We'd like to welcome Anne Hope, author of the Dark Souls Series, to the blog today. If you haven't read her books yet check out my reviews below! This series is amazing!
LIFE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION: THE POWER OF THE MINDBy Anne Hope
Have you ever had a feeling that something was terribly wrong, that someone you care about was in trouble, and it turned out to be true? Has an object ever fallen unexpectedly, without so much as a draft to send it cartwheeling to the ground? Have you ever thought of a loved one, then, seconds later, they called you?
This happens to me all the time. I have only to think of my mother or my husband, and the phone rings. After seventeen years of marriage, sometimes, I swear I can read my husband’s mind.
These strange occurrences could be a mere coincidence, a consequence of learned behaviors adopted over a long period of time or, as the paranormal author in me would like to believe, evidence of psychic ability.
There are several types of psychic powers, such as precognition (knowing the future), pryokinesis (setting fires with your mind), telepathy (the communication from one mind to another by extrasensory means) and psychokinesis (the ability to move objects with the force of your will).
In my Dark Souls series, most of my heroes and heroines are paranormal beings who possess some kind of psychic power, be it the ability to influence people’s thoughts, anticipate future events or mold the world around them with nothing more than a concentrated thought. In Soul Deep, Cal, leader of the Watchers, is determined to get a young boy to bend a spoon with the power of his mind.
Impossible, you say? Maybe not.
In April, 2001, a psychology professor at the University of Arizona held a "spoon-bending party," where about 60 students were able to bend spoons and forks, with varying degrees of success, using nothing but the power of their wills. Man, I wish I’d been invited to that party!
In Russia, a woman named Nina Kulagina demonstrated her telekinetic abilities by mentally moving a wide range of objects, such as matches, bread, crystal bowls, clock pendulums, a cigar tube and a salt shaker. Some of her amazing feats were actually captured on film.
In the early nineteen hundreds, a Polish woman, Stanislawa Tomczyk, was known to start poltergeist-like activity around her. Apparently, she could only control her power under hypnosis.
Then there’s the famous Uri Gellar, who in 1973 astounded an entire radio audience and its host by bending objects in random homes across the UK, from utensils to keys to nails. Not only that, but watches and clocks that had not run in years spontaneously began to work again. How’s that for a magic trick?
So the next time something goes bump in the night and you become convinced that a poltergeist has taken residence in your home, don’t panic. Temper your stress level, calm your emotions and rein in those nasty hormones, because the culprit may in fact be…you!
Anne’s passion for writing began at the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, her cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.
To learn more about Anne Hope and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.