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By Anne Salisbury, PhD, and Greg Meyerhoff,
The Hotel Register Newsletter for the Historic Hotel de Paris Museum in Georgetown, Colorado Fall 2009
Hotel de Paris
Often, when you walk into an old building such as the Hotel de Paris, you might wonder about ghosts. Tour guests have often asked, “Has anyone experienced ghosts here? Will we experience a ghost on our tour?”
Yes, ghosts can be an exciting draw. Television shows have been home to so many discussions on the paranormal that you might expect to be greeted by a ghost at the front door.
We (Anne Salisbury, PhD, and Greg Meyerhoff) deal with extra ordinary experiences all the time in our business. We are professional intuitives or psychics. We are hired to clear out unwanted energies in buildings and bring in good energy to an office to increase business or to a home to help someone sleep at night. We talk to those who have passed, talked to those who have not completely passed (ghosts), communicate with animals and help you make sense of your world and your relationships.
It is easy to believe that our five senses must sense it all. We tell ourselves, “If we cannot see it, then it must not be there.” Well, we cannot see air, yet it is there. We cannot see cell phone communications, yet they work. We cannot see microwaves that heat our food, yet they function. (You can see what we are getting at here.) So, what is so strange about seeing ghosts?
As professional intuitives, or psychics, we are skilled at tuning our sixth sense dials to see at a different channel. When most people are viewing channel 4, we might be watching channel 7 or 9 to see what each has to offer. We are different in that we can see these channels at will, but we are not different in that you, too, can do this for yourself. It just takes time and practice to expand your awareness.
An Invitation to Visit Hotel de Paris
On September 9, 2009, Director Holly Buchan brought us in to see what was going on at Hotel de Paris. Several of the staff members were having unusual experiences, and they wanted an explanation. Some tour guests also reported unusual citings that would suggest a ghost resided at the Hotel. Everyone wanted to know, “What’s happening? And, what can we do about it?”
Five or so years previous we quickly walked through the hotel after Anne joined the Colonial Dames. The Colorado Society owns and supports the Hotel. We had not taken a formal tour at that time, so this was the first time we took a truly close look at it.
The Parameters of the Investigation
Our goal was to determine what “energies” were in the Hotel and what might be done about them. As intuitives we have the option to leave any energy just the way we find it or work with it to make the place feel better. If you have ever seen the hit CBS show, Ghost Whisperer, you know what we mean by communicating with energies. These energies and ghosts can be friendly, confused or downright nasty.
When we arrived, tour guides Charles and Charlene gave us a quick rundown of some the experiences people had had. Someone had smelled chicken soup, pickles, and cake wafting through the building. Another had seen a man standing in the dining room. A couple of women felt that there was an unhappy woman inhabiting a room towards the end of the hall upstairs. Someone was scared in the cellar. This gave us plenty to intuitively investigate.
Sleuthing at the Hotel
The best way to “see” what is happening at a site is to begin with a “walk-through,” as they say in the real estate business. This meant touring the Hotel to get a lay of the land so that we could diagram the place. Holly lead us around the building, giving us a brief overview so that we would know how to identify each room.
We then went back to each room by ourselves to see with our “sixth sense” or “third eyes.” We sat down, closed our eyes and opened our inner sight. We picked up energy with our hands, heard words in our heads and received a sense of knowing about the many things related to the Hotel de Paris.
We also purposely called upon the departed spirits of the two main characters of the hotel, former owner Louis Dupuy and housekeeper Sophie Gally. We wanted them to illuminate us on a variety of topics. Spirits are always available to communicate when there is something of import that they wish to impart.
What was “Seen” – Room by Room
When you “see” the energies of a place, it is like taking a snapshot in time. As you clear out the old energy and revitalize the place, the energy shifts and changes. In contrast, when people want to see ghosts or call them in, they answer the call and appear. This is how the energy can shift the other way as well. Here is what we saw in the various rooms during our investigation:
A women in bakery style clothing of the 1800’s was seen standing against the wall in front of the bakery. She just stands there and smiles. She is not interactive. She looks at home in the kitchen, but she did not die at the hotel. You could say that the imprint of her ghost is simply floating through that place.
There is much gayity and a putting on of airs in this room. People pretended to be big deals here, many boasting about who they were and what they did. Not all of these claims were truthful, yet it made for enlivening conversations!
Louis Dupuy’s Bedroom:
Louis liked to think and contemplate next to his books – there is a lot of creativity in that area. In contrast, in his bathtub he “zoned out” and forgot about the world.
While we were standing in Louis’ room we asked questions of Louis’s spirit. What was his relationship with the housekeeper, Sophie? Louis said he was not romantically involved with Sophie. Instead, he said she was like a dear friend to him. It looked as though they spent time together as silent companions. Sophie, you see, was not very talkative.
