Conversations with a Paranormal Investigator .... Ann Hill Psychic Medium
I met Ann earlier this year during a paranormal investigation I was assisting on at Bundoora Park Farm. Ann has since been a regular fixture at many investigations I have been at this year, including Black Rock House. One of the first things that impressed me about Ann was her ability to pick up on things that I knew, but I also knew that she could not have possibly known. On a few occasions she has assisted me with putting together some pieces of the puzzle so to speak which has been quite interesting. She is also an incredibly giving and friendly person which can be a rare find these days. Meet Ann.
Please provide a short bio of who you are and what you do in the paranormal field:
First and foremost, thankyou Sarah for the acknowledgement and the opportunity to do this. Your work is amazing.
I am a Psychic/ Medium and have been given this gift many moons ago. My journey has been on and off through the years but finally have been able to take my passion and gift to whole new level. I am using my gift in the paranormal field to grow my abilities and receive confirmation through the devices that are used at these investigations. When it comes to personal investigations, my intent is always to help and confirm what clients may be experiencing, whether to give them closure or reassurance on what is happening isn’t malicious.
I also do readings and mediumship for clients, which I love, it shows them that it is possible to communicate with passed loved ones, or those they may never expect to hear from, it gives them piece of mind, that their loved ones are around and are no longer suffering.
How did you get started in the paranormal field?
I started going on Ghost Tours, years and years ago, with absolute fear inside knowing that they (spirit) were going to try and get my attention, I suppose I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and see how much I could take. Was what I can do REAL???
I have always been interested in the paranormal, spirits, entity’s and aliens. It was intriguing because of the synchronicities, encounters and events that were happening. Being able to communicate and receive communication from them was frightening at first and I really struggled with protection and would often feel drained and exhausted after any encounter.
I started because of my own “Curiosity” and with friends wanting to know what’s going on in their homes, doing readings and mediumship for them. It has grown to friends of friends and on and on .... the journey continues.
What is it that draws you to the paranormal?
For me personally, what drew me to going on investigations on a larger scale was to remove any self-doubt about my gift. I know I am protected now, and the experiences are becoming more intense and exciting. Sharing the experience with others is a great. Learning more about the paranormal, is now an obsession. It’s the unknown, there are so many questions to find answers too. What is Paranormal?? Is it something out of the ordinary, but then what is ordinary?? Peoples lives are different and vary so what is normal to them may not be normal to others.…. I wanted to challenge myself and remove the fear of being overwhelmed by the investigation. These investigations are a great way for people to experience the paranormal for them selves and open them up to what is out there?? What does exist?? It may just change the way people think??
(WOW, while putting in this picture, now this time and date, I just had the sense of Deja vu, I have done this before and I recall doing this years ago!!!!) mmm….
Do any members of your family research/investigate the paranormal as well? (Does it run in the family?)
No however my mother and my sisters have all had experiences that cannot be explained. Coming from a European background with Catholic beliefs, my mother never acknowledged it. I was never allowed to talk about the things that happened. She has said it’s the work of the devil and witchcraft. We were forced into going to church and I rebelled, but I knew I needed to believe in something, but the commercialisation of the church and the religion turned me off.
What is your area of expertise in the paranormal?
Being a paranormal medium, I enjoy going to investigations and relying on my gifts for the experience. Its great confirmation when the equipment verifies what is happening.
When it comes to personal cases I totally rely on my myself and what my intuition and mediumship skills to give me the answers that clients need.
What do you believe a ‘ghost’ is? Do you believe in ghosts/spirits?
What I believe a ghost to be, is residual energy from being human. Are they intelligent …YES... most definitely. They are the soul’s energy that remains. There are negative spirits that are usually those that were not very nice in this world and have carried that energy to the next. They still have character; otherwise how would you know who you were interacting with. Then there are dark entities, those that are not from this world to begin with. Were some of these created by fear, to prevent rebelling against Religion???
There is good and evil, in the spirit world just like here. As they say you can’t have one without the other.
I believe in spirits “ghosts”. I have had too many experiences and seen many to not believe. I believe we are not alone, in this universe. I believe that there are many different forms of the paranormal, I think we are only scratching the surface with spirits and lost souls. If we are open to the paranormal, you can not assume that there are only spirits and entities out there. There are those that believe in Star Beings and in fact that is where we all come from. This is known as the 5th dimension. The questions just keep growing and the journey continues…...
What approach do you take in researching/investigating the paranormal? Spiritual, technical, theoretical etc
I take a spiritual approach, it’s about relying on my intuition and messages I receive.
I am totally open to investigating the paranormal, while others use technical equipment, it’s a great way for others to see what a medium is experiencing, and it can be verified. I still rely on my abilities for my own experiences and will often stay in the background and enjoy what I am getting without ruining peoples experience.
I don’t believe that we should ever stop questioning the reason or theory behind the paranormal. I just hope that one day everyone will be able to enjoy the experience rather than fearing it or doubting it.
When did you know that you could communicate with the other side? What did you do about it?
Probably when I was a teenager, I knew I could. There were earlier experiences of premonitions and knowing things would happen before they did. At the time I really couldn’t do anything to stop it and really didn’t want too, but I knew my family wouldn’t except or acknowledge it.
To be honest growing up back then anything paranormal or anyone with such a gift, would either have been laughed at mocked and/or ridiculed for such behaviour. And god forbid if my mother found out. I just had to deal with it.
What is involved in developing your mediumship skills?
