Are You Seeing Writing On The Walls?

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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 have now 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.

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

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Comments About Seeing Writing On The Walls

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.

Red Writing Everywhere  - by Messiah - Midland Texas USA
Today had been a sad day, I remember feeling like it was over for me. I laid down but couldn’t quite fall asleep until I did. I woke up 10 minutes later terrified. I was awake but in shock, my walls were covered with red writing of symbols in a language I couldn’t understand. It looked a bit Egyptian but also a bit phonetic. It was in the hand writing of a child there were clear pictographs everywhere but there were also doodles, a huge curving circle around a painting I have. It lasted for about 2 minutes and all I could think was “when did I write this? My mother will kill me” yet I had no recollection of such a thing. It was seeing writing on the walls everywhere but not on my ceiling. This has never happened to me before but it looked as though it was written with a red bold marker seeing as I could make it out with my red lights on.

It Happened To Me - by Kartsy K - Lahore Pakistan
I had the same experience of seeing writing on the walls about a month ago and last night. Last night I went to sleep at about 4am and I woke up at 5am. It was dark outside. I was laying on my left side and I saw these writings on the wall. The writing looked like Chinese or some sort of old scripture. I couldn’t understand anything. It felt like dreaming but I was awake. I was like "oh there is something written on the whole wall, okay". I didn't react at that time. I am very scared of these types of things normally, but I didn't react at that time. But when I came to my senses, I was afraid a little. It looked like when a car passes by your house and sometimes the light comes into your room. The writings looked like it was formed from that light – but it wasn’t. The writing was yellowish in color. And then when I searched “Seeing Writing On The Walls” this morning I was really surprised that other people had been experiencing the same thing.

RE: Seeing Writing On The Walls - by Chris Gibson - Sunderland UK
Here is the short version of my seeing writing on the walls. One night I had a profound experience.  My relatives were coming over from Germany.  My best friend Robert and I were excitedly reading a German dictionary for several hours.  That night I was woken by a roaring sound, like the crashing waves of the nearby ocean or a deep tearing of something metallic.  I was terrified because the sound didn’t have a direction, it was simply everywhere, causing my hairs to stand up in fear and confusion. As I sat up and looked around I was shocked to see a white noise overlay over my vision.  After several disorientating seconds I tried walking around.  I could see symbols or writing scrawling around in the noise over my wardrobe and walls, but was unable to make sense of it and fear kept me from exploring further.  I switched on an old black and white TV set and turned the dial to tune into any channel with normality on it.  After thirty seconds the noise and sound subsided, thank God I wasn’t going to spontaneously combust!  After five or ten minutes reflecting what had happened, I turned off the TV and tried to sleep. I lay there for thirty seconds or more, filled with apprehension, but there was only silence.  I got myself comfortable and relaxed my guard.  It wasn’t long after I heard the rumbling again and within ten seconds the roaring sound and hallucination was back in full force.  I tried turning the radio on and found it had the same dampening effect as the TV.  I switched the radio off as I was becoming curious and felt more in control, and again the rumbling returned.  I decided to switch the radio on but without volume and found it was enough to allow me peace. This amazing and unknown event shaped my spirituality forever because I saw something profound in the link between the inner and outer world.

About seeing writing on the walls by Steph Beth  (New York USA) 
First it started out every night in the middle of the night or when waking up I would see dots on the wall moving. Then it became grids perfectly squares that where bright blue. Then it became diamonds grids. Then now I saw in between my blinds what looked like either coding or Hebrew writing which I don’t understand. One time before I woke up a voice told me that my cat was going to die and that day she did die. She was sick. But once she died I remember the voice letting me know what was to come. I’ve had dreams that came true too. It’s very scary because I'd like to know why am I seeing these things almost every single night and morning I wake up. I’m not scared about it anymore I just want to understand why. I was thinking maybe I’m schizophrenic but I don’t have mood swings. I’ve also woke up one day and saw a lady looking at me smiling. Thinking maybe it’s just sleep paralysis. I’m just looking for answers. 

I See Writing on the Walls

I'm Seeing Writing on the Walls - by Lisa (Alabama)
In 2007 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?

Confused  - by Yoksan
I woke up in the middle of the night and clearly saw the word clairvoyance on the ceiling. I'm confused, I know it wasn't real but I could see it so plainly. I lucid dream regularly but never with an objective and I've learned to recognize words and lettering in my dreams but their always inconsistent, random, sometimes disappearing all together. But when I saw "clairvoyance" on my ceiling it was solid, bold, and I was awake. I shrugged off this episode of seeing writing on the walls as a hallucination but should I give it more thought?

Living Geometries and Ancient Language - by: Fabio Evandro 
It was wonderful to have found this page with so many reports from people who go through this experience of seeing writing on the walls. I researched a lot in the Portuguese language, because I live in Brazil and I did not find anything, until I translated a sentence for the English that brought me here. The writings are on the wall in the old language, now I see pictograms that do not make any sense to me, I've seen colorful diamonds in mosaic, with spheres that turned in their surroundings, a very beautiful sight. I continue as everyone seeking an explanation for this, the brain could not create such a manifestation, since they are symbols and geometries that I have never seen before, I believe to be downloads of other dimensions but with our limitations it is difficult to decipher. If we get together trying to figure it out I think we can get somewhere. For those who want to talk, find me at

I Do Too! - by Molly, Martinsburg 
I have blood type AB positive and Idk why but sometimes when I wake up I’ll look at my ceiling or wall and I’ll see these blue, white, or black words on my wall.. the words don’t make any since to me yet there regular words in English.. I can’t remember them but it’s just so strange to see so many paragraphs on my wall next to me.. TvT I wish I could understand why this happens.

