What Do You Believe?
The paranormal, or supernatural, world around us is full of mystery. "Things" that many of us consider or believe to fall within the realm of the paranormal include not only ghosts but also such things as poltergeists, demons, Angels, psychic abilities, telekinesis, dreams, out of body experiences, near death experiences and even strange creatures like vampires and werewolves.
I think it a very interesting thing to see what others believe about the paranormal. Over time a lot of people have participated in this survey about paranormal beliefs. Read on and discover what people believe and feel free to share your own beliefs. The polls are anonymous, but you are also welcome to write a comment at the bottom of the page.
Beliefs in just what constitutes “paranormal” may vary widely from one person to another – even among those who believe without doubt that the paranormal world is real we find a wide range of differing beliefs and opinions. This is not an “all or none” situation and many people may believe some aspects but not others.
The purpose of this survey is to allow people to share their own viewpoints and opinions on what they think and believe about the paranormal.
I have always been fascinated by anything considered paranormal, supernatural or mysterious. I grew up reading books about ghosts, UFOs and ancient mysteries.
We have all had different experiences in this life that brought us to where we are today.
Myself, I have encountered strange 'things' and phenomenon which have led me to say, "I have no choice in the matter of believing in ghosts for I have encountered them." I cannot tell you what a ghost is or for sure where they come from but I do know that they are real. But that is me and that is what I know.
I also know there will be a lot of differences in opinion and what each of us may "know" from out own encounters - or lack
Here we will begin to discover what people think and believe about the paranormal world.
All voting is anonymous so feel free to add your own beliefs and opinions to this page.
The After Life
Do we live on after our physical body has died? That is probably the biggest question that human beings have ever looked up and asked.
I do believe that we continue to exist after this "lifetime". I believe the idea of reincarnation makes a lot of sense and it is a definite possibility.
Some believe that we just go to "sleep" to await some future day when will be judged.
Others believe that we just cease to exist and that this physical form and realm is all that there is for us.
Those who subscribe to the idea of reincarnation believe that we are reborn again as another person in a different time and place. Some also believe that we may "come back" as a lower animal or even an insect.
The main idea is that we go through numerous lifetimes in order to work on our karma and to grow and learn.
Reincarnation is a very widely held belief around the world. There are even what many people consider to be references to the idea of reincarnation in the Bible.
Sleep Paralysis and what causes it is a fairly big issue of debate in the paranormal vs science dialogue. But while there can't be agreement on the mechanism or cause of sleep paralysis there can be no denying that it occurs.
Many people report experiencing sleep paralysis and the phenomenon has been studied by believers, skeptics and scientists alike.
You can find literally hundreds and hundreds of different stories where people from all over the world describe their bouts with sleep paralysis.
Some insist that sleep paralysis is a normal function of the human body during sleeping and especially in dreaming. Others say that some mysterious entity such as the "Old Hag" is actually attacking the victim.
So, what is your take on sleep paralysis? What causes it? Have you ever experienced it personally?
Many of us see those fleeting shadows just out of the corner of our eye, only to focus and find them gone. We continue to go about our day chalking it up to what it usually is, a trick of the light. However, some shadows can't be explained away so easily.
Some Shadow Creatures take on a full form and are quite visible for a length of time.
Still, it might be easy to write it off as imagination or the light catching something in just the right way if it were not for the similarities in the shadows that are seen.
Ghost Cats - Do our pets come back as ghosts?
Before most people will truly believe that the paranormal is real they need a personal experience. Once you have encountered a haunting or similar event it is difficult not to believe!
"During my lifetime I have had several different experiences with the supernatural world. I have heard ghosts (along with a witness who heard the same exact things!). I have lived in a house that I know was haunted at least two different times.
When I relate one of my experiences to others they cannot believe it as much as I do because they did not personally experience it themselves. I am not concerned with proving my stories to others however, I know what happened and that is enough for me." ~ David S.
Imaginary Friends and Ghosts
Dreams and theFuture
Vampires and vampire legend play significant roles in the cultures of many areas around the world.
These blood-sucking beings are most common in the cultures of Eastern Europe, although similar manifestations are reported in some Asian cultures as well as some ancient cultures.
Vampire legends have a distinct background bridging several cultures and eras, making them some of the most compelling stories ever told.
The most well-known versions of vampire myth are those of the Slavic and Romanian cultures, which, due to their proximity, are surprisingly similar.......
Loch Ness Monster?
Fairies and Nymphs
Dress Up for Halloween?
Halloween is a time for dressing up in masks and costumes, decorating the yard and porch, and stocking up on the candy and treats for the kids.
I believe Halloween costumes are cool and I love all the toys and decorations (which seem to be get better and better every year!). But I think there might be a problem with the treats. Next Halloween, if you are handing out treats to the trick-or-treaters consider healthier options. Those kids will be getting plenty of chocolate and other junk so give them something healthy!
- Werewolves In Greek Mythology
So you think you know where the werewolf originated? I bet you don't!
- What If Werewolves Were Real?
This is a review of a series of novels. The idea of werewolves goes back centuries, built on fear, prejudice and ignorance of both natural phenomena and human deformities.
- The Differences Between Werewolves & Vampires
Vampire and werewolf legends are as old as time, but what are the differences in the two mythological creatures? Are they real? Was Elizabeth Bathory really just a nutjob?
- Beware the Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves ...
There are spooky things out there on Halloween night. Take these steps to protect yourself from Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves! You may think it's funny, but you'll wish you had thought of some of these Halloween safety tips when you run in
- Angels in Western Culture: A Short History of Angels...
Angels have been seen and documented by humans since the dawn of civilization. Angels, or angelic type forms exist in almost every religion and culture creating a link to the divine.
- Did Giants Once Walk the Earth?
Legends throughout the world have spoken of a race of giants that once walked the Earth. Is there any truth these stories? Did giants actually exist in the remote past?
- What Do Dreams About Rattlesnakes and Other Snakes M...
Has a snake slithered into your dream recently? Its symbolism could apply to a variety of things and depends on multiple factors, from the type of snake that shows up, to the emotions that show up. Find out what a slippery dream snake could mean for
- How to Interpret the Meaning of Your Dream
This guide explains the fundamentals of dream interpretation. By analyzing the symbols you see and the emotions you feel in your sleep, you will be able to fully understand their hidden meanings....
- Loch Ness Monster Theories: Is It a Living Plesiosau...
One of the most interesting Loch Ness Monster theories involves a living plesiosaur, a beast that lived at the time of the dinosaurs.
- Possible Sightings of Demons Here on Earth
Discover how legends of real demons here on Earth can be traced to sightings of strange paranormal creatures. Here are three cryptids that fit the demon stereotype.
- Signs and Stages of a Demonic Possession
Demonic possession appears to be increasing. What are the reasons behind this, how can you tell if someone is possessed, and what are the different stages to watch out for?
- Are Shadow Creatures Paranormal Entities?
When did the idea of Shadow Creatures begin? What is the actual history of Shadow Creatures? Are Shadow Creatures paranormal? Are Shadow Creatures evil?
- Myths Surrounding Sleep Paralysis: Paranormal Explan...
There have been many paranormal explanations given for the phenomenon of sleep paralysis throughout history, despite medical science now understanding its normal causes.
- The WILD Technique to Induce Sleep Paralysis & Lucid...
How to get into sleep paralysis and transition to a lucid dream. A WILD lucid dreaming method.
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Sheila Barrett on November 19, 2019:
I saw a ghost up close, last year. I was 72 at the time. She was colorful and more solid looking than I would have expected. I’ll never forget. She made everything possible for me, because if she was real what else is real. God obviously, but many other things also.
Justin on March 01, 2018:
Spirit world exists. Vampires exist,but not bloodsuckers, rather energy vampires.
patricia hawyes on March 01, 2018:
You might have included unexplained happenings
Sharon LaVoy on October 10, 2017:
I believe in a lot of these things and have seen and interacted on many.I also Love Halloween.It's my favorite time of year!! And i dress up every yrs and I'm 62 yrs young!!
Daisy on May 08, 2015:
I also seen things and matter of fact i seen them over 40yrs and still see them and there not loving shadow creatures , And not creatures there just shadow people . I can't do that but i can feel people's emotions and dream of things of what's going to happen
Augusta Wind on July 01, 2014:
I have seen many things in my short forty years. I have made lights in entire car washes go ballistic. Have pics of unimaginable amounts of entities. Ghosts and one seamingly loving shadow creature. Would love to compare with someone of similar background. My husband and I together seem to have found a gateway...and by folly it is all so real.
kentuckyslone (author) on April 03, 2013:
"Anybody who prays to any God believes in the Occult!" Yep! You are correct!
Ian on April 03, 2013:
Anybody who prays to any God believes in the Occult!
pandoraevercuriou on February 07, 2013:
Shadow beings are demons...or imps. Something, something not good at all. If people think they aren't evil, it's only because they are tricking you. I've had too many experiences in my live with these things to know they aren't good and never were.
Kitty 19 Female on December 09, 2012:
I was in the kitchen of my house and a merry go round was playing,it was a toy merry go round as well and so I went to my bedroom and I turned on the lights and it stopped but when I turned the lights in I saw a little shadow move a little and then I went back into the kitchen,after that nothing happen.
Justachristian on December 02, 2012:
I am Christian also, and would like to welcome you here. Some people insist that Christians should not believe in ghosts or any paranormal activity, but hey -- we can only speak as we find!!
I grew up in a haunted house, and have also photogged a few.
(Yue)Yuaye on December 02, 2012:
I believe in spirits, psychics/spiritual abilities, after life -heaven/hell-
I know psychic abilities are real, not telekinesis and blah blah blah...but the real abilities to see Auras/spirits, and feel emotions of others...maybe even telepathy.
I've had sleep paralysis since i was 8 years old, i think sleep paralysis is both spiritual and scientific.
GlamDoll on August 22, 2012:
It appears that I, like most others, believe most strongly in the existence of ghosts/wandering spirits. Given all the technical equipment used today in investigating "haunts", it's getting harder and harder for the general public to deny its existence.
There's simply too much evidence for even the most obtuse person to doubt. All one need do now is watch SyFy or the Travel channel for recorded proof!
Vampyrism is real as well, but not the way we may think. It's a *practice* in which living beings participate, typically out of strong impulse or a lust. It's not an undead, shape-shifting Dracula who needs to feed on blood in order to thrive. That's the movies, kids.
Same goes for the werewolves. It's a state of mind-soul where a person is truly connected to the wolf (or any other animal for that matter). At times, these individuals have a strong shift and begin behaving and even thinking like that animal.
Many old legends and the imagination of Hollywood have turned some things that in actuality, do exist, into nothing more than exaggerated fantasies.
Steven on July 29, 2012:
You must believe in the paranormal or supranormal to be a christian. I firmly know, not believe, in the existence of the paranormal.
