These ten aspects should be held by all whether a Ghost Hunter, Buster, tracker of Cryptid's or someone who studies UFO's or an other paranormal phenomena in the world.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PARANOMAL INVESTIGATION
.... And these are the things that you should already know!
1" Remember you are not the only Paranormal Investigator in the world."
There are many of varying degrees of understandings. Not everyone knows everything whether you are living or dead. If your going to lie about who you are, where you come from then who are we to say otherwise unless we find out the truth through investigation into the matter.
And please don't be upset because someone challenges the claim that your document ion if your presenting some is blasted here to hell and back. And if you are a ghost then you understand that we are supposed to believe everything you tell, show us or allow us to experience because all we have is what we have that you gave us. The evidence.
|The Ten Indian Commandments are a set of ethical instructions purporting to be the Native American equivalent of the biblical Ten Commandments.
1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect
2. Remain close to the Great Spirit
3. Show great respect for your fellow beings
4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind
5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
6. Do what you know to be right
7. Look after the well-being of mind and body
8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
9. Be truthful and honest at all times
10. Take full responsibility for your actions
2 "Do not bear false witness against your fellow Investigators " Never disrespect any any other persons, claims documentation or evidence of parental investigations regardless of your findings. Common virtues in a paranormal investigators code are and should be mercy, courage and loyalty.
The same in questioning a real ghosts or collecting proof that ghosts are really real. Avoid being a hater because of a rivalry with a favorite. Tell people to respect their fellow paranormal investigators and ghost hunters.
And remember Just because you debunk someone famous does not make you famous. Unless the person is someone people really respect.
If a ghost only shows up as an orb them it shows up only as that. And if your a ghost enthusiast who collects orb photos to make your point then continue.
Just because one living or dead person puts forth a opinion of body of work trying to prove or disprove something. Doesn't really mean they are right or wrong. You gave them a listen or a read through their work and it has made you either happy or mad. Be objective of yours as well as others paranomal evidence, statements and findings.
Yes this attitude is of course what we all need because it spurs us on to do better. Dig deeper research more re evaluate and get more documentation and strive to prove our point once more well and better armed. But hey enough with the running attitude of debunking them and getting down to name calling and law suits.
3 "Show some paranormal professional attitude."
Rather then talking trash about others in the field.
Some people still love to argue. Selecting ghost hunting companions, listen to what they say and watch what they do. The ideal companions are people who are educated, intelligent, interested, and have a healthy level of real skepticism.
Be it good or bad what someone says or does or express what they really believe it, is there belief.
Just because someone has a criminal record, or is straight or gay or had an affair has nothing to do with the value of what evidence they present. Or does it? But we all too well know to many people rely on reputations and the value of a persons life experiences and personal regrets.
Be logical and reasonable when presenting arguments otherwise no one listens if you attack others viciously.
The same goes for those ghosts that leave EVP's like "Get Out!" or "F-you!"
|This The Code of Conduct Covers All Aspects Of Paranormal Investigators Including:
1. General Responsibilities of Paranormal Investigators To Themselves And To The Public
2. Paranormal Entities, Cryptids and Aliens And Discoveries Of Such
3. Training and Proficiency In The Field Of Paranormal Research
4. Security while A Paranormal Investigation Is Occurring
5. Environmental Issues And The Impact Of Paranormal Investigations In A Area
6.Study And Use of Technology To Confirm Evidence
7. Advancement and Promotion of Paranormal Investigation
In searching and researching many paranomal groups and their web sites I find many helpful hints to what and where we should be, rather then just becomiong hooked on another urban legend to investigate.
These are; the 5 simple rules for investigating the paranormal.
Rule # 1
Have a purpose.
This is the foundation of any investigative exercise. If you have no purpose then you should be doing something else. Your purpose is also called your objective and this is a popular word among private and public sector investigators. Assigning an objective to your efforts helps you focus the process, it allows you to better understand what, where and how you will gather your evidence.
Let’s face it, this is exactly what we’re doing out here, right? Our ultimate goal is to obtain evidence, in some form, of the paranormal. Again, if all you’re looking for is a cool story to tell your friends the next day, feel free to skip ahead, but for the rest of you, lets look at what an objective does for our project.
