Things That Scare
Us…And How to Get Over Them
In Debi Chestnut’s new book, Stalking Shadows,
she talks about some of her most interesting and creepy experiences both as a psychic medium and
as a ghost hunter. She asks, “Why is it that certain things and places spook a
lot of people? Places such as basements, attics, abandoned buildings; dolls;
clowns—the list is endless.”
One of the most obvious answers to this question is that
we’ve been so conditioned by TV and movies to be afraid of these places. You
know the scenes—the unsuspecting person is inching up or down the stairs,
candle or flashlight in hand, looking for whatever is making those suspicious
noises. Now, if these TV shows or movies run true to form, something is going
to jump out at them and scare the life out of them—we all know it’s going to
happen. It’s like a train wreck–you don’t want to watch, but you can’t turn
away. Then, when the culprit does jump out, you jump, too!
From children’s cartoons to sophisticated horror movies,
we just can’t help but apply those scenes into our everyday lives–therefore, we
are going to be at least a little spooked almost every time we’re confronted
with such a situation.
Another possible answer as to why certain places could
spook us is that we have an innate fear of the unknown. Let’s face it: most
basements and attics are dimly lit, and ordinary objects cast eerie shadows on
the walls and floors. We can’t see around the corners—and the only reason we’re
in those places to begin with is because we blew a circuit and we have to get
to the circuit box, we’re doing laundry (and the washer and dryer happen to be
in the basement), or we heard a suspicious noise and need to investigate. If
this last is the case, we are already on high alert and rather nervous about
what made the noise in the first place, so it’s only natural that the attic or
basement is going to seem rather creepy.
What about some abandoned buildings? Lots of people find
them to be unbelievably creepy. Could it be the wind whistling through the
broken windows, or the stillness and lack of life that seems to permeate
through the walls that creeps people out? Maybe, but it could all go back to TV
and movies where we all know scenes in an abandoned building are not going to
end well for our hero or heroine. It could also be that abandoned buildings
just look haunted. The interior is usually dark, and it seems in some buildings
that even the sunlight is apprehensive about illuminating the interior in fear
of what it might find. However, most abandoned buildings are not haunted–just
desolate, alone, but yes, creepy.
So then the question becomes: how do we get over a bad
case of the creeps? Here are three things to practice to work through that
creepy feeling and get on with what you’re doing.
1. Stop and Ask Yourself Some Questions
Whenever in a spooky situation, stop and look around. Is there any real reason you’re
getting this feeling (or is it just the atmosphere of the place you’re in)? Am
you being harmed in any way or do you feel threatened? Is there something there
besides your mind reacting to years of programming that has conditioned you to
feel spooked in certain places? If you can answer these questions in the
negative, then you’ll tend to calm down and carry on.
2. Discern Whether or Not You Are in a Fear Cage
A fear cage is created when you’re in an area that contains high Electromagnetic
Fields, or EMFs. Science has shown us that high EMFs have an effect on the
human mind and body; they can cause feelings of being watched, hallucinations,
tingling in parts of our body, and a general feeling of unease.
Basements are notorious fear cages, because many times
the electrical panel for the house or building is located in that space. As a
ghost hunter, the first thing Chestnut would do is pull out her EMF detector
and check the readings. If you don’t have an EMF meter available and you’re
constantly getting that creepy feeling in one particular room (or, in rare cases,
the entire building), then we would suggest calling out an electrician to check
the EMF readings in your house or place of business.
3. Assess the Situation
The most important thing is to pay attention to how you’re feeling. Our bodies
are remarkable machines, and we have an innate sense of self-preservation. In
addition, everyone has kind of a sixth sense that will kick in in fight or
flight situations. If you’re getting that creepy feeling, then it’s important
to figure out what is causing it to keep yourself out of harm’s way–especially
if you’re a ghost hunter.
If necessary, remove yourself from the building for a
little while and go outside for a short walk. This should help calm you down
and get over any feelings of unease so that you’re able to think clearly.
The truth of the matter is that there is always going to
be something that creeps us out, whether it’s a basement, attic, abandoned
building, dolls, clowns, or spiders and snakes. The secret is learning how to
deal with that creepy feeling and move on.