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The serious business of ghost hunting

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With the popularity of paranormal televisions shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and others, it should come to no surprise that there are now numerous paranormal teams in almost every part of the western world. These teams run the gamut from people who are serious about the science of the craft, to people who think it is a cool hobby, and then those who just want to be on television. Yet the one thing that most teams seem to be overlooking is the plain and simple fact that ghost hunting is serious business. In fact, paranormal investigating can be extremely dangerous from a spiritual standpoint.
When one walks into a haunted location, it is difficult to know whether or not the entities encountered are benign or malevolent. Some haunted places are actually infested with demonic activity. This is not always evident at first. These dark beings often disguise themselves as children spirits, or other seemingly harmless entities. Most paranormal activity is often believed to be of the benign sort, so it is easy to understand why paranormal investigators can be fooled into thinking the spirits they encounter are anything other than a soul who has not crossed over yet.
So what can happen if the spirits are of a darker origin? There are many things that can occur in this instance. These negative spirits can form attachments to unsuspecting paranormal investigators, causing havoc in their lives. This is known as demonic oppression and it can lead to possession if not addressed through prayer and guidance from clergy. Signs of oppression can range from the typical symptoms of a haunting such as items going missing, then turning up later, hearing voices or strange sounds in one’s own home, to nightmares and apparitions.
If paranormal investigating is truly done for the right reasons, and there are not many, then the investigator should have a plan to deal with the haunting in order to help the clients. Many ghost hunters simply arrive at a location, collect evidence and post it on the internet for all to see. There are those who have a calling to identify and exorcise the negative entities they may encounter. This is not for the squeamish as true cases of oppression and possession are extremely frightening and damaging to those who witness it for themselves.
This examiner discussed the phenomena of possession with a priest a number of years ago and the exact words he used to describe it were, “the movie ‘The Exorcist’ is Disneyland compared to the real thing”.
In the last article this examiner published, Archbishop Ron Feyl, presiding Archbishop and Lead Exorcist of The Sacred Order of Saint Michael the Archangel shared that the problem of demonic oppression and possession is on the rise. This may be in part due to pop culture interest in the occult which can open one up to this serious issue. Moreover, many people do not realize the repercussions that can come from experimenting in such seemingly benign activities as tarot readings, or séances.
However, if one feels a spiritual calling to be an exorcist, he or she must go into the field with eyes wide open and with the proper training. Lay persons who are called to do this work must be in a state of grace and have a strong spiritual life.
Archbishop Feyl and the Order of Exorcists are actively searching for lay people who feel the calling to join the order. The Order gets so many requests for help from around the globe that they desperately need to recruit lay people who feel they can handle this calling. For more information on the Order of Exorcists, please visit their site at:
Until next time, Happy Haunting! ~Traci Otake, L.A. Paranormal Examiner



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