Terrifying Yet Harmless Shadow People

Updated on February 27, 2017
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

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What Is a Shadow Person?

A shadow person is a dark, shadowy, indistinct yet humanoid shape that's usually seen at night, out of the corner of one's eye. These harmless apparitions often flee once they have been detected.

Do You See Shadow People?

You are lying in bed, comfortable and exhausted from a long day. You reach over and turn off the lamp on your nightstand...click. The nightlight in the bathroom is shining dimly through the doorway of your bedroom, you begin to drift off to sleep, and then you see it. A dark, pitch black figure has flown into your room from the hallway, seemingly floating above the foot of your bed, staring down at you. You want to move and scream, but you can't. This frightening image has left you speechless, waiting for death to overcome your physical being, waiting for the life to be sucked from your body....

But nothing happens. The shadow person made a looming and frightening appearance for less than a minute and then disappeared into thin air! Did you see red eyes glaring at you from within the mass of this dark creature?

Michelle Belanger, author of Haunting Experiences: Encounters with the Otherworldly, describes these occurrences as hauntings. The odd thing about it is that they seem so evil when they appear, but all they seem to do is observe and examine us.

The odd thing about it is that they seem so evil when they appear, but all they seem to do is observe and examine us.

Stories About and Experiences of Meeting Shadow People

Shadow people (also known as shadow men or folk) are said to usually appear in a person's peripheral vision, darting away upon being seen; however, there are rare circumstances when people have come face-to-face with one. According to historical records, their main motive thus far seems to have been to simply watch us... watch how we act or how we function. No accounts speak with much authority, but there are several stories and theories.

  • Michelle Belanger's book tells of several of her psychic friends' experiences in which they were visited by shadow people. These shadows did not hide in the corners of those witnesses' peripheral vision, but rather watched out in the open!
  • One thing I find particularly interesting about these accounts is that many have reported seeing ones with red or yellow eyes and always in the wee hours of the morning. 3 a.m. seems to be the common hour at which sightings occur.
  • These beings have been known to haunt a particular person, as opposed to a specific house or building, and even more intriguing is the fact that many of these "hauntings" last for a short period of time and then cease to recur.
  • Usually they appear as a silhouette of a person; however, on other occasions they have appeared as dark blobs or mists that ominously fill an otherwise dimly-lit room or space.
  • Some of these silhouettes have been seen wearing a fedora hat or even a hooded cloak of sorts.
  • The belief in and recorded accounts of shadow people are not limited to one region or country; they seem to make their presence known worldwide. There are forums online where many people from all over the world share their supernatural experiences with others who have gone through the same terror.


Are Shadow People Bad or Evil?

Because people fear darkness, many think these apparitions have bad intentions. Though these beings have been described by many paranormal investigators and witnesses as "evil," there has really been no direct contact between a shadow person and a human being that involved any proof of malice or anger. In fact, most of the time these beings do not physically touch their "victims" at all (if you could even call them victims. I prefer to use the term "witnesses" since no harm or crime comes of the encounter).

I found an account of a young man who claims to have spoken to a shady figure at the top of his stairs. He asked what it wanted, and it replied that it wouldn't hurt him and that it just wanted to "watch."

Michelle Belanger's account seems to back up this man's experience with the fact that these beings seem to be merely observing us in our daily lives, usually when we are not paying attention, like during sleep or when we're occupied with the TV or computer.

But what are shadow people, and why do they want to observe us?

What Do You Call Shadow People?

shadow figures or beings
dark shadows
shadow men or folk
black masses

So What Are Shadow People, Then?

Many theories circulate the Internet and paranormal world as to what these apparitions really are. Of course no one knows for sure, but here are some theories:

  • Possibly the most logical and believable explanation is simply that they are a figment of our overactive and hypersensitive imaginations. Psychologists often find logical explanations for paranormal experiences, after all. Pareidolia is a term that could be referenced when speaking of the sightings of shadow people—it describes the experience of seeing something that is not actually there. A typical example is seeing a face in the clouds or a shadowy figure in the corner of one's vision.
  • Hypnogajah is another commonly-referenced theory of explanation. This is the waking-dreaming state in which one is suspended between wake and sleep. Being that I am a frequent hypnogajah dreamer, I know how real these dreams can feel. It's sort of like when you are just falling asleep and you have a quick little dream that you are walking in a parking lot and then your leg falls into a pothole. In reality, your leg jerks and you wake up, realizing that that very real experience was merely a dream. In my article, Personal Hauntings: The Stalker Spirit and Territorial Ghost in Florida, I describe being "stalked" by a spirit and feeling psychically attacked for a period of about a month. Before that, I had never heard of shadow people, nor had I heard that these beings seem to appear to people in a state of hypnogajah. My feelings of being "stalked" or "watched" and paralyzed upon waking seem to correspond to the experiences that many others have had. (Do I believe that shadow people are dreams? I don't know.)
  • Because sightings often happen to those who are experiencing insomnia or sleep deprivation (for example methamphetamine addicts, who often report seeing these dark figures after prolonged periods without sleep), these visions may be hallucinations triggered by sleeplessness. Those who suffer from sleep disorders like sleep paralysis often report seeing these dark figures.
  • There are many psychological and physiological conditions that could account for this experience. A person suffering from psychological trauma or experiencing heightened emotions might misinterpret normal objects.
  • Other blasé and predictable theories are that they are ghosts or demons. My problem with that theory is that these beings seem to be totally different in nature when compared to other accounts of ghosts or demons. Though many people who have seen shadow people claim that they are "evil," I think that this ignorance can be chalked up to the fact that people often mistrust things that they don't understand. As far as I've read and seen, these beings are not innately malicious.
  • What if shadow people are actually shadows of the undead? Are they sneaking into our homes at night and allowing only their shadows to be seen? Some might find this theory far-fetched because even if you do believe in the undead, they are thought to not have a shadow (or a reflection).
  • A more intriguing theory is that they are actually travelers from another dimension or a parallel universe that are here to gain knowledge and information about us and our dimension. This is an interesting theory to be further explored by paranormal investigators and quantum physicists.

Are shadow men what cause sleep paralysis?
Are shadow men what cause sleep paralysis? | Source

So we've talked of different theories regarding the origins of these eerie dark figures, but that doesn't fully answer our questions or provide us with either resolution or peace of mind. Perhaps we'll never find out what the shadow people are or if they exist in reality.

Perhaps we will never make contact with these shadowy beings...or maybe one of us will this very night!

What do you think Shadow People are?

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Questions & Answers

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      Mike DUB 3 weeks ago

      My experience spans almost a decade. It started off with my first wife. We had a number of late miscarriages with no success and each of us went into a terrible depression. I started hearing shuffling through the house and bedroom and eventually a child manifested doing circles on the carpet in front of my bed. Just when he was going to turn his head I violently got up and he disappeared. I thought this was all in my head as my dog sleeping on the ground did not react at all. However, my wife did here the shuffling. We eventually divorced out of depression and the incidents or oddness went away. I eventually met a new girl and we began dating and living together in the same house. She had talked about having issues with demons in her past before and they manifested quite quickly. Her dreams turned into nightmares and she would growl and says thing that were definitely not her. Even one time she got ripped out of bed by her leg right in front of me. It was very disturbing. We thought we should slow down on the alcohol intake and it subsided a bit but really we just learned to live with the minor things as no one was getting hurt. Then one Christmas eve I went to bed a little later than normal and felt that something wasn't right. With in minutes I felt I was being choked and when I fought back it disappeared. As soon as I relaxed again only what I could describe as my dogs paws pushed hard into my chest. I went to grab it under the blankets and had a hold of it however, nothing was there and I just had a hold of blanket. The weird thing about it was that it was a clump of blanket that could only be made with a dog leg pushing down into my chest.AT this point I started taking heavy tranquilizers to sleep and if anything was happening I certainly didn't know about it.Because this stuff was basically freaking us the hell out we did start drinking harder and throwing drugs into the mix as we did not want to sleep. WE would be up for days and see shadow people walking around all over the place. You could here footsteps but saw only silhouettes. After months of this it evolved. I started seeing jelly fish type shadows just bouncing around the room. I started to think that these occurrence were separate and just out of time. There was a giant see millions of years ago where I live and it felt like that was what I was seeing. The shadow people however started to become way more interesting. I would see more and more. When we would get into bed they would all stand around like they were watching us. After awhile I started getting angry asking WTF do you want. Even once called one over to prove himself. He did walk over and it looked like he extended his arm but there was nothing there. It got far worse for my girlfriend who became extremely paranoid and started seeing them outside and in her truck. She believed they had malice where I thought they were observing us. Eventually she went nuts and we broke up. Everything stopped quite significantly however every now and then something odd would happen. I eventually got a new gf who doesn't believe in any of this crap and went to her house. The first night there I went up to bed and saw 3 shadows in her daughters room. and told her. She then told me her daughter is always terrified of the 3 shadow people always terrorizing her daughter. Once she realized it was real then they started poping up in her house. They seemed very friendly and non threatening so we never made a big deal of it. However, one night her boy became terrified as one was showing him his sister getting taken away during a nightmare. I got up and went through the house and this was the first time I found all the shadows in the basement with there backs facing me. It was very odd and I never want to experience that again. Since then. nothing has happened at her house. However mine seem to be overwhelmed now. They are not watching anymore. They are hiding and scaring. They are outside during the day and are definitely more vocal and make noise while walking. I try to keep the temperature down in the house as it helps them from not manifesting. They seem to need energy. At this point I am not sure the intent. Sometimes I think they are worried about me. And others that they are just watching so interesting movie and want to see how it all plays out.

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      Apoc 3 weeks ago

      For as far back as i can recall, when i was very young say 5 onward to say 12 if i woke up at night i would clearly see a shadow at the end of my bed. ( at the foot of my bed and nowhere else ). sometimes the would appear small like child size and other time's they would be tall adult size. from what i can remember i was not often overly frightened but just a little scared ( for no real reason at all ). at times i would speak to the shadow figure but never got a response, i would just put my dead under the covers and fall back to sleep. i dont recall seen them again since my teens but it had always been some thing i will never forget.......

      Moving on to a time in my late teens 17 i think i was staying at my girlfriends house ( in the spare room ) i had set my alarm for 5am as i was going surfing with friends the next morning, i jumped into bed and started to relax, suddenly as if the room went very very Long i found myself unable to move unable to speak unable to do anything other than move my eyes ( this i know because i could feel the tears rolling down my cheek's ) , the best way i can explain it is imagine the air around you suddenly got heavy ( or being in one of them vacume seal bags ). that's what it was like. there was a cold feeling in the room and after say 25 seconds i burst out in a scream and was able to move again etc etc.

      i did read a few things on sleep paralysis and all though it seem's similar it is/was not the same thing.

      anyway just though i would share a few things and if anyone else has experienced similar please post / reply..

      cheers for reading

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      Shadesilencio 5 weeks ago

      I have a friend who saw a shadowperson recently. He came to me because his girlfriend knows i study on these things a lot. I have revolved much of my life on it because it is so unknown. The experience they had was of a shadiwperson loking athim and making a neck breaking motion. And now anyone close to the three of us have started having experiences even though only the three of us have spoken about it. Its not unnatural for me because many shadow people seem to follow me around at once. But i dont know their friends that are bringing it up much less have i ever been around them. But one word always comes up in my studying. ShadowBorne. I have studied into it greatly but its so much less known about than shadowpeople are. Can someone help connect some dots that i cant?

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      iN3RDY 7 weeks ago

      I had been looking for some answers when I discovered this article. So as this article is about shadow people I thought I would bring this up.

