How to Spot Real Paranormal Activity in a House


Common Paranormal Activity

Richard Harris Barham
"Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoken to."

How do you know if the ‘footsteps’ you hear overhead are those of a ghost or just floorboards settling? When the lights dim and go out - is it a ghost that's causing it or just a faulty light bulb? It’s very easy to be duped by natural events in a house we think might be haunted. Weird sounds, odd smells, creepy shadows and eerie lights can all have logical explanations. When you can rule out common causes for peculiar effects, it is easier to spot real paranormal activity. The most common events are listed below but there are many others. A haunted location may have one or more of the incidents given, but it is rare for a location to have every kind of phenomena present at the same time.

  • Unexplained Noises
  • Objects/furniture misplaced and/or moving
  • Electrical Disturbances
  • Shadows/Mists
  • Animal behaviour
  • Feelings/Sensations – smells, being watched, cold and hot spots, being touched
  • Seeing and hearing

Let's take a look at some of these anomalies and get a better idea of what to look for.


Real paranormal phenomena can take many forms


Understanding Paranormal Activity

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"From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!"

Unexplained Noises

These can vary considerably in a haunted location but the most usual are footsteps, scratching, banging, thuds and knocking. Other sounds often reported are described as deep scraping noise as if heavy furniture was being moved around. Smashes and cracks have also been reported. However, when investigations take place the witnesses frequently report that nothing is out of place in the rooms the noises were heard in.

Objects Moving or Disappearing

Doors opening and closing on their own are common and normally these incidents are not seen by the witnesses - but on occasion are heard. Observors report leaving a room knowing they had securely closed either a cupboard or room door and on returning find it wide open. Chairs are another common object that move mysteriously. Eyewitnesses report chairs being moved anything from a few inches to the other end of a room. Other objects not only move but disappear altogether, only to turn up in either an impossible place - such as car keys in the shower - or in places where the visitors know they have already searched.

Electrical Disturbances

A very well known phenomena is that of lights dimming on their own and even switching on and off. Movie makers have made a horror film very atmospheric by the use of this creepy phenomena. However, it's no fun for the people whose home is subjected to this activity and it's not only lights that are affected. Televisions, telephones and computers all have reports of weird things happening including unknown faces appearing on the tv or computer screens.

Feelings & Sensations

There is a huge amount of recorded evidence from witnesses who testify to all manner of feelings and sensations in haunted locations. These can range from the feeling of being touched, poked, pushed, having their hand held, nips and slaps. In haunted locations it's also common for people to report odd smells that are not associated with any activity in the household - cooking smells, perfume and flowers are three of the most common. Foul odours are claimed by many to be a sign of a dark or evil spirit haunting. But before you run screaming from your house - I would check your plumbing, rubbish bins and so on for natural causes. Another phenomena that is very common is cold spots. People describe these 'cold spots' like walking into a freezer. Frequently the cold spots are described as icy breezes that have passed right through the person. Hot spots are also known to occur in active paranormal areas - again natural sources such as pipes behind a wall need to be ruled out if you have discovered a hot spot.

Animal Behaviour

Animal behaviour - especially dogs and cats - can be an excellent indicator of paranormal activity. Pet owners in haunted locations often relate how their pets seem to be watching and following the movement of something that is not there. Pets will often react to certain areas of the house for no reason. This can either be with pleasure - as if they can see someone they know. On other occasions, pets have become aggressive and/or fearful of for example a particular room as if they are sensing an intruder and danger. The natural causes for unusual pet behaviour are numerous. Poor health is one, but you should also consider whether the pet's nervous behaviour is happening because of the anxiety of their owners. Pets are not only sensitive on a psychic level but are super sensitive to the feelings and moods of their owners.

Visual Signs & Hearing Voices

Real apparitions are rare. However, what is more commonly reported and are strange shadows, mists and lights. Shadow people as these strange manifestations are now called can in fact take many different forms - human and animal are the most common, but people have also reported other shadow shapes that have no definite outline. Mists are also very common. often appearing in areas of the house where mists shouldn't occur naturally - such as bedrooms, living areas and so on. If mists are only seen in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry areas then this is natural and not supernatural phenomena.

