Have You Ever Seen A Ghost?

Ghosts are prevalent in literature

Literature is replete with stories of ghosts. From Charles Dickens’ ghosts in “A Christmas Carol” to Bloody Mary to the Flying Dutchman to Casper, we have historically embraced ghosts as viable topics for storytelling. Even the Bible mentions ghosts; Jesus sought to convince His disciples that He was not an apparition following the resurrection. Television and film has often featured beings from the spirit world, from the multitude of ghosts inhabiting Collinwood in Dark Shadows to Jennifer Love Hewitt’s weekly offering of sightings in Ghost Whisperer. Patrick Swayze played a most famous phantom, and many believe well-known people have returned as spirits, including Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe.

Have you ever seen a ghost? Would you know for certain if you did? I’ve never researched ghost sightings. I don’t know what I should look for to determine if I’ve ever encountered a spirit, but two bizarre events that took place decades apart from each other convinced me I did. Read my story and decide for yourself.

 

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My own story--was it a ghost I saw, or wasn't it?

 The Man in the Back Yard Part 1

One fall night when I was approximately five years old, I lie awake in the darkness of my bedroom, unable to sleep.  I heard my brother’s rhythmic breathing on the other side of the room—he was sound asleep.  In boredom and frustration I sat on the edge of the bed, gently pulled open the curtains and looked through the bedroom window into the yard, separated from the adjacent cemetery behind it by a metal wire fence.  As I looked outside into the blackness, I noticed a man.  He had dark hair and wore a red jacket, a brown shirt, blue pants and boots.  He wandered about the yard as if searching for something.  I hurried back into bed and hid under the sheets and blankets in panic.  A few moments later, I mustered the courage to peek through the window again and see if the man were still there.  He was still behind the house, now slightly closer.  He looked downward and around the trees as though he lost something in our yard. My heart pounded as I leapt into bed a second time and covered my head with blankets.  When I told my story to my mother and brother the next day, I was assured that I must have been dreaming; but, it was far more vivid than a normal dream.  It seemed real.

 

The Man in the Back Yard Part 2

I stared at the ceiling one cold winter’s night in my parents’ house.  I was 28 years old and back in my old bedroom while the broken pipes in my home on Rhode Island Street were being repaired.  The furnace blew beneath me but was routinely turned down at night while everyone slept.  I was covered with blankets and the familiar surroundings of my room should have been sufficiently relaxing to induce sleep, but instead I battled insomnia.  It felt like I had been awake for hours, and I struggled for so long attempting to fall asleep I didn’t want to know what time it was.  From sheer boredom I glanced out the bedroom window and a chill borne of terror and amazement shot down my spine. 

 

I instinctively recoiled from the window in shock, but forced myself to peek outside again.  I saw a man in a red jacket, blue jeans, and a brown shirt moving about the back yard as if he was looking for something.  He circled the tree as he wandered about.  I noticed he stood out in the darkness as if a light shone upon him or, perhaps from him.  He was not cloaked in darkness as one would expect in the middle of the night.  The experience seemed familiar because it happened before.  I recalled witnessing the same event as a small child decades earlier.  In panic I moved away from the window once more.  When I summoned the courage to look outside again, the man was gone.  Despite the cold, sweat appeared on my forehead as I sought to calm myself.  I wrote off the experience as a dream when it happened years ago, but had no rationalization for seeing an illuminated man in the yard outside the window for a second time.  I mentally counted off the possible explanations:  I was dreaming a dream so vivid I couldn’t discern what was real; I was insane; or, I saw a spirit.  In the same manner I had years prior, I curled up under the sheets of the bed.  I was content to spend the night hiding from the spirits in the darkness if necessary.  After an indeterminate period of time I finally fell asleep.  I woke up exhausted the next morning.