      So I tend to see things that arnt there. I thought of it as normal and casual as I hardly interacted with them as they didn’t seem to bother me unless violent. However I noticed this a few months ago, a particular shadow person has been lingering around me. They follow me home and stay in the corner of my room watching over me. I have spoken to them and asked them why they where there, they would reply “I’m protecting you.” They would never answer when I asked from what. I also saw in this article that it says they cannot touch you, but this shadow person has done so, it doesn’t feel completely physical more like a nudge of cold air. They seem friendly and have a calm air about them and in honesty are quite chatty as long as I don’t ask them questions specifically about themselves. I was wondering if you possibly knew the intent they may have. At the moment there sitting by my door I believe head towards me, it’s hard to tell I can’t make out features but their staring at me as I type this. And slightly grumbling to themselves. Anyway besides that if you happen to possibly know why they are lingering by me, please let me know I’m curious and they won’t speak when I ask.

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      Nicole Canfield 2 months ago from Summerland

      Anja - You need to do a smudging of your home. Google "how to smudge your home". Make sure to open the windows so the negative energy can be let out, otherwise you'll just anger it. Then bless you windows and doors with holy water or olive oil with a protective symbol like a cross, etc.

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      Anja Rabben 2 months ago

      i just have to share this heh, i live in norway and i have always felt a woman and a man in my house. The woman follows me up and down the stairs everytime and its like she's breathing down my neck so i run alot, when i think of her i see a young woman with dark hair and she is white and kinda acts strange and i know she dont like me. Now let me start on the man thing, i have felt that he has followed me since i was little, when i was living with my dad cause when my grandmas dog died i woke up of something lying next of me and it was a dog and i opened my eyes and for a second i saw a black shadow of a dog, it was black it didnt have any eyes or a face so i was a little freaked out but i just thought it was our dog, but i noticed alot of things happening as i grew up, my dad died of cancer when i was 11 so i got really depressed and sad i even tried to commit...you know:/ but i have always felt someone over my head all the time. I sound weird now but i thing that man or entity is a shadow man or something and they feed on people tha are sad and struggle with things and stress etc. But i believe in the supernatural and all that cause i have experince, anyway that entity has been around me so much im used to it and i see him in the corner of my eye alot. But i get scared everytime i see him because he has a very strange body, its crooked and his hands are large and he's fingers are long and sharp and he is short and he stands very weird, its really freaky and he stares at me and he is so close to me everytime i just arghh i get so tired of it. And i am very paranoid person but when i get kinda normal and dont see scary things or movies for awhile he is not around and its sooo relaxing. My sisters girlfriend has seen him too and that is comforting and creepy too i mean no one wants to see that staring at you but you cant see a face or eyes, but my life is starting to go well now so i havent seen him around and i am happy over it and i have been reading about shadow people like him, and im not christian but i mean why does god let this happen if he "created" this world and all that crap i just get so frustrated but its okay. forgot to say i have felt that i have been watched by someone all the time and behind me so many times im going down at night i jump in the door to the kitchen cause i feel something and i dont know how to cope with it, so i go in and turn on the light and try to calm down and make me some food and when im ready i just run, i mean your not supposed to run in your hourse terrified of something and even at my sisters apartment her empty bottles flyes trough the kitchen all the time and when i sleep on their couch i feel a huge man staring at me and looks over me and i just cant. I want to know why me even tho i know and im sick of it and i want to hear your theories even though i know this can be a little hard to believe but im not good with words but i hope someone has ideas what i can do:)

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      visitor1977 6 months ago

      I am searching for possible validation and closure of an experience I had a few weeks ago. I am a believer and am very accepting of and passionate about paranormal activities in the truest sense.

      One night I couldn't sleep and was sitting out on my enclosed porch having a smoke and surfing around on the internet trying to unwind when i saw a figure standing out in my back yard. It appeared to be that of a young girl, i felt about 6-8 yrs old. While she was all dense black, I could still perceive long hair and body shape. She was standing still facing me. I moved all around to see if my eyes, or lights, were playing tricks on me but she didn't change. Then, as i watched her intently, she glided forward about 6 ft towards my direction- as a watched her. As I continued to watch her , i acknowledged her and said hello. She then started "walking" or moving in a normal cadence right up my walkway and right up to my back storm door. I could still see her very plainly. I said hello to her again and asked her what she was doing. I didnt hear or sense any kind of response. I suddenly felt very compelled to tell her I was sorry, but I could not let her in my house. At this time she was just standing right outside my door, and i was sitting in a chair about 4 ft away just watching her. Suddenly I saw a medium sized shadow dog gallop across the yard from where she originated. It stopped right behind her and I said the same thing again, I cannot let you in, Im sorry. I remember I didnt know why i couldnt, but i couldnt. A few moments later, I looked back up to see if she was still there- which she was- and i saw another shadow person beside her. This one was a teenage boy/young man. I could tell he had a hood on and his head hung down. I immediately felt a heavy sadness and again i apologized. Im sorry, im glad youre here, and you can stay as long as you want but i cannot let you in. Next a shadow cat appeared weaving around the children flicking its tail. At that time i decided to walk right up to the door and put my face almost to the glass. I stood there for what felt like an awkwardly long amount of time looking at them. As i stood there, a teen sized female swooped in from the left, past the little girl and the cat and dog, and reached her arms out and wrapped them in an embrace around the young man from behind, as in a comforting motion. There they all stood. The little girl and 2 animals, and the teen girl consoling the teen boy. I have dreamed of having experiences like this, day dreamed about all the ways i would feel, and the questions i would ask, and the things we would talk about and learn but none of that was happening. I wasnt scared, didnt have butterflies in my stomach, just the solid and serious thought that i couldnt let them in, it wouldnt be a good idea. Ultimately I thanked them for letting me see them and i told them i believed in them and apologized for not being able to help them. I-Me, the super spiritual lover of all things paranormal, just watched them talked to them and turned my back away and went to bed. For days i would think about them and couldnt bring myself to put it in words...

      I watched them and talked to them for around 40 minutes, yet still told them goodnight and walked away. I didn't question their presence, didnt feel many words were necessary, and didnt feel such weirdness or excitement that i had to stay... i knew my message to them was to be to the point - I cannot let you in. I know its cold, you will be fine. Thank you for coming to me, and thank you to the teen girl for comforting the boy who felt so lost and sad.

      Ive not seen any trace of them since that night..

      Im mostly wondering why so many spirits were lingering ay my back door as if they were led there? Were they children and animals or imposters? Did I do the right thing? Why have i never seen them before, and why couldnt i help them?

      I appreciate anyone taking the time to read, and welcome and feedback or ideas.


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      Shiny123 6 months ago

      This article says clearly that the shadowy figures can't touch you or harm you. When i was five years, i was sleeping with my sister. She woke up, i woke up too, it was morning. I looked at her wondering why her eyes were so big and her smile was very frowned. She looked scared. I was wondering why. Then i hear footsteps coming. My sister was looking at the door. She wasn't sleeping or anything. She was AWARE. I looked at the door. There was this man or woman wearing a hat. It was walking slowly towards me, it didn't have eyes. It kept walking towards me, i couldn't move or anything I couldn't say anything I didn't felt scared. As it walked towards me my sister didn't do anything. I could only look around till it reach me. Then it tickled me. I was laughing my sister looked at me. Then i don't remember. We told our mom but she didn't believe us. I still wonder......who it was. And why it tickled me.

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      Oogbar 6 months ago

      For the past 10 yearsn I have had a lot of run-ins with the shadow folk/kin, sometimes others see them with me, sometimes not. I have noticed it is more common at night, but I have seen them in broad day light. The worst experience was while working for an assisted living home... I was supposed to tip-toe around, and make sure all the residents were sleeping safely at night, and I kept seeing one in a hallway. I started feeling super cold, and a particlular door to one resident's room slammed in my face several times. The boss caught the door on cammera, and asked me about it the next day. The next night, the resident had snuck out of his room, and signed to me, that grandma was watching me. I politely asked him to tell her I said hello. Things "calmed down", but "grandma" kept an eye on me still.

      Shadow children are also very creepy, especially when they are standing in the middle of the road, and everyone in the car is certain that a child got ran over, despite nothing being found for a mile either direction.

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      Michael 1188 6 months ago

      The night my mom passed away a year ago was my only experience with a shadow person in a dream.

      In the dream, I was laying in bed. The room was dark but the door was partially open to a hallway that was lit. A shadow person walked by. I said what do you want as it went by. It turned around and threw the door open as it quickly came towards me. Just as it jumped on me, I woke from my dream sweating. I will never forget how real it seemed.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 6 months ago from South Africa

      I have seen many of them. My daughter has seen one follow me. My dogs have gone mad barking at them so I don't think they are my imagination. I think they are life forms that co-exist with us in this planet.

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      Gabriela Acosta 6 months ago

      Just last night, I looked behind my door before I went to bed (I sleep with the door open) and I saw a little girl with a red dress and black hair covering her face. I only saw it for one second but I still remember her look. It freaked me out and I couldn't move at all

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      Nicole Canfield 6 months ago from Summerland

      They are astral beings that try to prey on your body when you leave it. You need to do some protection magick on yourself and bedroom.

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      Daveboy2017 6 months ago

      The fear usually starts before going to sleep. Followed by a Lucid dream, and floating sensation. Next, three growling dark shadow figures slowly get closer. GROWLING INTENSIFIES, pure fear and dread follows, Sound is manipulated, making the sound of my fan, or A/C slow down, to a “whoosh!”(I usually try to pull out at thIs point). Once they show up, the whole bedroom seems to shutter at low vibrations,. One appearing in the bedroom doorway, window, and closet doorway. The growling gets louder as they approach, while on the left side of my face, out of my peripheral vision, one of the hooded figures screams violently in my ear. Tried to look, but it manages to always just stay out of view, while the other 2 observe. As I pull out of it, the growls and screaming tend to fade, sometimes takes a longer than expected. Fear like you can't imagine floods every fiber of your being. Happens every once in a while..some weird shit,..seems too calculated and real, either Interdimensional beings or ultra clear hallucination. Had this since I was 7.

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      Kell123 6 months ago

      Last night i was sleeping, i woke up out of nowhere opening my eyes and i saw a shadow sitting on my bed with something red on its face. After reading this it easily could have been a fedora. I signed up so that i could write this comment. I was in a deep sleep dreaming and all. when i opened my eyes i saw it looking a me pretty close to my face. I opened my eyes wider and it faded away and i saw my poster on my wall. Only the poster was magnified as if it was right in my face. The past 2 days i didn't sleep much so im thinking its part of being sleep deprived but i find it weird that what this page is describing what the shadow looks like is very strange. And the picture above the comments looks just like what i saw. Please someone respond to me if this you have had something similar happen.

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      Alexandra 6 months ago from Florida

      I want to say it was Wednesday night last week. So I'm sleeping obviously like I do every night. It's not abnormal for me to experience sleep paralysis because I have since I was 10 years old 2-3 times a month. Nothing unusual to me and I've never had any problems with it, I normally just close my eyes to go back to sleep after numerous failed attempts of screaming or trying my hardest to pull the covers back on my body. So a few days before this event I'm about to tell happened, I had been waking up at 3 AM, sit straight up in bed and I immediately see a misty black figure of a person in the corner of my room. I rub my eyes to make sure I'm seeing what I think I am and when I went to look at the figure again it was gone, so I thought it was just something in my head. Well the next night I'm sleeping, and I wake up to a solid black shadow figure with a baseball cap on and he was rubbing my forehead in such a caring way. I think I was crying about my late father in my dream and maybe that's why this figure was being so caring towards me. I'm not quite sure. But once I realized that this was a shadow figure and not my boyfriend standing over me, I quickly began to panic, however I was experiencing an episode of sleep paralysis. I believe that this is a figure from a different dimension to observe us. I can't explain how caring this shadow figure was towards me, I've never experienced anything like that before.

