General Ghost Hunting 101
Generally doing a paranormal investigation is harmless, as long as there are no dark/evil entities present at the location. Ghosts or spirits of the no longer living found in a house or building other than a prison or abandoned asylum are usually harmless. About half of them just want to be left alone and often some will hide from the living either in an attic or basement or sometimes a closet. Some ghosts are so quiet they can haunt a location for years without the occupants being aware of their presence.
There are rules to everything and paranormal investigations is no exception. Before you begin understand the basics.
Types of Hauntings
The two most familiar types of haunting are the residual and the active AKA intelligent haunting.
Residual hauntings are the sounds spirits imprint upon the fabric of their surroundings. These sounds may remain in a given location for hundreds of years. They do not respond to the living, they will not answer your questions. How does this happen? Simple, the living having spirtiual energy will go thorugh a routine frequently and as such leave the sounds they made in life upon the fabric of their surroundings.
Some media record these sounds better than others. Wood was once a living thing and so is limestone. Building materials that were once alive tend to record the energy of the living better than other things that were never alive.
Active hauntings will sometimes respond to questions put to them by the investigator. These can be recorded as EVPs or spirit box or other electronic devices used to allow the spirit to communicate with the living.
If you go into a haunted location with a large team of people as Ghost Hunters (TAPS) does your chances of making contact with the shy ghosts are reduced more than 50%. When you drive half way across the country to investigate a location with shy ghosts and bring a large team of people and camera crews and such you are making a mistake. If you get no evidence you have mostly yourself to blame.
TAPs teams frequently split their group into smaller teams of no more than 2 or 3 in an effort to cover more ground and not be as intimidating to the ghosts. There are two very good reasons why larger teams should split into smaller teams of 2 or 3 members. This allows them to cover more ground, reduces the intimidation factor as well as the chances for contamination of a site.
Contamination of a site is caused by the human factor. The more people you have in a location the higher the odds that someone will create a false positive whether by accident or intentionally. Cell phones and other electronic devices not used for the actual investigation can contaminate a site and cause false positives on your EMF and EVP equipment. Communications systems, radios, and TV transmitters emit radio signals which can be read in EMF ranges. The fewer of these things a team has on them the better their chances are for making contact without creating a false positive.
There's a reason why they want you to turn off your phones in a commercial jetliner.
Cell phones on an investigation are the worst source of random EMF a paranormal investigator can deal with but when detected on a K2 meter it's easy to see that it's a cell phone causing the signal because of the rapid pulses that set off the LEDs. This is a data burst and unless your phone is in airport mode or turned off it will occassionally make connections to a cell tower even when it's not being used. Turn it off. Make sure everyone in your group has their cell phones turned off.
People also give off EMF
Everyone has a spiritual energy signature. Spirits and some people can see this energy as an aura. People who have aggressive signatures will frighten the shy ghosts away. You can be assured the ghosts can see your aura and are better aware of your personality than you are. Shy ghosts will naturally move away from unfamiliar people and watch them from a distance. Some don't watch, they hide and will try to avoid you if possible.
Shy ghosts will become accustomed to familiar energy in a house and will lose their fear. Remember they were people and their curiosity with the living is at least as great as ours is of them. People may report ghostly activity and when the paranormal team arrives the ghosts will return to their hiding places. The paranormal investigators leave with the occupant's story as their only evidence the location is haunted.
Even An Experienced Paranormal Investigator Will Leave Empty Handed Sometimes
How many times have we watched as the Ghost Hunters (TAPS) investigated a haunted location to find nothing? Yes sometimes they find other explanations for what the occupants report as paranormal activity. The part that's sad is when there really is paranormal activity and they can't capture any evidence of it.
A good paranormal investigator will look for the simple easy non-paranormal explanations first. In homes where people live there are things that can cause what appears to be paranormal activity. There are theories for and against certain things like areas where high EMF is detected inside a home. It is a scientific fact that areas of high EMF can produce anxiety, hallucinations, feelings of dread, and what might appear to be something of paranormal nature. Anything that draws a high amount of electrical current produces high EMF. Another thing we consider is the possibility that spirits may come to feed upon that type of energy.
Spirits are everywhere.
I've been investigating the paranormal and UFO related phenomena since I was a teenager. I grew up in a haunted house and the house next door was also haunted. Dad bought it and my investigations began shortly after.
We officially began paranormal investigations in 2002 in Virginia City, NV. This was the first time we began using cameras and digital recorders for gathering information about the paranormal. Previous to that we used our own instincts and for 3 months straight I would go OBE and walk among the spirits around our very haunted house. There's nothing quite like walking among the spirits to become familiar with what's out there and what it does.
In 2003 I was asked by Victoria Monroe to return to Virginia City and help her do a show called Ghosts of Piper's, which we did. The show is available on DVD from the Spooky Places website. It still airs on cable in Reno and Palo Alto, CA. In 2008 our daughter Laura and I returned to Virginia City to work in the series Haunted Nevada.
The Spirits of Evil.
Not all hauntings are ghosts.
