I have had two incidents lately of things moving in the house by themselves. The first happened (coincidentally, or maybe not) while I was watching a TV documentary about a woman who had created a poltergeist in her home with negative emotions. I was lying on my bed watching it, and right as she was saying how she felt so bad for having created this, I watched as an (empty) foam cup on the bureau in front of me suddenly lifted straight up about 4 inches off of the bureau, and then jumped in an arc off of the bureau onto the floor. I actually rubbed my eyes because I couldn’t believe what I had just seen. There was no noise, and it didn’t move again after it was on the floor. I got up and examined the bureau to see if there was anything that might have caused it. The only thing I found was my phone charger which was nearby, but if that had suddenly uncrimped (for example) and bumped the cup, it would have been knocked right off. That would not account for the cup rising straight up into the air several inches and then literally leaping in an arc onto the floor.
The second incident was after I had cleaned the kitchen one day. I had cleaned all the counter tops, closed all the cabinet doors, etc, and stood back when I was done, looking around to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I gave a nod of satisfaction and then went out onto the patio to have a cigarette. Once I was done with that, I walked back in and stopped short when I saw that one of the cabinet doors was open. Not cracked open a little bit, it was wide open, as far as it would go. I am positive that it was closed, since I looked around and double-checked everything before I went outside.
This is the first time in my life I’ve ever experienced things moving by themselves. To my knowledge, there have been no deaths in the house. I’m not freaking out, since it has just been a cup and a cabinet door. But I also wanted to reach out for your input as to whether this might be the beginning of paranormal activity starting in the house, and what I can do to prevent it. I don’t know if this matters, but I do love watching ghost shows, like “A Haunting” on Destination America. But I have never dabbled in the paranormal, like using a Ouija board, playing with magic, etc. I genuinely do not want to have a paranormal encounter because I would find it more frightening than interesting.
My question – is this anything I should be worried about? Does it maybe mean that paranormal activity is starting in the house? Or do things just sometimes move by themselves in a home and it’s nothing to worry about? If it is potentially the beginning of more activity, is there anything I can do to stop it? I smudged my room with sage after the cup incident, but I don’t know if that really works or if it’s just a wive stale.
On a side note, when I was out on the patio 2 days ago, I heard a loud scraping sound, like nails on wood. It was coming from a cat toy that was on the table, which confused me because it’s just a stick with a string and a cloth mouse at the end of the string. There isn’t anything on it that could cause a scraping sound like that. When it happened I chalked it up to my imagination, but then about 5 minutes later it happened again.
Again, I know these are not major incidents, but I wanted to reach out and get your thoughts because if this is the beginning of more pronounced activity happening, I’d like to do what I can to stop it now before it escalates.
Also, I have no history of mental illness, hallucinations, etc.
All thoughts, feedback and suggestions welcome.
Asked by Karen