I Want To Believe
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 11:58 PM
There is no longer room in my world for doubt and skepticism....i have had some awesome and life changing experiences...so many that I've lost count....and then there are folks like my son in law who have never had one incident and will more than likely never believe....i wish he'd have just one so i could say "told ya"
Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:37 AM
I'm skeptical of peronal experiences, not the existence.
There's nothing like a personal experience to change one's mind, but the skepticism is understandable; it's either faith or experience.
Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:48 PM
I guess it's easier to believe someone is "Nuts" than it is to swallow ones ego and realize that just maybe you might be wrong.I'm not skeptical of experiences since I have had my own.....but i do believe we are in a bit of a ghost hysteria phase in this country....it's socially acceptable now in most circles...and in fact popular.I'd say at least 70% is bogus or misdiagnosed ...for lack of a better word.Suddenly everyone is either a medium or an investigator......and yet who are we to say otherwise. I believe everyone has the potential to be sensitive to the spirit world....but it does take an open mind....and there are some folks who are troubled and dramatic for whatever reason...I try very very hard to keep an open mind about other folks and there beliefs and practices. I remind myself that if Jesus himself walked the earth now....he would probably be treated very poorly indeed..he would'nt dress in the big labels or drive the hottest new car...he'd probably be a total outcast......when i think this...my own judgemental attitude adjusts naturally and I am able to step back and allow each person their voice.If a person seems to really want the experience they may read a lot into it...on the other hand if a person seems to really want the experience...well ...be careful what you wish for because an entity can pick up on that pretty fast. its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other and by golly if It's Jesus I don't want to miss him.
Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:05 PM
I tend to agree, we are hyper-paranormal these days. Too many are willing to jump straight to a paranormal explanation before even attempting to find a rational one. I have been in this field since the mid 1970s and have seen quite a few things that might well be paranormal. But I have seen many more which with a bit of logic can be explained very easily. And I have also seen quite a few people who reject the common explanation simply because they want to believe rather than actually have their mystery debunked. It takes all kinds, and in this field you will find all kinds If one were to try to put some numbers to it, I would say about 90% are explained by common events; 5% can't be explained because the case simply lacks sufficient data or contains facts which seem contradictory. But it's that last 5% that makes it all worth while. Those are the cases which have been analyzed and examined sometimes by multiple investigators and still can't be easily explained. They may not all be paranormal but certainly if any cases truly are it will be some in this 5% group.
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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:52 AM
I find that to be the case as well, CaveRat. I have had many friends and even my oldest son try to force the issue on the validity of evicence. I had to point out to a photographer/high school friend of mine that the image that he took at a cemetery and shot through a chain link fence was actually matrixing caused by the wire mesh of the fence and the flaking bark of a tree from which an apparition was supposedly protruding. Even though he acknowledged my finding, you could tell in his voice that he wasn't 100% in agreement. So people are going to believe what they want either way (believer or skeptic) and in many cases they won't listen to reason. If the explanation is there, I'm not going to adjust my opinion just to make someone feel good about their finding. If it's real, it's real and enjoy the experience; if it's not, then it's not, so move on and quit forcing the issue.
And then, of course, there are the "I don't know WHAT that was..." moments...
I want evidence to be proven to be the real deal without foresaking the truth.
Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:05 PM
I will admit that I have met some pretty outlandish folks with some pretty farfetched claims. most of these turned out to be so obviously explainable that I was actually embarrassed for them.but there will always be folks who think every knock and bump in the night is a spooky creepy thing......and there will always be folks who think pentagrams are portals and so on and so forth.....to them...at the time..it is real.....and that is why I do take the time to hear these people out. I have never met anyone in this arena who just made up a bunch of nonsense to get me there. I've never met a deliberate fake and hope I never do.I dont do all the bells and whistles for that very reason.I think it is very easy to find a "GHOST" if you go hunting one.The mind wants it's way after all....I think a lot of people are drawn in by the excitement of experiencing something seemingly unnatural....It's just like extreme sports...an adrenaline rush for some.When a person is really frightened and is looking for help...(not validation).....Then I'l consider it.
