when I was 9, I was watching a movie with my parents in the living room while there was a thunderstorm outside. lightning struck right across the street. subsequently, an electronic underneath my bed turned on automatically. i've heard spirits can harvest energy from shit like that to be more powerful
when I was 10, I watched a lotta ghost adventures, which inspired me to do recording sessions with my mp3 player in my room late at night. during one such recording session, I caught an evp of a whisper saying "HEY...I hate you"
when I was 12 my parents and I did one of those 4-hour paranormal investigations at the old haunted jail in downtown Charleston, a couple photos taken of me revealed some weird purple plasma-like bolt near my abdomen