THE TEN REAL WAYS TO CONTACT THE DEAD AND SPEAK TO GHOSTS
Communication With Real Ghosts
By Ray Murray
If you have made this far at least to this article through your search then you are truly interested in contacting and communicating with the dead.
To actual mediums or psychics speaking to the dead is as easy as picking up a phone. But to us who show no great powers of ESP or sensitivity to such things we often look for what many call sure fire ways to command a ghost to appear to us for questioning.
Calling up the dead is really nothing new. References to such can be found in every major religion or part of the world community. From ghost festivals to burial customs many verge on the area of satisfying the dead to keep them from coming back to haunt us.
1. Contact a medium or a paranormal sensitive. Finding an expert in such matters is simple and very easy nowadays. Many web searches will produce a list of people who state that they are more qualified in such matters then you could imagine.
Seeking out an expert can also entail contacting paranormal authors, investigators or researchers directly and asking them for their specific advice. Many will try to sway you not to pursue such endeavors. for it has been noted of late that the curious should only explore the world of paranormal activity only if they are sincere in their spirit or ghost quest.
Today too often many hunt ghost just for kicks. If your really interested in speaking to the dead then be genuine about your interests.
You should start off by buying a few good books that explore and open you up to the world of real paranormal activity.
2. Learn the fine art Of Necromancy, Crystal gazing or even reading Tarot Cards. Many have reported over the years that such things have opened them up to paranormal and supernatural entities and events. Not that such practices are not with out dangers. One should use caution in all endeavors that fall into the area of necropractices.
3. Buy a Ouija board. some will tell you this is a big NO-No while others swear by them.
4. Hold a private Seance. Many believe no expertise is needed. But still many dangers are associated with rituals to cal up the dead.
5. Explore a reported as real haunted location. Many who visit what they believe to be real exact haunted locations often report having some type of paranormal activity occurring to them.
6. Become part of a paranormal ghost hunting group. Learn how to collect EVP's, Read a K-II meter, or understand just what a EMF meter can do. If you have the money invest in an Ovilus a good digital voice and video camera.
You can also learn how to critique ghost evidence to make sure your seeing and experiencing a real haunting. Paranormal sightings, activity and encounters are usually more subjective to an individual. personal ghost encounters tend to make real believers rather then just reading about them or watching a video.
Learn to document your experiences using equipment and keeping a log journal or ghost hunting diary.
Paranormal groups and ghost hunting
Investigation of EVP is the subject of hundreds of Internet message boards, regional, and national groups. According to paranormal investigators such as John Zaffis, "There's been a boom in ghost hunting ever since the Internet took off." Investigators, equipped with electronic gear such as EMF meters, video cameras and audio recorders, scour reportedly haunted venues, trying to uncover visual and audio evidence of hauntings. Many use portable recording devices in an attempt to capture EVP.
ITC spirit communications and Franks Box users often swear that such equipment is state of the art at this time. I suggest you explore these issues on your own and make your own assumptions.
7. Try your hand at dowsing. From a bent will branch coat hangers or professional dowsing equipment many sate that through such practices ghost or often willing to communicate. Today digital dowsing seem to be all the craze.
8. Visit a spiritualist group meeting or even a paranormal convention, seminar or workshop ghost hunting 101. Question other like minded individuals for their personal techniques, beliefs and experiences.
Many often travel to Spirit camps like that of Lily Dale or Casadaga where ghosts and the world of paranormal activity or common place. In the United States New Orleans, Galveston and Gettysburg seem to be the most haunted hotspots where the dead actively try to make contact with the living.
Mediumship often offers contact with the dead using an individual as a go between.
Transfiguration is a form of physical mediumship which allows a spirit to materialize and communicate through a medium. The idea is that the face of a person who has died will appear on the face of another person. It’s not as commonly practiced as other forms of mediumship as it’s supposed to be very draining for the spirit involved, because they need to use a lot of energy to be able to appear.
Before transfiguration can take place, the medium, a person who is said to have psychic abilities which enable them to communicate with the spirit world, will go into a trance. This is an altered state of consciousness which is supposed to make it easier for the dead to communicate with the living. In some cases the medium may be in such a deep state of trance that they appear to have fallen asleep.
If the transfiguration is successful, a veil of ectoplasm will appear on or just in front of the medium’s face and this is molded into the features of the spirit that is trying to communicate. Ectoplasm is a light colored, glutinous substance which allegedly oozes from the medium’s body and is then physically manipulated by the spirit. It’s sensitive to light and so séances often take place in darkened rooms. Sometimes it may be barely visible to the naked eye but can be seen in photographs. At the end of the séance the ectoplasm is said to return to the medium’s body.
