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3 Taps On The Shoulder

I was asleep the other night and I woke up and it felt like somebody had tapped me 3 times on the left shoulder.

I thought it was my friend but she was asleep and turned the other way around. What could this be?

Asked by Amy Kavanagh

48 replies on “3 Taps On The Shoulder”

Hello Amy,

Three taps .. could be anything from being still caught up in a dream, to a visiting ghost or spirit. There really isn’t enough information to make a definite decision on what it might be. Three taps does get your attention though .. how did you feel just before and after it happened?

Love & Peace

Hi Amy,

It might have been a ghost, or you just waking up from a deep sleep and still caught between being awake and dreaming. If it happens again tell whomever it is to ‘go outside’ .. and mean it.

Love & Peace

Ive also been awakened by someone who tapped me on the shoulder 3 times. When it woke me I was startled, then i looked and noone was here and the cat was not in there either

I was sleeping and was tapped firmly and quickly on the left side of my shoulder three times, and woke up immediately. I thought it was one of my children waking me for help. My husband was quietly sleeping next to me. No one was there. I am looking for the meaning of this occurance. Both I and y husband have heard three knocks on the front door (randomly) at least 4 times.

Hi Rene,

Anything else spooky happening in your house? Was it an anniversary of anyone important .. birthday or some other event? It could simply have been a ghost passing through, if nothing else happened?

The other knocking could be much the same. Were they related to any events of importance in your life?

The spirit world is really beginning to make its presence ‘felt’ these days. It was easier when it didn’t, but people are more sensitive now, and less sensible .. and while they focus on scaring themselves silly with horror movies, the type of energy they produce during those times draws entities like ghosts to them .. and the ghosts then keep looking around for other people to annoy .. hence the tapping.

Ghosts in general are not dangerous, but they are lost souls and do feed on living human energy. You can clear your home, using the Michael Invocation (link on this page at the bottom) if you are particularly worried, or if the tapping continues ..

Love & Peace

Thank you for your response. We do not welcome the occult into our home e.g. scary or spooky movies reading materials, etc. There was a non violent death (older person passing) in our home prior to us buying and moving into the house. I am a funeral director by trade, and have seen activity at the mortuary. The knocks on our door- we don’t open the door to allow entry. I just mark the calendar. In times past, a death did follow- with two of the occurrences. Thank you for the resource. I will use it.

Rene Michele

My husband and I went to bed for the night he was sound asleep
while I was wide awake watching TV and playing a game on my
phone when I was tapped on my left shoulder three times. I wasn’t
afraid just kind of puzzled. The next morning I walk into our living room
the ceiling fan was on high with all five lights on. This is twice the lights
and fan were on within a week. There’s nobody else in our home.
What could this be?

Hi, I’m just looking for an answer if you could help me.

I was in bed last night (18 march 2016) where I was trying to fall asleep behind a closed door, I was tapped 3 times on the right shoulder (it felt as if it was 3 taps in 1 sec). My heart was racing fast. Ive never been tapped on, ive always had 3 loud knocks on my door, and visions of big events happening with my family members. The last time I heard 3 loud knocks was when my grandad died (September 2k15).
I am pretty chill when it comes to visions or spirits wanting to comunicate but I have never been tapped on. What does the 3 taps on the shoulder mean?

Hi Eugene,

Do you remember what you were thinking about at the time? It could be that one of your spirit guides was trying to draw your attention to something, or focus your attention on something? Or it could have been a ghost trying to give you a fright, which gives them energy. Since it was not the usual signal for a death in the family, I wouldn’t be worried about .. but if it happens again .. remember what you had in your mind.

Love & Peace

I felt really sick and i got three taps on my right shoulder i was awake too it make me jump

I was awakened from two distinct taps on my right shoulder. There was no one in my room. I could not see anything but had a feeling that there was someone watching me. I had a difficult time falling back to sleep.

I’ve just searched for ‘strange shoulder taps in the night’ and found this thread. This happened to me on Sunday night (26/06/16). It was light so around 4.30 am. I was asleep and felt three taps on my right shoulder (laying on my left side). I turned over and saw my wife sleeping and facing away from me.
Although I was worried, I turned back over and went back to sleep. A short while later I was woken by my wife asking if I had tapped her shoulder? Although both of us were a bit concerned, we both fell back to sleep. I was then woken again what must have been a short while later with another three taps on my right shoulder, but harder this time. It was almost like my daughter trying to wake me up (then way she did when she was younger).

Nothing has happened since but considering both of us experienced the same thing without telling the other does seem very strange. I’m sceptical of such things but is this is a little weird and worrying!

