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Table of Contents for this Course
Introduction to Ghost Hunting
Amateur or Professional?
The Spirit World Comes Out of the Closet
Hauntings that Captured Public Attention
Exploring the Supernatural .
The British Society of Psychical Research
What Happens when We Die
Classifications of Ghosts
Ghosts vs. Spirits
Spirits with a Purpose
Twelve Classifications of Ghosts
What a Haunting Is
Classifications of Hauntings
The Stone Tape Theory
Other Kinds of Residual Hauntings
What Are ‘Intelligent’ Hauntings
How Ghosts Manifest in an Intelligent Haunting
Ghost Investigation Scenario
Degrees of Hauntings
Nature SpiritsMischievous, Troublesome, or Malevolent Encounters
What Kind of Ghost Hunter Are You Going to Be?
Forming an Investigative Team -What these Roles Entail
Where to Look For Ghost Activity
Ghost Hunting Tools for Today’s Ghost Hunter
ITC – Instrumental Trans-Communication
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
A Little Science – Blah – blah – blah
Ways you might hear an EVP
The Subject of White Noise
White Noise for Ghost Hunting and Capturing EVPs
Short Burst Sessions
Avoiding Confusion and Contamination
Tips for EVP and Spirit Communication
Sarah Estep EVP Classification System
Primary Classifications of Ghost Hunting Groups
Ghost Hunting as a Hobby or Passion
Ghost Hunting Professionally
Ghost Hunting as a Career
Should You Charge Money for Doing Investigations?
Mission Statement and a Code of Ethics
Sample Code of Ethics for Paranormal Investigations
Treat Clients with Respect
Preliminary Interview with Witnesses
Eliminating Fraudulent Claims
Dress and Equipment Used in Investigations
A Modern Poltergeist Haunting
What to Do If You Suspect a Demon Is Presesnt
Animal Ghosts as Portents of Catastrophe
Can cats, dogs, and other animals see ghosts?
Science and Skeptics Take on the Paranormal
Harry Price – The First Real Ghost Hunter
Doing an Actual Investigation
EMF (Electro-Magnetic Fields)
False and Real Claims of Paranormal Activity
Be Open to Hunches
How to Investigate a Home
7 Suggested Steps for Doing a Home Investigation
Hand-Held Equipment Walk-through
What if Some Things Go Wrong?
The Least Amount of Paranormal Equipment You Should Have
Copper Dowsing Rods Work Well
Equipment You Should Have on a Full Investigation
Using Spirit Boxes
The Fear Cage
Is it Wise to Bringing a Dog Along on an Investigation?
Investigation at an Abandoned Hospital Scenario
Link to Page with DVR Recording Set-Up Info & Pricing
Capturing Photos or Film Evidence
Being Brutally Honest about Evidence
Video Coverage Area and Evidence
Old School – Using 35mm Cameras
Common characteristics of Ghost Lights
About False Positives
Ghost Images, Orbs, Streaks, Rods
Mists and Ectoplasm
Spirit Portals or Gateways
More on ITC – Instrumental Trans Communication
Pioneers in the Field of ITC
Using Ghost Hunting APPs
Finding Evidence of Paranormal Activity
Simple Rules for Reviewing Evidence
No Evidence Was Captured During an Investigation
When You’ve Captured Validating Evidence
Indicators of a Serious Attack
Why do Ghosts Attack the Living?
Who could be Susceptible to a Ghost Attack
Are Ghost Hunters Susceptible to Demonic Possession?
A Resource for Demonic Activity
Discovering Multiple Ghosts
Clearing a Location of Troublesome Spirits
The Unthinkable Happens
Mediums, Channeling, and Ghost Healing
Step By Step Healing Technique
Using Sage to Clear a Home or Location
Where to Buy High Quality Sage
Should Host Hunters Get Liability Insurance?
HOW TO BECOME CERTIFIED
This is the Introduction to the How to Ghost Hunt PRO Course
After this Lesson
Starting with Lesson 2 in the actual course, you’ll begin learning step-by-step how to safely hunt for ghosts and successfully gather paranormal evidence.
