Plan at least two basic baseline checks.
The first is your average mood and temperament.
Baseline check #1: For at least three days in a row, pause when you first wake up. Even before you get out of bed – possibly before you open your eyes – check what your emotions are like. Are you happy, sad, or somewhere in between? Are you feeling calm, a little anxious, or even a little eager?
What about your physical well-being? How’s your energy level? Did you have a restless night after watching a suspenseful TV show? Do you need more sleep, and do you have time to get it?
Or, do you feel refreshed and ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
My free baseline guide may help you identify what your “baseline” is.
Consider every aspect of your mental, emotional, spiritual, psychic, and physical well-being. If possible, even before you get out of bed, jot a few notes about how you feel.
(If you wait until later, you may forget exactly how you felt. Accurate notes and observations are essential.)
After a few days, you’ll know your typical sense of well-being on an average day. You’ll compare that with your feelings on the day of the ghost hunt, and during the investigation.
If you don’t see a clear pattern within three days, keep checking each morning until you’re confident of your personal, average baseline.
If you’re still not sure, see if you can remember your most vivid dream of the night before. At the conclusion of the dream, were you happy, sad, energetic, tired, bored, or excited? People’s dreams often reflect their baseline emotions.
The second and third baseline checks occur the day of the ghost investigation. There are at least two times when you should check how you’re feeling.
Same-day baseline checks: The morning before the ghost hunt, do a similar check when you first wake up. This doesn’t have to be as extensive. Mostly, you’re comparing how you feel that day, against your average morning.
As usual, make a note of this. Include as many details as you can.
Later in the day, right before the ghost hunt, pause for another self-check. This can be as informal as a momentary reflection while you’re stopped at a red light.
Consider a third check, a few minutes before you reach the haunted site. Especially note how anxious or eager you feel, since that heightened sensitivity can affect how you perceive the energy (and perhaps the entities) at the site.
Your increased sensitivity can be an asset, as long as you’re aware of it.
If you’re feeling significantly different than you did when you woke up, jot a few notes about this. Later, you’ll review your investigation results with those feelings in mind.
Here’s what I do: I pause for a minute when I arrive at the investigation site. Usually, I’m still in my car. Then, and as I walk towards the place where I’m meeting others for the ghost hunt, I’ll check these points:
– First, I see if I have neck or shoulder tension, hay fever symptoms, or even a slight headache.
– Then, I’ll notice if my digestion seems normal. I’m looking for stomach discomfort, hunger, or anything like heartburn.
– Finally, I’ll do a few stretches to see how my joints feel, and if any seem weak or sore.
The reason for checking those specific points is because they’re the kinds of sensations I can “pick up” from a ghost or residual energy, if a site is haunted and my boundaries aren’t well-maintained.
For example, I never want to confuse my own allergies (teary eyes and sniffly nose) with acquired signs of grief from a ghost that’s sad or distraught. Or, if the ghost died from an infection after a bullet to the shoulder, I want to be sure I’m not just feeling a sore shoulder from the previous day’s tennis game or work on my house.
Run a similar check after each investigation. See how the ghost hunt affected you. Check if you’re taking some of the site’s energy home with you.
(Generally, I like to go to a coffee shop after a ghost hunt, and discuss the investigation with the other researchers. Sometimes we need closure to restore our boundaries and make a conscious break from our experiences that night.)
After awhile, these personal baseline checks — and conscious separation from the energy of the site — will become habits.
In the beginning, if you have a pre-investigation checklist – for example, a list of tools to bring with you and equipment to double-check – add your baseline checks to that list, as a reminder.
Next, we’ll talk about The tools you’ll need