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Paranormal Monday ~ Black-Eyed Children & Shadow People

I’ve been finding and watching Youtube videos on both Black-eyed Children and Shadow People, and let me warn you if you’re easily spooked, watching these videos (or listening to these podcasts) when you’re home alone on a dark and stormy night (or any night) might leave you more than a little uneasy.  But it’s fascinating.  For anyone who’s never heard of either one of these paranormal phenomena, in a nutshell, here’s what they are ~

Black-Eyed Children…(sometimes called Bek) are young people, often children, with eyes that are solid black with no differentiation between sclera, pupil, or iris, and are occasionally reported to have blue or bluish tinted skin like that of a corpse. Those who report encounters with them often feel that the children were somehow supernatural and extremely dangerous though they could not explain why.

Often they can be seen playing games and singing the nursery songs Old Man Long Legs or He Jumped into a Bramble Bush.

They are usually near abandoned or deserted areas. Sometimes, the reports talk of them appearing at one’s doorstep- usually alone or in a pair. They appear to be unusually confident, yet shy children who avoid your gaze and look down, hiding their eyes, but speaking with an eloquence far beyond their apparent age.

[Source:  http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Black-Eyed_People ]

Shadow people appear just as their name describes them, as faceless human shadow forms.

Some common features of shadow people are:

  • A shape that is generally male in appearance
  • They are aware of us and react to our observing them
  • The typical shadow person is tall, ranging from about 6′ to 7′
  • Very often they seem to be wrapped in a cloak or large old fashioned cloak
  • Hats are not uncommon
  • Their appearance has depth to it, unlike a shadow cast on a wall that is flat
  • Quite typically they have no visible eyes, but some will have glowing red eyes
  • Shadow people are rarely reported to have spoken or tried to communicate
  • Physical objects seem to not matter to them and they can walk through walls
  • Can have a demonic shape and demeanor

[Source:  https://pararational.com/types-of-shadow-people/ ]

If you love creepy fascinating paranormal phenomena, I’m betting you’re still with me after reading the definitions of these etheric mysterious creatures.  Now the fun stuff.  I’m posting some of the videos that I’ve been watching, and the two I’m posting here today are radio podcasts with Art Bell.  I’d love to hear YOUR perspective on these topics!  Feel free to leave comments below.  Have you had a personal experience with either one of these entities?  Do you have a theory about what they are?

Enjoy!… And keep the lights on. 🙂

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The Voice Says “Look” ~ And “Look Again”

It’s happened only a handful of times in my lifetime. It’s happened for family members, it’s happened for an acquaintance, it’s happened for a stranger that I would see on a daily basis from a distance, and now it’s happened for a location, which I never anticipated possible.

First, you sense a strange physical sensation, it’s very subtle, and then the voice says, “Look”, and so you do. And then it says, “Look again”. And you can’t help turning to stare with morbid intensity and fascination at the individual in question. You watch as they walk past you, drive past you, going about their business in total obliviousness. It feels like a pivotal life-changing moment. And it is, for them.

They all leave an indelible impression, but there are some who stand out more in my mind than others…two family members; the young man whom I hardly knew at a party; there was the total stranger I would meet at the same time everyday as we drove across the overpass; and finally, there was not an individual, but a location.

What does this strange phenomenon herald?

Death.

The man in the small green pickup on the overpass still haunts me. I drive this route everyday, this location where one day when we meet, everything seems to start moving in slow motion, and the voice says, “Look”. And I do. And it says, “Look again”. And I do, with that strange fixated intensity; I can’t stop looking. I really look at the driver for the first time, seeing details, as we’re both moving in opposite directions, but in that strange slow motion.

I see a young man in his late 20s or early 30s. I see the red baseball cap and the soft brown hair around the edges of it. I see the thick lensed black-framed glasses and the white t-shirt. I see his hands on the steering wheel and the look of concentration on his face. I look at him until we’ve passed, and then I watch his vehicle in my rear-view mirror until he disappears over the hill.

I have never spoken about this odd sense of premonition to anyone before, but I did after this experience. I told my daughters. I told them that I wish I knew who this young man was. I told them that if I knew where to find him, I might try to find enough courage to approach him, knowing I would sound like a crazy woman. I would tell him to take a different route, at least for a while. I told them that something awful was going to happen to this young man.

And it did.

One day, when we were outside in our front yard, the neighbor came home. He got out of his pickup and approached us, looking stunned. He said he’d just come home on the overpass, and that there had been a terrible accident. He said that a white van had plowed into several vehicles at a great speed. He said there were bodies and mangled vehicles everywhere, and it was the worst thing he’d ever seen. He was so pale, and breathless, and he looked dazed.

The over-pass is only a few blocks from our home.

We got in our vehicle and went to the edge of the highway east of our house, where we could see the overpass clearly, we were so close. And to my shock, there was the young man’s small green pickup, the driver’s door flung open, sitting cross-ways in the highway. When he was hit, he had been thrown from his pickup, at the top of the overpass, and had landed on the railroad tracks below. He was one of many casualties from this accident.