Our house (where we live now) was so full of paranormal activity no one could live here. Doors opened and closed, water would turn on. Lights would go on or off, the TV would come on in the middle of the night and even change channels sometimes. The toilet would flush and one night even flooded the house! When my fear became anger I asked God to let me go in spirit to investigate and God answered, "Yes."
I began waking in the night in spirit, get out of my body and see myself and my wife asleep in bed. I would then walk the house and as I did I found "things" of various kinds coming out of the southwest bedroom and invading our home. These things came in various forms but all of them were small, not more than 3 feet tall. Some were like dwarfs or little monkeys while others were more reptilian. As I threw these things out of the house I saw 3 ghosts gathered in the street watching me.
In time I got out of my body and saw a shadowy man standing in the hallway between our bedroom and the bathroom. He was tall and thin. At first I thought someone was in the house then I saw myself in bed and realized what I was seeing was not physical. I asked him what he wanted and he said, "Leave my little friends alone or I will kill you, your wife, and your children."
When someone speaks like that I know they don't intend to be my friend. I jumped on him and we had a knock down, drag out fight but in the end he was the one who left. Now I had a connection. That thing was a demon and his "little friends" as he called them were of an evil nature. After all they did come up out of the ground into my house. I have a document on this site that refers to the little entities. These things are bad, they can mimic people or animals, and they have been called by different names by different people around the world. Sub-demons, gremlins, and gravelings are three of the names. They are to demons what angels are to God.
After kicking his tail about a week or so later another entity showed up that was powerful enough to jerk my spirit out of my body, spin me around, and slam me into the ceiling and wall. Then like the previous demon it said the very same thing also threatening my family. This thing looked part human, part animal and dark red in color. The head and hind legs were some kind of hoofed animal. The upper torso arms and hands were human looking except for the claws. It had horns. It had considerably more power than the one I had fought previously.
I told the thing it had no authority over me. I bound it in the name of Jesus and commanded it back where it came from never to return here again. In a flash it dropped through the floor and was gone. The next thing I knew I was waking up. I jumped up and stood at the foot of my bed where I had seen the thing vanish. I realized we were dealing with a portal to the underworld and for me and my family to be safe and happy here I had to close that portal. That's exactly what I did.
These are the things paranormal investigators need to be aware of and on guard for. Sub-demons can and will be offended if you communicate with ghosts in a building or area they consider their territory. They can and will lie to you, trick you, and they can and will follow you home and make more problems for you than you might imagine. If a sub-demon knows where you live you can be sure the demon that holds its leash also knows.
Protect Yourself and your team.
The more experienced paranormal investigators will say a protection prayer over their group before they enter into a paranormal investigation. Be sure to be specific in your words and include that no spirits are allowed to follow any of you to your homes. Spirit has energy and prayer has energy when used correctly.
Don't go looking for trouble!
You ask a mountain climber why they climb the mountain they may answer, "Just because it's there."
Just because a place may be haunted is not always the best reason for you to go there, yet many do just that. If a person lives in the haunted location and has indicated a desire for your help then you have their authority to do what you can to find out what it is that is haunting their home.
Do not try to clean a home or location without expressed authority from the owner. On rare occasions God may send someone to clean a location and in that case you have His authority to do what you need to do. If you go into a location with "good intentions" thinking you will send all those ghosts into the light like it or not then you are asking for trouble. Odds are good you'll anger something and it may not be a ghost.
Those little things I mentioned previously, some of them literally keep ghosts. Ghosts don't like them either. Those little things don't want people to communicate with the dead, some for obvious reasons. They don't want the living to know what goes on in the spirit world. The less we know about them, the more power they have to influence our lives. They are territorial. In some cases they claim not only locations but spirits of the dead as their property. You are the intruder into their world when you go there.
While doing an investigation of an aparment in Fort Smith, AR our daughter Laura (psychic medium) was speaking to the ghost of a little boy and his dad who were haunting the location when a shape shifter appeared. The dad kept warning the boy not to speak to the living when this other spirit entered the house and also warned them not to speak to her. The boy wanted to talk. The third entity then warned Laura not to speak to them and she said she would speak to anyone she wanted. She said, "It looks like a ghost but it isn't." Then it shifted into the form of a large wolf and jumped at her landing face to face. She laughed and said, "You don't scare me. Get out of here!" Her simple command caused the entity to depart with haste.
How Spirits See The Living
Your spiritual presence and continuity will convey your power in the spirit world. Just as Laura's confidence in her abilities caused the evil entity to flee in haste just the opposite is true of a paranoid, fearful, or unsure person on an investigation. Paranoid, fearful people all ready have a bad spirit within them that attracts dark energy for feeding. Fear gives off a special kind of energy in the spirit world. Energy that a hungry dark entity can sense and is attracted to. It's like an open wound giving off spiritual energy. The best thing in the world to attract bad spirits is a fearful person.
Crossing them Over.
Generally a ghost or spirit of the dead cannot enter into the light and sometimes can't see the light until they understand they are dead and if they have unfinished business they need to deal with it. Sometimes their unfinished business on earth is a quest to know the truth. Some of them don't know they are dead. Many of them do realize something happened that changed them but they may not know why. Some of them are acting as guardians for some other spirit and in some cases the living. Some of them may have died a wrongful death and seek justice.
