Supernatural Experiences

  • @ainigmaris-thales All about the vision quest, eh? Thanks anyway. I have already seen too much stuff in physical reality I can’t un-see. I don’t need to see anything from the “other side”, at least not until I get there. But I appreciate the tip…

  • @consolationofphilosophy I’ve found that having the Spirit of God living in me banishes all the fears and apprehensions. When I was a lad I was terrified of the night and unclean spirits, and I’ve had times since where the fear returned. I’ve found that immersing myself in Godly, spiritual things banishes all fear. Spirits can’t touch you if you’re protected by the Ultimate Spirit

  • @jumpnjive Exactly! It’s not the rituals themselves or oil or sage or anything else. It’s your Faith. The rituals are merely a physical reinforcement, a way to manifest that Faith.

  • @boothe Personally, I think they are just scared of Buffy’s keen fashion sense.

  • @boothe It sounds corny, but I’ve read The Dresden Files series. It’s about a wizard who is a detective. He talks about Faith giving objects Power, and he talks about using tools to help him focus his power. It’s a parallel to real life. These things are faith in action, which brings power.

  • @jak praying helps me a lot, I never experienced something like OP, but never the less praying always kept me safe.

  • @jumpnjive how did you find out about the murders? Any more stories?

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    @jumpnjive This is very true. I’ve prayed for supernatural protection before venturing into places where I knew there was an air of malevolence. The Holy Spirit indwelling you provides natural protection, but sometimes you are much more aware of it than normal and a strong presence of malevolence will cause an amount of fear.

  • @paul I don’t really remember (I was like 5 at the time). I just remember hearing about the murders once we moved out.

    Any more stories? Well…

    My brother was very rebellious in his younger days. We are a conservative religious family and he wanted worldly pleasures, so there was a lot of tension and correction from the time he was around 15 until he left home at 18. I was obedient and wasn’t really interested in all the crap he was, so I never got involved in all his drama, for the most part.

    One night he was in bed and he saw a short man, probably around 4’5" come into his room and stare at him. My brother stared back at the man and finally asked him who he was. The man looked right back into his eyes, smiled, and said, “I’m the Devil.”

    My brother jumped out of bed and ran into my parents’ room and told my dad, who proceeded to go into little bro’s room and pray until my brother could go to sleep.

    After my brother left home he was rooming with several other guys who had left our church to “live it up”. They would hear noises, feel drafts, and see things moving seemingly on their own. One night they turned all the lights except for a lamp off and challenged whatever was in their house. They heard breathing from one of the bedrooms and my brother yelled, “Hey, stupid”.

    He said they heard this loud half groan/half rasping noise and then the light blew. They all bailed and moved out of that house ASAP.

    I’ve got more but I’ll stop

  • @jumpnjive That probably wasn’t the devil. That was more likely just a dead guy who likes to play pranks on living people. (Which is just as creepy, of course.)

    You should watch this show called The Dead Files. You can learn a lot about this stuff from the physical medium, her name is Amy Adams. It’s pretty addicting.

  • @consolationofphilosophy Thanks, but I don’t live in that place anymore. Current home is clean of that stuff. Will keep salt in mind for the future.

  • I am an extremely rationalistic man by nature (and a devout Christian) and dismissed all this stuff as confirmation bias by the weak-minded until I experienced it myself.

    Mostly I’ve been prompted to go places or do things. Never had cause to regret it, and a few occasions had a definite “oh, that’s why” experience. I used to think this “intuition” stuff was due to information being pushed by the subconscious, but this is not that sort of thing at all. I’ve had too many experiences where I was intended to see things I could never have known about.

    Once I saw physics violated in the most fantastic manner, seen by multiple witnesses who remember it to this day. Found out years later that we were next to a haunted building. Never believed in it before it happened. Single-blind haunting, if you will.

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    @ransom Do tell about the haunted mansion.

    As far as intuition, that’s what it’s been like for me for the past 5 years. I started going to a church that emphasised following the Holy Spirit and that voice of direction started. The few times I’ve disobeyed it I later regretted it and have never regretted following it.

  • @ransom Agreed. Once you’ve seen three bottles of olive oil fall over by themselves all at once, or your suitcase lid slam itself shut … you realize that this stuff is real. Doesn’t matter what the Catholic Church may or may not say.

  • @jammyjaybird “Doesn’t matter what the Catholic Church may or may not say” Now there is something we definitely agree on! ;)

  • I’ve been having nights where I wake up, and feel a “presence”, let’s say I’ve been praying more than before.

  • About 7 years back, my wife and I were asleep in bed and we were awoken by a terrific flash of white light above the bed. We were both awoken at the same time by the same thing. No thunder, , no lightning, no light bulb failure, nothing to explain the flash.

  • @johndodds said in Supernatural Experiences:

    About 7 years back, my wife and I were asleep in bed and we were awoken by a terrific flash of white light above the bed. We were both awoken at the same time by the same thing. No thunder, , no lightning, no light bulb failure, nothing to explain the flash.

    Creepy. Was it associated with anything before or after?

  • @ransom Nope, a complete one off. But the misses and I both experienced exactly the same thing. Something must have caused it.

  • So two weeks ago I was feeling really down on Thursday night. Really, really, really down, for very little reason. Yeah, it was a unusually stressful day in my work, but not extremely so. The feeling was strange, because I’m a happy person normally – I always joke that I could be happy in a POW camp. For the most part, nothing ever bothers me.

    But something weird was gripping me, I could feel it. So I called my mother, who is a counselor, at ten o’clock pm and said I needed to talk. I cannot emphasize enough that I never do this. Ask anybody who knows me. I’m self-contained.

    We talked for about thirty minutes. When we hung up, I didn’t feel any better afterwards. So I took a bottle of Bulleit rye and started drinking straight from the bottle – something I never do (well, almost never lol). It had no effect. I didn’t get tired, I didn’t even get drunk. I was just angry at the world, at nothing. Depressed, hopeless, angry. It was a bad headspace.

    Here’s where the supernatural part comes in.

    What I didn’t know, or find out until the next day…

    … was that during those precise hours, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, my favorite television program host, Anthony Bourdain, a man whose program I’d watched religiously for 15 years – hundreds of hours of television – a man whose books I’d devoured, a man who was basically one of my heroes

    … was hanging himself by the belt of his robe in his hotel room in France. Dead by his own hand. Suicide.

    Depressed. Hopeless. Angry.

    Two weeks later, I look back now and say that I really do believe the universe was letting me know something was happening with him. Something on the other side was connecting me with him. I think I was feeling a piece of his depression.

    Normally I wouldn’t make those kind of wild connections except 1) I never, ever get depressed, ever, and 2) it occurred during the same few hours that he was killing himself.

    So that’s my story. I can’t explain it any better than that.

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