GHOST HUNTING class starts February 26, 2015

My HCH Institute investigations class starts on Thursday, February 26, 2015 and runs for four Thursday evenings. The class runs from 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific Time and can be attended in person in Lafayette, CA at HCH Instituteor by phone!

Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal

Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific: February 26, March 5, March 12 and March 19, 2015.

All students receive mp3 recordings of the classes, plus: 1) mp3 recordings of the last year’s session of the course; 2) additional mp3 audio; 3) additional video files, including a one hour lecture; 4) text files, with both required reading and 5) a much larger folder of supplemental/additional reading  (pdf and Word).

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as ”ghostly”: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists.  Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others.  Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things:  a Ghost Hunter.

This class is a guide to field investigations–ghost hunting–based on the 130+ years of field investigation and research in psychical research and parapsychology. Attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences.  The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they’re involved).

You will learn about: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities;

What else can make a “ghost”;The investigative process, from initial call to resolution;

Technology & Psychics in ghost hunting;

How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs;

Psychic potential for investigators;

The ethics of paranormal investigating;

How his investigations have affected Auerbach’s own personal outlook on life;

The deep (and necessary) connections between apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists and other psychic experiences and abilities, and why a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator absolutely needs an understanding of the findings of Parapsychology in order to both conduct a thorough investigation and come to at least a range of reasonable conclusions – and to understand the “why” of the phenomena.

Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach’s more exciting cases.

Classes are held at HCH Institute, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

To register: 1) Call HCH Institute at 925-283-3941 OR 2) email Paul Meredith,

For more information on all the Certificate Program courses available through HCH, visit


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If the goal is reached, and based on my conversations with Todd Moster, this is going to be one of the best things anyone in or around the paranormal community (and para-TV) has conceived of, and truly on the path of Science.

Please pass this on!!!

Learn what Parapsychologists and Psychical Researchers have learned about “INVESTIGATING APPARITIONS, HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS” in the 8 week online class starting January 26th, 2015, through the Rhine Education Center. Taught by parapsychologist/paranormal investigator and author Loyd Auerbach (and web-guy here at, this course covers the basic skills and concepts needed for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences from the scientific (parapsychological) perspective, as well as the theories and models of the phenomena. Also covered are techniques for resolving cases of ghostly phenomena and experiences.

This is an online class with a weekly webinar — recorded for playback so you can watch/listen live or at any time after. It is also a class on a more academic model, meaning there are weekly discussion questions (to discuss with your fellow students and the instructor), and a couple of quizzes.

Pass the class and you’ll be added to the network of investigators for the Office of Paranormal Investigations.

Members of the Rhine Research Center get a discount!

For more info and registration information, go to

Coming in February: The Science of ESP, an 8 week online class from the Rhine Education Center!

Upcoming Parapsychology Classes

Hi folks and Happy New Year!

This month, I’m doing two one-shot classes through HCH (in person or by phone), which are described below: “Hauntings: In Depth” and “Is Your Child Psychic? Children and Psychic Abilities.”

In addition, I have the Precognition & PK class starting on Thursday night. If you have already taken it, I’d appreciate it if you would pass along the notification to anyone you think might be interested.

Also below you’ll find info on the upcoming online classes for the Rhine Education Center.

Finally, I am working through my calendar to schedule a distance-only Advanced Ghost Hunting course. Watch for info coming soon — and if you’re interested in a Bay Area local version, let me know.


Loyd Auerbach, MS

HCH Institute Classes in Lafayette – Also available to attend by phone. Attendees (in class or on phone) receive mp3 recordings of the class, as well as lots of text and other materials (via download or on DVD-rom). For more info, or to register, call 925-283-3941.

ONE SHOT (One evening) classes:

HAUNTINGS: IN-DEPTH: Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 – 9:30 PM $50

The term “haunting” refers to places that have repeated paranormal/ghostly activity. Buildings or the land they are built on can be haunted, and the building can be old or even relatively new. It’s also possible for objects to be haunted (after all, what is a house but a big object?). Researchers have long determined that hauntings (often referred to as “residual hauntings” by many) have a different cause than apparition/ghost cases: place memory/psychic imprints vs. actual conscious entities

This one-evening session will look at the long history of haunted places and objects and why psychical researchers and parapsychologists have separated them into their own category different from apparitions. Learn about the models of hauntings, from psychic imprinting to the British “stone tape theory” to geophysical possibilities.

