What exactly are shadow people?
One day when my sister and I were very young, we were playing at our grandparents' house. We were 'walking' our dolls across the hallway into one of the bedrooms and back. When it was my sister's turn, she walked through the hallway, entered the bedroom, and suddenly I remember her starting to scream and cry. My grandmother also heard her, and both of us rushed to her to see what had happened. She explained that when she entered the room, she saw the shadow of a man on the wall. At first she thought it was my grandfather, but then she saw that he was still sleeping in the room next door, and there was no other male in the house.
Some may feel that because she was so young at the time, it was simply her imagination. However, now at age 21, she is still adamant about what she saw and still fears being in a dark room alone. Even before that day, though, I always felt that there was something strange about my grandparents' house, and I would get the creeps whenever I would walk down that hallway.
Several months after my sister saw the figure, both of my grandparents died. I am not sure if the shadow was an omen of their death or merely coincidence, but I became intrigued with shadow people and wanted to learn more about them.
What are shadow people?
Shadow people are exactly as the name implies: dark silhouettes that have a human form. Though many of the shadow people that have been seen are said to have the appearance of an adult male, the shadows of women and children have also reportedly been spotted.Though more rare, there are some accounts of sightings of shadows that have had the forms of different species of animals as well.
Other types of shadow people that have been seen include shadow mists and the more demonic looking shadow figures. It is believed that when shadow people are moving, they do not keep their shapes and thus will have the appearance of a dark mist. The demonic looking shadow people may have horns or red eyes and obviously have a much more frightening appearance.
What do shadow people signify?
There have been many interpretations of shadow people. Some believe that they are ghosts. However, ghosts are often seen as more of a whitish mist and usually have recognizable clothing and facial features. In contrast, a shadow person's face and clothing cannot be seen, except for perhaps a hat that the shadow figure may be wearing.
One very interesting theory is that they are the essences of people who are in the process of having out of body experiences. It has been believe by some that everyone travels outside of their bodies while they are sleeping, and the shadow person is simply the projection of the individual as he or she is having that experience.
Another idea is that shadow people are actually demons, and the reported sightings of those with the horns or red eyes may be seen by some as proof of this theory. However, there are others who believe that the shadow people that are seen with those more frightening features are simply ghosts who are skilled at disguising themselves to deceive and scare the individual.
Additional interpretations of shadow people are that they may be beings from another dimension, people from the future, and extraterrestrial beings. Some have even reported that they have seen shadow figures prior to the death of someone they know (which is related to my sister's situation), and therefore they may also be seen as 'angels of death'.
Of course, there are the skeptics who believe that shadow people are simply figures of the imagination, but those people usually have never seen a shadow person themselves.
I’m a strange person on October 17, 2020:
I’ve seen multiple since I was around 4-5, though my grandmother says the figments of my imagination,I don’t believe that though. I don’t have any ideas of what they are but, I know there’s a lot of them at least where I live.
Sheeawilso on April 29, 2015:
I was 5 years old when I saw my shadow people. I was in bed and it was dark except for the hall light that my Mom always left on for me.
There was a man and a woman but they didn't come in my room. They just stood in the doorway. They said to me in a loud whisper, "We have been watching you Shannie. You are good girl."
That was it. I have never seen them again that I am aware of.
Anirban Chakrabarty on August 23, 2013:
I saw shadow People in my childhood days during midnight hours, but believe me, they never hurt me. I think they wanted to communicate something to me, which I didn't understand till yet. Another mysterious part was that, they always either used to watch me or simply passed by my side. At one instance I saw them in full daylight while going for work outside in the Year 1999. This was the last when I saw that Shadow man/ woman in my life. This is what all I can say. about it.
Anirban Chakrabarty on August 23, 2013:
I saw shadow People in my childhood days during midnight hours, but believe me, they never hurt me. I think they wanted to communicate something to, which I didn't understand till yet.
