People conduct and participate in ghost investigations for many reasons. I'd like to think that most do it for positive reasons such as helping others that are frightened of a haunting in their home or they are trying to research and study areas of the field in order to provide a better understanding of this mysterious subject. There certainly are many people doing these things.
Then there are others who are just looking for a thrill and you have your curiosity seekers. There are people who do it for sport or ones that want to boast that "they ain't 'fraid of no ghost!" This is all fine and well as this paranormal stuff is pretty much an 'enter at your own risk' type of thing.
The paranormal world seems to run along the lines of an all or nothing guideline. I'll explain as I go along. The truth of the matter is that the majority of ghost investigations are uneventful - or to a thrill seeker - downright boring and disappointing unless just exploration of a place is what is giving them the thrill. They may be expecting poltergeist activity at an old run down shack off the road. While this is always a possibility, it is a rarity. Then there are times where you walk into what appears to be a nice, modern and decorative family environment and all hell breaks loose - but once again - extremely rare. You can either find yourself in a 'dead' location or one hell of a situation - literally.
A professional ghost team can keep their investigations exciting by the research they do before and during their investigation. The reasons behind what they are doing is what is interesting and trying to make progress in an extremely difficult field provides the true investigator with a lot of motivation. To a thrill seeker, this may not be what they had in mind.
Anyway, with that said, the idea here is to not go into the different kinds of people that get into the paranormal, but the reasons why you need to take it very seriously, use caution and protective measures.
It is very easy to let your guard down on an investigation. After doing investigation after investigation, the majority of your ghostly action happens at home when you go through the plethora of video and audio you took. It is however, extremely interesting to try to find evidence of a ghost or other entity - perhaps even make communication.
First, please remember the one and only rule in paranormal investigation and that is, there are no rules! Let me elaborate. Ghosts or other types of entities you come across are not going to follow your rules, protocols and procedures. They are also not going to do what you want them to any more than you would do what some strange person wants you to do. They are only going to care about and do what is best for them in any particular situation. They can easily take your rules and procedures and mangle them all up until they are nice and twisted.
Always keep in mind and please never forget that these beings have the upper hand. You know what you are thinking and doing. You don't know what they are thinking or doing - and more than likely even where they might be lurking but you can sure bet your sweet crumpets that they know where you are, what you are doing and in many cases - what you are thinking. Obviously you still need your protocols but just keep this warning in the front of your mind at all times. It is very easy to forget due to what seems to be the lack of crazy activity on most investigations. I say seems in the above sentence because most people won't realize almost all of what is really happening all around them in a haunted situation. The ghost or entity can choose to work with you, work against you, or just plain old stay out of your way altogether.
Here is a good way to look at their situation - well at least if what you are dealing with is a ghost. Suppose a team of ghosts came into your home sporting all kinds of strange looking 'weapons' and starting looking all over the house for you. You can't go anywhere to escape, they are coming for you. What do they want? Why are they after me? What did I do to deserve this? Why can't they just leave me alone? How can I get them to leave?
Like I said, there are many kinds of ghosts that will view your presence differently. If they don't know they are dead, you will find the ghost in the above scenario. If they are passive they will hide, if they are aggressive, they may try to discourage you to all different degrees including by force. If you have a ghost that knows it is dead, they may want to play with you - that could either be entertaining or can things can get ugly. If you happen to walk in on a nasty or malevolent entity, they can do all kinds of things that you may not even realize until it is too late.
Be sure everyone accompanying you on the investigation is properly trained for the type of investigation you are doing. Don't go into a reportedly active home or place where high activity is reported if you have never been to a place like that - at least not without having been to a quieter location and given training as well as some other field experience. It is true that even a quiet place can become surprising so be sure to never go alone and always take someone experienced with you. Many people have panicked and hurt themselves on investigations. This is why most research locations will make you sign a hold harmless agreement. Also, if you are alone and get hurt, you will want to have someone there who can help you.
It is also a very good idea to have a plan in place in case of emergencies. Remember you are there as a team so you need to act as a team. Don't leave anyone behind. Know what to look for as far as what kind of activity seems suspicious or malicious. Know when you are over your head and when to get out. Don't be afraid to ask your team members for help if something is wrong. Know your team mates good enough to know when their behavior is not quiet right. Know what to do if someone in your group is in danger. Make a plan of action before going into an investigation for precautions. Make decisions as a group. NEVER force anyone to stay if they feel uncomfortable. NEVER go into an investigation if you are tired, depressed, drained of energy, or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Learn what to do and what not to do when trying to communicate with any entity. If information is available, gather as much as possible before entering into any situation. Some entities can be one way with the family they live with but can become completely different when you show up. Also, always realize and let your client know that their haunting can get worse just because you came to help. The entity may or may not appreciate your presence. NEVER put your client or a team member at risk and hopefully you won't be foolish enough to put yourself at risk.
