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Is It Me Or The House?


I am the first owner of my residence. My house was built in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed my prior residence. The land the house was built on was woods and never had a structure on it before mine. This August makes 7 years of residing in my home, however, for 6 of those years I have had paranormal happenings in the house. The first year I lived in my house, it was peaceful and quiet and I never suspected anything amiss but the longer I am here the more the activity increases.

As a note, it would only be fair to mention that every residence I have lived in I have experienced unexplained things and in my childhood I have had very negative experiences with the paranormal that has unfortunately colored my outlook on it.

The activity started in my master bedroom and seems to have spread out from there. In my bedroom (not while sleeping or laying down) I have experienced my name being called, a shadow once passed over the window and momentarily blocked out the light. I have seen an orb; it was electric blue in color and the size between a baseball and softball. When the orb spotted me looking at it, it "ran" into the wall of my closet and I haven't seen it since. In the bedroom, while lying in bed, I have felt something sit down on the edge and I was able to see the weight imprint on the bed.

In the kitchen, I have seen a glass move on the counter to 2 inches away from its spot. The same day, I was getting something out the refrigerator, and when I closed the door, something started knocking on the freezer door in front of my face. I stood and watched for a sec, then told it to stop and it complied.

In my living room, I have heard voices like "she's back" when I returned from work one day and popping noises in the middle of the room. I did do a check of the electrical stuff but uncovered nothing to warrant the noise. When I heard the 'she's back' that kind of clued me in to there being more than one entity in the house.

Lately, I have been having issues with the hallway. I hear footsteps, they are loud and the owner walks with purpose. It sounds like someone walking through my house with heavy boots on. My cat notices the sound too and he always looks in that direction. The footsteps stop at the doorway of whatever room I am in. It feels like someone is just standing there watching me but all I see is empty space.

The last occurrence I had with this was 2 weeks ago. I heard the footsteps coming down the hall and it stopped by the guest room (where I was) and something spoke my name. I summoned up some courage and asked "who's there?" I didn't expect a reply because I have asked that question before with no response but this time it answered "me". Now, I have no idea who 'me' is. It was a male's voice and I didn't recognize it. I also feel like I don't know him and never did. I left it at that and didn't ask more questions because I was really scared at that point.

To be honest, the activity has been scary for me but I don't think that whatever is in my space is trying to scare me. I have never been touched in an inappropriate way or pushed or shoved. The only time it was something bad was in my office, something said in my ear "get out" and the voice was forceful and breathy. I left my house that day scared but as I was driving, I got mad at myself and turned around and drove home. When I arrived I went back into the office and gave the air a piece of my mind. That happened the second year of activity and after I said something I haven't had anymore negativity like that.

I understand how this all sounds but I have long ago accepted that I am not nuts and something is happening around me. I did seek out someone who claimed to be psychic/medium but unfortunately, I was told I couldn't be helped. I don't know why.

Does anyone have any comments on what is going on or similar experiences? I am open to discussion and friendly advice. Thank you.

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webbie (4 stories) (23 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-26)
Thanks for the comments. I still wish this site would email me when a comment is added.

Rookdygin - As it happens, I am burning sandalwood incense now. After I read your comment, I went digging in my cabinets to find some. Admittedly, I don't know much about the different uses for incense, but thanks for the info.
The whole area I now live in is wooded and as far as I know, no houses were taken from this area due to Katrina. I know when I bought the land, it had a huge dip in the front yard from an old tree that was uprooted from the winds.
I like the idea of the cleansing and I have tried to imagine the white light surrounding me. I do think a prayer works best for me. One night, I sat down and prayed for anything that means me harm to be removed from the house. After the prayer, I had the best night sleep in years. It was so peaceful. Thank you for the recipe, I will be using it too.

SirenBelva - reaching out to a paranormal society has crossed my mind but I am not quite ready to do that yet.

Pjod - I agree, everyone can be helped in some way or another. I that is happening for me on this forum. I think what happened with the psychic/medium is that she didn't have any answers for me and instead of saying that or directing me to a book for research, she just told me I couldn't be helped. It's kind of sad when you think about it. Thanks for the comment.