E on November 20, 2012:
I saw a shadow when I was around four or five too, but I didn't think he was scary, in fact I used to tell my mom that my best friend was "shadow man". I would usually only see him peeking around corners, but one day when my dad, mom, brother, and my sister all had to leave, my mom thought she left me ih a babysitter, but the baby stitter fell and had to go to the hospital, so i was alone. The one time I was alone was the only time shadow man came out from behind the corner, and he looked after me until my mom came home, he didn't talk, but he played with me when I asked, and he nodded when it was a yes or no question. Sadly, when I hit the age of 7 or 8 I didn't see shadow man anymore.
Milamado on August 01, 2012:
I saw a shadow man when I was very young, maybe four or five years old. My mother was putting me to bed one night. The hall light was on and my mother did not turn on the bedroom light. Next to my bed on the left side, was the shadow of a man from the waste up. I begged my mother to make it go away, I didn't like it one bit. She spent what seemed like an eternity going through my room and moving everything around. Strangely enough, she did everything but turn on the bedroom light. In the end, there was nothing that she could move or manipulate in or around the room to make it go away. And although my mother is a kind caring, loving person, I still wonder to this day why she made me sleep in the room with that thing. It was still there when she left me in my bed. I have asked her about it and she says she can't remember it. Maybe I remember it because I had to sleep in the room with it. It was real whatever it was, I know, because I got a good long look at it. Normal shadows are not that dark . This thing was too perfect to be a real shadow. It almost looked like someone had drawn it on the wall and yet it was transparent. It had no clothes or hats on and no ears or hair either. Whatever you want to say it is, it was not a good thing. I wonder how long it stayed in my room after I fell asleep. It was gone in the morning.
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on July 12, 2012:
Scary thought for me to see shadow people. I have not seen one in my life and I don´t like to see for it is so creepy. Thanks for sharing this interesting story.
Jasmine on July 10, 2012:
Very interesting! I'm not sceptic about it because I know what you're talking about. They sure give you the creeps, don't they?
Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on July 09, 2012:
Very interesting article, jennzie! I personally think they are inter-dimensional beings, but am always curious about this sort of thing. Scary stuff, and well worth investigating. There is so much about this world that still remains to be explored--not just the physical, but the metaphysical. Voted Up, interesting and awesome!
mybeloved on July 06, 2012:
wow! i have seen shadow ppl but without the hats and coats. ive seen 3 orbs bouncing on walls knocking 3 times for my attn. i have seen the ultimate powerful looking demon entity of all with the baphomet image in not on...IN, my grandmother bedroom wall mirror one night when i was 9. i just found out what baphomet was, due to all the illuminati talk) i have seen spiritual eyes follow me. i smell sulfer in the air to let me know something near and it was. i have felt demons touch me and grab me they are hairy and have 2 or 3 claws. they appear in the dark. I DO NOT SLEEP IN TOTAL DARK. NEVER AGAIN! i have been raped during sleep paralysis by a spirit. trust me you know it wasn't human. ive seen dead ppl didn't know IT until later that they deceased. ive been around possessed ppl that walks around you everyday and you wouldn't know it. ghost travel at night in the streets alone. you will think they were human passing. most of this was when i was a kid. i thought i was losing it bcus adults said so. but later in my adult life i was forced to believe bcus the attacks on my life was too much and unfair. i have seen light angels in humans also. they let you know they are here by subtle gestures in looks or songs or the strange eye colors and pop up appearances with answers to your hidden questions. shadow ppl are no good. they smell they invade and attack. the light angels are around you everyday to assist. we just don't look for them or expect them. they are here just like the dark ones. shadows and demons are trouble starters. tell them to get out and leave you alone. now as for demons once you see them they will hate you and haunt you because you been exposed to their existence and not serve them. that's when you need spiritual help. good luck
markbennis on July 01, 2012:
Great hub and fascinating to say the least, what they really are is still debatable but for those who are familiar and open, to metaphysical concepts. Then surly an entity of some kind, inter-dimensional beings perhaps, ghosts I personally don’t think so, as ghosts carry a recognizable signature which we can associate too, as if they were once human?
