The above is a Friedrich Nietzsche quote author Jeff Belanger references, as he describes his closest brush with something unexplainable by using one of the many means he illustrates and chronicles in "Communicating with the Dead." It makes you wonder - how prepared are we to potentially ring-up the other side? Do people really ask themselves this question before they dabble in the Paranormal? What exactly are we hoping to achieve? Belanger himself wasn't sure he was ready when one of his methods, (I won't spoil it for you), actually produces a semi-result. He didn't even go back and try again. So ask yourself this - are you really ready for dead Uncle Joe to stop by and say hi? If so, read on.
Communicating with the Dead is concise, humorous and well written, all while documenting the history of some of the oldest known methods of "spirit communication." It doesn't guarantee results, it doesn't you give you step by step instructions, (though Belanger is right along with you learning and attempting every method.) It guides and educates, while giving vital history of the subject, something many people neglect to pay attention to when they venture into this field. Belanger interviews some of the most important minds in paranormal research, some who have been at this for decades. They claim astonishing results and seem to know what the hell they're talking about. He also speaks with a few people who aren't experts, but have had powerful experiences of their own, experiences which have obviously left them a bit changed, and some might say, enlightened.
Belanger's book is not only a good start, but it's an excellent reference and I strongly believe it should be on any Paranormal Investigators bookshelf, if not any bookshelf belonging to someone with an interest in getting to know the other side. Most people will read "Communicating with the Dead", go through the different methods suggested and be drawn to a couple in particular. Some may identify with more scientific means of communication, while others may be drawn to things like tarot or scrying. Learn about all of these methods, become fairly versed and start with what feels right.
Anyone can pick up a recorder and try to collect EVP. Anyone can take pictures and claim spirit photography - but truly educating yourself on the vast and varied history of paranormal research sets the dabblers apart from the impassioned. Don't you want to know where this came from?