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Question of the Week: 98 - 2/10/2003
Would You Live In A Haunted House?
You have found the perfect house. But it’s haunted. Doors open and close. Lights flip on and off. Footsteps are heard in the hallway, furniture is rearranged and ghostly figures are spotted wandering the grounds.
Would you move in?
Would you be comfortable living with ghosts and/or paranormal activities? Or would you send the spirits an eviction notice?
What are your thoughts on paranormal manifestations?
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| Guess Who's Coming To Dinner ||Feb 12th. at 12:33:20 am UTC|
|Charlene Rowan-Kemple (Houston, Texas) ||Age: 50 - Email |
Regarding question 98
My husband and I currently live in a haunted house. Our lovely spirit seems to be a young girl who acts up occassionally when certain TV shows are on, or an argument arises. Throwing picture frames and loud banging on the upstairs floors always lets us know she's upset. She manifests herself occassionally walking down the stairs and out the front door, or sometimes in our master bathroom or bedroom.
We always thank her for watching over us and our 2 cats Alpha and Omega, and for keeping away unwanted people. So far, it has been a wonderful experience. Our spirit seems to enjoy fresh flowers and the herbs I grow, as well as watching me as I make my herbal blends for my natural soaps, bath salts, and lotions for my small business.
I can always "feel" her when she's around and personally love the company when my husband is away on business trips.
By all means invite a spirit or two into your home. It can be a very rewarding experience.
| I Would Live In A Haunted House ||Feb 12th. at 1:11:29 am UTC|
|Mike (North Carolina) ||Age: 22 - Email |
I have actually lived in a haunted house, it was in Merkel Texas. I was only 12 at the time but remember the different things that happend vividly. I dont suppose it was really that long ago. To tell you the truth i miss it. I just remember never feeling alone, and it wasnt a bad thing. At times i even felt protected or guarded. So I would live in a haunted house depending on the spirits or entitys that also inhabited the house.
| I Would'nt Have It Any Other Way ||Feb 12th. at 2:21:07 am UTC|
|Nateseia (Winnipeg, Canada) ||Age: 40 - Email |
I have *alway* live in haunted house...every single one of then since the age o twelve.
I think my mother, being a Wiccan herself, could not imagine a house without them. She taught us not to fear, but incorporate
our lives with them in terms of accommadating the reasons they might need to hang around for
a while. She turned the initial fear we kids had into curiosity. I'm not saying that we did not cling to her skirts when the back door would slam open, and someone would walk down the basement
stairs ( that was a regular one) , but in time, we realized that was all they did. We still played in the basement. It held no fear for us.
As I grew up, and lived in various apartments and homes, I realized that everytime I walked into a new one to inspect it, my first instinct was to feel for
an existing energy and what it might be. If the homes did ot have this energy, I got a 'dead' feeling from it (no pun intended) and would'nt move in.
Currently, I have been in my house for ten years and the spirits provide me with no end of entertainment and .....yes...saftey.
If on any given night, they are being particullary noisy and fullof antics, I ask then to settle down. If they do not desist, I yell at them.
For my children, this is the norm in which they grew up. If one spirit insists on acting up, despite what the pleas of the kids are, I'm usually able to intercede and create a
little down time.
I'd be very lonely without them. Their presence reminds me constantly of our connection, and
how infact, normal it to not only live harmoniously with entites that you will some day mirror, but that our circles and prayers,
rantings and ravings are by those who sometimes make themselves known in ways we least expect.
| Haunted Houses ||Feb 12th. at 2:23:16 am UTC|
|Colleen (RAF Lakenheath, UK) ||Age: 28 - Email |
It all depends on what is haunting the house. My aunt had a ghost who came out of the cold cellar in the basement. She wasn't very friendly, so we were always told to leave her alone. The family lived in that house for over 20 years though.
| HauntedHouses ||Feb 12th. at 8:52:11 am UTC|
|TheHollow (Vancouver, Canada) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I've lived in many haunted houses over the years from the age of 2, possibly since I was born. I believe that is hard to aviod spirits and other worldly happenings b/c anywhere you go there is a presence of those who have exsisted before. Old homes of course have more history and thus are more likely to contain ghosts. I have had experiences with residual history (where something that has happened in the past overlaps and plays agian and agian like a looped video tape) , ghosts and my own personal poltergeist (he moved things, turned lights off, etc.) .
Mostly I have not had bad experiences with ghosts and residuals don't really do much. I have, however, had some scary encounters with frightening and potentially evil presences. I think it may be best to have a conversation with the entities in the home and inform them that you mean no harm and try to share your space with them. But if their is a frightening, menacing, or violent force at work it may be a good idea to seek help with someone who knows how to handle the forces at work.
| Would I?? I Did!! ||Feb 12th. at 10:32:39 am UTC|
|Amethyst_Soul (Burlington, WI) ||Age: 37 - Email |
The house I where I currently live is full of activity, both of this world and outside of it. I am not sure exactly what attracts such a variety of spritits to this place, but for the most part we all get along. There are several who have chosen to stay long term and many seem to just pass through. It is not unusual to have cuboards, doors open or close, lights go on/off, or to see an entity wander around both inside or outside. All of my family has had encounters of different types, and several freinds. The house has a warm comfortable feel to it. Do we get scared? At times there have been encounters that has risen the hair on the back of our necks. If someone passes through that seems to have a negative energy, our long term group seems to encourage them to move on. Frankly I wouldn't trade it for the world. Concidering our spiritual path I don't think it is unusual to see the spirit of those who are waiting for the next journey.
| Haunted Houses.. ||Feb 12th. at 10:44:29 am UTC|
|Daniel (TN, usa) ||Age: 26 - Email |
I grew up with spirits around me, our family home in El Paso, TX was a gate way, because of how the city grew, our home was built in a Cherokee burial ground. No one knew until my grandmother who was a Cherokee medicine woman walked through the front door for the first time.
