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Do I Need Protection When Ghost Hunting? – Subscriber Question

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cross_protectionghosthunting.jpgSeveral people have asked me about protection when ghost hunting, so today I'm going to tackle this somewhat controversial subject.

Let's look at a couple of questions I received on this subject…

Melissa asks:

"Do I need protection when ghost hunting?  Will I run into evil spirits?"

Unfortunately, people tend to fear what they don’t understand. Hollywood portrays ghosts as negative, harmful creatures—and this causes people to develop irrational fears. The fact is, most ghosts are completely harmless.

It has been my experience that we attract what we focus on. So, if we are excessively fearful, and dwelling on “evil spirits,” then this is what we tend to attract. People who are exceedingly fearful/paranoid/angry tend to attract other like-minded spirits. So, don’t dwell on negative thoughts! Say a short prayer or affirmation if it makes you feel comfortable (It certainly can’t hurt), and then start your investigation.  95% of ghost hunters never run into any problems.

And the 5% who do? Well, these people tend to be mentally or emotionally unstable and often have a history of abuse or addiction (substance abuse or addiction).  Others have purposely invited an inhuman spirit to interact with them. My advice? Say a short prayer or affirmation for protection (if you feel comfortable with this), remain positive and you should get great results.  The chance of encountering anything negative is very, very small (unless you are purposely looking for it).

If I Capture EVP Recordings Will I Attract Negative Spirits?

Christine asks a similar question.  She writes:

"I have just started my research into EVP.  I want to know if I should be concerned about [the] dangers of doing this by attracting negative spirits?"

evp_ghosts.jpgAs long as you are mentally and emotionally stable, the chance of encountering negative spirits is very, very small.  Capturing EVP recordings is virtually 100% safe.

Of course, you should realize that most ghosts were previously living people.  Therefore, ghosts reflect human personalities.  If a ghost was friendly and warm when he was alive, he will probably be likewise in death.  However, if someone was reclusive and angry during life—it is very likely that his spirit (ghost) will reflect these same qualities.

It's possible that a reclusive or angry ghost could say mean things (i.e. "Go Away") on your EVP recordings.  This is rare—but it's certainly possible.  Human beings are diverse — likewise their spirits are too.  There's no guarantee what type of message you will find when capturing EVP.

Protection Prayers or Affirmations for Ghost Hunters?
Christine also asks:

Can you give me some examples of a prayer [or affirmation] to use?

Not everyone is comfortable with prayers or affirmations—so if this describes you, then you can skip this section. However, if you ARE comfortable with prayers and affirmations, here are several you can use.

  • I am sealed from all imperfect energies.
  • I am divinely protected and guided.  Any spirits that I encounter will remain bound to the confines of the cemetery/house/location.
  • Saint Michael's Prayer.  This is commonly used among many paranormal investigation groups.
  • May all that is not in accordance with the highest will of God, within and without my entire being, be immediately transformed into divine light.
  • In the name of God, please protect and guide me as I investigate [insert your location here].

If you decide to use a prayer, it's important that the prayer/affirmation has meaning to you and that you feel comfortable using it.

As I mentioned earlier, this topic is somewhat controversial, since different people have different belief systems.  Some ghost hunters recite a prayer before they investigate—others don't.  It depends on what you feel comfortable with.

Thank you to Melissa, Christine, and everyone else who sent me similar questions on this topic.

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Comments on Do I Need Protection When Ghost Hunting? – Subscriber Question

December 31, 2007

Jamie @ 11:38 am

Great post, Michelle!! :) Our group of 'hunters' join hands in a circle and then say the St. Michael the Archangel prayer for protection before a hunt. We also say a closing prayer close to what you said, Michelle (bounding them to the location they currently reside at.) In general, you should always go into a situation introducing yourself (remember, ghosts were people too!) and explaining what you are there to do and what you are going to be doing and that you don't mean any just wish to communicate with them.

January 2, 2008

Michelle @ 8:23 am

Thanks Jamie. Yes, St. Michael's Prayer is one of the more common prayers that many investigators use. Good points on introducing yourself and communicating your intentions.

