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Real Paranormal Stories and True Accounts

Updated on November 17, 2014

True Paranormal Stories

When looking into paranormal phenomena, many people associate it with something frightening.

Although the thought of seeing a ghost or spending time in a haunted house may seem scary, there are also times when people have paranormal experiences that can actually be uplifting.

In addition, many so-called based on a true story accounts are actually pretty much fiction. Let's explore some real paranormal stories and at the same time look at some that are not based in paranormal reality.

Paranormal photo by wallyir at morgueFile.


Real Life Ghost Story

At the risk of being taken away to the funny farm, I'm going to share with you a true ghost story that happened to me.

I was only three years old at the time. I was sleeping and in the middle of the night I awoke to find my grandfather in my room. He was wearing Bermuda shorts and a shirt. As he stood there, he was smiling and waving at me.

I really didn't think much of it at the time. I guess that I just thought that my grandfather had come for a visit. It wasn't until the next morning that I found out my grandfather had passed away during the night.

Was there anything scary about this? Not for me. In my mind, it was my grandfather's way of saying goodbye.

Many people have encounters with a loved one was passed away. To these people, it brings comfort to know that their loved one is okay and that somehow they continue to exist in another place.

Ghostly photo by ana_c_golpe at morgueFile.

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Psychic Experiences

When dealing with psychics, one should know that although there are some authentic psychics, there are some who claim to be psychic and are nothing more than frauds.

These are people who tend to prey upon people in need, such as someone who just had a bad breakup or had a loved one pass away.

There are many things that a psychic may tell you about. It could be a glimpse into the future, or a look into a past life. One could warn you of impending danger, while another may give you relationship advice.

I have my own psychic story. It was the holiday season and I attended a Christmas party which included many local merchants. I had two kids at the time. I was speaking with a delightful owner of a local floral shop when she told me that I would become a mom again to a son.

She gave me a timeline as to when this would happen. I honestly didn't think anything of it at the time because my husband and I weren't planning on any more kids.

Well, guess what. She was right. My third child came along. Shortly after his birth, I saw her again at the same annual Christmas party. I asked her if she saw any more kids in my future. She told me there would be one more and that it would be a baby girl, but not the two years. She was absolutely right. Two years later, my youngest daughter was born.

Some may say this is purely coincidence. Others would attribute it to real psychic ability. In my mind, this lady was able to see into the future and I am so grateful that her predictions were right and that I was lucky enough to have two more kids.

Crystal ball photo by nesquivel at morgueFile.

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UFO Encounters

What could be more paranormal than the claim of UFO sightings and alien abductions. Numerous books have been written on the subject, along with movies such as Fire in the Sky and The Fourth Kind. So, how real is it?

Travis Walton is the subject of the movie Fire in the Sky and has a different tale to tell than the movie has claimed. Yes, he does claim to have been abducted, but the movie and his real life experience differ quite a bit.

The Fourth Kind tells the harrowing tale of people who have supposedly been abducted by aliens in Alaska. It even offers so-called authentic footage of real hypnosis sessions with victims. Does this make it real? The jury is still out on this one.

One thing to note is that some people who have been abducted by aliens suffer from PAS, otherwise known as Post Abduction Syndrome. Can these people have suicidal tendencies as portrayed in the movie The Fourth Kind? It appears as if they can. Apparently for some, the fear is too much to bear.

There has been some great research done on UFOs and aliens by many respected people such as Dr. John Mack, deceased, former psychiatrist at Harvard University. Dr. Gordon Cooper, a former astronaut, has come forth to say that UFOs and aliens are real and that the government is covering things up. So, what is the real truth?

UFO sign photo by Bob Castle at Wikimedia Commons.

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What are Ghosts Like?

From research I have done, I have found that ghosts, in many ways, are just like living people. Just as in life, each ghost has its own distinctive personality. How a ghost reacts to an individual depends on how that particular individual treats the ghost.

I was previously involved with a local ghost hunting group. One night we went to investigate a ghost who resided right next to a cemetery. We were warned in advance that the last time this group did an investigation there, that things took a dark turn. In order to solicit a response from the spirit, the group taunted and yelled at it. In return, two members of the group claimed to have been grabbed on their arms by the spirit. This terrified the entire group.

This time around was different. Included in the group was a woman who had the capability of being able to communicate with spirits. Instead of confronting the ghost with anger, she confronted it with kindness. The ghost replied in kind, giving her information about himself. In fact, she even said that the ghost asked her to come back and visit again. Unlike before, no one was touched and no one had any fear.

The reality is that ghosts don't walk around in shackles and chains. Unless it's a residual haunting, which is more of a memory of an event, a real ghost seems to have its own personality and will reply in kind as to how it is treated.

Ghost photo by hotblack at morgueFile.

