a reply to: neformore
When I was a pre-teen, my family was going through major turmoil, I rebelled and skipped class. I decided to school myself in spiritual things. Mom
thought I was being introduced to drugs, but I was really at the public library studying ancient mythology, the spiritualism movement, historical
Salem witch trials, studies of the mind, ancient religions and native American history, and art museums. I even went to free presentations by local
universities held in civic buildings such as a traveling Shroud of Turin, quantum physics lecture, and King Tut artifacts display.
It was the late seventies, it was all free and nobody bothered to ask why I wasn't in school. Oh yes, I got busted severely when caught and was
promptly shuttled to the country to live with my Dad, no bus access or anywhere to wander.
I was raised a christian and still am, what they considered "dabbling", I considered "learning". After all, the bible is a book of supernatural
occurrences. I don't believe all things created and existing can be experienced by only the five senses. My family only want to acknowledge or discuss
the things that can.
I married and moved into a house with some paranormal issues, leaving me with a lot more questions. My family members also experienced things in my
home but refused to discuss, "pink elephant in the room" style. Like what are shadow people, phantom voices, item destruction by unseen force,
disappearing items, poltergeist activity, etc. Later I wandered onto the internet and just continued learning.
Shadow people are what brought me to ATS specifically.
That Tolkien line "Not all those who wander are lost" always made perfect sense to me.
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