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What Are Shadow People?

Updated on May 16, 2015

Shadow people have been talked about for as long as people have experienced paranormal phenomena, but what are they? Shadow people are often described as being human-like in shape, being quick yet having jerky movements with the ability to appear on walls and ceilings simultaneously. By some they are believed to be evil but by others they may be described as guardian angels. Unless you are a medium or otherwise have special psychic abilities they are often glimpsed and never seen straight on, at least not at first.

It seems to be common place that people will often see something moving out of their peripheral vision and assume that it was nothing and just a figment of their imagination but the feelings of being observed may linger much longer making that person uncomfortable. How often have you been sitting and watching TV or reading and thought you saw a quick flash of movement out of the corner of your eye and of course you look and nothing is there? It has been reported that feelings of fear, panic or trepidation accompany these run-ins with the shadow people.

It is also a common belief by those who believe that shadow people are evil beings that these beings are not and have never been human, so again what are they? It has been put out there that these “things” are actually ancient evil beings that thrive on fear, pain and anger. For a little clarification, the shadow people being referred to here are not the same as seeing a “ghost” often a ghostly apparition may be white in color and even those that present themselves as a darker mass are not often confused with the shadow people. Shadow people are extremely dense in that it looks like you literally can reach out and touch this form and it will have substance, often the one seeing the shadow will experience those feeling mentioned earlier of fear or panic.

One of the best descriptions of shadow people and what they can do comes from psychic medium Amy Allan, who many know from the show “The Dead Files” on Travel Channel. Amy Allan’s experience happened when she was four years old; she stated that the shadow people would come talk to her at night and at first she thought they were nice and were fun until they convinced her that in order to keep playing with them she needed to stick her finger in a light socket, almost killing her.

For those who have had an experience with a true shadow person it is not something that you will ever want to be repeated and for those who don’t believe in the existence of anything other then what they have been told exists, well good luck to you if you ever have an experience. So after all the research and all the reading there is still no straight answer that can be given as to what shadow people truly are and maybe it is something none of us will ever know until we ourselves pass over to the other side.

Have you ever seen a shadow person?

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    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Home!

      Hello Prince, Thank you for stopping by. I am afraid that I would have to disagree with you when it comes to the cause of human suffering all relating back to the paranormal.

      Have you ever tried to contact one of the ghost hunting shows? I would think they would jump at the chance to listen to you about your experiences.

      Again thank you for leaving your message!

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      5 years ago

      Sorry for my simple english, i prefer more older languages to speak,but since our modern humans don't understand it i will try to use my broken english,let say im expert in the paranormal and i like to help you and all the ones think that they know the truth about the paranormal or the unseen world or /and healing ,i saw many books and theories or personal views ,but still humans are fare a way from the reality of what they feel or imagine,i would like to offer my simple help or explanation about what humans don't see but feel and give instructions how to fight it and how to defeat it if it was nigative or dark energy,i can explaine its weak points and how its work against the human race,what i want to say that evry thing have reason or roots or motivation, most human suffernes comes from paranormal reason or influences, ,what ever it is. like nightmares,shadow pepole,depresion,nigative emotions,sicknes,sekts,evil idiologies,druggs ,demonic possess,hauntings,sadism,crimes,i can explaine how evil energy work effectivly against humans ,,,and so on ,any way for any further info im here to help and to offer my knowledge to you and your friends or customers or who ever need it, it is not important now whay i do this or that

      but to satisfay your curiosity,im writing to you (you can say through inspeiring some one i dicate,some pepole well call me positive entity or guide,well done, others will call me jinn or spirit,im not allowed to manifest in my body or shap in your human earthly world thierfor im allowed to use human body or mind to spread my knowledge of course in verry positive way,we need to explaine for humans how the evil control human mind,and not evry thing you don't see is neceserly is evil,im friendly and well educated and i just want to help i like also to contact spiritual humans and speak about my experiences and knowledge in the human earthly world ,just ask what ever you want,and please don't ignore my massage

      your white prince

    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Home!

