It seems almost surreal to be writing this article as first and foremost I cannot believe that this point in my life has finally arrived. In all truth, we are still a team that is developing and growing just as most teams out there happen to be doing at this same point in time. The reality of the situation is that each of us can continue to pay other teams to go on investigations with them and shadow or we can harness our own instinct and just go after it. After spending a great deal of money on these types of investigations the thought finally arrived that begged me to question why I was not investing in myself and in a group of people with like interests! From that point on Esōterikós Paranormal Research Team (EPRT) went from a simple thought in my mind to the complex process involved with forming a team. In the following paragraphs I am going to go into a little bit of the process that is involved as since we are still growing and developing it is not right to sit here and claim to know all.
The first and most important aspect of the process is the selection of people who you want to be a part of your team. This may or may not prove to be an easy task as each person has their own personality, beliefs, views on the paranormal, and above all dedication to the team. Thankfully, I was blessed with the guidance of meeting the co-founder at a function that we both shared a common interest in. After that, the pieces of the puzzle came together with the simple announcement that I was going to the Texas Ghost Show. People who I otherwise would have never guessed shared such an interest suddenly became those that I started to focus on and ask about their opinions on things. As it turns out, the end result of this process actually brought forth what I would consider to be an exceptionally talented and eclectic group of people who I feel as a team will help add credit to not only the team, but the paranormal community as well.
Once the ball starts rolling and ideas become a reality, the time to get some good equipment goes from a simple thought to one of paramount importance. As a community we must accept that there are those out there who are “posers” and those who take this seriously. The majority of us take this seriously and if we wish to look good as a team we must arrive with not only the right equipment, but the right plan for the investigation as well. A smooth implementation of all processes looks much better to a client (if present) than one that requires a great deal of direction that is in turn followed by numerous questions! The best advice that I can give here is to shop around for that device or piece of equipment that you are looking for. There are many websites out there selling the same stuff and when it gets down to it, the cost is money out of your budget. Our team currently uses a wide variety of equipment to include a 4 channel DVR and IR cameras, an IR camcorder with an additional IR light, various EMF meters, and of course the infamous EVP catcher…the digital audio recorder. It is my opinion that the best type of digital audio recorder to buy is one that will interface with your computer via USB. This will greatly simplify the analysis portion of your investigation and the difference is usually only about $20 in cost. When purchasing the rest of your equipment make sure to get what you want! Sometimes saving money is not worth it if you have to spend more in the end just to get what you had initially hoped for! In the end, the equipment that you purchase is directly reflective of your budget and sometimes (even with us) we have to scale down our wants and focus on that which will get the job done to a standard that is acceptable without further financial expense.
The next portion of this process is one that remains entirely up to the members you who have formed as a team and how you wish to proceed with making your “presence” known to the world. We elected to get a website and have participated in numerous banner programs. Although we are a new team, we are also taking a serious look at a booth at the Texas Ghost Show in 2011. Logically, each of these things costs money and some decisions will have to be made by the leadership of the team in regards to what is important and what is not. Out of the two of us leading this team, I tend to always ask for a second opinion as I am often guilty of wanting to spend money on things that are not yet necessary for us a group at this point in time. We did however get ourselves business cards and that is an important part of a professional appearance. Regardless of how you choose to proceed, you must do what not only feels right to you as a leader, but what is right for the team as well.
Starting your own team can be a rewarding process, but realize that it is full of work and a great deal of time must be dedicated to the process. There are many unknown things that you never see on television such as: liability waivers, confidentially waivers, investigation logs, weather information recorded on those logs, and the behind the scenes things that occur that don’t always make the cut. There are many good books out there written by those who have carved out a trail for new and upcoming teams such as all of us and the information is invaluable. It is my hope that this information (while short) will help point many of you in the right direction in the formation of your own team.
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About Kaban Mathias Esoterikos Paranormal
I developed an interest in the paranormal at a very young age when I was attacked by a demon (Succubus) at the age of 5 and taken to a realm that I have never seen before. While people often associate this with sleep paralysis, such was not the case for me and somehow I managed to escape this situation. Around the age of 16 I began to become involved with Wicca and started a long course of study that still continues to this day. Through the education I have gained while studying Wicca I have been able to make many connections between those things that we always question as people.
