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I am amazed you stayed. I would have been out of there like greased lightening.On the early morning hours of October 28, 2009, I completed writing the following account after a very dear friend of mine had repeatedly urged me to do so. That one night I couldn't sleep because this was racing through my head and I felt I had to write it. It was initially published on Open Salon (also under the name RenaissanceLady, though that blog has been deleted except for my first ever story published on OS) and immediately copied it over to my own blog, where it still stands. This was written just a couple of months prior to my moving back to Colorado.
It should be understood, the night that I absolutely couldn't sleep and had to write this was the very night that my friend died unexpectedly in his sleep. I swear on everything that has ever held any value to me. (If any of you ever visited Wellington Lake outside of Bailey, he had been the caretaker there. Many people, especially those interested in the paranormal, knew him.) I have since wondered about the coincidences in all of this and much more:
This phenomenon cannot actually occur - just to assure you.As I was learning from books and my own research, Nambé has this.... reputation. I would discover that Nambé was known for the number of witches who were known to have lived here. Evil witches. In one case, cannibal witches. I would read about two men from Nambé who were executed for eating small children in order to practice their craft. Another witch was burned alive in her house. Supposedly she had evil dolls hidden throughout the house which came to life and tried to escape.
What do you make of the fact that the story parallels your own experience right down to describing very nearly you? I think - nay, I know - that would freak me out.There are many other alleged cases of witchcraft in the village. One book describes Nambé as "the Twilight Zone of the Southwest". Another book I had found shortly after I had moved is called "More Mysteries and Miracles of New Mexico", by Jack Kutz. In it, the very first story is about a divorced woman who moved into an old adobe house in Nambé, surrounded by old cottonwoods and a high adobe wall. Shortly after moving in, she begins to have strange and frightening occurrences. Though I don't believe the description of her house too closely matches my own, one thing which caught my attention what that she described being plagued by a horrible stench "like something from the depths of hell."
Oh, the Ouija Board - everyone has a story! Here's mine.As for Playing with the ouija board NO NO NO dont do it... its like opening a portal. You let bad things in or simply unwanted things none the less....
I'm unaware of anyone staying in any of the casitas as long as I - and I was there for 18 months. Even the landlady's family left after just a few months. I'd say, on average, those casitas are back on the market about every 3-4 months, sometimes sooner.I am amazed you stayed. I would have been out of there like greased lightening.
Jack Kutz has written several "Mysteries and Miracles" books about the paranormal events in the states of this region, including two about New Mexico and one about Colorado. As I've spent most of my adult life in Colorado and New Mexico, I've read those three books. His second book on New Mexico, entitled "More Mysteries & Miracles of New Mexico," discusses an old adobe home that is surrounded by cottonwoods and a high adobe wall. I can honestly say that the casitas do have cottonwoods surrounding the edge of the property and my particular casita did have a high adobe wall around the front porch. It also described it as being an adobe home that was more than 100 years old, as were these casitas. That's pretty much where the physical similarities end between the two properties. Even then, being on part of what was a Spanish land grant, virtually ALL of the homes in the area are going to be old adobes, with high adobe walls and lots of cottonwoods. I seem to remember part of the description saying the home had two bedrooms, whereas my casita was a one-bedroom with a small loft that would be very difficult to use as a second bedroom. I used it as a storage space, mostly due to some very low ceilings which prevented me from standing upright. Now, the neighbor's casita was a two-bedroom, but it didn't have the adobe wall and I never heard any neighbor there complaining about the horrible odor. I would personally love to meet Jack Kutz and ask him more about this story. Could he have changed a few of the physical details of the property in order to avoid any potential liability from the owner? To say that the casitas' landlady was of the Richter Scale Batsh*t Crazy is an insult to guano, everywhere.RenaissanceLady -
What do you make of the fact that the story parallels your own experience right down to describing very nearly you? I think - nay, I know - that would freak me out.
