Where We Once Danced: A Ghostly Presence in an Old Hotel

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Have you ever visited a place that left such an impact you thought, “I will remember this experience forever!” What about after you die? Is it possible that your spirit would come back to a place again if given the opportunity? In my experience, the answer is a resounding YES.

Do spirits stick around forever in the place they once experienced joy or other strong emotions? Not necessarily, but they may leave an energy imprint behind after they go.


The Hotel with a Storied Past

Recently, I was hired to spend the night in a downtown hotel that used to be frequented by famous celebrities, musicians, athletes and politicians. The hotel is in the process of being fitted with modern adaptations of furniture and lighting reflective of its glamorous past.

Pictures throughout the main areas of the hotel showcase the long list of illustrious guests including Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, the Supremes, Eartha Kitt, former president John F. Kennedy, civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, the Rat Pack, and more.  Additionally, several baseball teams left their mark on the place as well.

The top floor of the hotel, which housed the penthouse suite and two additional suites, was left open for the night for me to gather my impressions. Additionally, I allowed my psychic impressions to lead the way through some employee-only areas of the hotel as well as several of the common areas. My partner followed me around with a series of cameras to capture my impressions and actions on video.

I brought several cameras that night as working with spirits tends to kill batteries in my electronics, and this experience was no different.

We stayed overnight in the penthouse suite. Needless to say, after activating all of that spirit energy I was pretty wired and chose to “sleep” with one eye open for the rest of the night until I could go home.

Overall, I have to admit the experience was enlightening, exciting, emotional and a little spooky as, at times, the entities spoke through me.


Energy Signatures or Psychic Imprints

Energy signatures can be found on things and in locations. An energy signature is captured by an empath as an impression, which can be a smell, a song, words, feelings, sounds and movements. Carolyn Thompson describes it as the “feeling in that first three seconds of sensing, before it turns into some emotion.”

Another author describes the phenomenon as a “psychic imprint,” as the experience hangs in the air, but there doesn’t appear to be a ghostly presence attached to it.

“This theoretical phenomenon occurs when emotional energy somehow “records” sights, sounds or smells upon a location that can be picked up many years (or even centuries) later when conditions are right or someone with the proper sensitivity is present. These sensory impressions do not involve the presence of an actual disincarnate spirit.”

Sam Uptegrove, “DIMENSIONS: Haunting or a psychic imprint?”


Playing a Tune, Singing a Song

One of my favorite musical artists of all time is Jimi Hendrix. What I “saw” and “heard” in the penthouse suite was Hendrix composing the lyrics to Crosstown Traffic, which was released in October 1968. He was with his band in Atlanta for a show in August 1968. During a different time period in the same suite, Elvis Presley was strumming his guitar. I did not recognize the song as I am not familiar with his music. However, my psychic impression told me both enjoyed that particular spot in the penthouse because it provided access to an outside balcony with a view.


The Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King, Jr., and his family were frequent guests at the hotel. Reverend King would meet with others to discuss and plan initiatives around the Civil Rights Movement. I could feel the fear, the hope, the excitement and the overall energy of the Civil Rights movement as I walked from room to room. I had the impression the family felt safe at the hotel despite the noise of protesters outside, which was reassuring to me.


Dancing in the Grand Ballroom

When I entered the grand ballroom, I was surprised to see tables, a large TV screen and carpeting. I plopped down on the floor and listened. It was then I “heard the music” and felt the stirrings of the magic that once existed inside the room.

I looked down and thought, “Where is the parquet floor?” I looked up and said, “Where are the chandeliers?” The spirits truly enjoyed dancing there. I saw glittering gowns and upswept hair. I saw Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor dance together too.

The next morning, I asked the hotel manager if there was a parquet floor beneath the carpet. He said yes. I asked him, “Where are the chandeliers?” The question shocked him. He showed me where they were kept: they had been grouped haphazardly in the corner of the parking garage.


Protecting the Famous

In addition to seeing, feeling, hearing and smelling snippets of the past through energy signatures they left behind, I noticed something else: some of the celebrities that stayed at the hotel had people that would protect them from others who attempted to approach them. They looked like bodyguards to me; their energy was somewhat menacing as well. They would stand at the edges of the room in various locations, so people that were not invited could not approach the guests.