It was during my time in the Army when I was attacked by an apparition in Bosnia that really ignited more of a search into the world of the paranormal and all things associated with it. I began to not only continue my studies within the craft, but also continued my studies in Christian Theology and became ordained as well in my later years. While I do not practice or use this ordination, it provided the opportunity to develop a more well rounded perspective on the battle between both sides, the paranormal in general, and the idea of life and death as well.
The reason I formed this team was to find a way to bridge the gap between the living and the dead while still seeking to scientifically prove the theories that we come up with as a team. One approach that has been invaluable with this team is that we are entirely comprised of people with an eclectic background and a many years of experience combined. It is my hope that we will be able to fill in the pieces of the puzzle through not only investigations, but on-going education as well.
Cassie - Co-Founder/Research/Investigator
Cassie has been interested in ALL things paranormal and mysterious since childhood. As a youngster, she would constantly research unexplainable phenomena such as the Loch Ness monster, extraterrestrial life, Sasquatch, extrasensory perception, ghosts and other things of that nature and form her own theories about them. She has only grown more fascinated with these subjects as the years have passed. Being on a paranormal research team has always been a dream of hers, and now with the formation of EPRT, it is one she will be able to fulfill. Although she has never had a personal paranormal experience, she does not doubt the existence of such things, and in fact, she believes it makes her a better investigator. While she’s not working on EPRT stuff, Cassie is usually looking for work and a way to pursue a career in dance.
Ron - Investigator/Demon Studies
My experience with supernatural forces is very limited, but I look forward to experiencing and being a witness to such occurrences. I'm interested but skeptical, which makes me desire proof that what is happening is beyond natural phenomena. To study and become knowledgeable in Demons, gives me insight into the what, how, and who they are. They are more than just the "layman's" idea of what the term "Demon" connotates. People very close to me have had paranormal experiences with Demons, and I believe their stories. Most people would say they are afraid of Demons. I am looking forward to having contact with them and learning first hand, who and what they are. If anyone is bothered by Demons and needs assistance, please contact this group. .
Mallorie - Investigator
Mallorie has had an interest in the paranormal since her early childhood years. However, one event in particular from the earliest of years stands out to her the most.
Many moons ago Mallorie went to the cemetery with her mother to visit the grave-site of her Great-Grandmother who had been laid to rest prior to her being born. It was during this visit that Mallorie left the car and her mother and proceed toward a grave that she had never visited before; that of her Great-Grandmother. What is most remarkable about this occurrence is that she had never been to the grave before and upon arrival to the grave itself she simply uttered the word "Grandma." Psychic experience or paranormal phenomena...who knows.
Over the years Mallorie has had many other experiences that have been not only seen, but also audibly heard and felt at various locations. She considers these to be learning experiences and hopes to find some of the answers to her questions through investigating and researching the paranormal.
James - Investigator
James was involved in a horrible car crash at a young age where he suffered the loss of his mother. He nearly lost his life as well and spent the next six weeks in the intensive care unit at the hospital. From that point on, his life had changed forever as a connection with the paranormal and occurrences had been developed. Over the years since this tragic event James has had many different experiences at a variety of places and around a variety of people. James states that:
"Good and Evil supernatural forces manifest in many different forms. For some, this is difficult to understand and truly accept. I am ready to accept these challenges from anyone who needs assistance regarding the paranormal realm."
Rev. Karen - Special Services
Rev. Karen is a member of our team who provides what we like to call "Special Services." These services differ from normal investigation as they come at the request of the client and are not generally offered unless there is a situation that may require such things. Rev. Karen joins us as a Shrine Keeper and First Degree Clergy member and is available for smudging, cleansing of both home and person(s), and the formulation of circles of protection. Rev. Karen has been a practicing Wiccan for over 30 years and has now become part of a tradition that she loves. In addition, she is also a Reiki Master/Teacher and offers these services as well.