Posted 11 December 2014 - 05:42 PM
I was bored today and checked out my "Strange Stuff" bookmarks and thought... I haven't been to GV in a long while... I'll check it out. Last time I came here, I could find no evidence of past friends I'd made. The place was.. to use an old phrase... as quiet as a tomb. But today I'm finding several threads that peak my interest.. this being one of them.
Must See To Believe is my user name here... I don't really know why I made it up. I am a firm believer of the supernatural / paranormal for the sheer reason that I've had too many experiences of my own to deny the fact that contact with some form of entity has been made.
I used to have a gift... (read my byline to understand it) .. of seeing things, feeling things .. and apparently helping people cross over. One night as I was lying in bed, I woke my husband up and asked him if he could see anything inside the closet... the double bi-fold doors were wide open but the room was dark with little ambient light. He said no but knowing my gift, he asked me what I was seeing. I told him I saw a black figure standing in the closet. The closet was very shallow and the doors almost brushed the hanging clothes when you opened and closed them... but this figure was standing where the clothes should be. I could see the outline of the lighter clothes to the right and left of this figure and I could see the white slelf that the closet bar hung from... but again, this figure stood where the clothes and shelf should be and was completely black... and I was terrified. I lay there and watched it until it finally faded away... I have no idea how long it was there.
The next weeks I thought about it and pondered this gift I had and I prayed that God would remove it from me. I no longer wanted to be able to see such things. And pretty much like the turning off of a light... it was gone.
I've had a few experiences since then: felt someone push me in the middle of my back with one finger... saw a lampshade that was screwed down tightly suddenly tilt as far as it could... saw a chain hanging from a ceiling fan swing wildly as if someone had slapped at it with their hand. All of these experiences were at my dad and stepmother's house which has always been very active. My stepmother was dwelling on one certain argument that she and her mother (who had passed away the year before) had had and was suddenly slapped across her face. My grandfather lived with us for a few months and one day began batting at the air in front of him with his cane and telling my grandmother, Edna, to leave him alone. But I haven't felt or seen anything like I had 20 years prior... when I passed on having what might have been an exceptional gift.
My husband and I recently moved in with his mother in her three story house that she and hubby's dad built from the ground up. His dad passed away at the age of 90 this past April 1st. He always said he only wanted to make it to 90 and then he'd be happy to go. And he was always such a prankster that we actually had a laugh at him passing on April Fool's Day... it was something he definitely would have done for the sheer hell of it.
We sleep in his room. We sleep in his bed... only it's not his matresses, but it is still filled with his furniture. I feel him here... and I think I've seen him. I was sitting on the bed and my husband was standing at the left corner of the bed...when he moved away I saw a full size apparition... totally gray .. standing there... then it disappeared. It didn't fade away... like disambiguation or an afterimage... it was just gone. I've sat here on the bed with the tablet on my lap and saw a gray shape to the right of me .. not quite peripherally.. it was there... but the second I moved my eyes to see it face on, it was gone.
My husband grew up with many, many house cats... all of them extremely loved and well-cared for. We feel them jump on the bed... our cats are no where around.
I most definitely believe... but I want to see it... to practically feel it.. .without being terrified of the experience like I was before. I'm afraid because I disassociated myself with it years before, that it may never happen.
So maybe my username should actually be Must See AGAIN To Believe.
Posted 15 January 2015 - 09:16 AM
Ravus, it's a big rush for me when I'm in the moment of experience, but too many of my experiences were realized after the fact. I wish I could have been keenly aware that all of the apparitions I saw where NOT someone standing before me. Still, the overall experience is a big adrenaline rush to me
Must-See, I enjoy hearing of those types of experiences. Sometimes I wish I had a "gift" that allowed me to communicate or see spirits/apparitions in some way. All of my experiences were by chance, as far as I know.
Posted 02 March 2016 - 07:06 AM
One thing I know for sure is that we don't know anything about the world that surrounds us. We just make suggestions and try to find reasonable explanations for what we see. But those things might be just beyond our understanding.
Posted 03 March 2016 - 11:20 AM
Thank you faustjopnson, I agree with you. And thank you everybody else. I haven't been to GV for awhile and all of your feedback was exactly what I needed.
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