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Help Me Figure This Out: Black Dog

Postby Melby » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:43 pm

Hello everyone,

So it has been years since this incident happened. I am in my 20's now and it happened when I was a kid around 10/11 but I still remember it vividly. After that event, I searched online and googled about it but found nothing as a result. I have told friends and family members and no one has much to say about it.

I was in Asia and it was the Chinese Hungry Ghost Month I believe. Nothing about that fact spooked me out or made me think obsessionally about spiritual beings because it was common in Asia and I have not had any weird experiences before this event. My mother, sister and I was back from my dancing class, it was around 10pm, fairly early, we watched some TV and went to bed. Since we were still kids, my mother used to sleep on a little bed in our room. So three of us shared a room.

We slept at around 11pm I remembered and all was well. At one point in the middle of the night, I was awakened by a faint sound, faint enough to be outside of my two-storey house but close enough for me to hear it. I always have my window panes opened with net covers to seal it for ventilation purposes.

So the sound was of a bell, something like a dog would wear on its collar. Both my neighbours had dogs but none of the dogs have collars whatsoever. I found it strange but ignored. The bell went on and on, which meant the dog was moving. I could hear muffled sounds and weak barks. Like a Master and its dog communicating but I can't pinpoint the language or the subject of conversation. Based on the voice alone, I could tell the Master was female. The Master was very nice and gentle to the dog based on the tone of the voice. The sound would changed in loudness like they are moving from the side of my house to the back and it went on for what seemed like hours.

Both my neighbours were male. Since it kept going on, the muffled voice, bell and soft barks; I started getting creeped out and cold. I froze in my bed, keeping my eyes closed. I could hear the bell from the collar getting louder like it was nearing my room. Part of my mind told me it was impossible for anyone to get into my house but my senses told me otherwise. I strongly felt that the Master and her dog was outside my bedroom door for some reason. I started getting cold sweats.

That went on for a while until at one point I turned to my right to check if my sister was sleeping as I wanted to tell her about it. We both have our own single beds but it was about one foot apart, so it wasn't that far away. To my horror, I saw my sister hugging a big black dog. The dog was as big as her. She was sleeping peacefully, I freaked out and jumped out of bed to my mother and told her, "There's a dog!". My mother was sleeping and woke up, asked me, "Whaaat?". I told her I saw something and she said it was nothing and told me to go back to sleep.

I was so afraid to walk back to my bed in case I saw the same thing. But it was my sister hugging her blanket now, in the same position. I slept after that, there was no sound anymore. I am not an animal lover and neither is my sister, so that event was highly unusual. The dog doesn't look vicious or mean. The fact that it is huge, a foot away from me, freaked me out more than anything, and it was pure black in colour.

I searched online and apparently it is linked to death or the devil. No death has occurred in my family shorty after the event.
I still find this experience highly unusual and hope someone can give me some insight about it. Thank you! :P
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Re: Help Me Figure This Out: Black Dog

Postby planewalker » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:00 pm

Off hand, I'd say you had a run in with one of the aspects of Parvati. As to why. Mysterious are the ways of the Gods & Goddesses.
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Re: Help Me Figure This Out: Black Dog

Postby Melby » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:41 pm

What's a Parvati? @planewalker
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Re: Help Me Figure This Out: Black Dog

Postby planewalker » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:57 pm

One of the Goddesses of the Hindu faith. I don't have all the aspects of Parvati at recall. There's only about a hundred of them. Basically a rather nurturing mother Goddess type. She sometimes has close animal associates when traveling about on this plane of existence. Those will be dependent on her mission or interest at the time. I could dig into my notebooks and see what I can come up with. If we do that, how important is it. I'm not nuts enough to research for 5 hours, find it in a 40 year old set of notes and have it be a "Wow! Really. Great." and then you'll forget it a week from now.
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Re: Help Me Figure This Out: Black Dog

Postby Melby » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:48 am

Alright, it's okay then. This has always been very important for me. I read about Parvati (since I know nothing about Hinduism), but there's nothing that mentioned black dog, only lions.
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Re: Help Me Figure This Out: Black Dog

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:38 pm

I couldn't help thinking that as you saw your sister hugging the "spirit dog" then she had made friends with it, suggesting no danger. Seeing it in the middle of the night beside you is startling, yes. I've rolled over in my sleep to see a few strange "visitors" in my room and, yea, you snap awake. I usually hear myself swearing a blue streak In those cases. For a child, calling for mom seems very reasonable.

You mentioned the "hungry ghost month", which reminds me of Halloween in the west, when offerings are made to the ancestors, and the veils between realms are thin. If there is a similarity, the black dog might represent the spirit of an ancestor, and a protective role. Im afraid I know nothing about the Chinese calendar.

I connect a black dog to Anubis,the Eqyptian god of the underworld, because he is depicted as a black headed jackal (a dog). He is the revealer of pathways, in one sense. Death is a part of the life cycle, followed by rebirth. The underworld is more than death. It is wisdom hidden within the depths of our souls, our collective consciousness...yadda, yadda. The dog guides us on the path.

Dogs are also protectors. Black can simply imply hidden aspects. A dog on a leash is under control. It is not a savage animal, but domesticated and a companion. The voice you heard talking to the dog was a friendly voice, not a threatening one.

Often when we are in that half-awake state, we are literally between realms of consciousness, & in both the astral and the physical dimensions. This is normal. That's the sort of place one could expect to become aware of spiritual energies & other-realm beings.

I'm just free-associating ideas, & not saying this or that is an explanation.

If you combine PWs Parvati nurturing mother goddess associations, with my free associations, I think it brings a rather positive interpretation to an otherwise frightening experience. You didn't mentions anything bad happening to your sister, happily, so ... Draw your own conclusions.
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Re: Help Me Figure This Out: Black Dog

Postby SnowCat » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:24 pm

I think black dogs appear in various cultures. Sometimes they have a menacing aspect. Your experience sounds like a visit from someone who is looking out for you.

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