Do's and Don't s When Doing a Paranormal Investigation
Know your craft
If indeed this is something that you and a group of your friends are interested in, is best to take the time to learn all about this endeavor. Many people just go to different places in search for paranormal activity as a fun thing to do, to get a thrill, a good scare.
In many cases there is specific reason why you chose that place in particular. That means that you are probably going to experience something. Now, if indeed that's the case, What should you do?
Before you embark on a ghost hunting adventure it would be wise to take the time to learn a few techniques on how to do so safely. For this you need to have your objectives very clear. Your emotional and mental state are key to what you may find in your ghost hunting activity. Believe it or not , there are courses as to how to go about this, to maximize results. And How to protect yourself from any danger.
Do your homework on the site to be investigated
For obvious reasons, you have to know where your stepping into. The location that is. Ask around about the place you are going to investigate. Become familiar with it, that includes the surrounded area. This will help you avoid nasty surprises and getting lost. Also check if anything traumatic happened there. This can influence the activity , if any in the premises.
In the case of a home or building that are currently occupied, have a list of the people that reside there and whether or not they have had any encounters. This will help you later when drafting a report.
Also is imperative to at least have a back up plan in case things go wrong.
Be prepared emotionally for anything
We all like a good scare every once and a while. But in some cases nothing can prepare us for unexplained phenomena. Specially if it something we haven't experienced before. That can be true even to the well seasoned of researchers. Most cases are just natural occurrences that are not that obvious. But there is always the case that it will freeze you on the spot. Take at least ten minutes prior to go in to have a moment of self assurance, even prayer, if you have a belief system or religion.
Be open to question everything, and to accept only those things that can be documented. You have to be impartial at all times, but keep your eyes and you ears open. But most of all follow your instinct. If you have or believe in any for of spiritual protection use it! It will reassure you in the process.
Know your team
If this is a hobby, like most teams, you'll find many people with the same interests. Take the time to get to know each other. Every one has something special to bring to the table. Ethics are also important when it come to conduct a thorough and professional investigation.
Make ties to other members of the community to grow your network of resources. That includes college students, law enforcement, and religious leaders. You would be surprised who has a knack for the paranormal, that can help you along the way. As time goes on, and you want to incorporate more sophisticated methods of research, is good to have the collaboration of experts in the field of poltergeists, smudging and even mediums. Is also a good idea to get acquainted with an expert in Demonology just if in case what you encounter is not Casper the friendly ghost.
Show respect for the place in question
This goes without saying, but just to make it clear. Sometimes we want to see something, anything happen, and we may begin to taunt any or all possible spirits in the dwelling. In the hopes of that it will increase the chances of manifesting. In my experience, this is not needed. It can be even counterproductive, even dangerous. If a spirit is going to respond it will regardless. But there is always a chance that you will end up mocking the wrong ghost.
Listen to each other in the group
Some people are more intuitive than others. Not all people can or are willing to open up or take notice to others perspective. That's why listening to each other's opinion is key to broaden the spectrum of contact. Sometimes all member of the group will see, hear or feel phenomena. In other instances, it will be localized to one member. There is always a reason for this and is your job to find out why. Is he or she a sensitive? Is there a connection between the place and that person? So on and so forth. Once that is established, is the groups responsibility to protect this team mate on site and outside after going home.
If any of you does not feel comfortable doing the assignment, there is probably a good reason for it. Be there for each other.
* PS: That does not mean that all spirits of entities are bad or demonic. Is just that we cant expect all of them to be good either.
Do not ignore your intuition or bad vibes
Every human being has that voice inside, this higher self that will tell you what is going on with a risky situation. Listen to your gut.
Dont forget your trusted paranormal kit
Aside from your case log, make sure that you have at least the following:
- extra batteries
- pen and paper
- first aid kit ( you never know)
- cell phone ( thought keep it off during evp )
- compass ( poor's man way to detect variations in magnetic fields)