When Jason Hawes, co-founder of The North Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and lead investigator on SyFy’s paranormal reality show “Ghost Hunters”, first began seeing ghostly apparitions, he reacted much like any of us would. At first, he pointed them out to others, but he soon learned that no one else could see these misty forms and spooky apparitions. It was then, at the tender age of 20, that he began to fear he was going crazy.
In his book “Ghost Hunting”, he explains that his first experiences came about after spending time with a woman who practiced Reiki, the Chinese art of healing via manipulating the life-force energy of a person. Although he admits that he did not believe in manipulating life forces at the time, he now believes that those experiences allowed him to become open to the paranormal.
At the time, Jason did not wish to see ghosts or other paranormal entities and was at his wit’s ends trying to control them. He even met with John Zaffis in an attempt to quell the spirits. Zaffis, of course, could do little more than confirm that Hawes was becoming sensitive to the paranormal.
It was then that Jason had his encounter with an unknown woman who offered him a solution. According to his report, a woman in her fifties approached him at the Mystic Connecticut Aquarium and inquired about how he was doing. She then told him she knew he was ‘seeing things’ and that he could make it stop by eating green olives. She said she would see him again soon and left.
Hawes claims that he was bewildered by this mysterious woman and couldn’t figure out how she knew he was seeing things – but he decided to try eating olives. When he began eating a jar of olives a day, he says the visions went away. He also notes that when he stopped eating them the visions reappeared.
Jason says he did indeed run into the mysterious woman again while doing an investigation in Connecticut. He did not share the details of that meeting.
Whether or not Jason Hawes continues to eat green olives to keep the spooks at bay, or if he lets up on them just before an investigation is unknown – but the moral of the story seems to be “If you want to see ghosts, don’t eat green olives before an investigation.”