by Stephen Hawley Martin
Nobody broke the news to me—gently or otherwise—and I didn’t find out by delving into family genealogy. As far back as I can remember I’ve known I was descended from a witch—or rather, I was descended from a woman who was hanged as one. When I probe my memory, the first family discussion I recall on the subject had to do with the correct form of the past tense of the verb “to hang.”
“Pictures are hung,” my mother told me. “People are hanged.”
Both my mother and father believed people who pretended witches were tormenting them had framed our ancestor, Susannah North Martin, by saying she was one of those doing so. My parents were convinced the inscription on the monument to Susannah in her hometown of Amesbury, Massachusetts, was true—that she was, “An honest, hardworking, Christian woman. Accused as a witch, tried and executed at Salem, July 19, 1692. A martyr of superstition.”
At the age of 27, however, I had what can be described a paranormal experience, and you might say it opened my eyes. Metaphysics became a field of study of particular interest—one I have since learned much about—and the more I learned, the more I wondered if my ancestor really had been a witch. So I decided to conduct my own investigation. I studied copies of as many original documents from the time of the witch hysteria as I could get my hands on, and there are plenty—pre-trial witness depositions, court transcripts, and eyewitness accounts abound.
I’m now almost certain at least some of the accused were practicing magic, or “witchcraft” as it was then called, and I wrote a book about it—a real-life murder mystery called A Witch in the Family, an expanded, second edition of which has just been published.
Ironically, the events that let to the witch hysteria began in a Puritan minister’s kitchen—the reverend Samuel Parris. According my research, Reverend Parris and his wife spent a fair amount of time away from home visiting the members of their parish when the hysteria began in the winter of 1691-92. Their daughter, Betty Parris, age nine, and her eleven year old cousin, Abigail Williams, were often left in the care of the family’s Carib Indian slave, Tituba.
It’s likely Tituba warmed the cold New England days reminiscing about her childhood in sunny Barbados, telling fanciful tales involving magic. There is evidence she also demonstrated voodoo tricks for the girls. Despite their young age, the girls certainly knew this type of behavior was strictly forbidden, but as any youngsters would, they wanted to know their futures and Tituba used incantations she said would show them. It wasn’t long before six other young women and girls joined Betty and Abigail in the Parris kitchen to find out about their futures.
One trick Tituba is thought to have demonstrated was a variation on crystal ball gazing. An egg was cracked open and the white allowed to slide into a glass of water. This was then held up to a candle. The girls were told to look into the egg white, and they would see images that would foretell the occupations of their future husbands.
The group of girls and young women soon began displaying bizarre behavior. They fell into fits. They went into trances. They felt pricked with pins and cut with knives. They were tempted to throw themselves into the fire and commit suicide. They had to cover their ears when the minister preached the word of God because they could not bear to listen to it. A local doctor diagnosed them as bewitched, and this started the hysteria ball rolling. Word most certainly spread quickly that the Reverend Parris had said, “the devil hath been raised among us, and his rage is vehement and terrible; and, when he shall be silenced, the Lord only knows.”
You may wonder why historians in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries dismissed such ideas as magical thinking. Couldn’t there actually have been something paranormal going on?
They didn’t consider the possibility because of Scientific Materialism. During the Age of Enlightenment, which got fully underway in the next century, the eighteen, the scientific community adopted as a basic tenet the Deist thinking first promulgated by Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) that such things as ghosts and spirits did not and could not exist. Anything paranormal was chalked up to imagination or hallucination because a majority in science believed physical reality is all there is. If you couldn’t measure it or see it under a microscope, it didn’t exist.
We now know that simply is not true. As I discuss in A Witch in the Family, plenty of scientific research today indicates there’s a lot more to reality than meets the eye—reason enough to re-examine what took place at Salem. For example, a modern activity equivalent to Tituba’s voodoo tricks and incantations might be to tinker with a Ouija board. Today’s occult practitioners are quick to tell amateurs who dabble in such activities they do so at their own peril, and apparently these occultists have a good deal of support in this regard. I just plugged the words “Ouija warnings” into Google, and it turned up 146,000 results.
I only checked out the entries on page one of the Google listings but all were about scary things that happened to people who were messing around with Ouija boards. A typical example is that of a woman and a friend who were in the kitchen speaking to a spirit through the board who told them his name was Dave, and that he was a fireman who died in 1938. They were chatting with Dave when she realized her hands were above her head and no matter how she tried she couldn’t bring them down. She also was unable to speak. Imagine her panic. In the meantime, her friend was busy asking Dave questions, and didn’t notice. She was beginning to hyperventilate and wanted desperately to get her friend’s attention but couldn’t move or utter a sound. She said she felt a heaviness pressing down on her like a dead weight and all the while the Ouija board kept her friend busy answering questions. Finally, the friend looked up at her and saw instantly something was terribly wrong. The friend picked up the board, ran with it to the top of the basement stairs, and tossed it down. The woman was released from her paralysis. Even so, other strange things kept happening until the next morning when they deposited the Ouija board in a dumpster in the alley.
