Shadow People: Ghosts, Demons, Aliens, Astral Bodies, Time Travelers … WTF!?
The Shadow People (also known as shadow figures, shadow beings, shadow men, shadow folk, shadow ghosts) are supernatural shadow-like figures described as dark humanoid forms or evasive specters that are seen mostly in peripheral vision.
Shadow people are typically described as black humanoid silhouettes with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, child-sized humanoids, or shapeless masses that sometimes change to human like form and featuring eyes that are either glowing or not discernible. Their movement is said to be quick and disjointed.
Some have proposed that shadow people represent a Thoughtform (egregore), ghost or demon that was created by events in which extreme physical/emotional stress/trauma has taken place, have been purposefully summoned through black magic or other occult practices, or are creatures who exist on a separate plane of existence that occasionally overlaps with ours.
Those who are experiencing and studying the shadow people phenomenon say that these entities almost always used to be seen out of the corner of the eye only very briefly. But more and more, people are beginning to see them straight on and for longer periods of time. Some who have experienced the phenomena say that they have even seen eyes, usually red, on these shadow beings.
The explanation we get from skeptics and mainstream science – and who are usually people who have never experienced the shadow people phenomenon – is that it is nothing more than the active human imagination. It’s our minds playing tricks on us… our eyes seeing things in a fraction of a second that aren’t really there – illusions… real shadows caused by passing auto headlights, or some similar explanation. And without a doubt, these explanations probably can account for some if not many experiences. The human eye and mind are easily fooled. But can they account for all cases?
The dark countenance and malevolent feelings that are often reported in association with these creatures has led some researchers to speculate that these paranormal hauntings may be demonic in nature. If they are demons, we have to wonder what their purpose or intent is in letting themselves be seen in this manner. Is it merely to frighten?
There is one documented case that I’m aware of wherein a paranormal research group was spelunking a graveyard and the son of an investigator (who was with his mother on the investigation) became possessed by a demon calling itself “Irritum”, a Latin word which means nothingness, after an encounter with a multitude of shadow people.
One idea suggests that shadow people are the shadows or essences of people who are having out-of-body experiences. People from our own future,as some suggest, could have found the means to travel to the past – our time. However they are able to accomplish this incredible feat, perhaps in that state they appear to us merely as passing shadows as they observe the events of our time line.
Even mainstream science is fairly convinced that there are dimensions other than the four we inhabit (time is the fourth dimension in case you were wondering). And if these other dimensions exist, who or what (if anything) inhabits them? Some theorists say that these dimensions exist parallel and very close to our own, although invisible to us. And if there are inhabitants in these other dimensions, it is possible that they have found a way to intrude on our dimension and become, at least partially, visible? If so, they could very well appear as shadows. It has long been held by psychics and other sensitives that beings on other planes of existence are of different “vibrations.” Science is beginning to look at reality, on a quantum level, in the same way – that particles of the smallest size exist as vibrations. Perhaps, some theorize, the vibrations of our existence are beginning to mesh with those of another dimension, which accounts for the increase in such phenomena as ghosts, shadow people and possibly aliens.
There is no way to prove or disprove any theories about a phenomenon that is so mysterious, that happens so quickly and without warning. Science finds it virtually impossible to catalog or study such phenomena in any methodical way. All we can do for now is document personal experiences and try to piece together what the shadow people phenomenon might be.