|Haunted Q and A:
There may be simple, ordinary reasons for the happenings in your home. Try to look for the logical reasons behind
knocking, banging, hot spots, cold spots, voices etc. If you can't come up with any, contact H.P.I. at 1-888-709-4HPI
Q: Can spirits follow you?
A: Sure, but if they are bothering you, ask them to leave.
Q: Can children see spirits?
A: Children are definitely more open minded than adults and not preconditioned to the theory that ghosts do not
Q: What is so bad about the Ouija board?
A: Nothing, they are just really cool games put out by Milton Bradley.
Q: I was sleeping and I couldn't move, something was pushing on me what was it?
A: Could have been sleep paralysis. What happens is your body temporarily paralyzes itself during sleep to prevent
you from enacting everything that you are dreaming about. Sometimes your body is awake, but your mind is asleep
and you end up sleepwalking. Other times it works the other way around, your mind is awake but your body is
sleeping and you cannot move. This can leave you delusional. You panic, your breathing and heart rate does not
increase to compensate, so eventually you fall back to sleep and all is well. Common side effects are feelings of
being held down, shortness of breath, inability to speak.
Q: How do I start my own HPI Branch?
A: This requires a group of like-minded individuals, a good sense of safety and responsibility, and common sense.
Some people start with a group of friends, some look on the Internet for other groups that are already up and
running. Try Meetup.com for resources. If you'd like to start an HPI Branch in your area contact us!
Q: What is the best equipment to use?
A: We do have extensive equipment, however it has been years in the making, and these things were not purchased
all at once. It may take time and saving up a bit to get a good equipment base. However, excellent results can be
obtained with the most basic of equipment such as a video camera with night shot and an audio recorder, either
analog or digital. Other equipment you might look to buy are: an EMF meter, thermometer, cameras, 35mm and
digital. Some of these are obviously expensive equipment, so to buy them one by one is okay too. These tools are
an investment and need to be treated as such. Be sure to handle your equipment carefully and to store it properly.
You want to be sure it will be useful to you for a long time. Always keep a checklist of your equipment, and inventory
it before and after an investigation. When deciding on equipment, don't forget to factor in the cost of media (tapes,
film, etc.) Many people choose digital to overcome this, while other swear the results are better with the non-digital
Q: How do I get rid of an unwanted spirit?
A: Well, hopefully, with the right knowledge, you won't feel threatened by its presence, but if you are truly
uncomfortable with the fact you may have a spirit, and it is the right type of spirit, you can ask it to leave. As a family
you need to tell it to leave, to move on. This may take several tries, however it is your home and you need to take
charge. Simply say “we do not want you here, it is time you moved on”. If this does not work,call HPI at 1-888-709-
4HPI. We have a certified demonologist on hand to help. Nothing is ever a guarantee that you will be able to rid your
home of your unwanted guest. This is at your OWN RISK.
Q: Why do spirits move things?
A: We have not interviewed a spirit to find out for sure, but we guess that they may want to let you know they are
there. Simple daily tasks that we perform without even a thought may take a spirit some time to accomplish. You may
wake up to a cup being a few feet from where you left it. That may be their way of telling you “hey I'm here”. The
important thing to do is to try and find the sense in the activity and attempt to figure out what they are trying to
Q: How much weight can a spirit move?
A: In our experience, we've found that what we label as an intelligent spirit, doesn't seem to move objects more than
around 10 pounds in weight. This can actually work out to be quite a shove or a grab. A demonic or inhuman entity,
appears to be able to move much more than that.
Q: What is a demonic or inhuman?
A: A demonic or inhuman is a classification we use to describe an entity that has never walked the earth in a human
corporeal form. There are many different types; demons, elementals, angels, etc.
Q: How come I keep seeing a shadowy figure out of the corner of my eye, but when I look at it it's gone?
A: Basically, light entering from the corner of the eye is distorted more than the light that enters the eye from straight
on. What you see out of the corner of your eye is simply your mind's best guess at what you would see if you were to
look straight at it. Therefore, you cannot be too sure of what you see through the corner of your eye.
Q: Why do you investigate at night?
A: One theory is that if an entity, while manifesting itself, causes any light at all, you will see it better at night with
infrared cameras. Yet, if an entity, while manifesting itself, does not cause light, then you will see it at night with
infrared cameras. If you were to do this during the day, you wouldn't catch that bit of light, should there be one. For
example: if you turn on a flashlight outside on a sunny day it's not going to be discernible at all. But if you turn on the
dimmest of all flashlight in the darkness, you will see it very clearly. Also, sound travels further at night do to a
phenomenon called sound refraction. Most of all, that is when the reported activity almost always is reported to
Q: I see on the TV shows that they are only there a short time. Why not stay longer?
A: Ah, the miracle of editing. TV shows are typically at a location for 16 hours or longer. There have been episodes
where Shannon & Paul have investigated for 5 days but the show was edited to make it look like one night.
Q: Can spirits travel from place to place?
A: We don't see why not. They seem to have the ability to move at their will.
Q: Why can spirits travel through walls?
A: One theory is that they are made up of energy and energy is not solid, giving them the ability to travel through a
wall. Another one is that if it is a residual haunting, the entity is oblivious to a newly constructed wall etc. Others say,
that the spirit is made of fine matter which is less dense than that of a wall.
Q: Sometimes I can sense things and I don't know where it comes from, what is it?
A: You may be sensitive, meaning that you have a great ability to see things that others can not. It is not something
to be afraid of, it's a gift that you can use to your advantage. We recommend, if this is happening to you, that you
contact a respectable group in your area to help you determine if you truly are, or are not.
Q: Do you use psychics or mediums?
A: We are looking for scientific evidence, we are not against anyone that is a psychic or a medium, however we
cannot base the conclusion of a case on the feelings of a psychic or a medium. A feeling is not solid, tangible proof.
We do have members who are very sensitive, but we use their abilities as a tool, not as evidence. We hope that we
were able to answer some of your questions. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to
& Paul Dale Roberts