Monday, July 02, 2007

spooky

today an odd thing happened. it was around 1 or 1:30 and i had given the baby his bottle, put him down for a nap, and as i was settling in next to him or maybe had even dozed off, i heard a woman's voice in our upstairs hall. it startled me. my cat frankie was on the bed w/ us and he even woke up and turned his head towards the bedroom door rather quickly. the door was closed, btw..

i thought i heard a door close. i felt a bit frightened, so i stayed in my spot for a few ... then decided to get up to see if someone was there. i looked out the window first to see if the front door to the outside was open or if anyone was on the street.... just in case the voice came from outside. no one. the street was empty.

so i opened the door, looked towards the tv room, that door was closed. inched forward and looked into the baby's room window that opens to the hall, the door was closed and i saw no one. i called out..... but nothing. i stood there for a few and then decided to go to the stairs to see if i could hear or see anyone. i got to the stairs, looked down to the area under the stairwell that sorta sees into the sitting area downstairs and i heard nothing. i called out "is someone there.... hello". nothing. i heard no sounds and no one called back to me.

i felt afraid and remembered that i had left the back door unlocked. i figured it would be easier for hubby when he came home from work... never figuring i'd be afraid of someone coming in.

i head back to the bedroom, close the door and wished i knew where the key was.... but i didn't. i actually found myself feeling fear that someone was in the house. then i wondered... ok, it sounded like a woman's voice... maybe someone from my FILs family had sent one of the maid's here.... but why wouldn't they hear me and why had i heard them upstairs?

i went and sat back down on the bed... eventually snuggling into naief who was asleep next to me.... and i dozed off. the next thing i know, it's 2 and hashim comes in to the room. i told him to wake me in another hour or so because i needed to get up and such..... forgetting what had happened and what i had heard.

only tonight, when almost ready for bed did i remember. weird.... because i've been afraid in this house before... afraid that a spirit was here. yesterday when i was downstairs washing dishes, i kept seeing something outta the corner of my eye to my right. every time i'd turn that way, there was nothing moving or nothing there that would catch my eye. i've had this happen before in various rooms. i've worried, but try to dismiss it. i have felt fear in my own bedroom w/ the baby... remember when i said that i felt something in the room w/ us, but felt better when the baby smiled and laughed at whatever it was.... since it is now gone. i've also felt something in the baby's room..... which i don't like.

i don't even like to talk about it.... think about it.... allow my mind to go there. i've always had this knack for feeling something odd - sometimes even seeing things, sensing something bad before it happens, sensing things around me.... even had an event when i was young.... but each time, i feel scared, not refreshed by it or it doesn't feel calm.

who called out today? why did my cat hear it but no one was there? should i fear it....???? because today i also heard what sounded like my husband's studio door closing and things moving about in there..... i asked him if anything was missing, nothing is. he thinks i heard him coming home.... but i asked if he called out to me.... no. did he come upstairs and go into one of the rooms? no.

you know... my MIL told me that i should play the Quran in the baby's room... for it's where Satiya stayed... the maid that did black magic or so we think. and now... that room is where my baby will sleep. i've slept in there and felt afraid.... couldn't even allow myself to put my back to the door, still can't.

i think i'll play the Quran tomorrow.

17 comments:

Munther said...

Good Shout, play the quran in that room, While at Scotland I used to have the same fears in my flat, couldn't sleep in it alone and was constantly feeling that somebody was with me but after playing\reciting albaqara verses things became better ! Weird that.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I'm sorry to hear about your fears and experiences. Maybe you need some positive vibes to tackle the fear and shivers. Play sweet music, read some meditation kind of poetry, dance like a Sufi. Tell funny stories.
w.

Aysha said...

You have wonderful, intriguing, and breath taking style in writing!

I know I'll be coming back for more.

Sunshine said...

haha u got the hairs on the back of my neck all standing up!.. do the quran thing, it always calms me down when im alone and freaked out in melbourne..

The Moody Minstrel said...

Weird...

But I've already told you about some of the weird things that have happened in the house where I live, so to me it almost seems like par for the course. You say you seem to have a sense or a knack for such things. I'm sure there is a reason for that. I've known others who did, as well.

It's also a "fact" that babies and small children seem to be a focus for paranormal phenomena.

At the same time, consider normal, terrestrial possibilities. Remember that maid that ran away not so long ago? You still have no idea where she ended up, do you? Maybe it's time to consider keeping that door locked.

Olivia said...

Oh no no, you definitely need to purify that room - satiya's black magic definitely left something behind. We were always very careful about things like that...

Um Naief said...

moody, you know... you are right on track w/ my thoughts! i seriously thought that she had come back here, snuck inside and maybe was trying to take some of our things. maybe that's why i heard someone call out... to see if i was here. i agree w/ locking the door. i also think like you in that babies attract this stuff. i know we've talked about this before but it keeps making me wonder why that is.

olivia, yes... i agree... we have to cleanse that room. i don't think hashim takes me too seriously w/ this because we didn't do it today, but tomorrow i want to burn some bahour (spelling??) in there and either play the Quran or play some type of gospel music. i think reading some verses from the Bible and/or Quran will also help.

munther, good to know that it worked for you. i can only imagine how spooky that was and especially in scotland. when i think of scotland, for some reason, things like this come to my mind. it seems like a spooky place altogether. i think of the movie 'an american werewolf in london' when they were walking thru the countryside.... spooky!!

wendy, today was better... i tried not to let my thoughts go there, plus there were ppl in the house, so i felt better. how do you dance like a Sufi?? i'm usually able to distract my thoughts, because i'm pretty good at handling fear.... gosh, the stories i could tell about my fear as a child and what i'd do to overcome... it's made me one strong woman when it comes to this....

