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I was joking with an older nurse colleague that there 'should' be thousands of ghosts in the hospital where we work, and that they must be very lazy if we'd never seen a single one. She asked me if I believed in ghosts and I said that I found most supposed ghost stories unconvincing for various reasons, with the exception of one account I heard a few years ago. She mostly felt the same way, but had had one experience which was so vivid that she couldn't explain or dismiss it. This is what happened:

She was driving her car in the middle of a sunny day along the A2300 towards Burgess Hill, here in Sussex. Her little dog was riding in the front seat next to her, as was his habit. Then suddenly the light in the car became inexplicably dappled. She found this very strange. It was the kind of flickering you might experience if you were driving in the shadow of leafy trees, except there were no trees to cast such a shadow. At that same moment her dog vacated the front seat and climbed into the back. She's not sure why, but she found herself saying aloud, half to the dog, half to herself "has someone just joined us?". Then, to her great astonishment, a figure materialised in the seat next to her. It was a very small female, about 4ft tall, wearing an old fashioned blouse and long blue skirt, her head turned away, looking out of the side window. My colleague continued driving, unsure how to react, for about two miles, and then the apparition simply disappeared.

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23/5/16 07:32 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] andrewducker
That is a very odd experience to have! I'd feel very conflicted after that kind of experience.

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23/5/16 10:04 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] cmcmck
I keep an open mind as I've had a couple of experiences which are hard to explain.

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22/5/16 21:20 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] vonjunzt.livejournal.com
Thank you for posting this, and the linked entries. I enjoy a first hand ghost story, too. Sadly, the closest I've come to such a thing myself was pretty clearly sleep paralysis.

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23/5/16 16:07 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] nekhbet_love
Thanks for sharing this story. I have heard many ghost stories too, some are kind of unreal, but..., Who knows?
I think today's your birthday. Happy birthday to you😘

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24/5/16 20:26 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] benicek.livejournal.com
Thank you 😊

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24/5/16 16:08 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] homunculus.livejournal.com
sorry i missed your birthday, i had some stuff going on. happy late birthday, man.

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24/5/16 20:26 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] benicek.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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25/5/16 17:20 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] willow-granger.livejournal.com
I've also had a few experiences that I just can't explain. My hypothesis is that "ghosts" are actually places where our reality and another have a thin spot, allowing us glimpses of people from different parallel universes. Either that, or humans occasionally spontaneously hallucinate.

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25/5/16 20:01 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] benicek.livejournal.com
Well, there is the 'brane theory' that physicists have been playing with, which isn't far off what you describe. The universe is stranger than we are capable of imagining.

However, in my work as a nurse for the last 13 years I've seen patients hallucinate imaginary people on such a regular basis that I've come to regard it as an almost default symptom of any lower cognitive state. It's as if our brains are so evolved to process human interaction that, when confused or asleep, we simply continue to interact with people our brains have constructed. Maybe we can't not do it. Put us in solitary confinement for long enough and we eventually start to talk to imaginary people and then see them too. Soak us in a religious mythology and, if left alone talking to gods and Virgin Marys in which we (some of us, though not me) sincerely believe, then eventually we will start to see them.

I'm sure that people do 'see' ghosts. They are not lying. But are they a physical reality? There seems very little evidence. You'd think in this age of phone cameras a convincing ghost would have been captured on video by now, with multiple witnesses present.

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26/5/16 17:22 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] willow-granger.livejournal.com
Exactly. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Humans are by and large social animals, so it makes sense we'd create fictional people in our delirium in order to keep some sense of recognizable pattern. With that being said, since I can neither prove nor disprove the existence of ghosts, my own personal idea of what's going on if people aren't hallucinating is the one that makes the most sense to me. I don't think any religion has it right, honestly. Therefore I prefer approaching the topic from a more scientific standpoint.