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Preparing for a Ghost Box Session

Preparing for a Ghost Box Session

by Tim Woolworth


Should You Consider Preparing for a Ghost Box Session?

A ghost box session can be done anywhere, and at any time. There are many who conduct ghost box sessions that do not ghost hunt, nor do they do any location work, and they have garnered amazing results from just working at home. The majority of my work is done while sitting in my favorite chair in my living room, but I do get to go into the field quite frequently due to my affiliation with a ghost hunting group. Both types of sessions can yield startling results, but to get these results, you should have in mind an idea of what you wish to accomplish and in doing so, you should consider preparing for a ghost box session.

In structuring your session towards accomplishing a goal, you must have an idea of the type of questioning you will be proceeding with. We have all experienced either making a phone call, or receiving a phone call that consists mainly of silence because the call occurred on a whim. If we conduct a ghost box session without an idea of what we want to find out, then it is the equivalent to one of those phone calls. This is why your questions are everything in a ghost box session; and when they are properly constructed, the responses you receive can have direct answers given to you from the other side. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the different ways of conducting a session through questions. Some things you may want to consider preparing before you ever turn your ghost box on for a session:

Are your questions going to be based upon a physical location and addressed to anyone who may linger there?
Are your questions an attempt to contact a specific person who has passed on?
Are you going to call upon a technician or guide you may have used before?
Are you going to let other people ask questions (if working in a group)?
Are your questions designed to gain information, and if so, about what?

These are all things that need to be considered when preparing for a ghost box session.

The structuring of your questions is very important also. In a standard conversation, we like to move to point B by first finding out something about point A. You are dealing with a communicating intelligence during a ghost box session, so you have to make your line of questioning logical and linear in order to receive valid responses. For example, it would be confusing for you if someone walked up to you and said “Tell me about the light” and then followed it up with “Hi, is there anybody who wants to communicate?” I have had multiple sessions where I changed the line of questioning, or asked for someone different, only to be told to “wait” and “hang-on” while whoever is communicating with me tries to figure out a way to address my new line of questioning. So, I attempt to focus my energy around a certain type of question when I am doing a session, and if I have someone who is constantly giving me answers, I continue asking that person. It is kind of like doing an interview only you are conducting a interview with an unknown entity.

Preparing for a ghost box session also requires that you are mentally and physically sound. If you have had some troubling issues during the day that will not leave your thought circle, then it is best not to conduct a session because you cannot give the session the attention it requires. This is also true if you are in physical pain, or if you are more tired, or caffeinated than usual. I never recommend conducting a session, for obvious reasons, if you are under the influence of any seriously intoxiciating substance. The Others are trying to communicate with us so the very least we can do is be as receptive as we can to their answers!

It is also imperative that you are prepared technically for a ghost box session. Nothing is more frustrating than having batteries run out in the middle of an ITC session, or learning afterwards that you accidentally didn’t turn your recorder on. This is why you must also be prepared for these things by knowing how long your batteries have been in and how much longer you can expect to use your ghost box and your recorder without the batteries dying.

If you are a member of a ghost hunting group, you should inform the other people what kind of questioning you are going for because conducting a box session is not like an EVP session by any means and others in your group may not realize the difference. Members of your group must be made aware that their name maybe called, there may be some profanity used, and most importantly, someone whom they may have known might try to contact them. I have seen seasoned investigators break down when a lost family member comes through in the middle of an investigation where I was addressing the historical inhabitants of a place. I have also witnessed emotional outbursts by members of the public who have experienced friends or family member communication. Be prepared for this, and be consoling because whomever you are working with may need it. Because of this possibility, always ask permission to use the box when you are in a group and explain what may happen.

Another big issue for some people is protection. I am always in a good place and spiritually protected when I do a session. While there are no known reports of negative entities physically interacting with mal intent upon ghost box user during a session, it is safer to be protected by whatever means you protect yourself spiritually. Obviously, this should be true for every participant in a ghost box session. Realize that protection alone may sometimes not be enough to thwart an entity from attaching itself to you. I have experienced a spiritual attachment only once and it lasted for about 72 hours, and it is not something I wish to ever have to go through again. I feel that my protection allowed for me to rid myself of this attachment much quicker than if I had not practiced protection at all.

And finally, have fun! As you conduct more sessions with your ghost box, you will develop relationships with people on the other side that will keep going strong. They know the questions you have asked before, so don’t consistently ask the same questions. Before you begin a new session, if you want to follow a line of questioning again, make sure that you have examined your prior sessions for information that may have already been relayed to you by the other side and start from there! It not only strengthens your relationship with your communicator, but also leads to a more productive session. Feel free to laugh at their jokes because they will laugh at yours. While it is necessary to be serious about this research, it is also nice to show respect. So before you turn your ghost box on for the first time, you should at least know how to say both “please” and “thank you” for these statements are as valid in the afterlife as they are in this life.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me: tim@itcvoices.org



  1. Deanna Bosley says:

    what a great article.

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