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by 'vlad' dinesh 'dra' kumar maganathan
Sometimes, you need to allow some fear to seep in to attract them, says Syai.
Spooky nights and wandering ghosts may be your thing, but local ghost hunter Syaiful Redzuan sheds a different light on the world of the paranormal.
THE door is shut, the windows are sealed, all source of light is void and you are sitting alone in a dark room. The blackness has a menacing grip on you.
For the first time in your life, you are completely blind and alone ... well, maybe not completely alone. Who knows what lurks in the dark? Unbeknownst to you, a figure might be standing right in front of you, gazing at you with an evil glee.
It has been friendless in the night but now it has someone to play with. It has someone to disturb and scare and tease.
Ever wondered what you would do in such a situation?
Well, we here at Star2 did and plans were underway to embark on a paranormal night out. However, even before the project could be finalised, roadblocks were put in our way and things came to a sudden halt.
Poor planning you might conclude, but we like to think it was an omen, a sign from another world warning us not to pursue our ghostly desires.
So, we settled with the next best thing. The ghost hunter and paranormal investigator who was supposed to facilitate our hunt.
Actually, listening to the man as he recounts his experiences can send chills down your spine and we even contemplated rescinding our hunt upon hearing about a possession incident.
But of course, unknown powers were at work and as mentioned, the hunt had to be abandoned.
Syaiful Redzuan, better known as Syai, has been part of the paranormal investigation team in the local television series Seekers since 2011 and specialises in paranormal photography, which deals with capturing supernatural entities on film.
Claiming to be able to see the aura of these entities, Syai said every human being has the ability to sense a paranormal being. For him, a sharp pain develops at the back of his head.
“When an entity is around you, you will get goosebumps but this is a different sort of goosebumps. It begins from your toes and the chill goes all the way up to your head,” Syai asserted.
But of course, this doesn’t mean any Tom, Dick and Harry can become a paranormal investigator or a ghost hunter. Certain qualities are demanded of them. Warning ghost hunter wannabes not to take it lightly, Syai said the most important trait required of a person is bravery.
He stressed that it is the one thing that could potentially keep you from being touched or disturbed by a paranormal entity.
“But you can’t be too brave either or you will drive them away and your hunt will be fruitless. So, there needs to be a balance. You can’t be totally scared nor can you be totally brave. Sometimes, you need to allow some fear to seep in to attract them,” Syai, a photographer by profession, reasoned.
However, he added, knowledge and research is of paramount importance, more than bravery in fact, and it is one element sadly ignored or taken lightly by most ghost hunters, let alone amateurs.
“You need to spend time to do research on the location and the case. This is very important, as you need to know what actually happened in that building, thus allowing you to make certain conjectures and conclusions,” the 33-year-old reckoned.
Syai said that one needs to study the two branches of paranormal investigation: physics and metaphysics.
“Physics has to do with the electromagnetic fields as paranormal entities are drawn to them. They feed off the energy from an electromagnetic field if they choose to make contact or assume a form. Some places have stronger electromagnetic fields than others and hunts conducted here can be fruitful.
“Metaphysics is the study of religion or at least what the different faiths in the world have to say about supernatural beings. Thus, with this knowledge an investigator is more equipped for the hunt,” Syai said.
All this talk about energy and metaphysics and electromagnetic fields was getting a little mystical for this writer. However, when Syai explained how the location and time of the hunt could be factored into these elements, things slowly started to make sense.
“The best time to go for a hunt is between 9pm and 3am but the peak period is between 11pm and 2am. Why? During normal hours of the day, we inhale and exhale the air and energy around us but during the peak period, most of us are at home and these energies are not expended. Thus, the entities can use these energies to move about or materialise.
“You see, supernatural beings cannot come out as they please and they need loads of energy just to do that or move objects. So, when we hear of cases where tables and chairs are flipped, we know the energy field in that area is strong.”
So, even as Halloween approaches, covert plans to hunt for demons and spirits may be underway but heed the signs. Abandon the hunt if things begin to crumble.
However, if you decide to tempt fate, you may want to consider Syai’s advice carefully. No doubt, there is more to paranormal investigation than this but at least, you would be forewarned. After all, the dark creatures of the night could grow stronger as you grow more uncertain and fear swells in you into a dark menace.
Djinns, demons and hantu
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