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I read that as "Dr. Horse's...Experience, and imagined a horse that is a doctor, walking around on his hind legs and wearing a lab coat and stethoscope around his neck.

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2 hours ago, bilgistic said:

I read that as "Dr. Horse's...Experience, and imagined a horse that is a doctor, walking around on his hind legs and wearing a lab coat and stethoscope around his neck.

A Horse Doctor :) Come to think of it, a few nurses I've known have referred to a certain doctor as a jackass, so you may be on to something.

A quick story along that line. One evening after a patient transfer to a regional hospital, the night desk said there was a patient that was ready to go back to our hospital.

We brought the stretcher up to the floor she was on and the head nurse began giving us the related patient history. As it turned out, the lady we were bringing back was the mother of one of our local doctors.

The trip between hospitals is around two and a half hours so we had plenty of time to probe for information. She was so proud of her son for becoming a doctor, but he really had his heart set on being a veterinarian instead. He couldn't keep up the passing scores he needed so he became a people doctor instead.

Moral of that story ... if you ever need a doctor, you're better off looking for Dr. Horse (or a horse doctor).

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I had a nightmare last night. No idea where it came from - certainly not from anything I've been watching on the TV lately - but it took a big effort to wake myself up from it given that I was on my own.

I was in my bed (in the centre) as usual, lights out, on my back, waiting for sleep to take me away. But then I could feel something or someone sit on the end of the bed, and then someone else sitting on the far side of my bed. And then another on my near side, then another at the foot of the bed etc. 

I opened my eyes but couldn't see anything in the darkness. But I could just about make out human shapes sitting all around my bed, with their backs to me. And as such I couldn't sit up, or even pull my arms from under my duvet because it was tightly pressed down by these "bodies"

But then I could feel cold fingers touching my feet from under the quilt. I could feel cold arms brushing against my legs and hips and shoulders. And all of a sudden all those cold hands gripped my legs, arms and my hands, and held them down fast.

Then those bodies that were sitting all appeared to either stand up, or just vanished. But the duvet was pulled away exposing me to those "ghouls" that even thought I couldn't see, i could hear from their breathing. 

Then one of them lit a torch (or flashlight) directly into my face, so I was blinded by the yellow light. But I could just about make out a steel scalpel in front of my face. I tried to scream out, but typically someone covered my mouth with a cold damp hand. 

The person with the torch started to move to the side of the bed (not sure if "it" walked back, or was actually floating above me). Either way the light from the torch lit up my body. And then I saw the scalpel touch my skin from below my throat and cut me deep all the way down to just past my belly button. 

I screamed and screamed but I couldn't hear my own voice. And that's when I managed to wake myself up, cold but also sweating, and with my duvet on the floor.

Have never had that nightmare before, and it will play on my mind when I go to bed tonight. 

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18 hours ago, bilgistic said:

How terrifying! Do you think it was sleep paralysis or something else? I suffer from that once in a while.

To be honest I hadn't considered sleep paralysis. I don't think I've had it before, but then again how would I know? Perhaps it was just that, especially not being able to wake from that nightmare until I somehow managed to bang my hand or arm against my bedside table. 

But that was two nights ago, and last night I was kind of dreading go to sleep. But sleep took me and as far I know there was no re-occurrence of that bad dream. Quite the contrary in fact, I Had a good dream that involved picnics and children!

However, a few days ago a friend of mine had to have a Caesarean section, and it didn't go too well due to complications (fortunately, mother and baby are doing fine). So perhaps the thought of that Caesarean played on my mind (or my subconscious mind) and got a little twisted into a really bad dream that involved me being in the same situation as my friend (even though I am not pregnant). 

Whatever it was, i sure hope it doesn't come back. But then again how can you tell your mind not to?

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On 1/15/2018 at 0:49 PM, Zola said:

I had a nightmare last night. No idea where it came from - certainly not from anything I've been watching on the TV lately - but it took a big effort to wake myself up from it given that I was on my own.

I was in my bed (in the centre) as usual, lights out, on my back, waiting for sleep to take me away. But then I could feel something or someone sit on the end of the bed, and then someone else sitting on the far side of my bed. And then another on my near side, then another at the foot of the bed etc. 