At the very least, our objective lets us verbalize and put into writing our intentions (which is always a good thing), but that’s a pretty general way of looking at it. ‘I want to catch evidence of a ghost’, well duh! How’s about we be a little more specific than that?
‘I want to get a picture of a ghost’; that’s a bit better, it refines it enough to allow us to start the planning process. We now know a bit about the equipment we’ll need, a camera, and something about the environment we need, a place where photography is, first, allowed, and second, possible. This is great, now we can go ghost hunting! Right?
No, sorry to disappoint, but there’s a little more to consider.
Your objective should provide focus to every aspect of your hunt; think of the elementary school English lesson covering: who, what, when, where, why and how. Craft an objective to answer all of those simple questions and you’ll already be one step ahead of the guy who’s just looking for a cool story.
Know Your Subject
You might think we already covered this, but you’d be wrong. Knowing your subject is quite accurately, the second most important rule I paranormal investigation. Ultimately, this means, do your research, but it does have broader strokes involved.
Hand in hand with your objective, you should always be aware of what, specifically, you’re looking for. Now, there is a trap here, one that’s easy to fall into, but we’ll discuss that a little later. For the most part, successful paranormal investigators are people with a broad, general knowledge of many subjects, and a specific and vast knowledge of paranormal history, science and technology, as well as the specific lore or history of the places and people and things that they investigate.
This is not child’s play by any means; it can, and should be, serious business. Knowledge is power, and in this case, it’s the power to achieve your objective. Anyone who is serious about capturing evidence of paranormal activity, should understand that luck has very little to do with it. Planning, research and well focused execution are the keys to successful ghost hunting.
The degree to which you take your investigation serious will depend on you, and this by no means says that you can’t have fun while doing it. But which would be more fun? Goofing off and spending a night in a place that may or may not have energy attached to it, ultimately achieving nothing through your efforts, or a planned and careful approach, which ultimately bring the reward of an experience that you’ll never forget?
That’s a decision for you to make.
What’s involved in knowing your subject? Quite a bit actually. It means reading, and usually lots of it. On the most basic level, you need to know the history of the area you’re in (where you’ll be conducting the investigation), you need to know the lay of the land, and you need to know typically how different energies behave and react to outside influences.
Depending on the scope of your investigation, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of common physics, a familiarity with construction processes, a working knowledge (and certain amount of proficiency with) your equipment, specifically your camera equipment. You should have an understanding of photographic film processing and digital photo manipulation.
You should have a solid understanding and preferably some experience with hiking, camping and outdoor survival (you really never know where an investigation will take you). Some aptitude with human psychology would be an asset as well; after all, what is it you’re chasing but the essence of a person, complete with their own psyche.
A wise man once said (me actually); ‘There is no greater purpose in life than the continual and dogged pursuit of knowledge, for in learning is held the passion and capacity for all other endeavours;’ meaning of course, that as you learn about your craft, you will become more impassioned about the subject and ultimately more capable of achieving your objective.
The trap that was mentioned above, a very easy one to be caught in, comes from narrowing your focus too far, by becoming blinded to any other idea beside what it is you hope to achieve. In policing circles this is known as tunnel vision, and constitutes a major problem for inexperienced investigators. It happens when an investigator locks onto an idea, whether that idea is that a particular person is guilty of a crime, or that there is a specific entity, with an independent intelligence, that is responsible for the physical phenomena presented.
Coming with the knowledge you’ll gain through research, can come tunnel vision for the characters you find in that history, but reality may be throwing you a curve ball and you may end up interpreting events to fit the history, rather than being objective about the circumstances. Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing, but erring on the side of overindulgence, in this case, is the safer bet.
Choose Your Paranormal Group Or Team Wisely
It really is not enough to assemble a group of well meaning friends to assist you. What you will end up with is a group of dissenting, argumentative and uncooperative former-friends.
Maybe that’s a bit extreme, and maybe your friends are just as passionate and driven about paranormal investigation as you are, but likely, they share an interest, not a passion.
You might choose to go it alone, and while that may be an easier task logistically, it won’t help your evidence any. Having someone, preferably a few someone’s, to back you up and corroborate your testimony and evidence is important; as is choosing the right someone’s.
Without overstating the obvious, choosing a team with the same goals as you is pretty much the first step, but beyond that, when recruiting for your ghost hunting crew, try to think of your own weaknesses, look for people who compliment your own capabilities by filling in gaps of knowledge, expertise, and other necessities.