I wouldn't say I especially spook myself, as I usually find rational explanations for otherwise "odd" occurrences. Last night, we were all nervous (though I wouldn't say "spooked") by whatever was outside. I feel it was most likely an aggressive mountain lion, which can be nerve-wracking and unusual, but not exactly "spooky." As it didn't leave and wasn't put off by a large dog, it had us all on edge. Predatory animals have broken into homes in this area. A friend of mine had a bear break into his house a few years ago, so I know very well that it happens. The person who lost his livestock a few weeks ago had a mountain lion that broke into his barn - and it wasn't put off by an electric fence nor the cries of the llamas in a neighboring barn. That, along with our pets being extremely nervous, is why we stayed together and had turned on all of the outside lights. These actions helped settle all of us. No matter how well grounded you are, it's unnerving knowing there's something very real outside that wants to cause you serious harm. No one and no animal likes to feel as though they're prey. Were the actions of this animal unusual? Most assuredly, yes. Were these paranormal? Most assuredly, no - though the timing of it while I was writing about a paranormal occurrence seemed uncanny.Would you say you spook yourself, RenaissanceLady? By that I mean, is your initial reaction to anything unusual to figure it is 'ghostly'? I know some people whose first reaction would be that there was a person outside up-to-no-good. Others - on this forum, in fact - who might at once figure that an alien had just landed. Lots of possibilities.
That you all slept in one room suggests that you were scared - which means fear was operating - lots of emotion, apprehension. If you are a 'sensitive' of a particular kind you could be someone who manifests - but for that to operate you would also have to have a great deal of interest in the manifestation happening (cannot occur otherwise - distinct from materially based phenomena - which while malleable is far more 'rigid'). Would you say that is a fair possibility? Did you have lots of this kind of activity take place when you were an adolescent? Is it usually when you are in an emotionally heightened state? That it occurs when you focus on the subject suggests a few things to me.
There are also protections that one can invoke that would at once dispel these 'visitations'.
Yes, you're right, the woman who moved to the house in Nambé was also recently divorced, though I'm under the impression (perhaps mistakenly) that she was quite a bit older than I. I had forgotten about that. I should find that book and reread that chapter.I thought you said that the character was also a divorced woman - and there were other similarities to yourself - but when I look back I don't see those details in your post anymore - must have conflated something in my mind. Sorry.
P.S. I would never read such books. I'm too suggestible - and would manifest in a shot. . I have to exercise great caution and care in that area - have to be a bit of a bully, in fact. Can't let those sorts of things fancy they have the power. They don't.
You tell a harrowing tale. Always helps to hear about the experience 'from the ground'. News articles can't compare. Had no idea of the severity of the onslaughts one-after-the-other. One 'hears' but doesn't 'know' - ya know?Remember, this has been a Very Odd Summer. We spent the first part of June getting snow, followed immediately by forest fires. By late June, the weather turned so that it was unusually cold and wet almost every single day. Then, last week, we had the record flooding which made all the news. We were losing power and were nervously watching the Platte River, which runs directly through town. If it had breached its banks, not only would we have been trapped, it would have been even more disastrous for those downstream who were already flooded. At 8800 feet, WE ARE THE HIGHER GROUND. We would have nowhere else to go. Then consider that a dam nearly broke about 10 miles from my house. Now, we may be getting our first snow, while some areas are still underwater. These have not been happy times up here.
I've lived in the wild areas long enough to know that animals react to changing weather, especially when extreme weather conditions are imminent. I was nearly attacked by a bat while out walking the dog a few weeks ago, which happened almost immediately after other serious wildlife attacks on the area - and immediately before some serious weather which finally led to the record flooding. I can honestly say, I've never in my life seen as many bear and mountain lion attacks as I have this past summer. My personal feelings are that these attacks are foreshadowing more serious weather conditions and changes in climate. While this is serious and certainly can be scary, I wouldn't link it to any kind of supernatural manifestation or anything else. Realistically, what has me the most concerned, is a feeling I cannot shake that these events are actually foreshadowing even more violently extreme weather. I actually think the record flooding will be preceded by record snowfalls and ice storms. at least up here in my Quiet Podunk Redneck Mountain Town. I think the wild animals know this, too, which is why I think they're behaving more erratically.
