Shadow people or beings is a phenomenon where a fleeting but human shape seems to flash right by you and disappear immediately. Although it sounds obvious, in order to get rid of one, it first has to be identified. Unfortunately, the concept of shadow persons is but a theory. Although there are many reported sightings of such things, so far there has not been any verification that shadow people are real.
If shadow people are demons, perhaps an exorcist is needed. Most researchers suspect, however, that shadow people, if they are really there, are a manifestation of a ghost or haunting. If it is a residual haunting or a non-intelligent “recording” on the environment, one way to possibly get rid of it is to alter the environment in some way. It is important to note that a residual haunting is harmless.
Intelligent Hauntings and Ghosts
If it is an intelligent haunting, a true spirit that seems to behave and react in a way that indicates it has awareness, then there are some things you can try to make it go away. It is recommended to turn to renowned ghost hunter and paranormal researcher Loyd Auerbach, who in his book Ghost Hunting: How To Investigate the Paranormal, offers the following suggestions:
- Ignore the ghost: “Like most people,” Loyd writes, “apparitions probably go away when ignored.” Sometimes, however, this backfires and the ghostly activity increases because the spirit wants more attention.
- Use humor: Since fear is your biggest enemy in these cases, try injecting some light humor into the situation. “Most people have a sense of humor,” says Loyd, “including the dead ones.”
- Listen and learn: Perhaps the spirit is trying to tell you something or communicate. Try to find out what that might be and do your best to resolve it.
- Tell the ghost to leave: This tactic very often works quite well, “especially when the time is taken to explain how and why having her stick around bothers everyone and increases their stress. Like most living people, most ghosts are reasonable,” Loyd advises. This might even work in the case that the entities are interdimensional beings or time travelers; if they’re aware of you, they might listen.
The advice in Loyd’s book is more detailed and thorough than what is extracted here, so it is recommended to take a deeper look. One important factor he stresses is that you do not try to do this alone. Get some help, preferably from someone who has some real experience, in these matters.