From St Louis Paranormal Research Society www.seeaghost.com
I get this question a lot from clients: "I had my house smudged, and the spirit came back. What do I do now?" Well, the problem is that your house was cleansed incorrectly." Smudging, the use of burning sage to cleanse a space, is only half the process. The effects of Smudging are only temporary.
I like to refer to Smudging as an "Initial Knock Down" tactic. When done correctly, Smudging will push the spirit out of a home, but only temporarily. If the malevolent spirit has a strong enough attachment to the house, it may have the ability to return after the effects of Smudging has dissipated. After the house is cleansed, further steps are needed to prevent the spirit from reentering your home.
One thing you could do is to place protective crystals in your window seals and above your doors. The best crystals to use are Black Tourmaline, Rose Quartz, Blood Stone, Black Onyx, Amethyst, and Emerald. These crystals will dissolve negative energy and promote a more positive atmosphere. It may also be a good idea to keep one of these stones next to your bed and the beds of your loved ones.
Another method is spreading salt across your doors and windows. In many cultures, salt is a talisman used for warding off unwelcome spirits. By spreading salt across your doors and windows, you are creating a protective barrier. You can also pour salt in the corners of your rooms and let it sit for a few days, then vacuum it up. Salt tends to bind with negative energy, thus neutralizing it. Placing a salt lamp in a room can also help promote a more positive atmosphere.
In the Hoodoo and Voodoo religions, brick dust is a common way to protect against negative energy and evil spirits. By spreading brick dust across the doorways of your home, nothing that wants to cause harm can enter. Also, scrubbing your porches with brick dust is a way of breaking curses and hexes.
For Christians, placing crosses, holy water, and other blessed items around your home can protect you from evil spirits, but I have found this to be a problem when dealing with older earthbound spirits. Sometimes you may be dealing with an evil spirit that does not recognize the Christian religion. Even though Christian icons may protect you personally, they may not do anything to rid your home of the negative energy in which evil spirits tend to thrive. In these cases, it's best to perform a house blessing, followed by one of the techniques mentioned above.
Regardless of which method you choose, the point is smudging isn't enough. And depending on how strong the malevolent spirit's attachment is to your home, several different methods may have to be used to keep your home cleansed. The best advice I can give to someone facing this kind of situation is to keep a positive attitude. Remember, malevolent spirits thrive on negativity, fear, and emotion. Often in these repeating cases, I find that if the client continues to fear the spirit and unintentionally invites the malevolent spirit back into their home.
There are very few subjects as controversial in the paranormal community as "Orbs." Orbs are the "balls of light" that appear in photographs. They are so common that it's rare to conduct a paranormal investigation and not capture at least one. With the advent of digital photography, orbs have become even more common place. Because they appear so frequently, most paranormal investigators choose not to consider them when reviewing evidence. Personally, I think this is a mistake because to conduct an honest scientific investigation; everything must be considered, whether it's explainable or not.
There are some very explainable reasons for orbs; dust, bugs, rain, light anomalies, and pixelation. But every once in a while, you get an orb that can't be explained, and it's because of these rare occasions, we must consider every orb as a possible paranormal anomaly until it can be definitively ruled out.
I personally think that orbs are legitimate paranormal phenomena, and the reason for this is simple. We all know that ghosts need energy to manifest. Sometimes, energy sources are plentiful and, at other times, almost nonexistent. If a spirit is at a low energy level, it may have the ability to manifest into a full-blown apparition. A sphere is the most energy-efficient shape in nature, and if a spirit is at a low energy level, it makes sense that a sphere would be the shape it would take. As the spirit gains energy, it may gain the ability to manifest into a more complex form, like a human form. For me, an orb is the lowest form of an apparition.
You can use a few simple tricks to rule out some of the most common causes of orbs in your photos. One is using a flashlight. Point your flashlight towards the ceiling, hold it just above your head, and look into the beam. If there's dust, you'll be able to see it in the flashlight beam. If dust is present, then it has to be considered as a cause for your orb phenomenon. Orbs storms, the anomaly where hundreds of orbs show up in a photograph, I automatically rule out. If you're outside, insects are always a consideration. An easy way to check for bugs is by using your camera flash. Surprisingly you can see the smallest insects in the flash of your camera. So when you snap a picture, don't look into your view screen; look beyond your camera into the photographing area. If rain is present, it usually looks like an upside down teardrop when captured in flash photography.
I've heard hundreds of explanations on how to tell a real spirit orb form that of dust, bugs, and other naturally occurring phenomena, but the truth is these theories are mere speculation and unproven. The best way I know of to prove that you captured a legitimate spirit orb is a preponderance of the evidence. If you have other evidence supporting a site to be haunted, then there is a good chance that you may have very well captured something, but if an orb is all you caught, you have to treat it with speculation.
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1-Are you male?
2-Are you female?
3-What is your name?
4-What year is it?
5-How old are you?
6-Are you the same age now as when you died?
7-Why are you here?
8-Did you live in this house?
9-Are you always here?
10-Are they others here with you?
11-How many are here with you?
12-What is your favorite color?
13-Can you see us?
14-Are you sick or injured?
15-Do you need help?
16-Do you need us to do something for you?
17-Is there anything you want to say to us?
18-Can you do something to get our attention?
19-Do you like cats or dogs better?
20-Can you answer this knock?
The plan is to use the same questions with 2 different sets of investigators to see if we get the same answers, assuming we are both talking to the same entity.