We’ll also delve into specific haunting cases, including a few from the casebooks of the instructor, Loyd Auerbach and several of his colleagues. We’ll consider how sometimes phenomena can be mixed (hauntings and apparitions together), and even how a haunting can cause a poltergeist situation.

Finally, for those investigating haunting, apparition, and poltergeist cases, we’ll talk about resolving cases of hauntings and how and why haunting resolutions are so different from the others.

IS YOUR CHILD PSYCHIC? An Introduction to Children and Psychic Abilities: Wednesday, January 21st, 6:30-9:30 PM  $50

Children are by nature, more psychic than adults. Unfortunately, our culture and educational system seem to shut down their natural abilities early on.

This special introductory seminar will help you find out how you can determine what psychic talents your child might have, and how to nurture and develop them, as well as help them (and yourself) deal with what they actually experience. Along the way, you’ll also learn much about how you, too, can re-develop your own buried abilities. We’ll look at the range of psychic abilities demonstrated by children (and researched over the years), from ESP to mind over matter (PK) to the ability to see or otherwise sense ghosts and spirits.

We’ll also touch on the relationship between poltergeist cases and adolescents.

For those without their own kids, this class will provide much about the research findings with kids and psychic abilities, findings that will help you with your own psychic development.

For those who are more interested in paranormal investigations where there are children involved who have witnessed hauntings and apparitions, we’ll discuss how to work with kids to alleviate their fear and best conduct the investigation.


Precognition and Psychokinesis: January 15, 22, 29, February 5 & 12, 6:30 to 9:30 PM    $275 including mp3 recordings of the past year’s session, mp3s of current class, additional text, audio and a video workshop – on DVD-Rom.                 MIND, MATTER AND TIME: How Our Psychic Abilities Affect the World Around Us, Pierce the Veil of Time and Help Create the Future. In this six week course, Loyd Auerbach will discuss two fascinating psychic abilities, Psychokinesis (mind over matter) and Precognition. In addition, he’ll delve into theories of Time and Space that connect Psychokinesis (PK) and Precognition.

In relation to PK, he’ll delve into: what parapsychologists and many others know today about PK, how it manifests itself, and how it hints at the broader interconnectedness between our consciousnesses and the Universe around us. There will be an experiential PK segment to this class, working with a method for PK developed by the late (great) science and science fiction writer Martin Caidin,, himself capable of PK.

As for Precognition, Auerbach will cover questions such as: Can anyone really predict the Future? How? Is there really a Future that can be predicted? What is Time? Can we change the Future? Why do so many psychics miss on their predictions? What about the premonitions of the average person?

Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 6:30 to 9:30  $250, including DVD-rom with recordings of past years’ course offering in mp3, lots of additional text, audio and video. Student also get mp3s of current class.

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as ghostly: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others. Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things: a Ghost Hunter.

This class is a guide to ghost hunting, and attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences. The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they’re involved).

You will learn about: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities. What else can make a “ghost”… the investigative process, from initial call to resolution. Psychics in ghost hunting. How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs.

Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach’s more exciting cases.
 RHINE EDUCATION CENTER: ONLINE COURSES: The following full classes are online courses. There is a weekly webinar, which you can attend live or watch the replay. The courses have online forums for the assignments (yes, there are assignments in this class, as it is more “academic”), discussion questions, and the two quizzes. You can take the class for a “grade” or just for fun. For more info, go to

Investigating Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. 8 weeks starting Monday January 26. $199 (discount for Rhine Center members is available).

This course is designed as an overview to introduce students to the methodologies of parapsychologists specifically with regard to the spontaneous occurrence of psychic experiences as they occur outside laboratory settings, with a main focus on cases of reported Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. Attendees will gain an understanding of the very basic skills and needed for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences.

The class will include:

The conceptual models of the phenomena,

How the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and

How to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences.

The Science of ESP. 8 weeks starting Wednesday, February 18. $199 (discount for Rhine Center members is available)

This 8 week academic course will define the phenomena and experiences related to Extrasensory Perception (ESP) and provide an in-depth study of the current and historical evidence and research of Telepathy, Clairvoyance, and Precognition. The differences and similarities between these categories of psi experience/abilities will be discussed as well as an overview of what has been learned about psychological and physical variables and theories and models of ESP. Some of the basic topics related to Remote Viewing and applications of ESP will also be introduced in this class.


FOR MORE INFO ON ANY OF THESE, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL LOYD AUERBACH AT or call the Office of Paranormal Investigations at 415-871-0175 and leave a message for a call back.


