This happened around 8 or so years ago as I was still in school or maybe I was in college, I'm not sure but anyway, it happened in the same house as I'm in today (the one I've lived in my whole life).
I was sleeping one night, having a bad dream, when I all of a sudden woke up for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Now whenever I have a bad dream I subconsciously tell myself to look at my hands and that's how I wake myself up if it gets too scary and intense. This time though, I woke up out of nowhere, and it felt as if the dream wasn't finished. Anyhow, I was laid on my left side facing my room and as I turned over to go back to sleep on my right side, I looked through my bedroom door and saw a dark male shadow figure. I did a double-take but when I looked back it was obviously gone. It didn't feel threatening nor did it frighten or startle me. In fact, I just rolled over and went back to sleep peacefully. I believe it was my dad's dad who was a big part of helping to build and reconstruct parts of our house as it's been altered quite a bit from its original state. I believe he was watching over me and he could have even pulled me out of the bad dream to save me from being scared and losing sleep.
I've seen quite a few dark figures/shadows in this house. Another encounter that sticks out to me is when a dark figure walked right past me into the kitchen while I was coming out of the kitchen into the dining room. It felt like a big cobweb had brushed past me and made me shudder a little but obviously when I turned to look nothing was there. I believe this was also my dad's dad too as he helped my dad build the kitchen extension on the house.
I don't find these encounters creepy or frightening, and in fact, they intrigue me more than anything and it's one of my dreams to capture something on camera. It's as if our two worlds have aligned even just for a split second and that's when the living and the dead cross paths or come into contact with one another whether it be through a residual haunting or an intelligent one.