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.
TRIGGER OBJECTS | GET GHOSTLY ENGAGEMENTS ON TAPE
Trigger objects can increase the probability of a ghostly encounter. They are simply any object that has personal meaning to the spirit or its time period. Ideally, you want to have an idea who the suspected ghost is. This will let you pick something that resonates with the ghost. Otherwise, you can select an object from the time period of the suspected ghost, but those general trigger objects don’t work as well.
Let’s learn about using trigger objects on your investigations.
Research Haunted Place And Suspected Ghosts Before You Pick A Trigger Object
Your research will help find a ghost’s suspected identity and your questions should try to confirm what trigger objects work best when there’s a connection to the place or spirit. This doesn’t mean the object is haunted: It just means the spirit will know what the object is. For example, if you used an iPhone while investigating a ghost town from the 1860s, the spirit wouldn’t ‘know’ the object and it wouldn’t interact with it. If you can get something that belonged to the spirit, it will really improve your chances of interacting with it. If you can’t, use an object from the time period. Ghostly Activities tends to use objects from the time period, like a bell, because most spirits know how to make one chime. Toys and dolls work best for suspected child spirits.
Your research should lead you to questions you want to ask. While trigger objects are used for ghostly interactions, they can also double as EVP sessions. You may not see any physical movement, but you could record ghostly voices. And that’s evidence you want to capture.
Common Trigger Objects
Some of the most common trigger objects include:
Experiments To Run With Trigger Objects
Trigger objects are for engagement, so your questions should focus on the ghost moving them. That just means you’ll reframe your question from a Yes/No EVP to tapping a compass once for Yes and twice for No. This statement applies more for adult ghosts. With child spirits, you may ask it to play with a teddy bear or jacks, and see what happens.
Trigger Object Setup
Don’t make the experiment area cluttered. You can place the object in the middle of the room and keep back at least five feet. If you use jacks, dice or coins, use chalk to draw a circle around each one. This is so you can measure any movements.
Around the trigger object, place other ghostly measurement devices like digital audio recorders, EMF meters, thermometers and geophones. These will capture manifestation observations to complement your engagement session.
Questions And Interactions
With your research in hand, you should have a list of 10-20 questions to ask. Remember to have the spirit use movement to answer Yes/No questions. It’s OK to repeat the questions if you don’t get a physical interaction. The other equipment may pick something interesting up.
If you didn’t find anything to ask from your research, you can ask generic questions to help narrow down the ghost’s identity. Some examples include:
Recording Trigger Object Sessions
Video is the best option. I record most sessions using full spectrum light, but you can use a normal light or infrared light, too. At the end of the day, if you capture the objects moving, it’s a success. You can set the camera to zoom in on the object to not only to see if it moves, but to capture changes on the other instruments. Most sessions last about 30 minutes.
It’s rare you capture any movements. It may happen during 1-in-20 experiments. These sessions take a lot of energy for ghosts and they may not be strong enough to move the trigger objects. BUT you may get EVP, geophone data, EMF changes and/or temperature changes. That’s pretty good data to have.
Whether you’re newly curious about the paranormal or you’re a veteran of preternatural detection, never before has there been more options for app-based technology for ghost tracking. With a smartphone and some basic understanding of ghost detection tools, anyone can try their luck at the science of apparitions. However, as the app market has grown, so has the possibility that the app you are purchasing is more for entertainment than for actual ghost detection.
So, what are the best free ghost apps? The best ghost apps should have a mix of high-quality paranormal technology, but be easy enough for beginners and amateurs to use. Understanding how ghost apps work and what to look for when purchasing an app can make sure you get the best value for the lowest cost.
How do these apps work? One of the tools traditional paranormal researchers use to detect activity is an EMF (electromagnetic field) meter. The presence of EMF fields closely links to paranormal experiences (hallucinations, paranoia, the feeling of being watched, etc.) Once you debunk that there’s unusual electrical activity in the location, researchers often move to measure electronic voice phenomena or EVPs. The best free ghost apps offer EMF, EVP, and recording equipment all for an affordable price.
What to look for when purchasing a ghost app?
Many people rely on user reviews before downloading app. However, when it comes to ghost apps, it might be worth digging a bit deeper into the technology and the app developers. If the app can’t accurately indicate the type of technology and or how the detection works, there’s a chance you’re getting more of a ‘fun’ than actual paranormal detection.
A simple search of the app developers can provide some credible references for their work. Are they experienced investigators with a background in paranormal activity? Do the app developers demonstrate any experience in the field? Apps that provide this background information on the developers will prove far more valuable.
