Mindy stirred restlessly in the bed of her northern New Mexico home. For the last few nights she’d had an uneasy feeling of being watched by something near the doorway of the master bath. Will (her husband) lay sound asleep next to her as she worked to calm her nerves, reassuring herself that the feeling was all in her head. She desperately tried to chalk it up to a case of paranoia due to the other odd events that had been recently occurring around their house. Assuming she had blown them out of proportion until working herself into the frightened state she was now experiencing- Mindy rolled over, turned her back on the bathroom and did her best to relax.
A short while later she was startled out of a light sleep by the same intense feeling of being watched. As she opened her eyes, she realized she had turned over, in her sleep, and was now facing the bathroom entrance. Standing in the doorway was the figure of a young boy (Will and Mindy had no children at this time). The boy was slightly translucent, yet his physical features were very striking and obvious. Mindy’s fears had been confirmed as she jerked the blankets over her head, staying buried beneath them for several minutes. When she was finally able to work up the courage to peer out from underneath the bedding, he was gone.
The above account is taken directly from an experience that occurred in my aunt and uncle’s home during the early to mid 1980’s. I’ve changed their names, since they may not be too thrilled with the reveal of their personal experiences on my blog, however the events are accurate. If you’ve read my fist entry in this series (Family Spirits), then you’re already familiar with the fact that I’m not writing about the ghosts of family members who have passed on. Instead I’m referring to ghostly encounters that members of my family have experienced. For the remainder of this installment I’ll be focusing on “Will’s” and “Mindy’s” encounters in that same northern New Mexico home.
Two of the initial bizarre events to occur, after they first moved in, involved mimicking type effects. Will was alone in the house, talking with a friend on the phone while Mindy had gone grocery shopping. She had only been gone a short while when he clearly heard her voice, inside the house, calling out to their dogs by name and scolding them for barking. Assuming she was back so quickly because she had forgotten something, my uncle hung up the phone and went to find out what was going on. He searched the entire house and couldn’t find Mindy anywhere. He proceeded to look outside, only to find that her car was still gone. She definitely hadn’t returned home, yet he swears it was her voice that he had repeatedly heard reprimanding the agitated dogs. Something within the house apparently had the ability to mimic the identical tone of Mindy’s voice.
On another occasion, Will seemed to adopt the behavior of the previous tenant of the home (which neither he nor my aunt had ever met or heard about). One night he found himself outside sleep walking/running through the yard wearing only his underwear and a sheet or towel tied around his neck like a cape. A short while later, he and my aunt learned from the landlord that the previous renter had exhibited the exact same sleep walking behavior while living there. It was around the time of the underwear sleep walking incident that Will’s strange dream experiences also seemed to intensify. He recalls them being so realistic that they were almost completely impossible to distinguish from his waking states. It was like one solid merging of dream time and waking time.
There were also many occasions in which my aunt and uncle, upon returning home, would find both of their dogs whimpering and cowering behind the washer and dryer. Many items in the home began disappearing as well. This typically happened to random knickknacks that would have no reason to have been moved or even carried around by either my aunt or uncle, yet they would completely disappear, never to be found again.
On one particular evening they had friends over for supper. A short time after the friends left, Will and Mindy noticed strange noises coming from many different parts of the house where there was usually only silence. This continued on and off for the rest of the evening along with the sounds of voices conversing throughout the home, despite the fact that my aunt and uncle were the only ones there. Apparently the visitation by their friends, earlier in the evening, acted as some sort of trigger for the abundance of occurrences that continued late into the night.
My parents and I also visited the home (for a week) when I was about eight years old. The only experience I remember encountering while there were that the dogs exhibited some strange behavior. They both fixated on what appeared to be empty places on the wall and would stare and bark repeatedly at the same location. Outside of that we didn’t come across anything else, yet my aunt and uncle both had very blatant and obvious encounters. A short while later they moved out of the rental and into their present home.
There definitely were several interesting things occurring within that house. It seems that there was some form of a haunting by what appeared to be a young child, along with possibly adult entities as well. Then you also have an interesting tie in with my uncle’s perceptibility (in his sleep) to tap into the previous tenants nightly behavior. Overall, there seemed to be a strong surge of energy flowing into and throughout the home and in its current came many types of experiences and perceptions that both Mindy and Will were tuning into. Even though I believe the earth plane and our entire Universe is contained in a vast sea of energy, some environments definitely appear to be more primed and highly charged than others. Why that’s so, is difficult to answer unequivocally.
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