A Brief Discussion About the safety of Communicating
with the Other Side
by Tom and Lisa Butler
From Viewpoint, Spring 2003 AA-EVP NewsJournal
Attitude is everything. Attitude is an expression of our
worldview, and it is our worldview that we use as a mold to build our
We have had a number of people ask us about the
dangers in seeking to communicate with our friends on the other side.
Some have expressed great concern that they might leave themselves open
for attack from angry entities or that they might inadvertently invite a
disruptive force into their home. The words, “demon” and “low levels”
have come up more than once. We think a better term might simply be
“less spiritually evolved entities,” as this is what they are. However,
“low level” seems to be the term that is most used and understood.
Harold Sherman, in an article written for Psychic
Observer & Chimes, recounted a friend’s distressing experience in trying
to reach his wife and running into what he called “low grade discarnates.”
When the man lost his temper and told them to go away, it only seemed to
increase their interference. Sherman listened to some of the recordings
and called it pure drivel.
Sherman came to the conclusion that the mental
attitude of the experimenter played an important part in what was
recorded. He wrote, “It is as though low grade intelligences come in on
the emotionally disturbed ‘wave length’ of the operator. Unless the mind
is prepared through prayer or a spiritually motivated meditative period,
one is apt to invite the wrong kind of communicants.”
Some researchers, who have occasion to address the
public about these phenomena, will include a strong warning that there
are potential dangers and that the prospective EVP and ITC experimenter
should use caution. Others seem to wonder what all of the fuss is about
because they have never had a problem.
In the Summer 1988 AA-EVP NewsJournal, Sarah Estep
ran a brief review of the CETL newsletter written by Jules and Maggie
Harsch-Fischbach in Luxembourg. The couple believed that experimenters
could attract positive as well as negative contacts. They quoted a
comment made by pioneer researcher Dr. Konstantin Raudive. Raudive said,
“Transcommunication is not a hobby for people who can’t cope with the
realities of life.”
We believe that working with EVP and ITC is
fundamentally safe. It is difficult to find a single example in which an
individual has been harmed because of their communication across the
veil. Yes, people have occasionally been “bothered.” It is known that
the time we spend carefully listening too hard to hear EVP examples
seems to enhance our clairvoyant and clairaudient senses. To many
people, this is exciting and something they want. To others, it can be
disturbing. This enhanced sensing has been reported to fade if one takes
a break from EVP or other development work.
In the heyday of Spiritualism, people sat in
groups trying to communicate with the other side. One of the important
benefits of these groups was that they provided a safe place for mediums
to develop. When people were working on, say for instance trance
development, they could feel open and safe, in that they had an
experienced medium to assist them if they should run into some sort of
trouble. By the way, many Spiritualist churches still have development
groups and classes and we would recommend these or any other good
development groups or classes to EVP/ITC experimenters.
Many EVP experimenters work alone and do not have
the benefit of a group of more experienced EVP researchers. We wish that
everyone who experimented with EVP had a strong metaphysical or
spiritual background, because it is important to have some basic
knowledge about the other side and its workings. Since the experimenter
is part of the bridge between those on the other side and the EVP or ITC
equipment, it is important for the experimenter to have a strong sense
of self, accompanied by a positive attitude and spiritual outlook on
In the Fall 1989 newsletter, Sarah Estep wrote,
“Obviously, no one starts taping, automatic writing or playing with the
Ouija board, thinking they will become possessed or obsessed. But it can
happen. As I wrote on page 196 of Voices of Eternity, The difficulty is
in ascertaining who is susceptible… I am not trying to frighten people
who are thinking about beginning to tape… Working in the field can bring
some of the most rewarding, enriching experiences of your life. It would
be amiss of me, however, not to caution you about the darker side of psi.
Experienced tapers will tell you not to believe everything that comes
through. You have your liars on the other side, as you have here. The
more they realize they are getting you upset, the more they will
continue. Human nature being what it is, we may imagine certain messages
are there, when in fact there is nothing. The important thing though is,
if a person believes a message is on tape, that person will respond to
it for better or worse.
“If you, at any time think you are in contact with
low level entities, leave your tape recorder. Remain in control at all
times. Anyone can sit down to tape. It takes much more inner strength to
pull the plug and walk away.” Negative thoughts, such as fear or hate,
are powerful forms of energy, and this energy can accumulate and do
harm. It is as if this negative energy is an anti-particle that
neutralizes positive energy and dissipates it from our use. We also
believe that negative energy is not as sustainable as is positive energy
because it is not consistent with the fundamentally positive nature of
reality. Thus, as entities gain in spiritual maturity, they become less
able to sustain fear or hate.
We advise people who are fearful of the unknown or
who might have trouble keeping the voices in perspective, to pass on
EVP. Our concern is that a person's fear might tend to be amplified by a
close encounter with an entity. The entity could be perfectly friendly,
but because of fear and because the encounter is so fleeting, a fearful
person might see the encounter as a reason to be more fearful.
Experimenters are responsible for creating a
positive contact field for the other side. This includes expectations.
You are responsible for your own life, and who and what you let into
your environment and consciousness. Protect your personal environment
and maintain a field of positive energy around your home and all that
We want to make sure that people do not feel that
something is wrong with them if they do encounter one of these less
spiritually educated entities. Many researchers have had this happen. If
you are one of them, you are not alone. Discarnate entities are
attracted to people in the flesh who seem to be supportive of them in
some way; someone who might be sympathetic about their plight. So, if
you have attracted an angry entity, you are not necessarily an angry
person. For example, if the angry entity is afraid to go on because of
some dastardly deed committed in a past lifetime, and you are
knowledgeable about why the entity should not be afraid, then it may
very well be attracted to you as a potential source of guidance.
It has been made clear, via just about all of the
forms of spirit communication, that Spirit entities are always with us.
They may be in our home at any time, whether we sense them or not. A
group we have communicated with, the Imperator Group, has told us that
they do not watch us, and that they only come to us when we call on them
or when we need help. We are certain that this group is not earthbound.
It may be that earthbound entities do watch us. With that said, we
believe that EVP researchers can request privacy and can tell earthbound
entities to go away if they are being bothersome. An entity certainly
does not have to be in your home to initiate EVP.
It is common for an EVP experimenter to ask for
help from the other side to improve communications. To our friends on
the other side, this is probably equivalent to asking them into our
house for a visit. If you are seeking phenomena—and you are if you work
with EVP—then we would think that you would greet these visitations as a
new form of communication. What a wonderful proof!
These entities are people. In time, they could be
you. How would you like to be treated? They deserve to be treated with
respect. If you are not living in a haunted house and if you find that
you have entities in your home, odds are this is because you have called
them in some way, or they have a need to communicate with you. After
all, many of us have come to EVP out of a need to communicate with one
of them. Can you imagine how frustrating it might be if entities in your
house believe you can help them communicate with a loved one (perhaps
with you) and all you do is request that they leave? You have the right
to tell them to go, but you have the opportunity to greet them and find
a way to communicate.
Tom and Lisa Butler