Learn about paranormal phenomena
The saying “knowledge is power” couldn’t ring truer when you’re confronting ghosts, poltergeists, or, on rare occasions, demons. Make sure you educate yourself because pretending you’re Bill Murray from Ghostbusters is useless and foolish on the scene of an actual haunt. The Rhine Education Center, a parapsychology school and research institute that studies paranormal and psychic phenomena, is the perfect place for aspiring paranormal investigators to learn about the field and investigative techniques before they go to their first haunt. An eight-week course typically costs about $200 to $250. “To prepare, you need to learn about the physical world and how it works,” says John Kruth, executive director of the Rhine Research Center. “If people are under high-powered electrical lines, that can cause electronic problems in the house, effect a person’s physical behavior, or cause them to see waves in the air that aren’t there.” He suggests learning the basics of human biology, physics, and engineering to help expand your knowledge behind the plausible explanations for the strange and peculiar physical phenomena you may encounter. This is the real reason why ghosts say boo.
Start packing your investigation tool kit
Despite living in a technologically savvy world, ghost detectors have yet to be invented. But there are a few gadgets you can use for documenting activity and recording data. An electromagnetic field (EMF) meter is handy for measuring electromagnetic field fluctuations in an environment. Theories in the paranormal field suggest that ghosts may be able to manipulate these fields causing unexplained increases on EMF meters. Then again, faulty electrical wiring or cell phone signal interference may also manipulate your readings. “You need to know that environment may cause your devices to be useless,” says Loyd Auerbach, a parapsychology teacher at Rhine Education Center and paranormal investigator in California. This is why it’s important to explore and eliminate any external influences in the environment that may give you false readings. He recommends purchasing an EMF meter like the K2 Meter off of Amazon for $60. You’ll also need a video camera for recording interviews and activity in a location, preferably one with night vision for filming in the dark. Your smartphone is a good starting point for video and audio recording, but just remember that your phone has its limits. For the long-term, it’s best to invest in quality tech gadgets for investigations. Check out how this school caught a ghost on camera.
Interview your client before you make a visit
Ghost stories are nothing more than stories if you don’t have witnesses who experienced the account firsthand. You may go to a haunted house and get a bunch of readings with your tools, but if “no one is having an experience then you can’t connect those readings,” says Auerbach. “We’re investigating people’s experiences.” Interviews before, during, and after a client visit are important because they help you gather information, find patterns, and figure out what research needs to be done on your end to explain this peculiar physical phenomenon. The best questions to ask include ones like: how long has it been occurring, what incidents are happening, when does it happen, do you know anything about the history of the house or building, did someone die here, etc. If you have multiple witnesses, make sure you interview them separately and together to ensure their experiences match up. Science reveals the true reason you’re being haunted by ghosts.