Do You Believe in the Supernatural?

Moonlit thatchNicola here. Halloween and the long dark nights of winter may seem a more appropriate time to be talking about ghosts and the paranormal, in this part of the world at least, but in other places such a Japan the summer twilight is the time for sitting around a campfire and telling chilling tales. So today, whilst the sun shines and all seems quiet in my ancient village, I’m talking about the paranormal elements in my latest book, The Forgotten Sister, and asking “do you believe in the supernatural?”

The Forgotten Sister is probably my spookiest book yet. At the centre of this paranormal web is Lizzie Kingdom, a young woman who possesses the gift of psychometry, the ability to read objects and connect to their history or to the people who owned them. Lizzie has always kept this ability secret because she grew up as an outsider and didn’t want anything else to mark her out as different. Her gift for reading objects is a deeply personal thing that she uses to connect to the lost maternal side of her family. As she has never truly explored her gift, Lizzie doesn’t realise that it is greater than she imagines. Then she meets Arthur Robsart and is rather intrigued to discover that she can read him too. Arthur, unsurprisingly, finds this an invasion of privacy!

The term “psychometry” was first coined by Joseph Rodes Buchanan in 1842. It chimed with the popularity of other 19th century Watch theories such as mesmerism and spiritualism. Like many such theories it has no evidential proof in science and in the later nineteenth century demonstrations of psychometry became a popular part of stage acts and seances, with participants providing a personal object for a psychic to read. Along with time travel and telepathy it is an appealing concept for an author to explore.

Upper mill stoneThe other connected ability that Lizzie discovers that she possesses is the ability to uncover the memories associated with particular buildings. Back in the 1970s, a BBC TV programme called The Stone Tape drew on this idea for a Christmas ghost story and was wildly popular. Again, stone tape theory has its origins in the 19th century as an idea that ghosts are tape recordings of traumatic events and emotions that have happened in a particular place. These are then “replayed” under certain conditions. The idea is that when we see a ghost it is actually a recording of an event that happened years before. It’s an intriguing thought because it’s easy to imagine that so many things that have happened throughout history must have left an indelible print on time itself.

There are certainly plenty of ghost stories relating to Amy Robsart who is the heroine of the Tudor story in The Forgotten Sister. It’s said that after Amy’s traumatic death her ghost haunted Cumnor Place in Oxfordshire, appearing near the staircase where she fell. She was also said to walk the grounds each Christmas Day. Amy’s is a particularly tenacious ghost because after Cumnor Hall was demolished in 1810 she apparently relocated to her home county of Norfolk where she haunted Syderstone Hall and after that was demolished too, moved across the road to the rectory. The most chilling story however relates to her husband Robert Dudley; it is said that a week before Dudley died, Amy’s ghost appeared to him and predicted he had less than ten days to live.

All these stories about Amy Robsart have become part of her history, her afterlife, as I think of it. They are part of the legend of AmyrobsartAmy’s life and death and certainly those who have seen her ghost at Syderstone or in Cumnor are convinced that ghosts exist. I’m very open to the idea myself having experienced a number of ghostly happenings throughout my life. Regular readers will know that before we moved to our current cottage, we lived for seven years in a haunted 17th century house in Somerset where, one evening, I saw the ghost of a cavalier crossing the tiny courtyard and disappearing through a blocked -up doorway! Whilst that was the most spectacular ghost that I’ve seen there have been plenty of other experiences, including various ones witnessed by my scientist husband who was most put out to encounter phenomenon he couldn’t rationally explain!

Richard's orielI do also subscribe to the idea that Barbara Erskine writes about, which is that ghosts seems to be anchored to particular places by strong emotional bonds. If like me you visit certain historic sites and feel a powerful sense of atmosphere, it’s easy to believe that the past has left its mark on a house or battlefield and we can pick up on that; that there really is a memory preserved in the stone or rooted in the place itself. One of the places where I felt this most strongly was Culloden Battlefield which had such a sense of sadness about it. On a lighter note, sometimes you can come across places that have a very warm and happy atmosphere and houses where you feel welcomed in by the people who have lived there before!

Writing the paranormal elements of my dual time books gives me the chance to explore all these The Forgotten sister NA cover fascinating theories and ghost stories, to draw on my own experiences and the sense of atmosphere in particular places. What are your thoughts on ghosts and psychic powers? Are you open to the thought of them existing or are you someone, like many characters in my books, who struggle against things that appear irrational? Have you had spooky experiences of your own or sensed a strong atmosphere in a particular place? Please share your thoughts! I’m offering a copy of The Forgotten Sister in e-book or print to one commenter between now and midnight (appropriately!) on Tuesday.

230 thoughts on “Do You Believe in the Supernatural?”

  1. To paraphrase Shakespeare, I’ve always known there is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in my philosophy. There have been several experiences, but I’ll mention two. Both times I was with several other medical reenactors and historians as we camped behind the Pennsylvania Monument. I’The first experience were orbs at Gettysburg National Battlefield as they followed us ladies if we left our camp after dark. I think they were escorting us since our men seemed preoccupied. The guys saw nothing and were wondering what we were talking about when we mentioned our “escorts.” My husband, Van, has a similar openness to mine and went out with me. No orbs. Apparently, I didn’t need an escort when he was with me. The other time, we were camped again the next year and one night when the tourists were away some soldiers from another camp joined us and talked, sharing experiences, and laughing at jokes. It was only after they left that we remembered we were the only camp on the battlefield. We all had the shivers after that.

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  2. To paraphrase Shakespeare, I’ve always known there is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in my philosophy. There have been several experiences, but I’ll mention two. Both times I was with several other medical reenactors and historians as we camped behind the Pennsylvania Monument. I’The first experience were orbs at Gettysburg National Battlefield as they followed us ladies if we left our camp after dark. I think they were escorting us since our men seemed preoccupied. The guys saw nothing and were wondering what we were talking about when we mentioned our “escorts.” My husband, Van, has a similar openness to mine and went out with me. No orbs. Apparently, I didn’t need an escort when he was with me. The other time, we were camped again the next year and one night when the tourists were away some soldiers from another camp joined us and talked, sharing experiences, and laughing at jokes. It was only after they left that we remembered we were the only camp on the battlefield. We all had the shivers after that.

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  3. To paraphrase Shakespeare, I’ve always known there is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in my philosophy. There have been several experiences, but I’ll mention two. Both times I was with several other medical reenactors and historians as we camped behind the Pennsylvania Monument. I’The first experience were orbs at Gettysburg National Battlefield as they followed us ladies if we left our camp after dark. I think they were escorting us since our men seemed preoccupied. The guys saw nothing and were wondering what we were talking about when we mentioned our “escorts.” My husband, Van, has a similar openness to mine and went out with me. No orbs. Apparently, I didn’t need an escort when he was with me. The other time, we were camped again the next year and one night when the tourists were away some soldiers from another camp joined us and talked, sharing experiences, and laughing at jokes. It was only after they left that we remembered we were the only camp on the battlefield. We all had the shivers after that.

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  4. To paraphrase Shakespeare, I’ve always known there is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in my philosophy. There have been several experiences, but I’ll mention two. Both times I was with several other medical reenactors and historians as we camped behind the Pennsylvania Monument. I’The first experience were orbs at Gettysburg National Battlefield as they followed us ladies if we left our camp after dark. I think they were escorting us since our men seemed preoccupied. The guys saw nothing and were wondering what we were talking about when we mentioned our “escorts.” My husband, Van, has a similar openness to mine and went out with me. No orbs. Apparently, I didn’t need an escort when he was with me. The other time, we were camped again the next year and one night when the tourists were away some soldiers from another camp joined us and talked, sharing experiences, and laughing at jokes. It was only after they left that we remembered we were the only camp on the battlefield. We all had the shivers after that.

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  5. To paraphrase Shakespeare, I’ve always known there is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in my philosophy. There have been several experiences, but I’ll mention two. Both times I was with several other medical reenactors and historians as we camped behind the Pennsylvania Monument. I’The first experience were orbs at Gettysburg National Battlefield as they followed us ladies if we left our camp after dark. I think they were escorting us since our men seemed preoccupied. The guys saw nothing and were wondering what we were talking about when we mentioned our “escorts.” My husband, Van, has a similar openness to mine and went out with me. No orbs. Apparently, I didn’t need an escort when he was with me. The other time, we were camped again the next year and one night when the tourists were away some soldiers from another camp joined us and talked, sharing experiences, and laughing at jokes. It was only after they left that we remembered we were the only camp on the battlefield. We all had the shivers after that.

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  6. I definitely believe there are things we can’t explain! Some people I know lived in a 14th century house where there were ghostly sightings and unexplained noises and although I never saw anything myself, I’m sure it happened. (I’m a bit of a chicken so was actually quite glad not to enounter any ghosts :-D). I did feel the same as you at Culloden though – such an incredibly sad place!

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  7. I definitely believe there are things we can’t explain! Some people I know lived in a 14th century house where there were ghostly sightings and unexplained noises and although I never saw anything myself, I’m sure it happened. (I’m a bit of a chicken so was actually quite glad not to enounter any ghosts :-D). I did feel the same as you at Culloden though – such an incredibly sad place!

