From: Briana Munoz
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:09:58 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: My story

Hi my name is Briana Munoz, I’m 16 years old and I live in Simi Valley, California. I came upon your website trying to look for answers about the mysterious shadow figure I’ve been seeing. My mother told me she had talked to many other people in the past two years about it and they have also experienced the same encounters but like me they don’t know who it is or why they’re there. This is my story…

My mother had just gotten an apartment and I was spending the weekend with her. It was late at night and we were coming into her room to go to bed. Immediately, when I walked in, I got the feeling there was another person in the room. There was a desk with a chair next to it in the other side of the room, and as usual, lots of things where cluttered all over it. That ‘instinctual feeling’ of another presence was very strong around that desk with the chair. I tried to think nothing of it and hopped in her bed and we turned out the lights. Once the lights were out, I looked over at the chair and could very distinctly see the shadow figure of a man sitting in the chair with his back, very straight, and his palms resting on his knees. He was staring right at us, watching us. This freaked me out!

When I’m afraid I tend to freeze up and ignore the danger, eventually I was able to clear my throat and asked my mom to turn on the light. She asked me why, and I pointed out the shadow man, but she couldn’t see him. I refused to go back in her room after that, because he was always sitting in there, and only I was seeing him. A week later, my mother invited a lady from her church over. She sensed another person in the apartment and walked to my mom’s room. She also saw the same man sitting in the chair; he wasn’t doing anything, just sitting and watching us.

A year later, I was sleeping in my own room at my grandparent’s house, that me and my dad live with. I was having a dream that I was sleeping in my bed, and that someone I couldn’t see, was standing in the middle of the room watching me. I got this irrational fear that if it knew I was aware of its presence, it would hurt me, so I pretended to stay asleep. I realized I was dreaming and told myself to wake up. When I did, I was unbelievably exhausted, and could still feel it’s presence in the middle of my room, watching me. I then got another irrational idea, that it wanted me to fall asleep, and that if I did, I wouldn’t wake up. This was a silly idea and I don’t know where it came from, but I wouldn’t fall asleep until I felt the presence leave my room. This kept happening randomly for weeks, but I kept ignoring it; I didn’t want this person to know I knew it was there.

Then one night I woke up from another repeat dream. I sat up and rubbed my eyes so I could see better, but then I was pushed backwards into my bed! My head was locked to the right and I was being held down. You know that feeling when two magnets repel each other? Well, I could feel that all over the top of my body like a blanket I couldn’t break out of, and it was warm. After about 20 seconds it went away and I got the hell out of my room!

A couple months later, I hadn’t forgotten about the incident, but it was the last thing on my mind. Had moved my bedroom around and my bed was now facing my door, which had a full sized mirror on it. I was laying in bed and I happened to look at myself in the mirror, when I noticed the shadow figure of a man on top of me! I fled the room.

I wasn’t the only one in my room noticing this too, my friend, Mako, was spending the night and we where both sitting in my bed. We heard a low voice laughing at us and instantly we both froze up. My other friend, Robbie, was sitting next to my bed on the floor after school one day and a CD literally was thrown at him from the other side of my room. My aunt, who knows curanderoism, came over and smudged my bedroom and blessed it; we put salt around my bed and lit a white candle. It helped for a long time, but every now and then, I can still feel this person standing in my room, just watching me!

Curanderoism is a cultural mix of folk healing based on American Indigenous, Hispanic and sometimes even Roman Catholic traditional beliefs in primarily Latin American regions. It includes various techniques such as prayer, herbal medicine, healing rituals, spiritualism, massage and psychic healing. It is also holds some prominence in Hispanic-American communities, particularly in the southwestern United States.

A curandero/a is a spiritual healer or shaman in traditional Hispanic folk medicine who performs many different religious rituals including the casting out of evil spirits.