Bec on June 10, 2012:
There is a hint of truth in a lot of what were told. Things just get mixed up in translations and we might not always hear the full story. I definitely have an open mind to all paranormal anomalies.
Brian on May 28, 2012:
I find it odd that a large amount of people believe in ghosts,angels,and demons, but not faeries. If one believes in all of those entities, why not one more? If anything I would believe in them more, faeries are connected to nature and the earth, and that has been around much, much longer than humans and their monotheistic religions.
Edward P. on May 17, 2012:
One time, I was laying on my bed, just thinking. I was looking up at the ceiling when I thought I saw something. I instantly thought it was a man in a white suit that walked by. I don't know what it was, but I felt like something was there. I wasn't scared of it, but it freaked me out. I don't know what to believe when it comes to the paranormal, but I know I saw something.
Cora on February 24, 2012:
I do not have any type of story to tell but believe in many things not all of us can see. Others are qifted and in being so are misunderstood, I feel for those because others may not believe and ostrosize them because the do not know or see what they see. I say keep on, it is and can be a good thing. I advise you seek out others with the same gift and work together to save others from sorrow. Good Luck to those that really SEE.
melanie kae shirkey on February 02, 2012:
I beleive that there is more that "mankind" does not want to see as opposed to what is not really there ; one also has to remember that there are somethings that do not wish to be seen by the average mortal.
Kat on December 17, 2011:
I enjoyed the survey. Need more e-mail from your group to hold my intereest. I am a practicing Wiccan and have had many experinces.
TheFurbyprotecter on December 12, 2011:
Nice survey I liked it. And that's all I have to say really.
Jodi Sykes on November 20, 2011:
Great hub! As a Clairvoyant Medium since I was a child, I know first hand that the Spirit World exists. I grew up in a haunted house and dealth with the "other-side" on a daily basis.
jorge on November 05, 2011:
I am a complete believer in the paranormal. I don't know if I have experienced anything with ghost, demons, spirits but I have experienced sleep paralysis. Thankz for this hub kentucyslone
Devon , email email@example.com on November 04, 2011:
My name is Devon and I'm 11 years old and I'm also a traveller , I'm able to travel out off my astro body but I never go to the beyond , it's full of demons , satans minions and death . if you are a traveler , I'd advise not to go there an
D if you are get the hell out !!!!!!
Robert on November 03, 2011:
I did not used to believe in it but on 2/11/2011, my grandpa died, im sick at the same time but i believe in it now, i think he is haunting me. 4/11/2011, im posting it at 3:50 in the morning but at 11:30-11:35 i was just about to goto bed, i went into the kitchen to get a glass of milk because my throat i had gone back into my room, just about finished the milk and went into the kitchen to put the empty glass on the bench and as i put it down i saw black mist out of the corner of my eye, i looked quickly towards it but it went behind the door as i was turning my head. this is how i can describe it, thing of a core, just something black with black mist circling around it, like a wisp from World of warcraft but just a black non-glowing core and black mist circling around it. im posting it on the same day-night. now im thinking that ghosts are real. i used to think that they were stories or rumors created to scare people but now i know they exist.
Chef Elaine on November 01, 2011:
To the poster signing in as 'Me':
While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, there is no reason to label others as gullible and ridiculous simply because they have had paranormal experiences.
And no, not EVERYTHING can be scientifically explained.
At work one night, I saw a ghost walk up the hallway and disappear into the wall.
At another workplace, there were TWO of us heard noises downstairs of a party going on... when there was none.
Can science 'explain' that? I doubt it.
Ghosts DO exist. I know because I've witnessed them.
Chef Elaine on November 01, 2011:
I certainly DO believe in paranormal activity, having grown up in a haunted house. I have also witnessed ghosts at several work sites.
The ones who claim a person is 'gullible' if they believe in ghosts are only telling the world that they have had no paranormal experiences themselves.
I would love to participate in a group ghost hunt!
Chelsi-Anna on October 23, 2011:
I believe that demons transform into anything they want to be to make someone believe in false witness. I dont believe in ghosts. But I believe everything the bible tells me so.
kentuckyslone (author) on October 22, 2011:
Hello "me" wow I certainly must be ridiculous and gullible myself because I have experienced these things. I could be wrong but I am guessing that you are about 12? Really? Everything can be explained by science? Thanks for taking out time from your day to ridicule and insult people for something you don't understand or to point out spelling and writing mistakes of others. What is btw? I didnt see that in the dictionary. Also your sentence structure is terrible. Didnt you ever learn to use capitalization or punctuation?
You know what really irks me? When someone doesnt have anything else to say besides insults and put downs.
me on October 19, 2011:
wow.. there certainly are a lot of gullible and ridiculous people out there... everything can be explained scientifically if you would just study the brain and how it works.. try learning something useful and using those neurons instead of hiding behind your ignorance..pick up a book for goodness sake and btw learn how to spell and write.
ms on September 16, 2011:
As far as god and demons go, you can't believe in one without the other. Something to consider if you plan on going ghost hunting or using a ouija board. Be careful there are things out there no one can explain.
Dave on August 26, 2011:
I have investigated the Paranormal for over 25 years, and do believe in a lot of things,, most are more than beliefs,,I am convinced and have gathered and seen a lot of evidence to prove it to me.. But far as having an open mind that I have learned,, Don't let your mind open to far or your brains might spill out,,if you get my drift, lol
justachristian on August 22, 2011:
God certainly DOES exist.
Ghosts do also, as I have witnessed them.
There must be some reason why ghosts exists.
I have not only seen ghosts, but photographed a few as well.
Colin Bird on August 22, 2011:
Just like to say that... belief has to be experienced before the rational mind can progress on a spiritual journey... sometimes the answers are locked away within ourselves and become accesible through 'deep' meditation... sensitives are people living on the fringe of spiritualism which relates to their pyschic energy 'at that point in this life' ...fortuante others develop through other means... too much to mention here though...Namaste.
robyn from harlan ky on August 21, 2011:
I just started on this site and i love it .Iam a big paranormal believer and tho i have never had any real experiences myself i have felt strange things and had very weird dreams Im also a believer in dreams
Stephie on August 17, 2011:
All the time I see shadows, especially in Guelph. I visit the graveyard often, and nearby my mom's house they dug up dead bodies. Creepy huh? And I've got proof and evidence her house is haunted, I can do the same for my dad's house, but I'll do it when I'm bored.
kentuckyslone (author) on August 16, 2011:
Retarded? :0) Thanks for visiting this hub and for taking the time to comment. Some people believe others do not, that is the point of having a survey.
Sarah Rebekah on August 16, 2011:
this is so retarded.
Vampires & Werewolves ? I don't believe in Twilight.
Imaginary friends as children ? Who hasn't ?
Shadows that look like things ? Where do you think the idea of shadow puppets came from ?
Jesse R on August 11, 2011:
Great survey! Now the part about vampires and werewolves, let me clarify my beliefs. I don't believe they existed the way TV and movies project them, but I do believe the general concept of a vampire existed, as well as a shape-shifting werewolf concept.
I have experienced numerous paranormal encounters. When I was a small child, I vividly remember shadows (with features) coming into my bedroom at night. I remember having dreams of going over to friends' houses and seeing something happen, only to find out that I was not there when, in fact, those things happened. Only explanation, as I would figure out later in life, was OBE / AP.
In 2007, my home and my family came under attack by a dark entity(or entities) as well as being frequently visited by a ghost of a girl named Emily. After it got so bad we actually feared for the kids and our own safety, we moved out. That's when the interest in ghosthunting became a passion, and eventually a part-time career. Thus Paranormal Investigators of Texas was born. If you would like to learn more about our team, please visit our website. Happy Days and Haunted Nights!
Mr. E on August 02, 2011:
go to http://WWW.trueghosttales.com to read more stories about the paranormal
JAc on August 02, 2011:
I have had so many paranormal experiences that it's to high to count!
Imagine yourself waking up after a nightmare about a shadowed figured trying to kill you.
Then you wake up when the blade touches your neck.
Then after that you see a MOVING shadow of the grim reaper then it jumps on your back and tries to choke you for a week. I could barely breath.
Perry Frierson on July 30, 2011:
I used to be a real skeptic, until I had my first paranormal experience in an old house I lived in. Now, I am co-founder of a local paranormal investigation group. I think for most people it is hard to believe in ghosts until they are face to face with one. Even then some people refuse to believe. I know without a doubt that ghosts exist, I don't care what any one says, I have personally captured too much evidence of their existence. And yes, you can be a Christian an believe in ghosts, I know because I am one.
Bob on July 30, 2011:
I believe in ghost the paranormal in fact i have a ghost in my house I've had her for 15 years and I met her when i came to rent this house. and she is still here.
David Giron on July 20, 2011:
Being a Paranormal Investigator has really opened my eyes up to a lot of things, Especially in the last couple of years and also has had me questioning things I was taught when I was younger.
Summer on July 14, 2011:
I wish people were not as biased towards the paranormal as they are today. These things are real and DO exist. I have been dealing with paranormal things my whole life. I have seen people whose life has been ruined by ouija boards. Please, for everyone who cares about you and everyone you care about, don't open that portal to what's through that door. You never know what is going to come through, be it good or bad. There is no undoing what can be done with them.
Shawna Lynn Poston on June 15, 2011:
i have always had someting paranormal going on in my life so its like normal for me and not to much scares me. where i live now is so haunted it has made believers out of more then a few of my friends and family
Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on May 17, 2011:
GREAT hub Kentucky! I love this subject (these subjects) and I welcome the ideas represented here. Why not? We live in such limited, linear realities most of the time; trying to define and explain everything (away, actually)..we do ourselves a disservice by being so narrow in our concept of possibilities. I believe the spirit; the energy which exists within our physical bodies is an endless entity. It IS energy which is not tangible, much like radio waves, microwaves, whatever. This energy resides within our body while it is living; and leaves upon physical death. I think that, if we could 'receive' the thoughts, communication from the spirit (energy) much like a radio picks up radio waves; we'd be in contact w/the physically deceased. We just, for the most part, do not allow ourselves to be recipients of this energy out of fear? Lack of control over it? Our bodies do possess actual electric impulses; this is energy; the 'spark' of life.
I experienced a very intense precognitive dream of my older brother's hot air balloon accident..to the letter...3 weeks after the dream, it occured just as I had 'seen' it....very detailed. I could go on and on but this is your hub.... ;>) I'll write a hub about it. Anyway, this is a great and interesting and fun hub. UP USEFUL AWESOME!!
E56 on May 15, 2011:
When I was 15 I had a precognitive dream (my first paranormal experience that I am aware of) and it really scared me. Then for the next ten years or so, life was normal for me. I married and had a family, the usual happy everyday events.
In 1986 we moved house (I still live in this same house) and over the years me and my family have experienced lots of paranormal activity, often all the family saw things happen at the same time, for example, we were all sat in the living room, I was sat nearest to the door which was half open, when a voice said "hello" and I answered hello and at the same time one of my daughters answered hello ( she was just about to walk in the room) - we each thought the other had spoken! This is just one of the small experiences we had.
Now my children have grown up and moved out there hasn't been any paranormal activity for some years, however we often talk about the various things we have experienced. I should just mention also that friends who have visited us have had experiences whilst in our house too.
I've talked with my own mother and father, aunts and uncles over the years who have had their own experience of the paranormal too.
On tv recently a watched part of a programme about quantum physics and the 'uncertainty principle' which I knew nothing about, so I did a little research on the Internet as I found it intriguing. It struck a chord with me and I wonder if perhaps quantum physics could explain paranormal activity. Completely outside my comprehension though.
Interestingly, I started reading a book my daughter bought me a couple of years ago 'the Secret'. I didn't really read it properly the first time. This time around though, I realise its linked to quantum physics and the law of attraction, which is also 'coincidental' - if you have read it then you will know what I mean.
gillz on May 14, 2011:
yes, i beleave in unicorns because people aes ago could think that a white horse means god because its beuty and because the can jump high. plus its nice to think something like that could exist :D
Rhys Aven on May 09, 2011:
omg i got freaked out once when i found shadows as usual but ALL shaped as letters shaped as look up! i looked up and there was some eyes which quickly dissapered here comes the scary bit i called the police coz i was freaked out and i heard a few gunshots they wouldnt tell me anything but this do you belive in the paranormal? and walked off.
freaky or what?
Barbara on May 02, 2011:
I have always been somewhat interested in ghosts. But have never experienced any. But before my mother passed, her and my dad would say that someone would always poke them in the middle of the night or slap my dads feet. And then my mom passed and my dad said he saw her. And he experiences smells, perfume type. And then my nieces daughter who was 6yrs old now sees my mother, for a year she has helped her with her school. Goes to school with her. And she has told us things that my mother has said that she could not possibly know. She was 3 when my mom died. And I asked her when she sees grandma, what is she wearing. She quickly says in a very knowing way, pink pajamas. That is what she died in. Also she only sees half of her. As the other half is home at grandpas in the box. She did not know about the boxes and my dads. My moms ashes. As my dad has his box also.
She is 7 yrs now and still sees her. She also sees another young girl who died in an accident. The girls tells her she is her guradian angel. She knew this girl as a 3 yr old. And now recently there seems to be some man and a young girl spirit living in the house that she is in.
She says he is tall and skinny, and mean. And my mother said she would take care of it, get rid of him. And so the other day, Her mom was home and a friend was there, and all of a sudden there was noises up stairs, and a young girl screamed. Her daughter came home from school and instantly shouted that grandma kicked him out with a broom. Now last week my brother drove by on his moped and he said some little girl was waving to him in the upstairs window. No one was home. He is spooked, he also has a tape with a voice on it in there own home, when he taped the dogs to see how they were doing when they were not home. And a voice saying lay down was on it, they think it is my dads dad. Who knows. So I guess I am a believer that my mom is still here. She is waiting for my dad, and then the will go to heaven. At least that is what she tells my neices daughter.
Daddy's girl on May 01, 2011:
I had many, MANY paranormal experiences as a child, that used to terrify me to NO END!!
The activity mainly centered around my bedroom & closet and I truly believe it was a poltergeist. Anyone who's ever experienced a poltergeist can tell you...it is NOT something you want hanging around!! They are extremely frightening and evil!
There are good sides to the paranormal as well! :)
I had an experience after my father died, that some may say was "just a dream"...and maybe it was. But it comforts me to think that maybe it was something more. That maybe it was my dad's way of communicating with me from the afterlife. This is what happened:
Two nights after he died of an unexpected heart attack (which left me quite devastated) I had a dream about him...
In the dream, he appeared to just be hovering there in white "space"...no "background" or anything, just white space, and him & I. He asked me to look after his two cats (whom he loved dearly) and of course, I assured him I would...and then I asked "But daddy, what are you doing here? I thought you died?!"
He then chuckled (a sweet laugh that I can still hear in my head today :) and said with a smile "DIED?! Why I've just begun to LIVE!"
He then winked, kissed me on the forehead, and faded away in to the white space. And that's where I woke up, even though nothing had disturbed me to MAKE me wake up.
It was a very comforting dream, and it helped me (not to get OVER his death) but to deal with it better. And to accept the fact that there is indeed an afterlife. And that we'll all see our loved ones again one day.
So daddy, where ever you are right now...you can rest assured that your kitties are just fine...and so am I! :)
Julia on April 21, 2011:
I'm Christian and I have always believed there are ghosts, but that they are not out to harm individuals-possibly even help them. Some may call these angels. I believe that Satan has as much control over anyone as much as they let them to. If you're heart is pure and you believe in Godliness, and don't mess around with the occult or withcraft or anything demonic-I believe you will be ok. If you keep the Lord in your heart and block out Satan and his evil ways (maybe in forms of demons or the like) then you should be fine. I have always been interested in paranormal events, exorsisms (sp) but not enough to take that seriously or to try to mess with Satan's demonic powers. I will keep praying for those who have bad experiences and just hope that who ever does have any bad paranormal events happening, that they try in their hearts to stay close with our Lord. God bless
Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on April 20, 2011:
BRAVO!!!! You talked about things that others refuse to discuss, believe in or acknowledge... I loved this hub. Voted on every question and know that you are trying to get others to talk... Brilliant
Argel on April 16, 2011:
I´ve had few paranormal exeriences yet I believe there is more than what can be perceived by our senses. Shortly after my dad passed away, I was at home and I distincly heard his footsteps outside my bedroom door and I heard his voice telling me that he had already "arrived". I almost answered to him when I realized that he had died two weeks ago after a prolongued illness that had kept him bedridden. The strange thing is that his voice sounded exactly as it had before he had been taken ill, when he´d come back from his daily walks and called to me to say he was back. Much later I realized that he had actually come back to let me know that he had "arrived" to where he had to be and was telling me that he was ok.
