Subject: [IGHS] Newsletter, February 13, 2005 Deming, NM
From: "Dr. Dave Oester/Dr. Sharon Gill"
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 10:31:48 -0700

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International Ghost Hunters Society Newsletter
February 13, 2005 from Deming, New Mexico
Dr. Dave’s Notes:
Since I recommended the great spyware/adware remover last week, we have been contacted by many of our readers who wrote us saying that when they ran the free service they discovered to their horror that their computers had anywhere from 180 to 250 plus infections. Even those who used Ad-Aware were shocked at the number of infections found on their computers.
Some spyware monitors your web surfing and online purchasing while others hijack your search settings and re-direct your searches. A month ago, my browser was hijacked by such an infection and it took me 15 hours to break it free of the hijacking. This invasion of our privacy can only be protected by using good spyware/adware programs to remove these infections.
I have used several different brands of spyware and adware removers and I have found one of the most effective removers of these malware infections is from a company that will scan your computer for free. Take a moment and have this company scan your computer by going to The first time I used this program, it found over 300 infections in the registry alone. None of my other adware or spyware programs found these infections.
It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to scanning your computer for spyware and adware infections. I no longer worry about getting viruses, but I do worry about spyware and adware infections that creep into my system whenever I am online. I am a firm believer in removing spyware and adware daily to avoid serious problems down the road.
We are very pleased to announce our newest Home Study Course. This is Part 3 of our home study program, the Certified EVP Researcher. The Certified EVP Research is an in-depth study program focused specifically on the recording and analyzing of EVP recordings.
We provide an extensive step by step guide using Acoustica 2.25 and the $34.90 Acoustica 3.2 for the removal of clicks, hisses, and background noise. Acoustica 3.2 has the same EVP features as the expensive Cool Edit Pro version that sells for $299.00.
We go into far greater material than is found in our EVP booklet or found in the ghost researcher course. Those who take the course will discover that a simple tape or digital recorder is all they need to complete the EVP Researcher program.
This course reflects the growing interest in EVP and the demand for help in understanding and in interpretating ghost voices. There are so many investigators who are confused about what they are recording and who have no where to turn for help or understanding. Our basic EVP booklet addressed many issues, but still there was a demand for a greater in-depth program. While many ghost research organizations have basic ghost hunting 101 and psychic 101 courses, none address the EVP issues and most do not even use digital technology, but rely upon the cassette audio recorder. How ancient and outdated. Digital recorders are inexpensive, many selling for under $20 at Wal-Mart stores.
For example, Sharon recently heard a guest on a talk radio show who claimed that ghost voices were demonic spirits attempting to confuse the living. How sad that this kind of garbage is presented.  The recent film, White Noise, taught that only white noise or static can be used to record the voices of the spirits who are dead. However, this is not true, it is misleading. A much easier and more fun way is to record their voices at the places they worked and died at, such as homes, buildings, battlefields, theaters, places where people laughed and cried with joy or sadness. We have coined this as the Historic EVP approach. There is no need for static or white noise.
We have nothing against white noise, but you have to use white noise in the comfort of your home and not in the trenches where hauntings occur. Our approach is far easier and more fun. Who wants to sit at their kitchen table and record the static from a radio when they can be investigating a really spooky building or be in a cemetery with old tombstones? Capturing ghost voices in the wild is like taking photos of a moose or elk in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains compared to taking photos of them off of a television screen. There is no comparison, in the wilds, you feel the wind and sun and view nature’s beautiful creations, but on television, all is presented as someone else’s experience.
More information about our EVP Researcher course can be found at The EVP Researcher is only available as a CD and not as a printed manual since we include actual ghost voices we have recorded, including great examples of reverse speech. We provide background material for understanding why we recommend Reverse Speech. Check it out today.
We will be setting up a web page listing those who complete the EVP Researcher course. The page will contain their name, city/state and email address so the media or others who may wish to contact them can do so. We will also include a free one year membership in our Password Ghost Galleries. We are offering an introductory price on the course through this month.
