In this section of the FAQ page you'll find questions and comments William Corey has received regarding belief, religion and spiritual matters. Even though what he does draws from a variety of myths, legends, understandings and even religious / spiritual thoughts and ideas, it is not his goal to force any particular belief upon others. Yet, due to the number of times he has been approached with such, he felt it necessary to respond for the benefit of others.
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Question 3: By reading through your site, it seems that some of your performances are based on the paranormal, supernatural, or other worldly activity and I was wondering if this is just a gimmick, or do you believe in these things?
Question 4: I have been in your
audience for a couple of your "Journey's Through the Veil" shows
and in them you displayed, used and talked about a few objects,
some old, others newer, that are reported to have supernatural /
mystical properties or significance. I believe some objects can
hold psychic energy, but considering you are an entertainer, I
was wondering if the objects are real or just props?
Question 5: Years ago I was given
a Ouija board as a gift but have never used it. Even though I
know it’s just a toy, I am a little frightened by it.
Having seen them used on TV and in movies I would love to see it
work in real life from a close distance so, I was wondering if
you use a Ouija board in your séances?
Question 6: I’ve read your
psychic page and I don’t get it. I believe in psychics but
I don’t understand how you can do readings using cards,
stones, etc. if you’re not psychic, unless it’s just
an act. So, are you psychic or just a fake?
Question 8: How accurate are
-- Belief / Religion / Spiritual Comments --
Comment Received 1: You can't honestly expect
any rational adult to believe any of this mystical mumbo jumbo.
There is no such thing as magic, and ghost, fairies, devils don't
exist. Why don't you grow up, get out of story land and just
admit it's all lies and tricks.
Comment Received 2: I've read through your site after meeting you and believe you need to know that the Bible says, in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 "There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all of these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy god drove them out before thee." According to the Bible, you, and what you do is wrong, I'll pray for you.
Reply To Question 1:
I was wondering what you believe, what religion you are and if you promote a particular belief in your shows?
I guess you can say that I "believe" that people are too obsessed with labels and, unfortunately, for many, one's religion / spiritual beliefs / practices are often used to force individuals into a box that may not be entirely complete or accurate. Things are seldom black and white, as there are shades of grey and a whole spectrum of color. It is sufficient to say I do believe in a higher power and even this admission will, no doubt, be greeted with its own label. Also, I am a student of many paths and have found that just about all of the ones I have studied (science, although not considered a religion, per se, is included) have their good and bad points. My goal is to attempt to discover truth beyond the words / actions of those who may have an agenda or are otherwise corruptible. As such, I do not set out to promote any particular belief / ideology beyond allowing others to consider that there may be more to life and the world than they may realize, believe, acknowledge, or be willing to accept.
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Reply To Question 2:
I've heard that you dislike the word belief, preferring instead faith and truth. Can you explain your view?
I am of the mindset that belief is a moot word in many cases (this is why I put it in quotation marks when using it for myself). As a belief is something that does not need to be true. In this sense, by attaching the word to oneself as in "I believe..." may, in fact, cut off logic or further investigation in order to discover where the truth lies. As such, I am of the mindset that a path that starts with belief is a dead end. A path should instead start with a question. One day that question may lead to the truth but never to belief. Faith is a different story, as it does not suggest blind acceptance but a deeper understanding of the thing in question.
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Reply To Question 3:
By reading through your site, it seems that some of your performances are based on the paranormal, supernatural, or other worldly activity and I was wondering if this is just a gimmick, or do you believe in these things?
When it comes to "the paranormal, supernatural, or
other worldly activity", my nature and interests lead me to being
skeptical and, as such, I take an investigative stance in regards
to what I am presented with before I jump to an "other worldly"
conclusion. That being said, I have both seen and experienced
several things that would fall into the categories you mentioned
and think that such activity and occurrences are more common
than one might want to admit. When it comes to what I offer, the
subjects I venture into are quite real to me and are often
directly taken from my own experiences / findings, while others
have been imparted and confirmed from a variety of sources. There
have been events during my performances that I would say fall
into, what one may call, the "supernatural / paranormal" category
which have caught me a bit off-guard (after all, when dealing with certain
energies, not everything is, nor can be, scripted). Depending upon
the nature of what I am doing, some of those present are
occasionally given an active opportunity to work with various
tools in order to gather data and better decide for themselves if
what I am imparting resonates at all / in a similar manner / or
in the same way as it does with me.
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Reply To Question 4:
I have been in your audience for a couple of your "Journey's Through the Veil" shows and in them you displayed, used and talked about a few objects, some old, others newer, that are reported to have supernatural / mystical properties or significance. I believe some objects can hold psychic energy, but considering you are an entertainer, I was wondering if the objects are real or just props?
