Dimensions, Portals, Time shifts and Energetic overlays – Free State – restless Ghosts … Kansas History re-set . Pt. 2

What you contemplate, you touch. What you enter into in imagination, you make yourself one with.” – Dion Fortune

This is the house I walked through. Other than the typical paranormal tip of the hat (camera turned off) greeting from the unseen occupant, the energy in the house (for me) was quiet. It was the energy from the surrounding land that had a greater presence (and noise). That is where it gets interesting.

Robert Hall Pearson fought alongside of John Brown – eventually purchasing the land and building his house overlooking the Battlefield in 1890.

My sensation regarding the energy of the land is layered – timelines shift, dimensions overlap and voices mingle. The challenge? Determine the intent and purpose for the interaction and, if possible, a designated source.

I was slow to understand how the Catholicism/Native American cues offered prior to my arrival related to the site. In doing research after the visit, I began expand the scope from the Black Jack battlefield and subsequent home addition to include prior and concurrent land uses that coincided with that period of history.

Land holds an energy residue (imprint). Santa Fe Trail bore witness to atrocities, peppered in footnotes. Santa Fe Trail research site: Link. Accounting of names and disposition of relevance depends on who is keeping the record.

The entity/source pounding me at the site was insistent and kept repeating words and phrases, “700 bodies”, “dropped where they lay”.. men, women and children – also focused on blood and gore. (Again, there are no deaths recorded at this battle site.) Where are the bodies? Where do I go from there? (I need to add this note: these phrases are not from the same source. The comments are not linear – they are fragments that I hear and that makes it complicated.)

Digging up bones

I interpret this as a need to broaden the scope to provide a page of history and a different perspective. Let me be clear – there are multiple voices and I have to narrow my focus to follow a thread. Is it the thread for the site? Yes and No. The energy is connected to multiple planes and the emotion is the key: grief – loss – sorrow – across the timeline.

History refreshed to include a broader range of tragedies (carnage) includes the Native cultural perspective and presence. Showing up at the battle site threw me a curve. The source was different than the entity who provided the name ‘Jason’. More intensity in the emotions, expressing less grief and more frustration and anger – coming from a perspective that history is repeating.

Another presence focused on bloody battles. Requesting less attention to the pomp and circumstance surrounding reenactment and war games and instead asking for reverence for the space.

To sum up: Stop celebrating battles. War is bloody. (Civil War Deaths.)
Remember the History. Slaves, Native Indians, Europeans/White Settlers, etc. Death. Loss. Sorrow. Grief. Heal the past in the present.

As I read more history from the period and stories from the Santa Fe Trail, I could see the plight of Native Americans is underrepresented. Given their presence was inconvenient, they were targeted for removal along with anything and everything that facilitated their survival. Specifically: Buffalo.

The era claimed hundreds of lives of men, women, children … and animals.

“Pack animals died of starvation and freezing to death” on the Santa Fe Trail.” Source.

“Dogs, oxen, the odd camel and eagle, and hundreds of thousands of horses and mules participated in the war as agents of work, war, and companionship.” “Historians estimate 1.5 million horses and mules died during their wartime service.” Source.

Citing one account: “On the same day as the Battle of Antietam the Allegheny Arsenal near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania exploded. Over seventy people were killed, and many were buried in a mass grave as the bodies could not be identified. The factory workers were almost all young women and girls.” Source.

Nurses are among the Civil War fatalities.

  • “In order for a woman to become a nurse, she had to be between the age of 35-50, be in good health, be of decent character or “plain looking”, be able to commit to at least three months of service, and be able to follow regulations and the directions of supervisors. who assisted also died.”
  • “Many nurses over the course of the Civil War contracted a variety of diseases. While many survived, some died. Amanda Kimble served in a hospital south of Philadelphia and worked for only thirty-five days treating patients returning from the prison camp at Andersonville when she succumbed to typhoid.”  Source.

Accurate numbers are impossible. I have linked in this post an article that provides a general estimate.

In addition, ‘Bleeding Kansas’ overshadowed a nightmare far more bloody and horrific in scale and deed. (Native American extermination.) Research done in recent decades contradicts the much romanticized view of the ‘taming’ of the wild, wild west: Counting the Dead: Estimating the Loss of Life in the Indigenous Holocaust, 1492-Present.

Authored by David Michael Smith, University of Houston-Downtown, the Indigenous Holocaust article offers a general estimate on the number of Indigenous people who occupied the Western Hemisphere before 1492 and in what later became the continental U.S. and recounts their fate.

A snippet: “Native American populations were probably reduced not only by the direct and indirect effects of disease but also by direct and indirect effects of wars and genocide, enslavements, removals and relocations, and changes in American Indian societies, cultures, and subsistence patterns accompanying European colonialism.”

This darker reality is on full display in a mantra from the period that clearly illustrates the attitude and intention in regard toward Indigenous people. Follow the link to the headline: “Kill every buffalo you can! Every buffalo dead is an Indian gone”The Atlantic. (Quote attributed to General Dodge) This writer covers that story. Photos included. Notes From the Frontier.

My source at the Black Jack site alluded to a battlefield scenario that resembled a “Stephen King horror story” – and included the word “stench” to convey the immeasurable tragedy of the slaughter. It seemed to be massive and not the small field in our immediate view.

It could be referencing the Civil War battles but what seems more congruent with the energy and the cues I had prior to the visit is the presence of a Native source. Indignance about bodies left to rot is a perspective that suggests long-festering (emotionally intense) hot spot. This is an old wound.

