I first became aware of "the people" when I was about 5 years old. I would wake from sleep or turn over in bed and find someone looking me in the face. As soon as I would focus on them, they would suddenly disappear... Rapidly vanish into space as if being pulled back by a strong rubber band or rope. Since I grew up seeing these people, I have stopped being startled and turn over and go back to sleep. I have to assume these people are dead and just like the little boy in the movie..."I see dead people" also. I can say this because they appear in all sorts of dress. Some are wearing clothes which are torn and stained, even bloody and one man was soaking wet and smelled of river water. Then some are dressed nicely in gowns and suits. They come from all eras. The old West, Romans, Greeks, Indians and so on. When I look these people in the face, some appear to be happy or relieved before they disappear and some don't look at me at all.
Like I said, I have tolerated these visitors for most of my life and now at 72, I am finally startled and unsettled. Last week, I saw a dark figure about 7 feet tall, standing at the foot of my bed. I could not see his face but could see lumps all over his head, neck and shoulders as if he had been severely burned. His eyes were red, glowing slits and through out his torso there were burning holes as if he were hollow and there was a fire inside of him. He lasted longer than most of the other figures which appear to me, so I was able to get a good look at him. For the first time in a long while, I was scared and my heart raced. I hope to never see this figure again as I felt unease and almost danger. Over the years I have had black birds fly in my face, dogs snarling and standing on my chest at night, but this visitor has gotten to me. I continue to sleep perfectly fine, but always look to the foot of the bed just to make sure there is nothing there.
About 30 years ago I sought out someone who I thought I could get some information on just what I was seeing and what these people wanted for me, only to be tole I was having hallucinations. That was the last time I have contacted anyone for I know there has got to be more to it than that. I am curious to hear if the are others who have had and experience with a burning man such as mine and wonder what it could possibly mean.