I recently have been asked to provide a bit of insight into how to protect ourselves when going into these incredibly active and sometimes evil “super haunts”. Protection against evil is most definitely an interesting subject, so I will try to tackle it in a very multi faceted way, and explain why these things work, why some fail to work at times, and what to do if they fail.
Psychic Mediums are already very open to the other side, as the gift implies. Entities, whether they be good or bad spirits, or even evil/demonic beings are very aware of us, and of any psychic for that matter. Psychics work like a beacon to draw them in. And as any psychic will tell you, once you’ve been to enough hauntings and investigations, you are “marked”, and they know you by name. It’s not a comfortable feeling. For that specific reason alone, I advise any psychic medium to be extremely vigilant and extremely thorough with their protection before, during, and after such an adventure, as spiritual oppressions (partial possessions or harassment to drive you mad), and attachments (they follow you home, most times because you are aware of their presence or they’ve sensed communication possibilities with you, and that is rare for them), and even possessions (full body take over, with the conscious mind either completely blocked, or set aside, as if watching from the side lines), are more likely with us.
This is also another reason that I advise against any psychic or psychic medium participating in “Ripples” like my team does on our show. A Ripple is a recreation of an event, done in period wear, with props, and then changing the ending, with the intent of creatively provoking EVPs and manifestations from the spirits present. Ripples may inspire communication, but I see a definite possibility of even inspiring participation by the spirits, to relive the experience. Who better to do that with, than the already open psychic medium in the group… the easiest way for them to accomplish what they are looking for. These have the potential to be very messy, and difficult to completely rid yourself of, so please, think twice. Better yet, take my advice, if you are a psychic medium, simply opt out. I personally try to be all the way on the other side of the building when this happens.
Now as for the external and ritualistic side of protecting ourselves in these locations. The following is a short guide of what, why and how. No one form of protection is better than another form of protection, but will work with your personal belief system. You must have total faith that whatever you are doing, or carrying, or that your chants or prayers will protect you. Obviously this is subjective, and there is a certain amount of personal power associated with it, combined with a dose of placebo effect. 🙂
This may be the most popular, and easiest form of cleaning up, after a hunt, for paranormal investigators. You simply burn a bundle of sage, called a smudge stick, and make sure your entire body has been in some way touched by the smoke. I’ve seen investigators go so far as to sage their belongings and even their cars before leaving, and many sage their homes after they return. This is a very effective, yet temporary method of protection, and will likely have to be repeated.
Smudging originates in Native American culture, and is used in medicine and religious ceremonies. It has been taken up by Pagan and New Age interests, and has been proven effective for hauntings as well. You can either gather, bundle, and dry your sage yourself, in a non ritualistic way, or you can purchase from New Age stores, Native American stores, and most you can find online, to have them authentically ritualistically wrapped (specific types of sage and other herbs added, and wrapped a specific way with specific colors), and blessed. Whichever your ghost buster heart prefers.
This is why: Scientifically, it’s proven that sage smoke neutralizes EMF, or electromagnetic energy. Ghostie folks, you can try this at home. Turn an EM pump on, use your Mel, or regular EMF meter, and take a baseline with the EMF… then burn sage, in and around the area, then take another reading. Baselined. Now, what kind of energy do spirits most often use to communicate, manifest or even manipulate objects? EMF. Therefore, you take their energy away, they either go stagnant until they have the opportunity to get more, or they go elsewhere to get it. Basically, the Ghostie Chuck-a-Rama is closed.
SALT WATER and HOLY WATER
The use of Blessed Salt Water is to Wiccans, as Holy Water is to Catholics. They are both blessed, ritualistically. One with the belief system of the Holy Trinity, and the God, as the father… the other with the belief system of the mother, Goddess. This will all depend on your belief system. If you put enough faith and prayer in your own way, into using this in conjuction with your belief system, you have empowered it, and protected yourself, by means of intent, faith, and a bit of placebo effect.
Both can be used to annoint people, objects, alters, and can be sprayed or splattered in areas and rooms, both have the same effect. These two things, are blessed, yes, but empowered by you. If you have no faith, then they will not work.
Energy Bubble method
Not until recently have I used this method in hunting, but HAVE used this frequently to avoid speeding tickets and people I didn’t want to talk to… so I know from personal experience it works, even if just on the manifestation level! This is the practice of visualizing a bubble completely encasing you, but you have the ability to move around. Then you visualize filling the bubble with white light and the intent of protection. Make sure it’s a very large bubble, and make sure it can’t pop! Breathe in some of that protection so you can protect your heart and soul and mind as well. Keep the bubble on while you are on your investigation.
