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A Floating Head And A Disappearing Woman


My first experience was when I was four or five before I started reading ghost stories and before I became a skeptic. I remember waking up from lighting outside, I would say it was around 4 or 5 in the morning, when I saw the floating head. The head was floating about 6 feet above the carpet in the middle of my room. The head was flaming yellow but I felt no heat or anything. The only thing that wasn't yellow was its black sunglasses. I was terrified I know it wasn't a dream because I feel things which you can't do in a dream. I hid under the covers but I would keep peeking at the head which was bouncing and evilly laughing but I heard no sound. I called my dad about 5 times and each time the head would disappear and my dad wouldn't believe me of course and told me I was dreaming. While some may dismiss it as a hallucination, a hallucination wouldn't have disappeared as soon as my dad walked in 5 times in a row. Furthermore there is nothing that could have caused that hallucination and I'm not crazy, whatever that thing was it was real and scary

Since that experience I started to forget about, it dismissing it as a dream since I never saw it again. I became a skeptic and refused to believe in the paranormal until two years ago. I was around 4 or 5 this time in the evening when I decided to go downstairs for something as I was walking past my mom's sewing room (looking down) which is next to my bedroom I looked into the sewing room and for less than a second I could have sworn I saw the ghost of a woman in a long white dress with flowers on it. I felt 3 things: I was an intruder, she was protecting the sewing room for my mom, and she didn't want to hurt me she just wanted me to leave. I may have dismissed it as a trick of the light until I felt a light jab on my hip and I looked down too see a pair of scissors on the floor which had not been their previously. At that point I realized that the paranormal was real and that the head was not a dream.

Thank you for reading this. While I would like to know what exactly I saw, I would also like to know why they were there. This house has no bad history nobody's died near it, it was a random bit of forest until our house was built 20 years ago. I don't need to do any thing about these spirits because neither have appeared since those encounters and only one appeared hostile but it couldn't hurt me. I just want to know how they're here and why. Thanks

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SmokenMirrors (6 stories) (78 posts)
5 years ago (2013-05-01)
Hi Shadowhawk two very interesting experiences.
The first with the Skull is very bizarre but you have said something about reading that memories change over time. I think what you are referring to is the study on memory recall. The study says that each time a memory is recalled it is changed slightly, to a point where the most recalled memories might become totally inaccurate.

I'm not sure how much weight the study carries or if it was ever followed up.

The second is no less strange, I'm confused that the lady would be warning you off a room that you hadn't even entered yet, and jabbing you with scissors was taking things a tad to far.
Shell1982 (70 posts)
5 years ago (2013-05-01)
There is absolutely no reason why a hallucination could not disappear 5 times when your dad came in - it is a construct of your half asleep brain and can therefore do whatever it likes. I am certain this was a dream that bled through into wakefulness - its surprisingly common and a scientifically documented phenomenon.
The lady - could you have just mistaken some thing in the room for a floral dress? Eg curtains? Even if there is no obvious culprit it could still be your brain putting 2 + 2 together in the split second you could see into the room through the corner of your eye and getting 5. Brains do that. You actually said you originally dismissed it as a trick of the light - in what way does feeling a jab on your hip and seeing scissors make the trick of the light theory suddenly seem implausible? Trust your first instinct. The scissors may already have been on the floor but you just hadn't noticed them before. Unless you do a thorough search of your floors for scissors at 5 minute intervals (which I'm guessing you don't) you can't be sure. X
valkricry (40 stories) (2798 posts) mod
5 years ago (2013-04-27)
ShadowHawk - I had totally missed that you were still outside of the room, somehow. In my head, you had just entered the sewing room.😕 But, then that is why we ask questions. Lucky for you she had bad aim.
Perhaps you should do a bit of poking about your property looking for signs of some past residence or inhabitants. A metal detector might be of some use, and just see what turns up. Maybe the town historian could give you some leads as well. Who knows?
ShadowHawk (1 stories) (9 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-27)
I know the floating head part is hard to believe because I was young and a yellow floating head wearing sunglasses just sounds bizzare I can't say I know what I saw because I don't know what I saw it may or may not have been a dream its just hard to tell. Thanks for your comments if you have any info or questions please ask.
Thanks 😁
ShadowHawk (1 stories) (9 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-27)
4d The raisin bran mascot is pretty creepy 😆
WishfulNull No one else has had any experiences I checked.
White wolf It probably is dark eye sockets I don't know why it would be wearing sunglasses lol
ShadowHawk (1 stories) (9 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-27)
Val: I looked into the area around my house and it turns out that only 8 miles away from it was a civil war era mill. During Shermans march to the sea the mill was destroyed and the residents were all forced up to the north I think the woman with the flower dress thougt I was a union soldier or something
ShadowHawk (1 stories) (9 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-27)
Thanks for commenting on this. Val there is no table or any other place the scisssors could have fallen from as I was in the upstaris hall way when I looked up to see the entity and I'm pretty sure the scissors were in the sewing room because my mom keeps them their but you never know.
Lilady4 (7 stories) (425 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-26)
Interesting story here, ShadowHawk. The entity did try to hurt you, so I don't think it was entirely good, but not entirely evil either. The floating skull seems like something out of Goosebumps, I can't really believe this. But, I can believe about the Lady in White.
Love & Light, Rachel ❤
sds (14 stories) (1357 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-26)
Hello ShadowHawk, The first incident you narrated like you saw the floating head with sunglasses on when you were so young, well, I am quite skeptical about it.

