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Conscious Living with Wendy Garrett is produced by Empower Radio and featured on empoweradio, iheart, itunes, stitcher and various independent youtube channels. Programs cover a wide range of Mind-Body-Spirit/Alternative Awareness/PSI topics, including: Consciousness, UFO, Metaphysics, Paranormal and Energy Medicine.

Ongoing personal experiences with extraordinary and unexplained seen/unseen phenomena underscore my belief in a world abundant with wonders we haven't yet begun to fathom.

Experiencers, via their unique encounters, give us glimpses and clues to what potentials creation has yet to reveal when we are willing to listen to the call of the muse and curious enough to table our fear and explore the unknown inner and outer limits of being.

And the answers are there, teasing us in quirks, quarks and fantastic anomalies.

My proof
- and that is the whole point of this reality thing being very personal and unique to the individual experiencer - the light beside me goes off for a moment and then comes on again as I am composing this introduction, underscoring the "quirk" factor and the representation of the ever-present, unseen support in this adventure.

Thank you for your interest and for listening. I hope you enjoy the shows! - wendy ... and the nightlights ;)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Unsolved Mysteries - the Joplin Spooklight

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand. - Neil Armstrong

I interviewed Paranormal Researcher Chis Brethwaite for Talking to Nightlights and asked him to make a second guest appearance on Conscious Living. Chris is an expert on the Haunted Heartland and Director Kansas City IANDS (The International Association for Near-Death Studies). The group meets the third Sunday of every other month at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Meetings are for anyone interested in NDEs (Near-Death Experiences), ADC (After Death Communication), spirituality and metaphysics.

Somehow we never get around to talking about the fact that Chris is also a Humor Writer for Hallmark Cards. (Good excuse for Interview number 3.)

In the Conscious Living interview, we talk about Ghosts, The Coleman Theater and the Joplin Spooklight: also known as the Hornet Spooklight. I know we talked about the Spooklight in College but I didn't check it out at the time.

I had enough spooky stuff going on in my life at that time and didn't need to compound the issue.
However, I did check out (late at night when it was still a neglected relic) Brutus - the giant crane sitting out in a field near West Mineral. No mystery there - but definitely a wonder. We climbed up into the monster and stood in the lobby/cab. Wow.

After thinking about my answer to Chris in the interview, I realize I can't name even one person who saw the spooklight and I only have vague memories of talking with people from college who said they saw it. So it might be time to take a road trip. (Slightly related - The list of locations for large things.)

At this time, there is no good explanation for the Spooklight nor is there a solid debunking. It remains a mystery. Mysteries keep life interesting.

Here's a blog site with a perspective and details on the Spooklight and another for extra measure: Spooklight 2. Connect with Chis Brethwaite here.

From the Prairie Ghost site - Directions to the Spooklight -
- Take Interstate 44 west of Joplin, Missouri
- then take the Route 43 Exit and go south
- Turn onto Coyote Road (Right) off Route 43 and pass through Hornet
- Turn right onto Gum Road
- Turn Left onto State Line Road
- Take the first Right to what is called "Spook Light Road"- You'll likely see markings on the road where people park and watch for the light

[It's a four-mile stretch of road that extends into Oklahoma. At a dip in the road, park your vehicle. There will be a field on your right side, facing left. This is the best location and you should see a slight rise ahead of you to the west and a much steeper hill behind you.

Be sure to park your vehicle as far to the side of the road as you can (we suggest turning around with your car facing back toward Missouri) and watch out for any oncoming cars. Be careful and stay on the road so that you are not trespassing.]

Mystery and Light - the perfect combination.