Special Offer: Mentoring for Investigators, Psychics & Mediums

I’ve been mentoring some paranormal investigators, psychics and mediums over the last few years, via phone and Skype as well as in-person here in the Bay Area without raising my rates. But now it’s time to do so….

However, if you’re interested in getting the old rate for mentoring, contact me before December 31st — email Book me for time in 2015 before the end of 2014 and keep the old rate (and book me for multiple hours and get a special rate). Pre-paid time can be used at any time in the future, all at once or a little at a time.

I am willing to have a short (20 minute or so) phone or Skype call with you for free to see what your needs are.

With investigators, my mentoring is usually a combination of upping their know-how about parapsychological field investigation methods (the real methods, not what you get from TV shows or people who “teach” what they learned from TV). Often the mentoring is in the form of me providing detailed feedback on the cases they’ve either done in the past or have going now.

With psychics/mediums or fledgling sensitives, my mentoring is usually getting them a grounding in parapsychology and/or some work on psychic protection and/or work on being able to better assess the information they’re currently getting. A couple have worked with me on increasing their sensitivities (while at the same time being able to “turn it off” when necessary), and more than one have worked with me on how to best communicate with the public/clients and skeptics.

If you’re not sure right now, but this sounds interesting and you want to “hold” my rates, contact me and we’ll work something out.


Guest Post: Summary of Some Benefits of Meditation

Note from Loyd Auerbach: The practice of meditation is one form of altered states induction that can allow for increased psychic perception and development. Research has shown that meditation has, of course, many other benefits — some of which are summarized here in this guest post.

Summary of Some Benefits of Meditation

Ruby Andrew

Meditation, though it may appear to some to be a time-wasting activity, has a host of benefits ranging from psychological, mental, physical, and social as illustrated below based on the various scientific researches and proves done by different universities and researchers.


Enhances satisfaction: People can evaluate their lives and set goals that they want to achieve and work towards. It helps them acknowledge their failures, not to feel guilty about them but to learn from them. This gives them strength to overcome their weaknesses.

Self-realization: It provides a chance for one to get oriented to one’s person/self. It is ‘me time’. With no one in the picture, being all alone in one’s own world makes one think through each aspect of life and know better who he/she is. This enhances self-image.

Helps one develop humane feelings: Naturally, humans are moral beings, social in nature and able to feel pain and empathy. Having time with oneself enhances one’s ability to relate to situations naturally.

Reduces bad feelings: Anxiety, stress and depression are always experienced as long as one lives. These feelings do increase and often impair performance especially when one is caught up in so many activities allowing no time to meditate over/ponder what one is undergoing. Some realities are not pleasant and thus many prefer pushing them off their memory.

To the contrary, meditation helps one analyze each situation and plan how to overcome it. Thus reactions to such encounters can be more positive.

It makes Self a refuge: In situations where one could retaliate, burst out in anger or break down, one can resolve to engage a habit of keeping it to Self and thinking over the situation before hurting the other party, thus enhancing the ability to cope with difficult situations.


Meditation has been proven to enhance growth of some areas of the brain which increase performance of the individual. The portion of the cortical area responsible for attention and introspection increases, enhancing attention and internalization and thus a better and faster understanding of concepts. There is evidence for increased grey matter portion of areas responsible for memory and thought. Increased neurons in this area can enhance memory recall and judgment. Increase in size of the area responsible for generation of positive emotions and frontal area which regulates emotional reactions can enhance happiness, positivity and self- control.


Weight Control: Meditation can aid the ability to control appetite. Overweight and obese individuals might be able to cut their weight through self-control if that is their issue. Weight loss has been shown to be part of the treatment of and prevention against diabetes.

Decreases blood pressure: Meditation decreases body and brain activity, thus decreasing the basal metabolic rate. Alongside decreasing anxiety and stress, the blood pressure decreases and is maintained at normal levels.


Enhances relations with other people thus better social ties. This is because of a better self-image and appreciation of oneself and other people. Accommodation of differences in personality improves reaction to different situations giving a better meaning to life.

Note: In some parts of the world, one might find physician guided meditation programs which may even be part of one’s health coverage.

Ruby Andrew’s author bio

Ruby Andrew, a guest writer and blogger by profession, lives in Bristol, UK. For a long time, she has had a passion for writing and found she could write on any topic. Her areas of interest includes travel, health, fitness, automobile, fashion, technology and weddings. At present, she works as a guest blogger on behalf of health insurance card.

