Ghost Recon Paranormal is more than willing to help make the process of finding a reputable and professional team easier to find.
There are eight basic factors potential clients should keep in front of them when deciding to contact a paranormal group:
Unfortunately, there are far too many groups that are simply too inexperienced and new to handle the potential dangers involved and inherent in serious paranormal research. These groups are playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette at their clients’ expense, and it’s only a matter of time before they not only find themselves over their heads and in trouble, but the client who trusted them will be in trouble as well.
Regardless of the talent involved, a group is hardly qualified to calm a house presently occupied by a hostile entity if they have never done this before. Most groups, at best, have “seen it done before” by others. You did not bring these people into your personal life and home or historical place so they could turn it into a schoolroom and then turn around and say, “Well, sorry...we can’t help you, but we know someone who can.” You don’t go to a doctor with a bone sticking out of your leg just for him or her to tell you that you have a broken leg. If they cannot help you with your situation’s worst-case scenario or worse, are unable to even tell you what that might be, you need to go onto greener pastures.
Most reputable groups will have developed ties with various historical societies over the years, among other organizations, up to and including local government and media. If these people are new but have been with another group prior to forming their own, ask whom they worked with before and follow through with a letter or phone call to check out their reference(s).
Credentials can also be discerned from the instrumentation the investigators use, but more importantly, it’s how they’re used! Every good paranormal investigator keeps that skeptic part of them quite healthy; after all, 90% of all “phenomena” are inevitably caused by natural and common influences. While the EMF meters and a non-contact thermometer (an investigator’s basic tool list) can and do detect the paranormal, they also detect the everyday forces that naturally surround us all the time. When the EMF meter registers a reading, the inexperienced or improperly educated “investigator” will fail to take the natural causes into account before he or she cries “ghost.” But, if the investigator systematically eliminated these natural possibilities, that’s an investigator who knows what they’re doing. Along these same lines, if a psychic is predisposed through discussion with others or research into an area’s potential activity, then nothing that psychic “senses” can be considered valid.
The level of professionalism among the investigators you bring in is usually best represented by the man or woman that interviews you. This interview, in most cases, is usually a frank, one-on-one conversation between you and the case’s lead investigator or the group’s director. Their attitude should be one of respect and caring for you, your home, and, if applicable, your family. The interview should be just that—an interview, not an interrogation. The group as a whole should be mature and act accordingly. On the issue of confidentiality, property access, and other matters, it should all be in writing, signed by those involved, and explained to you fully before you sign.
Contacting the group’s director (or founder) is usually a great way to get answers quickly concerning anything you wish to know about their group; most often, they’re all proud and eager to help people. While there are those few group founders and directors whose arrogance would never allow it, the seasoned ones will have no problem deferring a case to a more qualified group rather than placing you and their membership in harm’s way.
When it comes to questions, no reputable paranormal group will turn you away, and this is the optimal way to find the groups that will best benefit you. Search their Web site, and 97% of the time you will find a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, where you might discover that others had the same questions and concerns you do. The FAQ pages and the message boards are great indicators of a group’s abilities and their standing among the opinions of other groups.
Finally, consider the location of the group—where they’re based and where they’ve done research. If a group is well-organized and serious about what they do, reasonable travel is not usually a hassle.
The paranormal community is out there so that we can research, learn, and teach others about the paranormal in the most scientific manner allowed to us through the use of the instrumentation available to us.
Most reputable groups will fulfill most of the following criteria, but not necessarily all of it:
Depending on the group, this list can vary in its content and should not be used as a final checklist. It should be used, however, as a means to guide the new client to the paranormal group that best fits his or her particular situation. A good paranormal group must be as flexible and diversified as the phenomena we seek to research. We hope this has been helpful and encourage you to take everything into account.
God Bless You and Your Dwelling!
Ghost Recon Paranormal