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Is it the end? We found a panel of pundits to tell us what to expect Dec. 21 Hope for evolution from a ‘me’ generation to a ‘we’ generation.There is no need to build a bunker, stock pile perishable foods, or plan for an apocalypse; the world will not end on December 21. Though the last years we have seen human zombies, climatic disasters, and other strange phenomena that mimics some of the best blockbuster end of days movies; December 21 will be business as usual. Through the centuries many civilizations, such as the Hopi, Mayan, Inca and others used the sun, moon, stars, and planets to explain time and structure to their societies. The Mayan and Nostradamus doomsday conspiracies have plagued us for centuries. The baby boomer’s had the Age of Aquarius. Generation X‘s doomsday was Y2K. Now the Millennial’s have the impeded threat of 2012.Though it is feasible that the end of the world could result from a black hole, planet collision, or polar shift, few believe this will happen December 21.The world is going through a spiritual, financial, and global change. Fear is rampant everywhere, as the country hits unemployment highs, financial uncertainty, climatic upheavals, and threat of terror abroad. We survived the Ice Age, but unprecedented meteorological events, global warming and magnetic field shifts have some people worried that the end is near.
Some people believe that the end of the Mayan calendar only signifies a renaissance of creative abilities, divine consciousness, cosmic synchronicities, compassion, and social awareness. The Mayans’ calendar was cyclic, therefore just as our 365 day cycle, the time span would just restart. Though all religions foresee an end of the world, most agree man cannot predict it. As the Winter Solstice marks the end of the Mayan calendar, I would like to believe that mankind will simply evolve from a “me generation” to a “we generation”. Many people are searching for solutions to fix life’s problems and heal mother earth. Some are finding answers in spirituality, meditation, prayer, and technology. So whether you believe 2012 is the end of life or a simple shift in awareness, the idea of humanity turning from fear to embrace love, acceptance, and compassion is not a bad idea. We simply have to remember why we are here. Our actions no matter how big or small affect our world. Shift Happens.Ericka Boussarhane is an author, radio personality, public speaker and professional psychic medium who is sought after around the world. She has been featured on television programs dealing with the paranormal and interviewed by national radio stations across the country. For more information, call 850-941- 4321 or visit www.coldcasepsychic.com.
The world is not going to end in 2012 Sandi Duncan Managing Editor of Farmer’s Almanac www.farmersalmanac.comI t's hard to believe it's been 12 years since we celebrated the year 2000, isn't it? Similarly to 2000, with its Y2K scare, 2012 is a year for many speculations, rumors, and end of world prophecies. Supposedly, the world as we know it is going to end on December 21, 2012. How come? The origins of the prophecy seem to be as diverse as the sites on the Internet claiming different doomsday scenarios.One popular theory attributes it to the ancient Mayans. Supposedly, the Mayan Calendar is scheduled to end on December 21, 2012 (the winter solstice, if our interpretations of Mayan calendars are correct). That isn't true. This December may end a Mayan long-count period, but, just as other calendars continue after the end of a year, another Mayan long-count period will begin in January.Another theory speculates that the planet Nibiru, supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerians, is on a crash course towards earth. Originally, this planet was supposed to crash and burn in May 2003, but when that didn't happen, the doomsday prophecies were changed to link the event to December 2012. Again, it's not true.The world will not end in December. That's our prediction and we're sticking by it. (After all, if we're wrong, um who's going to tell us.Beyond 2012: Why the World Won't End NASA Scientists www.nasa.gov
T he world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 -- hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012. Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar. Regarding the rumor of polar shifts, a reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-switch to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. Scientists believe a magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia.
