We’ve all seen it while watching reality paranormal investigation show. A team of investigators isn’t getting the reaction they want from the spirits in a location. Before long, you here, “What we’re going to do now is try provocation to get the spirits to react.”
One show, which shall remain nameless, is famous for it. They call the spirits names, tell them they are weak, insult them, and then act surprised when they get a reaction, and proclaim the spirits evil and dangerous.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to ask them, “What would you do if someone came into your house and did the same to you? ”
So, let’s take a look at where this started and why provocation should be left on a football field somewhere.
The History of Provocation in Confronting the Unseen
Provocation is defined as action or speech designed to deliberately annoy or anger.
Provocation in dealing with spirits goes back centuries, but began in a different context altogether. In the early Christian church, especially, when a priest wanted proof of demonic activity or the presence of evil spirits, they would use religious provocation to force the entity to make itself known. By calling upon the name of God and pronouncing his power over the demonic/evil spirits, they were making a dominant stand and not only declaring their power over the dark forces, but also stating they were ready to do spiritual battle.
The same is still used in exorcisms sanctioned by the Catholic church today, but think about what I just said. These priests were placing themselves in a position of battle. They would spend days in preparation, cleansing body and mind, in order to prepare to go face to face with evil. Evil is a concept that many of us have trouble grasping in today’s desensitized society.
Certainly we see and are aware of evil men and their actions, but Evil with a capital “E” is hard for us to grasp. It is as if we know to much about the way the world works, of science and the mind, in order to grasp that Evil can exist in and of itself and that there are dark entities whose entire purpose might depend on spreading malevolence. And for those investigators who can conceive of it, there still seems to be a disconnect and a belief that even if it does exist, it cannot touch them.
Because of this disconnect, we often see investigators with no experience go into a location calling out spirits they do not understand with no thought of the consequences. But lack of preparation is only the beginning of the issues of provocation.
Understanding Your Location and the Spirits that Might Reside There
While this is an extension of the last section, this is something to really ponder before you decide that provocation is the route you want to take.
So, here’s the scenario: Your investigation site is an old asylum with a history of mistreatment of the mentally ill. Dozens, maybe hundreds, of the incarcerated died inside the walls. They had been forced to live in squalor, and subjected to the horrors of early psychological treatment.
Now, consider the type of spirits these types of lives and deaths might have left behind. Lost. Confused. Angry. Still carrying the traits of the mental illnesses that plagued them in life.
So what do you do?
You walk into the only environment they know and start calling them names. No only is this dangerous, but let’s face facts. This is not something an intelligent person would do.
Provocation is Blatantly Disrespectful to Non-Violent Spirits
Leaving the idea of violent entities behind, let’s look at what we might consider an average lost soul. They have passed on, but for whatever reason, did not cross over. Rather, they have stayed in their own homes, the place that they loved in life. Sure, they might make a little mischief for the people who have moved into their homes, but they aren’t violent. They aren’t evil. They are simply stuck.
In my own investigations, these are the spirits I feel the most sorry for, and the last thing they need is someone invading their space throwing around insults especially when with a little understanding and encouragement many of these entities can be crossed over without a lot of fuss.
The one thing provocation is sure to do in these instances is anger otherwise calm spirits and force them into a defensive position. Now, not only will they be unwilling to clear a space, but they are actually more likely to begin causing trouble. In other words, you took a minor situation and made it worse because you had to be a tough guy, and now you have to explain to a family why their small inconvenience is becoming a deeply involved undertaking.
Is There Ever Really a Case for Provocation?
OK, so after all of this, you’re still curious. I get that. And you’re going into a location and think this is something you think you might need to use.
If you think you have no way around it, then I suggest you take a page from those old priests. You need to prepare. You don’t want into a confrontational situation without making sure you’re in the best possible shape. You also don’t do this in someone else’s home without telling them that what you are going to do could actually make things worse.
There are a lot of different preparation techniques you can use. Bathing in salt water purifies the body and energy. Burning sage raises your energy and banishes negativity. Carry quartz crystal to raise your energy, and here’s the really tricky part. You have to be confident. You have to have the energy to back up what you’re saying and the insults you’re throwing. It isn’t easy, and I still recommend it only to those experienced with such matters.
Safe investigating readers, and remember the wise words of Kenny Rogers’ Gambler. “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.”