We asked Louis why he left the hotel to Sophie. In his opinion, Sophie was a loyal employee. He felt it was only natural to reward her. He quietly respected her and honored her for loyalty and devotion.
Louis’ Sitting Room or Library:
In this room, private matters were discussed and it was expected that they would not be repeated. What was discussed here was meant to remain here.
While we were in this room an image of the Burkholder family came forward as well. Their spirits let us know that they were happy to buy the Hotel – it gave them a sense of status and greater purpose. They did not want to change the hotel or put their footprint on it since it was already successful. They intended to maintain the hotel as it had been.
We asked Mrs. Sara Burkholder, the new owner, what kind of a relationship she had with Louis. She said it had been cordial. Before he passed, they would see each other regularly on the streets of town, as you might expect. She said it was like seeing someone on Sundays – things were always polite and cordial.
Salesman Room #1 First Floor:
This room had a sense of showing-off in it. This makes sense since it was a sale’s person’s room.
Salesman Room #2 First Floor:
This room felt like a place for getting down to business. People were not sharing who they truly were in this room. They were pretending what they were not. They were not fully revealing themselves here.
Room #3 Sophie Gally’s Bedroom:
In this room there was a sense of sadness. In viewing Sophie, we noticed that she did her job and did not talk much. She kept to herself. She was not a communicative person. She said, “There was little to discuss.”
Upon Louis’ death, we noticed that his spirit came to visit her in an attempt to consol her. He trailed behind her as she walked up and down the halls for close to 3 months, trying to get the message across to her that he did not mean to die. He wanted to apologize for leaving her in this difficult situation.
His following her around so much unnerved her because she did not understand what she was experiencing. She felt haunted. This was not his intention at all. So, when he was unable to get through to her, he passed onto the other side completely, leaving her alone in the hotel. This scared her even more, and around a month later she died.
When we asked Sophie how she died, she showed us an image of coughing. In her opinion, she simply caught her death of cold. She didn’t didn’t know how to lead her life as an individual. She felt more comfortable shadowing someone else. She was distraught and didn’t know what else to do.
For a time after she died, she did not know she was dead. She walked back and forth between the rooms for a while as a confused ghost.
Even though her worries remain in the ethers of her old room and in the hall at the top of the stairs, her spirit has passed onto the other side now. You may experience her fears and concerns, but these are her thoughts and not her spirit that you are experiencing. She was really clear about this. She does not see herself as a ghost at this time.
Room #4 Next to Sophie’s:
This room had a feminine sense of wistfulness near the window.
Room #5 Hazel Burkholder McAdam’s Room:
There was a lot of chit-chatty energy here. You could say that the walls, and all of Hazel’s belongings, are talking now. Her thoughts are strong in this room, which makes sense given she lived here for so long and was given the responsibility of keeping the Hotel alive after her mother died. Her spirit, however, has passed completely and she is not a ghost at this hotel.
Words that came out of this room were, “Why was this done to me?” “Why am I so alone?” “Why was I left here?” “Let me out of here – I don’t have time for this – let me go home – I don’t have time for this world.”
Room #6 Originally Mr. & Mrs. Burkholder’s Room:
This room had a lot of spats in it. There were many marital type disagreements about family life and romantic relationships. The bathroom had very unhappy thoughts in it.
Room #7 Across from #4:
“There is never enough time to get everything done,” were the thoughts from this room. It seems that a couple of men stayed here for a while scheming with a map about something that was not totally on the up and up. There were many discussions about latitude and longtitude.
Room #8 Across the Hall from Sophie’s:
This room had the feeling of mundane bookkeeping work.
Room #9 At the Top of the Stairs:
“There is no such thing as heaven. I don’t care what people think.” The person that had stayed in this room and left his energy imprint upon here was angry, unkind and did not want to be bothered.
Room #10 At the End of the Hall:
This room had everyday pleasant female energy in it. We were asked if women prostitutes might have worked in this room in Louis’s day. We did not notice that in the energy signature, however, there was definite female energy in the room.
Room #11 At the End of the Hall:
The predominant thought that came out of the room was also female. “I’m not intending to stick around.”
Room #12 At the Top of the Stairs:
This was very interesting. Whoever stayed here and left her energy imprint on this space was very upset with the male across the hall in room #9. She was saying, “I’ll be gone soon. You don’t need to worry about me. I want out of here – I want to die.”
Basement Coal Area and Steps:
The coal room had a good feeling of physical exertion in it. This, of course, is where the shoveling of coal was done. The steps up to the kitchen had the thought of hard work. There was an incident there that involved a superior female who scolded a younger female employee. The younger woman lost hope and self-worth during this conversation.
Basement Wine Cellar:
In contrast to the thought of hard work, the wine cellar thoughts were, “Hard work leads to no play, and that is to be avoided.” Louis believe that one should lead a balanced life. He oversaw the wine, therefore, it makes sense that such thoughts would be here.
