I'd like to use this initial post to introduce myself. I am a 40 year old man and have lived in Virginia for most of my life. Over the years, I've lived in Hampton, Yorktown, and Newport News. I also spent about 4 years in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Let's just say that it's a good place to visit, but not to live and leave it at that. I had brief stints in a few other areas, but I was too young to remember much. It has been said that you should only believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. Well, what if you see things in the absence of light? Can there be truth in darkness?
Have you ever stared at the ceiling or simply into the blackness of a darkened room? If you have, did you ever see images of things that you know are not there when the room is lit? Many times these images can appear as if you are looking at a TV screen. Sometimes they can be vague; other times, quite vivid. Oddly, from my experience, they rarely appeared "life size". Just within a frame as if I were watching TV; however, there generally wasn't even a TV in the room.
Is this phenomena merely random neurons firing? Is it a window into another dimension? Or perhaps spirits "throwing" images into your mind to warn, entertain, or scare you? Show you something they are seeking? Something they fear? I don't know.
Most of the instances that I have experienced were either as a child in Hampton or a teen to young adult in Yorktown. Unfortunately, most weren't very memorable. Sometimes I saw a collage of things. Many different seemingly unrelated items such as tools, food, a desk, nondescript photos, etc. There were a couple of times when I was in my teens that I saw some scary stuff. In fact, the room wasn't even particularly dark on one occasion. I saw an image of a hideous creature. Although a little frightened, I wasn't terrified. Like I said, none of the images that I saw were "life size". They were all "within a frame". Not a defined frame, but there were rough, yet unseen, borders. I have seen some other moderately disturbing images such as skulls, glimpses of angry/evil eyes (not just eyes, but just that section of the face), and other odd things. Yes, there were many times where the images were of benign objects and such, but I rarely saw anything that was truly pleasant.
I have tried to see images in the darkness in more recent years. I'll see glimpses of things, but there's a lot of interference or noise (visual not aural). So, it's been quite difficult for me to discern exactly what I'm seeing. Speaking of noise or interference, I see this kind of stuff on occasion in various locations; whether well lit or not. This phenomena is more of a thing that occurs all around me rather than "within a frame". It's hard to explain. It's not dust reflecting light. I know what that looks like. The closest I can come to describing it is that it's a little like the noise you'd see on old TV's when the channel isn't broadcasting or is out due to bad weather. However, there is a big difference. This interference is nearly transparent. I can clearly see through it, but the phenomena bends light just enough to see a very faint noise pattern similar to that I previously described on old TV's. Sometimes I'll see this interference as a "sea of noise" across the floor; only just above. Other times, I have seen it more or less all around me. This is in various locations and not necessarily my home. It could be a restaurant, mall, a business office, etc. And it can be day or night; well lit or not. I have no idea what this phenomena is. Do you? It doesn't scare or hurt me. In fact, I really don't feel anything out of the ordinary when this occurs. So, I just see it, kind of wonder what it is, and then go about my business.
I have several stories to tell. In addition, I would like to get a small group together for the purpose of ghost hunting. I'd like to have at least 2 people that have significant paranormal experience and know how to deal with different situations. Then, perhaps 2 or 3 more people who are interested from a spiritual, philosophical, or educational point of view. Believe it or not, despite my experiences, I am a bit of a skeptic. However, I have read dozens of stories on this site, read books by L B Taylor and other known and respected authors of well corroborated and documented paranormal experiences. Thus, I am willing to suspend my disbelief in hopes of witnessing indisputable evidence with my own eyes and ears. And, if I'm very lucky, capturing still images and/or audio of the phenomena. For me, this is a bit of a spiritual journey as I am currently agnostic. Witnessing and capturing definitive evidence would go a long way in terms of washing my doubts away. More to come, but good bye for now.