if for a time, my brain becomes his brain. I even keep his memories (unfortunately, and the reason I don’t read anymore) forever.

That being said, the question is still what part of us is able to leave our body and mark a place, leave a residual, or pick it up? That’s still the great question. It can’t be too superficial because older residuals are still on objects being worn or used by other people for good lengths of time. Homes being remodeled and having haunting issues also could be an example of deeply embedded markings.

Some things I’ve noted from reading objects is that the composition of the object can affect its ability to record. It appears from what I’ve experienced that the more density to the object, the easier it is to read. That probably seems counterintuitive if you consider that a dense object should be therefore harder to mark with any penetration, but what if the marking process occurs in each micro particle? (excuse my wording, since I’m not a scientist). It would seem if that were the case, then a dense item containing more would have more potency when retaining information. I’ve also noticed that an item worn by someone regularly and then borrowed by another can often times have more of the last person wearing its information. For example, a watch my friend liked to wear was borrowed by her daughter’s friend for one day. When my friend got it back, she put it on and went out to lunch with me and I proceeded to read her daughter’s friend and not her.

It is worth trying in experimentation to take an object that can retain well, like a crystal, a piece of jewelry, something metallic, and give it a good hold, look through a happy old photo album, think about loved ones, daydream about good times, give it lots of happy energy for a good half hour at least. Set it down. Now, take an identical item and recall every bad and traumatic thing you’ve gone through, have a good cry, let it out. Set that aside. Now, without telling someone the experiment, have him pick up both items and choose the one he likes better. Take note. Whether people are inherently aware of it or not, we have this radar.

I hope to continue experiments in this in the future and encourage others to do ones like in the last paragraph. Keep me posted on your findings. I’m curious to see how much an untrained psychic (we all are psychic) can read an object through this means of marking territory and reading the markings.


  1. again, great post. These are the mysteries that I find fascinating. Why and how do these things happen. As I menitoned before, my mom, has experienced and has seen a lot of paranormal stuff. But it seems that it was when she was younger; nothing as she has become older. I wonder if it's the pace of life now. Was it because life was more quiet then and she could be more aware of these events? Is life so hectic now that she doesn't pick up on these things even if there still around. So this is why my litle brain asks why and how.
    Oh, I left another comment on your "repetetive thought" post.
    thanks for the great posts

  2. Sandra;
    Thanks. Yeah, it's amazing to me how people can just stop using the talent and tune into other parts of their life. Sometimes it's as simple as what's priority. Everyone can relate to the 30s being a time when you're usually raising kids and overworked and you can't even catch a breath. The 40s are a time of inward focus when you have more time for yourself but you wonder "who am I?" So, phases of people's lives can sometimes dictate that they put things on the backburner. I completely ignored my psychic side and my intelligent sides when I was modeling and doing pageants. They were completely incompatible. When I became a mother and found my intuitive side was a tie with my son, it blossomed again. I hope to develop a theory some time about just how this content is passed, perhaps a series of experiments. I might even try things like reading a coin, putting it in a plastic bag, having someone keep it in their pocket for a while and then try reading it to see if it got info even though it was in plastic...Hmm? I'll have to think on how to do this. I'll of course keep everyone posted as I discover more and appreciate your support so much!

  3. Interesting article. I may try that experiment, well i will. I think it a possibility on some things retaining energy but not all that a person comes into contact with.

  4. I thought of my Chihuahua, Booger, when I read the title. His scent is all over the dog park near our house. Seriously, I have gone into a few places that have given me chills like The Birdcage Theatre and other historical places like that. Those places also have a strong musty smell to them. Last year, while in Bisbee, we decided to take a walk around the town. When we walked by this creepy looking man, I got a weird feeling. Not sure exactly what is was but I remember not wanting to walk by him again. As for your experiment, I have two old doorknobs from my Grandparents house and will hold them in my hands and see if I feel anything. I will let you know if I do.

  5. I'm thrilled to hear folks are willing to try these things. I know that we all have the capability, it's just figuring out how you do it. I know folks who have to close their eyes, folks who meditate first, other folks who do some imagery. I just put the dang thing in my hand and usually look to the right, something about the positioning of the eyes makes it much easier for me. It's true that some objects retain better and some are awful. Some of the worst retainers are styrofoam, plastic wrappers, paper cups, and paper.

  6. p.s. Julie, I want to see a picture of Booger--find some way to do a post about him. I love doggies! They're so honest.

