It’s that time of year to share ghost stories, this is the tale of my first encounter with a ghostly entity. (Feel free to share your stories in the comments, or if you prefer leave a link to a blog post about your ghostly encounter(s).)
My first encounter with a ghost was when I was 13 years old (1968). I was living at a catholic boarding school. A bunch of us were in the recreation room watching tv (not a horror movie). Something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye, and I turned to see the image of a nun (transparent and floating) slowly coming out of the closet (through the door that was closed) and starting to cross the room. As I was staring at it, the rest of the girls started screaming and running downstairs. A few moments later I realized I was alone, and got my wits together and ran downstairs too. Everyone was telling the same details of what they had seen – that out of the closet came a transparant, floating nun, middle age, slowly crossing the room. This type of haunting was most likely the “imprinted energy” kind, a “spirit” that will continue to do the same thing over and over, unaware of the living or the surroundings.
There were other various “sightings” of different odd things from others over the next three years I was at the school, like a ghostly hand coming up from behind a headboard and leaving an imprint on the pillow when it slammed down. However, there was only two other “sighting” that I had first hand experience with.
A small group of us were walking at night down the long, winding road that led down the hill that school was on top of. About half way, we all noticed a man on a horse up in the trees. However, there was no path there, there was no sound, and he and the horse were completely transparent and whitish. We ran really fast back to the dormitories. Afterwards, we did a little investigating about the history of the school and found out that the man who had owned the property (and left it to the church) had kept horses and eventually we did find a run down old stable back in the woods.
The other experience was odd, but not sure I can say it was a “ghost.” It was during another walk down the same hill, only this time it was on the back road. It was a very foggy night, and the mist hung in branches of the trees but the road itself was clear. As we walked, there appeared a patch of fog in the middle of the road. We continued to walk, but the fog seemed to move closer towards us. We stopped, turned and started walking back up the road. The cloud of fog got a bit larger and seemed to sway from side to side along with us as we zig zagged up the road to see what the fog would do. As we walked faster, it seemed to get faster and closer, until we were definitely sure it was thicker and larger then it was when we first saw it and was definitely showing signs of “following” us. We decided running was the best thing to do.
I always wanted to go back to the school and do some real ghost hunting. Next week I’ll share another ghost story that happened in a house I lived in about 30 years ago.
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen or communicated with one or more? Please feel free to share your stories of ghostly encounters in comments, I’d love to hear about them.
Bright blessings, Lady Rose
Update: This I have to get this for my Ipod! Ghost Radar® (by Spud Pickles) is a portable application designed to detect paranormal activity for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPads. There is also Ghost Hunter (EMF, EVP, SCAN) – ‘All in One Ghost Hunter’ detects EMFs, has a scanner, spirit board, and captures EVPs
I enjoy the show Ghost Hunters (TAPS) on the Sy Fy channel, they have a book out about some of their experiences: Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society.