I have said on Spaced Out Radio and in this blog numerous times that I am not a paranormal investigator. There are sides to the paranormal that I cannot stand, and I don’t want to be a part of the problem that I have with the field of research. However, I know every time I head to my local museum to talk people on a paranormal tour, I’m sitting there wondering am I a paranormal investigator now? Or could I consider myself one? I’m still leaning towards the ‘no’ answer to that one, but every day I’m starting to wonder if that’s the right answer? The reason? Easy! As I continue to lead my haunted tours of my local museum, I’m starting to find myself more and more intrigued with learning about the paranormal, and what’s behind it? As I have stated many a time, I have issues with the way people are and how they act within the paranormal. Personally, I think it’s unimpressive considering there seems to be no control on how people act or investigate. But we don’t need to re-hash the anarchic ways people tend to treat spirits on a ghost hunts or investigations.
So it comes down to me! How do I want to investigate? What am I looking for? And do I really want to make this another focus outside of the radio show? So far, I’d say it’s leaning that way, because my area, the Cariboo region of British Columbia is just so bloody haunted. Ghosts are everywhere around here, thanks to the history of the Gold Rush Trail. I’ve tried my best in staying away from the paranormal for a couple of reasons. One is time. As many of you know, my time is extremely limited outside of the radio show. Second would be the idea that in order to get a good investigation going, you need a good team behind you. I have a few incredible people who are wanting and willing to do it, but we are all still rookies in this field. And to take on research events, especially in residences, you need proper training. The training is the easy part considering I’m lucky enough to know some pretty impressive investigators. But it’s also a question of want? Is this something I want to do? I mean, it’s addicting. It’s something not everyone can do? And I have my own questions to solve.
That being said, I am starting to really enjoy what I would call a new hobby right now. And that’s where I struggle, because in my mind ghost hunting shouldn’t be a hobby. It should always be something taken seriously. Look whether you want to believe it or not, playing around with the supernatural can be dangerous because we don’t know the results of our actions. It’s to be taken seriously by the investigators themselves. Now, if you run a paranormal tour, like I do, you can’t expect the people who pay to go on the tour to take it seriously as they for the most part are embarking on an evening of adventure and entertainment. For them, it’s like going to the movies or out for dinner. It’s about seeing what this adventure is like compared to what they’ve seen on television. Granted, we are lucky that the museum we tour is one of the most haunted and active places in B.C., so the experience people have is usually pretty good. But is ghost hunting a hobby or should it be thought of as such? I don’t think so, if I plan on investigating and building a true paranormal team.
With Spaced Out Radio I have come to the conclusion that there are still way more questions than answers when it comes to any of this. Knowing my brain, would that pose a problem, because the likelihood of actually solving anything would be difficult. I’m a guy who likes solutions. I’m a guy who doesn’t like to leave questions on the table. Yet, with the paranormal, and there being so many uninvestigated ties between all facets of the word ‘paranormal’, I need to figure out for myself if I can be satisfied without solving anything? Right now, I’m not so sure I can answer that with my limited amount of time in the field and experience in actual haunted locations outside the museum. So am I ready for other locations? I’m not sure. I don’t think I would be on my own. If I was with an experienced group, like Mike Morin’s HCC, then yes. On my own, I’m not so sure.
Part of the struggles I have, besides inexperience, is I am not sure about how to investigate. I’m not a big gadget guy, but in today’s ghost hunting, you need them almost to give you some sort of credibility. However, I’m also a believe that intuiting and feeling should play a major role in it for me, as well as others in the field. Now some people don’t like that idea because they feel intuition is something that can’t be scientifically proven. But what are they doing that’s scientific anyways? For the most part, NOTHING! So for me, trying to find the right combination of equipment and intuition is important. So for me, I’d have to expand that side of me, which I’ve neglected a lot over the last couple of years due to the radio show. It’s something I don’t practice enough. Some days I’m on, and other days, it feels like I’m reaching for the stars and can’t even reach the first tree branch. In English terms, I am not confident enough in my abilities to trust them thoroughly through an investigation. And for me, that’s something important that I need to improve on.
As far is all the technology and gear that ghost hunters are carrying around, investing thousands of dollars into it, well, I’m not convinced that it’s necessary. Sure some of the machines look fun to play with and some even get some pretty intriguing findings. But are they necessary. For those who think they are conducting some sort of scientific study, they sure do. But in reality, are they conducting anything scientific? I highly doubt it. The tools are great for confirmation, but I often wonder how much of that should be from intuition. Yes, there are those out there who are not in touch with their intuitive side. I can fully understand the necessity of having the ghost hunting equipment to go along for any sort of confirmation or denial. But does the gear truly give the answers? A machine cannot feel emotion or sense a change in a room. Sure it can do temperature, but it doesn’t feel it. And to me, so much of this is about feeling. I hope this is making sense.
I will admit, I probably will end up getting some ghost equipment soon. Only because I think it looks good for the adventure. But picking what I am looking for is the hard part, because I feel any type of gear I use should be an extension of who I am and what I believe the paranormal to be. So the search goes on. If you have advice, I’d love to hear it.