Got ghosts?

More and more requests have been coming in from people who are in need of having their homes and businesses investigated for ghosts. If the site is within a 20-mile radius of Paramus, NJ, the fee would be $300.00 for Craig to come and do a psychic sweep of the premises, possibly communicate with the ghost(s) and then relate the findings. Outside that area there will be a travel fee added to the price. Someone in our office will give you a quote when you call. These investigations can be completely confidential, if need be.

Here are a few words on ghosts and ghost investigations from Craig.

Please note for those who may have a ghost.  While I investigate ghosts, and report my findings, I do not have, nor do I pretend to have, the ability to get rid of ghosts. I know some people have ghosts that may be upsetting their homes or lives, but as a psychic medium, I can only suggest ways of trying to coexist peacefully with these unseen souls. Some energy workers claim to be able to send a ghost packing. I never make a claim like that. So you know before you call me, I will tell you what I think is happening, but I can’t pack up your ghost and take it with me. I am not a ghost exterminator.

How do my investigations differ from others? Most investigators today use equipment to try to locate ghosts. While I feel very strongly that recording audio to capture EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) is a great way to collect paranormal evidence, I am not so convinced about things like EMF meters and temperature gauges. In my experience, this type of equipment has rarely yielded any positive evidence of anything paranormal. Some investigators get all warm and fuzzy and then start carrying on loudly when their EMF detector starts flashing its lights. I yawn.

Behind every true haunting is a ghost and behind every ghost is a story. Hauntings happen for a reason, and if the haunting is being caused by a disembodied soul, that “ghost” has some personal motivation behind its actions.

As a Psychic Medium, I try to get into a ghost’s “mind”. People who are living with a ghost in their house already know what the ghost can do. They do not need me to wait with them to hear more “bumps in the night.” My job is to come in, try to find the ghost, attempt to communicate and find out who they (were) and why they are still here.

My job is not to get rid of ghosts. I do not do that. I identify them; I do not dispose of them. Most hauntings I encounter are benevolent. These are lost souls, and the last thing they need is to have someone throw them out of what may have been their home. How would you like a strange family to barge into your home and evict you, as they take over your former personal space? Ghosts (were) people too, once. They will move on when they are ready and that needs to be their choice alone.

A peaceful coexistence is the best outcome in a ghost investigation. While there are negative hauntings that need to be resolved, most hauntings are just ghosts moving about in their own day-to-day activities. Ghosts are still very much attached to their former earthly pleasures. Whether ghosts exist in another dimension, that bleeds through into our own, or they exist around us in an unseen state, is still a mystery. I do not yet have that answer, nor does anyone else that I know. The best thing that can come from having me communicate with the ghost(s) in your domain is to create a mutual understanding between the living and the dead. Most ghosts just want to coexist peacefully. They may also be trying to tell you something, which is where I come in.

If you think you have a ghost, or just dead relatives acting like ghosts, call my office and we can set up a date and time for me to come for a visit. In the meantime, make a log of what is happening, and try not to let your imagination run away with you! Remember, many hauntings are benevolent. (Living) human beings tend to put a negative spin on any ghost story. At least that has been my experience. Behind every ghost, there is a story. I can usually get them to tell it to me.

Ghost Investigations

Ghost investigating goes back many years, but really got its start in the mid-1800s with the rise of a movement called Spiritualism. The Victorians loved all things that went “bump” in the night, but instead of ghosts, they were more interested in the spirits of loved ones who had died and were coming back for a visit. It was not until the 1920s that serious ghost investigation got underway, first in England, and then in the United States.

Today, there are thousands of people around the world who could be called “ghost busters”. Some of these ghost investigators are psychic mediums, while others come from a more scientific approach, relying on equipment instead of intuitive ability. Then there are those who use both equipment and psychic mediums, as seen on many paranormal TV shows.

I prefer a mix of psychic and science. I rely on my psychic senses during an investigation and back it up with a few pieces of gathered physical evidence, like EVPs. I think a good psychic medium can add richness and insight to a ghost investigation, something that ghost-hunting equipment cannot. Certain pieces of equipment, however, are necessary in ghost investigations to capture physical evidence of ghosts.

EVPs (ghost voices on tape) are certainly worth noting in paranormal research, so a cassette or digital audio recorder is essential.

Cameras are a good source of documentation, but one should not get carried away with things like “orbs.” Those balls of light that appear in some investigators’ photos are highly controversial. Most of these spots are light refractions and should, in most cases, be dismissed as light artifacts from ambient sources. In other words, your flash probably is reflecting off rain, mist or dust in the air and creating light spots on the lens of the camera.

Temperature changes can be registered on a good hand held digital temperature gun, and certain types of devices to read energy field changes (EMF Meters) occasionally may be worth bringing along on a haunt investigation, although I have little faith with this type of evidence. I have been in rooms where paranormal encounters get into full swing, and the EMF meters are sound asleep.

When I arrive on the scene of a potential haunting, the first thing I do is a walk-through of the site. I ask the owner not to give me any details of the haunting until I have finished my tour and recorded my psychic feelings on tape. After this I will relate my impressions to the owner, giving them specifics of where I feel the energy and who I sense doing the haunting. I will usually spend a short time meditating in a few spots around the location, putting my psychic senses to work.

If the locale has had enough activity to merit a serious, in-depth look, I will arrange to spend the night or, at least, a few hours to do a thorough investigation. With any ghost investigation, a place is only haunted if the ghost(s) are at home. Ghosts are transient beings and like their living counterparts, they are usually moving about. This movement may be confined to the premises, or they may actually leave and go elsewhere, only to return later.

We are as ghosts as we were as living beings. Our personalities go with us when we die. Ghosts are souls without bodies. Those souls still have personalities, even without a physical body. Getting to know the ghost is an important part of understanding the haunting. The old term “parapsychologist” is very apt for ghost hunting. One needs to know a little human psychology to understand why a ghost has remained “stuck” between the Earth Plane and the Other Side.

Even with all of our meters, gauges, recording devices and psychic probing, we still do not know what ghosts truly are and where exactly they exist. We have many theories and I discuss mine in my books, but no one has definitive proof of why ghosts exist and where exactly they are in relation to us, the living. Ghosts may be just another form of nature that we do not yet understand. Maybe there are some things meant to be kept from our knowledge. It seems the closer we get to answers the more questions arise. Ghosts were a childhood fascination of mine that has now turned into a part-time career! The search continues.

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Cape May is one of America's most haunted spots. Craig has spent many years researching ghosts at this old seaside resort. If you plan on visiting Cape May, be sure to take one of the three ghost trolley tours that Craig has developed in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC). Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth on the Washington Street Mall at Ocean Street. For more info, check out MAC's website at www.capemaymac.org

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