This may be the most challenging lesson in this course. Have patience. Don’t try to rush it. These steps can make a big difference in your success as a ghost hunter.
Before beginning serious research at each possibly haunted site, many ghost hunters take baseline readings.
For example, it’s vital to know if the refrigerator emits enough EMF to affect readings in the next room. (I’ve seen that happen with older refrigerators, and even inexpensive new ones.)
If the old “instant on” TV holds electrical charge after it’s turned off, you need to know that, too.
Ask if the chimney moans when the wind blows, or if the a/c hums, so you don’t confuse those noises with EVP or a ghostly voice. Find out if the heating system makes knocking sounds, like someone rapping on the wall.
And so on.
However, there’s another important baseline reading: Yourself.
If you know how you normally feel – and how you feel on the day of the investigation (if it’s different) – it’s easier to tell if something external is affecting you.
Let’s say you’ve had a difficult week at work. Your partner has been cranky, and your dog chewed up your favorite shoes. As a result, you haven’t been sleeping well.
The morning before your investigation, a neighbor’s child accidentally hit a baseball through your kitchen window. Then, you had an argument with the neighbor about who’s responsible for the repairs.
It’s not a good start to the day.
What if you don’t notice your mood when you’re on the investigation?
Well, you might still feel anxious or uneasy. You might think you’re sensing a residual energy haunting, when the “residual energy” is actually your own.
So, take a few days, right now, to evaluate your normal, baseline physical and emotional rhythms.
- Are you a morning person, or do you feel more energized in the evening?
- How do your diet and exercise routine affect your energy and outlook?
- Can you leave work issues at the office at the end of the day… or do you tend to think about them often, during stressful periods?
- Are there times when your boss (or someone from work) is likely to call you at home, affecting your focus or energy for another hour or so?
Those are the kinds of things to note. Try to schedule investigations when you’re most likely to be upbeat and enthusiastic about the research.
On the next page of this lesson, I’ll explain the baseline check in more detail.