Watching an episode of Ghost Asylum gives me a chuckle for a number of reasons. Whilst I have a few issues with the thought of 'trapping' a ghost in a different invention each week, the show starts off with an odd disclaimer. 'Chasing ghosts without proper training will get you killed'. I guess there are a number of issues with this statement. First of all, what proper training? There is no course or degree you study to become a ghost hunter. Secondly, we do not even have proof that ghosts exist so how can something that is potentially not real kill you? I could go on but I think you get my point. It is not just exclusive to Ghost Asylum. Zak Bagans often talks about the 'dangers' of investigating and it shouldn't be done by just anyone because you are putting yourself at risk. There are a lot of 'cautionary' tales online about getting involved in the paranormal that any newcomer may be a little unsure of what to believe. One of the many websites I have looked at lists the following 'side effects'; of paranormal investigating to be: Mental Illness, Insanity, Possession, Obsession, Attachments, Hitchhikers, Walk-in’s, Push-Ins, Oppression, Infestation, Physical Problems, Mental Problems, Spiritual Problems, Insomnia, Agitation, Personality changes, Loss of time, Paranoia, Hearing Voices, Hallucinations, Animal Attacks, Slip and fall injuries, Getting Pushed by entities, Assault, Fainting Spells, Unexplained Financial difficulties, Loosing your job, Loosing your friends, loosing your family, Loosing your reality, Loosing yourself, Changes in appearance, loss of electronic equipment, Spider Bites, Allergic Reactions, Hypothermia, Exposure to the elements, Frostbite, Loss of faith or belief, Unexplained medical issues, depression, eventual hospitalization or therapy, Divorce, Sudden abandonment of hygene, alcoholism, sudden drug or substance abuse, self inflicted trauma, automobile accidents, mechanic bills, fires, loss of cell phone functions, antaginization from spirits, demonic attachments, loss of pets lives, family members affected, death of relatives, loss of happiness and fulfillment with everything in life, loss of belief system, arrest, jail, rehabilitation, loss of patience, loss of affection, loss of intimacy.
First of all, I am sorry but I don't care what spirit is attached to you, there is no excuse not to wear deodorant and let your hygiene slide! On a serious note though, it begs us to ask the question, is it really dangerous investigating the paranormal? Let's break it down into a few different categories.
A lot of people talk about using 'paranormal protection' while they investigate. It is something I have written about long ago. Some like to use crystals, white light, pendants, meditation and prayer. It is highly up to the individual what and if they use anything, but the important thing to note here is that some people feel the need to use it because they feel like they may be under some sort of spirtual danger. Some people believe a spirit can 'attach' itself to you and basically make your life a living hell. You begin living with depression and oppression and your life becomes consumed with all things negative which they attribute to the spirit attached to them. They believe they may be under some sort of spirtual attack which can make them ill and then there are those that feel they are open to full on possession where their body is no longer their own. These are just some of the reasons that people use 'paranormal protection' as to them, they feel these are some real dangers. Where you sit on the fence with this topic is an individual choice. i do believe at the end of the day if you use protection, it is only as good as your belief in it. So if you want to protect yourself and you believe using a crystal will do this for you, then it will protect you because you believe it will.
Aside from the actual ghost hunting part of things, yes there are actually some real dangers which exist when investigating, they just may not be what you think. You are walking around in the dark with no lighting in an unfamilar surrounding which is potentially very old. The chance of personal injury is actually quite high. What if you fall down the set of metal stairs at the gaol or slip over on the hard concrete floor of the asylum. Maybe you could step on a rusty old nail? There is no end to the possible ways that you could potentially injure yourself during an investigation. This is why it is important to know your surroundings and be aware of what is going on around you. Make a note during the day or rope off any areas that are potentially dangerous. Never go off on your own, always be in groups of at least 2 people. Never ever enter an abandoned building without permission. These are usually unsafe and boarded up to keep people out for a reason. Always make sure there is someone on site that has basic first aid training that can help someone who is injured until help arrives. You never know when you might need this!
There is a big correlation between mental illness and the paranromal. A lot of 'symptoms' of mental illness are passed off as paranormal or a form of attachment. If you find yourself becoming depressed or notice someone else experiencing these signs, do not automatically assume it is paranromal in nature. Please seek professional help from a medically trained professional. Sadly, we can often jump to the conclusion that someone is dealing with something paranormal when it is potentially a form of mental illness.
I had to throw this one in here. I have done an article in the past about the stigma around Ouija boards. Some circles of people claim they are evil and open up a portal to hell that allows demons to come through and torment your life. The reality is that these were designed as a board game. If you are scared you are going to open up a portal, then don't use one, but I can assure you, this one is over hyped. Most stories start with, my friends and I were drinking .... From my research and experience and whether you wish to believe me or not, using a Ouija Board is not going to open up a portal or bring demons into your home. When you think about it, the Ouija Board concept is not different to any other tool that you use to communicate with. A rule a lot of investigators have is that they will not investigate their own homes with any sort of communication tool. I also stand by this rule. By opening that door of communication, no matter what piece of equipment you are using, you are inviting something in to communicate with you. I like to avoid this happening at home because home is my safe place. My children and family are there so I opt out of using any equipment or doing investigations at home.
There is a serious side to the paranormal and again a lot of it has an emotional and mental effect on you. Sometimes you may see or feel things you have never felt before. It may have you question everything you believe in and it can cause some emotional distress for some. There are some very real dangers out there that investigators need to be aware of. Whether or not you believe in the spirtual side is up to you, but the physical side is something that should not be ignored. Havent you seen final destination? Strange things can happen to people!
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