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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one explainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.



As I sit and work on my power point for Ghost Hunting 101 I couldn't help and think about "Ghost Hunting" and the WHOLE story that goes with it!  Is it exciting? You bet!!! Does it heighten your senses? Yes.  Does it keep you wondering and keep you on your toes?  You better know it!!!  Does it keep you WANTING MORE???  Without a doubt!!!  BUT.......as with anything, there are things that usually aren't talked about associated with all the COOL stuff you see on the surface.

There are many hidden dangers that you REALLY need to consider or be aware of if you are going to explore the unknown......the paranormal!!!  You run many risks for yourself, not to mention your FAMILY and FRIENDS. 

Obviously, staying out all night and "burning the candle at both ends" so to speak, can be very stressful, and could cause problems with your relationship....especially if your partner is NOT interested in the paranormal.  It is hard for them to understand sometimes, the fasciation with staying out all night in a haunted graveyard full of dead people or sitting in the dark for HOURS just waiting to see something.  And can you BLAME THEM???  We are a little weird to want to do this. LOL

Some of the dangers we have to be aware of is...possession, someone or something following us home, nightmares, obsession, shadow people, sleeplessness, depression, uneasy feelings and terrifying events suddenly start to happen.   Not to mention listening to stories about past tragedies can sometimes take a toll on one's mind.  Being compelled to dig deeper and deeper into a case while trying to solve a haunting can occupy the mind to a point of obsession.  We have to learn to take breaks....and talk with people from time to time about our cases to clear our minds.

I know this from experience.  I have been so intent on solving a case that I couldn't hardly think about anything else!  I wanted more evidence....more photo's.....more EVP's!!!!  Anything else I could get my hands on to help me prove what I thought was going on at a haunted location.  Sometimes this would get in the way with my relationships, family and friends.  I had to step back and realize HOW much time I was spending with my head in the computer, reading, writing and  having my headsets on listening for that ONE thing I might have over looked.

I have also experienced things following me home.  It is just my daughter and myself, so when physical things started happening in my own home after I had visited a haunted location I really had to take a hard look at things.  Things were happening such as the water coming on full blast by itself downstairs when my daughter was the only one home and she was upstairs.....scaring her to death!  The TV coming on EVERY NIGHT with the volume full blast around 2:30am every night for almost three weeks straight. I would make sure the volume was completely on mute before I went to bed, but STILL the TV would come on full blast and nothing but static on the screen, motion detectors going off without any batteries in them....footsteps when know one was home but me and several other events.  Suddenly it becomes VERY REAL!!! Now, fortunately for me...I took control and took my house back and have not had any other problems in a long time.
This is the actual motion detector.  This is how it
was laying the night it went off.  You can see the sensor
is in the middle of the device facing the ceiling and don't
forget the only way to activate it or turn it on was with the remote,
which was in my bag in my closet.
It was laying face up and just started going off by itself.  And
just seconds before, both my dogs sat up in bed and started
straight up at the celling!!!  They had NEVER done that before.  

I know a friend of mine that quit ghost hunting because after he investigated a haunted house, suddenly really bad things started happening to him.....he lost his girlfriend, he started drinking and doing drugs, lost his job and started to see shadow figures over his bed at night.  He decided he just couldn't do it anymore so he quit and had his house and himself cleansed.  After that, things started turning around for him.

So, here's the bottom line....this is a fascinating field and can be VERY REWARDING but at the same time.....you must protect yourself and your family from the unknown.  Always do your protection prayer before and after an investigation.  Please just remember.....it's not all glamorous and full of amazing evidence like TV would have you believe. :)  I'm not saying it isn't worth it, all I saying is don't forget what you are really dealing with......THE UNKNOWN!!!

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