I may as well chime in. Though I keep my feet firmly in reality (or I try to), I've never ruled out the possibility of the paranormal. I come from a religious background, so I've always believed that there are things that exist, but we can't see, be they angels, demons, or spirits. Cryptids have fascinated me for as long as I've known about them, but I need facts that show me why it's possible that a creature might exist. As for aliens… well, let's just say they need to land in my yard and come in for a beer for me to believe.
When I was young, I owned hamsters. There was one in particular that I was attached to, a male albino named Snowball. He was a smart little guy, and sometimes it seemed he'd understand what I was saying to him. But as with all pets, Snowball died (at an old age for a hamster, I might add). That should have been the end of the story.
However, a few weeks after his death, I was laying in bed and couldn't sleep. Always been an insomniac. I'd been tossing and turning for a few hours when a kind of most formed into a white ball a few centimeters above my blanket. The weird thing is, it felt like it had weight to it. Not much, but it felt like there was something there. It made its way up my body to my chest, and then went to the spot between my neck and shoulder before disappearing.
I'll tell you why that seemed fairly significant, and related. Snowball got to the point that he'd sit on my shoulder like a parrot sometimes. In fact, I could walk around the house with him like that if I was careful.
I like to think that was Snowball. Maybe doing a little check up on me, or trying to let me know that he was okay.