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Dreams and Dreamstuffs

“I have a quick paranormal(ish) question to ask you. The other morning, I woke up to find a man standing at my bed. He appeared to be yelling at me, but there was no sound (kinda like he was on mute). He was standing there for about 30 seconds and disappeared when I blinked. It took me a little bit to process what I had seen. His image was so vivid that I could tell you exactly what he was wearing, but there was a shadow over his face. 

My question is do you think that I was just dreaming? I’ve asked lots of people about this and I’m getting lots of conflicting answers. I thought I would ask you to see if you had any thoughts. I know it’s hard to give an answer when you weren’t the one who experienced it, but I was thinking about the blog you had about the pig man at The Stanley and how this is kinda similar.”

-K. G. 

Thought I’d toss up another reader question for your Saturday.

What got me about your question and made me want to address it in the blog was this question of “just dreaming”. It’s no surprise to me that you’re getting conflicting answers, because it’s a pretty conflicting area of thought.

The way I approached dreams for most of my life was the way I think most people do: It just makes more sense that your subconscious mind is firing off random crap because it’s kind of on drugs and bored than it is that one out of a couple hundred conflicting dream interpretation books might have tapped into something profound and deep.

That said, I still think a lot of that is true. Dreams are random, often based in reality, and can be pervasive. Pervasive in the sense that they can cross over into your reality as hallucinations if you’re in the right condition, which can be drowsy, half-asleep, or driving (if you were me this summer making what could have been the last and worst decision of my life). When I hear about many people experiencing supernatural activity around them at night, it’s easy to wonder if most of it stems from dreams.

Old Hag Syndrome is the folklore-ish title for the experience of waking in the middle of the night and being unable to move. Often this is accompanied by a myriad of different phenomena, but the term refers to the belief that an old hag, or witch, is straddling you and so keeping you from moving. We see this reported in relation to stories of the old hag, incubi and succubi, presences atop a person, strange apparitions, black masses, and alien abduction stories.

Science likes to brand all of this under the condition of sleep paralysis. The brain releases chemicals while you’re sleeping that paralyze you so that you don’t act out your dreams. When brought awake suddenly from REM sleep, the body may well still be paralyzed. Hallucinations often accompany the waking because the dreamer is still so close to the dream state.

But dreams don’t like to stay so simple. Many people have profound mystical or psychical experiences within the dream state. Many people’s experiences of nightly phenomena are validated by others at the same time, by people who later stay in the room, or by later investigation.

Indeed, there is a certain phase of the sleeping process called the hypnogogic state, which is the state that the sleeper reaches when they are essentially asleep, but one part of their brain or awareness is still paying attention. This is a state that is frequently tied to Astral projection, trance mediumship, hypnosis, meditation, and more.

This is where the doors start to fly open. Many say that when one accesses this state, they have an easier access to astral or spiritual planes of consciousness. Because the critical, physical mind is relaxed, the subject can easier experience a different and wider range of the world around us. Science would want to suggest that any experiences had in such a state would easily be dreams, and that with enough practice, the dreamer can begin to control their dreams. This would suggest then that most of the astral work, out of body experience work, or mediumship, is just a controlled dream state.

The doors fly open in that arguing to validate any one piece of these experiences is the stuff of hundreds of years study and debate in a number of separate fields. You can read justification for near death experiences, astral projection, out of body experiences, and trance mediumship and they’ll all vary in critique and support.

I, for one, think that there is something to this state and these experiences. Not only do I find the abundance of material on the subject persuasive (though there’s much still I need to read more. My focus has been on other areas of the paranormal for the past few years), but I did have an experience in the hypnagogic state myself, about two years ago.

What then is happening in these states? We don’t know. Are there spirits around us normally that we are too stubborn to see? Are these spirits on a different plane of consciousness that the subject must ease themselves into, that’s easier to access when our brains are muted? Are they only dreams?

Laszlo Mednyanszky Death and old manJung theorizes about the collective unconscious and the unconscious minds. He believes that the unconscious is a place where we push our unwanted thoughts and emotions. These elements can manifest suddenly, and the experience is not generally pleasant. These repressed thoughts and experiences can rise when we have our guards down, namely, during sleep. The same can be said for more spiritual elements existing in the collective unconscious, which manifest as consistent symbols, called archetypes. These repressed elements of the subconscious mind, he believed for much of his life, accounted for spirit appearances; solely dependent on the observer. It wasn’t until the end of his life that he confessed his experiences pointed to spirits being something more objective and unrelated to an individual.