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      Xeny777 7 months ago

      Well I dreamed a shadow. I was somehow conscious in my dream. I don't know it's hard to explain. But I was in my house and I was telling something to my mom who was laying on her bed. But she didn't say anything back to me. She was just listening to me then she got up and suddenly she was something else. It was a shadow. I couldn't see his face. But he hugged me and kissed me. In that moment I couldn't move. I was terrified and I prayed in my mind to woke up. And I wake up.

      In another dream. I was in my bed, in my room. It was dark and I don't know why but I was looking to wards the window as I was laying on my bed. There I suddenly saw a shadow in shape of a man, a shadow that was on the other side of the window and watched me. I was at the second floor so it was really terrifying. Suddenly the shadow was in my room, right next to my bed and he bend down and pressed his hand on my chest. I felt an unbearable pressure making hard for me to breath. I was so scared and again I prayed for someone to help me and I woke up.

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      RDario 9 months ago

      I was about 9-10 yrs old. Sleeping in room when I heard a noise, like talking in whispers. I could not make out the language but it sounded Latin-like. I got out of the covers and crawled to edge of bed towards sound. Than I saw it! Crouched down, under the window was a dark being in the shape of a man. And like I said it was talking to itself or to someone else not in the room. I just stared at it in disbelief. Than it noticed me and turned its head towards me. I think it was angry that I was looking at it because it started to yell at me but in a "whispery" tone. Again, it was in a language like Latin, his tone was angry but the level of sound never higher than a whisper. That FREAKED me out!! I crawled right back in bed and pulled the covers over my head. Never had another encounter. But i did dream of the shadow man as an adult just once. Not scary but interesting.

      The logical side of me says I was dreaming. But it seemed so real. So vivid. I can still hear him yelling at me. I can still visualize him turning towards me. I want this to be a dream, but a small part of me knows Im just lying to myself.

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      AustinVT 10 months ago

      What I am about to tell you is the truth and nothing but the truth. It was almost 1 year ago from today when I saw the shadow people. I read this and my experience was a little different then how it says it usaaly happenes. It was at a summer camp with 9 other people in a cabin. It was 3-4 in the morning and i am laying in the bed when I see a black, shadow like figure right next to my bed at my feet. I had the top bunk in the left back corner of the cabin. The black shadow thing was right to the right of me at my feet and then it starts moving. The bunk has a poorly built ladder to get up to the top so it is ussaly a little hard to get up. But this shadow thing climbs up my bunk with out making one single noises. I have not moved because the year before someone had went into all the cabins and colored on everyone's faces so I thought they've where doing it again but this time I had woken up. So still thinking I'm geting pranked the shadow person is climing up my bunk not making any noise and moves right above me putting one arm on the railing and the other on the wall. Must have been a foot away from my face. We stared off at each other like this for a sold and long 30 seconds. Then I got really creeped out so I moved back and poof it's gone. Now I'm like shiting myself. I was thinking like that I was going to be in a horror movie or something. So I was laying down in the bed with My head pushed back into the pillow and I peek over the railing to see 8 shadow figers. 4 where surrounding the lower bunk in front of me and the other 4 where scattered around the room on the right side. I was so fucking scard at this point. I just stayed watching them. 2 of them where sorta umm... well it looked like from my angle that one was bending the other one over on the councilor desk. No joke. Right next to them I saw something move on the top bunk but it was not one of the shadow people it was another camper. Sorry I forget his name but he was tall. Long blond hair. (It would be really cool if he saw this but it prolly won't happen) but I saw him move for his flashlight and he turned it on. Nothing was there of course but as soon as he turned it off they where back. And I was like fuck that. im not gonna die tonight so I just raped my self in my blanket and stared out of the window and fell asleep. I talked to that kid and he said he saw the same this I did but he said he saw the 2 near the desk but they were just spasig out. I probably just have a dirty mind. But we where the laughing stock of the camp because this kid went and told EVERYONE and I didnt want to because I knew almost no one would truly believe us. The kid that was encircled by them was a little creepy. He was from somewhere in South America but this ducking kid knew how to draw like the satin symbol like the one with the Jewish star and all of theses wired things. I saw them once more but it was not nearly as exciting because I just saw 2 standing at my feet and I just wrapped up in my blanket and went to bed. I have not seen them again like that but I do see things out of the corner of my eye occasionally but that's probably just my brain.

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      Maribeth bueno 10 months ago

      I just laid there on my bunk bed until I started to make out shadows to the point where I believed what my eyes were seeing I wasn't scared I kept saying "woah woah woah" as in AM I REALLY SEEING THIS it was moving frantically all around but soon went away I was more like WTF more then scared kinda curious what it was so I came here well it is harmless so I don't have to be paranoid as much though it wasn't at 3 which I find odd but eh kinda relieved it wasn't(I don't trust that hour)

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      heymikecpa 10 months ago

      We saw "flying shadows' June 20, 2017 at dusk. We live one mile from the beach, but we are still in a relatively rural area of South Carolina. The Flying Shadows, they were too large to be bats, which fly in a similar manner, at dusk, and are very fast and you can only catch them out of the corner of your eye. But these were large and we did see them, they indeed had no attributes other than a shadow. Their shadow may have had appendages , but as they flew away it all seemed to go into a black swoosh. The texture and color of a shadow also seems accurate...they were not solid shiny black like a black car. They also seemed solid...yet

      Okay.....before we continue. I saw these and my spouse also. We live in a wooded rural area. We did not know we BOTH were seeing these until we were inside. Then I saw one inside, which startled me. That is when I realized I really were seeing these things, and it was not a trick of the sunset at dusk thru the wooded trees that surround our house.

      I then asked my spouse if she saw these, and was surprised to learn that indeed she saw several outside. The conversation ensued on how we were seeing these and what they were.

      Whatever these shadowy flying things were, we sensed no evil nor threatening feelings or such toward them. If I actually had to feel a "feeling" it was curiosity, on our part and there.

      I am a tax attorney, my spouse a Physical Therapist. I am 45, my spouse 48 years old. Admittedly, we do not believe nor have time for imaginary or made up sightings. Were scientific people who deal with ALOT of reality and alot of our societies problems on a daily basis. We live in the real world. We don't live with our parents and watch lord of the rings and smoke pot in the basement all weekend long. Were not two little teenage girls who have nothing to do but make this stuff up and shop for lip gloss on Amazon.

      But, I must admit we saw these things, we both saw these flying shadows...which leads me to believe the other online explanations of "having lack of sleep" or some excuse does not apply.

      SO: are they spirits?

      diannelabajo comments below describe the same experience we had in seeing these. (the whole family).

      I have not gotten to the point where I see a figure that is the shape of a person....nor have I Gotten to the point of seeing a fact nor eyes.

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      Kaneef sexton 11 months ago

      Yes they real i assume all ard harmless im 20year old from philly and heen experience this stuff since i was 6 , but these shadow people ard really the coolest thing on the planet if you fearless and make them your friend the stuff they can do is truly amazing, as in some magician ard friends with them , i can tell the future in my dreams and do a lot can somebody please inbox if you relate.

      Dont let the movies fook you they not evil dont fear cus i think that you telling them that you dont wanna be friends

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      Ima ded 11 months ago



      They are real.


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      Cindynerissa 11 months ago

      I've a few experiences: the entity was not 'evil'.

      One experience confirms its existence. I was downstairs while my best friend (& together we experienced many a weird phenomenon) was upstairs.

      I saw this shadow form in the corner of my eye. I could not move fast enough to 'catch it' & see fully. I continue to go into the kitchen. I hear my friend call out in this teasing voice 'from upstairs:Cindy....' I kinda laugh wondering what she's up to. & reply 'yes?' There was silence followed by a little scream, then another scream & then a full on shreaking scream

      I run to the bottom of the stairs, she's at the top. She screams again & collapses at the top of the stairs. I run up to her and hold her

      She calms down & says that she saw a black shadow 'fly' up the stairs from the corner of her eye. She just assumed I was trying to play a little scare prank on her & it was me she saw. That's why she said 'cindy' like she did

      This was less than a minute after I saw the shadow myself

      I've had other shadow encounters but this confirms objectively for me their reality.

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      MairiM 12 months ago

      From my own exp, I think the reason people feel they are evil is that a great feeling of anger/ hate comes from them. At least that was my exp, I felt it in the room before I saw it and as I had just got into bed n turned the light out, I hadn't slept yet so it obv wasn't a dream or anything along those lines. Turned round n it was right next to my bed n it stood there for a good 20 min with just this feeling of rage coming from it. I think saying these things are harmless is extremely naive. Are they evil? Quite possibly. I should mention I know the reason it was there- I stupidly tried a luck spell I saw on the back of a magazine earlier that day, just for a laugh really. I feel it was threatening me 'humans shouldn't mess with that stuff' or something. No worries there, never doing that again!

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      Dianne Labajo 12 months ago from Davao City

      My mom, my 2 sister and my dad have encounters with this creature. My mom always notice him when it's starting to get dark, as he always pass by in our front yard so quick that my mom could only glance on it in seconds. A big guy with a sinister aura as she mentioned. My 1st sister encounter is different. She is seeing this guy since we're little and since we've moved in our present house. As of her statement is she's seeing this late at night staring at me. Since we're in same room she can't even scream or move herself when she seeing this identity and felt force not to move and pretend she's sleeping. My mother's statement is similar to dad because she's seeing this when it is starting to dark and As of my dads encounter it is totally the same day and and time as mom seeing this entity but the differences is he's seeing this on backyard since he is always there hanging out. The same statement and the same description, passing beside our home front yard to backyard. As of their encounter this guy always pass our house too fast that they can't analyze this entity. What they just know he was 3D human like not a 2 dimensional shadow as usual. As of my 2nd sisters testimon, because here in Philippines were cooking outside of our houses. Its 3am trying to cook for breakfast for school when one dawn she passed to the front yard and noticed big tall guy with the same description, she felt curious and stare on it and move closer and closer. She saw red evil eyes on him, she stared at it for moments and can't even move. She tried to scream but she can't. She tried to ran but she's forced to stopped. She cant remember everything on that incident but she just remembered her feet walk away calmly without her forcing it. She felt she's mandated to do it.

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      Nicole Canfield 13 months ago from Summerland

      Charlie - Yes, I've had similar experiences. Thank you for sharing.

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      Charlie Lackey 13 months ago

      I've had enough experiences nearly my whole life. And not even just at night. One just recently appeared as I was doing the dishes in broad daylight (currently 7:20 am). I even had one visit me in a dream in the form of a relative then turn into a winged demon who flew at me, turning everything into darkness and creating a falling feeling with temporary sleep paralysis. I was 11 at the time and that's pretty much when it all started. I'm currently 28. I see them more frequently as I've gotten older. Now on average once two weeks or so. Minus the episode that started it all it's all pretty much the same. I see them out of the corner of my eye and then gone when I look. Darting off around the corner. There have also been times I feel someone or something touch me from behind when I'm walking. Not always alone either. I also get at random a tingly sensation on the top of my head in the shape of a hand as if someone was resting theirs on my head. And to top that every once in a while the center of my forehead likes to go completely numb and twitch every now and then. Some beliefs say it's an awakening of the third eye but I never notice a difference.

