Ethics and Ghost Box Communication
By Tim Woolworth
Should Ethics be Considered in Ghost Box Communication?
The question of ethical choice has plagued man throughout his cognitive existence. What constitutes “good” and what can result from following a notion of “good?” The questions surrounding ethics have filled tomes and the purpose of this article is not to discuss the philosophy of ethics; rather it will explore the notion of ethical ghost boxing for the good of the ghost boxing community and for the good of our communication partners on the other side.
The Other Side of the Veil
When you are ready to turn on a ghost box, you have probably never asked yourself “What ethical considerations must I consider during this forthcoming session?” I know I haven’t…but it is something that we must consider at some level.
I personally believe that the majority of our communication is with souls who have passed over. If this is the case, then these souls lived here on earth – eating, breathing, and most importantly, thinking and communicating. On the “other side,” they still have sentient thought. This is demonstrated with every communication we receive, from the simple sentiments of good will to the foulest of language. If, in fact, we are dealing with an intelligence that communicates with us from an unknown origin, then it is important to realize that every unique intelligence with which we communicate also has its own code of ethics, just like we do.
An 18th century German philosopher by the name of Immanuel Kant is best known for his categorical imperative which rekindles the Golden Rule: “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.” Basically, Kant was saying that in every action you should act upon every situation, whether it be physical or communicative, in a way which you envision everyone else acting in the same manner. The categorical imperative requires that you think of potential consequences to your actions before you act based upon innate knowledge and learned experience.
The categorical imperative is important to remember when conducting yourself during a ghost box session. As first generation ghost boxers, we are ambassadors to the other side. The way we treat communication with the dead is of utmost importance because it may affect communications for generations to come.
I have heard several examples in the ghost boxing groups, and I have seen evidence of it on YouTube and particular ghost hunting television programs of ghost boxers treating the communications received from the other side with disrespect. While I am not versed with how the Others communicate with us, I am versed with how we communicate with them, and it is one of the reasons for writing this article on ghost box ethics.
Some ghost boxers ask the Others for parlor tricks. If you have observed the way some ghost boxers communicate, they ask for validation. Questions like “What am I holding in my hand,” or “What color is my shirt,” is a major misuse of a miracle. Other Ghost Boxers take on a more commanding tone and order the Others around with sentences like “Say my name!” We are dealing with intelligent entities and some of us are satisfied with these mundane validations. One thing I can assure you of is that the intelligent entities which communicate with us deserve better communication on our part.
And this is where the categorical imperative is important to consider. Treating those on the other side with the utmost respect should be the top priority of every communication. This is how you like to be treated: as an end, not a means to an end. Unfortunately, several ghost boxers have not thought through this distinction and treat the ghost box as a means to an end only. Those on the other side have taken the time to communicate with us and have routinely demonstrated that real communication is taking place.
I came to the conclusion a long time ago that even though I enjoy ghost boxing, how I deal with communications in real time is important simply because I am dealing with sentience. I treat those who are communicating with the same respect as I would a person standing right in front of me. I also treat them as I would a person. It is a conscious act on my part to ethically follow the categorical imperative when talking to spirits because it is how I would like to be treated when I eventually wind up on the other end of the box.
We need to always respect the communicators on the other side, even when they don’t respect us. Swearing is a very common occurrence with these communications, both on our side and the other. I hate to say it, but swearing is some of the best validation we can receive because it is not allowed over the radio. Sometimes, the swearing is from an angry communicator on the other side, but at other times, the foul language is a mark of frustration. They endeavor to communicate with us and when we ignore them, or hear not what they are saying, it is frustrating because sentience is there.
So treat the communicators on the other side the same way you would like to be treated. It is not only the ethical thing to do, it is the good thing to do. Simply put, treat the Others like humans because that is what their remaining consciousness represents, and not like animals in a zoo.
This Side of the Veil
Ghost box communication is new, and therefore still exploitable – both in person and on television. Sadly enough, ghost boxing ethics are cast aside when money can be made. There are unscrupulous ghost boxers who are engaged in profiteering off of other persons’ tragedies. There are other ghost boxers who seek fame, and there are some who bring ghost boxes in to the world strictly for profit.