Hearing voices and whispering is another very common manifestation, as is hearing music, bells and all manner of other noises. Frequently investigators can capture these voices/sounds on camcorders. There are other voices and noises not heard by the ear that are picked up on gadgets such as tape recorders. These are known as EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomena). As with all other phenomena, natural causes such as radios, TV's, computers, neighbours and passers-by need to be ruled out before classing any event as paranormal.


Real Paranormal events can be captured using a fairly good camera


The first and most important rule when investigating alleged paranormal activity is to rule out natural causes first. For example, if you have unexplained noises and cold spots in your house does this mean it’s haunted? Perhaps, but it is more likely that you have creaky floorboards, bad plumbing and drafts coming in from a window, door or attic.This is the mode of thinking you need to keep – open minded but levelheaded – whether it’s your own home you’re investigating or somewhere else.

The following is some of the basic but important tasks to carry out when investigating alleged paranormal activity:

  • Interview witnesses and find out what they have experienced and when, also find out if anyone else was present to verifty activity. If the activity is in your own home, then carry out the same routine among the family.
  • Take notes and form them into a journal, (or on your computer) – state the day, date and time activity is said to have occurred and then note down the experience. If you can, then research the history of the local area. In areas where true hauntings happen, the history of the house and surrounding environment often give clues as to why the place has ghostly events happening. A notebook or journal is also crucial for documenting paranormal activity that cannot be caught with electronic equipment – such as strange smells, feelings of being touched and so on.
  • Check the house for cold spots and hot spots. Although cold spots are by far the most common sign of paranormal activity, investigators have also found curious hot spots in haunted locations. You will of course need to rule out any possibility of draft from windows, doors and the roof before deciding you have an unexplained cold spot. With hot spots find out if the area has hidden pipes or any other means of transmitting heat.
  • If there is a history of moving objects – such as doors opening and closing on their own, water taps turning on and off and so on, then set up a camcorder in the areas most affected. If you can't get access to a recorder you might have to arrange for vigils to take place in order to observe the activity as it happens.
  • A common phenomena with hauntings is electrical disturbances such as lights and televisions going on and off with no apparent cause. Computers are also known to be affected. One manifestation that may occur in some haunted locations are the appearance of unknown faces on the TVs, computer screens and cameras. A camera can sometimes capture these, but often the results are not that good.
  • If witnesses have reported visual activity such as strange shadows, lights (known as orbs) mists, apparitions or any other strange visual anomaly, then try to capture these with a camcorder/camera. As with other phenomena you have to rule out natural explanations such as reflections on glass, natural shadows and so on. One of the most mistaken ‘ghostly’ phenomena is orbs. Often people believe they are the energy of spirits, when in fact further investigation points to the lights being nothing more than insects or dust. Spirit lights and orbs have been captured on film - the best evidence are photographs and videos that have been scrutinised by experts who ruled out natural explanations.
  • Other phenomena that can be fairly easy to catch at times are spirit voices. These are technically known as EVP’s or Electronic Voice Phenomena. You don’t need sophisticated equipment. A simple and inexpensive hand held tape recorder will do. If you are using video then voices are often caught with this method anyway, so you would not need a tape recorder. The problem with EVP's is that they can be very difficult to understand even with sophisticated equipment and again you have to rule out common causes of voices such as TV's and radios. However, many people seem to have captured very good, clear evidence of voices that can't be explained by normal events.


Real paranormal phenomena can seem surreal


What to Do if You Think You Have Paranormal Activity

What do you do if you find there is activity that you can't explain naturally?

Well for those of you who are frightened of the paranormal - don't panic! Despite what you see in movies and on 'real life' TV, people being harmed by spirits is not that common. If you feel you can't live with the phenomena in your home then one way to get rid of spirits is to tell them to leave! Seriously! This does work for many people.

If you feel that you need more support then there are a number of options open to you. Firstly you could contact a local investigation group. Most groups do not charge any fees for investigating but some might or they may ask for a donation to their group. Check out these details before you ask anyone to call.

There are also numerous web sites, some with forums and live chats, that can give immediate support. Most of these web sites also give direct links to groups that can help you.