 

When I arose, I contemplated the possibility that I was asleep the entire time, and experienced a dream similar to one I remembered from childhood.  As an adult, however, I felt more confident in believing I was awake.  It was possible I slept through the night and dreamed of seeing a glowing man in the yard, but that certainly didn’t seem like what happened.  It seemed like I saw a ghost—the same phantom I spied years earlier, unchanged by time.  With a cemetery directly behind the back yard, if anyone had ever seen a ghost, it was certainly plausible I saw one.  I wondered what this spirit searched for in the yard of a house built in the 1950’s.  No one lived there before my parents, so it wasn’t as if someone died there.  I speculated he was a lost soul looking for his own grave.  Perhaps he lost or buried something in the yard months or years before the house was built.  His clothes looked relatively modern, and if he was a ghost he wasn’t from times long ago.  Would a metal detector turn up the answer to these questions?  If I found something buried in the yard, would it be distinctive enough to deduce the story behind the artifact?  My father owned a metal detector at the time, but a quick scan of the yard turned up nothing. 

 

Later I remembered a visit eight years earlier to Stull Cemetery a few miles west of Lawrence, when friends of mine described seeing a man near the abandoned church there.  What they saw was remarkably similar to my own experience—a man who seemed unaffected by the shadows of night, radiating light and color as if he stood in broad daylight instead of the darkness.  The similarities were startling.  Taking place decades apart, three times my friends and I saw a man in a dark cemetery illuminated as if standing in broad daylight.

 

 I chose to accept the explanation that it was in fact a ghost I twice watched prowl about the yard—not a dream or hallucination.  If ghosts weren’t visible in close proximity to a graveyard, where might they be found?  The decision to believe never invoked fear in me—I was able to walk into the yard at night, for example, but it filled me with wonder.  What was the story of this strange figure?  Did he find what he was looking for?  I told the story repeatedly over the years, and when I recounted my experiences I always described the event as seeing a ghost, no matter who it was I told.  From that day forward, I counted myself among those who, when asked if they had ever seen a ghost, answered yes.

 

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Interesting hub. It isn't easy to decide whether so called ghosts are a construct of the mind or a matter of higher sensitivity. If ghost stories have been around for so much time, beside that they are frightening or give us hope for a life after death, probably it's worth investigating them. Without preconceptions of course. No one has still explained, to me at least, why my cat stays hours staring at nothing. I like ghost stories though.

Good hub.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hypnodude, thanks for your comment. It is clear we don't know what we are seeing when we think we see a ghost; we also don't know why we are seeing it. However, we have seen too much to dismiss the "evidence" and claim we've seen nothing. And, where we our lives be without a little mystery?

Thanks again for your comments.


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truepal 6 years ago

I felt once but don't know it was a ghost or something else.

It was when I was returning from my college after a special class at 8pm.

It's a long story ( may be I'll share it on my Hub later ) but I felt someone was behind me when i was riding my bike.

I even felt a cold touch on my back.

It was really scary but I took it as hallucination.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

truepal, thanks for your comments.

Perhaps what you felt was indeed a hallucination, but who knows? I'm not certain I wasn't dreaming when I saw the guy in the back yard, but it sure didn't seem like a dream.

There was a time when I was asleep in bed and it felt like someone (or something?) sat on me. I woke up, but the feeling persisted for another few seconds.

Who knows what's really out there if we knew how to look for it?

Thanks again.


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Really good hub, I enjoyed the topic. It was very interesting. Thanks Mike.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks for reading, Truth. Happy holidays!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

My mother and I both experienced seeing the same young woman sitting in the room with us for an instant one time, One instant she was there and the next gone.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Peggy, thanks for your comments. There are so many instances like the one you describe that suggest ghosts are indeed out there. It is hard to believe there is a "rational" explanation for all of them. I could believe I was asleep both times I saw the man outside the window, but I would be convincing myself I was asleep--I'm pretty sure I wasn't. In your case, your mother was with you and you both saw the same thing--where is the "rational" explanation there?

Thanks for sharing your own tale, Peggy. It would be fascinating to know who the young woman you saw was.


Deborah Sexton 6 years ago

I enjoyed this hub.

I've been with my parents long after their deaths and my brother.

Christ was ascended and raised his spirit and body at one time. We have to wait till resurrection day for our physical bodies to ascend.

