posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 08:15 PM
I was just reading about this type of phenomenon so I thought I would chime in. It seems to me that you may have encountered a doppelganger or
'co-walker'. Such sightings have a long history. Being a folklore student, most of the material I have on hand about them stems from folklore
sources. Below are some interesting [to me at least] quotes regarding such experiences.
Rev. Robert Kirk describes them in great detail in The Secret Commonwealth (1691). I fixed up the archaic grammar and spelling for ease of
"All things universally have their type, their reflex: a man's type, or reflex, or "co-walker" may be seen at a distance from or near him during
his life [and] may be seen after his death. [Those] gifted with second sight can tell the substantial figure from the airy counterpart. Sometimes the
reflex anticipates the action of the reality: 'was often seen of old to enter a house, by which the people knew that the person of that likeness was
to visit them in a few days.' It may have occurred to most of us [that we meet] a person in the street whom we took for an acquaintance. it is not
he, but we meet the real man a few paces farther on."
"This copy, echo, or living picture, goes at last to his own Herd. It accompanies that Person so long and frequently for ends best known to itself,
whither to guard him from the secret Assaults of some of its own Folks, or only as a [mischievous] ape to counterfeit all his actions."
English poet Percy Shelley claimed to have met his own doppelganger as recounted in a posthumous letter written by his wife:
"[...] talking it over the next morning he told me that he had had many visions lately — he had seen the figure of himself which met him as he
walked on the terrace & said to him — "How long do you mean to be content" — No very terrific words & certainly not prophetic of what has
occurred. But Shelley had often seen these figures when ill; but the strangest thing is that Mrs Williams saw him. Now Jane, though a woman of
sensibility, has not much imagination & is not in the slightest degree nervous — neither in dreams or otherwise."
John Donne recounted in a letter that he saw his wife's doppelganger on the same night that his child was stillborn:
"I have seen a dreadful Vision since I saw you: I have seen my dear wife pass twice by me through this room, with her hair hanging about her
shoulders, and a dead child in her arms: this, I have seen since I saw you. [...] I cannot be surer that I now live, then that I have not slept since
I saw you: and am, as sure, that at her second appearing, she stopped, looked me in the face, and vanished."
Other famous people who have reported similar sightings include Abraham Lincoln and Wolfgang Goethe. It is a very fascinating and widespread
phenomenon to be sure and it is worthy of much more attention than it gets.