Owing to corona virus many types of psychical research have properly ceased for the present.
Obviously, the health of everyone and the needs of the community must come first.
This is especially true about ghost hunting. Unless your own home or garden is haunted, investigations at haunted sites are definitely off-limits for the moment.
However, psychical research need not shutdown completely. Indeed, if you are home bound, the current lock-down policy actually provides some fresh directions and opportunities.
So, what can the keen psychical researcher or ghost hunter do from home?
Here are few suggestions:
- Record and analyse your dreams. Many researchers have noted the close link between apparitions and dreaming states (or at least states where the mind is relaxed). For it is precisely in relaxed and half-awake conditions that people in the Western world seem most prone to seeing ghosts. Recently in Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocasuality and the Unconscious (2018) science writer Eric Wargo also proposes that if you keep a diary record of dreams you can remember on awakening you will start to identify events that occur the future. Many writers on precognition have agreed this is a good idea.
- Remote-viewing? A number of psychics have been able to engage in remote viewing. There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that some people have the ability to psychically view remote locations. Such talents utilized by both sides in the Cold War. The difficulty, of course, will be in verifying any results you experience. However….
- Remote psi-testing with on-line colleagues…..following (2) you could try testing psychic abilities with friends and colleagues you can contact remotely. Organised experiments over a distance have been performed many times over the decades, sometimes with participants spread internationally in different parts of the world. The easiest may be picture drawing-tests or attempts at card guessing or a choice of targets, allowing for statistical assessment. There are some long-established works that can help: How to Test and Develop Your ESP (1977) by Paul Huson; Test Your Psychic Powers: Find Out the Truth for Yourself (1995) by Sue Blackmore and Adam Hart-Davis; Guidelines for testing psychic claimants (1995) by Richard Wiseman and Bob L. Morris, as well as more recent information on-line. With virtual forms of communication, arranging such distance tests has never been easier.
- Any odd physical happenings at home? The possibility that psychic experiences may be far more common than is realised in daily life may be tested. These may include watching out for odd-one off instances of psychokinetic activity (e.g. one-off poltergeist-like events). These have been termed – ‘Just-one-of-those-things’ or JOTTS for short. These are usually baffling, puzzling and occasionally delightful incidents where physical objects behave in some strange way, sometimes at moments of emotional significance.
- Time to write up your own personal experiences and family ghost stories and experiences It is often forgotten that we don’t have ghosts we can guarantee to perform and study on tap. What we do have are ghost experiences reported by people, the basis upon which research begins. Such experiences are remarkably common but the vast majority of them go unrecorded. So the present time provides an opportunity for gathering new data sets.
- Record other people’s experiences. Many spontaneous psychic experiences are domestic, occurring when people are at home. These often seem to occur in extraordinary times of high-emotion, whether happy or sad; stress also seems to be a background which underpins many psychic experiences. Personal stress, stressful environments or situations such as accidents, war-time or peace-time emergencies all seem to contribute to a rise in psychic experiences. Thus, the current crisis is resulting internationally in an environment where such experiences may be expected and will be reported. Obviously, discretion and sensitivity in collecting such reports are absolutely essential and must be applied here, especially where people are worried, ill or recently bereaved.
- Observe your pets. Many consider animals to have psi-powers; Rupert Sheldrake wrote Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (1999; 2011). What about when they are home? Observing the behaviour of cats and dogs or other pets you live with at the present time may prove interesting. For example, does you dog know seem to know in advance when you will take it for a short walk? Are pets behaving differently at certain times e.g. before certain people contact you or certain household decisions are made?
- Spiritual practice. Many people will have some personal kind of religious or spiritual practice that reaches out to the transcendent. The current situation with lockdowns offers increased opportunities for prayer, meditation, contemplation, mindfulness, rites and rituals of your faith that may be practised individually or with family members, and through virtual link-ups with others. Opportunities will exist here to examine these experiences and reflect upon them and to research them further.