Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – Human in Every Sense of the Word – My Sixth Sense by Karen DeMers Dowdall

Welcome to the Sunday Interview- Human in every sense of the word.

As humans there are five main senses that we rely on to navigate through this world.  And there is one that we all possess but do not necessarily use all the time…

Sight, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell….Sixth Sense.

You can choose to write about one sense or all of them, including that elusive sixth sense we have clung on to from the early days of man

If you would like to participate then here are the details along with my take on senses. The summer series only has two more slots available:

This week my guest is author Karen DeMers Dowdall, who has a special gift that she rarely talks about. The ability to sense spirits is both complex and little understood, but Karen shares some of her experiences.


My Sixth Sense by Karen DeMers Dowdall

Some people are born with the talent to play the piano without a single lesson, others are born to sing with a perfect pitch, still others have a gift for mathematics, none of those gifts was I gifted with at all. I was born with an unusual gift, a very unusual sixth sense.

Starting at the age of 9 years old, I realized that I saw things and heard things that other people didn’t hear or see. It seemed normal to me at the time, but as time went on, I began to realize that it was not normal at all.

The first time it happened, it was about four o’clock in the morning, not too long before sunrise. I was awakened by something. I sat up and I saw someone in my bedroom that I instantly knew was not a living person. It was a ghost. Easy to tell the difference – I could see through her.

From time to time, I would see wandering spirits, but I was never frightened. I have always had a strong belief in God and thought, oh well, so this is my gift? Really? What am I supposed to do? I am only 9 years old. How do I help this spirit? All I did was smile. She vanished before dawn.

A few weeks later, as I sat up in bed, waiting for my mother to come and kiss me goodnight as she always did, I saw someone walking out of the attic door, or rather I saw her walk through the attic door. This person looked as real as you and me, except she floated a few inches off the floor. She was from an earlier time period that I now know as the colonial era In New England.

She glanced at me once and continued walking to the window then she walked right through it. I never saw her again. Over the years, I did continue to see these wandering spirits from time to time. I have known people with the same gift, and it is always nice to share experiences.

Years later, I was told by my Aunty Eva that she too had experienced the same thing, as well as my French Grandmother. I then supposed it was a part of my family genetics, lucky me, I thought.

However, the one amazing thing about being sensitive to my environment is that it helped to save my life on more than one occasion, and that made me very grateful for this gift.

©Karen DeMers Dowdall 2019

About Karen DeMers Dowdall

Karen Demers Dowdall PhD, MSN, BSN, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and spent her elementary-grade school years in the small farming community of Salmon Brook, settled in 1680 by a stalwart group of Europeans. She grew up exploring its lush and dark forest preserve, swimming in Salmon Brook with a plethora of the unexplained, exploring Rock Fall Caves, and ice-skating on a “haunted” pond in winter.

Karen has traveled abroad and lived in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England. Living overseas opened to her, a vista of cultures, historical vistas, and led her to believe that all cultures have storytellers that reveal all their hopes and dreams through vivid fantasy fictions, poetry, short stories, and dramatic written presentations throughout their culture history.

Karen has always written poems and short stories, and now has three novels that represent fantasy, coming of age, and a dark mystery. Her latest novel The Captain’s Witch will be available in September 2019.

Books by K.D Dowdall

A review for Garrett’s Bones

Garett’s Bones, a tale of deep friendship, developing feelings, mystery and magic.
A young girl goes missing and the two best friends set out to find her which leads to them unlocking the doors to a spiritual adventure filled with romance, magic, desperation, and mystery.

Karen DeMers Dowdall, does a marvelous job of showing us the surroundings while maintaining a steady pace. Her descriptions of the enchanting forest through the eyes of Anna was decorated with a skilled selection of words that, I think, most Authors or seasoned readers could appreciate. Saying that however, this is not to be mistaken as a book excessively showered with painful words that would have you reading more of the dictionary than the book itself and I know some people love that sort of writing, I don’t, as I find it destroys my reading momentum. I admire Katherine’s ability to articulate the simple everyday words and use them beyond their common uses in a fresh way to define feelings and scenery.

I found story compelling and I truly loved Garrett and Anna’s characters. I connected with Anna, reminding me of myself, who often relied on grandma’s words of wisdom and Garretts access to native American lore which portrayed him to be wise beyond his years. I wondered how the spirits would play their part in the story but it all came together well. The transition of hidden feelings and the situations formed to dig deep and bring them to the surface was written, I would say, with the hand of experience.

