One Good Reason to Avoid Ghost Hunting

It happens far too often: Someone suffers a tragic loss. Someone they cared deeply about is gone.

One good reason to avoid ghost huntingThe person decides that, through ghost hunting, he (or she) might reconnect with the deceased.

I have never seen a positive outcome to that… not the kind that involves certain contact with the other (deceased) person, or full closure to their grief.

Worse, it puts the grieving person at risk. He (or she) may be so eager to communicate with the lost loved one, he becomes vulnerable to dark or malicious entities.

(Yes, some seem to masquerade as lost friends and benign entities.)

Or, she (or he) may be victimized by charlatans masquerading as ghost hunting professionals.

Online or in person, those sleazy people can steal the grieving person’s money, or even their identity.

In real life, they use the cover of darkness for unprofessional and criminal actions. (That’s especially true when the grieving person is female, and either a minor or in an unhappy marriage. Since about 2008, that problem has been rampant in ghost hunting.)

At the other extreme, when someone is involved in paranormal research with a single, self-serving goal, it’s easy for them to let down their team members.

For example, the person may wander off by his- or herself, thinking he saw something that reminded him of the person who died.

Then, the investigation has to be halted while everyone searches for the missing team member.  In many cases, that adds up to a frustrating, wasted research session.

(This is why I recommend a careful interview before accepting anyone new on a critical investigation. Be sure you know the person’s motivation for ghost research.)

Finally, ghost hunting may prevent the person from completing the grieving process. They won’t let go of the past. They’re still trying to hold onto the person who’s gone.

At almost every ghost hunting event I’ve attended, by late in the evening, I’ve found someone sobbing in a corner, absolutely distraught.

In every case, the person was still mourning for a lost loved one. And, during that event, she (or he) has realized that ghost hunting wasn’t going to bring that person back.

Grief and ghost hunting don’t mix.

My advice is: Cherish the memories. Allow yourself to grieve. Give yourself as much time as you need.  (I’ve always admired the Jewish tradition of “sitting shiva.” I think many of those traditions could help people of other faiths – including Atheists – as well.)

Seek professional counseling if you need it; don’t feel embarrassed to reach out to those who can help.

After that, if you’re still interested in ghost hunting – out of curiosity, or a spiritual or scientific interest – get involved.

Meanwhile, you put yourself at risk if you leap into ghost hunting with the goal of reconnecting with a lost loved one.

There are many great reasons to become a paranormal investigator and go on ghost hunts. Be honest with yourself – and your team mates – about why you’re there.

We need more bright, interested ghost researchers. I hope you are (or will be) one of them… but only when the time is right for you.

6 thoughts on “One Good Reason to Avoid Ghost Hunting”

  1. Those who grieve will be grieved upon in no time.The quantum entanglement spans across space and time,Jung had elaborated the synchronicity to incude distant space and future time after consultations with his quantum physcist friends.Retrocausality indicated by Carroll and conceptualized by Jung,implies teleology that transcends human emotions.And Carroll had also indicated MWI,that is 85 yrs before Hugh Everett 3,a multiverse where people remember their other selves as well as their futures.

  2. Hey, Fiona, I’m thinking that this recent statement from a senior manager at Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) has some relevance to ghost hunting and The Mandela Effect – namely the part about how some UFOs (or who or whatever is behind some UFOs) have some psychic (or psychic-like) technology that can manipulate human minds and bodies. BAASS was a part of that government conspiracy that was outed back in December as seriously studying UFOs while trying to pretend that it was ridiculous to the think that the government would care about UFOs enough to seriously study them. The statement was posted on a local Las Vegas news website. (the website of the same local news organization that employs George Knapp – one of the few mainstream journalists who takes paranormal phenomena seriously) I’ll post the link, just below:

    http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/statement-from-a-senior-manager-of-baass/1160216617

      1. Yes, it has relevance to The Mandela Effect – part of which being that it proposes an alternative (pun intended) explanation that maybe the past and the universe are not changing, but maybe someone is changing our memories. However, it is also relevant to ghost hunting research because they seem to be suggesting that UFOs and ghosts (and many other high-strangeness stuff) have the same underlying phenomenon as a cause. In fact, since some of those conspirators at The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) have gone public, they seem to have, in their interviews, taken to calling it “The Phenomenon.” It is possible that you are studying the same phenomenon when you go to haunted places. Unfortunately, although they talked about a revolution of using the human body as a readout system for the effects of The Phenomenon, they were short on details of how they think that The Phenomenon affects the human body and mind in that statement. However, since that statement was posted, it spurred some dude calling himself “Red Pill Junkie” to write an article about how he thinks that it might tie in with The Skinwalker Ranch. I’m gonna guess that you have heard of that ranch, before. It is a bit lengthy, but if you have time it is worth reading because it provides a few possible details as to what the researchers might have been looking for, like possible changes in urine after guards worked at the ranch. Also, they talk about a podcast where there might be more clues about specifics of how the human body is affected at the ranch, (and, possibly, other haunted places) so you can listen to that, as well, if you have time. Here is the link to the article:

        https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/05/were-human-guinea-pigs-at-skinwalker-ranch-part-of-the-secret-pentagon-ufo-program/

        1. Good insights, Mark, thank you! I’ll take a look at that link as soon as I have a few minutes. (Right now, I’m scrambling to complete the Introduction to Ghost Hunting course and finish a book about the Mandela Effect.)

          For years, I’ve suspected that – in some (not all) cases – both ghosts and the Mandela Effect (and possibly crypto and UFOs and so on) might have a common explanation. I don’t think we can confidently say “all ghosts are dead people,” or use any other single explanation for all related phenomena. In my opinion, it’s not a one-size-fits-all topic.

          Your suggestions also point to a few outliers among haunted places: Locations where too much seems to be going on. That is, it’s normal for people to hear strange noises OR feel as if someone invisible brushes past them OR hear distinct tapping/knocking sounds in response to questions. But, I’ve always raised an eyebrow at the rare cases of people being shoved by invisible forces AND hearing unearthly wails AND seeing phantoms AND… well, you get the idea.

          It’s not that widespread phenomena are impossible at profoundly haunted sites, but it’s extremely rare. So, I’ve been looking for other explanations, and this could fit some of them.

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