I have been a long time reader of ATS, never really had anything to say or contribute after I figured out what I could use this site for, alternative
information. I've never had anything to contribute until recently, and of all forums it's this the paranormal forum. Please excuse my many
typographical errors, my mind tends to work faster than my fingers.
It's rather long story, I will try to keep it succinct and clean, though that is not my strong suit.
I have always been fascinated with the paranormal, mainly from an "energies" aspect. No real point in getting into that topic for this discussion.
Other than I like a good home grown ghost story, I do not believe in “ghost” and had there not been multiple witnesses to all accounts in this
story I would never mention it to anyone. I know ATS needs proof of everything, as do I. I do not have pictures (through there is nothing to take
pictures of) my witnesses are all I have. Please believe that I have no reason to make any of this up, not that it's anything overly exorbitant in the
scope of paranormal “activities”.
Starts out really simple. I am the son of a Southern Baptist preacher growing up in the mountains of Appalachia. Growing up we lived in what's
called a parsonage, a house supplied by the church for the preacher and family to live in; every parsonage that I lived in as a child through my
teenage years was always directly in front of or beside the church cemetery.
Growing up I had a lot of imaginary friends many of whom were residents of the graveyards that I lived beside. No big deal, I was a kid I didn't have
any siblings close to my age, I had a vivid imagination I conjured up imaginary friends and I base those friends off the names of the tombstones and
what I thought that particular person would have looked and been like. I know that sounds a little strange but I assure you back in the days when I
grew up I did not have the videogame systems, I did not have a TV, this was my innocent form of entertainment. Honestly this has very little, if
anything to do with these recent events. The only reason I mention this is to tie a couple loose ends together later on this story.
My wife's family was amongst the families who originally settled in the area of the Appalachian Mountains where I grew up, they have a very deep
history dating back centuries. Since the time they arrived in the area her family has played the same roles in the community; they have even
maintained, to their original specs, the entire farm, to include the colonial style house which by accident, was burned by some of the housekeepers at
the time. However a good majority of all the furnishings of the house were savaged and in the early 1900s stored in what used to be the old granary.
Never restored, they maintained a high quality, it’s quite impressive workmanship.
My wife and I moved all the way across country, thanks to our USMC orders, we decided to stay as far away from that old dead town as possible. I went
to grad school got job teaching at a local university, we started our own business all of which we did in the late 1990s. In 2004 we bought a
brand-new home. To complete the decorations of our new home my wife thought it would be a grand idea to have all of the antique furniture from the
original plantation house shipped all the way across country so that we could maintain and use it as the decor in our home. So we did. With all of
the antiques came many old tintype photos, tons of handwritten journals, accounting logs from the stores that her family ran as far back as the early
1800’s, all of which were on the same property she grew on and all of her family still lives, so now we have these and other items that we have
thoroughly enjoyed as conversation pieces. One particular item dated 1863 I found a peculiar interest in. My wife nor I knew that her great great
great grandfather was a member of a certain fraternity which practiced what I will call "ancient" rites and rituals. This book I found details their
meetings. I find it interesting, potentially coincidental, that I too am a member of the same fraternity and have been for years, year prior to ever
learning of this book, my fraternity does not practice these "ancient" methodologies. No one, so they say, knew of great great great granddaddy’s
involvement (or anyone else in the family’s involvement). Here again this is in my opinion a sidebar however it will be brought up again shortly.
These hundred plus-year-old antique furnishings that are spread throughout our house have been here now for approximately 3 years. It has only been
recently, that I recognized anyway, some odd and unexplainable events. I have to stress again that I personally cannot say that there is any relation
between the antiques or the particular items I found from my wife’s great great great grandfather, simply feel I need to mention it so that if
anyone has any advice, suggestions, ideas, or if you simply want to make fun of me for even posting such a silly post at least you'll the content you
I'll try to keep this as brief as possible from this point the rest is just a series of simple events that I feel are related. Since my college days
I have been studying, as a hobby, Lucid dreaming and techniques to achieve Lucid dreaming. I have had a vast number of Lucid dreams over the last 20
years that have tricked my mind into believing it was reality, I won't get into this discussion here however I am familiar with astral projections,
OBE and the like. Though I will never claim that had either one of these I may be able to argue that I have been what I consider close.
Three weeks ago I experienced something that I have never experienced, it was what I think was sleep paralysis. It was as real as I'm sitting here
typing this, I was laying in my bed on my back my head turned to the right resting on my pillow, I tried to turn over when I realized that I could not
move. Once I realized that I was unable to move I felt a very heavy pressure pushing me down into the bed, coming to grasp that no matter how hard I
tried I literally could not move any portion of my body, I was unaware of my reality (or lack thereof) I begin to get a bit frantic thinking that I
had somehow become paralyzed.