Discretion was one of the benefits of staying at one of Atlanta’s premier hotels at that time. And there was one guest, who my guides chose not to identify, that would leave a key behind for a specific room. The room key was left for his mistress.


The Grand Escape

The most surprising find during my stay was an “escape hatch” used by celebrities to elude fans who patiently waited in front of the hotel for a glimpse of fame. I heard laughter as a group of women ran through the kitchen. It had to be the Supremes. By entering the dumbwaiter inside the kitchen and pressing the down button, celebrities could go to the bottom floor of the parking garage, walk up a short flight of steps and exit the building onto a side street entrance into waiting limousines. The backroom getaway was used by several celebrities quite a bit it seemed.

A Past Well Lived

I am of the belief that people are given choices after they die. A spirit may come back for a visit, or stay, or he or she may choose to move on to the next realm and leave this life behind.

Also, just because a loved one isn’t visible in the light or in your dreams, it doesn’t mean they can’t hear you. It just means they don’t think it’s necessary to show up in person.

More than once I’ve noticed entities hanging out at their final resting place. These spirits are not angry or sad; they are simply at peace.

In the case of the spirits in the hotel, I believe only one stayed behind, the rest were energy signatures. She was full of sadness over the loss of someone. I talked to the spirit to let her know I felt her pain. I wanted her to know I cared. I would like to think it helped release her so she could go.

The next day, I suggested to the manager to consider adding flowers to the room the next time it is rented in order to “brighten it up” in order to release the sadness.

In addition, I told him the spirits were happy with the hotel management company, and what they had done to retain the mission and excitement of the hotel during its former heyday. The spirits added it was their hope the ballroom could be brought back to life again as a place where couples could dance the night away and feel the magic they had felt.

Finding Peace in a Time of Transformation

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Does the air feel lighter? After a year of being locked away from friends and family, school and work activities, shopping, group events, and vacations, the ever-present heavy feeling of this pandemic has begun to lighten. Humanity is beginning to shift into a more positive direction.


Looking Inward

During this pandemic, we’ve had plenty of time to look inward and contemplate what’s important in life. And, while surrounding ourselves with new purchases is fun, many of us are discovering that good health, a comfortable home, good friends and solid family connections is just as important, if not more so.

As we pare down life’s superfluous stuff (including collections of beloved junk in drawers and closets), and let go of the need to control all things, we open the door to spontaneous joy in the present moment as well as new opportunities.

“Give me neither beggary nor riches. Give me only the necessaries of life.” -Proverbs 30:8.

Perhaps this pandemic was the universe’s way of forcing us to realize what is truly important, which opens us up for a change in consciousness on a worldwide scale.

In fact, the Toltec culture, predecessors to the Aztec/Mayan culture (10th to 12th centuries AD), predicted a big shift in consciousness would take place in 2021, not 2012 as was originally predicted.

The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. – Eckhart Tolle


A Higher Consciousness Awaits Us

James Gilliland, in his article, Influx of Higher Consciousness 2021, says we are moving into a more highly energized space complete with incoming cosmic rays from distant galaxies. He emphasizes the importance of adhering to universal laws including expanded awareness and heightened consciousness through prayerful meditation “the main premises of which are universal peace, brother/sisterly love, individual freedom and prosperity for all.”


The 12 Universal Laws

To embrace Universal Laws, we need to understand them better. Hyptalk provides a simplified description of the 12 Universal Laws Gilliland references. For a more detailed description of each please visit hyptalk.com.

  1. The law of oneness – everything is connected.
  2. The law of energy – everything is a vibration.
  3. The law of action – take the first step towards manifestation.
  4. The law of correspondence – whatever happens inside your mind will manifest outside of your mind.
  5. The law of cause and effect – everything happens for a reason.
  6. The law of compensation – What you put out you will receive (think random acts of kindness versus karma).
  7. The law of attraction – you draw people into your life that have the same energy frequency as you.
  8. The law of perpetual transmutation of energy – you can change your life.
  9. The law of relativity – obstacles are opportunities for change.
  10. The law of polarity – change your thoughts.
  11. The law of rhythm – everything has its own rhythms, patterns and circles.
  12. The law of gender – yin and yang. Everything needs time to grow.


