RUSH Paranormal is a very unique team. Most paranormal teams meet up for investigations and may have a meeting or two leading up to the investigation to prepare for that specific trip. Our team is different. We are a family. We come from all over the country and we are all very different individuals and yet we are the most close knit group I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. How do we remain so close you ask? Let me try my best to explain.
Each week on Friday (formerly Thursday) we meet and sit around a dining room table where we have dinner together. We laugh and joke and talk about our week. We talk about what is going on in our lives and things that are coming up. We have a few drinks… wine for Heather, beer for the rest of the gang usually. Not necessarily getting intoxicated, just casually having a drink or two.
After dinner has been finished and the table has been cleared, we head to the basement and start our official meeting. We talk about the investigation we just completed, or the event we just attended. We talk about the presentation we are about to make as featured guest speakers. We talk about the private residential cases that have been referred to us and decide which ones we would like to look further into. Most recently our meetings had been focused around planning the private investigation of Poasttown Elementary School with the Wright State University Psychology Club. After this, or sometimes during this, we listen to the Paranormal Bat Radio show hosted by Amy Jo. We tune in because we love learning about new locations, different techniques, and getting to know other people in this field. We also may also use this time to review evidence. This is where we go through the pieces we feel are compelling and run them past the other team members. We do this without telling them what we think we have captured. When in doubt, we throw the evidence out. We work very hard to be sure the evidence we collect is high quality and reviewing it this way helps to keep us objective. Many times we think we have captured something great, only to find out someone else in the team can debunk it.
Once all the “official business” is accomplished we have fun doing random things that make us all laugh. On the week we had our last radio interview… we spent the time leading up to it singing karaoke to loosen up our voices and calm the nerves. Last week we were taking selfies with random Halloween costumes and wigs. You will often find Will and/or Mike playing guitar or drums and Heather singing and Patrick and Robert laughing about something funny they found on YouTube.
While this ritual may seem silly to a lot of people, it is part of why our group is so strong together. That’s right… us goofing off and having dinner together keeps our bond strong. It is the glue that holds our team together. When we go on an investigation, we can laugh and fondly remember things from these nights and it helps to super charge the energy in the room often leading to increased activity in our experience.
Working in the paranormal field is not easy from the start. As a new team, you are often looked at with skepticism. So many young groups are merely seeking fame and fortune after watching their favorite paranormal show repeatedly. Because so many of these teams have sprung up over the last seven or eight years, many veterans of this field look at all newcomers with the assumption they are one of those teams. It takes tough skin to form a good team! If the veterans of the field don’t run you off, many times it is your friends and family that do that. So many times people get told they are “doing the devil’s work” or that they are doing things that go against their friend or family member’s religion. Not wanting to disappoint, people quit.
Once you get past this, you now begin purchasing equipment that can get quite pricey. You can investigate with no equipment at all, and go merely by feelings and intuitions, or you can choose to use scientific instruments. We use both. There is no rule that says you have to have every new gadget on the market. So if you are still wanting to be a team, you will want to go on investigations. This isn’t free either. Most public, well known locations cost a minimum of $25 per person for a public investigation and up to $1,600 to rent the location privately for one evening. Like I said… this is not a cheap thrill. Now that you have your location booked, and some equipment, you need to book lodging if the trip isn’t close and you need to budget for fuel and food. We booked the Lizzie Borden House as a private investigation at a cost of $1,600 for one night. With fuel, food and lodging we are all expecting to need another $750 each for the trip… there are 6 of us. That means this trip will cost our team about $6,100. We are non-profit so we are paying this all 100% out of pocket!
Now that you have booked and paid for the trip and have your equipment you are getting locked inside a pitch black location that is rumored to be haunted often with spirits that are said to be unfriendly. You really have to trust the people you are in there with. Sometimes the floors are uneven, missing boards, or has steep staircases. Often there are rusty pieces of metal in the form of nails, and broken pipes that open us up to real danger. You need to literally trust the people in your team with your life. It is important to know if anyone in your team has medical conditions or allergies. If someone is injured and becomes unconscious at 3:00am 15 hours from home… their team needs to be able to fill in the medical staff with their friend’s medical information. Teams need to know one another’s family so that in an emergency, they know who to call.