Writing On The Ceiling - by Blackbird8
Have just woken 4-5 times last night to see the glyphs on my ceiling again. Mine are pale against the dark ceiling. Not illuminated but still quite clear. The first time I saw them about two years ago my whole ceiling was covered in a Mayan style design. Perfectly symmetrical. It was so beautiful. Have seen them maybe 6 times since and they are more Sumerian style now. I know I am wide awake when I look up at them. They last a minute or so then fade out gently. It’s amazing and a relief to find so many others are seeing them too. What’s going on???

I'm Seeing Writing On The Walls Too! - by Shana (Sartell MN USA)
I had been seeing writing on the walls a few times before, usually it’s related to my cerebral pressure being up and I usually recognize the words as something I read earlier in the evening. However tonight I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep and symbols started to appear on the wall. Now I did fall earlier in the night but did not hit my head and I was feeling in a fog all day earlier today for some weird reason.  The closest description I can think of what I saw tonight was similar to the Hebrew alphabet and it had a gold tint to it as it appeared on the wall. I do have RH negative blood and it always seems to happen when I am almost ready to fall asleep. I have had experiences with the paranormal over the years and recently even knew at late in the evening instantly where my husband was when he did not come home from work and had gotten in trouble. Where he was just literally popped in my head at 3 am while I was cleaning the kitchen since I was worried about him. 

Seeing Mayan Writing - by Louise (Inland Empire CA)
I wake up at least 3 times a month and looked at the wall through the doorway of our room in front of me and see Mayan type of writings or actual Mayan paintings.  Sometimes the pictures seem to be in motion. I do have 2 pictures of Mayan warriors in the house but down stairs. Also I see outlines of men and women in green and plaid shirts or gowns. They are transparent. They just stand there outside the door never come in the door. It really bothers me that I can't explain what is going on.

Help Me Understand - by Nikki (Atlanta GA)
I had a vision, I was seeing writing on the walls that were very colorful. I could not make out what the writings were saying, but I know it was writing this from many people. I was not asleep, I was sleepy, watching TV. I have had other experiences, but not while I was awake. Mostly when I’m waking up from dreaming or during a drain cycle.

Writing on the Wall - by Shirley Loefke (Colden, NY ,USA)
One night as I was watching TV I caught a glimpse of something red on the wall just to the right of the screen. I looked at it and I realized I was seeing writing on the walls. It looked like ink on a blotter would, blurred and fuzzy and as I watched it, it gradually began to fade. The letters, which I couldn't tell what they were because of the blur to them, were dripping like paint dripping down the wall. I told my family about it and they all laughed and made fun of me, some of them making the "oh brother" remark. I saw this writing on the wall, I was not sleeping or dreaming and my gut feeling told me it was an encounter of some kind.

Apparition On Walls

Apparition On Walls - by Jim Urbie (North Dakota)
I've been seeing writing on the walls and ceilings also. I awoke early to use the restroom. I got out of my bed, as soon I looked up to see where I was going, I saw apparitions on the walls and ceilings of multiple sized boxes with roundish corners, each having a mysterious symbol in them. The biggest apparition was ahead of me on the ceiling nearest the wall, I estimate the size to that of two posters side by side. Other boxes were roughly between ten and twelve inches in size. I wiped my eyes thinking perhaps my eyes were not yet opened. I then thought maybe it was reflection from light on laptop screen but my laptop behind me, the lid was mostly closed, I rubbed my eyes, still there. Then walked out into living room and apparition on walls and ceilings was all over there too. The images were not seeming as if they were directly on the walls/floor/ceiling, they were seeming to be close but not on the wall. A strange fog/cloudy layer but not on the walls itself. It took me by surprise as I’m sure it would anyone. I walked into the bathroom and turned the light on and the light cleared everything up. I finished that task and went back to bed wondering what I just saw. I woke up later again by my alarm to do the work thingy... I hopped on messenger and sent a msg to a friend that is close to the spirits sections and told them what I had seen. Lots of thoughts but no solid answers. On the humor side why doesn't google translate work on this stuff? The only symbol that I really remember from seeing writing on the walls was a squarish like spiral that went outside to inside spiral in a clockwise direction. It was a squared version of I guess an upside down @, but more squarish. The utmost point was to the upper side around a one o'clock position. As for the other symbols, I don't recall any being the same. Nothing that represented an alphabet I've ever seen before. I looked at the list of languages you linked to. Nothing like those but more symbol like in the Phoenician alphabet or Paleo-Hebrew alphabet but not matching any of those characters on those two lists. The @ like symbol I don’t see on the list or anything similar. Does anyone have any thoughts on all this seeing writing on the walls stuff? I would like to hear what you have to say. I looked up hypnagogic and the opposite but my state of awake did not fit either of those. My friend said the following: Many ancient languages use a picture form of language to simplify meaning to words or references. We lost the knowledge to understand it. To me that's like angelic downloading to you. To that last comment my response was "A Christmas card from the head office?" :) 

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