I do. When I was seven years old, I saw two of them. To this day, I can still see them as clearly as I did back then. Some skeptics will more likely say, you have no proof. No, I don't except what is in my memory and what I know I saw.
This is what happened. I was asleep one night and turned over to face the other side of the room. For whatever reason, I woke up and opened my eyes. There in the doorway were two very beautiful ghosts, just standing there. One was a woman and one was a girl. They were both dressed in a white gown with a white cloak over their gowns and a hood over their heads. I couldn't see any facial features, but I saw their long hair hanging down over their shoulders and they were holding hands. They were not ethereal looking or see-through either. They were solid looking and were facing the wall across from them not facing my direction.
When I first saw them, I quickly turned the other way to face the wall. I was scared. Even at seven years old, I wasn't sure I was seeing what I was seeing so I turned back to see if the figures were still in the doorway. They weren't. I turned back to face the wall again and then looked back again. There they were again. I laid their watching to see what they would do. They just stood there holding hands. I looked to see if my foster sisters who are younger than me were still in bed and they were. Why I could see them without lights, I'm not sure. I turned back to face the wall again for a few minutes and then looked again. The ghosts were gone. I tried again and there they were again. I did this a few more times with the same thing happening. The ghosts were there, then they weren't, then they were. After the last time I saw them, I turned back to the wall and went back to sleep. All of this occurred over a period of approximately five minutes.
Some would say what I was seeing has to do with outside lights and such. I lived in an older house in a very affluent suburban neighborhood on a shady street and my bedroom was a finished attic room with wood floors that covered the entire length of the house. My foster sisters and I shared this very large room and I absolutely loved this room. We had no windows for any lights to shine in and we did not use any nightlights nor were there any mirrors in the room or nearby. There were no other rooms on this attic floor and no light from the second floor came into the room. It was always still daylight when we were sent to bed, so we didn't need any light to get up the stairs. As a matter of fact there was no electric in this room. There weren't any lights.
Others would say it was an optical illusion. If these ghosts were an optical illusion, why after moving so many times was I still seeing them? I surely wasn't thinking about ghosts and wasn't prior to going to bed nor did I expect to see any. Ghosts never even entered my mind at that point in my life. Another piece of information that I think is important is the fact that there was no TV in the house and a radio was never on. I'm not even sure if we had a radio.
Here is a pretty convincing slideshow on Optical Illusions and how the mind can affect what we see. In Experiment 6, I saw only one slide out of the 4 with parts that moved and in Experiment 7, the dots did not disappear or the one dot turn green.
In an article "See ghosts? There may be a medical reason" written by nbcnews, they say the following:
Instead, Nickell says “ghosts” are often the result of pranks, environmental phenomenon, or physiological conditions such as sleep paralysis and the hypnogogic and hypnopompic hallucinations that accompany it.
Dr. Priyanka Yadav, a sleep specialist at the Somerset Medical Sleep for Life Center in Hillsborough, N.J., says sleep paralysis occurs when there’s a disconnect between mind and body while people are going in or coming out of REM sleep.
“It seems like you’re paralyzed, which naturally occurs when you’re sleeping,” says Yadav.
“But this somehow happens while you’re awake. It can last from a few seconds to a minute or two and is often associated with hypnagogic hallucinations, things you might see when trying to fall asleep or hypnopompic hallucinations, things you see when you’re trying to wake up.”
Yadav says these “waking dreams” can involve serpents, spiders, intruders, and yes, even ghosts and are often associated with feelings of dread.
“Some people have visions where they feel something is trying to strangle or choke them or they have a sense of impending doom,” she says. “They’ll often see someone coming into their room and they’re not able to move or talk or scream or do anything.”
Nickell says the phenomenon, which has been suffered by humans for centuries, also explains both the demonic visitations people reported during the Middle Ages as well as today’s reports of alien abductions.
“People [who report hauntings] will often tell you that they just went to bed or will say they woke up at 2 in the morning,” he says. “They’ll tell you they couldn’t move. That’s enough to diagnose it right there. It’s extremely common and very, very often the simplest and best explanation for a ghost.”
The only thing I can relate to with this part of the article was the fact that I was asleep at first. I did not experience any sleep paralysis as I was able to move and did move multiple times, both my eyes and my body. At first, I was afraid as I was not expecting to see this, but then this fear turned to curiosity and, then, a feeling of peace. This experience I had was not just over a period of a few minutes, either. As to a heat source, I don't remember what the heat source was. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure what time of the year this occurred and whether a heat source was on.
Further down in this article, it mentions carbon monoxide poisoning as a possible cause for seeing ghosts.
Carbon monoxide poisoning – and the hallucinations that can occur with it – is another possible explanation, although Nickell says he’s never encountered this scenario.
Others have, however. In 1921, the American Journal of Ophthalmology published a case study involving a couple who moved into a house and promptly began to suffer headaches, listlessness and strange auditory and visual hallucinations (footsteps, mysterious figures, strange sensations, etc.). Their symptoms were finally traced to a faulty furnace.
A more recent case in 2005 involved a woman who was found delirious and hyperventilating after seeing a “ghost” while taking a shower; respondents discovered a new gas water heater had been improperly installed, flooding her house with carbon monoxide.
I guess in all honesty this could have been why I saw the ghosts. I don't remember smelling anything, though, and the only way carbon monoxide could have gotten into that room was from traveling up two flights of stairs that were not adjacent to each other with the second set of stairs having a right-angle turn to them. I lived in this house, I believe, for three years and this was the only time I experienced this.
So were the ghosts fact or fantasy? Nobody really knows for sure except those who have experienced it. In my mind and the extraordinary feeling of peace that runs throughout my body whenever I think about this experience, tells me it was for real even with all of the possible explanations given as to why they may, and I repeat, may not be real. It was not a sensational experience like you see when you watch ghost sightings on TV. After the initial shock of seeing the ghosts, I was no longer afraid nor was there ever a feeling of dread or doom or horror.
As always, thank you for reading and please respect everyone's experiences even if you have never experienced seeing ghosts. Be civil and mind the CoH & UA.
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