It all started when I unintentionally annoyed the ghost of a stern, early American minister. Though that ghost was usually silent, I irritated him enough that he spoke through a couple of trance mediums. He also sent messages through a few investigators who don’t usually “hear” voices at haunted sites.
Unfortunately, since the ghost was known for his energy and — until that investigation — hadn’t manifested with anything vocal, no one was prepared to record EVP. It was an extraordinary opportunity, and we missed it because we didn’t bring enough equipment.
Nevertheless, that experience was an “ah-HA!” moment and sparked a series of articles about ghosts, their cultural contexts, and how to use (or deliberately overlook) manners and etiquette to evoke a response.
The problem is, this technique involves religion. While I can see some situations where it’s not only appropriate but it may be helpful… in some settings it could be dangerous. I don’t mean simply scary, but actually risky for anyone present, especially those who aren’t shielded or prepared for malicious entities.
I’m not likely to use this approach in the future. I think it’s unnecessary in all but the most urgent (but clearly non-malicious) settings.
So, with that warning, here’s the link to my four-page article featuring two ways to use this kind of technique.