I opened my eyes but couldn't see anything in the darkness. But I could just about make out human shapes sitting all around my bed, with their backs to me. And as such I couldn't sit up, or even pull my arms from under my duvet because it was tightly pressed down by these "bodies"

But then I could feel cold fingers touching my feet from under the quilt. I could feel cold arms brushing against my legs and hips and shoulders. And all of a sudden all those cold hands gripped my legs, arms and my hands, and held them down fast.

Then those bodies that were sitting all appeared to either stand up, or just vanished. But the duvet was pulled away exposing me to those "ghouls" that even thought I couldn't see, i could hear from their breathing. 

Then one of them lit a torch (or flashlight) directly into my face, so I was blinded by the yellow light. But I could just about make out a steel scalpel in front of my face. I tried to scream out, but typically someone covered my mouth with a cold damp hand. 

The person with the torch started to move to the side of the bed (not sure if "it" walked back, or was actually floating above me). Either way the light from the torch lit up my body. And then I saw the scalpel touch my skin from below my throat and cut me deep all the way down to just past my belly button. 

I screamed and screamed but I couldn't hear my own voice. And that's when I managed to wake myself up, cold but also sweating, and with my duvet on the floor.

Have never had that nightmare before, and it will play on my mind when I go to bed tonight. 

OK Zola, how far out are you willing to go on the possibilities?  What you described is, to me, so very similar to the stories I have heard about alien abduction.  I do think there's something out there besides "just us."  And I don't think they are all predatory.  Your description was so incredibly vivid.  Just wondered if my suggestion is something you might consider?

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Goodness Gracious. The Captain is back and he is in full klepto force tonight. He is swiping things right out from under me. It looks like a full moon but whatever is going on it sure is effecting my life. Not in a good way. 

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14 hours ago, riley702 said:

Does he respond to asking nicely? Can you ask him to pretty please cut you some slack?

Oh, I just out and out yell at him. I also will sic Tony on him (Saint Anthony). When he isn’t happy he upsets the whole household. The cats and my friend who was staying here while I was away had to deal with him making banging noises. She’s seen him before and wasn’t scared. At first she thought it was a squirrel in the attic, but then it just got too loud. The minute I came home he stopped. Hmm I wonder if she was doing something that he didn’t like. I really got angry the other night though. He was pushing to the limit. He is definitely a mischievous kleptomaniac. 

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Oh gosh. My ghost the Captain is back and worse than ever. I got o bed with all the lights off and when I get up the light is on over my stove. This is annoying. 

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11 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

Oh gosh. My ghost the Captain is back and worse than ever. I got o bed with all the lights off and when I get up the light is on over my stove. This is annoying. 

I admire your calm around this kind of thing, MT -- I'd be  a total mess and so fucking terrified (I've had two 'eerie' moments -- nothing visible, but...something was around me. And the dogs reacted in a way that made my skin crawl with fear. And that was just sensing something, not seeing evidence of things moved or whatever).

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5 hours ago, film noire said:

I admire your calm around this kind of thing, MT -- I'd be  a total mess and so fucking terrified (I've had two 'eerie' moments -- nothing visible, but...something was around me. And the dogs reacted in a way that made my skin crawl with fear. And that was just sensing something, not seeing evidence of things moved or whatever).

It’s very disconcerting. He first came to me in 1996 during Hurricane Fran (a fairly bad one that included 3’ of water in the house) so you’d think that I’d be used to him by now. He has also “shown” himself to a few of my friends. He is a pirate and loves to pilfer. He also loves to annoy my girlfriend and had kleptoed her Moms wedding ring (6 months later he returned it...the details are what make it so peculiar). My cats are aware of him too. Nothing like feeling him (similar to what you are descand your dogs reacted to) and watching my kitties backs curve up (a la Halloween pose) and hearing them hiss. I feeel for you also experiencing such a phenomenon. It can be scary. 

 I’m in the path of this next hurricane. He might be warning me. It’s hard to tell with the Captain. Usually he’s just mischievous but he has been on edge lately. He came again last night. I’m thinking of removing the bulbs from the stoves light but then what would he do? It makes me think that it is best to leave things as they are and put up with him. 

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6 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

watching my kitties backs curve up (a la Halloween pose) and hearing them hiss. I feeel for you also experiencing such a phenomenon. It can be scary. 

Oh my god (It's one thing to feel.....something around you;  but when animals react? You lose any place to brush it off, or hide.)

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I’m thinking of removing the bulbs from the stoves light but then what would he do? 