We got a request from one of our members living in Alpine, CA. He would like to start a club and if you are living nearby, contact him at
Happy trails.
Dr. Sharon’s Notes:
I have always heard, you are what you eat, but lately I heard someone say, “You are what you think.” This is so very true, if you think about it. It is our thinking that develops the personalities that we have and the people we become. For Instance, do you ever look in the mirror and think how very fat you look? With our appearances being so important in this day and age, I’m sure that’s something that crosses many thousands of minds, daily. Once you see your image and deem it to be less than desired, the thoughts of that stay with you the rest of the day. Your clothing may feel a bit tighter, your mood descends, and desperate thoughts of how to lose those extra pounds are a feature of the days thinking. This applies to anything and everything we do on a daily basis.
Did you perhaps grow up being told how dumb you are or how you will never amount to anything? As children, those negative statements are a part of how we feel about ourselves and in the formative years are parts of what molds us into the adults we become. As a child, when a parent tells us how worthless we are or how we will never learn anything, after a time, we believe it to be true. If we are told we will fail and believe it, we fail. Today, professionals are seeing the damage being done by this kind of verbal abuse and they are making a great effort to reverse the negative programming in our kids. The focus now being a more positive one is essential to boosting a child’s self-image.
Falling into the trap of negative thinking is easier than people might think. The fact is that most very negative people never stop to think about what they are saying, how it sounds, or how it affects the people around them. Negative people are those who push people away by their mere behavior, yet they don't stop to realize what the root of the problem might be. This article is intended to help folks recognize and be aware of negative thinking and behavior; in themselves or those around them and to help them come to understand that they can change that negative pattern, changing their lives.
Becoming aware of negative thinking and negative people can be the first step to prevent falling into that negative trap. It has become enough of a problem within the community of man, which I am hearing it discussed on talk radio all across this nation and finding articles about it in magazines and newspapers everywhere, it needs to be addressed. I’m sure the subject comes up on television programs, but we are presently not privy to that form of media. I understand that it has become a problem worthy of discussion, especially in such times of turmoil and unknowing what lies ahead.
The problem of negative thinking has always been there, growing and becoming habitual. It is all around us like an invisible force drawing people in and holding them in its grasp. Everywhere we turn, we are being bombarded with negative energy as times are changing. The nightly news is rarely anything that makes us feel good anymore. To be aware of what is taking place in this world, we are in the habit of turning on the news daily. The majority of what we hear are the negative events taking place, here in our country and abroad. The tragedy of the terrorist attack in September added fuel to an already burning fire, which has accelerated and increased the negative toxicity all around us. Because of 9/11, more people have become aware of the power and strength of negativity, which has become a topic open for discussion. We are in trouble.
Correcting negative thinking starts within us. Your brain automatically sends messages thousands of times a day; unfortunately, they aren't always the most encouraging. More often than not, they relate to our shortcomings rather than the successes we experience. The things we accomplish and the good we do are forgotten shortly afterward yet the more negative things in our lives, hang right in there. Our negative messaging, constantly filling our thoughts causes us more problems, such as making decisions that are impulsive and emotional rather than decisions that are rational or sensible. Just a simple example of that would be getting angry after a negative event and feeling the strong urge to go on a shopping spree or overindulging ourselves on ice cream sundaes after finding we've failed at our diet anyway. These are just small examples of poor decision-making influenced by negative factors in our lives. I’m pretty sure we can all relate to either or both of those examples.
We have the ability to control our negative thoughts, just as we are able to think in positive ways. It is like the Yin Yang, or the balance that is needed in all things. When one takes control over the other, negative over positive thoughts, the positive fades into the background and the longer one remains in control, the more out of balance our lives become. By being aware of the negative takeover in our thinking, we can restore balance to our thoughts that in turn brings our lives back into the needed balance. Negative thinking brings us despair yet positive thinking gives us hope. What people think about themselves makes all the difference in their self-esteem and when we feel good about ourselves, the world doesn't quite look as bad.
