Ten Signs a Ghost is Nearby and You Don’t Know it

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Despite what paranormal television shows portray, most hauntings are subtle. You could have a ghost nearby and not know it. Here are 10 signs of a haunting you might not be aware of.

  1. Bad Luck – Have you recently had a string of bad luck happen to you? It feels as though nothing is going right. Appliances seem to keep breaking and your cell phone keeps losing all its contacts? Tech-savvy ghosts are capable of bringing bad luck to our lives.
  2. Odd Smells – Ever smell something in your house that doesn’t make sense, like the aroma of baking bread, floral perfume or cigar smoke? These are signs ghosts sometimes give us to alert us of their presence. The ability to detect ghosts by scent is called clairalience. It is a mediumistic ability that not everybody possesses.
  3. Missing Items – Do you feel like you’re always looking for misplaced items? Ghosts often play a spectral game of hide-and-seek with their living room-mates. An item will go missing, only to turn up in an unusual place. People often blame this on a lack of sleep or a busy schedule, when in fact, it has a vastly different explanation.
  4. Frequent Nightmares – If you are plagued with frequent nightmares that have a different texture from your normal dreams, you might look deeper for the cause. Blame it on the pepperoni pizza you ate before bedtime, but it could be an entity trying to rouse you from sleep.
  5. Exhaustion – Ghosts need energy and they often pull it from the living. Paranormal investigators frequently discover the batteries on their equipment draining at haunted locations and feel exhausted after an investigation. Ghosts will pull energy where they can find it.A typical sign that a ghost is using your energy is the sensation of vibration. When they pull energy from us, sometimes their vibrational rate is different from ours, giving us the feeling that we are vibrating from the inside out.
  6. Strange Photos – When you upload your pictures from your camera or cell phone, do you ever find strange streaks of lights in the photos? Ghosts typically don’t show up in pictures like we expect them to. Often, they appear as streaks of light or strange unexplained mists.
  7. Odd Pet Behavior – When your cat or dog watches something moving around the room, don’t immediately brush it off as being an insect. Pet’s vision differs from ours, allowing them to see a broader spectrum of light. They might be seeing something paranormal that you can’t see yourself.
  8. Frequent Ear Ringing – Do your ears ring at strange times? While this could be due to a medical condition called tinnitus, it’s also a mediumistic ability called clairaudience. People with this ability will often hear a tone that is similar to ear ringing. The next time it happens, turn your head to see if you can localize the sound. Is it moving around the room, growing fainter as it gets further away? If it is, chances are you’re hearing a ghost.
  9. Unexplained Nausea – Some people get physically ill when a ghost is present. The sensation is typically presented as a sudden upset stomach and the feeling you are close to vomiting. Try leaving the room and see if the feeling abates. If it does, you might be physically reacting to the presence of a ghost.
  10. Feeling Watched – Do you ever get the feeling like someone is watching you? You turn, but find nobody else in the room. This is a frequent sign of a haunting. The sensation is usually unnerving, at best. Try moving from the room to see if the sensation goes away.


If you’ve experienced any of these behaviors on a regular basis, it might be time to do a little research into the history of your house. While not all ghosts are malevolent, as they are portrayed in paranormal television shows, they can’t always hide from us. If you think your house is haunted, reach out to a psychic medium or Shaman to help you do a house cleansing to clear your house of spiritual energy.

 Joni Mayhan is a paranormal investigator, author and instructor. To learn more about her, check out her website Jonimayhan.com.

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34 thoughts on “Ten Signs a Ghost is Nearby and You Don’t Know it

  1. I have the buzz in my ears but not all the time and if I go downstairs it fades but then comes back do u think am being followed r watched ova by a love one that passed away!!!
    this buzz does my head in at times

      • Ive had ringing in my ears off and on for a while now. They thought it was my blood pressure and put me on meds but my bp is now 100/70 and I still have this annoying ringing. Mostly at home is when I have it but sometimes at work. Would that mean the ghost is going from home to work with me sometimes?

