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PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION

EDMONTON - RED DEER - CALGARY

Getting the Right Help

Tips: Choosing an Investigator or Team

Twenty-five years ago, when the Eidolon Project Canada was among the first and few organizations devoted to the study of the paranormal, it was far easier to find a team to help people with their suspected ghostly activity and hauntings.  When “Reality” TV  programs from overseas began to be broadcast on American and Canadian stations, producers saw an opportunity to cash in on the ever-increasing market. Major programs included  Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories airing in 1991. In the early 21st century, programs committed to “spooky-scary” reality series caught on that, in essence, were not actually “reality”. A Haunting Primering in 2002, Ghost Hunters (T.A.P.S.) aired in 2004, Paranormal State in 2007, and Ghost Adventurers in 2008, with others mingling in and yet more airing at later dates. An October 10, 2022 article ran the headline, “How the Travel Channel Became the Ghost Channel the Ghost Channel”, (Washington Post 2020). These, and other programs involving “ghost-hunting” were fundamental in creating the upsurge in individuals and groups attesting to being paranormal investigators. As for investigating hauntings in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer, new groups are popping up almost daily. This can only lead to frustration and confusion when a person with paranormal activity seeks someone to help them. Hopefully, the EPC can shed some light on the advice on this page.

   If you have concluded that unexplainable, strange events are happening in your home or business this may be the time to contact a professional paranormal investigative organization to assist you with your situation. This is the point where you will need to decide between all of the individuals, groups, and teams that have sprung into existence, one such group even boasting that “anyone can be an investigator”.

   Unfortunately, with the field of afterlife studies having no standards, rules, or regulatory body to answer to, and with the low cost of “equipment and free websites and social media platforms acting as a website, the statement is true. In an attempt to make your decision less of a strain, the EPC will leave you with some practical hints and advice.

1- How long have they been in existence?

2- What is their primary platform for information?

3- What does their website or page look like?

4- What seems to be their objective?

5- Mediums and Psychics.

1:  Although the length of time that a team has been in operation is important, it is not the main indicator of how well that group will perform.  Those who have studied the fields of paranormal occurrences, ghosts, hauntings, and the afterlife in detail before forming a team or setting out as an individual may well be worth contacting to see how they can help. After all, the Eidolon Project Canada had to have had its beginnings at some point in time. Do keep in mind, however, that with time. valuable experience is gained, such as evidence evaluation and analysis, their biases, and how well they function as a unit.

2:  Many new groups have come into existence since the COVID-19 pandemic, likely because they had a lot of free time on their hands to binge on paranormal-based programming.  Facebook groups have permeated the web, often with misinformation and disinformation, or have posted videos, most of which are misrepresentative of what actual investigation is like.

When searching for a legitimate investigator, and you run across one of these groups, carefully look to see if they represent the people that you want investigating your case.  

3:  The EPC encourages you to look at the website of the group or individual that you may be considering to handle your case.  Their website, in particular, their landing or home page can speak volumes about the perspective, conviction, and methods of operations of the group.

 Be cautious if an investigator or a “ghost-hunting” group has a “spooky/scary” or “childish” appearance or demeanor on their introductory page, their way of presenting themselves to the public.  Logos that contain creepy houses, cartoon ghosts, skulls, writing in dripping blood, graveyard scenes, or other “Halloweenish” media convey the mindset of the organization and may not be an ideal choice for helping you with a serious situation.  Many of these types of groups will jump at the chance to investigate your site, using your situation to supply their dopamine rush. This is a situation when your first impression is usually correct.

4:  It is difficult to determine exactly what a group’s objective is. Again, by reading the information they supply you can get a general idea of the type of interests that they have. For example, are they “Jacks of all trades”? This means, is their sole interest in paranormal activity related to the afterlife, ghosts, and hauntings, or do their areas of interest include subjects that you are not concerned with –  topics such as cryptozoology, UFOs, Big Foot, Orbs, or other diverse fields? As a rule, these groups spread themselves too thinly to invest the time and expertise that you may require. 

Another issue that is worth mentioning is the personal biases and beliefs that the group may have. These include whether or not they are “ghost fanatics”. you can determine so by looking at the information that they present. If almost everything is “proof” or “evidence” of a ghost, they are likely guilty of already being in the mindset that your home or business is haunted and all they have to do is produce evidence, however weak, to prove it. This is known as Expectation and Confirmation biases.

Some teams and individuals will approach your situation from a religious standpoint.  If you are so inclined, this may be the route that you wish to take. You need to know that it has been documented that approaching a ghost or other entity with religion as a first step results in the activity becoming stronger, and even violent as a result. Another trait to look out for is a group that has a “demonologist” on hand. The same results as mentioned above can encourage negative repercussions from the entity involved.

 Just as important as the insight of the purpose of a group is what their overall objective is once they have collected their data. Many are only investigating “scary” locations for self-gratification. The same can be said for the armchair hobbyist. They have no interest in contributing their finding to further the advancement of legitimate paranormal research. Ask yourself, are they honestly trying to help you and remedy your situation,  or,  are you being used as a source of excitement or entertainment or to provide themselves with an adrenaline/dopamine fix? 

Very point worthy is how they treat the ghosts that may be responsible for your haunting. The deceased should be treated with respect and dignity. However, the majority of investigative groups treat them as if they are objects or trained animals expected to “perform” at the investigator’s will. The EPC recognizes that ghosts are human beings and should be treated humanely.

5:  Mediums and Psychics, help or hindrance?  The answer depends on whether or not the psychic or medium can back up their claim. Truly gifted Psychic/Mediums are few and far between. Most are born with the ability or acquire the talent after a life-ending encounter, such as a Near Deah Experience. Many are used by police and law enforcement agencies worldwide, with good results.  Unfortunately, this indicates that many of those who consider themselves to have psi gifts in fact, do not. Many of these may have had in the past an intuition or two that proved to be true (this can be said for nearly anybody) and thought themselves, later psychologically convinced themselves that they possess a rare talent. (It is not a rare talent to think about somebody and an hour later that person calls you; that is coincidental intuition). Some others are delusional or may suffer from some other type of mental health issue (hearing voices does not necessarily make one psychic). Some psychic mediums are simply fakes using trickery to profit from the unsuspecting. They are, in essence, illusionists or mentalists. Many investigative groups are operated by psychics or mediums, and can therefore be biased in how they carry out an investigation.

That is not to say that there are honest individuals who do seem to have an ability to have psychic insight or communicate with the deceased. These people are few and far between.  The EPC works with such a person who has been tried and tested and proven himself in the field to be reliable and capable. Otherwise, the EPC does not, as a rule, have any use for those professing to have psychic insight. 

If you are confused or uncertain as to how to get qualified professional services to help you with your situation, or need clarification about any of the points presented, feel free to contact the Eidolon Project Canada for advice without obligations.

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