Three nights ago I was sleeping on my left side, with my back to the bedroom door, when I was awakened by someone shaking my right shoulder to try and wake me up. I turned over to look at whoever was trying to wake me and all I saw was a dark figure of a person that appeared to be wearing a loose hood, like a robe with a hood.
I was a bit startled by that because of the fact it had touched me and woke me up, so I reached over and turned on my bedside touch lamp. I didn't have to take my eyes off of it in order to turn on the light. Therefore I was able to see something really strange when the light went on.
Normally, when the light goes on in a dark room, it looks instantly illuminated to me. This was the case with my bedroom when I turned on the light. It was all illuminated immediately - except for this shadow person (I couldn't tell if it was male or female). The shadow person didn't immediately disappear. It happened quickly, but slow enough that I could see its form shrink, like it was collapsing from the outer edges, into a point in the center where its head was. When everything collapsed to this point, the point seemed to explode (even a small dot of light) and disappear.
I haven't heard of a shadow person touching someone before, so I came onto this site the afternoon after the night of my experience and did a search for hooded shadow figure sightings. In my short look, I didn't see a story with anyone getting touched, but I didn't look deeply because I saw a story that I must have read a few weeks back that distracted me. It was written by a mother that said her 3 year old saw a hooded shadow figure with a robe and rope belt. This reminded me that when I was about 3, I told my mom that I saw a man in the corner of the house (regularly) and she asked me what he was wearing and I said a robe with a rope belt, although I didn't mention a hood and don't remember. So, I called my mom to ask her if I ever mentioned a hood on this figure that I saw as a child, and she said no. [By the way, my mom's interpretation of the figure that I saw was that it was Jesus because I said it was in a robe and rope belt. That wasn't my interpretation and I didn't have a clue at the time that there was a historical figure named Jesus, or any inkling of religion.]
Interestingly, my mom didn't ask me why I was inquiring, and I didn't mention my experience in response because I am in the habit of not bringing up the strange things that happen over at my house. Therefore, I was really surprised when my mom volunteered that a couple of nights earlier she had been laying in bed sleeping on her side when she felt someone pat her shoulder a few times, like it was comforting her. She thought it was my dad so she turned over to say something and he was far away on the other side of the bed with his back to her. She then turned on her side to face him and said that she felt something pat her again on her other shoulder. She said she wasn't frightened, but thought it was creepy. This is the first thing that is strange that has happened to her in her life. She is not one to see or experience unusual things and is a very happy, typical person. She said she had meant to tell me sooner, but forgot. I then told her about my shoulder shaking wake up, which would have been the night after her experience. My mother lives in the house next door to me, not that it is relevant.
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. There are three things that I find interesting about this experience. First, the shadow figure shook my shoulder to wake me up. Second, it collapsed into a pinpoint of light that 'exploded' out of view. Third, that the night before my mom experienced something patting her shoulder, twice, and she has never had any personal experience before and I wonder if her experience and mine are related.
I'm curious as to whether: (1) anyone else has experience with the hooded shadow person; (2) what the difference is between the normal shadow man (which I've seen before in my house) and the hooded shadow person; (3) if anyone has ever been touched by a shadow person; and (4) if anyone else has seen one collapse into a pinpoint of light and flash out?
Thanks for reading!