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Monday, June 14, 2010

Do you have a haunting in YOUR home? See if you have any of the signs.

So, you think you may have a haunted home, huh? And it happens in not only old, decrepit, run-down homes that were abandoned long ago. Nor does it only stay to land that has been occupied over the centuries. A haunting can happen ANYWHERE, in pretty much any kind of setting. A home, a piece of land, a building or even within possessions. Especially antiques from long ago.

So what are the signs of a possibly haunted home (or other place)? Let's find out.


• Unexplained noises - footsteps; knocks, banging, rapping; scratching sounds; sounds of something being dropped. Sometimes these noises can be subtle and other times they can be quite loud. Doors, cabinets and cupboards opening and closing - most often, these phenomena are not seen directly. The person experiencing the event either hears the distinct sounds of the doors opening and closing (homeowners get to know quite well the distinctive sounds their houses make) or the person experiencing the event will return to a room to find a door open or closed when they are certain that it was left in the opposite position. Sometimes furniture, like kitchen chairs; are perceived to have been moved. Very rarely will the person experiencing the event actually witness the phenomenon taking place.

• Lights turning off and on
- likewise, these events are seldom seen actually occurring, but the lights are switched on or off when the person experiencing the event knows they were not left that way. This can also happen with TVs, radios and other electrically powered items.

• Items disappearing and reappearing -
this phenomena, has been dubbed the “DOP effect” (Disappearing Object Phenomenon). Others have called this "the borrowers" phenomenon, and it's the familiar experience of not being able to find a regularly used item - say, your set of car keys - which you believe you placed in a spot you routinely place them. But they're gone and you look high and low for them with no success. Some time later, the keys are found - in exactly the place you normally put them. It's as if the object was borrowed by someone or something for a short time, then returned. Sometimes they are not returned for days or even weeks, but when they are, it's in an obvious place that could not have been missed by even a casual search.

• Unexplained shadows -
the sighting of fleeting shapes and shadows, usually seen out of the corner of the eye. Many times, the shadows have vaguely human forms, while other times they are less distinguishable or smaller.

• Strange animal behavior -
a dog, cat or other pet behaves strangely. Dogs may bark at something unseen or at a wall, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a room they normally do. Cats may seem to be "watching" something cross a room. Animals have sharper senses than humans, and
many researchers think their psychic abilities might be more finely tuned also.

• Feelings of being watched -
this is not an uncommon feeling and can be attributed to many things, but it could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time.
Those are some of the most common experiences of those who think their houses are haunted. Yet even stranger things can happen...

Stronger Evidence

The following phenomena are rare, but could be stronger evidence of a haunting:

• Mild psychokinetic phenomena - hearing a door open or close is one thing. Actually seeing it happen is quite another. Similarly, actually seeing a light turn on or off by itself is greater proof that something unexplained is happening. Do you see the TV or radio turn on? Or perhaps you're present when a child's powered toy begins to operate on its own. Doors and windows are locked or unlocked. Some people report that when they are in bed they can feel and/or hear something sitting on the bed.

• Feelings of being touched -
the feeling of being watched is one thing, and actually feeling like you are being touched is quite another. Some people feel something brush past them, something touching their hair or "a hand" on the shoulder. Some feel a gentle poke, push or nudge.

• Cries and whispers
- on occasion, muffled voices, whispering and crying can be heard. Sometimes it's music from some unknown source. People hear their names being said. This phenomenon, as is true for the one above, gains more credibility if more than one person hears or sees the same thing at the same time.

• Cold or hot spots -
cold spots are classic haunting symptoms, but any instance of a noticeable variance in temperature without a discernable cause could be evidence.

• Unexplained smells -
the distinct fragrance of a perfume or cologne that you do not have in your house. This phenomenon comes and goes without any apparent cause and may accompany other phenomena, such as shadows, voices or psychokinetic phenomena. Foul odors can happen in the same way.
Rarer still are more extreme phenomena, some of which have been called poltergeist phenomena, and can be quite strong evidence of a true haunting:

• Moving or levitating objects
(severe psychokinetic phenomena) - dinner plates sliding across the table; pictures flying off walls; doors slamming shut with great force; furniture sliding across the floor.

• Physical assault -
scratches, slaps and hard shoves. This kind of personal assault is extremely rare, but obviously highly disturbing.

