I remember as a child occasionally seeing a small boy running around our home, a boy I didn't know, and as far as I was aware, a boy who shouldn't have been there. He never tried to communicate, and paid no interest in me, but would on rare occasions go running through the lounge, and hurtling up the stairs, only to seemingly vanish, and that was essentially all that he did. And being a generally uninterested child I paid little attention to his antics not even connecting it with anything paranormal or unusual, except for on the one occasion when whilst giving chase just quickly enough I managed to get to the bottom of the stair just in time to see him turn the corner at the top, and was surprised to see that he appeared to take the corner at the top too early, and seemingly ran directly through the banister.
But since those days much has happened, and apart from some recent episodes of sleep paralysis my mind has been far from the world of ghosts, and as such these memories of the small boy who ran through our house with unknown cause had been long buried, and forgotten about. Until recently, when discussing the topic 'can dogs see ghosts' following the witnessing of some unusual K9 behavior, the topic of small children also being able to see ghosts was raised.
And then the memories came flooding back.
Why Can Children See Ghosts?
If such things are true (because I'm not entirely sure that these recent memories of mine are not false memories of some kind, or a flashback from a vivid dream long forgotten) then it is generally believed that children and babies are capable of seeing that which most of us can't for the very same reasons that dogs (and other animals) are thought to be able to. Their eyes are still wide open. Possessing of an innocence that we as adults have lost over time children are thought to be able to see that which they have not yet been told doesn't exist.
As the years pass us grown ups have become jaded, and closed to the idea of ghosts, spirits, and other entities terrible and beautiful both. Taught as we are that such beings as these are no more than imagination. And as we stop believing we stop seeing.
Or so one theory goes.
Children and the Spirit World
Another theory put forward is that children (and younger children in particular) are naturally closer to the spirit world, having just come from there where they waited their turn to be born into our world, and as such they have not yet forgotten those who dwelt those planes with them.
Relatives of past and future, family deceased who have returned to the spirit realms and future kin who remain awaiting their turn were together there, tied by a blood-line that crosses all boundaries. So that when our children are born unto us this connection holds strong, and can remain intact for many years, and for some even into adulthood.
Child Sees a Ghost?
So what do you think? Did you have an 'imaginary friend' as a child that only you could see? Or now that you're all grown up do you suspect that your own children may be able to see something that you can't?
ARE YOU PSYCHIC?
Real Ghost Stories?
* If you are around young children try and watch their behaviors, I have seen my 2 year old niece often waving to the same spot of the kitchen often and offering her cookie to who I believe is a dead relative coming to visit.' - Posted by: Genjen13
* 'My kids had friends over, the next day, the oldest girl said to her mom..."I was playing with these strange balls of light at their house. They came to me early in the morning...' -Posted by:DenniseMatt