Either which way, it seems something is occurring that has an easier time accessing us in the night while we sleep. Whether that’s the case with you, where what you saw was in fact a spirit, I think that depends on whether you can discount it as a dream or hallucination, given your lack of surety about it’s presence and your closeness to sleep. Are you experiencing other occurrences that would justify the appearances of a spirit? Have you ever had trouble sleeping? Have you had trouble sleeping recently? Do you dream very vividly? Have you seen apparitions before?

Weighing many of those questions against each other is important. If it seems to be an isolated incident, accompanied by sleep issues, and is otherwise unjustified as an objective spirit, you might decide to write it off. If there’s validation, coming in the form of other supernatural experiences, as well as little justification toward sleep being the cause, then perhaps it was something supernatural.

Sleep is funky and fickle. And I think the mind is a powerful thing. But I would say experience suggests something is indeed occurring around our sleeping selves, in which “just dreaming” is not so simple as we’d like to think.

Karl Pfeiffer is a writer, ghost hunter, and blogger/vlogger. He won the first season of the pilot reality series Ghost Hunters Academy, and went on to work with the Ghost Hunters International team on the same network. Since then he’s lead the weekend ghost hunts at the Stanley Hotel, studied religion and writing at Colorado State University, and published his first novel, Hallowtidein October of 2012. More can be found at www.KarlPfeiffer.com

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Dark Skies Review

Two thirty AM Friday Morning, review time, let’s do this!

So it’s been a stale winter for horror flicks–not that I much blame them. Coming off of that autumn would dampen anyone’s spirits.

Saw Dark Skies and I have to say I’ve got to agree with those folks giving early tweets about it. It wasn’t stunning but it was damn suspenseful.

Pros: The alien genre is still a largely untapped market. I know we’ve had our space monsters for decades and decades now, and the old classics still pave much of the way for how we like to think about little green men (“skinny grey men” may one day catch on). Where in possession movies, you’re used to screaming and contorting and the occasional atrocity; in haunted house movies, you’re used to the crescendo of strange unseen activity… in alien movies, you never know what you’re going to get. There’s the blend of the seen and the unseen. Especially with the more recent poltergeist/possession style crossover with the alien abduction genre (which I’m still a HUGE fan of, somebody please astound me), we have a whole toolkit of possible things to startle us around every corner.

And startle they do. There’s a jump scare in this one that had me twisting, which alone gives it my stamp of approval. And there’s a perpetual tension that even as it seems cliche, music escalating fittingly, loud sound about to startle, it’s easy to feel, well, Un-easy.

The acting was good, the character development wasn’t particularly mind-blowing (but I mean, Jesus, thank Breaking Bad for setting that bar too high for anyone to match these days) but it was solid and worked well.

They did great with their aliens for most of the movie. Props for keeping it underplayed. Horror flicks have been showing too much lately.

And though there were only two or three elements that I actually picked up on, there were subtleties that went below the radar for the first half of the movie, which I LOVED. Thank you for not beating us over the head when you do something clever (at least until we get to the flashbacks at the end reminding us of scenes we saw forty minutes before, but ya know).

The cons are the typical cons. There was no originality and little depth. While I mentioned that the suspense was an achievement because of the possibilities for surprise, it was still your pretty classic step by step alien movie. There was little happening on a philosophical level to chew on, or even much to give alien enthusiasts/horror buffs much new to mull over (the way The Fourth Kind did actually manage, despite the atrocity of a plot along with it).

And there was no style. The first hour felt like a montage of various alien/horror movies, running the gamut from ET to Poltergeist to Signs to the more recent Paranormal Activity flicks. (They missed a great chance to throw a nod at Ghostbusters in the third act, which pained me, considering). And by the time the plot took off, it was really standard. The two most recent alien flicks that come to mind are Signs and Fourth Kind, both of which, (despite varying levels of success) had very distinct flavors and styles. This one was boring. The only interesting shot in the whole film was during one of Josh Hamilton’s job interviews. I mean, would a little spice kill you?

That all said, and nitpicking aside, no, it wasn’t brilliant. But was it suspenseful? Absolutely. I think it echoes October’s Sinister, but with far better suspense (if in exchange for a weaker payoff.)

I was satisfied, which is at least better than I’ve felt after most horror movies lately. A solid B. 

