Since I was about 12 years old I have seemed to have a spirit that follows me, despite the fact that I have moved many times since that age. The spirit has never been aggressive and though the encounters I have had with it have left me a little unsettled, I have never feared for my safety. I will list them in chronological order with a brief description of my age at location at the time of the incident. I have some questions at the end maybe someone could shed some light on. Any insight would be appreciated.
12 years old, farmhouse in Copetown, Ontario:
I had just moved in with my Dad and his girlfriend. I shared a room with my sister who had been living there for a few months already. Our room was in the basement which was just concrete walls and floors. The house itself kind of gave me the creeps because it was old and on a very big property with rolling hills and a lot of trees. There was one house on the other side of one of the barns but it felt very isolated.
One day I was in my room and I heard footsteps outside my door, I went and opened the door because I thought it was my sister, but there was no one there. I sat back down on the bed and heard the noise again. I looked up through the open door and I could see a shadow going slowly along the wall and stopping right outside my door. It just stood there for a few seconds and as I stared at it, it slowly faded. I got up, left the room and went upstairs. I didn't tell anyone and that was the only experience I had in the house.
15 years old, 70 year old house in Cambridge, Ontario:
We all moved to Cambridge in a pretty old house in a nice part of Cambridge. My sister and I would often talk about how the house kind of gave us the creeps. It was very outdated so it had an old feel to it, and the basement was the same concrete walls and floors and was very dimly lit. We spent a lot of time down there together but we wouldn't go down there alone.
One day my sister and I decided to watch a movie in my room. I only had a VHS player in my room so we had to pick an old kid's movie, we decided on Alice in Wonderland. I went in the basement to get the movie and my sister made some popcorn. When we got in my room to watch it, I opened the case and it wasn't in there, which was odd because it had been forever since we watched any VHS let alone that one. When we finally picked a different movie and went to put it in there, the tape of Alice and Wonderland was in my VHS player.
24 Years old, Townhouse Complex, Hamilton, Ontario:
I have lived in this house for over 2 years now with my husband and children. There is nothing particularly creepy about this house, it's not very old and I've never got a bad feeling about being here. Since living here I have had two experiences that I find to be odd.
The first was about a year after living here. My husband and I were in the living room watching TV after the kids had gone to bed. We were in the middle of a conversation when all of a sudden there was a blinding light in the room, so much so that we both had to shut our eyes. It was literally just a flash but we could not figure out what it was. It wasn't a power surge or a light blowing out. It was just a bright flash that seemed to come from everywhere and with a blink it was gone.
The second incident happened over a couple nights. I suffer from sleep paralysis and often times when I am having an episode I will think I am awake but really I am still dreaming. One night it happened and I thought I heard my husband talk to me. I rolled over and asked him what he said and he started to mumble but then was sitting straight up howling like a coyote. It was so disturbing that he was just laying down then straight up, I didn't see the transition of him sitting up. I was so startled it woke me right up and I went downstairs to unwind a bit before laying back down.
Then the next night I was putting my daughter to bed I heard the same howling. I was sitting with her, tucking her in and I could hear it and it was unbearably loud but it was like it was in my head. We do have a creek behind us and you will hear coyotes the odd time but never like this. It was so loud and it felt like it was coming from in my brain.
I had been mid-sentence with my daughter and just stopped because of the sound. It lasted maybe 5 seconds and stopped just as abruptly as it started. I looked down at my daughter and she looked so scared and said what was that noise? I don't understand how she heard it to, it was like I was only imagining it. It didn't sound like it came from anything external to me but she described the noise and it was the same as what I heard.
I have ruled out any other explanation in these experiences. I didn't put the movie in the player and forget, the flash wasn't a flash from outside. I have thought and thought about all of these things and I just can't think of a good reason for them happening. So my questions are:
Why would there be something like this that follows me around?
Could it just be that there has been a spirit at 3 of the places I've lived?
Why does it wait so long in between making its presence known?
Thank you in advance for you help.