On the day Christ died, many graves were opened and dead people came out and were seen by many. Since Christ is the firstfruit and no one has ever resurrected from the dead back to God and we have to wait till the last days then these had to be ghosts. .

Though it says bodies, it probably meant the astral bodies since our astral selves look like us.

When Christ transfigured one of the people with him was Moses who had been dead for many years.

The other people in Scripture who were brought back to life didn't return to God and were brought back to physical life


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks for your comments, Deborah. A few years ago I lost my brother to cancer, and a close friend of mine died a few months earlier. I have spoken to them in dreams but have not seen them. However, I did see things happen shortly after they both died that made me wonder if they could be attributed to my lost friend and brother.

Your comments, as always, are greatly appreciated. And, Happy New Year.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Spooky... I think you did see a ghost because other people had seen the same image as you.

Mmmmh.. next time you must take a photo. lol.

Best Wishes.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lady_E; thanks for commenting. It was indeed an odd and spooky sight, especially when it happened more than once, many years apart.

Thanks for commenting, and have a Happy New year!


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thirdmillenium 6 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

Hi

Ghosts are imagination running wild or hallucinations, i think. Nice, thoughtful hub. Thanks


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

thirdmillenium, thanks for your comments. I respect your opinions and realize many others share them. Due to the nature of this experience, I'm not completely sure I can count myself as a non-believer, though.

Thanks again for your interest and comments.


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EIF131 6 years ago

When I was about 7 or 8 years old I slept with my older sister, she's 6 years older than me. I slept closest to the windows to my right. The street lights lit up the room at night so it wasn't completely dark you could see pretty much around the entire room.

One particular night I was awoken, no apparent reason, and there sitting on the edge of where I lay was this woman. At first I thought it was my mom because she had long dark hair. She was sitting rather close to me like a mom would staring at her child. I stared at her and she was dressed in a white nightgown and had a beautiful face. She didn't speak simply stared at me. I then noticed her necklace which had a large medallion on it. Just then I blinked my eyes and she was gone. I began to scream. My sister woke up and tried to calm me down and asked me if I was scared while she sat there and I told her no - it's only till I blinked and she was gone that I realized I'd seen a ghost.

She wasn't transparent but solid, her face was very pale but that could of have been the light streaming in through the window. That was almost 41 years ago and I remember it clearly to this day.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

EIF131, thank you for reading. There are so many people with personal stories to tell, it is difficult to question the existence of ghosts. Like my own story, it is interesting how often ghosts are seen by children. Is this intentional, or perhaps children have an ability to perceive that is lost or sublimated as we grow older....?

Your story is fascinating and I great appreciate your telling it here. Thank you very much.


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EIF131 6 years ago

Hello Mike, I myself never questioned their existence. My daughter began to hear and see things at the age of 11. I'd never shared my story with her and she'd never experienced seeing a ghost until she saw one herself. We'd just moved into our apartment, which I fell in love with because of the scenery.

A few months after we'd moved in she heard what sounded like a small child calling her name. She heard the voice clear but distant from her bedroom. At first she thought it was me fooling around but I was in the basement washing clothes. One Friday night she sat in the dining area eating a late night snack and she suddenly flew on top of my lap clinging to me like a frightened cat. She said she saw a small boy around 6 maybe 8 years old walk from our foyer into my bedroom. My husband was sleeping and the door was closed.

When she calmed down I tried to convince her she probably thought she'd seen something. It's when she began to describe in detail that scared me and made me wonder. The boy was not solid but was transparent however she could see him clearly and he stared at her as he walked. He was white complexion with dark hair and eyes. She told me he was dressed in old fashioned pants which had suspenders and a white shirt. She said he looked exactly like a character out of Huck Finn.

I stayed up later than I wanted to that night because she was really scared and had never experienced that before. Although at the time I didn't say anything I was just as scared. My daughter and I have experienced more than our share of paranormal experiences in our home throughout the years. We don't talk about it anymore unless she mentions something matter of fact btw...

