Seeing Shadows – What Are They and What Should I Do?

Seeing Shadows

Seeing shadows are a type of spiritual presence and it’s possible you’ve seen them before. But we’ve all seen shadows. I’m sure if you were to look around the room you’re in now, you’ll be able to see many shadows, perhaps in every direction.

These aren’t the same as the spiritual shadows we’ll be taking a look at within this article. The problem is that this sort of spirit is fleeting, so you’ll perhaps see it out of the corner of your eye but the moment you focus your attention on it…it’s gone.

What does it mean,  Seeing Shadows? That’s exactly what we’ll be exploring.

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What are Shadow Spirits?

Shadows or shadow spirits create a lot of confusion. The fact that they don’t linger and almost always vanish as soon as we become aware of them makes it incredibly difficult to learn anything about them.

Anyone seeing shadows in corner of the eye tends to chalk it up to simply being tricks of the mind. In some cases, that’s all it is (we’ll take a deeper look at the reasoning for this later on).

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Shadows can represent a deeper meaning than you might imagine! When we think of shadows, we often view them as symbolizing a lack of light. Shadows aren’t something to be afraid of, but they can suggest that a spiritual being is attached to you, possibly following you.

Don’t worry though, this doesn’t mean anything bad. If you want to better understand the meaning of shadows, contact your Guardian Angel.

What does it mean when you see a shadow in your eye?

Seeing black shadows out of the corner of the eye is essentially the same as catching a glimpse of a ghost, an angel, or Archangels.

The forms of these shadows can vary somewhat dramatically. The most common form is simply a black, humanoid figure. You may even call them people shadows because they so closely resemble the shadows of people.

A similar version can have glowing eyes, can appear in misshapen forms, or even resemble a normal shadow but one that moves without any reason to.

One of the tell-tale signs that you’re not simply looking at a normal shadow is that these beings can be seen at night when little to no light is available.

What causes a shadow in your vision?

This can all sound a little terrifying and so you’re probably wondering if these spirits mean you any harm. Seeing shadows in peripheral vision (particularly those similar to the above descriptions) can be a little alarming.

You’ll find comfort in knowing that there is no reason to believe that these spirits are here to cause harm to anyone. In fact, it is believed that they simply want to come and go without bothering anyone.

They aren’t trying to scare you, they aren’t trying to intimidate you, and in most cases, they aren’t even trying to communicate with you. It’s possible that they remain in your peripheral vision entirely to avoid direct interaction.

Seeing shadows  – Why is that?

So why are you seeing shadows in the first place? Seeing shadows typically means one of two things: the spirit has a connection to you and so it’s the spirit of someone you know who has passed away.

This means that wherever you go, the shadow spirit is likely to follow. Alternatively, seeing shadows could mean that the spirit has latched onto a location, perhaps your flat or place of work.

Seeing dark shadows out of the corner of your eye can be alarming but in most cases, they are simply lost or traveling spirits. Don’t worry though, there are ways to help the spirit move on.

However, you should also consider the possibility that this spirit isn’t connected to you, at least not directly.

We’re going to explore some of the common spirit types in a moment, but first, we’ll consider the function/intention that a spirit might possess. For example, an Earth spirit may be watching over you like a guardian.

It could be the spirit of a loved one, or perhaps just a noble soul. If the shadow represents energy, then it could be an Earthbound spirit that is waiting for crossover.

If that’s the case, then it’s more likely that the energy is tied to the location rather than to you.  The thing to take away from all of this is that spirits can exist in the Earthly realm for a variety of reasons and functions.

We can also take the intention of the spirit into consideration.

What is the Spirit Trying to Do?

If you feel that the spirit is trying to get your attention, then it’s more likely that it holds a connection to you or needs your help crossing over.

Sometimes, a spirit that needs your attention can come across as a little menacing. If the spirit follows you or appears regularly, you may feel a little unnerved.

Just look at it this way: would you feel unnerved if one of your close friends or family members appeared in your life often? No, of course not. It’s possible that this spirit is such a person, just in a different form.

It’s also possible that this spirit doesn’t want anything to do with you. Seeing a shadow spirit can happen entirely by accident.

If you’ve been developing your spirituality, you may have reached a level where you can occasionally see non-physical beings, such as shadow spirits.

If you saw a spirit and it didn’t appear to notice you or attempt to interact with you in any way, then it may have been a chance encounter.

Types of Shadow Spirit

We’re going to explore just 5 types of shadow spirit. There are many more than that, and that’s just including the ones that we know of, but these are the 5 most common types and will help to give you a stronger understanding of what a shadow spirit may be doing in the physical realm:

Men in Black

When you think of what a shadow spirit may look like, this is likely the last thing that comes to mind.

Men in Black, much like the movie franchise, references a type of spirit that appears in human form, dressed in a black suit, hat, shoes, and sunglasses. Some people believe that these spirits are actually angels.


One of the most common types of spirit is the ghost. We’re all familiar with the general idea of these beings. Ghosts are often trapped souls that are unable to cross over into the spiritual realm.

Unlike in movies, these spirits aren’t here to cause us harm. They may be lost and they may be confused, but they just wish to move on.

