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Journalizing Paranormal Activity

Updated on July 5, 2013
Tulip Staircase, National Maritime Museum
Tulip Staircase, National Maritime Museum
Corroboree Rock at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Corroboree Rock at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

It has come to my attention lately that it seems everyone is asking if this noise or that noise is paranormal and my answer is always to write it down, journalize it, if you would. I have had people ask if just seeing a shadow or something odd happens like the light going on or off means that there is something paranormal going on. The first thing I always ask when someone tells me this is does it happen often or does anything else happen. If this is the only thing that has ever happened then I would not consider it paranormal, my printer likes to turn itself on and then back off sometimes, but it isn’t paranormal, it just is.

The most logical way to approach something like this, at least for me, is to keep track of any unusual activity in your home. If you feel like someone is watching you or you think you see a shadow moving or you hear odd noises often, than write this all down. Dates, times, what happened and where it happened. One odd thing happening only one time in your home is no cause for alarm, the same thing happening 10 or 20 times, yep than you might just have something. It is important to jot things down when they happen so a sequence of events can be determined. In most cases I have found that the activity usually increases over time, now that time period could be anywhere from a week to 10 years, who knows, that is why it is so important to journalize what happens.

If you keep your journal and notice that things happen around a certain time of year, or just on a certain day, then more than likely it is a residual haunting. If the same thing occurs the same time every year or on a certain day, then cause for concern is often not needed as the spirit does not even know you are there and is not going to interact with you in any way. It is often very hard to get rid of residual haunting as it is like the energy was just caught in that loop of time and will play no matter what you may say or do. Some say that places like Gettysburg, Pa have a huge amount of residual haunting in the beginning of July each year as that is when the battle took place there. Total losses for each side during the battle were astounding, it was estimated that over 51,000 lives were lost in a three day period. Imagine the loss of so many in such a limited area and it is no wonder that Gettysburg is one of the most haunted places, possibly anywhere.

If your journal shows that there is no pattern to these sightings or noises, than it may be time to try a house blessing to cleanse the area and to move the spirit on if possible. If this does not solve the problem and you notice the activity either increases or become more pronounced then you can contact your local paranormal group and ask them for help (this should always be free) and you will have your journal of activity for them to see what has been happening.


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      JesadaB 5 years ago from Home!

      Thanks xanzacow! It is important for people who think they may be experiencing activity to journalize as it will help any investigators they may have in. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Very interesting! I think a journal is a very clever idea!

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      JesadaB 6 years ago from Home!

      Hi Sneha Sunny! Yes sometimes it seems that everyone almost hopes for it to be paranormal, but a one time sound or flickering is not enough to go on for that! lol

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      Sneha Sunny 6 years ago from India

      Nice hub.... I agree..sometime people just consider everything as the paranormal activity..... People should focus on those unusual things which has no explanations. Like you said odd noises..etc and repeating events at the same time. fluctuating lights may be a result of loose wiring as well. lol....