Who Are the Figures Standing Over My Bed?

3 years, 11 months ago
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By professional psychic medium, healer and author Nadia Shapiro

Many years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night to what I thought were people standing over my bed. I quickly reached out my hands as though to protect myself from an intruder. As I blinked a few times, I realized there was nothing standing there. Every night I would see a different face, sometimes two or even three. This happened for years–I would wake up suddenly and open my eyes to see someone staring back at me. It is something I still have not gotten used too.

Around that time this started happening, my mediumship abilities started to grow really strong. I started learning about my gifts as a medium and practiced doing readings on people. It came easy to me and I was able to communicate with spirits on the other side. I would see them hanging around people at the store, see them in cemeteries, and even speak to ghosts that were trapped here. I became pretty amazing with my gift. But one thing always puzzled me, who are the people standing around my bed at night? Who are these spirits that I can see so vividly? I can see them even more clearly than when I am awake doing a reading. I can see the wrinkles in their skin, their eye color, and even the details of their clothing.


So I decided to start asking them directly: “Who are you and what do you want?” Every night I would get the same answer, nothing. I have been trying for years to get an answer out of these spirits and have yet to hear a damn thing. The spirits that startle me almost every night have nothing to say, which is something I can’t seem to comprehend because when I do readings I can’t get the spirits to shut up.

Then I learned to call in my spirit guides and set up my shields before bed. As I got better at this, I was no longer being woken up at night. Every once in a while, one will slip through, but it has happened to me so many times that I just don’t get scared anymore. I get pissed. I have been know to yell a few cuss words, telling the to get the “F” out. It works every time.

Over the years years, many of my clients have shared with me that they have has similar experiences. Many that even have sleep paralysis.

Who are these figures??

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  • Ash

    1) The person mentioned in this article needs serious psychological help because he is delusional (contacting spirits, mediumship?!?!). 2) The figures standing at his bed are visual hallucinations caused by engaging the completely natural and normal hypnagogic state between sleep and wakefulness that happens to everyone. 3) His delusions relating to his ability to contact spirits make him regard the normal and natural visual hallucinations as something paranormal. 4) There is nothing supernatural or paranormal concerning this person.

    • Eric

      Agreed, a simple case of chronic sleep paralysis. I have it occasionally if I fall asleep on my back. Very scary, once the shadow of a tree cast on the wall next to me began to come over me; obviously this was the tree’s spirit!!

      I just found this site because of the Elisa Lam case. I saw this article as the perfect test of the credibility of this website — Fail.

      • Ash

        I am able to induce sleep paralysis (at will) on some occasions if I remain very mindful of the transition between sleep and wakefulness. The transition is almost seamless and feels very natural. My technique to induce sleep paralysis is very simple. I set my alarm to ring at intervals of 1 minute as I lay in bed. So each time my brain gets foggy and wanders into sleep, the alarm wakes me up. Over a period of time (15 – 30 min), the brain becomes extremely tired and yet cannot fall asleep due to the constant waking up caused by the alarm. Then an amazing thing happens sometimes. The brain becomes confused, thinking it is both awake and asleep at the same time. When I manage to reach this stage, I switch off the alarm before paralysis sets in, then maintain full conscious awareness of myself. This is when the visual and audio hallucinations start to set in while I am still conscious. I hear strange noises and see strange things, but I can still move slightly. During this time, I can also induce lucid dreams, and it is a very strange experience. I can imagine anything and it will appear in my room like magic, even while awake! This is the true power of the hypnagogic state of consciousness. It is a magical time for me, which is why I love inducing sleep paralysis and the hypnagogic state. Only after another 5 to 15 minutes will I finally lose consciousness and fall asleep. The writer of the article is extremely ignorant of such matters as sleep paralysis and is regarding perfectly normal issues as paranormal occurrences.

        • The Ghost Diaries

          Your analysis is always appreciated, but seriously why go to a site called The Ghost Diaries and then act shocked that there are paranormal theories presented? lol

          • Ash

            Because some people need to know how to differentiate between naturally occurring phenomena and paranormal phenomena.

          • Tracey Grant

            I woke up with people standing around my bed from about 17, I thought it was normal, (truly) it was not until 20 years later I discovered it was not something everyone see’s I would blink and blink and they would not go, I had a tap on my back once, turned around in temper thinking it was one of my children, there was a little old lady kneeling resting her arms on my and her look was projecting sympathy, I was going through a very traumatic time, that was around the time I found out its not normal, and it began to scare me a little, and after the lady I only saw one or two then it stopped and has not happened again over 10 years, i was not a believer, but explain that? I was wide awake I would even turn my back for a few seconds and turn back to see if they were gone, they were not, they were all opaque but I could make out their features and hair colour too.