History of A Haunted Location
For the average and above paranormal investigator the history of a location is very important. Anything that you can know about a location before you enter is very helpful. It tells you what kind of energy might be found in an area or structure and where in that location certain kinds of energy might exist. I teach "be ready for anything" but knowing the history of a location can tell you if you need to be wary of entities that may take your presence as a threat.
If you are investigating a prison or asylum where people have been murdered or abused you can certainly expect dark energy to be present. In these locations you can also expect that you will find the energy of ghosts, those who were once living who have died and remain to haunt the location. You can expect to find energy of the non-human variety who don't want the living nosing around in an area they consider to belong to them. These entities can hit, scratch, burn, and do other agressive things to the investigators.
Dark Entities Will Test Your Courage!
Even an investigator with a strong spirit who has protection from these things might be attacked by dark entities and sub-demons. I prefer to take nothing for granted. I know evil spirits can see that my energy is considerably different than most of the living. I know that most of them will prefer to keep their distance from me but I am also aware that some of them are more aggressive than others and will desire to scare me into leaving a location if they can. I'm saying that some of them may realize that frightening me out of their territoy may be worth a try. This is why sometimes even the more experienced paranormal investigators may be attacked by a dominate entity.
Your Spiritual Protection Is Spiritual Energy
Even though you have protection it is spiritual energy and as we understand it all natural energy has its limitations. The more experience a person has with the paranormal the greater their energy signature. The greater their energy the stronger their protection prayer will be.
What we are doing when we ask for protection is to assign energy angels to shield us from dark energy. The more experience we have, the greater our energy signature becomes. Like any kind of energy, the more we use it in various curcumstances the more that energy will be depleted and need to be recharged. When Jesus performed miracles he expended spiritual energy and would become weak. When this happened he would move away from the general public to be with his close friends and would pray, rest, and meditate to restore his spiritual strength. Humans are no different. The stronger our spiritual energy, the stronger our presence is in the spiritual realm.
An experienced psychic medium will call down what they refer to as "white lighters." This is also known as "white energy" from the Cosmos. Christians refer to this as the power of/or angels of God the Father. No you don't have to be a Christian to access this type of spiritual energy. Experience calling this type of energy down around you is very important. I call this energy "white fire" and it is in fact an angelic form of energy. Some say they are calling angels to protect them and this is also a valid term for the use of this kind of energy that exists in and around all of creation. The living carries this kind of energy around with them. All living things have some format of this kind of energy. It is the same type of energy that Jesus used to perform miracles with. His ability to access this type of energy has been unmatched.
It all comes down to this. The more powerful dark entities will sometimes challenge a paranormal investigator's spiritual protection and courage by striking at them. This is when the scratches, burns, and bruises occur as a result of an entities attack upon the living.
After doing Haunted Nevada with Bill Brown and his team, our daughter Laura's psychic medium abilities began working overtime. She could see the dead and speak with them very clearly. We did an investigation at the Chester House in Chester, AR. She made contact with several spirits and revealed things about the ghosts and the building she could not have known otherwise.
Later we were called to help a lady with a haunted house in Van Buren, AR. I was sick so Laura offered to do it alone. She came back to say there were more ghosts in that woman's house than at the Chester House! She said most of them were transients. They would come and go from the house as they chose. One of these was the ghost of a teenage girl who went to Van Buren High. The girl was killed in a car accident. A teenage girl living in this house and going to that same school was an attraction for the ghost so the ghost not only followed her home she would visit now and then.
You can't always be sure how haunted a location is by looking at the building.
You see it all the time on the ghost hunter shows how they love to go totally dark during their investigations. Truth is it's not necessary and it can be dangerous. Having it dark is good but totally dark is not necessary. How would you recognize a shadow entity if it were standing beside you in total darkness? I've stood within arm's reach of a shadow man in broad daylight. Spirits are active 24-7 and I'm not sure they know the difference between daylight and night. The thing is at night there will be generally less contamintion of a location. A dim light about the brightness of a candle is good for all ghost hunting projects. Battery LED lights, and LED night lights can provide a safe alternative for lighting a location during an investigation. Tripping over things and falling is no fun but falling down a flight of stairs or over a balcony can be life threatening.
I don't want anyone to get hurt doing a paranormal investigation. If you have questions I'm sure either myself or someone else in this group will be happy to help answer your questions.
Dealing With Evil Spirits - 101 / basics.
It makes no difference if you call them demons, fallen angels, or dark entities, it's all the same thing.
I was doing a show in Vegas once and had a witch tell me there's no such things as ghosts! So I asked her, "What do you call the spirits of the dead?" She said, "Spirits of the dead."
The witch said there is no such thing as God, the devil, angels, or demons. The thing is different people perceive and refer to different kinds of spirits in different terms. The fact is they do exist no matter what you call them. The majority of those reading this will know when I say "a ghost" that I am speaking of the spirit of the deceased. If I say "demon", "fallen angel", or sub-demon you know I am speaking of a dark entity having a malevolent nature.
