I get a lot of people who come on my ghost tours who talk about either places that they have lived, or that they currently live, who experience shadowy figures in their home, unexplained noises, smells and other things that just plain old "don't make sense".
In my previous posts I talk about eliminating all of the obvious things that could create these problems. However once you have determined that you have some other worldly visitors or previous residents - what can you do about it?
The first thing to keep in mind when talking about anything paranormal or spiritual, is Einstein's E+ mc squared equation - EVERYTHING is energy, that is changing form from one into another. The second thing to remember is that "like attracts like" energy.
Flowing energy tends to attract higher energies. Think of a stream of fresh clean water, bubbling down a hill. Imagine looking through the clear water, the sound of the bubbling flow of it, the smell of this pleasantly fills your nostrils, and the gentle tingle of the coolness of it as you start filling your hands. As you start drinking that water from your hands, remember how refreshed and alive that makes you feel.
When energy slows down or becomes stagnant, it attracts lower energies, in the same way that a still pool of water tends to become oxygen poor and bacteria rich - like a billabong choked with weeds, or an abandoned swimming pool.
Things, people, events and emotions all have different kinds of energy that they resonate with, and are compatible with. If you tap a tuning fork against something so that it rings, anything with a sympathetic resonance will vibrate to the same sound, for example
So if we have an issue with problems created through lower energies like poltergeists or other malevolent phenomena, the key to giving this the boot is going to be:
Fear is the mind killer - and is food for ghouls
In this case, the closest energy to paranormal energies and spiritual energy is emotional energy. Ironically, when spirits move from place to place, they are not checking out the paint colour, or your taste in floor tiles - they are checking out the emotional energy in your home. If your home has an energy field that is compatible with them, it is effectively an open invitation.
Negative energy is a heavier and slower vibrating energy. You have probably already experienced this kind of feeling in your own body when you are angry or upset. Conversely, when you feel happy, you have also felt lighter.
Dark energy tends to gather in closed, stagnant, dusty spaces, dark spaces and clutter. It feeds on anger, upset, depression, discord, angry words and violent movies. When these things are in abundance, it is like putting cheese out to attract mice. Then, it becomes "let the games begin" !
The third thing to keep in mind is: Your intent creates your experience
More than any other factor, this is the most important lesson, not just in dealing with the paranormal, but in life itself. In a way, you are a kind of incredibly powerful tuning fork that sends energy out like a TV transmission tower, making everything around you, and far beyond, vibrate. Unlike a tuning fork, however, you have the ability to choose what frequency you are going to vibrate at. So you can choose to attract something different, simply by choosing to consistently be in harmony with what you want, through your thoughts, your feelings, what you believe, and the vital last step - taking action.
Like any neglected backyard swimming pool, negative energy needs to be drained out and cleared out, then filled with a clean, flowing, filtered and maintained replacement energy. We need to raise the vibration of the place by establishing positive energy flow.
However, acknowledging how the place became what it currently is, and taking responsibility for that, is the starting point.
Once you acknowledge you created something and you can own it, preferably without emotion, blame or guilt - you now have the power to change it. As I think I mentioned earlier, to change this situation there are two kinds of spring cleaning that will need to take place. One will be in your home, and the other will be between your ears...let me explain, because that is not a personal insult, judgment or criticism in any way. It is part of how we grow, to experience how the energy we project, brings the things we do and do not want into our lives, in an environment where that process is not instant, here in the physical world . Put simply, if you do one without the other, the situation will tend to go back to it's original state, like a stretched rubber band. Doing both at the same time will reinforce the improving of your environment, how you feel, and make the change more permanent .
You are not a body having a spiritual experience - you are a spirit having a human experience.
When people are having interactions they believe are paranormal, one of the first things that they tend to forget is that they have a much bigger impact on the things, people and places around them than they think they do. In short - You are bigger, and more powerful than you think you are.
Many people have heard the idea of being " A child of god" and of God making humans in his own image - and miss a huge underlying point. Part of you IS God, and you have a power to create from thought and intention, in the here and now. You have a direct connection to what some would call 'a higher power'. That isn't a woo-woo, new age, namby-pamby religious statement - it is simply a statement of fact. Regardless of what you choose to call the animated energy that all things have ( Life force, the force, Creation, God, Judah, Yaweh, Allah, or Great Spirit...) - we are all a part of it.
The way that Native Americans use to explain the idea, is to think of an ocean. The water evaporates, becomes rain or snow, and eventually returns to the source. Each rain drop might be seen as separate but all water is connected. It is only our own illusion which sees ourselves as separate from all other life, and therefore separate from the great Spirit, or God.
Once we 'get it' that there is absolutely no way to be separate from this, we can turn up our vibration, by "tapping in" to a larger energy source. This is almost like going from running on your own batteries, to plugging into a mains wall socket. Now, the energy we have to work with is no longer just“our” energy, it is energy without limits.
This is how “ energy healers” heal; it is “God” flowing through. When you ground yourself, which is to bring your focused attention to this one moment, (as in a “be here, right now” experience,) and open your heart to that connection, with that life force energy, your own energy field becomes brighter and bigger.
Clearing your space
Now we going to talk about what the church would call "Exorcism" or an aboriginal elder would call 'bad spirit cleansing". However, there are few things we need to talk about here. Unlike in the movies, malevolent energies cannot hurt you here in the physical world unless you let them. As a rule of thumb, these energies do not have the power to create, however they do have the ability to influence or manipulate.
If are not completely congruent in your own belief in your own safety, your own authority, or your own ability to control the situation, your effectiveness in evicting these unwelcome energies will be compromised. Under these circumstances, particularly in the situation of dealing with poltergeists, that are spirits that can affect physical objects in a less than pleasant way, outsourcing the job to an "expert" may be a darn good idea.
