Monday, June 8, 2009

Ghosts, Poltergeists, and Spirits Oh My!

Good day! I’ll be starting your week so pull up a chair, the cyber coffee is fresh and strong. Do a stretch and pop those joints, time to get the weekend out of your system and get your spirit in gear.

Do you believe in ghosts? I do and I’m not alone. There are books and television shows dedicated to this subject. Many theorists debate the different phenomenon but I don’t care too much about the proof. It’s the stories that draw my attention. I love hearing about people’s experiences with the supernatural, a small taste of the true paranormal in our lives.

The movie ‘Ghost’ comes to mind when I think of the romantic aspect. I cried when Patrick Swayze’s character said good bye to Demi Moore before stepping into the light. They were lucky to have the chance to say their farewells but things like this only happen in movies. Or do they?

I collect ghost stories from people I’ve met. It’s an odd hobby. My mother dreamed she took my grandmother to the ocean and stood on the shore with her. In the morning she received a phone call, her mother passed away during the night. A seventy year old soldier returned to Europe to visit his fallen comrades’ graves. He passed away that night at the hotel in his sleep. Coincidences? Maybe.

Ever have a spooky moment? An unexplained apparition or experience? Share it with us over our cyber coffee. Cream? Sugar?


Sandra Sookoo said...

I've never seen a ghost, I think, but I have heard unexplained whispers. It's kinda creepy but kinda not at the same time. Make sense? I can't explain it better. I guess that's what prompted me to write a ghost story of my own. Actually, I've caught myself using ghosts in my writing alot. LOL But would I actually like to meet one? I have no idea. I'd probably be the biggest chicken ever. I'll keep you posted :-)

Anonymous said...

Sometimes astral garbage bites me in the rear. Since I'm supposed to be "sensitive" I write it off as, well . . . garbage.

The most recent was "seeing" a Khoi Khoi tribesman walking in Cape Town's streets while walking to work one morning.

It was just a flash. I shrugged it off. I've had far too many of these to mention in one sitting.

Rebecca Royce said...

I had a dream when I was pregnant with my second son that my two year deceased Grandmother came to me and told me that she would have sent me a girl baby but she didn't like the name we picked out, she felt it was too close to being like my step-grandmother's name. This was truly something she would have done in life. Felt very real to me. I sometimes think I see something out of the corner of my eye and I once felt like I had my hair pulled.

My husband has been the Myrtles Plantation (look it up if you want to read about how creepy that is, its supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the world) and they have pictures of these things that look like Shadow creatures. You can actually see them in the developed film. Thats another thing to check out. Lots of people have had encounters like that.

I could keep going with stories. I'll just say great post Annie.

Roxy Harte said...

I bought a house in 2002, built in 1910, which had a well documented haunting...I just didn't buy the stories...until I tried to move in.

After signing papers and getting the key, I went excited...and within minutes I heard shattering glass upstairs. I ran up the stairs to see what had happened and there was no evidence of anything there. THats when the toilet flushed downstairs. I was alone in the house but raced down the stairs. Again nothing. After a dozen pranks I finally called out, "I am not leaving!"

The ghost, "Lucy," had other ideas. THat night I slept there with my dogs. After tucking them into their kennels (which were tucked inside a huge walkin closet in my bedroom) I laid down. I had just fallen asleep when I was awakened by what sounded like a metal cup being ran over iron bars. The dogs were going insane, wanting out of their kennels and no amount of screaming at her to go away helped. So I pretended to go to sleep...

I spent a shaken night trying to calm down dogs and trying to figure out how to explain "Lucy" to my nine year old daughtre who had yet to spend the night.

That began our wild adventure in the house. By the time we moved out 5yrs later, both my daughter and I had dozens of stories to tell and we were thrilled to be moving out.

The first thing we learned was that as long as we "praised her" and talked about her like she was a much loved member of the family...she was mostly quiet...but when we forgot her she would cause all sorts of trauma (exploding lightbulbs, thrown baby powder bottles, noise all night.) It was an insane experience living there.

Annie Nicholas said...

My worst experience showed me that I don't have much courage when faced with the unknown. I didn't stand up to ghost/poltergeist but just screamed until rescued by my personal hero, my hubby.

Our first home was built in 1910 as well. I guess it wasn't a good year, Roxy. Anyway, we had trouble with childish laughter in the basement and pranks. One morning I went down to the basement to do laundry. We had just signed a contract to sell the house the day before. The basement door slammed shut and locked on me. It was one of those hook locks where you have to pick it up and place it in the loop.

I pounded on that door and hollered. It felt like the atmosphere had changed from playful to harmful that morning. My husband rescued me. The hook lock was twisted around the loop and he yanked it out of the wall to get me out. We were happy to move.

My present house is built in 1890. I was apprehensive about buying it but so far so good. :)

Cudos to you Roxy for sticking up for yourself and your daughter.

J Hali said...

Wow! You guys have some stories to tell. Me, I'd bite the ghost in the ass and say move on now, I'm busy. LOL But, really, my sisters and I have had visions of a brother who died at the age of 8 and when we see him, we all see him as an adult. Now if we only knew what it meant...

Z(Aasiyah/Nolwynn) said...

Wow, scary stories. One of my aunts has a restored Victorian in Kent and that house is absolutely beautiful by day but scary as hell by night. I have felt the creepy atmosphere but some say they've seen ladies in big dresses of old walking in the garden at twilight!
Not really one for ghosts, I'd be scared stiff! But I love the movies and TV stuff, such as Ghost, Ghost Whisperer and Afterlife.

Anonymous said...

I've never personally had an experience with the supernatural but I believe in it. I believe in spirits both good and evil. I believe in life is how you exist in death.

Personally, I don't know how I'd react to a supernatural experience. I don't know if fear would have me rooted wear I stood or if I'd break land speed records running in the opposite direction. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

Liena Ferror