February 19, 2008

carol E. Kalinich @ 3:04 pm

Yes, I agree with much of what you have said.  Spirits/ghosts were once living people, but not all living people are nice people.  Many ghosts carry addictions and mental instabilities and major problems into the afterlife that is WHY they are finding it difficult to crossover.  It is just a good idea to surround yourself in the "loving, protective, healing energy" of God or whom ever you believe in.  Angel Michael is a good one, nature spirits etc.. Sometimes clearing yourself after a ghost or energy clearing is good as well.  Have you ever heard of attachments?  I am perfectly sane, but have been around this stuff for a long time.  You seem to be more into the scientific sector???  There is more than meets the excitement of this work.  The "veil is thinning" so to speak.  Many ghosts need to be on the "other side" in peace.  And some of us are here to assist them.  I have worked with ghosts who have actually said "but, I can't find the light"–and yes we do work with our Guides and our Angels for assistance.  IT WORKS!  In the LIGHT, Carol

Lycanthrope @ 6:24 pm

Really enjoy reading the dialog between you two.  It may be hard to believe, but I'm one of the growing number of people who think there is validity in both sides of this discussion. Carol mentions that Michelle seems to be leaning toward the "scientific" side of this, and goes on to discuss the spiritual side of investigating.  I don't know what Michelle's spiritual beliefs are, and I don't want to know.  She has done a terrific job of presenting the necessary information in order to conduct an investigation without injecting any type of personal "belief". 

After years of investigations on my part, I've found that there are indeed certain situations where an investigator may want to protect him or her self from undesirable situations.  Most of the time this requires taking part in some sort of "spiritual" ritual.  As an investigator, it's our responsibility to protect ourselves, but not promote any particular belief.  This may be a whole other discussion in itself, but I truly believe that we as investigators need to stick to the "hard evidence" resulting from our work rather than getting bogged down in the speculation of spirituality.  The field of parapsychology as a whole has had to endure years of criticism due to methods which were less than scientific, to say the least!  A new breed of investigator is coming into being where, they may choose to use certain spiritual rituals (or they may not!) but it doesn't come into public view when not necessary.

February 20, 2008

Michelle @ 11:57 pm

Hi Lycanthrope.  Thanks for the compliment – and very good points.  I especially like your last sentence.  I have tried to keep my spiritual beliefs off the website as much as possible.  Like you, I think there is validity in both the spiritual and scientific sides—but I prefer to present evidence and common theories, and let readers draw their own conclusions. 

March 4, 2008

can you tell me the saint Micheals prayer?? @ 7:02 pm

I need to know the Saint micheals prayer.  I just started a paranormal society.  It's "Mystic Mississippi Paranormal Society" and I have 6 members in it and we pray before a investigation, but i think i need to know the saint micheals prayer.  Can you send it to me at  We are running out of places to investigate.  We live in the Bible Belt and ghost hunting here is look upon as being crazy etc.  Can you give any advice on this Michelle ….thanks alot TERRY

March 11, 2008

Michelle @ 10:05 pm

Hi Terry.  Congratulations on starting a paranormal group.  St. Michael's Prayer has both a short version, as well as a longer version.  You can find both versions of the prayer here:

Ghost hunting has made great strides when it comes to respectability over the past several years.  This is mainly due to media attention — including TAPS, Most Haunted, Paranormal Insider, and other TV shows that have brought ghost hunting into mainstream awareness. 

This may be hard to do, but don't worry about what other people think about you/your paranormal group.  Paranormal investigation is scientifically valid.  In fact, there are PhD-holding professors and non-profit research groups (i.e. Rhine Research Center) focused on exploring the paranormal, consciousness and many other "unusual" subjects.  In fact, some of the most brilliant people in history (including Einstein, Edison, Tesla, and many other inventors) were called "crazy" by mainstream society for pursuing non-mainstream hobbies/interests.  Don't let the skeptics rattle you—do what you enjoy, and focus on remaining objective during the investigation.

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March 19, 2008

Wendell @ 4:36 pm

Hi all.  I would like to say that as an investigator it is important that you enter an investigation with an open mind, whether you totally believe or not.  Personally, I am a private investigator and a paranormal investigator. The skills I have learned as a private investigator have come in handy during paranormal investigations and I must say that being totally objective is a must in my opinion.  Take care all.

March 22, 2008

Michelle @ 7:45 am

Excellent point, Wendell.

July 3, 2008

GhostSeeker @ 8:43 am

Our group does the same as Jamie's group.  We all hold hands before entering the building and say St. Michael's Prayer and when we are finished with the investigation, we do a closing prayer.  We also have "protection crystals" that were designed just for our group that we wear.  I also wear my Grandmother's cross on every investigation.

July 16, 2008

misty hatch @ 12:11 am

Hi Michelle, I have never run into a bad spirit, well at least not yet.  I have gotten bad feelings about certain places where we would ghost hunt, but we would stay alert and focused on our surroundings.  We pray before we go always, and after, and we introduce ourselves to them—after all, they were once human.  I believe if you're weak minded or full of negative issues (whether it's anger, depression, etc.) you can be more prone to attract negative spirits, some more so than others, like what you call demons for example.  But I'm very open-minded to the paranormal.