The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near- Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
Pensacola Paracon beckons those seeking paranormal experience. by Kristine Medina Voyager Magazine
Pensacola Paracon is a local convention tailor-made for fans of the paranormal, science fiction, anime and horror. The event also features gaming tournaments, costuming workshops, screenings of local indie films, celebrity meet-and-greets and other activities. Conventions have become a culture for fandoms of every genre since the rise of science fiction with Worldcon in 1939. Ericka Boussarhane, a Pensacola native and University of West Florida alumna, was inspired by popular conventions, like Worldcon, and wanted to create something similar for Pensacola. The result was Pensacola Paracon, which will be held at the Pensacola Fairgrounds this weekend. “For me, allowing the public to make this a staple is what I look forward to,” Boussarhane said. “It’s similar to other conventions, but they don’t have so much of everything. It’s awesome to see key players get together and get the public involved.” Boussarhane has been a guest psychic medium for several conventions and events along the Gulf Coast and in cities across the country. Over 50 guests, artists, vendors and groups were invited to Pensacola Paracon, which is in its third year.Scott Tepperman, a Tallahassee resident who stars in Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters International,” will be a guest at Paracon. Tepperman said he’s a big fan of horror. He will be lecturing on the genre at the convention and will sit as a speaker on the panel discussion. Paracon attendees may also participate in a paranormal investigation with Tepperman at the Pensacola Lighthouse. “We get to spend a lot of one-on-one time with fans when we do ghost hunts for the public, so it’ll be cool, interactive and fun,” Tepperman said. In addition to ghost hunting, Tepperman pursues acting, directing, writing and music. Tepperman has a few horror films in the works and a book that will be released in October called “Overlooked & Underrated: 100 Fantastic Forgotten Films of Horror,” which sprung from his adventures as a film critic intern in New York. Cyndie Lepori, a “dolphin and whale emissary and communicator,” will be providing channeled insights and conducting readings for those who are interested. As a dolphin and whale emissary, Lepori says she communicates with the species and advocates for them through her company, Dolphinhugs4U2. She is also the owner of Ascension Technologies, which works to develop technology, training and tools to harness different energies. Lepori will also be promoting her book, “Bubbles and Billy Sandwalker,” about a boy who meets a dolphin that changes his life. “This is my third year at Paracon, and I have an absolute blast every time,” Lepori said. “Ericka is amazing! Since I talk to people and animals from the other side, I fit in.” Paracon will open its doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with off-site investigations from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are sold at the entrance and online. They are $20 for the weekend and $10 per day. There is a $5 discount for students who present their Nautilus card. For the paranormal experience at the Pensacola Lighthouse, tickets are sold separately at $35. Participants will be able to stay at the lighthouse on either Saturday or Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. A portion of the proceeds from Paracon will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Pensacola Paracon Offers a Walk on the Weird Side. September 23 2012 by Josh Cooper Pensacola News Journal http://www.pnj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012309240023
Trekkies, paranormal investigators, and anime characters grinned ear to ear as they walked around checking out one another’s costumes and memorabilia.Fans from a variety of cultural genres gathered at the Pensacola Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday for Pensacola Paracon, a convention embracing science fiction, horror, the paranormal, fantasy and anime.Paracon came to life three years ago, thanks to Ericka Boussarhane, a psychic medium interested in the paranormal.“I travel to a lot of conferences. And I wanted to bring a little bit of DragonCon to Pensacola,” she said. DragonCon is a massive sci-fi/fantasy convention held annually in Atlanta. Paracon had a little bit of everything, including one of the original cars from the movie “Christine.”The Star Trek fan club U.S.S. Continuum displayed its captain’s chair and invited attendees to its monthly viewing of Star Trek episodes. Jay Gallops, commanding officer of U.S.S. Continuum, said this was his first year at the convention and that he was happy to be a part of it.“I’d heard about Paracon for a few years, and this year, Ericka contacted us,” Gallops said. “I think it’s a nice convention. It has a variety of topics.”One of the biggest draws to the convention was the paranormal investigations led by teams from across the country.Scott Tepperman, of Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters, Bob Cenkner of Paranormal Wavelengths, and Chris Gostkowski, of Paranormal Research Organization of Florida, or P.R.O.O.F, led small groups through investigations at the Pensacola Lighthouse on Saturday.“Our main goal as investigators is to keep the site from contamination, including outside voices and movement,” Cenkner said. “We want people to experience a real investigation.” “We might go to a location and not experience anything, but we make ourselves available for the people,” Tepperman said. Gostkowski added: “None of us charge for doing these investigations. Everything we do is out-of-pocket.” The attendees seemed to enjoy themselves.Cali Pendleton said she found out about the convention on Facebook and wanted to check it out. She came dressed as the character Babydoll from “Sucker Punch.”“I like the fact that it’s a bunch of people from different fandoms,” she said. “It’s a bit of a nerdfest. It’s sort of my thing.” Convention tickets were $10 for either day, $20 for the weekend, and $35 for the paranormal investigations. A percentage of the money was donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an organization that researches and provides awareness for breast cancer.
