By Justin B.
Founder / Lead Researcher & Investigator for Normal Paranormal
Earlier in the month I was asked a question from one of our readers. They write: "You know how places can be haunted, and people can be haunted too? Well, what happens if a haunted person moves into a haunted location? How do the ghosts react to each other?"
Very intriguing question. I hadn't really thought about this concept in depth before. Off hand, I would say that it really depends on what type of activity a person is dealing with from the beginning.
Each type of haunting presents its own characteristics and attributes which separate it from other types of hauntings. These specific traits help investigators to pinpoint the primary forces that may be causing certain activity to manifest.
A troubling experience resulting from an entity latching on to an individual can be something negative, or possibly even demonic. The latter of which possesses noticeably more power than say, a residual entity, which is generally contained within a specific location, but on a less frequent basis.
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On the other hand, if activity that is following an individual is not truly following them at all, but rather appears to be manifesting from within them, the activity might be more related to a psychokinetic situation (such as certain poltergeists for instance).
This type of activity could be more influenced by the subconscious mind of the individual leading to noticeable physical effects on the surrounding environment and/or people.
One could argue that moving into a location already prone to paranormal activity somehow stirs "psychic energy" within individuals unknowingly possessing a heightened psychic awareness.
This psychic "energy" could inadvertently manifest around them leading to a charged environment which may increase the activity already taking place at a location.
It could explain one angle of why it appears that certain people (and even paranormal investigators to some extent) appear to be "magnets" for activity, as opposed to others who have never experienced anything paranormal whatsoever, even if they are present in a haunted location.
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Sometimes when dealing with intelligent entities (or spirits that were once living), there might be a certain level of "protection" these entities are allowed to exhibit over the currently living. This is especially noticeable if there was a close relationship tied to when these spirits were once alive.
However, this scenario could get tricky because demonic forces will also use a similar technique in an attempt to further invade. By manifesting a situation where it seems like both a good entity and a bad entity exist in the same house, a demon will look to present an offer of "protection" to an individual from a more harmful force that exists in the same residence. The individual might unknowingly trust the "good entity" and accept such an offer, only to learn later that both the good entity AND the bad entity were in fact the same demonic force preying upon ignorance to gain a stronger foothold in the location.
Ralph Sarchie specifically refers to this kind of "good cop / bad cop" tactic used by the demonic in his book, "Deliver Us from Evil: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural."
But let's say hypothetically that we're dealing with two separate intelligent entities and NOT demonic forces. Is it possible that these two forces could "fight" for control over their environment?
Well, I suppose it could be possible, if we're talking about two separate entities with opposite and conflicting motives for haunting a person or place. And with the power or authority to impose that level of control over such a situation.
But again, we can only speculate on a setting that sounds ideal for a captivating Hollywood movie.
Jordan Murphy (investigator for "Resident Undead" and the Biography channel's "Haunted Encounters") presents some thoughts from her own personal experiences...
She explains, "as paranormal researchers, we have to acknowledge the possibility that some spirits may attach themselves to us for a plethora of reasons: we remind them of someone they know, they feel comfortable around us, they’re simply just curious, or we become a 'beacon' of light and they know that if they reach out to communicate, we will listen. We also have to acknowledge the fact that if these spirits do follow us around, this can include haunted locations."
Rosalyn Bown (active lecturer, medium and co-founder of Perceptive Paranormal Research) seems to agree on that beacon point...
"If the ghosts know someone can hear/see/sense them, it makes sense that they’d think they’d have a better chance of communicating with that person than with someone who seems to be oblivious to their presence.
"So a haunted person with psychic sensitivity to spirits can act as a beacon to existing entities in the home, and even to those in neighboring homes."
Perhaps an intriguing example might be in an incident Jordan recalls with one of her close friends, a seasoned investigator named Adam...
Adam was conducting an EVP session in the bedroom of his deceased grandfather. As he placed his recorder on the bedroom dresser and hit the record button, he walked out of the room, closing the door behind him as he went down the hall and into another room. This is a tactic used by some investigators to allow whatever or whomever is in a room the chance to communicate without human interference.
Later on, upon retrieval and playback of the recorder, an unidentified woman’s voice was found to be recorded that said, "talk toward the red light" followed by another male voice that sounded like Adam's grandfather, calling out Adam's name!
"It’s as almost if the female spirit had been following him (Adam) around and knew how the recorder worked and was now instructing the male spirit on how to talk into it so my friend could hear him," Jordan explained.
Rosalyn also speaks about an incident she experienced in 2007 that was similar.
In that event, she captured an EVP of what appears to be two entities conversing with each other about her and her investigative team.
But Rosalyn stresses, that that kind of dynamic is in fact, pretty rare. "Perhaps these entities are on different planes of existence?" she wonders.
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On the contrary, Jordan also thinks it is possible for a spirit "haunting" a person to NOT want to interact with any other spirits in a haunted location too.
She makes a valid point that just like in every day life, we as humans don’t want to interact with every single person we come in contact with either.
This could be a decision made by the entity itself or completely out of their realm of power. "This means that a spirit could follow us to a haunted location, but not have the capability to acknowledge or interact with other spirits," Jordan adds.
As Jordan and Rosalyn both seem to agree, there might be different realms of existence and even certain capacities to which these spirits can communicate.
But what can happen to an individual leaving one haunted place and entering another haunted locale? What are the effects on that individual's psyche?
"A haunted person will often develop a sensitivity to the paranormal. While the supernatural activity in a location may not increase, the haunted person will almost certainly recognize it more often," explains Garrick Pass, investigator for Houston Paranormal Research Team and haunting survivor.
After Garrick's ordeal dealing with his own harrowing negative encounter (which you can read about here), he moved across the country to escape it.
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"Around the first of the year I moved into a building which was built in 1906 as a paint factory. It has a history of industrial accidents and finally closed after the owner committed suicide. It has a lot of reasons to be haunted. I'm still recovering from my own haunting. I guess I'm 'haunted,' too, but not in the paranormal sense."
Thankfully, Garrick's current experiences in the present building aren't nearly as jarring as before, but they can still be rather unnerving...
"I've only had auditory experiences in my new place. I leave for work while it is still dark outside. Several times on my way out I've heard arguing in the hallway only to open the door and have the motion sensors illuminate what had been a pitch black, empty corridor seconds before. I'm not sure what I'd do if it lit up and visibly exposed whatever is there, but moving away would not be off the table."
Garrick explains that his previous experiences with the supernatural left him uncomfortably aware of the paranormal.
"It is almost a resignation on my part that I'll experience another haunting. My experience was years ago, but it still feels like an exposed nerve. Powerful emotions can leave a mark on an individual, too."
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