I had a similar thing happen last night , I woke up to two sets of three taps on my hip like my daughter would do from behind me, but everyone was asleep on the other end of the house, didn’t get much sleep after that.

Oh dear I feared this would be common! I too was woken up in the night by 3 taps on my right collar bone two days ago! I thought my heart was gonna burst! Now I don’t want to sleep!

I was just searching the web to find out what three taps on the shoulder could mean, it happened to me last night for the first time ever, three taps on the left shoulder, solid taps to. What could this mean? i rolled over to see my husband was sound asleep and facing the other way. I asked him this morning if he had tapped me on the shoulder during the night, of course the answer was no. Bit scary.

Tonight I was washing the pots from tea and felt 3 cold taps on my right shoulder , as the kitchen is below the bathroom I automatically assumed that the must be a leak from the ceiling but no ! Very strange , also earlier this week I’ve had a weight on my legs when I’ve been asleep like a cat curled on my ankle even tho my cats have been put out for the night ( they sleep in the utility room ) I’ve had previous cats that passed away while we have live at this house !

I’m just needing something to go on this morning around 530am on Sunday I was in a middle ifs dream. I was dreaming I was sitting on the floor crying in my dream I felt that my parents spirit were there. I was not close to my parents but wish I was . Both my parents have died recently with 4 months apart from each other. I can’t say for sure but I had felt 3 pokes on the back of my neck which has woke me up. Please help me understand this.

Hello Athena,

I am so sorry you lost your parents so quickly. I lost my father 18 years ago. We didn’t have a close relationship, but he did come to visit me after he died and that helped things between us.

A visitation in a dream is not unusual. Of course your parents would want to comfort you, and the quickest way to make you remember what you ‘dreamed’ is to wake you up in the middle of it. A few pokes would do that, so that you could remember they were there.

The question then becomes – how did you ‘feel’ in the dream, apart from crying. Did their presence give you comfort?

Love & Peace

So last night I was asleep in. A dream and I’m 15 and I was dreaming then I woke up with three taps on my left shoulder it was so quick and hard I woke up and turn toward the door I was scared I looked out my door it was dark I thought it was my siblings playing with me so I thought they were laying in the floor beside my bed messing with me and I look but no one wasn’t there I was shocked I turned around with a little noise saying. Mmmmm cause I was tired and went to sleep so quickly

it just happened to me i have a recently tattoo of a samurai mask on the back of the neck and was tapped 3 times in 1 sec there while sleep at 18/02 3:15 am moreless

I recently was playing pool in a arcade establishment and i felt something tap my right shoulder back.I turned around and no one was there.I have been thinking of spirits or ghosts for some time now and actually had one in my home 5 years ago.Any ideas???

Hello, I often get this wierd dream like i am being pulled away into a dark room.. i had this dream nearly more than three times. Why does this happen. And also one mrng at seven i woke up n again went back to sleep , suddenly someone tapped me on my thigh once and when open my eyes no one was there..

last night my brain woke up but my body was asleep……I woke up because I was being tapped on the chest a number of times and then my hands were grabbed. I forced my body to wake up because it startled me. I wasn’t scared just startled. I believe it was my son who had passed two years ago. I was speaking to my younger son just a couple hours beforehand about his big brother ❤️❤️❤️

I’ve had 3 taps early morning right shoulder twice now. Felt friendly. Roll over and no one there. Expected to see someone. Not scary at all. Three is a significant number. Holy Trinity, the number of Shiva… I feel clearer in my head and Direction each time this has happened.

I also just had three taps on my left shoulder blade in one second. I had been dreaming a lot. My mom is in the hospital with cancer. I had spent the whole day a night and all day yesterday with her there. Came home to get some sleep, her home. I give her care 24/7/365. In this same bedroom a few years ago her long term mate knocked on the this bedroom door three times the night he died. He was with family 500 miles away when he passed but he had spent many nights in this bedroom. I know the three taps on my shoulder was someone important telling I’m not alone. I’ve have other paranormal experiences enough to know this stuff is real. To all that read down this thread, you aren’t crazy. This stuff is real. I hope you feel comforted by the taps. I think it’s a good thing. I feel like calling and checking on her right now but I know it was someone tapping that has passed OR maybe your creator saying hang in there, I’m not alone. I’m an only child and this is my last close parent type relative so I’m under a ton of pressure right now to caregive, I feel better for the taps, not freaked out.

hi I’m Julia I am 13 now but I was 12 when this happened I was in a deep sleep and at about 3:30 in the morning something firmly touched my left shoulder just once though I had my door shut and when I woke up there was no one there what could it be

Hi Julia,

It might have been a family member who has crossed over, who dropped in for a moment. Since you don’t mention anything else happening since then, I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

Love & Peace

I was recently visiting Venice and standing in a town square just before dusk. I received several distinct taps to my right shoulder and turned around but nobody was there! (10 November at 4.30pm).

