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Seeing Writing On The Walls? You Are Not Alone!

Your stories about seeing writing on the walls when waking in the night has become one of the most popular threads in my Psychic Articles and Guest Posts. 

So, I expanded this section of the site so that you can post your own account, as an article of your own, or continue to comment on the posts already published below.

I must thank Lisa in Alabama for submitting the very first post on this subject in 2008. With now over ten years of contributions from peeps all over the world it becomes clear that there are several common threads to the mysterious phenomenon of seeing writing on the walls.

Have You Seen Writing On The Walls?

FAQ: Seeing Writing On The Walls.

What is seeing writing on the walls?

The experience of seeing writing on the walls seems to have the following characteristics.

  • There is no specific age range as young and old have reported these same visions.
  • You are in bed sleeping and wake fully or partially to notice the appearance.
  • The words are most often written in a strange language that you do not understand.
  • Some wake up to seeing colorful writing on the wall.
  • Some see the writing in pictograms that do not make any sense.
  • Others see this as Mayan style glyphs on the ceiling.
  • There are also reports of seeing green matrix style light with computerized numbers.
  • Those of you who have this experience also have other psychic episodes from time to time.
  • You may have had this happen multiple times over the years.
  • Many have the experience of an invisible force holding you down in the bed during the episode.
  • It can be a fearful experience for some at the time, but no harm happens.
  • It can be a fun and interesting experience, especially after several events and the initial fear subsides.
  • You are not able to make this happen at will.
  • Most common seems to be illuminated green writing on the walls.
  • Some see red and black swirling words.
  • Others mention also seeing floating white orbs or light.
  • You feel relieved when you realize so many others are having similar experiences.
  • Some have mentioned their blood type is RH negative.
  • We would all love to know more about this if anyone finds any new information.

Deciphering the writing on the walls

The meaning of seeing writing on the walls is an ongoing mystery. One school of thought is that this is hypnagogic hallucination. (imagined sensations that seem very real)

Hypnagogic hallucinations have fascinated scientists, writers, and philosophers for many centuries. Research about their causes and link to dreams is ongoing. 

I include a Wikipedia list of languages that may help you decipher the writing you are seeing on the walls.

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Are You Seeing Writing On The Walls?

Comments About Seeing Writing On The Walls

Ancient Writing On Wall, Not Only One To See It.

About 8 years ago me and my ex wife woke in the night to see Ancient Writing on the wall. She freaked out but I didn't. There are a lot of details. However I have been studying on this since then, through the fields of theology and science,and I have found some striking results. This page is the first page I have found where others have had the same experience. I believe I can possibly recreate the situation and this time record the writing. I think I can solve this whole phenomenon! - By Al Hernandez - USA

I found it very interesting that there were two of you who could see the writing on the wall at the same time. I’m sure there would be lots of interest in knowing how you go with recreating and recording an event of seeing writing on the walls in the future. Please keep us posted - Ian

About Seeing Writing On The Walls

I had an experience a few nights ago, first time ever. I was sleeping and was waking up but had my eyes closed. A large circle appeared, although it was still black the circle was darker. The outside of the circle was obscured but inside the circle clear vision of neon green letters and writing. I was aware of my eyes moving to look at each word or letter before it moved out of the circle to the obscured part. I could not open my eyes at all, I did try. The letters and words seemed to be in English and some words backwards, I can clearly remember seeing the letter R but in a font I could only write down, can’t explain it. After about 29-30 seconds the circle closed up. I still wasn’t able to open my eyes and in my head asked to see it again. A very small part of my “vision” opened up clear to see the glow and part of a letter, then it closed back up again. I don’t understand what it was, never experienced it before and would love to experience it again so I can try to see the words more clearly and remember them. - By Tracy M - London UK

Writing on the Wall: I discovered this after experiencing writing on the wall myself. It first happened back in May 2022. The first night it was on three different walls. One was red, another green and the final wall was blue writing. All Ancient Greek. It remained on the wall for a good five minutes. Even after I left the room and came back.

The next night it happened again. This time it was all binary code. I was not afraid or nervous when seeing it. I felt a little confused as to what was going on, but peaceful. Trying to figure out the reasoning was the challenge. At the time I was working on a very specific project that had just come to me. After I got down to working on it more no writing returned.

I vowed to take the summer off from the project to enjoy myself. In August of 2022 a dear friend passed away and his final words really hit me hard and for the better. Mid-September the writing returned. This time pink and cursive. I knew exactly what was going on. What the message was. The question was whether it was my higher self trying to get through to me with the writing or spirit guides, it’s hard to say.