Karl Pfeiffer is a writer, ghost hunter, and blogger/vlogger. He won the first season of the pilot reality series Ghost Hunters Academy, and went on to work with the Ghost Hunters International team on the same network. Since then he’s lead the weekend ghost hunts at the Stanley Hotel, studied religion and writing at Colorado State University, and published his first novel, Hallowtide, in October of 2012. More can be found at www.KarlPfeiffer.com

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What Kind of Ghost Hunter Are YOU?

A lot of the debate and problems in this field arise from people claiming that other groups “aren’t doing it right.” Or that they’re using the wrong tools or doing it differently

So for this week’s vlog I want to take a step back and look at the four different kinds of ghost hunters.

This is a topic that I’ve lectured on for a couple of years now. And I think it’s an incredibly important step.

In the last ten years we’ve seen a trend of investigators spring up who were first fans of one of the ghost shows. They think, that’s cool, I want to do that. And so they do. They form a group like TAPS or they head on out and start poking around at the nearest Hell farm or creepy backwoods road or cemetery.

Now this of course has inundated the field with many “investigators” who many say “pollute” the work being done by more “serious investigators.” But this is where we start to break our categories down.

And those three to four categories of investigator break down as follows: The experiential investigator, the technical investigator, and the scientific investigator. The extra fourth classification I’ve recently added is the researcher.

Now, the experiential investigator, as I define it, is a person who’s out there to have an experience. There’s different levels of this, from the tourist who goes on a famous location’s ghost hunt, to the journalist who writes books on the matter, to someone like myself, who studies the experience and the phenomena from an almost artistic and philosophical position.

Point: There’s nothing wrong with these types of investigators. It’s very human and it’s very personal and can translate to a good many different pursuits and products.

The problem that frequently occurs in this category though is that many are uneducated in the field of paranormal study. Which to a certain extent is fine. Sometimes it’s fun to play around in the kitchen. But there’s a certain point where one needs to know to not put metal in the microwave.

There’s a baseline of information that many experiential investigators are missing, especially those using devices to facilitate experience. A prime example of this is the K2 meter. You can watch my vlog on the K2 here. Another example is dust. I’ve seen SO many photos of dust that people have decided is proof positive of the paranormal.

My point: if you want to have an experience of a ghost, take the time to learn what’s not a ghost first. You don’t want to cheapen genuine experience.

The second category of investigator dovetails from the first, and that’s the technical investigator. Primarily speaking, the technical investigators are the guys who do residential type cases, who are trying to debunk hauntings and help people. They use a myriad of tools in order to do this. And so, in order to do it well, they need a strong knowledge of scientific and technical situations and details in order to successfully do their work.

Technical investigators operate, not in the space of the purely scientific, but in the space between hard science and pure experience. They work for clients, where the burden of proof is on debunking and that fine line of the unexplained. They follow the belief that if you can explain as much as you can and the phenomena still holds up, it falls into that category of paranormal.

Any technical investigator worth their mettle should read THIS BOOK.

Many of these types of investigators will call themselves “scientific investigators.” In fact they are not. In western science, primarily physics, study focuses around cause and effect.

The role of the real scientific investigator is to document as much of the environment as possible (this involves full EMF spectrum including UV, Radio waves, gamma radiation, magnetic fields, weather conditions, sound, light). The scientist documents these and studies the situation around which a “spontaneous phenomena” occurs. The important elements being what happens before, during, and after the phenomena.

Theories are extrapolated. Tests are run, rerun, and the situation is set up again. After enough documentation, when consistencies arise, the scientist begins the process of writing a paper, offering a testable hypothesis, and allowing other scientists to recreate her work.

The scientist is not necessarily interested in capturing a cool video, is not necessarily interested in communicating back and forth, and is not necessarily interested in helping homeowners. They’re there to study the situation of a haunting.

To be a scientific investigator you’re going to have to be deeply knowledgeable–bachelor degree wielding engineer type knowledgeable.

Now the fourth type that I slipped in here has popped up on my radar lately that defies these prior three classifications. That’s the paranormal researcher. The researcher can be any one of the prior investigators, but can also exist on her own. This type of investigator is embodied in people like John Tenney. Owning libraries worth of material, research conducted by scientists in the past couple hundred years, and looking into the “facts” of the matters in a way that’s not physical science. They’re the historians of the field.

