Paranormal television shows have increased the interest in the unknown much more so and are now more accepted than ever before. However, along with this popular rise, many individuals are now showing interest in being a paranormal investigator themselves. With that being said, there have been plenty of misconceptions as to what its like to be a paranormal investigator.
We here at the Ghost Seekers of Central NY have created this blog specifically for those interested in the art of paranormal investigation. We write about paranormal tech, paranormal explanations, and go over the history of certain allegedly haunted areas. This is all to give the new in paranormal investigating a better idea of the craft. Today we would love to explain to you what it is really like to make a ghost club and get involved in a paranormal investigation.
The first thing for any paranormal investigator to think about is their “why.” Why do you want to seek the paranormal? For the Ghost Seekers of CNY, we participate in paranormal investigation as research in the unknown to discover what life means after death. For others, it may be different. You may want to participate in paranormal investigation strictly for the purpose of curiosity, and that’s okay.
The next thing to think about is if you want to associate your group with religion. For the Ghost Seekers of CNY, we participate in prayer before and after our investigation as a means of protection. Not all groups who participate in paranormal investigation will have this desire. As far as we know, every member of our investigative group is either in one sect of Christianity or believes in one higher power.
The next thing to think about is who you want in your group. For the Ghost Seekers of CNY, we have mediums, skeptics, tech-guys, a historian, writers, and a communications specialist. We like to keep our group well-rounded because we believe that differing opinions are helpful in our quest to finding out the truth. Anyone interested in starting a paranormal investigative club should be mindful of this.
The next thing to think about is what tools are you wanting to use. Every investigator is different in what paranormal tech they think is the most trustworthy or reliable. It’ll be great to consolidate with your group on what tools you want to frequently use on an investigation. We here at the Ghost Seekers of CNY typically use digital recorders, EMF detectors, flashlights, night vision cameras, and spirit boxes.
Last but not least, what you see on television is not real life. I remember watching FBI television shows and thinking that being an FBI agent was one of the coolest things ever. It wasn’t until I took a forensics class that I realized it was incredibly dull and time-consuming. On paranormal television shows, they only show the good parts, the moments they catch a piece of evidence or get spooked. In reality, paranormal investigation is research and is time-consuming. It involves research, interviews, camera set up, and hours and hours of watching and listening to the footage. There will be sometimes when you don’t catch anything at all on an investigation. And let’s not forget mistakes! There will always be mistakes. You might get a faulty piece of equipment or one of your findings will get debunked, but this is all in the quest of science research.
If you are interested in the paranormal, we encourage you to keep it up and we welcome you to the research of paranormal investigation!