All Things Paranormal. October 11, 2011 by Troy Moon Pensacola News Journal http://www.pnj.com/article/20111011/NEWS01/110110315/All-things-paranormal-coming-town?
Lots of the nation’s top paranormal investigators, monster chasers, ghost hunters and psychics are descending on Pensacola that weekend. Yes, that is a little joke — a great-natured jab at the psychic people who are utilized to the jokes and snickers. “I think skepticism is great — it is healthful,” said Ericka Boussarhane, Thirty Eight, of Pensacola, a self-professed psychic and the coordinator of the second yearly Pensacola ParaCon, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at multiple area spots. “However I think the proof is in the pudding. If they are not statutory, they will not be around quite long. They Will be weeded out.” Well, lots of the visitors at the Pensacola occurrence are several of the most acclaimed and renowned in the (burgeoning) paranormal business. Most are coming to lead seminars or maybe conduct local readings and investigations. Event topics incorporate seminars on “Flying Humanoid Creatures,” close-demise experiences, paranormal tech, distant viewing, unidentified flying objects and more. The community could attend one or maybe more seminars and occurrences. A plan is posted at www.pensacolaparacon.com, with tickets to individual occurrences starting at bucks Twenty. “We’ve got several of the leaders in the area,” said Boussarhane, who gives psychic readings by telephone or maybe in individual at The Mystic Cottage on Mobile Freeway. “And we are desiring the event will put us on the paranormal map.” Pensacola has got a lot of nationwide publicity in latest years in the paranormal planet. In 2009, the Syfy program “Ghost Hunters,” one of the network’s most fine programs, visited Pensacola to seek for paranormal action at the Pensacola Lighthouse at Pensacola Seafaring Air Station and different downtown spots. Different paranormal teams from Texas and different regions across the nation have in addition inspected paranormal action at the Pensacola Cultural Center and old properties around Seville Square. While Boussarhane said that skepticism is healthful, she said that many persons who contact her for psychic help are her ideal ads. One individual who will acknowledge Boussarhane’s claims is Tina Preston, Fifty, of Chandler, Ariz., who contacted Boussarhane after her Twenty Four-year-old daughter went missing in 2006 from a Tulsa, Okla., truck stop. After getting little help from administration, Preston said she discovered Boussarhane on the World Wide Web and contacted her. The 2 exchanged emails, and shortly, Boussarhane was offering Preston data, at times awful, about Preston’s daughter. The remains of Preston’s daughter were discovered in 2006 in Lupton, Ariz. It was then that Preston ended up being persuaded that Boussarhane was the true deal. Boussarhane had written to Preston about “Route Twelve,” which is where the remains were discovered. She had in addition foretold that her remains would be discovered by running water, with train tracks and a radio tower adjacent. All were real, Preston said. “She told me where she was,” Preston said. “And she never asked me for a dime. She has a marvelous gift.”
Orange Mom Receives Message From the Grave 03/17/2011 by Penny LeLeux, The Record Newspapers http://therecordlive.com/2011/03/17/orange-mom-receives-message-from-the-grave/
Can messages be received from beyond the grave? Are there people that can communicate with the dead? Many people hope so; others feel it goes against their religious beliefs.One Orange family was taken by surprise last year at the Texas Ghost Show when a son was determined to get a message to his mother. Medium Ericka Boussarhane came to Beaumont from Pensacola, Fla. to participate in the Ghost Show. Psychic ability runs in her family, especially in the women. She was uncomfortable with psychic phenomena when she was young. Not understanding her abilities, she tried to stay away from it. While in college, studying psychology, she was watching an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries.” Her mind started filling with flashes of information about the case portrayed on the show. “I started researching cold cases because I figured it was something I was supposed to help,” said Boussarhane. She started training to develop her ‘psychic muscles.’ “I studied from Sandy Anastasi.” Ericka said Anastasi is the main person John Edwards credits with helping him hone his capabilities. Edwards is a very famous psychic medium that hosted “Crossing Over.” Boussarhane started volunteering with findme2.com which is an agency that uses law enforcement and psychics to help locate missing persons. These days, she attends various conventions and conferences holding “gallery” readings. That is where Cammie Vincent from Orange found Boussarhane last year in Beaumont. Vincent had not gone to the Texas Ghost Show to get a reading; she didn’t know they were even available. “I had never been to anything even close to this. We didn’t know they were having speakers; we just wanted to go see the people that were on “Ghost Hunters” and these shows that we had watched,” she said. When they arrived at the Civic Center, they were asked who they wanted to listen to. Someone at the ticket booth suggested there was room in Ericka’s audience. “Would you like to go see her?” they asked. “We didn’t know who Ericka was. We said sure.” While walking down the hall, a bird swooped in above their heads. Their guide asked them if they knew what that meant. He told them it was a good sign. Sitting in the back of the room, they realized Boussarhane was a medium. “She was actually giving readings to people there in the audience. We were amazed at the response of the people. She was telling them things about people they have lost and actually about medical conditions. I was just really interested, because I had just lost a son and my sister-in-law had lost her son in the war.” Vincent decided she wanted to go to Boussarhane’s next gallery reading, scheduled for that afternoon. “I have mixed feelings about it because I’m Baptist and you know I feel like maybe I shouldn’t be delving into something that I shouldn’t be doing, but I just had this pull to go back and see her.” “It was myself, my daughter and one of her best friends,” said Vincent. “Well, we sit in the back again, because this time it was totally packed. We were listening and I was hoping, ‘Oh man, I wish she could get back here to us.’ “Sure enough, it came to me and she asked was there anything I would like to know, be it my health or you know, anything like that.” Vincent told her there was a family member that passed that she would like to ask if they have anything to say and find out what happened when they passed. “She said ‘okay’ and she kinda walked around a little bit. She said ‘just a minute, can you tell me their name?’ ‘I said yes mam, Jason.’ She said ‘okay.’ She walked around and said ‘I’ll be back to you in a second.’ She comes back and she says ‘I’m not getting that name, Jason from anyone, but I have someone that is showing me something that calls you auntie, are you called auntie?” Vincent was a little puzzled at the question, but her daughter said, “Mom, aunt.” “Oh yes, I’m aunt to several people,” said Vincent. “Well, he calls you auntie.” Vincent couldn’t think of who it could be. “’He’s showing me’ and [Ericka] took her hands and started doing like your picking something out, throwing it out of a bucket or throwing it into the air and stuff.” Ericka also said she had the taste of blood. “When she said that, I started to have this feeling it must be Shane and I kinda perked up and started listening,” said Vincent. Boussarhane said [the spirit] had a message for his mother and he wanted [Vincent] to promise him she would give the message to her. “Tell her it was no one’s fault.” Ericka then told Vincent the hand motion she was doing was an explosion. She said that was how he died and he was overseas for the second time. “And Shane was, he got killed the second time he went to Iraq. She never said his name, but I knew who it was. I said ‘thank you’ and ‘I’ll definitely tell my sister-in-law.’” Boussarhane moved on to the next person, but came right back. “He won’t leave me alone. He keeps patting me on the shoulder. He wants me to make sure that you tell his mother.” “I promise, Shane, I promise, I’ll let your mother know.” Boussarhane said he was also showing her a little blue sports car, but wasn’t telling her anything about it. Even though it didn’t mean anything to Vincent, Ericka said it might mean something to someone else. “When I went home I had a feeling, should I or shouldn’t I tell Jan because I didn’t know how well she would appreciate me talking to somebody; but I didn’t go with the intention to talk about Shane. So I called her up and said “I just want to tell you what happened to me today.’ When she was told about the car, Shane’s mother verified he had talked his sister into letting him drive her brand new blue car and he scratched it. It was an important piece of information because his mother said nobody but the immediate family knew that. “It was a shock to me,” said Vincent. “But it made me very happy that I was able to let her know that he was fine. It was amazing to me that someone can do this. A complete stranger, I never even said his name, never said he was in the war or anything. “I didn’t intentionally go to get a reading, but that’s where it led me to, so I think God’s hand was in it, absolutely,” said Vincent. “I’m a little skeptic when it comes to people saying they can do that and really can’t, but after going to her, I know for certain she definitly is the real deal.” Boussarhane said, “If you can tell someone how someone died or some specific message about something I would have no clue about, it really shows them that love never dies. I love doing gallery readings and using my psychic intuition to help people in their grief.” Boussarhane will again be at The Texas Ghost Show scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday at the Beaumont Civic Center. For more information on other speakers and activities at the event go to txparanormal.com General admission tickets to the Ghost Show are $20. There is an additional charge of $10 for Boussarhane’s gallery readings. Texas Ghost Show set for March 19 The 2nd annual Texas Ghost Show, hosted by the Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators is scheduled 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., March 19 at the Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St., Beaumont. Guests include the entire cast of Ghost Lab, led by brothers Barry and Brad Kling; David Rountree, a leading paranormal researcher and author of “Paranormal Technology, Understanding the Science of Ghost Hunting;” author of 10 books on the paranormal and ghost researcher, Antonio R. Garcez; world-renowned psychic, medium and healer, Tiffany Smith Johnson; and escape artist, Aron Houdini. Also returning will be: Father Andrew Calder from “Paranormal State;” Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard from “Monster Quest;” “Oprah of the Paranormal” Ericka Boussarhane; author and psychic healer, Dr. Rita Louise; Chris Walden, host of the “Shadow Hour” radio show and more. Radio personalities Brian and Anna Marie of “Ghostology,” will return as emcees. The “Ghost Lab” will be on display, along with “Museum of the Weird.” Several paranormal groups are scheduled to attend. They will be available to answer questions and distribute information at their various booths. Those scheduled to attend are: • Everyday Paranormal • Graveyard Shift Paranormal • S.P.I.R.E. Southern Paranormal Investigative Research and Exploration • T.E.X.P.A.R.T. Texas Paranormal Advanced Research Team • The Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators • Wide Awake Paranormal Equipment will also be available for sale at the event. Tickets are $20 general admission. VIP tickets are available. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.TexasGhostShow.eventbrite.com. The MCM Elegante Hotel is offering a discount on rooms with group code TXSP. To rent booth space, call Don Dennis at 409-553-4456.
Pensacola Para Con brings ghost stories to life Indepenent Weekly Newspaper By Jennie McKeon Sept 15 2012 http://inweekly.net/wordpress/?p=1497
Downtown Pensacola is a great place to see art, have a nice dinner and…hunt for ghosts. Skeptics and believers can unite at the Pensacola Para Con where you can tour the haunted streets of Pensacola, meet paranormal celebrities and check out ghost hunting equipment. “Most people will be trying to see if they can have a paranormal experience,” said local psychic Ericka Boussarhane. “It’s the perfect time to have an open mind and talk with experts in the field.” The events will begin Saturday, Sept. 18 with a historic Pensacola walking tour. The tour is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost is $15. If you own ghost hunting equipment, you are encouraged to bring it. If you’re missing your household K-2 meter (used to find manipulations in electricity), equipment will be sold at the expo. Saturday night from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., an investigation of the Gray House on Alcaniz Street will be conducted. According to the Pensacola Para Con website, the ghost of sea captain Thomas Moristo, who lived there during the 1700s, still hangs around. Tickets are $30. On Sunday, Sept. 19, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Seville Quarter will be investigated. The $40 ticket includes a lunch buffet, where you can dine with paranormal celebrities such as Brad and Barry Klinge of Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Lab,” Patrick Burns of truTV’s “Haunting Evidence,” and author Marley Gibson. If you’re still not scared by Sunday night, you can join the Pensacola Little Theatre investigation from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $30. “I think the Pensacola Little Theatre will be the main attraction,” said Boussarhane. “A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that it used to be the county jail.” Pensacola Little Theatre’s main stage is where the gallows and cells used to be. The spirit of the last executed person, Hosea Poole, is said to be haunting the theatre. If you cannot choose which haunted tour to take, you can purchase the Golden Ticket for $99, which includes all Saturday and Sunday events. Proceeds from all ticket sales go to three charities: the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, Families Count and Favor House. “During the oil spill, I was really affected by the pictures of birds covered in oil,” Boussarhane explained. “I chose the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida because I wanted to make sure the charity would do something with the money. I also wanted to do something for children.” The Pensacola Para Con is a 2-day event not to be missed. Even if it sounds a little too “X-Files,” you should open your mind and take in a tour. You never know what the ghosts of Pensacola’s past have in store for you.“I hope participants take a piece of Pensacola’s history with them,” Boussarhane added. “I want them to have an experience—hopefully a ghostly experience.”
