I'll start by saying I have no clue what happened.
I grew up in a Catholic family (turns out I wasn't related to them) and they greatly believed in anything spiritual. Of course, there were stories of me talking to people as a baby, which I'm certain everyone has had. My mom said my conversations and descriptions were a bit more mature as I grew up.
I'll start with the first spirit I was told I talked to for many years. A 17-year-old girl named Irma, who spent her time in the attic. I was 2 when I described her and she watched over me as I played alone throughout the house. I recently discovered that Irma is a real name. I'd never met anyone by that name.
After moving out of that house, which still belongs to my "step-grandparents," there were stories from visitors and other residents that objects moved around and we dropped. They believed it was my friend Irma.
This may get a little longer now because the stories after Irma were instances that I remember clearly. I hope you'll want to proceed.
The first "encounter" that I remember was short but scary to me. I was five, riding in the passenger seat with my stepfather as he drove. Behind me in the back seat I could hear a little boy crying frantically and begging for someone to "stop". And that was it.
Next we moved into an older house that I was never comfortable with. From day one I had nightmares every single night. I refused to stay there and begged to stay with my grandmother, who later I discovered was my "step-grandmother". One night when they refused to allow me to go elsewhere to spend the night I woke up from a nightmare. I rolled over to look toward my younger brother's bed and noticed that through the window just outside our bedroom door a man was standing there and staring in at me. I was paralyzed. Next I noticed figures developing around my brother's bed and looking down at him. I finally managed to sleep over sometime.
What finally forced the move from that house was when my mother encountered a spirit, perhaps a demon. She woke in the night from someone pinning her down in bed and talking to her. She couldn't scream or move, she was completely helpless. She said it threatened her and then left.
Next is the first time I looked directly into the face of what I believed to be a spirit. I woke up in the middle if the night yet again and couldn't sleep. I decided to go watch television. About 20 minutes into whatever I was watching, I felt uncomfortable with the room. I turned toward the back of the couch to try to sleep and noticed someone walking in from the hallway. She was an older woman with blackened eyes and messy hair. I couldn't move, only stare. She approached the back of the couch and stood there looking down at me. She was the most terrifying spirit that I saw.
From the time I could think until I was 10, 10 being the time I saw the old woman, I was confident I had some gift, but everything abruptly stopped. It wasn't until my freshman year in high school that I saw something again.
The Ouija board, as repetitive and stupid as it sounds to me, restarted a small string of incidences. But it could have also been paranoia haha. I saw children and heard laughing for about a week but it stopped quickly. The last encounter I had was unexpected and more bizarre than the others.
Just this past year, my senior year in high school, I woke up at 5:30 and laid in bed waiting for my alarm. I felt fine, I rolled over checked my phone and laid on my belly. I suddenly felt heavy and became confused. I didn't move but I had this feeling that someone was approaching my bedroom door but there were no footsteps. I felt as if someone entered my room but the door stood shut. They approached my bed and ran their hand on my back and said my name in a voice that was identical to my father's, who is not passed. I tried to move but couldn't. I laid there for a while and thought just to ask it to leave and instantly it did.
I had other experiences throughout my life such as seeing passed relatives that I've never met and noticing things that others couldn't see, but I don't remember them as much.
If any part of this is interesting, or if there is any explanations that you can provide for anything I'd really like to hear. I'm most curious about why a spirit would impersonate the voice of a living person and also if I did have some type of gift.
By the way, I wrote this with my phone. I'm terribly sorry for spelling errors, grammatical errors, or freakish typos.