Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dream of the Shadow Man

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The year was 1992 and I was laying on my back asleep in my bed. I remember opening my eyes and I could see that my bedroom door was open and the light was on in the hall.

Suddenly I realized there was a man standing next to my bed. He appeared as a highly defined black shadow as I could not make out a face or any true definitions besides the fact that in appearance he had on a trench coat and a hat.

Immediately I was afraid and tried to scream but I could not. I struggled to move my body but I was paralyzed in some strange way. I have a vague memory of trying so hard to get out of the bed that I was slightly able to move in slow motion but I could not get out of the bed.

I remember being stricken with terror unlike any experience I've ever had. The fear that gripped me was so strong, I struggled to say the name Jesus but I couldn't. So I began to think in my mind, Jesus, Jesus!

Suddenly I was fully awake, still lying on my back and the shadow figure had disappeared. I noticed that my bedroom door was still open and the light in the hallway was still on.

I thought to myself, was I having a dream or did this really happen?

Please share your comments.

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the shadow manExcerpt: http://memes.org/what-are-shadow-people-and-why-fedora


Accounts of shadow people typically describe them as being black humanoid silhouettes with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, though accounts also exist of them being child-sized humanoids or shapeless masses that sometimes change to a more human like form. The eyes are usually not described as being discernible but in some reports glowing eyes are mentioned. The color of the eyes is red. 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. Their movement is often described as being very quick and disjointed; they may first move slowly, as if they were passing through a heavy liquid, and then rapidly "hop" to another part of a witness's surroundings. Some witnesses describe this movement as though the shadow entities they have seen "danced" from one wall to the next, or as moving around the room "as if they were on a specific track". Often they are described as being seen staring at the floor. Some accounts describe what appears to be the outline of a cloak, and in some instances the outline of a 1930s style fedora hat. This last type is referred to by many alleged witnesses on the Internet as the "hat-man" due to its prevalence among Shadow people sightings.

Various depictions and artists rendering have been posted on the Internet.

Hypotheses

Several explanations have been proposed to explain the phenomena of shadow people.

Paranormal The Shadow Man

Explanations for shadow people have been drawn from the fields of parapsychology, metaphysics, cryptozoology, demonology, religion, and the occult:

* A creature/s in an alternate reality whose dimension occasionally overlaps with ours, allowing it to be partially visible.

* A Manifest Thoughtform (egregore), ghost or demon created through various means, including negative psychic energy, black magic and other occult practices, or an event in which extreme emotional or physical stress/trauma has taken place.

* A creature in some way linked to Grey and Reptilian aliens.

* An unattended shadow or shade (mythology), said in some cultures, to be similar to that of a ghost, a flicker of a life unable to end for some reason.

Scientific

Several non-paranormal hypothesis for the phenomena of shadow people exist, including optical illusions or hallucinations brought on by the physiological/psychological circumstances of the witnesses.

Pareidolia

In most instances, witnesses report seeing shadow people in the peripheral areas of their vision. This area of vision is linked to the areas of the brain that recognizes patterns, however it provides less detail to the brain than macular (center-forward) vision. This can lead to a condition known as pareidolia, in which the brain incorrectly interprets random patterns of light/shadow or texture as being familiar patterns such as faces and human forms. The same condition can also be observed in macular vision in low light conditions, or when viewing a complex but random image. A common example would be perceiving a shadow, thrown by an item of furniture in a darkened room, as being a person.

Hypnogogia

Also known as waking-sleep, hypnogogia is a documented physiological condition in which a person is part-way between sleeping and waking. During hypnogogia, a person can be conscious and aware of their environment, but also in a dream-like state where they can perceive images from their subconscious. People experiencing waking-sleep commonly report the sensation of lights or shadows moving around them, as well as other visual hallucinations. A feeling of dread is also a sensation that occurs when experiencing hypnogogia. Hypnogogia is sometimes known as 'the faces in the dark phenomenon' because those who experience this state commonly report seeing faces while experiencing waking-sleep. Similar hypothesis have been put forward linking this condition to a number of other apparent paranormal experiences, including alien abductions and paranormal nocturnal visitations.the shadow man

Chemical agents

The use of narcotics and psychotropic agents, including methamphetamine and LSD, can produce shadow person-like hallucinations. Dopaminergic drugs such as pramipexole can sometimes cause these hallucinations. Common over-the-counter medication can also have a similar effect if taken in sufficient quantity (see diphenhydramine and pseudoephedrine).

Electromagnetic fields

Under the right conditions, electromagnetic fields can interfere with the functions of the temporal lobe; creating altered states of perception in which auditory and visual hallucinations can occur.

Using electromagnetic fields, researches have been able to recreate many of the experiences reported during paranormal encounters under laboratory conditions, including those of shadow people. Researchers have also documented correlations between variances in naturally-occurring magnetic fields and areas where paranormal events have been reported.

Neurological conditions

Certain neurological conditions, such as photosensitive complex partial seizures, have also been shown to cause sufferers to see shadow people.



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