Supporting Para-Unity - An interview with Kathy Cash.
On New Years day-2013, I interviewed my friend and fellow paranormal investigator, Kathy Cash, on the subject of para-unity and some of her own personal experiences regarding her father. As the second oldest daughter of legendary country music singer and songwriter, Johnny Cash, Kathy has had a number of visits from her father since his death on September 12, 2003. Kathy has been a believer in the paranormal since she was very young and shared some of her earliest memories of paranormal experiences with her father. According to Kathy, her father wasn’t always a firm believer in the paranormal until after some unusual experiences living in Jamaica.
Kathy acknowledged a conversation she had with her father while living at the Cinnamon Hill Plantation in Montego Bay. When she asked him if he believed in ghosts, his reply was, “Well, I didn't until they started walking through this room and out that door. I've seen a man and woman dressed in period clothes many times. They don't seem to know I'm here. They stroll through the room and through the door." These experiences and local superstition in Montego Bay from the neighboring Rose Hall Plantation led Johnny Cash to research Annie Palmer, the mistress of Rose Hall Plantation, who allegedly murdered three of her husbands. This was the inspiration for his song, “The Ballad of Annie Palmer”, also known as the White Witch of Rose Hall.
Kathy and her sister also had a paranormal experience while living at the Cinnamon Hill Plantation. They shared a room, and one night woke to the feeling of something sitting on the bed between them. When they looked to see what it was, they only saw the canopy moving above the bed. They were terrified and ran into their father’s room frantically trying to explain what transpired. He replied, "Oh, I guess you met one of the ghosts." The girls stood in front of him in shock and said, “You knew there was a ghost in our room???" Then he grabbed his Bible off his night side table, and said, "Come on girls, we'll say a prayer." The three of them then went back into the room where John read a scripture and one of the Psalms, and said, "Goodnight babies, we're protected by the light of God."
Some of Kathy’s earliest experiences with the paranormal presented at age four and she suffered from night terrors until she was ten years old. She was plagued by creatures in her dreams that repeatedly tormented her. Upon research of the phenomenon she believes that the creatures in her nightmares were cellular memories from a past life. Kathy also had an out of body experience when she was ten. After contracting Leptospirosis, a deadly blood disease that causes high fever and, in many cases, death Kathy was hospitalized due to the severity of her condition and spent two weeks in an isolated hospital room, drifting in and out of consciousness. In 1966, it was unclear that she would survive the illness.
Though gravely ill, Kathy does remember many strange hallucinations during this time. Unusual creatures she described as being about a foot tall, hairy, with sharp teeth, would bite and frightened her day and night. They were similar to the ones in her nightmares from early childhood. As Kathy got older, her experiences with the paranormal grew and she researched and investigated the physic phenomenon that many believe contributes to paranormal activity.
Being a Clairaudient, (A type of clairvoyance that gives one the ability to hear sounds beyond the normal hearing range, also associated with mediumship in communication with the dead) Kathy believes that she has an ability to tune into levels of supernatural conversation in order to gain a broader understanding of spirits in their attempt to communicate with the living. She also validates her findings with standard ghost hunting equipment. Including a digital recorder in her sessions to help verify what she hears.
Many years of research and interest in the paranormal brought Kathy together with a group of paranormal investigators. Everyday Paranormal directors, Barry and Brad Klinge, (formerly of Discovery Chanel’s “Ghost Lab”) and producer and caretaker of the Villisca Axe Murder House, Johnny Houser, asked Kathy to join Everyday Paranormal, which she gladly accepted.
Kathy has a great respect for groups and teams working in the paranormal community and stated that her greatest supporters have been her team-mate and great friend, Johnny Houser, and her husband, Jimmy Tittle, who has encouraged Kathy in her abilities and growth in learning more about the world of the supernatural. She also believes, that at the core of every good group of paranormal investigators, that trust and value is most important. She feels that working within a group and with other teams is a benefit to learning more about the paranormal field in every aspect.
When asked about her personal feeling, regarding the uncooperative nature that exists in the paranormal community, Kathy stated, “It's a big turn off to me. It's not a competition or contest. I've heard some investigators slander others and it makes me angry and sad. We're all on the same quest to find the truth. It's pretty annoying and has made me want to avoid the paranormal community altogether. I realize not everyone is like that, and I would love to find a team that comes from the same mind set and is supportive, peaceful, kind and encouraging.”
Kathy believes in the spirit of unity and tolerance in the methods and techniques used by different types of paranormal investigators. And understands not every team has the same dynamics, but she is still willing to learn from those ideas to help her better understand her own and the ideas of others. She believes that Para-Unity is obtainable, but also acknowledges the jealousy in the field and how it hinders many groups from working and learning together.
I asked Kathy what suggestions she could give to help promote a more unified paranormal community. Her answer was, “I don't know the answer to that. I wish I did because it's disheartening to watch adults slam each other due to jealousy, etc. To me it makes the ones talking about others look small and petty, not the ones they're talking about.” I also asked Kathy what her idea of Para-Unity is, which she explained, “Para-Unity, to me, is a group of like-minded professional, non professional, and all people interested in every mystery of life encompassing the spirit world, UFO's and any type of phenomenon. The most important part is the UNITY. I'd love to see a group of people supporting, encouraging, learning, teaching and sharing with each other in a kind and nurturing way. I avoid people that are condescending and back biting. Our planet has enough of that without ‘spiritual seekers’ adding to the nastiness that already exists. I'm a peaceful person that doesn't pretend to have all the answers. I want to learn all I can, yet I avoid any and all "dark" spaces and people. I prefer remote viewing because it keeps me protected spiritually from any and all dark entities. I gravitate to positive people. I believe we all do, but sometimes get caught up with people that have the wrong intentions. I follow my instincts and listen to my higher self. Many times I've been wrong, but I'm getting better at it as I get older.”
Kathy’s experiences with the supernatural continue to grow and evolve. Her understanding of the paranormal community has not stirred her in any one direction except to avoid the drama and conflicts as we all should. Understanding the idea of unity varies, still the core value remains the same in tolerance and learning. Kathy is a wonderful supporter of the Para-Unity Project and will continue to be proactive in the search to support the coming together of ideas and people working to benefit the field of paranormal research and science.
She continues to research and investigate the paranormal and is intrigued by people, like physics Chip Coffey and Lisa Williams. She continues to advocate for para-unity and will, no doubt, grow in the paranormal field with the rest of us who are determined to promote a more unified community.
Find out more about the Para-Unity Project: http://paraunitylove.blogspot.com/
Organized by the Alabama Paranormal Research Team