      • It’s really hard to say if it’s paranormal or medical. The way I disguished my ability from a medical condition was to work with a medium, who can validate what you’re feeling. Also, try to see if the sound grows fainter as you move away. I can track them moving around the room. Each one has a slightly different tone, so I can determine how many are there. It’s something you have to work on and it develops slowly. Good luck!

  2. What about when I’m putting my 2 yr old grandson down for a nap and he stares at the ceiling. He starts laughing, waving and pointing. I don’t see anything, but there’s a heaviness in the room.

    • I truly believe that children are more open to ghosts and spirits than adults. They haven’t adopted a filter yet. Chances are, it’s a family member who has passed and is coming back to check out the new baby. Keep an eye on it and if anything else happens, talk to your minister about doing a house blessing or find a good psychic medium to do a cleansing. Best wishes!

    • I used to babysit my niece, who was under a year old at the time. Her family lived in a house that was around 100 years old. More than once, as I was holding her on my lap, she would chatter away to someone about the same height as her eye-line, so I believe it was a young child she was talking to. I told my sister but I don’t know if she investigated further.

    • If you think it’s something that’s trying to hurt you, don’t hesitate to ask your minister to bless your house or find a medium to do a house cleansing. It can’t hurt and might ease your mind.

  3. When I was little, starting about 4 or 5, I would always have this certain dream. I would continue to have it until I was 17, when the dream came true. I sometimes get strange feelings and smell a strange odor alot. What could this mean ?

    • I had the same thing happen to me. It could be someone attempting to pass along a message. You are probably a sensitive, meaning you sense spirit and ghost energy. Smelling a strange smell that no one else smells is actually a mediumistic ability called clairalience. Google it and you might be surprised with what you find. The strange feelings are more than likely your way of feeling a ghost nearby. Most of them are harmless, but you still want to be careful. I’ve written a book about how to keep yourself protected called Ghostly Defenses. It goes through all the types of abilities, along with ways to keep yourself protected. It’s only 99 cents on Amazon. I kept it priced low so people have easier access to it. Best of luck!

  4. Thank you for writing this article. I have 10 that you said and my 3 daughters all see and experience the same thing. Even though I have experienced the paranormal realm all my life lately it has been so much harder to deal with because these abilities are getting stronger for me. And I have these entities around me and my girls 24/7. For a while I was not going to seek help to cleanse my house because no matter where I go they are always there so I felt what difference would it make. But now I am seeking someone to help me cleanse my house because it is becoming overwhelming. You said things that I have never said to anyone else because I thought it was in my head but now I know its not. So thank you once again for writing this once again. I would love to share more with you sometime. Have a great day!

    • You’re very welcome. More than likely, you are a sensitive, which tends to draw them in. The majority of them are harmless, just human souls wanting attention or needing to pass on a message. They look to you for help because, unlike most people, you’re aware they’re there. I’m the same way. Ghosts follow me home from everywhere I go. I’m attempting to get a better handle on my shielding abilities. You might work on that too. Working with an experienced medium is usually the best way to go, since they can guide you based on what they see. Also check out my book, Ghostly Defenses on Amazon.com. It’s cheap – only 99 cents – and it goes through all the ways a sensitive can protect herself. Best of luck to you.

  5. OK please explain to me what I should do I have had to priest in my house to bless me and son and also the house and it has not worked jasper I have named it throws thing moves thing plays with lights turns my shower on in the night I also found something which I have never seen before in my life I have dreams about things and a few weeks later they happen and they are never good I also have ringing in my ears but its not all the time been to doctors and they say my ears are fine people have said a long side the 2 priests that my connecters are connected to the other world and that I should not play but I don’t know what else to do as the church are waiting for a reply for some one higher to come out any help would be great xxx

    • I’m sorry to hear you’re going through such a horrendous haunting, Kaleigh. Do you know any psychic mediums in your area who can help you? I really good one can move the entity out and give you some peace. If you don’t, try talking to the clerks at your local metaphysical shop. Friend me on Facebook and we can chat more.

