Four Realities About Paranormal Work
Investigating the paranormal is not what you see on television. In this post, I highlight four REAL aspects to this work.
Reality #1 – Investigations are typically uneventful.
While the TV does its best to drum up noises, shadows, and unexplained events, the reality of most paranormal investigations is that they are pretty boring. Even when there are claims of activity, when a team shows up to experience the phenomenon, things are often quiet. Most phenomenon seems to occur when the investigation is not happening.
Another uneventful aspect often occurs for those groups who are heavy into technology. These types of investigations focus on capturing phenomenon through the use audio, video, photography, and other various types of equipment. The majority of the investigation is focused on the use of the equipment, but little else happens throughout the night.
For those groups who utilize Mediums or “Sensitives” during an investigation, things may be slightly more interesting. Still, in most cases, the overall evening is pretty dry.
Reality #2 – Investigations require a lot of work.
Investigating is not all fun and games. There is the time spent to arrange the investigation, to drive to the location, to conduct the actual investigation, as well as the time required for equipment set-up and break-down. Once the evening is over, generally around 1:00am – 2:00am, you drive home and fall into bed – hopefully able to sleep-in the next morning. After the investigation, all video and audio recordings need to be analyzed. This involves downloading the files into the appropriate software, then spending hours examining those files. If anything is found, the evidence needs to be reviewed, cleaned, and clipped for sharing and reporting. In the group I am currently involved with, most clients receive a written report as well as a DVD of any audio or video findings. Individual files must be collected from each investigator and collated into a single report. Upon completion of the report, follow-up and spending time with the client to talk about the findings is also required.
So, while it may sound cool or fun to attend an investigation, the amount of work actually involved is fairly extensive.
Reality #3 – Investigations are not “scientific,” but they are about exploring and finding answers.
Most people who do paranormal work would agree that finding answers and/or communicating with spirits is the intended goal. Unfortunately, although every group seeks to do their work in a so-called “scientific way,” there’s simply no way that working out in the field is considered a true scientific process. There is no way to establish a controlled environment or create results which can be duplicated – two core foundations of true science.
With that said, exploring the paranormal is still about gaining answers. Every investigation and case can provide insights and learning, but in the end, it is all very subjective. One paranormal group may claim they have the answers, while another may completely disagree. At this time, those who do paranormal work can’t really prove much. Even a fantastic EVP is subject to contamination, questioning, and suspicion – but we’ll never learn anything if we don’t at least reach out and explore. For those who do this work and gain interesting results, it can be a life-changing experience. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to be considered real science and therefore receives little to no respect.
Reality #4 – Investigations are about helping people, not thrill-seeking.
Investigating historical locations can be fun, although it can sometimes be hard to gain access into a location. Doing so requires openness on the part of the owner, as well as trust that the team coming in will respect the location and conduct itself with integrity. Establishing a good reputation is essential – along with liability insurance and confidentiality agreements. Some historical locations really aren’t interested in the findings of an investigation, while others may be. Investigating these locations can be fun for a team and less work if the owner is not interested in the outcome – although most will want some form of follow-up.
Where the real work happens is with people who are in need of help – the residential and personal cases. Those who claim activity, whether it is real or perceived, are turning to an investigative team for their knowledge and assistance. Having experience and the ability to offer genuine help is a critical part of the work. To the people having these paranormal experiences, the situation is very real.
Some investigative groups are all about the personal encounter – their goal is to gain proof in “ghosts” – and doing paranormal work is one way to potentially have this experience. However, there are other ways of connecting with spirits. You can explore mediumship and develop your intuitive abilities. You can become more spiritual and connected to God. And yes, you can join a paranormal group. But remember, first and foremost, this work is about exploration, awareness and education. It’s not for fun, for getting a cheap thrill, or for fame – even though many people turn it in this. If you deal with people who are reaching out to you for assistance, their need is very real and proper care should be given.
If you are still interested in paranormal work, despite the “realities” I’ve discussed, then I encourage you to find a group whose goals and interests work for you. Every group functions differently, so find one that resonates with you.
For more on the paranormal, you can catch my book Spirit Activity: What Is It & What To Do About It on my website or Amazon.
Until next time!