The Paranormal and Me

All my life the paranormal has always been there, and I don’t mean that I’ve been plagued by demons or anything sinister. It was never like that for me. Still, when I saw my first shadow person prior to my teen years, it scared the living daylights out of me. It manifested itself just out of the corner of my eye. It was night time in a very well-lit room. I could feel its eyes looking straight at me. That was what prompted me to look in its direction. As soon as I turned my head to meet its gaze, it vanished into thin air. Even though its presence was nothing malevolent, I was still terrified to no end. I stayed up all night, too afraid to sleep, until the sun came up the next morning.

I’ve had several encounters with shadow people throughout the years since then, but I’m no longer afraid. Unlike many people who have negative encounters with shadow people, mine are quite the opposite. I experience no malevolence at all with shadow people. It’s almost like I get a sense of observance from them. Their presence is always “split-second” when they appear, then they’re gone.

I’m also an empath. Always knew I was different, but never knew how to “label” my ability until I reached my adult years. An empath is someone who is highly sensitive (in the supernatural sense) to others’ energies and emotions. To many, this ability is often thought of as a curse. I used to think this way as well and that was only because I didn’t understand what was going on. But now it’s no longer a curse for me. Rather, I consider it a gift that I’m very proud to have.

Growing up I usually kept quiet about the paranormal, only spoke to very few about it. My selective silence was due to the judgmental fear of what others thought. I didn’t want anyone to think I was crazy. So often is the paranormal viewed by many as something that’s dark and evil. Although, that’s not necessarily the case. The paranormal realm does consist of entities that may bring forth malevolence, but so does the world of the living. There are wicked people that walk around every single day. Spirits can also be very loving and full of light. However the spirit was during their living state, is how they often are once they have passed on. Meaning, that a person can carry on the same characteristics even after death.

The study and research of paranormal activity is extremely fascinating to me. I openly embrace the unknown, but with caution. I never provoke the spiritual world. I would never recommend doing that. Don’t provoke the living and don’t provoke the dead. It’s all about respect, I believe. And just because someone finds interest in the paranormal doesn’t mean that they’re living a “dark life and going straight to hell”. That’s for the narrow minded to believe. To better understand things, one must open their mind. Knowledge is never ending. One of my all time favorite quotes is by Michelangelo. It says, “I am still learning.” … and yes, for me that even applies to the paranormal.



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32 thoughts on “The Paranormal and Me

  1. Good article Sheila.. Question on the ability to see, hear or sense the paranormal do you believe to be a power access within ones self or tapping into something external such as being learned or a bestowed gift?

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    • I believe that it could possibly be a power access within one’s self… like a connection with the “Higher Self”. I also believe that gifts are inherited and that the ability to learn to be more “aware” of the unknown is something that can be achieved by anyone.

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  2. An interesting theory about shadow people is that the bending of light in space-time means we could catch glimpses of other universes, and that the visitations we think of as shadow people may be just folks living their lives in an alternate dimension, and that they in turn may perceive *us* as shadow people in their own universe. I’m fascinated by them (and by most paranormal phenomena), as I tend to experience odd things of this nature on an almost daily basis. Great post 🙂

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  3. Are you my twin?!!!
    I just felt like I was the one who wrote that!
    I have had so many experiences … each one different … each one special … each one makes me want to have more!
    Thank you for sharing

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  4. I love how you keep your neutral stance in this, regardless of the encounters being frightening at times. I have trouble myself with placing identities upon energies I feel, since they pass through and it feels kind of impersonal to me. Yet the myriad of feelings experienced is very deep. Interesting read! Thank you.

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  5. Hello Sheila, I certainly relate to what you have experienced in may ways and much, much more. There are enities of all kinds, different dimensions, universes, and everything in-between that are of different intellect, different needs and desires, not all consistant with human well-being. Some just trying to help are not understood and are demonized. So, to say the least, it is very complicated.

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  6. I love this post. I have seen the shadow people too, and I felt terrified. I’ve seen other beings too, the kind ones. It’s so nice to read a post by someone who does not think that paranormal experiences are bad or evil. I also don’t provoke the spirit world; I leave them be. But when they contact you anyway, may I ask if you don’t mind, how do you deal with that? Thank you. R.A.

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    • Excellent comment and question, R. A.! It’s always nice to meet like-minded people. 🙂

      How I deal with any kind of presence… If it’s a negative energy I feel, I automatically put up a shield of white light protection around me and ask my spirit guide to help with protection as well and demand the negative energy to leave. If it’s one that’s not harmful, I recommend asking what is their intention? And tell them that it’s ok to move on. Sometimes I think they just want to be heard or recognized.

      Hope this makes sense. 🙂


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  8. Hi Sheila, sounds like we’re twins. Do you get premonitions too? I’ve had nothing but positive experiences. Also I constantly feel like someone is looking out for me. I consider us lucky! Glad to hear I’m not alone.

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