Response to article “Are We Creating a Paranormal Drought”
by Eilfie M. E.
I posted a response on my Facebook page, but it was getting too long and I had too much I wanted to say. This article brings up so many good points that should be discussed in the community as a whole.
Here is the article I am bouncing off of and will be quoting in bold in post.
“I have a theory, and I would be interested in knowing if anyone in the paranormal community agrees with me. Is it possible that some places have been hunted too much?”
I think yes and no. I do think the big locations to hunt are possible being over done. I agree, that when you have a large amount of people stomping around you really can’t catch definitive evidence. You can possible have personal experiences, but nothing that can hold up to any scrutiny no matter how sure you are that it happen. The author Charis gives great examples of this.
Places like Gettysburg are one of many hot spots for ghost hunting today, with advertisements for ghost hunts, ghost walks, and haunted B&B then ever in the historic town. Seems like you can throw a rock and hit or pass through a ghost. How much of this is really a haunted town or the wanting for it to be a haunted town. Could this be where the idea that the haunting has a shelf life come in. We don’t know how long a residual can last before it is esencially written over by other events. The places could have been very haunted at one point, but not as much now. It has been a couple of years since I was last investigating in Gettysburg, so I am not sure.
This article also in a way brings up the topic of the semi new growing business Side of ghost hunting. Supply and demand. Locations make profit off of being haunted. The top places are Usually perfect settings for a ghost to be wondering around. We expect them to be haunted, but does that mean they are? You read the stories and hear the history and build up the images of the most horrendous things possible in your mind before even setting foot on the location. I am not saying these places aren’t haunted, but are we maybe expecting too much. Just because the living can run the building year round doesn’t mean the ghosts want to.
We go to these locations and expect activity. We pull energy from the place with the excitement and adreline rush of being there, but do we put any back into the place. The ghost aren’t dancing monkeys for our amusement. They are either spirits of the once living, imprints, or something we just don’t know yet. Do we need to put energy back into the location or allow it to recharge or reset for a time?
“I was recently exploring the world of Paranormal Podcasts and came across one called Stirring the Cauldron by Marla Brooks. In one of her episodes she contemplates the question, “Do haunted locations have a shelf-life?” During that episode, she tells of an experience she had in which she asked medium David Wills the reason the famed Winchester House was devoid of spirit activity. His answer is quite enlightening. He told her the spirits were still in the house, but they were bored with the endless parade of paranormal investigators. They aren’t impressed with us or our attempts to get in contact with them. Her guest Brian Patrick implied they may not want to perform for us like monkeys endlessly beating the drum to our endless inquiries: “Are you there?,” “What’s your name,” “Do you know you’re dead?” etc.”
EVP sessions are one of the biggest methods to trying to gain evidence. The same questions in the quote are repeated all the time. We are all guilty of it. This might be because we are not sure what to say to thin air making the one sided conversation feel strange. Though Who would want to talk about there own death, when they can rarely talk to anyone. Maybe they just want to have a human conversation. We don’t know if they are conscious or just sound bites of the past at times. We should place ourselves in there spot. If you could finally talk to someone after not having any human contact for years what would you want to say or be asked?
What could be happening is just us over looking activity. When you have so many people in one area, a small thing could happen but is over looked due to too many distractions at that moment. We also have to remember to speak up to anything we experience, especially if a recorder is running at the moment. large things are more expected to happen like doors banging and furniture sliding across the room, but is it possibly harder to do. We don’t know what causes it or allows spirits to do it. A knock bang or pop might be all they can do. We have theories, but they are still just theories. And don’t whisper. We have this automatic need to whisper when it is dark or night in a building. Unless people trying sleep you don’t need to whisper. I have done it myself
- Should we reevaluate why we are going into these locations.
- Are we expecting too much from these locations
- Should locations have down time to recaharge or reset if that is the possible cause.
- Should the number of people at a location at a given time be reduced.
- How do we become more aware of our surroundings during a ghost hunt both for activity and other people.
- Is this truly a concern, have other people or groups notice this drought in ghost hunting.