This year I had the opportunity to go with a good friend of mine on a tour of historic homes and landmarks in my hometown. I'd been hoping to go for years, though this tour was second to the haunted homes tour done in October. Still, this was quite a treat as many people were willing to open their homes to curious and interested people, and there were a few exceptionally old locations belonging to the town museum that would only be open for tours this one day a year.
I am an empathic medium, and this is something I've had a hard time accepting. I feel the presence of spirits, often with their moods, emotions, and occasionally a message. More rarely I receive an impression of gender, their lifetime, and age they project. These encounters affect me physically, and because of that I often hesitate to join these tours as interesting as they are.
There were several homes on the tour, but only a handful had any activity. This is one of the active locations.
Inside the Bungalow (refurbished coffee-house and cafe): The main building of this location is a fascinating old place, built in the late 1890's, early 1900's. It's had a mixed history, built as a private home, and lived in by couple of families, one of which had the front room turned into a private medical practice. It's a hodge-podge of other historic buildings too. A home built around 1910 was taken from its original location and positioned on the property which created a pleasant courtyard. This included a small gazebo (really small!) that actually had tenants occupy it as a one-room dwelling. Around the front is an open-air gazebo, held up with re-purposed pillars from one of the old Mesa city buildings before it was demolished. Currently, the Bungalow is a nifty little cafe and coffee house with pleasant nooks and crannies to sit in. Indie artists and local craftspeople have all their work on display for purchase. One of the previous owners' daughters had a love for Alice in Wonderland, and the central courtyard pavers are set in patterns of colorful top hats, tea pots, tea cups with saucers, etc. Really a fun, vintage, playful feel.
The spirits of this place are that way too. While walking through with a friend of mine, it felt like I was walking through a crowd, and that every table and chair was occupied. The actual place was at only 40% capacity, even with the trickle of visitors coming and going on the self-guided tour. The impression of laughter and conversation, however, felt like there was a large party going on, full of friends. It felt like a gathering place for the living and the dead. It was easier to breathe in the courtyard, where there were pulls from the secondary building, walled-in gazebo (not so much there, it was empty of spirit energy), and courtyard itself. I hadn't looked up at the roof of the first building, but one of the tour guides stationed at the bungalow pointed out a custom-built chimney. This was a focal point of the spiritual energy, giving off energy like a kind of beacon. It was built of brick, in a unique spiral pattern, topped with an onion-shaped vent cap. Looking at it, it was like the lines of energy fed up the sides of the chimney and dispersed in every direction.
I look forward to visiting again to see if this positive energy was part of the special occasion (the annual history tour) or if this is a consistent spiritual center. One reason I believe this might be a consistent spiritual gathering place is that there was a yoga studio operated out of the secondary building for some years until closing about five years before. We walked through the waiting room (left intact even after the space was converted to an office) and it had a positive emptiness, the healthy kind that welcomes resolution and acceptance. I've found this often attracts spirits.