14. Experiencing physical assault
Although these usually tend to occur in case of a demonic presence, vengeful spirits can also harm you physically. If you find unexplained scratches, clots or wounds on your body, especially after you wake up or if you experience hard pushes and shoves or slaps, then it’s time to call a priest or a genuine paranormal researcher. However, physical attacks are highly rare.
15. Actual physical evidence
Finding strange written notes or unexplainable handprints and writing on walls, unaccounted footprints on the floor are strong signs your house is haunted.
16. Witnessing apparitions
There is no stronger sign of a haunted house than personally witnessing the physical manifestation of an entity or a spirit. As highly rare as these are, you may actually see indistinguishable shapes or translucent forms or mists resembling a human form which can disappear in an instant.
Once you’ve seen an apparition with your own eyes, if you’re lucky (or unlucky) enough, what more proof do you need?
What to do if your house is haunted
“If one door closes and another one opens, your house is probably haunted.” – Unknown
Now that you have identified the signs that your house may truly be haunted is time to do something about it. The haunting is not only affecting your mental, emotional and physical health, but it is also negatively impacting your family.
Here are some steps to help you start dealing with living in a haunted house:
1. Talk to your family
In most cases of hauntings, family members tend to keep things to themselves as they believe they won’t be taken seriously, even though all of them are experiencing the same thing. Hence, due to the fear of shame and ridicule, you tend to stay silent and start questioning your sanity. The best way to start coping with a haunting is to sit down with your family and have an open and honest conversation about what you think is going on in the house.
You also need to make your family members feel comfortable enough for them to open up and share their experiences without any fear of being judged. See if all family members are on the same page and if someone is being skeptical about it. If so, then it’s good to have a different perspective. Make sure you’re sensitive and understanding when dealing with children and young adults regarding such issues.
2. Keep a log
Once you have realized that you are experiencing a haunting, it can be a great idea to start keeping a journal or a log mentioning any and all activity that you have encountered in the house. This can help you stay sane and realize that it’s not all in your head. Moreover, as you cannot share your experiences with your friends or relatives, this will give you an opportunity to share your feelings.
Keeping a log will help you note down the incidents while they are still fresh in your mind. Moreover, it will also help you identify patterns like if there’s any specific time or place where most activities occur. This can be very helpful later. When you are keeping your log or journal, make sure to keep the following in mind:
- Make sure you note down the exact date and time of the event.
- Mention how you felt emotionally and psychologically during and after the incident occurred.
- Write down whether you were alone or if other members were present.
- Mention all the others who witnessed it and what they experienced and saw.
- Mention the temperature inside the house or at the place of the event and anything else that was unusual during the incident.
- Make a note of the weather conditions at that time.
You should also make use of electronic gadgets like smartphones, audio recorders and cameras to record any strange noises or visual phenomena and capture them as an audio recording, photo or video. Make sure you keep all the devices readily available so that you can start documenting immediately as the phenomena occurs.
Documenting the unexplained phenomena in your house on a daily basis can help you understand the situation better and enable you to find out the right solution to cleanse your home.
3. Look for logical explanations
Once you have started maintaining a journal and recording paranormal phenomenon on camera and audio recorders, analyze all the evidence and try to find out if the event can be explained logically.
In most cases, you will find there’s a practical and scientific reason for what you might have believed demonic activity. Weird things happen all around us regularly but when the activity is confined to a singular location we start believing something strange is happening.
When you start investigating the events with an open mind, you will start seeing the occurrences from a whole new perspective.
As we are usually afraid of things we don’t understand, our mind starts making up stories to protect ourselves from impending threats and dangers. When you start explaining the unexplainable that fear starts fading and you start realizing how normal the event was. Cases of true hauntings and people being harmed by spirits are exceptionally rare. As I mentioned earlier, electromagnetic fields have been found to be unusually high in haunted places. Another way to see this is haunted places have high electromagnetic fields or EMFs and this is not necessarily due to the spirits. It has been found that fluctuations in EMF can affect our mind and may result in hallucinations, nightmares and scopaesthesia and other extrasensory experiences.
Electromagnetic fields may vary for different reasons and it’s not always due to a ghost. Moreover, leaking carbon monoxide inside a house can also cause you to hallucinate, hear strange sounds and feel sad and depressed.
If you look carefully, in most cases you will find a logical reason for the events taking place in your house. In case things are still unexplainable and you feel there’s something to be afraid of, then you need to make a decision.