Monthly Archives: June 2014

‘Look For’ God??!

“Would you ‘look for’ trees in the middle of a forest? Would you ‘look for’ sand while standing on the beach? And yet, you’ll ‘look for’ God in the midst of His/Her Creation? The definition of a forest is the existence of trees; a beach, the existence of sand; and God, the existence of anything!”

– Sheryl Miller, Talking With The Creator

The obvious can elude us. The Creator of All is so powerful and yet, so quiet. As people, we often go to nature to feel the presence of The Creator. In a big city, surrounded by concrete and man-made things, it can be more difficult to sense The Creator. Still… Nothing you know occurred without you or someone else having the thought that it could be created and then working with The Creator of All (whether consciously or unconsciously) to make it a reality.

Today, I invite you to experience God in one thing that you would not define as naturally-occurring. For example, I am looking at a piece of woven art. In it, I can see the natural materials of seashells and grass that were woven together. I can imagine the craftsperson creating the piece, perhaps laughing with a co-worker or keeping an eye on a small child while weaving. Now, I feel its beauty, and I know that The Creator of All is in this piece.

Namaste,  Sheryl

Positive Thinking = Happy Life

“Immerse yourself in the energy of what you desire.”        – Hiro Boga

“Remember, as you think, so shall you be. If you think you can’t, you are right, and that is precisely what you will see showing up in your life.”  – Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny: The Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want

Be careful what you think, for surely, it is what you will get. It is another spiritual cornerstone. I could write about manifesting every day and not get tired of it. Something I desire to improve in myself is the ability to quickly dismiss negative, weak thoughts of failure, so that I think only of empowering, positive thoughts of success.

Today, I invite you, silently and without judgement, to observe your thoughts and your experiences. How many of your thoughts manifest into reality? What if all your thoughts were full of positive energy?

Namaste, Sheryl

Sacred Places

“We make energy connections at sacred sites, like tuning in a radio, by concentrating your awareness, quieting your mind and tuning your entire being to the “energy broadcast” of the power point.”

– Martin Gray, “Sacred Sites and Power Points”

Martin Gray’s website, www.sacredsites.com, allows one to search and learn about places considered sacred around the globe. When I was exploring the website, I first had fun looking up places that I had been taught to be sacred or had considered myself to be sacred. Then, I took it a step further and looked around the world, learning about places that I had never heard of.

What I have learned is that geographic places considered sacred are almost everywhere. My guess is that the overwhelming majority of us live within a two-hour drive of a sacred site. Another thing I learned is that sites are considered sacred because of a connection that happened between The Creator of All and a person or group of people.

You could get in your car and drive to a sacred spot. Or you could connect with The Creator of All where you are in this moment and create a  sacred spot where you’re sitting right now.

Namaste,  Sheryl

Go With the Flow

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them — that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”  – Lao Tzu (6th Century BCE)

 

Life is like a dream when we go gently down the stream. Except sometimes, the stream becomes white water or a waterfall. Personally, I am excited about some big changes coming into my life that I will be sharing with you soon. Still, I’m feeling seasick right now. Needing help, a listening ear and some consolation, I entered the gap to talk with The Creator of All yesterday. I wanted to share this part of our conversation with you…


 

God: …Think about what happens when you just let life happen. When you go with the flow and go along for the ride.

Sheryl: Great things happen.

God: And they will, again. Don’t be a critic. Be an observer of what you see. Be a feeler of your emotions. Stay in touch with your heart and with me, so that I can guide you.

Sheryl: (suddenly  feeling peaceful) Thank you. With you, I am at peace and all is well.

God: Teach that to the world, and the whole world will be at peace.


 

Namaste,

Sheryl

Belief in The Creator

One of the shortest in _Talking With The Creator, Book One_, Chapter 19 is a conversation I had with The Creator of All about the importance of belief in Him/Her. The matter-of-factness and succinctness of His/Her approach to this topic was a mild surprise. I had considered, based on the diversity of the population of the world, that belief was relatively unimportant. But to be told that it was “unnecessary”??! I realized that my Westernization is in serious need of tempering! (smile)

Namaste, Sheryl


 

Chapter 19, “Why Believe?”

God: Western culture, especially Christianity, puts a great deal of emphasis on belief in God. That is a very important part of their religion, and I honor the fact that it has brought many people closer to me.

Still, I want you to know that you don’t have to “believe” in me for me to be at work in your lives. I am here, constantly on, continuously fitting together billions of little details so that your manifestations become reality.

Sheryl: Does someone’s belief in you make a difference in their life?

God: Maybe so and maybe not. For someone who has been strolling around life, thinking they are the victim of their circumstances, belief in me can help them know that there are other forces at work.

But let’s look at a couple of examples… First, there’s the person who believes in me, who gets wrapped up in religious music, who finds the love in me and who is on a God-high, if you will. That person is euphoric and will certainly be happy and make the people around them happy, too. Very nice.

Then, there’s someone who doesn’t believe I exist. However, they live according to the truths of spirituality, harnessing my power and manifesting anything they want, at any time they want it. I will never get the credit for that person’s successes, but I cannot help but be a major part of that life.

Sheryl: So, there is really no reason to believe in you?

God: When people are like-minded about me and share with each other, they make themselves stronger and they make the world a better place. This is a reason to profess a belief in me. But for people who are struggling to “believe,” I encourage them to end their struggle. Belief is not necessary. Simple attention to spiritual truths, like treating others the way you want to be treated and keeping your thoughts positive (because you get what you think), is all one needs to be happy and successful.

