I'll start off saying, I'm an empath. When I was about 7 I started sleeping with the covers over my head. From time to time I've been able to see shadows and/or hear them but I've always been able to feel them. Sleeping with the covers over my head has always helped me ignore/push away anything foreign.
When I was 10, I met my best friend who at the time was channeling spirits. Maybe one day I'll write about those experiences. At first she mostly channeled spiritual guides. We called them guardians. After we both started delving deeper into the paranormal other spirits started talking through her. They scared me senselessly. I once asked her what happens when someone is talking through her and she told me that she was taken to another part of her mind.
When I moved, I had horrible experiences in my new place. I always felt like there was something in the room of my new place. Sometimes the beings were pure, like a guardian, but other times they were dark. I'm starting to wonder now if I had just associated the dark spirits as harmful spirits when they could've just been normal human spirits. From time to time I refused to go near my room because I could feel a heavy darkness emitting from the area. I hated this fear. One time, I saw a dark shadow hunched over outside. It told me when I wasn't looking it was going to hurt me and since then I have felt like its been following me. I started pushing all of these experiences away. I've been terrified of that hunched over dark shadow figure.
I'm a young adult now and I'm still afraid to this day of that figure. I believe he's been following me but I'm too afraid to talk to him. I've been cutting off/pushing away my abilities. What I started doing to cope is to tap into the feelings of the people around me (I have roommates). It takes away all my focus from my surroundings and focuses it on something solid that I know about.
Not sure what to do about the situation