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WTF Just Happened?!: Afterlife Evidence, Paranormal + Spirituality without the Woo

WTF Just Happened?!: Afterlife Evidence, Paranormal + Spirituality without the Woo

By Elizabeth E
Conversations with normal people about weird shit. All about the afterlife without the "woo." This show is hosted by Liz, a sciencey-skeptic who delves into exploring evidence of an afterlife, if people can bend spoons, and all things paranormal. She interviews (aka bombards with questions) people such as mediums, scientific researchers, ghost hunters, and ordinary people who have had inexplicable experiences.
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A left-brained accountant and afterlife evidence. Author of "Your Soul Focus" Annette Marinaccio Part 1 - Episode 15

WTF Just Happened?!: Afterlife Evidence, Paranormal + Spirituality without the Woo

A left-brained accountant and afterlife evidence. Author of "Your Soul Focus" Annette Marinaccio Part 1 - Episode 15

WTF Just Happened?!: Afterlife Evidence, Paranormal + Spirituality without the Woo

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Mariah Kunau the Paranormal Concierge on Channeling, Mediumship + Afterlife Evidence Episode 20
Mariah Kunau, who refers to herself as the Paranormal Concierge discusses channeling, mediumship and what is the strongest evidence of an afterlife that she has encountered. Mariah was in the Netflix, Surviving Death docuseries, where she investigates a haunted house, and gives us a behind the scenes view into her paranormal exploration. She explains ways we can communicate on our own with our loved ones who have passed, answers if mediums who have passed are better communicators with this side than "normal" people and gives her thoughts on why some of us get many more signs and communications from our deceased loved ones, while some of us get very little or none.  Full notes on Mariah Kunau, the Paranormal Concierge on Channeling, Mediumship + Afterlife Evidence As a psychic, medium and paranormal investigator, Mariah is here to help people discover, understand and unfold the truths and magic about the world of the paranormal. She had dedicated many years to not only properly develop her abilities, but she has studied parapsychology and has investigated numerous 'haunted' locations throughout the country. It's her mission to bridge the knowledge between 'science' and the Spirit World during her paranormal investigations. Mariah takes great pride working with integrity, transparency and authenticity. Website | Email | Instagram | Twitter Sponsors: Estorie Agency: Estorie Agency is a public relations and communications firm that develops thoughtful public relations and communications strategies, content, and powerful partnerships for those who are making a positive social impact, sparking reform, and promoting well-being. “WTF Just Happened?!” in the subject line to receive a free 30-minute consolation. Speaking of Crime Podcast: A true crime series investitagting mysterious unsolved cases. Real people, real stories, real crime...  Stephanie Thoma - Script: Ready to embody that next level calm and confidence? It's time to activate that part of your subconscious. Get the self-paced 11-minute a day program by me, author of confident introvert and certified subconscious reprogrammer. Use code WTF50 for $50 off 
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May 26, 2022
Million Dollar Consciousness Challenge of Gilead Episode 19
This is a special episode launching WTF Just Happened?!'s Million Dollar Consciousness Challenge of Gilead contest. This is a contest where WTF Just Happened?! will offer one million dollars to anyone who can prove, through a scientific, peer reviewed study that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that consciousness is created in human beings at the moment of conception. Note this cannot be belief based, it must be scientifically valid.* Since, as this podcast discusses, consciousness including it's origin, start, end, source etc is one of the biggest life mysteries, I challenge anyone who has claimed to have such confidence in when consciousness begins that they are comfortable with laws being passed based on this claim, to actually back up this claim.  This challenge is inspired by the Amazing Randi's one million dollar challenge, where stage magician James Randi, offered one million dollars to anyone who demonstrated they had psychic, mediumship or any other "paranormal" abilities. No one ever won, which does not mean that no one has these abilities. That is another topic, which has been discussed on this podcast in Episode 14 - The Blue Lady of The Moss Beach Distillery with Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach and Episode 8 - The Evidence that Convinced Two Skeptics There is an Afterlife with Darren McEnaney of Seeking I.  There was another high money challenge that recently was proposed by Robert Bigelow of The Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, offering up to $500,000 for the essay that provided the best evidence of an afterlife. And there were winners.  The top three prizes went to: First place $500,000 was awarded to Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, 2nd Prize $300,000, Pim van Lommel M.D., 3rd Prize $150,000, Leo Ruickbie Ph.D. There were other awards given to those not in the top three, and their essays are worth reading.  *This means that the scientific community would come to a consensus that yes, this has been proven. Apparently in the United States of America, laws are being passed that apply to women (only in certain states who are only in certain socio-economic income brackets, where they cannot afford to take a day or two off and fly to another state) imposing this what can only now be interpreted as a religious belief. I would be curious to see if there is actual valid evidence that could prove this astronomical claim.  Terms and conditions: To be eligible for the one million dollars, the scientific community must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt, as well as me that consciousness is created at conception. 