During transfiguration the face that materializes may appear to be almost translucent or in extreme cases the medium’s face might disappear altogether, replaced by the features of the spirit. The spirit may mouth words and in some cases may also manipulate the vocal chords of the medium and speak through them. It isn’t just the face that can be affected by transfiguration. There are stories of other parts of the body taking the form of the spirit; making the medium appear taller or shorter, changing their hair and other physical features. If the dead person used to wear certain clothes or jewelry, this may materialize too.
There are cases where more than one face has appeared during a transfiguration séance. If there’s a group of people present, many of them may claim to see a face or number of faces that they recognize as dead loved ones.
Transfiguration was popular during the Victorian period and the beginning of the 20th Century, when interest in spiritualism was at its height. Many séances were held in the hope that the faces of dead loved ones would appear, especially during and after World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for his ‘Sherlock Holmes’ novels, was a great supporter of spiritualism, including transfiguration. He wrote books on the subject and was president of the College of Psychic Studies.
9. Plan a few day stay at what many believe to be a real haunted hotel or B&B. You can start by finding out the most haunted city near you and planning a short or extensive in depth research trip or vacation to do such. Always research a locations history and ghost hunting practices first to make sure there are no surprises or rules that would keep you from exploring a haunted hotel to the degree you feel you need to..
Many haunted Hotels offer ghost hunting packages as do Ghost tours around the world. Ghost Hunting Ghost tours, seminars or often held at such locations. The Stanley Hotel welcomes ghost groups and are very willing to let you explore and try to make contact with the ghost that haunt there many rooms.
Other notable locations include the Haunted Queen Mary Hotel, and the Whaley House and Winchester House.
10. Explore the internet there are many web sites that offer explanations to why ghost haunt us. They will also give you updated lists to where real ghost and sightings seem to be most active.
Ouija boards have been used to communicate with the dead since the end of the 19th Century. For some, they are a link to a loved one who has passed over. Others are simply curious to see what, if anything might happen and use the board to try and contact any spirit that wants to communicate with them.
The board itself is rectangular, with letters of the alphabet written across it in a crescent moon shape and the numbers zero to nine written below. The words ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ should also appear on the board, with the word “Goodbye” usually at the bottom. A “planchette” (French for “little board”) is the pointer, traditionally on castors for ease of movement.
You use a Ouija board by placing two fingers lightly on the planchette and asking direct questions to a spirit or spirits that may be present. The spirit will then supposedly answer by moving the planchette around the board to indicate letters and spell out words. When finished, you should move the planchette to “Goodbye” to signify that the séance is over.
Ouija boards, also known as ‘Talking Boards’, have been produced since 1890 but there is some debate over who was responsible for the design and where the name originates.
Spiritualism first appeared in the mid-19th Century and it was soon apparent that an instrument was needed that could provide an easy way of communication between the living and the dead. The Ouija board was patented in 1891 by Elijah Bond. Various weird and wonderful stories have grown up around the use of Ouija boards.
In 1920 a small town in California, USA, banned their use after an outbreak of ‘Ouijamania’ which lead to many of the town’s residents behaving so oddly that mental health professionals were called in to help.
The movie “The Exorcist” (1973) is apparently based on the true story of a child who allegedly evoked the spirit of the devil while using a Ouija board. A woman in the US claimed the numbers that won her over a million dollars on the lottery were picked by her Ouija board.
For many a Ouija board is nothing more than a harmless parlor game but others believe that they can be dangerous, with the potential of allowing malevolent spirits access to the human world. Some professional mediums even advise using a Ouija board only with professional supervision to prevent any nasty surprises or long term consequences. Others argue that there is no external force at work and the planchette is moved subconsciously by the people touching it.
VOICES OF THE DEAD
Hearing the real voices of the dead happens to a very few in this world. Many individuals have reported hearing actual spirit or ghost voices clearly. And this phenomena often is refered to as ClaraAudiance. this is the ability to hear things otherworldly.
Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are electronically captured sounds that resemble speech, but are not the result of intentional voice recordings. Common sources include static, stray radio transmissions and background noise. Some people claim these sounds are of paranormal origin, while there are natural explanations such as apophenia (finding significance in insignificant phenomena), auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in their own language), equipment artifacts, or simple hoaxes. Recordings of electronic voice phenomena are often created from background sound by increasing the gain (i.e. sensitivity) of the recording equipment.
