IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE GHOST by Dale Kaczmarek Ghosts, apparitions and things that go bu
IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE GHOST
by Dale Kaczmarek
Ghosts, apparitions and things that go bump in the night have always fascinated and sometimes scared people at the same time. The possibility of the existence of this phenomena seems to be what really interests those whom have had that "brush" with the supernatural. The first initial reaction is fear; followed by awe and wonderment and then usually curiosity. The witnesses, or victims, of these unusual events begin to seek answers to how something like this could occur to them and why. Science does not yet recognize parapsychology as a true science and therefore has it's doubts about it's existence or provability. So, in steps the professional ghost hunter or psychical researcher, who through years of experience of on-the-spot investigations and dealings with ghosts and spirits, can sometimes determine what is going on, and in many cases, stop the phenomena completely and totally.
The first thing that must be done in all cases is to rule out any possible natural explanations for the various phenomena. Many natural causes can contribute or actually create ghostly manifestations to occur in the first place. These include: house foundation settling, humidity coming from structural leakage, CB transmissions, buses or heavy trucks rumbling past a residence, high or low frequency sound waves, sunspot disturbances or simple electric or magnetic anomalies. These must be investigated and ruled out first! Many different kinds of sophisticated equipment is sometimes used, such as: magnetometers, spectrum analyzers, infrared recording devices, diode tape-recorders, etc. When these possible natural causes are eliminated, then further progress and testing can be undertaken.
The next step is to interview fully all witnesses to the said phenomena and retrieve as much information as possible about past residences to the building, medical histories (to see if the phenomena is perhaps psychosomatic), ESP testing and any undue stress the family or persons might be under while the phenomena is going on. Many times this can be caused by living agents and not "earthbound entities". Built up emotional and/or mental/physical stress can cause "poltergeist" type activity.
The term "Poltergeist" is a German word meaning noisy or mischievous ghost but the actual phenomena may not actually be caused by a discarnate entity. Current theories on poltergeist phenomena centers on adolescents between the ages of 13-20 years which may have some pent-up emotions that they cannot express verbally. These individuals are also going through bodily changes called puberty. Between these two, paranormal events such as the movement of objects, strange lights, rapping or knocking sounds and the sudden appearance or disappearance of material objects (Apports) can occur. So, wherever there are young adults present, this must be taken into consideration. However, where there are visual apparitions, this may be an entirely different story.
Besides history about residences and witnesses to the phenomena, additional information about the area where the building is standing must be performed to determine what, if anything, was originally on that specific location. Many times, if it is a haunting, the phenomena may be due to something or someone who lived at that location long ago. Or perhaps it is due to something which happened long ago.
Once this information is compiled, it is discussed with professional psychics who can "tune in" to psychic vibrations or clairvoyantly see images through their mind's eye. Psychic impressions are a very important part of this work and REMEMBER is only done when all other natural explanations have been eliminated!
The next step is to make an appointment to visit the house with a psychic, clairvoyant or trance medium and actually go room to room and see if anything can be discerned or discovered. The use of 35MM cameras equipped with both high-speed film and infrared film, to be used in documentation of either visible or invisible activity, is a must and two cameras taking simultaneous pictures of a given area is also a must! Later the photographs can be compared to see if anything registered on only one type of film. If it's of an invisible nature, it will only show up on the infrared film. But if it's a visible reflection or something natural, then both films should pick it up. This is one way that we can determine if something is really there and later analysis of those pictures can perhaps determine exactly what it is.
Usuallly after conferring with the psychic and analyzing the photographs, a determination can usually be made as to what is going on. If the problem is a poltergeist problem then usually counseling is advised for the adolescent to discover any deep-seated emotional problems that he/she may have. If, however, the problem is an actual "earthbound" spirit then some form of communication between the spirit and a medium may be necessary to find out why the ghost is there and to try to help it "move on", through it's own accord.
Many different types of communication are possible, such as: Ouija board, automatic writing and seances - none of which we use or would recommend to anyone, especially a novice!! The best means available is direct telepathic contact through an altered state of consciousness such as a trance. A light trance is best because through this state the medium can retain partial awareness with the physical world and at the same time act as liaison to the spirit world.
Through this form of spirit communication we will usually find out why this particular spirit is remaining in a limbo state between worlds. Usually the problem is a violent or sudden death such as a suicide, murder or accident. Other possibilities include a longing for more physical life, to give a message, contact a loved one for reassurance, or a simple unwillingness to let go of physical life. Compounded on top of this, many times the ghost doesn't realize that he/she has "passed on" and will continue to do things he/she did in normal life. This is almost always due to a very sudden or untimely death where the lifeforce was literally ripped away very violently, suddenly or tragically.
Certain patterns may develop in a haunting such as dishes rattling in the kitchen at 7 a.m. Maybe the spirit is that of a female housewife and she is still, even in death, making breakfast for her family in the early morning hours. This is why a diary of events pertaining to the haunting is of utmost importance for witnesses to keep prior to the investigator's arrival. The sounds and noises might be random in location and time, but othertimes they will occur at specific times and in certain rooms. A log listing the room, time, date and occurence should be kept for reference purposes.
Once it has been concluded that the disturbances are caused by an earthbound spirit then through the use of a medium, we can usually help he/she along it's way. It's usually just as simple as convincing the ghost that he/she is dead, doesn't belong in this world and showing the way, sometimes with the use of spirit guides. If you follow these simple instructions and procedures, your success rate will be very high.
The most important thing to remember about ghosts is that they cannot harm you physically. We have never come across an unfriendly ghost or harmful spirit. There are other "things" that can be very harmful, fringing on the demonic, but that's another story and are only rarely encountered.
If you believe that you have a ghost or just begin to see and experience strange and unusual phenomena, the best advice I can offer you is to be calm, cool, collective and observant. DO NOT attempt to communicate with it, invite it into your home or family or attempt to exorcise it in anyway. A general house blessing is sometimes beneficial both psychologically and emotionally but frequently useless against stubborn entities.
Call in a professional ghost hunter, parapsychologist or psychical investigator, ask their opinion and let them handle the situation. You will obtain better and more thorough results and maybe somewhat safer because of their experience. But by no means should you be afraid or fearful of this very frequently reported phenomena. It's just another area of science that most people do not fully understand but truely does exist!
For further information about ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists and life after death or to locate someone in your immediate area for additional assistance, contact: The Ghost Research Society, c/o Dale Kaczmarek, President, PO Box 205PA, Oaklawn, Illinois, 60454-0205 or call (312)425-5163.
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