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Being a Paranormal Investigator is a dangerous job!
Being a paranormal investigator is not a job for just anyone. Regardless of where motivation for the job comes from, there are certain threats that go hand and hand with the profession. “The most common danger involved with investigating the paranormal is the potential to get an attachment. I have seen and heard countless stories of investigators that have gone to a location, and then began experiencing issues afterwards as a result. Attachments can be relatively benign, or they can be extremely aggressive and hostile and cause a great deal of stress and other problems for that person and their family. The biggest concern many investigators have is that they do not want to bring anything home that will affect their families, but it seems to be happening on a regular basis. Much of it can be due to people who think investigating the paranormal would be a fun way to spend a Friday night, and they are completely unprepared to deal with legitimate hauntings.
The threat of an “attachment,” a spirit or entity that connects itself to an investigator and follows them home, is a threat that even the most seasoned investigator has to consider. Sometimes, just discussing particular cases, can lead to more activity. because the very mentioning of a demonic spirit can draw that spirit to you.
The picture above is of the shadow man who has been in our house for over 5 years, we finally got a picture of him on Christmas morning! Did he follow us home from an investigation? We are still unsure! But he is quite and does not cause any harm, so he is allowed to stay!
Here are a few things they don’t tell you about being a Paranormal Investigator
1. It’s deeply personal I got into ghost hunting because as a child I experienced lots of strange things. I always had an unhealthy obsession with the paranormal and my mother was interested in the spiritual side of it. I saw my first full-bodied apparition when I was 8 years old. It was the tall thin shadow man with a hat. I was terrified, but it fueled my interest, so I began carrying out my own private investigations.
2. Forget ‘ghostbusting’, this is detective work As well as taking lots of readings – such as the electromagnetic field and temperature, so we can record deviations later – we interview all witnesses and carry out historical research on the property. Then all the evidence gathered during and after our investigation is carefully checked and double checked, then fed back to the client. That can take up to two weeks, to go through hours of audio recordings, video recordings and pictures – we do have normal jobs too!
3. It’s a waiting game It can be quite boring and laborious. People who watch ghost shows on TV, think that in every single case you experience something paranormal. But you have to sit patiently in the dark for hours and hours, waiting for something that sometimes never happens. But when it does and you catch it on audio or video, it makes it worth it every time!
4. It’s an expensive business We primarily use handheld recording devices – EMF [Electro Magnetic Field] meters, digital voice recorders, infrared hunting cameras that are triggered by movement and, in some cases, Geiger counters to measure radiation. I’ve spent thousands on this stuff over the years. You can buy the equipment on Amazon now, but you’re talking $100 to $200 a pop. It’s expensive kit. Especially if you drop it. (don’t drop it)
5. You will doubt yourself Even after all these years I still question what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and whether it’s real – especially when I’m sat in a location for 10 hours and find no evidence that it’s haunted. But then, I know of half a dozen people – including people on my team – who came into this as complete skeptics, but have their minds totally changed after an experience. (I love this when it happens)
6.. It’s about being a cynic, not a skeptic It’s important to be cynical, especially to keep your reputation. I always look for the logical explanation first. Debunk everything as best you can. I’m actually quite happy to side with the skeptics and say, “Yeah, that’s genuinely fake”. There have been a few videos recently, especially on social media, that went viral but I can clearly see are fakes. And I don’t blame people for not believing the real videos, after all the fakes, unless you are there personally to witness it, it can be hard to believe!
7. You still get scared Fear is normal. I spend a lot of time in places that for other people is like their worst nightmare. Some situations are scarier than others, but I enjoy the buzz. The fear keeps you on your toes.
8. It really just about helping people When you are able to help clients, kids, families, business owners find answers, not feel so scared and validate what they have been going through, it really makes it all worth it! Just being able to give someone answers, and to let them know they are safe and they are not crazy, is a huge part of this! Sometimes paranormal things do happen and sometimes there just is no good answer… But having clarity and validation makes people feel better!
The above picture was taken outside at night, we were seeing strange balls of light floating through the back yard of a clients home, (they had also reported this to us) we were able to get this phenomenon on camera!
I have had the honor of working with some of the best paranormal investigators, psychic mediums, & parapsychologists in the field. I love what I do and will continue to help others daily!
Chris Fleming and I, on location at an investigation!