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How can you capture EVP from ghosts?

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Hello and welcome to another episode of “Ask Erin Pavlina.” Today’s question comes from Jose. He writes, “What is the best way to entice a spirit to speak through an EVP while ghost hunting?”

Great question. First of all, EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Ghost hunters or paranormal investigators will take a digital voice recorder out into the field and they will ask questions of a spirit or of an area hoping that a spirit will answer. We would not be able to hear the answer with our human ears, but the digital voice recorders are able to pick up different frequencies than we are. I don’t know exactly how that works, but it does.

If you want to capture an EVP, there are some things that you want to do to enhance the likelihood that a spirit will be able to get through on one. Here’s what you need to do. First, whenever you’re trying to capture EVP, get everybody in your group to be quiet and still – as still as possible. Ask the question out into the air, preferably in an area you have identified as a hotspot, which would be a place where a spirit has been seen before or activity has occurred or where your EMF detector has detected energy. Get your digital voice recorder out. Make sure everybody in your group is very, very still and quiet and ask a question, “So-and-so, are you there? Is there a spirit present?” And then wait five or ten seconds with nobody talking, shifting or making any kind of noises. If anybody in your party makes a known noise, they should immediately identify it. “That was my stomach rumbling.” “That was my shoe squeaking.” So that later when you’re analyzing the data you don’t mistake that for spirit communication. So, be as quiet as possible.

You ask the question out into the air, and you wait five or ten seconds, and you ask another question and you keep doing that until you’re done with an area or until you’re done with questions. You probably will not hear anything with your physical ears, but later when you’re going through the recording you may pick up something. It’s not always easy to interpret what comes through.

Another thing that I would suggest: Know what kind of spirit you’re dealing with. If you’re in an area where there’s a very mean, nasty, murderous spirit or if the spirit was very mean and angry in life, sometimes the best way to get them to come through is to agitate them. You want to get your strongest character in your group to call them out, “Hey, I don’t believe in you. We don’t think you exist. You got nothin’.” And that usually is enough to get some activity going. Be very careful with that, because sometimes there are consequences in agitating a negatively charged spirit.

If you’re in an area where you’re dealing with a spirit who was probably more gentle and kind and caring when they were alive, then I would suggest doing something a little different. I would calm the energy of everybody in your group, make sure everybody is in a good place, maybe even do a meditation. Raise everybody’s vibration. Create an environment that’s going to make it easier for a spirit to come through and communicate. Spirits do not have physical bodies on the other side, so they don’t have vocal cords. It’s very difficult for them to form sentences and put that through energetically and electronically so that it’s picked up as an EVP. It really is asking quite a bit for you to ask the spirit to speak in phrases and sentences. You’ll be lucky if you get one or two words out out of them. It’s very difficult for them, but it does happen and you want to be open to it when it does.

Try to get your EVP in a nice quiet place where nobody in your party is talking and that will definitely increase your chances of getting some good results. Good luck and happy ghost hunting.

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