I hope at least some of the information in this article has been of help to you with your possible ghostly problem. But remember, If you do have a genuine haunting, any spirits lingering about may be just as scared of you as you are of them!

© 2012 Helen Murphy Howell

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cryptid 4 years ago from Earth

Interesting Hub. It's easy for people to jump to conclusions when something weird happens and often they go right to blaming something paranormal. Often it's an explainable occurrence. But, then again, sometimes it's not!

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Fabulous Helen! ALWAYS so much to learn from your incredible writing...I always enjoy your subject matter...and Always end my reading experiencing with a big "Phew!!" Amazing peek into history, a "primer" for those of us on the look out for "signs," and phenomena which might indicate paranormal activity/ghostly presence(s), fantastic illustrations, and so so much more. I feel as if I have attended a seminar dedicated to the extreme and indepth study of the subject matter at hand. Your writing is truly entertaining, thought provoking and educational. Another fabulous one from you, Seeker...the name is right, ARE a seeker. UP Useful Interesting, Awesome and Beautiful in the entirety of your study on this extremely compelling topic...and Liked / shared on FB. Thank you ... kathy

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I'll leaving all the ghost hunting to you. Otherwise I might have accident and be embarrassed. Voted up and somewhat interesting, Joyce.

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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Great ideas, Thanks for sharing.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I dunno Seeker.. Im such a disbeliever.. it'll be cool to witness something like this..but paranormal activity will always be fiction.. but I do admit these types of hubs I enjoy reading voted up

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

There's lots of useful and interesting information in this hub, Seeker7, and some good advice too! Thank you for sharing.

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khemso 4 years ago from Egypt

i downloaded paranormal activity ( and it scared the shit out of me!! loved it though!

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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Good advice. Of course doors that open themselves may just be badly hung.

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kissayer 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Excellent hub! My sister is intrigued by all things paranormal and spends hours watching shows on TV about it - so I had to send her a link! It's very informative and an interesting read!

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Thanks for an informative and fascinating hub. I'm quite close to the beyond world. I can say that hearing voices is quite amusing especially when you look about you and say to another person what do you mean? They look at you and say I didn't say anything. But someone did. I usually try to figure out what they may have wanted and sometimes I've been lucky to figure it out. At times it's been a warning and at times I've been able to find what I couldn't before. Another indication of presence that I've had is seeing a wisp of black smoke. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Very interesting hub. I have experienced paranormal activity and so I know it can be real. I think you did an excellent job explaining how to check for things that are normal, so you can really get a fair assessment of the situation. Good work, Seeker7!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi cryptid, many thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I agree with you absolutely about people jumping to conclusions about the paranormal - I think some of it has to do with not realising how odd and at times down right weird the physical world can be. As well as that though, when you do have genuine paranormal activity and there is a lot of fear then, and understandably, everything in the house becomes 'paranormal'. A door that has creaked for twenty years before hand suddenly becomes sinister when it now creaks, before hand it was accepted as just a creaking door. So when folks go to investigate they have all this additional stuff to wade through before getting to the genuine manifestations.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi my good friend Kathy - I hope things are well with you and your adorable kitty family?

Once again Kathy thank you so much for your inspiring comments - it really is guys like you who not only make the writing of paranormal activity so worthwhile but you make the journey into the unknown a companionable and fascinating road!

Thank you kathy and bright blessings to you and yours!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Many thanks for stopping by writer20 - I have to say there have been a few incidents where I have just about 'embarrassed' myself - my luck has held out so far! LOL!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

myownlife - many thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment, much appreciated!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Many thanks for stopping by AliciaC and for leaving such a great comment - thank you!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi khemso! LOL! There's not much in the way of real-life paranormal stuff that I'm scared of - but the movie 'Paranormal Activity' scared the sh--- out of me as well - I'm glad that I'm in great company!!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

HI AlexK2009 - many thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. You're right about doors, most of the possible paranormal activity involving doors has been found to be a fault such as being badly hung, rotten hinges and so on. That's why it's essential to check all natural explanations first. Many thanks again for stopping by.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

hi kissayer - many thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment - much appreciated. I think your sister and I would get on very well! LOL! I also find the paranormal a fascinating subject.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Gypsy! - As always it's a pleasure to hear your wise words! That's interesting about the voices that you hear. My Dad's aunt was very psychic and she would tell the family what her 'guide' had just told her - very often about things that had happened but no one else knew about and to give warnings of danger. To my Dad's knowledge she was never wrong about events that hadn't happened.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi catgypsy, always a pleasure to hear from you. I agree with you about how real paranormal experiences can be. Trying to relate that over to people who haven't experienced it is very difficult, often because it sounds so hammy and nuts when tellingn people. However, the reality is anything but hammy!! Many thanks for your lovely comment - much appreciated!