Ghost Hunting has become a global craze for paranormal enthusiasts in the last few decades. People watching various ghost shows have trekked to alleged haunted locations to see if they too can capture evidence of ghosts. Unfortunately, many are ill-equipped emotionally and technically. Some have even spent hundreds of dollars on equipment without any idea of how to properly use these tools effectively resulting in frustration and perhaps quitting the endeavor all together.
In this course, we’ll cover many kinds of equipment which are most commonly used for hunting ghosts and how to get started on a budget. There is no reason to go out and a huge amount of money on equipment until you decide whether ghost hunting is right for you. There will be movies to watch to aid you in learning how to use equipment for the best results and, how to carefully analyze evidence.
Amateur or Professional
You will be learning almost all facets of proper ghost hunting and how to interview clients. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to conduct a full-fledged ghost investigation with confidence. This does not always mean you will actually capture ghost evidence each and every time in an investigation. More often, evidence is scarce and nothing turns up at all. You will need to be prepared for this eventuality.
Although I’ll be discussing what science thinks and skepticism on the subject of ghosts and hauntings, this course assumes that these phenomena does indeed exist without argument for or against this assumption. If you had any reservations about the existence of ghosts, you would not be taking this program.
Ghost Hunting Is an Art
I truly believe this. However, it must not be treated as a silly game because this is where people can get into trouble and run into situations far beyond what they ever expected or can handle. There are countless stories of people that have gone ghost hunting, perhaps on a lark, and upon encountering something paranormal, they wish they had never gone in the first place. Some have even claimed that wayward spirits followed them home. It is apparent that these individuals never took the time or gave thought to protecting themselves from curious or even angry spirits and paid the price dearly by having a spirit attach to them.
Part of successful ghost hunting involves a stable but open mind and, as mentioned, how to use equipment correctly for capturing and analyzing evidence. Photos and film can often render an image that is mistaken as ghost activity when there is actually a logical explanation for what individuals think they’ve caught as real piece of evidence.
Each lesson has an abundance of valuable and important information so please read each lesson carefully. View all the YouTube movies presented. In class we will be discussing these movies.
At the end of each written lesson, you will read an imaginary case scenario of a haunting, walk through in investigation in your mind, and answer vital questions I’ve set forth at the end of the exercise.
Lastly, in each lesson you’ll be introduced to a very haunted place. You will learn about why the locale may be haunted and the different ghostly activities reported there.
Lesson 1 Covers a Background History on Belief in Spirits
“Do I believe in ghosts? No. But I’m afraid of them.”
~Marie Anne De Vichy, Marquise duDeffand
Spirits are everywhere. Some spirits are the specters of deceased humans and some can be defined as non-human. When people think of spirits, or ghosts, they generally think of human type figures. However, there is much more to the spirit world than the typical human classification of entities. There are spirits of animals and nature spirits to throw into the mix. And, just like our real world, spirits can be both pleasant spirits and some malicious, angry, or troublesome.
Other Names for Ghosts
Ghosts have been called by other names such as spirit, specter, shade, wraith, poltergeist, phantom, presence, apparition, spook, jinn, or even boogeyman. Most human-type spirits you or your team will run across are non-threatening, simply lost or confused, or even indifferent to you. You may even discover that some spirits, and the phenomena associated with them, have no awareness whatsoever. They are part of what we term, a residual haunting and are actually just a picture replaying from the past. Other spirits may only appear for a reason and we call these, purposeful spirits. Still others only desire to frighten people and attempt to cause harm.
Are All Ghosts Demonic?
It is sad to watch many ghost hunting shows that are purely focused on presenting ghosts as being evil and even demonic. These shows are created for shock and awe and are for entertainment purposes only. The average person watching these episodes may get the idea that all ghosts are demon-like and are the only kinds of hauntings that exist. Some shows like to assert that child ghosts are usually demons in disguise. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There is not much we can do about these shows as they are on several channels and show re-runs all the time. We can only do our part by informing people that most hauntings are harmless and, in some cases, aren’t even an actual haunting but replays of residual energy!
Ghosts During Ancient Times
Recorded history shows that belief in ghosts and hauntings go back well over two thousand years. Although sightings of ghosts had been claimed for centuries, to our knowledge, it seems no one in those times was much interested in seeking them out. Much of this had to do with ancient superstitions and just being just plain scared stiff of spirits.