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  8. I definitely believe there are things we can’t explain! Some people I know lived in a 14th century house where there were ghostly sightings and unexplained noises and although I never saw anything myself, I’m sure it happened. (I’m a bit of a chicken so was actually quite glad not to enounter any ghosts :-D). I did feel the same as you at Culloden though – such an incredibly sad place!

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  9. I definitely believe there are things we can’t explain! Some people I know lived in a 14th century house where there were ghostly sightings and unexplained noises and although I never saw anything myself, I’m sure it happened. (I’m a bit of a chicken so was actually quite glad not to enounter any ghosts :-D). I did feel the same as you at Culloden though – such an incredibly sad place!

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  10. I definitely believe there are things we can’t explain! Some people I know lived in a 14th century house where there were ghostly sightings and unexplained noises and although I never saw anything myself, I’m sure it happened. (I’m a bit of a chicken so was actually quite glad not to enounter any ghosts :-D). I did feel the same as you at Culloden though – such an incredibly sad place!

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  11. Are there ghost? I don’t know – maybe. I do know that there have been times when (I swear) I could feel the presence of loved ones I have lost.
    As for psychic powers – my mother was able to make watches that had stopped start working again by concentrating her thoughts on them. However, when she stopped concentrating, the watch would stop again. As a child I remember thinking that while it was an amazing feat, it didn’t fix the watch (smile) so it seemed like a waste of energy to me.
    Your book sounds interesting -looking forward to it.

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  12. Are there ghost? I don’t know – maybe. I do know that there have been times when (I swear) I could feel the presence of loved ones I have lost.
    As for psychic powers – my mother was able to make watches that had stopped start working again by concentrating her thoughts on them. However, when she stopped concentrating, the watch would stop again. As a child I remember thinking that while it was an amazing feat, it didn’t fix the watch (smile) so it seemed like a waste of energy to me.
    Your book sounds interesting -looking forward to it.

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  13. Are there ghost? I don’t know – maybe. I do know that there have been times when (I swear) I could feel the presence of loved ones I have lost.
    As for psychic powers – my mother was able to make watches that had stopped start working again by concentrating her thoughts on them. However, when she stopped concentrating, the watch would stop again. As a child I remember thinking that while it was an amazing feat, it didn’t fix the watch (smile) so it seemed like a waste of energy to me.
    Your book sounds interesting -looking forward to it.

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  14. Are there ghost? I don’t know – maybe. I do know that there have been times when (I swear) I could feel the presence of loved ones I have lost.
    As for psychic powers – my mother was able to make watches that had stopped start working again by concentrating her thoughts on them. However, when she stopped concentrating, the watch would stop again. As a child I remember thinking that while it was an amazing feat, it didn’t fix the watch (smile) so it seemed like a waste of energy to me.
    Your book sounds interesting -looking forward to it.

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  15. Are there ghost? I don’t know – maybe. I do know that there have been times when (I swear) I could feel the presence of loved ones I have lost.
    As for psychic powers – my mother was able to make watches that had stopped start working again by concentrating her thoughts on them. However, when she stopped concentrating, the watch would stop again. As a child I remember thinking that while it was an amazing feat, it didn’t fix the watch (smile) so it seemed like a waste of energy to me.
    Your book sounds interesting -looking forward to it.

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  16. I’ve had dream “visits” from loved ones who have passed. My husband has seen an angel twice, and my mother saw an angel once. not spooky!

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  17. I’ve had dream “visits” from loved ones who have passed. My husband has seen an angel twice, and my mother saw an angel once. not spooky!

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  18. I’ve had dream “visits” from loved ones who have passed. My husband has seen an angel twice, and my mother saw an angel once. not spooky!

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  19. I’ve had dream “visits” from loved ones who have passed. My husband has seen an angel twice, and my mother saw an angel once. not spooky!

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  20. I’ve had dream “visits” from loved ones who have passed. My husband has seen an angel twice, and my mother saw an angel once. not spooky!

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  21. I won’t relate the experience with the Ouija board when I was a teen. Needless to say, neither I nor my friend, ever touched one again.
    We built a home on the property my dad bought in 1937. He was, through thick and thin, determined to forever hold onto that property. When he passed, we took the 450 square foot house that I grew up in, down, and built new. We stayed there 12 years until a job relocation forced us to sell, but during times when I was alone in the house, I would hear my dad walking around on the second floor. I knew without a doubt it was him. He had a particular gait. I used to wonder after we moved if the buyers had heard him but during the past year or so, I’ve heard him here. The cat and dog both hear him as well. There are times when the cat won’t go upstairs for hours. So maybe souls aren’t always grounded in the physical, but in the personal. Maybe they follow those they loved in life.
    I miss my dad 🙁

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  22. I won’t relate the experience with the Ouija board when I was a teen. Needless to say, neither I nor my friend, ever touched one again.
    We built a home on the property my dad bought in 1937. He was, through thick and thin, determined to forever hold onto that property. When he passed, we took the 450 square foot house that I grew up in, down, and built new. We stayed there 12 years until a job relocation forced us to sell, but during times when I was alone in the house, I would hear my dad walking around on the second floor. I knew without a doubt it was him. He had a particular gait. I used to wonder after we moved if the buyers had heard him but during the past year or so, I’ve heard him here. The cat and dog both hear him as well. There are times when the cat won’t go upstairs for hours. So maybe souls aren’t always grounded in the physical, but in the personal. Maybe they follow those they loved in life.
    I miss my dad 🙁

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  23. I won’t relate the experience with the Ouija board when I was a teen. Needless to say, neither I nor my friend, ever touched one again.
    We built a home on the property my dad bought in 1937. He was, through thick and thin, determined to forever hold onto that property. When he passed, we took the 450 square foot house that I grew up in, down, and built new. We stayed there 12 years until a job relocation forced us to sell, but during times when I was alone in the house, I would hear my dad walking around on the second floor. I knew without a doubt it was him. He had a particular gait. I used to wonder after we moved if the buyers had heard him but during the past year or so, I’ve heard him here. The cat and dog both hear him as well. There are times when the cat won’t go upstairs for hours. So maybe souls aren’t always grounded in the physical, but in the personal. Maybe they follow those they loved in life.
    I miss my dad 🙁

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  24. I won’t relate the experience with the Ouija board when I was a teen. Needless to say, neither I nor my friend, ever touched one again.
    We built a home on the property my dad bought in 1937. He was, through thick and thin, determined to forever hold onto that property. When he passed, we took the 450 square foot house that I grew up in, down, and built new. We stayed there 12 years until a job relocation forced us to sell, but during times when I was alone in the house, I would hear my dad walking around on the second floor. I knew without a doubt it was him. He had a particular gait. I used to wonder after we moved if the buyers had heard him but during the past year or so, I’ve heard him here. The cat and dog both hear him as well. There are times when the cat won’t go upstairs for hours. So maybe souls aren’t always grounded in the physical, but in the personal. Maybe they follow those they loved in life.
    I miss my dad 🙁

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  25. I won’t relate the experience with the Ouija board when I was a teen. Needless to say, neither I nor my friend, ever touched one again.
    We built a home on the property my dad bought in 1937. He was, through thick and thin, determined to forever hold onto that property. When he passed, we took the 450 square foot house that I grew up in, down, and built new. We stayed there 12 years until a job relocation forced us to sell, but during times when I was alone in the house, I would hear my dad walking around on the second floor. I knew without a doubt it was him. He had a particular gait. I used to wonder after we moved if the buyers had heard him but during the past year or so, I’ve heard him here. The cat and dog both hear him as well. There are times when the cat won’t go upstairs for hours. So maybe souls aren’t always grounded in the physical, but in the personal. Maybe they follow those they loved in life.
    I miss my dad 🙁

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  26. When my children were still at home, one night we were all in the living room watching a movie (a fuuny one, not scary). We all heard a thump from the kitchen, I went in to have a look and all the dishes in the dish rack on the counter, were all standing straight up, not leaning over (like I left them). I asked the kids if anyone stoud the dishes upright; but none of them had.

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  27. When my children were still at home, one night we were all in the living room watching a movie (a fuuny one, not scary). We all heard a thump from the kitchen, I went in to have a look and all the dishes in the dish rack on the counter, were all standing straight up, not leaning over (like I left them). I asked the kids if anyone stoud the dishes upright; but none of them had.

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  28. When my children were still at home, one night we were all in the living room watching a movie (a fuuny one, not scary). We all heard a thump from the kitchen, I went in to have a look and all the dishes in the dish rack on the counter, were all standing straight up, not leaning over (like I left them). I asked the kids if anyone stoud the dishes upright; but none of them had.

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  29. When my children were still at home, one night we were all in the living room watching a movie (a fuuny one, not scary). We all heard a thump from the kitchen, I went in to have a look and all the dishes in the dish rack on the counter, were all standing straight up, not leaning over (like I left them). I asked the kids if anyone stoud the dishes upright; but none of them had.

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  30. When my children were still at home, one night we were all in the living room watching a movie (a fuuny one, not scary). We all heard a thump from the kitchen, I went in to have a look and all the dishes in the dish rack on the counter, were all standing straight up, not leaning over (like I left them). I asked the kids if anyone stoud the dishes upright; but none of them had.

