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, work space 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!
Id’ tell myself, listen Amanda, maybe it’s the cleaning people, maybe it’s security guy, maybe it’s 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 caught a Shadow?
If so, it’s likely you’ve seen a Spirit. Probably a deceased person.
In fact, 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 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. Would they not? These things 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, what are they doing?
Well, likely the same thing you’re doing - minding your own business, that is. Those in Spirit often come back to the earth to visit, and usually, to their favorite places. It’s possible that the Spirit you are seeing 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’s a thousand possible scenarios to describe who or what is appearing to you, but there’s one thing for certain.
If you catch a casual glimpse of a Spirit - they have no intention to scare or alarm you.
Rather, there are two possible scenarios going on:
A. They are trying to nonchalantly get you to notice them
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 lunch time 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, right? Of course, I was too shy to approach them directly in front of all their friends or when they were busy. What if I startled them? Or they actually didn’t like me back and wished I hadn’t come over at all? I didn’t want that. 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! 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. They’re people. You can try talking to them just to see or you can ask them to leave you alone while you’re working - learn how to do both here. Having Spirits around while you are trying to focus can be awfully distracting!
B. They have no idea you saw them at all
When you or I are 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 you and said, “Hey Amanda, 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. And those who live in world of Spirit are the same. Those in Spirit - 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 has happened is that you accidentally snuck a peek between the veil of physical realm and spiritual realm. And no, it’s probably not the caffeine or exhaustion.