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Shadow Spirits and Black Animals


One Summer, my parents and I went to San Antonio, Texas to get away from people and problems. We decided to go to the Riverside Mall and look around. It seemed like a normal day, nothing out of the ordinary. But then we went outside to walk along the "river..." Among a small group of pigeons was the strangest pigeon I've ever seen! The pigeon was completely black! I stared at it as we walked past, and it stared back. Some of the other pigeons flew away in fright, but the black pigeon didn't budge.

That night, we went back to the Riverwalk for dinner. The river water looked pitch black in the darkness, and I had no way of knowing how deep the water was. I'm not very good at swimming at all, and I'm terrified of drowning, so I kept a wary eye on the water. On the river's edge was another black pigeon, staring and watching as I passed by.

It reminded me of a time, years ago, when I was in elementary school. My mom was going to drop me off at school, and we were almost there. I stared out the window toward some houses. A fluffy black cat was trotting across people's yards, staring at me and keeping pace with the car. My mom was driving slowly, of course. I glanced away for a mere moment, and when I looked back out the window, the cat had vanished.

Some time after our trip to San Antonio, my mother's parents moved in with us. While I was on the computer, someone's shadow shifted over the right side of the computer screen. When I looked directly at the shadow, it quickly moved into another shadow to disappear, and I turned around to look behind me. No one was there. The next day, I overheard my mom complaining to her mom about seeing a shadow out of the corner of her eye.

She said "I used to see them all the time when I was little, and sometimes they came as a black animal! You two must have brought them with you!"

Several days later, when I got home from school and my mom got home from work, my grandma told us that she had done the laundry and left the basket of clean clothes on the couch in the den. Technically, the den and the kitchen are the same room, but we divided them into two rooms with an imaginary line. Grandpa Derrel and grandma were sitting in the kitchen, when grandma saw a human-shaped shadow out of the corner of her eye. The next thing they knew, the clothes basket flew off of the couch and across the den.

My friend Carol was living with us, too. I had to share my room with her. She swears she saw a shadow out of the corner of her eye and that it tried to punch her in the face. I called the shadows "shadow spirits," and when my grandparents moved out, we stopped seeing the shadow spirits.

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abanob (1 stories) (31 posts)
10 years ago (2012-12-25)
They must be your grandparens freinds or family that allready dead
Lupernikes (2 stories) (42 posts)
13 years ago (2009-10-10)
the shadows cannot harm people... Sometimes they can try to frighten you and put things (dreams or visions) in your head but they cannot physically harm you... Be cautious around them should you ever encounter them though.

To me it seems like there are two "types" though... Can anyone else corroborate this?
Lupernikes (2 stories) (42 posts)
13 years ago (2009-10-10)
My belief is that the shadow spirits, or simply shadows, as I call them, have been here before us and are even another form of life... Not human souls or ghosts at all. I have sensed or seen them several times in the past... I see them as hooded figures mostly (or wearing a hooded cloak) and they seem to give off an aura of great 'otherness' Sephy said... They give off a chill feeling, a sense of dread or horror, possibly even "evil"...I hate to use that word but they are scary and very much inhuman...

One story I have is something which happened a while ago and both myself and my wife experienced it.

We were in bed with the lights off, both asleep when we were woken at the same time; me for no apparent reason, her for having heard a sound like a prayer drum (the ones on sticks with stringed beads... You spin it and the beads hit the drum?) being used and footsteps mounting the stairs. Then we both felt it...cold...not cold wind, just cold came from under the door and I felt an overwhelming sense of fear of something on the other side of the closed bedroom door. Something was 'standing'outside the door in the hallway at the top of the stairs. I have a degree of spirit sense and could feel it and am sure I heard either muttering or chanting but I cannot be sure... I 'saw'the hooded figure I mentioned further up... The odd thing is that I was torn between being frozen in fear and being drawn to whatever it was out there, as if it sensed me and wanted to communicate or something... But I stayed frozen. After several minutes (so it felt) I felt it leave and actually saw a shadow pass near the window... The oddest thing is that a neighbour's yard light went off or appeared to be blocked for a couple of seconds. It was creepy and it was actually, I admit, somewhat terrifying... But I felt intelligence and knew that whatever it was which passed through my house, it knew I was there too... I often wonder what it was but I simply call them The Shadow... Another kind of creature which shares the world with us but usually cannot be seen
Ohiowatha (11 stories) (415 posts)
14 years ago (2008-01-16)
That's some pretty creepy stuff about the shadows and laundry basket. However, I would be careful not to read into too much concerning black animals--especially black pigeons. There are TONS of black pigeons in NYC and they don't always act as a group. I think it's highly unlikely your pigeon was anything but a pigeon and the cat, anything but a cat.

...but what do I know?

Thanks for sharing.
SchizoSephy (74 posts)
14 years ago (2008-01-15)
I want to know, because a similar thing happened to me once. I was attacked by a pitch black humanoid thing. It may be a "shadow person..." How did you feel whenever you saw it? Was it something like dread? I've heard that when you see them it's followed by extreme horror. I don't really remember but I do remember it tried to attack me. But when I locked eyes with it, it vanished.
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
14 years ago (2008-01-15)
Tilis, since you overheard your Mom speaking of experiences very similar to yours, with the black figures and animals, and saying your Grandmother must have brought them with her, it doesn't seem to be a new event in your family. The spirit seems to be attracted to your Grandmother, especially if everything has quieted down since they left. You should talk to your Mom and your Grandma and see what they have to say on the topic. I bet there are a lot of stories to be told. It could prove to be very interesting! I think it's a little more than shadows though. I don't think shadows move objects or become aggressive. My impression is that they just lurk. This is something else your Grandma might be able to shed some light on (?that didn't come out quite right, shed some light on the shadows? Haha.) I'll bet she could let you in on a few other incidents. I'd be interested to know what you find out. Thanks for telling your tale, it was very interesting.
FRAWIN (guest)
14 years ago (2008-01-14)
Hi Tilis.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. I found it fascinating, not because of the black animals but because of the shadow people. I guess I have a fascination with shadow people/spirits because of all the paranormal I have experienced I have never seen a shadow person. If I have seen one before I guess I mistook it for just a shadow. I will have to agree with Cirdan that since you haven`t seen them since your grandparents left it was something attached to them. Take Care.

SchizoSephy (74 posts)
14 years ago (2008-01-14)
So, were the "shadows" only visible on a wall? Or was it like a normal 3 dimensional being like us?
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
14 years ago (2008-01-14)
It It sounds as if you have 2 very different events occuring.

I am farely sure that black pigeons are not that common, but I have ssen several of them in the area where I live. It may have been a coincendence seeing the 2 birds on your walk, this coincidence may have ben more in your mind as you walked by the river, your far of the water and all.

As far as the shadows, I for one have never heard of any of the shadow type 'entity' trying to physically harm anyone.

Do you know if your grand paents ae still receiving 'visits' after their move?

God Bless!
whitebuffalo (guest)
14 years ago (2008-01-14)
Hi Tilis,
You know, I have never heard of a Shadow person trying to hit someone. Curious.
A black birds message, in my belief system, is all about your creative talent. They form the foundation of creativity and force you to look at the whole picture while forming your inspirational gifts that you will share with the world. We have a saying that loosely translated means "You were only waiting for this moment to arise, you were only waiting for this moment to be free..."
Thank you for sharing.
Cirdan (guest)
14 years ago (2008-01-14)
Hmmm, really interesting. It must have been something following your grandparents then, since it went gone when they left.

I'm glad it stopped, but does your grandparents still see the "shadow spirit" ?

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