I happened to stumble across this site when trying to learn about ghosts. I have had this problem throughout my entire life where I begin to hear and see things at random times. I do not know if what I see and hear belong to ghosts or if I am simply insane, but I can describe my experiences.
It all began when I was a little kid simply going down the stairs at home. Every night, this tall scary woman would stare at me as I passed by in such a way that I would be freaked out and simply ran for my life, diving towards the kitchen. This woman was there every night for several years... Just staring. One day I described exactly how this woman looked to my father who took an interest and to my surprise he said I just described my deceased grandmother who died in this very house and stood in that very spot during family gatherings. I am a person who does not truly believe in the supernatural so I passed this off as a mere coincidence.
Normally this story would just fall away into childhood fantasies but these visions, Apparitions continue to follow me. Oftentimes, especially when I am alone at home I would turn on the lights and sit on the couch afraid of the dark and the people who stare. At these moments I would hear things. They come in short bursts, the kind that make you wonder if you really heard anything at all! Sometimes they'd be unintelligible; sometimes it'd be my name, other times it'd just be like laughter. It always gave me chills and I became afraid of both night and day. I will say that these voices come when I least expect it, when I am completely relaxed and not thinking about anything at all.
The voices and visions when I was younger still do not bother me. It could all very well be fiction. Yet I STILL CONTINUE TO SEE THINGS. Hearing appears to have vanished, but as I go through my daily life I occasionally meet more of these "people." They don't talk to me and they now appear during both the day and night. It does not happen very often anymore and half the time I can't even tell that they aren't regular people. I have actually come up with a list of rules that seem to follow these images.
1. They either stare at you or refuse to look at your face
2. They never seem to speak
3. They look as real as regular people that half the time you don't even know they may be ghosts except for the fact that they're creeping you out by staring or refusing to look
4. They are EVERYWHERE when you aren't looking for them, yet NOWHERE when you do want to find one
5. They never seem to move from their spots (car seats, chair, standing and staring, etc...); they just disappear when you begin to pay more active attention.
There are probably more observations but I just cannot remember them right now. For a long time I was afraid of these "people" nothing is more frightening then turning a corner and BAM have one staring at you on a midnight run to the bathroom or a walk to your bedroom. I have many stories of encounters but none that have been truly life changing or anything special. The longest time I have seen something was this one girl sitting in a chair in my bedroom for a week. All she did was cry and cry and cry refusing to look at me. I tried my best to talk to her but I don't know how and she never responded. I was also half afraid she'd look up at me and it'd like some scary movie from the ring or something like that.
Anyways, all these "people" appeared in my hometown, but ever since I have come to UCLA I no longer see and hear these things. Maybe it's the large concentration of people, maybe because there are too many distractions, or maybe because I am too old now. Either way, at least I do not have anymore surprises lurking around the corner.
By the way, I do not just hear and see things. I have experiences where I visited a temple in China and felt this overwhelming sadness and I almost lost consciousness. I walked into this room with ashes and I saw people trapped in the corner of the room and felt this indescribable sadness. They couldn't reach where they wanted to go because something was stopping them. I could feel the pain... And it hurt.
I also slept in a bed in the room where an old lady died and woke up from sleep being unable to move. I felt old, tired, weak, and in pain. I felt like my heart was stopping and I knew I was going to die. I knew that if I could reach the adult couple on the other side of the door by yelling I may be able to live. I didn't want to die. I tried to yell but the sound was not loud enough. Everything looked yellowy. Then, my heart stopped. This half-dream, was not just a dream. It hurt me too. I woke up in the same bed, and I felt immense pain as if my very heart had stopped. For a moment, I thought I was going to die and the surging pain of blood pumping again felt great.
Sorry to be rambling on, I am just confused as to whether I am insane, weird, or just imagining things. I do not really believe in the paranormal or supernatural, I just have unusual experiences. If it helps at all, apparently the women in my family have a history of having the ability to see visions portraying the future (I am not a woman though). Ha-ha, can't say I can do that, but their stories are out there and very real.