Update: Two nights ago in my living room, I was standing in the middle of the floor looking at the TV and a drop of water fell onto my left hand in-between the space of the thumb and pointer finger. I touched the droplet and it was water. I looked up and I saw another one falling straight down and landed in the same spot on my hand. My ceiling is 10ft, so when I looked up, I only caught the droplet falling from about 8ft. I pulled out my 6ft ladder and checked the ceiling for pooled water or wetness but I found nothing. I don't know if this is paranormal or not and I have never experienced anything like that before. I am still a little baffled by that one.

Thanks again for all the comments.
Pjod (3 stories) (978 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-25)
"You can't be helped"
This is a problem I have with some folks claiming to be mediums and such. No one is beyond "help" -I take it Webbie, you live alone? Must be a trying time, dealing with that type of activity. There must be someone local, you can reach out to- someone legit, that will come out to your house and see what is what.
SirenBelva (7 stories) (64 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-24)
I would reach out to another medium or perhaps a local paranormal research agency. Cleansing your home is also a great idea. Good luck!
rookdygin (24 stories) (4458 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-24)

You stated this about your new home...

"My house was built in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed my prior residence. The land the house was built on was woods and never had a structure on it before mine."

How far away from any of the Katrina damage is your home?

I understand your house is on a 'new site' but were there any homes that were destroyed by the storm near this location?

There is a possibility that while your home is new and 'nothing' ever happened in it, things happened on or near the property... Many of the things you described sound intelligent... The voices and objects moving... While some, like the footsteps... May be residual. The '1 year' of quiet may have been due to 'energy'...from you, your family... Appliances... Just you living your life 'energized' the environment enough that 'spirits' began using it.

I offer this shielding/cleansing method I hope it can bring you some comfort...

Recipe for a Home Cleansing/Shielding... (allow for two or 3 days to complete)

Day one: Open all curtains window and doors with screens installed, let fresh air and sunshine into the home. Have all closets, cabinets and other 'dark spaces' open so that as much natural light as possible can enter those spaces. After 2-3 hours take a broom and 'sweep' out each room (this is symbolic and you do not have to really sweep) focus your thoughts on sweeping (pushing) out all negative energies / entities /thoughts. Close home up after completing each room of your home... Please do not forget your garage if you have one. (Optional) Light incense (sandalwood or Dragons-blood works well for me) and let aroma fill the home, and/or play a tape that contains your favorite Church/Positive, Upbeat (songs that give you good thoughts) songs before you begin sweeping.

Day two (or three): Once again open all curtains, windows and doors. Take a White candle (Optional) to the center most point of the home, sit on the floor and place candle in front of you. Light the candle (visualize a white ball of light) and then focus on the flame... Visualize the flame (white light) filled with positive thoughts, energy. (Say a prayer at this time if you so desire... Ask for cleansing positive energy to fill the candles flame/white light). Hold this 'image' in your mind and then visualize the flame (light) slowly expanding outward, visualize it filling the room your in, every corner and 'dark space'. Continue to visualize it's outer edges pushing away (burning away) any and all negative energies/entities out and away from each room in your home. Once you have visualized this flame (light) filling your entire home, picture it expanding to your property lines. Hold this image in your mind for a few moments then visualize 'anchoring' this flame (light) where you are sitting which is the center most point of your home. Once you have done this. Take a deep breath, relax a few moments and then blow out the candle. (If you didn't use a candle just let yourself relax a moment or two.) "

Now you can create a shield for yourself using the 'home shield' technique but instead of focusing on your home visualize the 'flame' simply surrounding you instead of your home... Best time to do this is after a nice shower using a rosemary scented soap (rosemary is good for purification and protection.)

Please ask any questions you may have.


webbie (4 stories) (23 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-23)
Thanks for all the comments. I tried to log in last night to answer but I was having password problems. I wish there was a way to post a reply per comment but I don't think there is.

