by Dale Kaczmarek
apparitions and things that go bump in the night have always fascinated and
sometimes scared people at the same time.
The possibility of the existence of this phenomenon seems to be what
really interests those whom have had that "brush" with the
supernatural. The first initial
reaction if fear; followed by awe and wonderment and then usually curiosity.
The witnesses, or victims, of these unusual events begin to seek
answers to how something like this could occur to them and why.
Science does not yet recognize parapsychology as a true science and
therefore has its doubts about its existence or provability.
So, in steps the professional ghost hunter or psychical researcher, who
through years of experience of on-the-spot investigations and dealings with
ghosts and spirits, can sometimes determine what is going on, and in many
cases, stop the phenomena completely and totally.
first thing that must be done in all cases is to rule out any possible natural
explanations for the various phenomena taking place.
Many natural causes can contribute or actually create ghostly
manifestations to occur in the first place.
These include: house foundation settling, humidity coming from
structural leakage, citizens band radio transmissions, buses or heavy trucks
rumbling past a residence, electric or magnetic anomalies.
These and others must be investigated and ruled out first!
Many different kinds of sophisticated equipment are sometimes used,
such as: magnetometers, spectrum analyzers, infrared recording devices, diode
tape-recorders, microwave leakage detectors, etc.
When these possible natural causes are eliminated, then further
progress and testing can be undertaken.
next step is to interview fully all witnesses to the said phenomena and
retrieve as much information as possible about past residents of the building,
medical histories (to see if the phenomena is perhaps psychosomatic), ESP
testing and any undue stress the family or persons might be under while the
phenomena is going on. Many times this can be caused by living agents and not
"earthbound entities". Built
up emotional and/or mental/physical stress can cause "poltergeist"
term "Poltergeist" is a German word meaning noisy ghost but the
actual phenomena may not actually be caused by a discarnate entity.
Current theories on poltergeist phenomena centers on adolescents
between the ages of 13-20 years of age which may be some pent-up emotions that
they cannot express verbally. These
individuals are also going through bodily changes both physically and
chemically called puberty. Their inability to verbalize, in theory, just
continues to charge their psychic battery until there is, what researchers
would call, a "psychic explosion".
Paranormal events such as the movement of objects, strange lights,
rapping or knocking sounds and the sudden appearance or disappearance of
material objects (Apports) can occur. So,
wherever there are young adults present, this must be taken into
consideration. However, where
there are visual apparitions, this is an entirely different story.
Additional information about the area where the building is standing must be performed to determine what, if anything was originally on that specific location before. Many times, if it is a haunting, the phenomena might be due to something or someone who lived at that locale long ago, or perhaps it is due to something that happened long ago.
next step is to make an appointment to visit the house with a team of other
Ghost Research Society members and actually go room to room to see if anything
can be discerned. The use of 35MM
cameras equipped with both high-speed and infrared film, to be used in
documentation of either visible or invisible activity, is a must.
Simultaneous snapshots are taken of given areas where psychics believe
a ghost or spirit may reside. Later
the photographs can be compared to see if anything registered on either film.
If it's a visible reflection or something natural, then both films
should pick it up. However, if the
phenomenon is invisible in nature, then only the high-speed infrared film will
register it even though simultaneous snapshots were taken.
would employ different types of equipment such as Tri-Field meters, Gauss
meters, Geiger Counters, Field Strength meters, Negative Ion Detectors,
Night-vision Cameras, and a device known as G.E.I.S.T. which stands for
Geophysically Equipped Instrument of Scientific Testing.
The computer program and hardware was designed by Stan Suho, a
long-standing member of the GRS. G.E.I.S.T.
is actually launched from a laptop computer through what=s
called a >polling
Different instruments can be attached to the polling device and the
whole contraption can be placed in a single room or spread throughout a house
for monitoring purposes. If and
when a device detects an anomalous reading, a signal is sent through the
polling device and registered in a file on the hard drive of the laptop
computer. A simultaneous picture
can also be taken automatically by G.E.I.S.T. without anyone being present.
the problem is a poltergeist then usually counseling is advised for the
adolescent to discover any deep-seated emotional problems that he/she may have
and correct them. If, however, the
problem is an actual "earthbound" spirit then some form of
communication between the spirit and the medium may be necessary to find out
why the ghost is there and to try to help it "move on", through its
different types of communication are possible, such as: Ouija board, automatic
writing and séances - none of which we use or would recommend to anyone,
especially a novice! The best
means available is direct telepathic contact through an altered state of
consciousness such as a trance. A
light trance is best because through this state the medium can still retain
partial awareness with the physical world and, at the same time; act as
liaison to the spirit world. However,
in most cases we do not employ the use of psychics or mediums but prefer to
stay at the scientific end of the spectrum through the use of high-tech
electronic gadgets that come, in some cases, tell the researcher if something
out of the ordinary is afoot.
Usually the problem is a violent or sudden death such as a suicide, murder or accident. Other possibilities include a longing for more physical life, to give a message, contact a loved one for reassurance, or a simple unwillingness to let go of physical life. Compounded on this, often the ghost doesn't realize that he/she has passed on and would continue to do things he/she did in their normal life. This is almost always due to a very sudden or untimely death where the life-force was literally ripped away very violently, suddenly or tragically.
patterns may develop in a haunting such as dishes rattling in the kitchen at 7
am. Maybe the spirit is that of a female housewife and she is still, even in
death, making breakfast for her family in the early morning hours.
This is why a diary of events pertaining to the haunting is of utmost
importance. Witnesses should keep
this up to date for the investigators arrival.
The sounds and noises may be random in location and time, but at times
will occur at specific hours of the day or night and in certain areas of the
residence. A log listing the room,
time, date and occurrence should be kept for reference purposes.
Include with that all names of other witnesses to the phenomena and a
brief description of the events.
it has been proven that the disturbances are being caused by an earthbound
spirit, then through the use of a medium, we can usually help him/her along its
way. It's always as simple as
convincing the ghost that he/she is dead, doesn't belong in this world and
asking them to look for the white light and friends or loved ones who are
waiting to help guide them. If you
follow these simple procedures, your success rate will be very high.
most important thing to remember about ghosts is that cannot harm you
physically. We have never come
across an unfriendly ghost or harmful spirit.
There are other "things” that can be very harmful, fringing on the
demonic, but that's less than 2% of the cases reported worldwide and are only
you believe that you have a ghost or just begin to see and experience strange or
unusual phenomena, the best advice I can offer you is to be calm, cool and
observant. Do NOT attempt to
communicate with it yourself, invite it into your home or family or try to
exorcise it in anyway. Depending on
your religious preference, a general house blessing is sometimes beneficial both
psychologically and emotionally but frequently useless against stubborn
in a professional ghost hunter, parapsychologist or psychical investigator.
Ask their opinion and let them handle the situation.
You will obtain better and more thorough results and may be somewhat
safer because of their experience and knowledge in the field.
But by no means should you be afraid or fearful of this very frequently
reported phenomenon. It's just
another area of science that most people do not fully understand but which truly
For further information about ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists or life after death or to locate someone in your immediate are for additional assistance, contact: The Ghost Research Society, c/o Dale Kaczmarek, PO Box 205, Oak Lawn, IL., 60454-0205 USA or call (708)425-5163.
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