12 months ago, I had a very large mirror fall off the wall. Nothing was broken, and there was no apparent reason for this, for the cord and hook were both secure. This happened on my late father's birthday. Could this be him? Many different things have happened in the house over the years: lights have turned on by themselves, my shower has turned on by itself, objects have been moved. I have also seen the spirit of my cat and of my mother once when I was on vacation, but only for a few seconds. (I will never forget that!) When the lights flicker, I get a tingling feeling on my left leg, and so I respond and talk to whatever spirits may be about. I am wondering why this event happened on my father's birthday. Was it him telling me that he is the one behind all of these phenomena? If so, why knock the mirror off of the wall? It was so scary!
From your father and mother all the way down to your cat, it appears that you are very sensitive to the spirits of your loved ones. This is a special gift, for it keeps you in close touch with the spirit world. Because you have had so much unexplained activity in your home, it is likely that your mom and dad have taken up residence there. Lights turning on by themselves, showers and faucets running, and objects being moved are all signs that your house is alive with paranormal activity.
You do not mention it, but I wonder if you are living in the same house that belonged to your parents? This could be the reason you experience so much paranormal activity there. Your ability to see your mother's apparition while you were on vacation indicates that she is with you wherever you go. She acts as a guardian angel, always watching over and protecting you.
I definitely believe, as you do, that the mirror falling off the wall on your father's birthday was his way of trying to get your attention. Your father's spirit did not want his birthday to go unnoticed! His ability to move a heavy object off the wall, along with the fact that it did not break, affirms that he was attempting to send you an important message.
I think it's really interesting that he used a mirror to make his presence known. Spirits often show themselves through mirrors, so perhaps he was giving you a clue as to how you could see his image as well. You may want to stand in front of this mirror and take a few photographs. I wouldn't be surprised if his image or a light orb shows up in the background.
Another thing to consider is the mirror itself. Did your father have any special connection to the mirror? Was it his? If not, he may have just been asking you to reflect on his special day. If you did not do so, he might have been suggesting you pull out photos and mementos to reflect on the life you shared together.
I do feel that your father's spirit was the one who moved the mirror, but also that there are a number of entities in your house who can take credit for the many paranormal experiences you have had. None of these feel negative or harmful; it's just their way of letting you know they are around. In fact, taking pictures of other areas where you experience high spiritual activity could reveal more orbs or unusual images.
If the spirits in your house become too active or continue to frighten you, I recommend smudging your home. This won't chase out any benevolent spirits, but it should help tone down some of their activities.
We tend to be more sensitive, emotional and aware on the birthdays and death anniversaries of our departed loved ones, and therefore more likely to notice and attribute meaning to events that might be overlooked on a more ordinary day. Objects falling to the ground can be caused by the shifting of the house or the earth beneath it. Since we can't know for sure whether your father or Mother Nature knocked the mirror down, I suggest you assign meaning to the crash rather than to try to explain it.
While it may simply have been a rambunctious hello from Dad, look for a deeper message from him or create one of your own. Any outer object can reflect our inner wisdom, which is why I use tarot cards to help access higher truths.
Think of the words, images, songs and stories you associate with mirrors. For example, when I think of one, I hear Michael Jackson singing:
I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways. No message could have been any clearer: If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change!
Mirrors also remind me of the Greek myth of Narcissus, a young man who looks into a pond and becomes so enamored with his own reflection that he continues to gaze upon it until he dies. His name is the origin of the psychiatric term narcissist, which refers to a person focused upon themselves to the exclusion of others. Perhaps you're having a narcissistic moment or contending with a narcissist in your life.
Instead of providing children with the mirroring that would help them discover their unique natures, narcissistic parents impose their own feelings, tastes and goals on their children in hopes of creating mini-me's. Psychologist Karyl McBride addresses this dynamic in her book, Will I Ever Be Good Enough?
You can repeat the above association exercise with the words
shower, since those objects grabbed your attention in the past. Just for fun, I tried combining all three objects into one visual symbol and came up with a makeup mirror that had lights around it. As you looked into it, I saw you being showered with sparkly fairy dust. It was washing away parts of you that were no longer needed or that no longer fit, and leaving only those parts that were current, authentic and genuine.
Given this vision, you might view these extraordinary events as invitations to clarify your values and see yourself as you are today in a crisp, clear way.
Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.
Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!
While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!
I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!
As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.
I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.
You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!
Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.
A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.
You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.