July 18, 2008

Coz @ 7:27 am

If someone is from another country, say for example Greece, wouldn't he have to say a prayer in his own language?

July 21, 2008

tammy weaver @ 8:32 pm

This is Tammy, I've written earlier about working in lockdown in a nursing home for Alzheimers patients, they were dangerous and out of it most of the time.  They would hit you, bite you, poop on you, pee on you, try to kill you if you turn your back on them, but when it came time for them to pass I would hold their hand, pray for them and care for them like they were a new baby.  Most families really never showed up, but when they were dying.  They were so pleasant and kind, manners they knew the prayers, they passed well and I told them I loved them…but once in the upper part, the rich ones, a very mean lady died.  A black smog went around her door, and slim green like pond scum formed on the inside windows.  Nobody would go in there, not family, not the nurse.  The preacher prayed outside the door.  I asked him why was that stuff happening, he said it was called a bad passing, dont know what that meant.  Head nurse wouldn't go in or doctor to check until the preacher was done blessing outside the room.  I was the only one on morge duty, so I had to do the deed.  I went in, slime fell from inside the door on my hair and clothes like snot, room had a very blackish smog in it, swirling around.  The windows were shut, I wiped off with a towel in the bathroom, kept going and slim was dripping off the bed rails.  It got on my pants, I went out cussing, went to change clothes, then went back in with towel holding it to cover my other changed clothes.  Finished bagging, undertaker came to help take her out.  The room—that was a messed up thing I have ever had doing morge duty.  They cleaned the room up, and made a closet out of it, no one ever stayed there again.  She was only dead 30 minutes when this started happening.  Michelle, if you have heard of anything like this, please let me know.  I guess with undertakers and priests it's common.  Let me know, thanks.  I think that was definitely bad spirit.

July 24, 2008

Michelle @ 3:37 am

Tammy —  I have never witnessed blackish smog combined with green slime at someone's death—however, I think the priest's comment was accurate.  "A bad passing" seems to describe the situation pretty well.  It sounds like the woman who died may have had some health issues, and she may have been involved with a negative non-human entity.  It's hard to make an accurate judgment since I wasn't there, and I don't know anything about the woman's situation.  Very interesting experience, though.  :-)

Coz — Use whatever language makes you feel most comfortable.  Any language that you understand should work fine.

tammy weaver @ 7:33 pm

Michelle the slime was on door and bed railings, the inside of the windows had a dried green crust-like film on them.  The slime was clear, around the door frame.  That's where the black swirling smog was.  It had texture when you walked through, like wet thick smoke.  The thickness of smoke, the feeling of wetness, that's the best I can explain it.  Some times in other areas, this thick feeling lets me know something is around.  Sometimes it's an electric feeling, depends on the energy coming through.  I try to aviod the thick black feeling.  I'm not afraid, but it seems more negitive and I don't provoke that energy.  If it's there, I respect its space, and move on.

December 28, 2008

Judy @ 4:45 am

My hubby ghost hunts and it seems, he has brought something home with him.  Can this really happen!

January 13, 2009

Gina Clark @ 6:24 pm

Can anyone tell me if a fish tank pump can produce a very high emf reading?  We were doing some research at my house and my Emf detector was off the charts when it came to one place behind my daughter's fish tank.  It was a 1 foot by 1 foot area.  If you moved the detector to the the immediate side, less then 2 inches off the tank, it dropped to 0.02.  This is down from 166.9 on an EMF gauss meter.  My detector is a Lt lutron EMF-822A.


June 25, 2009

Emma Holohan @ 12:54 am

Thanks so much for this post. I am new to paranormal investigation (only on my third 'ghost hunt') and I recently managed to freak myself out a bit during a recent investigation. Most of it was suggestion (I had heard of an unpleasant spirit remaining at this location) but it was enough to make me feel concerned about protecting myself from negative spirits. I somehow agreed to go back to that same location in a couple of weeks and I will feel so much better for reading your advice about protective affirmations and closing prayers.

July 7, 2009

Michelle Myers @ 9:38 pm

Emma — Thanks for the kind words. Glad the article helped you.

November 4, 2009

Andrea @ 6:07 pm

I'm in a Paranormal Group and we are looking to start using a prayer. I am Jewish and I'm sure there are some Christians in our group. We may have an Atheist also, what type of prayer should we use if we don't want to offend each other in the group?

June 11, 2010

Jessica @ 5:49 pm

The questions posed here are very legitimate, and also important ones. The concern over attracting negative entities is mainly only a concern if your style of hunting is intrusive. To rephrase, I would advise against the use of occult practices such as a seance or necromancy; especially do NOT use a Ouija board. This would carry a high risk of inviting inhuman entities, akin to the Irish elemental. Keep the hunting objective and scientific. You have a better chance of catching something when you aren't actually looking for it, so stick a recorder somewhere and leave for while, or just sit and observe.

September 24, 2010

Gene @ 3:12 pm

I enjoyed reading these comments,I just started ghost hunting about 4 months ago. I have taken a good many photos, I've had some show things, I have one with a man in the cemetary, and one with a boy standing in front of me. It blew my mind when I saw them, especially when you don't see it with the naked eye.

Tammy Weaver I would have really had to thought hard about going in that room HA!HA!. I need you to go ghost hunting with us.

September 25, 2010

Gene @ 9:41 am

We are are going to our first house tonight. the women that lives there took some pictures and there are two faces in them, the dog will go crazy running up and down the hall growling and barking at the wall in the bedroom. Her daughter was in bed one night and the dog jumped up on her chest and went to growling, she looked up and said there was a blue mist in the corner of the ceiling. They are all scared and sleep in the front room. The son says he will hear foot steps in the hallway. The women also said she was home alone and was taking a bath, and the dog was laying next to the tub and the kitchen cabinet doors started slamming shut. I would appreciate any advice on how to go about checking this house out tonight.

October 20, 2010

James S @ 2:34 am

My mother works with mentally retarded patients, and there's this really disruptive patient. So much so, she has to be under video surveillance when she goes to her room to bed (infrared baby monitor). This is so staff can see if she's injuring herself. My mom began to notice orbs of light flying around on the monitor, but this only happens when the lady first goes to bed, not at any other time. We've discussed that this lady's disruptions could be from spirits.

December 4, 2010

CJV @ 12:36 pm

There is one thing that seems to bother me! When Ghost Hunters investigate a place outside of their English Speaking country, why is it that they ALWAYS ask questions in English and the mediums speak to them in English as well. When foreign people pass away, do their spirits become bilingual? I ask this because The Most Haunted Team seem to do this quite allot, especially when they communicate with the dead in Italy or in Transylvania where in those days, English was not spoken. Would love to hear what other people think about this subject.

January 4, 2011

Oscar Trejo @ 6:29 pm

Hola amigos
Les comento que la noche de ayer, escuche pasos en el corredor de mi casa, es una casa grande y antigua, quise buscar una explicacion, y no encontre ninguna, como si alguien corriera en los pasillos y luego como si subieran por las paredes, hasta llegar al techo, el efnomeno duro mas de 2 horas, la verdad, fue algo terrorifico, el evento ocurrio alrededor de las 3 de la madrugada.
Saludos a todos y Dios los bendiga

January 31, 2011

Lois @ 10:09 pm

I would love to see your pic of the boy. I have one that looks like an all white little girl standing there in front of me.

June 10, 2011

Stella Bates @ 6:17 am

I am a member of a Paranormal Group in Southern Ireland and I would like to ask for help with a good Grounding Prayer. I would like the words of the prayer to include roots so the group can visualise the grounding and so protect them fully. I would appreciate any help with this.

June 16, 2011

Don McGibbon @ 7:00 am

Greetings to the Holy Land of Ireland! I've found that a good grounding prayer is St. Patrick's Breastplate which would suit your purpose of investigation, since it does originate in Ireland itself and any spiritual forces present would be familiar with it and would pretty well have to respect its import. I personally use the Angelus prayer from the rosary as any negative energy would, again, have to realize who's really in charge around here: Mother Mary and Jesus. Happy Hunting! djmcg

P.S. My ancestors originate from Londonderry!

September 13, 2011

Erin @ 4:41 pm

What about investigating a place I know to have disgruntled spirits, like Channel Islands University in Camarillo, CA the site of the old famous Camarillo State mental hospital? My husband and I went there once just to drive around, and just driving in I got goosebumps and chills. I also suddenly got a splitting migraine as we left. It is said there that many people died in the hospital, not to mention a guy who was released walked out to the parking lot killed his wife and kids. IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE HOSPITAL and then walked back in and told staff, see I told you I wasnt ready to leave. my family is dead in the parking lot! Also at this site, some of the original structure of the old hospital remains. it wasn't all torn down with the construction of the University. Even with a history like this, and the disgruntled spirits that might be trapped there, would it be safe to go there to get EVP? I have studied and learned that next to the old hospital site there was a place called scary dairy that is said to have a portal in it. Should this be a cause for concern?