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UWF Graduates can help you learn to find your Center. September 2, 2009 By Jennie Hobbs Vovayer Magazine, http://www.thevoyager.net/meditation-helps-to-destress-1.1863702#4
Erika Boussarhane, center, leads a demonstration of singing bowls for Cindy Greene, left, and Crystal Evans. Greens's Mystic Cottage, "metaphysical gift store," offers a variety of resources and information for people who are looking to find a meaning in life. Evans and Boussarhane are UWF alumnae. Chakra Color Light Bed Therapy, a good stoning, palm readings, meditation classes and haunting hunting are some of the unique services provided by the Mystic Cottage at 4971 Mobile Highway in Pensacola. Tantalizing essential oils and incense immediately intoxicate the senses of anyone stepping into the little gift shop, which is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Recent UWF graduate and Cottage employee Crystal Evans, known as the “Love Diva,” provides love and relationship guidance. “I’m here to help people,” Evans said. Another former UWF student, Erika Boussarhane, leads the weekly meditation classes, which draws heavily on visualization techniques while incorporating soothing sounds and utilizing tools, such as singing bowls, worry stones and pure essential oils to facilitate relaxation. “We use a combination of East, West, and American cultural meditation techniques to help in de-stressing” Boussarhane said. The small, nondescript storefront dons a Mystic Cottage logo over the door, which masks the multitude of candles, herbs and jewelry found within. There are also areas for vendors to display related wares. It’s more than a store — it’s a “safe haven,” owner Cindy Greene said. “I try to provide a tranquil space to get away.” Bringing people together for social events, like the upcoming “Goddess Night,” does exactly this. This “fun excursion” will be a night for “networking and pampering,” Greene said. “People will dress as their favorite goddess or deity and dine on decadent hors d’oeurves with meditation and mini massages,” she said. Dress-up activities are a running theme at the Cottage. One of the recently held anniversary activities was a “Mystic Cottage Paranormal PJ Party.” The pajama-party participants joined the Southern Paranormal Researchers on an investigation for the night. One of the most interesting offerings is the chakra light therapy bed. It focuses different-colored lights at seven pressure points, while treating its user to various scents and relaxing music. “It’s 30 minutes of ecstasy,” Greene said.
Take a walk on the weird side Spice up your summer UFO tours and ghost walks. July 11, 2009 by Pensacola News Journal Rebecca Ross
Dinner and a movie? How dull.Summer is here, bringing its share of long nights and lazy weekends. But for those seeking to shake up their entertainment routine, the Gulf Coast has plenty of unusual fun on tap. Ghost tours, psychic readings and alien encounters abound. Ready to get weird? Just follow the little green men. Every Saturday through Sept. 5 (excluding today), guests can take an intergalactic trolley ride through Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach on a UFO tour. Presented by Pensacola Winterfest, the 90-minute tours offer a lighthearted take on the UFO phenomenon that swept the Gulf Coast during the late 1980s. The family-friendly tours depart from the Pensacola Visitors Information Center and include stops at the former home of Ed Walters, who allegedly filmed a UFO sighting; Shoreline Park; and the UFO House on Pensacola Beach. "We've had one tour so far, and it was hysterical," said Denise Daughtry, event organizer. "We've got an intergalactic flight attendant who will teach you how to fold your foil hats and the trolley will be visited by some surprise guests." Daughtry rated the UFO tours "not scary," but there are other haunted happenings creeping around town. Pattie Krakowski, founder of Pensacola History and Hauntings, will share a slew of spooky tales each Tuesday at Seville Quarter on Government Street. Krakowski interviewed current and former Seville employees about the ghosts rumored to haunt the downtown entertainment complex. "I was surprised by all their stories," she said. "They told me about male ghosts, female ghosts, child ghosts and animal ghosts." Beginning at 10:10 a.m. each Tuesday, Krakowski will lead guests on a spirit-soaked tour of Seville, which includes coffee and lunch. Paranormal investigation enthusiasts also can attend a future "Paranormal Boot Camp" at Seville, where Krakowski and local psychics will explain the basics of ghost hunting. "There is so much interest in the paranormal right now, from people of all ages," Krakowski said. "The tours are fun, and something definitely different."