If you aren’t willing to break bread with someone, or have a drink with them… do you really want to spend a fortune to go on a trip with them where you are entrusting them with your life? No? Neither do we! This is why our weekly meetings are so important. We aren’t always the most efficient in our meetings, because first and foremost we are friends. Sometimes friends goof off more than they get work done. But I assure you that if any of us were in needs, the other members of our team would be by their side as soon as they could. We have come to the point where we work like a well oiled machine when setting up for an investigation. We know each member’s strengths and weaknesses. We each set out to set up our own individual pieces of the equipment, or check batteries, plug devices in to be sure they are charged, or begin getting base line readings without anyone having to ask what they need to do. Its because we know one another so well and have investigated together so often.
That is part of what makes us different. We may not be related by blood, but I assure you, our team is very much a family. We have little fights like every family, but we also love and trust one another like family. I hear teams all the time say they are really close, or that they are family…but I’ve only seen a handful of teams that are truly as close as we are… and one of them is a team of 3 brothers.
If you are an aspiring new team, here are my top 10 bits of advice:
1.) Don’t expect to make ANY money doing this. It is a field that will cost you a fortune in reality.
2.) Get to know your team well. You are trusting them with your life, how well do you really know them?
3.) Don’t expect to get famous. That’s not what this is about… at all. If it is what your goal is… you really need to reevaluate your motive.
4.) Don’t just copy others. This field can only grow through innovation. Einstein said ” The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results!” Try new methods!
5.) Don’t be an asshole! Yes, I said it, and I mean it. This is a field that is rapidly growing. There are many different people with many different theories. Just because their theory doesn’t match your theory, doesn’t make them wrong or you right. Being an asshole or trying to act like a big shot will only get you discredited in this field. You will find yourself being asked NOT to attend events, and I assure you… word travels FAST in this community.
6.) Don’t post fraudulent evidence. This should be a given, yet sadly it is not. If your photo looks like it is snowing… don’t post it with a caption saying “Look at all the orbs!” Its dust, not orbs… 99.9% of all “orbs” are dust, bugs, or lens flares. Your camera strap will look like a swirling vortex when it is directly in front of the lens. If you smoke, or it is cold out… there is a good change that mist is your breath or some smoke. Posting garbage like that and claiming it to be paranormal makes you look like a fool and discredits the work of those in this field. As far as evidence goes… when in doubt, throw it out!
7.) NETWORK! This sounds funny but really you will meet a ton of people that do things different and it is a great way to learn of new locations and get referrals for residential cases. This is a great way to ask others about equipment and check it out before spending a ton of money on the gear. This is also part of how you gain credibility in the community. Sharing your info and evidence with other teams gets them talking to other teams about your evidence.
8.) BE RESPECTFUL!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. There are people that have been doing this longer than you have been alive. I can say that with 100% accuracy because interest in the after life has been around since people have been dying… so literally forever. That being said… if someone more experienced offers you advise… take it. Thank them. If their opinion differs from yours, thank them still and listen to what they have to say. It doesn’t mean you are wrong, it does however give you a different prospective. As I said before… word travels fast. Treat one person with disrespect and you will be stuck with that stigma for a very long time.
9.) Don’t expect residential cases right away. Would you invite a bunch of strangers into your home to search for ghosts, and possibly negative entities if they had not build up any reputation or credibility at all? I wouldn’t! You can create more problems if you aren’t careful and people want to be sure you know what you are doing before you enter their home.
10.) Have fun. Don’t always be 100% serious. Obviously there are times you have to be serious, but not 100% of the time. This is a hobby for most people because like I said… you don’t make a profit, usually it costs you a fortune. Most people have hobbies that bring them joy, and if this doesn’t… it may not be the hobby for you.
If you are still reading this… thank you! We may be a young group, but in the 2 1/2 years we have been officially together we have learned a lot. Many of the things we are telling you NOT to do are things we did or things we witnessed. I hope that you are able to enjoy a being part of a team as much as we do, and if you are already on a team or thinking of starting one… I wish you the best of luck!!
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