Glad you enjoyed my story. And great point on how children often see them. Both my daughter and I did and it's a mystery to me as to why.


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NateSean 6 years ago from Salem, MA

I'm an investigator with Vermont Spirit Detective Agency. And my team has placed a couple videos of the evidence they collected this past two years.

Although I have yet to see a full bodied apparition, what you describe, I have heard some eerie EVPs.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

EIF131, thanks for coming back. That is an amazing story about your daughter seeing the small boy, and it gave me goose bumps just sitting here at my computer reading it! (Especially the part about the boy staring at your daughter as he walked toward the bedroom.... still sending a chill down my back.) It does add credence to the idea that children can be more in tune with the spirit world than adults, and it sounds as if you have even more stories to tell. I hope at some point to here them. I have a few more to share, as well.

Nate, thanks for commenting. Given your occupation, I would be glad to hear any other ideas or comments you might have about what we've talked about here.

Thanks again!


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NateSean 6 years ago from Salem, MA

Well the one thing you have to remember when you call in a paranormal investigator is that the really good ones are always going to try to find the normal solution before the paranormal.

You say the same thing happened twice. So the first thing I would ask is if anyone living nearby recognizes the description.

It's very unlikely that the spirit is someone who is currently buried in the cemetary, mainly because we don't die in cemeteries, at least not normally.

From what you describe, I would say that this is a residual haunting. These happen most frequently near limestone deposits and running water. Is there a river, either underground or near this house?

I say residual because from your description the spirit doesn't seem to react to the house and when you saw it at 28, you say it was doing the exact same thing as it did when you were five.

Now, if it is a residual haunting this house is near a cemetary, a question I would ask is how recently was your house built near this cemetary? Because the behavior of the entity sound similar to someone who is looking for the grave of a loved one.

It doesn't have to be the case, but it's a possibility to explore.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

NateSean, thanks for your insights--they are helpful and most welcome. I have wondered, of course, if this was all a dream--the simplest of the normal explanations. It sure didn't feel like a dream when either time, and when I was 28, one would hope I could tell the difference.

Someone in the neighborhood that recognizes the description? It could have been possible--these were houses built in the mid-1950's, and like my parents, many of the same folks who lived there when I was a child still lived there decades later. While my parents are STILL there, most of the others have moved or passed away. It would have been quite interesting to know if someone recognized the description.

Of course, you're absolutely correct about people not dying in cemeteries, so it would indeed seem more likely that a spirit was searching for someone.

A river? The city itself is next to a river, but there is not really anything nearby--I have no idea about undergroud, but I think my home town has an abundance of limestone deposits.

Given the actions of the figure, it seems plausible it might have been looking for the grave of a loved one. It would make sense, all things considered.

Not sure where that leaves us, but once again, I thank you for your interest and the depth of your comments. It offers much food for thought. Thanks again.


AuthorLMS 6 years ago

I had a ghost/spirit/spirit guide something spiritual in my living room one night. I went to call my mother so my son could say good night to her and when I looked up he was there plain as day the only thing I didn't see was his face. But I can tell you he had short hair to bottom of ears, dark curly hair, he was wearing a black teeshirt with beige shorts. he was a "white man" at least he appeared that way to me. and runnning shoes, oddly though I couldn't see his face. That as far as I know is the only one I seen, I have had many experiences through other senses.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

AuthorLMS, thanks for reading. What you experienced would be pretty frightening, even if the "look" of the spirit was fairly casual and contemporary. How long would you guess he was there? Did he linger a bit, or go away after you saw him? I am always interesting in what others have experienced.

Thanks again for your comments, they are much appreciated.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Yup you saw a spirit...hehhehe. How cute. I am giggling thinking about you being a little boy and then a grown up in the same room, same ghost and then you putting the blankets over your head..heheheh too funnneeeeeeeeee! :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hi Ghost, thanks for reading. Yes, it seems like there was a lot going on in that room that had me hiding under the covers--fear is tricky stuff. My folks still own the house, too. Wonder what would happen if I went back????

Thanks again.


