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I am a new member, but not new to ghost experiences. I need some feed back about my recent experiences.

A little about myself. I have always had experiences with spirits, ghosts and nightmares and I can still remember each one since I was a little girl. More about that later.

I am 53 now and live in California. I have had a new kind of experience and would like some insights and thoughts about it please. It's not scary, just interesting. It happened like this.

I was in my bedroom which has a window that looks to the front of the property. I could hear voices, but couldn't see anyone. I thought try the binoculars, why not. Well, that's when I saw a fairly tall dark skinned man from the, I'd say, old west days. He was looking straight at me. He was wearing a long black leather trench coat and leather hat, the kind Clint Eastwood would wear in his movies as a cowboy. I put down the binoculars to look again but couldn't see him. With the binoculars there he was again.

There were other figures that came up to him and would leave, but he never moved his body but would move his head from looking at me to looking at the other persons. Okay, well I put this off as I am imaging things and let it go. Besides what was I do anyways?

I moved from there to another location and town but not far away. I say it had been about 4 months since the sighting, I was asked to a birthday party. I went to this party and all of a sudden another invited guest comes in and I about fell over. This man was identical, including the hat and coat, to who I had seen. Wow, all I could think of was I've met you before.

Why would this happen? Anyone with any thoughts on this?

Thanks for reading.


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Cherubim (13 stories) (190 posts)
1 week ago (2020-01-12)
WOW, that is strange! 😳 Maybe it's a kind of premonition. Or maybe it's a real man, did you try to talk to him? I would have ran up and told him all you've said here to see what he thought. Thank you for sharing this interesting story.
Manafon1 (5 stories) (626 posts)
2 weeks ago (2020-01-11)
Hi nightrider66--Quite often when a person believes they're seeing an apparition of a living person it's a case of mistaken identity. From a distance, even with binoculars, it's easy to think someone resembles someone familiar to them, or as in your case, will soon meet.

That said, in psychical literature there are hundreds of well documented cases of "apparitions of the living." Often these are what are referred to as "crises apparitions", or apparitions that appear soon before the person witnessed dies. There are also seemingly otherwise random cases, much like your own, where a living person is seen going about otherwise mundane activities when it's known they can't be where they are seen or aren't noticed by others nearby. This seems to often be, as are apparitions of the dead, a telepathic communication between the two parties.

There are many case studies of apparitions of the living that have been compiled by the Society of Psychical Research. One of the most comprehensive, and groundbreaking works, was a book titled Phantasms of the Living, that was written by early S.P.R. Researchers Frederick Myers, Edmund Gurney and Frank Podmore and which was published back in 1886. Although mostly centered on "crisis" cases, it does include examples of people witnessing apparitions of living family members and friends going about otherwise mundane activities. These cases appear with regularity in S.P.R. Literature.

Thanks for sharing your interesting account, it's clear it has left a lasting impression on you.
silverthane61 (2 stories) (194 posts)
2 weeks ago (2020-01-10)
I wonder if the man you saw at the party was a ghost. If not, then he was certainly wearing what I would consider as strange clothes to a birthday party. Did he exhibit any strange behavior at the party? Otherwise, I also tend to succumb to the time slip/dimensional viewing hypothesis already mentioned previously.
LuciaJacinta (7 stories) (264 posts)
2 weeks ago (2020-01-09)
Really weird!

Possibility 1: You imagined they were the same person? Similar but not the same.

Possibility 2: You were dreaming the man and your dream came true.

Possibility 3: The man is some sort of warlock and did some sort of black magic voodoo on you

Possibility 4: Really freaky paranormal experience!
Bibliothecarius (8 stories) (989 posts)
2 weeks ago (2020-01-06)
Greetings, nightrider66, and welcome to YGS.

I've read of several cases in which a living person has experienced a great tragedy and has unintentionally left a psychic imprint on the environment where he or she attempted to come to terms with his or her loss. These "imprint" events are very similar to residual hauntings, though, in that they do not interact with others; their concern is their own deep emotional upheaval. Using these data as a starting point, it would not make sense for the individual you saw to be spectral in nature, unless he'd been through some trauma in the vicinity of your old home. It seems to run counter to the apparition's interactions with other spirits.

My more positive thought is that you may have had a "time slip" or "dimensional" experience, in which you saw the living man interacting with others in an ordinary manner, despite whatever distance may have been between you at that time.

If there are valid reasons for rejecting my suggestions, please let us know. I'm curious about this event.

Haven (17 stories) (279 posts)
2 weeks ago (2020-01-06)
Hi, nightrider66.

Is it possible that who you saw outside your window was actually the same person that was at the party? What made you think you were seeing a ghost? Is it because the only way you could see him was through the binoculars?

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