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May 12, 2022
He Died and Came Back - Near Death Experience with Jacob Cooper, LCSW Episode 18
Jacob Cooper, LCSW, RMT + CH. Author of Life After Breath When Jacob "died" when he was only 4 years old, he experienced what is called an NDE - Near Death Experience. He stopped breathing from an undiagnosed whooping cough while playing on a slide at the playground. As he was rushed to the hospital, he "crossed over" and experienced what happens when we die. After gaining the wisdom, he had to return to his life a as a child. Years later, (Jacob is now in his 30's) he remembers his NDE as if it was yesterday. To this day, he is not only still transformed from this experience, he is convinced that yes we really do survive death. Full notes on He Died and Came Back Jacob Cooper, LCSW, RMT + CH: Website | Indie Book Store | Amazon | Instagram  
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May 05, 2022
Near Death Experiences - NDE's with Dr. Jan Holden Episode 17
Are Near Death Experiences genuine evidence of what happens when we die, tricks of the brain to help us cope with fear or death, hallucinations based on trauma and oxygen deprivation? Listen to what an expert who has been researching NDE's for years has to say on the topic. Dr. Jan Holden is an NDE (Near Death Experiences) researcher who is at the top of her field. She has been researching NDE's since the 1970s, is an author on the topic and president of IANDS - International Association for Near Death Studies. See full show notes for Near Death Experiences - NDE's with Dr. Jan Holden Episode NDE's (Near Death Experiences) are when someone is clinically dead (or close to it) for a set period of time before being medically resuscitated. During this time people report floating above their body, describe the hospital room and often details of what was going on, such as what doctors and nurses were saying or doing. They have described aspects of their procedures and have also reported visiting other rooms, such as the waiting room and reporting on their family's conversations. They have also reported going to other realms, seeing light, experiencing profound love and encountering deceased loved ones. But are these genuine evidence of what happens when we die or hallucinations with logical and material explanations? Dr. Holden shares remarkable stories of "veridical perceptions" which is when what people see and perceive during NDE's turns out to be verified by the doctor or other credible witnesses such as their family members. People often report seeing deceased loved ones during NDE's, but when people also see loved ones who died suddenly and no one knew they were dead, that is pretty evidential of NDEs being genuine. These are young, healthy people who died suddenly and unexpectedly. No one knew they had died. What are consistencies in NDE's that people experience? How are people profoundly changed after experiencing an NDE? What does Dr. Holden consider the most remarkable aspect of one of the most famous NDE cases - Anita Moorjani's and how does this aspect of her case show consciousness seems to influence matter. Many NDErs report having the choice to come back or continue on and officially die. Does that mean our loved ones who passed away chose not to be with us? As someone in grief, Liz finds that hard to face, and Dr. Holden discusses her thoughts on that topic. These are just some of the aspects of NDE's that Dr Holden, an expert in the field, discusses with Liz and Darren. Dr. Janice Holden: Website |  IANDS || Darren McEnaney: Blog | YouTube | Website
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April 28, 2022
More afterlife evidence that convinced a logical accountant. Author of "Your Soul Focus" Annette Marinaccio Part 2 - Episode 16
Annette Marinaccio, author of “Your Soul Focus: You Believe in the Afterlife, Don’t You?". Liz continues her conversation about the evidence of an afterlife that convinced Annette, a logical-minded accountant, not prone to belief or fantasy that there really is an afterlife. See full show notes for More afterlife evidence that convinced a logical accountant. Author of "Your Soul Focus" Annette Marinaccio Annette had been so amazed by some evidential readings she had with two different psychic mediums, that she took her parents to one of the medium’s group readings. Her father was just as stunned as Annette was, when her uncle, his deceased brother came through letting everyone know he was still around. But no matter how much evidence of an afterlife anyone gets, the two discuss that still, no one can really know what is going on. We are still limited by our 3 dimensional human lives. We can’t understand things such as other dimensions or infinity. But are we even supposed to know? Maybe it would ruin our lives for us if we did know. Maybe we come here for a purpose and if we knew too much this would distract us from our purpose. Or make everything we were supposed to do while on earth feel irrelevant. The two discuss time and how time is relative both here and on the other side. While everyone from mediums to people who have had near death experiences all say time is different on the other side, Annette offers her theory as to why. This also explains why time can be experienced so differently while we are here on earth too at different times in our lives. She also explains how our loved ones who have passed away watch us here with all our struggles, but they have a different perspective. This is not so different than the perspective of an adult versus a child. But maybe if we had too much perspective our lives would actually be ruined. They both discuss past life memories. Why do some people (although very few) actually have strong memories of a past life? Some of the kids who do have these memories really suffer with them. Why is that? It does not seem fair. Liz shares that there was this memory from her childhood that made no sense, but now studying what she has such as the work of child psychiatrist Dr Jim Tucker (who studies cases of kids with past life memories) maybe it ties into a past life? While she doesn’t have any evidence it is still interesting to wonder. Annette shares how profoundly her life view has changed since studying all this evince of an afterlife. She also wants to remind people that she really has seen so much paradigm shifting and substantial evidence that yes, we do survive death. Annette Marinaccio: Website | Book | Instagram