Family Uses Psychic to Find Missing Daughter The Penix family turns to psychic to help find missing daughter April 7 2009 Reporter Janet Kim with WKYT.com TV
Tina Penix has been searching for her daughter 27-year-old Nicole Penix Vanzant since she disappeared in January, with search and rescue crews taking to the water and Vanzant's own father combing through the woods. But now, desperate for any information that may bring answers, the family is turning to what they even admit is a long shot and asking a psychic for help. Ericka Boussarhane is one of two psychics Penix has contacted. Boussarhane says she's given the Penix family several clues about their daughter's disappearance, including where she believes Nicole's body is buried.Police are still calling this a missing persons case, not a criminal investigation. Detectives tell 27 Newsfirst it's not uncommon for families to turn to psychics for help and Boussarhane says she's only trying to help the family, and her services are at no charge.
Chip off the old block Abilities were a family affair, celebrity psychic says. March 14, 2009 by Rebecca Ross Pensacola News Journal http://www.pnj.com/article/20090314/LIFE/903140306
Unlike the ghost-besieged boy in the movie, "The Sixth Sense," Chip Coffey does not see dead people. Well. Not often.Usually, spirits and wandering souls communicate to the Atlanta psychic through energy, mental imagery or by speaking to him, he explained. "It's rare for me to see them as a full apparition," said Coffey, who will speak at the Circle of Life Expo this weekend at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds. "But it happens."The soft-spoken 54-year-old said he has been psychic "since childhood," and a professional medium and paranormal investigator since 2001. Most would recognize Coffey, with his trademark buzz cut and glasses, from his frequent appearances on the A&E cable series, "Paranormal State," which follows a team of investigators from Penn State University's Paranormal Research Society. Organizers of the Expo, a physical, metaphysical and spiritual festival, say they are excited to present the celebrity psychic. "I watch Chip on 'Paranormal State' just like everyone else," said Cindy Greene, event organizer and owner of The Mystic Cottage, a metaphysical gift store on Mobile Highway. "So many people are interested in the paranormal and in Chip. He's so down-to-earth." Coffey certainly is matter-of-fact when it comes to discussing what he believes are his God-given abilities."This is just a part of me, like my eye color or shoe size," he said. "I don't remember a time I wasn't psychic. By the time I was 2 or 3, I was telling my parents that the phone would ring, before it did, or that unannounced people were coming to visit."He said his parents accepted his quirks without question. "My great-grandmother was Minnie Sue Morrow Foster, a famous Native American medicine woman, and my dad's mom read tea leaves," Coffey said. "It wasn't a big deal in my family." It wasn't until 2001, while he was working in the travel industry, that Coffey's ghost-whispering skills emerged. He said he was startled when he was contacted by a coworker's deceased brother. "I thought I was going crazy," Coffey said, laughing. "This man started talking in my head, and I thought I had really gone round the bend." The grieving coworker wasn't convinced that Coffey was chatting with her brother's spirit until Coffey described what she had been wearing the last time she'd seen her brother at the hospital. "He pushed me into an Italian restaurant, and showed me a red-and-white checked tablecloth," Coffey said, describing the vision. "When I told my coworker this, she gasped and started to cry. She'd worn a dress with that same fabric." Since then, he has become a full-time psychic, medium, paranormal investigator, author and speaker. He travels internationally, giving private readings, and is looking to expand his national gallery readings, which he calls, "Coffey Talk." Coffey isn't bothered by those who scoff at his claims of psychic and spirit channeling — skills that aren't backed by scientific fact. "People have the right to believe or not to believe," he said. "I never dealt with many detractors until I started appearing on TV, but you know, I try not to engage with those people." Ericka Boussarhane, a Pensacola psychic medium, said that people should keep an open mind when it comes to "anything that's outside of their experience." "It's not something that everyone believes, but I think most people would be surprised if they gave it a chance," she said. "I've had the pleasure of working with Chip before, and I'd encourage anyone to come out and see what he can do." Fans can see more of Coffey on "Paranormal State." He just completed his 26th episode of the show and said he hopes to film another installment of his A&E show, "Psychic Kids," in the future. Why are such shows so popular? Coffey said the reasons range the gamut. "Some people love being in dark, spooky places with meters," he said. "But others just want answers to those eternal questions."