According to parapsychologist Konstantin Raudive, who popularized the idea, EVP are typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.
The Most Haunted Locations In The United States Where You Just Might Meet A Real Ghost
Alcatraz is a former maximum security prison on an island in San Francisco Bay in the United States. It is no longer used as a prison. Visitors and tour guides have made claims of hearing screams, slamming cell doors, and footsteps.
Andleberry Estate in Clovis, California, is a mansion that used to be part of a sanitarium. The mansion, which is allegedly haunted by ex-residents of the sanitarium, will soon be transformed into a haunted hotel called The Wolfe Manor Hotel. The owner, Todd Wolfe, has reported hearing ghosts walking and talking and even breathing on him. LiveSciFi.TV sent a group to spend the night inside the mansion, during which some unexplained phenomenon reportedly happened, including a door that slammed shut by itself. A local news station did an over-night investigation for Halloween of 2007 and recorded an EVP. Several other EVP's and orbs have been caught on audio and video by investigators.
Aquia Church in Stafford, Virginia, is said to be one of the most haunted churches in Virginia. Legend says that the church and the church graveyard which has graves dating back to 1738 are both home to paranormal activity that has taken place for over 200 years.
Athens, Ohio is said to be one of the most haunted places in the United States, and is reputed to contain many ghosts. When drawing a line from each of the five cemeteries around Athens, it forms a pentagram with the center being Ohio University. Ohio University is also considered by some to be the most haunted campus in the United States, as is the former state hospital, Athens Lunatic Asylum, located right near campus.
Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery in Leesburg, Virginia was the site of a Civil War battle in October 1861 and is said to be haunted by those who died during the fighting here.
Belcourt Castle, a French Renaissance-style château in Newport, Rhode Island, is alleged to be the location of numerous paranormal phenomena and events, including moving chairs, moving armor, ghostly apparitions, a possessed statue and various other sightings.
Big Bay Point Light, in Big Bay, Michigan, is reputedly haunted by the red-haired ghost of its first keeper, Will Prior.
The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, West Virginia Is a grand hotel that was built in the late 1800s and is reported to be haunted by several ghosts.
Bobby Mackey's Music World, a country-western nightclub in Wilder, Kentucky (in the Cincinnati, Ohio metro area) is reputed to be "a gateway to Hell."
The Boston Athenæum is said to be haunted by the scholarly Rev. Harris, who was seen there by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The Brinton Lodge in Douglassville, Pennsylvania is a reputedly haunted house. The original structure, built in the early 1700s, was a one-room building which was operated as a tavern/roadhouse stop along the Schuylkill River Canal System. It was later expanded into a summer home, then remodeled into a gentlemen's club, and today is operated as a bar and restaurant. Legend has it that at least five spirits inhabit this property, including Caleb Brinton, "Dapper Dan," an older woman, and a "lady in white."
The Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia, Kansas has stories of a ghost that haunts the theatre, especially during the opening season.
Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland, was a private facility treating mental patients for over one-hundred years. Closed in 2001 and now under renovation for resale as upscale condominiums, separate recent investigations claim paranormal activity.as of June 2009 the building has burned down there has been speculation that arson is involved.
Cincinnati Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio is a theater that was built over a potter's field. Reports of spirits on the property date back to 1876 and continue through modern times. In 1988, during the installation of an elevator shaft, bones of adults and children were exhumed from under the hall.
Civil War battlefields in various states—including the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Antietam and many others—presumably owing to the magnitude of emotion, intensity of effort, and abruptness of the many, often gruesome and painful deaths, offer numerous anecdotes—with a growing number dating to the present day—including reported recordings, pictures and sightings of "ghostly apparitions," audible sensations (battle cries, cavalry, cannon fire) and other paranormal effects of every manner.
Engineered Piping Products: a Baltimore, Maryland based reseller of Industrial Pipe, valves and fittings. The building is built upon the site of an old residential neighborhood. All of the activity tends to happen at the site of the Old Deboser home. A local paranormal group, Pasadena Paranormal, has cumulatively logged over 100 EVPs from this location. They have experienced buzzing sounds that fly by their heads and recently one employee had his coat tugged from behind when he was in the building alone. This site has been submitted to the SciFi channel's Ghost Hunters Great American Ghost Hunt for their consideration.