Water Damage Makes the Hotel Sad
The old phrase, “If the walls could speak,” is valid because they have as much to say as the people who stayed here.
In the basement in the wine cellar area, the walls feel like an older person who can no longer stand up straight. It feels like it hobbles. It wonders if it can ever be fixed. It is crying out, “Take care of me – I have an old wound.” It wants to feel better than this to survive the coming years.
The Hotel feels that the water damage was not done suddenly but was more like a slow drip through time. It feels it is being repaired now, thanks to the current efforts. However, it feels old and worn down from this experience and therefore needs to feel more youthful once again.
The furnace area said, “Help me, I’m falling apart. I can’t be fixed with one hand. I need many hands. My problem has been going on for some time. It involves water and fire.”
The Building Makes a Plea
It may sound strange that a hotel has feelings, yet it is true. Everything is made up of energy and has a voice. Hotel de Paris wants to be assured that it is loved and that help is on its way in the form of a new furnace and water repair.
It needs hope to believe that it can support its own walls in the years to come. Just as many people give up when they get older, so do buildings if they feel out of touch with current time. So we explained to the building how it could revitalize the energy within it. It is also up to those who walk through it to love it for what it is today, as a snapshot in time and a current building of beauty and strength.
Ghosts and paranormal experiences, when expected and imagined, can be invited in. It is like placing a sign at the front door: “Ghosts wanted, inquire within.” We saw some other dimensional type energies that have passed through the Hotel. For example, the woman dressed like a baker in the kitchen is such a visitor.
The main characters from the Hotel’s history – Louis, Sophie, and the Burkholders, however, are not ghosts currently inhabiting this hotel. They have successfully passed on.
The other energies that are prevalent at the hotel are what we would call “thought forms.” These are energies that either carry a strong signature or that grow as more people think the same thought. So as people stand and look into Sophie’s room and think the thought, “I wonder if Sophie is a ghost,” the thought that she might be a ghost there grows larger. This energy has some ability to create experiences for those who seek them.
Hazel’s room has the most chatter in it, and some might think this is a ghost talking. We would refer to this as predominant lingering thoughts or a type of “thought forms.” Hazel is not there as a ghost, but her thoughts have coagulated there. She lived in this hotel for close to fifty years, so it makes sense that her energy and effort to keep this place alive are still in this place.
Upon later review of our photos we discovered a ghost on the staircase. It shows up as a cloud above the right hand rail surrounding the big orb circle. It is no one of significance to the Hotel de Paris – just a spirit passing through.
Orbs (Circles of Light) in Photos
In one of our photos of the dining room you can see an orb that showed up. This is a being of light from another dimension. These are curious beings who are just checking things out. They are usually round spheres of light with multiple colors that have patterns to them, somewhat like soap bubbles.
They show up in new digital cameras since they are more sensitive that older film cameras. Start looking more closely at your photos of the Hotel de Paris and you may see them too! (To learn more about orbs and view these photos visit GoIntuition.com under Articles: Newsletters.)
- Yes, there was a ghost in the kitchen and on the stairwell. These were passing through. (See the photo “Ghost and orbs in stairwell”)
- Yes, there were pure orbs (spheres of light) as witnessed in the photos. (See the photo “Pure orb in dining room”)
- Yes, there were also thought form orbs. These are creating some of the experiences that people are having at the hotel. (See the “Thought form orb in upstairs hall” hovering over the carpet.)
- Yes, there are strong thoughts from Hazel who lived there for so long with the responsibility of keeping the hotel alive. These exhibit as some of the thought form orbs.
- Yes, you can experience different energy in each room. This gives the place character.
- Yes, there are “energies” there that answered the “help wanted sign.” They give visitors the experiences they desire. They can come and go.
- Yes, the hotel structure has felt wounded and sad. It wants to feel loved, supported and strong. You can care for the Hotel by loving it and seeing it as “aging well.”
- As you support the Hotel de Paris Museum with your appreciation and funding, it knows it can survive for a very long time.
What Can You Do to Help?
See yourself as standing firmly upon the ground. See the sun shining brightly upon you. See the light from the sun filling you and then spilling out of your hands and feet. As you place your hands close to the walls of the Hotel, see the light shining through them. This brings healing love and light into the building. You can try this at home, too.
This may seem like a strange article to a lot of you. Please call us with any questions. We all want to see the Hotel de Paris thrive. It is such a wonderful snapshot into history!
To contact Greg Meyerhoff and Anne Salisbury, Ph.D, MA, MBA, author of Eureka! Understanding and Using the Power of Your Intuition, email Greg@GoIntuition.com. Visit GoIntuition.com and TranspersonalHypnotherapy.com for articles, interesting information, and how to hire them for talks, visits or intuitive consulting sessions by phone.
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