Keep in mind that spirits exist all around us usually invisible to the human eye. While spirits can and will inhabit animals what they do that is most visible is manifested in humans. The reason being that humans have the ability to think, reason as well as to misunderstand things. When humans begin to misunderstand things they can see demons in every tree. They have "witch-hunts" and innocent people become victims. Nothing makes God more furious than when well intending people murder, discredit, or harass innocent people in His name. Let's just say you will want to be sure you are not guilty of this on the judgment day.
Even the smallest angel can ward off the devil himself. Demons play upon the imaginations and fears of people then let the people do the evil for them. Jesus said resist the devil and he will flee from you. I've put this to the test and believe me and Jesus it works.
You don't have to put up with an evil spirit but you may take some abuse from people who are under the influence of evil. Many times that individual will be the one stirring up the trouble and will have everyone in a group looking at the wrong people and suspecting the worst (crying wolf).
The average, oblivious human can become a playground for evil spirits, even without the knowledge they are being manipulated.
Evil spirits view truth seekers and anyone who has experience dealing with them as the enemy. The first thing they will do is seek to get rid of those people. To do so they plant fear in the minds of the gullible. People who are easy to scare (paranoid). Satan is the name of the spirit that is known as the Accuser. He's the one who points and says, "They are to blame!" Finds fault with someone who presents a threat to him and then lets the paranoid people do the work for him. They drive away people who might expose them and yet they remain in the warm trusting embrace of those poor gullible people who don't have a clue.
Evil plays upon the weaknesses of the living. It alters how the living think.
The example of evil spirits being cast into a bunch of pigs caused the pigs to go insane and run off a cliff and kill themselves. A pig's mind and most animal minds are not designed to withstand that kind of energy. The evil energy is insanity. It was cast out of a single man whose demon named it Legion, for they were many.
I shot and edited a production for NAMI concerning the mentally ill. Their findings then were that one of every 4 people had a diagnosable mental disorder or mental illness. The last report I saw on TV said 1 out of every 8. From one survey to another the value varies. Consider that spirits exist over all cities and towns. The different people in these cities and the kinds of spirits they attract will have a direct influence on the rate of those who have mental disorders in each city. Many mental disorders are caused by abuse or other stress related things including hazardous jobs.
When we look through history we can see countless times when well intending people who claimed to be "of God" did horrendous things murdering innocent people. I could make a list even from memory but it wouldn't be a drop in the basket. The murder of the Knights Templar, the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials. I can back up into the Bible and mention the Stoning of Stephen who was just a lad who saw the gates of Heaven open to him as he was stoned to death by an angry "self righteous" mob.
People escaped the mother land, England to get away from religious persecution. Disregarding the 6th commandment the Catholic church at that time were quick to kill anyone who claimed to be of any other religious persuasion, including the Jews. People today might have difficulty understanding the barbaric things done to innocent people in the name of God, but remember these spirits still exist and they still influence people. God did not command them to murder anyone in His name so there's no need to blame God for what those people have done.
The Man Who Kidnapped Elizabeth Smart Believed He Was An Angel Of God.
I do some of my best work when I'm under the gun so to speak and the set of events triggered by a person who said she was an incarnated angel has been be useful to me in several ways. There's nothing like the fire to purify the metal/product. It sets the mind working to organize the words that make the lessons involved clearer and more effective. Angels do not incarnate but a fallen angel will inhabit, oppress, alter a person's perceptions of reality, and when they can will even possess a person's soul.
Humans make mistakes. So we say to error is human, to forgive is divine. We learn from making then correcting our own mistakes. God doesn't judge someone else on what you think about them. He judges us on how we behave as humans. Those who have the Holy Spirit can literally escape Hell but what we do with what we are given is the "talents." Remember the parable? A talent is a spiritual gift. If the gift is not put to good use then it is taken away, given to someone else, and makes the Boss angry. Point here is God can give a person the greatest gift in the universe, what they do with that is up to them so they need to be wise in all their decisions.
Not everyone perceives spirits or reality in the same way. Some altered perceptions are not caused by evil spirits. Some people see sounds as colors. Some people visualize various things when they pray to God. In general people tend to relate to the things they immerse themselves in. Things they enjoy in life. When people are young they tend to lean toward their computer games but I remember long ago when I was a kid I related to the comic book heroes most of all. My enemies became the bad guys in those comics and you can be sure they were all bullies.
Evil Things Hide In Plain Sight, something many may not expect. It's not a TV show, but it is something a multitude of people take part in each day.
Today there are games and online groups that are not healthy and invite bad spirits into people's lives. Dungeons and Dragon type roll playing games use names and written spells that people must cast in order to play the game. Some of these things can invoke and release evil spirits into that person's mind/soul. The results on different people are varied but can cause problems in their lives and those close to them that may be difficult to calculate. Stay away from these games.
Other games that are bad for people literally steal people's lives and you can find a bunch of them on FaceBook. The battle games are especially bad for those who play them. I know because I was invited into one of these games called Kingdoms of Camelot and the damage that game did to me was difficult to calculate. I got a dose of it first hand and had to make a decision to leave that game and warn people what it does to them. To explain a little about it when I began the game I saw no harm in it. Before I knew it I had attack alarms going off at any given time of the night and day. I didn't sleep, I couldn't work, I was a nervous wreck before I knew it, and I was not alone. This kind of psychological abuse alters a person's energy. Don't do it, it's bad for you.