Well, some men do need to be coddled, even when they're spectral :)

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It makes me think that it is best to leave things as they are and put up with him. 

 Yeah -- if it ain't broke, right?  (And all my fingers crossed that Flo settles down).

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One time when I was under a lot of stress, I saw figures around the foot of my bed. One seemed to be my grandmother; one looked like my mother in law. and I didn't know the other two. I felt oddly comforted.

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The night my mom passed, I had woken up around 3 am, and felt a warm sensation of peace and contentedness wash over me. My dad called several minutes later to give me the news. She’d been living in pain for two years with undiagnosed (until much too late) pancreatic cancer. I like to think that was her way of saying goodbye to me. Also, the sailor’s clock next to her chair in the living room stopped that night.

As an aside, I can’t stand when random strangers wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. I get that they mean well, but it’s just painful.

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On 5/10/2019 at 11:35 PM, jenh526 said:

As an aside, I can’t stand when random strangers wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. I get that they mean well, but it’s just painful.

That happened to me last year. I don't know if he assumed that I was a mother (which also hurts in a way, because I'm not, and haven't been in the position to be married and think about it seriously). Yesterday, I just went to the grocery store, and bookstore, and kept my wireless earbuds in. It was obvious I was listening to something, so most people didn't say anything to me. 

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3 hours ago, Anela said:

That happened to me last year. I don't know if he assumed that I was a mother (which also hurts in a way, because I'm not, and haven't been in the position to be married and think about it seriously). Yesterday, I just went to the grocery store, and bookstore, and kept my wireless earbuds in. It was obvious I was listening to something, so most people didn't say anything to me. 

Just raising my hand for you in a show of support. 

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Game of Thrones kept me up last night.  Not in a good way.  In a that was disjointed and stupid way.

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On 5/10/2019 at 11:35 PM, jenh526 said:

The night my mom passed, I had woken up around 3 am, and felt a warm sensation of peace and contentedness wash over me. My dad called several minutes later to give me the news. She’d been living in pain for two years with undiagnosed (until much too late) pancreatic cancer. I like to think that was her way of saying goodbye to me. Also, the sailor’s clock next to her chair in the living room stopped that night.

As an aside, I can’t stand when random strangers wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. I get that they mean well, but it’s just painful.

I didn't say "Happy Mother's Day" to customers yesterday at work because of your post. I'm sorry for the loss of your mother. I generally wouldn't say "Happy Mother's Day" anyway because "woman" =/= "mother", but you made me think even more deeply about it. I send you a gentle hand pat.

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8 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

I didn't say "Happy Mother's Day" to customers yesterday at work because of your post. I'm sorry for the loss of your mother. I generally wouldn't say "Happy Mother's Day" anyway because "woman" =/= "mother", but you made me think even more deeply about it. I send you a gentle hand pat.

Considerate of you. 

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Just posting to say how much I've enjoyed reading everyone's stories on this thread, and I hope people will come back and continue to post. I haven't had any direct paranormal experiences myself, but the one thing I'm pretty sure of is that there's just so much in this world that we don't know about and can't fully perceive. I believe there are other things going on on levels or dimensions all around us, and occasionally the veil slips, and we catch a brief glimpse of something strange. Maybe someday there will be a more scientific explanation for phenomena people experience.

As a child I experienced deja vu frequently - anyone else have this? I've only had fleeting moments of it as an adult, but it seemed to happen to me all the time when I was small - I can even remember trying to describe the sensation to my parents.

I've  had episodes of sleep paralysis as an adult, which have been utterly terrifying. Sometimes with a figure looming over my bed staring at me, other times with the sensation of someone crawling onto my bed on top of me. In all cases, I genuinely thought someone had broken into my apartment, and found myself unable to move or scream. This only seems to happen if I doze off on my back for some reason, so I always make an effort to sleep on my side.

I've experienced auditory hallucinations - the sound of someone clearly whispering my name into my ear as I'm drifting off to sleep.

I've also had a few precognitive dreams that wound up being significant - particularly when my Dad was approaching the end stages of cancer. He had put up a great fight for about a year and a half, and often had long stretches of feeling good, but we knew his cancer was incurable and would eventually return at some point to overwhelm his system. One night I had a vivid dream that I was in the departure lounge of an airport terminal with my Dad, my deceased Grandmother, and the the dog I had growing up. We were talking about departure times, something along the lines of "it would be time to go soon". I woke up crying, because I knew that the tide had turned, and that he wouldn't be around much longer. Sure enough, his condition began to deteriorate rapidly after that.