I jumped further into my project and continued on it. The writing didn’t return again until around the same time in May 2023. It was evolving though. Angel numbers and white now. I went back to revising my project. No more writing. Oh and it happened two days in a row again like the previous year.

I was away in the summer this time. I came home and got settled back in. I’ve been all over the place in terms of what I am working on. My attention was everywhere and not as focused. Woke up at 3:46AM to writing on the wall. This time only a single wall. That was new for experiences in my own bedroom for the writing. It was all complicated long division.

The message was clear. My attention is too divided right now. I need to return to my project because that is the path and I know that. Several days in a row now it has continued. Attention is still divided!

I’ve read several people on here discussing seeing and not understanding why it has appeared. It took a lot of time and notes to figure out the purpose, but I got there. By Trevor L - Niagara Canada

About Seeing Writing On The Walls: Thanks so much for having this page, it's the only thing I can find anywhere about this. Your bullet point list of experiences is very accurate and I'll share my experience as it relates to what you've posted.

I've had the writing on the walls experience probably about 20-25 times. Always upon waking, sometimes after waking from sleep paralysis. I've never understood any of the symbols, and the first time it kinda freaked me out. After that I just tried to absorb and understand what I'm seeing, but never been able to. The experience lasts maybe 10-15 secs. The symbols are always in groups and usually change every second or so, and I've never seen anything that looks familiar at all. That leads me to believe it's not exactly a brain created hallucination. A brain doesn't create nearly that quickly.

From the list provided, I've had one experience that seemed Mayan-ish. Oddly, I was in Mexico at the time. I've 1-2 that seemed very Matrix-ish. The colors of the writing differ from experience to experience, but are never bright or brilliant.

I don't have any reason to think this is related to psychic phenomenon. The best way I can describe it is that it kinda feels like you're seeing the source code of something in a language that you can't begin to understand, comprised of symbols you've never seen. It's like you're accidentally looking through the cracks of reality.

That may not be at all what it actually is.

I've never spoken about this to anyone until yesterday, when I told my young adult son about it happening the night before. I only told him because I wanted him to know that if it ever happened to him he wasn't crazy, but he probably wouldn't be able to find any answers either.

This has to mean something to someone somewhere. Somebody's got to have an idea what this is about. By James L - Redwood City USA

Seeing colorful symbols:  I’ve been seeing colorful symbols before opening my eyes from sleep. They move in and out with fireworks in the background. Pink, green, orange, and yellow. It’s been happening a few times a week for about six months or so. They look like some sort of hieroglyphics - like modern emojis. Some numbers. 1abd threes mostly. Some arrow shapes and Carlton like stars. I’ve had two adult children die in 2019 and will often call their names in my mind when this starts flying in my vision. They get more intense when I say their names. Maybe it’s not them, but it brings me comfort thinking that I may be making contact with the spiritual world. Maybe they are trying to tell me they are with me. It’s always in the middle of the night, as I’m waking from sleep. By Gracen - Grand Rapids MI USA

Mysterious Glyphs When I Awake:  For about 15 minutes when I wake up after a good night’s sleep, I become aware that I am seeing rapidly moving symbols with my eyes shut. I noticed these about five years ago. If you stood over a pond and dropped a small rock into the water, the impact of the rock would cause circular waves to move out from the center. Now add many unrecognizable symbols floating on and moving with the waves, but slightly spinning. Some symbols have a glow around them that makes them stand out from the dark symbols all on a dark background. Now imagine that there are an infinite layer of these waves layers, and you are moving fast through them. This is what I see occasionally when I am just waking up. I am conscious of these symbols and lay in bed with my eyes closed until they go away. I try to focus my attention on one symbol so that I can draw it. So far I only know three symbols. As far as I know I do not have any psychological issues. I do not take any medication. I have never taken illegal drugs. I am generally healthy and active. I am very happy to have found this website and to see that others have similar experiences. If there was a technology that could allow others to see what I see, I would be interested in participating in a study of this phenomenon. I can be contacted at ajpelcak @ protonmail.com. By AJ - Westampton, NJ USA

I See The Hand Writing On The Wall: (Feb.2023) Hi everyone, I'm 60 years old, and have been seeing this writing on my walls for a while now. A few nights ago, I woke about 2am in the morning, to see it all over my walls. Like square pictures and some kind of letters, and I always feel uncomfortable with it. Because I'm half asleep and not able to focus or comprehend what's going on. My question is why and who is doing this? It's really unnerving because, I live alone, and it's not a good feeling to wake up seeing something, you don't understand. But it's good to know, I’m not alone in this. Because, I haven't told anyone. No one I know would understand anyway. But thanks for reading and hope someone finds an answer soon as to why us. By S. Thorpe - North Carolina USA

