How Can We Get Rid of Ghosts?

10 Oct


Getting rid of ghosts sounds like pest control. A better question might be should we get rid of ghosts? One answer is no…ill-conceived or incompetent attempts to do so might only enhance the unwanted activity. Another more important no is that ghosts may exist at a site in order to protect a surviving family member from danger, or perhaps to correct an unrighted wrong.

One of the mistakes some investigators make is the misidentification of a ghost, or a misunderstanding of why they are there. If a ghost seeks to find out why they were a victim of foul play, or to protect a mortal from the same fate, who are we to argue with their reason for existence?

Other investigators work from a religious point of view, and feel it is their spiritual duty to get the ghost to move “into the light.” My opinion is that its a bit presumptuous to think that a ghost is merely “stuck” in its present position, and with the right “push” will happily move on to the next level. As investigators, I do not think we should be in the business of saving souls. We should leave that to the clergy or others who specialize in the treatment of the human spirit. They can be and often are called in to help clear more serious situations. On the other hand, it is our duty to research and identify the people who lived at the site and the circumstances of their passing. Often the revelation of those facts is enough to get the ghosts to move on all by themselves.

There are some justifications for encouraging a ghost to pack it up. The most significant one is when the ghost is exhibiting malevolent behavior, or is actually causing harm to someone else. Yes, evil ghosts can arise from evil people. Then the offending party has to be removed by any means necessary.

Another less serious circumstance is when a home owner is trying to sell, and wants to do it without ghosts included. Another may be where the living occupants are tired of hearing phantom footsteps in the hallway every night, and need some sleep!

Get rid of the ghosts? Maybe. Some recommend that we tell the ghost in a loud and clear voice: Go Away! We don’t want you here. That may work. But sometimes what is really needed is communication between the living and their counterparts. Then no one has to force anybody into anything.

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5 Responses to “How Can We Get Rid of Ghosts?”

  1. Gatekeeper October 14, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    On that note, how do you determine between a human and non human spirit presence within a home and what method of removal has your group found to be most effective?


    • Paul Hill October 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      Thanks for your perceptive question. First let me say that I visited your blog, and found that we agree on probably more than we would disagree, especially on the subjects of “getting rid of ghosts” and determining if a place is “haunted.” Anyway, here’s my take on what you’re asking, if I understand it correctly: I think we have to first define “non-human” spirits/entities. We can categorize such things into “cryptids” (entities studied by cryptozoologists, such as Bigfoot, Chubacabras, etc.), ghosts of known animals (cats, dogs,etc), human ghosts whom have taken the form of real or mythological animals, alien life forms, and finally the ever popular “demons” category.

      To answer your question; how do we know which is what? is difficult. Our experience is that sometimes their identification is obvious, such as a ghost cat rubbing against your legs. Beyond that, I/we have to rely on more subjective things like our intuition. To this day there are entities we encountered that I would not want to venture a guess as to their source. We have not sought to remove such entities ourselves, and have left that responsibility to the owners of the event site. E.g., “Here’s what we think you may have here, and here are some methods you can use to make them leave, but we can’t guarantee the outcome.”
      As I said in my post, it could be more dangerous to make something leave if you don’t know what it is. We haven’t encountered anyone who has called us back and said “Hey, that thing is still here, and it has to go!”

      I hope this answers your question. Feel free to keep the dialogue going…Paul Hill


      • Gatekeeper October 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

        Thank you for the response and did answered my question. I look forward to future dialogue on this blog.


        • Ghostbroker October 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

          Glad to be of help! Yes, let’s stay in touch on this and related issues. No one person or group knows everything about these things…


  2. ghostbusterbev October 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Well said…you raise some interesting points and a different perspective.


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