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I am 43 years old, and I've had a number of experiences but this one really stands out in my mind. While I was still in High School 1984 in Houston, Texas my girlfriend and I were taking a short cut across a wooded field that stood between an apartment complex and a city park. It was around 4pm and there was a clearing in the center of all these trees.

This wooded field wasn't 'dense' per say, you could see into the park or to the apartment parking lot through gaps in the trees and shrubs. The grass was just over ankle height in the clearing and the path we were following ran through it then back into the trees and to the road we were trying to get to.

As we crossed the clearing I 'felt' a resistance building in front of me, almost like the air was 'thicker' for a short space. I thought it kind of odd, but kept going, then I felt it again, this time however it was only across my left side. I turned to my girlfriend to ask if she was feeling what I was an I saw her standing at the edge of the clearing just kind of staring at the space.

I asked "What's wrong?" or something to that effect and she asked me if I could see the house. I had to admit that I couldn't see anything but the clearing and the trees and such. Her next statement has stuck with me all these years, "You can't see the wall you just walked through?"

I walked back towards her, once again feeling that odd change in air pressure, in the same spot as before, then standing beside her I tried to see what she was seeing... And I saw the empty clearing. Instead of fear I was curious, I walked forward with my right hand extended and as I began to feel the air pressure change she said, "You're touching the wall."

I'll cut this down; we spent from 4pm until it was getting dark "exploring" this phenomenon. As I walked I could feel the air pressure change... I could feel the shape of the windows, I felt the stairs push against my body as I walked forward, one about ankle height, take a step, one about 8 inches high, take a step, another 8 inches higher than the last, and my girlfriend saying, "Your at the staircase."

I could feel the tables, chairs... Bookcases and she was 'seeing' them. I still do not know what we experienced that day, but would welcome any ideas or feedback anyone has to offer.

My girlfriend became my wife... Then my ex-wife (Married after I joined the Navy and divorced 6 years later)

Respectfully,

Rook

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Callie (68 posts)
 
9 years ago (2011-02-05)
No, that does.:) (And I've heard them called 'echoes' or 'residuals' 'residual haunts' etc, not sure why I prefer the term 'echo'.:) )

In the situation in which you're describing though, and more like the other one described (where a house was physically moved but its presence what still on the land) ... Hmm maybe the land was feeling 'house loss'. Well, that's not right, either, in this case.

I think of the indent left on our fingers when a ring, long worn, is removed. There is still the telltale mark that 'something' should be there.

Also now the whole idea of the plane of memory comes into my head (low astral, whatever people like to call it - though it's not actually LOW - just sort of a blend of past/present/future and other bits very close to the physical plane).

Or that idea of yah, taking into account the huge amounts of energy that can go into a swelling and permeate it - its not just going to permeate the material it is built out of, but also the space in which it exists - so, move the material, the energy stays. Wall energy, window energy, etc - poured into the mold it had, it stays as a 'residual' structure. So it could be memory, it could be just excess energy left behind, etc. Could be a lot of things. What it IS though, is neat. I'd like to find one myself one day.:)
RookDygin (5 stories) (324 posts)
 
9 years ago (2011-02-05)
Callie,

Echo is not a bad term for this... Residual is better. But I catch your meaning. 😉

I think, in a way a house can suffer 'soul loss' but maybe not in the way you are thinking...

If a home has been filled with 'large emotions' (happy or sad / good or bad) it developes a 'soul' based on these... If those living there, the people with emotions strong enough to imprint on the site 'move on' (sale of the home, death whatever causes them to no longer live there) then the home looses it's 'soul' and may even try and attract or 'cause' those emotions it has become 'used to' to be experienced by the new owners... So that the 'suroundings' (the house itself) feels whole again. I hope that makes some kind of sense.

Respectfully,

Rook
Callie (68 posts)
 
9 years ago (2011-02-05)
My shoot from the hip reaction calls it an Echo. You usually hear about them from people, that tape-recorded 'haunting' of a person doing the same thing over and over again, but if you follow the belief that all things bear Spirit, there is no reason why there could not be an echo of the 'spirit of the house'.

(Always found it eerie trivia that there could be echoes of ME around, even though I'm still alive. Part of me wonders if it is associated with Soul Loss - and if so, can a house suffer Soul Loss?:) )
RookDygin (5 stories) (324 posts)
 
9 years ago (2011-02-05)
I agree "residual dwelling" has a nice ring to it. Thanks again for all the comments. Granny, I'll check that out when I have a chance to get by the Bin... Life is a bit hectic, but I'll get there soon.

Respectfully,

Rook
DCinAZ (guest)
 
9 years ago (2011-02-04)
Rook, I think we've got as close to a name for it as we're going to get with "residual dwelling" from whitebuffalo, don't you?
zzsgranny (2 stories) (40 posts)
+1
9 years ago (2011-02-04)
Rook: I completely concur with my fellow Loonies on this one... If you get a chance, check out the pic of Leslie in the Bin... I think you'll find it very interesting...

This is the kind of experience that has a way of solidifying our beliefs in alternate dimensions...Interesting, indeed! 😊 ❤
RookDygin (5 stories) (324 posts)
+2
9 years ago (2011-02-04)
Thank you all for the various responses. Wonderful indeed. Alt. Realities intresting possibilites and WB thanks for the link and the mention of the other stories.

Any and all of this is possible. Thanks again for the replies.

Respectfully,

Rook
whitebuffalo (guest)
+1
9 years ago (2011-02-04)
PLUS...
I do not know how many of you have read my stories over on YGS, or even care to, but if you check out Strange Conversation in Jennisons Cemetary:
http://www.yourghoststories.com/real-ghost-story.php?story=2239, you MAY see a similarity.