Our Picks for the Best Free Ghost Apps: Ghost Radar (Classic & Legacy Edition) – iOS & Android – FREE
One of the first paranormal apps to ever hit the market, Ghost Radar by Spud Pickles has been providing goosebumps and thrills to users since 2009. The app has a simple, easy to use interface providing feedback to the user through voice recognition technology. It also can be configured to work in the background, allowing users to flip back and forth between apps without missing any detection opportunities.
With several hundred ratings between the classic and legacy editions, it’s also one of the most popular apps in the app store. One final note about Ghost Radar. The app developers include a disclosure about the verifiability of the information detected in Ghost Radar. They indicate it should be used for entertainment purposes only — a word of caution for anyone looking for top-notch paranormal technology.
SGK1 – Ghost Hunting Kit – Android – FREE
Android device users will appreciate this easy-to-use toolkit of everything you need for ghost detection. The app contains a full range of detection tools including EMF detector, EVP recorder, and a spirit box with more than 3000 different sound clips from historical detections. The app allows users to label and store detections for later analysis. It’s free for basic use but does allow in-app purchases to remove ads and unlock additional features.
Sono X10 Spirit Box – iOS & Android – FREE
Unlike other paranormal detection apps that use electromagnetic detection, Sono X10 Spirit Box uses voicebank technology to detect spirit activity. The app has a voicebank of thousands of sounds, phonemes, and speech clips accessible to nearby paranormal beings. These paranormal spirits use the voicebank to assemble full words or sentences communicated back to the smartphone user. The user is not ‘recording’ paranormal voices; however, as with other spirit boxes, the paranormal spirit manipulates the sensors in your phone to generate a message. The app is free for use, although there is a larger soundbank available for purchase in the app.
Ghost Tracker EMF EVP Recorder – iOS & Android
This one isn’t free (it’s cheap though) but we wanted to include it because it was developed by well-known Swedish ghost hunters LaxTon Ghost Sweden HB, this iOS and Android app offers 3-in-1 ghost hunting technology. The app contains an EMF-scanner, EVP/Voice recorder, and a motion detector. Beginner ghost hunters will love the easy-to-use features and ability to share data with family and friends. The app has more 1 and 2-star ratings than other paranormal detection apps on the market, although many of those seem to be related to glitches in previous versions.
Paranormal Ghost EVP Radio – iOS & Android
App developer Exelerus promises that Paranormal Ghost EVP radio app takes traditional ghost hunting to the next level. Though not free, it’s designed for both paranormal researchers and ghost enthusiasts alike, the app includes both EMF and EVP technologies, along with an easy-to-share text log to capture all of your recordings. The app also allows recordings to be uploaded to Dropbox for easy storage and sharing. With several thousand reviews among Android and iOS users consider it one of the best ghost apps on the market.
Ghost Hunter M2 – iOS
This is another app with a small fee that is pretty popular with ghost hunters. With more than 1,000 ratings in the app store, Ghost Hunter M2 is among the most popular and highly rated paranormal apps currently available. Among the long list of app, features are an EMF and EVP detectors, geoscope instrument, spatial displacement instrument, and a barometer to analyze barometric data collected by your phone. The app also features auto-detection and a Fast Fourier Transform Visualizer (FFT-V) algorithms to analyze audio signals. It’s well-regarded as the most complex paranormal toolkit available on the app store to date.
Ghost Detect Pro – iOS
If you’re searching for a super low priced paranormal app, Ghost Detect Pro by Perfect Reality Apps might be the best choice for you. The app offers easy-to-use features including EMF and EVP detectors with recording, radar, and a vibration detector. Unlike other apps, Ghost Detect Pro provides all the available sensors on one page, rather than having to flip between measurement tools. Graphing details collect data over time with each measurement recorded in bold colors.
Note that users give the app mixed ratings. Some users have a positive experience using the app on different smartphones models, others find the app more challenging to navigate with older smartphones.
Things to Remember When Using App-Based Detection As you start to experiment with some of the apps above, there are some good reminders and tips that can help improve your user experience and avoid frustration. Keep in mind these considerations as you start your own ghost hunting experience:
Measuring EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena is one of the methods used by paranormal researchers to detect ghost activity. EVP is thought to be vocalizations caused by ghosts as attempts to communicate. EVP recorders are devices that work to identify and record EVP using highly sensitive audio equipment. The goal of using an EVP recorder is to detect ghost voices and capture them for later analysis.
EVP recorders come in several different types, some specifically designed for paranormal activity, and others sell for more general use. It’s possible to purchase EVP recorders in various formats (hand-held, wrist recorders, stand-alone, etc.) for different types of audio (digital, high-resolution, large format, etc.) Choose a model of EVP recorder based on personal preference, the location you intend to use the EVP recorder at, and the type of analysis you plan to do with the recordings. As mentioned above, many app-based EVP recorders can download digital audio files right to your smartphone as well.