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  31. I saw my first shadow figure at age 5, so I completely believe. I also used to have dreams of premonition. Nothing earth-shattering or sexy. Just glimpses of my future in everyday life. Not deja vu. These were incidents that were one-off, unique occurrences. It may run in the family.

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  32. I saw my first shadow figure at age 5, so I completely believe. I also used to have dreams of premonition. Nothing earth-shattering or sexy. Just glimpses of my future in everyday life. Not deja vu. These were incidents that were one-off, unique occurrences. It may run in the family.

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  33. I saw my first shadow figure at age 5, so I completely believe. I also used to have dreams of premonition. Nothing earth-shattering or sexy. Just glimpses of my future in everyday life. Not deja vu. These were incidents that were one-off, unique occurrences. It may run in the family.

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  34. I saw my first shadow figure at age 5, so I completely believe. I also used to have dreams of premonition. Nothing earth-shattering or sexy. Just glimpses of my future in everyday life. Not deja vu. These were incidents that were one-off, unique occurrences. It may run in the family.

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  35. I saw my first shadow figure at age 5, so I completely believe. I also used to have dreams of premonition. Nothing earth-shattering or sexy. Just glimpses of my future in everyday life. Not deja vu. These were incidents that were one-off, unique occurrences. It may run in the family.

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  36. My best friend believed. She swore she saw her dead father walking down the path to his workshop. After her maternal grandmother died and her family moved into the house she occasionally heard her grandmother going thru the house and checking to make sure the doors were locked.

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  37. My best friend believed. She swore she saw her dead father walking down the path to his workshop. After her maternal grandmother died and her family moved into the house she occasionally heard her grandmother going thru the house and checking to make sure the doors were locked.

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  38. My best friend believed. She swore she saw her dead father walking down the path to his workshop. After her maternal grandmother died and her family moved into the house she occasionally heard her grandmother going thru the house and checking to make sure the doors were locked.

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  39. My best friend believed. She swore she saw her dead father walking down the path to his workshop. After her maternal grandmother died and her family moved into the house she occasionally heard her grandmother going thru the house and checking to make sure the doors were locked.

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  40. My best friend believed. She swore she saw her dead father walking down the path to his workshop. After her maternal grandmother died and her family moved into the house she occasionally heard her grandmother going thru the house and checking to make sure the doors were locked.

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  41. Hi Nicola, I certainly believe in paranormal activity that is part of the atmosphere of any place where strong emotion and events occurred.
    I once met someone who was able to pick up on ghosts in historic houses. He could feel them close to him and would ask, is it you? He always felt an affirmative answer.
    I am grateful I have so far never encountered any such thing and would prefer to keep it that way.

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  42. Hi Nicola, I certainly believe in paranormal activity that is part of the atmosphere of any place where strong emotion and events occurred.
    I once met someone who was able to pick up on ghosts in historic houses. He could feel them close to him and would ask, is it you? He always felt an affirmative answer.
    I am grateful I have so far never encountered any such thing and would prefer to keep it that way.

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  43. Hi Nicola, I certainly believe in paranormal activity that is part of the atmosphere of any place where strong emotion and events occurred.
    I once met someone who was able to pick up on ghosts in historic houses. He could feel them close to him and would ask, is it you? He always felt an affirmative answer.
    I am grateful I have so far never encountered any such thing and would prefer to keep it that way.

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  44. Hi Nicola, I certainly believe in paranormal activity that is part of the atmosphere of any place where strong emotion and events occurred.
    I once met someone who was able to pick up on ghosts in historic houses. He could feel them close to him and would ask, is it you? He always felt an affirmative answer.
    I am grateful I have so far never encountered any such thing and would prefer to keep it that way.

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  45. Hi Nicola, I certainly believe in paranormal activity that is part of the atmosphere of any place where strong emotion and events occurred.
    I once met someone who was able to pick up on ghosts in historic houses. He could feel them close to him and would ask, is it you? He always felt an affirmative answer.
    I am grateful I have so far never encountered any such thing and would prefer to keep it that way.

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  46. I’ve had 2 really spooky experiences. One was at Larnach Castle in New Zealand and the other was at Port Arthur in Tasmania – both times I was on holiday and I felt 100% fine, I was happily looking around inside a building each time and then had this overwhelming feeling where I just had to get outside and as soon as I was outside I felt perfectly fine, but you couldn’t get me back in there for love or money.

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  47. I’ve had 2 really spooky experiences. One was at Larnach Castle in New Zealand and the other was at Port Arthur in Tasmania – both times I was on holiday and I felt 100% fine, I was happily looking around inside a building each time and then had this overwhelming feeling where I just had to get outside and as soon as I was outside I felt perfectly fine, but you couldn’t get me back in there for love or money.

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  48. I’ve had 2 really spooky experiences. One was at Larnach Castle in New Zealand and the other was at Port Arthur in Tasmania – both times I was on holiday and I felt 100% fine, I was happily looking around inside a building each time and then had this overwhelming feeling where I just had to get outside and as soon as I was outside I felt perfectly fine, but you couldn’t get me back in there for love or money.

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  49. I’ve had 2 really spooky experiences. One was at Larnach Castle in New Zealand and the other was at Port Arthur in Tasmania – both times I was on holiday and I felt 100% fine, I was happily looking around inside a building each time and then had this overwhelming feeling where I just had to get outside and as soon as I was outside I felt perfectly fine, but you couldn’t get me back in there for love or money.

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  50. I’ve had 2 really spooky experiences. One was at Larnach Castle in New Zealand and the other was at Port Arthur in Tasmania – both times I was on holiday and I felt 100% fine, I was happily looking around inside a building each time and then had this overwhelming feeling where I just had to get outside and as soon as I was outside I felt perfectly fine, but you couldn’t get me back in there for love or money.

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  51. Fascinating stuff- I can certainly believe when I visit some of the old churches and castles.York Minster was particularly dense with history and the past. My personal experience. I was sitting with my mother in hospital as she was dying and I wasn’t thinking of anything at all. I saw a shadow figure in the corner of the room- nothing more than a silhouette as I glanced away my mother passed and then the figure was gone.It stunned me, as it was completely unexpected.I have never doubted this was what happened.

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  52. Fascinating stuff- I can certainly believe when I visit some of the old churches and castles.York Minster was particularly dense with history and the past. My personal experience. I was sitting with my mother in hospital as she was dying and I wasn’t thinking of anything at all. I saw a shadow figure in the corner of the room- nothing more than a silhouette as I glanced away my mother passed and then the figure was gone.It stunned me, as it was completely unexpected.I have never doubted this was what happened.

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  53. Fascinating stuff- I can certainly believe when I visit some of the old churches and castles.York Minster was particularly dense with history and the past. My personal experience. I was sitting with my mother in hospital as she was dying and I wasn’t thinking of anything at all. I saw a shadow figure in the corner of the room- nothing more than a silhouette as I glanced away my mother passed and then the figure was gone.It stunned me, as it was completely unexpected.I have never doubted this was what happened.

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  54. Fascinating stuff- I can certainly believe when I visit some of the old churches and castles.York Minster was particularly dense with history and the past. My personal experience. I was sitting with my mother in hospital as she was dying and I wasn’t thinking of anything at all. I saw a shadow figure in the corner of the room- nothing more than a silhouette as I glanced away my mother passed and then the figure was gone.It stunned me, as it was completely unexpected.I have never doubted this was what happened.

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  55. Fascinating stuff- I can certainly believe when I visit some of the old churches and castles.York Minster was particularly dense with history and the past. My personal experience. I was sitting with my mother in hospital as she was dying and I wasn’t thinking of anything at all. I saw a shadow figure in the corner of the room- nothing more than a silhouette as I glanced away my mother passed and then the figure was gone.It stunned me, as it was completely unexpected.I have never doubted this was what happened.

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  56. Pamela, that story gave me the shivers too! The thought of chatting and laughing with those soldiers… I love the idea of the chivalrous orbs escorting you, as well!

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  57. Pamela, that story gave me the shivers too! The thought of chatting and laughing with those soldiers… I love the idea of the chivalrous orbs escorting you, as well!

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  58. Pamela, that story gave me the shivers too! The thought of chatting and laughing with those soldiers… I love the idea of the chivalrous orbs escorting you, as well!

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  59. Pamela, that story gave me the shivers too! The thought of chatting and laughing with those soldiers… I love the idea of the chivalrous orbs escorting you, as well!

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  60. Pamela, that story gave me the shivers too! The thought of chatting and laughing with those soldiers… I love the idea of the chivalrous orbs escorting you, as well!

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  61. Hi Christina, yes, I’m with you in not wanting to seek out ghostly experiences! It makes me quite nervous to think about it and a couple of times when it happened to me I was very scared.
    I’ve never known anywhere quite like Culloden. There is such a palpable sense of loss and sadness there.

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  62. Hi Christina, yes, I’m with you in not wanting to seek out ghostly experiences! It makes me quite nervous to think about it and a couple of times when it happened to me I was very scared.
    I’ve never known anywhere quite like Culloden. There is such a palpable sense of loss and sadness there.

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  63. Hi Christina, yes, I’m with you in not wanting to seek out ghostly experiences! It makes me quite nervous to think about it and a couple of times when it happened to me I was very scared.
    I’ve never known anywhere quite like Culloden. There is such a palpable sense of loss and sadness there.