Jaygamer: I had thought maybe something happened while the house was being built but I was in such close contact with the builder in the process that I think something would have been said if a worker had perished on site.

Lunahenry: The popping sounds are new to me too. I had never heard them before in the past. I hope it isn't a doorway. It felt like highly charged air, if that makes sense.

Argette: I agree, it does leave unanswered questions.

Matsaw: I am still in SE Louisiana but more inland from the water. The only thing I know about the land, besides the Native American history, was that it was nothing but woods (and still is). I would unsettle me greatly to think the house could have been built on a graveyard. The pipes were laid 6 ft in the ground, so hopefully someone would have noticed if that were the case.

Ghostsrreal202: LOL - it wasn't my most gracious moment.

Southernntk: It's interesting that you mention 'ghost magnet' because I am like a textbook introvert. I certainly do not attract the living to me, so it's a little strange that the dead would be interested. I understand what you're saying, though. I have thought that perhaps ghosts/spirits don't like sneaking around (in someone else's house) and want to come clean and say "hey, I'm here too." Just a thought.

Spirit_juggler: Thanks. I would love to count the footsteps as house settling but when I hear them, it is VERY clear what they are.

Thanks for all the comments, I hope I didn't miss anyone. I appreciate all the help.
Spirit_Juggler (1 stories) (25 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-23)
Whilst I do not doubt that you do have a spirit of some sort around you bear in mind that the house is a new build. Some of the noises, particularly the popping and the 'footsteps' are very probably the house settling into it's foundations. If you hadn't heard the voices I'd have been skeptical of it being more. I would still not rule out foundation settling for at least some of it though.
southerntk (4 stories) (75 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-23)
I totally know were you are coming from and sympathize. You are a ghost magnet I am sure. I am also and experience similar things often in every home I have ever lived in. Most of them think we don't hear them and when they recognize we can they sometimes leave. I would say for you to just accept the gift and don't be afraid. Sometimes I am afraid at first and that's normal but then when I realize it can't hurt me and just wants me to know it's there I just relax. I know it's going to happen eventually again. Maybe find out if anything bad has happened close to you or it could be spirits that have followed you from somewhere else. We are like a light in the dark to them. Good Luck and the psychic was right, there really isn't anything you can do about having the gift.
ghostsrreal202 (6 stories) (27 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-22)
haha! You sure showed THAT ghost who was boss! 😆 great story, and I hope you have no more negative spirits!
matsaw (2 stories) (38 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-22)
Interesting story, what part of Louisiana are you from, if you don't mind me asking? I'm from Gonzales Louisiana myself but I moved to Boise after Katrina. The reason I ask what part of Louisiana is because depending on what part you live in, your problem might be a result of the land that you live on. Being a native, I'm pretty sure you know that each little town has its own history that goes with it and you might have unknowingly built on a grave yard that no one knows about, maybe try looking up the history of your property or the surrounding area. Anyway I enjoyed reading and please keep us posted on future occurrences.
Argette (guest)
11 years ago (2012-09-22)
My only thought is that while most of what you have experienced sounds like a haunting, the refrigerator knocking might be normal. My freezer does that, too, makes knocking or popping noises.

As for the other noises, wow, it all sort of makes sense: Some entity or entities have been disturbed. Can spirits attach themselves to building materials? Did something happen on the site years before the house was built?

This story offers lots of unanswered questions.
Lunahenry (2 stories) (50 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-22)
It sounds like they were all having a good time "showing themselves" when no one was home. When you came back you say you heard "she's back" and then clicking sounds. Those clicking sounds are familiar to me. I am as confused as you are as to what it is. Maybe some kind of doorway to a different dimension that we can't see. I would love to know why the medium told you you can't be helped. Aliens is another thought that comes to mind.
JayGamer (31 posts)
11 years ago (2012-09-22)
Well as you said that you are the only owner then I think you happen to attract spirits which some say is a ability and others say it's a curse, and I think you should check the construction history of the house because maybe a construction worker died on the place or someone died near your house area, anyways thanks for sharing your experience, keep us posted.

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