I tried to scream for my wife, however as loud I thought I was screaming it was only in my head, my mouth couldn’t move, my vocal chords would not
form or push the vibrations out. Though it seemed like it was lasting minutes I can only assume it was a few seconds until I started filling
sensations in my fingertips and the sensations worked their way from my fingertips and toes through the rest of my body until I was able to sit up. I
woke my wife up and asked her if she felt me struggling or could hear me calling for her, although she was bit angry at me for waking her up, she saw
the concern on my face, said “no, didn’t hear or feel a thing” and went back to sleep. Although I can’t explain how I was awake yet I have to
assume still in a dream and never noticed the transition between the two realities, from paralysis to being fully capable of all movements my logical
mind says I was simply experiencing a very vivid and Lucid dream but I can convince myself completely.
Two nights later I had the exact same experience except this time as I was being weighted down my body experienced a wave like motion. It felt like
my entire body was, to give the only explanation that I can relate it to, on a waterbed with someone rapidly and deeply pushing down at the foot of
the bed causing my body to move as experiencing waves. It goes without saying that I was again a bit fearful and frightened of what was going on.
Unlike the first experience two nights prior my head was actually facing my wife's direction this time, I felt as if my entire body was moving in
waves yet I can see that she was lying perfectly still which really through my mind through a loop. How would it be possible that I could be moving
as much as I was without disturbing her? Logically, it has to have been a dream. Here again I could not move any portion of my body, but my body was
moving. As the sensation stopped I gained control of my movements and again sat up this time I didn't feel any need to wake my wife because she was
sound asleep, I had been once again screaming for her, but this time watching her the entire time. She was in the same position as she was the entire
time I was experiencing whatever it is that I was experiencing. I never noticed the transition from dream state to reality. Whatever you think about
this, I think it was completely and totally awesome! I have never had such vivid, lucid experiences. I was so scared but so happy for the experience
at the same time.
I've known about sleep paralysis I know it is nothing terribly uncommon, I would still like to have explanations if anyone has any they’d like to
share. I thought that maybe I was having a seizure and this was my subconscious’ way of coping, I’ve never had a seizure before, maybe somehow I
cut the circulation off to my extremities and this was my minds way of interpreting that through a semi-dream state of consciousness. I don't
Does this have anything to do with the other recent events? Once again I do not know however it has been since these experiences that some strange
things have been happening.
The next night, after my second wavy dream (or whatever it was) my wife and I were holding an open house at our business to which we invited local
vendors to set up booths to showcase their products or services to as many of our clients as we could get to show up. My wife was responsible for
finding all the vendors, to which she did an excellent job, I had other responsibilities and did not question nor did I know what vendors were going
to be present. One particular vendor was invited, I later learned, by a friend of a friend of my wife. Meaning my wife did not know who she was only
that she made homemade jewelry. I had never met this lady, neither had my wife, she had never once frequented our establishment.
As the night started I was making my rounds talking to our clients introducing myself to the vendors and playing host. I was walking around this
lady’s jewelry set up on my way out back to grab a few supplies. My intention was to introduce myself to her, just not then, I had a mission to
retrieve more wine. She was still preparing her booth, I knew she did not know who I was but it still felt as if I was being rude by walking by not
saying anything but that was exactly what I was going to do, what made it even easier walk past her was that her back was to me.
As I walked by, in my peripheral vision I notice that she stands straight up from her crouched position turns my direction and tells me to stop.
“Excuse me” she says as she asked me to come a little closer, I obeyed and did just that thinking that maybe someone had told her who I was and
she was wanting to introduce herself. Once I got within approximately 5 feet of this lady she began slightly backing up and making arm gestures as if
she's dusting herself off. What made it odd was that her hands never physically touched her body. She was slowly wiping away at herself as she looked
at me. Fortunately a good friend of ours was right beside the booth, she noticed what was going on and walked over. For that I am very grateful, for
what this lady told me next had there not been at least one witness I would've never have mentioned it again.
As she continues to "wipe herself off" she asks if I'm aware that I am a sensitive. I am not the dumbest guy around but apparently when it comes to
knowing the duties of a sensitive I don't have much knowledge. To her query I answered, "well sure, I consider myself to be a sensitive man, I’ve
cried at a hallmark commercial".
