Saturday, January 8, 2011

Phantom Doorbell Ringing

Last night (sometime in the very early hours when it was still dark), I woke up or thought I woke up to the doorbell ringing. Of course, the cats and my partner didn’t hear this but I did. I remember thinking that this was such a strange time of the night to have a doorbell ring and for someone to come to the door. However, I did not feel the need to go to the door and check it out. It was like I knew no one was there.

Of course, until I started to write this, I had forgotten something else. It was the wee hours of the morning when it should be dark and yet I remember seeing bright light coming through the window shades as if it were daytime. I don’t remember really feeling like my parnter or the kittens were there. I don’t feel like I was awake or asleep but that’s about the best I can describe this. And I know this isn’t the first time I have experienced the very bright illumination coming in through the windows.

Yet, I’m not conscious enough or awake enough to ask questions in this. It is a strange place for me to be in when it happens.

Shortly after we moved to this house, I heard the doorbell and phone frequently in the middle of the night but no one else would ever hear it. Then it stopped.

Before we moved up here, I remember hearing the doorbell ring just a few days before we got the offer on the old house. I got up that morning and ran to the door and was so anxious thinking the realtor was going to show up with an offer. It didn’t happen that day but a few days later we got the offer.

Now, I do realize that the anniversary of my mom’s death was today but yet all the other times I have heard the doorbell or phones have been on days that had no significance to me.

And it clearly wakes me up (or it feels like it wakes me up) because I loudly hear these sounds. You would have a hard time convincing me that I didn’t hear them. With someone right beside me and the cats, they would notice it but no one but me notices the sound. It is a very distinctive sound just as if the doorbell rings.

I’m sure it could be considered dreaming or something but the thing is, I remember it so vividly like it really did happen.

It does tend to make one feel a little off though. And I have no idea what it means or what it is but last night was a strange night of sleep where I went into and out of deep sleep from one minute to the next. It was a very strange night.

I don’t sense any impending doom or anything. In fact if I sense anything, I feel anticipation of something good.



Blog Post & Images (c) 1/4/11 Don Shetterly - use by permission only

31 comments:

  1. Don, your experience is very real, specially to a person who is experiencing it..you don't need to convince anyone or yourself, as long as you believe in it. This date and this week being special to you, is significant. sometimes the spirits know the specialness of some times and they know during this time you are more sensitive and open minded and alert , so of course they , in their own way try to be more communicative..but, many times it is hard for them to let them know it is them, specially when our human mind/ego tries to make physical sense out of things occuring. After 4 years I still find myself doubting at times, than I look at the alternative and wonder , okey..am I crazy than or is my mind making this up...and I know better. Because, I am intelligent, humanly educated, carry on the responsibilities of what is needed to live and care for my kids. Trusting your own mind/spirit is the most hardest thing I have come across to..and all my love to my Spirit Guide who witnesses all and to the patience of the spirits of people and God too.. During this time, if you are waking up for a certain reason, I encourage you to sit on the couch, don't turn on any lights and think of all things that are coming to your mind/thoughts..because, sometimes they are being sent to you from the loving spirits around you. But, never think negative, tell yourself " I like to surround myself, partner and my home with the white light of the holy spirit" and just allow... when I say holy spirit, I mean the loving of father god..and for my protection also..and they will surround you and your home and those in it.. Obviously, you are a sensitive person, not because of your this experience but from reading all your writings, who else can write so warmly, kindly, compassionate..but a sensitive and kind spirit, such as the one you are. You are perfect and don't ever forget that...I look foward to hearing of your experiences..belive in good and positive..and say the prayer above..blessings to you.

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  2. @Mary Ann - sometimes I really struggle to not think I'm crazy. One good friend told me that I need to take "crazy" out of my vocabulary and while I've done that more, sometimes I have a hard time believing things. What you say makes sense and I appreciate you sharing it.

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  3. You simply dreamt the doorbell ring.

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  4. @Anonymous - at one time I might have believed that I just simply dreamt it as you say but I know that isn't the case. There is a difference between dreaming and having something actually happen. They aren't the same thing.

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  5. This morning @ 3:30 I was awoken by my doorbell ringing and I know it really rang because my dogs started barking. Not thinking I went straight to the door and opened it because I was expecting my son to be home from his father's house and no one was there. When I went back to the bedroom I noticed the time on the clock. This is not the first time this has happened to me either. In the past 6 months it has happen several times. I have had some medical issues but the last time a death took place in my family my sister's had experience phantom doorbell both my grandmothers had passed away within 3 months of each other that is why this is upsetting to me. Me and my sister have not spoken in 5 years but there is something wrong with my mother. I have heard the voice of her mother in my dreams but dont know if it is her trying to reach me.

