Sunday, May 5, 2013
Shadow People: A True Story
According to Wikipedia, a shadow person is a type of hallucination seen out of one's peripheral vision making it seem as if it were a living, humanoid figure.
I've seen shadow people and they weren't hallucinations out of the corner of my eye. When I was a child I would often see shadow people walking across my bedroom - passing right in front of my eyes. Other times I would lay in bed and see a black mist in the corner of my bedroom ceiling (I'm still not sure what this was). These occurrences never frightened me because they were such a normal part of my childhood. As the years passed I saw them less and less, possibly due to my mind being less open and less childlike or perhaps simply because I was moved into a different bedroom of our home.
Some people believe that shadow people, whether greyish-white and seen in the dark, or blackish and seen in broad daylight (as was my case), are inter-dimensional beings that have found a way into our world. Others think that they are ghosts who cannot fully manifest themselves into a full-bodied apparition. If so, I find it interesting that I've never seen, read, nor heard stories of shadow people interacting with the living; I've always heard stories recounted as these beings "passing through." My experience was the same: the soft, black entities walking from one bedroom wall to the other and disappearing. Never a nod, never a glance, as the four or five of them would cross my path.
There's also speculation that shadow people are demonic since folklore tells us that the devil is a dark force that will appear in a black form. Again, though, I don't remember hearing accounts of people feeling threatened in any way by shadow people, so I can't say I believe the correlation to the devil.
I also don't agree with those who believe shadow people are alien creatures. This theory actually makes me laugh since I don't believe in alien lifeforms. What? Little Miss Paranormal doesn't believe in aliens? Nope. 'Nuff said.
I'm sure there will be more theories on shadow people in the future (I think there's a shadow people movie being released soon?), but for now I don't know how to explain what I saw during my early childhood. All I know is that all these years later I can still vividly recall their appearance and my experience with them.
If you have any experiences with shadow people, I would appreciate you leaving a comment.
Until next time,