At least once a month an email arrives at The Official Shadow People email box from someone desperately seeking assistance in getting rid of a threatening shadow being hell-bent on scaring or terrorizing the person senseless. Fortunately, these are rare events; however, aiding these poor victims is beyond the scope of this website. Admitting that, it doesnít stop my stomach from dropping to my feet when I read them. It is hard to ignore their pleas.
Below are a collection of stories by some brave people who have found ways to either cope with, or banish these presences altogether from their households and working environments. I can only offer stories here to help, but cannot personally endorse any of the methods described below.
For myself, my grade school Catholic prayers worked very well for me. (As a note here, this did not make me a religious church-going person, just a more spiritual one.) If interested, the prayers were the: Hail Mary, Guardian Angel Prayer and Prayer to Michael the Archangel.
If you are a victim of sleep paralysis when you see shadow people, try lying on your side rather than on your back. There is a connection between lying back-to-mattress and sleep paralysis. When lying in this position a person feels more Ďexposedí to attack.
Otherwise, read on to learn how others coped. I will add on new information as I receive them.
From: miriam th <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Encounter With Dark Shadow Man
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 08:54:41 -0800 (PST)
My cousin came over to sleep over my house. We were staying up watching TV all night, but then she felt sleepy and went to sleep. I stayed and watched TV for like half an hour more; it was like 1 or 2 in the morning. When I decided to go to bed I couldn't open the door, she was sleeping on the floor blocking my entrance. I kept calling her name telling her to get up and let me in, but she was sound asleep. I finally gave up and grabbed a blanket from the closet and went to sleep on the couch.
About 3 minutes later I started seeing this dark figure approach me. It was kind of a silhouette. I didnít notice until later that it was kind of like smoke. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. At one point it was right it front of me, I couldn't move. All I could think of at the time was to start praying. I noticed that as soon as I started praying it started moving back. Then I stopped. It started coming forward again, I started praying again, and again it began to move backwards. The figure kind of seemed like that of a man, but then it kind of went into a big ball of smoke. (I don't know any other way to describe it.) It kept going back and forth between those two things. I kind of knew that it wanted to hurt me, so I kept praying hoping it would leave. I kept praying and praying until the figure of a man just became a ball and slowly started to move back and disappear through a window. After that I didnít even think about it, I was so tired I just fell asleep right after the incident. I haven't even thought about "it" much until I stumbled into this website. It's good to know I'm not the only one who has experienced something like this. ;)
Subject: My shadowperson experience
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 16:55:47 EDT
My late night shadowperson experience happened about a year ago. I was asleep on the couch in my living room, when a noise that sounded like snoring woke me. Even though I had my back turned to the room, I could feel a heavy presence and it seemed as though something was staring at me. I turned over slightly to see what was there. To my shock, there was a black, almost human like figure looking back at me with golden eyes. The being was about 10 feet away from me, and it didn't move at all.... it just stared. At this point I was really creeped out, so I told the shadowperson to go away because it wasn't welcome. After I spoke, the being looked as though it walked through the wall, and has not returned since. I don't remember feeling as though the shadowperson was really evil, but it certainly freaked me out.
From: "belle fleur" <email@example.com>
Subject: Shadow Visit
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 04:16:45 +0000
A few times I have relayed this story to close trusted friends and family members about an experience I had 17 years ago. No one knew what to make of it and they all said they never encountered such a thing as I had. Only after reading similar stories did I feel relieved about what happened to me. I am a bit shocked to see how common these 'visits' are although with my Catholic upbringing, I have always been aware that a spirit world exists...both good & evil!
At the time I had just rented an apartment in Houston, Texas and was living alone. As my room was small, my bed was positioned with the long side flat against the wall. Every night I slept with my back against the wall. Except for the faint glow of a far away street light my room was very dark. I recall being awakened out of a deep sleep by a strange feeling of uneasiness. I opened my eyes to find a short dark figure standing up against my bed directly opposite me. This figure was blacker than the darkness of my room and it was in silhouette. It stood there staring very intently at me. I could not make out any facial features or eyes and the outline looked like someone draped in a sheet. It was short, maybe about 4 feet tall. The intense energy of this being was very frightful and I did not have a good feeling about it. I laid there for a time feeling somewhat paralyzed and all the while this figure continued to look at me. Suddenly I reached up and turned the light on and the figure disappeared. I know this was not a dream because I recall distinctly being awakened from my sleep. I know now that what awakened me was the intense energy and presence of this shadow person. It seemed like it stood there watching me sleep almost out of curiosity. I have never encountered it again and hope not to. Itís not the kind of thing you want coming around for a visit.
I have made sure many times to say the very powerful 'Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel' for protection. I would suggest that anyone having these kinds of strange encounters to please do the same. He is very powerful in protecting us against the forces of darkness! Trust me, it works!
