I received a great question on the Facebook page from Sara D., who asked,
From my own personal research, I have found many share the view that by actively participating in the paranormal (ie: investigating, ganzfeld experiment) or the occult (ie seances, ouija boards) you open yourself up more spiritually and make it easier for spirits to “notice” you. Others say that it doesn’t happen and you shouldn’t worry about it. So, what is it? Be concerned or not?
What is my answer to this? Yes. there should be a concern and a respect for these methods and devices because they have the potential to be powerful tools. First I will address investigating. Investigating the paranormal is entering into a new lifestyle in general. Your awareness of the unknown is heightened. Now are spirits really following you, or are you senses heightened to the point where anything that moves is a shadow/ghost/spirit? You know it’s there, and I know for me, I seem to keep an extra eye open and I notice my surroundings in greater detail than I did before I began investigating. I believe that when you start investigating, especially going against more malevolent beings, it is possible that they will notice you and know who you are. When you approach an investigation and you ask for communication with spirits, they know who you are. I know investigators (including myself) who do protection rituals and make it very clear that they cannot harm me or follow me.
Now the Ganzfeld Experiment…such a fascinating element of parapsychology. Does the Ganzfeld Experiment open yourself up to experience things you couldn’t in your everyday life? I believe so and no. Does it permanently leave you vulnerable to psychic and spiritual phenomenon? It has the potential. Does participating in this leave a permanent bullseye for any spirit to notice you and possibly go after you? I doubt it, but I would certainly love to talk to someone about it who knows more than I do
Now when it comes to things like seances and ouija boards, that is another ballgame. Or is it? When investigating, you are asking for communication. And with seances and ouija boards you are requesting communication. It’s a fine line, but I believe there is a difference. Seances come in many forms. Seance comes from the French term, “sitting” or “seat” and rose in popularity when Spiritualism broke out. There is something to be said sitting in a circle with other people trying to communicate with spirits, especially through a medium. And with ouija boards, I have a great respect for them but I would probably never use one. I’ve heard and experienced too many negative things tied with a ouija board, especially when it comes to the disposal of one (always bury, never burn). Ouija boards are typically associated with bringing in an inhuman spirit. What else is funny is that ouija boards are sold in toy stores and made by Milton Bradley. There are also ouija board necklaces being sold. I was actually offended when I saw this. Paranormal investigating or “ghost hunting” is already seen as a novelty as it is. Technically you don’t even need to buy a ouija board, you can draw a board on a piece of paper or napkin and go from there. It’s that simple. Ouija boards are made by toy companies, what happened to the respect of the possibility that these things can do potential harm? Wearing a necklace with a ouija board shouldn’t be a fashion accessory or seen as cute. That could open you up for potentially negative activity as well.
Is there a safe way to use a ouija board? I’m sure. But you need protection which leads me into my next point. Protecting yourself is very important. There is a fine line between not protecting yourself and building a wall so thick that you cut yourself off from any activity. Where do we draw the line? It’s hard to distinguish.
In closing, when you decide to investigate the paranormal, you need to make sure you do what you can to stay safe while still allowing yourself to experience activity (at least for me, for purposes of collecting evidence and documentation). And protecting yourself not only during an investigation but during your normal everyday life. I started investigating when I was 14. Looking back, it was probably not the safest thing to do, especially investigating solo as a teen with only the internet as my guide. But it taught me so much about myself, the paranormal and how to protect myself and conduct myself on an investigation. I’m still not an expert. I read as much as I can and watch other teams as they do investigations. What I want to close this post with, is that you should always be in the pursuit of knowledge. Keep reading, keep watching, and never stop learning.