Shadow entities can be nearly angelic in nature, say some witnesses. According in Maric, she has had nothing but positive experiences with them through her son. "Whenever I am bedridden from terrible migraines, my son says there is a shadow man standing at the foot of my bed or by the window," she says. "We have lived in many countries and he always comes when my migraines are extremely bad or I am very sick."
Maric believes that this shadowy being is looking after her family. "When my son was little, the shadow man would make faces at him to make him laugh and would also tell him to be calm when he was being naughty," she says. "Now he just stands guard. I have never seen him, but my son who is now a teenager does. He doesn't play with him anymore, but does nod to him as if to say it will all be ok.
"We have tried things like asking him to leave, but he just smiles, shakes his head, and waits until I am feeling better before disappearing. Is this a relative or an angel? He certainly is looking out for me and seems very kind and fun, but with a job to do."
Cole also disputes the general notion that the shadow people are evil or to be feared. "When one hears about shadow people, they simply jump to the conclusion from what they've heard that they're evil," says Cole. "They say not to welcome them, but living or not I say they deserve a chance and they all shouldn't be called evil, because not all are!"
As for Maric, these entities seem to come to Cole in times of need. "I'm 17 and have one living in my room," he says. "He eliminates my depression or sadness and is not shy with me. I've been told that it could be someone my dad sent me or it has a message for me. I've been called crazy and all that jazz, but I don't need people to believe what I see and feel from my shadowman. I feel his energy and everything and nothing bad has happened to me."
So what can we conclude about shadow people from these positive experiences. Perhaps Yoyo was on to something when she said, "Maybe they just reflect our own emotions."
I think there's a good deal of truth to this idea: "We don't see the world the way it is. We see the world the way we are." In other words, how we see and experience life is a direct reflection of how we view ourselves, seeing the world through the powerful filters of our belief systems, prejudices, desires, and experiences. If we fear everything, the world becomes a negative and fearful thing with demons lurking in every corner. If we're more sure of ourselves, those same entities take on a more positive aspect.
For example, one person can view the activities of a poltergeist that plays with lights or moves belongings about as tormenting them, while another person can look at the exact same activities as playful. It's quite possible, in fact, that these entities are direct manifestations of our inner thoughts. I think it's always best to regard paranormal phenomena not with the determination to do battle with evil, but with a sense of wonder and curiosity, and a hope to understand.