During the séance I attended that pivotal night in the Goldfield Hotel, a woman sitting beside me said the ethereal entities around us found us entertaining. She saw a mental picture of our investigative team on a stage and the spirits in the audience, happy.
In a time where some paranormal investigators make constant demands on the ghosts, others seek out unique ways to engage unseen energies.
Every time I work with Anne and Sharon Leong (co-directors of technology for the San Francisco Ghost Society), I’m tickled by their out-of-the-box investigation techniques. Here are some of my favorites:
- Sing happy birthday, but when it comes to saying the person’s name, be silent. The Leongs have captured electronic voice phenomena with the spirit’s name inserted into the song.
- Play music from the era that resonates with the spirits you seek. You may hear someone singing or humming on your digital recorder.
- Recreate the activities that took place in a certain room or building. As I wrote in my post, Dancing with the Ghosts, Sharon instructed us to dance with our arms outstretched in the ballroom of the Millionaire’s Club.
Sharon has received positive responses when bringing plants, especially flowers, to spirits or telling a fun joke. “Many have a good sense of humor,” adds Sharon.
Anne suggests two other tactics to entice spirit interaction. One is to dress in period attire and engage in role play. The other is to place trigger objects in a haunted location that ghosts might relate to. Anne told me that while her sister put out cigarettes and water for the spirits, Anne shot an amazing photo of a Civil War soldier apparition at Triangular Field.
Be creative. Be silly. Have fun. If you’re enjoying yourself, you’re spreading that happiness to the Other World and are more likely to reap positive results.
Do you have any unusual paranormal investigating techniques? Please share them with us!
Whether it be dancing with ghosts or singing to them, do it with all your heart! When I saw Kathleen dancing in the ballroom of the Old Washoe Club, her arms upraised, and the smile on her face, it was like looking through a portal in time. I could almost hear the music and see the invisible gent that she was dancing with. After the dance, Kathleen said that she felt as if an invisible hand had swept back her bangs. 🙂
Thanks so much, Sharon. What a lovely thing to say. I’ve learned so much from you over the years, and am grateful for our friendship.
First of all, the artwork at the top there,with the bird is really beautiful. I think your ideas of playing music for instance,that would be the type the spirits of a certain era would more appreciate was so right. And sensitive. I’m tired of shows where you see people trying to insult or stir-up spirits. You know,rudeness just to get a rise out of them ?
I really like this site – I will be back !
Thank you. A very talented artist, Paula Napo, created my graphics. I agree with you about shows that promote rudeness. My rule of thumb has always been to treat spirits as I’d want to be treated. After all, I believe we are spirits housed in temporary shells. Have a great evening!
I agree with that. Thanks for the reply !
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