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April 21, 2022
A left-brained accountant and afterlife evidence. Author of "Your Soul Focus" Annette Marinaccio Part 1 - Episode 15
A left-brained accountant and afterlife evidence. Author of "Your Soul Focus" Annette Marinaccio  See full show notes. Annette Marinaccio is the author of “Your Soul Focus: You Believe in the Afterlife, Don’t You?". Annette is a left-brained, logical accountant who had never given the afterlife much thought until after her mother-in-law passed away in 2006 and weird things began to happen. When she shared the inexplicable happenings her friend posed the question, “You believe in the afterlife, don’t you?” Annette was baffled. Is that what people believed? What did she think? Annette is not the type to just believe without evidence, but so many things began to happen, that she started to think her mother in law must be behind this. Like Liz, she then set out to delve into the possibility of an afterlife and was pretty amazed at what she discovered. Annette shares how her mother-in-law first gave an inexplicable sign to let her granddaughter (Annette’s daughter) know she was still around. At first Annette was worried that her daughter was taking the loss of her grandmother so badly that she was hallucinating. But then too many coincidences happened which culminated in a very evidential medium reading. She went on to get another medium reading from someone else. Annette even shared what happened in the medium reading with her dad, who verified even further that the reading was accurate. Although he was pretty shocked and confused that this could even happen. After Annette wrote her book about afterlife evidence, she even had moments where she got some inexplicable information herself. She doesn’t think she has psychic abilities herself, but by getting so involved in the afterlife research world, she thinks there were times that people who had passed away prompted her to make sure their loved ones know they are still around. This is not something someone as logical as Annette would say lightly. It took her getting very strong evidence (maybe even proof?). Liz has to agree that she herself has had some times where she had her own psychic/medium experiences, even though she also does not consider herself someone who has “abilities.” Liz also shares a time a psychic medium knew that she would be going far in this world even though she herself did not have any abilities. At the time Liz dismissed this reading as nonsense, but is pretty surprised to see that a lot of it came true. Annette explains that she has been lucky to always have had good medium readings, unlike Liz, who had some bad ones. Annette shares more amazing and inexplicable information that these mediums got which made her unable to deny something was going on, and that we most likely survive bodily death. Annette Marinaccio: Website | Book | Instagram
38:52
April 07, 2022
Ghosts, Parapsychologists, Evidence and Skeptics. Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach Part 2 - Episode 14
Full Show Notes for Ghosts, Parapsychologists, Evidence and Skeptics. Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach answers if he will take on any case or reporting of paranormal activity? What are red flags that will cause him to turn down a case? What did a very skeptical ex-Navy Seal Officer tell Loyd about a ghost referred to as The Blue Lady, who has been reported to "haunt" a place in Northern California called the Moss Beach Distillery, that convinced him this was genuine. He had been working on this case for years and was amazed to get this inexplicable verification. Loyd also addresses the typical questions everyone asks - of psychics are real why do they never stop earth quakes? Why don't they get rich off the lottery? What about James Randi's offer to give a million dollars to anyone who proves they have "paranormal" abilities. While we have discussed this before, Loyd gives further insight. What makes a genuine skeptic vs a pseudo-skeptic?  Parapsychologist, mentalist, and author Loyd Auerbach speaks with Liz of WTF Just Happened?! and Darren of Seeking I. Darren is a self described "lay researcher of consciousness focused on anomalous experience and life beyond physical death." Loyd is a leading parapsychologist in the field with a masters degree in Parapsychology. He is one of the main teachers at The Rhine Education Center and he is Vice President of the Forever Family Foundation. He has been doing this research for over 42 years and has authored and co-authored many books on the remarkable things he has learned and encountered as he examines if we survive death, if there really are ghosts, and many more inexplicable anomalous phenomena. Loyd takes a scientific, healthily skeptical, and logical approach to this phenomena. Loyd Auerbach: About | YouTube | Facebook || Darren McEnaney: Blog | YouTube | Website Full Show Notes 
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March 31, 2022
Lois the Ghost and Evidence of an Afterlife. Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach Part 1 - Episode 13
