Shadow People - What Are Behind the Sightings?
The night is dark, and your rest had been profound. Slowly, you feel yourself drifting away from the sweet oblivion of dreams. As your mind gradually awakens, you stretch your arms over your head and extend your waking body. Slowly, your groggy eyes open and your heart suddenly kicks into overdrive. Someone's watching you.
There's a man standing over your bed, but this is no human. There’s no face, no hair, only deep, black shadow. What is it? What does it want? You can't think of how to react, but have finally drawn the sharp breath you'd been holding when he vanishes.
You’re unnerved, but you’re not harmed.
What was that? A ghost? Have you just seen a shadow person?
The topic of what exactly shadow people are has been a hot one for a number of years. There’s no question that the paranormal experience is a fascinating and spine tingling one, but what exactly causes these events?
Hallucinations and Tricks of the Eye
When it comes to explaining paranormal experiences, it’s usually best to start by eliminating the mundane causes. However, since the phenomena of shadow people usually happens when the individual is tired and these beings tend to manifest only in the periphery of vision, it’s very easy to dismiss them as being simple tricks of the mind. Our brains are programmed to assign vague shapes form in order for us to make sense of our world, after all.
Another option is hallucinations caused by high electromagnetic levels. Our nervous system relies on electric impulses between our nerves, and this action assigns each of us our own unique electromagnetic field. When those fields are sufficiently interrupted, hallucinations and strange sensations can result. This option is the most simple to verify through the use of EMF meters.
Disembodied Human Spirits
Some believe that shadow people are simply another manifestation of ghosts or spirits. Owing to some reports of a drop in temperature in conjunction to the sightings of shadow people, this might hold water. Most disincarnated spirits can’t hold their forms in this realm very easily, so they flit in and out of our sight any way they can. Although many shadow person sightings are associated with the sense of dread and fear, not all are.
There is another theory that shadow people are actually beings from an alternate dimension. Perhaps they’re scientists from a parallel world, looking to learn more about ours. Physicists have determined that there is a possibility of parallel worlds through equations relating to String Theory and others like it. Could a timeline close to our own have figured out inter-dimensional travel? Are these shadow people the very first voyagers from that world? Or, perhaps, are these shadow people actual glimpses into the other world through some sort of fault in the natural separation of worlds?
Although less popular, there is a theory that the shadow person phenomena is actually the result of alien encounters. The most common perception of what aliens are involve large eyes and small bodies, but who’s to say there isn’t more than one type of alien? There is the possibility that these elusive figures could be beings from another planet, here to observe us for some reason beyond our understanding.
Owing to the fact that so many of the sightings are often accompanied by feelings of fear and danger, there are those who regard shadow people as demonic in nature. There are stories of women and men being held down against their will, while a supernatural being attempts, and sometimes succeeds, in having their way with the unfortunate human. Because demons are known to cause suffering for their own enjoyment, this possibility is adopted by many believers.
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Accumulation of Negative Energy
Countless cultures around the world put great importance on maintaining positive energy in living spaces. This is why there are so many ways of cleansing an area, from smudging to a wide variety of blessing practices.
However, in places like jails, old hospitals, dungeons, battle fields and execution grounds, negative energy can’t be avoided, owing to the events which had transpired there over time. There are quite a few cases of shadow people sightings in these areas in addition to the more traditional haunting.
Many cultures believe that when enough of that dirty energy builds up, inhuman beings are either born of it or drawn to it. When the incarnated enter these areas, they will then see these new denizens in the form of shadow people.
The darker side of astral projection is often ignored in favor of the healing and good deeds possible through this practice. However, people with dark intentions can foster an interest in the topic and take action just as easily as light workers. Hitler, for instance, had a deep fascination with the occult and had put quite a bit of study into it.
Although the majority of the population may never know if he’d succeeded in any of his experiments, there’s no doubt that there are those out there who can and do use astral projection to get what they want from someone they crave power over.
More than one cause?
Because the world we live in is so vastly diverse, there is the distinct possibility that there are different types of shadow people, originating from different causes. As with all paranormal and metaphysical topics, it comes down to individual belief in the end.
If you have had experiences with shadow people, it’s up to you to decipher which cause fits best for your situation.