Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Meet Mina

Mina Stinson Crandon 
Medium 
1888 - 1941


Mina, was more commonly known by the name Margery.  

The wife of  L.R.G. Crandon (Harvard professor), Margery was known to be a reliable physical medium.  In the early days of the spiritualist movement, Margery would go into a trance to communicate with souls that were no longer of this plane.  While her body was was in a state of unconscious exstacy, a phenomenon known as ectoplasm would form from her physical self.

Ectoplasm is a believed supernatural viscous substance which exudes from the body (of a medium) during spiritualistic trance and forms for the manifestation of spirits.

Mrs. Crandon's spirit control was said to be that of her decease brother, Walter Stinson who would deliver messages with a racy tone!


Margery along with her husband traveled to Europe where she would astound doctor and metapsychics Geley, physiologist Richet, and parapsychologist Harry Price. In order to test her, to exclude the possibility of ventriloquism, the Margery was forced to have a mouth full of water for the duration of the session: yet the words of Walter her spirit control, were heard clearly. 


Despite having a great reputation for not only delivering accurate information and weird supernatural events like ectoplasm, Margery was harassed by Harry Houdini who was obsessed with taking down the spiritualist movement after his mother had passed away.  
I don't know how she lived with the likes of such torment.  
Especially when such "scientific" sitters as Professor McDougall, of Harvard, who, after fifty sittings and signing as many papers at the end of each sitting to endorse the wonders recorded, was still unable to give any definite judgment, and contented himself with vague innuendos.  
All of this, much like a witch hunt was not mended by the interposition of 
Mr. E. J. Dingwall of the London S.P.R., who proclaimed the truth of the mediumship in enthusiastic private letters, but denied his conviction at public meetings. 

However, despite famed sitters with a chip on their shoulder, more than two hundred people who had wit enough and honesty enough to testify truly as to that which occurred before their eyes during a session with Mrs. Crandon praised her favor and her powers.


She was one of the first more impressive people or women so to speak other than The Fox Sisters to make her mark during the history and mystery of the Spiritualist Movement. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A little excerpt from where I've been hiding:

     'Destruction, extinction and oblivion scream through media headlines.  Loss knows no boundaries and tugs at the coattails of life.

If I know anything about life, or in the here after or about what it entails, I am certain of this: the curtains of Death don’t discriminate.  They come to call at any whim, at any time and leave no parting gift more tangible than a headstone or urn.  Death releases, greases and ejects all at once making it the most sexual of non-sexual acts while escaping the physical realm.'

My loves, I've created a life that I truly love living.
Truly.  
Working on this film, meeting such amazing people
and traveling to exotically historic cities has lit me up
in places that I thought weren't possible.
                                                                                                       
And it's confession time - 
I haven't been writing my blog because my hands and words have been committed to a memoir of sorts.  It's been a great learning experience that I've only just begun.  I'm grateful to have a behind the scenes dude clapping and pushing me along the way. 

In the midst of all of the creativity, I'm continuing to serve and grow and raise my hand to God every day in true thanks for this - all of this - all of it.

In the Bible's book of Corinthians - it's says that Love doesn't boast - but I have to share how happy I am that all of my life, every corner of it feels FULL of love - the good, juicy, stuff.
It hasn't been easy.
Not every day is a five star day but I wouldn't trade this for the world.
I'm not afraid going forward.  
Everything I need to move ahead serendipitously shows up right on time.
The support I have from my family and tribe is true.
My eyes are filled with tears of gratitude.  Happy, happy tears.

Taking a risk to create a life you love is scary.
But it's necessary.
I get it and I so support you getting yours!
I have NO regrets.
I have nothing but love.
LOVE for everyone, everything and every happenstance along the way.  I thank all of you, all of the lessons, all of the experience that has led me to this glorious moment.

XOXO

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