Or alternatively, the speeding ticket method… enclose your entire car in a bubble, a bubble of invisibility from police that are standing by with their radar guns…. you get the idea.
I’m not sure where this originated from… but I believe now it’s primarily a Wiccan ritual… basically a really quick bit of a spell… whatever it is, I’m here to tell ya, it works.
It doesn’t have to be a bubble, as long as your intent is there, your mind is clear, you are visualizing it strongly. My good friend Traci, she uses a bunny suit in her visualizations. Cracks me up, because this is what I see, every time she talks about it…
Religious Paraphenalia, Totems, Charms, and the like…
I probably don’t have to say this, as I’ve said it before throughout this post, but here goes. These work because you make them work. They have to correspond with your belief system. You empower them with your faith, your intent, and your personal power. They don’t work because they are magic, or because the magical combination of syllables in your last chant somehow vibrated something loose in the cosmos, they work because of your INTENT, and your BELIEF.
If you look at these and it gives you a thought, where you remember back to a time you felt protected, or it reminds you of a prayer that you heard at church, or it makes you think of a song that makes you visualize protection and comfort, then it’s done it’s job, it’s put you in the zone. That zone is where you need to be.
It works both ways. A curse loses it’s power if you don’t believe. Well so do these items.
IGNORANCE IS BLISS…
How many times have I heard this before, with teams investigating… “Oh, Jay (or Bill, or whomever) is our time skeptic. He never has anything happen to him, and doesn’t believe anything. He won’t believe it until he sees it.”
And for years going forward, he will have nothing happen to him. He will be able to explain everything scientifically, and that’s GREAT for a paranormal team, looking for evidence. I recommend every team have a skeptic!! That person will keep you balanced and grounded.
BUT…….the dang skeptics shouldn’t say “I’ll believe it when I see it”, and they always do. Years and years with nothing happening to this person… this is simple to explain. Just hear me out. You are a spirit residing in an old school, church, whatever. You are not super powerful, but have found the most EMF charged part of the building and you energize frequently. You wish you could communicate and let someone know you are there. Maybe get some help to get you where you need to be, or maybe get a message or two to your grandkids… and you think about this alot! Although nobody ever comes to visit, and you hardly see people, on this particular night, a group of 6 people walk in, right before dark, and they are talking about YOU…….could this be?? You listen, and listen some more, and observe. You are going to go to the people that are the most open to you communicating with you, that sound excited about it, because you can feed off of that energy, and are the most reactive to it. So you choose well.
Now the poor skeptic will eventually find some location where there is an entity that simply doesn’t like that he’s a skeptic, and doesn’t like him for whatever reason. And because this poor guy has been closed to everything for this long, BANG, he has the most extreme, pee your pants, run out of the building screaming, drop and break all the equipment, hell fire experience of us all. Why? Because he wasn’t ready. However, his ignorance protected him up until that very moment, didn’t it?
But what works for ME is this…
I believe the strength that you have, with your mind/body/spirit connection is what protects you best. If you have any weaknesses, they can come right in, or will sense it and follow you home to bait at you and attack you that way.
For usually a week before a hunt, I make sure to eat right, and sparingly, high protein, and all natural, and drink A LOT of water or green tea. This nourishes the body .
I meditate or at the very least ground myself to stay connected as much as I can to both our reality, and theirs. I do this daily, sometimes morning and night. This nourishes the spirit.
At usually this one week mark, I’ve already finished with all the remote and preliminary psychic readings, and am now onto in depth research, or validating through the already done research on other investigations, previous readings. This nourishes the mind… with the balance of walking, running or just being outside for a couple hours to recharge.
I turn off all media. The last thing I need is to clutter up the calmness and strength that I’m creating in preparation for the hunt. (empaths out there will relate…)
And then I sleep for two days after the hunt. 🙂 Still, with all of this, I have found that I still get sick after a hunt, with sinus stuff, migraines, and flu like symptoms, for a couple days. It’s awful, but part of the psychic side of things!!
I’m not going to say this has worked for me every time. Next blog I will talk about what to do if something slips passed you, follows you home, or hangs out in your blind spot… the raises hell in your home and life. That’s tomorrow’s read, folks…
Happy Hunting!! And may light, intent and personal power be with you!