I have experienced many paranormal episodes in my thirty-four years, right up to the present. My first encounters occurred when I was four or five years old and living in Carrollton, TX in the early 80s.
My family is devoutly Christian; my mother did not believe in ghosts then and my father believed all paranormal activity to be demonic in nature. As a little girl I never heard them discuss ghosts or demons and at that point I don't think I even knew about ghosts except maybe for Casper, so I had no reason to believe anything I saw wasn't completely normal.
I can't remember the first time I saw these manifestations, but I do remember they occurred regularly for a few years.
While playing in my room I would sometimes see a small white blur, about the size of a Shih Tzu, dart across the doorway. At first I was confused because it didn't look like any of our cats, and we didn't have a dog. I wanted a dog, so I pretended the blur was a little dog running around the house. I would see it, smile and say, "Hi, doggy!"
Years later I found out my younger sister saw the same manifestation in that house.
'Swirling Ceiling Spots'
When I lay awake at night, before falling asleep, I would see what looked like large spots slowly moving around the lighting fixture hanging from the ceiling. Sometimes they were different colors and sometimes they were all black. They never did anything but move in a random, undulating motion around the light.
They didn't frighten me; at the time I just assumed everyone had spots on their ceilings at night.
It wasn't until years later that I realized what happened to me was not normal. I can't come up with any explanation other than paranormal entities popping in for a visit.
I told a friend of mine about the spots many years later and he told me he experienced the same thing, but he felt threatened by them and they would actually fall from the ceiling toward him.