We’ve heard footsteps or whispers in the same room we’re investigating, even when we’re along in that room and a fellow investigator asking questions is in the next room. Some other investigators have reported that they have felt a cold breeze on their skin while using the Estes Method, even though there was no obvious explanation for it.
This is also a relatively low-cost way to try to open communication with spirit – every investigator who uses equipment knows just how expensive some it it can be, and in comparison, this method can be quite affordable as it only requires headphones, blindfold and a spirit box. Before we start a session, we have found it helpful to sit in the space to be investigated, in total darkness and in silence, to see if we can hear, feel or see anything. Taking this time to absorb your surroundings can also help ground you, and assist in heightening your senses to this changed environment. Also, make sure you introduce yourself to and spirits who may be there – and ask them what you want them to do. There’s no use saying “come up and talk into this spirit box …” as the spirit you’re attempting to communicate with may not have ever seen a spirit box, or used this technique before, and may be unaware how it works, or if it will cause them harm.
Always come with an open mind and respect for your surroundings, and its spiritual inhabitants. You could start your session by saying: “hello, my name is XXX, and I’m here tonight to communicate with any spirits who may be present. I come with the purest of intentions and greatest respect, and I mean you no harm. I would love it if you could come up to this black box in my hand and use your energy to communicate with words, by talking into it in response to our questions. We would love to hear your story, so please don’t be afraid.”
Using this introduction gives you the best chance of being able to open lines of communication. Be patient too, sometimes you can sit in the dark for hours and get nothing through and other times, you’ll receive communication straight away.
Despite the potential success and so much compelling evidence while using the Estes Method, there are some concerns among paranormal investigators about its validity as a technique. Some believe that the results obtained through the method may be influenced by the investigators’ expectations or beliefs about the supernatural, and that the responses received through the spirit box may be influenced by radio interference or other natural phenomena.
Another concern is that the Estes Method may be seen as a form of confirmation bias, where investigators are more likely to interpret ambiguous responses from the spirit box as evidence of paranormal activity, rather than considering alternative explanations. We say give it a go! If you find it to be a method that works for you, then you have one additional way to gather information which you can then corroborate using other equipment , or your own senses.