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  64. Hi Christina, yes, I’m with you in not wanting to seek out ghostly experiences! It makes me quite nervous to think about it and a couple of times when it happened to me I was very scared.
    I’ve never known anywhere quite like Culloden. There is such a palpable sense of loss and sadness there.

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  65. Hi Christina, yes, I’m with you in not wanting to seek out ghostly experiences! It makes me quite nervous to think about it and a couple of times when it happened to me I was very scared.
    I’ve never known anywhere quite like Culloden. There is such a palpable sense of loss and sadness there.

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  66. LOL, Mary, you sound to have been a very practical child! That’s quite a talent your mother had but as you say, if she had to focus on it all the time to make the watch tick, it wouldn’t have given her much time for anything else!

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  67. LOL, Mary, you sound to have been a very practical child! That’s quite a talent your mother had but as you say, if she had to focus on it all the time to make the watch tick, it wouldn’t have given her much time for anything else!

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  68. LOL, Mary, you sound to have been a very practical child! That’s quite a talent your mother had but as you say, if she had to focus on it all the time to make the watch tick, it wouldn’t have given her much time for anything else!

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  69. LOL, Mary, you sound to have been a very practical child! That’s quite a talent your mother had but as you say, if she had to focus on it all the time to make the watch tick, it wouldn’t have given her much time for anything else!

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  70. LOL, Mary, you sound to have been a very practical child! That’s quite a talent your mother had but as you say, if she had to focus on it all the time to make the watch tick, it wouldn’t have given her much time for anything else!

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  71. Oh theo! It does indeed sound as though your dad is anchored to those he loved and those who love him which is a very comforting and lovely thing to think about.

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  72. Oh theo! It does indeed sound as though your dad is anchored to those he loved and those who love him which is a very comforting and lovely thing to think about.

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  73. Oh theo! It does indeed sound as though your dad is anchored to those he loved and those who love him which is a very comforting and lovely thing to think about.

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  74. Oh theo! It does indeed sound as though your dad is anchored to those he loved and those who love him which is a very comforting and lovely thing to think about.

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  75. Oh theo! It does indeed sound as though your dad is anchored to those he loved and those who love him which is a very comforting and lovely thing to think about.

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  76. That is very spooky, Catherine! It’s really bizarre how things like that happen when no one has been in a room or moved things. I’d be fascinated to see that happen although probably scared as well.

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  77. That is very spooky, Catherine! It’s really bizarre how things like that happen when no one has been in a room or moved things. I’d be fascinated to see that happen although probably scared as well.

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  78. That is very spooky, Catherine! It’s really bizarre how things like that happen when no one has been in a room or moved things. I’d be fascinated to see that happen although probably scared as well.

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  79. That is very spooky, Catherine! It’s really bizarre how things like that happen when no one has been in a room or moved things. I’d be fascinated to see that happen although probably scared as well.

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  80. That is very spooky, Catherine! It’s really bizarre how things like that happen when no one has been in a room or moved things. I’d be fascinated to see that happen although probably scared as well.

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  81. Nina, I think your story does demonstrate that some people have abilities we don’t really understand. It always makes me feel that there is so much to learn about ourselves and the world we can’t always see, but perhaps no everyone has those gifts.

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  82. Nina, I think your story does demonstrate that some people have abilities we don’t really understand. It always makes me feel that there is so much to learn about ourselves and the world we can’t always see, but perhaps no everyone has those gifts.

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  83. Nina, I think your story does demonstrate that some people have abilities we don’t really understand. It always makes me feel that there is so much to learn about ourselves and the world we can’t always see, but perhaps no everyone has those gifts.

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  84. Nina, I think your story does demonstrate that some people have abilities we don’t really understand. It always makes me feel that there is so much to learn about ourselves and the world we can’t always see, but perhaps no everyone has those gifts.

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  85. Nina, I think your story does demonstrate that some people have abilities we don’t really understand. It always makes me feel that there is so much to learn about ourselves and the world we can’t always see, but perhaps no everyone has those gifts.

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  86. It sounds as though your friend was very receptive to the supernatural, Anne. I think some people are more naturally in tune with these things than others are, and also that it must be quite a comfort to feel your loved ones close by.

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  87. It sounds as though your friend was very receptive to the supernatural, Anne. I think some people are more naturally in tune with these things than others are, and also that it must be quite a comfort to feel your loved ones close by.

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  88. It sounds as though your friend was very receptive to the supernatural, Anne. I think some people are more naturally in tune with these things than others are, and also that it must be quite a comfort to feel your loved ones close by.

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  89. It sounds as though your friend was very receptive to the supernatural, Anne. I think some people are more naturally in tune with these things than others are, and also that it must be quite a comfort to feel your loved ones close by.

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  90. It sounds as though your friend was very receptive to the supernatural, Anne. I think some people are more naturally in tune with these things than others are, and also that it must be quite a comfort to feel your loved ones close by.

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  91. Hi Patricia. I imagine historic houses must be full of ghosts if you are on the right wavelength to sense them. Like you I prefer not to go seeking ghostly experiences and although I have encountered the unexplained I would never actively search for it.

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  92. Hi Patricia. I imagine historic houses must be full of ghosts if you are on the right wavelength to sense them. Like you I prefer not to go seeking ghostly experiences and although I have encountered the unexplained I would never actively search for it.

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  93. Hi Patricia. I imagine historic houses must be full of ghosts if you are on the right wavelength to sense them. Like you I prefer not to go seeking ghostly experiences and although I have encountered the unexplained I would never actively search for it.

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  94. Hi Patricia. I imagine historic houses must be full of ghosts if you are on the right wavelength to sense them. Like you I prefer not to go seeking ghostly experiences and although I have encountered the unexplained I would never actively search for it.

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  95. Hi Patricia. I imagine historic houses must be full of ghosts if you are on the right wavelength to sense them. Like you I prefer not to go seeking ghostly experiences and although I have encountered the unexplained I would never actively search for it.

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  96. That’s fascinating, Sharon. There are some places where the atmosphere is so strong it’s overwhelming and I think we pick up on that. My husband, who really does not like any sort of supernatural experience, was once driving along a country road in Yorkshire when he came across a big old house. He says he was gripped by a sense of absolute dread and just knew he had to get out of there as quickly as possible. It’s very strange, isn’t it!

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  97. That’s fascinating, Sharon. There are some places where the atmosphere is so strong it’s overwhelming and I think we pick up on that. My husband, who really does not like any sort of supernatural experience, was once driving along a country road in Yorkshire when he came across a big old house. He says he was gripped by a sense of absolute dread and just knew he had to get out of there as quickly as possible. It’s very strange, isn’t it!

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  98. That’s fascinating, Sharon. There are some places where the atmosphere is so strong it’s overwhelming and I think we pick up on that. My husband, who really does not like any sort of supernatural experience, was once driving along a country road in Yorkshire when he came across a big old house. He says he was gripped by a sense of absolute dread and just knew he had to get out of there as quickly as possible. It’s very strange, isn’t it!

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  99. That’s fascinating, Sharon. There are some places where the atmosphere is so strong it’s overwhelming and I think we pick up on that. My husband, who really does not like any sort of supernatural experience, was once driving along a country road in Yorkshire when he came across a big old house. He says he was gripped by a sense of absolute dread and just knew he had to get out of there as quickly as possible. It’s very strange, isn’t it!

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  100. That’s fascinating, Sharon. There are some places where the atmosphere is so strong it’s overwhelming and I think we pick up on that. My husband, who really does not like any sort of supernatural experience, was once driving along a country road in Yorkshire when he came across a big old house. He says he was gripped by a sense of absolute dread and just knew he had to get out of there as quickly as possible. It’s very strange, isn’t it!

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  101. Fascinating blog andcomments. I love history and historical p!aces but must be completely insensitive. I have never felt anything anywhere. I don’t doubt there are many things we can’t explain. I love the story of the Century and marching across the cellars of the Treasurers House.

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  102. Fascinating blog andcomments. I love history and historical p!aces but must be completely insensitive. I have never felt anything anywhere. I don’t doubt there are many things we can’t explain. I love the story of the Century and marching across the cellars of the Treasurers House.

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  103. Fascinating blog andcomments. I love history and historical p!aces but must be completely insensitive. I have never felt anything anywhere. I don’t doubt there are many things we can’t explain. I love the story of the Century and marching across the cellars of the Treasurers House.

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  104. Fascinating blog andcomments. I love history and historical p!aces but must be completely insensitive. I have never felt anything anywhere. I don’t doubt there are many things we can’t explain. I love the story of the Century and marching across the cellars of the Treasurers House.

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  105. Fascinating blog andcomments. I love history and historical p!aces but must be completely insensitive. I have never felt anything anywhere. I don’t doubt there are many things we can’t explain. I love the story of the Century and marching across the cellars of the Treasurers House.

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  106. I’m a spiritualist and psychometry isn’t strange to me at all, I even try not to think of this when I visit old places, museums, etc. But there are times I can’t help it! Three years ago, my husband and I visited London and, while getting a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, I got such a sad feeling, such oppression that I couldn’t explain, but that was making me feel sick. My husband isn’t a spiritualist, but suddenly turned to me and said ‘I think I’ll light a candle here’. He paid for the candle and lit it and while he was doing this, I prayed for all the ones who’d been buried in St Paul’s. The oppressive feeling vanished and I didn’t know whether I was amazed at the fact or at my hubby’s suggestion.

