I am contacted a lot concerning haunts and paranormal activity. When I am contacted people want one of two things. Number one being, someone to listen to them, or in my case, someone to read all about their paranormal problems. Number two is that they want someone to come to their property so others can witness what they are experiencing or make them feel “not so crazy” about of course, a crazy situation. As an investigator, I take the time to read/listen as much as possible. At this point in my life, I am able to decipher if someone just wants attention or if there is truly something going on. No matter what people tell me, they are telling me a ghost story and I love every moment of it, no matter out outlandish it may be.
The good old fashioned ghost story is underrated these days. The beauty of story telling and people being able to tell a story for the sake of the story is a forgotten art. I always smile when people start to share their tales with the sentence “You are going to think I’m crazy” or the ever so classic “You are not going to believe this”. I smile because those typically are the start of a great story. People that deny their supernatural events, in my opinion and experience are those that potentially have had something unexplainable take place. When the human mind starts to doubt the event, it’s a sure sign that something unexplainable probably took place.
There are many types of ghost stories, but as most of you will and can agree (once you think about it) that people do not forget the magic of a ghost story. Ghosts stories turned into movies that we will never forget because we have had the visual stimulation to encourage the thrill of the tale. Can you remember a part of a movie or film that continues to haunt you, even if it was from your childhood?
This particular 1984 TV show had a moment that has haunted me for a long time. Showing my age, this one scene has made me afraid of small closets, even to this day. ha! What is in the closet? Not a ghost, but this is a great example of the visual influence of ghosts and pretty much anything paranormal. As an adult, I have met other adults that recall this exact TV moment and they too have a fear of little closets. Yes, it’s funny and I’m a goofball for even posting this, but I have a feeling that some people can relate to this episode. For I am not alone….
People remember ghost stories, mainly because they make us question our faith, beliefs and skeptical outlooks which in turn is our overall sense of intelligence! How dare they make me question myself! Without the visual stimulation of film, I ask that you reach way back, even to your childhood to recall a good ghost story. Did you ever attempt to venture into the abandoned house at the end of your neighborhood, challenge your friends to go peek inside and you recall them running away in terror? I do. I have many stories like that from my childhood. I recall those moments vividly as the fear became a part of me in that exact instant. I will never forget the fear, the furious bike ride home and the laughter from my friends as we recapped the scary moment. A few days later, we returned and did the same thing, just a different kid of course. The power of a ghost story is just as haunting as what took place. How you tell it can make or break you on your sanity meter.
My first recollection of a ghostly moment was when I was a very small child. I was with my family, my mom was even there. We all witnessed it and we all ran out screaming. I will post the tale of Ol’Doc Littles Pond this week. Until then, I ask that you reach back, as far back as you can in your mind and share your very first and perhaps only ghostly encounter. If you don’t have one, I invite you to share a tale that was perhaps told to you or you have seen somewhere that has embedded itself into your subconscious mind for the rest of your life.
Never underestimate the power of a ghost story. No matter if it’s true or not, most people have one. I would like to read yours.