The Phillips definition of "expert" comes from the roots of the word " ex" which means " probably never was, but certainly is no longer" and the word " spurt" which means " moving motion of a drip of water, under pressure"!. Most of the "Ghost hunters" and "Paranormal investigators" I have come across seem to fit this description of "expert".
Remember our talking about negative emotional energy helping create the situation earlier? More negative energy for a poltergeist is like putting out cheese for mice and rats. Negative energy in your home will not be cleared, by a bunch of people giving themselves an adrenaline rush by muscling down their own fear... Nor will running around chasing ghosts with EMF meters, infrared goggles and video cameras, shouting taunts at them. That makes about as much sense as smoking near a refuelling aircraft being filled with 110 octane petrol.
The kind of person that will be effective is someone who can hold their own sacred space and energy with absolute conviction. This kind of expert has experience in separating their own thoughts from the thoughts of others that they can feel. They have practice in sensing energy, seeing it, reading it and its movement, and re-energising a space. Nature abhors a vacuum - so once negative energy has been moved out, it has to be consciously replaced.
Choose someone who fits with your own belief system, whether they are a Feng Shui master, Aboriginal Elder, Parish Priest, Wizard or Witch, Shaman, Sheikh, or whatever floats your boat. Just check your expert's bona fides, and use your own common sense. It isn't exactly a profession that has it's own standards, government regulations, professional guilds or guarantees.
Group clearings or exorcisms are pretty simple in theory. Clear, focused attention being maintained by the group doing it is the challenging part. Essentially you need seven or so adults gathered who understand how to be grounded and maintain focus. When you are all ready, you combine your energies to work as a team.
Normally one person leads the ceremony, depending on the belief system. Usually it will be some kind of guided meditation where higher power help is called on to assist the group. Once the celestial cavalry has been called and the group feels ready, the group moves through the house telling the others to leave. Usually you will be reinforcing a higher level of energy through tools like incense, bells, clapping, chant, song, tuning bowls or forks... and so on. Each room is blessed, and each window and door sealed.
One person will be the voice and leader. Your actual ceremony may vary depending on your belief system but most will begin with some kind of guided meditation or visualization where the group unites energies and calls in guides, angels, ancestors, etc… to assist the party. Once the strength of unity is accomplished the party moves through the house telling the “others” to leave and reinforcing positive energy through tools such as incense; song, toning or chant; drumming, singing bowls, etc… Each room is blessed, each doorway and window sealed.
Your ghost busting tool kit
Remember our talk about vibration. Everything carries an energy imprint. Different incenses carry different energies; the clearing plants and resins include:
Plants and resins which raise vibration include frankincense, sandalwood, pinon, cedar and rose.
Sounds which raise vibration can be achieved with tuning forks, bells or singing bowls; clapping or drumming as long as the focused intent is in connecting to spirit. There is a whole swag of music written specifically for the purpose of energy clearing - google it! :-D
Crystals also have vibration. For example:
Burning as a method of energy clearing
Fill a large fireproof bowl with Epsom salts and cover the salt with Rubbing Alcohol, then set the bowl in the middle of a room. Light the alcohol and let it burn until the contents are used up and it goes out naturally.
The bowl will get VERY HOT so take proper precautions!
The use of fire has long been used for space clearing; negative energies are pulled into the fire and purified. Hold the intention for all negative energy and unwanted entities to be cleansed from your home.
Haunting. An often taboo subject people won't discuss from fear of ridicule or embarrassment. Yet many people have experienced lights flickering, doors slamming, or creaking floorboards in the early hours, for no apparent reason
Leading Sydney Paranormal expert and ghost tour guide Daniel Phillips said many people worried their homes were haunted.
“Believing a house is haunted can cause all kinds of stress, not to mention decreasing your property’s value” said Mr Phillips
“Many people, laying in their beds often suspect ghostly activity, as these experiences can be so creepy. Every sound, shadow, creak and groan can feel like a ghost is haunting your house” He said
“But most Ghosts are simply people without bodies”
These are some of the things that can indicate that your home might be haunted:
1. “Start ruling out all of the logical things first”. In many inner suburbs of places like Sydney Australia, electrical wiring in some houses, can be over 100 years old. Drafts could be moving windows and doors. Floorboards and stairs can creak, when the temperature and humidity change. “Most of the time, something like a family of possums taking residence in the roof will be the culprit” he said. " A haunting is a very rare thing, so don't be in a hurry to assume that is the case, without some serious checking first."
2. “If something strange keeps happening in your home that defies rational explaination, keep a diary and record what, when and where it happens. Something that on its own does not seem to make sense may become obvious if a time pattern takes place”. Like when your next neighbour’s tom cat is put out at night, and he is taking a short cut to visit his girlfriend, for example. “ These two steps alone should rule out about 98% of any potential concerns,”
3. After ruling out all of the logical, rational explanations, it is time to do some research. Talk to the previous owners or long term neighbours. Check the internet and make a date in the local history section of your library. There may be a history associated with your home, which the real estate agent selling it to you, may have conveniently forgotten to mention.
4. “If you have not yet solved the puzzle yet, it is time to record what is going on with cameras and sound equipment”. Having a record of what is happening will help you or an expert get to the bottom of it in the light of day. If you need to go to this length, you may want to check out this page on paranormal investigations, as there are tips on what equipment you will need, and how to use them effectively. Look also at our page "What is a ghost?" for more information
5. If you still have not found an earthly explaination yet, and still suspect a ghostly presence, now based on experience and evidence – make friends with it!“ Ghosts are just people without bodies. If you treat them that way with a positive attitude, they cannot and will not hurt you. More importantly, though, by accepting that you have a really interesting home, this will allow you to have peace of mind.”