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  107. I’m a spiritualist and psychometry isn’t strange to me at all, I even try not to think of this when I visit old places, museums, etc. But there are times I can’t help it! Three years ago, my husband and I visited London and, while getting a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, I got such a sad feeling, such oppression that I couldn’t explain, but that was making me feel sick. My husband isn’t a spiritualist, but suddenly turned to me and said ‘I think I’ll light a candle here’. He paid for the candle and lit it and while he was doing this, I prayed for all the ones who’d been buried in St Paul’s. The oppressive feeling vanished and I didn’t know whether I was amazed at the fact or at my hubby’s suggestion.

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  108. I’m a spiritualist and psychometry isn’t strange to me at all, I even try not to think of this when I visit old places, museums, etc. But there are times I can’t help it! Three years ago, my husband and I visited London and, while getting a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, I got such a sad feeling, such oppression that I couldn’t explain, but that was making me feel sick. My husband isn’t a spiritualist, but suddenly turned to me and said ‘I think I’ll light a candle here’. He paid for the candle and lit it and while he was doing this, I prayed for all the ones who’d been buried in St Paul’s. The oppressive feeling vanished and I didn’t know whether I was amazed at the fact or at my hubby’s suggestion.

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  109. I’m a spiritualist and psychometry isn’t strange to me at all, I even try not to think of this when I visit old places, museums, etc. But there are times I can’t help it! Three years ago, my husband and I visited London and, while getting a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, I got such a sad feeling, such oppression that I couldn’t explain, but that was making me feel sick. My husband isn’t a spiritualist, but suddenly turned to me and said ‘I think I’ll light a candle here’. He paid for the candle and lit it and while he was doing this, I prayed for all the ones who’d been buried in St Paul’s. The oppressive feeling vanished and I didn’t know whether I was amazed at the fact or at my hubby’s suggestion.

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  110. I’m a spiritualist and psychometry isn’t strange to me at all, I even try not to think of this when I visit old places, museums, etc. But there are times I can’t help it! Three years ago, my husband and I visited London and, while getting a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, I got such a sad feeling, such oppression that I couldn’t explain, but that was making me feel sick. My husband isn’t a spiritualist, but suddenly turned to me and said ‘I think I’ll light a candle here’. He paid for the candle and lit it and while he was doing this, I prayed for all the ones who’d been buried in St Paul’s. The oppressive feeling vanished and I didn’t know whether I was amazed at the fact or at my hubby’s suggestion.

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  111. Psychometry can be a wonderful gift or a difficult one, like any kind of psychic/spiritual sensitivity.
    But my life would be sadly one-dimensional if I wasn’t aware of and able to interact with all the spirit forces surrounding me and everyone else in at least the human world. Although I’ve seen my pets–one part wolf dog in particular–that clearly saw spirits even before I noticed them.
    I think my favorites are the nature spirits, and some of the older gods and goddesses.
    I’ve really enjoyed this discussion!! Got the book, too.

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  112. Psychometry can be a wonderful gift or a difficult one, like any kind of psychic/spiritual sensitivity.
    But my life would be sadly one-dimensional if I wasn’t aware of and able to interact with all the spirit forces surrounding me and everyone else in at least the human world. Although I’ve seen my pets–one part wolf dog in particular–that clearly saw spirits even before I noticed them.
    I think my favorites are the nature spirits, and some of the older gods and goddesses.
    I’ve really enjoyed this discussion!! Got the book, too.

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  113. Psychometry can be a wonderful gift or a difficult one, like any kind of psychic/spiritual sensitivity.
    But my life would be sadly one-dimensional if I wasn’t aware of and able to interact with all the spirit forces surrounding me and everyone else in at least the human world. Although I’ve seen my pets–one part wolf dog in particular–that clearly saw spirits even before I noticed them.
    I think my favorites are the nature spirits, and some of the older gods and goddesses.
    I’ve really enjoyed this discussion!! Got the book, too.

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  114. Psychometry can be a wonderful gift or a difficult one, like any kind of psychic/spiritual sensitivity.
    But my life would be sadly one-dimensional if I wasn’t aware of and able to interact with all the spirit forces surrounding me and everyone else in at least the human world. Although I’ve seen my pets–one part wolf dog in particular–that clearly saw spirits even before I noticed them.
    I think my favorites are the nature spirits, and some of the older gods and goddesses.
    I’ve really enjoyed this discussion!! Got the book, too.

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  115. Psychometry can be a wonderful gift or a difficult one, like any kind of psychic/spiritual sensitivity.
    But my life would be sadly one-dimensional if I wasn’t aware of and able to interact with all the spirit forces surrounding me and everyone else in at least the human world. Although I’ve seen my pets–one part wolf dog in particular–that clearly saw spirits even before I noticed them.
    I think my favorites are the nature spirits, and some of the older gods and goddesses.
    I’ve really enjoyed this discussion!! Got the book, too.

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  116. As a STEM person, I firmly believe that there are no ghosts or supernatural things. But I think our minds are great at inventing them to explain things that actually have rational explanations that we simply haven’t discovered yet.

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  117. As a STEM person, I firmly believe that there are no ghosts or supernatural things. But I think our minds are great at inventing them to explain things that actually have rational explanations that we simply haven’t discovered yet.

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  118. As a STEM person, I firmly believe that there are no ghosts or supernatural things. But I think our minds are great at inventing them to explain things that actually have rational explanations that we simply haven’t discovered yet.

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  119. As a STEM person, I firmly believe that there are no ghosts or supernatural things. But I think our minds are great at inventing them to explain things that actually have rational explanations that we simply haven’t discovered yet.

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  120. As a STEM person, I firmly believe that there are no ghosts or supernatural things. But I think our minds are great at inventing them to explain things that actually have rational explanations that we simply haven’t discovered yet.

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  121. Oh, of course, there is more than we can possibly explain with our philosophy! I had a love/hate relationship with my grandmother, who was both loving and selfless, and extremely judgmental and cantankerous. She died when I was seventeen, but I am absolutely certain she’s been looking out for me since. On two separate occasions I’ve had weird physical complaints that have sent me to a doctor, and both times I ended up being diagnosed with a serious medical issue. Both times, however, doctors insisted that my symptoms could not possibly have been indicative of the problems found, yet both times, the symptoms disappeared completely as soon as I was diagnosed. I also once lived in a house where I kept smelling smoke. I was always slightly nervous, but nothing ever happened. The year after we moved out, however, a dear neighbor who lived next door died in a house fire. And while I’ve never been to Culloden, on my one visit to Auschwitz I was physically overcome by the psychic remnants of pain there. I can’t wait to read your book, Nicola.

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  122. Oh, of course, there is more than we can possibly explain with our philosophy! I had a love/hate relationship with my grandmother, who was both loving and selfless, and extremely judgmental and cantankerous. She died when I was seventeen, but I am absolutely certain she’s been looking out for me since. On two separate occasions I’ve had weird physical complaints that have sent me to a doctor, and both times I ended up being diagnosed with a serious medical issue. Both times, however, doctors insisted that my symptoms could not possibly have been indicative of the problems found, yet both times, the symptoms disappeared completely as soon as I was diagnosed. I also once lived in a house where I kept smelling smoke. I was always slightly nervous, but nothing ever happened. The year after we moved out, however, a dear neighbor who lived next door died in a house fire. And while I’ve never been to Culloden, on my one visit to Auschwitz I was physically overcome by the psychic remnants of pain there. I can’t wait to read your book, Nicola.

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  123. Oh, of course, there is more than we can possibly explain with our philosophy! I had a love/hate relationship with my grandmother, who was both loving and selfless, and extremely judgmental and cantankerous. She died when I was seventeen, but I am absolutely certain she’s been looking out for me since. On two separate occasions I’ve had weird physical complaints that have sent me to a doctor, and both times I ended up being diagnosed with a serious medical issue. Both times, however, doctors insisted that my symptoms could not possibly have been indicative of the problems found, yet both times, the symptoms disappeared completely as soon as I was diagnosed. I also once lived in a house where I kept smelling smoke. I was always slightly nervous, but nothing ever happened. The year after we moved out, however, a dear neighbor who lived next door died in a house fire. And while I’ve never been to Culloden, on my one visit to Auschwitz I was physically overcome by the psychic remnants of pain there. I can’t wait to read your book, Nicola.

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  124. Oh, of course, there is more than we can possibly explain with our philosophy! I had a love/hate relationship with my grandmother, who was both loving and selfless, and extremely judgmental and cantankerous. She died when I was seventeen, but I am absolutely certain she’s been looking out for me since. On two separate occasions I’ve had weird physical complaints that have sent me to a doctor, and both times I ended up being diagnosed with a serious medical issue. Both times, however, doctors insisted that my symptoms could not possibly have been indicative of the problems found, yet both times, the symptoms disappeared completely as soon as I was diagnosed. I also once lived in a house where I kept smelling smoke. I was always slightly nervous, but nothing ever happened. The year after we moved out, however, a dear neighbor who lived next door died in a house fire. And while I’ve never been to Culloden, on my one visit to Auschwitz I was physically overcome by the psychic remnants of pain there. I can’t wait to read your book, Nicola.

