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8 Things To Do If You See a Ghost

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Don't be afraid! Don't panic! It's only an entity from another plane of existence! Here's what do to if you see a ghost

CHANCES ARE because you are visiting this website that you are interested in ghosts. Perhaps you have been on ghost hunts or are even a member of a ghost investigation group. But have you ever thought about what you would do if you ever really came face-to-face with a ghost? Or what you should do?

Here are 8 things you should do if you see a ghost:

DON'T FREAK OUT

As much as many of us think we know how we'd react if we saw a genuine apparition, we don't really know until it happens to us. Perhaps you like to think you would be brave, but you might just freak out. And that is not unusual. It's our instinctive fight-or-flight response in the face of the unknown kicking in. We have seen experienced ghost hunters scream and run out of a room at the slightest noise or movement.

Whether you are on a ghost hunt seeking spirits or you spontaneously encounter an apparition (how it most often happens), fight the urge to panic and flee. After all, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not many people have this privilege.

Although your heart might be pounding and you mind racing, try to remain calm and still. Ghosts, for the most part, are completely harmless.

TRY TO COMMUNICATE

Yes, you might be able to communicate with the spirit, if this is an intelligent haunting.

If this is a residual haunting - a kind of recording on the environment - then you probably will not be able to communicate with it. The ghost will not even notice you. That would be like trying to communicate with a video recording; no interaction is possible.

If this is an intelligent haunting, however - a true spirit of a once-living person - you might be able to get a reaction. The spirit might look at you, possibly as intrigued by you as you are of it.

Calmly talk to the spirit, just as if you are talking to a person you just met. Introduce yourself. Ask its name. Be calm and respectful. There is no guarantee that you will get a response, audible or otherwise, but it's worth a try.

TAKE PICTURES

If you have a camera in hand, by all means try to discreetly photograph the spirit. Even if it's just your cell phone camera, get some shots. But use the best camera you have available.

Do not use the flash. The flash might wash out the figure of the spirit or cause unwanted reflections and glare. Without the flash, this will mean that you will have to hold the camera as perfectly still as you can as you snap the picture, especially in low-light situations, to avoid blurring. Yes, your hands might be shaking, but do your very best.

Take as many shots as you can while the apparition is visible. Also take some shots after the ghost and disappeared for comparison purposes.

If you have a video recorder, either a camcorder or as a function of your cell phone, that's even better. Getting movement and sound would be great evidence!

Next page: Document your experience

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