I don't think she understood what I meant, I didn't understand what she meant so we both stared awkwardly at the other for a moment. She continued to
say that I was a very strong sensitive, with psychic abilities that I have to learn to harness and utilize. First I’ve ever heard of that.
Personally I don't believe in psychic abilities, possibly intuitiveness, I don't know it's not an area that I focus on. So she continues to state
that I have this ability and because I don't know how to use it I am attracting other people's energies, like a magnet, sucking them over to me, most
of which are negative. She stated that I have a very tall dark entity that is attached to me, on my left side. At this point I felt it was getting
ridiculous I asked her what she was doing with all the wiping gestures. She stated that she was cleansing her area because she too was a sensitive
and did not want whatever it is that she thinks is hovering around me or the “energies” I attract to attached to her. She explained it with more
elegance of course. She continued to state that she had recently come to the United States from South Africa and that she was a fourth generation
psychic, sensitive, whatever, she named quite a few things that I'd never heard of that she has been taught and practicing as long as she can
remember. At this point I was getting a little embarrassed because our clients were noticing what she was doing and I have to assume that they could
tell that she was doing it as a reaction to me being present, maybe I'm paranoid. Either way I made an excuse to leave after which our friend hung
around to finish the conversation. Our friend later told me that this lady stated that I had dormant abilities that were attracting, as if a magnet,
other people's energies including those that aren't necessarily human.
For the rest of the evening this nice lady did not want to be within 10 feet of me, I know it wasn’t because I smell bad because my wife had just
bought me a brand-new bottle of cologne that I received many compliments on throughout the evening. She did later mention to me that also have "a
gaping hole" in one of my chakras. Of course I am familiar with what a chakras is, however I have to admit that I have never actually studied the
chakra system in depth, meaning I don't know anything about what each one means, etc. I will be learning soon. If I have a gaping hole I suppose
I’ll need to get that sealed somehow. So learning that I have a gaping hole in one of my chakras, which she did name the particular chakra I
honestly can't remember which one though all her motions when explaining this gaping hole focused around her chest and abdomen. So I am assuming it
was or is my heart or solar plexus chakra.
Throughout the course of the night this lady found out who I was when my wife introduced herself and pointed me out as her husband. This lady felt it
necessary to warn my wife of what she felt around me, told we should get our house cleansed, though we never told her of the antiques. My wife has
stronger beliefs in "this stuff" than I do. As you read a little further you’ll know why she is angry at me for what is or is not happening in our
house. On that note here is a very brief (or extremely long depending on your view) synopsis of what's happened since I was informed that I have some
tall dark entity attached to my left side.
There are lots of noises lately, thumps actually (I chalk it up to the cats playing, unless they are around) Whatever, probably nothing.
A few weeks ago, after I had those two strange dreams I mentioned above, we had a friend and his girlfriend come over to visit, they live far away so
they were staying the night. In the morning the girlfriend asks me what I wanted last night, I had no idea what she was talking about. They both
stated that someone woke them up knocking on the bedroom door. I said maybe it was a cat scratching at the door, they have been known to paw the
doors, though the guest bedrooms are seldom used, on what we call the empty side of the house. The cats are rarely if ever around that side of the
house, not sure if that helps or hinders my case that it was a cat. Must have been a cat, to which they replied, "could be, if the cat normally
knocks three hard times". I personally still think it was a cat, whatever.
Second instance: I have a digital touch screen remote for our downstairs TV, I am very cautious with it, it was expensive when I bought it five years
ago, can't say I've ever dropped it, not once that I can recall. It has its place on the couch. Wednesday evening, my wife and I were down stairs with
some friends of ours, sitting at the kitchen bar and they were at the table, the dogs were outside, the cats laying at our feet. We all just got home
from a nice dinner; no one touched the remote or had even been in the living room. We are in mid conversation and the remote somehow hits the floor.
Just like that, bam, on the floor. We all look at each other, no one says anything, I go pick it up, put it back in its spot. Whatever, something
Incident three, approximately 3:15AM. There is a huge crash or bang or something right outside our bedroom door, so it sounded as if it was anyway.
Completely startled my wife and I literally immediately jump out of the bed, not knowing what was going on. I grab my gun thinking someone is breaking
in! My wife has a shotgun, she grabs her shotgun and we investigate the house, my heart is racing! I'm thinking I'm about to face a burglar around any
corner! Nothing. We searched the entire house, when we didn’t find an intruder we starting searching for objects that could have fallen that would
have made that much racket, noise and shaking. We found nothing! I searched again first thing that morning inside and out, nothing. Whatever.