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NateSean 6 years ago from Salem, MA

What's difficult for a lot of people to understand is that most of the time a spirit is not trying to frighten or harm you. They just want to make contact.

In the case of a residual type haunt, the spirit doesn't even know you're there. It's like watching a movie set to repeat over and over again.

But only in very rare instances are hauntings ever malicious and in those cases you have to remember that this is your house. Your home. Human beings have the power to keep unwanted entities out of their home and off of their property.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

NateSean, thanks for returning. You are correct, what I saw certainly seemed oblivious to anything else going on, and certainly did not seem malicious. While there was a certain amount of fear (and panic) on my part at the time, I never had a sense that I was being stalked or menaced. It was a curious sight....

Thanks for your comments, I appreciate your expertise in these matters.

Mike


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had see kind of ghost when I was kids. It look scary, I am I run after seeing that ghost. It look like big guy with long hair, sleep on the bad and didn't have face.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

prasetio30, thanks for reading. There are many instances of ghosts appearing to children, and it is believed that perhaps kids have an ability to perceive spirits that gets lost or becomes unused as we mature. Your story indeed sounds frightening.

Thanks again for your comments.


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debbemack 6 years ago from Mosinee, Wisconsin

Great reading. I believe in ghosts because of my own experiences. But I believe the reason why children and animals can see and sense them is because of their innoscense and sensitivity. I am not a pro at anything but I have in my past have felt the presence of evil or have been places where there was a violent death and has sensed it before hand. I have been told I`m a very sensitive person.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

debbemack, thanks for commenting. I am certainly not an expert on any of this stuff either, but I agree that the sensitivity of children and animals allow them to see (or at least notice) things we do not. I have no doubt that there are adults with the ability to sense things most of do not--like yourself, for example. I think we are taught to believe in a description of the world that does not include these things, but some of us see them anyway.

Thanks so much for reading and offering your insights, they are much appreciated.

Mike


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

I've seen what I believe to be ghosts twice and have had weird experiences of coincidence many times. I was taught to read tea leaves and tarot by my great aunt and have been sensitive to the atmosphere of places from a young age. Thanks for sharing


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

jayjay40, thanks for commenting. It sounds as if you might have a few interesting stories of your own to tell. I would be curious to know what weird experiences of coincidence you have seen. I hope we get to hear about them someday.

Thanks again.

Mike


Patrick Collins 6 years ago

Nice hub Mike , ghosts always make for very interesting reading, perpetually mysterious and interesting subject. Cheers


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Patrick, thanks for reading. Ghosts are a fascinating subject, and enough people claim to have seen them to make their existence tough to ignore.

Glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks again.

Mike


Just A Voice 6 years ago

I enjoyed your hub Mike. I have always been fascinated by the whole ghost hunting genre. And I love reading all the comments from those who have had experiences too.

I have no interesting stories of my own to tell. Everything spooky that has happened to me, when investigated, would turn out to have a rational explanation.

But I truly believe that there are experiences out there that defy explanation and those are quite interesting to me.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Voice, thanks for reading. I always hold onto the idea that what I've experienced could have a rational explanation, even if I'm unable to see it. I never figured out a way to explain this one away, but I've always said it COULD have been a dream. I do believe there are plenty of folks that experience things that cannot be explained, and I certainly accept that I could count myself among them.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and I'm glad you found my story interesting. Hope you had a good weekend.

Mike


Just A Voice 6 years ago

Weekends are like ghosts, I seem to only get a glimpse of them out of the corner of my eye and then they're gone.

May this upcoming one be a little less elusive :)

Hope yours is spectacular...and if not at least peaceful and relaxing


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Voice, I agree completely--weekends can seem so fleeting, it is easy to question whether they really exist!

I hope yours is spectacular, as well, and the warm wishes are greatly appreciated.

Mike


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Mike,

I believe you did see a ghost... both times. I think you should just accept what you saw as real and not bother yourself about it.

There are many skeptics with their feet on the ground who will say it did not happen but that does not mean it did not happen!

