Artful Expressions

Hi everyone, hope you’re enjoying an exciting weekend full of adventure! I just wanted to take this moment to share with you a personal side of me. As you all know, I’m a published author and poet, an empath and a paranormal researcher who has had many paranormal experiences throughout my life, but what you might not know is that I am also an extremely passionate artist. I find great inspiration from the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh. However, regardless who the artist is, art is such a beautiful form of expression. Whether one chooses to create magnificent pieces of enchantment with oils, acrylics, watercolors or even pencils, the imagination can unleash such exquisite perceptions.

The following pieces are some of my own creations. I hope you enjoy them! And if you would like to check out more of my artistic creations, including poetry… visit this page, Poetry & Art by Sheila Renee Parker.

Love & Light,                                                                                                                             Sheila

 

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~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter: @sheilarparker.

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Facebook: Sheila Renee Parker – Author

 

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(“Simplicity”. A watercolor by Sheila Renee Parker)

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(“The Embrace”. A watercolor by Sheila Renee Parker)

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(A pencil sketch of my son. ~ by Sheila Renee Parker)

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(A pencil sketch of my son. by Sheila Renee Parker)

("Floral Abstraction" A watercolor by Sheila Renee Parker.)

(“Floral Abstraction” A watercolor by Sheila Renee Parker.)

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(“Doppelgangers”. A pencil sketch by Sheila Renee Parker)

(A sketch by Sheila Renee Parker.)

(“Eternal Kiss”. A pencil sketch by Sheila Renee Parker.)

 

 

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The X-Files Revival

Do you love The X-Files? Without a doubt, I’m a HUGE fan! I honestly don’t think there was ever an episode that I didn’t watch. Fox Mulder paired up with Dana Scully was absolutely brilliant! Together, they created an undeniable balance, Scully with her scientific reasoning and Mulder with his open-minded desire to search for the unknown.

One of my all time fave episodes was the sixth one from season six titled, How The Ghosts Stole Christmas with Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner. It aired on December 13, 1998. Here’s the IMDb link describing it, so check it out…. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751138/

And for those of you who are X-Files fans, I’m sure you’re just as excited as I am about this Sunday night when The X-Files returns. The X-Files Revival is definitely one I will not miss. In fact, my DVR is ready and waiting to record each episode of this much anticipated mini series.

Recently I was asked by Kevin Hale, host and producer of BlogTalkRadio’s Shooting From The Lip to co-host with him for a very special show. Our guest was Chris Elias, administrator of The X-Files Group on Facebook. An extremely impressive group with well over 14,000 members. The show aired this past Wednesday night at 10pm E/ 7pm P. Topic of discussion? The X-Files Revival, of course! And here is the link so you can listen to it as well… https://soundcloud.com/423radio/sftl-110-the-x-files-revival-preview-chris-elias

Be sure to join us every Wednesday night, same time throughout the entire airing of The X-Files mini series as we discuss the exciting continuation!

 

Interview with Girls Of The Dark

Today I’m welcoming the paranormal investigative team, Girls Of The Dark. Thank you, ladies for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourselves and how Girls Of The Dark was formed?

We are an all female paranormal group and our names our Wendy, Anissa and Lesa! We started in 2012 after finding we all had a common interest in the paranormal. We are coworkers in an emergency room. Anissa and I are Registered Nurses and Lesa is our Clerk! Lesa and I always talked about our love for Ghost Adventures and found out they had just investigated a location near our home town. Lesa and I immediately were interested in the idea of visiting that location. Anissa happen to over hear our conversation and said “I love that stuff! Don’t forget me, because I want to go!” Lesa and I were like ok let’s try this! The most interesting part about this is that our common interest in the paranormal brought us together and created an amazing friendship. We had never hung out outside of work. We were strictly coworkers! Our first time we every hung out outside of work was at a haunted location called “Black Moon Manor” and we had so much fun together. We realized that night this is what we were meant to do. We loved our experience at Black Moon Manor and we wanted to continue investigating the paranormal.

 

Why the paranormal?

We want to known what happens after you die. The mystery of it is so intriguing! We want to find out why spirits linger and why is it that we are able to communicate with the dead! Lesa always jokes that she likes the dead more than the living! Lol!

 

What role does each team member take part in?