So most of these things are said because there are so many entities out there that seem like a ghost but are not. It is hard enough for most people to wrap their head around the real possibility of a ghost but try to enter other worldly entities and different types of beings into the mix and now you are on a completely different level of what is accepted but the truth of the matter is they are real, they are there and you just never know when you might encounter one. You never know what will happen - ever. You can explore a place 10 times and the next time, you may encounter a hell beast. Even in research locations, the more it is investigated, the more energy will be pulled into that location waking it up, stirring it and drawing in energies that match the people that are there. If an investigator has a negative nature or are battling with anger issues, even if they are perfectly fine and happy on the investigation, their personality energies will still have a big affect on the atmosphere of the location drawing in that type of energy.
Also, the last thing you want to walk into - unless you are trained for these situations, is a demonic haunting or other malevolent entity. These are way beyond any ghost investigation and can put you and everyone you are with at a high risk of danger, and not just while you are there. It can become something that you will never escape or that can end tragically down the road. If you feel that you are 'tough' enough to handle these incredibly intelligent and deviously cold and sinister beings, then that is great for you but keep in mind that if you are not intimidated by them, and believe me, they are experts at it, then they will go after someone you love with a vengeance. They don't play around and their end result and goal is death for someone, it doesn't have to be you. Their methods are not always what you may think. They may seem like your best friend, act like a deceased loved one, gain your trust, play with your mind, the list goes on and on. This is an entire subject within itself so I will stop here with that but I do want to say one last thing that surprised me so much that it is exactly what inspired me to write this post.
I read of an investigation team that went out to try to help a woman and her family that had quiet a bad haunting going on at their home. I read this post from the team that went. Just from the little bit of information that the family told the investigation team - or at least what they posted, it was very obvious that they would be dealing with a malicious entity. Now it doesn't have to be a demonic entity, it could have been a dark human entity however, it seemed very likely that it was some kind of non-human malevolent being. Right away, extreme caution should have been put in place and a deeper understanding of what was happening should have been conducted. Instead of a full-blown investigation, a surveillance should have been conducted to try to prevent the team from direct harm and exposure to something that could be life threatening and life changing but also to keep the family as safe as possible. An investigation is very invasive but a surveillance is a little less intrusive. A casual interaction with the family member could also be conducted. This team decided to go in with an investigation and to make matters so much worse, and what really shocked me - and I guess it shouldn't have, but the one investigator asked this entity to touch them. I just can't get over that!! This is clearly a very dangerous entity and by asking this entity to touch them was just a direct invitation to become their next victim. Sure, this entity has a lot more invested in this family so it may not want to jump to that person who ignorantly put themselves out like fish bait unless the entity sees they are an easier target. They can call to others they work with to infest this person and their family. They may never even know this for years. I said I probably shouldn't be shocked because investigators get TV training which is absolutely horrible or they get the 'do it yourself' method of learning without at least doing some homework.
Archangel Michael - appeared on thermal imager when asking for protection at the beginning of a paranormal investigation.
So in conclusion, please, please, please, do your research, get training from someone who has been in the field for years and actually is doing investigations and research for the right reasons; learn the do's and don'ts and NEVER put yourself or another in harms way. If you have any questions about ghost investigations or situations you may have experienced, or even questions about investigations you are preparing to go on, please feel free to ask. I want everyone to be safe. I've seen some pretty ugly things as well as had more thank my fair share of nasty entities, and as a lot of you know, I have been studying demonology and exorcism now for a while.
I wish you all safety and blessings on all investigations. Please use protection prayers, ask for Archangel Michael to stay with you during the investigation and never forget to lay down the ground rules with all entities. Let them know that they can only communicate by leaving their message on your audio devices, or posing for a picture. Never give them anything that could be mistaken for an invitation and please, never ask them to touch you. Just communicate, they can do that without you taking risks and still, there are no guarantees of what you may be forced to handle. Let them know they are not welcome to follow you or coming into your home or be with you and your family. Ask Archangel Michael to keep all entities where they are or if they are desired to leave, then ask that they be brought to where they belong. Be safe and go out there and get some evidence.
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I'm Cher, a psychic medium, paranormal investigator, extensive paranormal researcher, spiritual teacher, intuitive counselor, hypnotist of past life regression,writer, exorcist in training and founder of PsychicMyst Paranormal Network. I have over 37 years of total professional experience.