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    • DeborahDian profile image

      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I believe that there is more than goes on on earth than meets the eye ... although not everyone believes that.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      UFOs are "unidentified" - but not necessarily aliens..... but I have seen something very strange once...

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I think spirits can be felt, if not seen. Their presence can sometimes be felt. UFOs are real, but no one knows what they are. Interestingly, that they're extraterrestrial is the best and most plausible explanation. Now sleep well, everyone.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'm always very curious about what strange things are out there. I'm not sure that I believe in ghosts and things like that but I definitely believe that some people have psychic abilities.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Thanks for everyone's comments.

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      Very interesting! I have no definitive view about ghosts because I have never seen one, but I see no reason why they shouldn't be there. I have a very close friend who is intellectually very strong and did not believe in ghosts but changed suddenly after some harrowing time when she was troubled by a ghost in a haunted house. Great lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      We were told that my husband's 1926 house is haunted by a good ghost (a former resident). We haven't had any encounters yet, but hopefully she watches over us.

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      I have a ghost walking in my hallways, me the wife and my cat saw it. So far he is not being hostile.

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      raelcalu 5 years ago

      enjoyed the lens...thanks for the share...

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      Phoenix2361 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens. I enjoy reading about paranormal activity.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      My youngest son claims to have seen UFOs, but I haven't witnessed any. My belief is if intelligent life evolved on Earth, it surely evolved somewhere else in the galaxy. We have not seen any evidence in our universe, but we haven't had opportunity to look closely. Ghosts are with us, and perhaps we can all be in touch with a psychic sense if we open ourselves/or minds to it. Who knows :).

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      surfer1969 lm 5 years ago

      A very nice lens.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      I really enjoyed this interesting, thought provoking lens.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Enjoyed your personal experiences. Thanks for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Thanks for the visits!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have never seen a UFO that I know off, whatever it was could have a satiable many times, so far away. I have heard and taken pictures of orbs. And, I have seen angels. We are not alone by any stretch of the imagination.

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      I've seen several UFO's in my lifetime; there's more to the life around us than what we can see.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      I love all this stuff :)

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      I believe that spirits of the dead are everywhere.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      From my hospice work and my own experiences, I believe ghosts are the spirits of people which can hang around after death, usually so they can say goodbye. I do think that some spirits hang around longer for some reason. Interesting lens. Thanks

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      normandes 6 years ago

      I can't see a ghost, but i can feel it when it appears near me.

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      niceman91 lm 6 years ago

      Nice explanation you have here! In the country which I'm studying now, The local people didn't believe in ghost, but tend to fear black magic. I believe it's originate from the history of pyramid. I'm studying medicine in egypt if you wondering.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Interesting thoughts on the paranormal here. I do see that some things may not have another explanation.

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      For those who believe no explanation is necessary, and for those who don't believe, no explanation is possible.

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      CarSmarty 6 years ago

      Hi, I've had some "guarding angel" experiences. Many are connected with the number 232, which was my childhood home address. My sister recently passed and we frequently spoke about this number and how it would "show-up" at various times in our lives. I enjoyed your information. Thanks. Although, I would not go ghost hunting ! You never know what you may find. There is good and evil here and beyond.

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      Lilly-n-Lloyd 6 years ago

      Oh yes, I have personally experienced all that you mentioned in this lens. It's nice to know someone else is writing about this as well.

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      I would like to believe and would say I do but have not experienced anything which can't be explained in some other way. I do believe everything is made from energy and that has to dissipate but whether it is coming from our past relatives etc I am not quite sure. I think as humans we created these things as in times past we did not have the knowledge we do now and felt comfortable saying it was a ghost or spirit when really there was some other plausible reason. Very interesting lens I really enjoyed reading your accounts.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Every time we succeed to solve one question, at least one more question opens up. Ghosts, UFOs and other paranormal stuff is no exception.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      My childhood has lots of paranormal activity though nothing like you see in the horror films these days. Still never truly comfortable there alone because you just don't know what might happen.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Yes, I've seen the movie and thought it was very good.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      ghosts are spirits who did not get any prayers before they died and they do not realize that they are already dead. have you see "the others" with nicole kidman? hair-raising movie.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent lens! I wish I had done this lens.

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      doctordermot 6 years ago

      Love this lens

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      peter222999 6 years ago

      this is a great lens

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      Wendy Hughes 6 years ago from Charlotte

      It amazes me that there are ugly people in this world. Why would anyone taunt a spirit? Sick and disgusting. . .. ~SMILES

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      clickityclack 6 years ago

      Nice lens!!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      interesting topic and well written article. thanks for sharing your experiences

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      Very good presentation of a fascinating subject.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fascinating lens, I enjoy reading about anything to do with the paranormal. Thanks for sharing your stories.

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Loved the story of your grandfather saying goodbye. I don't believe death is the end.

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens! UFO activities are my favorites...I believe in aliens.

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Oh paranormal, right up my alley! Great lens :)