Shadow people: Many people who lean toward the frightened when it comes to paranormal things tend to think anything that scares them is of the devil/evil. That's not the case. If you read the Bible you will also know that when angels of God have appeared to people they were so terrified they fell face first in the dirt. The angel said, "Be not afraid, I am sent by God..." etc. Spirits absorb energy where they can and when they are in the visible light spectrum they can appear as a solid shadow mass. It doesn't mean it's a demon and does not mean it's out to get you. Get a grip and figure it out. What did the thing look like? What did it do? If it spoke what did it say? Did you smell or hear anything unusual?
Can a demon appear as a shadow man? Yes.
I've heard it said that people can invite demons into their homes just by watching a TV show about the paranormal. The answer is no the demons can't come through the TV set into your home. However people can invite demons and evil spirits into their homes if there's all ready a bad spirit with that person or in that house. The very worst kind to cause this kind of problem are those who are suffering from paranoia. The moment they become alerted this person will send out a spiritual energy signal like a bleeding fish in shark territory. People who have this problem need to ...
Can a ghost appear as a shadow person? Yes.
1. Stop watching shows about the paranormal.
2. Avoid all online discussions about the paranormal especially those that deal with the dangers of the paranormal. Just thinking about it causes it for people like this. This is also a diagnosable mental disorder that is related to hypochondria. Get help.
Remember when it comes to this type of activity what affects one person may not have any affect on someone else. Just because a spirit affects you doesn't mean the same applies to everyone else. Not everyone is paranoid, not everyone is a junkie or alcoholic. The last thing people need is someone who's in fear of these things spreading that spirit of fear among others. Paranoia is contagious among certain people.
Testing The Spirits / Spiritual Discernment
Always be very careful to test all the spirits. Don't believe a person, or an angel who claims to be sent from God without testing it. Yes I've gotten myself in trouble with that one before by those who think they know when they don't. The Bible says test even the angels of God because demons have presented themselves as angels of God and have lead many astray. So have well intending, misguided people who don't verify their information first hand and find out what the truth is. Don't be like those people.
Spiritual Discernment comes in two basic types. Those who have the gift and those who use the manual method. The spiritual gift allows a person to know if a spirit is good or evil and will even allow that person to know what type of spirit they have encountered. A very good example is when I received an EVP from a cousin. This EVP said, "You looked at me," so clearly it was astounding. My cousin said, "It's not a ghost." Then told me how he came to have that EVP. Thinking I would test a very good friend of mine who has some amazing spiritual gifts I played the EVP for him 3 times and he correctly identified it as the spirit of Cancer.
I asked him, "You mean cancer can speak?" He said, "Of course it can. Jesus spoke with unclean spirits and they answered."
The manual method is what most of us use and me questioning my friend as to what he thought had made the EVP was a manual test of his abilities. His ability to know what the spirit was is in fact the gift of spiritual discernment.
An unclean spirit is a spirit that makes people sick. Dark entities feed upon a person's spiritual energy if they can. These entities are parasites, soul suckers, and a type of spiritual vampire that steals what it wants from the living. Wounded or sick people are prime subjects to become hosts for dark entities.
Evil spirits will frequently repeat certain things word for word. People infected or influenced by an evil spirit will sometimes repeat the same things word for word as that spirit expresses itself through that person.
There are certain things some of them will always do and certain things some of them will never do. Many of them love to make fun of the Bible, God, or the prophets of God. Many of them will tell you there is no such place as heaven or hell. Now and then they will make a true statement to get you to agree with them while following it with a false statement trying to trick you into agreeing with the false part of their message. Do not let them trick you. If you have ever had a run-in with a dark entity that spoke certain things to you remember what it said. If you ever run into a person who says the same thing a dark entity has said you can be sure that person has a dark entity influencing them. Some of the things they say word for word is a common thing among their kind and may not identify them specifically.
The Holy Spirit
While there are a few people who have cleaned a house of evil spirits who didn't have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit the likelihood of their fix being undone is fairly high. The odds of them paying some price for closing a portal or evicting an evil spirit is even higher. Deals can be made with demons but the end result is always bad. The next thing you should know is that demons lie, cheat, and break the rules any time they can. There's nothing worse than a spirit that has nothing to lose by breaking those rules.
Having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is critical for any Christian who is continually successful in evicting evil spirits. It allows a person to communicate not only with God but with God's angels in order to perform a cleaning. More often than not priests or some other religious person is brought in who has a spirit of religion but not the Holy Spirit and this is why their cleanings frequently fail and someone ends up being hurt before it's done. I could name some cases from history or you can look them up yourself. The Devil in Connecticut is one of those cases. The original Exorcism the movie was based on is one of those.