Leadership is often a touchy point for most amateur ghost hunting teams, while there’s usually one person who stands out as the leader, there often are several who think that person is them. If you’ve chosen well, you likely have a group of people who know how to use their strengths, so a natural leader will likely become apparent. It is always best, however, to be open and up front with your team, so if conflicts arise, you can deal with them openly and quickly, thereby getting down to the business of hunting ghosts that much faster and more effectively.
Cultivate your writing skills
Let’s face it, the chances of you becoming the next host of Paranormal State are slim to none, so lacking the face friendly medium of television to get your evidence and ideas across, you’ll likely be limited to the internet for showing off your paranormal wares.
Becoming a better writer will serve to make your evidence more believable and acceptable by the mainstream public.
This is not going to be a rehashing of the teacher’s lecture from 11th grade English, but there are a few things you should keep in mind.
* Don’t embellish; making things, especially evidence, seem more fantastic than they really are, will eventually make you seem less credible than you really are. Where details are concerned, report the facts, leave your opinion out of it and accurately describe what you saw, experienced and captured on film or any other recording medium. Always let you reader make the conclusion…sometimes you’ll have to draw them a picture, but it is ultimately up to them to decide if what you present is true, false or very strange indeed.
* Spell check, spell check, spell check…and then spell check again. Nothing will reduce your credibility as a paranormal investigator faster, than poorly constructed, misspelled and unreadable articles. Take your time and do it right; after all, this is the point, to pass along what you’ve found in the field, make it count.
* Present your findings and let the chips fall where they may. Don’t bend to popular opinion, if you believe your results were caused by a particular phenomenon, say so, and stick to your guns. The naysayer’s and hard line sceptics will never be satisfied, so don’t let them dictate how or what you report.
Follow this advice and stay true to your objective and you really can’t go wrong. It all depends on you and your passion.
Don’t Give Up
There is no greater disappointment in life, then reaching your golden years with a regret, especially a regret about something that you had the power to change for the better. If you decide that ghost hunting is something you want to do, only you can decide the degree of your involvement, but if you truly want to find the truth, there’s nothing standing in your way.
Someday, some amateur ghost hunter will find proof of the existence of life after death, either that or they’ll prove a scientific explanation for the phenomenon, but either way you slice it, it’s people like you, with a passion for the business of ghosts, who are dong the real work and reporting the facts who will get that job done. Stay on your path and persevere, it’ll pay off in the end.
Often people with personality disorders, or mental illness will seek answers from you directly, and it's difficult to sort the sincere from the sincerely troubled in emails and/or phone calls. Be aware that you can have a positve as well as a negeative effect on peoples lives with what you explain to them.
4 "Pay tribute to the Founding Fathers of Paranormal Investigations and ghost hunting."
Hans Holzer, Ed Warren Sybil Leek. We should start a real Paranormal Hall Of fame.
5 "Control your enthusiasm."
Learn not to be carried away in the world Of television's Ghost Hunters, message boards, blogs, twitters, and articles Avoid ghost Gossip. Research them and then judge from what you learn.
Avoid being a hater of other shows, groups or people because of a rivalry with a favorite, or what you read on chat boards.
6 "Show Respect and Get Respect."
Tell people to respect their fellow paranormal investigators and ghost hunters. Not only their findings, methods and documentation but who they are as a person. Living or dead.
Here are ten rules that will help you conduct a successful ghost-hunting, Cryptid or UFO investigation expedition.
1. Bring extra batteries. Ghosts or spirits need energy to manifest or materialize. Often, they'll get that energy from the batteries in your camera or other recording equipment. If you notice that the battery in your camera has suddenly lost power, be alert to other changes in the room, such as temperature.
The same goes for being in the woods searching out ghosts, bigfoot or chupacabras and the undead.
2. Before taking pictures, clean the lens. Be sure that your camera lens is as clean as possible and free from dust particles that could be mistaken for "spirit activity" or a cryptid .
3. No smoking. When you are photographing a location, cigarette smoke can show up on pictures and be misinterpreted.
4. Bring a buddy. Never investigate a location by yourself. If you get into trouble or get injured, it's a good idea to have a friend with you.
