There are many paranormal groups out there in North America and in different parts of the world. Some people are part of an investigative team because they want to experience the paranormal and prove its existence. Others want to debunk the paranormal (I don’t get that one – if you don’t believe in it, don’t get involved in it).
And then you have the people who have watched the TV shows that have the jittery, scared, or overly serious paranormal investigative team in an abandoned building with all the top equipment, and now the people watching want to be paranormal investigators because it looks “fun” and scary. But, when these new paranormal groups actually do their own investigation, they are not prepared to deal with actual phenomena or, even lack of it.
Yes, NOTHING HAPPENS, NADA, no ghosts coming up on the EMF meters or camera equipment. Does that mean there is no paranormal activity existing in these people’s home? No. It just means the equipment isn’t picking anything up because the spirit(s) aren’t there at the time or, they don’t want to be picked up on the equipment. Dead people can be buggers and can decide they aren’t playing your game. So do you tell these poor, scared homeowners that they are imagining it and there’s nothing there? Do you?
Let’s say for a moment that you do find spirits……what do you do then? You catalogue the evidence, tell the homeowner: “Yup, you have ghosts here. We’re all going home now. Good luck with the scary stuff in your house.”
So then the homeowner gets in a priest or someone from the religious community and pays them an exorbitant amount of money to exorcise the spirit out from their home. Well, the spirits don’t really like frankincense being flung around or the sage burning. They think it stinks and they temporarily leave only to come back again days later. Yes, they do. Just an F.Y.I.
Many times Ben and I are called because someone had a paranormal group in their house who spent hours doing an investigation (based on the reality shows they watch) with either no results, or, requests to come back again to do a “further” investigation to see if they could find something to record on video or camera. That event ends up creating more angst and paranormal activity. The homeowner is still scared and stressed now. Lots of stuff for the spirits to feed off of and become more active. Nothing is resolved for anyone.
Whether you agree with me or not, paranormal groups who do investigations have an obligation to have a solution to a homeowner going through a disturbing paranormal event. So next time you are going to do an investigation, be serious and compassionate and realize this family has to stay in this house and put up with what is happening there while you are able to leave and go have a good night’s sleep with nothing lurking or peering at you over your bed.