I do believe from some research that there is a multi-dimensional frequency that separates out on different levels, and alternate realities. These beings are of a very low vibratory level; your instincts can pick up on this signature with frightening accuracy.
They feel like a being that is from a fallen state of being, like the light has all but disappeared from their existence, and these types of being usually unable to sustain their own quantum as part of the fallen state. Will need to feed of other beings that are still part of light, where their quantum is still organic and being fed by the process that is in line, with primordial order.
Multi-dimensional beings such as these are disconnected from their organic time-line and system, where most are in that system are part of a fallen state, separated from the organic light of source. Their whole region or sector could be a dying part of time space, which has now been disconnected from the organic flow of life energy, which could affect a whole system or, galaxy or universe.
These fallen types refuse to succumb to the fate of this order, where all will become obsolete planets matter and all, as part of this fallen state. The key is that this fallen state makes it impossible for them to sustain their inner lights quantum, soul. As it is dying, so they have to feed or harvest from others and even star systems which are still connected to the source energy.
Long story short, these entities in my opinion are in a fallen state of being, dying souls who need to be close to another’s inner quantum, to sustain their existence. The other key to recognizing who these entities are is by your inner knowing, or intuition. Our senses are far more advanced then we give credence to, and it is within this inner knowing that we can sense and differentiate between the fallen beings, ghosts, or inter-dimensional beings and of those who are ascended beings so to speak.
Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on July 01, 2012:
Cool hub, this is interesting. You say that sometimes people associate the phenomenon with death, maybe this is the character 'Death' who comes for you when it's your time to go? Just thought I'd throw that suggestion in!
ana on June 25, 2012:
I saw shadow figures outside of my door walking back n forth when I was child. Apt. was dark but not pitch black. I thought it was my parents but deep down I know it wasn't. Thought I was crazy just remembered that 2day watching the movie The Others
Amethystraven from California on June 08, 2012:
I've seen my share of shadows. I always try to get a better look at them, and end up of course not being able to. I always see them in my peripheral vision. One of these days I'll get a better look.
cletis charles on May 09, 2012:
i think this is some crazy stuff but i myself think ive seen shadow people but not real shure
Jenn (author) from Pennsylvania on April 25, 2012:
Thanks PennyCarey. :)
PennyCarey from Felton on April 25, 2012:
Very interesting and containing a lot of information. Great hub!
Jenn (author) from Pennsylvania on April 19, 2012:
I agree- these kinds of things fascinate me. :)
precy anza from USA on April 19, 2012:
I had seen shadow people twice. First one when I was about 10 years old. It is always interesting on what's hidden to us, like how they could just appear or disappear. :)
Jenn (author) from Pennsylvania on April 19, 2012:
Klarawieck- That's a very interesting interpretation of shadow people. Thanks for sharing!
David- I understand what you are saying. I have seen things out of the corner of my eye but I don't automatically conclude that it's a ghost or something paranormal. The mind can definitely can play tricks on you. I have never really experienced anything supernatural myself, so it's difficult to say where I stand on these things. I just have a strong interest in learning more about them.
David Ashton on April 19, 2012:
I have seen 'shadow people' on a few occasions yet I remain a skeptic. I do not think it sufficient to simply say that they are figments of someone's imagination, I believe that the brain always tries to makes sense of what it sees and attempts to categorise images based on shape and other factors and that 'shadow people' are the brains attempt to categorise and make sense of normal shadows that perhaps may be of an unusual shape. It is also important to remember that fear can affect the brains cognitive function therefore innocent glimpses or things we see out of the corner of our eye can become terrifying monsters. This is of course my personal belief that I wished to share and I intend no offense to those who have different beliefs.
klarawieck on April 18, 2012:
I'm from Cuba, and in our country we consider that these "shadow people" are spirits who don't have a lot of light. In other words, they are dark entities, not necessarily demons, but spirits that are in need of enlightenment. We pray for them to evolve. Most of the time, they try to communicate and even help the living, but end up messing things up because they don't have what it takes to be a positive influence.
This is a great article, and very well researched and explained. Thanks!