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Dear Ghostvillagers,

I know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking that I don’t know what you’re thinking. Yet, I knew you were thinking that! Confused? Me too. Where was I? Oh yes, Extrasensory Perception. ESP. In short, mind powers. Some may scoff at the notion, but we’ve all experienced some form of this. ESP is a rather big umbrella that includes precognition, retrocognition (knowing past events that couldn’t have been learned by “normal” means), telepathy, and psychic abilities.

A quick example of ESP in the everyday: gut feelings. Have you ever been walking someplace and sensed danger? Or have you heard a great business proposition and knew in your stomach that it was a good idea, or “knowing” something was wrong with a family member or close friend? These are feelings and thoughts we’re not picking up with our five senses. And it’s not just the stuff of science fiction.

ESP has been tested in laboratories: The J.B. Rhine Center (once part of Duke University) and the former Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab at Princeton to name two. The studies are amazing: we have the ability to affect outcomes with our mind. Any athlete will read that last sentence and say, “Well, duh!” Athletes operating at the highest levels know that their mental state is always the difference between winning and losing. “Having heart,” “In the zone,” or being “on fire,” are phrases used, but what they really mean is that the athlete willed their consciousness to overcome the circumstances and their bodies followed suit.

I think a lot about powers of the mind in my own work. When facing deadlines, when stressed, or when I’m feeling unmotivated, I know my mind is what will help me overcome. By placing my thoughts on a better track, I find that the rest of me begins to stir to try and catch up. If we could all harness the powers of our own minds, we can do great things. We can change the world. And maybe, just maybe, we can connect with each other on a deeper level, or the energies of those who have come before us. This month we’re going to focus our thoughts, intent, and mental energies on ESP in our Message Board of the Month!

Speaking of message boards, stop by and check out our newly-upgraded community forum! This is the first step in the evolution of We’re going to upgrade the entire Web site in phases because we have a LOT of content. So stay tuned for those exciting changes.

Something else for Ghost Adventures fans to check out, Nick Groff’s forthcoming book! I worked on this book with Nick to give readers the whole story of Nick and how the Ghost Adventures Crew came together, plus some behind-the-scenes from some of your favorite cases. Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew is now available for pre-order on Amazon:

I have a ton of upcoming lectures and events, plus I’m booking up many more for the Fall. Be sure to come by and say hello!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the paranormal. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please visit: for more information.

Events Scheduled:

A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Groton Public Library - Groton, Massachusetts - June 21, 2012, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Russell Memorial Library - Acuchnet, Massachusetts - July 18, 2012, 6:30PM
Eastern State 2012 Scared Straight - Darkness Radio - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - July 26-28, 2012
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Townsend Public Library - Townsend, Massachusetts - August 3, 2012, 7:00PM
3rd Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention - Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - August 10-11, 2012
Dead of Summer - Lizzie Borden House - Fall River, Massachusetts - August 25, 2012, 6:30PM
Central Texas Paranormal Conference - Austin, Texas - October 6-7, 2012
Hales Dam Convention - Guild, Tennessee - October 12-13, 2012
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Mystical Parlors - South Norwalk, Connecticut - October 27, 2012, 6:00PM
Darkness Radio's End of Days Paranormal Conference - Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - November 15-18, 2012

Eastern State 2012 - Scared Straight
Join us July 26-28, 2012 for the last Darkness Radio Event at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! This is the world's first penitentiary and it's haunted throughout. Al Capone's cell is still there, plus acres of haunted cell blocks.

Special guests include: Aaron Goodwin and Billy Tolley from Ghost Adventures, Jeff Belanger, Mark & Debby Constantino, Chris Fleming, Dave Schrader, Bill Chappell, Patrick Burns, Michael and Marti Parry, George Noory, and Aaron Sagers!

Click here for more information:

Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Stephen Nettles of Romeoville, Illinois, who was the April winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a window sticker!

How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (May 18, 2012). At 5:00 PM, we will draw a winner at random from the correct entries that have been received. You no longer have to be the first, but you only have until 5:00 PM to get your answer in. If you click on this link:, you see today's date, and "We have a winner!" that means the contest has ended. Sorry, please try again next month. To submit your entry, simply reply to this email with the correct answer.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Remember, reply by 5:00 PM tomorrow to be eligible to win.

What factors encouraged Troy Taylor to found the American Ghost Society in 1996?

At 5:00 PM tomorrow, we will announce the winner on our home page. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book and DVD, Picture Yourself Legend Tripping and a window sticker!

Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.

Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

Your Paranormal Encounters - 3 Year Anniversary Special May 15, 2012 [VIDEO]
Crop Circles with Patty Greer May 8, 2012 [VIDEO]
After Death Communication with Gary Galka May 1, 2012 [VIDEO]
Living Legend Series: Troy Taylor April 25, 2012
LIVE From Ohio State Reformatory April 24, 2012 [VIDEO]

Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

Apparition Caught at Rolling Hills Asylum - East Bethany, New York
My Daughter Reaches Out From The Beyond - United States
Doppelganger in the House - United States
Dark Entity - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Haunted Garage - Watauga, Texas

Hot Threads and the Community
In the past month, tons of new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Evidence Alley
Need some help with a picture.

Personal Encounters
Get out of my room!

Horses and Spirits
Can animals sense spirit presence?

Religion and Spirituality
I died and returned... a true case of NDE.

Spirit Communication
Message for a stranger.

NDEs - is it all in the mind?

Board of the Month -- Extrasensory Perception
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