• Other physical evidence -
unexplained writing on paper or walls; handprints and footprints.

• Apparitions -
physical manifestation of a spirit or entity. These phenomena are also very rare and can take many forms: human-shaped mists or forming mists of some indistinguishable shape; transparent human forms that disappear quickly; and most rarely, human forms that look as real and solid as any living person, but that disappear into a room or even while being viewed.

I myself have had several of the above things happen to me and around me throughout the years. I have experienced hearing crying, hearing my name being called or shouted at. I have been touched and have had 'someone' sit on the edge of my bed. I have even been kissed on the forehead, and have felt eyes staring at me from the corner of the room. I have also been "tossed" down a flight of stairs (here in this home I currently reside in), have seen apparitions, had smelled odd fragrances (including coffee and cooking on the stove when neither were even on). And that is only the tip of the iceberg for me and what I have seen, heard, and felt.

Please feel free to tell YOUR tale of living in a haunted home or working, playing or just visiting a haunted location. I WANT THIS ONE TO BE INTERACTIVE!


Cassie said...

I thought it was strange that you mentioned the smells as a more extreme form of haunting. Smells are the least disturbing of my experiences. My dad seems to smell like maple syrup, and I have another frequent visitor who smells of a variety of cookies(depending on the day). Smells are also the easiest to push aside for me because I live in an apartment. Aside from these innocent visits I learned very young to keep my mouth shut...

pr0udmom0f3 said...

Cassie, I think most of us learned that from a young age. We knew then that our parents (and other adults) would try the "it's your imagination" and the "you are seeing things again" to try and coax us from what WE knew (and still for many of us, know) as being the truth, and real.

Once, right after a friend's death a few years ago, I swear that I smelled food cooking on my stove. Only, I wasn't cooking ANYTHING, nor was I even in the kitchen. And nothing on the unit was on.

And on many, upon many occasions since I was a young teen, I have smelled the strong aroma of coffee. Even though, there was NONE in the pot. And the pot was NOT turned on.

Donda said...

I hopped over from Angels blog and HOLY CRAP! After reading this I am truly convinced that my house is haunted. I have seen the shadow, I can feel "her" standing over me in my bedroom (especially when I rearrange the furniture) She has been touching my head for the past three weeks. I would think I am nuts but my husband has seen the "shadow" too. We know she doesn't like confrontation because she turned the hair dryer on when my teen daughter and I were arguing once. WHAT IS FREAKING ME OUT is the smelling thing. I have never heard that but I smell this nasty smell, I can't describe it, it smells like poison at random times. Noone else smells it and I started to think I had a brain tumor or something. I am not scared of "her" nor do I feel threatened..should I?

pr0udmom0f3 said...

What type of "poison" smell is it? I have heard of cigars, perfumes, food cooking, rancid smells, and even rotting flesh smells.

If you don't feel threatened, then most likely "she" isn't trying to cause harm...Even you said she isn't in to confrontations (even between the living). If anything she is attention seeking.

Have you ever spoken to her?

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

OK I have one for you. When I was a little more than 6 years old I woke up to an apparition of sorts hovering over my bed. It was bad, I sensed that right away. I tried really really hard to scream and nothing came out of my mouth. I clearly remember trying to scream over and over again and how I felt the air rushing through my throat but could not understand where my voice went. It was as if this thing took it away.

This thing was a greyish sparkly see through mass. Nothing human about it. It took me to a junk yard and kept trying to get me to pick a car. Each car he showed me had someone die in it. He kept telling me to pick one and I refused. He told me this was how I would die, in a car accident.

For a long time I told myself it was a dream, it didn't make sense. Then I was afraid I would die this way. Since then I have decided that when it's my time it is my time and this thing can't predict my fate, only God can do that. BUT I do wonder if it was real or just a wild imaginative dream. The only thing that makes me feel it is real is how real it felt when my voice was taken away. I still hear what it sounded like when I tried, I can think about that moment and I recall exactly how my throat felt as I tried with all my might to scream...

So what do you think?

pr0udmom0f3 said...

Wow, Tamara! Sounds like a shadow mass and there is a chance you had what sounds like a premonition dream. But (in my belief), those are not 'solid, foretelling' dreams. We all have a destiny that WE write. No one (and nothing) can write it for us.

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