By Justin Bamforth
Founder / Lead Researcher & Investigator for Normal Paranormal
There comes a point in every investigator's career that something will inadvertently follow you home. If this is the case, one needn't worry. Taking the steps necessary to get rid of an unwelcome entity is certainly possible, provided that you haven't been foolish enough to ask it to come home with you in the first place. (For tips on preventing such an incident, read this article, first.)
There are many different types of forces that can attach themselves to you following an investigation. One of the more common types is referred to as an astral critter. While this is nothing more than a lingering energy, which poses no real harm, it can certainly become an annoyance.
An Analogy to Chew On
Picking up an astral critter can be thought of like stepping in gum. After removing the majority of it from your sole, you'll more than likely still have some of that sticky residue which just won't come off. But the more you continue to walk around, the traces of that gross wad ever being there to begin with become less and less apparent. The energy that an astral critter leaves behind will eventually fade away into non-existence as increased time passes following an investigation.
The Attic Analogy
You could also think of this lingering haunt like walking through a dirty attic or basement, only to discover traces of cobwebs and dust on your clothes long after you've vacated the premises. For whatever reason, traces of metaphysical debris, such as an astral critter, can attach itself even if you are taking the steps to keep your investigative clothes clean, so to speak.
Ghost Is As Ghost Does
If something does follow you home, it usually lasts no more than a few days, or occasionally up to a few weeks, following a case. The effects tend to mirror the activity at the purported haunted location, too. For instance, if there are reports of a five-fingered specter, you might notice personal items go missing or displaced. If the haunted location consisted of phantom footsteps, you might hear some of those throughout your own house too.
If All Else Fails
The lingering activity will almost always subside relatively quickly. Nevertheless, you can speed up this process by telling "it" to leave at the first sign of a potential presence. State that whatever you suspect is there it's not welcome at your house and that it should vacate immediately. If the activity continues, the following techniques have had success for myself and others: ringing a loud bell or wind chimes, opening windows, hanging up crosses or dream catchers over doorways, carrying around pieces of iron, or praying to a higher deity or even Saint Michael for assistance. Burning sage or smudging techniques can also be effective in clearing out residual energy too.
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