Living in a Haunted House
Every once in a while, while giving one of our Savannah ghost tours we will have someone approach us after the tour. After everyone leaves they pull us aside and talk in hushed tones. They will proceed to tell us about all of the paranormal happenings in their house, how they often sense there is an evil presence in their house. Sometimes there is even children involved. As one can imagine, dealing with a possible paranormal experience in your house can be an unnerving and even frightening experience.
Keep in mind, most of the time paranormal experiences can be explained by things that have nothing to do with ghosts. Rattling pipes, drafts, energy given off from electronics, and many more completely natural things are sometimes confused with ghosts and hauntings.
If you think you might be having paranormal experiences in your home here are a few things you can do to help the situation.
I know this is hard at times, but the most important thing to remember is to relax. 99.9% of the time the entity which is in your house is completely harmless and only wants attention. Or it is simply residual energy, which while frightening, has no way to interact with you.
Two: Ask the Spirit to Leave
Yep, sometimes it is that simple. Ghosts are people just like us…just dead or in another parallel. If it is an intelligent haunting they may do what is asked of them and move on, or at the very least quit bothering you. We have seen this simple approach work time and time again. If you have asked the spirit to stop, but it hasn’t, you may be dealing with either a residual haunting or a stubborn spirit, which leads us to another possible step in dealing with living in a haunted house.
Three: Document Everything
When you or someone in your household has an experience with a ghost, or other strange happening, write it down. Make note of the time, what happened. and also note if there was anything out of the ordinary. If you want to get real in-depth, make note of the weather outside, the moon phases.
When you document all of the experiences in the house it helps to establish a pattern. Maybe after a few weeks you will notice that things only happen when people are arguing in the house, or during a full moon. While this won’t make the activity stop, it does help you develop a game plan for dealing with it. If you know what may be triggering it, you may be able to put a stop to it.
Four: Call a Paranormal Group
I am sure everyone has seen these shows on TV such as Ghost Hunters. All across the country there are people who have dedicated a chunk of their live to finding out the truth about ghosts and the paranormal. They use this knowledge to help others, or for their own reasons. If you seek out a Paranormal group to come into your home and help you there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure they are reputable. Don’t just invite anyone into your home. That is just stupid and could led to bigger problems that just a ghost waking you in the middle of the night. If you find a local group who comes highly recommended don’t hesitate to call them. If they are a group who takes what they do seriously they will start out by simply asking you questions about your current situation. They may research the history of your house or even do an investigation inside of your home. Many times these paranormal investigation groups can help you find the answers to your problems. Most of the times your hauntings have perfectly natural answers. The group will be able to tell you if this is the case. If they do find something paranormal going on they can give you further advise on how to deal with your particular haunting based on what they find.
Five: Have your home Blessed
Depending on your religious beliefs this may be an option for you. If you think there is a spirit in your house talk to your preacher or pastor. They may be able to come over and say a few prayers or perform a ceremony to help whatever spirit is there move on. I personally find this approach a little dubious, but it is your right to try it if your belief system calls for it.
Six: Investigate it yourself
This step should be exercised with caution. I know it seems silly for the uninitiated, but dealing with the paranormal can be a dangerous business. Entities, especially bad ones, can attach themselves to you or to your loved ones. We have heard of cases where a resident tried to do their own investigations only to have the spirits become more aggressive. You really should have an idea of what you are getting into before proceeding. However, if you really want to try, the easier way to get answers quickly is to go out and purchase a digital voice recorder. Do an EVP session in your home. See if you get any responses.
Dealing with paranormal experiences in your own home can be a frightening experience. If you feel uncomfortable in your own home because of these occurances take steps to ‘take your home back’.
The ideas above are suggestions and is not mean to be an all-encompassing list.
If you are dealing with a paranormal experience and live in the Savannah area please contact us at 912-660-9539. We will be happy to put you in touch with groups in our area who are highly respected and skilled in the paranormal field.