Parapsychologist, mentalist, and author Loyd Auerbach speaks with Liz of WTF Just Happened?! and Darren of Seeking I. Darren is a self described "lay researcher of consciousness focused on anomalous experience and life beyond physical death." Loyd is a leading parapsychologist in the field with a masters degree in Parapsychology. He is one of the main teachers at The Rhine Education Center and he is Vice President of the Forever Family Foundation. He has been doing this research for over 42 years and has authored and co-authored many books on the remarkable things he has learned and encountered as he examines if we survive death, if there really are ghosts, and many more inexplicable anomalous phenomena. Loyd takes a scientific, healthily skeptical, and logical approach to this phenomena.  In this episode Loyd answers if he always thought there was an afterlife or paranormal abilities. Being part of a parapsychology club in high school opened his mind up early to the possibility of the paranormal being real. He also read many books at a young age by the top parapsychologists of the day such as JB Rhine and JG Pratt. He was also influenced by TV shows, sci-fi and comic books. He was thrilled that at a young age he also got to meet top parapsychologists through his high school group such as Hans Holzer, Montague Ullman and Gertrude Schmeidler. Overall he pursued a career in parapsychology because he realized it was something that seemed to be a mystery that that we need to study in science. He also thinks humans have much more abilities to be psychic than we realize. In fact, all of us possess some psychic abilities, but to varying degrees of course.  Skeptics vs pseudo skeptics. There is a difference. Real skeptics are curious and question everything.Pseudo skeptics dismiss everything without examination or consideration regardless of the evidence. They are not so different than true believers, in that they go in knowing the answers. Many skeptics make claims and draw conclusions on studies in the field of parapsychology, yet openly admit they never read the books or studies that they are commenting on.  Loyd had some amazing experiences in his over 40 years of research. He shares two of the most remarkable things he encountered, that also were verified. One involved Lois the ghost who came to "visit" a family and formed a friendship with the family's teenage son. Loyd investigated and he was amazed at some twists and turns. There was no logical explanation for what happened. Loyd also shares the two times he went out of body and something happened that verified he really was out of body. He credits those experiences to working with a top psychic medium, Alex Tanous who the FBI and police departments secretly worked with.  Loyd Auerbach: About | YouTube | Facebook || Darren McEnaney: Blog | YouTube | Website Full Show Notes
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March 17, 2022
How Did Dusten Know He was a Medium? Psychic Medium Dusten Lyvers Part 2 - Episode 12 (IG Live)
Psychic Medium Dusten Lyvers is a highly evidential psychic medium who is certified by the Forever Family Foundation. He is also a licensed counselor and on a fun note, is a ballroom dance performer.  In an Instagram Live talk (part 2) Psychic Medium Dusten Lyvers answers frequently asked questions from listeners. Why did my loved one not come through in a reading? Maybe it’s the timing? Maybe the grief is too raw. Maybe the medium is not the right one to connect with the deceased loved one? Does Dusten get nervous before giving readings? He felt that more nervous early on, but now feels what he calls “positive stress” which is motivating. How long should someone wait between medium readings? Ideally Dusten asks people to wait six months if it is the same type of reading, such as two medium readings, but if someone wants a psychic reading and then a medium reading, there isn’t a time limit. But you do need to be careful about getting too many readings. Dusten would never want anyone to become addicted or dependent on him. How did Dusten realize he was a psychic medium? Dusten explains that it does not happen all at once. It happened over time and he had a great mentor. Had Dusten ever even met a medium when he was a child? Did he know this was a career option? Dusten shares that his mom's side is Catholic, and his dad's side is nondenominational Christian. He was not raised in what people think of as a traditional Christian childhood. They really only celebrated holidays and said prayers once in awhile. And when it came to mediumship, that was never talked about or really thought about. His family does wonder where it came from. Dusten is also a therapist, How does being a therapist and being a medium tie in together? Dusten shares that the research as well as his personal opinion is that most mediums are into healing and are into psychology. It does help. It also helps him discuss difficult topics and help ease grief. And in a slightly “out there” question, does Dusten ever counsel spirits who have passed away? Dusten doesn’t actually sit down and “invite spirits into his office for a session” but when he gives readings to people, at the end of the session the spirits give a little voice in his head where they thank him for the reading. Medium readings are helping the spirits heal too, not only the sitter who comes in for a medium reading. What was the most extremely evidential experience or “what the fuck” moment Dusten has ever seen or encountered? Dusten shares about a time he got an amazingly evidential reading. He talks about how all the feedback he has gotten from his clients verifying the information he has given is also very strong evidence of an afterlife.  Being a psychic medium can Dusten read the thoughts and personal lives of his friends? Dusten doesn't give readings to friends and he is able to have boundaries so he is not inundated with psychic and mediumistic information. How can someone recognize a sign from a loved one who has passed? Dusten shares tips on how to get signs and ask for signs. He talks about the signs he has asked for (rainbows from his grandmother) and an interesting sign of ants from his grandfather.  Do Dusten's loved one's who have passed away visit him? Yes, he feels them around but they do not come and visit. Dusten Lyvers: Website | Instagram
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February 26, 2022
Do People who were Cruel Apologize after they Die? Psychic Medium Dusten Lyvers Part 1 - Episode 11 (IG Live)