I have several objects in my collection, some old
and others more modern. Included therein are tools that have been
used in various rituals (note: this does not necessarily mean
that such items have been part of a religious or sacred activity,
as some people partake in daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly
rituals that may have nothing to do with the spiritual realm, per
se). Some items I have are reportedly "haunted". Then there are
items that are, in some manner, "unusual" / "disturbing". More
than a few of these items were gifts from family, friends,
clients and acquaintances. Additionally, other items have come
into my possession because the original owners or their heirs,
for whatever reason, no longer wanted them (a few I have sought
out and others I have just happened upon). All of them are real. Yet, just like many
museums you may come across, depending on the object's age,
properties, fragility, the role it plays within my offerings,
etc., I, at times, will employ well-crafted stand-ins of a few of
the items I bring with me. If / when such is
employed, I treat these items with much the same respect as I
would with their original counterparts. That being said, based
upon your expressed belief, you should know that even "props" can
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Reply To Question 5:
Years ago I was given a Ouija board as a gift but have never used it. Even though I know it’s just a toy, I am a little frightened by it. Having seen them used on TV and in movies I would love to see it work in real life from a close distance so, I was wondering if you use a Ouija board in your séances?
Several people have strong opinions in regards to
the Ouija board. A few are advocates of its use, some are
frightened and / or condemn it as being evil, while others think
it’s a harmless toy. My opinion is that, despite the way
they are often sold, Ouija boards are not toys, but tools. As
such, any tool used incorrectly or without proper understanding
and precautions can lead to undesirable results / consequences.
When it comes to the Ouija, even with knowledge and precautions
taken, results can be unpredictable. That being said, from time
to time, I do and have discussed its history, use, and my
thoughts about the Ouija. Nevertheless, you will not see me, nor
will I enlist others help in order to, “attempt
contact” or “discover hidden information” by
moving that all too familiar heart-shaped planchette across a
printed board within any of my performance offerings,
séance or otherwise. Hope this helps.
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I’ve read your psychic page and I don’t get it. I believe in psychics but I don’t understand how you can do readings using cards, stones, etc. if you’re not psychic, unless it’s just an act. So, are you psychic or just a fake?
There are a few people that I consider to be real
psychics - some of whom can’t work the tools commonly
employed because they believe that such implements get in the
way, while others find that tools provide better focus.
Adversely, I know some who claim no psychic ability whatsoever,
and use various tools to provide accurate readings (truth is,
being able to doing readings and having psychic ability are not
dependent upon each other). Then there are those who start out by
studying the tools of readers and, in time, grow past their use
in order to provide readings without the use of any
paraphernalia. And then, for better or worse, there are those who
have bestowed the title of “psychic” or
“psychic reader” onto themselves after, for example,
purchasing a deck of Tarot cards and reading through the small
book that came with the deck.
Now, it can and has been argued, that everyone is “psychic” to a certain degree. However, each individual must follow their own path and, ultimately, it’s up to the individual what label of identification he / she finds comfort with. As for me, I offer metaphysical readings / interpretations that are based upon my various studies for the entertainment of those who choose / have chosen to take advantage of such offerings. Beyond that, I prefer to let others who desire such classification to decide for themselves where my abilities lay in regards to their own understanding.
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Reply To Question 7:
I’ve noticed that you use the word in regards to your readings. Does this mean that you consider your readings entertainment and nothing more?
The word entertainment is non-threatening and can
mean anything from a diversion, amusement, performance to a hospitable provision for the needs of & wants of guests. Yet,
none of these things speak as to how the work connects with its
audience (beyond its superficial identification). Likewise, much
can usually be found beyond the surface, but such insights depend
on what the one viewing or experiencing the entertainment is
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Reply To Question 8:
How accurate are your readings?
I’ve been told that my accuracy is within the
high 80’s to high 90’s percentile, but this is based
only upon what I have been told by those who wish to impart this
sort of information. These figures are based upon their personal
experience. Granted, I enjoy hearing such, but frankly I
don’t have a real way to keep track of such things (nor
have I met anyone that has come up with a foolproof, real world
method for actually tracking such). The way I see it, the
accuracy of the reading is built upon a three-fold connection -
the reader’s ability, the methods used and the client. Now,
my methods of readings can break down many of the mental and
metaphysical barriers one may have, but as to the client, their
goal / mindset is something that’s more unwieldy (some
clients believe, several are searching, a few are playing around,
and then others desire to provoke and reject any information
given). Honestly, I’m no longer really interested trying to
prove anything. As for those that have given me high marks, I
simply am pleased that I, my methods of readings and the client
were able to work together for a positive connection to be
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Reply To Question 9:
Do you ever get readings from others? If so, how often and how do you go about judging the reader?
