The Shadow People
Shadow People also known as Shadow Folk, or Shadow Beings are supernatural shadow-like humanoid figures that are seen mostly peripherally and move very quickly. Shadow people are usually attracted to one person or location for unknown reasons. Often they are seen as dark silhouettes of human-shape, generally male, that prefer to watch someone unseen and flee the moment they are noticed. While some people distinctly see a shadowy human form others have described shapeless wispy black blobs and swirling columns of dark smoke. Some reports also include glowing red eyes. Generally, they are described as lacking mass, though their specific nature varies from a two-dimensional shadow to a vaporous or distorted three-dimensional form.
There are many proposed explanations of this phenomenon. One of the theories is that shadow beings are collections of negative psychic energy from areas where traumatic events have taken place and evil people frequent. The negative psychic energy begins to manifest and takes on form and motive, thriving on fear and negative emotions for sustenance. Another explanation is that they are a type of ghost, demon or other-dimensional beings whose dimension of origin occasionally overlaps with ours, which is said to explain their ethereal appearance and fleeting nature. Many people also support the theory that shadow people appear as an omen to a coming tragedy. Examples would be the Mothman legend as well as “Bodachs”. Bodachs in modern paranormal terms is a mysterious and foreboding shadow creature from the dead that inhabit this world unseen, not yet ready to embrace their final destiny. They are harbingers of death, destruction, and evil, the embodiment of Satan him/herself. Badachs in mythology are a mythical spirit or creature, rather like the bogeyman, imp or fairy.
As with most supernatural phenomena there is a proposed logical, scientific explanation for shadow being sightings and experiences. There is a condition known as hypnoagagia (waking sleep) which amounts to a state of semi-consciousness in which a person can be thinking clearly and yet perceiving images that are being dreamed. It has also been proven recently that areas with erratic or powerful electromagnetic fields can interfere 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 beings. Such environments include old buildings with substandard wiring, power plants, and areas with naturally occurring strong magnetic fields.
Perhaps the only aspect of alleged eye witness accounts of shadow people that remains difficult to explain in scientific terms is the similarity of the beings being seen, especially the tall man with a hat that is reported as often by 4 year old children as with adults. However, this could simply be a result of common archetypes (note similarities between many shadow people reports and the grim reaper) shared in the subconscious of all people. Regardless whether it’s coming from your subconscious or something separate from yourself, it’s wise to pay attention, one way or another, someone or something might be trying to tell you something.