The shadows sat across one side of a semi-circle table, cloaked, piercing holes for eyes fixed on a crowd of people. Dawn Sevier of Sparta, Tenn., who has been haunted by Shadow People, thought this was a dream – but it felt so real.
“There was more than one, there were nine,” she said. “Each one was allowing their eyes to be seen. All the eyes were black, the blackest black I've ever seen, and they were looking out on a crowd of people who were there to voice concerns.”
Dream-Dawn walked up to the table and looked at each of nine shadows, one by one.
“None acknowledged that I was standing in front of them observing them,” she said. “In my dream, I had no fear at all. After I reached the last shadow, two people grabbed me and carried me through the crowd and put me into the back of a white limousine. I awoke feeling disturbed and have never forgotten this dream.”
Many parapsychologists consider dreams – especially lucid dreams, dreams that seem too real to be just dreams – to be a form of astral projection. You’re consciously aware during the dream and can control your actions while your soul travels outside your body – as can the very real entities you may encounter there.
Dawn’s soul may have stood before that council of nine, but she doesn’t know who they were judging, or who in the white limousine stepped in to save her.
Dawn has had a few of these lucid dreaming encounters, but none as terrifying as the thing she encountered while recovering from surgery.
“I had just been released from the hospital, and was heavily medicated,” she said. “I'd had a bad experience in the hospital, suddenly I couldn't tolerate morphine and it arrested my breathing. I had one of those experiences where you disconnect from your body and watch everything that's going on.”
Dawn was staying with a friend because she couldn’t be alone. During the first night at her friend’s house, she saw herself leave her body.
“I was sleeping and I found myself standing next to myself, watching myself sleep,” she said. “As I stood there, I could sense that someone was standing to my left – behind me – but I couldn't turn and look, I was blocked from turning. I could look to my right, and when I did, the wall began vibrating faster and faster.”
Suddenly a Shadow Person walked through the wall.
“It was uncloaked and its appearance was like looking at black oil,” Dawn said. “Its body was muscular, its head was large, no hair, and its eyes were black and red.”
Dawn stood next to her body and watched the creature. The entity had almond-shaped eyes, a small nose and small mouth set in an oval-shaped head. But the main feature was its veins.
“It had red blood veins … like humans have blue ones, running all over it's muscular structure,” she said. “It stood about seven feet tall, and it couldn't see me at all.”
She stood, staring at the creature when she realized it was looking at something specific – it was looking at her.
“I noticed that it was looking at the me laying in bed,” she said. “I suddenly felt like fighting and looked down at its feet, only it had no feet. Its legs faded to black-and-red mist, and as I saw this I had an urge to jump into my body that was sleeping.”
As this urge swept through her, the human qualities of the Shadow Man dissipated into a cloud of black and red mist. The mist rose above her body forming a column, and began wrapping itself around her feet and ankles, snaking it's way up the length of her body.
“Suddenly, I found myself throwing covers off myself and screaming, ‘no,’” Dawn said. “I demanded that the thing leave me alone, I told it that it couldn't touch me.”
As Dawn sat in bed – now awake – draped in an icy cold, sheets and nightgown soaked with sweat, she was not afraid. Curious and angry, but not afraid.
“I felt … anger at its attempt to invade my space,” she said.
Although Dawn hasn’t had a lucid dream encounter with a Shadow Person for years, she now sees them in her waking hours.
“I still see them today, mostly out of the corner of my eye,” she said. “I have no idea who or what they are, but I know they interact among us, and they don't like being known. Perhaps they are escorts from this realm to the other side, perhaps they are connected with the death process, but I don't feel they are to be feared. The nature of darkness is to be unknown; we're not supposed to be able to ‘see' in the dark. These entities are unknown by most, and seem alarmed when they are seen.”
Dawn doesn’t see these entities as evil or demonic, she sees them as travelers.
“But I don't know where the destination is,” she said. “If we can endure and move past the fear, perhaps one, or some of us can learn more about these Shadow entities.”
Copyright 2008 by Jason Offutt
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