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A Black Shadow That Whispered To Me


I'm relating this story because I'd love to get the communities input. I'm part skeptical, but I just had a very powerful experience that I can't wrap my brain around. I found this site while Google searching for similar phenomena. So far, I can't find anything, which is why I submit this now. I might be crazy. Warning: this is sort of a dream, but unlike anything I've ever experienced.

To begin, I think I've always been a little sensitive (or perhaps willed myself to believe that I was). There was a period of time in my 20s that I tried to explore this, and I cultivated my ability to "tune in" to an otherwise unheard frequency, not unlike finding a channel on a radio station within the static. I got "pokes" from people who wanted to talk to me, and if I "tuned in" or even if I didn't, I got images and sometimes voices that had no basis from my life. I didn't hear these or see these physically manifested, but rather internally. I finally "tuned out" because it was getting in the way of life in some cases, and I felt that I didn't know how to do enough to get people into the "light..."

I have since reflected that maybe this was some kind of period psychologically that I needed in some way, and wonder if I can explain things away as it being an entirely internal phenomenon (i.e., crazy). But I have had some external confirmation from others who had no reason to blow smoke. I just don't know anymore. They seemed real to me. But the experience of last night has left me wondering again. I probably can explain it psychologically, but I wondered if anyone had heard of anything like this.

So, a few days ago, my wonderful next-door neighbor passed away in his sleep. He was young, but diabetic, and didn't take very good care of himself; there are suspicions of a drug overdose. However, he was the light of everyone's life, everyone's best friend. He was a closeted gay man in a predominantly Mexican community, and he told me several times that this was very difficult, because his family had issues with "how he was..." Thus, I believe his substance abuse was a form of self-medication. I am not Hispanic, but I've known him for many years, and he always cut my hair to perfection. He took care of all the neighborhood children and his mother. The community has suffered a terrible loss.

Last night was the wake, and more people were there than could be contained in the funeral home - truly a testament to how many people he touched. Standing in the group listening to the rosary, I felt very light headed, and worried I might pass out, although I think it was probably due to all the people and the incense, even though I'm not prone to this at all.

My boyfriend and I went home and wept together, remembering our friend, and went to bed early. About 2am I woke up to fix the fan, which had fallen over, and started to fall back asleep. As I was falling asleep, I remember that I was lying facing the fan while in bed, and I could sort of see my room surroundings, like the TV and alarm clock. I don't think what happened next was a waking dream, but more like I was half-awake or just falling asleep so I could see things through half-parted eyelids.

As I was drifting off, suddenly a huge shadow appeared from my right side above my head from the top of the bed. It was a blackness that was so dark that it was the opposite of void. It had substance; it was a thing. I wasn't alarmed, but more curious-like. In my "dream" I reached out to touch it, but I couldn't because there was a "force field" that prevented me from touching it. It was so cold that it burned when I got close. It began to whisper in my ear, but I couldn't understand what it was saying. I listened so intently, but was unable to understand. It went away. So I asked it to come back.

It did - right away. And it repeated its message - a very clear whisper, but not in any language I knew - and left. Then I asked it to come back again, and it did (but I felt that it was a little exasperated at this point), and it repeated its whisper message. I listened so carefully, but I couldn't understand it. It left.

And then I "awoke..." So I don't know if this was grief manifested, or something else. I don't know if it was my friend, but I'd not like to remember him as a black shadow, even if that doesn't necessarily mean either bad or good. I didn't sense malevolence. But it freaked me out a little, and I slept poorly the rest of the night with racing, nonsensical dreams. I've had friends who had "night terrors," (of being awake and not able to move while something happens around them) and this didn't seem like that. It was so powerful, and real. I've never experienced anything like it. But I remain skeptical about it, and so I submit it for your consideration.

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Shadowrider (1 posts)
9 years ago (2015-04-12)
It's a connection to the dark element allowing you to talk to manifests of the dark like a umbra kinetic
ems1440 (1 posts)
12 years ago (2012-02-16)
"It was a blackness that was so dark that it was the opposite of void. It had substance; it was a thing." wow I feel like you have put into a words a feeling and experience that also happened to me. Just as my boyfriend and I were falling asleep, every hair on my body stood up and it felt as it there was a heavy blanket that had enveloped the room and was slightly pushing down on my chest. Its almost impossible to put into words how dark it was, but to say black would be an understatement. Unlike you, we were both immediately alarmed. We both said a short prayer and told it to go to the light, and fortunately it went away, and an immediate feeling of calm and tranquility returned to the room. I have never had an experience like this before, of something being intangible yet so real at the same time.
aim23 (1 stories) (7 posts)
13 years ago (2011-01-17)
sorry I need to emphasize it was kind of like how you said it but I saw the shadow before I went to sleep and had the feeling I guess I should say and let me repeat don't ever calll him back again I felt it the pain in side me more than physical pain I don't want anyone to feel that. 😭 😨
aim23 (1 stories) (7 posts)
13 years ago (2011-01-17)
you should never talk to them again I remember yeaterdaty I was sleeping on the sofa in my the living room and I just had this feeling someone was watching me and when I fell a sleep I woke up with my eyes blood red and I could barely stand my energy was totally gone... I'm only 14 and I just got so scared... 😨
elyfigure (guest)
15 years ago (2009-04-29)
bloome, I see these figures all the time. They are demons so I would advice you to ignore them. These black figures can cause harm. Just last week my friend got scratched by one. Be careful:]
TehW0lf (10 posts)
15 years ago (2009-04-27)
Omg tell us what it told you, even if you don't understand, for example, Yukolitchu... Or something 'cmon!
psychictarotx17 (2 stories) (7 posts)
15 years ago (2009-02-04)
you should definetly stay away from those shadows and never ask them to come back. Especially if they get annoyed. I have had dark-shadow dreams throughout my life. They happen only once every two years, but when I awake from my nightmares, I know he is always there watching me in the day and night. He hangs around in my favorite spots, and waits for me, so he can take me away. I run and run, but he's too fast. That's what happens at night. In the day, I have had only one encounter with him. I was on the computer (in my basement, which I think is one of his favorite spots) and he came from behind me and sucked the energy right out of my back. I was in so much pain. I don't want you to feel that.
fawne (1 stories) (2 posts)
15 years ago (2008-10-24)
I have seen a strange dark figure whilst taking a walk. He whispered to me and it was in a language that I did not understand.

