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Uncle Norman, My Mentor


Maybe I had better tell you a bit about myself, so you can better understand my stories. I never had any paranormal experiences as a child (I don't think) unless you would call this one. (?)

My youngest uncle Norman, my dad's brother, who was 17 years older than me (he didn't let me call him uncle, he said it made him feel old) was still living at home with his mom, (my Granny) when I arrived. He was the "black sheep" in the family because he drank alcohol, smoked and dabbled in the occult! From an early age, he invested in me an interest and curiosity for supernatural; occult; paranormal and mysterious stories, including, astral travel.

Oh, I nearly forgot to tell you, this story took place in Kimberley, South Africa. We lived just across the road from the reef that led to the famous Big Hole. The time frame was 1950s, in those days; it was not common to talk about anything supernatural, without people thinking you were a little strange. As my Granny and Auntie (her only daughter) were both very religious, Norm and I had to have our little discussions out of their hearing, or we would 'cop it'. We were like two conspirators, May be, that is what made it so much fun! We remained great pals, even after he got married, when I was 6 ½. I was the flower-girl at his wedding. Norm and Bee, (his new wife) stayed at Granny's house until they could afford one of their own.

One night, (I can't remember how old I was, probably, between 8 & 10) he called me to watch something 'spectacular'. He asked me to get him a glass of water, from the tap. I duly did this, wondering what was up. He asked me to take it to the dining room for him. I did so as I saw him follow me in and close the doors. Now my curiosity was really piqued! He told me to sit by the light switch (it was night) and not take my eyes off the glass that was on the big old dining room table.

Well, next he told me not to say a word until he asked me to switch the lights on; this might take a while, as he had to concentrate very hard. I was extremely puzzled as I did not know what he was talking about. He then said "OK, lights off". I sat with him in the dark, silently watching the glass. After a long time, (on reflection, maybe 10 minutes) the glass began to glow. The glow became brighter as he concentrated on it harder. The water in the glass turned a soft yellowish-green colour (luminous). I watched in absolute wonder, Then Norn said, "OK, lights on and you can talk now". I switched on the light, and saw the glass of water where I had left it for him. In the light, it didn't look any different, from when I had set it down.

He then told me to take a sip from the glass. I did so and was utterly amazed by the taste. It tasted like, hmmm, Metal!

This happened a long time ago. I don't know how he did it, because he never touched the glass once, nor put anything into the glass.

To this day, I still don't understand how Norm did it. Was this paranormal or not? Please, let there be somebody out there that can tell me about how this could be done. I somehow just never got around to asking him when he was still alive.

Thanks for reading my story.

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Fergie1 (7 stories) (35 posts)
12 years ago (2012-06-01)
Thanks Krys, yes Norm did demonstrate something else! His power of healing!
When his infant daughter had a fever, he showed me how to do healing! Within minutes, of opening & closing his hands over the length of my cousin, she had stopped wailing, and slept peacefully for the rest of the night!
AnneV has the right concept! It is all about energy!

Thanks for your insightful comment.
KRYSTALLIA (3 posts)
12 years ago (2012-05-31)
Absolutely amazing Cindy... This just has me scratching my kop! Very very interesting... I can't think of any possible explanation...I'd think AnneV has a point about the energy...

Great experience Cindy, must have been a cool experience... Did Norm ever "demonstrate" something like this on another occasion?

Fergie1 (7 stories) (35 posts)
12 years ago (2012-01-24)
Hi Gem, Thank you for your post. If you find out, before I do, please let me know. I am dying to know. Ummm, well, not quite dying, but you know what I mean. It has driven me nuts for absolute eons! 😕
LunaGem (19 posts)
12 years ago (2012-01-22)
I don't know how he did it or what it was either, but that sounds pretty freakin' amazing! Dang. Now I'm interested in what it was! 😆
❤ Gem
Fergie1 (7 stories) (35 posts)
12 years ago (2012-01-21)
Hi Anaelyssa, Thank you for your post. Yes, I drank from that tap many times, both before and after my story. Taps were only a recent innovation in my Grans house, maybe even younger than me at the time. The house was built before there was running water in Kimberley. There were only two taps in the house; one in the bathroom; one in the kitchen (only cold water). If we wanted to bathe, water was heated on the coal-stove. So, I was very familiar with the taste of the water from that tap.
Thank you for your interesting theory, and for showing an interest in my story.
Anaelyssa (1 stories) (135 posts)
12 years ago (2012-01-21)
Did you taste the water before?

I've found that tap water in different places tastes differently, probably depending on the pipes. If the pipes are a bit rusty, then it would make the water taste irony/like blood. That *could* be a non-paranormal explanation the taste.
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
12 years ago (2012-01-20)
We, as in all things, are made of energy. You can send out energy by your thoughts. Concentrate on filling the water jar full of your energy. I'd personally then ask it to vibrate so it shone. Let us know if you make it work!
Fergie1 (7 stories) (35 posts)
12 years ago (2012-01-20)
Hi Anne, Thanks for your comment. I honestly never thought of trying it myself! I have the attention span of a gold-fish. Do you really think anyone could do it, if they just tried hard enough? How would I go about it? What would my thoughts have to be?
Best wishes, Cindy 😕 🤔
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
12 years ago (2012-01-19)
How does one change wine into blood or alchemist's claims of transmuting base metals into gold? These are the mysteries of the human race. I think anything is possible and with enough determination, making water glow seems plausible too. Why not try it yourself?

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