I do and have gotten readings from others for a
fresh prospective, or to cast light on various situations - but I
don’t do it often. Changes generally do not occur
“overnight”, as it were, and it must be understood
that there is a fine line between finding someone / something to
provide insight and using such as a crutch or to provide an
excuse for actions taken. So unless one is trying to find a
reader / system they like, or is getting a reading for fun - once
every 6 to 12 months is more than enough. If one finds that they
depend on readings before any decisions are made, or the same
issues are on one’s mind every time they get a reading,
there may be a problem and help should be sought from a qualified
professional psychologist or psychiatrist.
As far as judging a reader, - I don’t waste their time or mine with questions I know the answers to (such as: “What is my pet’s name?” or “Do I have any children and, if so, how many?”) . “Proof”, as it were, will happen naturally, regardless of the reader’s personal style, claims made, or accolades given. As such, I judge a reading / reader on the following three bits of criteria: 1) Did their words ring true for me? 2) Was the reading helpful, useful or informative to me / my concerns? 3) If advice / suggestions were given, was it reasonable and / or rational? Hope this helps.
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Reply To Comment 1:
You can't honestly expect any rational adult to believe any of this mystical mumbo-jumbo. There is no such thing as magic. Ghosts, fairies and devils don't exist. Why don't you grow up, get out of story land and just admit it's all lies and tricks.
Frankly, I don't walk into a room "expecting" anyone to "believe" anything. I'm an entertainer who views entertainment like good art which strives to get others outside of the role of passive observer and provide something that can stir ideas, awaken thoughts and even provide new insights on matters that may have been abandoned. As such, it's not my role to tell people what or how to think, but rather to just provide them with an entertaining and memorable experience that can stimulate thoughts and ideas. Not unlike the story of a person who is trapped in an empty, windowless room because he pushed on the unlocked door instead of thinking to pull; being too certain about something possibly considered foolish often traps one from gaining the benefits, knowledge, or enjoyment otherwise had. Everyone has his / her own truths and opinions about various matters. Time has shown that no matter what others do / say, if one's belief (whether it be for or against something) is firm, then that judgment will not ever really change.
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I've read through your site after meeting you and believe you need to know that the Bible says, in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 "There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all of these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy god drove them out before thee." According to the Bible, you, and what you do is wrong, I'll pray for you.
First, I do appreciate any positive thoughts thrown my way. Now, I can understand your concern and respect your opinion, as I, at one time, had similar ideas. As such, I have read several versions of the Bible. Although I'm not able to quote chapter and verse at the drop of a hat, as some others are able to do, my exploration has led to information that may be of interest.
By reading various translations of the Bible, it's apparent that there has been some difficulty selecting unique English words, or short phrases to match the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek counterparts found in old texts / translations. As such, the words chosen, while not often the best fit, can come close to the original intent. Unhappily, such conversions have led to misunderstandings and even the creation of contradictions that were not originally present. While this is to be expected, it does lead to confusion and argument.
Unhappily, time has a way of adding to, or otherwise altering definitions of words / phrases (no matter how familiar they are / were) and, in some instances, fall out of favor and eventually become forgotten. For example, certain ideas may come to mind when one reads the words contained in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (i.e., "pass through the fire", " divination", "an observer of times", " enchanter" "witch", "charmer", "consulter with familiar spirits", "wizard", "necromancer"). While the meaning of some are readily understandable, others may take a little longer to decipher. Case in point: if one reads the phrase "an observer of times", one may deduce that historians, reporters, and those who pay attention to the news, etc., are "abominations". As such, a number of English Bible translations published have selected different words and phrases in an attempt to make certain Biblical concepts more understandable.
Unfortunately, many of the words chosen (in relation to the quote provided) have not served to bring the reader to a more exact and clear notion of the original as much as it has in broadening the definition and scope of the offense. As an aside, perhaps, the most well known contention of this nature is found within the commandments, whereby some translations state "thou shall not kill" while others state, "thou shall not murder." It's a subtle difference, entirely dependent upon the interpretation of a single word, which expands or narrows the range of what is not allowed. After all, as the saying goes, "all roses are flowers, but not all flowers are roses".
Keeping these translational problems in mind, I sought to discover original Hebrew words and meanings, since it is the oldest language of the Bible still in use and is the basis of many "modern" interpretations, yet, it must be understood that even with these, some variances can be found. While I am not an expert, my findings have been culled and cobbled from a variety of scholars, religious / spiritual teachers, language experts, and other knowledgeable sources which I've accumulated over the years.
So, below, I offer for your consideration the fruits of my efforts in relation to the quote provided. These words are accompanied by the most precise, direct understanding I could find, as well as their English translation with regards to the above. (While not exactly the same in all instances, I have found that the information at this Wikipedia page resembles my findings the most, to which I have taken as affirmation that I'm on the right track. However, I encourage you to do your own research.)