In ancient Mesopotamia, the living and the dead were closely connected. Once a person had died, they became a gidim, or “death spirit”. The spirit was said to be a shadowy creature, sometimes appearing to friends, family, and loved ones and, always recognizable as the person that they had been in life.
During Babylonian times, it was believed that ghosts wandered the night. They weren’t the specters of spirits that we think of today when someone mentions ghosts. Back then, it was thought that ghosts could possess the bodies of living animals. Their curious belief maintained that evil spirits were supposedly able to possess wild dogs and lions, which were driven to hunt for purposes of ridding their world of these evil things.
Ancient Chinese philosophers routinely wrote about the nature of ghosts and how humans should deal with them.
In the early times of Egypt, Greece and Rome, ghosts and hauntings were common knowledge. They appear in ancient rituals and works of literature such as The Egyptian Book of the Dead, The Iliad, and The Odyssey. Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, recorded of the story about a notorious house in Athens where no one was able to live.
Ghost Reported in Ancient Greece
Every night, the most horrible sounds would be heard coming from the house. The sound of rattling chains would fall on the ears of anyone nearby. Perhaps this is where the idea of “rattling chains”, first became closely associated with ghosts. Those who tried to inhabit the house were often awakened by the ghostly presence of an old man—dirty, disheveled, and laden with chains. His specter was seen lingering day and night. Pliny tells us that ultimately, the house was all but abandoned to the ghost.
Beliefs about Ghosts In Modern Times
Almost every culture from indigenous to long established countries have left us with some type of belief in spirits and perhaps a fear being haunted by the dead that has filtered down through the ages. The ghosts of today are no different than ghosts recorded in the distant past. Time makes no difference to the kinds of ghosts and hauntings people, or groups, experience. It is only how each society treats their ghosts that is different.
In the modern world, many cultures pay homage to the dead including America’s celebration of Halloween.
Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic harvest festival called, All Hallows’ Eve. To offset this, the Catholics celebrate the day after Halloween, November 1st, as “All Saints Day” and November 2nd is “All Souls Day”.
Day of the Dead
The Hispanic culture honors the dead to “keep them happy” by celebrating the annual Día de Muertos, or “Day of the Dead”. In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in their lunar calendar is called “Ghost Day” and the seventh month in general is regarded as the “Ghost Month”. This is a time in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out and visit the living. In these festivals, the living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors to appease them.
Buddhists and Taoists perform rituals for the benefit of ghosts. They are known to hold frequent ceremonies to lighten a ghost’s suffering. Family members of a deceased person often request this all-important ritual which is a natural part of their society. Monks and priests build altars specifically for the deceased person and throw rice or other small foods into the air in all directions to distribute them to the ghost. They believe that this will aid in releasing the ghost from Hell.
Native American Tribes Believe in Ghost Sickness
“Ghost sickness” is a cultural belief among some Native American peoples in North America, notably the Navajo and some Muscogee and Plains tribes. People that are preoccupied and/or obsessed with the deceased are believed to suffer from ghost sickness. Reported symptoms can include general weakness, loss of appetite, symptoms of suffocation, recurring nightmares, and a pervasive feeling of terror. The sickness is attributed to ghosts (Navajo: chʼį́įdii) or, occasionally, to witches or witchcraft. Sacred and complicated rituals are still practiced today to rid a person, or persons, of this sickness and to release them from the ghost’s grip.
Over one hundred years ago, the practice of Mediumship, séances, and contacting the dead was a highly popular pastime in much of Western Europe and America. With no radio, television, or Internet to entertain them, there was not much else to do. Groups of people would congregate in each other’s homes and attempt to summon spirits. Yet, there were few people that would actually venture out and actively research ghosts. This would soon change.
Talk of Ghosts Started after the Spanish Inquisition
In Western civilization during the late 17th to the 19th centuries, the topic of spirits and ghosts became popular. From mediums to séances to ghost stories, the public could not get enough. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the Spanish Inquisition was an unpleasant memory no longer relevant to society. The practice of being tortured and put to a horrible death for even casually mentioning supernatural occurrences, was no longer a reality.