  6. I saw my mum, this was a month after she passed away, mine is a strange story and I don’t have any explanation to It. I was only 24, was on my way to work, I felt terribly dizzy and sick and had to come back home. I guess I dozed off for a while but I saw her when I was quite on my senses, I was lying on my bed and she came from behind, I saw her stretching her hand to reach me, her face was dark, she had a bright light around her, I was so scared that I screamed but my voice chocked, she just vanished in thin air. She never came back. I shouldnt have had screamed, she was trying to tell me something. I lost her forever. Not sure if this was a dream but felt so real.

    • I’m sure she was trying to comfort you. Loved ones often come back to check on us. Personally, I think screaming in that situation was a completely normal reaction, and I’m sure she vanished because she didn’t want to scare you. A mother’s love transcends time and death. Sweet story. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  7. I accidentally left my voice recorder on march 24 2015. I must have tapped it before I went to bed. 3 seconds before it cut itself off for my husbands alarm I got my daddy tellin me he loves me.

  8. I feel something pushing on my back while in my bed felt like im going to fall out of bed and sometimes its a soft touch on my back

    • It could be a family member coming back to visit you. The activity sounds gentle and comforting, unless I’m reading this wrong. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, ask it to stop. If any activity makes you uncomfortable, you have the right to claim your space. With aggressive activity, I recommend having your minister come in to do a house blessing or to contact a psychic medium to do a cleansing. Good luck!

  9. I have had some strange things happen to me.
    Waking at 3 has becone a normal thing for me n e more…and the night mare i have is spine tingling. Would love to send a private email if possible.
    Advise needed!

  10. I too, was a investigator, but I had to quit for the warnings I was getting…that I would regret my interests! sure enogh..I did….watching TV one nite, the atmosphere changed rapidly, despite white light protection….think there was just too many spirits, soon walls were knocking…and I could sense in my mind much movement in the room followed by waves of chills! anyway to make a long story short, did a whole house cleansing and activity quit.So now, I’m cocentrating more on my other talent, reiki healing

  11. I have something that is strange and has no explanation for it either! I was having trouble with my laptop over heating so I had the one’s that I’m renting it from look into it! Well, I called today about it and they told me they found nothing wrong with my laptop and that they can’t figure out why it would do that in the first place! They even checked the fan and everything and nothing! And while all this checking was going on and not once did my laptop over heated with them and their office is in another town! And the one I talked to was very freaked out about it! Especially when he told me they think it might be the charger which I told him that the charger was cool to the touch and the battery too when I had both plugged in and all he had to say was “Really!?” and when I told him that he was freaked out even more! So, something is going on that there’s no explanation for it! And I’ve even been seeing shadows from the corner of my eye in my mom’s room too!

  12. Hi,

    I have lately had atleast 8 or 9 of these happen to me. Along with a visual that my son and I have both seen. I am very Claircognizance and have surprised myself and friends with this ability. I have not learned how to sharpen it. It just happens when needed. Back to the topic. Earlier about a hour ago I became very nauseous out of the blue. There’s a little old lady with chest long grayish, white, straight hair. Kind of wirey. She doesn’t seem evil, just wants us to know she’s here. Lately Ive had dreams/nightmares. Things are always disappearing and showing up in a place I just looked at. I have had a major ringing in my ears for several months now. I seem to be able to lower the ringing when I think about it. The number one issue with me that has followed me around since I was a baby is bad luck. I can’t even start to tell you how bad my luck is. I have co workers that say yeah you have bad luck. It’s terrible and it ruined my life. Can you give me any info to help my life? Bad luck, ringing ears and so on. The old lady doesn’t seem to be a evil spirited. I do find it weird that we lived here for a year and this started happening in the past 2 or 3 months. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you

    • Hi Ronnie – What you’re going through is horrible, and I feel for you. I would suggest finding a talented psychic medium or shaman in your area to help you. Also, learn how to ground and shield yourself. This is a good first-line defense tool. If you’d like to talk further, email me at Jonimayhan@gmail.com.

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