Do Ghosts Have Shadows?

I found myself wondering if ghosts have shadows and decided to see what I could find through researching this subject. What I discovered was that ghosts do not cast shadows but a ghost can be a shadow. Confused yet? Sorry if you are. Let me try to explain what I mean.

A ghost cannot cast a shadow because only solid objects can do that. But a ghost can be seen as a shadow. Those types of ghosts are referred to as shadow figures within the paranormal scene.

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Shadow figures or shadow people have been explained through different theories within the paranormal world. One theory I found states that if you think you are seeing a shadow figure that your mind is actually filling in the blank areas to make a shape that appears to you as a human would. Shadow figures are usually seen from the corner of your eye as a quick movement. To me, this theory is discounting the existence of shadow figures and explaining them away as an over-active imagination. Therefore this theory seems too simplistic of an explanation.

Do Ghosts Have Shadows? Are They Shadow People?

Another theory regarding shadow figures states that you may see one of these when you awake from a nightmare or night terror. As if the dream state has not ended and the inability to catch your breath is accompanied by seeing a shadowy figure sitting on or pressing down upon your chest. This theory could be a way for our human brain to try to explain what is happening if you wake up with sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is when you wake up and are fully conscious but you cannot physically move. Sleep paralysis is said to occur in about 6% of the population and most often the “victims” are young adults. Scientists believe that stress and sleep deprivation can increase one’s chances of experiencing sleep paralysis. It is said to be terrifying and that sufferers often feel an unseen presence or even see a shadow figure.Do Ghosts Have Shadows?

Yet another theory states that shadow figures are demonic. This theory of them being evil relates to the dark and frightening feeling that the witness has when in the presence of a shadow figure. Often witnesses of shadow figures will communicate that the shape did not seem to be of human origins.

Click here to watch a video of Psychic Medium, Amy Allen speaking about shadow people on her TV Show “The Dead Files.”    
I hope you have learned something new today or at the very least I have given you something to think about. Let us know if you have had experience with a shadow figure or any other type of spirit. We would love to learn of any paranormal experiences you have had.

Cheers,

The Other Half

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Definition of Fear

The definition of fear is: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous is a threat or will possibly cause pain.(N)

Definition of fear

OR To be afraid of something or someone that is likely to be threatening, dangerous or able to cause pain. (V)

To put it in the simplest terms fear is a survival mechanism. It is an emotion that helps us to survive. Feeling fear triggers the fight or flight response within the temporal lobe of the brain called amygdala. This then releases hormones and neurochemicals that increase both your breathing and heart rate. This causes an increase in blood to the muscles so they are ready for the fight or the flight. This has been said to be a survival reaction from the dawn of time. Cavemen needed to be able to fight or run away from the many perils to their existence back when Saber Tooth Tigers still roamed the land.

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The Human Brain

We all know that the brain is incredibly complex.  It has100 billion nerve cells making up a communication network that drives everything we do.

There are different areas of the human brain that set up to deal with fear and they are:

 

  • Thalamus – it decides where to send incoming data from your senses like your eyes, ears, and nose.
  • Sensory cortex- it interprets this data.
  • Hippocampus- it stores and retrieves memories and processes stimuli.
  • Amygdala- its job is to decode the emotion.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In saying those now famous words he was unknowingly describing Phobophobia, the fear of being afraid. I think we will see more and more people suffer from that in the future. People are no longer expected to deal with any negative emotions as we all become more and more sensitive to the slightest offence. But that is pulling me down a twisty rabbit hole and I will leave my opinions on the matter there for now

So, what is fear? I believe it is different for all of us. We may enjoy it on the movie screen or at Halloween and it is why we ride roller coasters. Those are relatively safe and we get to go back to our homes and continue living. How would we really react to real fear? I am not referring to being jump scared by a freaky clown but to a life or death situation. Do you know? I can only hope that if I am ever in a life or death situation that I will remember to breathe because screaming could save a life and you cannot scream if you hold your breath. If you have had a scary situation that you would like to share please know that the comment section is there for you waiting to learn about it. Stay safe and sound everyone.

Cheers,

Bill

 

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