As a child I had a few experiences both spiritual and paranormal which somehow ingrained themselves into me and began my journey on the spiritual path which has lead me to where I am and who I am now. At 31 years old I am a qualified meditation teacher, Reiki practitioner, crystal healer and tarot card reader. I also do spiritual and psychic protection; aura and chakra cleansing; and readings. I am also an empath.

Paranormal Investigation

I was part of a paranormal investigations team in north London for approximately a year and a half as an investigator however my primary role was team protection, spiritual advisor and after care for clients. I still participate occasionally in investigations with the team in the role of team protection as well as as a ‘sensitive’ because my skill has truly started to develop. I am a strong believer in protecting yourself before entering into an investigation or private clients houses.

I personally use the crystals black obsidian and black tourmaline as they are the top crystals for protection from negativity. Black tourmaline repels it and black obsidian absorbs it thus taking it away from the person.

I also call upon guardian Angels and spirit guides. If I’m protecting others I also ask them to call upon whatever they believe in e.g. God, Allah etc and if they do not have beliefs then to centre themselves and use the group’s energy to help protect them. I will use protective visualisation with them and myself to build up the energy into a positive and uplifted one, this is probably key over everything. Having the right frame of mind is important as it helps keep negativity/negative energies from feeding and attaching.

Spirit Attachments

I have been asked many times if I believe in spirit attachments, personally i do believe in them. I believe in harmless spirit attachments as well as demonic ones – although I’ve never had any myself. I have been affected by spirits before – headaches, light headedness with the main symptom being nausea. The minute I feel these things I know I must reinforce my protection barrier so I hold my crystal and lift my energy back up thus reinforcing my protection shield.

If any of the team or clients start to feel these things I do the same procedure for them and I will also give them some reiki and positive reassurance. It nearly always works and apart from the mental aspect of feeling protected I find that the spirit cannot penetrate my protection once it’s reinforced. Often the energy will move to a different area.

I don’t think that attachments are always negative though, I think some are just spirits who want to be stronger and keep walking the Earth or some may be passed on loved ones who want to stay on this plane.

When it comes to the negative energies I feel they may be brought about by people dabbling in things like tarot cards / ouija board/ pendulum dowsing etc without enough knowledge or protective measures in place. It’s important to protect yourself and to cleanse the area after doing such things. I always do a sage smudging cleanse (an ancient cleansing ritual used by Native Americans and shamanic cultures to remove negative energy from a space) after any supernatural activity especially after conducting investigations and spirit cleansing in private clients houses.

You hear of many stories where people have done ouija boards and held séances which brought through negative energies and demons who needed a window onto this plane. They attach onto perhaps the weakest person or the most fearful energy, this attachment unfortunately drains the person’s energy and can cause a lot of negative things to happen. Sometimes even the fear of an attachment happening after a ouija session can cause someone to truly believe they have one when they don’t, it’s this paranoia causing what they feel is bad luck etc. On the flip side I have come across clients in whom you can see physical changes from having an actual attachment. Once they’ve been cleansed, and the energy has been banished, their appearance changes for the better. It’s pretty remarkable.

Although I am a believer I have that annoying psychological knowledge in my head which says to me that if a person has any psychological issue like depression or other mental health conditions they could feel that things are happening to them because of an attachment and this may  inadvertently cause negativity to come their way.

Negativity attracts negativity but once someone gets support and help from say a paranormal team or someone like myself by having protection done, an investigation, cleansing and then reiki and visually seeing others helping them then they get a mental release and feel inside that the attachment has been banished and therefore their way of thinking changes (no negativity).

I say this, but I feel that happenings of attachments are a combination of both sometimes (the person being in a negative place in their lives as well as having an actual attachment). Negative energies tend to be drawn towards people with less mental strength and lacking in positivity.

There are other types of attachments though. Spirits attached to houses or a place rather than a person. These spirits usually have a strong connection to the place and may not know that they have passed on or they may be stuck there and need help to move on. These are usually harmless spirits and will gently let their presence be known so they can receive help. If there is a negative spirit there it can be that they do not want anyone else living in the house as it may have been theirs so they may make their presence known in a more aggressive/active way. The other demonic attachments to a place are usually brought there by again people dabbling in black arts, ouija boards and séances.

Whether attachments truly exist I guess no one can be 100% sure but I believe they do. Spirits, demons who knows? But they are a life force – an energy and energy exists on this planet, science proves energy. In my eyes any energy can affect a human being physically and mentally whether it be in a positive or negative way. If a person identifies with the ‘energy’ and carries it around with them then an attachment is born.

Spiritual Contact

I have made contact with spirits many times using investigative equipment and using the q&a techniquehave found many of the spirits needed help to move on or were confused by our presence in their homes (they must have thought it was still their time period and that we were intruding). Some have messages about how they passed on and what had happened in their lives. Often they want to share their story but also on occasion they have needed help to get away from a negative energy on the same plane as them.

I have assisted in moving gentle spirits on and casting away negative energies. It is usually my job within the paranormal team to cleanse the property after an investigation.

In my experience with the team we have never just left a spirit where they are even if they are harmless. We’ve always tried to move them to the light so they can move on. It feels like the right thing to do somehow.

Ouija Boards

Earlier I spoke of Ouija boards, I have found throughout the years that many are split on whether they would try it or not. Despite my work with the paranormal and my work with Tarot, I personally choose to never participate in a Ouija session or even be in the same building when one is happening. I don’t know if it’s because I have been conditioned by society and horror movies that only bad can come of a Ouija session or if it’s from having felt negative energies that I do not want to risk being part of a Ouija session but I feel that this is a choice I will stick to. Despite it being a personal choice I do strongly advise that you avoid it too. If you choose to use an Ouija board please make sure you protect yourself and cleanse the building and yourself afterwards with pure sage.

Paranormal investigations are an experience hard to fully describe. My best attempt would be in saying that it is like a sensory explosion. As you conduct investigations in the pitch black of night your body runs on pure adrenaline and you are led by the rest of your senses as your vision is extremely limited. Your other senses are on high alert. Hearing becomes acute, your sense of smell heightens and your skin sensitivity increases (you feel even the slightest temperature changes and often get goose pimples when spirits are near). Even though it is dark you can sometimes see movement or shadows. Taste can also become highly activated, on occasion if you are in the presence of a negative energy you get a metallic taste in your mouth, often like the irony taste of blood. With the use of night vision cameras we are able to see if there are any ‘orbs’ or strange shapes as well as movement. EVP recorders (electronic voice recorders) are set up to pick up any spirit communications which the human ear cannot. The EVP recordings are listened to post investigation.

Once you get a taste of the paranormal or spirituality it becomes an addiction. Gaining evidence or ‘feeling’ the effects of spirits when they are close to you is incredible and fascinating. It makes you wish that sceptics would open their minds and hearts enabling them to experience it too so that one day Science will put their hands up and say “we believe there IS something out there.”

About the Author

Author: Christie Michael

Qualified meditation teacher, Reiki practitioner, crystal healer and tarot card reader. Christie also performs spiritual and psychic protection; aura and chakra cleansing; and readings. She is also an empath.