Spirits are all around me in my everyday life. If could live a day without seeing or experience them I could. I find it more of a curse than a gift. I don't hear them, but see them. It makes life hard, especially when growing up. But since I can't and I have excepted what goes on around me. I can live with them. My wife and I live in a home that has turned into a gate way because of my presence in the home. We have gotten used to setting "rules" of what we expect for living together. If those "rules" of the house are not followed, my wife and I will make sure they don't return. In rules I mean, spirits are not allowed to contact the children in a harmful manor, they are not to be tricky with the children or my family. Darkened spirits are not allowed period.
| Lived In Haunted Hauses? I Alreadydid. ||Feb 12th. at 12:00:33 pm UTC|
|kiki (chicago, ill) ||Age: 13 - Email |
well I've lived in haunted houses all my life. Whenever we were asleep we would hear footsteps in our living room and in our hallway. Sometimes the plates in the kitchen owuld fall, or our pictures would fall on the floor. Now were I live there are ghosts too. Every night I would see shadows around my house. Sometimes when I'm watching T.V. I would see someone staring at me , but when I turn around they hide. One night I was watching T.V. and I was getting sleepy , so I turned it off. But as I did, the T.V. turned back on by itself , and I turned it back off. My school, too, is haunted. When me and my friends were in the library fixing the books, the teaher had some really freaky dolls . So when I turned to see the doll , the doll was staring at me and it's eyes were red. When I told my friends to look at it , the doll seemed normal. But when I turned again the doll was looking at me with it's red eyes. So as you see all my life I've been around ghosts or as you may called them spirits of the dead.
| Miss My Hauntings : ( ||Feb 12th. at 12:40:02 pm UTC|
|Fire Rose (Tampa, FL) ||Age: 28 - Email |
I grew up with the knowledge that many houses were haunted. This persisted for years right up until my grandmother died. She never left! Then when my grandfater passed away, it got worse. He still flips the light switches and flushes the toilet in the night. To me, it is a normal experiance. I do miss my spirits where I live now. Noone has come to move in yet.......
| It Would Depend ||Feb 12th. at 1:03:21 pm UTC|
|Tracey (Vancouver, British Columbia) ||Age: 37 - Email |
Reading through all the other responses, I must say I am truly amazed at how many people either live or have lived in haunted houses, I thought it was a fairly rare occurrence (I never have lived in one) I would for sure love to experience it, (a friendly experience only) but I'm not so sure if I would like it in my home.
If I found a house that was truly my dream house, but was haunted, I think I would ask the owners if I could spend a few nights in the house to see if I get a feeling to whether they are friendly or mean spirits. If I felt they were friendly, I would buy the house, If I was scared or nervous, I wouldn't. I wouldn't want my dream house turning into my nightmare house. I've read about cases where the hauntings were so disturbing, and word gets around, that these poor people lose everything because they can't sell their house, no one else wants to buy it, but they have to move, they can't take it anymore, their all going crazy from fright no sleep. So now their stuck with a mortgate and no home! A true nightmare!
But when I think about it, never having experienced ghosts or spirits before, I don't know if I would appreciate the feeling of never being alone and I would always feel like I'm being watched (I'd be too shy to makeout with my husband on the couch, while watching a movie, in case somethings watching!!) and that might creep me out whether their friendly or not. I really enjoy my limited alone time so I don't know if I'm willing to share it, even with a ghost. If I had, however, already bought the house because I felt the spirits were friendly, but didn't really enjoy them there anyway, I would try to find someone to help them pass on, because that's why I think they're here anyway, some might not even realize their dead and should move on, or they've some unfinished business, or whatever. I don't think they want to be ghosts haunting a house.
| Nothing New! ||Feb 12th. at 1:35:28 pm UTC|
|Cailtin Rose (Kalamazoo, MI) ||Age: 39 - Email |
The home I am currently living in is the first that wasn't haunted. I don't believe that spirits can be evil, mearly agitated. I believe that my reaction to spirits and their reactions to me determine the "living arrangement."
| Mixed Thoughts ||Feb 12th. at 2:52:59 pm UTC|
|Feribear (Western, MA) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I lived in a house for a while that has, well, a personality. Actually it has several .... and not all of them are friendly. The house has been standing for almost 40 years and all 3 of the families that moved into it have imploded, ours included. I won't go into details, but the events are not such as happen to families under normal conditions.
There is one "entity" (for lack of a better word) that just watches. He especially liked my sister and would simply stare at her where ever she was ... which made taking a shower something of violating experience. He never really *did* anything, so I guess you could call him a peeping tom.
One of them is a prankster. He's a real card! He would move stuff and try to sneak up on you if you were busy with something like preparing dinner or watching TV. He always tried to catch me when I was alone and when I ran him off by hollaring at him to cut it out, I swear I could hear him snickering.
The last one was (is?) the most vicious, hateful, creature I have ever encountered. I can remember as a kid having to get past him to get to the second floor and praying that he didn't actually get a chance to throw the dagger he had poised at my back before I got to the top of the stairs. I belive that this wretch is responsible for the destrucion that has occurred in the families that have lived there. I tried to banish him, but he seems to be permenantly attached to the staircase in some way.
Things are much calmer there than when I was a kid. There was massive structural damage to the house due to flooding and 85% of the house was either rebuilt or redecorated. That seemed to chill everyone out. I went in afterwards to bless them on their way, but the damage is already done.
I can't say that I would ever live in haunted house again. Part of me would really enjoy it. I am a supernatural buff and the prospect of sharing my house with a spirit intrigues me. But after living with something that was so very nasty, I am not sure that I could do it again.
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