2017 Cedar Rapids Psychic and Paranormal Expo, which just happened over the weekend. I first started going to psychic expo events about three years ago and I've been hooked ever since. They are typically inexpensive -- most that I've attended have cost $5 to get in through the doors. Each expo that I've attended has hosted a variety of free workshops, featuring programming on everything from ghost hunting to crystals to palmistry to psychic gallery readings.
But most of the space is dedicated to the numerous vendors. There were 64 vendors at this weekend's expo. Depending on how much time and money you have to spend, you can get a psychic reading. Or you can try out a Reiki healing session. Or you can photograph your aura. Or you can buys some prayer beads or CBD oil.
I've had my aura photographed. I've had a psychic reading. I've had a Reiki session. And I've been called a healer on more than one occasion. I always try to do something different at these events, so I avoided the psychics and the aura folks. Instead, I decided to explore sound healing.
I've been intrigued about sound healing or sound therapy for a while. Sound healers use instruments, singing bowls, and their voices to improve health and relaxation. I got to chatting with a sound healer from Arizona named Mark Patterson and decided to undergo a 15 minute session right there in the vendors room.
And it's important to note that this sound healing session took place in a crowded room full of psychics and healers and a variety of other practitioners. In other words, there was a limit to what Mark could do for me there or how long we could do it. I laid down on a table and then experienced vocal intonations and various chimes from the singing bowls. The vibrations were very relaxing, but also somewhat overwhelming. It felt like my entire body was enveloped by a cocoon of sound throughout the session. But I felt it most powerfully in my forehead, for whatever reason. I really would like to try something like this in an office setting and for a full session in order to receive the full effect of a healing session.
I then went over to Chris Moon's booth and purchased an advanced copy of his new book, Ghost Box: Voices from Spirits, ETs, Shadow People & Other Astral Beings. I first learned of Chris Moon and his Ghost Box communication device at last year's Marion Psychic & Paranormal Expo. Moon has been a paranormal investigator for several years. In recent years, he has done psychic readings using his Ghost Box, which somehow communicates with the dead in their own voices. I watch his "Ghost Box Chronicles" videos so I decided that I owed it to myself to be one of the first people to pick up his book. He was a nice guy, though I didn't speak with him for very long.
I didn't go to many workshops. I went to "Ghost Box Messages," featuring Chris Moon. I'd actually seen that same workshop last year at the Marion Expo, but he's an engaging speaker so it was all good.
There were some other workshops that appeared interesting later in the day, but I was feeling pretty run down. So that was my experience at the Expo.
Do you go to paranormal expos? If so, tell me about your experiences in the comments section. Do you go for the practitioners or to you go for the workshops? Inquiring minds want to know!