What Goes Bump in the Night?
I have had more than my share of supernatural experiences. Prior to my accident that left me a quadriplegic, I dreamt of a room that I had never seen before. It was something quite random, and I gave it no further thought. This happened in about April 1990. My spinal-cord injury occurred in June of that year, and I spent the next five months in rehab. I returned home to a brand-new house at the end of November of that year. Lo and behold, my bedroom turned out to be the room of my dreams, quite literally. The only thing that was different was the colour of the paint on the walls, and that had been changed prior to my moving in. The original colour was the exact same as that of my dream, lime green.
I can share a few more of these sorts of experiences that I've had throughout my life. Initially, it used to be something which freaked me out but, as the years went by, and I had more of these happen to me, I eventually just learned to go with it. It is something of an inside joke between myself and the universe, at this stage.
But what shall I make of it? Is the supernatural simply something from my imagination, or is there something more to it all? Are things like ghosts real? Should I pay more careful attention to the figure in the mirror which, I must confess, could just be a trick of the light? Have you, the one reading this, experienced things which you cannot explain? Me, myself, and I would like to know. It remains something of a mystery but, for me anyway, it's also just one more part of my life.
In 1983, I saw a movie which scared the bejeezes out of me. Poltergeist was about the scariest thing I had seen up until that point. For a 10 year old, it was an experience which gave me nightmares, but it was also something that started me asking the question; is there more to reality that meets the eye? Are things that go bump in the night real, and should I be afraid of that which I don't understand?