I did however understand his body language which said 'get out'.

I have since continued to walk in the area because we have every right to walk through the land.

I think that the demons there have retreated elsewhere after several warnings to me.

I do not know if it was the right choice.
mccartyseboria (5 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-05)
i saw a black shadow figure too and once in my dream as well only the one in dream was a little girl looking shadow I was in a corner... She telleported up in my face and grabbed my head with her hands and started screaming in my face and shaking my head... It was so intense it woke me up screaming in real life lol wierd... I have seen different sizes of them in real life and in a dream... Like I said in my other post its mainly when I'm exploring supernatural that I stumble across these black shadows... They must be the guardians
GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-09)
Bloome - just a thought. Perhaps ignoring it is healthy at times. We have to know and respect our limits. Life here is where we are right now.
GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-09)
Bloome - Thank-you for sharing your experience. Personally, I would have written about the same as Edmund, perhaps not as in detail. I think that sometimes when we are sad, the otherside people try to let us know it's okay.
Bloome (1 stories) (5 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-09)
Edmund, Thank you. I also have a similar "classic purgatory" feeling, but I resisted that because he was such a bright soul. In fact, after the event, I had a Slim Cessna's Auto Club song playing over and over in my head. The song ("An Introduction to the Power of Braces - Faith") is a slow dirge, and the lyrics go: "We have braces on our arms / we have braces on our legs / we have braces on our teeth / we're making ourselves straight..." I couldn't get it out of my head, and thought it might be associated, but it's very comforting (in a way) that you say that, and he will be in my prayers. And thanks very much for listening and writing. This has all helped enormously. I'm so happy I found you all. And maybe I can now get back to claiming my gift - ignoring it doesn't seem to work, eh? 😉
Edmund (578 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-09)
Bloome... Well I don't think it was your grief manifested... But I would bet my bottom dollar that it sure is his grief that manifested... In fact I almost have a sort of feeling that's its a "classic purgatory" thing where he has to work through his night of darkness before going into the light. You were close to him and have a gift so you sort of get dumped on... It is important to him to send this message that he is not in a happy place and has to work through some issues. So the best thing that you can do for him is to say a prayer for him... Often... It really does surround them in light and helps them. Just remember it was interesting to get this message of sorts but you don't need to shoulder any of his grief the prayers are really all you can do for him... You don't need shadows and black forms hanging around your house...!
Bloome (1 stories) (5 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-08)
Edmund-My thoughts exactly. Which is why I was motivated to post this. My boyfriend thinks this is my grief manifested, and it could be, but as you said, the fact I couldn't understand what was being said also gave me pause.
But, I had not thought about the other dreams, and today I reflected on those. They were jumbled,chaotic, and intense but two things stood out. I kind of resisted both of these because I didn't know what to do with them. I figured they were my psyche working things out, but I'll leave that to you to decide.
1) I was in my friend's backyard with many other neighbors. These are chaotic and fractured - very blurry, but my friend is in high form in celebration. (The weekend before his passing, the neighbors - including him - I don't think slept for three or more days while on a weekend long bender - drugs [cocaine - very prevalent among my neighbors] and alcohol. This probably contributed to his death.)
2) In stark contrast, the other image is of my friend standing alone in his back yard. I see him from the position of my fire-escape that sits parallel to the back year - I'm in a coach house. He is standing stock still behind his flower garden that he took such care of, and he's looking towards the back of the family house. He does not acknowledge me, which I thought was weird, because he always said hello anytime I was around. There is a strong longing and melancholy feeling associated with this.

So, I still don't know. If you have any thoughts, I very much appreciate them. The story I posted could just be a strong dream, but since I've never experienced something like this - and feeling motivated to actually post something as I never ever do anything like this - then I wanted to hear what other's believed.

And mysterywriter, thanks for this and I'll put a reply on your post. I've heard about such things, and wonder if you have a mirror opposite a door.

Hardtoremember - thanks for the excellent advice. I didn't sense anything dark or malevolent, but it's always good to be safe, and your advice has been taken.
Thank you all for your thoughts!
Edmund (578 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-08)
Bloome... Well that's a good one I guess everything could be explained with the exception of the language that you did not understand... That's what gives me pause and to ask you if there is anything that might help to better explain if it was your friend in the nonsensical dreams that you had?
hardtoremember (37 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-07)
I would suggest not inviting the shadow back... I don't think they are any kind of good and do not allow them to remain around me.
mysterywriter (4 stories) (15 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-07)
Bloome, I too have seen a completely black shadow figure. See my story "strange smells and a dark shadow figure...". Only ever saw that the one time a few months ago. My experience did not involve anything being said. I think it as a spirit-don't know. 😕

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