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While providing a recent reading it dawned on me that having the assistance of a psychic medium when conducting genealogical research could be very useful.  Allow me to illustrate.

A few years ago I was asked to connect a person with a long lost family member. The only information I was provided was a request to speak with a Native American as she had heard from another family member that “there was Indian blood in her family.”

Very quickly I established a connection with a gentleman who told me that he was the one we were looking for. He told me that he was Osage and that he had met her ancestor in the late 1700s. He himself was part French and had been unwelcome in his tribe “being a half-breed” and so he had left the tribe and became a traveling “medicine man.” He had partnered up with a Frenchman and they traversed the country selling their potions and elixirs from town to town. It was during one of these travels that he met this woman’s relative and he confessed to not knowing that he had made her pregnant. He also told me that he had been with the woman when she was only 16!

It was following the revelation that the girl was only 16 when she became pregnant that really confirmed the individual was who he claimed to be – and that I had a solid connection with him. The only detail that my client was fully aware of, was that her relative was 16 at the time she became pregnant by the Native American and that he had not been around for the child.

What a great connection … they communicated a bit more and than the reading was done. Recently I solved another family mystery. A woman who I had read for several times had requested a fourth reading. Over the course of the past few years she had asked me to connect her with one of her guides, or anyone else in spirit who had a message for her. Each time I gave her a reading, I saw the same individual coming through. He had sandy blonde hair with red highlights, and among other things always was dressed in a plaid shirt. He was fit with a muscular build and and handsome features. She had no idea who he was. He would tell her that he was related to her, but that she did not know him.

During this most recent connection with the “mystery man” the woman who I was reading for, made an ultimatum. She said that unless he revealed his relationship to her, that she would ignore him and have nothing to do with him. He pleaded that it was best if she just accepted his terms and she stood her ground. He then revealed his true identity and relationship to her. He was her real grandfather, her grandmother had an affair, became pregnant and passed off the resulting child as being one of her husbands. Now it became very clear why he had such an interest in her welfare and why he was being so secretive as to his identity. The story he told was quite scandalous, yet fit as the woman remembered that her grandparents relationship had been difficult and fairly loveless, not hard to imagine her grandmother seeking comfort in the arms of another man and then hiding the true identity of the child’ father.

Once I had one of my own relatives come through and apologize for the behavior of another family member. It was not until I reviewed a copy of my family tree that I saw the name of the person who had come through to me. She gave me her name and said that she was to blame in part for the way that one of the men in our family had treated his own family. She gave me the name of the kid she was referring to, which I recognized as being a relative of mine, however I did not recognize her name. It turned out that she was the mother of the family member she was apologizing for, no wonder she felt partly responsible.

All of this has led me to believe that when used properly, a good psychic medium can become an invaluable resource when researching ones family tree. When you really think about it, it’s incredible … the ability to connect with long lost relatives, discover true causes of death, unravel family mysteries and unearth “skeletons” in the closet. I can imagine that this would be useful for those who are adopted and for those who have lost all family records.  It is of course important to note that in some cases it may not be a good idea to connect with “long lost” relatives, though I believe in the majority of cases, it would be wonderful to be able to make such connections.

If you wish to learn more about Charles Peden visit www.charlespeden.com.

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The image of the orb or a ghost captured on film

A genuine orb photo taken by Charles Peden of a ghost

When I first became aware that we had a ghost in our home back in January of 2006, one of the first things I did was research them. While browsing the internet I found many web sites with photos of orbs that were labeled as ghosts and or spirits. I then asked my wife Heidi to grab a camera and asked her to photograph the area of the room that I was pointing to as I “saw” our ghost at that location. When we looked at the photo I was happy and shocked to see a very clear orb right where I had pointed at. For the next several months I would take pictures of our ghost and her orb kept popping in the photos.

At one point we had the ghosts of two children in our home and we photographed the two orbs together. After continuing to research orbs I found that there was a backlash going around the net and that many of the “experts” in the field of paranormal research were discrediting orbs as proof of a spirit or ghost being caught on film. They talked about lens flare … dust particles and insects and how even raindrops or dirt particles would reflect the flash back to the camera and create a orb like effect due to the shape of the lens. So I decided to test the theory that you could “make” orbs appear in your photos. I took a handful of dust and threw it off the balcony at nighttime while taking pictures with a digital camera with the flash on. In my before photo I captured about 5 random small orbs, after tossing the dirt/dust and photographing the same area I caught hundreds if not thousands of orbs in my photo. That was the end of my orb fascination.

But … what about the ones that I captured where I was pointing right at them? And, what about the photo of two orbs side by side that I had as well as the ones of the ghosts at the clocktower and the ghost in our backyard. The more I thought about it the more I had to look into it. When I see orbs with the “naked” eye, they are real enough … my wife and sister have seen them as well. Then it dawned on me … some of the orbs that are photographed are dust etc., while occasionally the orbs captured on film are genuine ghosts and spirits.

It’s all about physics. Think about this, what is the natural form that is taken on by falling water … an orb, what is the natural shape taken by a bubble … an orb. A ball of energy will take on a form that is most natural and efficient within the physical world and for a “shapeless” mass that would be a sphere, just like the planets in the solar system and the stars in the universe.

So … while orb pictures can be genuine, I believe that the vast majority of them are nothing to get excited about.  I believe that orbs can be used as additional “evidence” of a presence, but not as proof of the presence of a spirit or ghost. I no longer look for orbs and frankly have no interest in viewing peoples photos with orbs in them and then trying to figure out who is in the photo.

For more information about myself and what I do as a psychic medium and animal (pet) communicator, visit my website at www.charlespeden.com.

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