Ever heard a creak in the middle of the night that sent shivers down your spine? Or does your cat stare intently at empty corners in your home? Perhaps objects keep mysteriously disappearing – and reappearing in the most unusual places.
While the sceptic in us says these strange things may not always mean paranormal entities are lurking about, the possibility of ghosts in your house has fleeted across our minds. Right?
Having a rare spooky encounter in an old hotel is one thing, but when spirits attach themselves to you or your home it can be downright terrifying.
But before you call Peter Venkman, let’s explore a few practical ways you can rid your home of negative energies.
Get your sage smudges ready, we’re about to shed light on these shadowy figures.
How To Get Rid Of Ghosts: 6 Tips
How you approach creepy situations depends on what you believe ghosts are and how they interact with the living world. There are many ways to rid your home of ghosts, each with varying degrees of scientific evidence and ritualistic traditions.
Let’s take a look at a few options:
1. Rule out logical causes
Don’t jump to illogical conclusions when something peculiar happens. What may seem like paranormal activity at first, could not relate to ghosts at all!
First, investigate potential explanations for any strange occurrences or noises:
- Has your neighbour decided to take up drum lessons at 11 p.m.?
- Is your boiler gurgling due to a low gas supply?
- Have gale-force winds knocked the power out?
- Did your dog run into the house and bump over that vase?
- Has your kid got a habit of hiding things in weird – and wonderful – places?
If you’re certain there are no rational reasons behind these events, do a ritual cleanse.
2. Cleanse your home
- Religious rituals: Many religions believe cleansing practices are a way to get rid of ghosts and drive out negative energies. Depending on your belief, calling a priest or strategically placing religious objects (e.g. sacred statutes, holy water, rosary beads, etc.) around might be an efficient method.
- Sage smudging: Sage is one of the purest forms of ridding oneself – and living space – of bad energy. Burning white sage dates back centuries, often used by spiritual groups for cleansing purposes. Wafting the smoke across yourself and every area of your home has shown to be successful.
- Salt: Throughout history, salt has been known for its protective properties. Line doorways and create a salt circle around your home using salt to repel evil spirit attachments from entering your space.
- Crystals: Precious stones are common divination tools, used to shield us from otherworldly beings.
- Amethyst has potent shielding powers (particularly if you’re having strange dreams).
- Tiger’s Eye is used for protection against negative energies.
- Selenite forms a protective grid when placed in the four corners of a room.
- Obsidian repels ghoulish beings.
- Black tourmaline blocks bad energy.
3. Remove any items the ghost is attached to
Not all ghosts mean harm, some become attached to certain items as a way to communicate with the living.
To rid your home of unwanted ghosts, consider removing ‘haunted items,’ like picture frames and toys, from your space – it could be as simple as that!
If, however, ghosts attach themselves to you or your family, professional help is often needed. These signs start gradually and may not be noticeable straight away.
A few telltale signs* of these “attachments” may include:
- Overwhelming emotions and sudden mood swings – such as increased irritation, rage or intense feelings of guilt, dread or sadness (without logical explanations).
- Strange visions or evil dreams leading toward paranormal activity.
- Disembodied voices from the family member, without them having any recollection of events.
The term “misery loves company” often springs to mind in these instances. Ghosts often prowl the living realms in search of negative energy. When someone is consumed in bad energy and unfortunate events, they’re more likely to ‘invite’ spiritual beings into their life.
Note: If you or someone you know is in severe emotional turmoil, we urge you to seek professional help from therapists, mediums, psychologists or religious leaders.
*These signs are used for the purpose of this article. If you have any of the signs, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are possessed by a demon.
4. Change the energy in your home
As mentioned, ghosts are drawn to negative energy. If you change the energy in your home to be more positive, those unwanted ghosts might disappear – no pun intended!
Some ideas to try:
- Create a calm environment – light candles or burn incense to set the mood.
- Think happy thoughts – the law of attraction is a powerful force!
- Allow fresh air into your home to remove stale energy.
If this doesn’t work, try taking a stand against the ghost (nicely of course!).
5. Speak up
If cleansing rituals and removing objects doesn’t work, you probably need to take a more direct approach. Take a deep breath, puff out your chest and in a strong, calm and respectable voice announce your presence whenever you notice that peripheral ghost sighting.
This might seem silly at first, but you’re setting boundaries and letting the ghost know you are not a threat.
Alternative options to try:
- Reading positive mantras
- Reading holy scriptures – out loud.
If all else fails, get professional help.
6. Seek professional help
If you don’t feel comfortable performing cleansing rituals – or are downright petrified! – call in:
- Paranormal investigators will cleanse your home and can detect any spiritual presence using specialised ghost hunting equipment, such as ghost boxes, electromagnetic field meters (EMFs), thermal cameras, and vibration sensors. Paranormal Research Investigators have explored many spooky locations in the UK and have said: “We will endeavour to remove anomalous activity by identifying causes through rational methods.”
- Mediums can help figure out the meaning of your residual haunting. A medium relies heavily on individual belief and open-mindedness to possible causes outside the realm of science. They use divination techniques to communicate with ghosts, including tarot cards, Ouija boards and pendulums.
How Do You Know Your House Is Haunted?
Signs that you’re living in a haunted house can show up in various ways, such as:
- You experience creepy feelings – like you’re being watched or followed.
- Unusual odours – “Phantosmia” is a term doctors use to explain olfactory hallucinations (smells that aren’t actually in your environment). Often foul smells, like rotten eggs or decaying meat, have been associated with occult beings.
- Unexplained noises – the sound of doors slamming, children’s laughter, breaking glass or low thudding sounds are common ghost phenomena.
- Electrical interference – if TVs, radios and light bulbs flicker on and off, you might have a spirit in your midst.
- Odd cold spots – temperature drops often accompany the supernatural.
- Missing objects are found in odd places – objects disappearing and reappearing in the strangest places could be an indication of ghosts.
- Your pets are acting weird – animals have a heightened sense of hearing and smell when compared to humans. If they’re playing up – like barking “at nothing” – you might need to start smudging.
What types of ghosts do you get?
You get benevolent (harmless) and malevolent (harmful) spirits. Different cultures may refer to ghosts differently, but in essence, these are the most common types:
- The interactive personality (harmless) – often associated with a deceased relative.
- Ectoplasm (harmless) – often referred to as a “smoky mist”, commonly seen in graveyards and around historical sites.
- Orbs (harmless) – these “floating balls of light” are not seen by the naked eye but vividly appear in photographs.
- Poltergeist (harmful) – these spirits manipulate their environment (e.g. knocking things over, slamming doors, etc.) and are the most feared.
- Demons (harmful) – these are not ghosts, but rather a form of non-human spirits. These malevolent entities can inhibit living beings and cause harm to their host and others.
What is the fear of ghosts called?
An intense fear of ghosts is called phasmophobia.
So there you have it, a complete rundown on how to get rid of ghosts plus a bonus snippet on signs of full-body apparitions in your home.
Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, sometimes there’s just no logical explanation for strange occurrences or encounters.
Remember, many ghosts thrive on negative energy. There’s no harm in charging up those crystals, thinking happy thoughts, and making a salt barrier around your house, just in case…