The The Devil's Tree in Bernards Township, New Jersey is said to be one of the old headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey. An area surrounding the tree is said to give off unnatural warmth where snow doesn’t seem to stick in the dead of winter.
In Exeter, Rhode Island, there are a few buildings formerly known as the Ladd School, a school for the mentally disabled that was founded by Dr. Joseph H. Ladd in 1907 and officially closed in 1994.he school reportedly mistreated students and there are stories today of ghost sightings of the children who suffered, noises, and electronic malfunctions. The Exeter Job Corps Academy was built over the Ladd School's ground, with many of the older buildings still intact and reportedly "haunted."
Fayetteville, North Carolina hosts ghosts such as "The Lady in Black" who haunts the Sandford House (formerly called the Slocumb House). Her apparition first appeared in the late 1800s and has been sighted recently by members of The Woman's Club of Fayetteville.
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a former prison built in 1829. It is well known as the jail to hold Al Capone. Paranormal reports are, sounds of lonely wails in the corridors, an evil cackling in cellblock 12, sounds of footsteps in some of the cells, and a shadowy figure standing in the watch tower looking down at the prison.
Hollywood, California, has numerous sites that are believed to be inhabited by the spirits of deceased celebrities. For example, the ghost of actress Peg Entwistle, who committed suicide by jumping off the Hollywood Sign, has reportedly been seen near the sign. Some apparitions have been reported as being sighted at more than one location in Hollywood.
Hot Lake is a supposedly haunted hotel in eastern Oregon. The hotel is known for a fire, suicides, and hauntings from ghosts during its days as a sanatorium.
Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York City is said to be haunted by multiple ghosts; Dylan Thomas, Eugene O'Neill, Thomas Wolfe, and former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious supposedly haunts the elevator.
Huntress Hall of Keene State College located in Keene, New Hampshire is supposedly haunted by its namesake, Harriet Huntress. One of the schools residence halls, students often report strange noises coming from the building's attic, where Huntress' wheelchair remains to this day.
Old Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas, has long been a popular spot for local ghosthunters. The existing building was completed in 1925, allegedly on the site of a mid-19th century cemetery, and has recently been remodeled into apartments.
Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri - There are said to be sightings, sounds, and lights flickering on and off in the arena late at night from a former WWF wrestler named Owen Hart who died in 1999 by falling 78 feet (24 m) to his death from the ceiling of the arena. There are also said to be sightings of him still in his Blue Blazer suit at the top of the arena looking down with the cable hooked up to him.
The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United States. Four members of the Lemp family killed themselves, three in the mansion. There are said to be apparition sightings, glasses flying off of the bar, pianos playing by themselves, etc. The mansion is now open as a restaurant and bed and breakfast.
The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts, which is now a bed and breakfast, is claimed to be the most haunted house in the USA. It is the site of a double murder, one of the most famous in US history, claimed ghost sightings and noises.
Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia – There have been many reports of paranormal activity around the battlefield. An unfinished railroad located within the battlefield which was ordered by Robert E Lee to be constructed during the Civil War is said to be a hotspot for paranormal activity.
Moundsville State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia – The Penitentiary was built in 1867 during the Civil War era, and has been called both one of the Most Haunted Places in America.
Ohioville, Pennsylvania - A mile long stretch of Kelly Road, nick-named Mystery Mile by former residents, is reported to be the site of supernatural activity. Animals along this road turn from docile to violent without explanation, often chasing after people and each other. The thick forest that the road cuts through is known for unexplained noises and white apparitions. The origin of these events is unknown, and speculation ranges from some kind of curse on the land to cult activity once tied to this region.
Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, reputed to be "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood," is one of the largest historic preservation districts in the country - and supposedly the largest Victorian neighborhood in the nation. It is also said to be home to dozens of haunted mansions and local ghost stories.
Point Lookout Lighthouse, at the southern-most tip of Maryland's western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, has seen numerous shipwrecks, bodies washed ashore, and plenty of paranormal activity, as documented over the centuries.
The Polish Museum of America in Chicago, Illinois is believed to be haunted by ghost of famous pianist Ignace Paderewski. The staff recounts a number of incidents related by a number of people, including the cleaning crew who have claimed to experience ghostly-related phenomena late at night. The Ghost Research Society was even brought in by the museum staff to investigate these claims.
The Regent Theater in Allegan, Michigan is said to be haunted, and witnesses claim to have seen moving forms and felt physical touching.