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  6. @anonymous - thank you for sharing what you did. It really helps me realize that I'm not the only one that hears things like this. Just like you, I know it is something more when it happens. May you find the answers to what this current experience is attempting to share with you. Thank you once again for this comment. It truly means so much.

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  7. I too have had a similar experience to this as to the phantom doorbell (even a knock on the door). It has happened a few times. Twice when no one was home and in the morning hours (and the sun is out). I'm asleep and wake to the sound of the doorbell or a knock. I do get up and check and find no one there. Once it happened when taking a nap and my sister and niece were home, only I heard it and they didn't hear anything. Before i shook it off as waking from a dream (even though I don't remember what I had been dreaming). But the last experience, I was going through alot from situations that are taking place in my life. I truly felt it was my guardian angel telling me to get up out of bed and move foward, to not stay in bed feeling sorry for myself. @ Mary Ann, thank you for noting the prayer as I said it aloud in our home:)

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  8. my nephew just went through the same thing with the phantom doorbell ringer. He was home alone, it was day out & the doorbell rang 3 different time's. Each time he opened the door there wasn't anyone there. so after the second time He waited by the door to see if they'd ring it again, which they did. however when opening the door there wasn't anyone there.

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  9. Just awoke to the doorbell 8:40am 12/18/12. Ding dong. And i thought to get up but i realized my dorbell doesn't chime like that. So i laid and thought, then i remember it had happend b4. So i took to do a google search and expected to find nothing. But wow haha. I wasn't dreaming because i immediately Awoke. I pride myself at finding soulutions. When i dream, i track backwards in the day or two and can normally find a relation. But this is different. And has to be a phenomena that can only go back to the creation of the doorbell. Unless prior to that it was something different. Either way it is strange!

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  10. I woke to the doorbell ringing or hearing someone knocking on my door about a dozen times. It just happened again at my new home. I initially thought someone was playing tricks on me because no one was ever at the door. Now I know it's in my sleep.It's so strange and would love to know why this happems.

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    1. I feel for you because I've wondered at times as well. One of the things I start doing is really observing all that is happening around me in a day. I"m not talking about the normal things I see, but really looking at every moment under the microscope from the big picture viewpoint. Sometimes that works and other times, I'm left wondering until I can look back and see how some things came together. Is there someone trying to get your attention or have you been asking for guidance lately? Sometimes I have found that it is a way to get me to really notice something that is happening at that moment or in the very immediate future.

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  11. Don--Interesting thoughts on this issue. I don't like when someone comes over unannounced, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Who knows?
    The doorbell or knocking sounds very loud. Loud enough to wake me, which of course I'm 'hearing' in my sleep.
    I thought I was alone with the phantom doorbell. I'm so glad there are others!

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  12. (Anonymous Bob) Last night I awoke twice to the sound of the doorbell ringing; once at 2am then again at 6am. I didn't get up this time. I figured I would begin researching it in the morning... so here I am as I begin my search.

    This happened about a month ago, once in the middle of the night. I got up and checked the front door to see if anyone was there, but no one was there. My wife said she didn't hear anything.

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    1. I'm amazed at how many others are having a very similar experience. At the time, I wondered if I was the only one. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. I just lost my mother and my husband four months ago, they were both on Hospice. He died from cancer. From before he got diagnosed, all the way through his illness, I heard phantom doorbells nearly every single night! And after they died, it stopped immediately.

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    3. Have you ever read the books by Dr. John Lerma on his experiences with Hospice patients right before death. It is pretty eye opening and told in a way that isn't based upon beliefs, but instead upon experiences he witnessed.

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  13. Thanks to all that have written. The doorbell & door knocking has happened at 2 points of my life when I was in " danger". The first episode was in the weeks leading up to what seemed similar to appendicitis but turned out to be a tumor of the appendix. If this type of tumor had burst, my life expectancy would have been less than 5 years as the cells would spread in my abdomen & make new tumors. The strange doorbells & knocking had me on alert that something strange was going on so I went to the hospital as soon as the abdominal pain started...I had been symptom free up until that point.