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      David Kocinski 13 months ago

      I've had 2 experiences with shadow people. When I was a teenager, we were down the shore at a hotel. One afternoon I was lying on the bed. Suddenly I had great difficulty breathing. I had to force myself to take each breath. I looked up and a giant black figure was standing in front of me. I thought it was Death. I started laughing at it. It was gone in the blink of an eye and I could breathe easily again.

      The second time was as an adult. I was at my brother's apartment. It was an upstairs apartment and I was outside smoking. I left the door open so I could get back in. I walked across the street to through something out in a trash can. When I looked at the door, a large human shaped shadow was standing there. It had burning red eyes and it smiled at me. It flitted up the stairs. I was pretty scared but I had to go back in and make sure my brother was okay. He was watching hockey on tv with a friend. I got a distinctly evil impression from that one.

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      flash90901 13 months ago

      so my dad was saying he woke up one night and seen a dark hooded figure over my mom he lifted up and he looked at it and then he said it ran into my parents bathroom and that night there was a full moon and the window in my parents bathroom so the light was gleaming through the bathroom and when the dark hooded figure ran into the bathroom the light stopped gleaming for a second thats not really the crazy part the crazy part was that when i heard him tell the story i was like wow i had a dream just like that it was like i was my dad i leaned up to see a dark hooded figure.

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      mdamiem 13 months ago

      So im not sure if what i saw was that because when I looked at it, it didn't flee it just stood there and looked back and moved up its arm and this part is weird because I saw a big mass of shadow darker then everywhere else and passed my hand through it and my hand got really cold and nothing else then it stopped like the noises and then they were gone

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      JGMF 14 months ago

      ok so my girlfriend and i were talking and she brought up shadow people. she had an experience where one with red eyes gave her sleep paralysis and she was almost touched by it before she started crying and after that it faded away. i then remembered this story. back when i was in third grade i had an experience. my dad had died the spring before, and when i passed his bedroom in the evening i waved at my shadow. the part that got me was my shadow did not move for about 15 seconds then waved back. i ran to my room and cried till my mother helped me. the shadow had yellow eyes and it seems to follow me everywhere now and i have seen my girlfriends red eyed one near her before too. will it harm us or just follow us and be kind of annoying because i have seen things in my room change after mine gives me a nightmare. like my door is wide open my jewelry is everywhere stuff like that. can i stop it?

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      Nicole Canfield 15 months ago from Summerland

      GeorgeF1984 - Wow, what a story! Thank you for sharing. These beings can be rather frightening.

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      GeorgeF1984 15 months ago

      Okay my brothers and sisters,I say this bc its good knowing that Im not alone in this.I tried reading everyones but its getting late and also I have not had any episode for a while.Sleep paralysis or visitations from spirits ,demons. Whatever it is.Im truly terrified even bringing this topic up feeling that it could trigger this thing that absolutely kept me from turning my lights off at night .I had to sleep with the Tv on for a while before reaching that comfort of not being watched or played with.Before I begin telling you guys my experiences I want to let you know that Im 32 born and raised in New Orleans,moved to Idaho for a year" Not by Choice"then San Antonio.I relocated back to New orleans back in 09.Anyway here is my story.And please cut me a break with the grammar Im exhausted and just kind of felt like I was going to have another episode and started googling which I will regret FmL...Here it goes, I remember being between the age of 4-6 and recall just being in a trance state in the living room sitting on the floor Indian style just staring at the ceiling fan for a while squinting my eyes moving my head side to side making the light from the bulbs move like lasers shifting.A wierd habit I had as a kid.And after that it came down crashing to the floor.Then after that weeks apart I was passing my moms room and was seeing her struggling to move tearing from the eyes trying to tell me and my sis to help her.We didnt know what to do so we called 911.Then I remember moving to a different house and sewm to be normal for about a year then crewpy things started back up again.I was at this time like 7-9yrs old.I started hearing snoring under one of the beds.It was a big room we shared with my sis and teenage Aunt at the time.I at first just thought it was one of them snoring and got annoyed but when I walked closed to their bed to kind of give them a shrud like damn you snore to damn loud you know Lol! It didnt come from neither my sis or Aunt.So I totally was freaked out and jumped on my Aunts bed.I woke her obviously and explained.The following night I had to go to bathroom late at night and jist felt this eerie presence watching me and I was so terrified and never wanted to let my parents know.I was afraid of my mom.She abused me mentally and physically until the age of 16 till I put a stop to it.And my dad he never was the social type.Good provider just worked all the time and never had that bond with him.Just to find out he wasnt my biological dad when my mom told me on my 18th birthday.Anyway sorry for going off track.Back to the bathroom thing.So soon as I opened the door there was a floor heater , you know the old school ones before central air I had to step around it to get in the room but something said HEY.

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      Kyle Doane 16 months ago

      Okay, so i am a 33 year old man. I do not really buy into the whole "supernatural" thing, beleive in magic nor am i very religious. I am always the first person to be sceptical and analize someone "close encounter" experiences.

      That being said, not too long ago I encountered a shadowy figure on my way to a friend's house. I was driving around 12am or 1am with my girlfriend. We were just exiting the freeway. As I was coasting up to the stop light I grabbed my phone and looked down at it to text my friend that I was almost there. There were no other cars at the intersection and one car quite a little ways behind me getting off the freeway in the adjacent lane. So i was texting my friend when i saw something move out of my periferal vision. I immediatly looked up applying my foot to the brake which cause my girlfriend to also look up from her phone. There right in front of me in the middle of the crosswalk was this....blur. I blinked a few times trying to adjust my eyes, thinking that I was seeing what i was looking at wrong and my eyes were playing tricks on me. However i just cohldnt quite get it into focus. I did notice that on the side of this thing everything looked clear but looking at it everything behind it was blurry and as it moved new areas became blurry. i got a solid 3 or 4 second look at it when suddenly it flew off like a formula 1 race car.

      I thought i was tripping and was tired. I mummbled to myself, " what the fuck was that?" when my girlfriend heard me and asked me, "you saw that too?" i told her yes and asked here what it was and she told me she didnt know. The only funny thing is, well, there is a lot weird about that but another funny thing was that i saw it as a more black, blurry shadow figure but she saw it as more white.

      anyways, i still cant explain what i saw and i know there is no way anything of this world can move as fast as whatever it was i saw took off.

      Anyhow, I just thought i'd share and see what anyone thought.

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      JoeLdn 16 months ago

      One of my most vivid memories from childhood is my experience with a 'shadow person'. I remember it like it was yesterday and I have always known within myself that what I saw was 100% real and that I was not hallucinating or dreaming.

      I want to start with that I'm now 24 and this happened to me when I was about 11. Right up until today I had no idea that this was even a thing... or a widely experienced phenomena. I thought it was just my own experience and was something that was completely unique to me. It's something that I rarely speak about, although I do think about it regularly... I'm actually blown-away by the similarities between mine and others recounts!

      My story is similar to others that I have read. I woke up in the middle of the night at about 3am and it was dark but I could just see clear enough to see that my bedroom door was wide open. (I have no idea why it was open as I would always sleep with my door closed. This was something my parents respected, so if they ever entered my room whilst I was asleep, they would always close the door.)

      I was confused and I remember just staring at it wondering why it was open. Right then, a large, darker than dark, manly figure enters the room from behind the door. Once inside the room it made its way towards my bed. My bed is about 3 metres from the doorway and the terror I felt whilst this figure was approaching me was indescribable. Although the room was dark, his dark, silvery, shadowy presence was as clear as if the lights were on. The only features I could clearly work out was his long coat and 50/60's style hat.

      He slowly made his way towards my bed. I was watching and staring for every second of it, too scared to move or make a sound. He arrived at my bed side, and was about 2 feet away from me at this point. He continued to look down at me and I looked back. I then started to force my eyes closed and blinked frantically in the hope that he would disappear, but he was still there. I would turn my ahead away and look back, and he was still there. It was very clear to me that this was not my imagination. After about 30 seconds of him peering over me, I plucked up the courage and started shouting for my mum or dad to wake up. My dad eventually gets up and whilst he was walking along the hall and into my room the figure was still there, still staring. My dad then switches on the light, asking 'what is wrong?' and it was only then that it vanished. It was so real and so clear, I was convinced it would still be there when the lights came on.

      The main difference between my account and others is that I never remember feeling that what I could see would harm me. He didn't seem dangerous, or threatening. I certainly didn't feel this sense of 'evil' that others have mentioned. He was very still and in a way, very peaceful. I was just terrified because I'm 11 and there is a man in my room! Also, I don't remember seeing red or yellow eyes.

      Like I mentioned, I really had no idea that this was a widely experienced phenomena and now I just want to learn more.

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      JoeLdn 16 months ago

      One of my most vivid memories from childhood is my experience with a 'shadow person'. I remember it like it was yesterday and I have always known within myself that what I saw was 100% real and that I was not hallucinating or dreaming.

      I want to start with that I'm now 24 and this happened to me when I was about 11. Right up until today I had no idea that this was even a thing... or a widely experienced phenomena. I thought it was just my own experience and was something that was completely unique to me. It's something that I rarely speak about, although I do think about it regularly... I'm actually blown-away by the similarities between mine and others recounts!

      My story is similar to others that I have read. I woke up in the middle of the night at about 3am and it was dark but I could just see clear enough to see that my bedroom door was wide open. (I have no idea why it was open as I would always sleep with my door closed. This was something my parents respected, so if they ever entered my room whilst I was asleep, they would always close the door.)

      I was confused and I remember just staring at it wondering why it was open. Right then, a large, darker than dark, manly figure enters the room from behind the door. Once inside the room it made its way towards my bed. My bed is about 3 metres from the doorway and the terror I felt whilst this figure was approaching me was indescribable. Although the room was dark, his dark, silvery, shadowy presence was as clear as if the lights were on. The only features I could clearly work out was his long coat and 50/60's style hat.

      He slowly made his way towards my bed. I was watching and staring for every second of it, too scared to move or make a sound. He arrived at my bed side, and was about 2 feet away from me at this point. He continued to look down at me and I looked back. I then started to force my eyes closed and blinked frantically in the hope that he would disappear, but he was still there. I would turn my ahead away and look back, and he was still there. It was very clear to me that this was not my imagination. After about 30 seconds of him peering over me, I started plucked up the courage and started shouting for my mum or dad to wake up. My dad eventually gets up and whilst he was walking along the hall and into my room the figure was still there, still staring. My dad then switches on the light, asking 'what is wrong?' and it was only then that it vanished. It was so real and so clear, I was convinced it would still be there when the lights came on.

      The main difference between my account and others is that I never remember feeling that what I could see would harm me. He didn't seem dangerous, or threatening. I certainly didn't feel this sense of 'evil' that others have mentioned. He was very still and in a way, very peaceful. I was just terrified because I'm 11 and there is a man in my room! Also, I don't remember seeing red or yellow eyes.

      Like I mentioned, I really had no idea that this was a widely experienced phenomena and now I just want to learn more.

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      Kendra 16 months ago from Lee's Summit, MO

      When I was younger, about 17 I had a very interesting/scary night that I will never forget and cannot explain. I was not a happy teen, I was extremely depressed and not medicated. This particular night, I was crying hysterically and begging god to take me out of this world. I told him that I did not want to be here that I just wanted it all to stop. I did this for hours. I was laying down in bed when I heard the bedroom door open. It was night time and the lights in the room were off, everyone in the house (myself, my mother & my father) we're either in bed or asleep. I looked up and SAW the door opening. Behind the door there was a very tall (7 feet maybe) figure or shadow of a man. It looked like a normal besides being tall dark outline of a man. I waiting for second for the man to say something, he just stood there. I could not see a face, just him standing there in the doorway. after a few seconds of silence I physically said to the man "hello?" I did not receive an answer, he just stood there. I was scared to death, I ran as fast as I could to the light switch and when I flipped it on the figure or shadow or man or whatever was gone. I immediately ran to my parents room and hysterically woke them up and told my dad he had to search the house right then because someone was in the house. My dad did search the house but no one was there. This was not an illusion, I know what I saw and I don't know what to think about it. Any ideas?

