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The other night my wife and I picked up a copy of “Paranormal Activity” at the local video store and popped it in the DVD player for a relaxing and entertaining evening. We had heard some good things about the film and with several of our friends asking our opinion of it, we figured that we should check it out.

At first we chuckled as a somewhat familiar series of events began to unfold. As in … sensing a presence around the home and being freaked out at the littlest noise or creak in the night. However, once the “psychic” was introduced I was severely dismayed. The person who played the role of the psychic did an abysmal job at best of portraying a genuine psychic, he was a complete hack. Not once when called into investigate a ghost issue have I peppered the homeowner with questions in an effort to learn more about the situation. I prefer instead to describe what I am being told has happened and to bring forward details concerning what has led them to call me in to assist them. Frequently the place is simply old … needs new wiring or windows and there is nothing otherworldly going on, other times it is “haunted” but not by anything scarier than a loving relative who is popping in from the other side to say hello.

A real psychic does not need to ask all the questions that were shown in the movie and a real psychic would not simply throw his hands up and walk out on the situation.

With the movie telling you that the spirit presence is actually demonic and not simply the soul of another human or animal and with the movie portraying the psychic as a hack … it becomes evident very quickly that this is a complete work of fiction and in no way comes even close to revealing the truth about such matters.

In my experience, demons as they are commonly portrayed simply do not exist. Oh sure there are angry spirits and souls of tortured human souls out there, but I am yet to see any real evidence that demons exist. In many ways the movie “Paranormal State” works as a Christian “plant” in that it discredits psychics, exposes spirits as demons and never offers up any solutions allowing “the Church” the ability to point at the movie as a cautionary tale for messing with attempts to communicate with spirits.

The bottom line is that this movie is one great big stinking pile of dung and is a great disservice to those who have had to live with real ghosts and who have need of the use of a genuine psychic who can actually offer real world solutions, advice and most importantly is able to effectively communicate with those in spirit.

If you feel that you have a visitor from beyond the grave … check out www.charlespeden.com to book a reading or to learn more about psychic medium and animal communicator, Charles Peden.

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Missing Animal Cases

a.) Not all animals will want to be located, no offense … but your animal may have been ticked off by something and you may not even be fully aware of it.

If for some reason your animal is angry or upset with you or a situation in your home, they may be willing to return if you are able “talk it out” and come to an understanding where both of your needs are met.

For example: A dog was adopted out and soon after being adopted, the new “owners” called the shelter to report the dog had gone missing. I connected with the dog after one of the shelter’s personnel contacted me about the situation. The dog informed me that the home that he had been adopted out to was overcrowded with other animals and that he wanted nothing to do with it. The dog proceeded to inform me of the general details of the area that he was hiding in and gave a good reason for not trusting the shelter people … if they adopted me out to this place, why should I take my chances and go back there? Freedom can to some dogs be a bit too much of a calling and when running away from “bad” situations, they may end up going feral if food, water and shelter can be found on their own, or they may end up moving on and finding another family to adopt them, one that they have vetted on their own.

b.) Some animals will wish to shield you from any knowledge of a difficult passing. Though some animals seem to be okay with leading their humans to their physical remains … not all are comfortable with it and depending on their manner of passing, they may wish to protect you from it.

Animals do not fear death, they fear pain … both physical and emotional. If you consider the fact that “your” animals are connected to you telepathically and that the way that you talk about them, feel about them and think about them directly affects them, they will try and avoid additional pain and suffering for both parties.

For example: A woman had lost her cat and after going missing she contacted me. I connected with her cat and described a neighborhood where the homes were spaced six hundred feet apart with manicured lawns between them. She replied that was not anything like her neighborhood where the homes were fifty feet apart. I provided further details and after a bit it all came together. I had described a location directly across the lake from her, where she found her cat washed up on the shoreline. As the body was not damaged, the cat felt perfectly fine with leading her to his body. In many cases where the body is badly injured and visibly damaged, the animal will not lead you to the body so that you do not have to endure imagining the pain and suffering that they went through in their final moments. As they are connected to you, they feel the way you think of them and so they are also protecting themselves from having to be reminded of their difficult passing.

c.) Foul play does occur on occasion and an animal that went missing, may have been stolen for one reason or another. These cases are difficult because often times the thieves leave the area and it is possible that your animal may go through several hands before being sold or disposed of in some way.

For example: Dog fighting involves not just fighting dogs, but “bait” dogs as well. In some situations smaller animals that are not purebred or young enough to be resold as pets may end up being used as bait to make the fighting dogs more aggressive. I personally know the location where some of these dogs bodies are dumped after being mangled by the fighting dogs.

In one missing animal case I dealt with a Chihuahua who had been stolen from right in front of their person’s home. The dog told me that he was north, and by the market … and that he was in a cage or trapped in some fashion. I went north of the home on foot and found nothing, then I saw the market … it was south and east of the home … not north. A few days later the dog was returned. The story was that the dog had ended up in a flea market in a town just north of us and was on display in a carrier at the market. The man claimed to have purchased the dog for $500 for his daughter at the market, saw a story in the paper about the missing dog, realized what had happened and simply wanted to be reimbursed for the purchase price and declined the larger reward that had been offered.