And if you think that science has never cracked paranormal research, think again. Consider this book for example, Psychic Exploration by Dr. Edgar Mitchell. He walked on the moon, and in this 700-page book compiled in 1973, he edited papers written by some of the world’s leading scientists in the field of paranormal and parapsychological research.

So as for myself? I’d say I’m an experiential investigator with a background in art, technical investigation, a spattering of science, and a more recent serious lean toward research investigation. But what about you? Where do you fall on the spectrum, and what’s the next step? Leave a comment down below!

Karl Pfeiffer is a writer, ghost hunter, and blogger/vlogger. He won the first season of the pilot reality series Ghost Hunters Academy, and went on to work with the Ghost Hunters International team on the same network. Since then he’s lead the weekend ghost hunts at the Stanley Hotel, studied religion and writing at Colorado State University, and published his first novel, Hallowtide, in October of 2012. More can be found at www.KarlPfeiffer.com

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HALLOWTIDE CONTEST

Here’s goes! I’m announcing a brand new, month-long contest for my novel, Hallowtide!

If you’ve yet to get on board with the Hallowtide train, well, for one: NOW is the time. For two: Here’s a link to the website if you’d like to check it out..

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At the start of the month of April, I’m releasing an updated edition of Hallowtide to fix the occasional formatting issues or grammatical error that was overlooked in the initial editing sprint that ended last summer.

With this edition, I want to include some front matter from you guys. The readers.

There’s been a lot of love flying around for the book online already, and I want to bring that together in a Reader Review section at the start of the book, which will be made up of blurbs from YOU GUYS.

It’s going to be very simple. Here’s how it’ll work:

You pick yourself up a copy of Hallowtide. Kindle. Hard copy. Mobi. Whatever fits your fancy.

But you know what, money is tight these days too, I know. And you know what, I’m asking you guys to do me a solid. And you know what, I’d rather my book spread right now than demand ALL THE MONEYS from you.

So I’ll tell you what, I’m offering Hallowtide, in its entirety, FOR FREE as a PDF file through the end of March.

You can download or view the files HEREHallowtide PDF

Go ahead and send your friends copies. Tell them what I’m up to. I don’t mind.

It’s so simple:

Check out the book. Read the whole thing, digest it, and then head on over to Hallowtide’s page on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or iTunes and leave a review. Include your first name, last initial, and state/country.

Now, obviously, blurbs are generally positive, but I value honesty over ego-boosters. So,

If you don’t like it, let me know. If you liked some parts and not others, let me know. I appreciate wit and insight. Leave your review in an honest, enthusiastic, witty, insightful, or comedic way, and I promise I’ll try to put it in the book.

The deadline for the reviews will be March 31, 2013. I’ll do my best to turn them around and have the book available for you guys WITH your blurbs at the front, by April Fool’s Day.

At the same time, I hope to have a page on the novel’s website for special ordering directly through me for personalized and signed copies, which are otherwise unavailable right now. Those will have a bit more of a delay, because I’ll have to order copies, sign, then resend them again to you.

And that’s the contest. Read the book, for free if you like. Leave a review. Get a blurb in the book or all over the website. Become famous for writing the greatest book review ever. Everybody wins. 

All I ask is your time.

(No purchase necessary, batteries not included, void where prohibited, side effects include but are not limited to death by hungry hungry hippos.)

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Fun Facts About Ouija Boards!

This is the vlog that’s going to be a little controversial. Why? Because it’s about Ouija boards. And how Ouija boards aren’t necessarily the devil’s tools you think they are.

You might not have known, but Ouija boards have been around since the mid-nineteenth century. The boards were originally called “talking boards”, and Ouija was only a brand name. They were used in much the same way you see them used today–

Not for possession but for party games. Now in the 19th century, when things were a lot more “proper” and couples cuddling up to watch the Bachelorette was frowned upon–

(Actually let’s be honest, I still frown upon that.)

Anyway, cuddling was way too intimate. And so the Ouija board was a great excuse to sit close as you balanced the board on your knees. And the planchette? An excuse to almost touch fingertips.

Take a look at this Satanic Séance, as painted by the late Norman Rockwell.

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Blistering with Sexual Tension, isn’t it?

Now say what you will about the inherent darkness of the board, but it wasn’t popularized as occultish until the movie The Exorcist came out. The movie made no explicit reference linking the board and the possession, but there was one scene in which Linda Blair was talking to Captain Howdy with the Ouija board. Shortly after, the possession began.

