This is a podcast by Fiona Broome, created to accompany the Ghosts101.com article, Are Shadow People Dangerous? In this 11-minute podcast, Fiona discusses shadow people, “Hat Man,” and protection for ghost hunters and other paranormal researchers.
Do you believe in ghosts? What about shadow people, or demons, etc.?
Here are some general definitions, for this poll:
Ghosts – Spirits of people who once lived in our world, and have experienced physical death.
Shadow people – Shadowy, human-ish figures that move, or are there… and then vanish. They may or may not be translucent. Most don’t have facial features. Shadow people are definitely the shape of human bodies.
Demons – Evil and malicious entities that may be connected with the concept of devils and Satan.
Angels – Kind and benevolent entities that may be unique to a spiritual context, or might be ascended spirits of those who once lived on Earth.
Fairies – Also spelled “faeries,” these creatures may be humanoid or fantastical (like unicorns, mermaids, etc.), and may be large or small, and friendly, helpful or mischievous, or – occasionally – malicious.
Banshees – A spirit that protects a family, and wails to predict danger.
Cryptozoological creatures – Non-human beings often labeled “myths,” including Bigfoot, chupacabra, pukwudgies, and so on.
UFOs and aliens – Beings from outer space, and the vehicles they travel in.
Most ghosts are just people, without solid, physical form.
They may be able to interact with our world – by moving objects, touching people, or speaking so they’re recorded as EVP.
Since most ghosts aren’t able to do much, physically, in our world, I’m not afraid of them. They’re just spirits.
Most seem to linger here for their own reasons. They may have unfinished business, or want to protect “their” family or former home.
Some are mischievous. They may tap you on the shoulder, give you a gentle nudge, or slam a door to surprise you.
A few are angry, and perhaps territorial. They’ll do what they can to frighten you away. As the saying goes, their “bark is worse than their bite.” (I usually imagine myself bigger and stronger than the spirit, and don’t flinch. After a while, the ghost usually gives up and leaves me alone.)
But, not all “hauntings” are ghostly. That’s what scares me.
What you’re experiencing could be caused by someone (or a few people) who are very much alive.
OR, it could be an entity that’s not human, not a ghost… but definitely a threat.
Dealing with Pranksters
Of course, if someone – or a group of people – might be trying to scare you, it’s best to retain your composure (as best you can), and leave immediately.
In most cases – especially deserted locations like cemeteries, battlefields, and abandoned buildings – your most likely tormentors are party-goers. Those isolated sites are popular among young adults who want to drink, smoke, or have a laugh… or all three.
It’s never smart to try to argue with someone who wants to have a laugh at your expense. It could turn ugly in a hurry, especially if the person is drunk.
Just leave. Stop arguing. Say nothing more. Just leave, immediately.
Whether or not you’re dealing with party-goers, carefully consider whether someone in your group is part of the problem.
That includes jokers who don’t take ghost research seriously, and predators. (I’m not sure if they’re magnets for problems, but every time I include a researcher who makes me a little uneasy, we seem to encounter other issues, too.)
That’s partly because I don’t know what those entities are, and how to protect myself from them. (Of course, in unfamiliar and creepy settings, it can be helpful to invoke spiritual protection before entering the site.)
Some entities might simply be weird energy, manifesting because… well, I have no idea why.
Yes, maybe they’re things people call “demons.” (Actual demonic attacks are far more rare than TV shows and movies might lead you to believe.)
Take no chances.
If something is clearly malicious, and starting to cause physical or emotional harm, leave the site immediately. That’s especially true if problems began with someone provoking the spirits.
Whatever demons really are, they’re dangerous. Despite what you’ve seen in popular media, a simple exorcism rarely resolves a demonic attack. The victim – if he or she survives – can battle dark entities for months or even years.
A personal note: I still recommend John Zaffis if you may be dealing with something demonic or malicious. I’ve known John for decades, and I respect his work in demonology. (In my opinion, the TV series The Haunted Collector portrayed John in a truly unflattering light.)
John is actually one of the top authorities in the field of demonology, and donates many hours of his time to helping those in need.
This video – a trailer for a film – shows John more clearly. (Yes, the b&w segments may not impress you. Pay attention when John is actually on the screen.)