As a ghost hunter and writer, I love writing about the spirit world, at times combining it with a heady mix of personal experience and imagination. Truth is, I tend to research a bit too much and don’t write about my own encounters with the unknown as often as I’d like to. In the paranormal world it’s all about that one letter word … synchronicity; being in the right place at the right time to get – that – hit! That feeling in the air when you sense a heightened energy in the room and you know you’re not alone, and then you feel it – that icy caress on the back of your neck. If that doesn’t get the adrenalin going, there’s the whisper in your ear by a disembodied voice – will that grab your attention? I have actually experienced both.
Now a little bit about the boring stuff. Being a paranormal tech-head is not all it’s cracked up to be and I’m afraid it’s widely romanticised thanks to those reality TV shows. If you think you’re going to see a spirit on your very first investigation, be prepared for major disappointment. It’s not that easy unfortunately. Who knows, you might be lucky. Just because it’s a graveyard in the middle of a dark and stormy night, does not mean you’re in store for fright night. Being a paranormal investigator requires the patience of a saint which I have none of but I do have that little something extra that keeps me going back for more. Can you guess what that is? It’s passion peeps, for a favourite pastime. If you don’t have the passion, well your time as a paranormal investigator will be short lived. I don’t have to look into my crystal ball to tell you that.
So why do I do it? When it comes to the tools of the trade, and I’m talking digital voice recorders (my favourite), static and video cameras, etcetera, I’m obsessed with trying to prove to myself that there is an afterlife, and that when you die, it’s not all over. It’s like a faith I’ve had since I can remember. I practice no religion and although I was born Catholic, that’s as far as it goes. I call myself an open minded skeptic for investigating “the unknown – anything beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.” It’s good to keep a skeptical mind because it’s easy to be consumed in the moment; been there done that. I have investigated private homes, public venues including pubs and toilets, deserted highways, cemeteries, and historical homes. It’s amazing the places people report to have spirit activity.
I’m quite envious of my psychic friends who do have the ability to tune in to the spirit world without having to rely on technical paraphernalia, and although they experience this type of phenomena regularly using their senses alone – whilst out shopping, at dinner, in the home, at the beach, driving the car – their excitable reactions are always the same. I love being around them – my homing beacons I call them. I’m thankful for them and believe that I wouldn’t have the personal experiences that I do if I wasn’t around at least one of them. One thing I’d love to experience but have not had the pleasure to, is encountering my first full-bodied apparition. Yes, I’d probably freak out – but what a buzz it would be. There have been and continue to be investigations when I capture intelligible responses, electronic voice phenomena (evp) on the digital voice recorder. The voice of a male or child, so clear and profound when there are only women in the room. It’s that and the personal experiences (although few and far between) that keep me wanting to return for more. I’m a ghost hunter after all.