As far as the second incident is concerned, I want to inform you that you might have sighted an entity. But, I do not know as to why you had the feeling that it was protecting your mother's sewing room? Why you felt that you felt like an intruder? Well if there was a light jab at your hip and then you saw the scissors on the floor, then you must take it that it was trying to hurt you. Incidentally, where was the scissors kept initially? Did you actually see the scissors elsewhere when you entered the room and later saw it on the floor? Did you ask your mother if see saw or experienced or felt a presence in the sewing room? Please clarify.

Regards and respects to you.

WhiteWolf (4 stories) (147 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-25)
First I would like to say that some people like myself can actually feel what happens to them within a dream I have had terrible night terrors that I would wake from and have a mark on my body that I could feel in the same place that I was hurt in the dream.

I also have to say how do you know that these spirits are not tied to the land there have been many wars within our country's history there might have been at some time deaths on the property that you now live on that you can not find information about.

The sunglasses on the apparition of the head could have been the orbital sockets of the skull and were so dark that they looked like sunglasses just my suggestion.

The women in white that you described could possibly be protecting your mothers sewing room but the fact that you felt a pinch and seeing the scissors on the ground sounds like to me that you were harmed by this entity I am not saying that this entity is evil in any sense but it might have used too much energy to warn you to leave the room.

Even though you have not seen either entity does not mean that they are gone it takes a spirit a lot of energy to manifest.

WishfulNull (151 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-25)
(at) 4d, Do you mean the talking grinning sun with the creepy deep voice & the arms w. Scoops of raisins? Lol... Totally agree - almost up there with the creepy talking, moving teddy bear for snuggle fabric softener...eugghhh... (shiver...) haha...😆

To shadowhawk, yes, I can see how that image of the flaming head would be frightening, especially since it kept coming back...😨 I can't think of an explanation for that one! Hopefully it was a one-off experience. I do have to say, I think that's the first I've read about a scary image like that wearing sunglasses, though! Really unusual...
As for the woman, I think you saw something, but was there a dresser or table near the door, that when the figure startled you, you could have bumped into the scissors? Have you or anyone else in the house had any experiences with her since?

Thanks for sharing! Best wishes,
4d (15 stories) (167 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-25)
Great story ShadowHawk! Bouncing flame head is creepy, but I'm creeped out by the raisin bran mascot too, so that doesn't say much 😆

And thanks for your response Val. I agree totally about place histories. You never know what really happened before records were kept, or residential area's were built.

Mahalo - 4d
valkricry (40 stories) (2798 posts) mod
5 years ago (2013-04-25)
Shadowhawk - just call me Val. My entire nic just may knot your fingers permently! 😉
There is no way you might've bumped into the scissors? I mean if they were laying on a table or counter or something? If not... Well not a very nice thing to do to you. At least you weren't hurt. But you did say you 'felt' that she was protecting the room and that she saw you as an intruder. So...
My personal belief is that it doesn't always take a 'bad' history to create a haunting. The land that we build on is ancient, there is no way to be certain what events unfolded on that land. The woman may have been a passing spirit, or maybe at one time another house (or even log cabin, who knows?) stood there long ago, and was reclaimed by the forest. Now she feels the sewing room is hers. Of course I can't say, 'oh well here you go'- but it is a theory.
Then again, a flower print dress makes me think victorian. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...
ShadowHawk (1 stories) (9 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-25)
Valkricy I'm sorry if I confused you. What I meant by "I felt a light jab on my hip and I looked down too see a pair of scissors on the floor" was that the ghost? Spirit? Had somehow jabbed me with the scissors which then fell to the floor as if the scissors had been thrown at me I hope that clears it up. The bouncing head with sunglasses well when I think about it it does seem ludicrous but that face was terrifying and its presence just felt bad. And Pjod you do make a good point I read I think in the smithsonian magazine where memories change over time and that memories you think are accurate are not accurate at all, but while my first expirience may be questionable the second was much more recent so that was most likely a real encounter. I hope that clears it up, but if not tell me.
thanks 😁
valkricry (40 stories) (2798 posts) mod
5 years ago (2013-04-25)
I am confused on a point in your story. Maybe you can clear it up for me: "...I felt a light jab on my hip and I looked down too see a pair of scissors on the floor..." How can something on the floor jab you in the hip? That just confuses me.
A bouncing yellow head with sunglasses? That is plain weird. If it was not for the evil laugh you said you heard, then I would have thought something trying not to scare you. I really don't know what to make of it. Waking up 5 times from the same dream? Not very likely... Perhaps one of our more experienced members can offer up a theory.
Pjod (3 stories) (978 posts)
5 years ago (2013-04-25)
As we age into adulthood, it becomes a little difficult to seperate some memories from dreams- those at early ages. I have a few of my own that I wonder about. One I think I'm sure of (submitted) that was not a dream, but I guess as a skeptic myself, I cannot be absolutely positive the memory is real vs dream.

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