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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Creaking doors: oil the hinges. If they still creak, start worrying..... :)

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi AlexK2000 - LOL!! I agree about the creaks that continue after oiling - in my case though it's just my joints and bones!!!

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

One day when we find out the real explanation for these types of phenomenon we will either say "I told you so!" or "Aha!" I often get hints of a presence of some kind by a particular smell associated with a departed family member, like a cigarette being lit (My Dad) or a fragrance that I recognize as belonging to someone I was thinking of at that particular moment. And my dogs also notice a presence and act strangely, staring and barking at something unseen by human eyes.

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting Seeker7. This is a great beginners guide to the paranormal. I sincerely love all your paranormal articles and I am a big fan:) Very truthful article. I know everyone has their own opinion, but I have always believed. If they went through and saw what I did, it would make a believer out of anyone:) LOL Sound advice though Seeker7. Many people believe that all ghost are evil, but that is not the case. It shows that there is something after death, which is encouraging for anyone's faith. This shows that we can study the paranormal, even without all the major technology advancements. Another great article. Hope all is well my friend:)

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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Just the other day my dog, Sookie was barking at a particular spot of our living room for no reason at all for about 5-10 minutes! I couldn't figure out what she was looking at that was so interesting- but then again, she also barks out the window when there is nothing there that we can see so I'm guessing she just hears something (such as an insect or other small animal) that we aren't able to.

Either way, I found this hub very interesting as I am intrigued by anything to to do with the paranormal- particularly ghosts, spirits, whatever you wish to call it. Voted up!

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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

Helen - I don't know much about paranormal activity though I read a lot of paranormal novels - for some reason they fascinate me. Great layout though and fantastic images! Super informative and well done all the way through. My hat's off to you on a subject I know absolutely nothing about but reading your article, I could definitely learn a tremendous amount. You "attacked" it like a professional on the subject, which is the goal, eh?

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Peg, many thanks for stopping by and that is really interesting about the smells you get when you feel a sense of presence. I don't know how true it is, but in some schools of thought, for most spirits, physical manifestation is just too much but they are more successful at reproducing other things such as - light, noise and smells. As to your lovely pets, well I've always maintained that if you're in doubt about what is happening - see what the dogs and cats think about it. You probably have your answer already from them. LOL! Many thanks again for your fascinating comment.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi LW - as always it's such a pleasure to hear from you and to get your wise take on things. Some of my articles over the next few months will be a different from usual as I'm now doing the HP Apprentice course - but you can imagine my reliefe when a couple of the titles given to me were about the paranormal. It was great to start off in familiar ground!! LOL!

Personally I am a firm believer in life after death - I don't have any doubts about that whatsoever. And it's similar to yourself, if folks who are sceptical went through some of the phenomena we have, then for definite they would not be sceptical.

I'm glad you felt that the article would be good for beginners as that's really my target. It's for folks who think they may have paranormal activity in their own home or perhaps a friend's but are not sure. It would also be useful information to hand over to an investigation team if one was called in.

Many thanks again for your lovely comment - it's always a pleasure to hear from you and keep up those wonderful articles of yours - they're awesome!!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hello jenzie, many thanks for stopping by and thank you for the very interesting comment about your dog. I agree that it could be natural things that your pet is responding to and their hearing is awesome! It would be interesting to find out if it's the same time of day the dog barks and at the same spot or if there are other areas that she/finds interesting. Also do you have any feelings or sensations at the same time?

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi akirchner - many thanks for stopping by and thank you for such a lovely comment. When I first got my titles from Maddie - and as I was saying to LyricWriter - it was a relief to get a couple that had paranormal themes as I felt I was on familiar territory and could kick off with at least one of them. So I'm really glad that because you don't know an awful lot that you found it informative as it's really written for folks who are not sure if they have spooks or not.