A couple of months later, I had another dream that I was walking down a long hospital corridor crying, I could see the colour of the linoleum, and black and white photographs lining the walls. In the dream I knew my Dad was gone and I was trying to make a mental note of the date of his death. The next morning I was woken up with a phone call that my Dad had been taken to hospital, and that someone would be picking me up to take me there. When I arrived in the hospital (one that I hadn't been in before) it looked exactly as it had in my dream the night before. Same beige linoleum and walls lined with black and white photos of nursing graduates. Now, I know most hospitals look similar, but the colour scheme, everything resembled my dream to a 'T". He never re-emerged from the hospital, and passed away a couple of months later. The date I had in my dream wasn't correct, but it was only off by a few days. He went into the hospital in Mid August, and passed away on October 13th. The date I was making a mental note of in my dream was October 8th.

I've never seen a ghost myself, but I happened to be with someone while they spotted a ghost. This was years ago, when a friend of mine lived in the same apartment building as me. It was an old building built in the early 20's, so undoubtedly all kinds of stuff had happened there, although I'd never experienced anything. My friend, who lived in a suite on the floor above mine, was sensitive, and had seen many apparitions in many different places throughout her life. One night I was visiting her suite, and we were seated on her living room couch chatting. We were facing each other on opposite ends the couch, with my back to a hallway door. As we were chatting away, she suddenly froze mid-conversation. Her eyes got very big - she appeared to be looking at something behind me over my shoulder. I then watched every bit of colour drain out of her face. I remember thinking "either she's seeing a huge cockroach crawling up the wall, or something supernatural is happening". For some reason, (and I don't know why), I didn't turn around to see what she was looking at - I've kicked myself ever since. I asked her what was wrong, and she replied "I just saw a man walk down the hall and into my bedroom". Now, we both knew this was impossible - there was no man in her apartment, and the front door was locked. But I 100% believe she saw this. She was so upset and rattled, and there was absolutely no way she could have fabricated the physical reaction she had. The expression "looks like they've just seen a ghost" is REAL it isn't just an expression!

I've always wondered if I also would have seen anything if I had turned around in that split second, but I'll never know.

Please share more stories, I can't get enough of this stuff!

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I don't know if it's paranormal or not, but over the past week or so I've been looking at the clock and seeing times like 11:11 or 12:34 or 10:10 constantly. It's never on purpose, it's just me glancing at the clock and it just so happens to be at a time like that. It's really starting to bug me because I can't decide if it's just a weird coincidence or what.

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My college roommate had a big thing about always seeing 11:11 on the clock. It kind of makes sense, since that was about when he got out of bed in the morning. I think once you get a number like that, or 12:34 or 10:10 in your head, you just start noticing it a lot more.

To this day (MANY years later,) when I see 11:11 on the clock, I take note of it.  I also note 10:37 as "Pile on Les", for the time that the class a year older than me all decided one night during a house meeting that at exactly 10:37, they were all going to pile on Les. To be fair, Les deserved a good piling on, so that probably made it funnier and more memorable. 

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Hi! Discovered this topic this afternoon, and just finished reading the whole thing. I feel like I've found my people! Like many of you, I've had sleep issues...insomnia, sleep paralysis, exploding head syndrome, all that fun stuff. My issues usually happen when I'm extra stressed, which hasn't happened much lately, thank goodness. I also experience deja vu on a regular basis, and find it really disconcerting. 

I've had a few paranormal experiences, as has my father and sister. I'd be happy to share some stories if you'd like. I'll tell one now, just for the heck of it. This is the first experience I ever had. (Which took long enough...I was 34 at the time.)

My grandma was doing poorly, and my mother had let me know that they didn't think she'd last much more than another week or so, and would I please come home. I told her I'd need a couple of days to get my work in order, but I'd come out as soon as I could. A couple of days of days later, I was in the doorway of my boss' office and we were discussing how to distribute my current projects while I was gone, when I was suddenly overwhelmed with the smell of roses. So much so, that I actually staggered backwards. 