A few weeks ago, I was in my home office and felt two hard taps on my right shoulder. I immediately turned around and there was no one there. I then felt chill sensation and all the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, arms and top of my head.

It was definitely a weird experience..

I was awake in bed when I felt something tap me on my back I’ve also had breathing over me an my kids have seen shadows walk past there door we are thinking of moving house

Hi i’ve been being tapped alot lately. Sometimes on my back, my leg, on my foot it feels like someone taps it continuously and its obvious. my stomach feels like its being poked. I was sleeping with my daughter and my daughter had her leg on my back. I was awake and she was sleep. Then i felt her let constantly move like she was being tapped. It happens alot but i dont know what it mean. Is it my ghost or spirit guide?

Please explain, I left my comment but on top of that I just bought a house coming up on a year and four months ago I was in my bedroom and seen a dark figure walk past going to my kitchen I got up and looked but no one. The second time I was laying in my livingroom and I seen it again coming out my bathroom going to my kitchen again nothing. Well this morning I was sleeping and I felt my own finger tap my shoulder I didn’t think of it being me I thought my husband was waking me up so I continued to sleep again I felt my own finger tap my shoulder two more times and I woke up looked at the clock and it was 6:08 am no reason to be up. I get a text from my daughter saying my grandson was throwing up could I watch him while she works. I can be a heavy sleeper and won’t hear my phone so could that be someone giving me a sign to wake up.

She is not answering but check the house background. I remember moving in a apartment and the lady was talking about the guy that lived there. He stayed there for 44 plus years and i couldnt help but to think what happened to him. So one day i seen a man walk from my bedroom to the kitchen and it freaked me out because im the only one who was there at the time. I also so black orbs they looked like dots. What grasped my attention is my mood towards it. How does it make you feel? Good, bad, sad, happy or are you fearing for your life? Anything negative mean it can be negative. Im guessing the black orb was the man that died in my house and was getting depressed so it was feeding off my sadness i started to feel as if i had no purpose in life then something amazing happened that i soon realized. One day i looked in the corner of my room and i seen this huge black ball and on my right i seen two white orbs. God sent his angels to fight it. God heard my cries and he helped me get a job, let me hear my enemies that was plotting against me amdshowed me my way out. Call on god and do some reasearch some spirits play nice and may be playing with you but later turn out to be Annabelle. Call on your spirit guide everyone has one.

You are right, Erica, I haven’t answered, because most answers are already on this webpage. People are seeing ghosts. Over the past ten years they have become far more active, more visible, and more irritating at times, when they want to be noticed. My recommendation to everyone in a haunting situation is to either have the house blessed by their local church minister, or have a medium come in and talk to the ghost and cross him, her or them, over. The other choice is the Michael Invocation which you’ll find a link to at the bottom of this webpage. It’s very effective for small problems, and usually effective for big ones.

People are being tapped. This is happening all over the world. It reminds me of small children trying to get attention, or my husband or daughter, when they are feeling tired. Tapping irritates people, or frightens them (the energy we output when we are startled or frightened can be a good quick meal for a negative energy entity), so it continues to be a problem, until people learn to not worry about it so much, and just ask their angels to clear (into a healing place) whomever is tapping them. That solves the problem on so many different levels.

Wishing everyone peace and quiet,
Ama (going back to her university assignments)

I was asleep on my side and rolled over to my back. I felt fingers tickling my side just under my ribcage. I placed my hand over the tickling fingers to get the motion to stop thinking it was my husband being cute. I held that hand for a few moments until I began to fall asleep again… but suddenly felt the hand slip from under mine and gently move away as I was expecting my husband to roll over. But he never budged. The bed stayed still. I opened my eyes to see why he stopped holding my hand and noticed he was sleeping on his side with his back to me the whole time. I woke him asking if it was him tickling my side and holding my hand then gently sliding out from under it as if not to wake me… but he said no, he was in a deep sleep. I knew this was true because he NEVER MOVED. What is happening? I woke up to a hand! Held that hand! Whose hand, if not my husband’s?! Am I going crazy?

