What was that?
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Imagine sitting on your couch at home. It’s been a long day and you are exhausted. You have just turned off the TV and are quietly going over a list of things that you need to get done the next day. While you are concentrating on your list of chores, you suddenly feel a prickle go down your spine. Your shoulders instantly tense up, and the fine hairs on your arms, and the back of your neck stand up. You hear a high pitched squeal in your ears and you just feel as though someone is watching you from behind. No one else is home. You take note how eerily silent it is after the corruption to your ears. There is no sound from outside. No birds, no bats, no traffic noises. The lights flicker for a moment and you move your eyes around the room, not allowing your body to betray you yet by running away. You see nothing. You hear nothing. But you smell a faint odor that you can’t place. Cigars? Vodka? Has it been this cold the whole time that you have been home? After taking several deep breaths, you scan the room, this time moving your head and your shoulders, even though they are still tight. Just as you relax and start telling yourself how silly you were to be afraid of nothing, you feel the traces of fingers going down your back. You jump up and yell, “what was that?”
What was that? No, seriously, what was that? What just happened to you? Did you just imagine the whole thing? Have you been very stressed or just finished watching a scary movie? Do you have an over active imagination? Any of these could be very reasonable explanations, however, many people take these as signs of a ghost being around you. We are going to take a look at a few common thoughts and feelings that people have described after they claim to have encountered a ghost. Then, we are going to look at the logical explanations as to why these things may have occurred. There are many arguments as to if ghost are even real, there are several things that these stories have in common. I always so it’s important to be skeptical, but keep an open mind. Either way you believe, it is fascinating to see how many independent people have these common things happen to them when they think they have seen or even felt a ghost. Let’s see what was that!
More often than not, people describe paranormal encounters as quiet. This means that the background noises that you normally hear, and may even tune out are all of the sudden gone. The silence is loud and catches your attention. It’s like being outside with chirping crickets and have them all fall silent at the same moment. You become so hyper aware that you can’t hear anything else including the wind, rain, or even traffic. It may last a few moments to a few minutes. One of the scariest things in movies is the silence before the big scare. Could there be something very logical about this temporary loss of sound? Of course. You may be getting ill and you have an ear infection, which makes things seem much different than they are. The animals around you could become quiet due to predators or even weather changes. You may not hear the normal background noises because you have become so used to them until you are hyper aware. Then, you may not have notices that these noises are not constant, but ever changing. Why would a person have an issue hearing when a ghost comes around? The theory behind this is that a ghost is either scaring things around it, or it’s on it’s on another wave length. Which leads to the next theory.
2. High Pitched Sounds:
Many times in a person’s life, they will suffer from a quick, high pitched sound in one or both of the ears. It can be very uncomfortable, and even painful to a few. This is more common for people above the age of 13, unless there are already hearing problems detected. There are several theories as to why this happens including something called ascension symptoms. This is when a person feels the shifts in vibrations around them. This could from something natural, or something paranormal. For example, a spirit is on a different plane or wave length than what humans are on. This means that if they meet, then the vibrations are off or different and can cause some feedback such as the high pitched sounds in your ears. While this can be the case, it also could be a very real medical condition. Best to get your ears check with a professional doctor if this high pitched sound in your ears happens frequently. For me, this is an indication that I am getting an ear infection, or have a bad sinus infection.
3.Cold Spots/Electronic Failure
I can’t count the movies that show people starting to shiver and complain of cold just before a ghost is revealed on the screen. Some of them go so far to show the breath of the person who is afraid. This is a very common complaint when people claim to see a ghost. Either the house becomes cold suddenly, or the person themselves feels very chilled for no reason. It could be in the middle of a heat wave. This theory about cold spots goes back to ghost gathering energy in order to materialize. This could also be the reason the lights flicker, and electronics that drain or stop working. Why would this be such a common thing? Well, if you are in an older house, you could be in the path of a draft. You also could be coming down with a cold. Your electronics could be failing due to their age, or they need a better battery. While cold spots are a common complaint, there is logical explications for them.
4. Phantom Smells:
In the middle of dinner, you get a whiff of your Grandma’s perfume that you recall vividly. So much so that you expect to see her walk through the kitchen even though she has been gone for the past 10 years. It can be a very pleasant and comforting feeling to smell something that reminds you of a person who has passed away. Scent is actually one of the most powerful memory triggers. When scent is associated with a memory, or a person, it is recalled a lot more clearly and with better details than without. Why would a person smell a phantom sell? Could it be that it’s not phantom at all, but maybe actually around you. Did a friend wear the same perfume? What if you were thinking of your Grandma earlier that day, or even that week and the idea of the scent of the perfume was planted in your subconscious? There is a serious medical condition when it comes to phantom smells called Phantosmia, which a form of hallucination. This could indicate a very serious medical issue such as cancer or tumors. Could a random smell be a sign of trouble? Not really, but if it happens frequently, then you may want to speak to your doctor.
5. Feeling Hands on You:
What is terrible feeling to have! To feel like someone has touched your back, or your arm, but no one is actually there. It could be a light touch, or even a pinch. Many people have described this very scary event, and it is very unnerving. Sometimes, people feel like they have walked through a spider web, while there isn’t any to be seen. Know, could you be becoming Spiderman? One can hope. Could you have just walked through a very tiny spiderweb that you didn’t see? Of course. Could it be someone from beyond trying to reach out and grab you? I’m not sure, but this is a very common issue for those with ghost encounters.
So, what was that? There are always logical explanations for as to why thins happen the way that they do. People are always trying to make things fit into something that makes sense, even if the events that took place have no logic. We are trained to want answers, and find them with what we have available to us. Right now, there is no proof of ghosts even though there are a lot of personal experience stories. Usually the right answer is the most simple explanation. However, what happens when you no longer have simple answers? Do I think that some of the answers could be paranormal? I do think that, however, I also like to acknowledge that some of these things can be explained away with very logical answers. The reason why this is so difficult is that you can’t measure a personal experience in science. While I have believed these stories, and I will again, it is hard to not look for the easiest explanation. Ghost stories are very real, but sadly, we have no real proof of the ghosts. It’s time to see why so many people have similar experiences. Is it real, or is it all the power of suggestion? I hope that one day we can get some clues as how to solve this mystery. Until then, we will keep asking, what was that?