I have been trying to read about phantom scents on the internet relating to what has happened to me twice so far this week and came across your site. I believe in the paranormal, spirits or whatever you choose to call it. Being half Asian and living in Thailand most of my life, it is a way of life here for a lot of people. Plus, I have had a few experiences of such things myself.
The first time it happened, I woke up at around 3 or 4am and smelled cooked food hovering in my bedroom. I bolted up from bed thinking I had maybe warmed up some food in the kitchen and had forgotten to switch it off. I ran out to check this but nothing … I was groggy but I remember the smell lingering at the tip of my nose like the stir-fry holy basil I had made the day before. When I went back into my bedroom, the smell had gone. So I came out into the kitchen to make sure and to try and detect the smell again. Nothing. I went back to bed feeling baffled.
Around 3 or 4am (the second time) I woke up to a strong scent of something which reminded me of citronella aromatherapy oil. The smell was really distinctive, … it was there for a few more seconds and just disappeared. Nothing. I was pretty spooked by it all and had to calm myself down some time before I could get back to bed again.
The Thais believe that if you smell flowers it mean the angels are near you, incense means a deity, and If you smell anything rotting or bad, it is from wandering spirits wanting you to make merits for them. But explain food and aroma oil smells…
— Pim, Thailand
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I woke up at 6AM or so to work on a project. There’s a church up the street that rings a single bell on the half hour mark (1:30, 2:30 etc). At 8:30AM the half hour bell rang, and in response I heard a very loud “Who is it?” coming from my downstairs hallway in a female voice.
I freaked out because I thought someone was in the house. I went downstairs to check and there was no one there, nor did I hear any doors open or shut. I’ve never experienced anything like this.
I live in a house known to be haunted, supposedly verified by investigators. This was the first day in over 6 months I was alone in the house. I never believed in paranormal activity until today. I was a complete skeptic. There’s no other explanation for what happened.
— Neil, Maryland
A few days ago I had a nap of about 10 minutes and when I awoke, blinked to clear my sight, much to my amazement I saw my beloved cat sitting and staring at me. As I watched in total shock he just faded! This is the very first time I have experienced such an incident. I’m hoping he will return!
— Patricia, UK
After moving into a new flat in Manchester I was waiting for my stuff to be delivered. I camped on floor for the first night in a sleeping bag, whilst I lay there I felt a spider’s web land on my face. This scared the life out of me.
About a month later after getting settled I was in bed when I heard what sounded like a very big dog cross the floor and I felt what I believe was its head rub down my arm! It scared me half to death. I got my Bible and asked God to help this ghost pass over.
A few weeks later I felt what seemed like a puppy jump on my bed. I repeated my prayers. I have felt a presence in my home in many occasions since. About a year has passed and I haven’t had another incident.
— Phil, England
The day after I had to put my Westie Tassi Tara down I saw her spirit! I was walking out of a room that has a step down. I looked out of my front door and off to my right I saw a white cloud type apparition floating above the step that she was always laying on. When I looked back she was gone. I told no one that I know about this thinking my grief was so bad that I was imagining things now.
However, about a week after her passing my mother came up to me and said “you might think I’m nuts but I swear on my life that I saw Tassi Tara the day after she passed away.” She described what she saw and it was exactly the same thing and place that I had seen and I got chills (good ones). That’s how I knew for sure that my angel Tassi Tara was ok in doggy heaven. I think she came back to us just long enough to let us know she was ok.
— Michaella, Ohio