So first point, the board was seen as culturally harmless for a hundred years before Hollywood got a hold of it.

Much of this information is talked about in Jeff Belanger’s book Communicating With the Dead. But it’s also lectured about by the Ouija board expert if there ever was one, my friend Robert Murch. He has thousands of boards in his home. If there was ever a portal to Hell, that would be it. But he’s had no problems and is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. You can find more at www.RobertMurch.com.

Another part of the reason Ouija boards have built such a reputation is because possession, it is believed, happens for a reason. Exorcists believe that possession is rarely random, but comes from what usually amounts to an “unhealthy” curiosity with the occult in one way or another. And so in most possession cases, the source is traced back to understand where the possession started. And because Ouija boards are so common? It’s usually game, set, match, when one is found in a closet.

But are there real dangers from the Ouija board?

That depends.

Many of the stories I’ve heard from people go along the lines of something like this:

“I don’t do Ouija boards. Nope. No. No.”

“Why?”

“I had a bad experience with one when I was a teenager, and just… nope!”

“What happened?”

“Well, we pulled out the board and turned the lights down, you know? And I was touching the planchette and my friends hadn’t touched it yet, and it moved.”

Beat. “Isn’t that what you want to have happen?”

“Well, then we asked it when I was going to die, right? And it started telling us a date!”

Beat. “How’s that demonic?”

“Well, okay, then something near my dresser, it totally flew off the shelf.”

Beat. “Sounds like good activity.”

“Well, okay, then for the next couple nights, I felt like a dark presence around me when I was sleeping and it was bad.”

Beat. “Ghosts are often frightening. And often appear that way.”

“No, this was different. This was bad, see.”

And usually they wrap like that. I find that the cultural paranoia tarnishes the activity as “bad” or “negative” when playful interactions with spirits yield, well, actual interactions with spirits.

That said, I find there are two different instances that I would call attention to their potential danger.

The first is the question of how the board works. If a spirit sits down across from you and pushes the board with you and your friends, sweet. Time to get down to business and see if you’re gonna marry that hot guy in your English class.

But if the demands of the board require a kind of channeling of a spirit, you should be careful. Channeling is practiced by many experienced mediums and psychics, and has been said to leave you open to spirit possession if you’re not careful about it.

I like to stave this off by setting intention the moment I sit at the board. If channeling is what it requires, it’s not going to work, I say. But you’re welcome to push the planchette along with me.

Intention goes a long way in the paranormal.

But further still, there’s a danger of investigating in your home. Homes are usually safe energetic places. It’s where you feel comfortable. It’s where you go for safety and love. Most investigators will clear themselves after an investigation to keep their home static and clear.

Once you’ve invited a spirit into your home, and you give them that attention, that can spread. And, once your home is an open invitation to spirits, it’s hard to tell then who or what is coming and going. And if something darker is passing through the neighborhood on his way down to Georgia… it can be bad news.

(That said, the odds of coming into contact with something that dark are still very far off).

This then takes the emphasis away from Ouija boards, and if it is the cause of hauntings going bad, the same negative spin can be put on your K2 meter even, which can just as easily be used to speak with spirits inside your home.

Hope this has been helpful. Controversial topic I know, but I’ve said my piece. Do you have a story of a Ouija board gone bad? Still don’t want to mess with them?  Sound off in the comments down below!

Karl Pfeiffer is a writer, ghost hunter, and blogger/vlogger. He won the first season of the pilot reality series Ghost Hunters Academy, and went on to work with the Ghost Hunters International team on the same network. Since then he’s lead the weekend ghost hunts at the Stanley Hotel, studied religion and writing at Colorado State University, and published his first novel, Hallowtide, in October of 2012. More can be found at www.KarlPfeiffer.com

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EVIL SPIRITS AND THINGS THAT WATCH YOU SLEEP!

I want to go ahead and piggy-back off that last blog with this blog. In the last vlog we talked about deconstructing and dividing these ideas between what is “scary” and what is “evil. Now, the obvious place I want to go with this is to apply it to ghost hunting.

Historically speaking, hauntings have always been fodder for horror movies. And so investigating hauntings is easy to present as a “dangerous” profession, or at least a risky and exciting one for television. That’s why we get all these ghost hunting teams on television who present themselves like badasses. I would know! I did that for a while and I’d love to do it again.