      I wrote this about a month ago before I came across any information about "shadow people" I had not heard that term before I wrote this. The theory that these shadow figures come around to suck energy makes sense to me but as you can see in my story above, I did not have much energy to give when this figure showed up. I was in a very low energy state. Also, I have never experience sleep paralysis in any way. I was fully capable of moving as soon as I saw the figure. I sat up in bed immediately and looked directly at it.

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      Sela28 16 months ago

      I had this experience this morning while getting ready for work. In my bathroom I have a wardrobe mirror and the mirror above the sink, so I can see the back of my head. While I was drying my hair (facing away from the sink) I SAW the shadow of this person. Actually, it looked exactly like the photo at the top of this story: tall, thin, fedora...passed between me and the sink. I felt it pass me, almost like it brushed against me. Then I felt COLD, and quite confused. I was not really afraid; but I was just...really confused. All day today I have felt very strange, like something is looming. I don't know what to make of this and would really like some opinions on the matter. I also want to be sure this is not ominous.

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      Stephen Borst 16 months ago

      Mine was me and my brother this Shadow being or wat it was it had no eyes or hood but more like a real dark shadow dat stood out in the dark an in the shape of a human being dat was real anger at something u could sense it ...... It would come out of the loft at nite ,an often walk around are bedroom it would appear to me an my brother at different times never together ...it would move us around the bed at nite an when I got scared at nite I would try to get to the bottom of the stairs only for the spirit to drag me bk up stairs with like a hand over my mouth an than couldn't shout or speak the more I shouted the less would cum from my mouth an than would wake next day like nothing happened ...this happened to me an my brother for a period of time when we were like 5/6 year olds I would take a lie detector on this ....an than me an my brother set fire to the flat by mistake with a box matches I still see things an sense things an have dreams of things before they happen in my life its real strange believe me...it would make for a great movie of real life an even till this day I feel like my mind won't let me remember more details

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      Stephen Borst 16 months ago

      Mine was me and my brother this Shadow being or wat it was it had no eyes or hood but more like a real dark shadow dat stood out in the dark an in the shape of a human being dat was real anger at something u could sense it ...... It would come out of the loft at nite ,an often walk around are bedroom it would appear to me an my brother at different times never together ...it would move us around the bed at nite an when I got scared at nite I would try to get to the bottom of the stairs only for the spirit to drag me bk up stairs with like a hand over my mouth an than couldn't shout or speak the more I shouted the less would cum from my mouth an than would wake next day like nothing happened ...this happened to me an my brother for a period of time when we were like 5/6 year olds I would take a lie detector on this ....an than me an my brother set fire to the flat by mistake with a box matches I still see things an sense things an have dreams of things before they happen in my life its real strange believe me......to children with same story an as adults are stories have been the same they are real an some are mad an others fine but theirs different types

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      Bmarie23 16 months ago

      I seen a shadow in cloak my entire life. One night, I did not feel like praying on my knees, so I prayed in bed. That night the shadow in cloak came to my bed. I was paralized and tried calling for my parents but could not. The shadow bent down on its knees by my side and said, "This is the way to pray." Then it dissappeared. I got up and ran into my parents room. I was unable to sleep in the dark for years.

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      Bluesage62 17 months ago

      My experience was quite different. It was the night before I was to be married. I was pregnant with my first child. I had just gotten into bed when I saw this figure at the foot of my bed. At first I thought it was someone in the house . But it didn't move when spoken to....It stayed there a long time. About 15 minutes or more. I was not paralized, (as others claim). It finally just disappeared. I've often wondered if it was a portent of some kind. My husband would die 5 years later, and our daughter, just passed away recently. To this day I do not know what or who it was.

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      Very private 1030 18 months ago

      Shadowy figures do exist. They can be seen at night time or day time. Since I was a child they have been around me and our family had healers in the 1900's. Seeing into people's lives like big screens is something I keep secret because I don't even have to in front of them or talking to them. But the shadowy figures come around and observe. They don't communicate but are curious and have personalities. I can feel their emotions where there are three that come around regularly. One is anxious all the time and doesn't like to be in one place at a time. Another is curious about everything and likes to just linger. The last one is serious in a parental way and puts the others in place. The others that come around are going from one place to another. Since I have seen, sensed and felt them around me for so long I don't feel scared and they have never meant to harm me.Actually it has always been the opposite to watch over me or warn me to act like leaving a place or moving out of the way or making me go another route. The impression I have gotten is that it is their job. They are not defined by a name or a gender.

      Our family goes way back with whatever it is to be labeled but I keep it hidden because no one would understand it. The sad thing about this is I knew when approximately my sister would leave this earth. My father knew his time and I too know mine.

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      Julz19 18 months ago

      Shadow people are real! They aren't all bad like some people experience. They could be like how we are. You know how some people are bad and some are good. I have only ever seen one shadow person. I will say she as it felt female. I woke up not in a state of paralysis like most people say they do. I woke up to a black figure in a hooded Cape knelt down beside the bed. I was in my moms bed as I must of only been about 4. Now at that age you would of thought that I would of got scared but I didn't. I just watched it as it was knelt down. It was looking for something, you know like how we rummage through things when we are looking for something. Well it didn't notice that I had seen it at first. But when it actually did I then became paralysed like people talk about. The only thing I could move was my eyes. So I watch as it walks around the bed and it says telepathically "don't look at me" I do as it asked and watched how it walked out the room and as soon as it left the room I could move. Even at that age I wondered what it was, I wasnt frightened at any point during or after. I know it wasn't their to hurt me. I think it was just a thing that just goes about watching. I did feel that the cloak was like a coat that it had put on a bit like how we put a coat on but ours is to keep warm and there's is for another reason but am not sure what for.

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      Alexis Dupuis 18 months ago

      Do you think it's possible that these shadow people are actually guardians? They want to watch us to make sure we are safe and they leave once they are seen possibly because they don't want to intrude on your privacy (with you knowing) or scare you? I saw a shadow person out of the corner of my eye before and so had my father and brother but as soon as we saw it it left. I admit, I was kind of scared at first because I was young, but I haven't seen it since. Sometimes I feel watched though, and I feel like the shadow is still watching over me but I can be sure. Please tell me what you think, thanks!

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      Alexis Dupuis 18 months ago

      What is these shadow figures are guardians. That's why they watch, to keep us out of trouble. And if they are seen they might be seen again because they don't want to scare the person they're protecting. I saw one once and I was kind of spooked, so maybe he went away because he didn't want me to be scared. But maybe he's still watching, because I still feel like I'm being watched at times.

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      Holly Harbottle 19 months ago

      The way it was described was exactly like the first time I've seen this figure a few details left out the next day I found out a close family friend was dead I was 13

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      Cindy Almanza 19 months ago

      I'm always being watched by shadow-people they're either standing near doorways or in corners just watching me. I've seen one manifest itself as a tall slender human like figure about 7 ft tall wearing a cloak that shines like liquid metal I can never see into the cloak all that I can ever see is pitch black with a soft blue light surrounding him. I gave him the name Sky instead calling him an it he looked solid but he wasn't. I should know considering when he first showed himself I went to touch him to see if he was physically there my hand went right through even though I was right in front of him.

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      Jude Ian 20 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Nicole,

      Yes I'm very fine now, thank you. Mostly I just read tarot cards at present but I still keep a journal of researched infos, some rituals and spells. I have learned to be thorough in my quest and developed a little healthy skepticism. I've read your hub about the demon Z ouija phenomena, it's absolutely interesting. I too have tried using the ouija when I was younger and you're right there is really something addictive about it. Like once you do it, you want to do it again..mostly alone to see if it really works. My experience with the ouija was uneventful, it was just me answering myself.

      I'd love to hear about your very own experience with shadowpeople sometime and how it's similar to mine. Thanks:)

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      Nicole Canfield 20 months ago from Summerland

      Hi PinoyWitch!

      No you did not bore me at all. In fact, your story was very engaging and intriguing. I too have had similar experiences. It is definitely possible you invited something dark into your realm of existence at that time in your life. I too have used an ouija board when I was a pre-teen and invited something dark into my house at the time. I caution anyone to never mess around with the summoning of spirits, as it is indeed REAL from my experience. Now, what these beings actually are is up for debate...but they exist, nevertheless. Hope you are well now.

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      Jude Ian 20 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Nicole,

      I have read a few of your hubs and I have to say I like how you present theories and evidence based on facts, coming from different perspectives in order to give your readers a wider scope of understanding.

      I had an encounter with a shadow person once, only that I never even knew they existed before. When I saw an article about shadow people on thoughtcatalog I was surprised to know a lot of people from all over the world have the same experience.

      I was in my teens, just lying in bed waiting for dinner to be ready with only my bedside lamp lit, singing to my favorite songs. When I glanced at my window to my right, I saw a shadow of a man, well more of a silhouette really, with spiky crew-cut hair just looking at me from outside. Thinking it's one of my cousins trying to prank me, I immediately got up and approached him so I can see him better and asked what he wants. No answer. I didn't feel scared or threatened by this entity, but when I was by my window I thought I would get a better view and make out a face but nothing, just dark. So I did what any logical person would do and tried to peek out so that we come face to face, literally inches apart but everytime I get closer he started ducking,slowly receding below the window frame outside. I said to myself, okay, you wanna play so I hurried up and got outside to catch him. My room was separated from the rest of our bungalow home, kinda like an outhouse so I can easily get outside. No one was there and it wasn't even that dark for there was a backyard light, and no place to hide either. That's when I started getting creeped out by this.

      I just wanna share that during my teens, I was dealing with my mother's passing really bad so I dabbled in spirit summoning and some poorly researched black magic(goth phase cliches I know). After I moved out, we rented that room and the rentor told me some really weird things happen while staying there like some pretty vivid dreams of a woman holding her down in bed. I too had experienced sleep paralysis in that room once, and chalked it up to stress and the hypnagogic state you talked about.

      Is it possible I might have invited something in during those dark times in my life? There are times even at present that I feel so negative all the time, like hate, envy, and depression and I try to fight it with prayers and positive thinking. I didn't bore you, did I? lol

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      Nicole Canfield 20 months ago from Summerland

      Angel - Have you tried cleansing your home, spiritually? Look up how to smudge your home. Using white sage as a smudging ritual can absolutely help get rid of entities such as these. After you've cleansed your house, bless it with oil or holy water. Hope this helps.

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      graceclark2016 20 months ago

      Mine I don't think is an imagination. But i really see it where there is a light and there is no anything dark or black on that part only white towel so you will see the difference. I am about to open my door and I notice the curtain is sudden open and I look inside... I really see it tall and dark person for about 5- 10 seconds... I don't feel creepy. There is some mysterious thing happen like I had a fight with my partner then 1 day after an old woman told my partner in his dream that I have been crying and she is very angry at him... I remember I have office mate before who betray me and I left the apartment. After, a month I heard that an old woman is trying to hold her neck and want to kill her... I do not know if it has a connection. Today, I am pissed offf coz my partner drinking whisky, am hoping he stop it then his bottle of whisky explode and no one is touching it... My partner is very scare he came down the stare and he told me... When I went up and check on it- the bottle break its half part all whisky are spilled on the floor.

