Ghosts and Hauntings/Just a short interview

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Hi can i just ask you a few questions  as an interview for my research project.
1) Have you ever actually seen a ghost?
2) Could you please tell me some achievements of ghost hunting that you've got?
3) Are there any difficulties or dangers that you face while hunting?
4) What technique do you usually use to hunt ghosts? Is that always effective?

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(Revised answer June 26, 2013)

Hello John,
  
Thank you for writing to me at AllExperts / Ghosts and Hauntings with your questions. Thank you as well for your patience while AllExperts fix their formatting problem. I'll basically answer your questions, and hope that these would provide answers for your survey.

  1- I believe that I have seen 2, possibly 3, ghosts in my lifetime.  My first sighting occurred nearly half a century ago, and was actually the catalyst for my studies of the paranormal.  I will not go into details, but suffice it to say, that I would classify it as a full body "comfort" apparition.  My 2nd sighting happened less than a year ago in a stairwell of an apartment building I recently moved out of.  This again was a full body apparition though not detailed as the first.  It was completely unexpected.  The 3rd occurrence I am hesitant to classify as a ghost, as there may be a rational explanation for the sighting.  it occurred in a bed and breakfast in Calgary.  Although I am a paranormal investigator, none of these occurred within an investigation.  Ironically, despite the large number of investigations my team have undertaken, we have yet to see anything even resembling a ghost.

  2- First of, I would have to say none as I am not a ghost hunter.  I, and my organization, do not utilize this term as we find this disrespectful of the deceased, and demeaning & insulting to those few of us who are serious & dedicated paranormal investigators & parapsychologists. We explore the unknown rather than hunt human beings.  If this field of study is ever to gain respect from the general public, and specifically, the scientific community, we must refrain from using juvenile terms to describe our work. Doctors are not referred to as disease hunters. Dentists are not referred to as cavity hunters.  As such, out of respect for the people involved in the field, living or dead, we should also refer to ourselves with a more appropriate title. Ahhh... that felt good.

Seriously, to answer your question,there is a difference between achievement & accomplishment. When it comes to proving the existence of ghosts, the phenomenon of hauntings, or the possibility of life after death, we have, as the rest of the people in this field, proven and therefore achieved nothing.  That is why the work is ongoing. However, in terms of accomplishment, I can say that I have gained personal satisfaction in knowing I have been helping people with situations that they often find frightening, confusing & disruptive;  whether it be through discovering earthly rational answers to their situation, or help them deal with something more preternatural in essence.

  3- While performing investigations, there are 2 types of dangers that can be present.  Of course, one has to deal with the physical environment. Often, work is done in total darkness, which of course can render one susceptible to personal injury.  People have died in the course of investigating ghosts.  However, these are usually amateur, armchair, hobbyist "ghost hunters".  I and my team are professionals, and we take precautions & safety measures against injury.

Second type of injury we face, is the possibility of physical or psychical attack from the very ghosts/entity that we are investigating.  The ghost realm is saturated with nasty characters. Again,we also protect ourselves from these kind of attacks.  There are cases of those, again the stereotypical "ghost hunter", who take no such precautions and deserve to pay the price.

  4- Unfortunately, I am unable to answer the first part of your question due to the fact that several of our techniques & methods of our exploration are what one might call "trade secrets".  We often utilize different & innovative types of equipment & techniques that we do not wish to make public until they have been thoroughly tested & proven/disprove to be effective.

As for the second part, despite decades of ongoing research & investigation of the paranormal, it is painfully obvious that no method has been proven effective.  If it had been, the question of ghosts would be answered.  All the data so far is not hard evidence despite the method of capture.  These are mostly circumstantial & subjective at best.  Let's take recorded voice phenomenon [RVP][the modern term for EVP], for example.  There have been tens of thousands of supposed recorded disincarnate voices. However, not one of them is absolute proof of the existence of ghosts or the afterlife.  Simple math tells you that ten thousand times zero is zero.  When you consider the decades that EVP research has been undertaken, there remains no empirical proof of anything otherworldly. It is obvious that, as to date, no proven effective methods exist to satisfy the scrutiny & skepticism of the scientific community.  They prefer repeatable results & the best we can offer are individual results, again circumstantial & subjective.  

