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EVERYONE HAS A MOMENT WHEN IT BECOMES CLEAR WE BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. EVEN THOUGH I WAS RAISED TO BELIEVE IT WAS "NORMAL", THERE WAS THAT ONE MOMENT OF "YUP! IT'S REAL!"
WHAT DID IT FOR YOU?

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EVERYONE HAS A MOMENT WHEN IT BECOMES CLEAR WE BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. EVEN THOUGH I WAS RAISED TO BELIEVE IT WAS "NORMAL", THERE WAS THAT ONE MOMENT OF "YUP! IT'S REAL!"
WHAT DID IT FOR YOU?

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To tell you the truth, I can't ever remember being a sceptic. I was a believer from a very young age. If you've read my post "The Girl At The Foot Of My Bed", you'll know that I was only about 7 or 8 years old at the time. And I can only remember one other paranormal experience before this, and I was maybe about 5ish. I will post about that experience soon. Maybe I had more paranormal experiences before this, but I can't remember them. But if I had to choose something that made me absolutely turn from a sceptic, If I ever was one, to a believer, it would have to be the one I had when I was 5, and it had to do with a floating stick. Keeps tabs on my profile and you'll see the story soon enough.
 

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The first paranormal experience I remember was at about 4,I remember black panther shadow figures in my room.I sort of knew they were not real animals but they would come around from time to time at night and looked very real.I wrote them off as my childhood imagination until I spoke to a girlfriend at about 20 and she had an identical recurring experience.We were both going through the loss of a dad at the time.After the panthers things kept ramping up until my mid twenties.
 

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The first paranormal experience I remember was at about 4,I remember black panther shadow figures in my room.I sort of knew they were not real animals but they would come around from time to time at night and looked very real.I wrote them off as my childhood imagination until I spoke to a girlfriend at about 20 and she had an identical recurring experience.We were both going through the loss of a dad at the time.After the panthers things kept ramping up until my mid twenties.
Wow Oz , did you ever get an idea what they were or the reason they were there ?
 

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Wow Oz , did you ever get an idea what they were or the reason they were there ?
I don't really know, the only thing in common was we had both lost a family member,maybe something to do with the instability in the family.I do know my first pet after that was a black cat and still have one now.
 

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The door across the hallway opening and closing. Flashing lights - more like strobe lights in the hallway. My name being whispered in a faint tone more than once. And swearing I saw the words 'Kill' written in blood on the backside of my storage room door after one of the original tenants was murdered in that room.
 

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I’m going for 14 years old because of the occurrence in my post in the linked thread.

However, my conscious recognition became certain in the year I started experiencing more frequent telepathic episodes between ages 16 and 17.

 

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My journey from skeptic to believer was long and painful as I simply refused to accept that there were things which could not be explained. I had a number of personal experiences which were "paranormal" in nature but I eventually found a rational explaination for them. At most I believed that some of these occurrences were just coincidence, a series of quite common events that all happened to occur at once resulting in an experience that seemed to be more than the sum of all it's parts. There were strange anomalies, but nothing paranormal.

However I also had experiences which I could not explain and they, if you'll pardon the pun, haunted me. I would constantly go over these experiences in my mind trying to find some sort of rationale, stubbornly refusing to even consider a paranormal explaination. The big one was an invisible entity which I have written about here before. This thing looked a bit like in the movie The Predator when the alien has its cloaking camouflage active. I saw it walking in the yard and when I tried to get closer and investigate it disappeared from view, immediately after that I heard noises in the house and objects were moved and rearranged. It was the most incredible thing I had ever experienced and for years I insisted that there had to be a non paranormal cause.

In the years that followed I continued to have strange things happen to me and around me and I continued trying to debunk them. And still there were things that I simply could not reason away; a supposed haunted pool table where I personally witnessed pool balls disobeying the laws of physics, an early morning jogger who quite literally vanished beside me, a cat hissing at a door as it opens and closes by itself, ect.

Out of desperation I talked to a friend about his experiences living in a haunted house, I've shared a bit of that here as well in a post about cursed/haunted French doors. This guy is a science nerd so I wanted to know how he squared his beliefs in the paranormal with his love of hard fact. He reminded me of the words of Sherlock Holmes, and also Data from Star Trek, that; when you remove the impossible then whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. So if an object seems to move by itself Newton's first law says that it's impossible for that object to have simply moved itself, therefore the improbability of an unseen entity moving the object becomes the more rational explaination.

Afterwards I began researching the paranormal and getting an idea of what kind of rules and behaviors are associated with various activities. I soon began to notice patterns and similarities that perfectly fit with just about every unexplainable incident in my life.

The only big outlier is the invisible entity. I'm still not entirely sure what exactly it was but I now know it was something real and that it was something paranormal. So really that's the event that turned me into a believer, it just took about 10 years for that change to happen.