Thank you for posting this MacQdor. It seems I have had all of these happen to me over the years.
Notes for Investigators
Kinds of Spontaneous Cases
Many spontaneous cases have ordinary explanations in terms of physical causes or the mental states of the witnesses. Some commoner cases which might not have such explanations are:
Cases of seeming 'precognition' of future events are fairly frequent, though difficult to interpret. Many of them occur in dreams, and only come to appear 'precognitive' in the light of their subsequent fulfillment. Ideally, there should be some record, or corroboration, of the dream's content, produced prior to the confirming event, as well as a careful investigation and record made of the confirming event. The basic and obvious step for anyone involved in possibly anomalous experiences (including dreams) is to keep a reasonably detailed diary!
Extrasensory Perception Cases
Cases in which a person seems to have become spontaneously aware of a scene outside the range of her/his ordinary senses, or to have 'picked up' the thoughts, emotions or predicament of a distant person (often someone close) are not uncommon. The percipient's experience may take various forms: a vague emotional disturbance or feeling of alarm, an impulse to act, hearing hallucinatory voices or seeing a 'vision' of the scene or event concerned. A fair proportion of cases of apparent spontaneous extra-sensory perception take place during dreams, and present problems of interpretation similar to those raised by 'precognitive' dreams.
'Out-of-the-body' Experience Cases
Many people have at some time or another had an experience as of quitting their physical bodies and experiencing surroundings that differ from the physical to a greater or lesser degree. The surroundings may be so similar to the physical as to be mistaken for them but seen from a position not coincident with the body in physical space. In such cases, attention should be given to any reported events noted by the experient that s/he could not have seen from the position of the physical body. Careful note should be taken of sensations reported by the experient during separation from and return to the physical body, and of conditions of viewing, state of mind and other features, notably how close or different the experience was from normal physical conditions. The physical and mental state of the experient before the experience should also be recorded.
These are cases in which a person, not dreaming, ill, insane or under the influence of drugs, sees a figure which could not be that of a real person or hears a voice when it is certain that no-one spoke. It is highly likely that most such experiences are hallucinatory. However, some of these hallucinations may be called 'veridical' in that they exhibit correspondences, not easy to explain, with external events, or with the experiences of other percipients.
Poltergeist Cases and other Paranormal Physical Events
It is doubtful whether the miscellaneous physical effects commonly lumped together as 'poltergeist phenomena' have any common denominator. The German word 'Poltergeist' means 'noisy spirit', and in a few cases the phenomena have, for whatever reason, seemed 'intelligent' or even mischievous. In the majority of instances, however, the phenomena are trivial and appear more or less aimless. Among the phenomena most commonly reported in poltergeist cases are thumps, raps, scratchings and scuffling noises; footsteps; the displacement or propulsion through the air of various sorts of objects, usually small ones like stones or crockery, but sometimes sizeable ones like articles of furniture; the opening of doors; the disturbance of bedclothes; inexplicable outbreaks of fire; switching on or off of electric lights; whispers and voices; the appearance of mysterious luminous patches; cold breezes; inundations of water of which the source cannot be traced; and smells suggestive of putrescence or burning.
Other paranormal physical events include reports of events coinciding with a traumatic event, e.g. a clock stopping at the moment of someone's death.