I hope this helped to address some of your concerns.  if there is anything else i can help you with, please feel free to write again.


Sincerely,
Greg Pocha / All Experts / Ghosts and Hauntings

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Greg shares his experience and knowledge as a special consultant on All Experts to help people find educated and unbiased answers from a professional in the field. He will be happy to answer your questions on the following subjects:Greg is backed by his team of PROFESSIONAL PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS. Do not feel afraid of, or apprehensive about, asking your question. If it falls outside Greg's area of knowledge, he will let you know. He also realizes, through experience, that some people are uneasy asking questions about a haunting. Greg is here to help, not to judge. Greg realizes that although one can not be considered an "expert" of the 'otherside' until one actually gets there, he will not boast false modesty by downplaying his knowledge. Also realize that he will give you straight forward, down to earth answers, not flowery, new age hippy speak.

Experience

Greg Pocha is the Director of Paranormal & Parapsychological Studies for the Eidolon Project Canada. Mr. Pocha is also a leading authority on 'Spectral Profiling'. He has been actively researching and investigating the paranormal in relation to ghosts, hauntings, paranormal activity, parapsychology, psychical research and other closely related areas as a professional since 1999 although his interest and study of the paranormal goes back nearly a half century. He is one of the founders of 'Eidolon Project Canada', an organization that researchs and investigates hauntings at no cost to their clients. Besides studying the subjects that most people consider 'paranormal', Greg also studies subjects such as Near Death Experiences, and other scientific areas. Greg has instructed the Paranormal Studies course for Edmonton Public School's Adult Continuing Education department. He has also given seminars for Edmonton Public Libraries programs. Greg continues adding to his knowledge through study and his continued active involvement in research and investigations of hauntings throughout his home province of Alberta, Canada. Mr. Pocha has been called in to offer his expertise and assist in independent investigations. His input and opinions are sought after and respected.



Publications
Greg is currently in the working stages of his first book, "BEYOND: Recognition {Ghosts, Hauntings and Spectral Profiling}". Note: This is an actual book, not a vanity published e-book.

Education/Credentials

Outside of practical hands-on experience and field work for over a decade, Greg owns a private reference library approaching 1,000 books dealing with the paranormal, ghosts, hauntings, parapsychology, physics, medical and other related subject. Here is a subject sampling of this extensive library:GHOSTS - HAUNTINGS - POLTERGEIST - CLASSICAL & QUANTUM THEORY - ENCYCLOPEDIAS / DICTIONARIES / ANTHOLOGIES on PARANORMAL STUDIES - TEXTS on PARAPSYCHOLOGY - DEMONOLOGY - CASE STUDIES - INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES - HISTORY / MYTHOLOGY of GHOSTS - THANATOLOGY - NEAR DEATH STUDIES - HOSPICE CARE - PSYCHICAL STUDIES - BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGY - etc.. Authors include: Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, Stephan Hawking, Paul Davis, Carl Sagan, Allison DuBois, James van Praagh, Derek Achora, John Robert Columbo, Dr.Raymond Moody Jr., Dr.Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Dr. Maurice Rawlings, Dr.Melvin Morse, Dr.Janis Amatuzio, Dr. Kenneth Ring, Dr. Jeffrey Long, Harry Price, Hans Holzer, Andrew Lang, Ed & Lorraine Warren, A.Arthur Findlay, Nandor Fudor, Colin Wilson, Plato, DeCarte, Nietzshce, et.al. This ever growing library is available should references need to be made to help in answering your questions. Greg's on-going education in the paranormal and parapsychology fields is unending.



Past/Present Clients
Due to confidentiality agreements made with our clients guaranteeing their anonymity, I can not list past/current clients. All of our investigations are refered to by case number only. Personal information regarding our clients is privileged.

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