Many thanks again - your kind words are greatly appreciated!!

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

I wrote a similar hub on how to find out if your house is haunted awhile back, as I've experienced a bit from each of the 5 senses with hauntings. In the house that I live in now, it is a comfortable home but there has been a good amount of electrical disturbances. It's kind of ironic because every time I talk about "the man" (which is what I named our ghost that visits from time to time) the lights will flicker or go out completely in whatever room I am in at the time! And each time I let out a Yelp! LOL. Recently I've had run-ins with faeries in my yard though...which aren't frightening experiences at all but quite fascinating! Thanks for writing this hub...awesome!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Kitty - as always lovely to hear from you. If the truth be known, I'm actually doing the HP Apprenticeship course and this title was chosen for me by Maddie, I hadn't actually thought about doing a hub along these lines, but it was really enjoyable! The other titles, apart from one, are not on the paranormal at all but it will be good for a change to write about different things.

Now that is really interesting about 'the man' and when talking about him things happen. There is a belief especially among psychics/mediums that to talk about spirits and so on does actually attract their attention. I wonder if, when they come into our thoughts, which are energy, does this open up a possible channel of sorts? A very interesting concept and I would imagine that the spirits only come through if they want to.

Wow! The run-in with the little people does sound fascinating - have your written a hub yet about this?

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Helena Ricketts 4 years ago from Indiana

This is a really interesting hub. I wish more people would look for a logical explanation instead of always jumping to the conclusion that everything is paranormal. There's some pretty convincing evidence out there that ghosts are real but then again, there's also explanations for a lot of it too. I really do like this hub!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Helena, many thanks for stopping by.

I couldn't agree with you more about people jumping to conclusions and I think that this is one of the reasons that the subject isn't taken that seriously by many mainstream scientists who are convinced it's all hysteria etc. Some of the evidence I've seen has been awesome and one or two of my own experiences over the years has convinced me without doubt of the reality of the paranormal - but as yet this doesn't give proof to anyone. Maybe one day!

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You did an excellent job here helen. Ruling out any other reasons makes perfect sense rather than just believing you have a ghost in your house. There is often an easy explanation and you have covered them all well.

I was thinking of you about a month ago when my bedside light suddenly switched on by itself. (one of those touch lamps) my partner thought I must have knocked it. The following night the lamp switched on as he came into the bedroom. The third night we were both in bed when it switched on. Now our first thoughts were 'vibrations' but we have regular quakes which do not have any effect, plus it only happened the 3 nights in a row, never before and never since. My thoughts are that someone was trying to get in touch with me. It was about a week later that my nephew died in a car accident.

I haven't been around much on HP since and so apologise for not visiting for a while. I have missed reading your fascinating hubs. You always do such an awesome job. You have my votes every time.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Rosemay, Glad that you enjoyed the hub and no need to apologise at all - I'm the same, I've been really busy with so many things, including starting the Hub Pages Apprenticeship, that I've not been around as much either.

I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your nephew - my condolences.

That is very interesting about the touch lamp and as you say, vibrations would have seemed a likely cause but the three in a row is very strange - particularly as you say it hasn't happened before or since - and I've never known touch lamps to be overly sensitive to getting a shake. I saw one getting pushed even and it didn't affect it. And as you then say you heard about your nephew? There could be a logical explanation and coincidence of course, but I think 'coincidence' just doesn't seem likely somehow. It's very possible that someone may well have been trying to get your attention.

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

That was my thought too, if it had been vibration you would expect it would switch on every time we had a quake.

Thank you for your thoughts

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

No problem Rosemay it's always great to have a chat!

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JamaGenee 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Over several decades, I have experienced practically every example of the paranormal you list in this hub. I also pride myself on having "spirit radar" and being in haunted places - even living in many for long periods - normally doesn't bother me.

That changed recently when the deceased former resident of a blind friend's apartment extracted my travel alarm clock from the inside pocket of a zipped bag while I was in the kitchen sipping my morning coffee. It "magically" re-appeared hours later in a part of a bedroom neither of us had been in.