We have a coin with two polar opposite sides. Slaves were freed. Indians were exterminated.

Along with the buffalo who sustained them. “Buffalo had once numbered more than 30 million, and by the end of the 19th century there were only a few hundred in the wild. Today, some 20,000-25,000 remain in public herds.

The wanton slaughter of millions of bison in the 19th century by white hide hunters, abetted by a military intent on subjugating Indians, is probably the most famous conservation horror story in United States history.Source. Buffalo slaughter history. Buffalo Field Campaign, 501c3

A circuitous route reveals – “combined spiritual practices”

When my guides suggested I carry a rosary and gave me the name ‘Red Crow’ it indicated Catholicism and Native Americans were linked. I had no idea how that could or would relate to my visit to the Black Jack battle site. While there, I saw nothing to trigger a connection.

What I did find later is an explicit connection, *specific to the region and pre-dates Black Jack: the “Potawatomi Trail of Death.”

“Required by a series of treaties to leave his village and move west, Menominee – who combined Indigenous spiritual practices with Roman Catholicism – refused.” Source.

“Historian Jacob Piatt Dunn is credited for naming the Potawatomi’s forced march “The Trail of Death” in his book, True Indian Stories (1909). It was the single largest Indian removal in the state. The journey from Twin Lakes, Indiana, to Osawatomie, Kansas, began on September 4, 1838. It covered about 660 miles (1,060 km) over 61 days, often under hot, dry, and dusty conditions. [To minimize the temptation for the Potawatomi to try to escape and return home, militia members burned both fields and houses as the dejected members of the wagon train departed. Source.] The caravan of 859 Potawatomi also included 286 horses, 26 wagons, and an armed escort of one hundred soldiers. During the journey to Kansas, 42 people died, 28 of them children.” [Wiki] 

*On November 2 the group crossed the north fork of the Blue River into Kansas and camped at Oak Grove. On November 3 they reach Bull Creek, near Bulltown (present-day Paola, Kansas). – Source. Wiki.

Serendipity

Commemorating that space is St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park. Located on the land once occupied by the Sugar Creek Mission.

Thanks to the blogger (Diana) who visited the site, I can refer you to her post for a description and details. “I was most moved by the burial ground. Each of the crosses lists the names of the more than 600 Potawatomi men, women, and children who died at Sugar Creek.Link.

Potawatomi Trail of Death Assn. Link. This is a contemporary event that involves a death, getting lost, caught in a flood, and a rescue. Miracle at the End of the Trail. Link.

Diana also photographed the Native American Princess, Kateri Tekakwitha at the site. (1656 – April 17, 1680) She converted to Catholicism at age nineteen, when she was baptized and given the Christian name Kateri in honor of Catherine of Siena. She was beatified in 1980 and canonized in 2012. Wiki.

A highlight: Rose Philippine Duchesne spent one year with the Potawatomi. The Indian people at the mission called her, Quah-kah-ka-num-ad, “Woman-Who-Prays-Always”. Born: Grenoble, France, August 29, 1769. Died: St. Charles, Missouri, November 18, 1852. She was canonized on July 3, 1988, by Pope John Paul II. Link.

A very recent footnote. Episcopal News Service. Northern Indiana bishop walks 660-mile trail marking Potawatomi’s forced march. Bishop Doug’s Sabbatical (March 20-May 15, 2022). View the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana’s albums of the memorial markers he photographed along the way.

Synchronicity and the Paranormal vibe at Civil War battle sites

Regarding paranormal imprints at Civil War sites – an email arrived as I was researching the Indian Wars and the Civil War. (Civil War battle site map).

I almost deleted it until I saw the headline featuring a story with a link to a research paper published in 2012 about a paranormal experiment at a Civil War battlefield: Battle of Antietam, considered the “bloodiest single day in American military history.” (Fulfilling the blood and gore, horror aspect the voices at Black Jack alluded to.)

Researchers wanted to find out if they could measure an audible presence. The answer is yes. Not EVP. They recorded actual snippets of verbal language and interactive conversation that also addressed the presence of the investigators on the scene.

I will include that in the next post. Site specific sounds and visual environmental bleed through from battle sites has been experienced by many visitors and reenactors. It can register in our dimension. But it was the interactive part that came as a surprise to those researchers. We register in theirs.

And there’s more…

I had originally planned a one page overview — the “700 bodies” phrase had me curious. It was a prompt to challenge me. Sometimes that is the point. These sites are an invitation to open new doors and break down old walls. Each and every visitor will react differently. 700 hundred is a drop in the bucket when compared to the battle site this thread leads to – and a reminder, history is fluid.

There are no real numbers for the Western Hemisphere occupants prior to 1492 and no real numbers for the fatalities from the countless conflicts from colliding cultures. There are best guestimates and oral legends. From that, we reconcile the losses and the progress and go forward.

Civil War casualties were revised in 2012 – increased by 20 percent, and still didn’t account for women. Link.

Continued in the next post – the imprint theory and a fascinating paranormal experiment at Antietam. Their project is also relevant to Black Jack battlefield. Emotions resonate. Trauma is a vibration. Replaying that note creates a chord.

Their question: “Have reenactments, ghost tours, ghost tour/investigations, and widespread ‘ghost hunting’ created an expanded morphic field of battlefield presence that is perceived as a haunting by phantom ‘ghost soldiers’?

Fascinating. Continued in Part 3…

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