- Religion and Philosophy
How to Spot Real Paranormal Activity in Your Home
Strange things have been happening in your home. Doors open on their own. Things knock on the walls at night. Footsteps follow you down the stairs. You feel like you’re being watched every time you go into your basement. Although you’ve been experiencing these uncanny incidences and perhaps are beginning to suffer anxiety from them, you don’t know why they’re happening.
How can you prove that there’s a spirit at fault?
Ironically, the first step to proving paranormal activity is through disproving it. Because so many signs of ghosts can be caused by perfectly mundane things. There are several very common causes behind these types of phenomena.
Because our nervous systems work by sending weak electric impulses between nerves, we naturally emit our own electromagnetic fields. When those fields interact with other fields, sometimes we feel as if we’re being watched, get sick or hallucinate. With this in mind, examine the area in which you feel a presence. Is there an electrical box that needs to be updated? Are there poorly insulated electric cables present? Electromagnetic field readers, more commonly known as EMF detectors, are useful for this kind of debunking. However, if you only plan to use it once, the price of purchasing one may not be justifiable.
This is an important one, because unlike most spirits, animals can cause physical damage to the structure, your health and your physical body. Bumps and scraping in an attic or the walls can indicate some sort of critter bunking in your home without paying rent. Pets can also make strange noises as well. Rodents can actually shift an imbalanced table their cage may be on and cause it to bump against the wall, for example. Because most of them are nocturnal, it could take their sleepy humans a while to figure out the cause of the creepy nose.
Some types of furnaces can be very loud when they first start, and if the ducts aren’t kept clean, the smell of burning dust can waft by unexpectedly as well. Older metal pipes have been known to make strange sounds if they’re improperly anchored in place. Likewise, when a faucet appears to turn on at its own bidding, which could indicate a need for a new washer or some other repair to the apparatus.
- Air Pressure
Changes in air pressure can rattle doors and windows. If there’s something wrong with a door’s latch, sometimes it can appear to open on its own when a window or adjacent door is opened. When in doubt, always try to recreate the phenomenon.
Another advantage to disproving these and other physical causes is the opportunity to fix them. Once a licensed electrician updates the electrical system, your likelihood of a house fire goes down. Setting live traps out, or having an exterminator do it, cuts down on the likelihood of various illnesses carried by wild animals. In the cases of plumbing and temperature regulation, utility bills will go down because you won’t be paying for extra water or inefficient heating.
An interesting example of EVP work
Once you have eliminated mundane causes, the next step is to get some sort of physical evidence of the haunting. You don’t need the fun, though expensive, toys that paranormal investigators use on shows like Ghosthunters, either. A simple camera and recorder of some kind would work perfectly well.
- Shield and ground yourself
If you follow some sort of spiritual path, there are prayers for protection which may help you and various rituals for the same purpose. I tend to use visualization, which works pretty well for me. My method involves envisioning tree roots extending from my feet and deep into the earth. I send negative, dark energy down into the ground, where it is turned into positive, white light and is reabsorbed into my roots. Once grounded, I envision an impenetrable shield around myself, like the ones from Star Trek.
- Establish contact
If you have a DVD handheld recorder available, have it running while you ask questions of the ghost. It’s a good idea to also have an audio recorder going at the same time. To do this, sit down in the place where most of the phenomena happens and set out the recording equipment. If possible, think of your questions before you start. Things like, “What’s your name?”, “Why do you like it here?”, “Do you know you’re dead?” are good generic questions. However, you’re more likely to get a result if you cater your inquiries the area itself or to past things this spirit had done before. Pause between questions to allow for an answer. You can also ask for a certain number of taps, if this spirit had knocked on things in the past.
Later, if you hear voices on the recordings that you did not at the time, you may have caught an EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomena.
Snap pictures whenever you feel the presence by you or if a cold spot appears. If you have a partner, they can take pictures as well. However, always warn each other before taking the pictures because the flash can be very distracting. Concentrate on the most active areas, but follow your instincts. When it comes to the paranormal, especially after mundane causes have been disproven, our first impressions are usually correct.
Photos of Ghosts and Paranormal Activity
- Photos of Ghosts and Paranormal Activity
More information on what to look for to determine if your pictures have real pictures of ghosts. Many photographic anomalies can be mistaken for being of paranormal origin.
After getting a little rest, go over what you’ve captured. Remember to keep in mind that it is possible to mistake things like dust for orbs, and reflections can look strange in photos sometimes. When listening for EVPs, keep the natural acoustics of the area in mind, but also maintain an open mind. If possible, have a partner work with you to replicate anything you may be iffy about.
Research House and Land History
Another important step is to research the history of your house and the land it was built in. If you had managed to pick any names up during your investigation, you may be able to validate exactly who that spirit is through record of past owners or old news articles.
Has anyone died in the house before? What was the property used for before? Were there battles fought in the area? Finding answers to these questions and others will further validate the paranormal goings on in your home.