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      Maeve Baumhauer 21 months ago

      I enjoyed reading your article. Supernatural subjects are quite interesting to me. :)

      I noticed close to the end of your post, you mentioned a theory about the "undead." What do you mean by this?

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      lostsoul123 21 months ago

      I would like to get a response. I think this article has a lot of coincidence to what happened to me and my girlfriend. 2 nights ago I woke up at 3:40am because my girlfriend was making very weird noises in her sleep, there was a very small dim blue light in the room coming from the internet box and I could see she had Goose bumps and she was stiff like a rock at the same time she was trying to wake herself up at the same time I was also shaking her to wake up, this has never happened to her for five years we have been together never saw her having a nightmare. Thing doesn't stops there, as soon as she is able to wake up I ask her what were you dreaming and she said I was possessed by something (she aint from any religion) and I was gonna just turn around drink water I had in the side table and go back to sleep, when I turn around to grab my bottle of water outside the bedroom door I saw this Black Shadow STARING it happened for some seconds I couldn't believe it but then when I started saying to my girlfriend there is a man standing outside the door the shadow started walking to the other room and left us. After that I could only sleep with the light on and last night I turn all lights off to sleep because for me is difficult to sleep with light and so my girlfriend woke up at 3:30 am and then me at 4 like around that time it got difficult to have a deep sleep eventho I was sleeping before that time is weird I don't know how to explain is like an uncomfortable feeling.

      I played the Ouiji board many times when I was a teenager I never believed in those things but I stopped playing it one time my friend and I got really spooked out by what happened while we were playing it, and how the thing on the ouiji board was just like "ha, ha, ha, ha"and the fan and tv went off and on we cried for the thing to let us out the game.

      Should I move from apartment? What should I do?

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      Angel Hayward 21 months ago

      Hi. I've been seeing this shadow entity now for 3 weeks. It's a nuisance. I'm usually awake. It's about the same time every night. I'm usually not scared. Not trying to act like a hard butt. But I always see it out of the corner of my eye. Or I know when it's closer to me. I don't try to pay no mind. Cause once I realize this entity is there. It disappears quickly. My only issue with this entity is... I have tightening of my chest. Almost like winded. I just want it gone. Cause I do not like the feels of being suffocated. I can't tell anyone I know cause they look at me like I'm nuts. I've seen this entity (if it's even the same one) many times throughout the years. But not on a constant basis. Last time I saw it. I was playing games with me. Like whispering or the one that truly scared me is when it made a real loud kiss noise in my ear while I was bent over putting towels away. Please help... I'm exhausted in every way manageable.

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      stejedasa005 23 months ago

      So, this is my experience with the shadow people, particularly today:

      I had a dream in which I was outside I'm my balcony talking with some family I do not speak to that often. After certain comments were made, I started to get into a distasteful mood and started causing rain and thunder, and I revealed my ability to my family. I was also pilling books outside in the balcony despite the rain while i spoke to them. I got annoyed, so leaving the weather in that state, I went to bed. Then, a shadow person visited me. It was a hooded shadow, and it claimed to be my grandmother on my moms side, who passed away about a decade ago and I didn't know well. Ive had other experiences with shadows, they have never gotten close to me, but this one did. It was at the foot of my bed, kneeling, talking to me. The only thing that was said was that ''I was misusing my gift'' and that ''I would be judged for it'' The shade also had no face, I couldn't see it even if it was basically a foot away from me.

      I was not having sleep paralysis I was fully asleep when I was having this dream.

      I am a wicca and Id like to know what this means, but apparently no one online has had a similar experience

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      Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from Summerland

      Has anyone played the ouija board in your house?

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      Killer413 2 years ago

      A couple of days ago i seen a humanoid figure sitting at the end of my bed staring at me occasionally i feel scratches on my leg sometimes i wake up with cuts on my fingers hands legs or my chest. The cuts don't seem to hurt but if i poke them they just start bleeding like it was fresh although the inside was a orangey brown, I know the history of my house no one has died inside of here but have died nearby the house it is also on top of a old mine, a proximately 110 years old. Every night i hear running outside my bedroom door which creeps me out i keep a knife under my pillow just in case i see it again, my friends have told me they hear things at night above them and underneath their bed they are sleeping on in the other room one friends started screaming and crying that something was touching him with a sharp object, he said that he had started to hear heavy breathing underneath the bed so he ignored it as he thought he was hearing things, he told me that he is never going in that room again unless it is day but ever since that night i have put around 10 locks on the door from the inside so if something is in there it can't get out, however my family have had a history of these encounters well when i was around 13 i would hear knocks on my bedroom window at around 12-3 am sometimes it was heavy knocking light and gentil knocking or furious knocking which was the main one i ever heard my girlfriend always refused to come to my house as she knew what was happening in my house and asked me if i wanted to go to hers instead.She never really told me why she wouldn't step foot in my house all i know is that she knew about all the freaky things that was going on in my house.

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      Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from Summerland

      Oh my goodness, Robinea. I can't even imagine living in a place with such craziness occurring all the time. I am a little intuitive, yes. It's not something I tend to advertise, but sometimes I get random thoughts in my head that seem to be just random...then they turn out to be happening at that moment or have happened. Anywho, it sounds to me like you need to get out of there...did you buy or are you renting? Aren't you able to move? Can you have a shaman or spiritual elder come and investigate to see if they could do the cleansing? Sometimes even when we think we can handle something, we can't and need help...extra manpower, so to speak. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. :) I'm great at researching too.

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      Robinea1 2 years ago

      WOW! You must be very intuitive! I live in the area that goes directly over the "Trail of Tears", but also, I was able to capture a photograph in my dining room one night of a male soldier dressed in Civil War attire. I've not been able to find the history of this house OR this property. For some reason, the local city administrators aren't too good OR QUICK at releasing public information. The only sure thing I DO know is that the house that USE to sit here where my house is NOW, got leveled with one of the strongest tornadoes these parts had seen in years. That happened back in the late 70's. PART of this house was rebuilt from the original one that got leveled by the tornado, and then the other part of the house was moved here from another location that they've STILL not disclosed to us yet, and honestly, I wasn't that interested in even KNOWING about it UNTIL I realized we had spirit activity here. I'm also convinced there is a portal in my home at the top of the stairs. I didn't realize it until our house caught on fire in that very spot, and then when I was video recording the damage, I could literally see the energy in the form of a giant, wavy looking ball of energy, it was kind of clear but had a yellowish red color to it. At THAT particular time I didn't know what that was and after asking over a dozen people, someone referred me to a lady who could see energy - she's the one who suggested to me that that was a portal, well no actually, she INSISTED it was one - and when she did - EVERYTHING started making sense. I didn't really like it, nor was I comfortable with it, but at least it was starting to make a little more sense than me just being crazy! However, this house doesn't hold too much positive energy in it. I have seen THE NICEST people enter through my doorway, and immediately either become AGGRESSIVELY argumentative, or they will either puke or pass out. I've had one woman pass out TWO TIMES THE SECOND she walked through the door, and then another one started puking. BOTH of those women ended up leaving within minutes of coming over. Matter of fact, the air is SO THICK in here that MOST TIMES, people are uncomfortable here. I'm sick ALL THE TIME now. Not one day goes by that I"m not vomiting or having trouble breathing. I've been to the doctor about it, and there is nothing health wise causing it. It gets kind of hard to breathe sometimes when there is a LOT of spirit energy - like last night. I also begin to tremble with such a force that sometimes my legs get weak and give out. I was literally blown away by ALL THE different, yet negative, aggressive spirits that were here last night though. They were loud, kept banging in threes, banging so hard the walls would shake and the windows would rattle. Our dog AND the cats were even freaking out for about 4-5 hours, from around midnight til well after 4 am. But the thing that REALLY caught me off guard was at exactly 2:56 am, I heard a LOUD banging on what sounded like the door, then I got up to go see, just to look, and as I got up from my office chair, I was walking toward the door to go out into the living room to see if someone was outside - a pencil that I had been drawing with, aggressively flew FAST across the room from my desk to where I was walking out the door about 15 feet from it, and hit me in the back. It was like someone was mad and threw it at me AS HARD as they could. THAT freaked me out because everybody else was in bed, so I was alone downstairs, AND THEN when I looked down at the pencil, it began to roll across the floor. Lol... I TOOK OFF running, and then tripped trying to get up the stairs, but then something stopped me dead in my tracks! I could hear several muffled voices frantically saying, "GO BACK TO THE DESK, HURRY, HURRY, GO NOW!" At first I just stood there wondering if I were imagining that, but then I had an overwhelmingly persistent feeling of dread that MADE ME go back - So I went back down the stairs with my knees feeling like they were gonna give out on me any second and I got down to my desk, at which point I noticed one of my HUGE butcher knives sitting right on top of the desk. I don't know HOW that thing got there (it REALLY WASN'T there 2 minutes before that) as I had been working at my desk since the kids went to bed around 10 and there was AND NEVER IS any reason for ANY sort of kitchen knives, let alone the biggest one in the kitchen to be in my office. So anyway, when my eyes set on that knife, for like a few seconds, it felt like I was racing SOMETHING to that knife - I grabbed that thing up so quick and was just thankful that it was just a pencil and not that knife that came flying across the room, because believe me when I tell you - we've had WAY WORSE and painful things happen - ALL OF US who live here have.

      I could literally write a book on mine and my family and friends experiences in this house. I wake up every morning with dread, and I go to bed with dread, AND NO MATTER how many lights we install throughout this house - it is still WICKED DARK. I feel like we were lured here by some sort of paranormal force that made it feel like home THE SECOND we saw it - and then within days of moving in - we realized we messed up big. I'm not even kidding, the energy changed OVER NIGHT when we moved in. I cleanse it often, and things get chaotic and really loud while I'm cleansing it with sage, but all THAT does is seems to make em mad because whatever IS here is usually it's WORST when and right after I've cleansed it. We've lived here since December 1999.

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      I see shadows in my old house all the time. I can never figure out where they are coming from. Is it the tv or a car going by I never know for sure. I ask my husband if he ever saw them and he said he did all the time. Oh well, they don't bother me. Who knows maybe they're protectors. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from Summerland

      Robinea1 - It sounds like your home is a hotspot for activity...perhaps some kind of portal is in your house or nearby? Have you looked into the history of your house or your property? Maybe some sort of big event occurred there or nearby that could cause all this activity. I'm thinking some sort of battle or explosion? I don't know why, just a thought that crossed my mind. Let me know what you know or what you find out! I'm intrigued. Also, have you tried cleansing your home with holy water/oil or sage?

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      Robinea1 2 years ago

      One day, in the middle of the day, around 1 or 2 in the afternoon on a REALLY SUNNY day, I saw out of my peripheral vision, who I THOUGHT was my oldest son, wearing a black sweatsuit and hoodie run past my office window, then I heard the front door open and slam, someone ran up our stairs, AND THEN, it sounded like a herd of elephants running down the stairs - we ALL saw that shadow figure, and that time, it ran directly up to my oldest son (13 at the time), it was taller than he was but they were practically nose to nose and it scared the crap out of EVERYBODY. He even had 3 or 4 friends over here - one of em got so scared he called his mom to come get him. I'd NEVER seen something JUST OUT THERE, right there in front of all of us like that. This thing though had a really creepy, weird gliding sort of walk, and as it glided QUICKLY I might add, it's shoulders were slumped back, it was VERY tall, it was just creepy the way it moved. I really did scare ALL of us, and by then we were KIND OF use to seeing things out of our peripheral vision - JUST NOT RIGHT IN FRONT OF us. In my house though, the activity is not limited to JUST after midnight and 3 am - it is active ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT. But if I happen to stay awake until around 2 am, THAT IS THE MOST loud time, it's really REALLY active then.

