On Wednesdays, I like to kick back and watch some Sci Fi channel shows. Currently, my favorite show is “Paranormal Witness”. I still check in with my old standby, “Ghost Hunters”, for an hour of mindless relaxation. And before anything else, I have to say that I like Jason and Grant. They seem like nice fellas. However, after watching the latest ghost hunting episode called ” Well of Horror”, I got a bad taste in my mouth about these two.
The back story is the client casually mentioned the names of the Spirits infesting his hotel, The Shanley, which is currently under renovation. When grilled by Jason as to where he had received this information, he told the team, “from psychics I’ve called in to investigate”. Immediately we get a slight negative body language reaction from Jason and Grant. Was this my imagination?
Two more times during the show it seemed, negative references were made about psychics. The second one was at the Reveal, “Nothing personal against psychics, but take what they have to say with a grain of salt”. Okay, this wasn’t so bad either. The last straw came for me when the Roto-Rooter duo, when driving away from “The Reveal” and were doing the usual spiel of congratulating themselves on holding yet another fabulous investigation, Grant added, and I quote,” It was nice learning about the history of the hotel and you (meaning Jason) warning them about the psychics—it all played out beautifully (fist butt).” At this point I was seething! Why was I so angry? I couldn’t shake this off so I decided address this as my main article in this month’s newsletter.
“We’re just a phone call away!”
— Should be Advertising slogan for “Ghost Hunters”
For me “Ghost Hunters” is a family show. It’s really not about hard-core paranormal investigating but rather television entertainment where tons of expensive equipment is used for shock and awe value but usually garners few results. (Hey, I really love the flashlight trick.) Another question I ‘ve been dying to ask is, “How can you really do a thorough investigation in just one attempt?” To me, true investigations could go on for about a week or more. The truth is, these people are not really qualified to do the in-depth paranormal investigating like traditional institutes such as the American and British Societies of Psychical Research. Furthermore, in the so-called “reveal” people are usually informed that what they’ve seen or heard can be chalked up to something like “you have a fear cage in your basement and didn’t really have an encounter with a ghost in your basement. Often they are told apparitions witnessed are most likely the client’s own reflection caused by headlights of cars going by. Ouch! This is supposed to make them feel BETTER? Yes, there are times when “debunking” is warranted. Yes, it’s true not every strange occurrence indicates a Spirit(s) present. Yet, I’ve noticed countless times where victims of the “reveal” being thoroughly embarrassed and humiliated by the “debunking” of their reported of activity and then left with, “We’re just a phone call away”. (These guys are so charming, what can one say to that?)
I have asked myself many times, “Why doesn’t the show offer alternatives and more helpful info by teaching people how to clear out paranormal infested locations?” It’s great to get the confirmation of claims of paranormal activity, however, if I were someone confronted with a troublesome ghost and the team is merrily motoring their way back home, and ”a phone call away” is not going to do much to bring the closure needed and finish the investigation. Something seems to be missing here. I have to admit, of course, I am not privy to what goes on behind the scenes of Ghost Hunters. There may actually be procedures set in place to help the client clear locations of troubling Spirit activity. To my knowledge, however, it’s never been mentioned.
… My former teacher, Loyd Auerbach, renowned paranormal investigator, and his book “Ghost Hunting and How to Investigate the Paranormal”, is actually a revered guidebook by some on the “Ghost Hunters” team. Hey guys, Loyd usually takes a Medium along on his investigations.
For many, seeing and sensing Spirits and experiencing otherworldly phenomena is a daily occurrence. Chip Coffey, featured on “Psychic Kids, is a good example of a helpful show assisting people (mainly children) who have natural Mediumship abilities. He does this, first of all, by displaying compassion and understanding. And, with the aid of a therapist, he starts the healing process for frazzled victims who are under constant Spirit contact, either directly or indirectly. He let’s them know they are NOT crazy, they do not have to be controlled by what goes on, and he begins to teach them how to manage their abilities. He also introduces them to others who share the same abilities.
“Ghost Hunters” philosophy and how they present doing paranormal investigations is their take on the subject. It is certainly not the end all on how to do ghost hunting or truly connecting with Spirits. In fact, their show is mainly about documenting activity. That’s IT! What I would like to see more of is additional information after an investigation and the offering up other resources and options. And I strongly want to suggest to the Roto-Rooter guys to use some forethought about what is said on the show. My feeling was that they couldn’t wait to put down psychics and that this was the perfect opportunity to do so. Am I wrong? Of course, there are psychics and mediums that are not truly gifted, and some are out-and-out frauds, but the same holds true for any profession. It would have been nice if the guys had stuck to their original advice about the client exercising discernment before believing anything and everything they were told and leaving it at that. I guess this article reflects a little bashing of my own, but I feel this issue needed to be addressed—even if just a few people read this Blog.
We psychics and mediums have spent years trying to overcome the negative connotations and stigmas attached to being in our profession. It’s been a long hard road and yet, with more and more light-workers gaining altitude, things are getting better because of other shows that features what we really do. We don’t need the dissing our profession on global television. And, I have to say I’ve been diplomatic about the Ghost Hunter’s show in this Blog.
Every show has its little downfalls to be sure and in Ghost Hunter’s defense, there have been some awesome documented paranormal events presented over the years. “Ghost Hunters” has helped make paranormal investigating more mainstream and acceptable. And, I am certain many of their client’s are very happy with the results. But, when it comes to mentioning psychics on the show– play nice guys!
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