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...while in San Francisco with my mother.

Ghost-Hunting Excursion in San Francisco. (Photo Credit: Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund)

  • IS GHOST HUNTING RISKY?
  • DON’T BELIEVE IN GOOD VERSUS EVIL?

Funny, inspite of the ghost hunting I’ve done, I  believe in good versus evil. Having experienced a Catholic upbringing, it would be difficult not to! That is the reason why I approach ghost-hunting with the utmost respect; respect for that which I cannot see! (Except of course, with the eye of my camera.)

Because we Catholics are brought-up to have unyielding  faith in the unseen, I believe that there is only a fine line between believing in God, and believing in spirits of the deceased. Both are unseen. (Yet we Catholics insist they exist! (Well, we insist that the HOLY Spirit exists!)

When I say that I approach ghost-hunting with the utmost respect, I’m not kidding. Once I arrive at a location, before I enter that location,

  1. I say a prayer for protection (I say the Our Father);
  2. I carry a rosary in my shirt pocket, (one that has been blest by a priest)
  3. before I leave I instruct (aloud) any spirits present that they are not allowed to leave the location with me!)
  4. . . . and as I’m leaving, I say another prayer of thanks for my heavenly angels protection.

There are many locations I will not visit. Those locations consist of buildings and homes with poltergeist activity, (such as the Chauncey Griggs mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota.) It does not fit with my beliefs, that an entity that throws things across a room, could be a “good” spirit. Obviously, someone can easily get hurt. (The Griggs mansion is an entire ‘nother story that you can find details about at the http://www.hauntedhovel.com website.)

I have experienced a presence draining my camera of all of it’s energy when I ghost-hunted at the Wabasha Street Caves some years ago, also located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wabasha Street Caves consist of an old time night club with caves behind it that back during the 1940s were commonly utilized by criminals like John Dillinger; they used the night club for their partying activities and the caves as their hide-out.

Upon arriving there one must walk through the night club in order to get to the door that leads into the dirt caves.  (The caves were also used to store criminally owned moonshine and other alcohol as well as for machine guns and ammunition.)  There are still the original machine gun holes in the night club fireplace from attacking gang fights that took place there.)

I shot lots of photos inside the night club. The camera I’d taken along with me had never before, nor since that day, failed me. But the moment I entered that cave, I was helpless to record anything of my experience in there! I took one step (of three) down into the cave and I’d may as well have been trying to push the button on an out of order elevator; nothing happened.

Immediately following our visit there, we took my camera to a camera shop where a technician placed my his head and my camera underneath a black cloth where he safely rewound my film so that it could be developed. He examined my camera thoroughly and explained to me that there was absolutely nothing wrong with my camera!  (Refer to my post, “So Just What Are These Orbs, Spiritts and Ghosts Anyway?” for explanation.)

Another two experiences I will have nothing to do with are Ouija boards and séances. I am aware that the movie The Exorcist with Linda Blair was based upon a true story and that the only differences between the movie and the actual event was that the child-victim of the demon-possession was a boy, not a girl, and he was younger; around the age of eight.  It is also noteworthy that the boy who was victimized had, shortly before his victimization, been playing with an Ouija board. (I’ve spoken to several people who’ve experienced some very frightening results of having used an Ouija board.

My explanation? There are many ways of inviting spirits in. One problem with doing this is that there is no telling what spirit may accept the invitation; good, or bad. My advice on Ouija boards? Don’t play with fire if you don’t want to get burned!  As for séances, it is my belief that many are fake. It is also my firm belief that if the spirit of someone I care about wants to visit me, that spirit will do so under their own steam.

I firmly believe that there are spirits who walk the earth all around us. Some good, some bad. To do anything to invite a spirit into our lives not knowing what that spirit’s intentions may be, is, in my opinion, unwise, at best.

All of this having been said, there are highly qualified, professional mediums who are “for real.” There are only a couple of them I would recommend to anyone who is determined to contact a loved one who has passed. One of them is James VanPraagh, (author of  the book “Ghosts Among Us” and many other excellent books on the subject and who sometimes visits the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and Troy Parkinson (resides in St. Paul, MN USA.)

Last time I hired one of these individuals his fee was $200.00 an hour and that was four years ago (and let me tell you, that one hour FLIES by!) I left my visit with him realizing fully that he was for real because he told me very specific things about deceased loved ones that he had absolutely NO way of knowing. He even described their physical attributes “to a T”!

As far as ghost hunting being risky, I really don’t do ghost hunting much anymore. After a few years of playing with it as a hobby and then learning much more about it (including how some folks have been hurt doing it) I’m inclined now to agree with the philosophy of Amy Allen (who sees and communicates with the dead). You can “Google” Amy Allen to learn more about her. In Amy’s words, “The dead don’t like to be toyed with; having people coming around all the time saying things to them like, come on out where we can see you! I mean, if YOU weren’t living anymore, how would YOU like that?!!) Thank you, Amy, very well put. Enough said.

(Excerpt from Ms. Fredlund’s new book due for publication 2016, “OMG, I’M PSYCHIC!”)

COPYRIGHT 2014-2015 by JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund, Published Author of BAD RAP. The Truth About the Tragically Misunderstood Pit Bull for sale at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and at Bookwhirl.com. Author website: http://www.jcfredlund.com.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

In all cases, yes, including ghost hunting, to sum it all up, I would say, “A word to the wise: Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!”

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NOTEWORTHY!  Ironic as it is, just now, as I’m sitting here writing this, my husband is telling me he sees on the internet that John and Debbie Constantine from the reality show Ghost Adventures are both dead! It seems that John had Debbie hold-up in a condo and told the police to give him fifteen minutes with her or he’d kill her.  The police complied and both John and Debbie are dead. No more details are known at this time, but the public is already e-mailing tons of comments. Reality is, there does exist at least the possibility that it could be related to their adventures ghost hunting. YOU be the judge!

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