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Renovations and the Paranormal

Many times we have received requests for investigations where people report activity in their home that was not apparent until they started a renovation project.  What do renovations and the paranormal have in common?  Well, you are changing the physical surroundings of a spirit that may be dormant.  By doing this you spark it’s curiosity and sometimes anger it.  Like some people, some spirits resist change.  Also the energy expelled from doing the work is enough to awaken residual energies that had otherwise fizzled out.  The activity can range from bumps and bangs, voices, shadows, apparitions, to being physically pushed or hit.  So the next time you do a project on your home and start experiencing strange things, you may have awaken a ghost.

Written by: Stephen Danielsen

The possible dangers of investigating the paranormal

Clients – the human factor.
Oftentimes the most dangerous thing you’ll face in an investigation will be clients themselves. Remember that you and your fellow team members are volunteering to walk into a stranger’s home who you do not know. Many clients and those claiming to experience paranormal problems are susceptible to mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism or other factors. You may find yourself in their home and completely at risk.  Many clients may be experiencing psychological duress from the spirits that may haunt them. There may be partial or full possession, depression and other factors you may become aware of after you are at the location. You need to use caution at all times.

When you stick your head in the spirit world, it may follow you home and disrupt your life. Many investigators deal with sudden urges and obsessions, a sudden onset of mental illness, intense times of depression and spiritual oppression. Your family may suffer attacks from the spirit world. Your life may suddenly be filled with traumatic events or unexplained accidents. You may find yourself physically ill and sick with no medical cause or explanation.

During investigations if you experience a spiritual contact you may pick up on and feel the emotions and memories of another entity. Feelings of anger, rage, sorrow as well as memories that are not yours.

Spirit communication
EVPs – any time you are attempting to collect or play EVPs you may be welcoming the spirit world to affect your life. In the same way that a ouiji board or séance opens a door to communication with the spirit world, the simple act of asking questions of a spirit in an EVP session can open the same doors. In playing back EVPs, the vibrations of the spirit voices captured often attracts other spirits. Many times novice investigators will play back the EVPs they’ve just captured while walking back to their vehicles. The spirits whose voices they’ve captured find a valid reason to follow them home in their vehicles. It is recommended that you listen to your recordings after leaving a haunted location in order to prevent hitch hikers. Upon leaving a haunted location every investigator should make a statement that they do not give permission for any spirits to follow them home. This should be done multiple times to help ensure that nothing tags alone, follows you home and essentially disrupts you life.

Television and media portray provoking entities in exchange for evidence, on a frequent basis. This is dangerous. Provoking a spirit can lead to a spirit attack. You should treat all spirits with respect. This is common sense. Put yourself in the spirits position. If I was in the spirit world and you walked into my home and provoked me, in order to capture your evidence, I would be upset and probably follow you home and disrupt your life as much as I could.

Never use Ouiji board, séances, magic or witchcraft during an investigation, as you may put everyone present at risk. Even professional mediums and psychics using these spiritual communication methods during investigations have shut them down after something evil slipped through. These methods have been attributed to most high level hauntings, inhuman and demonic cases that are referred to clergy and demonologists.

These are just a few of the possible dangers of the paranormal.  Exploring the paranormal can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it can also be dangerous.  Do research. Be prepared just in case you find yourself one day facing the Dangers of the Paranormal.

Can Ghosts Follow You Home

A question often asked of paranormal investigators is, “Can a ghost follow you home.”  The answer to this question is, yes.  A ghost can follow you if it feels some sort of connection to you.  In some cases, ghosts are despirate.  They will latch themselves onto anyone they feel might be able to help them.  One thing.  As an investigator, I would caution others to never ask inviting questions.  Examples:  “How can I help you?” “Do you need help?” “Follow me.”  By doing this you are inviting an otherwise despirate ghost to you, because it now thinks you can help it.  A demonic spirit attaches itself to a specific person, so therefore wherever that person goes, the entity goes as well.  Demonics are one of many spirits capable of following you.  So be warned!  If you don’t like the idea of ghosts following you around, stay away from inviting questions, the occult, or attempting to make some kind of personal connection with a spirit.

Written by: Stephen Danielsen

Tips to Capture EVP Audio Recordings

EVP recordings can sometimes be difficult to capture clearly on tape. Use these  tips to capture the best possible recording.
When you first begin to record at a location, make note of the date, time and location. Also, if you are going to be moving from room to room, or floor to floor be sure to mention it aloud. This will help you remember where you were when you process your recordings later.

Many new investigators get discouraged or frustrated by whispered or faint EVP. One thing that may (or may not) help would be to ask the spirits to please speak as loudly as they can.

When using a digital recorder,  it has been  found that an external microphone actually INCREASES the amount of static recorded. So, if you have a digital recorder, you may want to *avoid* using an external microphone.

Keep conversation between yourself and other members of your team to a minimum. When you talk, speak clearly and in a normal tone of voice. Never whisper. This will help you distinguish between human voices, and a real EVP audio recording.

Do NOT use the voice activation feature available on some models of recorders. It starts recording AFTER sound begins, which means an EVP can be cut off, or completely missed.  Many EVP’s are too quiet to be picked up by the voice activation feature.

Mississippi Valley Paranormal at Festival Of Trees

For the first time, MVP has entered a tree in the Festival of Trees that is currently taking place in Davenport at the River Center 136 E. 3rd St.

Team Member Sarah Knowlton is the designer for the tree. The theme for the tree is A Christmas Carol. The tree is split into 3 different decorated sections- Past, Present, and Future. Pictures of the tree can be seen, at MVPs facebook page at: