Join us at this year's Spirits Of Colorado Paranormal Convention in Cripple Creek on Saturday, September 19th! We'll be holding a special media presentation “I WANT TO BELIEVE” from 4:20 to 5:15, ghost hunts at Maggie's starting at 10 ( Maggie being the most well-known haunt in Cripple Creek ), and staying the night in the Imperial Hotel's most haunted room. Check out our official, personalized bottles from Coca-Cola! These will serve as limited-edition giveaways, including glossy stickers and a ghost box, so click below for more info and registration. We hope to scare you there!
About our "team": People often express surprise that we're not members of a TAPS or Ghost Adventures Crew. Apparently many self-started paranormal teams automatically join one or the other. It's believed this lends a team credibility. We do not believe this to be the case.
Speaking energetically, which many debunkers forget is what this entire business is about, joining a tribe of any kind means consciously donating all of your energy into said organization. Plugging in this way means you adopt their beliefs, and you are subject to the same pace at which they acquire information and disseminate it with their members. You come to their defense and spread their word. In an instant. Everyone has to believe in something, right?
One must also remember that these are scripted shows for entertainment purposes and there is a fair amount of manipulation which occurs to snare ratings. We have been on the Biography Channel twice and will confirm there was some very creative editing to the episodes we filmed. We wouldn't trade those experiences for anything and are forever grateful for those opportunities, but those events created an air of celebrity, which is far different from credibility. People really need to know the difference.
Christopher was heavily influenced by Ed & Lorraine Warren in the early 80's, he was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and his early exposure to the spirit world came from those in his tribe, the Oglala Sioux. There was no cable out there in the 70's, no paranormal media fixtures, and what Christopher could learn came from good old-fashioned books. His heroes were his grandfather and those family members who took time to teach him about his relationship with spirit.
His first official ghost hunt occurred at age 12, and he didn't claim alliance with anyone but the Creator. He still doesn't. He created The SpiritChasers in 2007 in direct response to the over-saturation of sideshow paranormal programs dominating television at that time.
From Christopher's 2012 interview with After Dark With Dr. Mike: "I learned early on that spirit existed in everything, so in a way one could say that everything was already haunted. The paranormal was normal, there was no element of phenomena to it, though it was indeed fascinating. It was a natural occurrence, but that doesn't mean it wasn't scary. Though grandma had crossed over some years ago, she still came back to visit during weddings. We just knew to expect her, though to see doorknobs turning around the house at night was terrifying.
So, this wasn't something we had to prove to anyone, our ancestors had already known of the existence of spirits and other life forms for ages. Most of them were actually seen as bothersome. I understand debunking helps people feel smart, an instant Professor Holmes, like their paranormal friends on TV. It's again supposed to generate credibility and has become quite a trend, but we don't come from that.
The Ghost Hunters began all this debunkery with their 'orbs are trash' decree in our present age of spiritualism, much like those in the 1800's who were fed up with paper mâché ectoplasm and early photoshop fails. TAPS admitted they were looking for a little attention with this proclamation, and they got some, but it's gone too far the other end. We don't even like to consider ourselves a paranormal team. We certainly don't consider our pictures and EVPs as 'evidence'.
We have a rotating roster of people we have known for years, friends and family members, who join James and I on investigations. This is because we know they will have respect, we know these people and share the same views. Well, most of us. We're not even all believers and we don't want to be, we want to have fresh perspectives. We like the idea of something more intimate, so we don't recruit people like everyone else. We have never fallen in line with popular belief and originally wanted to be the antithesis of everything we saw on TV.
By 2007 we saw people beating their chests, cursing at spirits, setting themselves on fire or bloodletting to generate activity. Even people ghost hunting underwater! And last year that group trying to trap a spirit with solar panels?! Every year it became more outrageous and more vanity and fear-based. Don't even get us started on the demons.
I guess debunking was also an eventual response to this craziness, but we would never take an experience away from someone or tell them how an event actually went down if we weren't even there. We actually started a campaign known as 'Save The Orbs!' My ancestors saw these things and they weren't dust, they were 'peteuhala'. Cold spots used to be a thing, then it became hot spots. We used to run around with dowsing rods - and still do- but now people use obnoxious ghost boxes and blinking tricorder thingies.
We got a reputation early on for being anti-tool, for accusing flashlight fanatics of being taken for no more than Victorian novelty. We're not anti-tool because we have all of these tools, but we don't let ourselves rely on these things and I think that's why we have the body of 'evidence' we do. When I started out it was a ghetto blaster for recording EVPs and a Polaroid camera, no more. When James came on board he was also disenchanted with the shows and just wanted to go out with a camera and voice recorder, no more. And who could blame him?
He lived down the street from a park where a tragic plane crash occurred. We had a nightly opportunity for experimenting with different methods of contact over the years and I can honestly tell you that the best tool was our intuition and the best method was meditation beforehand. Just like my ancestors held ceremony before any contact with the spirit world, so would we. Otherwise where is your focus, your intent, your energy? It has to be more than just copying what you see on TV. It has to be more than just watching flashing lights.
In high school I had the mohawk, the ankh, the boots, smoked cloves. At their dances I hung with a new wave crowd and we'd cover our ears and shriek when they played top 40. There's still a bit of that attitude with me, with James. We've always done our own thing. It doesn't make us better than anyone else, but you do need a vision of your own. A little style never hurts. We don't look like typical heavy metal ghost hunters or People Of Walmart with EMF detectors. It's important we're far removed from the obvious and that helps us to see things from a different perspective.
We no longer care if we're seen as credible or not. We don't provide "services" or have the giant logo magnets on the side of our cars. We're explorers and philosophers. Because I have been involved in the metaphysical community since 2002, we come from esoteric ground. Because I am Sioux, I will always expect activity and I will always know that world is accessible and I don't need a flashlight or box for that. I never did. I know there will always be advances in technology from fires to phones and nothing against anyone else - I mean that - but I will always tap into spirit first, without some overflowing toybox of battery-operated things."
To hear more, join The SpiritChasers at the 4th Annual Spirits Of Colorado Paranormal Convention in Cripple Creek on Saturday, September 19th. The SC will be holding a special media presentation as well as hosting a ghost hunt at one of the most haunted buildings there ( and staying in the most haunted room at The Imperial ). Go to Coloradoghosttours.com to register.
Thank you for reading.
- Christopher Allen Brewer, September, 2015