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Tap On The Shoulder

 

I'm a strong believer that a lot of personal experiences on this site may well be related to that state between awake and asleep and not necessarily anything to do with ghosts or spirits and gave a pretty good explanation of this the other day, but this brought back a memory of something that happened when I was about 19 when I worked down the mines.

I used to work all night shifts in a coal mine. My job was sometimes to watch over the end of a conveyor belt making sure that things were running smooth, no blockages, pile ups etc. There were times when there was little to no coal on the belts so being night shift, and very few bosses around, you could occasionally catch a nap here and there, pretty illegal in the mines and a sack-able offence. One night, I was doing just that... I'd just had something to eat and decided just to relax my eyes a bit. I wasn't asleep, but I think I was in that place between sleep and awake, when all of a sudden I felt 1 or 2 quite firm taps on my shoulder which woke me. I looked around and no one was there. I did see some helmet lamps quite far down the tunnel so there were obviously some people coming towards me but no one was near me. There were about 2 or 3 people coming toward me in the tunnel, so just to be on the safe side (in case they were, what we called 'Pit Deputies',...like supervisors) I started to pretend I was doing a bit of work. As they got closer I realised that they weren't just pit deputies, (who only probably would have sent me to the office and fined me £5 of my wages), but one was actually one of the big bosses of the colliery. Had they caught me, I would have been sacked on the spot for sleeping.

I thought about this quite a lot over the years, maybe it was nothing more than just a sleep thing, or could it have been a ghost or 2 of long dead miners acting as "lookout" for their fellow workmates. Who knows! Definitely a weird moment thought.

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Kuhlmad (3 stories) (57 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-12-13)
This is such a fun story to listen to, I bet you really enjoy telling it. It seems to me someone was watching out for you!
Imarealghost (2 stories) (39 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-24)
lsandhu: Thanks for that! Very interesting! I haven't heard of the 'third man' phenomenon, I'll google it! Thanks
Imarealghost (2 stories) (39 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-24)
[at] zik Thanks for the comment. Yes, its possible I suppose. I like to think it was a ghost tho! 😜 Glad you liked the story
Imarealghost (2 stories) (39 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-24)
[at] DeviousAngel: Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you liked my story. Unfortunately, I don't really think I have any more experiences to share, atleast none that I can remember.:- (
Imarealghost (2 stories) (39 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-24)
[at] Miracles51031: thanks for the comment, I didn't really think it was interesting because I suppose it didn't have all the exciting stuff you'd expect in a ghost story. Like you say though, the more believable ones are the simple ones and ones I personally would prefer to read myself. About whoever it was who tapped me on the shoulder, I wish they hadn't because I hated it down the mines, LOL. Biggest mistake of my life was going down that dark hole.
Imarealghost (2 stories) (39 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-24)
[at] BadJuuJuu: thanks for the comment. The nap was just a one off as I'm normally an extremely hard worker and would never usually take a nap... Honest *shifty eyes*
Trix (14 stories) (407 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-24)
Hi Imarealghost, I loved your story. My grandfather used to work in the mines, and he told us many ghost stories about mines. I just love these old fashioned ghost stories. I bet you will think twice before dosing off again. It's strange that during night shift all these things happens and it's so real. Anyway thanks for sharing. Take care. Trix. 😉
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-23)
again I'm running late! Sorry bit criptic the others will get this though, THANKS AGAIN YOU GUYS!

Now then great story liked the fact you wrote what happened and did not "add to it" like bad juujuu said you got tapped, that's it! No moaning or ghostly lights retreating just a "wake up" warning.
Liked this one a lot thanks for sharing
Carl
aussiedaz (18 stories) (1276 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-23)
Imarealghost, I'm not disappointed at all mate and as the others pointed out it's refreshing to have someone tell a story here without presuming there being chased by a demon or monster... I find your account interesting and I lean towards it being more psychic than hypnotic... Let me explain the difference... We both agree that there is a transitional psychic state were interactions with other spirits can occur and most of these experiences happen in and around falling to sleep or waking up for that 30 percent of individuals I had referred to on another page... So is it possible that one could find themselves kind of self hypnotized in this same state of mind? And the answer to that is yes we can... We can have both experiences depending on the circumstances surrounding us and the thoughts in our mind at the time... Spirits can communicate with us from the spiritual world as too can Freddy Krueger jump out of our sub conscious and scare the life out of people... Think about this, have you ever watch those tv shows where a hypnotise puts his audience into a trance and make them bark like dogs see things and do all those funny and stupid things... Well what state of mind do we think these people are in?...the difference when people are self hypnotised without knowing it... It is either there fears or emotions and sexual tensions too that are the incubators for such experiences as demon attacks and a roll in the hay with sex spirits... The last time I was attack by a demon and I'm not kidding here...I'd laughed my head off, because silly me was reading too many of those stories here and planted the seed deep in my subconscious... By the way when I'd started laughing the experience lost all power very very quickly... I feel a little sorry for some others here who are under the spell of there own imagination, anyway getting back to your story I believe it probably was a ghost who tapped you on the shoulder, maybe it didn't want you to get into trouble or something, thanks for sharing and thanks for listening... Cheers Daz 😁
lsandhu (2 stories) (360 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-22)
This reminds me a little bit of the third man phenomenon. You sensed (in this case felt, through taps on your shoulder) another presence other than yourself that couldn't/shouldn't have been there, but that was able to help you by warning you that your bosses were approaching. Could be that your subconscious heard voices and made you feel like you were being tapped to wake you up, or maybe there was an element of precognition - you somehow knew what was about to happen for no explicable reason. Either way, the taps could have been psychosomatic. To me, both these possible explanations seem more likely than a ghost.
Zik (1 stories) (25 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-22)
I'm not one to go exagerating things or conjurating to no end, but have you considered that you might have sensed them coming if such a thing is possible?

None the less, I agree. This story was really good!

Take care,

-Zik
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
+1
6 years ago (2011-06-22)
I LOVE this story! I definitely think something was looking out for you down there, possibly like you suggested a passed-on miner. Excellent, to the point, no embellishments, great job 😊 I hope to hear more from you.
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
+3
6 years ago (2011-06-22)
Imarealghost - you recently made this comment about your story "its not particularly interesting." I have to disagree. I've been waiting to reading this one, just to see why you didn't think it was "particularly interesting." Sometimes the ones "we" don't think others will find interesting are the ones that end up being the most believable. You didn't fluff this one with a lot of "OMG I saw this huge black shadow coming toward me" or "I heard this noise and thought it was a demon." You told a straight and simple story. Someone tapped you on the shoulder: "Heads up man, you're going to get caught."

BTW, although I've never worked in a coal mine, I have much respect for anyone who has. Whoever it was that tapped you on the shoulder might just also save lives as well as keep jobs 😉 Great story. I'm glad you submitted it.
BadJuuJuu (guest)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-22)
This is a very cool story! 😁
Whether you were just awake enough to notice someone was coming, or whether you were being given a friendly warning to wake up, the slacker in me loves it when someone gets by with napping on the job. Going into favorites.
Imarealghost (2 stories) (39 posts)
+1
6 years ago (2011-06-22)
Oh dear, I should've read through properly before submitting. In the first paragraph where it states "and gave a pretty good explanation of this the other day" should have been "and READ a pretty good explanation of this"

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