Enjoying the Ride: A Focus on Higher Consciousness

A global shift in consciousness is happening now. We are moving from the 3rd dimension to the 5th dimension, taking us from a time of scarcity and ego to a time of spiritual gifts, an abundance mindset and unconditional love, says Jamie Worthington.

In her eBook, How to Ascend to the 5th Dimension,” Jamie says we need to let go of our baggage: view the past, honor the past, then let go of any emotional pain associated with it. Ask for help to release energetic cords that may tie us to others in an unhealthy way. Get grounded by stepping into nature. Surround yourself with positive affirmations. Drink plenty of water. Eat organic food if you can, and shift away from negative thought patterns. Jamie credits the book “The Archangel Guide to Ascension: 55 Steps to the Light,” with assisting her in her effort to ascend to a higher level of consciousness.

“Being a citizen of the fifth dimension means that you hold your awareness in a balanced state of present time awareness. You respond to outside stimuli rather than quickly react to things that trigger you. You are happy, understanding, and balanced from a 5th Dimensional perspective, but most importantly you are MINDFUL!” – Jamie Worthington


Achieve Higher Consciousness Through Breathwork

In her research, Jamie found Kundalini yoga to be a good method of reaching a higher state. She recommends Shivie Cook, who offers a free beginner’s course online in Kundalini yoga that is easy to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DO_GgchYPA


The mind can go in

a thousand directions,
But on this

Beautiful path,

I walk in peace.


With each step,

the wind blows.


With each step,

a flower blooms.


– Thich Nhat Hanh


Peace and Oneness

Esther Hicks, a channel for Abraham-Hicks, which is a group of higher beings, says 2021 is the time humans have waited for – adding that we are in the right place at the right time to allow ourselves to be deliberate creators. “This is your moment,” she says.


World Oneness Day March 7

If 2020 has illustrated anything it’s that we as human beings are connected, and we need that sense of connectedness to thrive. One of the best ways to initiate this sense of oneness is to participate in World Oneness Day on March 7 at 7:30 a.m. EST. This special day features an hour-long virtual global event featuring Sri Preethaji and Sri Krishnaji who will speak from Ekam, the Oneness Temple, located in Varadajahpalem, Andhra Pradesh, India.

On World Oneness Day, 10 million people from around the globe – called Oneness Meditators – will give Deeksha, a mantra-based prayer combined with healing energy for lack of a better description, which will generate a resonance to create a massive reverberation in human consciousness. As a Oneness Meditator in the United States, it is my hope to send forth as much healing energy as possible to help people enter into a state of heightened awareness and love for all of humanity.

If you would like to tap into this experience, please access this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdegbnVhYXk.


International Day of Peace September 21, 2021

If you can’t make the March 7 event, please consider participating in the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2021.

There is even a special youth component, called the Global Youth Assembly, that meets prior to the event. Anyone between the ages of 15 and 34 years of age is encouraged to get involved to help shape the future of humanity. For more information visit: https://www.peaceday2021.com/.


When the World Seems Upside Down … Blame it on the Planets!

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Do you ever feel like up is down and down is up and no matter how hard you try to communicate your message is not getting through? It may not be your fault at all. Instead, the problem may be due to the Mercury’s position in the sky.


Mercury Goes Retrograde

Mercury is one of the fastest planets in our solar system, traveling around the sun at 112,000 mph. About three to four times a year, the planet Mercury, when viewed from the earth, appears to be moving backwards. It’s an optical illusion caused by the confluence of the earth’s rotation, the sun’s rotation and Mercury’s rapid movement around the sun.

“The planet Mercury is named for the ancient Roman messenger god, who traveled across the skies on winged sandals, sharing news and delivering messages from the gods. Like its namesake, this hot little orb is associated with communication, information and travel.”


Just as the ocean’s tides go in and out due to the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as well as the earth’s rotation, it is believed Mercury’s transit through the astrological signs of the zodiac can effect us too.  When Mercury goes Retrograde, it’s as if it is going backwards into the astrological sign it recently transitioned through.