Do people who were cruel and abusive apologize for their actions after they die? What does it feel like to give a psychic medium reading? These are some of the questions Psychic Medium Dusten Lyvers answers in an IG Live talk with Liz of WTF Just Happened?!, as she continues her quest for afterlife evidence. How does Dusten handle it if he is giving a medium reading, and the person who comes in was abusive when they were alive? Does the person who came in for the reading even want to hear from this person? Dusten is also a therapist, so he is trained to deal with the sensitivity of this situation. Liz wonders if they automatically become more enlightened and regret the way they behaved and treated other people once they have passed away. This is not a topic with a simple answer. Each situation is really different. Liz talks about when she first met Dusten. She had a private medium reading with him and he read her in a group reading. She was really impressed. He got her dead dead's personality, described aspects of her family home in detail, and gave some information that Liz did not know, but her mom later verified.  Dusten really got the personality of her dad and Liz wonders what does it feel like for a medium when they give a reading? Dusten explains how he feels the emotions of the person, how his senses are engaged and what that is like as a psychic medium.  A listener wants to know, how long should someone wait after a loved one has passed away before they get a reading? In terms of when someone can come in and communicate with a psychic medium after they have passed away, there is no time frame. Dusten shares a time someone came to him the day after they died, giving really strong evidence and surprising both him and the sitter, the person who came to get the medium reading. However, in terms of healing grief, going to early might not always be healthy.  Not everyone knows this, but there is a difference between psychic readings and medium readings. In fact there is a famous quote, "All mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums." Liz is surprised that Dusten does not like that quote. Also, she wonders how he can tell the difference between when he is reading someone psychically or as a medium. A listener asks how he can connect with a deceased person when he is giving phone or Zoom medium readings. Dusten explains how he can and how the deceased person will still come to him. Liz explains why she thinks phone readings are the most evidential kind of medium reading. Dusten closes by sharing how evidential the reading was that he gave when the spirit came to him the day after they passed away.  Dusten Lyvers: Website | Instagram
31:35
February 10, 2022
Can Mediums "Become" Our Dead Loved Ones? - Psychic Medium Anne LoCicero Answers the Hard Questions Part 2 - Episode 10 (IG Live)
The conversation continues with Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero. In this episode, that was originally streamed on IG live, Liz and Rebecca open by discussing what exactly is imagination and inspiration. Where does it come from? Does it ever come from "The Other Side."  Liz and Rebecca continue their discussion on scientific testing of mediums, which the two have a different perspective on. Rebecca thinks that psychic medium readings are about love, which can be hard to measure. She also thinks that they are often subjective, what will resonate with a person. Liz thinks the love coming through in medium readings is not that important. To her it is more about data and accuracy, which provide evidence that we do survive bodily death.  They also talk about "The Amazing Randi," the stage magician who posed the million dollar challenge to anyone who demonstrated evidence of psychic, mediumship, or any "paranormal" abilities. Liz explains why that challenge is not actually what it seems to be and why it really does not matter that no one has ever passed it.  Rebecca shares some of her experiences with physical mediumship. That is when a medium actually becomes taken over and "possessed" by a deceased person. She has had some fascinating experiences while trying to perform physical mediumship, but has never actually been fully accomplished it. She has never seen anyone accomplish this full possession either. Liz shares that she has gone to seances to observe physical mediumship, but it was a complete fraud and carnival show. Rebecca and Liz both agree that if a medium could be completely taken over by someone who has passed away, that would be any grieving person's dream.  Rebecca also gives some warnings and tips on how to avoid being conned and tricked by people who pretend to be mediums on social media. She shares that she has been impersonated a few times. But she does want to remind everyone there really are genuine and ethical mediums as well.
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January 27, 2022
Skeptics and Psychics - Psychic Medium Anne LoCicero Answers the Hard Questions Part 1 - Episode 9 (IG Live)
Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero is not only highly evidential, but she is also hilarious, direct, smart, has been studied by Yale University, and is certified by the Forever Family Foundation.  In this episode, that was originally streamed on IG live, Rebecca delves into, and answers as best she can, the hard questions Liz and the audience throw at her. “What substance or molecular structure is our consciousness once we die, if it survives?” "Once a psychic makes a prediction, can we change the outcome?" "When does consciousness first enter the body (in a fetus), when does it leave when we die, and where exactly does it go?" "How does a psychic medium see or hear spirits?" Liz and Rebecca discuss ideas for measuring consciousness leaving and entering a body. While the science is definitely not there yet, the two can speculate. Rebecca also thinks this consciousness that ties into our body is all a form of energy, and one day we will be able to measure it further. Ideally she thinks if we could do experiments on women who are pregnant we could learn a lot about the start of consciousness. Rebecca explains the difference between giving a psychic reading versus a medium reading. She also shares three amazing times she got highly accurate information. One time she got health information which proved to be true, about a woman from her dad who had passed. Another time she was reading a highly skeptical man, bringing in his father who also had passed away. The man was intrigued, but still somewhat skeptical, until his dad had Rebecca give a final bit of information as the reading was finishing that convinced him this really had to be his father. 
