reply to post by TravelerintheDark
Hope you'll accept this as encouragement to recount more, not less, of your experiences : )
I know what you mean about being a 'magnet'. And understand the reluctance to recount experiences simply because there have been so many of them.
But the fact there have been so many is just part and parcel of many of us. In my own case (and I'm sure this is true of most 'magnets' ) the vast
majority of the experiences have been spontaneous, not deliberately sought. Some people win the Lottery three times. Others are struck repeatedly by
lightning or their houses are robbed repeatedly whilst those around are not. It's just the way it is.
For years, I used to pore through books, searching for something that might confirm, if only partially, an experience I'd had. We need confirmation
that we're not alone and that others have had similar experiences to us. Once we have that confirmation we're quite often able to proceed through
life, no longer troubled by anxiety that we 'did something' to cause the experience. In extreme cases, we need confirmation from others as proof
that we did
have that experience and didn't 'imagine' or 'invent' it (which is often the 'explanation' offered by parents and
We're not alone. When we're young, we fear we might be. But as the years pass, we hear a little here, more there, and reach the conclusion that
basically everyone has had at least one 'inexplicable' experience. When we learn this, we can be more at ease within ourselves, reassured that
we're not 'weird' or 'crazy' -- we're normal, just as the experiences themselves are. People are having these experiences now, just as they
have since time began. It's part of the human experience.
The way I see it, recounting experiences here in ATS (and elsewhere) is a service .. just as those whose accounts in the past provided confirmation
of our own experiences were doing us a service. For example, I can't tell you how relieved and interested I was when I first read a post by someone
who said the ghost they'd witnessed had no visible legs below knee level. I'd seen three of what I strongly suspected to be ghosts, over a period
of approx. 30 years. And in each instance, the ghosts' legs weren't visible below the knees approx. Yet nowhere in any book I'd read, was this
point raised. So had I imagined it or what ? And if so, why had I done so ?
Then, my own experience was confirmed via others. It was a huge relief. Finally, I'd come across others who'd noticed the same thing about the
ghost/s they'd seen. It meant I was 'normal' and meant my experiences belonged in the 'normal' range. Meant I didn't have to doubt myself any
longer or wonder why only I had noticed the 'no lower legs' phenomenon.
It's the same all the way through. And why many visit fora such as ATS. Many are searching for confirmation/validation of their experience. And
they too are often very grateful for posters who unwittingly provide that confirmation.
Each of us is helping others, even though we may not realise it and may never learn we've provided help. So please post all your experiences,
because even though you might imagine you're alone with that experience, the odds are that someone out there is desperately searching for someone to
confirm and validate a weird or troubling experience of their own, after which they'll be able to relax, reassured that it 'didn't just happen to
Please just go ahead and start writing ... tell it all, hit 'send' and put it out there. That's the way to demystify what are, after all, human
experiences that are too often hidden away. Let's push those barriers over. It's the only way we're going to shine the light on what is obviously
a vitally important (yet often suppressed) element of our human experience. Until we can discuss these experiences openly, we're only half alive and
still operating in fearful ignorance.