aysha, wow, what a really nice compliment. thank you. i like to think that i'm sometimes witty and interesting... definitely have every day drama... i came by your blog today. you have some very interesting posts... i really enjoyed it, especially the fact that you come from saudi, but live in the u.s. right now. i'd love to know what you think about living there... things you experience and i loved your piece about sadness in saudi and the one about doubt. you made me think a lot and i really like that.

sunshine, you make me smile. thankfully the hairs didn't stand up on my neck that day.... i think i would have totally freaked if they had! even when i was downstairs and kept seeing something from the corner of my eye.... i tried not to show fear. i fully believe in spirits/ghosts as well as angels, but i do think they're different. the reason i get so scared is that i've been told stories by my mom about ghosts and what they're capable of... that's why, when i heard the stuff downstairs in the studio - which is under our bedroom - it freaked me out that night when i was telling my husband.... but, when it was happening, i worried that the housemaid was down there taking things because she used to question me on the cost of that stuff. it was later... after talking to hashim that i got more worrisome about it being a ghost. if it is a ghost, which, i think, it is, i just hope that it doesn't decide to scare me... and i find myself wondering why it's here, why it's interested in me and the baby. anyway, i'm getting carried away... maybe i should just blog about this....

Thursday said...

Good idea to play the quran, play soothing music, anything do calm. I have some books packed away which suggest various herbs to place and burn in a room that you're not happy about - I'll see if I can find them and let you know. Having said that, if anything 'unpleasant' was around, Naief would most certainly have picked up on it - if he's happy, I shouldn't worry too much.

Christopher said...

You asked about my HIV, no it isn't in remission per say. It is more like it is being "contained". I take one pill a day to combat it

Gazza said...

Round our way we keep doors locked at all times,if we left doors open we'd wake up to no tv or dvd far too trusting in your country but that may not be a bad thing.

Casmee said...

OK you just officially freaked me out! I hate that ceepy feeling of "something" being there. I've had it a few times as well. Not in my current house though thank goodness for that!

Puppy said...

WOW!!! that is scary.

Um Naief said...

thursday, that's what i keep thinking... that naief isn't bothered by it, so i try not to be... altho, some days when i let my fear get the best of me, i do. herbs would be nice... i'd like to hear about that if you find the book. :)

christopher, you only take ONE PILL A DAY!!! that is great. so many take many a day... so you're doing great. i can't wait to read more about your adventures in san fran. i think, like i said before, that you should do some professional writing. you're a great one for telling the story... and you have so many things you could write about. have you thought about doing a book? if you do, i want the first signed copy! ;)

casmee, hey there! yeah, i was a little freaked out that day as well... but you know, since, there has been nothing. so maybe it was my mind playing tricks on me... it does like to do that now and again!

gazza, yeah, we leave our back door unlocked all the time. i even have a screen door and in the winter months, i leave the door open w/ just the screen door there to allow cool winds to come in. i'm big on having windows open and having fresh air in the house. now... as far as locking doors... you'd never leave your car unlocked... altho, i've been known to do it every so often when going to the grocery or something and as of yet, nothing has happened. but you never know. i remember a time when we never locked our cars or house... but that seems like a different life all together.

puppy, all the more reason for you to come and visit us! ;) nothing has been happening... but a friend of mine lent me a book to read and it's all about jinns... and it is spooking me out. i think she did it on purpose! she's a fellow virgo... and you know how devious we can be!! you and your chucky laugh!

Lotus Reads said...

Spooky indeed, Um Naief! I think it will definitely help to play the Quran in the room, also, lighting frankincense can help (a lot) because it is supposed to ward off evil. Of course, it's best that you check first if such a thing is permitted in Islam. Good luck and I hope this doesn't recur.

Aysha said...

The night after reading your post, I had many dreams. What I remember from them are super natural things happening in the house, things moving, and smoky ghosts. When I woke up I was certain of the power of your writing in involving the reader with the details, and keeping their mind sorting them out.

There's something interesting, however. When I was in Saudi Arabia, it was common to hear from the Bahranian culture about such things happening, like them speaking of spirits, "Genn", and supernatural. I used to think that it is due to them being simple in general, and quickly to explain things in such simplistic ways. Now I am beginning to wonder, is there more to Bahrain and the stories people say? Is it about the people, or about the supernatural finding home at cities more than others?

Jane said...

I am curious to know how this turned out. Did you play the quaran in Naief's room? Any effect? Personally I think that unless you feel REALLY uncomfortable or threatened you should just leave it be. Sometimes doing these "cleansing" rituals is the equivilant of poking a sleeping bear with a stick. It can provoke it.

Years ago my best friend and I worked in a place where we both had many encounters with unusual phenomena. It always happened when we were alone in the place. It got to the point where I actually quit the job. We turned to her father for advice, as he had grown up in Laos and knew alot about these things. His words were, "If it bothers you, just believe in something else. If you don't believe in it it can't bother you."
So what happened?

SoulSearch said...

Woah, thats really spooky. I've always been a scardy cat as a child, my brother used to get so creeped out he still sleeps with the light or TV on. I think reading the Quran yourself is better than just playing it, you don't need to read the long suras either just the 3 "Mu3awathat" will do. I have had really scary spells and just reading simple quranic verses always puts me at ease. May God protect you and your baby.
Oh, btw, I've never heard that "Bukhoor" can do anything. You just need to keep all doors locked at all times!
Take care,
SoulSearch