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      Bartzel 3 years ago

      Nonnie Sanders, the person asked for my e-mail address but never send anything. Was kinda expecting that though.

      I'm skeptical about these things and, like you said, looking for real proof. No proof has come to me so far...

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      Nonnie Sanders 3 years ago

      for csap75 and Bartzel; did those videos ever get out to you or this hub? I would LOVE to see them. Am looking for 'proof' but not the kind you see on the 'reality' TV shows. My house is full of shadow people as well, like Mrs. JB. I have never feared the shadow world so don't bother God about it. I have asked them a number of times what they want, or how I can help them. I believe they are remnant personalities (also referred to as ghosts) still attached to this house or the people who used to live here. The house is not that old, but the land itself has been occupied by generations of slaves, slave holders and Natives. We are also visited by shadow cats nearly every day. So try to be friendly and welcoming if you can; if not, then kindly urge them to move on, as they are 'in your space.' I don't think they 'feed on' our emotions, but they are lonely, and do respond to us. If anyone has had any luck filming them, please post if you can.

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      medic4776 4 years ago

      Narcolepsy has 5 diagnostic symptoms and 2 can mimic paranormal experiences.

      1 is sleep paralysis and 2 is hypnogogic hallucinations.

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

      Linda - That's rather frightening. Is her mother or father aware of this? Perhaps there's more going on at home.

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      Linda 4 years ago

      I work at an elementary school and one of my 9 year old's told me that she is scared to use bathrooms because many times there is a black thing watching her. she asks God to help her and it comes more. She has nightmares that this thing will kill her. I don't know how to help her.

      Any thoughts?

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      Mark 4 years ago

      Hi there. When I was a young child, around the age of 4 or 5, I witnessed something that I believe to be shadow people. My father wasn't home at the time, and my mother was in the lounge room watching tv. I was asleep in my mothers bed alone, as I felt a little uncomfortable in my bed that night. I remember waking up during the night sometime to see 3 small shadow people standing at the foot of my bed just staring at me. They were aproximately 1 meter tall, and the 3 of them were standing shoulder to shoulder. It scared the hell out of me. I called out to my mother straight away and said, "mum, there are 3 small children in here staring at me". My mother jumped up straight away to see what I was talking about and to make sure I was ok. But just before she walked into the bedroom, I said to her,"mum, stay there! Don't come in. Everything will be ok. God is with me now, and he is here to help". I was completely awake when all this happened. The shadow people were there for aproximately 10 seconds.

      When my mother eventually opened the door to come in to see me, I glanced up at her and said, "their over there".

      But when I turned to look back towards the end of the bed, they were no longer there. I've never understood why I saw them or why they were there, even till this day. They just stood shoulder to shoulder looking and observing me. They never moved, nor made a sound.

      I'm glad I'm not the only person to have experienced or witnessed shadow people. Very strange experience, with no explanation for it.

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      Jonathan 4 years ago

      So I've had these experiences fairly often throughout my life. I often feel like there is a presence that is following me around. Maybe I'm not being followed, maybe I am just more adept at experiencing such things? I don't know, and I usually don't look into it. When such things have become "known" to me, I usually have a sense of fear over it. Sometimes it is an overwhelming sense of fear that just consumes my whole body and paralyzes me. Ive looked this up a few times in my life and sure enough soooo many other people have had similar encounters. This was reassuring but it also left me with more questions. At first I just dismissed it as a psychological anamoly, I went with the common "sleep paralysis" type of explanation and got on with my life. Through my life though there have been certain instances where it has made it hard to believe that is just simply a trick my mind is playing on me. I have these encounters mostly in my room, or when I am at home alone. But there have been times when I was sharing a room with someone else, (say a partner) and they have experienced the very same things I have as well.

      For me it hasn't been a humanoid looking figure, it's been more of a black amoeba that grows and starts to fill up the room, as this happens an overwhelming sense of fear grows within me. The first time this happened was a about a year or 2 back, in the room I am right now, with someone I was dating back then. We were lying in my bed in the dark, talking about something. And all of a sudden she stops, and stopped me, and told me that she felt something in the room, I felt it too, and I felt her fear of it, I felt attuned to her fear sooo much that I too felt this overwhleming sense of fear, and she told me "I dont know what's going on right now but I am really really scared. Can you please do something?"

      I mean...I have never seen her so afraid before. I felt frozen with fear as I felt the presence grow and grow, and I could see the room grow in darkness (it was already really dark). This darkness was kind of like a fog that looms over slowly, except it was growing in all directions and consuming the room. This was the first time I experienced it like that (at least that I know of) I have experienced this a few times since then, on my own, and just the other day while talking with a friend at night. This time I was the one who had to ask them to do something ( I asked them to turn on the light for me).

      Ive had experiences where I can very clearly seek a dark blob, in a certain part of the room, that moved in a blob like manner. Ive read about people seeing this darkness manifested in differen shapes and sizes. Some people see humanoid dark shadows, others just mist or blobs. This diversity in encounters is what is mostly confusing to me now. If such things are real and not just a product of our imaginations, why the difference in representations? Are these shadow figures more or less influenced by our mental capabilities (the way we perceive them at least)

      Iw ish I could know more about the people who have had such experiences. Where they feel they are in there level of awareness. I feel I am very high in my level of awareness, I feel like I have always been on a different level than most people. NOT BETTTER. Just different, and able to perceive more than most do. I mean this in terms of spiritual transcedence ( i practice buddhism, and have meditated and reached levels of awareness commonly referred to as Satori, or even Nirvana) I feel like I am more easily able to tune into these states of consciousness, since it has not taken me as long as I thought it would take someone (considering what the literature says) to reach.

      So I wonder if these presences make themselves known to people with such levels of awareness, or if people with those levels of awareness are just more capable of sensing presences that are already there.

      What if "shadow people" or whatever you want to call them, are always around, and what if we can sense them sometimes when are levels of awareness are on the same level of their state of being? What if its the same for "them"?

      Just things to consider.

      If anyone reads this, and has any information, or would like to share their stories with me. I would honestly love to hear from you. I think stories like this often get dismissed as paranormal hibberjabby and dont get the level of consideration they deserve.

      I hate how most of the times experiences with the paranormal (if you want to call it that) are often treated as thing to be scared and wary of. This fear that is perpetuated often puts up barriers for understanding what one is experiencing. I feel like often times, the way we talk about these experiences with others, is the very reason why others who may experience something similar will be afraid of it, and feel a sense of overwhelming fear (just as I have) come over them. Because the narrative has always been "these things are scary- because these things are bad- because these things may hurt you- so you should be scared" and it affects us all on a subconscious level. Which is why a lot of people would rather dismiss these experiences and try to explain them in terms of science.

      But having reach deeper/higher levels of awareness than I ever knew existed, I am in a position to consider other levels of being existing out there and in here too.

      I would wish that the cultural narratives over such phenomenon be switched around from an Us v.s. Them type of standpoint to a mutual understanding of what is being experience by millions of people all over the world. There is a connection here, we just have to try to understand it.

      If these beings are in fact observing us, why can't we observe them back?

      The only way we can do that, is by not be so afraid of them. Accepting them as a reality in the moment we are experiencing them, and acknowledging that out of alll the documented experiences with such beings there is none where any harm has come to the witness. At least not that I know of.

      If something scares you, do the research. Learn as much as you can about it. Then you will be in a position to better decide whether it should scare you or not.

      Please message me if you are sincere and genuine about such stories


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      Bartzel 4 years ago

      @csap75 - Could you share these vids? Can't say that i'd love to see the vids, but i'd be very interested in them.

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      csap75 4 years ago

      Hi Kitty. I'm glad I found this thread, I can relate to all these story's about these shadow beings.

      My encounter with them started about 3 years ago when I moved mymily into this rent house. I would start seeing dark objects move swiftly out of the corner of my eye so then I started using my camera on my phone and point it in the direction of where I would see it and play like I'm watching TV and then it happened. I caught it! When I played back the video I had to play it frame by frame and there it was. I was speechless, they are real.

      Now I am interested in the phenomenon and I have caught over a dozen of them on camera and video. I've never showed anyone but my family these pictures and videos afraid people may think I'm crazy, he'll I thought I was going crazy so I had to start carrying my phone on me at all times while I was at home because you never know when something was going to happen. After awhile I getting obsessed with it all and they where starting to show themselves more to me and started to interact with me as well. Now it's getting dangerous because they're telling me to get out, I've had an old hag follow me in the room right before bed and I had my video camera going and caught a black mass come out of my daughter's bedroom cling onto me and then formed into a woman figured black mass and tell me with an evil sounding old lady's voice I want to fu@$ you. When I played back the video my wife and I flipped out, that's it we are moving out!

      The following night I was in my daughter's room talking to her about her day, my wife yells out to me something and I turned around to answer her I looked over into my bedroom and I couldn't believe what I am seeing, it's a ghostly cat and of course I have my phone in my hand and started to film. It was amazing what I saw, it was cat looking around and when I started to move towards it disappeared. Unbelievable, I did not know what to say. Needless to say we moved out of that house and into a newer home and had not encountered any of this again.

      As long as I live I will never forget it.

      I feel a lot better that I got to express this to another. It's been bothering me for a long time and i would like to share these experiences with someone as well. I would like to send you a link if you're interested and you can take a look for yourself.

      Everybody out there, all of it is very real. I never believed in the supernatural but now....


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      okiring imagoro 4 years ago

      this doesn't quite describe my experience though its the closest i've come across, as a child i had these vivid experience with similar figures, but they were more human figures than shadows, dark like a void yet 3 dimensional like you and me, no eyes, no mouth, the they would surround my bed and just stand there, they seemed to converse among themselves but i couldn't even hear a whisper, I'd scream and try to wake up, but i never could wake up, so I'd close my eyes and just scream as loud as i could till my mum would come and switch on the lights and grab me , I'd open my eyes and it would feel like i wasn't dreaming, like i was awake along along , it happened every night for like 5 days, on the last night they came again, they always came through the bathroom door, never the bedroom door, but this time they reached out their hands towards me, i started screaming, close my eyes trying to wake up, i open them and they are still reaching out,i scream louder and the lights come on, my mum is standing next to me am awake and they are gone.... i tell myself to this day that it was just a dream, but i remember it like it actually happened. my most vivid memory to date.

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      Blake Ford Hall 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      It has been my experience, that they get really frustrated and really pissed off, if you refer to them as shadow puppets. LOL. Great hub KTD. I found myself paralyzed by it...Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Vinny 4 years ago

      I had various experiences in a place my family lived when I was young. The one the screams out at me was as follows. I was laying in the bottom of a bunk bed and could not sleep (I was often scared in this house). I use to keep the covers up around my face and if I heard anything in the room I would throw myself completely under them. I'm not sure what time it was but I don't believe it was that late as people were still up. Well, I got that "I'm scared" feeling and tossed myself under the covers. After a couple of minutes I peeked out from under and saw a hooded figure walk right by me. Now, while I was petrified at the time, I can say now that it never even looked at me (much less menaced me). But I was sooooooo scared and I remember it so well even to this day.

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

      I don't know if images will help, but I know that if I cry out for god even in my mind they will leave.

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      freelancer 4 years ago

      It is really frustrating to see that even God has no effect on this shadowy figures because these eerie figures appear very near to the god's images kept near the doorway in my home. Oh my god!

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

      Cameron - I believe you. I've had similar experiences...around the same time as you. Thank you for sharing.

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      Cameron 4 years ago

      This happened to me on two different occasions in different houses in different regions.

