Typical Paranormal Experiences
Written by Mark Stinson - Ghost Vigil Investigations
What follows is a compilation of typical paranormal experiences reported to ghost investigators. Have any of them happened to you?
Olfactory echoes. Sourceless odors waft through a structure, from pungent tobacco to sweet lavender. They may be vintage, in that they have a connection to the building's former use or occupants.
Feeling a presence. Nothing specific is seen or heard, but people have a "sixth sense" feeling that someone else is nearby.
Name calling. A person's name is called when he or she is alone. The voice can be faint or quite distinct.
Cold spots. Part of a room feels several degrees colder than the surrounding area. The spot is said to be where the ghost is living or perhaps from where it is drawing energy. Hot spots also are reported.
Death bed visitations. A person knows or has the strong sense that a loved one has just died, even though they are separated physically. Often referred to as a Crisis Apparition, because the apparition that appears can be of a person that is alive...and remains alive after the visitation.
Message visitations. This is when a dead loved one and/or family member appears at a time removed from their time of death. It can be weeks or years later. Often the purpose appears to be offering a message of comfort or information.
Time-of-need visitations. Sometimes a dead loved one and/or family members will appear to someone who is in crisis. At time of great need, the dead may appear to lend support or strength.
Pulsing electronics. Televisions, radios, appliances and lights turn on and off randomly.
Spook lights. Often reported in rural areas, such as on a country road or in a cemetery, these are glowing balls of light. They often cast a blue tint.
Energy drain. Batteries suddenly lose their power. New light bulbs quickly grow dim and burn out.
Touch encounters. The physical but unseen presence of another is felt in various ways, from light brushes on the arm to hot breath on the neck. More aggressive encounters, pin pricks, a shoulder tap or having a foot grabbed, also are reported.
Rearranged objects. Items such as keys and glasses are moved from one spot to another, or disappear altogether.
Photographic orbs. White globes are seen on photographs. These often can be explained by camera lighting and airborne dust. Ghost Vigil strongly believes that photographic orbs are not a paranormal phenomenon.
Audible animals. Hoof beats, barking, meowing and other animal noises are heard when no animals are known to be around.
Pet disturbance. A nervous dog or cat refuses to enter a room or will seem to interact with someone who's not there.
A version of this list was initially compiled by features writer Edward M. Eveld for the Kansas City Star newspaper after discussions with Mark Stinson of ghostvigil.com and Becky Ray of ghost-investigators.com. Contact Edward at (816) 234-4442 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
The list has since been expanded per suggestions made by Ghost Vigil Investigators.
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