Notable haunting cases such as The Drummer of Tedworth (1662), The Epworth Rectory Ghost (1716), and The Bell Witch Haunting in America (1817) became the hot news items of the day. These three cases, all considered to be cases of poltergeist activity, ignited the public’s imagination. Investigations into these hauntings, usually by a clergyman and other well-meaning individuals, yielded very little and there was no way to prove or disprove the alleged supernatural events. Ghost investigating had not yet been standardized into a system and there were no rules for an objective investigation to take place. Read about in Wikipedia:
As the new millennia came and went, others decided to get into the area of paranormal research. Independent ghost hunters soon emerged and notably among these was Harry Price. Price was originally a journalist who was also an opportunist. With his journalistic career waning, he had the bright idea of investigating alleged hauntings throughout England and writing articles about them. He knew the public was ravenous about everything supernatural and hoped this would be his great comeback and ultimately his pathway to fame. And, in a way he was right but not in the way he thought. We’ll be discussing Harry Price more in future lessons.
What Happens When We Die?
Upon passing, we immediately leave both the physical body and etheric body and join with our astral body which takes us through the crossing over experience. Many people describe this as the “Tunnel of Light” experience. The spirit of the soul decides at that time whether or not they will cross fully into the light. Most souls do it automatically with no hesitation. Some individuals, however, due to a traumatic or sudden death, might somehow miss or refuses the crossing over experience. They become earthbound – at least for a while. They will always have the opportunity to cross to the light.
Are Earthbound Spirits the Main Cause of Hauntings?
Any earthbound spirit could be the cause of a haunting situation dependent upon their state of mind at passing. Despite the nomenclature earthbound, earthbound spirits are not always menacing. We’ll be discussing the classifications of ghost shortly.
Note: It’s important to know that when we die, our mental state and what we were feeling at the time of death, is what we take with us.
Ghosts have been reported to appear in full color, all white, grey, blue, or as a dark shadow. They can materialize dressed as if from a bygone era to wearing modern clothing. In most instances, ghosts usually appear in human form as children or adults, but they could be the form of an animal. For example, many people report seeing the apparitions of beloved pets that have died.
Not all ghostly manifestations are apparitions or menacing, shadowy figures. Some will make their presence known by moving objects, causing banging or tapping noises, or alerting inhabitants of their presence in the form of smells such as perfume or tobacco. Often a cold breeze or sharp drop in room temperature will signal a ghostly presence. Other ghosts might make their presence known by either gently touching a person, or if the ghost is angry, will often attempt a more hostile form of contact.
If a ghost is the result of a residual playback, they may be witnessed as going about their daily business as they did in life and pay absolutely no attention to living persons that are seeing them. Or is the replay of an entire event.
The Difference Between Ghosts and Spirits
People often ask me about the differences between ghosts and spirits. Although frequently used interchangeably, there is a difference between
Intelligent Spirits, as with any astral being, vibrate at a faster rate than humans. This is why they are not often seen unless they wish project a mental image of themselves to one or more people.
Spirits are souls who have gone to the light and have been through a life review. I call these pure form spirits.” If there is a need to do so, they are able to cross back over to our side of the veil and communicate with or make themselves known to us in some fashion. They usually do not create problems or attempt to harm the living. However, they may make their presence known for a specific purpose known only to them. Still, we do not consider pure form spirits as being ghosts. Ghosts on the other hand, usually have not gone through the crossing over experience. For various reasons, they have chosen to stay on the earth plane and have an agenda for not crossing to the astral plane. They might remain quiet and unobtrusive or make their presence known by an overt display of moving objects or just by frightening people any way they can. It takes a lot of energy to manifest, so a ghost is thought to usually have a purpose for making its presence known.
Spirits, as with any astral being, vibrate at a faster rate than humans. This is why they are not often seen unless they wish project a mental image of themselves to one or more people.
Non-human entities are those beings that have not lived a human existence and are not considered to be ghosts in the truest sense. They come from a different realm than spirits. However, they will make their presence known offensively and often attempt to cause harm to the living.
Spirits with a Purpose:
Some spirits seem to have a mission or purpose behind their appearance. These kinds of spirits have the need to complete unfinished business. In cases such as these, the spirit feels they cannot completely leave the earth plane until they do so and will cross back from the plane of spirits in an attempt to complete their mission. These spirits may even become stuck and might forget why they came back in the first place. When seen, they could appear as though they are trying to desperately communicate something but no voice is heard.