What Does This Planetary Change Mean for You?

Because Mercury is the messenger of communications and travel, everything is slowed as Mercury travels “backwards” across the sky during periods of Retrograde. Expect communications to break down or become misconstrued. Patience may run short and frustration can occur. Communication via email and mail may not get through, and devices such as cellular phones and computers and vehicles could break down or fail to function properly. Transportation may present a challenge as travel by air, ocean-going vessel, car, bus or train may be delayed or disrupted.

On the bright side, Mercury in Retrograde gives us an opportunity to step back and reflect on life, helping us to determine where we need to place greater focus in daily living. Remember, “What You Think About You Bring About,” so focus on positive changes rather than negative experiences from the past if possible.


“Measure Twice, Cut Once”

My grandmother understood the importance of taking her time when cutting material for a new dress. Woodworkers understand the measure twice, cut once axiom too. Likewise, it’s important to take your time and check your work, your communications, and your travel arrangements during Retrograde. Simply put, rushing forward with travel plans or communications may mean more work later on to correct a situation.


Three Opportunities for Reflection and Increased Awareness in 2021

Mercury is in Retrograde three times this year.

  • January 30 to February 21
  • May 29 to June 22
  • September 27 to October 23


Retrograde Advice from Around the Web

If you find yourself struggling during this particular Retrograde period, hang in there as Mercury goes direct before the end of February. There are different viewpoints around the web on this subject, and no two people are the same, so each may be impacted in a different way.

Scullywag.com says Mercury is in Retrograde in the eighth house of astrology, which is “other people’s money,” or the house of shared finances and resources.

“(Mercury in Retrograde in the eighth house) can cause delays and mix-ups in regards to such matters as inheritances, financial agreements, including divorce settlements, taxation, insurances and loans from financial institutions. There may be a need to double-check paperwork concerning these topics.”


Shape.com says Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius is in a fixed air sign, which effects social activity. Likewise, other fixed astrological signs may be impacted more than others including Taurus, Leo and Scorpio. Taurus will feel its effect in careers, Leo in partnerships and Scorpio in home life.

“This retrograde might serve as a nudge to look back and handle unfinished biz, as well as reflect on past lessons around group projects. It could also encourage us to focus on working toward the greater good.”


Cosmopolitan.com says miscommunications will player a bigger role during this period.

I saw an example of this personally when two friends attempted to meet for lunch yesterday. One went to the restaurant location near his house, and the other friend went to the location near his house. Neither realized they were were visiting two different city locations of the same restaurant!

“Old friends and ex-lovers are pretty much guaranteed to come back around, that one personal project you dropped might become relevant again, or an ex-boss (or an old job opportunity you couldn’t take in the past) might pop up in your inbox. This is your big chance to find closure so you can start something new…”


Women’s Health MSN.com says this retrograde will cause you to take a closer look at your career.

“This particular astrological event has a lot to do with work and rethinking that area of your life. Do you actually enjoy the work you’re doing? … Rethinking your work life will seep into your non-work life, too. You’ll give your day-to-day the once-over, looking into what you can do to make your schedule better reflect your goals.”


While it may seem alarming that Mercury in Retrograde could have such an impact on us (and to top it off there is a pandemic to contend with!), there is a bright side. Mercury in Retrograde causes us to slow down, reflect, and make changes and corrections, while providing feedback for better alignment along life’s path.

The Haunted Ruins of Barnsley Gardens

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rose crossRecently, I was gifted with an overnight stay at the Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Georgia. I did no research prior to my stay, so I was unaware of its haunted history. However, I did wear a rose cross I purchased at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, and brought my Tibetan bells, just in case.

Despite the cold, rainy weather, my husband and I decided to venture out of our warm hotel room at the resort to explore the nearby Barnsley Ruins, which were decorated with holiday lights for the Christmas season.

Rarely do I get the “heebie-jeebies” when visiting a historic place. However, I can honestly say the Barnsley Ruins spooked me.


Was That a Ghost?