If You Don't Get The Results You Seek Change The Way You Think
There are people out there in the religious and paranormal world who think they have power who think they have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit when they don't. These people are heading for trouble like a run-away locomotive without having a clue that something is serious wrong and missing in their lives. The spirit of religion is an "instead of God" demon creation. It's there to fill the hole in a person's soul so they think they are saved and so they will not seek again to become saved. It's a trick of the devil to give people a substitute to pacify them. A person who thinks they are saved will not turn again to God to have Him actually save them. Not intending to preach here but there are some things a person doing this work needs to understand. When things do not work as they intend there's always a reason.
Christians who do this work need a good working knowledge of the Bible. Angels and demons alike know who Jesus was while on earth and they know who he is now that he's back on his throne. Demons will test your knowledge if they feel they can pull a put down on you and cause you to doubt your spiritual abilities. This works on newbies but does not work well with someone who has a working experience of dealing with evil.
God will also sometimes test a person working for Him on certain scriptures that make a difference and I can't tell you which ones they are because you never know what God will challenge you with.
No evil spirit will deliberately give you the power to bind it.
Demon names are important and very helpful but understand this. No demon will give up its name without a fight, if it does then it's most likely not the demon's actual name. A demon's name describes it's skill set, and what it does.
If a person says they are a demon or angel and give you a name that you can look up, be assured they most likely found the name somewhere and are pretending to be something and someone they are not. Do not believe them at face value. Either ask more questions to see where they are coming from or say a prayer for them and hope they get on the right track. Generally if someone actually believes they are an incarnated angel they are all ready far enough out there to need some serious help.
A skilled, gifted person of God can even send an angel to bring back a report of who that person is and what their "house" looks like
. Basically that's asking the angel of God to discern that person for them. Their house represents their belief structure. The condition of the house tells you if that belief structure is solid or not. Now recall when Jesus gave the parable of the one built their house upon the sand and their house was destroyed another built upon the solid rock. The theory and principle is the same. An angel will view a person's house the same way. If that house is a shambles or has parts that are not solid their beliefs and teachings are not solid either. It's always better to know who you are dealing with before you do or say something wrong that you will regret later.
If you know a demon's real name you can bind them secure.
Remember the story of the men who saw the disciples casting out demons in the name of Jesus and they tried to do the same? And the demon in the man said, "I know Jesus and I know Paul but I don't know who you are." He jumped on them beat them all within an inch of their lives. People who don't have God's authority are going to have serious problems doing the job and will find their own lives complicated by problems and people that wouldn't have been otherwise.
A demon's name is directly connected to what their skill set is.
The problem now is that many people can go read a book on demonology or find demon names online and think they know what they are doing when they have no clue. Just because you read the book and know a few demon names you don't know squat yet
. You know just enough to get you into trouble. I could post a few demons names here and it wouldn't be any help to you. You might go off thinking you can deal with a demon and have the wrong demon and the wrong name.
It's better to bind that evil spirit right to start with in the name of Jesus Christ.
Then command him to tell you his name. You might be surprised to find it's a name you never heard before and a name you've never seen in any book on demon names. About 25 or so years ago I got a book on demonology and began to study but in my experiences not one of the demons I encountered whose names I managed to get from them was listed in that book or any of the lists online.
Be warned demons are deceptive and may not give up a correct name or set of names the first time you ask.
Ask them at least 3 times and see if you get the same answer each time. Now and then there will be a human name connected to the demon. Someone else who holds their leash. Someone they have made a deal with in the past that you may also be required to bind in a spiritual sense.
Demons frequently work in teams.
Never think just because you bound one and got rid of it the job is done. A general rule says that if someone has tried to remove a single demon from a person or house and failed, that demon will go out and bring in more demons even meaner and stronger than it is in order to prevent them from being exorcised on another occasion. Sometimes these demons will disguise themselves as ghosts in order to hide who they are and cause the exorcist to fail again. The more times someone tries and fails the more evil entities will come to reinforce the others.
To show my point on this the man who had a Legion of evil spirits inside him had been through many attempts to exorcise them at the hands of people who did not have the knowledge or the power to do so. Each time they failed more evil spirits would come into the man. It was Jesus then who the man ran to in order to be free of these demons. The demons were terrified of Jesus begging him not to cast them into outer darkness or to hell. That's why he sent them into the pigs nearby and why the pigs went crazy and killed themselves.
Evil spirits love to pit sides against each other.
They love fighting and arguing among people. You've seen the angel on one shoulder and demon on the other. There's a lot more fact than fiction in it. While one is telling one person one thing another will be telling someone else something else. While they are all pointing their fingers at one or a few the bad thing will be patting them on the back standing right next to them pretending to be some kind of angel of God. I sometimes refer to this as the "sucker factor." The humiliation of realizing they shot the sheriff instead of the one's to blame is off the scale. Often enough the guy claiming to be the sheriff isn't. No one said it was easy.
Still Having Some Doubt
In simple terms if you have any doubts that you can do the job it's better not to even try.
Find someone else who has done it before and knows how to help you. Most of these people will do this as a service without charge. If that person has to come far to help you and the service works it is good to at least help them with some of the expenses. A donation is acceptable.
Now that you know this much from reading it here there's something a smart paranormal investigator will do before they go out to do anything dealing with the paranormal. You set up a protective fence all the way around your house, your family, and your vehicles
. If you don't know how to do this I will explain later. At the very least pray that God will send His angels to protect you and your team.