Another kind of purposeful ghost that is often reported is a deceased individual who returns shortly after death to visit his/her intimate family members one last time. Other reasons for a ghost being present might be for the sole purpose of calling attention to a terrible wrongdoing that was done to them in life — such as being murdered. There are instances of a ghost that only seems to want be noticed or acknowledged by the living. They will try just about anything to get the inhabitants’ attention. In more rare cases, there have been documented stories of ghosts delivering a message of impending death or disaster. Whether benevolent or malicious, all these types of ghosts usually end up only frightening the witnesses by their ghostly presence regardless of their reasons for being there.
How Do Ghost Hunters Determine What Kind(s) of Spirit they Have Encountered?
This is where the real detective work begins. If you are participating in an investigation on your own, with a group, or with a professional team, you will first start the painstaking process of determining if a ghost is genuinely lingering in the location you are investigating. If through the many ways you are incorporating to detect them, you decide that you have captured some compelling evidence, then the next step is to determine what class of ghost (or ghosts) has been detected. Bear in mind there could be a mixed-bag of spirits found. You will read about the taxonomy of ghosts next. The following classifications are the most common categories of ghosts, or spirits, which might be encountered.
Classifications of Ghosts
Ghosts are spirits of the dead that most commonly appear around their former habitats. Because they are not governed by physical laws, ghosts are thought to walk through walls and can materialize and dematerialize at will. Also known as apparitions, spirits, revenants, earthbound spirits, specters, discarnate spirits, disembodied spirits, phantoms and phantasms, ghosts can and do appear in many forms.
When we think of ghosts in the traditional sense, our minds usually turn to some hapless person witnessing a full-bodied apparition of a deceased person that appears to the living. However, there are several varieties and attributes of ghostly specters that have been reported in numerous haunted encounters for centuries.
Differences in How Ghosts Manifest
It’s believed there are distinct differences in how a ghostly presence might manifest. They are not always apparitions as such but can manifest as shadow forms, balls of light, voices heard, mists, etc. Perhaps the differences are the conditions of when, where, and how the ghost is actually perceived. Are they only a “guest” spirit appearing only one time? Are they a reflection of past events, an accidental slip in time-space, purely a hallucination, or pink elephants from too much time spent in the local pub?
The famous Parapsychologist, Peter Underwood (1937 – 1914) stated in one of his earliest books, there are eight main classifications of ghosts. I found this to be wanting. I have listed twelve classifications of spirits that you will read about next.
Twelve Classifications of Ghosts:
- Apparitions- Full-Bodied or Partial
- Crisis Apparitions
- Residual Ghosts
- Intelligent Ghosts
- Historical Ghosts
- Lost Spirits
- Message Spirits
- Ghosts of the Living (Doppelganger)
- Animal Spirits (Animals spirits will be discussed in Lesson 2)
- Jinn/Djinn spirits of the Middle East
Apparitions-Full-Bodied or Partial: Considered the crème de la crème in ghost hunting circles, an apparition is a spirit that is seen in various stages of manifestation and shades of transparency. There are three types of apparitions. They can be residual, intelligent, or shadow figures. When seen, these appearances can often strike unmitigated terror in those witnessing the apparition.
Crisis Apparitions: A sudden appearance of a recently departed loved one either at the exact time of death or immediately after. Some believe these kinds of apparitional experiences are merely hallucinations that are a natural part of the grieving process. To rule out the idea of grief apparitions, a true crisis apparition is when the person or persons witnessing the spirit sadly have absolutely no idea the person has died.
Residual Ghost(s): Sometimes called, Mental Imprint Manifestations, this classification of a ghost is thought to be a type of residual energy that is imprinted on an environment from a highly charged event. Good examples for this are the hundreds of modern reports of spirits reportedly seen in the old town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. These reports may be linked to the bloody Battle of Gettysburg which took place over three days in July of 1863 leaving thousands dead. Ghosts are seen, heard, and felt all the time in and around the battlefields and in certain historic homes in the town. They usually have no awareness of the living.