But so, in our present state of media-driven ghost popularity, we get these recurring ideas of how “dangerous” it is to ghost hunt.

Now there’s absolutely real dangers out there. Every thing I say in this vlog can have an asterisk footnote that says “unless you’re dealing with something really bad.” A point about that: it’s rare as Hell. If you want to know what stuff like that REALLY looks like:

Read THIS BOOK. Or THIS BOOK. Or THIS BOOK. And if you’re really worried about those real dangers and how they present themselves (usually in Christian terms), you’ll be left with a better idea of how the darkness really acts in the world around us (at least as far as we know).

But what I want to address right now is toward the deconstruction of the evil-nature of many spirits.

Let’s look at evil situation number 1: A spirit following you home.

Everyone is super freaked about this lately, and it’s the number two question everyone likes to ask para-celebs at events.

Point of order: for the most part, it’s not scary. It’s awkward.

Most spirits we deal with. MOST. Are human spirits. With human wants and human attachments. If one follows you home, it’s because they like you. Or they want something from you. One is awkward if you don’t want a new roommate. The other isn’t frightening. Watch the Sixth Sense again and play it cool.

Like any other human being, things get worse when you don’t treat a spirit with respect. If you don’t want the there, ask them politely to leave. If that doesn’t help, being assertive goes a long way.

Evil situation number 2: ANYTHING ghostly that happens at your house.

Same goes. It’s your house. You don’t want to take your work home with you. You don’t want to bother with energy drains and creepy people watching you sleep. But simply because you see a black figure standing by your bed. Or because you get a dark feeling in your chest and it feels bad. Or because you hear a growl. None of that means it’s evil.

Ghosts have to appear somehow, often times it’s what we’ve always labeled as “creepy.” But so was that guy with all the tattoos and the biker boots who helped you pick up your groceries when you dropped them that one time. Dark feelings in our chests are usually indicators of the presence of a spirit. Not necessarily it’s mood. It’s usually an energy drain. Or just the funky feeling that accompanies a spirit’s presence. (Which could even be due to ions, if you see the last blog or read THIS BOOK.).

Growls happen. Maybe they want your attention. Maybe it’s a ghost dog. Maybe it’s a ghost with indigestion. In fact, even the most evil seeming stuff isn’t evil. Look at Evil situation number 3:

I want to tell a story now, but I can’t for the life of me find where I got it from. Part of me wants to say it was shared by Andy Coppock and Michelle Brown, but I could be wrong.

Anyway, there was this hospital in California. Run down. Abandoned. Creepy as hell. And apparently there was a very angry spirit in the basement who would curse and throw objects and make a big scare. Instead of calling it a demon and yelling at it, they sat down, said “dispense with the bull,” and had a conversation about why the spirit was so upset. What they learned was that the spirit was a patient at the hospital in the sixties or seventies, who wound up dying on the operating table because of a surgeon’s mistake. So he took it upon himself to scare way anyone he could so that the same thing didn’t happen to them. He still sees the hospital as functioning.

This I think is a classic example of a situation that seems negative, but is actually very human and very understandable. MOST of the spirits we deal with on investigation are human beings dealing with human problems. If they’re angry, it’s for a reason. If they’re attached to something, it’s for a reason.

So before you freak out, understand what’s happening. Be confident. Be assertive. And above all else, be respectful. Like any bully, even the bad stuff has a hard time getting to you if you’re confident. If you don’t react. If you don’t let yourself get scared (which can be very hard, for sure).

This way you have the tools to deal with it if it is a grumpy human being, and you’re already reasonably well protected emotionally if it turns out to be something darker or more persistent (which usually seeks to draw out negative energy from you). Where we talk about energies and attitudes on a regular basis, being positive when dealing with ANY entity is paramount.

Next week I’ll be getting controversial and covering evil situation number 4: There’s no topic that freaks more people out than bringing up the terrible and cursed portal to hell plastic board game…

The Ouija Board.

Until then, be positive, be respectful, and rock on with your bad selves.

Karl Pfeiffer is a writer, ghost hunter, and blogger/vlogger. He won the first season of the pilot reality series Ghost Hunters Academy, and went on to work with the Ghost Hunters International team on the same network. Since then he’s lead the weekend ghost hunts at the Stanley Hotel, studied religion and writing at Colorado State University, and published his first novel, Hallowtide, in October of 2012. More can be found at www.KarlPfeiffer.com

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