I was about to say that I have never seen a ghost, when I realized that I actually have seen a ghost. I saw my father-in-law standing on the stairs in my home (where he did not live and did not die) four hours after he died. He was laughing and waving at me and trying to talk to me. I could see his lips move. He was a double amputee and yet he was standing up! I did not think of him as a ghost until this moment. hahahahah! But he was dead so he must have been a ghost! He passed away several years ago.

This phenomena happens to many people all over the world. Something makes it happen but we just do not understand it.

Great hub!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Smireles, thanks for reading. It certainly sounds like you saw the ghost of your father-in-law, and that was an interesting occurrence you have described. In truth, I believe I saw a ghost both times, as well. For the sake of staying rational about it, I will always look for a normal explanation to unusual events, but I never found one that seemed satisfactory. In the end, I come to the conclusion that it was indeed a spirit I saw those nights.

Thanks for reading and sharing your own experience, it is greatly appreciated.

Mike


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warrioRR 6 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

Nice creation

I had a bad experience of ghost but I'm safe, and I try to forget that nightmare but i can't.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

WarrioRR, thanks for reading. I'm sorry to hear about the experience you had being negative. I hope someday you will be able to forget. Thanks again for reading and leaving your comments.

Mike


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Mike for what it's worth I was an unbeliever for years, I thought ghosts only belonged in movies and comedies like Casper and others. It wasn't until 2006 I was pulling a load of rolls of paper from a paper mill from Canada to a large receiver in Kentucky. I had rested and when my logs were legal again, I started out in late afternoon. I drove through until around midnight I came through some small town in Kentucky. I stopped at a stop sign and while I was stopped I took a glance at my passenger west coast mirror and saw a face staring back at me at the end of my 53ft trailer. It was a woman dressed in a white gown, long black hair, fire engine red lipstick and dark eyeliner, something you would see possibly in an old black and white movie. She just stood there looking at the mirror. It ran chills up my back and the hair on my neck stood up for sure. I decided to open my cab door and take a walk to the back and ask the lady what she wanted or why she was there in the first place. When I got to the back of the trailer, she was walking across the path that led to a cemetery I had not even noticed when I pulled up to the stop sign. She never turned, just seemed to glide along and they disappeared into a mist. Then and there I knew I had seen an apparition. So Mike as far as I am concerned my friend you definitely witnessed an apparition in your backyard. I am a firm believer we are not alone in our Universe, nor are we alone in the spirit world, it will be interesting when I pass on to move into another dimension or possible reincarnation, who knows, no one knows but the people who have gone before us. Great hub loved your share. Peace


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

saddlerider, that was a chilling account you just described. Particularly chilling for me since I had an evening once when I thought I saw another face looking back at me in a mirror.

I have always first tried to look for "everyday" explanations for unusual things that happen, but when one can't be found, I have no trouble embracing a more fantastic explanation. I agree that we are not alone, either in our universe or in the spirit world. It will indeed be interesting to see what happens next, either when we die, or before.

Thanks again for telling your story and offering your insights. Both are greatly appreciated.

Mike


Ron 6 years ago

Great story, Mike, and so very thought-provoking and well-told. My sightings were somewhat like yours, though we did not live my a cemetery. My encounters are related in the ghost blog of my website. We moved away not long after and such things I no longer experienced.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ron, thanks for reading. So many people have been in situations where they have seen something that should not have been there to be seen, it is hard to dispute that something is out there, whether we call it ghosts or something else. I will try to take a look at what you've said about your own encounters soon. Thanks again for reading.

Mike


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bladesofgrass 6 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

Great Hub! Of course, I, like you and many others have seen, heard, and witnessed things since a young age, that are unexplainable. It is startling when it happens, and even though it doesn't happen all the time...years may pass...like in your instance, it still serves as a chilling reminder, we aren't alone. Thanks for sharing. :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

bladesofgrass, thanks for reading. You're correct, there are so many people that have seen and experienced so many things, it is clear we aren't alone. I would be interested in hearing stories of your own at some point.

Thanks so much for reading, and I really like your HubPages name.