Did I see ghosts? Absolutely. I saw glimpses of them walking between the main house and the kitchen and the old China Fir tree, which was as old as the house. Did I hear words spoken? I did. Although what I heard was more of a whisper. Did I experience a range of feelings in this place? I felt joy, sadness, a little fear and nausea. Sadness and some fear in the ruins of the house as well as a feeling of dismay concerning the new additions around it. I felt joy in the boxwood garden, which was beautiful. The nausea dissipated after I left, thank goodness.


A Tale of Love, Destruction, Murder and Ruin

In the 1840s, Godfrey Barnsley, an Englishman and cotton baron, bought 4,000 acres to build an Italian villa for his beloved wife, Julia, a shipping heiress from Savannah, Georgia.  Prior to construction of “The Woodlands,” Godfrey befriended an old Cherokee man and told him of his plans to build a 24-room mansion. Godfrey was told by the Cherokee not to do it as the land was considered sacred. The Cherokee man’s advice was ignored.

During the building’s construction, Julia died. Heartbroken, Godfrey suspended construction of the home only to be visited at the fountain by his now deceased wife Julia, who encouraged him to continue building the house for himself and their children.

The house was completed in 1848 and remained undisturbed until the Civil War. During the Civil War, 29,000 Union troops reportedly camped out on the land. A friend, Col. Richard Earle, tried to warn Barnsley of the approaching army; he was shot and killed outside the door by a Union sharpshooter. After the Union Army set up camp, Union General James McPherson saw how beautiful the property was and wanted it to be spared and protected during General Sherman’s destructive March to the Sea.

That was not to be.

After McPherson left, the house was NOT burned to the ground; however, Union troops ransacked the home and removed $150,000 worth of items, leaving little of value behind. Godfrey’s daughter Julia reportedly took the people that lived at the Woodlands to the woods where she showed them how to dig out roots and other edibles to eat and survive. Supposedly Julia was the inspiration for the character Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.

The story doesn’t end there. In 1906, a tornado blew the roof off of the house, and in 1935, Godfrey’s great grandsons, Preston and Harry, argued over control of the property. Preston chased Harry through the house and shot him, and Harry died in his mother’s arms. In 1942, the property was auctioned off to people outside of the family, and today it’s a resort.

Residual Energy versus a Ghostly Presence

Sometimes objects and places will store the energy of the past – much like an antique can hold the energy of its previous owner. A friend asked me if I thought it was residual energy I was seeing versus ghosts on the property, so I did some research. Residual energy can linger on and around an object or building. Residual energy may also be referred to as residual energy imprint hauntings or a memory imprint. If it’s a spirit, you can see a presence and movement or feel energy that is denser as well as a temperature drop. If it’s residual energy, the energy will stay in one spot.


“Most buildings will contain some kind of residual energy. Empaths pick up on these vibes rather like first impressions.”  “The energy of a spirit is often recognized when you feel a presence, or denser energy, at the same time as a dramatic temperature drop.” – CrystalWind


I think the ruins at Barnsley Gardens Resort are a combination of a ghostly presence and residual energy. I believe the place is occupied by residents from its past that continue to roam the house and grounds, but I believe that the old building holds residual energy too.


Psychometry and the Energy in Things

One of the tools I use as a psychic is psychometry, which refers to the ability to feel energy in a physical object. I may hold a ring or a watch to gain a better understanding of a client I’ve just met, or I may be able to interpret information about someone from the past who owned the object. I also use the skill to go antique hunting.

Everyone leaves a little bit of energy behind, particularly in items that are cherished.



Clearing Residual Energy

After visiting Barnsley Gardens Resort, I needed to clear the energy from myself, my husband and my car. I clear energy in a number of ways, but the two techniques I use most are burning sage in a shell while using a feather to distribute the smoke around me and the area, or I use Tibetan Meditation Tingsha Cymbal Bells.

Clearing energy from a space or from things is always a good idea. You should consider cleansing gemstones and crystals after purchasing them (overnight salt soak and placed in moonlight), clearing a space after you’ve had an argument, anxious dreams, after readings or communicating with ancestors. Other ways to clear energy include the use of water, music, salt, smoke, chanting, essential oils, fire, wind chimes, earth and centering through breathwork.


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