Archived Story Excerpt: Doorway Ghost
My mother was currently going out with someone who we later discovered was in the Brahma Kumaris cult, (Yeah, was a big suprise to us). Once mum found out about this, i began to wake up with nightmares, very bad nightmares. They were never the same, however, i could always feel when i was about to have them. My body would lock up and i would begin to be afraid. after the nightmare, i could feel something in my room. I would be able to feel where it was too, always in my doorway. I would never look, just freeze up with my eyes closed. I could also feel waves of pure malice and evil from it too, directed at me of course. I would sometimes flick the light on without looking, and then look. I would never see anything, probably because the light was on, but I would still feel it, just out of sight around the corner. To get back to sleep i would watch tv for awhile or something until it was gone.
This was happening for several months and with the exams closing in I needed something to help me sleep. I told mum about all this, and it turns out she had been having the same sort of thing, except she saw "The Hat Man", who seems to be reasonably well known. Mum said she dealt with it all by sleeping with my Great-Grandfather's cross next to her bed. She said it gave her strength. So she gave me the cross for the night.
That night I had the nightmare as usual, and I could feel myself freezing up as usual. However, this time I remembered I had the cross. I casually flipped on the light, looked towards where i feel it, and told it very rudely to leave. I turned off the light and went back to bed.
The next night things heated up a little, probably because i fought back a little the previous night. This time i was woken by tapping on my window next to my head. It startled me, (To this day I can't sleep without the blinds drawn on my window) especially as it was clearly a couple of fingers tapping on the glass. I knew this because i could easily hear the nail of the finger tapping. Again I turned on the light and told it not-so-nicely to leave, then went back to bed.
I wasn't disturbed nearly so much from then on. It helped even more after my mum got rid of the Brahma Kumaris boyfriend. I now never experience those horrible nightmares or nightime visits. My guess is that you need to be brave and be strong when visited by them, a very tough thing to do though. I also found that i was never woken on nights when I had my cat or dog sleeping in the room. I'm happy it has stopped now though, and I hope it never starts again.
From: "Paris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:17:34 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Shadow in the Corner
Two months ago I got a Great Dane pup who barks at everything. He sleeps in bed with me every night and frequently wakes me up growling at something. I always pet him, reassure him its fine and go back to sleep.
But two nights ago, he started barking and growling really loud. This woke me up, I was going to pat him on the head, but as I came out of my sleepy daze I felt this awful pressure. Kind of like the feeling you get when youíre in an argument; you just feel the other personís anger. I felt like I was going to be sick. I saw something move out of the corner of my eye.
When I looked up, there was a tall shadow standing in the corner of my room, I'd say it was about six, six and a half feet tall and looked very much like the shadow of a man. My room is nearly pitch black except for the light on my alarm clock which casts a bit of a blue glow around the room. The shadow was as dark as could be, I couldn't make out any features, just its body shape.
When I saw it, I gasped and flipped on the light that's beside my bed. It just disappeared as I turned on the light. I'm 100% sure it wasn't just a shadow in the room, there's no tall people shaped things in my room that could possibly cast something like that.
When it disappeared, my dog stopped barking and laid back down.
I tried to go back to sleep with the light off, but every time I did I got the eerie feeling I was being watched. I ended up having to go back to sleep with the lights on, and even then I still slept awfully. Later that day I went right out and bought some sage which I burned all around the house and in all the corners (my mother used to do this every time our animals began to become uneasy for no reason at all, she was a firm believer they could see things that we canít). Since then, my dog has not barked at anything in the middle of the night and I have yet to see another shadow in the corners.
I hope sage comes in handy to someone out there having problems with shadows, it's always helped my family out.
You have the permission to post my email, story and name on your website, I hope it helps someone out.
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 4:52:26 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Shadow People
I met my husband 3 years ago and we have now been married for 5 months. My husband has seen shadow people since he was about 12 years old when his father passed away till about a year ago. It has always been about six that he sees. He wakes up in the middle of the night to all six gathered around his bed and until our daughter was born our bed. I asked what he felt when they are around and he said it is always comfort like they are there for his protection or his benefit.
Since the last time he had seen them we have had some scary things happen. We both feel very uneasy when we are alone, i have waken up to cabinets in the kitchen being open. Lights turn on and off on and our sink facets turn on by them selves as well. Even though what we experience is a bit unnerving we have never been harmed, i have learned that if you ask or tell the spirits to leave that they are not welcome they generally leave or make their presence unknown.
Archived Story Excerpt: Darting Black Shapes
I have come to the conclusion that they really donít wish us harm; that they are here when we are stressed, fearful, or going through a period of unstable change. I mostly just ignore them, and view them now as just playful shadows... a bit of a nuisance but a force that is sharing my space whether i like it or not :-)
The best advice I can give is donít be frightened of them. Show them no fear. Try to accept that they share our space sometimes. And if they overwhelm you when you are feeling a little weak or sad or vulnerable... then say the Lords Prayer... and do the sign of the cross asking God for protection over you and your family and your pets and your household. Also look after you, and if necessary leave the lights on sometimes, this seems to deter them.
Shield of Light Ė Terrorized victim visualizing a protective light surrounding him in an effort to ward off shadows. This is an indicator that we have more control over our surrounding than we think.