What is the most significant mistake that a ghost hunter can make? Many may guess along the lines of forgetting batteries, or a favorite pair of dowsing rods. While leaving tools at home is a crucial error, the truth is a ghost hunter’s equipment does not make someone an excellent researcher, as cliche as it sounds. How they use their tools, and, more importantly, the results, is where the most substantial error happens. Being able to analyze evidence correctly is what allows researchers to become reputable sources.
Being open minded to evidence is something that veteran investigators should remind themselves to be sometimes. When a ghost hunter has a longer track record, the smaller, or repetitive pieces of evidence do not seem as convincing to someone who is new to the field. Usually, when someone new sees a more common piece of evidence, it does not matter to them if it may be just a speck of dust or moisture. New researchers will be the ones who want to prove or disprove evidence the most. When a veteran ghost hunter sees an orb, they tend to file it away and almost dismiss it without a second thought. The lack of further prodding could be because they’ve seen hundreds of orbs, and do not react as much unless it is something spectacular, or from the strain of debating orbs. As a ghost hunter, investigators need to look at every angle of evidence as if they were brand new, with a blank slate. Experience is great to have, but it can become our greatest weakness if it blurs our perception.
Another similar mistake is blaming things on your mind, or external factors. Assigning blame to your subconscious is one mistake that does not seem to happen exclusively to only new or experienced ghost hunters; it all depends on who the person is. Either way, it will prevent them from possibly finding evidence. If you are inside, checked the windows and the heat or ac is off, chances are it is not the wind. If a group closed the blinds or curtains on the windows, and they are thick enough that no light can pass through, it was not car lights. Just because no one else heard the noise you did, does not mean it was your mind playing tricks on you. You may be more sensitive than the rest of the group. Grab your voice recorder and try to capture the noise.
As difficult as it may be for some to break down their mental walls and not be afraid to speak up when they experience something, they need to. The first ever ghost hunt I attended, I had trouble breaking down the wall at first. I had been seeing a little boy near a tree, but I did not know if it was my imagination. Upon telling someone what I saw, she confirmed the boy. If I had not spoken up, I might not have ever found out that I was sensitive to spirits. The opposite effect is also possible when a person claims every twig snapping is a spirit. Even if a piece of evidence proves to be a regular occurrence, they will still believe it is a spirit. Sometimes even seasoned investigators can have this happen, especially if visiting an area where a lot of time has been spent researching.
It may seem after reading this that examining evidence is a headache of a task. And it can be if you are not in the right state of mind. The best tip I can give is to research and analyze the evidence as if presented to you by someone else. Take ample notes during the investigation, including detailed descriptions of the weather to debunk humidity causing orbs later on. If going to a place you have been excited to visit, make sure you have someone there to keep you grounded if need be. Don’t be afraid to sound silly, because it could lead to potential evidence. But most important, don’t let evidence pass in front of you because it isn’t a smoking gun. For now, the smell of smoke is enough for me, and hopefully, in time, the gun will show up.