I think about him almost every time I drive over this hill.

Premonitions ~ Why do some people experience them? Is it odd that the experience is not necessarily a one-time thing, but something that can occur a number of times? What good is the ability to have a premonition if you can’t do anything to create a positive outcome? Where do premonitions come from? Who’s voice do I hear?


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The Witch’s Desk: An explanation for this ~ Doppelganger? Astral Projection?

An Explanation for this ~ Doppelganger? Astral Projection?

Yesterday morning my husband and I had a very unusual paranormal experience, and when we were in the midst of it, we weren’t even aware of it!  We get up early at our house Monday-Thursday, because Joe works 1st shift, and he has a short commute to the next quaint Nebraska village-down-the-road.  So this all occurred sometime between 3:15am and 3:45am; he left the house around 3:30ish.

He’s up first and heads out into the kitchen.  Laura (our 19-year-old daughter) is sleeping on the couch, as is usual for her.  She has her back to the living-room, her wild blonde hair in a pony that’s all flouncy on the pillow.  I follow Joe out to the kitchen and glance at her too, thinking we have to be quiet so we don’t wake her up.

Joe exits the front door, I go back to the bedroom to get some flip-flops so that I can go out and crack the big garage door for our outdoor cats– a thunderstorm was coming, complete with fantastic lightening, and the wind was picking up.  I tip-toe back up the stairs when I enter the house (it’s a split foyer), and I glance once more at Laura sleeping on the couch, quietly making my way down the hall so I wouldn’t wake her, and even watching the news in the bedroom with the volume real low so that she wouldn’t be disturbed.

At 7am, Joe calls on break.

First thing he said was, “So, who did Laura lend her car to?”  I was totally stupefied: “What do you mean?”  He said, “Her car was gone when I left this morning.”  I said, “No, it couldn’t have been, she’s asleep on the couch, she wouldn’t lend her car to anyone.”  I had been so intent on the storm and the lightening when I made my fast jog to the garage and back, that I hadn’t even noticed whether her car was in the driveway.

I said, “Just a minute.”

Phone in hand, I walked down the hallway to the living-room.  The couch was empty.  I looked out the window and saw that her car was not in the driveway.

How could this be?  Joe and I BOTH saw Laura sleeping on the living-room couch.

Now I was worried. This was so extraordinarily odd, and one of the first things I thought of was a doppelganger, in the old definition, someone who’s passed making themselves briefly visible in a mundane setting.  I texted Laura; I called her phone; I left a message for her on Facebook giving a very short version of the above occurrence.  Eventually, I got a text back from her– she agreed this was weird, because she’d been gone all night, she was never home!

She wasn’t home at all when Joe and I thought we saw her sleeping on the couch.

I’ve talked about this with Laura’s sister Anne, and we recall that this type of thing has occurred off and on throughout the years, with the figure always resembling Laura:  Laura’s youngest sister Emma had seen her enter her bedroom during the night, but it couldn’t have been Laura, because when Emma called to me and I checked Laura, she was sound asleep in her bed; my ex-husband was upset one evening because he saw Laura down the hallway, moving from one doorway to the next, when she was suppose to be asleep, but when I checked her, she actually was asleep in her room, it hadn’t been Laura he was watching.  There have been several other incidences like this when one or more family members thought they saw her when it could not have been possible.

The only other explanation I have, and I’ve talked with Laura about this, is that she has the ability to astral project, but she only does it sub-consciously in her sleep.

We’re all shaking our heads over this last incident though.  It went way above and beyond the realm of weird.

Anyone have any ideas?

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The Witch’s Desk: How do you detect the presence of Spirits in your house?

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This is my question-of-the-week, and I thought it would be refreshing to get away from the topic of relationships for a while.  Spirits are always interesting, though they are not always fun, but mostly (from my own experience) they actually are.  This is just me, or maybe it’s that I’ve only had pleasant or neutral experiences with them so far.  For whatever reason, I just don’t feel “frightened” by them. I have a friend that I have done House Cleansings with around the Omaha area, and the one thing that I’ve noticed is that a lot of the time you won’t have to ask yourself if you have a spirit in your house, you will most definitely know; but this is often the more extreme cases, real “hauntings” with something that is unpleasant, or obnoxious, or invasive in a very negative way.  Through this experience, visiting other people’s homes and talking to them about their situations, I realize that some people are just naturally frightened by the idea of the ethereal…ghosts, spirits, anything down this road.

The house that we live in now has always had spirit activity, and I’ve only recently learned from some of my daughters, since they’ve grown, is that when they were small there was an unpleasant “something” on the landing (we have a split level home).  One of my daughters told me that she felt it so strongly, and it was such a scary menacing presence to her, that she was often afraid to go up and down the stairs.  Years afterwards, when I began to regularly (key word here is “regularly”) cleanse the house, this entity disappeared.

