Ghost hunting has been ongoing since the late 1800s. Then, just as now, there has been deceit and confusion and many people today are trying to dispel the myths surrounding this field as well as coming up with new ideas, techniques and theories. What do you see here? Is it a ghost, or just a mass of turbulent air? Or could it just be a smudge on the camera? Enjoy the exploration!
There is no special piece of equipment you need to be a ghost hunter. The list is simple and can be interchanged for anyone's personal needs.
Ghost hunting is merely theory and conjecture. Through the study of many different theories and scientific reports, we have derived the possibility of where ghosts come from. The bodies we wear are merely a shell for the energy we hold inside. We came from energy before we were born and we will return to energy when we die. This is simple physics as well as the circle of life.
Ghosts are made up of this energy. When we die, it is presumed that we have come from this energy and therefore, that is what we will return to. We dispose of this body that we have worn out so completely and the energy leaves it. Remember, ghosts were once people too. Upon death, they keep the same attitudes, personalities and emotions they had when they were alive. So, if you were aunhgappy, disgruntled person in life, you will be that as a ghost and if you were a happy, bright individual in life, you will be the same as a ghost.
Open Mind & Meditation
The first item on our list of necessities for ghost hunting is keeping an open mind. The best thing you can do for yourself every day besides the usual, is to meditate. Meditation is good for your body, mind and soul. It opens you up to what surrounds us every day. It allows your mind to breathe and to think. You are able to completely free yourself from all the stress and repetitive tasks you must undertake each day.
Meditation is also a great start for a ghost hunter. Keep an open mind and with it you will be able to feel, hear and possibly, see ghosts. Be sure to keep an open mind to the possibility that ghosts do exist. You want to be certain to keep the positive feelings and energy going. They will feel more welcome and you will feel better as well.
Flashlight Use for Ghost Hunting
It doesn't matter where you choose to do your ghost hunting, a flashlight is imperative. Night time is the best time for ghost hunting and you need to see where you are going. If you decide to enter a cemetery at night, besides getting permission first, you want to make sure you are not falling into the open grave that is to be used for someone in the future. You don't want to be tripping over sticks, logs, rocks or anything else and you don't want to twist your ankle in a smaller hole merely because you didn't see it. If you want to keep yourself in a bit more secrecy, you can get a flashlight with a red lens. This limits the light but still allows you to be able to see where you’re going.
Bring a Companion
You will want to have a companion. Never, ever go anywhere by yourself. If something happens to you, no one will know where you are going. It is a good idea to tell someone, anyone where you will be going for the night, then take a companion with you in case of accidents or other complications. Plus, a companion not only can validate and authenticate anything that happens to you but might also save your life.
Other Things to Bring With You
Cell Phone - With that companion, bring a cell phone and make sure you have service. Sometimes, even though you might have a good cellular plan, you won't get service in certain areas. Make sure you have the phone for those times you may find yourself lost or in trouble. Carry it somewhere that it won't fall out of your pocket or be destroyed if you fall and can be easily reached. If you get one that allows you take pictures or video, that’s even better and negates the need for a separate camera as listed below.
Whistle - Also, take a whistle. Although you may be in a secluded spot, having a whistle just may help you in times of necessity.
Camera - Take any camera. There should be no particular camera you take with you. It can be a still camera, videocamera, disposable camera, 35 mm camera. Be sure you know how to use it, take extra film and be sure to take at least two extra sets of batteries. When dealing with ghosts, sometimes they may need the energy from your camera or the batteries and you may find they drain quickly. It's not that they are bad batteries unless you have had them in your home for two years or so. Ghosts sometimes need energy to produce an outcome and this is one place where they may derive the energy from.
Writing Implements - A pad and pencil to mark down any unusual events, times, locations and perhaps a map of the area you are investigating is a good idea. Again, you are wanting to validate any paranormal activity.
Cassette Recorder - The last thing you may wish to consider is a cassette recorder for recording EVP (electronic voice phenomenon). You can use the recorder and "talk" to the ghosts and with any amount of luck, you may get them to talk back to you. Ask them questions or just talk to them and see if you get any response in return. Ghosts may be friendly or not. Remember, you could be bothering them too.
Safety Issues & Rules
Safety is important. You can’t do enough to make sure that you are safe when ghost hunting. Never put yourself in a position that would harm yourself, your companion or anyone else. Make sure anywhere you go that you have permission. If you don't obtain permission for anywhere you are investigating, you are trespassing. If you are caught you are going to have to explain to the authorities why you didn't get permission and possibly face time in jail. It also makes it more difficult if not impossible for any ghost hunters to be able to come behind you and gain permission. Be sure to follow the rules.
Planning the Expedition
Having equipment in hand and knowing how to use it, you may feel you are ready to begin your first ghost hunt. Decide where you will be going. Make sure you take the length of time it takes to get there into consideration. It would be wise to take a trip there and take preliminary pictures during the day time. You can use these for comparison if you capture something unusual or interesting on your film. Make a map of the area so you know where you will want to walk and also so you don't get lost. Not every place has a fence. Taking a trip to your decided-upon location is also a good idea so you can see what obstacles might be in your way during the day. Returning at night gives you an idea of what you will be confronted with.
The Ghost Hunt
Take lots of pictures. Talk to the ghosts that reside there. You can ask permission to take their picture. Some people do this as they feel it allows them to get pictures. It couldn't hurt and might help. Do the same when you are attempting to capture EVP. Be sure that if you take more than a few people that this is not a joke. You want to be respectful of the area and the ghosts resting there. You don't want to be playing on any graves or running around if you are in a cemetery. You don't want to be running around anywhere no matter where you are. Try to be quiet, be respectful. Remember to be mindful and think. Don't wander aimlessly like you don't know what you are doing. Pay attention. The best thing you can use is your mind.
You can have a great ghost hunt and perhaps get some great pictures if you just take your time and use some common sense. Ghost hunting is interesting and if you read up on the history of the site you are investigating, it can give you a good idea of just what took place on the ground you are standing on.