The fear of failure to face your own
fears, more than anything else, holds
people back. It paralyzes action. Couple
this with ghost hunting and all is amplified
by 10. And it makes failure inevitable.
They may take the first step but you must
learn to follow through in a timely manner.
Tell your self you will investigate a
location, by such and such a date physically,
that is known to be haunted. So, go research
it on the computer first. Then talk to
people. Start with your friends and their
friends. Then call or visit the haunted
location. you don't need to bring anything
with you or even go inside. see what you
feel about it inside. go as many times
as you need to get comfortable with it.
Only to bring your equipment when your
ready to investigate it. Well, think of
it this way. Often you go on vacation,
you take photos of what? the things that
Fortunately, even if you know nothing
about the world of ghost chasing, you
can begin with a dream of finding or photographing
a real ghost, an apparition, or orb in
the air, and then build a foundation under
it. Once you got it research it further,
show it to friends, document their reactions
and feelings about what the Ghost photo
is, or isn't of.
These Seven Simple Steps To Becoming
A Ghost hunter/Paranormal Investigator
have helped many that I let tag along
with me, I hope it is a help to you and
getting your ghost hunting, chasing, or
paranormal Investigation under way:
The starting point of many great haunted
adventures has been these seven simple
steps. This is how many have begun. Remember
most in the field of ghost hunting It
is a profession that is mostly self taught.
1. Set a goal to
capture a ghost on film, or EVP's or witness
Back it up with a burning desire to research
and get out and do it... Just sitting
their reading this is the start, but go
seek out a haunting. Investigate the known
facts of what others say is happening.
Question it! And of course do you believe
Did the ghost of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
of New Orleans just visit a downtown Hotel
in Florida? It is said she appeared to
300 people and her head flew off and then
the furniture shook then she disappeared
not before saying " I'll be back"?
Sounds really Crazy? Go find out for
your self. Investigate the haunting see
if it's the truth! No matter what you
hear it is yours to discern if it is true.
2. Begin accumulating
friends and family's Ghost stories, ghost
photos, or talk about a haunted location,
other then already documented cases.
This also a great thing to start for
a novice. Talk with friends family or
people you work with or meet. You might
be surprised at what people close to you
know or what they have had happened to
them or their family, don't be surprised
at what they may tell you. With a regular
get together you might start your own
haunted group. Or you might go join one
with an established group.
Nothing else is possible without this.
You can't move forward until you start
a learning program. Either your personal
learning or as a group it will only spark
you to go out and seek a haunting.
3. Use your current
Ideas as a springboard to later ghost
hunting success. Learn while you earn
valuable new insights.
Take the long view. Decide what you can
handle and what you won't. Many people
will not investigate the spot where a
recent murder has occurred. Others will
not investigate Suicides, or where the
terminally ill have been or mentally disturbed
have died. Specialties in haunting and
type of ghost, or the choice of what type
of haunting you investigate is yours.
Historical or recent.
in ways to set up finding a new or different
really haunted location and documenting
what people have to say.
You might need a little
courage to walk up to a stranger and say
"Do you think this
place is haunted?"
I have a friend who met his wife from
that statement. It's a great opening line.
you might be shocked at the answer you
get. Or ask do you believe in ghost.
for ghost hunting equipment that you already
Camera's, video or digital recorders
voice recorders, flashlights, and etc.
Look through the newspapers and on the
web for ghost hunting products or equipment
you can afford at a good quality and at
a reasonable prices.
6. Read everything
you can find on your chosen haunted ghost
investigating field. Take a haunted walk
or city ghost tour. analyze the haunted
location and the story you hear. Remember
this is a form of research. Check out
a haunted cemetery, or haunted American
battle Field or haunted house or haunted
hotel. Ghost may be right in your back
yard and you don't know it.
Remain flexible. Be willing
to change your mind if you get different
information. It is always good to remain
skeptical of anyone's claims as well as
what you might uncover. Just because this
is one persons account of a haunting it
does not mean that yours will be the same.
and if it is then your investigation gives
validation to theirs. don't be afraid to
investigate a well known overly investigated
You'd be a fool not to, you will see
how much new information and details surface
to your investigation that will answer
your questions and give
you more to ponder.
7. Implement your
plans with courage and persistence.
Do you know how you will
react if you see a ghost? Will your heart
race, will you run away? Have complete faith
in your ability to succeed and never, ever
give up. No two experiences are the same.
And here are two steps you can take immediately
to start moving toward your
personal ghost hunting success:
most important thing is just to begin. To
move forward one step at a time, learning
and growing as you go. There's enough haunted
ghost stories and their information available
in virtually every location of the United
States of paranormal happenings for you
to become knowledgeable enough to achieve
success. But taking the haunted ghost filled
first step is a necessity.
novice haunted investigations requires an
act of faith and courage, a bold leap into
the real unknown. Only one in ten people
who want to start their own ghost hunts
or haunted investigations ever develop enough
courage to begin, and enough persistence
to continue. They really don't know their
fear level until they get out there and
do it. And the only thing to be afraid of
is that first step. Here follows my 7 steps
to staring you on the road to becoming a
Ghost Hunting & Investigating Paranormal
Activity may be Adventurous and Fun but
Permission should ALWAYS be sought so that
Private Residences are Respected, Public
buildings Not Trespassed! Abandoned areas
should STILL be respected and permission
sought to be on them, while Condemned areas
should not be trespassed, period - This
includes cemeteries also.
Stop by the local police station
and ask if it would be permitted for you
to be on any area or place, and to also
let them know you will be there if it's
ok for you to do so, (including permission
of owners should be sought). Vandalism is
unacceptable, and could land you in jail
or any other amount of trouble.
Questions contact an expert:
REAL GHOST HUNTERS AND PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS:
there really such a thing as paranormal
experts in this haunted world?
GINA LANIER is a New Orleans
native who has studied paranormal
activities, the occult and hauntings
for nearly thirty years. She has
participated in and conducted
large-scale location hauntings
and recently has shifted her focus
to include the investigation and
study of haunted toys such as
dolls, toy furniture, games and
other hallmarks of childhood.
Gina’s paranormal studies
stem from several childhood experiences
with the unknown including witnessing
full body apparitions and clairaudient
encounters with deceased relatives.
These experiences continued beyond
childhood and this is when Gina
resolved to learn as much as possible
about psychic and paranormal phenomenon
to determine what, exactly, was
making contact with her and with
others who claimed to have been
contacted from the Other Side.
Gina owns and operates a construction
and refurbishment company in the
Greater New Orleans area and this
has afforded her exposure to many
allegedly haunted locations and
people over the years; several
of these clients welcomed Gina’s
expertise and insight when it
came to documenting and investigating
their haunted homes and businesses.
Gina Lanier has been selected
by Haunted America Tours as one
of the lead investigators for
its soon-to-be-launched Haunted
Investigations Team (HIT). If
you would like to contact Gina,
please submit your request and
as much information as possible
about your situation to her care
of the Haunted America Tours website.
Be sure to check back to visit
Gina and all the HIT members in
the HIT Forum section, COMING
her website here www.ginalanier.com
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