If You’re Hunting Them, You’re Doing It Wrong

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There are countless paranormal groups out there calling themselves ghost hunters who refer to what they do as going on ghost hunts. The reason behind this is based purely on the fact that they simply emulate what they see on television including the usage of  words and phrases used and created solely for entertainment purposes. Their intent is clearly in the wrong place as many of them are overtly seeking their own paranormal television show and aren’t in the least shy about this. They will argue the whole ghost hunter thing to the death as they point to their TAPS affiliation as proof of how seriously they take this.

Intent is the difference between walking around and getting the occasional erratic EMF spikes and having your name said repeatedly without having to ask for it. Intent is the difference between them coming to you and you spending all night stalking them. Intent is the difference between knowing how to record a simple one minute EVP session and leaving the recorder running for 15 minutes while 5 people walk around and talk over one another.

Train-wrecks like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures are widely to blame for the vast amount of individuals that think it would be neat to hunt ghosts. Intent starts at the very beginning, the very core of why you are interested in the field to begin with. If you spend a lot of time and energy coming up with a name that spells a scary word when you use the first letter of each word, you’re doing it wrong before you’ve even really started. Intent comes from within, and if there’s one thing I hope you take away from this article it’s that they do know your intent. If your first concerns are a scary name and designing your t-shirts you might as well find another hobby because you’re already headed down the wrong path. And if you’re basing what you do and how you do it off of a television show, I can’t help you.

This may come as a shock to many of you but Jason and Grant and Zak and the rest of them are not investigators or researchers. They are actors. First and foremost. Their primary focus is to make money for large corporations. These are not reality shows. These shows have writers. They have enormous production crews. They are scripted.

Every time I hear the phrase ghost hunter two things immediately come to mind. First off I know that they don’t take any of it seriously enough to put any thought at all into what they are doing and secondly, I get a vision of them in the woods wearing camouflage clothing and face paint blowing on a duck call. Only there’s like 6 of them wearing matching t-shirts and they’re all making a lot of noise. And clowns. I get something to do with clowns. Lots of them. All piling out of a small car.

photo-aether-group-lgThe main problem many seem to have is simply that they don’t take even a moment to stop and think about what it is that they are actually doing. They are mimicking what they see on a program designed for entertainment purposes and making money. This would be no different than deciding to go into law enforcement and basing everything you do on episodes of TJ Hooker. Look at your team from the perspective of a spirit. Would you want anything to do with what you see?

The ‘it’s just a word’ or ‘it’s just a name’ excuse again shows your true intent. There are a lot of words and phrases used 75 years ago that are no longer socially acceptable today due to the negative connotations associated with them. I’ve also been given the ‘we’ve used the name for a long time and we’re well established’ excuse. If you want to be established as ghost hunters then I suggest you stop reading now. And honestly, you’re that well established? Really? Stop it.

I don’t ghost hunt. I view it as disrespectful even to use the term. These spirits are still human. If you studied the living you wouldn’t say you’re a human hunter so why would you ever use the phrase ghost hunter when dealing with spirits? If you watch my videos you might notice that for the most part I’m not walking around trying to locate spirits. I sit down and invite them to come to me, if they are interested in speaking at all. If they are not, then walking around demanding they answer questions or make a noise is simply another sign of disrespect. You wouldn’t want a stranger walking around your house following you around and barking out questions so why would you do it to someone else?

Another thing you will notice is that most times I do this alone. Bringing in large numbers of people is again going about it the wrong way. One to two people is the most you should ever need and I have found that when you’re alone many of the spirits seem to respect you for it. If you’re willing to go in alone to speak to them without making it a circus then your intent is fairly obvious. Again, look at it from a different perspective and imagine 7 loud people all wearing matching t-shirts coming into your home and acting the way most ghost hunters do.

pink kittyOh but it gets worse. This group of clowns is called Pink Kitty Paranormal based out of Portland, Oregon. They wear tutu’s and drink a lot and basically look like out of work strippers. This is what it’s come to people. These are your peers. And you wonder why I’m moving to the desert.

I personally don’t like using the phrase investigation either (and why I changed my ‘well established’ name). I’m not investigating them. They haven’t done anything wrong. Instead of a paranormal investigation, you should be conducting paranormal research (since our society demands we label everything). I prefer to look at it as simply learning. I’m a student and the spirits willing to communicate with me are the teachers.

People will say it’s just a word. Words have meaning and if you were notified today that you were being either hunted or investigated would either of those give you a warm fuzzy feeling? It’s highly doubtful.

Everything I have mentioned all comes back to intent and respect. I’m not hunting you, I’m not investigating you, I want to learn from you. Recently I witnessed a group at a location where I had spent over a year establishing a relationship with the spirits there. This group arrived and immediately started acting like extremely inconsiderate and rude guests barging into someone else’s home and making demands. It was really no different than what would legally be termed a home invasion.

This is what I mean by intent. I don’t know the name of this group because they didn’t have the conviction to stand up and tell anyone who they were. Most everyone that was present was appalled at their behavior but unfortunately this is not uncommon, even for the groups that claim to be opposed to such tactics. In reality, even if you don’t openly antagonize spirits, you can still be disrespectful based on many other criteria such as the name you chose for your team, your investigative style or by calling yourselves ghost hunters.

Almost every time I turn on the P-SB7 spirit box now the very first word said is my name. There is a communication network on their side and news does travel. You are flagged on their end. How you want to be flagged is up to you. Groups that consider what they do as hunting or went out of their way to make sure the name of their team spells F.E.A.R. or R.I.P. or S.P.I.R.I.T. may be marked. They do know who you are, they do know your intent and many of them have better things to do than hang around you. I know if the tables were turned and I were a spirit I certainly wouldn’t waste my energy on a group of people calling themselves Kentucky Ghost Hunters. (I made that name up as I was typing this. Turns out it exists and has 6 members each with a television title and matching shirts. Stunner.)

4319585_origIn 2012 I moved 2,000 miles from Portland to the Midwest. As soon as I started doing research there the first thing that happened was my name being said over the spirit box like I had never left. I also get a lot of hi’s and hello’s when I first turn it on. They know who I am regardless of my location.

I see spirits more now than ever. I don’t consider myself psychic or gifted in any way, they just know my intent and allow me to see them far more often now than they used to. I know when they are nearby. I see them, hear them, feel them almost on a daily basis now because they are allowing me to.

So take a step back and just think. Stop emulating television shows. Do things in a way they make sense and not how some bad TV show producer says you’re supposed to. It’s your name out there, how do you want to be perceived?

If your intent is in the right place and you respect them as the people they are, they will come to you. And you won’t have to walk around and hunt them any longer.