Hayley is a Ghost

It’s not me, it’s you…

Posted on: February 20, 2011

As you may or may not know, I am a Wiltshire based paranormal researcher who investigates ghostly experiences and alleged hauntings with a healthy dose of skepticism and from a completely rational approach. That means I don’t use any of the gadgets that are usually linked with ghost research (EMF meters, motion sensors, thermal cameras etc.), and I don’t use any of the popular spiritual methods such as ouija boards, seances, tabble tipping etc.

There is a location in Wiltshire that I have been investigating with my paranormal research team, Wiltshire Phenomena Research (WPR), for at least four years now. The location is anonymous and so I can’t name it, or even suggest where in Wiltshire it is because of this.

We are the only group of paranormal researchers that are allowed access to this building for research purposes. Many other teams have asked for access to the building to conduct ghost hunts there but they have been denied. I know this because the people who manage the location tell us.

You might think that we have a system set up with them to ensure that we’re the only team allowed access, but we don’t, and it’s rather nice to know that the people who run the location trust us enough to allow us access.

However, other paranormal research teams from the local area (and trust me, there are lots) have noted that WPR are the only team allowed into the building. How do they know if it’s anonymous and we don’t name the place? Well, there happened to be a time when I was in the front area of the building in question, and the founder of another paranormal team happened to walk past the window… it was a bit awkward.

Anyway, other Wiltshire based investigators, some of whom are actually based in the town the location is situated in, have taken note of the fact that WPR are allowed access to the building, and have questioned this. In fact, one local researcher suggested on a Wiltshire community forum that the reason that we are allowed into the building when noone else is, is because:

“it’s who you know, not what you know”

I only came across that comment today while researching the location and it made me laugh because firstly the investigator in question is someone who uses pseudo-science and nonsense spiritual methods on their investigations – and secondly, there is absolutely no special arrangement in place between us and the location in question. None of the WPR team have a connection with anyone at the location.

It’s certainly not a case of “who you know” but, I am confident enough to suggest, a case of “what you know”. See, the WPR team spend a lot of time ensuring that the knowledge we have of our subject is up to date and current. We always double check ourselves to make sure that what we are doing is correct and not at all pseudo-scientific or illogical – we don’t jump to conclusions when we have strange experiences and we try to offer reasonable explanations or solutions to what has been reported to us.

I’m confident enough to say that this is why the WPR team are allowed access to the location when nobody else is – because our reputation with the location speaks for itself and they know they can trust us and they know that we will not mess them around or baffle them with nonsense.

I would like to take this moment to politely suggest to the Wiltshire based investigator who make the suggestion that it was “who you know, not what you know” that perhaps they ought to ask themselves why they are denied access while actually living in the same town as the location, rather that accusing the WPR team of having some sneaky system set up to ensure only we get access.

That is where the answer lies. It’s not me, it’s you…

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3 Responses to "It’s not me, it’s you…"

I’d love to know the sort of underhand dealings they suspect must be going on behind the scenes, for you to get access to this building.

People will find conspiracies absolutely anywhere.

Cognitive dissonance is a fairly powerful force. You have access. They don’t. But they hate you because you challenge their beliefs. Therefore, they must be better than you. Noone would willingly choose you over their wonderful woo. Therefore, you must be part of a grand conspiracy. In short, they have definite proof of the conspiracy: You suck. The dretails of the conspiracy need not be pondered, as they might challenge this very satisfactory expanation. Pondering this further might lead to us looking inferior again, so let’s just keep repeating our pat response to each other

P.S. Just to prevent unlikely but horrible misunderstandings, you are, in fact,awesome.

appealing to their reason? A very sensible approach 🙂

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Hayley is a ghost

Hayley Stevens is an advocate for science-based research into seemingly paranormal experiences and occurrences. With a background in the pseudo-scientific research into ghosts, Hayley offers a unique insight into the strange world of ghost hunting through her experience.

She describes herself as 'a ghost hunter who doesn't hunt for ghosts' and this is her personal blog where she writes about ghosts, people, and other interesting things. Read more here.

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