Death is a door we all must walk through. Rich or poor, it doesn’t matter, when death’s hand alights on our shoulder, we have no choice to but to
follow the beckoning. To what circumstance and condition does death lead us? Do we remain a ‘something’ that retains a conscious awareness in an
arguably new environment that we call the afterlife?
I hope that throughout my life I have been open-minded enough to have been fair in my sceptical assessment of our ultimate end. It has been a rare
occurrence for me to experience anything paranormal in my life that I could not explain with a nod to science, and the use of a modicum of my
intellect through reason and logic. Yet recently, over the last 3 months, two events have occurred to the same object, which I cannot easily pass off,
and as such, have made me question my sceptical position, and return to a subject I had thought I had left behind for good.
I have a large framed picture of Pendle Hill which I bought 4 years ago. I did not put the picture up on a wall, but placed it on the floor, leaning
slightly against a wall with other framed paintings of the English countryside. My intention was to fully redecorate my apartment, get new furniture
and soft furnishings, and put the paintings up. I never got round to doing so, and four years passed.
Just before last Christmas, I took the picture of Pendle hill and placed it on top of a living room display cabinet that once belonged to my mother,
who died in January 2012. Once again, I propped the picture leaning against the wall, and in front of it, there were a number of other ornamental
items that would help keep the framed painting in position.
Well about 2 months ago, the framed painting fell off the display cabinet. The unusual aspect of this was that it had fallen forward and onto the
floor, without disturbing the ornaments in front of it on top of the display cabinet. Although this was puzzling, the painting and frame were not
damaged, so I simply placed it back into position, ensuring that it could not fall forward again without a hefty force being applied.
Yesterday, Saturday morning while I was doing some work on the computer, a loud crash caused me to jump out of my seat. The painting had once again
fell to the floor, again without disturbing any of the ornaments in place in front of it, on top of the display cabinet. Only this time, the frame was
damaged and the glass was completely shattered. It will now need new glass and the frame to be repaired. I was not a happy bunny at all! See the added
pictures for illustration.
Prima facie, it is as though the painting either ‘jumped’ over the ornaments, or simply passed right through them? It literally could not do
anything other than that to get to the position on the floor where it ended up. When I say ‘jumped’, I am talking of a height of at least 12
inches, as the two tall candle holders are about 9 inches. The painting itself is wider than the display cabinet, but not by much, and was centred by
sight into position. I just don’t understand or fathom how it could have gotten to where it landed without disturbing the ornaments, which
themselves are heavy-ish?
A once-off occurrence can be passed off. A second occurrence is definitely both concerning and curious. If any of you can come up with an explanation
(and please, no silly ones), well, I am all ears.
I intend to continue this thread with some thoughts on my perspective that has/is undergone and going through a change.