Either yesterday or Friday, there was earthquake after earthquake after earthquake, but in Wyoming, Idaho (I believe) and parts of Canada. I subscribed to the USGS reports, so I know of any earthquake stronger than a 4.0 that happens in North America and stronger than 5.0 in the rest of the world. While these were the weaker earthquakes, I was still genuinely surprised to see how many earthquakes happened in this area, in places that don't normally see earthquakes. I should add, a smaller earthquake hit Nambé just after I moved back to Colorado, doing some damage there. A friend of mine who knows my story joked that it was the "hell-mouth" opening. I could almost believe it.You tell a harrowing tale. Always helps to hear about the experience 'from the ground'. News articles can't compare. Had no idea of the severity of the onslaughts one-after-the-other. One 'hears' but doesn't 'know' - ya know?
I get what you're saying about the animals - like how the birds and insects disappear just before an earthquake - or how the winds pick up or shift or change temperature. It's all connected but we 'know' so little objectively really, though we know plenty 'on the ground'. Just hope there's no massive volcano looking to blow, as well.
Saw this week - though it was only a quick glance - that there were three 5.3 to 5.6 earthquakes in respectively - Japan, Papua New Guinea and the Marianas.
Honestly, I think we have reached a tipping point in more ways than one. Too many 'insults' to the 'system'. It can't sustain status quo anymore - and the great ship is righting itself. Question is - who slides off the deck in the righting?
Interesting. Any fracking going on in the area covered? Or maybe a volcano brewing - for some reason I keep thinking of a volcano.Either yesterday or Friday, there was earthquake after earthquake after earthquake, but in Wyoming, Idaho (I believe) and parts of Canada. I subscribed to the USGS reports, so I know of any earthquake stronger than a 4.0 that happens in North America and stronger than 5.0 in the rest of the world. While these were the weaker earthquakes, I was still genuinely surprised to see how many earthquakes happened in this area, in places that don't normally see earthquakes.
I agree - and anecdotally we all seem to be sensing it, feeling the onset of a 'new normal'.One of the things I like about living in the wild areas is that I can see, first-hand, how the wildlife is acting each day. I agree, I think we've reached the "tipping point in more ways than one." I fear these extreme events are part of the new normal, with records being broken every few years. I think this is setting all of nature on edge, so to speak. One extreme begets new extremes, like an equation that is desperately trying to be balanced.
So much in your post. Interesting ideas.So, if the energy is changing, could we also assume that the manifestations of that energy are also changing? What if ghosts and other paranormal occurrences are simply another kind of energy? Maybe these are things that are part of our physical world, that are affected by our physical world, even if these aren't (yet) part of the common accepted definition of "reality"? Or, maybe these manifestations are things we simply lack the ability to explain? Observations can me made years, decades, or even centuries before we understand or have solid evidence supporting these observations.
When people keep reporting the same thing over and over again, the evidence suggests that something is occurring, even if that something is nothing like what people believe is happening. Are ghosts truly ghosts, thought-forms, or something else entirely? Whatever the case, we know that something keeps happening time and time again, all over the world. Something certainly happened to me in Nambé. While I feel as though this was truly a ghostly occurrence, I appreciate that I lack the solid evidence supporting this claim. What I would find fascinating is if extreme changes in our natural world begets extreme changes in the supernatural world. Other than the anecdotal, I'm still not sure how this could be objectively measured.
Was this taken out of Wikipedia, or did you come to these conclusions after exhausting research?Ghost stories is an part of human life.There is any reality behind the stories, it can describe only who faced that type situations.ghost mostly create negative power it also can be positive.