Article by: Eilfie Music
“When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.”
The paranormal today has become, in a sense, a new form of sports hunting. Instead of stalking out into the wilderness before dawn, decked out in camouflage, huddled up in a tree with your favorite rifle, waiting for that elusive deer to hang up on the wall and make jerky out of, people are now stalking about in the dead of night with cameras and recorders hoping to catch a wisp of a “ghost” or a disembodied voice to post on a website. The difference between the two is tools, time, and what you’re hunting, but it is still hunting. Although it is spoken about and even warned against, people still think that no dangers can come out of investigating the afterlife. That you can go to some haunted location, ask for a presence take some photos, and then leave without a care in the world. People are fine with this, since it is not their place that is haunted or causing them harm. They are just waltzing in to get what they want and leaving the rest to whomever lives or works there. Now what if this is going on in your own home? Then it becomes an entirely different matter. You can still do the EVP sessions and the photography all you want, but you can’t just leave it for someone else to deal with it. This is when people become more leery of ‘hunting’ the ghosts.
When investigating the paranormal, you can never really keep it at arms length. If the theory is correct, that spirits are everywhere and the unknown is a hair’s breadth away from our world, then how could we possibly keep it out of our day-to-day life? It should make sense that when you start trying to actively communicate with spirits, that you are showing interest, and that something might take notice of this too. This does not mean that suddenly the forces of Hell will be upon you, but you should not be surprised if your once quiet home might get a few visitors—though this is also a rare occasion.
The problem is that many keep thinking this is a “Petting Zoo” and that there is a barrier between the paranormal and us. You should never be scared of what you’re searching for, but you should be aware and have respect for it. People forget that these were possibly living people once, and even if that is not the case then they are aware enough that respect should be given. The haunted areas are now looked at more as theme parks and scare houses to tramp around in during the weekend, but when the activity comes into your own backyard it’s a whole different ball game.
It is not always the paranormal that you have to worry about, but the physical as well. We’ve had cases where people have become so driven by capturing evidence that their everyday life falls to the wayside. That the dead becomes their life. This can be the same for people who drag their work home after working from 9-5pm on it. Another problem that can arise is taking ‘souvenirs’ home. This can be both a problem if something attached to that object comes home or if it causes destruction of a place. It is one thing to collect neat things from various places, but sometimes photos are the best things to take away.
Simple precautions should be taken before starting any investigation, even for people who look at this from a totally scientific basis. You can put up barriers and limits by simple stating, out loud, your rules for both the investigation and at home. If you do have a spiritual path, you can ask for protection before entering an area. This should not be done just for a potentially dangerous case, but for any case. When you leave, state out loud a word of thanks for being allowed to explore, but that nothing can following you home. You’re already talking to thin air when doing an EVP session; what harm would it do to add some rules to the mix?
It is one thing to show great passion for what you are doing (the thrill of actually capturing evidence and walking through darkened hallways), but it is another thing when that passion causes both destruction of yourself and what you enjoy doing. On the flip side, I have also seen people give respect for what they are investigating. People politely asking for a sign, not doing damage to the surroundings, and trying to leave the area better than when they came. That is what we all should aspire to do.