1. You never know what you will encounter on an investigation.
While ghosts are fairly harmless there are other things that can be dangerous. Even a ghost will follow you home sometimes but usually won't stay unless you invite them. Generally a quick but stern "go home" will send them packing. Demons or other evil spirits like sub-demons / gravelings, gremlins, etc will also follow you home and can be much harder to get rid of. I posted a link to a video on here that shows what one of these things look like. They are generally fairly small but they do grow as they feed upon people's energy and become stronger.
2. If your vehicle is protected from evil entities at least they can't ride home with you in your car.
3. If your house is protected if they do follow you home they can't come in the house and after while they will return where they came from. The only way a spirit can enter a protected house is when they are inhabiting someone who is allowed into the house or vehicle. And then they usually can't do much because the protection prevents them from leaving their host.
A poltergeist or noisy ghost is generally not a ghost at all, it's a gremlin, graveling, or sub-demon
. Generally the gremlins and gravelings are the worst at making noise. These things are all evil and you do not want them near you and I will tell you why. Despite the fact they are noisy, mischievous, and destructive anything they see the demon that holds their leash can see and it's only a matter of time before something worse takes an interest in you.
There are those who teach that a ghost can't hurt you and this is also an incorrect teaching.
Generally ghosts won't hurt a person but a wraith or angry ghost can. Sometimes just having their space invaded by the living is enough to set a ghost off on someone and they will scratch and or burn a person.
Many Are Called....
But few are chosen. You hear them say, "In the name of Jesus, come out!"
Please understand I was raised in the Christian churches and most of what I teach here will be based upon that philosophy. I am also aware that not everyone falls into this category. Native Americans for example will not be held to the same restrictions. God knows who they are and does recognize people of other faiths who are true to Him even by another name. The Indians for example may call God the Great Spirit. There are historical accounts that indicated that Christ did in fact visit people in various places on earth and he was called by other names.
Some will come here, read these file,s and leave for one reason or another. This file is for information only and mostly for those Christians who become involved in paranormal investigations or for those who are curious about how these things work and should be done. I'm not interested in preaching to anyone in this group, that's not what it's for. If this doc does not apply to you then disregard it.
Ever Been Good At Something You Don't Really Like?
I've read messages from people who say dealing with the paranormal or hunting demons is their passion. I say, "Get a life people!" For me it's just something I was called to do. There are a lot of other things I would rather do. Anyone who's read my personal pages will understand. I only go if I'm sent or asked by someone to deal with a case. Hunting ghosts and dealing with the paranormal is not my first choice. Though I do not get paid, it's more like a job. I'd rather be out on the river, fishing, flying, scuba diving, camping, writing just about anything else. Don't misunderstand, I love old buildings and old things and the history that goes with them. I don't mind spending a night in a haunted motel, hotel, or mansion. I enjoy that and watch for the spirits to come greet me. For some reason the really bad things like to avoid me and that's fine with me. They seem to prefer using people they have some influence with to try to get at me.
In some cases I've actually watched as the evil spirits will move away from me. The ghosts will be attracted to me. Ghosts don't like evil spirits either and when given a chance will move to places or near people to get away from bad things.
If I exorcise a demon out of a location you can be sure it will stay gone, unless someone else invites it back. (So far that's not happened.) I've cast demons out of people, places, and closed portals and so far my success rate is 100%. The worst location I've dealt with is the house I live in now, and it's been clean for at least 24 years. Until we moved in here 28 years ago no one could live here. These facts can be verified by witnesses including the man we bought the house from.
Smiling Faces Full of the Joy of the Lord ?
Don't you love the door to door people, come to share their wisdom with you. They have the "joy of the Lord" all over them. Truth is the prophets of God wear their joy on the inside and seldom tell anyone who they actually are. I've never known a real prophet of God to go door to door. Real prophets always go with purpose because they were sent. Most of the time God would send His prophets to places that could get them killed. Just ask Jonah! Go there Jonah! "AH, no, You can go. If I tell them what you said they'll kill me!" Let's face it, anyone who actually asked for this job isn't quite right. I think I could have beat Jonah to the boat! :-) Of course you know how that story ends.
It is a known fact there are people out here claiming to be people of God, preachers, demonologists who are not at all skilled and some of them cause more harm than good. Some claim they are fighting evil spirits and demons all the time. Be warned those are the ones who are more likely to invite an infestation or possession than they are to cure it. And these opposing sides will both point out what they see as flaws in the other.
In various places online and in churches I've been accused of having a demon and also of being of one of the churches of Satan/Devil. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don't care much for telling people how I came to be here because it is a long strange story but I've posted parts of it in various places online where people can find it. If someone asks I will either tell them part of the story or point them at one of those webpages. I'm telling you this because even the favorite prophets of God were accused of consorting with demons and it was of course all a lie. This is also known as blasphemy when someone accused the true people of God of crimes against God.
