How To Communicate With Ghosts

How to communicate with ghosts

Contacting Spirits

Well-known writer and cartoonist Ashleigh Brilliant once said, “Communication with the dead is only a little more difficult than communication with some of the living”. And we strongly agree! When it comes to contacting spirits, it may seem almost impossible.

However, this may just be because you need a little bit of practice. We can’t all be born with the power of mediumship, but practice makes perfect. All you need to do is work up the courage to contact the other side and stick with it. Soon, you’ll be more comfortable with the process of communicating with spirits.

First things first… How do you start communicating with ghosts?

What To Do Before Communicating With The Other Side

Before you attempt to speak with the spirits on the other side, you’ll want to make sure that you’re doing it correctly. Whether you’ve tried to speak to ghosts before or not, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind, including:

  • Say a prayer of protection to ward off negative spirits and ensure that you are connected to your spiritual side (this makes it easier to talk with spirits).
  • If you’re at an altar, you may want to have an offering with you to please the spirits.
  • Ask your guides or ‘spirit team’ to work with you and guide you through the session.
  • Always go in with good intentions. Be sure to set them beforehand.

6 Ways To Communicate With The Spirit World

1. Séances

Usually, séances are performed with an experienced medium to help channel the messages that are coming through from the spirit world. A psychic medium can hear the ghosts loud and clear and relay what they are trying to say to you.

In most cases, these rituals include lighting candles and joining hands with everyone in the room to raise the energy and vibrations, which the spirits use as a tool for communicating.

2. Ouija boards

An Ouija board is much more than just a silly children’s board game. In fact, they’re actually powerful spiritual tools that can aid in communication with ghosts and departed loved ones.

If you’re going to use an Ouija board, be sure to have some friends around you for support. When you place your hands on the planchette, you can ask the spirits questions like ‘Do you have a message for us?’.

The entity should reply by moving the planchette to the letters on the board and will spell out their answer. You can also ask simple yes, or no questions since there are options for these responses on the board as well.

Just remember that if you feel any bad vibes, you’ll want to close the session by thanking the spirits and saying ‘goodbye’. Otherwise, you may be speaking with a negative entity who has bad intentions.

3. EVP recordings

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) recorders help to capture the voices of spirits on the recordings you take (even if you can’t hear them in real time). To use an EVP recorder, you’ll want to speak clearly and respectfully to any spirits that may be present, and allow some time after your question for the spirit to reply.

Once you have finished your session, you can go back and listen to the recording. Remember to pay close attention to any whispers or unusual sounds that you may have picked up since this could also be the spirits’ way of speaking to you.

4. Spirit boxes

If you feel a presence, or you just want to reach out to any spirits that may be out there, you can always use a spirit box to communicate directly with them. Spirit boxes are small radio-like devices that flip through radio frequencies so quickly that they start to create white noise.

Ghosts can use this white noise to communicate with you. If you hear more than one audible word in a row, it’s likely that there’s an entity trying to get your attention.

5. Pendulum divination

Ghosts can manipulate energy, which is why they’re able to move objects. But there’s no need to be afraid! Instead, it may be a good idea to speak with the spirits and ask them some of your burning questions.

A pendulum is usually a crystal that is suspended from a chain or string, which someone will hold when they are asking questions to the ghosts. You will need to be clear about how the spirits should communicate their messages. For example, swing to the right for yes or to the left for no. Then, you can ask your questions and read the responses you get. Just be sure to hold the pendulum still!

6. Ghost-hunting equipment

Of course, there are tons of tools you can use to contact spirits. For example, you can use tarot cards to receive messages from the spirit realm. Simply ask your questions as you shuffle the deck and then use the cards that come out as the reply.

Alternatively, you can use equipment like the Ovilus. If you want to know what does the Ovilus does, it’s designed for spirit communication and converts environmental changes and frequencies into words or sounds. The ghosts may be able to give you clear answers this way.

What To Do After Contacting Spirits

After closing a contact session with ghosts, it’s important to cleanse your space to eliminate any potential negative energy that may be lingering. This is really important if you’re speaking to spirits on your own and not under the guidance of a professional medium.

It’s also essential to close the session properly and thank the spirits for speaking with you. You should always show respect to any ghosts that you may have come into contact with.

If you want to be thorough in removing ghosts, you can do this by smudging your space with sage or cleansing the objects used for communication (Ouija board, pendulum, etc.). Furthermore, you can do this by using salt, water, sage or your favourite incense.


How do I know if a spirit is trying to communicate with me?

There are a few ways to tell if a spirit is trying to contact you. Some of the most common ways is through touch, manipulating electricity, and through smell. That’s right! When you get a familiar whiff of the scent of someone who has passed, it may be their way of communicating with you.

How do I know if I’m really speaking to a deceased loved one?

It’s a good idea to have a healthy amount of scepticism when you’re speaking to ghosts, since not all spirits are friendly or have good intentions.

If you’re trying to speak to a loved one, then you may want to ask them for a very specific sign or to communicate a phrase that only they would know. You can also follow the ‘gut feeling’ you may get during a contact session – this may be your spirit guides confirming that the message was really meant for you.


Whether you’re trying to reach out to a loved one who has passed or you’re visiting a haunted house and trying to make a connection, there are plenty of ways to chat with ghosts. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions before and after a communication or investigation session – the paranormal is not something to take lightly!


Sam Ashford
Sam Ashford - Author

Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!