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#31 squirrelgardens

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:46 AM

Spiritually I was raised in a non practicing Jewish home. The Jewish faith does not subscribe to an afterlife as does the Anglo Christians faith.

My parents bought an old Queen Anne Victorian home outside of Madison, Wisconsin tin the early 1970's that had been vacant for several years. As a young girl with two brothers we had a normal childhood until we moved into this house. Children do not understand at first what they are seeing, hearing, and experiencing in an active paranormal.

My parents were not there emotionally to support what my brother and I were going through. We could not wait to go to college to escape that house.

That early experience has left me vulnerable with certain fears. But my career as an adult lead me into the museum curator field. Some of the sites that I have worked on are active and now I understand that being sensitive is my tool.

However, this has been sometimes lonely because there are very few in my faith that understand.
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 08:39 AM

My sister had some quite substantial encounters with the paranormal. Mine were minimal but unmistakable. I had always been afraid of the unknown and would explain away anything abnormal to appease my fears.
Four years ago, I attended a seminar held by the Warren's. It opened my eyes to the fact that there were people who took the paranormal seriously and had made a living researching and investigating it. It also scared me to think that all these people couldn't be wrong and that the number of encounters were far greater than I could have imagined.
A friend of mine who had accompanied me was really impressed and interested and started investigating and later joined a paranormal group. I was always too scared to join her but would sit at the edge of my seat whenever she told me about her investigations.
I found myself sitting safely from my computer researching for myself. I found GV and since then I have found many answers to the many questions I had. I learned how to be more sensative and how to protect myself. The most important thing I learned from GV was the only thing I had to fear was fear itself. It's amazing how the more you know, less intimidating it becomes. I have also come to know more about myself and feel comfortable in a more spiritual sense.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 03:44 AM

This is an interesting discussion because I notice that similar to the near-death experience, a ghost experience has a lasting effect on a person (be it good or bad). I have mentioned in other discussions how my mum has just died and we had a Catholic-Charismatic Group over to the house to perform a cleansing as we had had some really bad things happening (related to witchcraft).. anyhow, the funny thing was that while the prayer-group leader spoke (she is psychic and has visions during prayer meditation), mum actually spoke to us and even though it was in this other woman's voice, they were without a doubt her words. The spirit (or ghost) experience was in the dramatic change in room temperature that we all felt in some way or other. For me it was my hands, which were clasped began shaking and were suddenly icey-cold as if being griped by another hands. It was not frightening though, but rather reassuring. I guess because of the context of the spiritual reconciliation which enabled her spirit to pass over, it was a very positive experience for all of us.

The only negative experience that I have had with something I cannot name (perhaps ghost is the wrong word) happened when I was in high school. I had fallen asleep in my brother's room (he was abit of a neat freak so his room was always cleaner than mine :( and as an engineer on a ship, he was always away leaving his room open territory for those (me in particular) to use for studying and sleeping and leaving my room in a complete mess. One afternoon, I had been reading and lay there quietly when I felt a strange dark presence in the room, I swear I saw a cloaked figure in the corner of the room with a scythe (kind of like the grim reaper) I tried to sit up and scream (it was in the middle of the afternoon!) but I couldn't move. I could hear my mum and my sister talking but I couldn't shout out to them. As the figure moved closer to the edge of the bed, I remember thinking 'Oh my God, I think I'm going to die. It's my time." my sister for some reason pushed the door open (it had been ajar all this time) and the figure vanished and I could move again. It was a really shaky experience in a bad way.

A more positive one was when studying for a national English exam, I looked at a particular passage from Hamlet and decided against studying it (it was the night before the exam). I read till about 3 a.m. and then went to bed. I had a dream that night in which I was surrounded by darkness and a male voice read me the entire passage that I had disregarded. When I woke up, I told my mother who said that perhaps I should quickly review it in case it came in the paper. Sure enough one of the options in drama section of the paper gave the first 2 lines of the very same passage and asked us to complete it. It was worth 15 marks! I was so glad because it was fresh in my mind and I actually remembered it all.. perhaps it was my subconscious... maybe it was my father's ghost .. maybe an angel.. I don't know ...but it was one of the more positive experiences that I've had.

what has it taught me? that there are forces greater than we are and that we need to be open to them - to see the good and bad. I've learn't that God speaks to us in many ways. I am more confident I think knowing that our loved ones who have passed over do make contact when they know we need them. As for the bad experience, I don't know what that was but I am convinced that if my sister hadn't barged in I don't know if I would have died that day.. bit scary really.
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Posted 17 March 2007 - 08:00 PM

