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Wednesday, October 24, 2012



A while back a movie called Paranormal Activity was a big hit. It’s since spawned several sequels. Cameras were set up to capture real paranormal activity that occurred while the homeowners slept. I’m not sure I believe everything in the movie was real.

But I do believe in the supernatural, and I’m not the only one. Look at all the vampire, werewolf, demon, witch, ghost, etc, books and movies that are so prevalent now. Those who study popular culture say our fascination with the supernatural is a wish to escape from the trials of our world and a desire to have superpowers to give us control over events. If I were to have a supernatural power, I’d be like Samantha in the old Bewitched TV show. I’ve always wanted to be able to twitch my nose and have a clean house. That’s all the superpower I’d need.

Many of us have had brushes with the supernatural. I wish I could say I’ve had a lot of experience with psychic phenomena, but I haven’t. I’ll tell you about some of my mystical experiences, one in particular involving what might have been a celestial being.

I don’t know if you’d call this next thing mystical, but it is psychic. I’m not one of those lucky people who win lots of contests or win the lottery. In fact, I’m singularly unlucky in that respect. However, the few times I’ve won something, I’ve known I would win. I get “the feeling,” almost a lightheadedness. And “the feeling” is never wrong. Once at a writers’ conference, I was in a workshop where they were giving away door prizes. Before my name was called, I’d put down the papers on my lap and started to stand. I’d gotten “the feeling” and knew I would win. If I were to ever win big in the lottery, I’d get “the feeling” when I bought the ticket. So far that hasn’t happened.

Several years ago I had an encounter with what I believe was an angel. That day, driving back to work on my lunch hour I was stopped at an intersection. My light turned green and I started across the road. Suddenly I felt a tingling on the back of my neck, like someone breathing on my skin. Something told me to stop. I put on my brakes just as two young women sped past in another car, running the opposite red light. They never even slowed down. I may have died that day but for my “angel” whispering for me to stop.

Do you believe in reincarnation? Things have happened in my life to make me believe reincarnation is real. When I was a small child, my grandmother had paintings of scenes from Ancient Rome hanging in her house. I’d stare at those paintings and know what it was like to live there. I used to have dreams where I was dressed in flowing Roman clothes and standing in a garden decorated with Roman statuary. To this day whenever I see a wooden door in a stone wall leading to a garden, I get chills. I truly believe that in a past life I lived in Ancient Rome and had a garden with a wooden door.

When my son was three or four, he used to tell my husband and me that when he lived with his “other daddy” he had a black dog that lay at the bottom of the stairs. My son has had only one daddy, and we’re a cat family. We’ve never had a dog. I got chills every time my son told us that story. As he got older, any memories he had of his “other daddy” and the black dog left him. Children remember their past lives because they’re still close to those lives. I believe my son and I both had past life memories when we were children.

A friend once told me that when her little brother was three years old, he’d tell the family stories of living in Paris, France, in the 1700’s. He’d describe the sounds of the carriage wheels and the smells of the city. How would he have known that, especially the smells? He couldn’t even read.

I believe old houses retain an aura from the spirits of all the people who’d lived in them. Some auras are good, some not so much. A friend and I once spent a day touring beautiful old houses on one of those charity events where people open their homes to the public. My friend and I may have been extra sensitive to psychic feelings that day, but each time we went into a house, we felt its “spirit.” Some spirits were loving, but others were tinged with evil as if something bad had happened there. I still get shivers thinking about it.

Places are haunted too with the actual ghosts, rather than the auras, of ones who’d lived there. Another friend told the story of the time she had dinner at an old inn in Pennsylvania. When my friend went up the stairs to the ladies room, she saw a shimmering figure on the landing. She described it as the bottom half of a man clad in Civil War garb. Sure enough, the inn was said to be haunted by a Civil War soldier and also by a little girl who cried a lot. Other restaurant patrons reported hearing a little girl cry.

I’ve visited Gettysburg battlefield several times. Each time I’ve felt the spirits of the men who died there. It’s common knowledge that Gettysburg is haunted. I’ve visited Antietam battlefield in Maryland also. That place is haunted too, maybe more so than Gettysburg. The spirits in Antietam are very strong.

My psychic experiences are small, but I’ve had enough to convince me we are surrounded by otherworldly beings, and that each of us holds the key to opening ourselves up to these spirits. We also possess knowledge of our past lives, but that knowledge is hidden. What do you think? Have you had any paranormal activity in your lives?


Daryl Devore said...

I haven't had any psychic experiences but I have had a couple of deja vu and several ghostly moments.

Adele Dubois said...

Cara--I enjoyed your post. Thank goodness your intuition told you to stop at that intersection! I do believe in sensitivity to 'the other' unexplained world. However, when I read books about vampires, werewolves, and zombies I'm always thankful those monsters aren't real!

Happy Halloween!


Tina Donahue said...

Love the photo of the cat...whew.

I really hope reincarnation doesn't happen. I'd hate to find myself born again as a woman in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Living in the US these last years with the anti-women crazies has been bad enough.

Always amazes me that those who do believe in coming back always believe it's going to be to some wonderful life. Could be super crappy. I'd rather not take my chances.


Hi, Cara, my friend. And so nice to see Killer too.

When Handsome was first diagnosed with cancer, I was walking past our kitchen island to the back door. I paused and felt a cloak go around my shoulders and heard "It's all going to be all right." I truly believe an angel was watching over me.

Just wrote this and still feel sobby.


jean hart stewart said...

Fascinating column. Certainly what I call intuition had told me what I must do sometimes. And intuition can be anything...Everything I've read says if you're re-born your new life is dependent on how you behaved in your old, so don't worry, Tina, you'll be in great shape.

Robin Haseltine said...

Lots of thought provoking information, Carolyn. Can't say I've ever had a paranormal experience, but I find the stories so interesting, especially ones about the young kids who seem to have memories of past lives.

Paris said...

Great post, Cara. The one experience I remember vividly was when I was very young. We lived in the country and were visiting my grandparents house for a family get together. I 'saw' a coiled snake on the porch. My grandfather ended up killing it because he was the only one who believed me; or maybe he just got tired of a four year old trying to drag him through the house, lol!

Happy Halloween:)

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Daryl and Adele. And, Adele, I'm very glad that angel spoke to me that day.

Tina, my Killer is the sweetest, most gentle cat. You'd never know from the picture. It's her reaction to my son's Halloween costume. And Jean is right. If you've done something bad in one life, you have to make up for it in another. Bad Karma. You have nothing to worry about.

Vicki, your story gave me chills and made me sobby. Hope Handsome is all cured.

Thanks, Jean and Robin. I think we're all capable of paranormal experiences, but some people are more open to it than others. I wish I were more psychic.

Paris, your story gave me chills too. So you were the only one who "saw" the snake?

Paris said...

I don't know if you'd call it a vision but I was standing in the garage and knew the thing was on the porch. It really was, I think that's what scared me the most.

Jacki C. said...

I have been having psychic encounters since I was a young child - talking to ghosts always semmed "normal" to me. I know that my father and my son shared a previous life together as father and son. My uncle sees angels (huge angels) around people shortly before they die. :)

Cara Marsi said...

Paris, your story is giving me chills.

Jacki C, I'd like to have more psychic encounters. A psychic once told me that my son was my brother in a previous life and he was here with me now because I needed to teach him a lesson. Have no idea if I've done that. I got chills about your uncle seeing angels.

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