beverly block on April 15, 2011:
I have seen and felt ghosts. My parents live at my house and I love it. I have seen my mother hoover above me when I was sleeping one night and she was glowing! She looked like she did when she was a live. it was the most beautiful site I'd had ever seen. She said to me, "You and Don will be ok." and repeated it twice and then disappeared. The other was a shadow that I saw as I was going down the stairs and it darted from the right to the left as it went through the wall outside. I could right more but I'd write a book which I am in the process of doing!
Kaitlyn on April 15, 2011:
Hello It is Kaitlyn again. I Wrote the last comment! On the website trughosttales.com I'm sure most of you on this website has seen it. I believe that I have been in the same room as a ghost and or demon but i mostly think ghost! It is mostly when I read the stories on trueghosttales.com whenever I read the stories that the people have posted I hear noises in the room.Once I heard bells ringing yet I don't have any bells, and there are bangs and I can't be alone somewhere without getting scared, and at nighttime I hear things! It is scary but I have gotten used to it. But it is really weird and mostly when I am on the website and my phone rings sometimes i act stupid and say imagine if the phone# says 666, but that is just me being an itiot!! I just feel presance! It is Quite interesting! Also when there is a scary movie on I feel the same way! Can anyone tell me what it is? Is it something paranormal or is it just me thinking there is something there while watching something or reading something scary!
Kaitlyn on April 13, 2011:
Well I do believe in Paranormal Things but then you bring us into vampires and unicorns and mythical creatures yes I do believe Mythical creatures did live once but not today and when you say vampires I say yes because vampires doesn't have to be a person with fangs and the only thing they eat is human blood and that they live forever and when they go out in the sun they melt!! To me that stuff in made up but was once here thousands of years ago. The kind of vampires I do believe in is crazy crazy people and I am talking phycho people who drink human blood but yet still are humans with no fangs or stuff like that,and that they kill people for there blood those are the kind of vampires I beieve in and sorry if I am affending people but this is just what I think we all have different oppions!! lol
Amber Mandala from Perry, Fl. on April 11, 2011:
Iv'e had paranormal and supernatural experiences all of my life. Ghosts, near death experience, enlightenment, precognitive dreams and visions, missing time, orbs visible with the physical eyes and more.
Candice, I had an experience eerily similar to your experience, when I was a child.
This was an interesting hub. Great read.
Candice on April 09, 2011:
I have had an paranormal experience. I was in my bedroom home alone and I was tired. I began to fall asleep. Not even 5 minutes into going to sleep, I heard someone yell my name directly in my ear. It scared me so badly that I thought someone was in the house with me. I did get up to look around the house and no one was there. I even looked outside to see if someone was out there but there was no one there either. It really freaked me out. I do believe in spirits and they are real. People that haven't experienced it shouldn't say they don't believe until you have actually had an experience with the super natural. I also found out that when your ears are ringing, it means that a spirit is around. I don't know how true that is but my ears seem to ring a lot since my father and grandfather died.
Nunya Bisness on April 07, 2011:
Idk if ghosts r real but if I truley believed I wood prob b paranoid all the time. I didn't read any of this I just voted...
George Jodoin on April 05, 2011:
I believe in most every thing that is on that poll in fact I have a blog in regards t o some of those things mentioned.
E on April 04, 2011:
Over the course of my life I have numerous paranormal experiences. Most of which happened in the presence of anyone who was with me at the time. I always warn new friends that anything could happen at any monent and they need to know that. Most laugh it off until it starts to happen...then they usually run for the hills, only the strong stay. I don't know why some people are more attractive to supernatural creatures, or events, than others, but it seems that once it happens to you, you become a magnet for it, if you are secure in your belief system, they seem to approach more. In a previous post, someone asked about why clothing appears in the period in which the spirit was supposed to have lived/passed, and wondered if clothing was part of that world. If you see an Angel, are they not clothed in robs, wings, etc., how about Jesus or Mary, they appear as they have been represented to us over time, in the appropriate apparell. I have to wonder if is because no time exists where they are. Once I time traveled with a friend of mine and we were dressed in that period upon arrival there. Interestingly enough, years after that experience, someone who was remotely involved in the time travel came into a room and immediately recognized me and described exactly what he saw when he first saw me! This has happened to me from past lives as well, people remember incidents that I know of and they describe them to me. Most often I will get a call and they will simply say "I know." There is just so much more going on than we realize. Maybe the souls who have evolved enough to recognize and accept these events are the ones who received the gift of knowledge that they bring. I have to wonder sometimes if I am not a guide, or maybe a warrior for some who would be fearful of the experiences if they were alone. I tell everyone to know their soul is in the light and that is the most powerful force, nothing is stronger...and that is how to address the event or the creature...know your power source.