Being aware of negative thinking means, we can then stop those negative thoughts and put them into perspective. What is the problem that lies as the basis for the onset of those negative thoughts? Take a good look at it, ask yourself what started the process and deal with it.  In that way, it can be set aside and not become an obsession that creates more problems later, nor will it become a negative rut that continues as a habit.
Avoid black and white thinking. According to Dr. Monica Basco, clinical psychologist, some of us tend to think things must be done in certain ways or in no way at all. If a person speaks in absolutes, such as “always” or “never” they think in black and white and are in an all or nothing trap. Avoid that type of extreme thinking. Nothing in life is absolute outside of death and taxes, so by using “often” rather than “always” we allow ourselves to see moderation in all things.
If you find yourself thinking that if you can't do something to perfection then you don't want to do it at all, stop, and think for a minute. If things have to be done to meet a high standard of perfection, you have already set yourself up for failure in that all or nothing way of thinking. We view failure as a completely negative outcome, so step back and get perspective on how something can be accomplished with pleasure not pressure. Approach each new day and each project on the basis on how to do things better, improving time spent. Face the future with a positive outlook on bettering each day, not regressing to what was done wrongly in the past.
Generate the positive thinking you want in your life and shed the negative thinking that we fall into so easily. Think back on the days when you have felt positive and confident and how everything seemed to fall into place easily. Days when we are at our lowest, we lack confidence and our self-esteem plummets, nothing seems to go the way we would like and it is discouraging. That is one good example of the difference between negative and positive thinking and the outcomes we generate.
Dave and I have put a great deal of emphasis on positive vs. negative thinking. We have also emphasized that we project our energies, positive and/or negative and attract the same back to us. New research has shown this to be true. If you project negativity, negative people and negative situations are drawn to you, where positive energy being projected out attracts positive people and opportunities. You are virtually a walking magnet!
Positive and negative thoughts can be very powerful. Research done at the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto has shown that a positive attitude can aid in healing where a negative attitude can delay healing. Recent studies indicate that nine out of ten people, who change from a negative attitude to a positive one, see a positive improvement in their lives. Research has also shown that people tend to dwell on the more negative aspects of themselves more so than the positive ones.
Feeling good about you is an instantaneous creation of positive energy! It is important to recall our successes, deeds and accomplishments that generate that positive energy.
We all make mistakes, as that is the nature of how we learn. Being able to realize we all mess up, opens the door to forgiving ourselves and letting go of the negative energy associated with errors. Being able to forgive ourselves and let the negative energy go, opens up more room for the more positive energy that we need to fill our thoughts and lives. Positive energy moves people forward because it motivates and energizes. Negative energy retards and inhibits forward motion, it stalls growth and holds us back, and it limits our potential. It all pertains to the thought patterns, be they negative or positive and the influence our thinking has on our outcomes.
The first thing to be done is to be aware of the negative messages that sent out by our brains.  Deal with them, rationalize them, and thwart the damage being done by stopping them. Realize that mistakes happen and forgive yourself, going into the next day with the new attitude of improving each day in more positive ways. Focus on your accomplishments rather than your failures, looking forward to the future, not back, to what once was. We can't change the past but we can learn from it to change the future for ourselves in ways that are more positive.
We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine. Find the things around you that make you feel good, make you laugh or bring you the greatest pleasure and enjoyment, should you find yourself slipping into a negative trap. Funny movies can bring on a more positive attitude and laughter makes us all feel better. Mingle with positive people and avoid those who look for the negative in other people or things around them. You will find that life offers a lot of positive energy as we let go of negative patterns. Even the bumps along life’s road don't seem quite so harsh when our outlook, attitudes and our thinking changes.
