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How To Communicate With Ghosts

Updated on December 20, 2012

I often hear people mention how they want paranormal experience but have never had one. Through proper training, patience and having an open mind, anyone can have at least a short conversation with spirits.

Although most ghosts can’t hurt the living, it’s always a good idea to start out with some spiritual safety measures.

Reiki in action. This method of energy healing can also be used to ground an individual before spiritual communication.
Reiki in action. This method of energy healing can also be used to ground an individual before spiritual communication. | Source

Why to Ground Yourself

There are unlimited methods to ground yourself. Some people find simply feeling the floor, grass or loose dirt with their bare feet does the trick. In a pinch, touching a wall or floor with my hands can help calm turbulent energy.

However, when I’m doing this kind of work, visualization works best for me. I envision roots coming from my feet and branching deep into the earth. Through those roots, I send dark energy pent up from stress and other negativity in my life. From there, I envision it spreading into the earth and being transformed into pure white light. It then gets sucked back into the roots, only to spread through my body and erase all negativity that may still linger.

How to Shield

Shielding is a method of protecting against a spirit attaching to you and following you home. A statement of focused intent, such as “Everyone who is here will stay here. I will leave here in the same way I came” or something of that nature can help. People often back those kinds of statements up by calling on a favored angel or guardian, or by way of reiki and visualization.

I use visualization, myself. Being a Star Trek fan, I usually use the shielding imagery from the series. My shields usually appear to be blue, simply because that color makes me feel safe and secure.

Once you’ve found grounding and shielding techniques that work for you, you can then move on to actually establishing communication.

Pick a spot

Follow your instincts. You might be surprised at how much you can tell from the simple feel of an area. However, if you find out that you have legal access to an area where there has been paranormal activity, arrange a time to experiment there.

An Example of Flashlight Conversation

Flashlight Conversations

One easy method ghost hunters use is through the use of flashlights. All you’d need is a flashlight with a twisting mechanism to turn it on. Move the piece until it’s just verging on the point of being on. Because it takes ghosts a lot of effort to affect the physical world, this is a relatively easy method to give them a way to communicate. Then give instruction on how to use the tool and ask yes or no questions. You can cater the questions to the haunting in question and any location history.

Work With Tapping

Along the same lines as the flashlight method, you can establish a code through tapping. Something like “tap twice if you’re here” would work. Be careful, because it can be very faint and sometimes it’s easy to mistake a tap for another cause. This is why you want to specify the number of taps you’d like to hear and what each number would mean.

EVP Tips

EVP stands for electronic voice phenomena. All this involves is to ask questions in a quiet, dark area and give the spirit time to respond. It also helps if you let the spirit know what the recorder is and that they can speak into it so the living could hear the response later. This method can be a little tricky because ambient sounds will also be picked up. You’ll want to check out the acoustics of the area before interpreting whatever evidence you’ve gotten on your recorder.

Useful Information

Here are a few tips about how to make the experience a little more concrete and easier on the nerves.

  • Stay with a group of like minded, calm people
    Going it alone can be unnecessarily frightening. When your group is calm and collected, you’re more likely to view what happens with a clearer mind.
  • Have a plan
    Having a plan beforehand can help eliminate potential panic and unease. It will also help with potential problems.
  • Record events
    If possible, record your sessions with a digital recorder or DVD recorder. Sometimes visual things will show up on video when the footage is played back.

A custom ouija board. These types of tools are best to stay away from when you're first starting out.
A custom ouija board. These types of tools are best to stay away from when you're first starting out. | Source

Words of Warning

There are two options that I would suggest avoiding, because of their history of causing trouble.

Ouija Board
This popular prop has been around since Victorian times. This tool opens the participants up to any kind of spirit which may be drifting by. This type of exposure is not a good thing at all, because there are types of entities which delight in causing fear, anxiety and mischief. Unless you’re already highly skilled in speaking with spirits, it’s best to avoid it.

Again, this practice opens up the participants to all sorts of potential spirit attachment. Unless it’s being lead by an experienced medium and there are others in the group to help with controlling who comes through, it’s best avoided by beginners. Any time an individual opens themselves up without proper protection, they risk potentially harmful results.

Very often, results won’t show up on the first try, but don’t be discouraged. Keep practicing, and eventually you will get some sort of communication. Don't be afraid to research different methods. Although the ones I’d offered are simple and very common, there are many different options out there.


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    • ESPeck1919 profile image

      ESPeck1919 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      You're very welcome, and thanks for commenting, Novelist! I plan on writing more on the topic as time progresses. I love studying up on this stuff. :)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      :) Very cool topic to write about. Thanks so much for sharing this! Would love to hear more!

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      Harriette Schwartz 4 years ago from Fresno

      I too am a spiritual believer and have had some experiences. I created and ran a group on a social network, and the group was called MEDIUMS AND LOST PALLIES. There I met Susan Norgren a medium and she and I co-wrote a book about the afterlife, called (from my group) LOST PALLIES. It is sold on Harriette

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      ESPeck1919 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Thank you! The weirdness in my life has sort of necessitated this type of study. :)

      If you ever feel like sharing, I'd be willing to read. I love those types of stories!

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      Christine McDade 4 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Very interesting. There are many television shows that have tempted me to explore such things. You provide great advice. I had an experience while in a cemetery years ago. It got me thinking...

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      ESPeck1919 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Hi there, Peter.

      Thank you very much for the input! That's an excellent point that I think is often overlooked.

      It's also very neat that your family has learned how to deal with the paranormal so well. It's a real gift to have that kind of support. I don't think many young people have access to someone who can help them out with their gifts, these days.

      Take care and thanks again. :)

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear especk

      Thank you for an interesting article.

      Coming from a Devon family where the paranormal is a daily occurrence, my grandmother taught me how to deal with these experiences from an early age. One thing I learned from the beginning was never to ask if a certain person was there. The temptation for the spirit is always to say yes, even if it is not true.

      Kind regards Peter

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      ESPeck1919 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Thank you! Glad you like the Star Trek idea, too.

      I know a few people who envision themselves drawing a big circle around themselves with a magic marker and a bubble growing from their drawing. That one has always stricken me as fun, too. My inner geek still prefers the sci-fi option. ;)

      Yeah, I've never been fond of Ouija boards myself. I've been to a couple of seances before, but that was only after quite a few years of studying and dealing with this stuff. There were results both times, and they were both pretty strictly regulated by the person conducting them, but they're really not my cup of tea.

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      cryptid 5 years ago from Earth

      Great Hub. Love that you envision the Star Trek shields for your protection! I also agree about avoiding seances and Ouija. I've always been uncomfortable with that stuff.

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      ESPeck1919 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Thank you! Very glad you like it. :)

      I'm a big Halloween fan, too. Especially the candy - I may or may not need to pick up more. Ahem.

      Anyway, hope you get your encounter soon!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      ESPeck, this is so interesting! I really love this time of year (Halloween) and enjoy being scared silly. I love your hubs and can't wait for my first encounter with a ghost. I keep waiting! Thanks for the great article and it is so well written.