I like the time/space alternative/alternate reality thought. When you sit back and think about it, it really IS plausible. The Wonder Woman's Plane (fade through- or fade out) REALLY sounds...
Possible.
Thank you.
whitebuffalo (guest)
+2
9 years ago (2011-02-04)
Rook? I am sorry, I was trying to locate a story that actually hit SOME newspaper a few months back (at work there are so many different ones, I honestly can not recall which one it was. I THINK it was from New York State, but can not say for positive).
A very similar story took place and was witnessed by about six people (apparently a few of the witnesses were too timid to talk to the press about it).
Residual Dwellings.
Seems in the instance that hit the papes, there were those who saw the structure, some who simply saw a "fade through" (you Loonies will know what THAT is, or should) and ONE MAN saw just a bold colored entry door. Nothing else. The WOMAN (seemingly the only female in that group) could only sense that something was not quite right about the atmosphere, and could "touch" a thickness.
Story went that there was a home there that raised several very happy and well adjusted children. A story book upbringing type of happiness. The family loved their home so much that when the children grew, and moved to warmer climates, the parents moved the HOME closer to the children's. Absolutely heart warming story.
"Problem" is, someone keeps trying to build on that land, but are spooked by the "thickness". I wonder if THEY are "feeling" the walls, too?
Makes you want to rethink "if these walls could only talk", does it not?
Thank you for this. It almost made the one read in the paper pale in comparison. Except that this makes story number THREE that I heard like this, so they are all very "bright" for ME. 😊
Thank you.
cosmogal926 (3 stories) (73 posts)
+3
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
LOL! Shini must be something in our meds. 😆 Geez Miracles if you need a sign I need one too. I'm with you on the alternative reality this one is getting kind of dusty. 😊 ❤
Miracles51031 (2 stories) (26 posts)
+3
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
Ok what good does proofreading do if I don't actually proofread? LOL - alternate reality, not alternative LOL! Although, maybe an alternative reality isn't such a bad thing either. 😆 I need a sign that says "Dumb Blonde at Work!"
Shinigami0 (2 stories) (204 posts)
+3
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
LOL, you guys!
You know we're Loonies when you have a whole mess of us thinking alike!

Miracles, that's actually a very good point. I think there could be answers in finding out the era of the house, as well as any other details.

Au revior. 😊 ❤
cosmogal926 (3 stories) (73 posts)
+3
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
Miracles girlfriend sometimes it's crazy how we think alike... 😆 I was going to say the same thing. An alternate dimension or time rip where it was possible to see it and feel the energy of the house. I think this is an amazing experience. You feeling the pressure changes and your ex-wife actually seeing the outline validating every single detail. Amazing Rook! 😁
Miracles51031 (2 stories) (26 posts)
+3
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
Rook - just a hairbrained idea here. Half-baked actually. Did you get a "feel" for the type of house it was? Was it an actual farmhouse or could it have been another era? I'm wondering about dimensions here, overlapping maybe? Alternative reality? Or could you and your ex-wife have seen/felt a home that wasn't here "yet?"

Come on, Rook, you know me and my ideas. Gotta talk 'em out. 😆
Rashidah (guest)
+1
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
You and your ex wife probably picked up on the house being on the land before psychically.
This is what I got from your experience.
Edmund (578 posts)
 
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
RookDygin... Good story... I would not know what to call it either. Yours is the first I have ever read about. If I had to hazard a guess I would say that one of the components of the semi invisible house is that there is a lot more to the dimension of time than we are aware of. To me it acted like a frequency harmonic but replace frequency with time.
DCinAZ (guest)
+1
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
That is so weird! I've been thinking about that very thing. What is that called? And of course the smart-aleck in me comes up with "place memory" (LOL). But I've never heard of anything like this before so I don't know if there is a name for it. It's not a 'haunted house' as there were no occupants. What else is there? Again, it wouldn't fall under 'haunted places' for the same reason, no ghosts, other than the house itself of course. So where DOES it fall? Into what category?
Maybe you need to start a new category. Kind of in the same way they name a newly discovered star or planet after the person who discovered it. 😊

Now that would be fun!
RookDygin (5 stories) (324 posts)
+1
9 years ago (2011-02-03)
DC,

We did do some research into the property...

It had been farmland and the Family had donated it to the city to become parkland... No record of where... Or if there ever was a home on the site. The section that we had this experience on is now and 'active' part of the park and being used as part of a disk golf course.

It's intresting you point out that nothing... No 'one' else was seen / experienced... It simply was the house... She could see it... At one time she desribed it like watching old Wonder Woman cartoons... The invisable plane... All she could see was the outline of the entire building. I 'saw' nothing... Neither of us 'felt' anything... Well except me and the 'air presure' change. It was one wild experience.

I have never heard, nor been able to find another story quite like this and I have always wondered what 'kind' of experience this falls under? What is it called... Or does it even have a name? If anyone has any ideas, or has experienced something like this please 'chime in'.

Respectfully,

Rook
DCinAZ (guest)
+2
9 years ago (2011-02-02)
Well, You know this one has to be asked; did you investigate the history of this property at all? Who owns it now or previously? Was there a house at that location before?
Also, I notice that you don't mention there being any 'other' phantom-types at this location.
This makes it all the more facsinating, it being felt by you and seen by your girlfriend as, essentially, a 'ghost of a house' (pun intended), but no inhabitants to keep it company. I wonder if the current or previous owners have any information about the occupants of this 'Phantom House', as you call it?
Very interesting... 😊

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