Happy Halloween!!!

I know it’s a day early, but I just wanted to take a very special moment to wish you all a Happy Halloween! As I’ve said before, this is my absolute fave time of year. The temperatures become cooler, warm Autumn smells fill the air and holiday baked goodies tend to be at their yummiest!

Carving pumpkins has always been a huge tradition with my family. The creativity involved just adds to the excitement. And then… there’s the baking of the pumpkin seeds! Right before putting them in the oven, I like to add some sea salt to give them a little extra bit of deliciousness. Oh, and did I mention that as we carved pumpkins yesterday, we baked nearly three dozen peanut butter cookies. Yes, we did and I would love to share them with you! 🙂

There’s also the marathon of fave horror movies to make this haunted holiday all the scarier. Earlier in the week I recorded Masque of the Red Death (a short story by Edgar Allan Poe) starring the late, great Vincent Price. A true classic in my opinion, another fave. Since my childhood, I’ve always loved the works of Poe and his creative ingenious as he brought out an eerie darkness that has resonated amongst his fans.

With so many different fun things going on this time of year, I decided to explore the stores to see what I could find to add to this season’s decorations. A couple of weeks ago I went shopping and found an adorable, yet simple, witch’s hat. (An image of this sweet addition is even included at the end of this post.)

When I got to the register, the cashier asked, “Are you gonna be a witch for Halloween?” I casually laughed and answered, “I already am one.”

She jokingly replied, “I thought you were kidding.” I grinned while shaking my head and told her, “Actually, I’m Wiccan.”

Then, we had a brief conversation about spirituality. The young lady was very cool and extremely open-minded.

The encounter made me giggle because of its innocence, which made me want to share it with you. As I always say, “Be Original. Be True. Be YOU!” 😉 )O(

 

Alright, everyone, I’ve shared with you a few of mine and my family’s Halloween traditions, would love to hear what are some of your favorite things that you like to do? Don’t be shy, this is an open-minded site where everyone is welcome to share!

 

Blessed Samhain! )O(

Love & Light,                                                                                                                         Sheila

 

 

 

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Pumpkins my son and I carved yesterday. 🙂

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“Yin & Yang’s Convergence”

“Live the light, love the dark and embrace everything in between.” ~ Sheila Renee Parker

 

A way of life that I openly talk about. To “live the light” (as in my above quote) I’m simply referring to living a life doing what feels right deep within the heart. To harm none, including oneself, and live a good life.

When I say, “love the dark”, I mean to acknowledge that which is often misunderstood. “And embrace everything in between” refers to being open-minded about the paramount existence of both, light and dark.

The below painting is my most recent one titled, “Yin & Yang’s Convergence”. I personified both Yin and Yang to demonstrate their intimate bond, for even they know how important they are to each other.

 

 

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(“Yin & Yang’s Convergence”. A watercolor painting by Sheila Renee Parker)

Year 2 and it’s ALL about YOU!

Wow, can you believe it?! It’s been 2 amazing years since I created this blog and I owe it all to each and every single one of you!

The topics discussed here are always open for your interactions. Many of you have shared so much and I, along with everyone else, have truly enjoyed every moment! If I could hug each of you, I honestly would because you mean that much to me!

So…. A BIG INTERNET AIR HUG to you ALL!!!

Much love and light,                                                                                                                 ~ Sheila

 

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Pendulums

“Swinging back and forth, to and fro, which way will the pendulum go?”

According to Wikipedia’s definition, “a pendulum is a weight suspended from a pivot so that it can swing freely.” From the early 1700s to the early 1900s, pendulums were used for timekeeping and considered to be extremely accurate. But this scientific method is not the reasoning behind me writing this article. No, my reference is in the spiritual sense.

Many people use pendulums for a variety of reasons such as a form of communication with spirit guides and/or spirits in general. Others may use pendulums to access wisdom from a higher self or to even perhaps gain forgotten knowledge from the subconscious mind. The reasoning for each individual’s use is as unique as the person using it. And the practice in which they perform may vary as well.

Like me for instance, I actually have a pendulum. Several years ago I put one together with extreme simplicity. (And yes, it’s ok to make your own pendulum. Manufactured ones work just as well, but my preference was to make my own. I believe that spirituality is quite beautiful and personal, so creating my pendulum made it all the more sentimental.)