This same entity was in the habit of opening a certain cabinet door in the middle of the night that my short friend couldn't have reached without a stepladder. Nor would she have even tried, being blind!

Turning on the kitchen faucet in the wee hours was another favorite activity of "Mizz Fisher", one which I heard while lying wide awake after hearing the cabinet door squeak open. The entire time I was having the begeezus scared out of me by Mizz Fisher's antics in the kitchen, my friend was snoring away across the hall.

As I said, haunted residences usually don't bother me, but this one did, simply because from the time I arrived until my clock went missing, I'd had NO sense whatsoever that there was anyone in that apartment besides myself and my friend.

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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi JamaGenee, well that was quite an experience - I wonder if the spirit was trying to get attention or just playing silly beggars? It also sounds like 'Mizz Fisher' is in many ways acting the same as is if she still lived in the apartment, but then it doesn't explain why she would pinch your travel clock - sounds mischievous and/or attention seeking for some reason or other.

I've only had one similar experience and that was when I was living in a nurses home/flats next to the hospital where I was training. Not every night, but once in a while I would hear the rustling of clothes, knockings, sounds like objects moving and I knew someone was there. One particular night I was so tired and the noises were keeping me awake, so I basically shouted out that whoever was there could they please keep the dam noise down! Well, it worked! I knew on occasion that the spirit was around - I don't know who it was - but they never made any noise. If similar happens to you again, basically tell them to make less noise or leave the area as you're trying to sleep.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Really interesting hub! I truly believe there are forces at play that we do not fully understand (and that they're a natural part of our mortal world - sort of touchstones from the next world).

A funny story - not long ago, I had a persistent, perfume-like odor in the downstairs part of my house. I don't wear perfume, so it bothered me. Even when I was alone, I would smell it. Then I discovered a bottle of Spray & Wash (which is scented) had tipped over in the laundry room nearby. Mystery solved!

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JamaGenee 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

The experience rattled me so much that I totally forgot to use a version of your advice that I normally use to order an unfriendly entity to "Go away"! Miz Fisher was an old lady who'd been the occupant of that flat for 17 years before her the very bedroom I slept in, no less, but I didn't find that out until a week or so after I'd returned home. (Had I known, I would've gone to a motel the second night!)

Actually, my friend and I think she was attracted to the clock because it was a "bright, shiny object". Plain black when I bought it, but before leaving for a trip to England in 2003, I'd applied a silver decal overlaid with a multi-colored dragon. Over the years, most of the dragon's colors have worn off, leaving only the shiny part. The first night I'd had it on the bedside table so that I'd be sure to get up super-early to drive my friend to church. It's my habit when traveling to close the clock's cover and put it a certain pocket of my vanity case as soon as I get up so that I don't leave it behind, which I did that morning. After drinking a cup of coffee, I went back to the bedroom to dress, but since I don't wear a watch, I eventually went to the bag to look at the clock to check the time. That's when I discovered it was gone. After church, I dumped the contents of all my luggage on the bed, checked the floor around where it had been, under the bed, etc. It was still nowhere to be found. My friend and I went to lunch, then made a few more stops on the way home, meaning we were away from the apartment for several hours. On our return, I noticed something shiny in a part of the room neither of us had been in, and there it was...on her StairStepper, postioned perfectly perpendicular to the edge of the tread, meaning it didn't fall there. It was obviously placed there, and not by either of us!

I had to laugh at you yelling at the ghost to "keep the dam noise down"! I've done something similar many times, and one doesn't even have to say it out loud, just think it. But it still bothers me that it never occurred to me to (mentally) shout at Miz Fisher. Instead I acted like a complete newbie! (i.e...ewwwww!...I'm scared!) So totally NOT me in a haunted place! ;D

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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Marcy Goodfleisch, many thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a great comment! I loved your story about the scent! It's really disappointing at times when the mystery does get solved with everyday things, but then it only makes the real stuff so much more interesting!

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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi JamaGenee,

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AlexK2009 3 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Talking of scents when I was still living at home the house had mystery smells. My mother used to smell cugar smoke, though no one smoked, and when woodworm made us rip up the floorboards in one room the house was full of the smell of paraffin, but it had been ten years since we had had a paraffin heater in the house.