I remember whilst reading one chapter I blurted out, “no, don’t do it Garrett!” and everyone present responded with a stare as if I suddenly sprouted chicken wings before they burst into laughter. I always say if a book can get you to respond to the characters to a degree where you are speaking out aloud then the characters were very well developed. The connection to the disturbance in the spirit realm and Anna’s mother’s happiness among other things will have you thinking.

The ending was very touching. The author really knows how to put her full weight and take a swing from one side of the Earth to the other on your heart strings.
The book was an excellent page turner and a quick read that will keep you entertained. I give it a 5/5

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My thanks to Carol for sharing this very personal and special gift with us… I know she would love your feedback. Thanks Sally.

62 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Sunday Interview – Human in Every Sense of the Word – My Sixth Sense by Karen DeMers Dowdall

  1. Oooh, this piece has given me chills. I am not sure if I would like to see a ghost although I do like to write about them. Our house is supposed to be haunted by the spirits of a gang in the early 1900s who were killed in a shootout in our house. I have never seen anything though.

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    • Robbie, thank you for your amazing comment…to be in a home where killings occurred ….wow. I would surely be connected with them in a ghostly way. I also have other paranormal “gifts”? But, I am never afraid. I welcome them, they are so lonely. It makes them happy and sometimes they stay. I don’t mind at all.

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      • Robbie, yes, I actually edited it for Professor Charles F. French. Maledicus is a complex and fascinating story and yes, I have encountered a few ghosts that were not good people when alive and they don’t change too much after death, although some do. Robbie, the first time I saw ghosts/spirits at 9 years old, my bedroom was filled with ghosts that first time, and they were from many different time periods. I was thrilled to meet all of them. However, my twin sister, Lauren, was scared and hid under our blankets. Not me, I was never scared, even with the dangerous ones. I have other gifts that counterbalance the troubled ghosts. Sometimes, not now, but often, my house is filled with ghosts and other entities – elementals. Elementals just want to talk in their language. Very funny sometimes. I will do a post one day soon, maybe, and tell many stories and about my other gifts as well. OMG, everyone will be so surprised or actually unbelieving.

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  3. Fascinating stuff, Karen. I’m intrigued to learn more about your unique ability. I’m going to assume you’ve written about this before. Has this been the subject of any of your books? Thanks, Sally, for this interesting feature of your blog.

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    • Peter, sorry to reply so late, but I have been in Canada these last 10 days visiting relatives. I do have many more “gifts” and no I have never written about them at all in regards to me. People are often scared by it or non-believers. I do write paranormal novels – all of them are paranormal in someway. I will do a post about my “gifts” sometime soon, however, often, people who have lost loved ones or just want a reading about their present situation or future or past (I do it all) and much more. Karen Anna

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  4. I firmly believe we humans all have some sort of sixth sense if we are open to it. I have read that there is a part of our brain we seldom use that has to do with instinct, possibly ancient in nature which we no longer depend upon. Perhaps the so-called sixth sense stems from that part of the brain.

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    • That is what they say Lyn.. and practice makes perfect but I think we lost that instinct when we settled into communities and were not looking over our shoulders the whole time. And today we have other technical systems to do the job for us.. I think that is why play is so important for children as it is for all young animals.. it develops skills that we have lost. xx


    • Lyn, yes, many people do have a sixth sense, but honestly many don’t and I don’t know why. They have blocked it out of fear or simply doubt their gift of a sixth sense. I have more than a sixth sense, much more. I do have a very strong paranormal ability. I was born this way, but my identical twin doesn’t have any paranormal ability. It is genetic, I believe. Thank you for your comment. Karen Anna

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  5. Wow, this is an amazing gift Karen. My bestie who lives in UK has that same gift! She’s lived in and renovated homes hundreds of centuries old and has come across quite a few ghosts on those properties. She knows when people have died there and helps to free some of those spirits to help them crossover. ❤ xx

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  6. What a fascinating story! I don’t think I would have been afraid, either. I did see a ghost once, yet to this day no one in my family believes me. Thanks so much for sharing this, Karen and Sally!

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  7. Sally, thank you so much for this great series about human beings and their sixth sense. It brings these normal intuitive gifts out of the closet and they are for many people totally normal abilities and why not – because humans have many kinds of gifts. Karen Anna

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