Residual or Active?
Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:24 PM
Also, I have a personal, non-media evidenced encounter. One day at the house, my family was watching the baby play in my grandmother's old bedroom, and I was out in the hallway, walking around. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a dark shape huddled against the hall closet door. I turned towards it and clearly saw the shape of my grandmother huddled, in a very clear and defined shadow. It remained for several seconds, I blinked and it still remained. It did not leave my sight until I rose my phone to perhaps catch an image or video of it. To this day I have not encountered it again, but I get the feeling it was something significant.
Does anybody think that both of these occurences would be residual? Or perhaps the spirit of my grandmother is making an active attempt to interact with us? (Also note that the occurences did NOT begin until my cousin was born and moved in to the home.)
Thank you for reading and considering an answer.
Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:46 AM
Anything seen out of the "corner of your eye" is highly suspect. The way the eye is made the rods which cover the retina are very susceptible to any changes in light level or perceived motion. This is peripheral vision. Thus often something is seen and when you turn to focus in using the center of the eye it vanishes. Central vision is much more acute and can see in greater detail
In your case though you say it remained until you raised the phone to take a picture. Something else comes into play. When you averted your view likely you also glanced toward the phone or at another area in your field of view. The eye had to momentarily refocus. In doing so the lens of the eye changed. Often small fragments of material exist behind the eye. These are known as vitreous floaters and are pieces of material in the eye itself. When anything disturbs them they may reposion. Thus the refocusing action could cause it to either move into or out of the field of view. Thus the "ghost" may disappear.(or appear in other cases)
Thus a couple very natural explanations for your sighting. And since it occurred in your grandmother's old room the connection to her was made. Quite a natural progression.
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