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  125. Oh, of course, there is more than we can possibly explain with our philosophy! I had a love/hate relationship with my grandmother, who was both loving and selfless, and extremely judgmental and cantankerous. She died when I was seventeen, but I am absolutely certain she’s been looking out for me since. On two separate occasions I’ve had weird physical complaints that have sent me to a doctor, and both times I ended up being diagnosed with a serious medical issue. Both times, however, doctors insisted that my symptoms could not possibly have been indicative of the problems found, yet both times, the symptoms disappeared completely as soon as I was diagnosed. I also once lived in a house where I kept smelling smoke. I was always slightly nervous, but nothing ever happened. The year after we moved out, however, a dear neighbor who lived next door died in a house fire. And while I’ve never been to Culloden, on my one visit to Auschwitz I was physically overcome by the psychic remnants of pain there. I can’t wait to read your book, Nicola.

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  126. We built the house we now live in just over thirteen years ago. Since we moved in we have all (four of us) seen a shadow come and go. You can never make out if it’s male or female but it’s definitely a person.
    Several times when one or other have been in the house on our own, we heard footsteps upstairs.
    Also I was watching tv in the sitting room one day and I heard someone come in and stand behind me. Thinking it was one of the family I called out. When there was no answer I turned round and there was no one there. The feeling also left as I turned.
    We’re not scared. Whatever or whoever it is hasn’t done us any harm in all that time and it’s not a bad feeling we get but sometimes it can be a bit eerie!
    Yes I do believe in it all.

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  127. We built the house we now live in just over thirteen years ago. Since we moved in we have all (four of us) seen a shadow come and go. You can never make out if it’s male or female but it’s definitely a person.
    Several times when one or other have been in the house on our own, we heard footsteps upstairs.
    Also I was watching tv in the sitting room one day and I heard someone come in and stand behind me. Thinking it was one of the family I called out. When there was no answer I turned round and there was no one there. The feeling also left as I turned.
    We’re not scared. Whatever or whoever it is hasn’t done us any harm in all that time and it’s not a bad feeling we get but sometimes it can be a bit eerie!
    Yes I do believe in it all.

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  128. We built the house we now live in just over thirteen years ago. Since we moved in we have all (four of us) seen a shadow come and go. You can never make out if it’s male or female but it’s definitely a person.
    Several times when one or other have been in the house on our own, we heard footsteps upstairs.
    Also I was watching tv in the sitting room one day and I heard someone come in and stand behind me. Thinking it was one of the family I called out. When there was no answer I turned round and there was no one there. The feeling also left as I turned.
    We’re not scared. Whatever or whoever it is hasn’t done us any harm in all that time and it’s not a bad feeling we get but sometimes it can be a bit eerie!
    Yes I do believe in it all.

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  129. We built the house we now live in just over thirteen years ago. Since we moved in we have all (four of us) seen a shadow come and go. You can never make out if it’s male or female but it’s definitely a person.
    Several times when one or other have been in the house on our own, we heard footsteps upstairs.
    Also I was watching tv in the sitting room one day and I heard someone come in and stand behind me. Thinking it was one of the family I called out. When there was no answer I turned round and there was no one there. The feeling also left as I turned.
    We’re not scared. Whatever or whoever it is hasn’t done us any harm in all that time and it’s not a bad feeling we get but sometimes it can be a bit eerie!
    Yes I do believe in it all.

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  130. We built the house we now live in just over thirteen years ago. Since we moved in we have all (four of us) seen a shadow come and go. You can never make out if it’s male or female but it’s definitely a person.
    Several times when one or other have been in the house on our own, we heard footsteps upstairs.
    Also I was watching tv in the sitting room one day and I heard someone come in and stand behind me. Thinking it was one of the family I called out. When there was no answer I turned round and there was no one there. The feeling also left as I turned.
    We’re not scared. Whatever or whoever it is hasn’t done us any harm in all that time and it’s not a bad feeling we get but sometimes it can be a bit eerie!
    Yes I do believe in it all.

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  131. I am open to the idea, but do not actually believe. I too have felt visits from departed family members, and I welcome them. They are loving presences, not messages.
    You have mentioned that there is no proof. No one has found the proper measurig stick (and no one is truly looking for one.) If supernatural or paranormal exist, a proper measuring stick must be found. Until then, there will be no proof.

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  132. I am open to the idea, but do not actually believe. I too have felt visits from departed family members, and I welcome them. They are loving presences, not messages.
    You have mentioned that there is no proof. No one has found the proper measurig stick (and no one is truly looking for one.) If supernatural or paranormal exist, a proper measuring stick must be found. Until then, there will be no proof.

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  133. I am open to the idea, but do not actually believe. I too have felt visits from departed family members, and I welcome them. They are loving presences, not messages.
    You have mentioned that there is no proof. No one has found the proper measurig stick (and no one is truly looking for one.) If supernatural or paranormal exist, a proper measuring stick must be found. Until then, there will be no proof.

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  134. I am open to the idea, but do not actually believe. I too have felt visits from departed family members, and I welcome them. They are loving presences, not messages.
    You have mentioned that there is no proof. No one has found the proper measurig stick (and no one is truly looking for one.) If supernatural or paranormal exist, a proper measuring stick must be found. Until then, there will be no proof.

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  135. I am open to the idea, but do not actually believe. I too have felt visits from departed family members, and I welcome them. They are loving presences, not messages.
    You have mentioned that there is no proof. No one has found the proper measurig stick (and no one is truly looking for one.) If supernatural or paranormal exist, a proper measuring stick must be found. Until then, there will be no proof.

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  136. “Believe” isn’t the word I would use. I think there are phenomena out there that we don’t know what they are, but I think they are not unknowable by us, if we keep our minds open and working.
    That said, I do love a good ghost story. The Uninvited with Ray Milland is one of my favorite movies.

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  137. “Believe” isn’t the word I would use. I think there are phenomena out there that we don’t know what they are, but I think they are not unknowable by us, if we keep our minds open and working.
    That said, I do love a good ghost story. The Uninvited with Ray Milland is one of my favorite movies.

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  138. “Believe” isn’t the word I would use. I think there are phenomena out there that we don’t know what they are, but I think they are not unknowable by us, if we keep our minds open and working.
    That said, I do love a good ghost story. The Uninvited with Ray Milland is one of my favorite movies.

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  139. “Believe” isn’t the word I would use. I think there are phenomena out there that we don’t know what they are, but I think they are not unknowable by us, if we keep our minds open and working.
    That said, I do love a good ghost story. The Uninvited with Ray Milland is one of my favorite movies.

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  140. “Believe” isn’t the word I would use. I think there are phenomena out there that we don’t know what they are, but I think they are not unknowable by us, if we keep our minds open and working.
    That said, I do love a good ghost story. The Uninvited with Ray Milland is one of my favorite movies.

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  141. I am open to ghosts and the supernatural. There have been many strange sightings and experiences out there. Evidently ghosts are not open to me. I’ve visited a number of haunted buildings and I swear the ghosts go on vacation while I’m there!

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  142. I am open to ghosts and the supernatural. There have been many strange sightings and experiences out there. Evidently ghosts are not open to me. I’ve visited a number of haunted buildings and I swear the ghosts go on vacation while I’m there!

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  143. I am open to ghosts and the supernatural. There have been many strange sightings and experiences out there. Evidently ghosts are not open to me. I’ve visited a number of haunted buildings and I swear the ghosts go on vacation while I’m there!

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  144. I am open to ghosts and the supernatural. There have been many strange sightings and experiences out there. Evidently ghosts are not open to me. I’ve visited a number of haunted buildings and I swear the ghosts go on vacation while I’m there!

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  145. I am open to ghosts and the supernatural. There have been many strange sightings and experiences out there. Evidently ghosts are not open to me. I’ve visited a number of haunted buildings and I swear the ghosts go on vacation while I’m there!

