The world of the paranormal is a diversely curious realm of what presents us with a crippling visage of fear and yet presents itself also in more than enough intrigue to have us forever fascinated by what’s happening on the spectre. Terrifying therefore in all our awarenesses but captivating still of the senses in such mannerisms that spook us out of our selves and defy logical explanation and scientific reasoning, the dwell of the occults outside the world manifest across a number of assertions. Quite surprisingly though, many of our encounters with such inexplicable terror happen to be sourced in some sort of form very uncannily human, but manifesting only across some parts of what shapes the human physicality. Sometimes occurring as a very distinct figure but devoid of the face, at other times as mere but vivid shadows in being, the elements of the world that is very clearly not our own can be unsettling indeed a range of such appearances or even perceptions that baffle us thoroughly in deviating from our understanding of the ordinary and therefore leave us completely shaken and terrified by their lesser dimensional being.
Across such occurrences of what is characterised by some semblance of oddity, an experience in rather commonality but that which in no way dampens the intensity of its frightening identity happens to take the shadow form of a human. Referred to as shadow people or shadow figure, this perception of a patch of shadow as a living human figure is very accepted universally in their prevalent appearance and goes on even so far as to have folklores and legends spun around them. But even in this consistent permeation of them into the routes of familiarity, there has been not one consensus that can establish the true ‘identity’ of what these fleeting shadows of very evident people like forms tend to be. While their perceived dwelling along the alleys of the paranormal most certainly attribute them as being ghosts or demons, shadow people also are speculated by some to instead be such characters as far fetched as beings of another world or of a parallel universe that exist despite our unawareness of them. Believed therefore to be manifestations of interdimensional existences or even of time travelers, besides their more widespread reputation as spiritual beings or supernatural entities, shadow people have been elements of as much intrigue as they are bearers of fear.
In their fleeting essence that appear as just a flash in visibility and are as good as gone the very next moment, shadow people might very well attributed to be figments of virtual whimsy that the highly imaginative and perhaps overly alert human mind dawns upon themselves. And it is in this very existence in transience that makes it difficult to decipher what shadow people exactly are. Shadow people are also as beguiling, in that their appearance in swift momentariness might present to the viewer a case in their own perceived uncertainty. This makes this particular entity of the inexplicable arena even more perplexing an identity to dwell over, given the immense possibility of them not existing at all! And it exactly is in such basis in ambiguity that shadow people have forever eluded a rational explanation of themselves in the human world and have therefore come to reside in a might potently powerful to evoke the most intense feelings of dread triggered by its potential emanant from the highly terrifying prospects of the unknown.
Often viewed out of the corner of the eye but without any trace of existence otherwise or sometimes also in more certain visage though only along the outline of the darkness that make them up albeit in just the shadow, it indeed would be difficult to make shadow people adhere to a definite description. But across such features of their appearance that manifest in all universality, they indeed can be attributed a couple some facets of behavior. Generally manifesting in soloness are these shadowy apparitions that might even end up being existences in exclusive trickery of our eyes as well. Which is why the more calling for definiteness spectrum of science pursued in the human world seeks to dismiss their existence, at least as how they occur in common parlance. From an utterly reason based scientific perspective, the identity of shadow beings are acknowledged only in as much as being stemming in and of the mind, that conjures up human like shapes out of nothingness to fill in the blank spaces of it. A more accepted notion emerges from within the awareness of the medical aspect that is furthered by science as well, with shadow figures believed to be occurrences pertaining to the condition of sleep paralysis. Drawing from such references that often cite viewing of such shadow figures right after a bout of sleep characterised by a heaviness in the air and on the chest, science concurs that it is the fear accompanying the sudden jolt out of sleep into a state of partial paralysis that drives the mind to make up images of nothings as perhaps a real manifestation of what concerns the human imagination particularly susceptible at that point in time. Shadow people might also be figments of imagination finding assertion in reality out of such less or more than optimal human experiences as a heightened emotional state or even just sleep deprivation. But despite such basis of downplaying their essence, the ‘realness’ of shadow people have forever been held in more established assertion by those convinced of their personal encounters with these indistinct shapes stirring up fear in hearts and raking the curious clouts of the mind.
Science though might not be very unaccountable in its tendency to undermine the real assertion of shadow people in all its conscious explanation. Because despite being very prominent elements of folk culture, with tales and beliefs even outlining distinct indeed shadow creatures, the prominence of their assertion have occurred only since the 2000s. The term itself emerges in the work of author Heidi Hollins who though asserts that they have been characterising the spectrum of living of the human world since the beginning of time itself. But science chooses instead to believe in the existence of shadow people as not any more definite than the equally inconclusive essence of ghosts, with its explanation of the former having even more reliable a ground of establishment. Likely attributed to the phenomenon of pareidolia or even such experiences of hallucination occurring widely commonly across the human range of tending to view things even when they aren’t really there are also this awareness of shadow people that somehow refute their own existence. In their most basic visage most often outlined out of the corner of the eyes and along such edge of expanses where shadows anyway occur most commonly, as well as in their almost exclusive night time revelation, shadow people might not be anything more than mere shadows massively exaggerated by plays of the human fancy.
But contradicting such resolute indeed belief of the scientific kind are such reported encounters of these shadowy masses that spot instead these figures in recurrence. With mere glimpses progressing into more pronounced manifestations, as the view recedes from the corner of the eyes to present instead directly in front of them, these barely there figurines might indeed be residents of a dark world of which we are not at all aware. Remarkably unique indeed in their definite dimension of appearance are the perceived hallucinations of these autonomous entities that can impact the mental state of sentient humans in such capacities that lead them to assert their selves in different intensities. Apart from their usual fleeting behavior and even persisting beyond their existence in more certainty, shadow people sometimes might reveal themselves in such greater reality that makes them able to be decipher even when returned to being looked back at after being looked away from.
In such eccentric enough emphasis of their existence, shadow people definitely make for as intriguing an exploration of the unknown as they tend to be trails along which terror lurks in stark evincing of the indecipherable. And this perhaps is part the reason why these dark mounds of nothingness have been so often referenced and explored in popular culture across the ages. Right from their ingrained essence in folklore and prevalence through ancient beliefs to their charting of a route more psychologically derived and as fantastically elucidated, shadow people have refuse to reside as merely the shadows of their selves. Even in their elusiveness in the evocation of detail and their residence along hazy alleys of the unreal, shadow people bring forth indeed both dimensions of the apparent and the imaginary through their very essence and in their inconclusive identity.