All right, let me tell you, this isn't easy stuff getting a whole new investigative group off of the ground.  So much to deal with.  First the name decision.  Then artwork to decide on.  Then looking into the legal formation of the LLC.  "Of course we need liability insurance, how much is that?"  Cleaning off my keyboard of sprayed coffee after the chat with the insurance agent. Website to build (which is at least partially successful if you're here reading this).  By laws to write and review.  A hundred more things that I'm probably forgetting about at the time of this post.  Let me tell you, unless you like being beat up mentally, DON'T DO IT!

Still with me?  Good!  Let's get past all of the baloney and I'll quite whining.  Let's talk briefly about not getting beat up...on investigations.

So many people out there are investigating.  Some with experience, others without.  But the one thing that I find that we sometimes ALL seem to overlook is protecting ourselves.  Let's face it, walking in to a haunted location is a bit like walking the barrios of Juarez, Mexico at night.  BTW - I can say that.  I lived there for almost 5 years.  As a living entity, you are entering the world and the realm of the dead, and worse.  You will deal with passed human spirits, along with spirits who may NEVER have qualified as anything remotely close to human, including various things that may or may not be malevolent.  There could also be poltergeists, demonic entities, astral spirits, trans-dimensional beings, etc.  And you're trying to communciate with them.  When we try to communicate, we are drawing their attention.   Many of them will be jealous that a living human being is exactly that - living!

It's important to prepare properly, and it's not a given that it will always work.  Look at it like an alarm on your automobile or home.  They aren't infallible, either.  The best that they do is create another layer of protection, and maybe delay all but the more dedicated bad guys.  It's the same with protection.  You must create layers.

One of the most basic things that I employ is the wearing of holy items.  They don't have to even be of a particular sect.  Some people use holy items of Judeo-Christian background, some of the eastern religions, such as Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, others use Pagan items. There are as many different types as there are variations on belief structure.  What the important thing is, is that the wearer has a solid and non-wavering faith in the protection of the deity that the item represents.  It's probably the one thing that the old time vampire movies sometimes got right.  Let's take the crucifix, for example.  Remember the movie "Fright Night"? There is a scene in the movie where the vampire tells someone that the cross only works if you believe. A person's faith has power and a holy item or artifact that represents that seems to intensify that belief and in result, its power to ward.

stbenedictringI personally wear a St. Benedict ring and a St Michael medallion on all investigative work.  St. Benedict was the saint whose medals and insignia are commonly used as protection against evil.  The express purpose of using any any item representative of him is to call down God's blessing and protection upon people, wherever they are, and upon their homes and possessions, especially through the intercession of St. Benedict. It can be worn on a chain around the neck, attached to one's rosary, kept in one's pocket or purse, or placed in one's car or home, or even as a ring like I do. The medals were often put into the foundations of houses and buildings, on the walls of barns and sheds, or in one's place of business, in past eras.

stmichaelmedallionI also have the medallion of St Michael the Archangel on a chain around my neck.  Michael is viewed as the angelic model for the virtues of the spiritual warrior, with the conflict against evil at times viewed as the battle within. Other roles of Michael in Catholic teachings deal with death. In this role, Michael is the angel of death, carrying the souls of all the deceased to heaven. Michael is said to descend at the hour of death, and gives each soul the chance to redeem itself before passing; thus consternating the devil and his minions. Each of these items I have in possession have been blessed by archbishops of the Catholic Church, which is the faith that I carry. Spiritual anointment of them by those in power give them the status of holy items.

Keep in mind, that I am not proselytizing for my faith, nor am I advocating these items over all others, as it is a matter of preference in both cases.  I used these examples as something that I have unwavering faith in their ability to help me stay untouched by any malevolent beings while out investigating.  Before carrying these items, I had sa couple of cases of attachments that I had to have dealt with.  Since beginning, the unfortunate incidents have ceased.  In short, I now am throughly convinced that items that symbolize your faith in whatever belief you follow, and that anointing by those whom have spiritual power, can be that layer of protection that we all desire.

Now, the down side of that.  If you wear these items, and you don't really believe, there is a negative outcome possible.  Holy items can be as a beacon of light on a moonless light is to a moth.  They will attract.  If the moth finds a door open to your house, it's likely going to fly in. Same thing with malevolant spirits and entities.  They will come, they will check out your belief, and they may try to influence you or even worse.  So my words of caution are "Don't use anything that you really don't believe in".

That's enough for this first post.  Look for more on protection in just a few days, dealing with less material forms.  I wish that I could give a timetable, but my personal life is somewhat hectic right now with work and kids, so we'll just leave off saying "See you soon" and "Good hunting"!