By Tim Binnall
Lucid dreaming, Scientology, and cyclical cataclysms were among the fascinating topics covered this past week on Coast to Coast AM. And, here at the C2C website, we told you about a potentially haunted Elsa doll, a mystery boom that rocked Houston, and a man who wants to have a sword fight to settle a legal dispute with his ex-wife. Check out our round-up of highlights from the past week ... In Coast You Missed It.
The mysterious world of Scientology was in the spotlight on Saturday night's program as former insider Marc Headley shared unsettling insights from the 15 years he spent working for the controversial organization. He revealed the troubling ways in which the church deals with those who attempt to leave as well as how the group has managed to raise a staggering $3 billion from its high-profile members. Headley also reflected on how the organization has been profoundly impacted by the internet in recent years.
A pair of creepy tales involving possibly haunted objects popped up in the news this week and both accounts were rather bizarre. First, a woman in Singapore shared the story of being given an unnerving-looking mannequin head which, she claimed, unleashed paranormal activity in the home of her mother-in-law. Meanwhile, a Houston family spawned headlines and a slew of 'Let It Go' jokes thanks to their story of being haunted by an Elsa doll that kept inexplicably reappearing at their home after they repeatedly tried to throw it away.
Are we on the cusp of a global cataclysm the likes of which have occurred throughout the planet's long history? This worrisome question was explored by former FEMA employee and Biblical prophecy researcher Celeste Solum on Wednesday night's program. She discussed how there have been six cycles of extinction in Earth's past and argued that the current state of our climate, as well as a potential geomagnetic reversal, could kick off what would be the 7th such period of great upheaval. Chillingly, she specifically pointed to the period of 2020 to 2050 as a potential "perfect storm" of calamities.
The baffling mystery boom phenomenon was back in the news in a big way this past week when residents throughout the Houston metropolitan area reporting hearing a massive blast that shook houses and prompted numerous calls to police. As is often the case with confounding sounds, the source of the boom has yet to be identified. While it remains to be seen if the Houston event will ever be solved, we did get an answer this week to a different mystery as police in Wales shared their findings on a curious incident from back in December in which hundreds of birds seemingly fell to the ground and died.
One of the more intriguing realms of the paranormal is lucid dreaming, where a person realizes that they are in a dream as it is unfolding. On Thursday night's program, Ian Jaydid detailed his nearly 30 years of experience with the phenomenon and how it can be used to facilitate astral travel. As for how one can recognize that they are dreaming and, in turn, achieve lucidity in the moment, he provided a simple technique that anyone can try. According to Jadid, his preferred method is to look at his hand and if it appears to be shape-shifting, then his mind recognizes that he is in a dream.
By far the most bizarre story of the past week centered around a contentious legal battle in Kansas wherein a man filed a motion to have the case against his ex-wife settled via a sword fight. Noting that "trial by combat" is not legally prohibited in the United States, David Ostrom suggested a literal duel between himself and his former paramour's lawyer. As one can imagine, this idea did not sit very well with his proposed opponent, who responded with his own filing which argued that a financial dispute should probably not be settled by a battle to the death.
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