Continuing the 'life after death' sub-theme for the day, here is a new book that takes on that topic with today's technology at hand...
Paul was a devoted son who spent the final weeks of his mom’s life with her in Manhattan. He was there with other family members when she died, on the morning of December 27, 2009.
He watched as the caring women attendants cleaned up his mom’s body and dressed her in her favorite blue shirt. He couldn’t be physical with his mother, so he kept his distance and watched the other prepare his mom for her final journey.
Having been a professional photographer, it was then, an hour and fort-five minutes after she died, that he instinctively grabbed his Blackberry smart phone and snapped a few photos looking above his mother towards the two devoted women and the beautiful, loving expressions on their respective faces as they hovered over her.
A few hours later, he uploaded the pictures to his Macbook laptop, and to his utter amazement, discovered a small--maybe six inches tall, blurry hominoid-like figure just above his mother’s body which had been captured by his cell pone camera.
Williams had taken tens of thousands of photographs in his life, had studied and even taught photography at Harvard.
But nothing prepared him for the image that was before him. The photos clearly showed a small utterly clear, distinct image of a person like entity. One of the women was bothered, even spooked by the images. They couldn’t shake the feeling that something was really weird.
Williams determined that there was no obvious conventional explanation for this small blurry figure. It could not be explained by stray reflections or other well-known optical mechanisms. That much was for certain.
What was in the photos? Was it a picture of his mother’s spirit?
Image of a Spirit is the story of Paul William’s experience as he sought to unravel the mystery of the images. Williams went on a multi-year quest to determine the possible explanations for the captured images.
He shared the photos and sought advice from several Hollywood celebrities and colleagues.
He took the photos to experts for analysis and validation. He researched the possibilities and contacted with people with the highest credentials in the fields of photography, psi research, chemistry and energy science.
He met with Dean Radin, America’s leading scentist in the field of psi phenomenon investigation. And he met with Loyd Auerbach, author of the classic ghostimage referece, the 1996 ESP, Hauntings and Poltergeists.
He gave the photo to Digital Computer Photography expert Professor Harry Farid, in the Image Science Group at Dartmouth College. Dr. Farid developed with Adobe Corp. (Photoshop) the fool-proof authenticator of digital photos –utilized by courts, the NY Times, and intelligence agencies. Farid performed the forensic evaluation and verified the authenticity of the photo.
This book tells the tale of that photo.
Wow is the best word to use. You look at the photo Williams took and you don't believe your eyes, you automatically think like he did, "must be a bleed over from digital file" or "must be some reflection off of something". But then you look closer and start to second guess yourself. So williams did the logical thing- take the photo to some of the world’s greatest experts in Parapsychology and photo authenticity, and let them tell him what was really happening. He was expecting their answers. He went from “Agnostic to ignoramus.”, when he realized that if the experts were validating the photo, then there IS something after death. Christians will most likely go 'duh' here, but it is an important moment for someone who has been too secularized in their thinking!
Personally I have been touched and felt the hands of loved ones upon their passing, so I walked into the book with a good probability of belief. And when one thinks of the Southern tradition of laying a body at their home, of having someone sit with the body at the funeral home, especially during the first 48 hours, one can only think that our ancestors may have seen what Williams captured, and known the truth, long before 'science' could prove it. This book is an easy read, and perfect for picking up in spurts, as each chapter is its own part of the story. Williams has included all the photos (like above) from different tests, so the reader can alos make their own opinion of what is and isn't in the picture. It is a book that will leave you wondering and thinking!
About the Author:
Paul Williams has lived a full and adventure -filled. Life. He graduated Harvard Phi Beta Kappa in 1965 and became an accomplished Hollywood film director, from 1965 to 2002 with credits to films including “Badlands”, “The November Men” ,“Mirage” and “Cats: The Movie”. He also dated many beautiful women many of whom became famous in their own right. He lives in Malibu, California, and in Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro.