Although most people who claim to have seen or heard ghosts have fascinating encounters that may even be evidenced in photos or EVP’s, there are forms of evidence that are so subtle that they can go unnoticed unless you pay close attention. An example of this is when you light a candle in a haunted house. If you watch the candlelight long enough, you may start to notice a slight flickering or even a slant in the fire coming from the candlelight. This happened to me and my husband when we were staying at a family member’s home a few years back. The candlelight flickered and almost went out, as though there was a breeze in the room, and the fire slanted on an angle. But that is not all.
The same night, we went to lie down and turned the lights out, and as we were lying there together in our bed, we both felt this eerie presence of many entities standing above us and staring at us. It was one of the creepiest feelings we ever experienced together. My husband told me not to speak of it while we were there in that house because he believes that when you speak of ghosts out loud in their presence, you acknowledge them and make them even more powerful than before.
The next day, we went outside that home and spoke of what we both had felt the night before. We agreed to always avoid speaking of ghosts when we were visiting that home owned by our family members.
Another night in the same house proved to be just as creepy. My husband was using the bathroom at the house late one evening, and I was waiting in the hallway for him, just a few feet away from the bathroom. I didn’t want to wait in the guest bedroom by myself because I was still frightened from the experiences I had encountered the night before. As I waited for my husband, he talked to me through the bathroom door and said, “I am fine. I will be right out.”
When he left the bathroom, he asked me, “Why were you giggling outside the bathroom door?”
I looked at him bewildered, and said, “I wasn’t giggling.”
Then my husband said, “You were giggling and you asked me if I was okay in the bathroom. That’s why I said I was fine and would be right out.”
I looked at him and shook my head from side to side without saying a word, indicating to him that it did not happen that way. He immediately understood and said, “Okay, then. Time for bed.”
We both knew that it was an unknown entity that had been speaking to my husband through the bathroom door. It was a ghost that had giggled, and we knew it. As before, we did not speak of the event while in the house, but the next day, we had plenty to talk about regarding the experience. My husband later told me that the giggle actually sounded evil and he was hoping it had been me just trying to scare him. After that conversation, we had an understanding that whoever or whatever was haunting that house was not the most innocent entity.
Another subtle way of ghosts showing themselves is when you feel a cold breeze in a room that has no draft. If you are in a room that is of regular room temperature and the windows and doors are shut, and then you feel a cold breeze brush by you suddenly, it may be an unknown entity trying to make itself known to you.
Have you ever entered a home where you just felt like something wasn’t right? You could not quite explain it, but you felt like there was something odd about the place. You may have felt like someone was watching you or following you, yet there was no one there but you. Most people refer to this ability as similar to ESP, or extra sensory perception. I would call this phenomenon your sixth sense, or personal awareness of entities that are around you-even when you can’t see them. I believe some people are born with their sixth sense, and some develop it over time. I also believe some people simply do not have a sixth sense or theirs lies dormant and underdeveloped because they choose not to believe in such things.
Although there will be skeptics who will explain away these subtle occurrences and tell you that there is no such thing as paranormal activity, there is an emerging field of study called parapsychology, which is gaining momentum in the United States and abroad. Parapsychologists seek to develop a deeper understanding into controversial yet interesting topics such as ghosts, unknown entities, paranormal phenomenon, ESP, psychic abilities, and telekinesis, just to name a few.
As the field is relatively new, of course there are many skeptics, and others who are on the fence, so to speak. In any new field of inquiry, as you probably know, it takes a very long time before it becomes respected, credible to most, and acknowledged for its unique contributions. Since parapsychology was only given its name around 1925, the field is considered to still be in its infancy. Understandably then, is the idea that this field, like many others that have been newly introduced, will take many hits from critics and skeptics alike until more research is conducted, results have been published, and then repeated again and again by other scholars in the field. Only then will parapsychology be seen as more scientific and less as a pseudo-psychology.