Most of you with any interest in “the unexplained” have taken time out of your busy schedules to sit down and watch at least one of the many paranormal shows that are now available on your televisions.
Perhaps after watching a few episodes shot mostly in night vision mode, you’ve decided ghost hunting is something that you might enjoy doing. You suddenly find yourself at your computer looking up the prices on the equipment you’ve seen utilized on the TV shows, and wondering if there is any formal training classes you can attend to become a “certified” paranormal investigator.
Low, and behold, you discover during your Internet search that there are classes you can attend that will make you a certified paranormal investigator. Most classes are offered for a fee, but at the end of the class you will get a certificate that indicates you are now an accredited, professional paranormal investigator! You might even get a fancy badge as well!
If taking a class, and paying a fee to learn only one way of investigating makes you feel better, ok, then I’d say go for it; but to let you in on a secret, it’s not necessary.
What I suggest is that in your Internet search, you should look for paranormal teams in your area. Look over their websites. You can tell a credible team by something as simple as the look of their site. If they are determined to help people find peace, and understanding with what they may be experiencing in their home, or business, they won’t have skulls and scary images posted. The look should be professional.
Send them an email. Tell them you are interested in the field, and that you are looking to learn the ropes, the different techniques used, and that you were hoping they could help. If not, ask them if they can point you in the direction of a team in your area that will be willing to mentor you. Reputable teams will be willing, and will not charge. The paranormal community is always looking for responsible, logical, open minded people. You shouldn’t be turned away, and if you are, there are several more teams out there that will help you for free.
If you’re looking to learn from those you see on TV, there are some paranormal seminars you can take, but there will be a fee. There are paranormal events, and ghost hunts sponsored by different teams across the country that will give you access to all different opinions, and a chance to talk with many members of the community.
There are some very large groups out there, like the Nightwatchers (www.Nightwatchers.info) that host ghost hunts in places like Waverly Hills Sanitarium, Eastern State Penn, and several more, for a fee that is considerably more affordable than large events.
Just as you would in any other field, I ask that you use common sense before committing your hard earned dollars to learn about a field that has yet to be embraced, or accepted by the scientific community.