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Provoking A Spirit May Produce Results, But It’s Also Dangerous

You Shouldn’t Provoke Unless as a Last Resort

Provoking spirits to cause them to make contact is something that unfortunately has become a common practice in the ghost hunting industry on television. When people see this happening, they think that doing the same will get more results. The only time that I feel it is appropriate to do so is if a homeowner is being troubled by a malicious entity, and the ghost has not made contact with investigators despite past attempts. Sometimes, the only way to deal with a bully spirit is to stand up to them. Unless an investigator faces this situation, I do not believe it is right to provoke a ghost. Not only out of respect, but also for safety reasons.

Provoking Is Disrespectful

The most important reason that I do not provoke spirits is out of respect. Spirits are merely people without bodies. Though you may not be able to see them, souls still deserve to be treated with respect. Often the place where a spirit stays behind is one that they are attached to, or, they were afraid to move on, and the location gives them a sense of comfort. It is the same way that a place you and I consider to be home provides us with a sense of security.

Imagine if someone were to come knocking on your door. You answer, and a man that you have never met before inquires to ask you a few questions. This encounter with the stranger will go one of two ways; you may say yes, and proceed to answer the questions. After giving your answers, he leaves, and you finish what you had been doing before answering the door. The other option is that you politely say no, and ask him to go. But he does not, and instead, begins to ask more questions. Again, you say no. At this point you may be getting frustrated. He sees that being polite will not work with you. So he puts his foot in the doorway and edges himself inside. If you do not answer his questions, he will stay until you do. Now what you do?

It Can Cause a Safety Concern

Feeling threatened, you start to think of solutions. You can tell the visitor to leave, and if he does not, you will call the cops. You may force the door shut and lock it. Or, depending on what personality you have, you may throw a punch or two. Either way, you feel like your personal space is under threat. Provoking spirits is the same way. If they do not want to answer your questions, please do not force them to do so.

They may feel scared, and during that moment they may throw something at you, or try to hit you. Imagine yourself in the situation with the man asking questions at your door. If you feel that they will try and force their way into your home, you are going to stop them. Ghosts cannot call the police. They may ignore you, eventually give up and make contact, or get aggressive. Now, if they should get aggressive, which is rare, you cannot blame them for that. They are defending themselves just as you or I would do in the same situation.

Patience Goes Further Than Provoking

If a spirit does not reply to your questions after a few attempts, the best thing do is leave. There is no reason to waste precious time when you could find evidence elsewhere. Either try another area of the location or call it a day. If you decide to leave, try going back to the site and ask different questions. Often results will not turn up until the second, third, or even fourth visit. So please ask yourself this before provoking a spirit: How would you feel if someone did the same to you?

What Is the Worst Mistake Made While Ghost Hunting?

What Is the Worst Mistake 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.

Have an Open Mind

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.

Don’t Mistake Evidence for Something Natural

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.

Always Speak Up

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.

Keep a Level Head

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.

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