Paranormal experiences -- does everyone have them?
I am American by birth; Scottish, Scotch-Irish and German by ancestry. I have had a variety of "paranormal" experiences throughout my life, nothing terribly dramatic, but certainly all very real to me, and not easy to explain away. These have included: living in a house with a mischievous poltergeist for two years; encountering a number of "unseen presences"; deja vu (while in the West of England); and finding that in photographing one of my dogs, I had taken two photographs of what seems to clearly be the spirit energy of another dog, his best friend, who had crossed over several hours earlier.
I recently began writing a blog where I am gradually posting essays detailing these experiences. This has led to my mentioning the topic to random acquaintances, and it seems that once I have opened the door, nearly everyone (e.g. massage therapist; aesthetician; pet supply shop owner) has at least one eerie, unexplained occurrence to relate. I'm wondering now, whether such experiences are really the rule rather than the exception, and it is only fear or insecurity that keeps most people from speaking about them freely.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Have other people had the same observation? -- that by speaking freely of the paranormal, it has brought out surprising confidences from people who are not even particularly inclined toward what could be termed the mystical?
By the way, readers are welcome to go to my blog and read the full essays mentioned above; the spirit energy photos are posted with the article, "The Passing of Andrew." http://patricialeslie.wordpress.com