If You Need Help

Ghosts? What to do if you need help.It’s okay to feel frightened if you’ve been around a ghost.

In fact, many TV shows and movies make ghosts seem terrifying. They don’t tell you how much was real and how much was staged for effect.

If you are troubled by ghosts or other entities, one or more of the following articles – some at my Ghosts 101 website – may answer your questions.

Here’s what to do, right now

If you’ve had a frightening experience that may be paranormal, I encourage you to start by talking with someone local.

My first choice is always a trusted, mainstream priest or minister, or other member of the clergy.

Here’s why: Many paranormal entities are spirits, and the clergy have studied spiritual matters. If they can’t help you, most will refer you to someone who knows more.

Above all, do not trust strangers you meet online, even if they sound trustworthy. Predators lurk online, looking for vulnerable people.

If losing money to them is the worst that happens when you encounter one of those charlatans, consider yourself lucky.

Verify the identity of anyone who wants to help you, online or offline. Check their names against lists of sexual predators and criminals, too.

Several high-profile “professionals” and at least one TV star have not been as trustworthy as people (like me) believed they were.

(But to be clear: John Zaffis is still a trusted friend and authority. Dustin Pari, Brian Cano, David Wells, Peter Haviland, the TAPS team… all of them are fine to work with, as far as I know.)

Your best resources are experts in spiritual fields, and they should be people trusted in your offline community… not people you met online.