Not All Ghosts Stem from Tragic Events
Not all residual ghosts are a result of tragic events. An encounter might be very benign in nature– like seeing great-great granny sitting in her favorite rocking chair knitting–the chair you held on to as a family heirloom.
Intelligent Ghosts: These kinds of spirits are not a residual entity at all but can interact with the living if they choose to. Intelligent spirits might be benign or hostile, dependent upon their situation. Mediums and ghost hunters can interact with these spirits either mentally or through some kind of electronic device. Intelligent spirits usually have an agenda and are not always pleasant to deal with. We will be discussing Intelligent Spirits more in our “Hauntings” section.
Historical Ghosts: Sometimes called traditional ghosts; these are people or animals, who may have died long ago and whose souls still wish to interact with the living. A good example of a historical ghost is that of Abraham Lincoln. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was visiting the White House. Tucked away in the Lincoln Bedroom, she was startled in the early hours of the morning by an insistent knock at the door. Throwing on her robe she opened the door only to see, to her great shock, the apparition of Abraham Lincoln. When asked for more details about her encounter, she mentioned that Lincoln looked very sad and careworn.
Queen Wilhelmina was not the only visitor that saw Lincoln. Then Prime Minister of England during WW II, Winston Churchill, saw him as well under slightly different circumstances.
Ghosts of the Living: These are people, who have not died. Usually referred to as a ‘doppelganger’, doppelganger is a German word that refers to a look-alike or double of a living person. An old-fashioned belief is that seeing a doppelganger is usually a harbinger of bad luck or is the evil twin of the person seen. Peter Underwood believes that these types of spirits are manifestations that suggest that a doppelganger might be a mental projection by a resident ghost creating a copy of the victim for nefarious reasons.
Etheric Body is thought to be a rarified substance that is an exact duplicate of our physical body and is a part of us until we die.
The Astral Body is much like the Etheric Body, however, it can leave the physical body at any time and travel to any dimension outside of space and time…
How Ghosts Manifest in an Intelligent Haunting
Just as you read about intelligent ghosts, it is believed that in an intelligent haunting, the ghost, or ghosts, can and do interact with the living in some fashion. For the most part, these spirits are earthbound. The ghost, or ghosts, might touch a living person — either out of curiosity or to frighten them — dependent upon the ghost’s agenda. An earthbound spirit might exhibit malicious behavior because they are still angry at dying and attempt to wreak vengeance upon the living. They could be as benign as that loving grandmother who stays behind to watch over a new grandchild. Or perhaps they are a child that does not wish to see their family suffer after their death and stays close. There are a multitude of reasons why a spirit does not cross to the light at the time of death and becomes earthbound.
An intelligent ghost can look as solid as a real person and then completely disappears much to the shock of the observer. Or they might appear as dark shadowy blobs or filmy apparitions that are either full-bodied or are only partially formed. They can manifest on images as balls or streaks of light or filmy white or thick ectoplasmic mists. Intelligent spirits will frequently cause loud noises, move objects around, send pictures crashing, and other phenomena which sometimes is quite similar to poltergeist activity. Here’s an example of a scenario with an intelligent spirit.
Continual tapping noises or insistent banging is heard and a resident out of frustration finally yells, “STOP IT!” At that exact moment, the banging immediately ceases. In this scenario, the spirit is reacting in real-time to the voice of the living person.
More indicators that point to an intelligent spirit haunting can be disembodied voices or whispers heard, strange odors that quickly come and go, and eerie laughter or even crying and moaning is heard. Solidly placed pictures and objects, like mirrors, might fall and break for no reason. Furniture is found impossibly rearranged all in a matter of a few
Although rare, intelligent spirits might even attack the living in some tangible manner or try and create illusions that are quite frightening such as blood red water coming out of a faucet. Intelligent spirits can manipulate changes in the environment such as being responsible for pockets of cold air, cause impossible sudden breezes when there are no windows open, and create an overall oppressive feeling in the room or residence. Although skeptics will tell you there is always logical explanation behind these types of phenomenon, when vigorously investigated, there seems to be no logical explanation behind the paranormal occurrences whatsoever.
Not All Intelligent Spirits Are Evil
Not all intelligent spirits should be considered evil or malicious. Some spirits that haunt a locale just wish to exist quietly but non-the-less their presence is noticed. They may be felt or heard, or even smelled, but usually only by accident.