The advice of every entry on Google I read is the same—stay away from Ouija boards and such. No doubt the Parris girls and their friends had heard similar warnings about fooling around with occult activities. But Tituba’s tales and voodoo tricks stirred up a measure of excitement in what was no doubt a typically boring New England winter. Their curiosity likely got the best of them, and it wasn’t long before they began to act in strange and aberrant ways.
There is much more to the Salem witch hysteria that began in the winter of 1692 and continued until fall. Over that period, a total of 19 people were hanged, one was crushed to death, and five died in prison.
Ironically, Tituba was not one of them.
About the author:
Stephen Hawley Martin is a professional writer and ghostwriter, the winner of half a dozen national awards for his work, and the Editor and Publisher of The Oaklea Press. Visit to find out how you can work with him to bring your book to reality.
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“A Witch in the Family: The Salem Witch Trials Re-examined”
By Stephen Hawley Martin
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Review by E. Maceri
These two books, which are called “The Wisdom & Insights Series Volume 1 & 2,” by Gene Andrade, share an amazing amount of helpful spiritual insights. Star Wisdom presents an overview of life from an extraterrestrial viewpoint that, paradoxically, is very much down to Earth. The reader is presented with a universal set of seven timeless principles to guide both the individual and society as a whole, which diverge significantly from what we presently practice in our Earthly philosophies and religions:
“1. Oneness: instead of duality and multiplicity (God, Christ, Holy Spirit, multiple religions, etc.) there is the principle of oneness.
2. Eternal Evolution of Spirit: instead of Heaven and Hell (or Nirvana and Samsara), there is the principle of eternal evolution of spirit.
3. Self-responsibility: Inst
4. Unconditional Love: Instead of the often false and fickle emotionalism of Earthlings, there is the principle of unconditional and abiding love.
5. True Balance: Instead of the chaos, fanaticism, and imbalance so characteristic of the individual and societies on Earth, there is the principle of true and real balance.
6. Truth: Instead of dogmas and falsehoods, there is the principle of truth.
7. Equality: And instead of the widespread discrimination, suppression, and repression of women and minorities, there is the principle of equality.”
The author goes on to state, “These seven basic principles provide the foundation for a philosophy of life that is conducive to real spiritual growth and harmonious transformation of both individuals and society as a whole.”
Even though this book is based on information gleaned from direct personal encounters between a poor Swiss farmer and extraterrestrials, the information is not only fascinating, but the practical applications are very helpful. After reading the uplifting material in this book, I find myself now seeing life differently, in a better way. The vicissitudes of life don’t seem quite so chaotic—everything seems to make more sense. The spiritual principles give an underlying rationale for life’s ups and downs. I feel more peaceful and accepting of the way things are now in a world that, when presented to us in the daily news headlines, often appears to be spiraling out of control.
Earth Wisdom is the second volume in this Wisdom & Insights Series and offers numerous insights and novel ways for individuals to work on themselves in a spiritual way. After briefly giving an overview of his life and relating his own intriguing experiences with different teachers and gurus over the years, the author proceeds to give some direction from the spiritual wisdom he gained for himself. And this I found to be the most interesting material, as it offers useful practical methods that really work when applied to one’s daily life. Andrade jumps into a series of techniques for helping to stay balanced in a crazy world. He lists nine basic principles of spiritual growth and then presents three different ways of applying them. Andrade encourages the reader to question how these principles are being lived in one’s life and how they balance each other. Using many beautiful diagrams and drawings to guide the reader, he urges one to reflect on one’s life and see the underlying causes of mental, emotional, and spiritual disharmony and exactly how to achieve true balance and happiness.
In my opinion, these two books are invaluable in discovering the wisdom and insights so necessary for a life well lived, for a life of genuine joy, and, most especially, for a life of true value. I highly recommend Star Wisdom and Earth Wisdom for the curious reader who is looking for practical and useful spiritual guidance, which has the potential, one person at a time, to change our world.
About the author, Gene Andrade:
“I am a lifelong seeker of truth and wisdom. For many years I studied with a famous spiritual teacher who glorified yoga and meditation. When I realized that I was out of touch with my feelings, I then studied with a teacher who glorified emotions. Feeling bored after a few years, I then studied with a teacher who glorified the mind. Awakening to the reality that all are equal and that nobody should be followed, I finally went my own way. Now I follow my own heart and look within for the light to guide me on my path.