My boss asked me if I was OK, and I looked at him blankly and said, "I have to call my dad. My grandma just died." I ran to my office, and picked up the phone, to hear my dad on the other end saying, "Hello? Hello?" I replied, and he confirmed that she'd passed. I went back to my boss to let him know, and asked him if he'd smelled anything. He said no...that I'd staggered back as if I'd been pushed, and I went completely white. 

Now, my grandma was not a subtle woman. She was loud, brash, and fun-loving with a big laugh and a bigger heart. There was no question that it was her saying goodbye. 

I was shaken by what had happened, and went downstairs to have a cigarette. A colleague of mine was in the smoking area, and as I lit my cigarette, it happened again, but this time with the smell of lilacs. Once more I took a step back, and stood there stunned. He asked if I was OK, and when I asked if he'd smelled anything, he said no.

Growing up, our house had huge hedges of lilacs. And roses and lilacs were her favorite flowers. I interpreted what happened as the roses were to let me know she'd passed, and the lilacs to tell me she was glad I was coming home. It was startling, but comforting. As a step-grandchild, it meant a lot to me that she'd chosen to find me to say goodbye. 

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4 hours ago, scarletine said:

Growing up, our house had huge hedges of lilacs. And roses and lilacs were her favorite flowers. I interpreted what happened as the roses were to let me know she'd passed, and the lilacs to tell me she was glad I was coming home. It was startling, but comforting. As a step-grandchild, it meant a lot to me that she'd chosen to find me to say goodbye. 

What a beautiful story Scarletine! I haven't had any such experiences with loved ones who have passed on, so it's nice to read about. These stories are so moving and fascinating - I too, feel like I've found my people in this thread.

The only other unusual phenomena I experience from time to time is something called "Street Light Interference" or SIL. I'll be strolling down a sidewalk at night, and suddenly a streetlight will go out. Sometimes multiple ones in succession as I walk by. At first I thought nothing of it, but it began to happen frequently enough that I took notice. Apparently it's a fairly common phenomena (you can even google it!). Certainly some streetlights are on timers and go off automatically, but they usually don't go out in succession. Some people say it occurs for them when they're in a distressed or agitated state, but for me it's always been the opposite - I'm usually in a zen zoned out state of mind when this occurs. Anyone else experience this?

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4 hours ago, Cheezwiz said:

The only other unusual phenomena I experience from time to time is something called "Street Light Interference" or SIL. I'll be strolling down a sidewalk at night, and suddenly a streetlight will go out. Sometimes multiple ones in succession as I walk by. At first I thought nothing of it, but it began to happen frequently enough that I took notice. Apparently it's a fairly common phenomena (you can even google it!). Certainly some streetlights are on timers and go off automatically, but they usually don't go out in succession. Some people say it occurs for them when they're in a distressed or agitated state, but for me it's always been the opposite - I'm usually in a zen zoned out state of mind when this occurs. Anyone else experience this?

My sister has! It happens to her, too. Freaks her out quite a bit. With her it usually happens when she's stressed out. 

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10 hours ago, scarletine said:

My sister has! It happens to her, too. Freaks her out quite a bit. With her it usually happens when she's stressed out.

Wow! Good to know there are others out there that have had this happen. It is a bit disconcerting - especially when a few go out one by one as you walk by. If this is my superpower it's a pretty lame one!

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This is not paranormal per se, but it creeps me out and makes me feel bad. I wake up many nights at 3 am. It may be 2:58 or 3:02 or 3 on the dot. I dont drink coffee  or tea or cola. I thought I should try to get more exercise and make myself more tired, but my foot swells and I have to stop. I hate this. It is creepy. I hug my husband, but it is still creepy

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On 7/3/2019 at 11:53 AM, ari333 said:

This is not paranormal per se, but it creeps me out and makes me feel bad. I wake up many nights at 3 am. It may be 2:58 or 3:02 or 3 on the dot. I dont drink coffee  or tea or cola. I thought I should try to get more exercise and make myself more tired, but my foot swells and I have to stop. I hate this. It is creepy. I hug my husband, but it is still creepy

Same here. Sometimes I can’t get back to sleep and then have to drag myself into work on 4 hours sleep (like today). I try to go to bed early but sometimes I just lie there awake. And still wake up too early.

I read somewhere that this cycle is not that unusual. In the Victorian era they called it first and second sleep. Here’s something about it: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180325/Sleep-like-a-Victorian-to-help-insomnia.aspx

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