Ghost Hunting Tales: Be Careful What You Wish For

Just some quick, disjointed thoughts on the paranormal field, inspired by Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves’ live stream today promoting their return to Ghost Hunters.

One of the things many paranormal investigators have a hard time wrapping their heads around, something occultists are quite intimate with, is that spirits are “everywhere”. Spirits can be called, conjured, evoked, invoked, in all manner of ways.

What most “ghost hunters” deal with are residual “hauntings”, wherein a psychic imprint is made on a location, often due to a traumatic event. There is no intelligence behind the occurrence, no way to interact with the manifestation. Think of it as a tape loop, playing over and over again, most likely thanks to some sort of atmospheric condition that triggers the playback.

That’s certainly not to say there are not other instances wherein investigators might happen upon something else altogether. As I said, there are preternatural entities, spirits, and intelligences all around us. Sometimes we take notice of them, and they of us.

We live in the midst of invisible forces whose effects alone we perceive. We move among invisible forms whose actions we very often do not perceive at all, though we may be profoundly affected by them.” — Dion Fortune

Sometimes we are confronted with elemental spirits, poltergeist activity, “demonic or angelic” interactions, intelligent hauntings, godforms, tulpas, shadow figures, wights, or more…

That’s the danger of weekend ghost hunters out there, playing around with things they do not understand, with their electronic toys and idiot box training. Too many watch paraentertainment on the Travel Channel and think they’re experts on the paranormal.

Luckily for most, what they encounter are residual. The investigator might get a thrill, but they’re in no real danger.

An occult detective understands this. They utilize science, the occult, religion, and common sense in their investigations. Their first instinct should always be to debunk. Examine every avenue to properly categorize the situation, and deal with it appropriately.

For classification, in recent years, I’ve begun to use Streamside Software, LLC’s Periodic Table of Paranormal Elements.

As television inspires more and more people to head out into the field to investigate, professionals have to become even more diligent. Sometimes it feels like they’re bait, out there enticing various entities, making them restless. When that happens, hopefully there’s someone available to help clean up the mess.

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