Emotionally Preparing to go on a Ghost Hunt
So you want to go ghost hunting. Maybe you just want to take a tour of some famous haunted areas. Or perhaps you actually want to strike out on your own into abandoned and neglected buildings in order to see if ghost activity thrives there. A bit of preparation should be done in either case. Sure, this means that you should get some photographic equipment and dark clothing or whatever you need physically for the trek. But more importantly is the emotional preparation that you should do before you get going with your ghost hunt.
Whether or not you encounter spirits during your ghost hunt, you may find that the experience of engaging in the hunt can bring up emotional issues for you. Sometimes this is a result of the fact that the places which you are opting to explore at a deeper level are places which are filled with rich histories that are sometimes dotted with anguish or even overflowing with pain. When you go to explore these locations, you allow yourself to become enmeshed in the histories that are held within their walls, and you may find that this affects you at an emotional level despite all of your predictions that it will not.
In some cases, people are interested in exploring the ghost stories that are related to their own personal histories. They may seek to learn about the ghosts that are experienced by others who have the same cultural background as themselves. Or they may go searching for any experience of ghost presence in the homes and places of business of themselves and the people in their families. These experiences can bring up emotional trauma connected to the personal history of the ghost hunter.
Despite these risks, ghost hunting can be a terrifically fun experience and should not be avoided merely for fear of experiencing these negative effects. By properly preparing at the emotional level, it should be possible to gain insight in to the areas of ghost hunting which you wish to explore without wreaking havoc on your own emotional life.
First and foremost, it is important that you prepare yourself with an in-depth look at your knowledge of yourself and what you can handle. If, for instance, you are aware of the fact that the areas in which you will be doing your ghost hunting are locations that might be of emotional significance to you, you should consider doing some work at the emotional level to understand your feelings about the experience before you embark on your adventures. Writing your thoughts down in a journal, talking your fears over with a close friend or even consulting a professional who is capable of assisting you in dealing with the emotional effects of your journey are all methods that you might consider during this stage of emotionally preparing to engage in ghost hunting.
It is also important that you surround yourself with a network of people who are willing to support what you are doing. Consider, for example, the case of the man who has decided to go ghost hunting one weekend just to see what is out there. He doesn’t even especially believe that ghosts necessarily exist, and he is fairly certain that he won’t find anything, but he thinks that it might be fun to go exploring anyway. He picks his locations and he tells his wife about his plans. She is less than supportive but since he is kind of laughing and rolling his eyes about himself, she humors him and off he goes. When he returns, he is visibly shaken. He looks … well, he looks like he has just seen a ghost.
The man does not know where to put this is in his schema of thought. He feels like his whole perspective on the world around him has become destabilized. And the real problem is that his wife, along with everyone else in his life, is living in disbelief of his experience. Perhaps she mocks him. Or perhaps she simply makes it known that she doesn’t think that what he saw was real and that she doesn’t want to hear any more about it. In either case, the man is not able to discuss his experience, so he stuffs it back inside of himself. In the best case scenario, he never goes any further in to exploring the world of ghosts. In a worse case, he becomes emotionally confused and frustrated, feeling like he is at a loss with nowhere to turn.
Of course, this is not going to be the case for everyone who goes ghost hunting. In many instances, the individual will go out, have some fun experiences and maybe pick up a story or two to tell around the dinner table at the holidays. But you simply never know what is going to happen when you go out to experience the greater world around you. As a result, it is important that you have people in your life who are able to help you cope with the unexpected if the experience is one that comes up for you.
If you find that you do not already have such an established network of emotional support in your life, you should seek out others who are like-minded in their ghost hunting interests with whom you can engage in ongoing discussion about the topic. This is a great idea anyway, because it can terrifically enhance your experience of the ghost hunting endeavor. The available ghost hunt tours and ghost investigation groups in your local area are one place to start. Alternatively, forums of people who engage in ghost hunting around the world can help you out.
Creating this network of people who support you along with preparing yourself with knowledge of your own emotional status are the best methods of making sure that you are ready to go ghost hunting. All other preparation will be secondary to the emotional work that you can do to make the experience one which is full and complete and which offers all that you can possibly wish to get out of it to you in a safe manner.
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