So You Want to Be a Ghost Hunter
So, you want to do a little ghost hunting. Bad idea; ghost hunting is not a sport or a game. Nor is it something you want to mess with, and treat lightly. There are dangers in ghost hunting that must be taken into consideration. These dangers may not only be directed at you, but at the people around you as well, and in most cases, they are not immediately evident for a period of time. Your spouse, children, parents, and friends can be affected in serious ways especially if you make something mad. Spirits are not stupid, and some of them will strike back if you anger them. How are you going to fight a spirit?
Seriously, you cannot fight something you cannot see or touch. Do not buy into the misconception a spirit cannot follow you home from a location because they, and will go where they feel like going, at any time, and for any reason. Grant most will not follow you for any number of reasons, but are you willing to take the chance of something evil following you home, and terrorize you, and/or your family because they want to?
One or more spirits may follow you home for any number of reasons. You may have pissed one or more of them off, they may be physically attracted to you, you may remind them of someone they loved or hated, you may have felt or shown sympathy for a spirit, and they sense that from you during an investigation, and for other reasons. In any case, you are the one that made the initial contact with them, and in their minds; you are an outsider, and possibly a way out for one or more of the spirits.
Most spirits treat outsiders as intruders because that is exactly what they are. You have entered into their domain without an invitation. Look at it this way. If I just walked into your house one day or night without you inviting me in, how would you feel? You would blow a gasket would you not? That is exactly how they would feel. After you have entered into a spirits territory, you are risking retaliation from them in order to drive you out. You must stay alert, and respectful to any, and all of the spirits, whether it is a cemetery, abandoned building, or a private home, and so on.
Keep in mind, most of the spirits you will encounter were living people at one time. Just because they are deceased now, does not mean they cannot think, have emotional feelings such as anger, fear, sadness, joy, and mistrust in strangers. Trust is something you must earn from people living or dead, it is not something given to any stranger freely is it, and it cannot be demanded by you or anyone else.
If you plan to ghost hunt no matter what I tell you, at least pay attention to the following tips below.
Tips to Fallow before, and during Any Ghost Hunt
- Things You MUST NOT Do.
- #1 DO NOT SAY OR DO SOMETHING TO ANGER A SPIRIT TO GET THEM TO RESPOND TO YOU IN ANYWAY.
- DO NOT DISRUPT THE ENVIROMENT IN A NEGATIVE WAY.
- DO NOT MOVE ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT NEED TO BE MOVED. SPIRITS DO NOT LIKE THE DISRUPTION.
- IF SOMEONE IS BEING RUDE OR DISRESPECTFULL, MAKE THEM GO
- DO NOT REMOVE ANYTHING FROM THE PROPERTY. I DO NOT CARE WHAT IT IS, HOW OLD IT IS OR HOW GREAT OF CONDITION IT IS IN, IT IS CONSIDERED THEFT BY ALL OF THE SPIRITS, AND YOU MAY REGRET IT
- See a priest or minister to get a blessing of protection from spirits, and I am not talking about a Voodoo priest or priestess, witch or anything else, a priest or minister.
- Investigate your home, and all of your members’ homes for at least one month each. You need to find out if there are any spirits in your homes. Just because you have not noticed any signs of a haunting in your home, it does not mean there isn't a spirit or spirits in your homes.
- If you determine you have one or more spirits in any of the homes, try to find out how many, and why they are there. You need to get a head count just in case you end up bringing a new spirit back with you. If they have never messed with you in the past, more than likely they will never start.
- Keep the number of people in your group minimal. The more people on any investigation will only lead to confusion, and a chance of unwanted voiceover during EVP sessions.
- Get permission if the location is on private property. I would hate to see you all in jail for trespassing. Most public locations have restricted hours, and they may or may not be posted for you to see.
- Go to the location, and look around during the day. Look for any hazards, exits so you can get out fast if you need to, obstacles, and anything that may raise concerns about your safety, and the safety of others.
- When your investigation is about to start, turn one of your recorders on as soon as you start to get out of your car, and start recording. Trust me, they know you are there, and more than likely; at least one of them is there with you as soon as you step out of your car. Shut it off, and turn it back on when you get inside.
- Do not split up into smaller groups. It will only cause security issues, safety issues, and could jeopardize your investigation. It is hard to tell if something was paranormal or if one of the separate groups caused what you think is paranormal activity
- Record for only a few minutes at a time; I hate to listen to recordings over five minutes long each, and in most cases, you cannot e-mail such large audio files if you need to.
- When entering the area to conduct your investigation, you must keep in mind the fact you all are intruders in their eyes. After about five minutes, apologize for your intrusion, and tell them why you are there. A simple, “We are sorry for bothering you, and we hope you do not mind that we are here. We would just like to talk ask you some questions, and take some pictures if you do not mind".
- Do not use bright lights when conducting an investigation, and turn off all lights if they are not needed at times. Most spirits do not like lights, and none of them like bright lights.
- When you get into the location, introduce yourself, and every one of your group members by your FIRST NAMES ONLY. Never give a spirit your last name. You first question should be, how are you doing today or tonight whatever the case is.
- Spirits do not ask for your respect, they demand it.
- Be polite all the time when you talk to them, and asking questions. Most of them are people, and they will react in a positive way when you are polite. The words, please, and thank you are not hard to say, and they will not cause you physical or mental harm if you say them. However, they do reflect what kind of person you are in a positive way when communicating with the spirits.
- Do not allow anyone in your group to talk or whisper while you are doing an EVP recording. That will eliminate any confusion on what you recorded, and if it was a spirit you recorded or if it was someone in your group.
- DO NOT FOR ANY REASON TRY TO GET A REACTION OUT OF ANY SPIRIT. Angering any spirit could get you or a member in your group harmed, or it could turn out to be a total nightmare for you if you do.
- Give the spirits an option to answer your question or not. If they feel your question is too intrusive, they may not feel comfortable about answering it, but if you are polite about it, they may answer. Your fist question may be, “May I ask you what your name is? You do not need to tell me your last name if you do not feel comfortable about doing so”. That will give them the option, and by doing so, by giving them a choice reflects in a positive way on you so they may tell you.
- Allow about 15 - 30 seconds for a spirit to answer you between each of your questions. You do not want to talk over them in the middle of them answering you.
- When you finish your investigation; thank them for allowing you to be there. I always say, “Thank you for allowing me to be here, and thank you for answering my questions if you did. I would like to come back sometime if I may. If you have any comments or questions for me, fell free to ask. When I come back, I will answer them for you. I will give you two minute to make your comments, or ask questions”. Allow about two minute for the spirits to make a comment or ask you a question.