Since I do not see ghosts, I would be hard pressed to tell that my house is haunted, if it were not for other signs of paranormal activity. Is your house haunted? Here are some signs and evidence that let me know there’s some kind of paranormal activity going on in my house.
1. You hear the radio or television playing in the distance, but every room you go into has no electronic devices turned on. I have had this happen to me dozens of times. Sometimes I hear muted talking. I can’t really make out what is being said. My house is several yards from the ones on either side of me, so I know it’s not my neighbors.
2. Furniture or other items have been moved but not by you or anyone else in the house. A few months ago, I walked into the all-purpose room off the kitchen, and a chair I had not sat in for at least two months, had been pulled out from the table where it had previously been neatly pushed in. It was turned at a neat 90 degree angle from the table, and as if the person sitting there had been looking out the window. I live alone, except for my cats, so there was no one else to move the chair. I have a friend who lives in a house where things have been moved. One story that comes to mind is her infant’s baby booties had been flung a couple of feet apart. When the new mother turned her back for a moment, and looked back, the booties were lying neatly together.
3. Things have been dropped, but not by you or anyone else in the house. My cats do sometimes make things fall from places, but not nearly as much as it happens in this house. Besides, if all 4 cats are in the master bedroom with me when this happens, who is dropping stuff? One night, not long ago, all the cats were with me, when I heard something drop to the floor in the kitchen. I went to investigate. Like many people, I keep boxes of crackers and cereal on top of the refrigerator, neatly lined up at the edge. A box of cereal had been knocked to the floor. I do not live in an earthquake area, so it must have been done some other way.
4. You hear footsteps in another room, but you live in a single family dwelling, and you are alone. I lived in a place once where I constantly heard footsteps approaching my room, then stop, but sometimes they turned the doorknob. I could hear it and see it. My friends Mike and Rose Gray, who own Gray’s Furniture in Mt. Pleasant, have heard people walking on the second floor of their store, but when they go to offer assistance, no one is there.
5. Other people tell you that your place is haunted. Two of the places I have lived in, in this town, have had people I know who lived in them after me. They have told me those places were haunted. One of them gave me a picture they had taken of a glowing orb passing across the living room. Not only did the orb, invisible to the eye, get captured on the film, but also the trail it made as it crossed the room is visible.
6. Other people see spirits following you. I have been told this about myself by a man who was a psychic reader. He says I have 6 spirits attached to me, not the house, but to me personally. He says they are not bad spirits. I cannot see them, and they don’t bother me – not much anyway – so I am not upset by this. Whoever they are, they have not hurt me in any way.
7. Your animals or kids freak out from things they can see but you can’t. One of my cats frequently does the cat version of flying, by running frantically into my master bedroom, an addition built about 7 years ago. All the other cats are already with me, sleeping in various places in the room when this happens. His eyes are so open that I can see his whites around the color of his eyes. He runs under the bed, only to stand up on his back legs, and look over the bed in the direction from which he came. Whatever it is out there never comes into this new room. Some times when Carter the cat does this, he gets up on the highest chest of drawers in the room, staring toward the open door, as if he is waiting for something to happen. I wonder sometimes if it is the spirit of one of my many old departed cats, now buried in the garden.
8. Cold spots for no logical reason, and doors open and close. I lived in an old house on the edge of campus as an undergraduate. The only heat source was a gas heater in the living room of this house, but oddly enough, there was a constant draft in any season in one spot of that room, even when the heat was on in there. One roommate I had when I lived there moved out because she said that something she could not see had thrown things at her in the kitchen and opened and shut doors in there. I only wish I had been there to see it.
9. You can smell things that are not there. Sometimes I catch the whiff of cigar smoke in the house – a scent I hate. Other times, it’s the smell of roses. I think the latter is my grandmother’s spirit. I have no rose bushes in my yard and neither do any of my neighbors. It is a comforting, not scary, thing. My grandmother was an avid gardener, addicted to it, some might say. Whenever I work in my garden, I feel her presence and guidance there.
“I’m not crazy; my mother had me tested,” says Jim Parson’s character Sheldon. I admit to being eccentric, but not crazy. My recommendation is not to move, but to make peace with whatever is there. They were probably dwelling there first. Never get them stirred up by having a séance. You don’t know what might happen, if you do. The earth is probably filled with paranormal activity. It is an old globe, with a long history. Some of it might touch you in some way. Be kind. An undertaker in my home town was rumored to go to the cemetery in our rural town once a week to read the local paper to his parents buried there. That’s kindness. Never give in to fear, no matter what happens. If they are spirits wandering the earth, they were once people, like you.