Seeing Writing In Framed Boxes: Twice in the past week I have woken up to see letters in a framed box in my right eye only. I am awake and my right eye is open, and I motion my hand to go past both eyes and only see it in my left eye but when it passes the right eye I still only see numbers. I have had interactions with energy in the past including 2 videos from different cameras that I insist was my sister visiting me as her energy left her vessel as well as other situations that i can share upon request, but I am really just wondering about the letters. By K Keller – Winter Haven USA

Letters On The Ceiling: I am so glad I finally found this page. I woke up at (3am) to see this whitish blue writing happening on my ceiling. I remember being frustrated because I couldn't understand and single letter. Whoever was doing this, are they not aware I write in English. It was a series of letters/symbols and the only one I could recall was a reverse 7. A few months later I woke again at 3 am and three identical angels were about 5 inches from my face. I was surprised how small they were (4-5 inches tall). They were in the same whitish blue light as previous letters on my ceiling. When I saw the angels I panicked because I has remembered a conversation years earlier with someone that when you start seeing angels its an ominous sign and its close to your time to leave. However, I had 1 year old child and felt he deserved a Dad who stuck around for while. Later, I regretted panicking about looking away from angels. Maybe they had message for me. A year later, I couldnt forget about that letters I saw on ceiling. I researched and found the letter I saw it from Paleo-Hebrew alphabet that is given the name Gimel which translates into the number 3 (woke up at 3 am each time and saw 3 angels). I have no idea what all of this means but I sure would like to know. By: Carl H - Mount Laurel USA

Seeing writing on my ceiling. What are your thoughts on seeing Egyptian hieroglyphics and god's on the ceiling with a lavender backdrop? I was fully conscious after waking up from a deep sleep around 2am or 3am. I found your page about others that have seen writings. I'm nowhere even close to Egypt in geography or ideologies. Just the basics of what most outsiders know. That was the first time and have had it happen twice after with corresponding events in my life. The latest occurrence a few nights ago, nothing I know has tied to it yet. By:  M Son – Mesa USA

This experience happened when I was very young, about 8. I shared a room with my two older sisters. We were all going to sleep, the room was dark, and on the wall by my bed there appeared green symbols. I don't remember the symbols (maybe a triangle in there somewhere) and it wasn't a lot of writing. But it was obviously out of place, and I asked my sisters to look at them. As soon as they responded, I blinked, and the symbols were gone. Then, as soon as they went back to sleep, they appeared again, and I yelled to wake them up to look. Once again, they disappeared when I blinked, and my sisters never saw anything. I immediately got a terrible feeling and began sobbing and screaming. It felt very overwhelming and scary. I have never seen them again but do experience sleep paralysis frequently where it feels like I'm being pulled off my bed and fly through the air. It is pretty terrifying every time it happens.

Just for context, I grew up in a very fundamentally Christian home and was taught from an early age to fear the devil and demons. So that is what I assumed it was, which was super traumatic to say the least! Now I just want answers and know these experiences can't be explained away by science or religion. Those of us who have these traumas understand... there is something much deeper going on and it is happening to so many of us! I'm glad I found this page. Thank you. By: Katie, California

I experienced seeing writing on the walls around Thanksgiving. I woke up about 3:00 a.m. and went to turn the light on. But the bulb must have burnt out because my room was completely black. As I turned, I saw yellow and red unknown symbols hanging down from the ceiling. It looked like fire.  I couldn’t stop looking. I had no fear but felt excited. I kept trying to make out what it said, which I couldn’t, then tried to memorize a line or letter; I knew it was ancient writing. I felt like I was holding my breath, not wanting to move, so it wouldn’t disappear. I know I felt a loss when it did. I must have fell back asleep but remembered it as soon as I woke. I just choked it up to a dream. The next morning, around the same time, I saw it again and was so excited!  I could not stop looking and prayed in my mind, God what am I seeing? What does that this mean? I felt it was extremely important. Then the letters disappeared again, like someone erasing a blackboard. This time, I knew it wasn’t a dream. So, I googled, anxious to find a meaning and finally came across your website - and only yours. I couldn’t believe so many others had the same experience. I searched your languages trying to remember and believe it could have been Sanskrit or Phoenician. I have never experienced it again but always ask God to reveal what it means and why some of us see this. I hope by sharing, this helps someone, and we can find the meaning together. By: Christine - New Jersey

