The Effects of Ghost Hunting: Road to Recovery

By David Glidden

When an evil entity strikes, it not only affects you but those around you. As a paranormal investigator, I am aware of the dangers of each investigation. Most will say a prayer or cleanse themselves in some form or fashion. Perhaps out of stubbornness I do not. I am not religious to the degree a lot of people may be but I do recognize it.

Through my years of research I have looked at different aspects of life. I have connected dots in my head that, to me, make sense. Whether it is religion, theoretical, or scientific, I have worked out so many conclusions in my head.

Almost two years ago I wrote an article. That article was very personal as it exposed me in one of my most sad, dark, and depressing moments. In it, I wrote about some of the things that I had gone through, some of the things friends and family had gone through. All of whom were involved in the paranormal field. The goal of that article was to share what I believed was an underlying danger that many investigators may face.

Until recently, I had no idea just how much others could relate. After reading and hearing the feedback, I felt that I needed to address it for some closure. Not just for me, but possibly someone else who may be in that same situation.

At that time in my life, I had pretty much been stripped down to nothing. I had no job, no home, nothing… or so I thought. I had been investigating the paranormal for some years. The stress and strain became too much that I almost left the field completely. As they say, from the darkness comes light.

I am not normally the type of person who lets life get them down, but I was. The key word is, was. I realized something while in this grief. It became clear to me that even though I have taken a beating, I still had passion. I still had friends and family who were there for me when I needed them and at this point in time… I needed them.

When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.

-Stephen Richards

No great success story comes without a struggle. This was mine. Don’t get me wrong, while I do say that I feel it was because of ghost hunting that I fell into my predicament, I am not saying it was evil spirits that led to my demise. That isn’t the underlying danger. It never was. For me it was that the ghost hunting became an addiction. I made bad choices in my life to place myself in certain situations and I had to accept that.

Is it possible that a negative energy can attach itself to you? I believe so. Ever walked into a room when people are mad, in turn changing your mood?

Being around constant negativity will not only alter your mood but can be detrimental to your health and surroundings. After writing the first article, or even during, I was coming to this realization. I took a lot for granted and I wasn’t happy. So with the help of my friends and family, I made the conscious decision to change that. I kept a positive attitude, escaped the negative influences in my life, and made goals for myself. I surrounded myself with positive people. This I believe has helped me get to where I am today.

I have a job, a vehicle, a roof over my head, and best of all… great friends. I’ve pushed on through with my paranormal team and we are doing some amazing things! My friends and family, as I have observed, have also become more positive with what has been going on in their lives.

Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.

– Harvey Mackay

Negativity breeds negativity. If this is true, shouldn’t it be the same for positivity? I like to think so. Call it Karma if you want. I just call it being a good person.

Bad things are going to happen in life. There is no getting around it. But it’s how you deal, accept, and move on from those bad things that will impact other aspects in life. In the paranormal realm, we work with life after death. Just make sure you put life first.

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