Catching A Glimpse of Spirit From The Corner Of Your Eyes
amanda linette meder
What does it mean to see shadow spirits? What if you regularly see them out of the corner of your eye?
One of the most common ways to see a Spirit is very non-confrontational. As a child and up until my adulthood, I continually and routinely 'thought' I saw something out of the corner of my eyes.
And maybe you've experienced this too.
Alone in the office late at night?
Up to the wee-hours working on a project in an otherwise empty building?
Tearing down a musical set after a big show or event?
I've been there.
And, in each of those cases, I would leave my office, workspace or area to get a drink, go to the bathroom or travel down the hall for some scissors.
As I was stretching my legs - walking past a doorway, another hallway, or just turning a corner - I'd be certain I saw someone walk past.
I'd tell myself, listen, Amanda, maybe it's the cleaning people, maybe it's a security guy, it's perhaps another graduate student working late. You've had too much coffee.
In some cases, I'd search the building, listen for footsteps or run back to my office and keep an eye on the open door, in case someone should walk past.
I would never find any evidence of another living person in the building with me.
Have you ever seen Shadows?
If so, you've likely seen a Spirit. Probably a deceased person, maybe a Guardian Angel, maybe residual energy.
Seeing a shadow, a figure or a glimpse of a person is an incredibly common way to see Spirit. In most cases, it’s because this Spirit is trying to be non-confrontational. And no, it’s probably not a ghost or a ghoul.
These Spirits usually have no intention of scaring you.
If someone wanted to frighten you, they’d slam a door shut, make a loud noise, touch your back, whisper your name or get up in your face. These actions are possible for Spirit and are much more alarming, confrontational, and attention-getting.
And, believe it or not, every person - both living and deceased - knows that directly approaching someone is the best way to get their attention.
So if a Spirit really wanted your attention, they typically directly address you or make a noise.
So, what is the Shadow doing?
Well, likely the same thing you’re doing - minding their own business. Those in Spirit often come back to the Earth to visit, and usually, to their favorite places. It’s possible that the Spirit you see really likes this place or is attached to it for some reason or another.
In an old university building? Perhaps it’s a tenured professor walking the halls to check in on things for fun and interest.
At an event venue? Perhaps it’s someone who really enjoyed traveling with musicians and attending shows (and is now crossed over).
In an office building? Maybe it’s someone who used to work or live in the area and is checking out what things look like now since they’ve left Earth.
There are a thousand possible scenarios to describe who or what is appearing to you, but there’s one thing for certain.
So, if you see a Shadow, two possible scenarios could be going on:
A. They are, okay maybe, trying to get you to notice them nonchalantly.
Have you ever had a crush on someone? I have.
And when I was in high school, instead of approaching my crush directly, I would casually try to make myself more visible to them.
Getting a bathroom hall pass at around the same time just for a drink at the water fountain, going to the snack booth at lunchtime just when they also happened to be going to the snack booth -
What a coincidence, I would say, “I can’t believe we’re here at the same time! How funny is that!”
It's not all that funny - because I knew exactly what I was doing.
Of course, I was too shy to approach them directly in front of all their friends or when they were busy. But, I did want to be noticed, that is - only if they wanted to notice me back.
Spirits play this game too - they’re human, too, remember.
Sometimes, they don’t want to scare you, but hey, if you do happen to notice, they’ll come over to talk to you for company. It never hurts to have or make a friend in a new place.
What could they want from you?
Company, friendship, just to say hello. Any number of things, really. It all depends on what the energy is.
You can try talking to the energy just to see, you can ask the energy to leave you alone while you’re working, you could try crossing the energy over. I would either set boundaries or try to identify it first.
B. They have no idea you saw them at all
When we're going about our day, driving down the street, walking along window shopping on a nice afternoon, or just moving about the office - we hardly notice the other people who happen to see us.
Surely, this has happened to you.
A coworker, friend or acquaintance has approached and said, “Hey, I saw you driving on such and such street yesterday and waved! Didn’t you see me?”
No, you didn’t. You, like me, were likely caught up in your own thoughts and business, not noticing who or what noticed you as you walked past.
Those who live in the world of Spirit are the same.
Guides, Angels, Deceased Loved Ones - have tasks to do, activities, and hobbies all lined up on their agenda. Often, we catch a glimpse of Spirit while they too, like us, are happily going about their business, completely oblivious to what anyone else is up to.
What may have happened is that you accidentally snuck a peek between the veil of the physical realm and the spiritual realm. And no, it’s probably not the caffeine or exhaustion.
It’s more likely because you’re awake during a time when the veil between worlds is thinner or your ability to sense Spirit is heightened for one reason or another.
What to do if you’ve seen a shadow
- If you’ve caught a glimpse of a shadow, this is not necessarily something that is heavy or burdening. But if you feel it is, or it bothers you, you may consider cleansing your space, such as with Reiki or with a few of the space clearing activities I list here.
I also have an eGuide on Space Clearing available when you join The Membership Program.
- To double-check if something is dark or light, though your alarm signals will likely go off if it is dark, check out this post: Identifying Light Spirits vs. Dark Spirits: Who the Good Guys Are In the Spirit World.
- One last thing. This shadow may not be an external energy. The YouTube Video, A Brief History of the Shadow People, discusses how shadows may actually be aspects of the soul, which I also discuss in this post about black smoke.
The video has a dark slant, so keep that in mind before opening the link, but it’s valuable. It goes over how personal shadows develop and presents just another theory on what a shadow image could really be.
Amanda Linette Meder
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Last Updated 2019.08.02