Ghost Talk - EVP Helps You Hear Them Talk
by Gloria Young
When I began ghost hunting almost 15
years ago, I was in awe of the information I had at my discretion. There
were many different authors from years past that wrote books on ghosts
and how they detected them that I was surprised I had information to
follow. Ghost hunting has been ongoing since the late 1800's. Then, just
as now, there has been deceit and confusion. Many different groups today
are trying to dispel the myths surrounding ghost hunting as well as
coming up with new ideas, techniques and theories.
One of those techniques is EVP or electronic voice phenomenon. There are
many different thoughts on EVP and how and why it's supposed to work.
There was even recently a movie, "White Noise" that was
supposed to shed some light on this subject but failed poorly at its'
attempt. EVP has been around for years and we are only now beginning to
really understand how it works. Very basically, EVP is the voice of the
dead. It is a voice that is heard either by a person performing their
regular activities of daily living or by a recorder set up specifically
for trying to capture the voice. It is thought that ghosts surround us
every day. We do believe that they are everywhere. We have no real idea
what they are doing except for the very real possibility that ghosts
show up at our homes to console, guide and watch over their loved ones.
Ghosts were people. Most passed on under normal circumstances. It is
these ghosts that can come back to visit and check on their loved ones.
During these visits, ghosts are able to capture the living's attention.
They make things happen to get that attention. They might slam a door,
make footsteps, knock something off a table or take something and hide
it. They are trying to get your attention. They want to be acknowledged
and will go to many different lengths to get that attention. They may
even touch you. Once you allow your rational mind to understand that
this is a possibility, you will get more contact. The ghost may have a
message and want you to have it. It is up to you how this is dealt with.
One way of getting your attention is to talk. They may be able to
whisper in your ear. If you are fortunate enough to have that happen,
you should at least acknowledge that you hear them. They may be able to
continue with a few more words. It is very difficult for ghosts to talk
or do anything else for that matter. If you will only listen, they will
talk to you and have wonderful things to tell you. EVP can be heard with
your ear or a recorder and will be crisp and clear. We do not believe
that it is necessary to manipulate the voice in any way. If it is a true
EVP, you will not need to do that.
I remember the first time I got my first EVP. I was ecstatic. I had gone
to a local historical building at Halloween where I was to be a guest on
a local radio show and they were broadcasting the show from this
building. I had my tape recorder with me. I always have some sort of
media with me to play back when I get home so I can listen to myself and
make sure I don't sound like some idiot. I set my recorder in front of
me on the table. There were two of the show personalities on my right at
the table and one tarot card reader, giving readings, on my left at the
table. No one was ever near my recorder and I never left the table.
Following the radio show, I went home and listened to the taping while
working at my computer. Much to my surprise, as I was listening to the
recording I received a voice as clear as can be, sounding like an older
woman, telling me, "get out", not in a nice way. I was amazed.
I had to call anyone I could get a hold of and let them listen to it.
Everyone was congratulating me. I had always said that this historic
building was not haunted. I had been in it often over the years and
swore that it was not haunted. To my surprise, I got one of the best
EVP's I have ever received and really cherish it to this day. It is not
often that you are able to get EVP, let alone one so clear. I felt very
honored. A ghost somewhere felt I was worthy of receiving an EVP, even
if it wasn't a really nice one. They apparently had issues that haven't
been dealt with and wanted to be alone. Unfortunately, there were
probably 50 people nearby that I couldn't have been able to get rid of,
so the ghost was going to have to deal with the intrusion of this
building a bit longer.
EVP can be obtained. The old adage, "if at first your don't
succeed, try, try again" really holds full weight here. You need to
keep working at it and working at it. Talk to the ghosts wherever you
are trying to get EVP, ask them to talk to you. Be polite, considerate,
respectful. They are people too. You can use any type of recorder.
Digital has been proven to be the best but tape works as well. Most of
all, keep trying. You will find that ghosts will begin to talk to you
and may give you messages if you want them. You can talk to ghosts too!!
About the Author
Gloria Young has been a ghost hunter
and paranormal investigator for over 10 years. She has dedicated her
life to researching paranormal activity. She has written, "Faces of
a Ghost Hunter" as well as three other books. She founded the
paranormal research group, "Ghost Trackers". She has
co-produced two documentaries on ghost hunting.