Last Saturday night, we are in the kitchen eating supper, dogs are lying at the door, both cats are at our feet, as normal. There is loud thump that
sounded as if it was from upstairs, again unexplained. Whatever.
Tuesday night is the oddest "event" so far. Quick back story: It's been years since I have taken the batteries out of every single smoke detector in
our house. I know it's dangerous in case the power goes off they won't work, I know, I did it anyway. The batteries were dying, the detectors would
beep giving me a low battery warning, it was annoying. When we bought the house we changed all the batteries, there are 8 detectors in this house.
They all started dying around the same time. Two years ago I took every single battery out of every single smoke detector, literally, at least two
years ago. Haven't heard so much as a beep out of any of them since, even when they did beep it was single low tone beep every so often, that is until
I took the batteries out, then nothing.
At 3:15AM (which wife so kindly pointed out that it was the same time as the big bang a few nights before, coincidence I’m sure) the smoke detectors
in our bedroom and in the hallway right outside, go crazy!! High pitched, rapid, loud, alternating, horrible screeches.
As soon as the detectors starting going off, I jumped up out of bed like a bat out of hell, as did my wife. You want a rude awakening have smoke
detectors go nuts in the middle of the night! Instinctively I just out of bed, ran to the window to see if I could see any sign of flames, still
trying to figure out what the heck was going on, we've never heard this racket before, I will say that it wasn't at all what we ever expected the
smoke detectors to sound like. I stood by the bed for a split second, bearing the screeching, trying to see if I saw the flicker of flames under the
door or smelled smoke. I then ran to the door, this is the part that gives me chills, as soon as I opened the door it all stopped!! I kid you not, no
sounds, no nothing!! I truly wish I was making this up, it all just stopped when I opened the door. My wife and I just stood in the hall looking at
each other in some form of shock or retardation, we had/have no clue what to think. She gets mad at me saying, “you are to blame for this!” as she
walks back into the bedroom. I am at blame for what? I couldn't go back to sleep after that, my wife had to get up very early, I stayed awake nervous
that it was a glitch in the wiring or something and the detectors would go off again, which would scare me half to death, yet again! Though I was
running out of clean underwear, I was hoping that the detectors would go off again that night or sometime the next day so I'd know it was a glitch of
some sort, not a peep or a beep. I worked out of the home office all that next day, nothing! And nothing since.
One of our clients is proclaimed psychic I invited her to our house without telling their many details to see could help, well I don't know what I was
looking for. Of course she had never been to our house before as she walked in the front door she paused and stated that she felt the presence of two
entities. To which I told her there's a big tall black one on my left shoulder, I was saying this in jest though she wasn't too amused. She did say
that she recognized there was something with me it was a one of the two entities she was feeling but she didn't feel as if it was malevolent.
Whatever, this was the first time I've ever had a psychic at my house I was pretty amused. She explained that one entity she felt had been in energy
the other masculine and that the masculine energy was the most dominant in that the feminine energy she felt was somewhat confused. What got me
thinking that this may be somewhat legit is that she started describing the female presence and I'll be darn that she didn't describe one of the old
tintype photos almost to a tee! This was very intriguing to me because the picture that I knew she was describing was put up amongst other pictures
that there is absolutely, positively, and emphatically no way she would've been able to see it much less not even existed. As she completed her
description I told her to wait right there I went and grabbed the tintype showed it to her for which she just started laughing and said “oh yeah
that's her”. What's also funny about this is that the pitcher that I showed her was one when she was in her younger years the picture that we keep
with this picture that was described is her death tintype. Which is one of my favorites, I know that strange but it's not very often that you see in
authentic tintype of a dead person, which was custom way back then.
So ended up telling her the story of the South African lady who was freaked out by me, told her of some of the instances that happen, to which she
said she didn't feel that there was any bad intent but that I did have an entity with me for some reason and that it sounds as if that entity or
another is trying to communicate.
That's my story I have to be honest with you in that I'm not exactly sure what I'm expecting my having posted it here. I do fear I'll get ridiculed
for some reason however if anyone has any suggestions, advice, words of wisdom and or someone wants to help me confirm that this is all utter
nonsense, whatever it may be I will be grateful and thankful for your involvement. Besides, if nothing else maybe you'll have found this entertaining
and thereby somehow growing from having read my experiences. Was it not for the anonymity (or somewhat anyway) of the web I would never mention this;
I have no reason to make it up, any part of it. I welcome any comments. Thank you for your time.
edit on 13-8-2011 by DreamerAU because: Forgot to add the actual post, only posted the title.
edit on 13-8-2011 by DreamerAU
because: another goof.