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never force communication or summon and stir the dead. She feels that is the role of the necromancer and not the medium. Freeman added, “If you must call it necromancy, mediumship is the softer side of this form of communication.”

Even when working side by side with a paranormal team in her area, Freeman believes that it is better to feel and sense and be more receptive than active in gathering psychic evidence. She is against summoning and asking questions or in the paranormal practice of provoking. “Just because there is a death there, does not mean that there is a spirit remaining,” insisted Freeman. “When you enter with a bias, and take an active, controlling approach, you can easily end up with contaminated evidence.” She also states that for psychics working with teams, it is imperative that they do not know anything about the location until arriving. Even if it is a well-known haunt, it is best that no information is given in advance.

Most paranormal teams embrace some aspect of the occult in their work. Each team uses techniques that they are comfortable with. Chad Stambaugh, director of 11th Hour Paranormal, PRS, out of Fresno, California stated, “I think it is very important for teams to know about the occult. In today’s age, the occult is prevalent in a lot of

He also uses occult techniques in his work. “EVP sessions are done on every investigation. However, mediums are not used on every investigation. We have learned that most clients will cling to every word a medium says. We are not perfect and not always right, and we feel the same goes for mediums. Even the mediums on our team will admit that they are not always right.”

Davron Michaels, founder of Astral Light Paranormal Investigations (ALPI) and arch-priest of the New Aeon Church International offers caveats to other teams.

“A paranormal team should be working from a scientific approach only, and thus always look for explainable causes first. A paranormal investigator is attempting to find or rule out all natural causes for the perceived phenomena. Once natural causes have not been found, and then one moves to other possibilities. Such intervention should be initiated based upon the beliefs of the client. Thus, if that client is Christian, I would suggest consultation from a member of their church. If the client is Jewish, a rabbi could be called. If, and only if, the client is open to alternative means, then and only then can the occult techniques be considered. By immediately moving into the occult, this may compromise the scientific aspect of the investigation. A paranormal

cases. It is very imperative and crucial for teams to know about the occult, not to dabble in it, per se, but to know what it is and what it is about. If you do not know what sigils and symbols might be present at a case, then you can’t properly diagnose the activity. You also cannot protect your own team from what you might be getting yourself and your team into.”

Stambaugh returns to the original meaning of the occult. “It's like being an oncologist. If the doctor doesn't know all the different kinds of cancers are out there, he can't treat his patients.” He also feels the use of mediums is a positive addition to his team. “Mediums are also very imperative because they can direct their scientific counterparts on the team where the possible activity is, thus steering the team away from wasting a lot of time on non- paranormal areas,” Stambaugh said.

Todd Schelat, founder, lead investigator of the Canton (Ohio) Team Tri-C Ghost Hunters, and host of Local Hauntings Internet Radio agreed. “So many people are misled by TV shows and movies, not to mention teams investigating for all the wrong reasons, that it is very important for investigators to understand and educate themselves on techniques and symbols of the occult. This benefits the clients, of course.”