Friday, May 29, 2009

My Paranormal Interest Con't

In growing up in that farm house there were a lot of "unexplained" instances. One I remember is there was an empty room upstairs at the end of the hallway that the entire family used for storage. That room was directly over our kitchen. Often my Grandma would yell up the steps and ask what I was doing in that room when I had never been in there. We had several arguments about this. Late at night, I could hear someone walking in that room. At first I was told it was a mouse and we set traps and caught nothing. Then I was told the house was settling. (Built in the early 1800's how much more could it possibly settle) And finally I learned to sleep with the radio on.
Later in life, my daughter stayed at my Grandma's after school. She too, can now remember of being accused of being upstairs in that room when she had never went upstairs. It was true, at times sitting at the kitchen table, it appeared that someone was walking up there.
In regards to the family cemetery, growing up I was scared to death of it at night. To the point someone would have to walk me home if I had to pass it. That fear I never overcome. Now I wonder if there was more to it?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Interest in the Paranormal Began...

My interest in the paranormal began as a teenager. I grew up in an old farmhouse built in the early 1800’s, with my Grandmother and with our family cemetery in the yard. I think I was 14 or 15 when I had a sleep over and we all saw our first ghost!
We used to chase each other up the stairs. (Being an old farmhouse the stairs were very steep and my friends seemed to enjoy them.) After going downstairs to the kitchen for a drink and a snack, we then all 4 began to race up the stairs.
The one leading stopped midway up the stairs causing the rest of us to stop. The hallway light was on at the top of the steps and there stood a man, looking down at us in a war uniform. He was in perfect form. He was detailed enough that I could see the wrinkles near his eyes and the hair growth beginning on his face. At that moment my friend beside me said, “I can see through his legs!”. With that he completely disappeared.
Yes, it scared me to death. First of all, there was no doubt in any of us that it was a ghost. Second, the expression on his face I would never forget as I would describe him as angry. Angry at what? Me?
We told my Grandmother of our experience and she laughed it off, stating the house does not have ghost. (Even though the entire family joked about “Uncle Harvey”, the ghost that moved and hid items.) After my friends left, my Grandmother and I had a long talk because I did not think she realized how frightened and upset I really was about this. (No one lived upstairs but me.)
Later that day, she called me to the phone, it was one of her sisters. She told me that she too, had seen him in the house at an early age and no one believed her. She told me that it was my 6th great grandfather, who was a Captain in the Civil War and buried in the cemetery. It gave me some relief to know that he had been seen before, but no relief to go back upstairs that night.
For two months I slept downstairs in the living room on the sofa, until my family picked on me so bad that I eventually returned to my room. (I would go upstairs during the day, but made sure I did not have to return up there, when night fell.)
My Grandmother did not help matters at all by telling me it could have been anyone, as my bedroom was the soldier’s room. When they were in the Civil War and would come by the house that is the room they would stay in.
Recently we did an investigation were they report their ghosts in full form. Another report was said that there was a black shadow around 6-foot tall and the shape of a man. I saw that shadow! Once again, I felt like I was back in my teenage years and left completely speechless, to the point that I could not tell the investigator beside me to turnaround!
Of course this appeared off camera, and I am hoping that it appeared on one of the others. (We have not finished the video review yet.) If not, I would really like to return to this location to see if we can get him on video.
Funny thing, I have had two locations that report full figure aspirations, and both seem to play with my cameras, but will not appear in front of them!

Friday, May 22, 2009

CVAPI in USA Today

We conducted an interview a couple of weeks ago, and it has just come to my attention that it ran in USA Today. How exciting!,+Geography/States,+Territories,+Provinces,+Islands/Virginia/0clI2bi6cxfcT/1

We are new to blogspot, and we are hoping that if you are reading, that you will join us here. We have lots of various topics that we wish to share, and hope to hear from everyone.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


I wanted to start with an introductory to who I am and who is CVAPI. My name is Jackie and I work as a full time psychic under the nickname of Ms Swami. For years I performed readings on my family, friends, and coworkers as my hobby. With their encouragement, I took this hobby to a full time professional level, and honestly I love what I do.

Now what would I do for a hobby? In January of 2008, I founded Central VA Psychic Development and Paranormal Research. This is a group of willing individuals that get together for a meeting every so often where the topics are open. So many believe in ghosts, many have questions on the this group you can come together and ask all of these questions on the topics that you feel that you cannot discuss with your family and friends.

As soon as that group began, I started recieving requests for paranormal investigations. (For most, pyschics and the paranormal go hand in hand.) With the encouragement of my friends and my daughter, we now decided it was time to move forward with an actual paranormal team. This is how CVAPI, Central Virginia Paranormal Investigations began.

So here under Virginia is for Ghost Lovers, you will find various topics to come. Anything from ghost stories, to info on our investigations, to my rants and raves. If we can get enough followers and enough comments, I hope to have the actual team members contribute to the blog as well.

Meanwhile any ghost stories you would like to share? We would love to hear them!