Among them you see the finger pointing and hear the words "false prophet!" Without any gift at all you have about 95-98% chance of being correct. Why? Because it takes all kinds. Not counting those who went who were never called by God there are a multitude who were called but not chosen who did go into the field thinking... "I was called by God, I can do no wrong." God's not interested in those who can't listen or follow His directions. So they go when God did not send them. They honestly believe they are doing a good work for God and helping people but you can also be sure they have at least one serious flaw that got them disqualified and they are unaware of it.
What is the most basic thing a true worker of God must have? Humility. What is the most basic ability for a worker of God to have? The ability to communicate messages to and receive messages from God, there are no exceptions.
So How Can You Be Sure ?
Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen
When it comes to people you must understand that God calls many people to serve Him but the many in the end will not be selected for one or more reasons. The reasons involve their qualifications. I'm not saying hundreds, I'm saying thousands of people are called by God for certain things and yet perhaps only one of them will be selected. The calling for a prophet of God is as follows with no exceptions.
1. They must be called by God according to Numbers 12:6. (I the Lord make myself known to them in a vision and I speak with them in dreams.) A full blown waking vision is required. Continued ability to communicate with God is also critical.
2. They must be humble, not proud, egotistical, or mean. They know humans make mistakes and it's God who always gets the final say. A proud person is not humble and God will turn His back on them and refuse to speak with them. There are examples in the Bible where this happened and King Saul is one of them. There are many examples in the world and in online groups today where egotistical people yell at each other and argue in the name of their God about what God wants and who they think they are. If they were ever called you can be sure God's angels are watching but you can also be sure God is not talking to them either. If He's not talking to them they are not working for him, they are "doing Him favors."
3. They must use wisdom, compassion, and understanding in their discernment. (The ability to test the spirits is critical, no exceptions.) Among those false people who think they are working for God they wouldn't know the devil himself if he were standing beside them.
4. They must have a good working knowledge of the scriptures and follow the rules within. I guess I've read the Bible through 30-40 times. At one time I could quote a pile of scriptures and tell you chapter and verse. I can still quote a lot of them but may not be able to tell you exactly what book, chapter, and verse. You can be sure I can find it though. The point is the laws / rules are now written in my soul.
5. Anything they preach or teach they must also live by. If they make a mistake they must be willing to try to correct that mistake. If they accuse someone of something they must follow the protocol listed, face the one they accuse, tell them why and then allow that person to explain and defend themselves.
6. They must be able and willing to communicate with God. That's a two way communication. They must be able to ask God a question and wait for an answer they can understand clearly then act upon God's decision/answer even if they don't like it. Anyone who's truly called and chosen by God knows exactly how to pose a question in prayer and get an answer. Anyone who says God doesn't speak to people anymore is not one of God's special chosen.
> Most of God's people including all those who are called to be teachers, healers, and other things will receive messages in dreams and some of them actually know what to look for. Before we were married I took my wife on our second date and that was to church on Sunday morning. Aside from the man standing at the door and the preacher in the back we were the first ones there. We sat in the back on the left hand side and listened to the preacher singing praises and speaking in tongues. It wasn't long before we learned the guy was carrying on a two way conversation with God. I had $2.50 (approx) and she had nothing. I told her we can throw it all in the hat and leave it to God or we can split a burger later. She said, "Do what ever you think is right." I threw it all in the collection tray when it came by giving it to God. The preacher sang and spoke in tongues again then said, "God wants us to know we have two very special guests with us today and he wants you to have a gift." He pulled out an envelope and sent it via usher to me. I opened it and to my surprise it was a ticket for two full meals at a local restaurant. I looked at her and she at me and we knew this preacher was the real thing and he could speak to God directly without waiting for a dream. Later the church elders fired him because he was just way too good at what he did and they had secrets.
7. They must be born again and this includes the praying for the Holy Spirit, laying on of hands by someone who has the Holy Spirit. The spirit of religion is what most people end up with because they do this process wrong. It's sad but once a person receives the "instead of Christ" spirit they think they have the Holy Spirit, think they are saved when they aren't. They will never again ask to receive the Holy Spirit.
As I explain this I must say I've been kicked out of 4 churches in my life and all for trying to point out simple truths to the elders or preachers. Every church gets hung up on something for some reason. Some say you must be baptized, submersed in water and think that's how you receive the Holy Spirit. The Bible is clear on this, it is not sprinkling because the death, buria,l and resurrection is symbolic of being dunked. :-) The sides will argue but the truth is the water baptism is an act of obedience, it's symbolic and nothing more. There's at least two ways a person can receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the one that is described in the Bible is by the laying on of hands and it passes from they who have it to those who ask for it. The other method is of course by God's own choice. He's God, he can save anyone he wants. The reason I don't teach the latter is because there will be those who won't make it for one reason or another. The best method is to follow the instructions.
This is not the average paranormal group. If it's spooky, strange, interesting, mysterious, something that deserves being investigated we deal with it. If it's related to something we deal with I will mention it but won't dwell on it. If you feel something said in this group does not apply to you that's fine, disregard it but please don't be offended by it. :-)
I run about a dozen websites but this one is one of the most important. At this point I would like to point you toward the ghost hunter guide on another one of my websites and hope you find what you are looking for either here or there. If not please write me and ask your questions I will help if I can.