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Shadow People
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Written by Jim   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 14:31
Shadow people (also known as shadow men, shadow folk, or shadow beings) are supernatural shadow-like creatures of both modern folklore and traditional native American beliefs. According to folklore, they appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision and disintegrate, or move between walls, when noticed. I seem to have heard more on them looking around corners or through doorways.

Shodow PeopleReports of shadow people similar to ghost sightings, but differ in that shadow people are not reported as having human features. The also don’t seem to be wearing modern or period clothing, or attempting to communicate. Witnesses also do not report the same feelings of being in the presence of something that 'was once human'. Some individuals have described being menaced, chased, or in some rare instances, attacked by shadow people. There have also been reports of shadow people appearing in front of witnesses and lingering for several seconds before disappearing. Witnesses report that encounters are typically accompanied by a feeling of dread.

Heidi Hollis, researcher on Shadow People, has come up with some very generalized information on Shadow People.

Typically, shadow beings don't like to be spotted but they are sometimes discovered by a person who wakes up to find them trying to choke or suffocate them, noted Hollis, who presented several methods for decreasing or eliminating incidents with them:
•    Learn to let go of your fear.
•    Stand your ground and deny them access to your person.
•    Focus on positive thoughts.
•    Use the name of Jesus to repel them.
•    Keep a light on or envision light surrounding you.
•    Bless your room with bottled spring water.
A type of shadow being referred to as the "Hat Man" is actually more akin to the devil or a demon, Hollis revealed. He is often seen wearing a fedora hat, trench coat and three-piece suit, and might appear more solid than other shadow entities. She suggested that these very negative beings are seeking to increase their numbers by recruiting an army of people to the dark side.

One theory  is that shadow beings are manifest thought forms (known in occult circles as egregores or tulpas), meaning that they are either collections of negative psychic energy from areas where traumatic events have taken place and evil people frequent, or have been intentionally created for some nefarious purpose. The negative psychic energy begins to manifest and takes on form and motive, thriving on fear and negative emotions for sustenance (astral vampires).

I found a couple of different ways they  have been categorized. I don’t think this is an official stance on them but found it very interesting.  I got this information from:

One proposal is that Shadow People represent a Thoughtform (egregore), ghost or demon that was created by events in which extreme physical/emotional stress/trauma has taken place, or which have been purposefully summoned through black magic or other occult practices. It has also been claimed that they are unattended shadows or shades, said in some cultures to be similar to that of a ghost: a flicker of a life unable to end for some reason.

A second belief is that they are creatures from another reality whose "dimension" occasionally overlaps with ours, allowing them to be partially visible or that they represent creatures that exist on a separate plane of existence.

A third belief is that they are in some way related to Grey aliens, or to the Reptilian humanoids found in conspiracy beliefs such as those promoted by David Icke.

Another set of categorizations is this one. This one I found on

Category 1
This category falls into drugs use, seizures, and other mental issues. This category covers a very vast description and is known to have descriptions that may or may not match what others describe in category 2 and 3. Category 1 actually may not be considered shadow people at all due to the non consistency in the descriptions.

Category 2
This category falls more into the ghost and spirit category. The descriptions in this category are as follows: non human shaped shadows or masses of human shaped shadow people in one place, insect shadows, animal shadow people, and women shadow people. These are mostly see thru shadows. Category 2 shadow people tend to be drawn more to a location than a person. It is common for this category to actually try and not become seen. Light may affect this group.

Category 3
This category does not fall into the ghost or Spirit category. This category has only 2 types of shadow people, One tall shadow man and several small hooded "twin" style shadow people. These are usually seen non see thru however they may be see thru. This category is more drawn to a person rather than a place, this category may actually be drawn to a certain spirit or ghost as well as humans. This category tends to not care about being seen. Light has no effect on this group.

Again, I don’t know that these are official categories or standards. I felt these were great ways to see where accounts could be separated.

Non-paranormal explanations
Eyewitness accounts of shadow people are neither hoaxes nor actual paranormal experiences, but rather hallucinations or delusions.
•    Hypnogogia (waking sleep) is an accepted state of semi consciousness in which a person can be thinking clearly and yet perceiving images that are being dreamed. This state is often used to explain apparently paranormal experiences.
•    Scientists have theorized that under the right conditions erratic electromagnetic field behavior can interThe face on Marsfere with the electrical impulses or firing synapses of the human mind, thus influencing people subjected to such environments over time to believe that they are hearing or seeing ghosts, aliens, or perhaps shadow people. Such environments include old buildings with substandard wiring, power plants, and areas with naturally occurring strong magnetic fields.
•    Drug induced hallucinations, such as those experienced by habitual heroin users, are known to reflect experiences similar to this phenomena. However, many witnesses do not use narcotics so the majority of accounts cannot be linked to this explanation. Individuals who recreationally use or overdose on diphenhydramine products such as Benadryl, or plants such as Datura, often report seeing shadow creatures and people, but more commonly, the amobea-like entities that usually prelude the appearance of shadow people . These cellular entities are said to be often incredibly detailed beings (complete with vacuoles, plasmodium, and mitochondria , etc.)
•    The brain is also wired to perceive faces and other human characteristics in random patterns, called Pareidolia or matrixing.

I think these are good things to keep in mind should we ever encounter someone who says they see one of these. I know this report has helped me understand a  little more, about a situation that  occurred when I was a child. These categories can help us with our initial interview-- asking about health,  drug interaction, etc. Also helping the client with understanding different things they can do to take back their lives if they do feel threatened by the shadow as detailed in the general description by Ms. Hollis.  I think between the different categories and  theories , it helps us better focus on helping the client in most cases.

I really want to thank these sites for their wonderful information

And if you want more info on personal experiences and theories
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