Saturday, February 6, 2010

St. Paul's Cathedral, London

Mystic places and paranormal activity fascinate believers and skeptics alike.

Most paranormal investigators believe ghosts are simply emotional imprints left on a place, like and echo. Can a building hold a spirit of its own? Can a place retain and echo of the past, an emotional refuge for generations to come?

People are said to have various degrees of sensitivity to these echoes.
Some may go their whole lives without seeing a ghost, while others can look at a paining and get a feel for its subject.

Ask yourself why you like a certain spot. Is it special? Does it hold a memory, or is it the feel of the surroundings appealing to you?

St. Paul's Cathedral in London is in one of the world's most haunted cities. The cathedral houses Lord Nelson and The Duke of Wellington, both heroes of the past. It has a long history and stood for centuries as a symbol of peace.

During WWII, the cathedral was twice targeted in air raids. Once in October of 1940 and again in April of 1941, both attempts to destroy the cathedral failed.

On September 12, 1940, the cathedral was in peril once more when a bomb was lodged in the lead casing of the dome. Instead of exploding, it fell outwards toward the stone gallery, began to smoke and was put out. No harm done. Smoke, no fire. A picture taken that day still survives as a reminder of those times.

Though the cathedral was damaged during the attacks, it never fell. Today the American Memorial Chapel stands behind the high altar as a thank you for allied help.

Peace services were held here after both world wars. It was here the British helped America mourn those lost in the 9/11 attacks. An ocean not wide enough to separate the compassionate people from reaching out.

We have all experienced the hairs standing on end, the eerie feelings when we are surrounded by negativity.
The cathedral has been bruised and battered, but never struck down.

Let this be a symbol of our own strength and spirit.