All I have shared here deals with life and making it more positive because this is where it all begins, within us. Negative unresolved issues go with us in death and we are still faced with finding resolution when we leave this physical plane of existence. We don’t shed the negative attitudes or emotions with our physical bodies. Our emotions, hang-up’s and issues go with us and to find the answers and resolve the problems can become anchors in death. Suicide solves nothing as those issues that caused a person to take their very life, remain with them on the other side until they can find resolution. Suicide does not solve any problems, it only create new ones to be added to the existing problems. 
The International Ghost Hunters Society is a research society that believes that by understanding human thinking and behavior, we come to a better understanding of the nature of ghosts. Most of our research has given us a good foundation for this theory and has helped many to understand and deal with spirits present in their homes or places where there is ghostly activity. Research into the spirit realm is the focal point of our organization. Helping others to understand is a very important aspect of this research. If in writing this article on negative thought processes and helping people recognize there is something they can do to help themselves and improve their lives, then we all benefit from the changes being made. May you all have a good and positive week ahead.
Happy Hauntings
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Southwest Ghost Conference in 2005:
The IGHS is holding its 9th annual ghost conference in 2005. Registrations have come in from Hawaii, New Mexico, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Alberta, Canada for our Southwest Ghost Conference for March 25-27 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our conferences are not for entertainment with ghost book authors or speakers talking about Bigfoot or UFOs, but rather our conferences are educational and instructional. We will be sharing techniques and protocols for taking ghost photographs and recording ghost voices. More information can be found at regarding this conference. Book early, as we will again have limited seating available to us. We are planning on a meet and greet on Friday night, sessions and hands on investigations on Saturday and for those staying Sunday, we will have a list of haunted sites they can investigate in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque area.
Ghost Town Glass Jewelry:
We have added our line of ghost town glass pendants. We have picked up glass shards and tumbled them for a week. Sharon has wire wrapped them and added a sixteen inch sp chain to the glass pendants. Check them out at
Digital Ghost Photography Handbook:
Are you confused about orbs? What are dust orbs and how do they relate to real ghost orbs? Read our 20 page thermal bound book or download the PDF book and discover how digital photography is the wave of the future. We have been using digital since 1994 and we share with the reader, which are the best digital cameras on the market today. We also share what to look for when purchasing a digital camera and provide some protocols to avoid falling into the dust orb trap. Check it out at
How to Record and Analyze Ghost Voices:

We have shared the hidden techniques that enable us to be tremendously successful in recording the voices of the dead. If you need a step by step booklet to help you achieve the same success as we enjoy, including which software to use to analyze the EVP recordings or what cables to use to hook up the recorder to the computer, search no further, check out the booklet at  We ship via Priority Mail through the Post Office or download it as a PDF that can be printed out on your end.
CD Version Home Study Courses:
This is the premier certification program for ghost researchers and paranormal investigators, written by professional full time ghost researchers, Drs Dave & Sharon. Part 1 deals with ghosts and the psychology of earth bound spirits, and Part 2 deals with working with people who are haunted by deceased family members. We teach the scientific approach specializing in ghost photography and etheric voice phenomenon with 30 years of combined experience in this field. Read the recent testimonial. More information is available about our Home Study Courses at
Password Memberships:
We offer a special membership in our Ghostweb Ghost Galleries. Due to the size of these ghost galleries, we have to limit the number of people because of the bandwidth consumed by downloading the photos, spirit voices, and ghost videos in this area. If you want to view the largest collection of ghost photos, EVPs, and videos, check out our membership program at
Life Time IGHS Member Certificate:
Instead of renewing every year, IGHS members can now purchase a Life Time Membership for $60 or a Life Time Membership and Life Time Clip ID Badge for $75. This is a separate program from the Password Membership. More info at
IGHS ID Badges for Investigations:
We have received many requests for some kind of Identification Badge to wear while conducting field investigations. We have created a laminated ID Badge with a metal clip that snaps onto your shirt or other piece of clothing. It says that you are a Registered Ghost Hunter/Paranormal Investigator in good standing with the International Ghost Hunters Society and it has our signatures and web address. Order the ID Badge at
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Kind regards,
Dave, Sharon & BooBoo
International Ghost Hunters Society
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