    The last episode happened on a road trip with my parents. My father was emotionally & verbally abusive to me as a kid but had mellowed over the years. So I agreed to bring my kids an accompany my parents on a roadtrip to Maine as my kids were teenagers and this might be the only chance for a trip like this with their grandparents. My father almost immediately started being increasingly sarcastic and nasty on the trip. I heard a knock on the first night, a doorbells on the second night. I caught a cab and flew home on the 3rd day.

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  14. I'm pregnant and this has been happening to me since i got pregnant. First off, I would get startled and awake by the loud knocking. But like you said, there was no sudden urge to get up. As if I were in a daze. Then yesterday I awoke to my first doorbell! Here is what I believe is happening... We are in a state of sleep in which we are dreaming and we hear a "knock" or "doorbell" and our subconscious mind connects to our conscious mind and tries to alert us in waking life. So we wake up either scared or confused.

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    1. I think each of us have to discover what it means and I'm not sure one size fits all for everyone. I have actually had times where I am not in a dream state and yet this has happened.

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  15. I too have experienced this. Twice in the last couple months. I took a chance on googling this, not really knowing what to write as a search. I'm stunned to see others have experienced this. My first doorbell was a couple months ago and my second was today. For me, both times this occurred was around 5-5:30 in the morning. The first time, I didn't check it out, was scared lol. Said to myself, if I hear it again, now that I was awake, I'll get up and look. Didn't happen twice. Today, I stayed in bed contemplating on whether to check it out. I did after a couple minutes and no one was at door. This is a strange occurrence. Not sure if a dream or real.

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    1. Sounds so similar to what I could write. I haven't had this experience for some time, but I find it amazing that it happened and that I'm not the only one.

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    2. This morning at 5am I was awakened by a single doorbell ring. I was initially startled. After looking at the clock, I realized this must be a dream because who would be at the door at this hour. I have been trying to understand this and googled to find many others have experienced being awakened by a doorbell. I tried connecting the doorbell to my dream, but could not recall the dream after being awakened so quickly. Of course I couldn't return to sleep, but maybe it was an indication to get up anyway?

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  16. my birthday is May 10th... 5:10. I wake up to this time almost every morning. today I woke up to the door bell... that is why I am on this page. there is something connected with this. I just wish I knew more. :(

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  17. It happens to me.

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  18. It happens daily/ nightly in the winter to me... one ring, one knock... it has followed me from every house I have ever lived in. Idk what to do, if I am going crazy... or if someone is trying to speak to me from the other side.

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    1. Greetings, I do not think any of us is crazy; we just don't know what it means yet. Last night I was watching t.v. when the doorbell rang and my dog started barking. I did not see anyone ouside and, since it was snowing, I looked for fresh footprints. None. The date does hold significance for me, though. Very sad memory.

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  19. I am a dentist from india working in Oman for the past 20 years.For the last one year.I am hearing phantom door bells. I noticed that I hear it almost everyday.Even in the afternoon.But the best part my
    wife and daughter came to visit me in Oman. They both heard the door bell at different time.I never told them about this phenomenon that happened to me before But i noticed this happens in our waking hours or when we r about to sleep. The sound of the door bell is almost same as i have installed.But now i hear different tone.I asked my wife and daughter later after they left Oman about this incident. They both said it was creepy but just forget it.




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    1. Thank you for sharing this. I'm in awe of everyone else that has experiences like this. I wouldn't just forget it. Instead, I would ask what it means for you and then listen.

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  20. I was woken up last night at around 3am to the sound of a doorbell, but I knew it wasn't real as my cats didn't react to it. This has happened to me many times in the past and I'm not sure what's triggering it. It usually happens around 2 or 3am.

    I decided to do a google search and surprisingly found this discussion on it. I guess it's not that rare of a phenomenon.

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    1. I would have never guessed that many people have this experience either. It has kind of blown my mind to think about. I don't always hear the doorbell now, but the one thing I pick up on is music (beautiful music).

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  21. Hello,

    I too also experienced waking up to a doorbell ringing - this was around 4:00 A.M, and at first, I thought who could be wanting to see us while everyone is still sleeping?? I was scared at first, and thought my mom and sister heard it too, but they did not get up.

    I ended up checking outside the living room window to see if we had accidentally left the gate open. It was closed. I've never been jerked out of a dream like that. Then I asked my family about, but they said they hadn't heard anything.

    I think another poster mentioned that specific dates or deaths may be associated sometimes with phantom door bells. It just so happened to be the anniversary of my parents' marriage, and my dad had passed away last year. Do you think maybe....? Anyhow, I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences here. Truly odd indeed.

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