This is a new approach for me, but I've finally considered to tell my experiences online because I feel that there may be many more people out there that can relate to me than the people I actually know.
I'd like to give a little insight first and inform you that ever since I could remember I felt different. I had an "imaginary" friend up until my teenage years, and by that point I realized many things happened to me that I couldn't explain.
As an open-minded person I did my research and came to the conclusion that maybe I was gifted. It was always taken with a grain of salt as I never wanted to seem crazy, but I embraced it. I saw shadows from the corners of my eyes, had dreams of the future, and felt I was protected in dangerous situations that should've happened differently.
Nothing quite compared to the shadow figures though. I had never felt so affected by the unexplainable before. My first experience happened at about 16 years old. I spent the night at a house where someone had died just months earlier. My step-grandfather's nephew was showing a gun to his friends and playing around with it. In a joke he put it to his head and pulled the trigger.
The moment I stepped foot in that house I had a weird feeling. I felt as if I was being watched, especially when alone. He wasn't a bad guy at all so I felt no threat. That night I slept in the room across from where the incident happened. I had a fear that I'd wake up and see something I didn't want to see, but something very different happened.
I woke up a little before 5 a.m. And looked around, but couldn't see anything but the dim shadows of objects in the room cast from a nightlight in the hallway. Suddenly, I realized I couldn't move.
I panicked immediately and tried to call my grandmother, but all I could get out was mumbles. I eventually got myself to calm down and closed my eyes. It finally lifted and I fell asleep almost immediately. When I asked my grandmother-- whom is a light sleeper-- if she heard me later that day she said she didn't hear a thing.
More recent experiences:
I have had about 5 experiences in the past year, which is why I'm here. I actually saw the shadow figures I had heard about only once before. 3 experiences were at different locations. The first time was actually not as scary as I thought it would be. All the fear I had for them went away after the first time. The silhouette simply stood at a distance, peeked around the corner, and left. I remembered the feeling of paralysis and simply calmed myself.
The second time was so bizarre. There were two shadow figures and one of them spoke to me! The small one crouched at my feet and wouldn't leave. I felt a vibe of worry come from it. I couldn't make out a face only a silhouette and an extremely vague profile. I couldn't speak, but it felt like I spoke from within my mind. I asked "what's wrong, and who are you?" I could also hear loud stomping coming up the stairs outside. I felt my fear return as this figure came closer to my face.
It told me in a sort of disembodied whisper "Ben/Jim? Is coming." I knew this was bad and I could feel the anger in whoever this Ben or Jim was. The small figure told me I needed to leave. It took a lot more concentration than before for me to be calm and get out of this state. I woke up right before whoever this little shadow was warning me about came into the room.
I realized then that maybe they aren't all bad, however is it in their nature to instill fear? I didn't want this thing near me at all, and when it got closer I could feel nothing but coldness.
The times after that I felt more haunted and now I fear them more. Third time I was just watched again, and the times after that overlap. Once a figure stood at my bed and I told it to go away. I just kept repeating "No" and with each time it got further away. I finally screamed it and I felt sadness come from it as it left.
Finally, my scariest experience was when I woke up paralyzed as usual, but saw and felt a shadow figure actually on me. It was sitting on my chest and had my neck obstructed, possibly with its hands if they have any. This was new to me. I panicked, and as if it were just to scare me, it let go and disappeared. I immediately woke up coughing and gasping for air.
I apologize for the lengthiness of this story. I'm a visual person and I'd like for everyone to get a good idea of what happened. I trimmed down the details a lot, but these things are different just like humans. Different sizes, vibes, and personalities. I think all of it is worth mentioning.
It's strange how it works, but can anyone explain the communication?
Have you ever been spoken to by a shadow figure? Protected or warned?
I saw faint colors in some instances around the figures.
For example, the little one that whispered to me had this barely-there purple glow of some kind when I looked at where it's face would be. Could this be their auras? Is this an alternate world?
I'd love to hear what other people have to say.
It's like a world where only your mind works to communicate, and move around. I could see Ben or Jim before he was actually present in the room. He was huge!
There are so many unexplainable things I'm trying to mention, but I hope there's someone out there that can relate to me and understands what I'm trying to say.
I don't know if I'm supposed to or not, but part of me likes this alternate world, if you will. The other parts of me are confused, and fear it... I secretly look forward to the next experience.
Thank you for taking the time to read my experiences and for your feedback.