        • Christina

          Did you ever think that maybe you are putting yourself into the spirit realm (where all that is possible) when you do this and what u are seeing and doing is real IN THE SPIRIT WORLD? Try to no be so close minded on this third dimension reality…

  • Ashi Munir

    I am going through this right now. Yes, I experienced sleep paralysis since I moved to a remote town. I have also had erratic sleep pattern, have developed a bit of insomnia as well, and have seen what look like translucent figures of people walking around my room. HOWEVER, that being said….I have gotten visions – ‘movie reels in my head that last a few mere seconds’ where I can ‘see’ what someone else is thinking at that moment…I’ve also had these ‘movie reels’ that showed people before I even met them.

  • Tanbir

    Sometimes I get dark black/purplish figures after a bad dream standing near my bed at the corner of the room. My room is quite small, if always see it at the corner and on a rare occasion It will come through the closed door. A recent dream I had of playing a ouijee board in a park in my dream with few random people and a purple bird shooting out of my forehead made me shook and really scared. I started hearing voices getting louder and closer. Then I woke up in fright but had sleep paralysis or something, and someone purplish dark figure was standing on the corner of my bedroom staring at me and said in an eerie voice “I saw you smoking”. I realised it must’ve been the same ghost that moved the door the day before where I was in the garden and I looked back and saw a door in my hallway move on it’s own as if something walked into the room and then 2 mins after it opened again. This must’ve been the same ghost or else it wouldn’t have seen me. I haven’t received any other ghostly activity yet after that day. Does this mean anything?

  • mickV

    Thought it was normal, now I’m not sure….. I’m waking up and seeing people who I have never seen before, in full freaking detail. And it’s becoming more frequent.

    I think if you accept something so slight and intangible, then you might be more receptive to it… rather than being the type of jerk who denies everything, disbelieves everything and wouldn’t recognize something extraordinary if it smacked them over the head with a baseball bat. People like Ash probably don’t believe in a lot of stuff which happens around them. Probably because they lack whatever it is that makes this happen to other people.

    For me… this is extremely real…. and I have a history of intuition and weird unexplained things happening.
    I got over being terrified…fact of the matter is I’d like to figure out how to be more receptive to whatever the
    heck it is…

  • Ralph

    Ya I often wake to see a ghostly figure standing over me beside my bed. Staring at me, I have a feeling of sadness, fear, and that they are trying to tell me something. One time I even reached out my hand to see if what was in front of me was real. I got out of my bed and began to walk towards the ghostly figure, but as I did the figure appear to back up away from me a fade away. Every time this has happen it always appears as an outline of a women.

  • Noelle

    Well I’ve had a few experiences one spirit came to me after he died at 85 he looked about 40 kissing my face happy I had told him to go see his wife who already passed another time I was in Arizona in a haunted hotel I awoke on my left side turned and a slight woman with thin waist and a bussell just looking straight ahead another time I awoke ( I lived surrounded by two cemetery’s here in Culver City the man had a shirt on with 4 distinctly different sections of patterns on his shirt one was blue and white gingham another red white n blue and so forth I screamed when I looked he was gone I’ve seen shawdows walking out of the corner of my eye signs I know the other side is real

  • Teresa

    I do not suffer sleep paralysis, i also see spirits every night around my bed, i am not delusional, i am wide a wake and see them. Just because you have never seen this does not mean we are nuts. I am not on mefication or crazy. These spirits stay with you through out your life.

  • Kikis

    It feels good to know that I’m not the only one that have experience
    this. Since I have memory, I have seen people in front of my bed that
    wake me up. As soon as I opened my eyes, I can perfectly see my room and
    the things around my room and of course I see the spirit in front of my
    bed, and lately by my side next to my bed. When I see them, I get
    scared and they disappear. Just like you said, they are never the same
    spirits. I have seen kids, men and women. Once, I saw a woman wearing
    what appears to me a red flight attendant uniform. This week, I saw a
    kid like about 9 or 11 years old. He was wearing a strip sweater and
    his hair was kind of red. I was able to see most of his features
    because he was by my side standing between my bed and my furniture.
    Yesterday, I saw a boy, like in his teens, wearing a button up shirt
    with black and red squares. He had long black hair. He wasn’t looking
    at me, he was looking towards the floor like depressed. The spirits
    have the appearance of living people, they are not silhouettes or
    shadows. I can clearly see their clothes, their features, and even the
    color of their hair. They don’t look scary, they looked like normal
    living people. Like I said, I have always experienced this, but lately,
    I’ve seen them more often. When I said often, I mean four times a week
    or more. I don’t know what to do, because when I see them I get scared
    and they disappear. I would like to ask them if they want help, but I’m
    not a medium or anything like that. I don’t see them around during the
    day or talk to them in a daily basis. They just visit when I’m
    sleeping and they don’t say anything. I would love to know, why am I
    seeing this, but no one that I know have experience this.

    • ukissass

      i seen one today while taking a short nap, it scared me half to death so i closed my eyes opened them and it was still there, she was light blue and had a hood on she even went threw my closet before comin to my bed i couldnt move at all. i forced my self out of it by jerking my neck