Again, simple materials… actually, I only purchased a couple of things. One was a small rope-like thick string (a pretty, light green color) and the second item I got was a crescent shaped, aurora borealis pendant to use as the weight. I strung the string through a premade hole in the pendant and voila, my pendulum was made. Of course, I cleansed it with the practice of incense prior to use. I am extremely cautious with what I do and I never do anything that promotes negativity. I believe in practicing with white light protection and the assistance from spirit guides.

Below is an image of my quaint, yet very special pendulum.

 

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An Event To Remember!

Happy weekend one and all! Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. I know I sure did! This has always been my favorite time of year, the smell of the crisp autumn air as it sweetens the chilled autumn evenings. However the nights are getting longer, it gives us the opportunity to light those candles and enjoy their warm, illuminating glow.

Earlier in the week I was the guest speaker at a paranormal speaking event. Had such an amazing turnout and met some really fantastic people who were also there to share their paranormal experiences. We all engaged in topics ranging from ones that have been discussed on this blog like ghostly travelers to the different types of hauntings.

The subject of reincarnation even found its way into the discussion. A lady who attended the event shared with everyone a very interesting story. She told us all about an extremely vivid dream that she once had. But she said that her dream wasn’t just a dream. She said that it felt more like an actual memory, perhaps a memory from a past life. Upon waking, she remembered every minute detail. In her dream, the lady saw herself, yet it wasn’t her in this lifetime. She was from a different era, turn of the century…. Victorian times. In her realistic dream, she even discovered the name of the woman who she thought to be her. So the next day, it sparked something in her so much that it prompted her to research the woman. Her findings were conclusive. The Victorian era lady from her dream actually did live at the turn of the century and had the exact name that was mentioned in the dream. This woman who attended the speaking event said that prior to her dream, she had never heard of the Victorian lady before in her life. She had no explanation to why she had the mysterious dream. Her belief is that it was a fragmented memory from a previous lifetime that surfaced its way into her subconscious mind during sleep.

Other stories that were shared were quite uplifting that included deceased loved ones who still visit the living by showing signs only recognizable to those they hold dear. While some stories were sadder in nature and somewhat emotional. I, too shared several of my own paranormal experiences, like the time when I was a young girl witnessing my first shadow person, followed by more encounters throughout my life. Then, there was the time that I had a frightening experience with a Ouija Board when I was a teenager. An unforgettable memory, even though it happened many years ago, I still remember it as if it occurred only yesterday.

The speaking events that I host aren’t only for me to discuss the paranormal, they’re also a way for others to openly share their preternatural encounters. Having an open mind is key to understanding the unknown.

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~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter @sheilarparker.

Interview with Robb Demarest of Ghost Hunters International

Today I’m welcoming paranormal investigator, Robb Demarest of Ghost Hunters International. He’s also investigated on Haunting: Australia and on Seekers. Thank you, Robb for stopping by!

 

Sheila ~ Why the paranormal? Is it something that you’ve always been interested in or was there a particular instance that started it all for you?

Robb ~ It mainly started because my mom would take my sister and I to empty buildings in the area where we lived. Many of these buildings, of course, had received the reputation of being haunted. While I did not see any ghosts lingering about, it became a life-long passion.

 

Sheila ~ What was it like working with Jason, Grant and the rest of the crew of Ghost Hunters?

Robb ~ The funny thing is that, while it was great meeting them, I have never actually investigated alongside any of them. We have been in the same location, but I was with my good friend Dustin Pari the entire night.

 

Sheila ~ Did things change (in the paranormal sense) when you became the lead investigator for Ghost Hunters International?

Robb ~ I wouldn’t say anything changed for me in the paranormal sense. Perhaps the biggest change was being able to work alongside some great investigators with different mindsets that helped bring new ideas to the table.

 

Sheila ~ Of all the locations you visited worldwide, what was your favorite one and why?

Robb ~ I would say that there are a number that stick out. Clark Air Force Base Hospital in the Philippines was an incredible place in terms of activity and history. The monastery in Italy, an island prison in Costa Rica, an insane asylum in Australia… there have been a lot of dream locations that I’ve had the unique luck/honor of being able to investigate.

 

Sheila ~ Do you have any special gifts, like being psychic or a sensitive, that helped you with your investigations?

Robb ~ I am not a psychic or a sensitive. I would say my unique gift is to have an open mind. Most investigators go in to prove something. They may want to prove there are ghosts present or prove there aren’t. I try my best to just let the evidence speak for itself.

 

Sheila ~ What was the scariest encounter that you’ve experienced?

Robb ~ I don’t know if there has been anything too incredibly scary, but I was investigating a war museum in Malaysia, using a devise called an Echovox when I had hair-raising replies from the device. First, it said my name. I asked what I could do. A woman’s voice replied “Help”. I asked what I could do to help, and a young girl’s voice replied “die”.

 

Sheila ~ Have spirits ever followed you home from a location? And if so, what did you do to make them go away?

Robb ~ I think no ghosts have followed me home because US immigration is so tough. No, I’ve never had anything follow me home.

 

Sheila ~ Have you ever been physically attacked by a paranormal entity?

Robb ~ I have never been attacked. I have asked the spirit of a little girl to take my hand, and subsequently had the air around my hand drop instantly. Keep in mind this was on a VERY warm summer’s night in Argentina.

 

Sheila ~ What is your favorite piece of equipment when doing an investigation and why?

Robb ~ My go-to piece of equipment is a digital voice recorder. I probably have 20 or so of them. I believe EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) is the best evidence that we have been able to collect in our search for ghosts.

 

Sheila ~ Do you have any advice for anyone that wants to become a paranormal investigator?

Robb ~ My advice, as always, is be you. Don’t model how you investigate on what you saw on tv or glimpsed in a book. For the field to move forward, investigators need to keep trying new ideas, techniques, and equipment. This is the only chance to move forward. Thank you for inviting me for this interview. I will be doing a very rare public appearance on October 10th at The Italian Club in Tampa Florida for an evening of real paranormal investigation. More details and tickets available at www.FLghosttours.com.

 

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The Afterlife ~ A Corporeal’s Transition

Crossing over into the afterlife isn’t an easy subject for many to talk about simply because it involves the thought of losing a loved one who is very dear to them.

Unfortunately, next week will be four years since my father’s passing. His death was extremely untimely and a total shock to me and my family. I’ll never forget that call I received in the wee hours of the morning of the heartbreaking news. It was a moment that had changed my life forever. There were so many questions left unanswered and so many raw emotions revealed. I was angry for months on end and wanted to know why he was taken from us so abruptly without warning.

And then, one random night while in my sleep, my father appeared in a dream. He didn’t say a word. His face was solemn and guarded, yet caring and warm. In the dream he was observing me like he was making sure that I was ok. The morning after I awoke, I was saddened because of the lack of communication, but also grateful for his visit.

It wasn’t a dream like any other. It felt very real with vivid imagery that still resides in my memory to this day. That was actually the first of several dreams where my father made his presence known. Over the course of a few months, each dream my father would become more interactive. The most recent time he visited me, he hugged me and we said “I love you” to each other. That was the last time that I saw him. It was a good visit, something needed as in a sense of closure for us both.

My father is always with me in my heart. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him…. missing him. Our relationship as father and daughter wasn’t an easy one, but nevertheless, there were some really good times that still make me smile.

The deceased visiting their loved ones in dreams is actually a common phenomena experienced by many. When people die, sometimes there are some who may hang around for whatever reason they have. Sadly, some spirits may not even realize that they’ve passed on and they’re trying to continue living their lives just as they did before. Others may stick around to complete unfinished business that they believe only they can accomplish. Then, there are the ones that I believe are like my father, that hang around long enough to make sure that we’re ok after they’ve died.

Spirits and the living are very similar. The living possess a myriad of personality traits that cause some people to be good while others to be bad. It’s the same with spirits, some are good and some aren’t. However, a lot of spirits may become angry after their passing due to the fact that they might feel cheated out of life for whatever reason they died. Although, several spirits are more accepting and are ready to move on.

Our loved ones have many ways of making their presence known to us. Some, like my father, appear to us in dreams because it’s when our minds are most relaxed. Many may appear as simple signs recognized only by the surviving loved ones like butterflies fluttering nearby while the living is thinking of them. Often, people have reported hearing their deceased loved ones call out their names when no one else is around. Or a random odor or fragrance will faintly be noticed by the living, reminding them of the deceased ones when there is no plausible explanation for the smell to exist. For example, I occasionally smell my father’s cigarettes out of the blue (I don’t smoke) and there are no visible signs of smoke either. Only the faint odor wafting by for a brief second.

It has also been reported that many spirits have been seen at their own funerals. Why? Some people believe it’s because the spirits know that a gathering of their loved ones will be there and it could possibly be the easiest way for them (the spirits) to have closure before crossing over, saying their final good-byes.

Can everyone see spirits? No. But I do believe that spirits make their presence known to those who will be more receptive to seeing them. The key is to be open minded. There’s a huge world of the unknown out there. Don’t fear it, accept that it does exist…

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~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter @sheilarparker.