These two books are the distillation of what I have found to be helpful and true. After 50 years of searching and seeking for spiritual understanding, I can testify that the Truth is simple and obvious. It is just our minds that cloud our vision and seem to obscure our own innate wisdom. It is my experience that spiritual practices are necessary for illumination and personal growth. Earth Wisdom is my attempt to share what I have found helpful in my own life. Star Wisdom presents an overview of how life can be harmonious, balanced, and conducive to maximum spiritual evolution. It is my hope that you find the insights in my books to be helpful in your own journey. ”
The Portal to the Hidden Sun is a visual manifestation of KA Chinery’s book, “Perceptions From the Photon Frequency,” a forty-year culmination of sacred wisdom that had come to her in what she describes as “the internal dialog between the ego and Soul.”
After publishing her book in 2013, Chinery created the mystical place to share her quest with others in discovering the infinite potential of their higher Self. Conducting group meditations along with a unique method of individual restorative therapy, Chinery tunes in to the collective energies to understand and reflect the diverse truth of humanity.
“Truth cannot exist within one single view. To find the highest understanding of truth, all possible angles of perspectives must be contemplated.”
“The hidden Sun represents the higher Self within—the divine Light that is emerging through the evolution of human existence,” Chinery explains.
“As we observe the ever-changing universe, we can understand the evolutionary unfolding of ourselves. This understanding enables us to live with greater ease, appreciation and insight into the magnitude of our divine existence.
There is divinity in everyone and I am compelled to enlighten others to this incredible light that shines within.”
Chinery created the room as an artistic expression of what exists “beyond the veil of the illusive reality.” The walls and ceiling of the room are covered with a custom mixed metallic gold paint combining select metals and minerals. The energetic components of the environment are designed to neutralize negative electromagnetic fields that can cause discord within the mind and body.
Chinery chose “gold” to promote the visual association of ‘alchemy’, a medieval science and philosophical theory that one can transmute base metals into gold.
“I believe that everything within our perceived reality is clue to a more intricate understanding of our higher Self,” she states, “and through life experiences we are given the opportunity to ‘transmute’ our struggles and confusions into wisdom. To me, this is true alchemy.”
Since she was a little girl, Chinery was fascinated with the notion of what lies beyond human perception.
“I had much difficulty in school, frequently being reprimanded for daydreaming, although I never saw it as daydreaming; I was simply ‘processing my reality’—interpreting the microcosmic metaphors into the macrocosmic Self. It’s a deep, self-reflective process, which is why it took me over forty years to complete my book; but it has given me amazing insight and understanding of human existence.”
At five years old, Chinery began having [conscious] out of body experiences, which inspired her search for a broader perspective. “I spent many years searching for the truth of my perplexing existence, wondering why there are so many religions and philosophies. At times, I felt lost and discouraged, but through the years I came to realize, that what I thought was a fruitless search for enlightenment was really the incremental process of awakening. The road to enlightenment is a gradual acclimation to the Light through many layers of belief. Only from an ever-expanding consciousness can we understand an ever-expanding existence.”
Chinery recalls one of the most memorable and powerful revelations that came to her as a child in an out of body experience. “You are a crucial thread in the fabric of the collective Soul. Your thoughts and beliefs affect the energetic flow of the macrocosmic state of being. Truly know thyself and you will know the power in the energies you sustain. Through the process of karma, you have come here to grow, experiencing trials and errors to gain wisdom through the complete radius of understanding. Your life force is driven by your will to expand into omniscience, the infinite potential of what you truly are. What you currently adhere to as ‘truths’ are the building blocks of awareness in an eternal expansion of being. Your limited scope of right and wrong, of good and bad, are only illusive labels of ego-based insistence, lacking the broader view of a much greater understanding. As your perception broadens, you will understand the elements of being far beyond your current awareness. With the realization that your perception is unlimited, you will know that your potential is infinite,” Chinery interprets this revelation as the recognition of God.
“Everything is in the now,” she adds, “The past has given us wisdom to understand our existence and what it means at this very moment. Although it will inevitably change, we are always in the current of perceptual expansion.”
Chinery continues to see the world through a lens of metaphors.
“‘Right now’ is our masterpiece, a truly unique work of art that we have been working on our whole life. This masterpiece has been meticulously created with a lifetime of experiences—an artistry of human experiences, painted with failures and triumphs, emotional milestones of joy and sadness, and beautifully framed with wisdom. Because art is subjective to the observer, there really is no superior judgment of it, only wisdom to understand it.
