8 Common Ghost Hunting Mistakes – What NOT to Do
Do you make these 8 ghost hunting mistakes?
Always get permission before investigating private property. Several years ago, there was a news story about a ghost hunter who trespassed on private property to investigate a haunted house. The person who lived in the house thought the ghost hunter was a burglar, pulled out a gun, and shot him. (Fortunately, the ghost hunter was OK.) This is NOT a situation that you want to experience, so always get permission before exploring private homes.
If you are exploring a cemetery, be sure to follow the cemetery rules. If the cemetery is closed after dark, abide by the rules, unless you have received permission to break them. You do not want to be fined (or arrested) for breaking the law.
2. Being fearful of ghosts.
There's no need to be fearful of ghosts. Ghosts cannot hurt you (with the exception of poltergeists who could possibly throw things at you). Ghosts are just people living in another dimension, or perhaps on another plane. They have no superhuman powers (with the possible exception of enhanced telepathy). They cannot "curse" you or physically harm you. In most situations, ghosts will not follow you home (unless you purposely invite them to).
Ghosts haunt a location, particularly cemeteries, for a reason. If they could leave, they wouldn't be at the cemetery (or house, or battlefield) in the first place. Usually, ghosts remain on Earth because they're fighting reality, and want to change an event from the past. In other cases, they may have a message to pass on, or a small task to accomplish. Other ghosts are emotionally attached to a particular person or place, and have a hard time releasing this attachment.
It's important to remember that ghosts do not exist to cause destruction, harm and evil. Unfortunately, Hollywood portrays ghosts as harmful creatures—which causes people to irrationally fear ghosts. You should be far more concerned with the human beings you might encounter when ghost hunting (i.e. a group of deer hunters who do not want you around), than with the ghosts you might encounter. An irrational fear of ghosts will prevent you from experiencing amazing things, and learning more about the paranormal.
3. Ghost Hunting Alone.
Never ghost hunt alone. Some haunted locations are secluded—so you should always take precautions. An ideal ghost hunting group is a team of 3-6 people. At the very minimum, make sure you have one other person with you. What would happen if you fell, twisted an ankle, and there was no one available to help you?
4. Investigating a haunted location without telling someone where you are headed.
Always make sure someone at home (or at work) knows where you are headed. This way, in case something happens, your friend knows where to find you. What could possibly happen? I know one ghost hunter who was investigating an abandoned house, and he fell through a hole in the floor (rotten flooring). Fortunately, he had a team of people with him, and his friend called for help. Another smart idea—bring a cell phone in case you need to contact someone.
5. Drinking, smoking, or starting a fire at the ghost hunting location.
A ghost hunt is no place for cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or fire. Cigarette smoke can look like ghostly apparitions in photographs, and alcohol can distort your senses. Also, stay away from lit barbeques and open campfires. You do not want to accidentally set something on fire, or give mischievous ghosts something dangerous to play with (flames).
6. Taking pictures while facing the sun or moon (or at a right angle to the sun or moon).
Avoid taking pictures while facing the sun or the moon. The light can flare off the camera lens and create a false anomaly. A bright or full moon can cause flares too. For best results, try to have light sources behind you when snapping a photo. Be very careful when shooting pictures indoors. Many objects can reflect off your flash, creating orbs or ghostly apparitions. Windows, TV's, metal items, glass, polished furniture, and polished floors can all reflect off your flash.
7. Daring or threatening spirits/ghosts to appear.
Never dare or threaten spirits to appear. You might get your wish, and spirits aren't always friendly if you have threatened them. Always show respect for others around you – this includes ghosts/spirits, and property owners.
8. Ignoring your intuition or gut feelings.
Don't ignore your intuition when ghost hunting. If you think you should explore a certain area, follow your intuition. If you feel upset or disturbed in a particular room, there's probably a reason for it. Investigate. This does not mean that everything you feel is true. However, following your inner guidance can help you in certain situations.