My Journey in Becoming a Paranormal Researcher
What Propelled Me to Investigate the Unknown
I have always had an innate fascination with the supernatural, especially the field of ghosts, spirits and hauntings. I had some unique experiences growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the experience I had with my maternal grandmother’s spirit during undergraduate college that catapulted me into research and investigation of the unknown. In my twenty years as a paranormal researcher, I have worked with some amazing individuals. In 2009, I developed the San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS), which is one of San Diego’s well-respected groups.
The San Diego Paranormal Research Society
I have always had a dream of founding and directing my own paranormal research team. That aspiration came to fruition in 2009 when I developed the San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS). The team primarily focuses on ghosts, spirits and hauntings but is well-versed in other areas of the supernatural. You can find out more information by visiting the team’s website at http://www.sandiegoparanormalresearch.com
The SDPRS team blends various scientific and metaphysical methodologies. These include paranormal vigils, spirit photography, Instrumental Trans Communication and electronic voice phenomena sessions, environmental monitoring, divining (dowsing) rod and pendulum uses and psychic mediumship.
Blending Metaphysics with Science
Since no two intelligent energies are alike, it’s imperative to experiment with various methodologies. What works best for us is blending science with metaphysics as it offers a more well-rounded, holistic approach to paranormal research and investigation. Some locations and ethereal entities will demand different methodologies. What some experiments work for one locale won’t necessarily work for another. In addition to client interviews and testimony, it’s important to study the site’s history, genealogy, geology, etc., as it will help you prepare the right experimentation.
The Importance of Protocols
I am very systematic and methodical when conducting paranormal research work. I have an overall process to how I approach a case study as well as certain protocol for various experimentation and methodologies. This is needed to conduct a thorough, cohesive case study.
Working With Clients
It’s vital that paranormal research teams build a solid, trusting relationship with their clients. Part of a research team’s responsibility is to properly educate clients on its approach to research; paranormal theories and reasons for why a case study is recommended. Our client interviews are quite extensive and we interview all eye witnesses separately to avoid bias. We also offer various resources to our clients so they can better understand their specific situation.
To date, I have investigated numerous private residences and businesses for paranormal activity. Additionally, I have been blessed to conduct paranormal case studies at numerous haunted historical locations on the West Coast and in the Midwest. Since 2005, I have been studying the RMS Queen Mary’s legendary history and paranormal phenomena. Since 2011, the SDPRS team and I have been researching the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, an iconic land rancho in Vista, California.
Private Residence | Historical and Business Locations
The systematic, methodological way of approaching each case study will be similar for all three locations. With private residence and/or business cases, you may run into a more concerned client(s); with private residences, you have to carefully balance the family dynamic and situation and conduct extensive interviews. With historical cases, many of the museum curators and site owners know the history and paranormal phenomena that occurs; this is not typically the case with homes and businesses, so a lot of client education goes into these types of cases.
Don’t Be Lazy
There are many facets to a paranormal case study. Spending two hours at a location, taking a few pictures and recording some audio is not classified as a paranormal investigation. There are hours, days and months spent on one supernatural case study. This time includes supplemental research, client interview(s), preliminary work, actual case studies on the premises, data review and analysis, case study reports and meetings with fellow team members and clients. It takes due diligence, passion and devotion on the part of each investigator and researcher to complete a research project.
Core Values of an Excellent Paranormal Researcher
Our core values shape the culture of the SDPRS team and its individual researchers. They guide us in our interaction with clients, the communities we serve and the paranormal community at large.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: encouraging commitment and ensuring responsibility of actions
- INTEGRITY: always being honest and conducting ourselves in an ethical fashion
- TEAMWORK: working together as a team to accomplish our goals while respecting our individual differences
- EXCELLENCE: striving to meet our standards, goals and expectations
- RESPECT: treating ourselves, clients, locations and spiritual energies with the highest respect and reverence at all times
Our team principles include:
Listen to client concerns;
Approach each investigation with an open mind;
Treat every client / team member/ with respect and dignity;
Keep all client and investigation information confidential;
Conduct each investigation professionally, ethically and morally;
Treat all entities and spirits respectfully;
Help clients understand their individual situation;
Conduct research pertinent to investigation location;
Refer clients to specialized investigators when necessary;
Analyze all data collected thoroughly and in a timely manner;
Meet with clients to review collected data and possible paranormal evidence;
Recommend further case studies if warranted;
It is vital that all individuals studying the paranormal engage in spiritual protection. A person must be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy when investigating the unknown. In addition to meditation practices, the SDPRS partakes in a group grounding session, which helps each member stay centered and on-track. We also offer an opening statement to the energies where we state our intent for communicating with them.
One grounding exercise that I have found helpful, goes as follows:
- Take some deep breaths.Inhale for six seconds; exhale for six seconds.
- Imagine yourself sitting on a chair in an empty room. There is one window present.
- As you envision your feet touching the ground, you will imagine pure energy coming up through your feet, move through each chakra; cleansing it in the process of unwanted energy.
- Envision a white, pure energy filling through your entire body.Say, “the only energy that is allowed is energy that will serve my highest good.The rest is not welcome.”
- You can picture the unwanted energy leaving your body and dissipating as it exits through the window
- Continue to take some deep breaths.Once you feel grounded, you can say out loud, “I am now grounded and ready to communicate with the spirit world.”
The Importance of the Golden Rule
You will get back what you put out. It is imperative that all paranormal researchers treat themselves, their clients and the spiritual entities they come across with respect and reverence. You will be more successful in your case studies and build a trusting relationship with the spirit world.
For more information, please visit the SDPRS website at http://www.sandiegoparanormalresearch.com