      Hey markminer, thank you for stopping by! I think it is important for people to make up their own minds. Most people are often afraid of what they do not understand and may not intentionally "make-up" things, I lean more towards giving people who have had sightings of such things the benefit of doubt until it can be proved otherwise.

      P.s. I have seen a purple dog, it was on TV, some horrible pet owners decided to treat their dog themselves with a horse medication and it turned the dog purple. So see I did sight the purple dog!

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      6 years ago from Albany, Oregon

      As a parapshycologist, I can easily tell you that 99% of the cases I have been on have been easily explained due to hallucinatory and dillusional sightings. However, as a person of my own mind, I have ran across some "unexplainable" experiences that could not be explained away. Not just from my own sightings, but from the reported sightings of others. I believe that if I were to tell people I saw a purple dog in the neighborhood, eventually there will be more sighting of the purple dog. That doesn't make the case of the purple dog true. So we have to be careful when examining or investigating shadow people cases, so that we can come to a conclusive agreement of whether they exist or not.

    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Home!

      ananceleste, your little one must be awful brave to have waited till morning to tell you, most would go running or screaming for their parents, good for her. First thanks for stopping by and second if you haven't already I would perform a house blessing to rid the house of all negativity and hopefully that will take care of the shadow people for you and your family.

      I hope this helps, let us all know how your doing, take care!

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Great hub! I have been doing a lot of research, because my daughter had a very Frightening experience a two weeks ago. I have experience the phenomena before, ( I have never shared it with no one) but the difference with her experience is that the sighting was accompanied by a terrifying clicking sound.

      According to her, the "thing" was so solid, even in the dark, that she though it was her sister. It was until the thing approached her incredibly fast, and making that sound, that she whimpered. Our cat was by her side, and he just tried to grab the thing.

      The next morning, as she related the event, all of alarms in my body went off when she made sound that the thing emitted. We know that it was something bad.

    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Home!

      Hi captainradon! Thank you very much for sharing your story, I do find it interesting that you were not frightened at the gesture of a touch to the back, but that does seem more like a comforting gesture than a scary one. It is always nice to have such a good experience! Thanks again for sharing, I appreciate it!

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      6 years ago

      I would like to, if I may, relate a strange experience I had one night sometime in 1999 or early 2000. At the time, I was living alone in a small rental unit (which has been since re-developed) in Brisbane, Australia.

      Sometime after going to bed, I remember having an experience that seemed like a dream, but was unusual in that, although I was probably asleep, I was nevertheless conscious of exactly where I was: lying on my right side near the right-hand edge of the bed.

      I became aware of a very tall, dark figure standing at the side of the bed, right in front of me. Although I don't recall actually seeing the figure clearly, I somehow still had the impression that it was leaning over me as I lay on my side, and was touching the middle of my back with its "tongue", or "beak", through my T-shirt. This will sound weird, but if I had to describe its head, I would say it looked like that of a boll weevil, that is, with a long black proboscis which bent down near the end. I don't recall any distinguishing features on its body; it just seemed like a column wrapped in black cloth.

      I also remember thinking how I ought to be scared out of my wits by this strange visitor, however, I wasn't terrified at all. Instead, I had a feeling of deep trust towards the creature.

      I have no memory of what happened later that night or the next morning, I just retain that image of the creature standing over me while I lay in bed.

      I would have dismissed this experience as just a dream, had it not been for the fact that I was fully aware of being in my own bed. I don't recall my dreams very often, and they are seldom as lucid as this experience was.

      Sorry for the length of this comment, and thanks for letting me tell my story.

    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Home!

      @ cryptid- I to lean toward the evil entity explanation. Thanks for stopping by!

      @ Mr. Happy- Well it would certainly be nice if they were coming over for a glass of wine and to chit chat, but I am leaning toward the scare the crap out of you scenario :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's all good with me as long as I am not asked to shove my fingers in electrical outlets LOL Maybe they're coming over for a glass of wine, who knows? I would try not to lose my cool on such occasions.

      Interesting read.

      All the best!

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      6 years ago from Earth

      Interesting overview. I lean more toward the "evil entity" explanation, but of course nobody knows for sure.


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