      It was around the dead hour.Both times I I checked my clock.The first time I was 15, and there was a black, gray, and brown humanoid cloud about 5 amd a half feet tall floating over my bed I immediately had shivers up my spine then it faded away.Time was 4:14am.

      The second occurrence was June 24, 2013 3:28am.I just fell asleep when I flipped over I opened my eyes, amd saw the same figure from the first sighting this time around 6 feet tall.I stared at it this time not afraid but rather irritated that it disturbed my sleep.It faded away.Five minutes passed, and I heard the sound of something trying to get through the doggie gate between the kitchen, and living room.

      All of the living occupants of the house were accounted for at that time either being asleep or behind closed doors in the house.

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      jen 4 years ago

      Thank you fr this post, it really somewhat enlighten my mind bou't shadow people. I had experienced it many times, I woke up in the middle of the night, out of a sound sleep and saw a silhouette of a man, standing beside me. 2nd woke up again and saw him at our door, at 1st I thought it was my mom just to give us a glance bfor she went back to bed, but it was quite long seeing him staring that got me to ask her mom, is that u? She did not respond and just walked away. Then on the morning I ask my mom bout it and told me she did not do it. starts me on thinking on who is that dark man I see but not giving much attention to it. Thn one night out of silence i woke up someone whispered in my ear saying "bumangon kana anak" on english translation it says "get up my child" comes from a fathers voice, it freaked me out, asking myself where did that came frm, there's no one in my room excluding me. It really got

      my attention, coz I realise that time the shadow shows consecutively for 3 nights. But i got used to it since the shadw did not do harm to me. Now since january, I always got woken up in the middle of the night twice, sensing someone is watching me but I didn't see the shadow anymore, the one disturbing me is when I got woken up my eyes took me to one spot of my room where I had a strong sense that the watcher is posting on that spot. Im not sure if this relates to some pranormal activity or just its me thnking of it.

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      JMCa 4 years ago

      I lost a very close friend to cancer 3 1/2 years ago. About 9 months after his death I went to a medium physic to ask questions about my job, daughter and marriage. He came to our meeting. There were several specific things said that I knew it was him. Very specific. I wasn't there about him or even had thought about him leading up to the meeting. Anyway after that meeting I spoke to my close friend/neighbor who consoled me shortly after his death and I told her about this visit and she told me she had to tell me something. During a visit in her backyard while I was emotional and crying about his passing she had seen a shadow figure in her garage while coming back from her kitchen . She told me she didn't want to tell me to scare or worry me at the moment. She said it did not scare her and she's never seen it since. I'd like to think that was my friend watching over me but I don't know. I guess it's not for me to know yet.

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      Livelaugheat 4 years ago


      I'm new to this but I guess I've been seeing these shadow ppl since I was in college. I recently had a visit by one with a hat on and I was frightened but they told me that I was safe and everything would be okay, but every time I get a visit I'm frightened. Sometimes I'd get visits and the shadow person would press against my chest so I don't know the visits can be terrifying.

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      CPG 4 years ago

      I actually had a Shadow person following me, at first 'he' was rather frightening and I couldn't talk to or about 'him' but after a while 'he' told me to call 'him' Friend and we began talking, 'he' told me 'he' was studying humans, then 'he'd leave in the morning, 'he'd only be around at night. But around Janurary 'he' left, I actually feel more comfortable without Friend, 'he' had a rather uncomfortable and frightening aura about 'him'...

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      Cindy 4 years ago

      I have had issues with these images/ghosts/beings for years. I am leaning toward a combined theory, based on my experience. When I was a child, 8-15, I suffered from what the doctor called "Waking Dreams." I would be in my room, and would see things- sometimes nice things like small angels hovering above me, or like large snakes in my bed. As I grew, it changed to shadow people. While going to college, I lived alone in a small house and would often awake to a dark figure watching me from the doorway, It would always startle me, but I never felt like it would hurt me, and when I would call out to it, it would disappear. Later when I had children, I would often wake to see a similar figure looking into the cradle at my child. This would scare me and I would scream and the figure would disappear. I often thought I was just a weird sleeper, but my teen age son has confessed similar experiences. Now that I am in my mid 40's, I feel it has changed again. Several times now, I have awakened to my own voice yelling at "nothing" to leave me alone. I have only seen a figure once, and it was right next to me, something that was never that physically close before. If you have any research to help me into this new phase, and to stay "same" wondering what is going on, I would be grateful.

      Thank you!

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      Jeff Meyer 4 years ago

      One more thing I would like to add a few years ago I got a cat and since then I havnt had any trouble.

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      Bartzel 4 years ago

      Very interesting article, and even more interesting replies. My wife seems to be experiencing the same thing. She wakes up at 3:30 and sees a bright light on her left, almost as if there's a sun inside our room. Strange thing is, this light only illuminates half the room. In the doorway on the right, there's a dark figure just watching her.

      I on the other hand haven't experienced anything out of the ordinary. Sometimes i think i see an odd shadow, but when i look closer it's something completely normal (like the hanger with a coat).

      So could this also be a shadow person, trying to observe? And what about the light? Perhaps her guardian angel? I've heard before that people have seen their guardian angel in the form of a glowing light.

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

      Thanks for sharing everyone. As long as your physically and mentally safe, don't fear them. I think they feed off of fear. If you see them again, tell them you are not afraid and that they are not welcome in your home or around you or your loved ones.

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      smiley 4 years ago

      this morning my niece said she saw a white human shadow looking n shaking my 13yr old daughter around 3 something in the morning n heard foot steps going in circles in my other daughters room.I myself always hear foot steps in that room n in the room were my niece claims to have seen that thing I would always feel as though I was being watched when it used to be my room wat could these be.

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      ThoughtIWasAlone 4 years ago

      I went into labor w/my first daughter at my grandma's house. It was about 3 am. I don't remember honestly why I looked out the window (it's been 26yrs), but I saw an extremely tall, dark figure with a fedora hat on standing in her neighbors back yard looking at me. I don't know how I knew it was looking at me because I didn't see eyes. It didn't speak or do anything. It just stood there. 7 years later when I went into labor w/ my second daughter, I saw it again. I didn't see it at all when I had my third.

      When my girls were 13, 6 and 3, my 6yr old told me she saw a shadow of a man walk through the hall. I prayed but didn't pay it much attention. Later when we moved, I was looking out the window my youngest 2 girls playing outside and they said something funny (as kids do) and just before I could laugh myself, I heard something laugh briefly beside me. I freaked out! The laugh wasn't sinister, it was a genuine laugh of amusement. I prayed again. About 2yrs later, I was in the kitchen and I called my girls down to dinner and next to me again I heard a voice mock me calling my girls. It didn't imitate me, it MOCKED me. You know how when you're mocking someone you kinda change your voice drive home the point. It did that! Then I started seeing the shadows. My youngest daughter is about to leave home for college now and I still see them. I can be sitting and watching tv and see them out of the corner of my eye. They are always moving fast. I don't see full bodies or anything. Sometimes I feel someone standing there and I'll turn thinking it's my daughter waiting to get my attention and see the shadow moving away quickly. I don't know if what I heard years ago is even the same thing as these "shadow figures" because they are present almost every evening and I never hear them say anything. I feel like they are watching. But I do notice that they seem to like discourse.

      Sorry this is kinda long, but I wanted to give you enough information to be able to give me your thoughts on this.

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      Delane Adendorff 4 years ago

      That's scary! I know how you feel. After my experience I felt safe as I knew by telling it to leave and seeing the dark shadow figure run out of the room (like a flash) it was not going to come back! But nothing in life is certain. I would certainly cleanse my home before bed tonight, together. Whether you speak out loud or cleanse your home in the name of your creator? I did research and the power of the name is apparently quite intoxicating for anything demonic. Who knows...I am not religious myself. But I want to believe that I have angels watching over my home instead of demons....(yikes)! Good Luck, let us know if anything returns....xxxx

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

      No, you're not alone. Perhaps they will only visit once and you'll never have to see them again. But if not, you might want to consider doing a thorough cleansing of your home.

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      whatwasthat 4 years ago

      Last night my fiancé and I both woke up screaming. We sat in the middle of the bed holding each other, absolutely terrified. My fiancé then turnes on the light and began to tell me he had seen 4 dark figures surrounding our bed...I was surprised and relieved to hear him say this because I had seen the exat same thing. Two figures stood closely near his side of the bed and the other two were standing at the foot of our bed. They weren't their for very long, even though it felt like an eternity. This wasn't the first time that i have seen a shadow person. I honestly thought i was going crazy and there must be something wrong with me, but after my fiancé finally seeing them and reading these comments I know I am not alone.

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      christina r. 4 years ago

      My 3yr old daughter this morning out of know where told me " the shadow boy was standing on our bed. He had pink eyes and no mouth he couldn't smile. He was turning colors purple and black and white. He only had one hand. He touched your nose." Then she went back about her business. I asked her if i was asleep she said yes, and i asked her if he was mean she said no. .. the way she told me was as if it was as normal as could be....

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      Delane Adendorff 4 years ago

      About 4 years ago, I had a similar experience. I woke up with a dark force over me, I struggled for about a minute to move my body but I was completely paralysed and in total fear. I could feel this dark force moving up my legs...I could feel this pressure slowly almost reaching my knees. At that point I shot up and started 'Involuntarily' shouting "In the name of Jesus, I command you to leave this house".... I said over and over again. My partner woke up in complete shock! I couldn't believe the stuff that was coming out my mouth! I don't practice the bible and for someone who is not religious at all...where did these powerful words come from? I felt this entity RUN out of my room so fast...it almost ran for its life! It was a remarkable experience! I have had many other experiences with the paranormal. None of them have been as dark as this one! The experience I had when I was 16 was a little girl who tried to reach out to me with her arms while I was awake, she came with a million bells. That vision brought music - millions of chimes and bells. When the music stopped, her vision went with. That was the most incredible experience of all the visions I have had. I was wide awake and she just appeared.

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      Jessica R 4 years ago

      Not too soon before my sister was killed by a drunk driver, I awoke to a dark figure (barely materialized) standing by my bed (I left my lamp on in the night). I didn't feel threatened, rather that this shadowy buzz of particles was peering into my soul. The next couple nights, I awoke to that same appearance of dark fuzzy pieces above my bed, both times in swarms, not in the form of a single being. More like a swarm of bugs. All 3 of these occurrences, I had fallen asleep with my lamp on from reading. Then my little sister died. I always believed these nights to be a half conscious, half asleep hallucinations. Some type of sleep paralysis. But I really feel now as if those 'things' were real. I felt the curiosity. I felt…visited. I don't believe in ghosts or demons materializing in our world. If anything, I always felt there was a possibility of 'death' visiting me, knowing he was going to take my most favorite person away from the earth, from me. I never saw those things again after my little sister died, instantly.

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      amni jackson 4 years ago

      I literally felt someone close to me in my sleep and heard screams in my ears... something was controlling my whole body, and suddenly my leg got lifted by someone BTW i was alone in the house at that time .. and a couple of days back i was looking at myself in mirror and someone whistled at me . Im so scared :(

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      Linz 4 years ago

      So this answered a terrifying question for me. When I was a little girl I was having my first sleepover and I sat up to see a shadow of a young girl sitting at the end of me bed starring at me my friend say up and saw it too. I leaned forward to touch it and my hand slid through it and we yelled for my sister who looked down from the top bunk with a bright flash light and a moment before I watched it slide into the hallway. But I've seen them many times

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      Jackson 4 years ago

      Hello I had a experience early morning around probably 3am or 4am...I can use someone opinion on it...


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