I, for one, am fascinated by the communications received and every session is a small miracle. It is the wonderment of knowing that communication with disembodied consciousness is occurring that makes all other forms of paranormal communication pale in comparison.
So when I see people exploiting ghost box communication for personal gain, it sickens me because it is ethically wrong. I shall not name anyone, but there is a communicator who charges several hundred dollars to let people speak with those on the other side. I have been privy to this ghost boxers public sessions and I have recorded two of them; the bulk of what this ghost boxer “interprets” from the box during these sessions is flat-out wrong. The average end-listener cannot tell the difference though and through the power of suggestion, the ghost boxer tells the client what they want to hear. I have heard tell that this ghost boxer will call up the client weeks or months later and state that for a few hundred dollars more, they can hear what came through the box for them recently.
Not only does this type of communication exploit the living, it exploits the dead at the same time! There is nothing worse than this for the ghost boxing community. Ghost Boxing is too new and unethical persons capitalizing off of this miracle really hits me hard.
When conducting yourself with the public, you must consider the ethical implications of what you do and say because you are representing the ghost boxing community as a whole. Being a member of a prominent ghost hunting group, I have been lucky enough to demonstrate how a ghost box works to hundreds of people. We sponsor public ghost hunting fundraisers for historical buildings, libraries, and other worthy community causes. I have put several people in to direct communication with friends and relatives on the other side and have never charged a dime. It is a gift to own one of these boxes and be able to use it adequately in real time, and I believe that gift should be shared.
I know that other ghost boxers offer free Skype readings for people as well, something I would gladly do if requested. Profit should never, ever, be the key motivator for ghost hunting or ghost boxing because it will inevitably result in fraudulent results in an attempt to facilitate profits.
I know that others say that professional mediators (like businessmen and counselors) are paid for their talents, so ghost boxers should be paid for mediating a conversation. The only ethical way to handle a ghost box communication is the same way you would treat a standard conversation between two people that you may be a part of – for free! It is simply the right thing to do.
Access to the Veil
These days, one can purchase a pre-hacked ghost box from every ghost hunting website on the web. There are also the only mass-manufactured ghost boxes, the P-SB7 and the P-SB11, which are readily available for purchase at a realistic price by everybody.
This raises an ethical question: should everybody have access to a ghost box? There is no age discrimination policy in place on any site I have visited that sells ghost boxes. Should a teenager have access to the other side? Should these boxes be available to everybody?
I am forced to think of the Ouija Board which has served as metonymy for the gateway to hell, demonic possession, and all things that go bump in the night. But, the Ouija is available in the toys section of most major retailers who sell board games. I only use the Ouija analogy because some consider it a way to contact the other side, for me, I know the Ouija is a tool and nothing more (and no, it isn’t a gateway to possession as Hollywood would have you believe).
What is to stop the ghost box from being treated like a toy when anyone can possess one? We are dealing with sentience and because of that, I do not feel that any kid with a credit card should be able to buy a pre-hacked 12-587 for $40 to start talking to the dead. It is disrespectful and can be very detrimental to ghost box communication as a whole.
What if there are only a select few who communicate with us from the other side? If those who are not mature enough to communicate with the other side have access to ghost boxes, this could inhibit future communications with our established group of communicators.
So what is the ethical situation to this dilemma? I believe that ghost boxes should only be sold to those who are over 18. While this may constrain profits ever-so slightly, it would prevent children from dabbling with something they are not prepared for. Remember, ghost boxing is the act of communicating with what we believe to be ghosts! You are inviting them into a conversation and there is a level of maturity that needs to be present before this should happen.
Hopefully those who manufacture and sell these boxes will consider this too, especially since ghost boxes are becoming more prevalent thanks to ghost hunting television shows. Ghost boxes are not toys.
The above are only represent a fraction of the ethical considerations surrounding ghost box communication. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me: email@example.com