by Chris Soucy
As I continued to seek out the strange and the paranormal, I began to hear other accounts of Shadow People. The lurking darkness that sometimes befalls unwitting people in the dead of night. In my life I have had numerous encounters with these entities. Over time I developed my own theory about what these apparitions are. I do not put forth my theory as anything more than my own musing about it, that being said, here is what I think might be behind the Shadow People phenomenon.
I, like many ghost hunters, think of spirits in different categories. I have used the terms poltergeists, intelligent haunts, residual haunting and even demonic presences to describe different types of activity. And I almost always count Shadow People in the intelligent haunt category. I have come to believe that spirits rely on us as observers to help map out their path. I believe that it is our own minds that help spirits retain their form. When Aunt Gracie passes away we may see her in familiar places and because we recognize her she draws from our living memories her appearance. She is using the energy of our active minds to reinforce her form. Some spirits may have a better sense of who they are than others, explaining how their appearance might survive generations past any who actually knew them.
Somewhere in my forming of this theory I realized that I was tiptoeing around Gozer the Gozarian. The big baddie in Ghostbusters – the 1984 version, of course. Gozer was an entity that took on the form of whatever it was you were thinking of to come and kill you. I am not suggesting that all Shadow People are trying to kill you. But if you encounter a Shadow Person, be careful that you don’t think “It’s a demon!” You could inadvertently give the shadow a form. And an unpleasant one at that.
Christopher Soucy is a paranormal enthusiast, storyteller, writer, director, producer living in Savannah, Georgia
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