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January 13, 2022
The Evidence that Convinced Two Skeptics There is an Afterlife? - Darren McEnaney of Seeking i Part 2 - Episode 8
Darren McEnaney is the host of Seeking i, a podcast that speaks with the top researchers of afterlife evidence, psi, and consciousness. Darren is a self described "lay researcher of consciousness focused on anomalous experience and life beyond physical death." Liz and Darren pick up where they left off last week. Liz continues talking about how she once bent a spoon, which Darren clarifies was with her energy, not strength. Liz also talks about how she could not do it again the next time she went to a spoon bending event, which actually ended up adding to the evidence that spoon bending is real. They both talk about major misconceptions of how mediums get their information and how that makes people think mediums are cheating when they aren't. Liz and Darren both share examples of this from medium readings they have had and they share the best medium reading they had and the worst. Darren explains that during his worst reading all he could conclude was that the medium did not demonstrate abilities at that moment, which does not prove fraud. Liz was pretty sure her worst reading was fraudulent. However these two skeptics have had readings that absolutely astounded them. They also talk about NDEs - Near Death Experiences and a remarkable phenomena that has occurred during them referred to as Peak in Darien. This is where someone who has an NDE encounters loved ones who have died, but this includes a loved one who has died suddenly and unexpectedly. The NDEr had no idea this person was dead when they encountered them during their NDE. These NDErs have also come back with information that verified their NDE was genuine, and not a dream or a hallucination. Darren explains he needs this empirical evidence to consider that there really is more than our material world. The two also discuss skeptics, and what can really be called pseudo-skeptics. These are a type of skeptic who do not try to examine the evince of psi, an afterlife, or the paranormal, but go in only to debunk. No amount of evidence can get them to even consider something inexplicable is going on. What is really surprising is some of them have seen remarkable occurrences themselves, which they later end up either denying or saying they must have misinterpreted. Liz and Darren both share examples of this. But this is not intentional on the part of this kind of skeptic as it seems to be how our brains work. We tend to be innately biased and our brains fill in what we expect to see and filter out what we don't. That is how stage magic works and both Liz and Darren share examples of this from their own lives. The late James Randi, whose stage name is The Amazing Randi, was a well-known skeptic who set out to catch mediums and other people claiming inexplicable abilities cheating. He set up a one million dollar challenge for anyone who showed abilities to come and try to win this money by demonstrating their abilities. No one ever won. Liz and Darren explain why that while Randi did do good work exposing fraud, this challenge isn't the valid test that it seemed to be. It is actually irrelevant no one has won. Liz asks Darren to share a time or personal experience he had which blew him away and demonstrated that there was most likely life after death.  He shares an amazing and moving story about how after his two dogs passed away, they made sure to let him and his parents know they were still around. Darren's parents were as astounded as he was by these signs from his dogs on the other side. 
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December 23, 2021
What Convinced Two Skeptics that There is an Afterlife?: Darren McEnaney of Seeking i Part 1 - Episode 7
Darren McEnaney is the host of Seeking i, a podcast that speaks with the top researchers of afterlife evidence, psi, and consciousness. Darren is a self described "lay researcher of consciousness focused on anomalous experience and life beyond physical death." Darren always assumed consciousness outside of a brain and an afterlife was fantasy as a child. When he became severely depressed at only 12 years old, he discovered NDE’s - Near Death Experiences, as he was searching for some meaning to life. He was interested in them but dismissed them as nothing more than hallucinations to cope with the trauma of dying. He then learned that many people have the exact same experiences and "hallucinations." He was so intrigued by this that he researched further, and was astounded to learn that many people actually report information that is verified. One case that still stands out to him is the Pam Reynolds case. In this case a woman was undergoing an emergency surgery for an aneurism, and was clinically brain dead, with all blood drained from her brain, and she reported being out of her body and provided verifiable information about what was going on in the operating room. Liz also shares NDE's that have amazed her.  Both of them discuss the concept of proof versus evidence. No there can never be actual proof of an afterlife, but that does not mean there can't be a preponderance of compelling and valid evidence that we survive death. Darren talks about how proof isn't even the goal of science. The goal of science is to come up with the best theories which are actually the most plausible explanation to a phenomena that's measured. Darren uses the theory of evolution as an example. There is no proof of evolution, it is a theory, but it is the most logical theory with the highest level of valid evidence.  Liz shares that for her it is when all the evidence comes together that she becomes convinced. The one common thread explanation of all the evidence form NDE's to mediumship is survival of consciousness. They both agree it is important to listen to different perspectives and various conclusions of the evidence, but listen to people who have thoroughly examined the evidence of NDE's and an afterlife. Darren explains that there are researchers who have dug into this evidence for years. There are brilliant scientists who are experts in other areas who have drawn conclusions about NDE's without looking into any of the research. Just because someone is a brilliant astrophysicist or biologist, doesn't make them an expert of consciousness and NDE's.  The two discuss that there is no good explanation for how a brain, which is material mass and matter, creates and forms consciousness. There is as much of an explanation for how a material brain can do that as there is that consciousness could be stored in a cloud somewhere and downloaded to a brain.  An issue they both are concerned about is that this research is not neutral. Everyone truly hopes there is life after death. Could this deep wish affect how people process and interpret the evidence? Are Darren and Lis just seeing things how they hope they are? While both have this concern, Darren and Liz both make reasonable arguments for why they end up concluding that is not the case. Liz also shares some tangible evidence she has gotten that show there really seems to be more than just a material world. 
