1) First and most importantly, respect the dead.
The paranormal are just spirits of people who are no longer corporeal. Treat them as you would any other person you meet. Show them respect and you’ll be surprised at the results they’ll help you get. You catch more flies (even dead flies) with honey than you do vinegar.
2) Keep in mind your senses are your most powerful tool.
Don’t get me wrong! Ghost hunting equipment is fun and can yield amazing results, but they’re not necessary. I’ll be the first to grab an SB11 and use it during an investigation but, too often do new investigators use those pieces of equipment as a crutch rather than something to add to their own abilities. The most valuable and powerful piece of equipment you can use is yourself. Get a strange feeling from a room? Go stick to that room. Open yourself up, use yourself as a compass and follow your intuition into rooms to use some of your equipment.
3) Take base-readings/mental notes.
Walk around where you’re investigating first. Don’t take any tools. Don’t start investigating. Take note of electrical wires, pipes, uneven floor / ground patches. If you have an EMF or Mel meter, this would be the time to use it and note any spikes or readings. That way when you’re investigating you don’t think something natural is something supernatural.
4) Remain grounded / Carry protection of all kinds.
When you go into an investigation, keep in mind negative energy is out there as well. Although, in my experience I do not believe it’s as common. Always go into an investigation properly grounded, feeling positive and happy. Remember my blog about positive attracting positive and negative attracting negative? Keep that in mind. Carry protection not only for spiritual energy, but also in case you meet a mortal creep or animal along the way. Black tourmaline is a GREAT stone to use as a paranormal investigator, and pepper spray or a pocket knife is always good to have on hand in case of a mortal world emergency.
5) Research your location before and after!
You’d be amazed what results you may find. Not only is researching before going into a location a good idea, but sometimes researching afterwards can yield even better results. I don’t recommend going into any investigation completely blind for safety reasons, get at least the basics so you know what you’re walking into. Afterwards–research your experiences–the sights, sounds, feelings. You might be able to make even stronger research based connections to validate your experiences.