I remember the exact day I decided I had enough– I was sweeping down the stairs, on a day that I was all alone, which rarely happened with our large home-schooling family, when I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up and a rush of goose bumps come up my legs.  This was accompanied by the very unnerving sensation of someone (a presence) behind me.  Did this scare me?  No, I actually found it interesting– but it did make me angry.  I considered this an obnoxious invasion of my personal space.  I threw the broom down and, muttering under my breath, I stalked off around the house to gather up white candles, and incense, salt and water, cussing the whole time.  I guess I felt it was an inconvenience that was unnecessary, and I would have to take the time to straighten this spirit out and set some boundaries, rather than being able to get all the “Stuff” done that I wanted to get done while I was on my own!

My kids claimed later, and continue to do so to this day, that I tend to do too good a job of cleansing, and some of the entities we have shared this space with were actually interesting, just an integral part of the house and it’s atmosphere.  So I’ve let up over the years, acknowledging that there’s enough room in this old house for everyone, as long as we all play nice in the sandbox.  There have only been a handful of times in the last 20 years when I’ve had to draw some boundaries and shoo a spirit away.

 

Anyway, I digress, on to the subject at hand.  The individual who asked me this question is obviously not sure what constitutes a spirit’s presence, and what may just be some sort of natural occurrence, or an overactive imagination. Let’s look at all those tell tale signs of spirit activity–

1)  Scents:  It’s happened to me before, I’ll smell my grandmother’s perfume, or her favorite flower (roses).  You might smell cigars or cigarette smoke in a house where no one smokes.  You might smell a loved one’s favorite food.  Anytime you pick up a scent that is not explainable on a physical level, you might want to consider that it’s coming from another source.  I’ve heard about (but never experienced personally) the unpleasant and obnoxious odors of malevolent spirits.  This is just something to keep in mind.  Most of the time it’s all good, but once in a while you might run into something unusual.  The sense of smell is just another one of our six senses, just another way we learn and experience and process information about the world around us.

2)  Noises:  Here we go again, another one of our six senses.  Several times over the past few decades, since my grandmother’s death, I have heard her call my name.  Often this has happened in the dead of night and woken me out of a deep sleep, but there have been occasions where this has happened during the day, when I’m wide awake to begin with, and usually when I am alone.  It’s cool, nothing scary.  She’s just touching base, letting me know that she’s still near, that there is still some sort of connection.  (Death isn’t the end, it’s just a different plane of existence.) Besides hearing voices, there are other odd sounds– knocking, scraping, footsteps, growling (not usually a good thing), hammering, human sounds (like hand clapping , finger snapping, muttering)…and always, you will have no logical explanation for these sounds.

3)  Temperature Changes:  We’re talking big in-your-face changes that are unexplainable through normal physics.  This means the furnace man won’t be able to explain to you a 40 degree drop in 5 seconds.  If you ask him to explain this he’s just going to stand there scratching his head; and if he’s a really savvy furnace man (who knows about ghosts and all that paranormal stuff), he’s liable to be throwing tools in his bag and scurrying from your house so fast all you see is the back of his head.  I guess there are more subtle temperature changes you can experience, but people are more liable to explain them away– a sudden cold breeze that wafts through a room, gently lifting the pages of a newspaper; a momentary “chill” that gives you a shudder.  Besides unusual temperature changes, you might experience drafts– the kind of draft that flickers and toys with candle flames, the kind of draft that can’t possibly come from anything of this world because there is no place for the draft to originate from.

4) Electronic/Electrical Malfunctions:  We’ve often heard that the spirit world has the ability to collect energy from our electrical gadgets and use this energy to manifest all kinds of paranormal phenomena.  I don’t know if any of this can ever really be scientifically proven, but it seems that a lot of these occurrences (odd things happening with your electrical gadgets, lamps, lights, computers, etc.) almost always seem to precipitate a mad rush of paranormal activity.  Do you have appliances, lights, a television, computer, or other gadget that turns itself off and on? …that turns itself off and on regularly?

7)  Moving Objects:  This is pretty extreme and the fodder for many movies and television shows.  But it does happen, and the most basic kind of activity that I’ve personally witnessed (with moving objects) involved a series of cupboard doors that would be closed one minute and all open the next; drawers or doors, same thing.  I’ve yet to see anything as dramatic or theatrical as portrayed in the movies.  Remember, for a spirit to move a physical object, an object of atoms and matter, it would take an incredible amount of energy.

6)  The Goosebump Factor:  Some people are more sensitive to the paranormal and its energy than others.  There are a lot of people (a lot!) who can actually “feel” the presence of spirits, even if they are not sensitive enough to communicate with them (as a medium or psychic), they still know dang well that there is something there, and they can often pick up on positive or negative energy.  Never underestimate The Goosebump Factor.