I read a bit about the Shadow People and theories around this phenonema (wiki has a good article on the subject)... I told good friends about my ideas about it, my own theory, and everyone agreed it made sense so am sharing it. I had to take a shift in my mindset when I was confronted to the vision... throwed away the hyperdimensional entities theories and tried to stay grounded on earth.
The Visual Noise Theory
I have saw and contemplated the Shadow People more than a few times. It’s something I would have rather preferred to avoid, but since I found myself in such presences, I got to think a lot about them. At first, I thought they were some kind of entities that became perceivable when mental shields got off, after abusing amphetamines for example. I came to elaborate a new theory regarding those apparitions. I called it the Visual Noise Theory. What is the Visual Noise? Everyone can see it, many just don’t pay attention, it is the little coloured dots you can see in your visual field. I think they are probably a result of the continual visual processing of what we see made by the brain, some kind of residues like we see on old television.
Some drugs will make this visual noise more noticeable, pass the point you just can’t avoid it. Regarding stimulants abuse, it appears when you push yourself too far on the mental level. I only see Shadow People if I stay focused on various tasks for many hours, not when I’m just chilling with friends. The walls may even start breathing sometimes before the Visual Noise goes crazy. It all happens at night. I noticed it starts around midnight, with the walls breathing sometimes. I think I get hypnotized by the computer screen for so long that once I turn it off, I enter this altered state. Once the day is back, unless major drugs abuse, the visuals fade mostly.
The drugs, draining my energy, sleep deprivation… add the neurotransmitters your brain secretes at night, such as melatonin or even dimethyltryptamine, may cause those hallucinations, a particular fucked up altered state. When you start seeing Shadow People or Creatures, you are being paranoiac. The brain is going crazy, try to see the object around you, and along with our natural dreaming drugs, the brain imagination dominates and so appears the Shadow People. Basically, I see them as projections from my brain like some symbolic characters in my dreams, a manifestation of my unconscious.
The Shadow People always have smiles, almost laugh and act all funny, but at the same time, their actions and intentions and strictly to mess up with you and trap you into paranoia and fear. There’s nothing more paranoid to me than that! Which make me thinks the Shadow People are paranoia itself, turned into a visual process that takes form into the Visual Noise. It’s the unconscious screaming at you, being mad for what you did to yourself, a lesson to take into consideration the next time.
Now if you consider the characters projected by the unconscious as a manifestation of your deep self… I have to say they are still entities as they are manifestations of my true nature, something that have no shape or form but that is undoubtedly alive like a spirit.