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December 09, 2021
Did Michell Have an NDE (Near Death Experience) as a Baby?: The Spiritual Witch Michell Little Part 2 - Episode 6
Michell Little is host of the Podcast The Spiritual Witch and is a practicing Wiccan. Michell and Liz - the sciencey skeptic who has been investigating afterlife evidence, continue their conversation from last episode. Michell became a Wiccan after stumbling across a book she really related to. Was it that simple? While Michell says this officially is NOT the way to do it, she went with her intuition. Michell is now working on divination. She is working with the Elder Futhark runes which are a type of ancient alphabet that helps her speak with her spirit guides. She also uses a pendulum that has an Angelite crystal. This pendulum with the Angelite crystal keeps giving Michell accurate answers to her questions. It has answered if she would get fired, if her friend would get a raise, and it helped Michell connect to a parrot called Arrow who died in a tragic way. It even answered questions about Michell's mother's health when she went into the hospital with a health scare.  But Liz who is skeptical wonders, isn't it small micro movements that we are doing unconsciously, called ideomotor movements, that makes Michell (or anyone) move the pendulum towards an answer. But if so, that is still really interesting, because maybe we know things on a much deeper and unconscious level than we realize. Maybe we sense one another's health without knowing or if our boss is ready to fire us or give us a raise, even if we have received no obvious signals. Michell thinks that the micro movements make sense, but that the knowing is coming from her spirit guides. Liz mentions she would like to do experiments, or would like someone to, where they test these theories, and test the accuracy of pendulums. Michell has mixed feelings about that and both agree that there is a history of experimenters and scientists who have not approached these kinds of topics with respect. They would conduct experiments with mediums or other people claiming "paranormal" or inexplicable abilities, but the experimenters treated the subjects with contempt.  This leads to the two discussing NDE's - Near Death Experiences. A lot of scientists and doctors dismiss claims being made during these NDE's as fantasy or a lack ion oxygen to the brain, but there are also serious scientists who take the claims seriously as possible evidence of life after death. They discuss Dr. Eben Alexander, a neuroscientist whose life and view of an afterlife was transformed after having an NDE himself. Drs. Sam Parnia and Bruce Greyson also study NDE's and Dr. Kenneth Ring studies cases of people who are blind and able to see during NDE's. There are also groups of people who get factual evidential information during NDE's, such as what was happening in the operating room.  One fascinating thing is Michell had died for about 3 minutes when she was a baby. She wonders if she had an NDE. She has a lot of the characteristics and traits such as a maturity. She preferred hanging out with grownups when she was little. Liz and Michell delve in and discuss the many traits of people who have had NDE's and try to figure out of Michell could have been one of them.  They close with any suggestions Michell would have for anyone interested in becoming a Wiccan.  Check out Michell Little's Podcast: www.thespiritualwitch.wixsite.com | Instagram WTF Just Happened?!: www.wtfjusthappened.net | Instagram |YouTube
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November 25, 2021
Should We Hex Donald Trump?: The Spiritual Witch Michell Little Part 1 - Episode 5
Michell Little is host of the Podcast The Spiritual Witch and is a practicing Wiccan.  Michell talks with Liz of WTF Just Happened?! about how she defines spirituality, the difference between spirituality and religion, and what does it mean to Michell to be spiritual in her own life. Being a Wiccan also brings lots of judgment and misunderstanding from Michell's Christian culture and family. How does Michell manage that? Michell explains what the Wiccan belief system is, what book do they follow, if any. What is a Grimoire and what spells work for Michell. Liz questions Michell on any evidence she has ever seen that the spells work and the two share their love of animals.  The two get into a philosophical discussion regarding the ethics of casting spells and hex's. Is it okay to cast a spell to help someone's life? Could that cause harm? What about hexing someone (casting a negative spell.) The answer is pretty clear if it is your annoying neighbor, but what about cruel people who cause harm? Should people cast a hex on Donald Trump? Is he actually doing good in ways we don't see? Listen to learn about what it means to be Wiccan and to learn more about Michell Little of The Spiritual Witch. Check out Michell Little's Podcast: www.thespiritualwitch.wixsite.com | Instagram WTF Just Happened?!: www.wtfjusthappened.net | Instagram | YouTube
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November 11, 2021
Can Psychic Mediums Read Your Mind?: Psychic Medium Renee Buck Part 2 - Episode 4
