What was that strange dark figure you saw at the corner of your eye? Maybe you just encountered a shadow person. In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in these entities that appear to have a human shape or outline. For many, shadow people are different from actual ghosts/apparitions as they are darker and more shadow-like.
Witnesses also note that on encountering ghosts, they are generally misty or vaporish and have more discernible features, style of clothing or other such features. Shadow people’s appearance seems to be lacking and often these sightings are so quick, the witness can only say it was a dark human like figure.
The theory put forward by sceptics and mainstream science is that it is simply our imagination, our minds playing tricks on us or 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?
Due to the dark appearance and malevolent feelings experienced during sightings, it has lead to researchers to speculate that they are demonic in nature. If we are to assume they are demonic, one can only speculate on what their purpose is in allowing themselves to be seen in this way.
Another interesting idea is that these figures are the essences of people in astral travel or an outer body experience. Jerry Gross, an author and lecturer on this subject, advises that when we are asleep, we all travel out with our body. So in theory, we are seeing the ephemeral astral bodies of these twilight travellers.
Some also propose that these shadows are time travellers; people from our own future who have found the means to travel into the past. 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 timeline.
Mainstream science is fairly convinced that there are other dimensions other than the three we can reside in and if so, who or what are the inhabitants of these dimensions? 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, is it 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.
The alien and abduction phenomena are so bizarre that it’s no surprise that extraterrestrials are suspects as the shadow people. Abductees have reported in many cases that the alien grays seem to be able to pass through walls and closed windows, and to appear and disappear abruptly, among other otherworldly talents. Perhaps, too, they can go about their alien agenda disguised in the shadows.
There’s a good deal of overlapping among the above ideas, of course. Aliens and ghosts could be inter-dimensional beings, or aliens could be time travelers – and some believe demons are responsible for all of these disturbing phenomena.
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, at present, is to document personal experiences and try to piece together what the shadow people phenomenon might be. Perhaps it’s an old mystery becoming more recognizable… perhaps it represents a doorway to and from different planes of existence… or perhaps it’s just shadows.