“We are all artists, creating our lives through our thoughts and actions. Leonardo da Vinci described art by saying, ‘Art is never finished, only abandoned,’” thus, Chinery adds, “each moment is an opportunity to add to the beauty of the canvas, a crucial task that can only be carried out in the present.”
Chinery designed the Portal to the Hidden Sun to replicate the visuals and sounds of her out of body experiences. An immersion of sensory stimuli creates sensations of flight and deep introspection. Using light/color therapy, solfeggio tuning forks and ambient spacemusic, Chinery evokes an awareness to the wisdom that is hidden beneath the conditioned mind.
After becoming certified as a Reiki practitioner in 2012, Chinery discovered new pathways to healing through therapeutic touch, energetic transfers (through elemental conductors) and sound and light frequencies. During her sessions, Chinery “tunes in to the Divine energies and becomes a conduit for self-healing.”
Seeing a direct correlation and response between sound/light frequencies and Reiki, Chinery has developed specialized techniques based on personal, scientific and esoteric research, enhancing her practice with a unique process of energy conduction. Using crystal bowl sound frequencies, Chinery can tune in to the client’s chakra system to determine imbalances and blockages. She uses gem-stones and precious metals to direct and absorb conducive and obstructive energies to and from the client’s body and auric field. With this technique, the client can experience awareness to the higher Self.
Chinery believes that healing can only be attained by the self; a task that must be carried out through proper effort, awareness and energy currents (but guidance is often needed when there is confusion and/or energy blockages). Her ability to find the divinity in everyone and everything allows her to tackle life’s most difficult challenges with wisdom, clarity and understanding, which is her main focus during her sessions. Above all, Chinery believes that the active practice of such virtues successfully manifests healing through the energetic focus and clarity of mind and body.
Throughout her book and healing sessions, Chinery affirms, “you have the ability to realize the infinite potential that exists beyond the confines of conditioned thought; and with this realization, all things are possible.”
Of all history’s questions, the uncertain and often-confusing origin of man tops them all. From the story of Adam and Eve to thousands of science-based theories, nobody has definitively set out to discover the prevailing truth.
In his powerful and life-changing new book, Martin Hinde comes as close as anyone can. ‘Children of Eden’ will surprise and shock many, yet its revelation of man’s origin could just be the biggest discovery of the millennium.
Starting at the beginning – the creation story of Adam and Eve – the author traces the true origins of humankind using the best available evidence. This leads to the startling revelation that humankind may have originated as hominid Primates who have been genetically-modified by a higher civilization in our own Solar system. Created as hybrid Spiritual Beings bonded to physical Primate forms – this is the crux of the situation facing humankind. But there is a way out. Martin follows the path of some secret knowledge that was handed to a few from the creators of humankind: Knowledge that has been hoarded by elites and priesthood class, from the time of the Pharoahs and the’ Mystery Schools’, up to the present day. This is the knowledge that empowers humanity to brake the chains of physical bondage, and allow our Spiritual Beings to rise to their auspicious place in the Cosmos. This book shows us a way out of the quagmire – that is our lives and our planet today – to a future where we can reconnect with our (true) higher Self; take back control of our lives, our governments, our environment; and leads us to the Return of Eden.
“This is a holistic, comprehensive volume that will satisfy both faith-based theories of mankind’s creation, as well as the world of science,” explains the author, who is passionate about Eastern Spiritual Enlightenment and its related concepts. “We start right back at the beginning, travel through mankind’s lifespan and end up at the present. It’s as close as we’re ever going to get to a definitive, unambiguous answer.”
Continuing, “Knowledge truly is power. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the inspirational or western spiritual space; for example, fans and followers of the works of people like Deepak Chopra. The goal is that people can use this new knowledge to reconnect with themselves, with the world’s elite powers and ultimately bind humanity together in a new common, peaceful goal.”
With the volume’s demand expected to increase, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.
About the Author:
Martin Hinde grew up as the only child of itinerant parents stationed at various outposts of the British Empire. Living amongst different peoples and cultures from an early age imbued the author, in adulthood, with the sense of being a citizen sans frontiers; a global citizen – a citizen of Humanity. Through a series of ‘chance’ encounters with strangers, Martin’s life became guided in a direction towards Eastern Spiritual Enlightenment. As one of very few individuals in the West who has achieved the status of a Yogic Siddha, Martin has been given access to knowledge of the deepest – and sometimes darkest – secrets and challenges facing modern citizens of Humanity; challenges which threaten our very existence. Martin’s work is a rallying cry to his readers – and collectively to Humanity – to awaken, confront and eliminate the forces of Darkness that are preventing us from becoming us who we really are.