posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 08:02 AM
I've been married a few times, always to people who declared themselves 'sceptics'. Interestingly, they invariably turned out to be natural
psychics, much to their astonishment and sometimes disgust.
For example, during the early years of our marriage, my first husband (we've remarried) awoke suddenly at around four in the morning. He sat upright
in bed, which awoke me. He stared at me in confusion for a few minutes, during which we tried to work out why we were awake. We were exhausted
actually, because we had two month old twins and had just managed to get to sleep. Finally, my husband suggested that seeing as we were awake, we
might as well have a cup of tea, which was a bit odd, coming from him. Nevertheless I followed him into the kitchen and made tea. Within minutes, we
heard frantic banging at the door. It was my husband's sister, in semi-hysterics, to say their father had just died suddenly. He was not ill. His
death was a complete shock. Ever since, my husband has claimed that both he and I awoke at the same time, at the moment of his father's death. The
truth is of course .. HE awoke. HE sensed his father's passing, not I. But my husband doesn't 'believe' in psychic phenomena you see, so he
refuses to acknowledge his own sensitivity.
Three or four days after his father's death, my husband (who had been taking out the rubbish after dark) came inside wearing a strange expression.
Preoccupied with the babies, I absently asked him if anything was wrong. He replied: " I just saw Dad ". Absorbed in what I was doing, I replied
along the lines of: " Oh yes? How is he? What did he want? ". My husband replied tensely: " I SAID ... I just saw Dad ". And again I
replied absent mindedly along the same lines. I had completely forgotten for the moment that his father had died. Finally, something made me look
up. My husband had a very odd expression on his face. This forced me to snap out of my baby-absorbed frame of mind and to quickly re-run our brief
conversation. At which point, I REALIZED ! Omg -- his father just DIED -- how COULD he have seen his father ????
But, not wanting to upset my husband, I decided to behave as if seeing his dead father was perfectly normal. So I asked my husband what had
transpired. He replied that as he was emptying the rubbish-bin, his father had appeared before him in the dark. I asked how his father had
'looked', and my husband replied he'd looked perfectly normal. He said his father had been standing there, not far from him, dressed as usual. I
asked what the old man had wanted and my husband said his father had tried to speak to him. So I asked what the old man had said. At that point, my
husband glared at me as if I were insane and barked at me that he hadn't stayed around to hear what his father had to say. Instead, my husband had
bolted very quickly into the house, to where I was tending the babies. I don't know if he's ever regretted not speaking to his father, because by
the time we remarried, several years later, he denied knowing anything about seeing his father's ghost. When I told our adult children about it, my
husband listened intently with a quizzical smile on his face, as if he were hearing about the incident for the first time. He's done this in
relation to other psychic phenomena involving himself. He simply wipes it from his memory, because it doesn't conform with Life as he prefers it.
A few years ago, he saw the ghost of a woman, standing in the middle of a deserted road, after midnight. He described her as wearing a red party
dress and carrying her shoes in her hand. She was twirling around, head thrown back, in a private dance of her own. My husband was so startled and
worried about her, that he immediately did a U-turn. Within those few seconds, she vanished. My husband knows that stretch of road very well. There
were no side-streets or any other places she could have vanished into. He told the children and I about it as soon as he came home. He was fairly
shaken. But one year later, when one of us asked him to recount the experience again, he stared in confusion and gave the impression he didn't know
what we were referring to. He's the most naturally psychic person I've ever encountered, to the point we seriously believed for years that he must
have the house bugged, because he seemed to know what we talked about in his absence. Now, we have just had to accept that the 'listening device'
is his own mind .... even though he'd be disturbed and dismissive it anyone were to suggest that.
My second husband was also a dedicated 'sceptic' who always referred to psychic phenomena as 'rat-baggery': as a belief and pastime for low-brows
and the intellectually-challenged. Yet he too was incredibly naturally psychic, although he denied any such suggestion. He therefore had a bit of a
crisis when he was 'visted' by two tall, thin 'red men' in what he described as 'ski suit type outfits' in his bedroom, in the early hours of
the morning. They scared the daylights out of him and caused him to put all the bedroom lights on and to pray fervently until dawn. The incident was
so vivid and so shocking to him, that he was unable to deny it to himself, and felt compelled to tell me about it. The 'visitors' continued to
harrass him for several months, apparently, although gradually he became quite fond of them. He said they no longer appeared 'red', and had now
adopted a 'golden' appearance. By this stage, he had become secretive about his visitors and was reluctant to discuss them. This coincided,
unfortunately, with a severe decline in his character.
Neighbours, friends, children, colleagues, even people on buses and in parks, have revealed their own psychic experiences. Sometimes it takes a bit
of prompting. And quite often, paradoxically, a person will insist they 'don't believe in any of this stuff' at the same time as they recount
their psychic experiences ! It's my opinion now that the majority of folk are 'psychic': that psychic ability is as natural as any other facet of
our lives. It's just that some develop an interest in the paranormal and are willing, even anxious to discuss it, while others brush it aside or
dismiss it as 'unworthy' of adult discussion. But it's not rare -- it's ordinary. Interesting though !