Chance on April 03, 2011:
I like this site and it is very interesting but I wouldn't say all spirits are evil nor are they always good. I haven't had anything very paranormal happen to me, but I believe the Devil and God or Jesus or many of God's angels are on Earth. I've never seen pure evil but I've heard and seen some very scary stuff and not just in games and movies. I also wouldn't say vampires or werewolves aren't here, but I wouldn't say they are. There are diseases where hair grows excessively in almost every part of the body. Aldo there have been cases where children had very very sharp canines and were like a blade. I'm just saying there are possibilities there are creatures that we don't knw much about.
nicole on March 30, 2011:
i believe that a ghost is some one that dies an feels they need to do some thing befor they go to heven an i believe they then become angles an look other the loved ones they lost this my sound stupid but its what i believe
Elizabeth on March 24, 2011:
Iam a christian and go on ghost tours I went to the Deering Estate ghost tour and took a photo of a ghost I believe since high school
Mahak Dixit on March 21, 2011:
Yes, i do belive in ghosts and all , i live in India...here we are experienced with many paranormal activities in our day to day life. here in Rajasthan , a state of India...where the whole countries most of the bettels were fought..is one of the most haunted area of our country. i go to Rajasthan every year for holidays and have many times experienced invisible touches and some kinda weirdness in the atmosphere.
justine mercado on March 20, 2011:
if u trust me... then u believe...
tina williams on March 12, 2011:
yes i believe that there is one God and there is a such thing as a ghost. This world is made up of different creatures and they are still here. Some people say that there are big foot creatures.
shadow girl on March 08, 2011:
I am a believer in the paranormal world. I have seen things beyound beleaf. I have seen ghost,shadow people,creatures,ect...My grandma died in Nov. of 77. She came to us stood in the door way & hushed me when I wanted to tell everyone she was there. On March of 78 she stood beside me when I had my first born.I could tell you of things that sound completly bogus but honest to God they happened & are as real as we are.I have pictures that I took as proof of some of the paranormal world that canot be explained. I lived in this one house that was haunted by a man & his young son.I dream the future 3 years in advance. An I have stepped out of this world into another. Ghost, evil enitys,demons, angels yes they all exist...
candy on March 07, 2011:
i sure would like to experience sum paranormal activity so i culd believe wit out doubt
Angel on February 28, 2011:
I believe in the paranormal ten years ago i seen a hairy creature about three foot tall standing in my hall way in my apartment i walked up on it and we stared at each other for at least 30seconds, It was about 2' wide 3'tall it's eyes where further apart than human ,its hair was every color i can think of. It looked at me with a constant stare as if it had hate in its eyes.I said out loud I am going to turn around and pray in the name of JESUS when i turn back around i want u to be gone. And when i turned around it was gone. I looked in the bedroom behind where it was standing and it was not in their. It vanished.I had one other encounter in the same apartment after that but it wasn't a visual it was a physical and it was as real as looking with my eyes.Has any body ever seen or heard any thing similar to this?I think about it all the time but never sought it out.
Kitty Fields from Summerland on February 26, 2011:
loved this hub...super interesting and good job keeping people involved in the content. :) thanks!
Sneha Sunny from India on February 25, 2011:
nice hub.....i believe in ghosts, demons, god...... but no one can give an exact explanation to many of such kind of activities...... i have explored a lot about ghosts and demons and have written one hub on ghosts and demons....... but even after such a long investigation about them, i still sometimes get confused when i deeply think about some ghostly or demonic activities......
i myself have never experienced such things but i do believe 'cause my mom is a nurse and she have experienced a lot ghostly encounters.
your poll was really very interesting.......
enjoyed your hub.....
kislany from Cyprus on February 24, 2011:
Lovely hub, I felt right at home here, lol. I am totally interested in all of these aspects! Btw, sleep paralysis is also one of the signs from before having an OOB or astral projection. So many people fear it and I envy those who do have it, lol. Alas, I'm still far away from having a real OOB...yet
Jerry on February 24, 2011:
Your poll was very good, the unicorn thing was a bit out there, but who can say what happened in the distant past, but 90% ar the facts....
angela french on February 23, 2011:
I do believe in the paranormal. I understand that not everyone does believe or even believe in the same thing. To each his own. The experiences I have had personally will always be that; personal. No matter how much you try to convince someone else, there will always be that shadow of doubt unless the other person has the same experience.
Deonna on February 22, 2011:
This is an interesting survey, but it may help the reader to know more about the author and goals of the survey. It is also a bit difficult to suggest that ghosts are only "souls" of the departed as there are multiple hypotheses regarding paranormal events. However, I know that polls are best simplified! Thanks for creating this -- whoever created it.
Conor on February 22, 2011:
I believe in the paranormal and I'm christian. Just because your a christian doesn't mean you can't believe in the paranormal and if you do it doesn't mean you are a bad christian. It means your human, believe what you think is real, not what anyone else thinks or says.
Gwynneth Silver on February 22, 2011:
I've had several paranormal experiences in my life so I don't think there is any doubt whether "ghosts" exist or not. There has been so much evidence just within the past few years to prove that there is something else beyond life as we know it. I have a coworker who thinks ALL spirits are evil. Lol, I don't share her viewpoint but I'm sure there are "evil" spirits just like there are evil people. "Evil in life, evil in the afterlife".
preeti on February 22, 2011:
if there's god evil is also there..
ShellyBell on February 21, 2011:
Twice in my life time I have met a person whom I believe was the Devil. This happened on two seperate occasions and with two different people. Upon meeting their eyes I knew I was looking into the eyes of pure evil. On the outside they looked like normal humans but their eyes were bottomless pits. I know this sounds crazy. Has anyone else had this type of experience?