The Rosewell (plantation) in Gloucester County, Virginia is a mansion constructed in 1725 that has been home to numerous accounts of paranormal activity.
Scranton, Pennsylvania's Psychic Theater tells of 'the legend of a long-ago murder victim that still haunts the 100-year-old building(1433 N. Main Avenue)... that have been featured on the Travel Channel." According to a Pennsylvania Department of Tourism Pursuit Magazine article of the top ten most haunted places, "one should be ready for a "true scare... and is "not for the timid or weak of heart."
The Stickney House in Bull Valley, Illinois, has a unique design due to Stickney's belief in Spiritualism. It is thought that he and his wife wished to communicate with their dead children. Today the house is the local police department, and it is claimed that police report strange sounds, objects moving around, lights turning off, and door knobs turning and doors opening by themselves. Other homes in the area are also rumored to be haunted. The nearby Holcombville cemetery includes tombs of the Stickney children and a person killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191.
In Sunnyvale, California many Toys "R" Us employees have reported seeing unusual rearranging of toys in the aisles, and reported sightings of a man in his thirties dressed in old clothing. His name is believed to be Johan, and is believed to be a farmer who used to live on the site of the Toys "R" Us and is just keeping "an eye on the old place". The store still remains open today; most customers are completely unaware of this legend.
Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut (said also to be seen in Bridgeport, Connecticut), which dates back to the 1600s, is touted as one of the most haunted cemeteries not only in Connecticut, but in the entire country. Many haunts have been said to exist on the grounds of the cemetery. Several visitors who have photographed the cemetery are later surprised to see orbs, light rods, ectoplasmic mists, and on rare occasions even full apparitions appear in their photographs that were not visible at the time the photo was taken. The most well-known haunt is a spirit known as "The White Lady". The identity of the spirit is not known, but sightings of her didn't occur until the late 1940s; meaning she must have died sometime before then. People have photographed and even videotaped her. Not only have people seen her with their own eyes, but some passers-by have even "hit" her with their cars as they drove past the cemetery.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky - A former tuberculosis hospital, Waverly Hills has been of strong interest with paranormal investigators, some calling it "the most haunted place on Earth". There are unconfirmed reports of more than 60,000 deaths at the site, and the property owners, workers, and investigators have claimed that at almost anytime you can see strange lights, phantasms and shadows moving around the corridors and rooms of the building.
The Whaley House in the "Old Town" section of San Diego, California, is reportedly a haunted house. The house was one of the region's first court houses as well the area's hanging grounds before the house was built. The earliest documented ghost at the Whaley House is "Yankee Jim." James (aka Santiago) Robinson was convicted of attempted grand larceny in San Diego in 1852, and hanged on a gallows off the back of a wagon on the site where the house now stands. Although Thomas Whaley had been a spectator at the execution, he did not let it dissuade him from buying the property a few years later and building a home for his family there. According to the San Diego Union, "soon after the couple and their children moved in, heavy footsteps were heard moving about the house. Whaley described them as sounding as though they were made by the boots of a large man. Finally he came to the conclusion that these unexplained footfalls were made by Yankee Jim Robinson." Another source states that Lillian Whaley, the Whaleys' youngest daughter who lived in the house until 1953, "had been convinced the ghost of "Yankee Jim" haunted the Old House." Yankee Jim is one of many presences that have been documented at the House, including Thomas Whaley himself and the family Fox Terrier.
The White House in Washington, D.C. is filled with stories of different hauntings, Abigail Adams's apparition has been spotted in the laundry room, Dolley Madison is found lurking around the rose garden , Mamie Eisenhower's apparition is seen in the kitchen, and Abraham Lincoln's ghost has been seen in his office
The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, is supposedly haunted by the ghost of its eccentric builder, Sarah Winchester. Ironically, she is said to have built the rambling mansion to protect her from the spirits of all those killed with her late husband's famous line of rifles.
Zombie Road - Lost within the urban sprawl of St. Louis lies a remote area called “Zombie Road”. Urban Legend tells a variety of eerie tales which include being host to ritualistic and occult practices which spawned inhuman and demonic entities while other tales tell of those who met their peculiar demise and still roam this desolate road in the afterlife.
How can you say ghost exist unless you try to experience it yourself? If you are not willing to try, then you have no factual basis for your conclusion. To put this another way, don't decide it before you try it. All beliefs come from a experience. Many believe people for their word, others not so trusting simply need to be shown. And still more do not believe what they see even if it shoved in their face.
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