A few weeks ago my day had gone as normally as possible. Nothing extraordinary or unexplained, just the normal humdrum of daily family life. We went to bed just after midnight that night completely relaxed and in good spirits. If I recall correctly, I even fell asleep quite quickly compared to the usual laying there in bed for some time until I fell asleep. I cannot even recall dreaming before I suddenly woke up.
I am not sure what exactly woke me up. There was no odd or loud noise, no extreme weather, or anything else that might normally wake a person up from a sound sleep. But there I was, sitting upright suddenly like I had awaken from a horrible dream. I had a feeling that I can not quite explain that someone or something had made me wake up, right at that moment, for a reason. And what I saw terrified me. As soon as I woke and sat up, I saw a dark shadow standing right next to the bed where I was laying. I only saw him for a few moments, but even after that I could still FEEL him standing there. Yes, I say him and not it. Again I cannot explain how I know, I just seem to know deep down that the energy I was feeling was a male. And as I said, although I only physically saw the figure for a few moments, I could still sense the energy coming from that same spot.
I was instantly overwhelmed with fear. I did not get a feeling that the energy or spirit or whatever it was meant me any harm, just that he was standing there intently watching me. That was it, just watching me. Yet I was for some reason consumed with a very strong uncomfortable feeling. Most of us know that uncomfortable feeling of constantly being watched. Take that and magnify it many times, as I actually did see something right beside me when I woke up. That is what it felt like.
Now I have read many times that energy feeds off of energy. That a spirit or entity can 'feed' off of your fear. I will admit I really do not have the experience or knowledge to know much about it. But I do know that I was terrified and I was not willing to take any chances. I mustered up the sternest voice I could and said out loud "You are not welcome here. You have to leave. Now! Go! NOW!". By the end of saying that, I instantly felt stronger, like I was not so afraid anymore. And slowly... I felt like that energy I was feeling beside me was leaving. After a few minutes, I no longer felt it at all. I was no longer feeling afraid.
I will admit I had a very hard time falling back asleep that night. And ever since then I get that same uncomfortable feeling if I think about what happened that night. But I tell myself to be strong and not afraid, and that feeling goes away. And so far, I have not had a repeat visit from that black shadowed energy next to my bed.
I have had numerous experiences where I have seen a black shadow or almost transparent mist, each one having the shape of a full body yet no clearly defined features. Each time it was in a different place. We were the builders of our home. So I do know that the home itself has no past history. But as I stated, this is NOT the first time I have had a similar experience. Although each time I did, I only saw the shadow or mist figure for a few moments. And admittedly, I questioned whether or not I actually did see it. Yet each time, the experience was also accompanied by very strong emotions or weird feelings as well. Such as this one, how even though I could no longer physically see the shadow figure I could physically feel a presence still standing next to me.
I am trying to make sense of this. I have heard many many stories of people witnessing apparitions. But are they usually accompanied by sensing other things as well, such as the ones I felt here? Is there any explanation anyone could give as to why I feel like somehow I know deep down without a doubt that this presence was a male presence? Is there a difference between seeing a black shadowy figure and a white almost transparent mist figure? And is it possible that a person could be haunted, instead of a place? I ask this last question because as I stated before I have had numerous similar experiences, all in different locations. Yet they have all (but 2) been in places I have lived, present and in the past. Any opinions, suggestions, etc would be greatly appreciated.