POLTERGEISTS One Shot Class: Thurs, Nov 20, 2014


Thursday November 20, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific time

Cost: $50

Location: HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA, or on your own phone (phone number sent out once registered)

Register: Email Paul at HCH at (and copy me, please) and/or call Paul at HCH at 925-283-3941

Poltergeists: In Depth: The term “poltergeist” translates to “noisy ghost,” which is how 16th Century Germans saw the particular physical phenomena when they coined the term. Beginning in the early 20th Century and by the 1950s–based on hundreds of case investigations and research studies–parapsychologists formed a new model: living agent psychokinesis (PK).

Learn why this model holds up so well, how it helps us resolve the situations and how it connects to lab research on PK. Why do some people become poltergeist agents and why are “little poltergeists” so common?

We’ll also consider PK caused by apparent apparitions/entities, how the activity and experiences differ, and why apparitional PK activity is no longer called “poltergeist activity” here in the US.

Finally, we’ll look at the how the living-agent distinction is not necessarily made in other parts of the world, such as the UK, what recent analyses of activity in cases has revealed, and how much poltergeist activity in recent times has actually focused on electronic devices in our lives and happen in small ways to all of us.

With some focus on the work of the late William G. Roll, who formalized the model used for living agent PK, we’ll take a really close look at noisy ghosts!

The class will be recorded, and you will receive the mp3 afterwards, as well as a number of articles and supporting text documents.

For more info, email

My Visit to Pocatello, Idaho

Last week (October 21-26), I spent several days in Pocatello, Idaho, hosted by John and Lisa Brian of SPIRO Paranormal.

My itinerary included a lecture (True Tales of Ghosts & Hauntings) at Idaho State University, a Professor Paranormal Psychic Entertainment Show at a local school, a book signing and a Ghost Hunting class — as well as spending time on the Haunted History tours SPIRO conducted in Pocatello on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Have to say it was a great time, and I really have to thank John and Lisa, as well as Brett Yost and the rest of the SPIRO team for making the trip truly fun.

The ISU lecture made the trip possible, especially with the extras John and Lisa were able to tag on. I hope I get the opportunity to return to Pocatello — the people were very nice and welcoming, and the town was inviting.

I do have to mention that the SPIRO team quite atypical of many of the ghost hunting groups I’ve met. They not only were truly interested in upping their investigation-game by learning whatever I could provide (or point them to as far as other sources are concerned), but also in going back over their methodology and seeing how they can both expand what they’re doing and include more of what my field has learned about investigations and the phenomena since the late 1800s (yes, we’re that old).

Not to mention they are a close knit “family” of investigators, all with a great sense of humor (and many with similar movie and TV interests to my own!)

I plan to stay in close touch with SPIRO and hope to get back to Pocatello, and to see them out here in the Bay Area as well.

If you are in a ghost hunting/paranormal investigation group/team that wants to up your game, contact me to see how we might work out either a visit to your neck of the woods or something special via distant delivery. If you have a local college or corporation that might want to book me for a lecture or Professor Paranormal show, it will probably be easier than you think!


New Classes for October 2014: Apparitions and Mediumship

I’m offering a one evening class and a two parter.
These classes can be attended either in person in Lafayette, or via telephone. All registrants get mp3 recordings of the class plus additional materials.
All times are Pacific time zone.

Apparitions: In-Depth

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-9:30 PM. Attend in person or by phone. Cost: $50.

A one-shot class focusing on all forms of apparitions, from those projected by the living to the best cases, explanations and theories of apparitions of the dead. Illustrated with lots of ghost stories.

 Mediumship: History, Mystery, Manifestation and Science.

Thursday October 9 (7-9:30 PM – NOTE start time) and Thursday October 16 (6:30-9:30 PM). Attend in person or by phone. Cost: $100

A two-part class looking deeply into the history, practice, beliefs, claims and evidence of Mediumship, both physical and mental, and the research and findings since the mid-1800s. Includes discussion of opening up as a medium and learning to control one’s mediumistic abilities.

Classes are held at HCH Institute, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA.

To register, contact HCH at 925-283-3941 
Please let him know whether you will be attending in person or by phone (the latter so I can send you the phone and access numbers). Also be sure he has your email.
Please let me know if you might be interested.
PS I hope to see you at the Forever Family Foundation’s annual conference on the Afterlife in Durham, NC, November 8 &9 (with additional events, including one at the Rhine Center, on November 6,7, & 10). For information, go to