Should I try to do something about it on my own?
We have seen cases where homeowners started communicating with whatever it was by setting up video and audio recording devices and asking questions. THIS WILL ONLY INCREASE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. Finding out what is going on is best left to someone with experience in these matters. Start keeping a journal. This will help to determine the frequency and significance of events and possible explanations. Keep as much information as possible in your journal such as the date, time of day and location where the event occurred. Was anyone else present? Has the activity happened before? What were you doing prior to the event?
Do you cleanse a location of spirits?
First of all, if we are dealing with human spirits, they have the free will to go where ever they wish. They have the free will to cross into the light or refuse to cross over. They also can cross over and choose to visit from time to time. Human spirits need to be persuaded to leave and cleansing can be part of that process. If dealing with a human spirit, simply explaining how you feel and that they need to leave you alone is normally enough to remedy the situation. PART will perform a ritual cleansing only at the request of the client. Cleansing can sometimes intensify activity and will often need to be repeated. SEE BELOW ARTICLE ON CLEANSING.
Can a ghost follow me?
There have been cases where an entity has followed a person from location to location. There have been instances where a family moves into a home and experiences paranormal events when there was no previous known history of paranormal activity. Sometimes the family will move to a new location only to discover that the entity in question has become attached to them or a family member for uncertain reasons and has followed them to their new home. However, this is rare.
Does PART believe orbs are paranormal?
99.9% of the time orbs can be explained by natural phenomena or photographic effects such as lens flare. Orbs typically show up in still pictures or video recordings and are not seen with the naked eye at the time the images are captured. These phenomena are usually attributed to infrared light or visible light, from a camera flash, reflecting off dust, water particles, pollen, or some other airborne contaminant. An orb of paranormal origin emits its own light and shows an intelligent flight path. We call such an orb a light anomaly. We have found these to be seen by the naked eye at the time of occurrence where other orbs are never seen by the naked eye.
Can an object be haunted?
It is possible that objects can sometimes be haunted. We believe that hauntings are usually based on an emotional attachment; so if a living person was attached to an object, they may still be attached to it after their body dies. Sometimes the memory or energy of a specific event can be absorbed into an object, creating a residual haunting.
Why protect yourself before and during an investigation?
What does it mean to cleanse or smudge?
Smudging uses smoke to cleanse an area, the air and person both physically and spiritually. You do not need to burn a lot of plant matter to smudge. Smudging is not exclusively a Native American Indian or First Nation practice. In fact "smudging"as a word dates to middle English and refers to English medicine practices of the time period. It has been documented in spiritual practices in Greece, Egypt, the Middle East, Ireland, England and other parts of Europe. Light your plant matter, let it catch, then carefully put it out and use the smoke. When working with white sage be careful not to blow or wave the burning ash. First, cleanse the feather in the smoke before using it to fan smoke. (I prefer to wave smoke with my hand.) Second, cleanse yourself. Start at the door and circle around the edge of each room. Move to the right going clockwise to cleanse negative energy and remove negative spirits. Pray or speak with your intentions that you want the spirits to leave now. When you have finished toss the ashes outside the door and scatter them back to the earth.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
God, please surround me with a sphere of powerful bright white light. Send St. Michael and all the other Archangels to protect me from all harm. Please send my angels and spirit guides to guide me and guard me from any negative energy or entities, seen or unseen and keep away all negative influences. Amen.
Dear St. Michael, the Archangel, protect us, both body and soul from the Evil One, his followers and anyone who would approach us with malicious intent.
Protect us, our bodies, and our cars, as we travel about in our daily activities. Protect us, our bodies, our home, our property and possessions from all demonic retaliation.
Father, if there are unholy Angels in, on, near or around us. We nail and hold them fast and silence them. We decommission, bind and encapsulate them through the Power of the Shed Blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We bring them up to your presence immediately Lord to deal with as you see fit. May you fill any empty spaces and lonely places within us with your love and your light. Thank you Father, In Jesus' name. Amen.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Hedge Prayer for Protection of Self
And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nought? Hast thou not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. --Job 1:8-10]
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. -- James 4:7-8
Trusting in the promise that whatever we ask the Father in Jesus' name He will do, I now approach You Father with confidence in Our Lord's words and in Your infinite power and love for me, and with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, Blessed Archangel Michael, my guardian angel, with all the saints and angels of heaven, and Holy in the power of His blessed Name, as ask you Father to protect me and keep me from the harassment of the devil and his minions.
Father I ask that You build a hedge of protection around me, like that which surrounded Job, and to help me to keep that hedge repaired and the gate locked so that the devil and his minions have no access or means to breach the hedge except by your expressed will.
Father, I know that I am powerless against the spiritual forces of evil and recognize my utter dependence on You and Your power. Look with mercy upon me. Do not look upon my sins, O Lord; rather, look at the sufferings of your Beloved Son and see the Victim who's bitter passion and death has reconciled us to You. By the victory of the cross, protect me from all evil and rebuke any evil spirits who wish to attack, influence, or breach Your hedge of protection in any way. Send them back to Hell and fortify Your Hedge for my protection by the blood of Your Son, Jesus. Send your Holy Angels to watch over me and protect me.
Father, all of these things I ask in the most holy name of Jesus Christ, Your Son. Thank you, Father, for hearing my prayer. I love You, I worship You, I thank You and I trust in You. Amen.
What is a hedge of protection?
Powerful Protection Prayer
Kyrie eleison. God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and Almighty, You Who made everything and Who transforms everything simply by Your will. You Who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the "seven-times hotter" furnace and protected and saved the three holy children. You are the doctor and the physician of our souls. You are the salvation of those who turn to You.
We beseech You to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power, presence and machination; every evil influence and all evil actions aimed against your servant. . . Where there is envy and malice, give us an abundance of goodness, endurance, victory, and charity. O Lord, You who love man, we beg You to reach out Your powerful hands and Your most high and mighty arms and come to our aid.
Help us, who are made in Your image, send the angel of peace over us, to protect us body and soul. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every poison or malice invoked against us by corrupt and envious people. Then, under the protection of Your authority may we sing, in gratitude, "The Lord is my salvation; whom should I fear?"
I will not fear evil because You are with me, my God, my strength, my powerful Lord, Lord of peace, Father of all ages. Yes, Lord our God, be merciful to us, Your image, and save your servant . . . from every threat or harm from the evil one, and protect him by raising him above all evil. We ask you this through the intercession of our Most Blessed, Glorious Lady, Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, of the most splendid archangels and all yours saints. Amen."
Lord, You Who said, "I leave you peace, my peace I give you," grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every evil spell and enjoy Your peace always. In the Name of Christ, our Lord. Amen."
To all negative energies and spirits: You have no power or authority over me. I am surrounded in white light in my heart, in my soul and in my mind. I am surrounded in white light around my body inside as well as out of my body.
If you feel you need help or advice, then contact someone in your area who is experienced in dealing with the paranormal or negative energy.