AnonySmitty on February 21, 2011:
The occult, etc has always fascinated me, too, but strictly on an intellectual level - I don't want to experience it or get involved in any concrete way, such as consulting mediums, etc. I am a Christian and a former scientist, but I think there is too much anecdotal evidence for the existence of the paranormal, UFO's, etc. to just ignore the subject. It must be studied to get at the truth, if possible. I have had no paranormal experiences that I know of. I do know someone (also a Christian) who is truthful who says she has seen a ghost, so she is a " believer" but the phantom wasn't anyone she ever knew, just a random apparition. Why? One question that always comes to my mind is that if ghosts are spirits of the dead, why are they clothed? Are fabrics immortal as well as souls?! And why clothes of the time they died - don't the dead have any sense of style or fashion? I am open minded on the matter, but must withhold absolute belief until there is absolute proof, which will probably be never. Regarding reincarnation, there is also a lot of anecdotal "proof," but again, nothing scientifically acceptable or completely convincing. Perhaps it is possible, but it conflicts with traditional Christian belief. Maybe some souls go to the Biblical "Paradise," while others, for whatever reason in God's inscrutable plan, reappear in new bodies. I don't know. Reincarnation raises as many questions as answers. Personally, I hope there isn't any such thing, because I wouldn't want to live again on this earth in the future, based on the direction it is headed, toward chaos, barbarism, and destruction. Heaven sounds a LOT better!
Roadydog on February 21, 2011:
It is what it is
Lee Igleheart on February 21, 2011:
Yes I think ghost, shadow people and Angels do exist. I have seen more than I wanted too.
ALHAST on February 21, 2011:
I LIVED IN A HAUNTED HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS AND BELIEVE ME ~ IT WAS "H-A-U-N-T-E-D!!!"
I DO OBE'S AND HAVE SEEN ANGELS, GUIDES, ELEMENTALS AND TRAVELLED EXTENSIVELY - SOMETIMES WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR BODY AND IF YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND REMAINS IN YOUR BODY - YOU WILL EXPERINCE TOTAL PARALYSYS.....
JYNX on February 21, 2011:
Ghosts do exist. I've been seeing them since i was 5 yrs old. What are humans made of? Matter! and what is matter? Energy! You can make energy, you can use Enaergy. But, You can't destroy Energy. When someone dies there Energy has to go somewhere. Think about it.
Janice Pielert on February 21, 2011:
I have had several incredible paranormal experiences with my brother, Warren, who passed away in 1998. Because of his sudden, unexpected death, I was left with a broken soul and so desperately needed to see him again. He hasn't let me down, I have had dream visits, actual physical interaction, electronic communications, and messages from a channeler. I thank God that there are people like the members of this website in this world who have also experienced these types of things because I was afraid to admit to myself that these things really happened. This validates my experiences.
amanda on February 21, 2011:
I believe in all above and believe in God, I leave my body and travel, sounds odd, I dream of things and then it happens....I have tried to warn people but they think I am crazy, so I am withdrawn and keep it to myself. Even a friends death I knew 3 day's prior to his death which happend in the same way. Is this bad
WALT on February 20, 2011:
I SAW A SHADOW LIKE BEING STANDING NEXT TO A WOMAN!,I DIDN'T FEEL IT WAS EVIL AND WHEN I TOLD THE WOMAN ABOUT WHAT I HAD SEEN SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HER DEAD BROTHER LOOKING AFTER HER!
Sandy on February 20, 2011:
I believe in the afterlife because my Dad who passed in 2001 came to me and sat on my bed holding my hands telling me he was okay to live my life that he would see me again in time he would be waiting for me.I have had contact with him many times and ways!We have a ghost in our house both in shadow form and in human looking form not sure if it's my Dad or father in law as I have not seen this but my son a couple of his friends and my husband have.We had a ghost in another house that we lived in never saw it just felt it's presence always felt it was a man who lived there years before we did and one day it just stopped guess he felt we were okay and taking good care of his house for him!!I do believe in Angels because after praying one day I felt a soft light hug around my shoulders and there was no one there that I could see! What a beautiful feeling to be touched by an angel! It could be that my Dad is one of my guardian angels as I have always felt and it was him I just know I will never forget it! What a wonderful Gift!!!
Roadydog on February 05, 2011:
It is what it is
kentuckyslone (author) on February 05, 2011:
Hello teresa8go and thanks for the feedback! I tried to cover most of everything in the polls.
teresa8go from Michigan, USA on February 04, 2011:
I've had many paranormal experiences in my lifetime. This hub gives the reader a wide variety of some of the paranormal possibilities out there. Although I wish you could have provided a different link to the Unicorn topic. And your poll question - "Do you believe shadow creatures are evil?" - should have an answer that reflects the possibility that some shadow creatures are evil and some are not evil. I've seen 2 humanoid shadow people and one of them was definitely friendly while the other leaned more toward the evil side but, I really can't say it was evil. Negative would be a more accurate word.
All in all very nice hub and great poll.
Gail on February 03, 2011:
I believe that ghosts and spirits could exist. Its an interesting subject. I would want to believe that there is an afterlife. Reincarnation could be possible. I would believe that all the people who have died are now in spirit form in the afterlife. There could be a lot of spirits/ghosts who have never lived in physical form in the afterlife. Edgar Cayce was really fascinating!
Vivica on February 03, 2011:
To believe in the paranormal, doesnt mean you arent a Christian. Lots of people wont respond to this, because of that thinking. You can believe both exists, and I do.