Mike


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salt 6 years ago from australia

There can be a couple of explanations for this that may not fit exactly the ghost as a ghost story.

It can be a timeframe pegging thing, it could be that as a child, this was a mark in time until the next time you saw it. Somewhat a return to innocence of childhood and the reawareness of psychic ..., after life has been lived for awhile. You may remember other aspects of this type of experience now or be more atuned.

The other aspect of it could be a time frame. In especially political realities, timeframes move backwards and forward depending on intent of those wishing to maintain an aspect of past reality or political era. The Marolyn Munroe one comes up alot. A number of actresses have been through a Marolyn Munroe experience and I have only recently experienced a Marolyn download when I was driving and she felt far more intelligent than I expected. I saw a mirror and heard you will sing happy birthday and then die.. I then went to the internet and looked up timeframes and how they introduced her as the late Marolyn Munroe.

I sense that this experience for me was linked with a political experience. Relating to the Kennedy era and current political life in Australia with competeing interests -

This ghost may have been digging, searching, looking... what are you searching for? Was your father searching or looking for something? The type and colors of the clothes, could they mean anything to you? Was your grandfather alive etc.. look at it from a few different aspects or angles and you may find a significance in it you didn't before. It could also be someoene telling you they are there.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Salt, thanks for your insights. I am always prepared to entertain other explanations than the one I have offered. I am not completely familiar with the concepts of timeframing as you have mentioned them here, although your explanations seem plausible. I will definitely do a bit of online research and investigate what you have told me.

I've wondered about the significance of the clothes. They seemed (relatively) modern and were not out of place in contemporary times. Whether the spirit/vision represents something I'm searching for or another relative, I couldn't say.

I will do a little research concerning your ideas--thanks so much for your insights.

Mike


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Diane Inside 6 years ago

I have never seen a ghost but have had many stories in my own family of strange and bizarre things, this makes me think I will write a hub on it. Anyway nice hub. It is good to contemplate on such things and not take things at face value I think.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Diane, thanks for reading. Too many people have seen too many things to not at least acknowledge the possibility that there is more going around us than we can touch with our hands. I am always on the lookout for a logical explanation to things, but when nothing presents itself, it just makes sense to consider the "unexplainable" as an answer.

I hope you will write about your family's stories and experiences, and I look forward to reading it. Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


It has to be rue 6 years ago

Hi Mike

interesting area of topic, rare stories and honestly if no one has ever seen, its extremely hard to convince but I have a story.

When I was young, not a teenager yet, I used to see a ghost figure watching me that looks like Abraham Lincoln, was never an angry feeling, but almost protective. When it first started happening I would go looking for my parents in another room asking who this person was who has been watching me, they couldn't see anything.

Years had past and then again around 11 years old, had the most unreal experience, the family was moving and house boxed up, i was sleeping in the same room as my sister, I had woke up startled to see a man looking exactly like Abraham Lincoln standing at the end my bed, ghost dogs in the room, and some kind of weird demon guarding the door, I was obviously scared watching all this going on, I had moved a bit and the ghostly figure looking like Abraham Lincoln pointed directly at me and was talking but I couldn't hear him, felt like he was protecting me from something, then it all stopped.

I thought it was a nightmare, but my sister seen the whole thing in detail, we still talk about it to this day as we're in our 30's now.

I haven't seen the ghostly figure in many years now, but do catch a glimpse in the corner of my eye sometimes that i can't explain, but enough to make me look twice.

I'm Canadian, not American and have never lived in the states, so always been an empty question of why.

Has anyone else had a similar experience out there?


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

It Has To Be Rue, thanks for reading and sharing your story. What you say is interesting because I had a similar experience about 20 years ago. I was living in a small house on the north side of town, and one night I saw George Reeves in his Superman suit in my bedroom (the guy from the 50's Superman TV show). He was also pointing and saying something, but I couldn't hear the words. he didn't point at me, but he was looking in the direction he pointed.

I wrote the instance off as a dream, but it didn't feel like one. And the similarities to your story, albeit with a different person, are eerily similar.

