Hearing footsteps downstairs: is it a ghost? what to do
Nothing is more concerning than finding yourself resting comfortably in the bath upstairs, home all alone, when all of a sudden, you hear the front door open, a male's boot steps walk in through the front door, and you listen.
The shoes step halfway into the entry room and they stop, so does your heart.
Is it an intruder? Do you call the police? What do you do?
Of all the paranormal mystery noises out there, from former train engines calling their sirens, to two-hundred-year old horse feet on a carriage trotting down the street, the whole hearing footsteps thing has to rank up there as one of the tops.
And in my ebook, Transitions, I discuss how paranormal noises near entryways of the home, such as those heard by front doors and back doors, tend to be protector types or ancestral spirits who watch over the land.
However, these noises can also come from nosy spirits just poking around, seeing what's up, tripping over things, and knocking over your stuff while they're at it.
What else is there to do when doing your rounds...
Before inspecting, be certain the footsteps are not a real intruder.
There is scientific evidence showing the brain can register the heartbeat of another human being, so if your brain is telling you not to go downstairs, don't go. Best to call the police even if it's a ghost. I've done it and while we've all had a laugh, there have also been times that pesky noise turned out to be something else. But back to it, assuming it probably is just a ghost:
- Watch your dog.
Most dogs are unphased by paranormal noises but behave differently when the noises originate from human/animal sources. Notice what your dog does whenever something like this happens and compare their actions to how they behave when it's raccoons. This will help you discern what or who is creating that noise.
- Wait 5 minutes to see if noises continue.
If the footsteps stop mid-stair or vanish mid-track, and you've heard nothing, and your adrenaline subsides, you're usually okay but phone a friend if you can and double check.
- Now that it's safe, let the ghost know you hear them.
Most ghosts and spirits don't expect people hear them, so they just do what they want until they know they're caught then they leave.
- Inspect the scene.
Normally, once you do all these things and then go to inspect the scene, you ultimately find nothing amiss - no front door open, no boot marks, no nothing.
Now, if you DO sense or see something when you inspect the scene, like:
- a strong presence
- a pulsing force field
- a big dark misty mass
The spirit who was there, probably still is.
If it's a dark shadow, don't worry - this doesn't always mean anything.
A spirit can be powerful and positive.
Anointing oils, regular saging and crystal gridding the property can all prevent incidents like this from happening in the future, but it won't usually get rid of the spirit in the moment. Instead, try confronting them telepathically or talking to them and escorting them out, even opening the door and leaving a candle outside for a short time signifying to them that's where they should be going... outside.
Some spirits will give you details about themselves, by replying internally or externally, with telepathy (also known as clairaudience when used to contact those without a body) others are not so easy, but it's worth a try. These details are helpful because you can use them to find out why they're visiting and how to get them to go back where they came from if that's indeed what you ultimately decide you want. Here are a few steps to identifying spirits who keep returning on your property.
Just capturing one name is helpful and some do speak out loud so it's not impossible. These are voices that can be registered either with either human hearing if it's loud enough and in the correct frequency, but if not, many voices can be captured with even more sensitive audio equipment.
If you are reading this article for a child and would like to minimize these types of experiences as they can be startling, try temporarily decreasing your family's exposure to spirit based television shows and media, and go on a spirit break, then energy clear the home. Giving attention to them can sometimes attract them, and while it makes for an exciting life, it can also make it more difficult to get the little ones to sleep.
This month in The Membership Program we are currently wrapping up a lesson on Clairaudience, which is all about opening up your ability to hear more, so things like this may occur.
If you'd like to hear less though, at least temporarily (not suggested for the long term, as heightened senses do tend to increase the overall survival of you and your peers) try one of the Chakra Closing Meditations available in The Member Center.
These things can happen at random, and they definitely shake things up, so to end, just have fun with it!
Hearing footsteps is a sign of clairaudience, and hearing the other side definitely provides some added excitement to any night. Many with this gift also hear voices, communicate with animals, and develop songs, write music or even create books with their abilities.
Amanda Linette Meder