I have always had a strong sense of spirits whether good or bad.
As a child I remember my bedroom door opening nightly around midnight (I would stay up to watch Friends), one night in particular it frustrated me and I said aloud "close the door" it immediately slammed closed and as usual my sister's bedroom door opened shortly after (our rooms connected, you must go through mine to get to hers). I mentioned it the following morning and my sister said someone sleeps with her. She wasn't too concerned because we assumed it was her best friend who died in a motorcycle accident. It was! Following that he started to speak to me but being young, afraid and unaware I blocked it out, using the Tv to block out the chatter. When I mentioned it to my mother she brushed it off, telling me I had an active imagination.
As I got older, my ability to know happenings increased. I don't have dreams or premonitions in the usual sense, I get a bad feeling and a knowing of what to do or where not to be. In high school this happened twice, both incidents caused me not to go to school. The first was a riot at school where students were badly beaten with weapons of all sorts and some were arrested. The second incident a boy came to school with a knife and the intention of killing someone, a security guard's throat was slit, although he did live.
At 18, I had my first out of body experience. I remember sitting with my then boyfriend having a conversation when I started to float heavenward. When I realised I was looking down at him from the ceiling I asked "why am I up so high?' My soul descended back into my body. I remember being so intrigued by it, that was when I first started reading about.
In that house was also where I realised the voices I hear are that of souls passed over. I love to read and would stay up late reading books while my boyfriend played X-Box. The minute he would go to sleep though, I felt a presence and the voices would start. Always calling me by name, always freaking me out and causing me to put the book down and go my butt to sleep. One day in particular I was home alone, I had just finished making myself lunch and was heading down the hallway when I saw a tall figure go into MY room. I quickly turned around and went into the living room instead. That was the first time I saw a spirit and they spoke to me during the day. Usually I only heard them just before bed.
After that I saw a lady in my (then) boyfriend's mother's room, sitting in a chair. I assumed she was there often because she saw me come in but once she saw I wasn't his mother she disappeared. His mother later explained she was her great aunt and she too sees spirits and hears voices of the dead. Her gifts are much stronger, she has premonitions, clairvoyance, clairalience, as well as the gifts I have. She has moved far away now and I wish I had someone close by who could relate.
Since then I have had dozens of experiences. The spirits here seem to piggy back with others when trying to communicate with me. I have even had an old classmate be with me for years. I helped him to cross over and that helped me to see the potential of my gifts. He still visits occasionally, to kiss my cheek, tell me he loves me, or just be there when I may need help. I believe he has chosen to stay in spirit form as a guide of sorts although I'm not entirely sure.
I have other stories but will post them another time. I just wanted to share since I don't talk about it much. People tend to be very judgmental but I need to get this off my chest. Feel free to share similar stories or first time experiences with me.
I tried the link SpiriFall gave but it does not work.
SpiriFall - would you post the name of that book so I can look it up.