The 21st century has brought many amazing things into our lives, but the paranormal field has never been as scientific as it is now. Hauntings and other paranormal activities are now being confirmed by scientific data and tools. Things that go “bump in the night” can now be tracked and resolved like never before.
If you think you’re having paranormal incidents in your home, there are some basic things you may want to know in order to confirm whether the events are paranormal, supernatural or simply basic physics. At the first creak of an old wooden staircase, some people may want to immediately jump to the conclusion that they have a house filled with the specters of old Aunt Mabel and her two dozen cats. Others will try everything they can imagine to excuse some very serious events. If you believe your home may have some events beginning to evolve with increasing intensity or frequency that simply can’t be explained, there are some things you may want to try as you begin your own ghost explorations.
Begin by keeping a diary of events. If you have others who live in your home, ask them to do the same. If you have young children, keep these concerns as unobtrusive as possible. With young children, it’s easy to give a small piece of information that can feed very active imaginations and cause even more problems. It has been noted by several professional paranormal researchers that children are often “generators” for psychic energy. If you have an active haunting in your home, the last thing you want is more interactions between your child and the other side!
You’ll want to make sure to keep as much positive energy in your home as possible. This is a good practice regardless of paranormal activity. With children in a home, the more peace and balance they feel, the stronger their own positive emotional and psychic growth becomes. Many wonderfully psychic children are being born these days and their gifts are truly astounding! If your child is the first one to notice any unusual events in their bedroom or elsewhere in your home, listen to what they are saying. Remain calm and make sure to reassure your child in every way possible that they are safe and loved.
Do you hear sounds that seem to mimic doors opening or closing? Do you hear footsteps in areas of your home where no one is walking? When you check to see where the sounds have originated, does everything seem normal or has the door that was previously closed now stand open? Sounds of doors closing or opening and footsteps are the most often reported concerns. There are many theories as to why this happens, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll just acknowledge that these are the #1 most reported activities of paranormal events involving a home. If you’re experiencing this phenomenon, try to take a small digital recorder and turn it on in the area that is radiating the sound. Set it for as long of a time that the recorder can hold, preferably at least 4-6 hours. (Prepare yourself for a lot of listening when you play it back! Most of paranormal research is tedious and often boring.)
Do you have a companion animal that is suddenly acting strangely? Dogs are the best haunting detectives around! I was in an old haunted church one night when my beloved companion dog suddenly raised his head up and his hair bristled. His head was pointed in the direction of the old confessional. I sat up and looked where he was watching and there it was: a dark gray “mass” ascending the area where the choir loft used to be. My dog relaxed as the mass dissipated but he was very alert for the rest of the night. Trust your companion animal to see or hear things before they become visible to the human senses.
Do you feel as though you are being “watched”? We live in a time where almost everything we do is watched: satellites, traffic cameras, security cameras, so many ways in which we are constantly under some kind of surveillance. However, there are times when you may feel as though you are not alone in the room. If that happens, write down the time and place where you had the experience. After that, you may want to invest in a small EMF meter. These little inexpensive devices can pick up concentrations of electronic fields. When these fields are in a truly concentrated form, it can evoke many sensations: uneasiness, feeling like you are being watched, nausea, the list goes on depending on how sensitive a person is to high electromagnetic fields. If you use an EMF detector, take it to the area where you had the experience. If the EMF spikes higher than at other places in the house, find out if there is a great deal of electrical wiring in the area. High EMF readings often immediately prove that the feelings you were experiencing are simply due to your own sensitivity to that kind of electrical concentration. If you do not find any unusual meter spikes in the area, try taking the EMF meter into the area several times at varying time intervals. Once you rule out physical properties, then it is time to consider the paranormal.
Some people report hearing words or whispers in an area that they feel could be haunted. I’ve been standing in the middle of a field when I heard a muffled conversation between what appeared to be a man and a woman. There was no one around me for miles, no radio or television transmission, nothing that could have generated that sound. Later in the day, some friends of mine had driven out to my ranch, and one came running out of the barn saying that a man just said “hello,” but there was no one there! Research done through the local library showed that the land had been originally owned by a couple who passed away on the ranch. The man died from a sudden heart attack, and his wife of 53 years passed away within a few months of unknown causes. Finding the history of the place you’re living can explain a great deal. Don’t immediately think that you’re losing your mind; the chances are very good that you’re simply experiencing a paranormal event.
In the next few weeks, I will be writing more about what to do if you think your home may be haunted and what can be done in order that all beings live in peace and tranquility.