Before I start, I would like to make it clear that during the time of this experience I wasn't under any psychological stress or pressure of any kind, so I don't think that what I've heard was an auditory hallucination or anything of the sort. To add to that, I am not the only one in my family that has experienced this strange occurrence.
About a year and a half ago, I was in the bathroom, brushing my teeth, just doing my normal nightly routine. It's not a very important detail, but for some reason I feel that saying this would be crucial as to why this experience might have happened: When I'm in the process of cleansing myself in any way, it's almost like a meditation for me, like a trance of sorts - I don't think about anything in particular. And I think that maybe because of this, my mind was more open to receiving, and that's when I heard the voice. It wasn't an unusual voice, and it didn't come from behind me or close to my ears enough to make me jump; it came from my living room.
"Ryan? Ryan!" I heard my brother call to me. (I should mention that he's alive and well.) I stopped brushing immediately and called back, "Yes? What's wrong?" because he sounded like he needed me for something, and quick, as if he was handling some living room furniture by himself and it was about to topple over him. Without even comprehending why my brother would do such a thing so late in the night, I instinctively ran to the living room only to find he wasn't there; it was dark, his computer already shut off, his seat pushed back under the table. I half expected he'd jump out from behind a couch and scare me, being the jokester he is, but he didn't. At that point I felt really strange, and something told me that this wasn't my brother, and that maybe answering this voice may have not been a good idea. I'm not very psychically developed - I know a great deal about it, though - so my feelings about this voice were very uncertain. I didn't get that sense of comfort, or sense of dread, or any feeling that many people seem to get when they experience such things, so this made me confused.
I just stood there for a while, scratching my head and trying to make sense of what happened. I decided to check on my brother, who, as it turns out, was in the bathroom, brushing his teeth as well. I asked him if he called to me a short while ago, and he said no - he seemed genuinely creeped out about it too, because he's not one to wave his hand dismissively at things like this and let logic take over. I didn't sleep well that night.
My brother had a similar experience like this a while ago, but not in the same house (in our old one which we visit every summer) - so it wasn't really a haunted house sort of thing, I don't think. He was in the living room with my cousin, eating dinner, when he heard me say, "Heyyyyy!" in a very enthusiastic voice. Being the night owl I am in the summer, my brother and cousin found out I was still sleeping then, and they just came to conclusion that I was talking in my sleep, even though they both said themselves the voice sounded near.
Can anyone shed some light on what this "copycat" voice might be, and why it imitates voices of people close to us? Could the voice of my brother that I heard be an echo of his past life - agonizing over something that led to his death, perhaps, hence the urgent voice? There's so many possibilities, but I'd like to see what you have to say. Thank you for your time.:)