Frequently Asked Questions - Haunting

FAQs - Haunting
Good question! When paranormal investigators accept a case, they first interview the subjects and document their experiences. This is done to be able to more accurately evaluate a situation and so investigators will know what to look for and what they're possibly up against. Next, the investigators will take a tour of the building or home and document any abnormalities. During this time, they will take baseline EMF and temperature readings an make note of any abnormalities. Some investigators will also bring in a medium or psychic to see what they may pick up on. Investigators will then set up their technical equipment and begin. Their determination of a place being haunted is based on the conclusion of evidence gathered during the investigation, as well as any input from mediums or psychics, if they choose. Remember, most investigators do not consider medium or psychic input to be evidence, rather it is simply added to the case file as documentation or to possibly corroborate stories or experiences. While all groups have their own methods, this is a common basis for most.
Absolutely not! Don't fall for anyone that guarantees they can get rid of a spirit. This is just plain BULL and these people are frauds in every sense. Nobody can guarantee  their paranormal service or investigation will be successful. Nobody can guarantee that they can get rid of any spirit. Besides that, most paranormal groups are there to research and investigate the claims, not get rid of a haunting.
Depending on who you ask, you'll get different answers to what ghosts are. There's the definition of ghosts given by Webster's Dictionary. There's the general term used by most people. There's the typical view of a ghost floating around in a white sheet. There's many different definitions., but one thing we have to remember is to not mix Hollywood's fictional view with the logical.
We believe a ghost is the energy and spirit (or soul) of a person who has passed away and is either stuck between the veils of existence, unable to cross over, or have chosen to stay on our level of existence by choice. The reasons why (or how) ghosts are here truly remains a mystery. The best we can do is make educated guesses and well-formed opinions based on years of researched information and documented evidence.
In basic terms, a haunting is a series of unexplained, documented events associated with the supernatural. In order for a haunting to be considered a haunting, it should be investigated by a professional paranormal research organization, using a combination of techniques, which can include scientific devices, measurements, documentation from those who experienced the phenomena, and the input of a medium, if they choose. The most important aspect of a suspected haunting is absolutely discounting anything that can be logically or scientifically explained.
While there has never been a documented case of any person being seriously harmed by a spirit, based on witness reports and statements, it has been said to have happened. One of the most famous cases is the one of the Bell Witch and the alleged paranormal-related death of John Bell and his family. Remember though, there is no official documentation supporting the claim of John Bell being killed by a witch. Honestly, how can there be?
It's also important to remember that pain comes in many forms, including emotional, mental, and psychological.
So with that in mind, it is easily assumed that they can cause harm to us on one level or another. How likely is a ghost to cause harm? That depends on many factors, especially the person experiencing it. How common is it for someone to be physically hurt by a ghost? You're more likely to be struck by lightening. Claims of physical attacks do exist, but there is simply no way to substantiate any such claims. You're more likely to hurt yourself from your own fear than being harmed by a paranormal entity.
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Evil? Well there certainly were (and are) evil people in the world... right? So by theory, one would believe that since there are evil people out there and since a ghost is the spirit of someone who has passed away, then there surely is evil after death. We believe ghosts are in the same form as when they were alive. There are nice ghosts and mean ghosts, just as there are nice and mean people out there. But the term evil, per say, is typically not used to refer to "spirits". An evil entity is considered by most to be a demon, which, based on theory, is not a ghost at all. Whether that determination is right or wrong is ultimately up to you to decide.
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Poltergeist is a German word that means "noisy ghost". The word comes from the German term poltern which means "to knock" and geist which means "spirit". The best defining mark of a poltergeist is any manipulation of the physical environment such as the movement of objects, physical attacks, spontaneous combustion, etc.
Apparitions is another term that is somewhat used loosely. Basically, an apparition is the visual appearance or manifestation of a spirit or any unusual visual phenomena that may or may not necessarily take the shape of a human form. An apparition can be that of a ghost that has manifested or it can also be a negative entity, or demon. Apparitions can also be in the form of animals. They can appear as white, whispy, cloudy shapes or a dark shadowy form. These are often called Shadow People.
Is it hauntind or not? That can sometimes be a tough question to answer. Some people are very sensitive and can just "feel" the presence of a spirit. Other signs may be abnormal noises, such as loud distinct knocks or bangs, scratching on walls or ceilings, objects being moved without human interaction, faint clouds or mist, shadows that can't be easily explained or apparitions. Hauntings are sometimes difficult to discern, especially since houses exude natural noises such as creaking or popping sounds. Shadows can be naturally occurring as well. Most of the time, if it's an actual haunting, you'll sense it. Statistically, about 80% of signs of a haunting can be explained as natural or environmental occurrences.
Well, the first step is to really analyze the situation yourself. Think about all the things that you feel are happening and try to determine if any could possibly be caused by nature or human interaction. If there's anything that you can rule as a natural occurrence then you should rule that phenomena out. What you want to look for are the things that are truly unexplainable. There are sure signs of a haunting, such as objects being moved, voices, clouds or mist, physical interaction and apparitions. If you truly feel your home is experiencing paranormal phenomena, then evaluate that phenomena. You need to decide if it's something you can live with. If so, and if the haunting seems to be harmless, then you should probably do nothing. Just live with the experiences and accept them. If you're experiencing something frightening or possibly something evil, or if it's a situation that you simply can't live with, then you need to contact a paranormal investigation group or investigator. They have the knowledge and ability to help you deal with the situation.
Maybe. If the haunting is a residual one, then the answer is usually no; only time and new energy will help decrease the frequency of a residual haunting. If it's an intelligent haunting, then sometimes it is possible to get rid of it. Can the spirits involved in an intelligent haunting be forced to leave? Most of the time, no. But they can be asked to leave. Also, don't be fooled by television and movies: In this type of haunting, the spirits aren't inhuman, so religious methods will not work. And don't fall for those controversial methods (read more about these here). Your best bet is to seek the help of a paranormal investigator. If you are experiencing an inhuman or demonic haunting, then yes, you can almost always get rid of these entities. You need to first seek the help of an investigator, demonologist or priest. If you're experiencing a poltergeist type haunting, then this is more detailed.
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