We really don’t have specific roles. We go into every location with an open mind. We find that each one of us are affected differently at different locations. One location may affect Lesa in a way that it doesn’t affect Anissa and myself. That’s where trust plays an important role. We trust that if one of us is experiencing it’s real and we use it to our advantage while investigating. We may change our focus or the way we are investigating just because one of us is experiencing something and it works. We get good evidence this way!

 

What’s the most rewarding part about being a paranormal investigative team?

The most rewarding thing is proving that spirits exists. So many people are skeptical about what we do. When you bring that piece of evidence to them that literally blows their mind to the point they believe is rewarding! We have done our job. We also find it very rewarding that we can help others. People are so scared to talk about experiences, because they are afraid people will think they are crazy. We love that people feel comfortable and trust us enough to come to us and ask for help. We do the best we can to help them!

 

How does Girls Of The Dark prepare for an investigation?

We try to go into every investigation with an open mind! We do some research before our investigation, but try not to do too much. We like investigating and then researching afterwards to see if the evidence we captured relates to the history and other people’s experiences. We feel like learning to much before going into an investigation can cloud your mind. We like to form our own opinions and see if our experiences end up validating claims that others have made.

 

What types of places do you investigate?

Paranormal investigating is our passion. Their is not one location that we wouldn’t go to! We are up for anything!

 

What has been the scariest experience your team has faced thus far?

We haven’t had just one location or thing that has scared all of us thus far. It’s been individual. Anissa’s scariest experience has been hearing her name come across the digital recorder. She gets her name come across at multiple locations. It’s not a common name either so that bothers her even more. Lesa’s scariest experience was at Prospects place. It was very active the night we were there and multiple things were happening. She even captured what looked like an apparition on her camera when we were investigating in the basement! My scariest experience would have to be that I get physically affected at multiple locations. My hair often gets touched, I have had difficulty breathing or just touched in general! I almost always get evp’s that validate when I ask if I was touched and have even got evp’s that tells me the persons name. If I had to pick one location that I have been psychically affected at and it has really scared me is the Randolph County Infirmary! I had trouble breathing to the point I had to walk outside. It felt like someone knocked the wind out of me and it happened more than once.

 

Tell us about your Youtube Channel? Girls Of The Dark – Youtube

We decided we would start up a YouTube channel to document our experiences. We usually only put out a 5 min videos that shows a recap of what we have captured during our investigation. We love sharing our experiences and evidence with others! Plus it’s rare to find an all female paranormal group put out YouTube videos and we love to share what’s it’s like when it’s only women investigating.

 

How can Girls Of The Dark be contacted if someone needs your help?

We can be contacted by direct messaging us on FB. Just search Girls Of The Dark on FB and you will find us or direct messaging us on Twitter @GirlsOfTheDark. We typically respond to messages the same day we receive them!

 

Any words of advice?

Stay open minded and be patient. Sometimes you investigate for hours until you get activity and the activity may only last a few minutes. It’s hit or miss when it comes to investigating. Of course believe in the power of prayer. You can never be too careful! You never know what you are making contact with.

 

 

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Suicide Forest

Sounds like such a frightening place doesn’t it? Suicide Forest, full of despair and darkness. It’s located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan and is also known as Aokigahara. This fourteen square mile forest is so thick with trees and other natural formations that it makes it difficult to hear anything that doesn’t belong there.

If anyone wants to visit the Sea of Trees, be forewarned for it harbors an egregious reputation. It’s reported to have an association with demons and more than fifty suicides took place among the woods in 2010. Sadly, this forest is one of the top three most popular locations worldwide for suicide. Up until around 1988, nearly thirty reported suicides occurred yearly. These lost lives have not gone unnoticed. Because of their tragedies, a warning sign has been erected at the beginning of the trail pleading that anyone contemplating suicide to please consider their loved ones and to contact a suicide prevention hotline.

Why the dark history? It’s believed that an old Japanese custom referred to as ubasute was practiced there until the 1800s and that the victims of this tragic era are to blame for the hauntings. Ubasute refers to an act where an elderly relative would be taken to an isolated location and left there to perish, be it by starvation, exposure to the elements, dehydration, etc….. all for the sake of euthanasia.

This weekend a feature film has been released titled, The Forest starring Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney. Here’s the cinematic trailer…

 

 

 

Suicide is nothing to take lightly and should be treated as an extremely serious matter. The following is contact information for suicide prevention.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (website)          1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

 

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Below is a photo of the warning sign pleading that anyone contemplating suicide to please consider their loved ones and to contact a suicide prevention hotline.

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