This has been happening to me for a couple years on and off, starting when I was a teenager. At night I hear murmuring voices sometimes before I sleep. It sounds like a small group of people talking together but it's really indistinct so I can't make out what they're saying. It happens most often when it is really silent and still in the room. It used to only happen when I would get to that state in between consciousness and dreams but now I can hear even when I am fully awake listening in bed. Last night it was different, though, because this time it was only one voice - a man's voice - and louder, but I still couldn't make out what was said. It sounded like one word or a short phrase. It does scare me and sometimes I will say "stop" out loud but that only works sometimes. One time I forced myself to have a feeling of safety, as if it wasn't there, and it stopped. But it's difficult to force myself to feel something else when I'm not feeling that way; other times I am able to just ignore it, or if I get too afraid I put my headphones on and have the music running until I fall asleep.
Other family members in the house have heard the murmuring, too, and it has been in other places. One person heard someone say "and tell her..." and that was all that this person could make out, and again, it was heard at night.
Another experience I had at a friend's house was the sound of sweeping - like someone was sweeping with a broom. I was in a friend's basement at night and I heard this sweeping noise from under stairs. I didn't say anything but my friend said to me, "Did you hear that?" I said "yes," and then I said out loud to whatever it was "Stop it!" and then it started sweeping faster. I heard the same noise once again years later in my bedroom - as if someone was sweeping around my bed with a broom.
I googled "hearing murmuring voices" this morning and this website came up so I just wanted to post my story.
I would like to know what I could do to get this to stop; I am more spiritual than religious, so I would like to know if there is a prayer that can be said to "Divine Spirit" instead of Jesus Christ (my family is Christian but we don't go to church and when I have prayed to the traditional "God" - on many other matters besides this- there wasn't any help). Thanks for listening.
P.S. I don't like this website instructing me not to say "Hi" when I start a story. Who begins a conversation without a greeting?