The phrase "pass through the fire", as used above, is an interpretation of the words "abar" meaning to pass, cross or traverse and "esh" which means fire or flames. For further clarification, if one reads other sections of the Bible, such as Deuteronomy 12:31 and Jeremiah 19:4, we'll find that child sacrifice via fire has been described and, as such, it is believed that this is what the translation refers to.
The word "divination", as used above, is an interpretation of "qasam qesem", meaning to distribute and / or cast lots. (Note: if the quote does, in fact, refer to the offense being a way to gain insight on a matter, then it would appear that practice might refer to a specific method, possibly lost to time - as "divination" by use of sorting, distributing or lots as a means of ascertaining the will of God seems to be allowed in several sections of the Bible (Leviticus 16:7-10, Numbers 26:56, Joshua 18; Esther 3:7, Jonah 1:7, and Acts 1:26 to name a few). As such, some believe that it does not refer to a particular method as much as it does one's intent / state of mind (i.e. not being focused on God, or one who does not call on God to assist while participating in the process), as where the offense truly lies. If this thought is correct, some other "abominations" mentioned within Deuteronomy 18:10-12 may also change, depending on the intent and action of the individual. (For a more in-depth meaning of "divination" in relation to the Bible - click here.)
The phrase "observer of times", as used above, is an interpretation of "onan", meaning clouds, and may refer to divination by interpreting clouds (also known as "nephomancy").
The word "enchanter", as used above, is an interpretation of "nahash", meaning snake or hissing / whispering. As such, it has been considered to be either snake charming, or the practice of chanting in a low voice that may sound like hissing.
The word "witch", as used above, may be an interpretation of "kashaph", meaning to whisper a spell. Some interpretations state it is a combination of the words "kash" meaning herb and "hapalah" meaning using. My findings, in this regard, have not clearly indicated that if this combination refers simply to a person who uses herbs him / herself, or one that encourages and / or provides such to others (like a pharmacist or drug dealer). It should be noted that the word "kashaph" has been translated into the Greek words "pharmakia" meaning poison, and "pharmakos" meaning one who poisons.
The word "charmer", as used above, is an interpretation of "chover chavar", meaning knot-tying, or binding for the purposes of controlling another person.
For the phrase "consulter of familiar spirits", as used above, it's an interpretation of two separate and independent words. One is "ba'al ob", meaning master of spirits, or referring to one who consults a skull. The other is "yidde'oni", which, according to some of my findings, means to garner information from ghosts, or refers to a form of ventriloquism, in which a voice is cast into a bone that is placed into the ventriloquist's mouth, or one who makes his / her joints talk.
The word "wizard", as used above, is an interpretation of "kosem", meaning to ascertain by seeing, or a knower .
The word "necromancer", as used above, is an interpretation of "doresh el ha-metim", which, according to some of my findings, means either questioning corpses, or it may refer to a person who sleeps in cemeteries in order to become possessed.
With that, it must be understood that not all Bibles are created equal; as discussed above, words and meanings change. Yet, beyond that, depending on several factors, the number of books contained, as well as the number of verses therein varies, as well. (For example, the Protestant (Christian) Bible has fewer books than does the Roman Catholic, which has fewer books than what the Greek Orthodox version offers. And, if we were to bring in the Ethiopic, or the works found within Gnostic Christianity, there is even more information and changes to be found. For more information regarding the Bible, you may find the following links to be of interest:
* The Bible: Its Original Languages and English Translations
* Bible, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
* Bibles - different versions, translations
Granted, the question of one's belief may be challenged with one's acknowledgement of differences present. However, I tend to think that this knowledge might be seen as a message to not blindly follow the words presented, but to investigate what is read and test the versions offered in an attempt to discover the complete truth.
Whatever the case, it will do no harm if one's approach to what is read / heard is that of a contemplative and prayerful mind (regardless of the religious / spiritual text happened upon, Christian-based or not). This way, a stronger personal spiritual relationship with the creator is developed. As such, some good advice in this regard can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17-21.
After all, the Bible, may be the "inspired word of God". And, for those who view it on the whole of the teachings rather than the sum of its parts, it will continue to remain unshakeable in the truth that it declares. However, this does not mean, at least in my mind, that it has not suffered via the nature of language, translations, derivative works, interpretations, as well as the desires and activities of those whose hands it has fallen into.
(FYI: The chapters and verses I have mentioned in this response refer to the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, for two reasons: 1. I believe the KJV to be the most popular and most recognized English Bible translation. 2. It seems like the quote selected within the comment made was found within the KJV. If you wish to see how verses may differ between translations, visit the following: "Bible Verses by Comparison, Read Verses Using All Translations Side by Side"
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