A few years ago I was visiting my girlfriend at her parents' house. She was outside smoking a cigarette, and I was alone in the living room on the
computer. She walked by me toward her bedroom - I looked up as she walked by (it was sort of an open hallway, so from the living room I could see her
go all the way from the kitchen to the bedroom-side of the house. I closed up my computer and followed her - assuming she was going either into her
bedroom or the one I was staying in. But there was nobody on that side of the house. After a cursory search, I went back toward where she had been
smoking, and she walked in the back door with her dog just as I got to the door. There was no door on the side of the house I'd seen her walk into,
and when I mentioned what happened, she said she'd been outside smoking.
I didn't examine her that closely when she walked by, but she was wearing the same type of clothes, was the same height and build, had the same
*feeling* about her, and walked the way she walks. We talked about whether it could have been a ghost, and the house is relatively new - built in the
desert of Nevada. It wasn't an old home-site, with the possible exception of Native Americans. But this person was dressed like her in modern
clothing, walked like her, resembled her, felt like her.
I've seen what I perceived to be the ghost of my cat twice. The first time, I was just waking up, and the cat had been waiting for me to wake up. I
opened my eyes, and the cat saw I was awake and jumped into my bed. But I never felt the cat's weight touch the bed. That was a week after he died.
Months later, I was vacuuming and preparing to move out of my apartment, and I saw him run past the door. The first time I saw him, he seemed very
real, and the second time, I could tell he wasn't physically there - that he was a ghost (or a figment of my imagination). My understanding is that
you can't exactly trust that what you saw was a ghost if you see him/her/it just upon waking, because you are still possibly in a dream state.
But, in the case of my girlfriend, I wasn't in a dream state. I wasn't tired. I looked up and saw her walk by me. I got up and followed her,
believing she was there. And she wasn't.
I love the theories here. I don't think she's a wizard.
I don't think she was time-traveling. If she was astral-projecting, it was unintentional
and while smoking a cigarette. It could be my mind. It could be maybe the manifestation of her energy - traveling down a well-traveled path from
cigarette out back to room-across-house. Anyway, the reason she wanted me to look into it was because she was worried maybe her soul - or part of her
soul wasn't in her body.She was curious if this could be true.
Nothing really shocks me about these types of experiences. My family on both sides tend to have unusual experiences of one kind or another, and I just
think they are interesting. But, because she asked, and because she struggles a bit with life, the idea that her soul was somehow split or out of her
body seemed worth asking about. We were very happy at the time - nothing traumatic was going on. It was a calm night, and nothing terrible has
happened to her since.
I find the "mommy's ghost" story interesting. This instance hasn't repeated itself with her or anybody else. At the time I was meditating more
than usual, but I was awake and aware at the time it happened.