In episode 4 of WTF Just Happened?!, Psychic Medium Renee Buck talks with Liz about whether she can really read people's thoughts, including the awkward ones. If mediums are supposed to know a deceased person's gender, what happens if someone's deceased loved one was transgender. What happened when Renee gave Liz a past life regression and when Renee had her own. Are they evidential of past lived being true? Renee impresses skeptical Liz with some very evidential experiences that happened when she gave client readings, including finding missing objects. And if spirits are around us all the time are they ALWAYS around us?  Renee is a certified medium with the Forever Family Foundation.  www.whispersfromthelight.com | FaceBook WTF Just Happened?!: www.wtfjusthappened.net | Instagram | YouTube
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October 28, 2021
Marbles and Mediumship: How did Renee’s Deceased Brother Let Her Know He's Still There?: Psychic Medium Renee Buck Part 1 - Episode 3
In episode 03 of WTF Just Happened?!, where we bring you evidence of an afterlife and psi without the woo, we speak with Psychic Medium Renee Buck. In this episode Renee shares some amazing prophetic dreams she had, and how the dreams combined with an amazing reading she had from a medium who brought in her brother who had passed about 20 years earlier, lead her to become a medium herself.  Of course Liz wants the evidence, and Renee shares about the time her brother gave her an absolutely remarkable sign that even impressed Liz. This sign defied the laws of the universe, how mass and matter behave, and is one of the most evidential Liz has ever heard. To Renee, not only was it mind-blowing, it was incredibly healing.  The two also discuss automatic writing, the nature of time, what a Spirit Guide is, and how Renee found hers.  Renee is a certified medium with the Forever Family Foundation.  www.whispersfromthelight.com | FaceBook WTF Just Happened?!: www.wtfjusthappened.net | Instagram | YouTube
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October 14, 2021
Why Don't Psychic Mediums Win the Lottery: Psychic Medium Joe Perreta Part 2 - Episode 2
In the second episode of WTF Just Happened?!, where we bring you evidence of an afterlife and psi without the woo, we speak with Psychic Medium Joe Perreta. This is part two of our interview, so be sure to listen to part 1.  In this episode Joe talks about a shocking time he got strong evidence he really was communicating with Liz's (dead) dad, why psychic mediums don't win the lottery, and more crazy, mind-blowing stuff. Joe is certified by the Forever Family Foundation and participates in scientific research and studies conducted by major universities. (details to release once the studies are completed) www.joeperreta.com | Instagram WTF Just Happened?!: www.wtfjusthappened.net | Instagram | YouTube
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September 16, 2021
Did a Psychic Medium Predict 9/11? Psychic Medium Joe Perreta - Part 1 - Episode 1
In the first episode of WTF Just Happened?!, where we bring you evidence of an afterlife and psi without the woo, we speak with Psychic Medium Joe Perreta. He talks with Liz about some bat shit experiences, such as a dream in which he predicted 9/11 when he was 12 years old and some surprising synchronicities. He explains that he questions his own abilities and discusses how a book he read, a dream, and another medium all came together to make him decide to pursue being a medium in the first place.  Joe is skeptical himself, and he and Liz discuss some scientists they love, and some mind-blowing readings he has given that helped him feel confident something genuine was going on.  Joe is certified by the Forever Family Foundation and participates in scientific research and studies conducted by major universities. (details to release once the studies are completed) www.joeperreta.com | Instagram WTF Just Happened?!: www.wtfjusthappened.net | Instagram | YouTube
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August 26, 2021
Introduction - WTF Just Happened?!
Welcome to my podcast WTF Just Happened?! All about grief and the evidence of the afterlife with none of the woo.  Listen for conversations with normal people about weird shit.  A couple of years ago my dad died and I was shattered. Being raised an atheist, I assumed anything like an afterlife was nothing more than wishful thinking. However, I took a shot in the dark and decided to explore if there was any valid evidence that we could survive death in some form. Something that didn't require belief. While I expected to find nothing, I was astounded by what I found. There were rational scientists, researchers, doctors (and no not Dr Oz) who were studying all sorts of “not normal” things such as mediums, Near Death Experiences, and kids who remembered past lives. I assumed I was somehow not seeing the "catch" and decided to see for myself. I met mediums, researchers, parapsychologists and more. While I saw a lot of nonsense and fraud, I also met a select group of people who seemed to defy the laws of the universe. And thats what this podcast is about.. Me talking with the many people who have helped me change my mind - some are researchers, some are mediums, and some are just regular people who have had really weird experiences. I still consider myself an atheist and I still don’t consider myself a spiritual person - I am an evidential person. I hope that you will listen to what I and the people who come on here have to say with curiosity and an open mind. You don't have to draw any conclusions. You don't even need to believe anything said. But at least consider what I and the people who come on here have to say. And I hope you get to have many of your own WTF Just Happened?! laws of the universe defying moments too. Enjoy! Liz www.wtfjusthappened.net | Instagram | The Book 
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July 10, 2021