Spooky season is over (boo!). However, for many, the time of netherworlds and ectoplasm never ends! This is the case for me. For any that are feeling the call of dark rooms and dank basements, I’ve put together a collection of qualifications for preparedness in terms of the seven major chakras. Does this describe you? If it is, to channel my inner Jeff Foxworthy, you might be a ghost hunter. Here are my seven tips to being an effective and respectable ghost hunter.
- Crown Chakra: Using Your Noggin – Ghost hunting requires a lot of brain power, particularly if you are orchestrating the event. There is a plethora of things that you need to be mindful of: your client and any emotional or psychological triggers they may have, your location and how to navigate the area, your investigators and their talents so you can place them in the right teams and areas during the investigation, what equipment you’ll be using based on the specific claims of the site, as well as timing and environmental factors. All of these elements factor in to executing an effective investigation with reliable results. You’ll need to keep your eyes peeled and your mind sharp at all times. (So it goes without saying, no drinking before an investigation!)
- Third Eye Chakra: Stay In Tune – So you’ve got the science down…now you need to stay intuitive. Be open and willing to reach out for signs. Many times, tangible evidence will be amplified by what are known as personal experiences. These can include unusual emotions, chills, physical affects, or hearing or seeing things that others don’t and that are not captured by audio or video. Essentially, if you’re focusing too much on the job at hand, you could miss the point completely, and miss what you might be able to experience.
- Throat Chakra: Speak Up, Speak Soft – Ghost hunting requires a lot of tactful communication. You may need to be delicate in what questions you ask of the spirits or your clients. It’s important to be honest, and you do have a job to do. But don’t get lost in your passions. Your clients are people. The spirits were once people. Get to the point, but be respectful of all involved, living or dead.
- Heart Chakra: Don’t Be An Asshole – This one should be easy, and if it’s not, then you should steer clear of the field. Regardless of your personal beliefs or what you are able to prove or disprove, everyone, living or dead, has a story. They have hardships and happy times, hopes and fears. It’s not for you to dictate how they should feel about these things. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve been called in as an investigator and ended up as a counselor instead. Be kind. If you can’t care for others, you can’t do this job.
- Solar Plexus Chakra: Be Strong In Yourself – Let’s talk about something a little taboo: affectation. In ghost hunting, there are dangers of not only being affected by spirits, but also becoming too attached to clients. As a professional, you need to maintain your objectivity, and keep yourself protected. You can’t help anyone if you are low on your own personal energy. Know yourself, and know when it’s time to step back.
- Sacral Chakra: Gather Your Guts – Everyone has fears, but an investigation is not the time to indulge them. Many who watch the television show Ghost Hunters might be aware of the classic “Dude, run!” incident. Don’t be that guy! By walking into that house, you have become the protector. It’s your job to go where others are too afraid to go. Be brave, and don’t back down.
- Root Chakra: Stay Grounded – Finally, keep your feet to the Earth. Not only spiritually – you should be doing your protections before you go out – but also scientifically. Your clients are counting on you to be accurate and knowledgeable. So don’t get carried away in the moment. Keep your wits about you and question everything. Run the gamut of debunking techniques, and only accept something as paranormal if you truly cannot explain it. It might take longer to find evidence, but when you do, it will be much more rewarding for everyone.
That’s it, folks! Your crash course in ghost hunting. It seems like a lot, I’m sure, but ghost hunting is a big job that requires big shoulders, a lot of heart, and extreme dedication. Have fun out there, but don’t forget, someone is relying on you for help. And with great power comes great responsibility.
Author: Sara Varner
Sara was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, where she spent most of her days pursuing community theater ambitions and attending the local Arts Magnet School for Theater Arts. Following graduation, she moved to Orlando, FL and then to Memphis, TN before finally settling in Central New Jersey. (Yes, it’s a real place.) It was here that she raised her daughter, a true Jersey girl, on horror movies and stalker shows. In her early 30s, Sara decided to follow her passions for the paranormal and join a local investigation team, quickly moving through the ranks and becoming Director of Investigations. After 3 years, she decided to put this love on hold to complete her degree in Forensic Psychology (to be continued...).
A practicing Pagan, Sara enjoys all things horror related and anything strange or macabre. Her hobbies are studying the paranormal, binging true crime shows, watching Markiplier play horror games on YouTube, and wood burning.