  7. Hello there, my ghost-hunting extraordinaire friend. My w.v. for this is trobles & lemme tell ya! I've seen some REAL troubles lately; a friend died, transitioned into a non-corporeal form, just Walpurgisnacht, April 3oth. His ex-girlfriend, Sempre Vive on MySpace, is going to contact you … you see, he's been leaving messages on her mobile. Ever hear of that? Interestingly enough, her collie & golden retriever mix is named Autumn, too. She even is co-manager of the North Shore Animal League in Long Island. She's not a little bit of a Goth, which see. funnily enough, as a dog-walker my(s)elf back in Underhill's Crossing, we'd all call it "adding to the morning news" when everyone's canine charges left their mark on the same pole, bush, hydrant, bench leg, et cetera. OF COURSE us bipeds leave our own marks, sometimes just the passionate passtimes we engaged our(s)elves in; dancing, making merry, leaving an otherwise ephemeral imprint. Thanks, Autumn, for all the groundbreaking work you're doing.

    Carry on, lead us, and thrive,
    Anadæ Effro (•:-)}

  8. Fascinating as always Autumnforest and so good to see the other comments!! I think we do -although I have no psychic abilities that I know of-besides the "latent" ones perhaps all of us do -Marbella has a great point about the pace of life now-it has never seemed to me that time has moved at such a pace-it seems like yesterday it was January! I love to see those shows where psychometry is performed-it is funny that police departments are still so scared to admit they seek help from psychics -when the help from some of them have solved cases!! well not funny-just sad-really great article as always-thanks for all of your hard work!!

  9. Anadæ;
    Glad you enjoyed the post. Your friend's experience is actually widely reported. There's a few theories on whether the living in their distress create a poltergeist phenomenon that makes their phone ring, watches die, alarms go off, computers die...or if what I referred to as "intention" continues on and the routine of the dead continues without their apparent body to perform these tasks. I'll have a few ideas she might try. Anyone who loves the pups is a good friend of mine! I just love doggies!

    Thanks for the input. You always have a fresh view on things. I agree about people being zoned out, you just have to go on the road and ride with them while they're on their cell phones to realize we're evolving into something that can multitask by only faintly well at each task instead of focusing on one task and doing really well. I swear most folks on the road are losing intelligence at a fast pace. That being said, I'm sure you'll find that some of the most psychically active folks are either only children or youngest child. I think the reason they tap into it more readily is roles. Their roles are more attuned to other family member's and their needs. An only child needs to anticipate mom and dad's needs and hopes to be everything they want, so they learn early how to tap wells of info to be ahead of the game. The baby has the issue of needing to make everyone happy so they learn to read the elders in the family and take care of things before drama ensues. Middle children sometimes have this ability, but more often than not they'll be rebelling to set themselves apart rather than peacemaking. I have always said if they let me into an evidence room at a police department, my hands would itch to touch everything. I think it's one of those things that folks are definitely scared of and skeptical about, which I absolutely understand. That's probably why I've never offered my services, a fear or ridicule and being out in the public as a psychic. It's hard enough being a ghost hunter! I think it's a shame, though, because I know what I'm capable of and it seems a waste. Psychics really are like bloodhounds. They pick up the imprint on the material and take off on a path. I can imagine a cop would probably rather say they solved the case with great deductive reasoning than they used a psychic who showed them the shallow grave. Some day, when we have an name for this energy that's transferred, they'll be able to weigh and measure it and use it with greater precision and I really think you'll find crime scenes a potential reading ground for what happened. Very "Minority Report."

  10. Hi Autumn. Seems like I am always saying this, but another amazing post!

    I tagged you on my blog, I hope you don't mind. But I enjoy your posts that much :)

  11. Glad I came back to read the other comments, so good. Booger is a black Chihuahua and I thought of doing a blog on that breed of dogs. They have some sort of sybomolic reasoning and I am currently checking that out. BTW, I write about my dogs all the time on my personal blog:

  12. Pamela;
    Thank you, that's a high compliment. I respect your opinion a lot, you seem like a very wise lady.

    I can't wait to hear more about the breed. I've been debating what kind of dog to get. We had two fantastic dogs for a long time and when they passed on, we decided to wait to get another dog. I am making the stand that I want an indoor/outdoor dog. The other two dogs were outdoors in AZ! Even with the great conditions we gave them, it still sucks! I want a little buddy inside too, but hubby is a neat freak (we're totally Dharma and Greg--exactly), so we still debate it over and over. I will get my way; however, I'm a good Southern gal and I know how to charm it out of him. The next issue is--which kind of dog??? There's so many cuties to pick from and I grew up with big outdoor dogs, so little breeds I know nothing about.

  13. We had two outdoor dogs. They were Dusty, our 13 year old Golden Retriever, and Shadow, our 11 year old Black Lab/Chow mix. I did a blog on Ghost Dogs and it featured Dusty. Now we have Booger, our 6 year old Chihuahua, and Lucy, our one year old American Cocker. Both are indoor dogs because like you said, it is very HOT here in PHX in the summer. Besides, Lucy is a snuggly dog and I just love it.

  14. Julie;
    Snuggles are my business! I know I'll love a small to medium-sized dog. My favorite breeds are golden retrivers, papillions, border collies, and Australian Shepherds. Oh, and I adore Great Pyrenees. I am thinking Papillion maybe. I need to find out more about his personality.