From the Mysterious Universe website: Tales of these imaginary friends that were not so imaginary after all.
Source: Eerie Accounts of Imaginary Friends Coming to Life | Mysterious Universe
Article in Mysterious Universe by Brent Swancer
There are quite a few cases we have had where a child is seeing something in their closet or under their beds. A boogie man. Something scary. And there has been on the opposite scale, children who see other child spirits who are friendly and want to play with them.
They have tea parties, long conversations and play time together. Some children want their parents to know about their “friends” and others keep them secret. People chalk it up to an over active imagination or a lonely child trying to invent a companion.
The “imaginary friends“ turn out to be spirits of departed children (sometimes adults) who are attracted to these living children for various reasons. Usually they’re child spirits waiting for their parents to cross them over and while they’re waiting, they have found a friend to play with. Eventually either the living or the dead move on and things change.
But unless the child is experiencing something frightening or upsetting, there’s nothing wrong with them being able to see and interact with spirits and parents should ease up on the thoughts of mental illness or made up stories by their children. In a lot of the circumstances, both the dead and the living need each other for that small period of time. Give it to them.
The different ways people say they “see” spirits or ghosts.
- Eyes closed, with a visualization of the spirit behind their eyelids, like a movie screen.
- Eyes are open, with a clear visual of spirit in front of them.
- Receiving impressions of or sensing spirits and what they look like.
When there is a spirit near me or around me that I can’t necessarily see right away, I get a tingling feeling in my left leg or behind my neck. A lot of people have signalling like that when something paranormal or supernatural is about to happen.
- The hair on the arms stands up
- Feeling of dread
- Cold sensations
- The tingling of the scalp, and other tells
Children are very adept at telling you just how they see ghosts and what they feel at the time. It’s very instant and pure for them. Adults appear a lot of times to have to process it, and rationalize what they think they are seeing and hearing. As adults, we need to try and take away the wall we have up in front of us and open ourselves up to the paranormal experience. It’s difficult but not impossible!
Sometimes there are people who have been experiencing frightening and torturous bouts of paranormal activity for such a long period of time, that when the spirits are finally permanently removed, the person can’t help think that every noise or something out of place is paranormal. Which it isn’t. They just won’t let it go and relax and say “it’s gone!” They have trouble looking for rational explanations. It takes time and it takes healing.
I always tell people after there has been a spirit removal in their home, to let the energy settle and give it a 48 hour period. Energy left over from some spirits bounce off the walls like a ping-pong ball. Or linger like a bad fart.
Other people who have gone through long bouts of paranormal activity actually miss the attention from the spirits, albeit it’s negative attention. Some of these people are very lonely and have no other social interaction happening in their lives. They maintain that the SAME SPIRIT that has been removed is STILL THERE (even though it is permanently gone and there is no other entities around). They get stuck in a psychological pattern where they can’t move on and up out of the funk and chaos they put themselves in. On purpose. Argh!!!!!
We get emails and calls from a few of these people and I have to tell them that I can’t run over to their home every time they hear something odd or feel a little spooked. It’s a difficult situation because you want to help everyone. But people have to take ownership of their living situation and do some work to help themselves out.
I will tell adults and children that they have the ability to not let spirits bother them. I explain if they can close their eyes and imagine a suit of armour being built around their body, shiny and silver.
Or they can pick a Stormtrooper outfit from Star Wars. Doesn’t matter, it’s your armour. Now picture this armour made of metal, being incredibly thick and strong and nothing can get through. This has become your psychic protection field. Every time you hear something, feel something or see something that you think is paranormal and you are scared by it, put your suit of armour on. It takes practice and a belief in yourself. Meditation helps.
So if you think there is still something ghost-like in your house, start meditating and put your suit of armour on. You are the victor in the spiritual war – so to speak……..
The majority of people who have paranormal activity in their home but are unaware of ……..the Lurker!
I have found Lurker spirits at 75% of spirit removals/investigations that I have ever been at. They are located in the back of closets, furnace rooms, alcoves, and corners of rooms.
They love basements with laundry rooms and furnaces!
There is usually a hierarchy of spirits assembled in someone who has a home that is active: dominant or aggressive spirits, secondary or submissive spirits, and last, Lurkers. It’s extremely difficult for most people living in an actively haunted atmosphere to pick up on Lurker spirits.
They are very still, quiet and produce virtually no activity at all. They are as their name defines them – basically lurking in your home. Lurkers bear no ill will; and they also have nothing positive to contribute. When I come across them, they are incredibly embarrassed and even apologetic for being caught there.
They’re usually the last spirit I find as they are trying to fade into the woodwork (or other dimension) and become even more invisible and undetectable. As far as clearing them, all the ones I have encountered have no trouble leaving the home immediately and crossing over as quick as they can.
WHY are they even there?????? you ask. Well, they are just spirits that mad the decision to stay here on our plane for awhile so they can just “watch”. Watch everyday living, parties, celebrations, arguments, and just mundane stuff.
Thus, they really are “the peeping toms” of the spirit world.
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When I was 17, I saw a 7 foot Man In Black with a black hat standing in the corner of my bedroom at 3 am on a school night. Not understanding the paranormal like I do now, I was extremely fearful and buried my head under the covers hoping he would leave.
He was still there when I lifted my head back out from under. I put my head back under and said to myself that he needed to leave and if there was a higher power, please help it to be gone. Then I came out from under the covers a second time, and he was gone.
I experienced him one other time when I was 17. I think I was trying to determine what he was doing in the corner of my room, waiting and not saying anything. I had seen other figures that were not physical in the past, but they never made me uneasy as much as this one did.
I was going through a shaky adolescence, living without my parents (who were divorced) and my sister, and residing with my grandparents. I wasn’t doing well in high school and my grandfather was not a pleasant man to be around. Somehow I believe that this shadow person was a result of the combination of my depression, teenage angst and uncontrolled psychic abilities. Not saying I manifested him myself, but I gave off some kind of energy that attracted him to me.
That crazy ricocheting, boomeranging, psychokinetic energy. It’s a magnet for certain spirits and they drink in the frenzied vibrations.
This is one of those experiences that is very clear in your head that you never forget. I almost felt he was there to “snatch my soul”, which I now know he couldn’t have done.
After being on countless paranormal and unexplained phenomena blog/web sites, Hat Man is a prevalent being that you spot in many recounted stories from people.
I know if I saw “Hat Man” spirit now, I wouldn’t have any fear of him and would try to find out if he was earthbound or some kind of spiritual phenomena that just forever walks on the earth that doesn’t belong anywhere.
Here are some links to stories that cover the Hat Man phenomena:
I’m interested in hearing about anyone else having a Hat Man encounter. Please send us your story!