My encounters have definetly lead me down a more spiritual path which has lead me to alternative religions. My Christian up bringing never gave any satisfactory expliantion for Ghosts and I rejected it.
The only thing my mother ever said to me on the subjest as a child was "Ghosts are not allowed in my house" (That worked we NEVER had any experiances) But she never denyed their existance.
I was always very afraid of ghosts, more because I hadn't really experianced anything, than because of things I had experianced.
I decided that the best way to aliviate fear was knowlage. That path has lead me to a more spiritual world view than I had even just a few years ago and has brought some very close friends into my life, whom I would never have met otherwise.
I am greatful for the experiences that I have had, ( both the comforting and the scary) because they prove to me that there is something beyond this world, however you chose to interpret it.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 01:13 PM

I had my first expierence at the age of 6 and am now 41. I was raised by my grandfather whom was a preacher and we were tought that when you die you either go to heaven or hell, as simple as that. Well I had my biggest expierence when I was 15 and we moved to wetumka Ok. All I can say was that this expierence went aginst everything that we were brought up on and I wasn't ready for it. Now at my current age of 41 I'm pretty well ready for most anything. When growing up I believed what I was tought. But now that I've seen what I have seen over the years, I now know that there are other realms that we can choose to go to when we die. My expierences have actually enriched my life.
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Posted 04 November 2007 - 05:41 AM

I become fearful because i was chased by a shadow ghost with what looked like a knife but i didn't stay around to see

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 11:14 PM

This topic appears old and has had no responses for a couple of years, but I guess I'll revive it. :P

My experiences with the paranormal have been mainly scary. A couple of times - once I had a ghost sit on the edge of my bed and rub my back shortly after I went to bed, the next morning a white imprint of a hand was on my sheet - my experiences were neat and even comforting.
I believe part of the scary stuff is the fact that my family followed the strict Christian doctrine that any spirit is either an Angel or a Demon - even Satan himself, and if they come to you or throw things, it's a demon. I was terrified of my experiences as a child, and it's carried over into my adult life. However, I have been chased by vacuum cleaners (unhooked, by the way), lights have flickered, footsteps, and once I shared a closet during a rousing game of Hide and Seek with a shadowperson. I was seven and screamed so loud my mother thought I was being brutally killed. She anointed the house shortly after and now believes that my witnessing an 'exorcism' of sorts when I was 4 caused evil spirits to be attracted to me. Messed up, but it's been a huge part of my life. I honestly believe my life would be a lot different if not for ghosts. I'd be a lot less jumpy, that's for sure.
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Posted 12 August 2009 - 08:13 PM

This topic appears old and has had no responses for a couple of years, but I guess I'll revive it. :P

My experiences with the paranormal have been mainly scary. A couple of times - once I had a ghost sit on the edge of my bed and rub my back shortly after I went to bed, the next morning a white imprint of a hand was on my sheet - my experiences were neat and even comforting.
I believe part of the scary stuff is the fact that my family followed the strict Christian doctrine that any spirit is either an Angel or a Demon - even Satan himself, and if they come to you or throw things, it's a demon. I was terrified of my experiences as a child, and it's carried over into my adult life. However, I have been chased by vacuum cleaners (unhooked, by the way), lights have flickered, footsteps, and once I shared a closet during a rousing game of Hide and Seek with a shadowperson. I was seven and screamed so loud my mother thought I was being brutally killed. She anointed the house shortly after and now believes that my witnessing an 'exorcism' of sorts when I was 4 caused evil spirits to be attracted to me. Messed up, but it's been a huge part of my life. I honestly believe my life would be a lot different if not for ghosts. I'd be a lot less jumpy, that's for sure.



Thank You! I saw so shocked to get a response to this "old" topic...and yes I still see ghost!

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 02:14 PM

How has the ghost experience affected you?


I'm not afraid of Death....I've seen up close and personal that we do survive the journey.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:10 PM

How has the ghost experience affected me?

Well, I've gone broke buying batteries, I own far too many camcorders than I need, I get sleep deprivation a few times a year, my hearing is going from listening to audio recordings, my sight is going from watching videos intently, my back is out from lugging equipment up 17th century stairwells, and my wife is threatening to leave me....it's been a blast!
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:10 PM

Kidding on the wife part...love ya baby!
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:57 PM

Bloody hell, that was fast My Mum has a Yaris, great car for tootling around in. Have you named it?

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 10:48 PM

I'm not really sure if its changed me, since I have been experienceing things my whole life. But I guess I never had a chance to be a skeptic.
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