The vibrating beds and phantom cat were also a dead giveaway that something was happening. Then one day the toilet flushed itself. It was an old style one with a chain.

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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Alex,

Another interesting comment. I think with the paraffin, that maybe had seeped into the floorboards? It's amazing what wood can soak up and retain. However, the vibrating beds and the phantom cat, and the smell that your Mum used to detect is another matter. These are classic signs of an intelligent haunting and perhaps even the cat was 'spirit' rather than just residual energy. Toilets always fascinate me - in the paranormal sense - there are thousands of reports of toilets being flushed on their own and in addition, there are so many haunted pubs and other buildings that have public loos that seem to have paranormal activity - I honestly wonder what the attraction is?

Many thanks for this fascinating information.

MacyPalma 3 years ago

I have been experiencing a lot of paranormal activity. The only thing that I have experienced that you have mentioned in your article, is the floating orbs.

Earlier today, I was walking up my staircase, I always get that feeling that someone is watching me. So, I was walking up my staircase and i happened to be listening to music on my phone with my ear buds. When I got to the top of the stairs my music volume blasted all the way up, I tried to turn my music down, the volume wouldn't change. I tried to pull my ear buds out of my ears, for some reason they wouldn't come out. Eventually I just through my phone. When I did that they came out. Then, I realized I had quite a large cut on my neck, and there is nothing i could have cut myself on... Is there any tips you can give me?

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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi MacyPalma, firstly please accept my apologies for taking so long to respond, I've been without an internet connection for about two days!

Basically the first step here is to find out if it is indeed paranormal activity that you have. You need to make a detailed account of all incidents that have happened to you - seeing orbs, being watched and the bizarre episode when going up the stairs. This not only gives a written record of your experiences, but helps you to organise your thoughts and clarify any patterns that may show. For example:

1. are you alone in the house when these incidents happen?

2. has anyone else experienced anything?

3. have you started decorating or renovating the house - this often triggers paranormal activity

4. how long have you had these experiences?

5. is this the only house/location where you have had these experiences?

6. How is your physical health? Mental health? Is it better or worse when you are at home?

Once you have a clear picture of what is happening this does help you to handle the situation much better. In addition, rule out all possible physical causes of the phenomena? For example, have you had problems with your earphones before? Is it possibly that when being stressed, you had the feeling that the headphones were stuck? Is your phone volume easy to turn up or down? I'm not saying for a minute this is the cause of what happened, but you do need to rule out any physical causes. In addition, do you have problems with electrics? I say this because high levels of electromagnetism given off by some items can create the feeling of being watched, as well as having headaches, fatigue and so on. Again, I'm not saying this is the reason for your experience. If you don't feel there is a problem with the electrics then note that down and move onto the next step.

The next step then is a choice for you and will largely depend on the spiritual beliefs you have, if any. If you are Christian for example, then find a vicar or priest who will do a home blessing. You can also do a cleansing yourself and there's tons of websites that offer good advice on this. When you do your search, use key words such as 'cleansing ritual to get rid of negative spirits' you can also look up personal protection rituals that will give you personal protection as well as boosting your aura. Choose the ones that you feel the most comfortable with. If you do have spiritual beliefs then you can read some protection prayers etc.

If you feel that you need more than this, then do a search online for paranormal investigators near to you. They can usually tell within a short space of time whether or not you do have paranormal activity or if its natural causes. However, with most paranormal research groups, they don't have a service for cleansing the house. But check with them first. Also, most don't charge a fee for doing an investigation. If you do want to go down this road, then your notes/journal that you have made up earlier will be really handy. Also if you can take photographs if you see orbs and also just take photographs when you have the sensation of 'being watched' even if no orbs are present, sometimes it can be amazing what shows up.

In the meantime one of the simplest things you can do is to basically tell this spirit to 'get out of your home' make it clear and be very firm, shout it out if you like. You'd be surprised at how often this has worked for people. In addition, if you do feel nervous or any fear, try and keep this to a minimum as the main theory around at present is that negative energy can 'feed' off negative emotions such as anger, fear and so on.

I hope this has helped you a little and I also hope that things will work out for you. Blessings!!

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