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  146. People used to see flying saucers and other ufo’s but I think most could be explained away as optical illusions or odd states of mind(whisky induced perhaps!?). A more scientific approach would note that the mind takes short cuts involving interpolation or extrapolating from previous experience. Unusual environments can trigger such activity. More rigorous analysis requires reproducibility in controlled experiments and ghosts never seem to conform to expectation …. they could be playing games with us but I’m skeptical! There is much in this universe that we still don’t understand but I wouldn’t put ghosts high on the list 😀

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  147. People used to see flying saucers and other ufo’s but I think most could be explained away as optical illusions or odd states of mind(whisky induced perhaps!?). A more scientific approach would note that the mind takes short cuts involving interpolation or extrapolating from previous experience. Unusual environments can trigger such activity. More rigorous analysis requires reproducibility in controlled experiments and ghosts never seem to conform to expectation …. they could be playing games with us but I’m skeptical! There is much in this universe that we still don’t understand but I wouldn’t put ghosts high on the list 😀

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  148. People used to see flying saucers and other ufo’s but I think most could be explained away as optical illusions or odd states of mind(whisky induced perhaps!?). A more scientific approach would note that the mind takes short cuts involving interpolation or extrapolating from previous experience. Unusual environments can trigger such activity. More rigorous analysis requires reproducibility in controlled experiments and ghosts never seem to conform to expectation …. they could be playing games with us but I’m skeptical! There is much in this universe that we still don’t understand but I wouldn’t put ghosts high on the list 😀

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  149. People used to see flying saucers and other ufo’s but I think most could be explained away as optical illusions or odd states of mind(whisky induced perhaps!?). A more scientific approach would note that the mind takes short cuts involving interpolation or extrapolating from previous experience. Unusual environments can trigger such activity. More rigorous analysis requires reproducibility in controlled experiments and ghosts never seem to conform to expectation …. they could be playing games with us but I’m skeptical! There is much in this universe that we still don’t understand but I wouldn’t put ghosts high on the list 😀

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  150. People used to see flying saucers and other ufo’s but I think most could be explained away as optical illusions or odd states of mind(whisky induced perhaps!?). A more scientific approach would note that the mind takes short cuts involving interpolation or extrapolating from previous experience. Unusual environments can trigger such activity. More rigorous analysis requires reproducibility in controlled experiments and ghosts never seem to conform to expectation …. they could be playing games with us but I’m skeptical! There is much in this universe that we still don’t understand but I wouldn’t put ghosts high on the list 😀

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  151. Thank you, I wasn’t expecting her to pass, I wasn’t thinking about death. It has been suggested to me that in grief I created the figure, but I don’t think so, I believe it was a genuine experience although i one I don’t usually talk about.

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  152. Thank you, I wasn’t expecting her to pass, I wasn’t thinking about death. It has been suggested to me that in grief I created the figure, but I don’t think so, I believe it was a genuine experience although i one I don’t usually talk about.

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  153. Thank you, I wasn’t expecting her to pass, I wasn’t thinking about death. It has been suggested to me that in grief I created the figure, but I don’t think so, I believe it was a genuine experience although i one I don’t usually talk about.

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  154. Thank you, I wasn’t expecting her to pass, I wasn’t thinking about death. It has been suggested to me that in grief I created the figure, but I don’t think so, I believe it was a genuine experience although i one I don’t usually talk about.

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  155. Thank you, I wasn’t expecting her to pass, I wasn’t thinking about death. It has been suggested to me that in grief I created the figure, but I don’t think so, I believe it was a genuine experience although i one I don’t usually talk about.

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  156. I do believe in spirits being attached to people and places, kind of like the “recycled souls” of your ancestors of your ancestors being with you. This was especially true when one of my youngest sisters always waking up in the middle of the night crying for her “Rose” mommy when she was 4-5 years old. It turns out that a great, great grandmother was put on a ship from Ireland to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, leaving behind her birth mother named Rose.

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  157. I do believe in spirits being attached to people and places, kind of like the “recycled souls” of your ancestors of your ancestors being with you. This was especially true when one of my youngest sisters always waking up in the middle of the night crying for her “Rose” mommy when she was 4-5 years old. It turns out that a great, great grandmother was put on a ship from Ireland to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, leaving behind her birth mother named Rose.

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  158. I do believe in spirits being attached to people and places, kind of like the “recycled souls” of your ancestors of your ancestors being with you. This was especially true when one of my youngest sisters always waking up in the middle of the night crying for her “Rose” mommy when she was 4-5 years old. It turns out that a great, great grandmother was put on a ship from Ireland to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, leaving behind her birth mother named Rose.

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  159. I do believe in spirits being attached to people and places, kind of like the “recycled souls” of your ancestors of your ancestors being with you. This was especially true when one of my youngest sisters always waking up in the middle of the night crying for her “Rose” mommy when she was 4-5 years old. It turns out that a great, great grandmother was put on a ship from Ireland to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, leaving behind her birth mother named Rose.

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  160. I do believe in spirits being attached to people and places, kind of like the “recycled souls” of your ancestors of your ancestors being with you. This was especially true when one of my youngest sisters always waking up in the middle of the night crying for her “Rose” mommy when she was 4-5 years old. It turns out that a great, great grandmother was put on a ship from Ireland to the U.S. when she was 5 years old, leaving behind her birth mother named Rose.

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  161. I think people often try to explain phenomenon like these as something we create in grief but other interpretations are equally as likely. Just because we don’t understand how they occur doesn’t mean they haven’t happened!

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  162. I think people often try to explain phenomenon like these as something we create in grief but other interpretations are equally as likely. Just because we don’t understand how they occur doesn’t mean they haven’t happened!

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  163. I think people often try to explain phenomenon like these as something we create in grief but other interpretations are equally as likely. Just because we don’t understand how they occur doesn’t mean they haven’t happened!

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  164. I think people often try to explain phenomenon like these as something we create in grief but other interpretations are equally as likely. Just because we don’t understand how they occur doesn’t mean they haven’t happened!

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  165. I think people often try to explain phenomenon like these as something we create in grief but other interpretations are equally as likely. Just because we don’t understand how they occur doesn’t mean they haven’t happened!

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  166. LOL,Carol! I don’t think you could be described as completely insensitive! Some people are probably more prone to seeing or hearing these things than others, just as we all have different gifts.
    That ghost story about York is one of my favourites too. My college tutor had a similar experience on Hadrians Wall when she saw a line of Roman soldiers following her along the road!

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  167. LOL,Carol! I don’t think you could be described as completely insensitive! Some people are probably more prone to seeing or hearing these things than others, just as we all have different gifts.
    That ghost story about York is one of my favourites too. My college tutor had a similar experience on Hadrians Wall when she saw a line of Roman soldiers following her along the road!

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  168. LOL,Carol! I don’t think you could be described as completely insensitive! Some people are probably more prone to seeing or hearing these things than others, just as we all have different gifts.
    That ghost story about York is one of my favourites too. My college tutor had a similar experience on Hadrians Wall when she saw a line of Roman soldiers following her along the road!

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  169. LOL,Carol! I don’t think you could be described as completely insensitive! Some people are probably more prone to seeing or hearing these things than others, just as we all have different gifts.
    That ghost story about York is one of my favourites too. My college tutor had a similar experience on Hadrians Wall when she saw a line of Roman soldiers following her along the road!

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  170. LOL,Carol! I don’t think you could be described as completely insensitive! Some people are probably more prone to seeing or hearing these things than others, just as we all have different gifts.
    That ghost story about York is one of my favourites too. My college tutor had a similar experience on Hadrians Wall when she saw a line of Roman soldiers following her along the road!

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  171. That’s a beautiful story, Andrea. Evidently you are very open to these things and your husband is sensitive to that.

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  172. That’s a beautiful story, Andrea. Evidently you are very open to these things and your husband is sensitive to that.

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  173. That’s a beautiful story, Andrea. Evidently you are very open to these things and your husband is sensitive to that.

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  174. That’s a beautiful story, Andrea. Evidently you are very open to these things and your husband is sensitive to that.

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  175. That’s a beautiful story, Andrea. Evidently you are very open to these things and your husband is sensitive to that.

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  176. Thank you, Faith! Yes, the ability of animals to sense and see spirits is very strong, isn’t it. When we lived in our haunted cottage, our cat would sometimes look up and turn her head as though she was following the progress of someone walking across the room. Our previous Labrador was also very sensitive to these things. There was a place in our village he was always very unhappy to walk past and would sit down and simply refuse to move.
    I love the richness that these spirits and forces add to our stories and out lives.

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  177. Thank you, Faith! Yes, the ability of animals to sense and see spirits is very strong, isn’t it. When we lived in our haunted cottage, our cat would sometimes look up and turn her head as though she was following the progress of someone walking across the room. Our previous Labrador was also very sensitive to these things. There was a place in our village he was always very unhappy to walk past and would sit down and simply refuse to move.
    I love the richness that these spirits and forces add to our stories and out lives.

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  178. Thank you, Faith! Yes, the ability of animals to sense and see spirits is very strong, isn’t it. When we lived in our haunted cottage, our cat would sometimes look up and turn her head as though she was following the progress of someone walking across the room. Our previous Labrador was also very sensitive to these things. There was a place in our village he was always very unhappy to walk past and would sit down and simply refuse to move.
    I love the richness that these spirits and forces add to our stories and out lives.

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  179. Thank you, Faith! Yes, the ability of animals to sense and see spirits is very strong, isn’t it. When we lived in our haunted cottage, our cat would sometimes look up and turn her head as though she was following the progress of someone walking across the room. Our previous Labrador was also very sensitive to these things. There was a place in our village he was always very unhappy to walk past and would sit down and simply refuse to move.
    I love the richness that these spirits and forces add to our stories and out lives.

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  180. Thank you, Faith! Yes, the ability of animals to sense and see spirits is very strong, isn’t it. When we lived in our haunted cottage, our cat would sometimes look up and turn her head as though she was following the progress of someone walking across the room. Our previous Labrador was also very sensitive to these things. There was a place in our village he was always very unhappy to walk past and would sit down and simply refuse to move.
    I love the richness that these spirits and forces add to our stories and out lives.

