The topic of provoking of ghosts during investigations in an attempt to gain evidence is one that greatly divides the paranormal community. In this short article I will explain my personal opinion on why I believe it’s a bad idea.
OK, so your out on a ghost hunt and nothing is happening. You’ve spent hours of work prior to getting to the suspected haunted location doing your historical background research (you have done this right?), arranging the investigation and conducting interviews with witnesses and yet the place is dead (sorry, I couldn’t resist!).
My team and I recently had this at the site of a very historical hall / farm where activity is said to happen frequently. However, for some reason, nothing was appearing to happen and we all felt just a little disappointed, but that’s life I guess. For a split second I thought of trying to provoke some activity, but then stopped and thought to myself “Would I like to be provoked by others into doing something that I did not want to do?” The answer came to me just as quick as the question did, and it was a resounding “No!”But why should I feel this way. Why should provoking a ghost or spirit be such a personal taboo? This got me thinking and lead to me writing this article.
The way I look at this topic is pretty simplistic, I know, but it’s about respect. I was brought (some say dragged) up to pay respect to my elders and to people in general where possible. To me, this includes the dead. The vast majority of us would not go around desecrating graves, so why should we be disrespectful and try to provoke a spirit into doing what we, the living, want it to do. If it is a intelligent ghost then surely it has free will, and in my view, that should be respected.
Put yourself in the position of a ghost that has been in, say, a farm house for a two hundred years quite happily going about your ghostie business and not harming anyone. Then one night, along come a group of people with all this weird equipment that goes ‘Bing!’ and spews out this strange bright Infra red light at you and chase you around your home. That’s bad enough, but what if when you are just managing to stay away from these intruders they start winding you up and provoking you to make an appearance or do something else that you, under normal conditions, wouldn’t do.
Now think of yourself in that same situation, but this time you have not beed dead for two hundred years. What would you do if these wierdos came into your house and started egging you on? I know what I would do…. punch there teeth out!
So, in short, my opinion is that there should be no situation during an investigation (after all, investigations should remain un-biased and passive) where provocation of a ghost or spirit is warranted. If you want to get evidence of the afterlife, be patient.