I am new to this site and have really enjoyed reading some of the experiences.
Firstly let me tell you a little about myself. I consider myself an empathy and "partially psychic". I have much to learn still and hopefully with time I will develop my gift - once I get over my fear. I guess in a way I'm afraid to open up fully if that makes any sense? I am able to feel emotions of people and atmospheres etc. I sometimes can see peoples auras but again I'm not developed enough in that area. I feel most of my messages, for example if something is wrong I can feel it without you needing to tell me.
I also think I'm unable to receive messages in my waking life due to my fear so I most of my dreams convey messages to me. My dreams are very symbolic so I need to analyze and journal them in order to understand. I don't always understand them until later when things occur.
I am also able to astral travel without realizing it, as if I can't control it. It doesn't happen very often but when it has iv visited places in the past. For example I went way back to what I think was the 1800's and I was in London. I've never travelled out of SA.
Ok enough about me - moving on to my story.
A friend of mines dad passed away a week ago and I went to his funeral yesterday. It was held in a Roman Catholic Church at 3pm in the afternoon. While the priest was giving his sermon I sort of zoned out and behind him I notice a sort of hazy shadow. At first I thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me because I had zoned out. After his sermon the priest moved to the back of the podium and when I looked back to where he was standing there was a definite shadow of a person still standing there. I stared at the shadow for a while, it didn't move then I looked back at the priest for a moment and on looking back at the shadow figure it started to get lighter and lighter and eventually dissipated. I didn't feel any fear in fact I didn't feel anything at all. It was as if my mind was numb. Normally I would have been scared.
The church was extremely cold in a temperature way as well as atmosphere. I wasn't really uncomfortable but got the feel I didn't belong there.
I am a Christian but not roman catholic. I'm not sure what I saw, this shadow person. I don't know if it was my friends dad? - it was his funeral after all but I why would he be visible to me as a shadow? I mean, was this shadow good or evil? Because my perception of a shadow would naturally be bad but why would it appear in a church?
Oh and also, when the priest was busy sprinkling holy water over the coffin I kept getting this strong metallic smell, this could have been anything I suppose but I just found it strange.
If anyone has any info or views on what I could have seen your opinion would be much appreciated.
Love and light.