Friday, October 15, 2010

So you want to be a ghost hunter

Just about every tv-watching person in America has caught at least a glimpse of those shows about ghost hunters. There are tons of them out there-shows with weird looking cameras and gadgets, shows were people stand around waiting for a bump in the night, shows where people run away in fear whenever anything actually happens, well you get the idea. And for the most part, they are hugely successful.

 There’s just something intriguing about the unknown. You can’t help but get a little pulled in on the idea that these people might be discovering something truly amazing. They take the viewers on that journey with them every time they venture into some dark, creepy place. So it’s natural that a lot of people want the chance to experience the excitement first hand. And it’s not as hard as it might seem. So here are some tips to help someone who is thinking about testing the waters of paranormal investigation.

-The easiest way to get started is to contact a local paranormal group. There are tons of them around. They aren’t hard to find most of the time. Google is your friend. Use it. Many groups welcome new members. It doesn’t hurt to shoot off an e-mail and find out.

Just make sure you look for a group with similar ideas or preferences. Every group out there does things differently so it’s best to make sure the group is a good fit before you invest time and energy in it. That doesn’t mean you have to share all the same beliefs or ideals as the others members-variety is a good thing to have. It just means you have to be able to work with these people.

-If you can’t find a group near you or at least find one that’s a good fit, you can always start your own. Talk to your friends. Your family. Random people you meet. You might be surprised who shows an interest when you start mentioning ghosts. Do your research and know what you want to accomplish before you start. It’s a lot of work but totally worth it.

-Expect a lot of hard work. Despite popular belief, ghost hunting isn’t easy. There’s always equipment to set up, wires to run, interviews to do. It often means spending time in dark attics, dirty basements and much less pleasant locations. You get very little sleep.  You can’t be afraid to try new things. There’s also a lot of standing and walking involved so it also doesn’t hurt to be in good shape.

-Be ready to learn. Try and research as much information as you can. Read books. Checkout websites. Attend conferences even. Yes, they really do have ghost hunting conferences.

-Have an open mind. This field is full of surprises so you need to be ready for them!

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