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The following are just a few of the accounts of paranormal phenomena and other strange experiences that have been sent to me by respondents to my website.
See also (mainly fictional) Short Scary Ghost Stories.
Communicating with Dead Brother | Electrickery | A friend's goodbye? | The Gentle Goodbye | A Ghostly Guide | Grandfather's visit | Icecubes | A Message from Spirit | Messages from Spirit II | Mother's ghost | An Old Flame | Reassurance | Reassurance II | Red Circles of Light | Undying Love
On two occasions I believe the sender was my grandmother who passed a year
before. But most remarkably on three consecutive occasions I received reassuring
messages from my great grandfather who passed away some twenty years before
I was born. He identified himself as being a pipe smoker (something I later
verified) and in a WWI army uniform. On each occasion he stated he was with
me and giving me support and that I only had to ask for help when I needed it.
That evening, around 10pm, I was staring aimlessly out of the window, wondering where life would take me next. I saw a red circle of light, as might come from a laser-pointer, flitting around on the house opposite. It lasted only a few seconds. A minute or so later I saw the same thing again. I stood
I have no idea where the light came from. It was raining outside and I couldn't see or hear anyone in the street. I know it didn't come from my house. And there is nothing tall behind my house from which it could have come. If it came from any of the neighbouring houses why did the person responsible angle the light at the house directly opposite mine and at no other?
Even if there is a "natural" explanation for the light it would still feel like a sign from my grandmother that I should have seen it at just that moment as I have never seen such a light before or since.
A few weeks after my grandmother's passing I had to make a difficult trip that
I felt very apprehensive about. I had a feeling that my grandmother's spirit
would accompany me to watch over me as she had done so often in life. On the
morning of my departure I noticed that my watch had lost about 3 hours overnight.
My watch is usually very reliable. Was this a subtle sign from grandmother?
Although the trip was far from pleasant I did survive it and return safely home.
Messages from Spirit II
About a week before I was due to start that job I attended my local spiritualist church, where I was given the message that I was "barking up the wrong tree". I had no idea what the medium was talking about as at this time I belived my future was rosy.
The following day I went to view some rental accommodation in the locality of my chosen job, only to be informed that the property had already been taken. I assumed this was the meaning of the medium's message.
The following week I started my chosen job, only to find it wasn't at all for me. I lasted just four days before quitting, each day growing more and more depressed and overwhelmed by feelings of despair. I had indeed been barking up the wrong tree.
Two weeks after that nightmarish week I again attended the spiritualist church,
where I was told that I was "unsure", had "lost something"
and had gone the "wrong way". I was almost squirming in my seat at
the accuracy of the medium's remarks.
An Old Flame
In 1998 my husband, myself and another couple were attending a small town 4th of July festival. There was a classic car show, and low and behold, there stood my friend with a restored car like the one he drove in 1959. I hadn't seen him for 38 years. I looked at his eyes and a physical shock went through me. I said his name and he winked at me. I went on about my life and had convinced myself that it could not have been him as he looked exactly the same as he did the last time I saw him in 1960. Imagine my shock about a year later when I learned he had died 6 months prior to my seeing him.
Just this spring, in 2002, I was driving my car one day and a feeling came over me that was like a bolt of lightening. I had to pull over and stop, and I could hear his voice as clear as day telling me that it was him I saw in 1988 and that was his sign to me that he still loved me and was waiting for me.
Since that day I have felt more at peace than I have in 40 years. I had not
been a true believer in this type of phenomenon, even though I have had some
experiences such as knowing what someone was going to say, seeing a room or
location before I was actually there, etc., but I find myself wanting to believe
very much that this actually happened and is not a figment of my imagination.
Communicating with Dead Brother
She "felt" in her head her brother's death - she knew the second he died.
Now, she communicates with him daily. He appears to her only and talks with her. When she thinks no one is around, she will speak outloud to this "apparition" and he speaks back.
Friends of mine have seen her do this and it's like she's carrying on a normal conversation, with pauses while waiting for answers.
Also, there are sometimes objects move around the room and people have
smelled the cologne that the dead guy used to wear when he was alive.
A friend's goodbye?
When I came out of the toilet I found that my wife wasn't there. She returned a few moments later and thinking she'd gone back downstairs to collect something I asked if she'd got back while I was in the toilet. She hadn't.