One thing I have learnt on this journey is to be open to all possibilities and various ways you can utilize you gift. I surround myself with people that are supportive and on the same wavelength. I am always learning new ways to enhance my gift. I have a great support network that I have learned so much from and will continue to learn and grow. I take on what resonates with me, and work on that. There is no right or wrong way to develop your skills because they are truly yours. If it works for you then go for it, use it and make it your own.
It comes down to the more experience you have the more it will develop, remain grounded but open to the journey!!
How do you validate the information you receive?
When it comes to personal cases I always receive validation from the person I am working with. I have had some people go away with what I have told them, and they have researched the family history to find out that what I have told them is true. When comes to larger investigations, I can now rely on my intuition and when equipment verifies what I am experiencing, that’s great validation.
Do you take on private cases/clearings? What is involved in this process?
Yes, I do take in private cases and it will depend on what the person wants. Some cases are just about them wanting to validate what it is they are experiencing and others its about removing and cleansing the house. I have experienced negative energy, that was attached to another spirit. In that case there were 3 of us working on it to remove it.
I usually start by walking around the residence and getting a feel of what is going on, if they want to have the energy removed then I start to cleanse. I use sage and making sure that I smudge in every corner, inside cupboards. I burn a white candle at the front door while I am doing this, I leave the front door open for them to leave. I would start at the back of the house working my way to the front.
While smudging, I ask for all negative energy to be removed and to be replaced by positive energy. It is all about intent and want you want for the client.
If it comes down to a spirit that needs to be sent to the light, then that is another process.
I had a young boy who had become attached to young family member of the house and was showing himself to the young family member. I was able to send him on his journey to the light. I like to follow up with clients and make sure that the smudging has worked, and they are now comfortable. I always take them through what I have done and encourage them to continue the process, whenever they feel they need too. I encourage them to do this because I believe that they can, it is their home and with showing positive intent, they can stay in control. I am always happy to follow up if they need further help. I have not found myself in a situation yet that I was unable to give them an outcome they are happy with. I will always advise them to get further help, and there are many options out there.
They may have strong religious beliefs or elders that they can get further help from.
Smudging prayers, you can even create your own
How often do you investigate out in the field?
I try to get out at least once a month, if not fortnightly on paranormal investigations. Being a mum of three teenagers and working fulltime (reality job!) does have its limits but saying that I am actively doing readings and mediumship work and private investigations as well.
If the opportunity to work more in the paranormal field came up I would not hesitate to do more. Who needs to sleep anyway??
I am constantly doing as much as I can and always open to learning, growing and experimenting. There is so much out there, and always more questions then answers. I take on things that resinate with me, and work with it.
What sort of equipment do you like to use on an investigation?
Oh that’s hard to choose. I really enjoy working with the spirit box, asking questions and hearing the reply’s is amazing. It’s great watching people’s reaction to the equipment when something is validated for them. It opens them up and they begin to question the possibilities of what does exist out there. I enjoy the K2. Have tried some of the older techniques, like table tipping, rods, scrying and using a planchette to communicate. Being a person that is sensitive to the paranormal, I like relying on what I am experiencing, and to have it confirmed by the equipment is great validation for me.
One thing that I am trying to work on is the ability to interact with the equipment’s responses.
Recently on one investigation I was able to ask the spirit if they didn’t like the person (human) next to me, to show me a sign and the spirit box moved away from that person, and closer to me. It slid across the table. I had no idea who the person (human) was, personally but at the time knew the spirits didn’t like the way they were speaking to them. That’s something I would like to do more work on.
Do you research before an investigation, or do you go in blind?
I like to go in blind, for the first time, too much information can cloud my perception. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I am told that I am right. Revisiting a few sites now, so I know a bit of the background, and I see it being all about the experience and adding to the story of the place. When it is a private residence, the less I know the better. The client feels more comfortable that an outsider is picking up on what they are experiencing.
If you retired from the field tomorrow, what legacy would you want to be remembered for? (Achievement, Tours, theory, experiments, attitude etc)
WOW hopefully I have many years to go before that happens, I feel like I’m only getting started. This is hard to answer??? I suppose I would like to be remembered for encouraging people to believe in themselves and enjoy the journey. I will always have my beliefs, in this field. Its about being open to what is beyond this dimension. Respect for others, treating everyone the same way, learning, attitude and my ability as a medium.
What advice would you give to someone who feels that they may have some sort of psychic gift?
Pursue it, don’t let anyone put you down, remember you were given the gift for a reason.
Surround yourself with like minded people, grow and learn as much as you can. Remain grounded, you were given an amazing gift but that doesn’t make you any better than anyone else.
If you could educate your peers or pass on knowledge, what would it be?
Be open to all possibilities in the paranormal, be respectful, people will have different experiences. What happens to you may not be experienced by another, because you didn’t feel it, does not mean it didn’t happen. Not every investigation is going to be mind blowing or extreme. Enjoy it!!
Remember to protect yourself before going into an investigation, mentally and spiritually.
Plug yourself! Do you have any websites, Facebook pages - advertise them?
Once again thankyou Sarah for giving me this opportunity to do this, love what you do and your wealth of knowledge. Can I just say this has been harder than coming up against anything paranormal, I have never ever had to write about myself like this before, it was way out of my comfort zone. I did it, survived and now onto experiencing a whole lot more…..
I have two pages the first is Ann Hill Psychic Medium which encourages people to think and act positively. I also do one card readings and take bookings for readings and mediumship.
The second page is about my personal paranormal experiences, called Paranormal Spirit, beginning from a very early age. I give examples of why I may have had these experiences. I would love for people to get involved and share their stories, if they can relate.
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