5. No drinking. Sure, it's tempting to have a couple of drinks for a bit of courage, but it can seriously cloud your judgement. Stay sober and clear-headed.
6. Bring snacks. Have something handy to nibble on if you're going to conduct a long investigation.
7. Interview any potential witnesses. If possible, try to talk to anyone who has experienced paranormal activity in the location where you will be investigating. This will give you an idea of what to look for.
8. Clean up. After the investigation, be sure you gather all belongings and trash and take it with you. Leave the area clean.
9. Be respectful. You are investigating locations where people used to live and work. Even though they've passed on, you are still a guest!
10. No trespassing. ALWAYS get permission to investigate a location. Remember, some haunted locations are private property and should be avoided unless you get specific permission from the owners.
7 Be willing to be challenged!
It's more difficult to verify what's true and what may be shockingly false. Paranormal Experts say it's too easy today to fake ghosts, cryptids and much of paranormal documentation and evidence, or "Paranormal Related pranks," show an inherent problem with the decentralization of news on the Internet.
You should always investigate what has been previously investigated.
Never tease threaten or dare an unseen entity Cryptid or alien.
Never seek out entities, Cryptids on your own. You could be targeted by a ghost or chupacabra, Many Cryptids are predators and always attack the one seperated from the herd.
Pay attention to your dreams. Ghosts might be trying to commune with you via dreams.
Many today carry spirit bags, or lucky charms and use these as semi religious relics and symbols as a protection. Do they work? No one really knows. but if it gives peace of mind then do so.
Dont just walk into an area taking pictures give the ghosts that are present some time to get used to you. visit a home or location several times before an actual ghost hunt takes place. Ghosts need to become slowly accustomed to the ghost hunter.
Do not show fear, a gracious ghost or cryptid will not come around if they sense you are fearful. If you feel that some unknown force wants you out of there, then get out.
8 "Ask Questions!"
"Don't Ask Don't Tell !" Yes is usually how ghost react to us. If you ask if they are there often then don't tell you. They won't show up in film, video or how every you want them to show themselves. The same in finding cryptids and other Alien and UFO evidence.
Go out ask questions of people in all walks of life. Really in other words get a life in paranormal investigations. Get in the field as they say. Meet people by going out to attend Paranormal Concurrences. From bigfoot to ghosts or a group that specializes just in the facts you want to investigate.
If you don't tell people your interest or your evidence then no one will ever ask you questions either. Questions get answers.
9 "Believe in who you are and what you experienced and hold as a personal truth. "
Even if your just curious about the paranormal world don't be afraid to let people know what and who you believe in.
But be accepting of yourself and others to realize that not everyone holds the same position of beliefs that you do. To debunk or not to debunk that is always the question.
To debunk means literally to openly expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas; example: "The paranormal investigator debunked the psychic's claims that real ghost like to square dance with Chupacabras".
10 "Do not steal." That shalt not covet, take steal re write or copy others paranormal documents and tell people it's your!
The Journalist's Creed is a code of ethics written around 1906 by Walter Williams (journalist) shortly after founding the Missouri School of Journalism.
I believe in the profession of Journalism.
I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust.
I believe that clear thinking, clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.
I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true. I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.
I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one's own pocket book is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another's instructions or another's dividends.
I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.
I believe that the journalism which succeeds the best-and best deserves success-fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent; unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of the privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and as far as law, an honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship, is a journalism of humanity, of and for today's world.
The Ten Moral Codes Of Paranormal Investigators
1. Devotion to the cause of Paranormal Research.
2. Conscientious Paranormal Investigation for the good of society.
3. Concern on the part of everyone for the preservation and growth of Paranormal Investigation.
4. High sense of paranormal Investigative duty; intolerance of hoax's or intent to distribute fraudulent documentation or evidence harmful to the public interest.
5. Collectivism and comradely mutual assistance to others in the field of paranormal research and study.
6. Humane relations and mutual respect between individuals and the paranormal phenomena they investigate.
7. Honesty and truthfulness, moral purity, unpretentiousness.
8. Mutual respect to all in the paranormal community. No matter what their claims or evidence entails.
9. Irreconcilability towards injustice, parasitism, dishonesty, careerism, and profiteering from someone's bad paranormal experience.
10. Friendship and brotherhood among all who ever they are living or dead, Alien or cryptid.