When an animal is captured, often times they are fearful, and in unfamiliar surroundings. They may try describing individuals holding them, which if you do not know them … may mean nothing to you. Also if taken out of the area, the clues may be confusing if we are trying to match them up to the immediate area. If changing hands, the descriptions will change as to their surroundings, the persons holding them and what types of vehicles may be involved … very difficult to pinpoint. Add to the mix that these clues will be next to impossible to confirm and therefore very difficult to follow up on.

d.) Sometimes an animal simply needs to get out and stretch their legs and when done, they will come back … not when you call them, but on their terms, when they want to. Sometimes they are stuck … in need of help and given an opportunity to voice where they are and how to rescue them, they will shout it out to me. Sometimes a kind hearted individual takes them in and cannot track you down right away or doesn’t see one of your missing flyers. On occasion the missing will turn up at local shelters or even one a bit further away than you thought your animal would travel.

Provided the animal wishes to be located, it is important to bear in mind that it is possible that the clues coming in are from your animals perspective. In a case that I was working in southern California, a cat was trying to confirm my connection to him by describing his “owners” backyard and the features within in. He kept showing me a tree that to me looked like a willow tree. The cats person insisted that there were no willow trees in the area, I tried to dismiss the image, but it would not go away. I then was shown fruit on the tree and told that it was much smaller than a willow tree. I then asked about a kiwi tree, and was told that she had three of them in her yard, I then described cacti and they too were confirmed.

The bottom line is that I can help nearly everyone obtain some degree of closure when it comes to cases involving missing animals. I simply cannot guarantee that you will be led to their body or that a joyful reunion will take place. The following are some suggestions for effectively locating your missing animal.

1.) Remain calm … as difficult as this sounds it will help you think clearer, it will be more calming to your missing animal and will make it easier on those assisting you with the search. I have actually had animals tell me that their “owners” tearful and ear piercing calls were frightening him and not the soothing shelter and home that he wanted. He had been injured and was afraid that his condition would cause their person to break down and completely lose it, as they clearly could not handle them simply being missing.

2.) Remember that your animal is tuned into you telepathically and hears absolutely everything that you are thinking and is aware of what you are doing. In one case a woman planned on closing the garage door and trapping her cat and not allowing him to go out again. So guess who was careful to avoid returning home and triggering her traps. A certain cat had found freedom to be intoxicating and knowing what his person was planning should he return was enough to keep him away. To him having his outside time taken away entirely was simply not acceptable and he preferred to take his chances on his own.

3.) Animals contrary to popular belief, do not love us unconditionally. If conditions are unacceptable our animals tend to let us know through “misbehaving” or they may simply take off. They too have free will and have feelings just like you and I. Remember that since “your” animals can sense your true feelings and intent, be honest with them and do not treat them like children or babies. Animals are intelligent and deserve our respect.

4.) Contact the shelters in your area and even those just outside your area. You may also check with the local veterinarians and check with your neighbors to see if they saw anything.

5.) Post flyers, contact a pet finder service in your area and if you still need help contact someone such as myself.

Working the Case:
The first thing that I do when contacted regarding a missing animal case is request the “owners” name and the animals name and no further details.

Often times the first details to come in will be a physical description of the missing animal, and or unique traits and behaviors or personnel stories about the animal. As these details come in, it is important that you do not offer anything other than “yes” and “no” replies, no further details. Additional animals may come through during the reading who are also connected to you … and your animal, both living and passed may come through.

Once a connection is established and both of us feel that I am connecting with your missing animal, we will then ask questions regarding the nature of the disappearance. To me this in many cases is quite conversational, where I may ask a simple question and be given a simple reply such as “what were the workmen who scared you doing in the home?” and the dog replied to me “removing the carpeting and installing flooring” to which the “owner” said “yes, that is correct!” Sometimes the animal will “clam up” and I may have to apply what I call the “burning ears” technique which is where we will begin discussing the animals offending behaviors until the animal feels the need to stand up and speak for themselves so as to “set the record straight.”

Though I cannot assure you a happy conclusion to your missing case, I can guarantee you a greater sense of understanding and perhaps even closure, with or without your beloved animal companion returning to you. Please understand that you are paying for my time and not the results, as such and given the stressful nature of missing animal cases I operate on a somewhat sliding scale. Initial consultations are free, 5-10 minutes and should anything develop and you feel the information coming through was of some value to you and we go longer than a few minutes pay me what you can afford … based upon my regular rates. If after an initial consultation your animal is still missing, you may request a follow up session, though by and large if that is the case and it goes over 5-10 minute you will be expected to pay my regular rates.

Charles has a strong belief that we are all capable of what he does. His gifts are not unique to him as we all have the potential to connect with our 6th sense. Many of us connect with “spirit” and are not aware of it, or we are and we do not mention it to others. By guiding you to connect with your own abilities many have found that they can sense and communicate with both spirit and animals with practice after a few lessons with Charles as their guide and teacher. Look for workshops to be announced in the near future.