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  181. I think that’s my husband’s attitude too! It feels to me that it would be quite arrogant of us to assume that we understand all the laws of nature, or physics or all manner of things when clearly there are things we can’t explain even in this modern age! In another thousand years people will probably laugh at how little we knew…

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  182. I think that’s my husband’s attitude too! It feels to me that it would be quite arrogant of us to assume that we understand all the laws of nature, or physics or all manner of things when clearly there are things we can’t explain even in this modern age! In another thousand years people will probably laugh at how little we knew…

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  183. I think that’s my husband’s attitude too! It feels to me that it would be quite arrogant of us to assume that we understand all the laws of nature, or physics or all manner of things when clearly there are things we can’t explain even in this modern age! In another thousand years people will probably laugh at how little we knew…

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  184. I think that’s my husband’s attitude too! It feels to me that it would be quite arrogant of us to assume that we understand all the laws of nature, or physics or all manner of things when clearly there are things we can’t explain even in this modern age! In another thousand years people will probably laugh at how little we knew…

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  185. I think that’s my husband’s attitude too! It feels to me that it would be quite arrogant of us to assume that we understand all the laws of nature, or physics or all manner of things when clearly there are things we can’t explain even in this modern age! In another thousand years people will probably laugh at how little we knew…

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  186. Margaret, I think Auschwitz has a similar sense of oppressive sadness to Culloden. It’s extraordinarily powerful.
    Interesting that you mention smoke. When I was a teenager we had a close family friend who was a big smoker. After he died we often smelled the scent of smoke hanging around and even now I catch it sometimes and think “oh, that’s Arthur still looking out for us.” I think it’s wonderful that you feel your grandmother’s presence in a protective capacity.

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  187. Margaret, I think Auschwitz has a similar sense of oppressive sadness to Culloden. It’s extraordinarily powerful.
    Interesting that you mention smoke. When I was a teenager we had a close family friend who was a big smoker. After he died we often smelled the scent of smoke hanging around and even now I catch it sometimes and think “oh, that’s Arthur still looking out for us.” I think it’s wonderful that you feel your grandmother’s presence in a protective capacity.

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  188. Margaret, I think Auschwitz has a similar sense of oppressive sadness to Culloden. It’s extraordinarily powerful.
    Interesting that you mention smoke. When I was a teenager we had a close family friend who was a big smoker. After he died we often smelled the scent of smoke hanging around and even now I catch it sometimes and think “oh, that’s Arthur still looking out for us.” I think it’s wonderful that you feel your grandmother’s presence in a protective capacity.

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  189. Margaret, I think Auschwitz has a similar sense of oppressive sadness to Culloden. It’s extraordinarily powerful.
    Interesting that you mention smoke. When I was a teenager we had a close family friend who was a big smoker. After he died we often smelled the scent of smoke hanging around and even now I catch it sometimes and think “oh, that’s Arthur still looking out for us.” I think it’s wonderful that you feel your grandmother’s presence in a protective capacity.

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  190. Margaret, I think Auschwitz has a similar sense of oppressive sadness to Culloden. It’s extraordinarily powerful.
    Interesting that you mention smoke. When I was a teenager we had a close family friend who was a big smoker. After he died we often smelled the scent of smoke hanging around and even now I catch it sometimes and think “oh, that’s Arthur still looking out for us.” I think it’s wonderful that you feel your grandmother’s presence in a protective capacity.

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  191. That is a very spooky story, Teresa, but it’s interesting that you don’t feel scared by the presence in the house. That’s exactly how we were in our cottage; with the exception of one occasion that was very frightening, the ghostly presence didn’t hurt or scare us. We could co-exist quite comfortably.

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  192. That is a very spooky story, Teresa, but it’s interesting that you don’t feel scared by the presence in the house. That’s exactly how we were in our cottage; with the exception of one occasion that was very frightening, the ghostly presence didn’t hurt or scare us. We could co-exist quite comfortably.

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  193. That is a very spooky story, Teresa, but it’s interesting that you don’t feel scared by the presence in the house. That’s exactly how we were in our cottage; with the exception of one occasion that was very frightening, the ghostly presence didn’t hurt or scare us. We could co-exist quite comfortably.

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  194. That is a very spooky story, Teresa, but it’s interesting that you don’t feel scared by the presence in the house. That’s exactly how we were in our cottage; with the exception of one occasion that was very frightening, the ghostly presence didn’t hurt or scare us. We could co-exist quite comfortably.

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  195. That is a very spooky story, Teresa, but it’s interesting that you don’t feel scared by the presence in the house. That’s exactly how we were in our cottage; with the exception of one occasion that was very frightening, the ghostly presence didn’t hurt or scare us. We could co-exist quite comfortably.

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  196. That’s a very fair point, Sue! How does one measure these things? I can’t imagine a way of doing that which would satisfy everyone. We are always going to have that spectrum of belief/openness/disbelief, I think.

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  197. That’s a very fair point, Sue! How does one measure these things? I can’t imagine a way of doing that which would satisfy everyone. We are always going to have that spectrum of belief/openness/disbelief, I think.

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  198. That’s a very fair point, Sue! How does one measure these things? I can’t imagine a way of doing that which would satisfy everyone. We are always going to have that spectrum of belief/openness/disbelief, I think.

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  199. That’s a very fair point, Sue! How does one measure these things? I can’t imagine a way of doing that which would satisfy everyone. We are always going to have that spectrum of belief/openness/disbelief, I think.

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  200. That’s a very fair point, Sue! How does one measure these things? I can’t imagine a way of doing that which would satisfy everyone. We are always going to have that spectrum of belief/openness/disbelief, I think.

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  201. I like the idea of being open to different phenomena, Janice. It feels thoughtful and measured.
    The Uninvited is very chilling!

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  202. I like the idea of being open to different phenomena, Janice. It feels thoughtful and measured.
    The Uninvited is very chilling!

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  203. I like the idea of being open to different phenomena, Janice. It feels thoughtful and measured.
    The Uninvited is very chilling!

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  204. I like the idea of being open to different phenomena, Janice. It feels thoughtful and measured.
    The Uninvited is very chilling!

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  205. I like the idea of being open to different phenomena, Janice. It feels thoughtful and measured.
    The Uninvited is very chilling!

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  206. LOL, Pat! You never know when one might pop up! Your comment made me realise that I haven’t seen any ghosts in buildings that already have a reputation for being haunted. I’ve been to a lot of the most famous places and not seen a thing.

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  207. LOL, Pat! You never know when one might pop up! Your comment made me realise that I haven’t seen any ghosts in buildings that already have a reputation for being haunted. I’ve been to a lot of the most famous places and not seen a thing.

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  208. LOL, Pat! You never know when one might pop up! Your comment made me realise that I haven’t seen any ghosts in buildings that already have a reputation for being haunted. I’ve been to a lot of the most famous places and not seen a thing.

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  209. LOL, Pat! You never know when one might pop up! Your comment made me realise that I haven’t seen any ghosts in buildings that already have a reputation for being haunted. I’ve been to a lot of the most famous places and not seen a thing.

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  210. LOL, Pat! You never know when one might pop up! Your comment made me realise that I haven’t seen any ghosts in buildings that already have a reputation for being haunted. I’ve been to a lot of the most famous places and not seen a thing.

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  211. I definitely agree that a lot of supernatural occurrences probably do have natural or logical explanations. It’s the ones that don’t which make me wonder. Perhaps one day we will be able to understand them. I’m with Shakespeare on this one. There are still many things we cannot explain…

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  212. I definitely agree that a lot of supernatural occurrences probably do have natural or logical explanations. It’s the ones that don’t which make me wonder. Perhaps one day we will be able to understand them. I’m with Shakespeare on this one. There are still many things we cannot explain…

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  213. I definitely agree that a lot of supernatural occurrences probably do have natural or logical explanations. It’s the ones that don’t which make me wonder. Perhaps one day we will be able to understand them. I’m with Shakespeare on this one. There are still many things we cannot explain…

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  214. I definitely agree that a lot of supernatural occurrences probably do have natural or logical explanations. It’s the ones that don’t which make me wonder. Perhaps one day we will be able to understand them. I’m with Shakespeare on this one. There are still many things we cannot explain…

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  215. I definitely agree that a lot of supernatural occurrences probably do have natural or logical explanations. It’s the ones that don’t which make me wonder. Perhaps one day we will be able to understand them. I’m with Shakespeare on this one. There are still many things we cannot explain…

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  216. That is such a heartbreaking story. Children do seem to be very open to picking up on these connections, perhaps because they don’t “filter” them in the way that many adults do. I hope that your great, great-grandmother found happiness in her new life.

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  217. That is such a heartbreaking story. Children do seem to be very open to picking up on these connections, perhaps because they don’t “filter” them in the way that many adults do. I hope that your great, great-grandmother found happiness in her new life.

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  218. That is such a heartbreaking story. Children do seem to be very open to picking up on these connections, perhaps because they don’t “filter” them in the way that many adults do. I hope that your great, great-grandmother found happiness in her new life.

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  219. That is such a heartbreaking story. Children do seem to be very open to picking up on these connections, perhaps because they don’t “filter” them in the way that many adults do. I hope that your great, great-grandmother found happiness in her new life.

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  220. That is such a heartbreaking story. Children do seem to be very open to picking up on these connections, perhaps because they don’t “filter” them in the way that many adults do. I hope that your great, great-grandmother found happiness in her new life.

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