These spirits that comprise the haunting may be consciously aware but live on in a dreamlike state due to the fact they haven’t accepted their own death. Often ghosts like these are or are in a state of confusion resulting from a sudden death (discussed previously) and their spirit did not fully cross over to the plane of souls at death. There are many documented accounts of hauntings where spirits react intelligently but blindly with no real understanding of their situation.
Hauntings and Inanimate Objects:
Objects often carry the energy of a person or past event. Objects that are considered haunted may even bring along apparitions with it. A haunted object may seem innocuous but might be jam-packed with a lot of paranormal energy. Every culture in the world carries stories about objects being haunted.
Is it Great Aunt Margaret’s necklace that is causing the haunting?
If in during an investigation spirits can’t be located readily, ask if the resident bought something old like an antique recently. Even family heirlooms can carry spirit energy and be responsible for haunting activity. It’s worth the effort to investigate this possibility and examine the object like you would a location.
Newly acquired antique radio is brought into the home. Is there spirit energy attached to it?
If a haunting does seem to center around an object, some further testing may be required. Place a Mel-meter or K2 Meter near it and see if the meters light up. Taking pictures of the object may yield something interesting as well. If the object is the reason for a haunting, the owner may need to part with it. Doing a clearing on a haunted object might help. (Clearings are covered in Lesson 6).
Poltergeist Hauntings (See Poltergeist under Ghost Classifications)
Famous Parapsychologists such as Nandor Fodor and W. G. Roll wrote that poltergeist activity is believed to be the work of malicious earthbound spirits. According to Allan Kardec, the founder of Spiritism (the spiritual theories behind Mediumship), poltergeists are manifestations of a low level entity out of frustration and anger at its state of being. Others believe poltergeist activity is caused by emissions of frustration and pent up energy of a troubled adolescent.
A Demon is not a ghost in the classical sense. They are in an entirely separate category form spirits or ghost. Although many ghost shows (too many) feature demons defined as hauntings, this is entirely incorrect! These shows also promote great fear and misunderstanding. Demons most likely exist and do manifest in rare instances; however, they are not part of the spirit realm of ghosts. Some ghosts can be so destructive and malevolent, people think of them as being Demons. They are not. We will be discussing Demons in greater detail later in this course.
Our first sample ghost investigation scenario for Lesson 1:
Ghost Investigation Scenario:
Each week I will be presenting an imaginary ghost investigation scenario to analyze and to see if you can discern what exactly is going on and then answer the questions that follow. While doing this exercise and pretend you are walking through an actual investigation.
READ THE SCENARIO BELOW AND COME BACK TO THIS BOX.
During the actual investigation, you, or a team member, have captured a couple of indiscernible voices on an android phone or digital recorder. You definitely heard faint footsteps on the 2nd floor and no one was there upon investigation. Your phone or digital camera captured a luminescent mist at the top of the stairs. There was no mist before or after that shot. It seems as though the evidence accumulated is certainly backing up the claims.
Imagine you and/or your team have answered a call to investigate a house that the owners have recently moved into. The house is circa 1760. The owners, a couple, are reporting hearing footsteps and heavy things being dragged around in the attic area. Children’s laughter is often heard although impossible to pinpoint. There are mumblings of conversations heard and the wife says she witnessed a woman in period dress walking down the stairs. However, nothing really bad has personally happened to the couple.
You have talked to the owners and have decided they are solid individuals that most likely are not imagining the phenomena, that they might be overreacting to sounds, and don’t seem like the types to be on drugs.
After the initial walk-through of the home, you have checked pipes and any windows that could possibly rattle due to wind and anything else which might have a logical explanation behind the claims. You have ascertained there are no children in the home. In fact, nothing seems to logically explain what is going on.
The discussion for this scenario is in the live class recording. See how you did.
- Under what classification of haunting would you place this scenario?
- What was the overall feeling of the home when you first walked in?
Circle one.Light Pleasant Creepy Heavy Atmosphere Chills Nothing
- What evidence didn’t you capture that the couple claimed?
- Should you show the evidence captured to the couple?
- What should you tell the couple about their safely in their house?
- Do you think you should suggest they move?
- How did doing this exercise feel to you?