Dark Figures (sometimes with glowing eyes)

Don’t let the description of this spirit scare you. While many people believe that these are demonic spirits who wish to cause us harm, the truth is a lot less terrifying.

One explanation is that these beings are the astral projected forms of humans, and the reason their eyes glow is that that’s the aspect of their form that is connected to the physical realm.

Another explanation is that these spirits are watchers, serving some sort of larger function.

Forest Spirits

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Children of the Forest’, these beings exist in nature. Here we see another example of pop culture making us afraid of friendly entities, as these spirits mean you no harm.

They exist to watch over and protect Mother Earth and roam the woods as a form of energy.

Classic Shadow Spirits

This type of spirit doesn’t have its own name, much in the same way that our moon is called ‘the moon’ and our sun is called ‘the sun’, these shadow spirits are simply called shadow spirits.

They resemble shadows and often appear in human form.

Good Shadows vs Bad Shadows

When it comes to determining whether a shadow spirit is “good” or “bad”, the answer is quite simple: how do you feel when you’re in the presence of this spirit?

If you feel positive emotions such as calmness, happiness, friendliness, or a sense of support or guidance, then it’s safe to assume that the spirit is friendly.

Feeling scared or nervous doesn’t necessarily indicate that the spirit wishes you harm, it just means that you’re unfamiliar with it.

If you feel a sense of depression, low energy (as if you’re being drained of energy), heaviness, or happen to find strange marks on your skin, then this spirit may not have your best interests in mind.

It’s important to note that a “bad” spirit doesn’t necessarily wish you any harm, it just means that it isn’t in the physical realm to aid you.

Most spirits considered “bad” are simply lost souls that need help crossing over. When they drain energy, they do so by accident.

The best thing you can do is cleanse yourself (e.g. through a cleansing meditation), cleanse your space (e.g. using crystals), and ask for help (e.g. contact your angels). We’ll look at this idea a bit more in a moment.

I still see your shadows in my room

Sometimes, shadow spirits need our help moving on. We are not always able to communicate with them, and so one of the simplest ways to help a spirit is to gently nudge it in the right direction.

Imagine that you have a bumblebee hovering around your living room, what would you do? Often, we open a door and use the air from our lungs to blow the bee in the right direction.

Cleansing Yourself and Your Space

We can do a similar thing with shadow spirits, and here are some of the simplest and most effective options:

  • Light incense
  • Say a prayer
  • Place a crystal ball or precious stones around the room/house
  • Clean
  • Leave windows open throughout the day
  • Ask your angels/spirit guides for further guidance

What to do if you’ve seen a shadow

Seeing shadows of a more personal nature may sound a little scary. None of us are likely to feel thrilled at the thought of a shadowy entity following us around wherever we go.

It’s important to realize that most spirits that have passed on follow us one way or another. If you feel the presence of a loved one, it doesn’t fill you with alarm but rather with comfort.

Shadow spirits don’t choose to appear in this form and so you have to become aware that they aren’t really any different from any other spirit other than their physical form.

If you have an idea of who the spirit may belong to (perhaps a friend, relative, or partner) then you can reach out to their spirit and try to help them move on.

Try to form a spiritual connection and then tell them that you’ve noticed their spirit and if they find a way to communicate you will do all you can to help them move on.

For example:

Jerry, I still see your shadows

in my room. While I find comfort in knowing

you are still with me, I wish to do all that

I can to help you move on.

Please send me a sign of

how I can do that.

Locational Attachment

Spirits are just as likely to latch onto a location as they are to a person. Some spirits simply don’t want to move on due to their fear of what lies beyond, others get lost and end up at the place most familiar to them.

So if you’re seeing shadows in your home then it’s possible that a previous occupant became lost after death and wound up returning to the building. You can approach them in a similar manner as before and simply reach out to them.

Sometimes a spirit just needs a little motivation and a little comfort to be able to move on.

For example:

Spirit, I don’t know who you are

but I know that you are lost and/or scared.

I reach out to you now to tell you

that there’s no reason to be.

Journey onwards and

find peace for yourself.

A Quick Recap

Just remember, that many shadow spirits aren’t trying to interact with you. Some exist here by accident, others serve a purpose, and some might actually be angels that we mistake for shadow spirits.

When you see a shadow spirit, don’t be afraid. Explore your feelings and trust your intuition, as this will help guide you towards the best course of action. When in doubt, contact your angels and ask for advice.

Many of these spirits just need help crossing over into the spiritual realm, so there’s no need to panic.

Some of them aren’t even trying to get your attention: you just happened to catch a glimpse of them entirely by accident. But that’s not to say that you haven’t seen a loved one.

What Else Could They Be?

Obviously seeing shadows could be something else entirely. While most spiritual circles will agree that they are simply lost spirits.

However, other theories include simply being tricks of the mind. Many people experience these phenomena when their brain is somewhere between being awake and asleep.

Could they be multi-dimensional beings, perhaps even future versions of humans who have mastered sending their consciousness through time?

Others believe that these shadows are rare glimpses of an astral projected consciousness.

You can decide for yourself what you believe them to be but find comfort in knowing that they appear to be harmless.

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