Thanks again for your comments, I appreciate them a great deal.

Mike


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DTR0005 5 years ago from Midwest

This is an extremely compelling and, well, creepy account. I got the chills reading it.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

DTR0005, It was an extremely frightening experience. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

Mike


Muldanian 5 years ago

I had a similar experience a few years ago. After another night of insomnia, I got out of bed at 6am and went downstairs and lay on the sofa. I had only been there a few minutes, when I looked towards the far end of the room and saw an elderly lady standing next to the wall, and looking at a painting which hung there. I took note that she was wearing a long quilted white dressing gown, which was covered in a floral pattern. She was also wearing a very large pair of glasses. I then said, "who the hell are you?" She looked at me, and said "I'm Mrs. Day." Then, she looked back towards the painting and walked into it. She became part of a figure in the painting, her gown becoming one with that of the figure.

For some years I was convinced that I had seen a ghost, but then started reading about hypnopompic experiences, and how they can be explained, and how similar they are for many people. Seeing an elderly woman is quite common. The one thing that does make me wonder though, is that when describing what I had seen to neighbours, who knew Mrs. Day, they said that she did wear such a dressing gown and glasses. So, I am in two minds as to whether I did see a ghost or not.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Muldanian, thanks for telling your own story here. I am definitely one to look for a rational explanation when one is there, but when it is not, I am able to embrace other theories. What you describe is certainly bizarre, and the fact that your neighbors knew Mrs. Day and could identify what she wore certainly lends a bit of credence to the idea that you might have seen a ghost. As was the case with me, if you ever see the elderly lady again, it would likely push me toward believing it was indeed a ghost.

Thanks again for sharing your story.

Mike


breanna 5 years ago

me and my friend have had some expierences we were very scared at first but we learned to embrace it instead of running from it we had many expierinces like seeing a cemeterys and graves and animals and mainly people like flashes of glowing light


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Breanna, thanks for stopping by. It sounds as if you may be very much in tune with the spirit world, which is an amazing gift. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

Mike


Anthony 5 years ago

Well, this is my personal experience with ghosts. I have never actually seen a ghost beyond a quick glance. Instead, I seen to have the ability to feel them. The first real experience was when I was a teenager moving into a new house after my parents divorce. This house had been built years before, with no strange insidents reported from then until we moved in. This house had two ghosts living in it, which as I said was strange because nothing odd had happened in the house. The one upstairs seemed indifferent to our presence and never bothered us. The one that lived in the basement though, was a different story entirely. It mostly resided in my autistic brothers room, and was clearly filled with malice. Neither my brother nor my mother were able to have a restful night of sleep and the kittens simply refused to go downstairs. With the help of some of my mothers friends, they were finally able to remove the ghost from the house and eventually from the yard. The ghost upstairs, sadly, had also left in the process.

With all of these events, it felt less strange to have my mother confirm that there had actually also been a ghost cat that lived in the house. Whatever spirit had lived in the basement also managed to terrify the ghost cat into staying upstairs, as none of us noticed it in the basement until after the evil spirit had been expelled.

To this day, my mother still believes that there was a demon in her basement, while I believe it was simply the spirit of a very evil person. We, thankfully, will never know who was right.


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Mike Lickteig 4 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Anthony, thanks for reading and sharing your story. My hope in writing this was that folks like you would indeed share personal experiences. It sounds like you are comfortable with your affinity for the spirit world, and that is good. As you note, a ghost might be indifferent to people living in the houses they inhabit. It is good that there was apparently some closure to this story, although it sounds as if you wished the indifferent spirit had remained. I am curious what your mother and her friends did to remove the ghosts--it sounds as if there were still some interesting aspects of this story to be told.

Thanks again, I appreciate your sharing this story.

Mike


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Hey Mike-thanks for sharing your story of the ghost man in your back yard. I totally believe in ghost's and have had many experiences with them. I think you would have known if your were just dreaming and the fact you saw this guy twice, tells me you saw a real ghost. Sharing this intriguing ghost story.

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