A lot can happen during a ghost hunt; objects move, voices whisper in your ear, a tap on the shoulder… What we don’t always talk about are the experiences which can occur after an evening with spirits. Some of our investigators have had ghosts follow them home, and it can be a serious intrusion.
Dealing with ghosts
There are different techniques to prevent some unwanted visitors, Katie has gone over a few in our episodes (check out the GRCC Episode 1 for some seriously good grounding techniques.) Centering and grounding is a very important process as it keep you connected with your surroundings without putting you at risk for attachment. This means when you are communicating with the paranormal your mental focus is strong enough to create a barrier between you and the entity when you begin to feel uncomfortable.
Centering you energy does not end when you leave your haunted location for the evening; that barrier should follow you home, so others don’t. I utilize a lot of the techniques we discuss on camera to keep potential spirits out of my house. It’s difficult sometimes when you get home at 3 in the morning not to be paranoid about everything you experienced during the episode, but I always figure it is better safe than sorry. Typically after a haunt, before entering my house I’ll take a moment, focus on the frame, and state the intent: “This is my house and nothing of ill intent can follow me here.” So far no ghosts, just the occasional bat.
Everyone on the team is different in regards to their post hunt ghost encounters and . fortunately, Erin (camera woman extraordinaire) hasn’t experienced anything following her, which she attributes to “not inviting anything paranormal to communicate if you are not mentally prepared for it,” a sentiment I have to agree with. When you engage in conversation, whether you utilize a spirit box, or the Ouija board, you are opening a door into your realm. If you do not close that door, you are inviting whatever you were speaking to stay, whether it is through the technology you utilize, or yourself. Being the ones filming, and not directly communicating, makes it feel less like you are in the line of fire.
“There’s a certain immunity you feel being a camera person. You’re distanced from the activity. If you are not provoking the spirits it is unlikely you will be pulled into that action. I find safety in that.” – Johnny
Erin and Johnny run the hand held cameras which follow our investigators through their adventures. While neither directly contact ghosts, they are not immune to the interactions of the paranormal: “My back was toward the door. All of the investigators were in the room, and other members of the crew were in a completely different section of the house. There was a quiet moment, and I heard footsteps walking down the hall…” Moments like this are awesome, once the initial terror subsides. They are also the hardest moments to replicate.
On Haunt ME we never discount personal experiences. While it may not make it to film, or find it’s way onto a recorder, they are strong indications of potential activity. That’s why as a team, on and off camera, we’re always communicating. If someone is feeling uncomfortable, we address both the person and the potential entity. “Our team is really good about checking in with everybody during investigations to make sure they are o.k., investigators and crew alike.” It is so important to stay in contact with your team and to have each other’s back. This is clear in the Parsonsfield Episode, as well as the Mill Agent’s House. Both Ashley and Ty have personal experiences with their surroundings/entities and get out with the help of teammates. It’s always good to stick together and keep an eye out for your teammates.