So, my story is different to many of the ones I've read here. I have not been seeing writing on the walls, but I woke one night and saw hieroglyphs as if they were imprinted on my eyes. Like the writing was right in front of me and when I blinked it was still there. The thing that struck me the most was that it was the most beautiful bright blue colour I've ever seen. I smiled at how amazing it was, and I was trying to absorb what was going on. I couldn't understand what was happening and I was confused at what I was looking at. Then I told myself I should lie down and close my eyes. I was so comforted, and I remember feeling very calm but excited at the same time. I must have fallen back asleep pretty quickly because all I remember was waking up and instantly remembered what I'd just seen. It was symbols that I didn't understand but I'll never forget that blue colour. - Jake - England

Seeing Writing On The Walls. Last night, about 2:30am, I woke to see glowing red, yellow and black writing on the hallway wall outside my room. I lay looking at it for 10 or 15 minutes, blinking and trying to make sense of it. They were symbols I didn't recognize, and they didn't fade until I got up to go potty. It was a real comfort to know I'm not the only one, but I'm very interested to understand what it means. I'm no stranger to paranormal experiences, but this is a new one on me. It didn't scare me but made me want to know what the hell...! - Collen - Kansas City USA

Writing On Walls

I have been seeing writing on the walls for the past 10 years and unfortunately, I don't have an explanation for it. It was scary when it first started but now, I am used to it. I see symbols from a language that I can't understand. Glad to know I am not the only one! But the question is why this is happening and why us? What is the purpose of it? - Rola It - Toronto Canada

The Phoenician alphabet

Hieroglyphics In Light - by Jennifer P. New York
Many times, since I was a young adult, I have been seeing writing on the walls when I wake. Strange symbols like Hieroglyphics in light. I always tried to read it, but it fades within minutes. One-time I woke to see the strange symbols and read "In Harvest" written on my wall. It was 2003, I do not know what it means, but I never knew anyone else experienced this.

This looked like the language almost.This looked like the language.

About Seeing Writing On The Walls - by Holly S. Fellsmere USA

I started by seeing what looked like sacred geometry on my wall upon waking in the morning. The next thing I saw was what looks like light language. I usually see a yellow background with white writing on it. I cannot make out what it says. This has happened many times now. Another thing that happened is my windows started glowing yellow. At first, I thought it was the sun coming up, but it was unusually bright and not the same as normal. It keeps happening even though I moved to a different house.

Seeing writing on the walls happens when I first wake up in the morning but can happen multiple times in the same morning. Two times I saw red writing. I jumped out of bed to view it closer as I did not have my glasses on. It fades too quickly. It usually is yellow script on my white wall or white script on a yellow background. It can sometimes look like English, but other times looks like symbolic writing.

I do not feel afraid at all. I am fascinated! I have always wanted strange cool things to happen to me. I am a very spiritual person and pay attention to synchronicities, angel numbers like 1:11, 11:11, 222 that I see repeating a lot on clocks and anywhere. I believe they are messages or light code downloads to upgrade us for the Ascension happening now. It makes me excited for what else is coming next! So happy to know others are experiencing the same. Just like the repeating numbers. I thought I was the only one then found out it is a worldwide phenomenon! Be at Peace Everyone! This is a good thing!!!

First post about Seeing Writing on the Walls

I'm Seeing Writing on the Walls - by Lisa (Alabama)
I was lying in bed at my mother's house and I looked at a wall in the corner and a light appeared in that spot with writing on the wall. I had my glasses off and couldn't see what it read and I was afraid to blink because I thought it would fade away. I did eventually blink and the writing and the light faded. After asking it to come back several times the writing appeared again but I still could not make it out. Days later while lying in bed the writing came back, this time I had my glasses on but it was written in a strange language that I did not understand. It faded but reappeared days later this time in block form going in different directions. I went into the hospital a few weeks later and lying in the hospital bed with the lights off I saw spirits of people walking back and forth through my room as if it was a passage way to somewhere. I also saw a large white male sit in the chair beside my bed and talked with me but I do not remember what we talked about. I also remember a little boy standing at the side of my bed and I don't remember why. I later moved into a female friend's house and the writing came back. It was written in Greek or some strange language. I have asked God the why of this and I still don't know. I temporarily live in my sister's apartment and I have seen the writing again. A strange feeling comes over me when it appears. I have also experienced my bed vibrating twice. I have heard voices of people talking over the years and have had a spirit voice whisper in my ear information about others that I wouldn't have otherwise known. I sense people's emotions and can read people very well which has turned out to be a blessing and a curse because we as people are not very truthful a lot of the time. I have had knocking on the side of my bed and the side of my sofa when I am lying on it. I know when someone is going to die or has died. It's all very strange and I wonder if someone can help me understand this and tell me how to develop these gifts.  Is anyone else seeing writing on the walls?

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