A day or two after this I was doing something on the balcony and on glancing back into the flat had the distinct impression of a light being turned on. It was so strong I went back inside to check, indeed finding a light on, though I probably left it on myself - however the impression of going from dark to light was very real.
Around the same time while walking along the street I thought I heard my name being called, the impression being so strong that I looked around, no one had in fact called me. I might add that I am not usually prone to hearing voices or to flights of imagination.
I'm currently living overseas and a week or so later I called my family,
only to be given the sad news that our pet dog had died. I'd had her since
she was a puppy and she'd been more of a best friend than a mere pet.
Were the voices and feelings of a presence her way of saying goodbye?
A Message from Spirit
She said spirit were waiting to grab me to use me for their work and told me to make time to study spiritual things but that I also had a material life to lead. She said that things were going well for me at the moment (that's true) and she said her guide mentioned a "good woman". She asked if I was married, in fact I had recently married (2 months before).
The medium also mentioned a baby girl (cos she saw pink ribbons) first of all she said maybe not this year, but then I told her my wife and I were expecting a baby in September. Five months later my wife gave birth to a lovely baby girl. She also said she saw someone folding origami, I was living and working in Japan and my wife is Japanese!!
In all the previous times I'd been to that church I'd had messages on about 40% of my visits but none have been as accurate as that.
She finished by giving me the dates of two significant anniversaries
- October and December (about a week before Christmas) but I didn't recognise
them - I asked my parents and all they could think of was that my cousin
got married last Oct. I also believe my great grandmother died in December.
She also mentioned the name Dotty, which I didn't recognise.
When I entered the house I was wondering what excuse I should make to
him, but when I got inside I found that nobody was in the living room.
Just then my mother came downstairs and said "do you know what time it
is?, it's twelve o'clock". I apologized and asked if my father had come
home, but he hadn't come home yet! Who had I seen? I told my mother about
the man going into the house. She said the man I saw was my late grandfather,
because it was during the Japanese celebration of OBON.
The Gentle Goodbye
home. I had a really bad cold and had gotten home very later so I took the next day off work to rest and try to treat my cold... I got up late around noon... I remember I was in the kitchen, I looked at the clock and it said 3:30pm, I decided to go take a nice hot bath to relax.... I walked in the washroom, sat on the edge of the bathtub, I put my hands of the faucets to run the water.... thats when someting took control of my body.... my hands turned the faucets but its like somedody had taken over my body and was doing it for me,,, and even my eye sight was different... this is very hard to explain, but its like I was't seeing with my eyes, but with somebody elses eyes... Very hard to understand and explain... it didn't last long, only seconds... then I entered the bath and wondered what had just happened...
And the only thing I could make out of it, was that my father had passed
away and this was his way of saying goodbye... So I took my bath and stepped
out of the washroom and the phone rang,,, it was my sister, telling me
Dad had passed away, the first thing I asked was "AT WHAT TIME ?", she
said 3:30m!!!! This, I am convinced that it was my Dad, saying bye to
Last halloween, my fiance was shot in the head by 2 men trying to steal his car. After the funeral, I gave away everything that reminded me of him, except the last picture we ever took together, which I placed on our dresser.
One day I was sitting on the couch watching tv with our dog when he suddenly put his head up and started to sniff around. he jumped off the couch and ran to my room, barking loudly. I ran in there to see what was wrong. I stopped suddenly when I saw a transperant figure standing in front of my dresser caressing the picture. I couldn't see a definite face or any other physical aspects of this figure, but it did have a definite shape. I started to walk back slowly but the figure turned to face me and disappeared.
And one day, while cleaning for some visitors that were coming later on in the day, I was in our room dusting off the picture of us. suddenly, I felt a large breeze past me, and the smell of Polo cologne started to fill up the room. I started to cry because that was what my fiance would always wear. (he never wore anything but polo cologne. and it was odd because I gave away his cologne bottles with the rest of his items.) while I was crying, I could feel someone gently caress my hair and wipe my tears, so I put my head up but I couldn't see anyone.
To this day, there are still times where I will wake up in the middle
of the night. I look around and I swear I could see him standing at the
foot of the bed looking at me, but when I open my mouth to say something,
it disappears again...
A Ghostly Guide
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The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight - trad. Carol
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