I had the same thing happen, 3 taps in a row deliberately and one after the other but I had just got into bed so I know I was awake. Something told me after the taps, a feeling of not to turn around to see what it was so I didn’t which is strange because I’m a curious person so should have turned around. Now here is something weirder, I remember just laying there for a minute after deciding not to turn around then I don’t remember anything after that. How could I just fall asleep after some thing like that? What happened that I can’t remember? I have seen UFOs in my area the last few years and others have here too. Also my chihuahua stares at the wall behind my bed and in tge livingroom every night and seems to track something. He doesnt seem scared just riveted on whatever he sees, think the two things can be connected?

Hello, I have been very creeped out today, I was in my Art class at school and I felt somone tap me on the shoulder (about 6 times) I asked the person next to me if the tapped me and they said no, as I was facing them I got another 2 taps on my left shoulder, I straight away told my friends,it’s been an hour and it hasn’t happened since. I want to know what caused me to be tapped by a spirit/ghost?

my dad passed away 3 days ago ..since then ive been scared for nothing ..though last night my mother was sleeping next to my baby nephew ..something tapped her on the shoulder 3 times ..and when se turned around it was a blond boy ..naked
.amd smiling at her ..what could this mean

Last night I was in the audience to watch
a frIend do his first ever stand up
comedy routine. At one point in the evening I felt
three strong taps on my left shoulder. There was
no one sitting beside me as I was beside the wall.
The only person behind me was a woman very engaged
in a conversation with her friend to her right so
it likely was not her. It puzzled me as to who tapped
my shoulder but I shrugged
it off and continued enjoying the show.
Later on I thought more about it. The building
I was in was an old place located in the downtown
of a city. Across the street from this building
is another old building that is a Chiropractic office.
The chiropractor has told people he has a ghost
in his building. After I experienced this tapping
I instantly thought about the ghost story at the
chiropractor’s office and wondered if the tapping
experience I had was ghost related. This day
was also the 13 year anniversary of my
mother’s death, which also made me wonder
if that had anything to do with that. I found it
interesting that so many others have written
in and experienced similar experiences.

Hello Kira,

A place where many people are gathered is a great place to find ghosts and all kinds, and some of them are stronger than others and like to attract emotions to themselves .. emotions such as fear, and the ‘startle’ feeling we have when something unexpected happens, so people, with their attention focused elsewhere, are a great source of energy for ghosts .. who think they need the energy to survive .. and other beings, who just like it for a good meal.

You don’t sound like you were frightened, so whomever tapped you so hard probably moved on to someone else. Unless your mother was in a habit of tapping you, it probably wasn’t her, but has someone in your friend’s family died recently .. its more likely that a person enjoying the comedy act might want a watcher to be aware of them, so that they can pass a message through you to the man on the stage.

Ghosts can be fun. I enjoyed my time of visiting haunted houses, and pubs, but its better not to take any home with you. So if you are going to hang around in haunted locations, learn the ‘white light shields’ (link below) and use them before going out .. just as a precaution.

Love & Peace

Hi, interesting chatter here. Last week I was standing, working at my desk in a building that is only 4 years old around 4:30 PM. There were no colleagues around me at the time. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I received three significant, sequential taps on my right, back shoulder. Immediately I turned around to se NOTHING there. I immediately searched the area for pranksters but nada, no one. I hame a Christian and I do believe in the Spirit world. Just simply amazing. Any thoughts?

I woke up to being tapped 3 times – HARD – on the shoulder last night at exactly 3:30 am. I thought it was my mom, but she was turned over the other way. My nightlight had also somehow been turned on…

This morning I was woke up by three taps on the top of my head. I dozed back and it happened again. I kind of opened my eyes sleepily thinking I would she my daughter but i was alone and door was closed. It then felt as if there was something walking on my bed. More tapping. Then more “walking” on the bed. I have two cats. Only one sleeps with me but I had put him out of my room and shut the door for the majority of the night. I tried speaking but couldn’t speak. The walking on the bed continued and I was able to force out a whisper and ask, who’s here. Immediately I felt a chill or tingle go up my left side starting at my foot and all the way to my head like my my skin or hair was tingling and standing up. It felt like something “left”. I got up went to make coffee and opened my bedroom door. Both cats were in the living room. I knew that they aren’t responsible. When I felt the walking on the bed at first I kinda opened my eyes not seeing anything. The room was not dark. It was about 6:45 am and one blind was open. Could this be an old pet? The two days before this my daughter found the ashes of my old cat. She brought them to me and I told her. I was also working on repairing and painting a piece of furniture that belonged to my deceased sister. But the feelings I felt was like a finger tap. Only the feeling of the walking on my bed felt like an animal. Thoughts?

At night I felt a tap on my right thigh and than three minutes later I felt two taps… I cried some much I passed out… And I was sitting on my bed and my blanket, pillow, and other things were on the floor…