In both scientific and supernatural circles these days, much is made of the concept of “portals.”
The Ghost Adventures boys were convinced that the Bobby Mackey’s saloon in Kentucky had a portal to hell in the cellar…an old well where years ago the remains of a gruesome murder were dumped. Physicist Lisa Randall theorizes that portals to other dimensions really exist, and she is trying to find them using the world’s largest particle accelerator in Switzerland. Many are convinced that Stonehenge in Britain is really a portal to both the past and future, as further encouraged by the recent archaeological discovery of more of the structure buried underneath the visible surface.
Just what is a portal? The dictionary defines it as a large door or gate to a building. The Internet has co-opted the word to mean a site serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web.
The paranormal community has adopted it to mean an entrance or exit to a world inhabited by supernatural beings. Demonologists believe such portals can be gateways to hell. In this context, portals can be literal doorways, as found in closets or basements. They can also be part of man-made underground features, the kind that exist in abandoned mines, old wells, or even sewer systems. But can they also be virtual doorways through an invisible boundary between dimensions?
When Ghost Adventures investigated the Piotrowski house near Cripple Creek in Colorado not too long ago, the alleged paranormal messages they recorded spoke of the “underground,” and said “drain the well.” There was in fact an unexplained loss of huge amounts of water from their modern piped-in supply, but Dan was unable to pinpoint the cause even when it was investigated by the local water district. What could an old well have to do with a present-day piped-in community water system?
When Light in the Dark Paranormal visited the house, we spent considerable time in the basement where we communicated with an unknown entity. This was also where GA dug out the water heater* to reveal a buried box and other artifacts from a distant past.
We later recorded a strange EVP there that seemed to mimic the sound of that water heater being removed by GA months earlier (if anyone wants to hear this audio clip, leave me a comment below and I’ll publish it. Its very strange).
Was the basement or a hidden well in Dan Piotrowski’s house a portal to another dimension? If a well was dug in the 1800’s, or when the foundation was excavated to build the present house in the 1970’s, did one of them open a portal to evil?
We believe that the site was formerly that of a goat-rancher’s cabin in the 19th Century, as our research and EVP’s with that entity seemed to suggest. In those early days, folks had no piped-in water, and that precious liquid was obtained by hand-digging a deep hole in the ground until the water table was reached. Homes were often built right over these wells in order to make retrieval in the winter a manageable, non-freezing task. Today there are many old buildings with such abandoned wells, or newer houses built over the site of old wells.
How such wells could become portals to another dimension, diabolical or not, is the Big Question.
When people dig deep holes in the earth, can they be creating conduits for human souls or other subterannean entities to travel through? Jules Vern’s Journey to the Center of the Earth was the mid-nineteenth century classic that explored that concept among others. In that story, the explorers became hopelessly lost in an underground universe (hell?), only at the end to be ejected to the surface via an erupting volcano (resurrection?).
Notions of the afterlife begin deep in the ground for many religions. The ancient Greeks long believed in Hades, that underworld where the dead were escorted to their final rest or punishment, as the case might be. Many of us know all too well about the Christian belief in hell as a place of eternal damnation; somewhere “down there” from which there is no hope of escape. Hindus, though believers in cremation and the reincarnation of departed souls, do have a belief in both heavens and hells (somewhere in the “lower worlds”) as interim destinations before a soul returns to earth. While traditional native American tribes each have slightly differing beliefs about the afterlife, historic Utes in Colorado did bury their dead in rock-covered graves in the mountains, and were especially concerned about the comfort of the departed and the disposition of their surviving property.
As different as these and other cosmologies are from each other, is bad always down and good always up? Either way, do the dead use portals to proceed from life to afterlife?
Back at the Piotrowski house: in addition to everything else, there was a tribal influence. A Ute versus Comanche battlefield was just down the road, and it is possible that the Utes buried their war-dead up on the hill under where the house now stands. Were their energies released via a portal created from Dan’s basement or the goat-rancher’s well? Besides the Ute and the rancher, were there other entities there too? I must admit that my own perception of an “ancient one” scared me. My intuition told me that a very old spirit was watching us, wondering what we were up to.
Was it evil? I don’t know. But it was enough to make two of our investigators ill and retreat to the outside.
It may also have been the same “something” that drove Dan Piotrowski’s tenants to fear and anger; an inexplicable outcome that made it impossible for him to rent out that home again, eventually leading to its foreclosure.
If they truly exist, these portals may also allow access to beings who have no previous connection to the event site. Stories of “territorial” spirits persist…those who roam the land around a site using a portal to come and go.
What’s even scarier is what both demonologists and priests will tell you. Afterall, the one thing they have in common is their unequivocal belief in demons. Some contend that the Devil and his minions take advantage of hauntings, using portals to enter a site and pretend that they are ghosts! Now that is really insidious. Sometimes what is perceived as the ghost of a child may really be a demon impersonating one. What their intentions are using this charade, I’ll leave for your own speculation.
But if you’ve hung in with me so far, suspend your disbelief for one more paragraph…
What if over the millennia, powerful beings took up residence under our earth while our ancestors were still hunting wooly mammoths? What if their intentions toward us humans were not so nice, and what if they established conduits and pathways and portals back up to our world to do their work? What if over thousands of years different civilizations and cultures deified these creatures as evil gods in order to explain their sightings and influences?
What if they still walk beneath our feet?
It is the Halloween season, and part of my avocation as a paranormal investigator and writer is to give you a good scare right about now. So be afraid, and keep your portals closed…
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