Arrrgh! Aaahhh! Yeaaaa! Come at me ghost!
3 reasons “Provoking” might not be so great.
Over the last two or three years the big fad in ghost hunting, not research, is the process commonly being called “provocation.” Hundreds of ghost hunters and dozens of groups proclaim “provoking” as one of the best ways to get some kind of response from residents of the after-realm. Since our shared field of interest is speculative in nature, I shall speculate on three ways that “provoking” might NOT be the best way to “hunt” ghosts.
1. No ears.
If you believe in ghosts you probably believe that they do not have a physical body such as our own. If that is true and ghosts (entities, spirits, etc.) are not corporeal, then they do not have ears as we do. Without ears, the process that makes living people hear sound as uttered by lips while air is pushed out of lungs and through the throat creating vibrations which are received by the ear translated into sound and then deciphered by the brain as words is not the process by which a ghost would hear us. No ears, no sound. But they seem to be “hearing,” so there may be some other process taking place. If they are not hearing our words, perhaps they are only receiving the impression of our words as we speak them through some sort of psychical means that we are currently unaware of. In the case of “ghosts” picking up our thoughts, not our actual words, then why would it matter if we were screaming them or whispering them? On many occasions over the last 20+ years I have conducted ITC experiments where I simply thought my questions without any verbalization at all, yet I have still received replies.
2. Provoking is rude.
That’s right, rude. Although “ghost hunters” like to think that they know who or what spirits they are trying to communicate with, we have no proof as to who or what the spirits really are. So standing in a room shouting and being mean to someone you don’t even know is simply rude. Grow up and stop bullying, we’re trying to do research here.
Another theory of “ghost hunters” is that some sort of energy generated by strong personalities or traumatic events can be leftover after a person dies. Well, following that train of thought we find that the energy could be leftover by anyone in a strong emotional state – even “ghost hunters.” What if a group of people goes to an allegedly haunted location and two or three of them get themselves worked up and start “provoking”? Can we be sure that after those “ghost hunters” leave, they haven’t left some of that energy behind? So the next weekend when someone goes to that same location and they start to “feel” a presence, it could possibly be the energy leftover from the people that were there last week. Imagine a place like Waverly Hills that has been filled with people screaming, running, yelling, laughing all the time. Do you think none of that energy has been left behind?
I’ve tried “provoking” myself and have been unimpressed with the results. The only thing I’ve ever seen “provoking” actually do is increase a television show’s ratings… and raise my blood pressure.