Have you ever wondered if ghosts are real? In all honesty, they are. Ghost/spirits, whatever you want to call them, do exist. By reading this article, you will gain the knowledge and insight of what equipment to buy and how to find places that will provide the most paranormal activity.
First, you must find a group of friends who are seriously interested in finding paranormal activity and documenting such evidence. A small group, not more than four individuals, is a good number. Larger groups can cause contamination of your evidence due to people moving around. You must know where your members are at all times during an investigation. The people who join your group must be serious minded. You don’t want one person that decides to joke around to ruin an entire evening of hunting. Contaminated evidence from a member not only wastes your time, but also overshadows the possible paranormal activity that you have been trying to capture.
Second, you must get your equipment. Digital voice recorders are the most vital piece of equipment you can buy. EVPs, electronic voice phenomenon, are the easiest way for a spirit to communicate. These recorders are about $45-65 and are worth every penny. Digital cameras are also a great way to capture evidence of an apparition/ghost. A temperature gauge is a useful piece of equipment. Spirits try to manifest by drawing energy out of a place, thus dropping the temperature. Another tool that will come in handy is the EMF meter that measures electromagnetic fields. There are several different types of EMF meters. We use the K2 meter with LED lights. Video cameras are very good to use to document your investigation and capture EVPs but you will need an infrared light. This will enhance the quality of the picture. You should use more than one piece of equipment to document your investigation. Collaboration of evidence is very important.
Third, you must pick a time and location. You should arrive at your location by sunset so that you have time to set up your equipment. Also, a lot of paranormal activity occurs around sunset. Picking a location is vital. Cemeteries, although sometimes haunted, aren’t always the best sites to investigate. Cemeteries are places where the body is buried three days after death, not the site where the person died. If a memorial has been set up on the exact site of a murder/death/suicide, then that would be the place to investigate. To find the most paranormal activity, you must find a place where something tragic happened. Suicides tend to leave a strong mark on a location. Murder sites are also a good place to investigate. These two causes of death provide a lot of paranormal activity for a deep reason. It’s proven that the body has an electric current flowing through it. If you can imagine a person dying very quickly, all of the energy is leaving the body as a whole. With slow deaths, the energy is drained slowly over time. Water is also said to fuel paranormal activity, so creeks and other waterways may help spirits manifest. Large quantities of granite or limestone are said to fuel paranormal activity as well. Please make sure that you have secured permission before entering cemeteries and other private property.
When you arrive at your location, set up a headquarters. A headquarters gives your team a safe place to meet, allows you to talk about experiences while keeping distance from any ongoing investigation and provides a great place to review some of your equipment during down time.
Set up your equipment. This is vital in capturing paranormal activity. Video cameras must either be handheld or set up static. Point video cameras towards places where activity is said to have occurred frequently and make sure that your angle is wide in order to capture as much as you can. Digital voice recorders can be handheld, but to prevent contamination it is wise to set the recorder down and move back. An EMF meter should be operated by one person. Walk around an area and move the meter in a sweeping motion in the form of a cross. If possible, initial readings should be taken prior to the investigation especially inside. You will want a base reading of the areas/areas you are investigating. Digital cameras are a free for all. Take as many pictures as you can. When someone is experiencing a change in the EMF meter or cold spots, take pictures in the direction of this phenomena. A temperature gauge should be used by one person at a time, but should be passed to the person who is feeling a temperature change around them.
Now it is time to start investigating. Have your friends sit down to minimize movement and contamination of your evidence. Start by taking pictures. Have someone operate the EMF meter to find fluctuations in energy. If walking around is necessary, have only one or two people walking or moving at a time. With the digital voice recorder running, you must make note of the contamination. Announcing contamination will save you a lot of time later during the review. While doing an EVP session with the digital recorder, make sure that you ask a lot of questions. Ask for permission to talk to the entity, who they are, what their life was like, or even what today’s date is. Your best tool is your own senses. One way to get entities to respond is by knocking. Knock twice and ask them to knock back once. Sometimes a knock may be too soft to hear with your ears, but then picked up on the digital recorder. Another way to get spirits to interact is to ask them to touch the equipment. It may sound crazy, but when you let them know that they can communicate with you through devices, sometimes they interact directly to the instruments.
Take timeouts. For every hour of investigating, leave room for about ten minutes of gathering at headquarters. This will allow you to calm down, think of what to ask during your next session, or where to move to your next location.
Wrap it up. Now that your investigation is completed to the best of your teams’ ability, take your time and gather your equipment. Losing equipment should never happen if you take your time and make sure that you have everything. There are two choices now. You can review evidence at headquarters or call it a night and review the following day. If you choose headquarters, your team is there to provide input on any evidence. If everyone reviews at once, you have a better chance of separating paranormal from contamination. Also, you are still at the location and are able to debunk something if need be. Reviewing evidence the following day gives you rest and a fresh mind.
The review. Reviewing should be done as a group. Pictures should be examined carefully for orbs or anything that is out of place. Digital recorders should be taken very seriously. Listen very closely and use headphones. Sift through the recording sessions and write down what is possible evidence and also write down what you know is contamination. Watch videos carefully. Take notice to the entire visual field.
It’s time to display your evidence. Use audio/video software to cut down your recordings and join them into a solid video of evidence. Also make folders on your computer for the sessions of pictures.
TIPS and WARNINGS
Always have an open mind. Maybe that bump you heard was an animal in all actuality. Be skeptical during an investigation and try to see if you can debunk. What you can’t debunk, may become evidence.
Never trespass. Always get permission.
Never ghost hunt alone. With no one to back up your claims, who can count on just you to bring unbiased evidence to the field. Safety first in all situations.