The first thing most people think of when they hear the word paranormal are ghosts, so today's post is dedicated to a true ghost encounter. A woman I know lived in an apartment for six years and she found that it was a place that had quite a bit of ghostly activity. It wasn't long after she moved in that she began to notice that there was something a little strange going on. She started hearing things moving and noises coming from the back of the apartment. Most things occurred when she was home alone or very late at night - at first. These things didn't happen often and were mostly pretty subtle at this point - something that could and was easily dismissed as 'just hearing things'. This woman is very highly intuitive and possessed latent clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. She did 'feel' a presence in her home but decided to 'play it off'. It wouldn't be long before that wouldn't be possible any more.
Whenever she was home alone, she could feel invisible eyes staring at her. She even began to feel as if a presence was following her around. She started to hear what sounded like footsteps in the back rooms. She noticed that her boyfriend's daughter's bedroom seemed to be cooler than the rest of the rooms in the apartment. As the days passed, she became eerily more aware of something ominous.
On night, as she was in the back of the house, she heard the front door open and then distinguishable footsteps coming up the stairs - her boyfriend had come home. She came out to greet him but there was no one there. She called out for him and searched the apartment but he was not home. She thought perhaps he had gone back out to his car but didn't see it when she looked. She called him and he told her that he didn't leave the place he was at yet and that he hadn't been home. She checked all the doors and windows but they were all secure and not tampered with.
It was only a few nights after that when she was again alone in the house, she was taking a shower. She heard what sounded like a tap on the bathroom door several time. Once again, she assumed it was her boyfriend playing around. The tapping got progressively louder until it seemed like a hard knocking. She yelled at her boyfriend to knock it off and the knocking stopped. Then, as she was out of the shower but still in the bathroom drying off, the floor mat that was pushed right up against the bathroom door was suddenly pulled right out underneath the door very swiftly which really made her jump. She quickly opened the bathroom door to yell at her prankster boyfriend for giving her quite a scare and when the door opened - no one was on the other side. The bath mat was there - looking as though it was thrown against the hallway wall opposite the bathroom. Her boyfriend couldn't have possibly left the hallway with her fast and furious reaction time. Actually, he wasn't even home but she felt as if she ran into a wall of negative energy. She knew someone was standing right before her, in that hallway - yet she saw on one. With her intuitive abilities, she knew that presence was a masculine energy. Also, just the fact that this energy - this ghost - could pull the mat out like that with such speed and force, he had to be a pretty powerful energy.
Occurrences started to escalate from that point on. Doors that were left open would be closed and closed doors would be opened. It seemed that the child's bedroom and the bathroom were the hot-spots; the preferred hangouts of the ghost. On one weekend, when the boyfriend had his daughter over, the child came running out of her room saying that there was a scary man in there, and of course there was nobody in there - that you could see anyway.
In the bathroom after a shower, the woman was drying her hair. Everything seemed peaceful. Suddenly, the woman became very startled as she heard very loud and clear - a man's deep voice screaming at her - long and loud. She could hear it very well - even over top of the loud sound of the hair dryer. She switched off the hair dryer and the screaming stopped. She turned the dryer back on and finished her hair without any more interference. These occurrences with the blow dryer happened more and more frequently until it go to the point where she couldn't dry her hair at all. The ghost would just yell and yell. No words were spoken - just a loud, long yell.
It started to become apparent that this ghost did not really like the lady living with him at this apartment. He mostly singled her out as his target. He would make things fall over in her bedroom while she slept and move things directly in front of her. Things would fly off furniture and doors would slam. His actions were with force and projected an aggressive behavior - not like that of a typical, docile haunting.
It wasn't long that he decided to show this woman what he looked like. He appeared as a partial apparition but the woman could fill in the blanks because of her clairvoyant ability, so she got a pretty good physical and psychic image of him. He was tall with a medium build and looked as though he was in some kind of fight or violent encounter. He had gashes on his body and his clothing was torn. His clothing appeared to be wet. His skin was a pallid-blue color. Her psychic intuition allowed her to realize that in his life, he was not a very good person and became involved in things that led him to be attacked, killed and left in a body of water. He certainly had the rage to confirm his lifestyle. After he showed himself, things began to happen more frequently and with more aggression. Items would fly across the room smashing into walls, toys would fly off shelves and whispers turned into screams. The woman could feel this entity always watching her so she got very irritated and totally fed up with his shenanigans.
She decided to sit down and have a talk with the ghost. She properly introduced herself to him and told him that she knows he is there. She told him that she is aware that he is the one causing all of the commotion. She also informed him that she 'saw' the horrible way he died. She told him that she wanted to live in peace and politely asked him to comply. She spoke from the heart and really tried to get through to him.
Apparently, it had an impact because things started to improve in one way, but then other things began happening. The more harsh actions ceased happening and there no intimidation going on by this ghost any longer. It was quite a relief for the woman however, it wasn't long that she began to notice something else that seemed to be going on - on top of the things her now much more tamed ghost friend - that she now referred to as Lionel, still participated in. The whispers starting becoming more frequent again but now it sounded more like multiple people were conversing although she could not make out any distinguishable worlds.
There seemed to be another entity in the home but she had no idea where it could have come from. Lionel's presence was so strong that is literally took command over the home and blocked out any other entity that couldn't compete with Lionel's powerful energy, but now that he toned everything down, another presence could be felt and detected.
One night, the woman got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Her living room is partially visible from the hallway. As she walked from her bedroom into the bathroom, what she saw in her living room literally stunned her. She stopped dead in her tracks and couldn't do anything but stare and stand there. She was witnessing what she referred to as a party of ghosts in her living room. There were several ghosts standing in the middle of the room chatting and there were several sitting on her sofa. She said they seemed to be dressed more formally. The woman ghost, wearing a blue dress, that was sitting on the end of the sofa and closest to the hallway, turned to look at the owner of the apartment and then all the spirits turned to look. They all stopped whispering and just stared. The woman was so freaked out, she turned and ran back into her bedroom. She said it looked like she disturbed their gathering.
It was the same week when she was just about asleep, that she was disturbed by a bright light coming from the hallway just outside of the bedroom door - which also just happens to be in front the the child's room. She looked and saw a swirling circle of light - an opening. She witnessed a portal opening and saw spirits entering it. Well that explains that ghost party. By having a portal in the home, there could be many ghosts or no ghosts at any given time. Lionel, however, was the resident ghost that did not utilize this portal.
Not long after that, this woman gave birth to her first child. Things around the house were the same. Lionel made his presence known from time to time, but nothing outrageous. The other ghosts seemed to come and go but never made much of a disturbance so the woman learned to live in peace with these entities.
When her daughter was about 3 years old, Lionel decided to pose for a picture with the woman and her daughter while they were in the bathroom drying their hair. He wasn't making a sound, but his face appeared in the picture. The picture was taken in the mirror of the two of them and in the upper corner of the picture - just over the shower, you can see Lionel's face but he didn't appear all scary looking this time. He wasn't smiling either.
It was only another year later when the woman moved from the apartment - but not because of the ghosts. When she was leaving - Lionel whispered in the woman's ear just two words - the woman's name and goodbye. It is a warm and friendly feeling and the woman almost felt bad to leave Lionel behind. She wonders still to this day if Lionel is scaring someone else that is living in that apartment now.
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I'm Cher, a psychic medium, paranormal investigator, extensive paranormal researcher, spiritual teacher, intuitive counselor, hypnotist of past life regression,writer, exorcist in training and founder of PsychicMyst Paranormal Network. I have over 37 years of total professional experience.