(end of the chapter)

This Moment

“This moment — the one you’re experiencing right now — is the culmination of all the moments you have experienced in the past. This moment is as it is because the entire universe is as it is. 

When you struggle against this moment, you’re actually struggling against the entire universe. Instead, you can make the decision that today you will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. This means that your acceptance of this moment is total and complete. You accept things as they are, not as you wish they were in this moment. This is important to understand. You can wish for things in the future to be different, but in this moment you have to accept things as they are.”

– From The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

There is not much for me to add to Chopra’s wisdom. Accepting the moment brings us close to The Creator in an instant. Accept the moment, quiet the body and go inside — The Creator of All is waiting to talk with you.

Namaste, Sheryl

The Fine Line of Pain and Suffering

“Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.” – Ram Dass

These fine lines in spirituality drive me insane from time to time.  Just look at the blog from two days ago which says that we must escape the people who insist on hurting us. And today, that suffering helps to shape us.

Which one is it??!! Suffering is helpful or must be avoided?

I agree with Ram Dass that situations that make us uncomfortable are defining, especially if we embrace them and search for the lessons within them. My observations have shown me that my uncomfortable situations repeat themselves if I do not handle them. Once I’ve met them head-on, they resolve and if they happen to repeat (which they usually do not), they are much more sedate and easier to deal with.

My long-term suffering at a single person’s hands or at the hands of a group of people or even related to a work or school situation can only mean that I am ignoring or diminishing reality. Sometimes, we get into a situation that looks great at first but slowly degrades over time. It can be hard to tell what’s going on. As Ram Dass says, we can acknowledge the shaping power of the suffering and of those lessons we are learning. We might even need help from a neutral third party like a friend or a counselor. Then, we can make a rational decision and move on, taking our well-learned lesson with us but leaving a painful future at the side of the road of our journey.

Namaste, Sheryl

 

Receive Like a Leaky Bucket

“Transforming our Desire to Receive for the Self Alone into a Desire to Share with others – that’s where our greatness is revealed.” – Karen Berg

Cornerstone of Spirituality: Whatever we receive that we do not circulate becomes stale and can hinder us or work against us. This applies to just about everything!

Greed occurs when we accept something of value and either we don’t reciprocate to the giver or we don’t pass the value on to someone new. We can be greedy about friendship, love, money, material objects, and more.

When we receive into an intact bucket (with an imaginary lid, for the purpose of this discussion), there is an end to what we can receive. The bucket — a very small container, indeed — is full, and that is the end of the receiving.

However, when we receive into a leaky bucket, we pass on some of its contents. Yes, there is still plenty of water for us, and look, now we’re providing water for others, too! How much water we can receive depends up on how quickly we can share it.

The Creator of All gives much to people who share much. But don’t take my or anyone else’s word for it. Experiment with sharing. Start today by giving away something you don’t use or no longer have a need for. Watch what happens.

Namaste, Sheryl

Move Away From Damaged People

Friends and peace makers, please read this. Because hurt people hurt people, we must protect ourselves from being hurt. This can be such a fine line to walk, and I appreciate my new friends at Yogis Anonymous for posting this. Regardless of the titles of the people in our lives who abuse us (including “boss,” “friend,” “spouse,” and “parent”), we must wish them peace and then run in the other direction. Otherwise, we, too, become hurt and no longer able to spread our peace and love.

As we exit the lives of hurt people, we give The Creator of All the time and the space to do the work that can be done to heal those who hurt. Only when damaged people find themselves facing their pain alone can they become humble enough and desperate enough to work on themselves.

Don’t be one of those “nice” people who get in the way of The Creator by continuing to allow a damaged person to hurt you. You are not being “nice” at all. Not only are you  letting yourself be hurt, but you are also denying The Creator a chance to help and heal an abuser.

Namaste, Sheryl


 

From www.yogisanonymous.com

I’m going to state some things that may seem totally obvious when you read them in black and white, but which I think we tend to forget in our tender hearts. Unconscious people do unconscious things. Damaged people do damaged things. Unkind, hardened people are not suddenly going to be soft. People with rage are going to behave in violent ways. If someone is envious of you, they are not going to have your back. Selfish people will not suddenly think of you, and how you might feel in any given situation. And there are people who are so damaged, they actually want to drive the thorn in your side intentionally. Hurt people hurt people as the saying goes. People who behave in any of these ways are in pain themselves, and are living in a certain kind of prison. All kinds of abuse and trauma can lead to imprisonment like this. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” The sad fact is, help is only available to those who decide to help themselves. You can’t do it for someone else. You can’t save anyone except yourself.

Of course you can’t define a human being in a word, we are all complex beings and only to the degree that we examine our pain and our motivations will we be accountable for our actions and the kind of energy we’re spreading. The way we’re being in the world. A person coming from an angry place most of the time may be able to pull it together to do some great stuff on those days they’re able to rise above. What I’m talking about here is a baseline way of being. If someone is commonly thoughtless or cruel. If someone consistently behaves in ways that are hurtful. If someone is generally so wrapped up in their own experience it doesn’t even occur to them to think about the impact of their actions. People who hurt us the most are usually also suffering the most. And you can have compassion for them, and you can practice forgiveness. But you really don’t want to put yourself in their path if you can help it; you don’t want to keep paying the tab for someone else’s cruel or thoughtless acts. If a person stabs you in the back, don’t expect them to turn around and call an ambulance for you. We can look at any of this stuff and say it’s not personal, right? A scorpion will sting you because that’s the nature of a scorpion. You can also open your heart and your mind to the idea that a person can change and grow. Where they are now is not necessarily where they’re always going to be. And if someone hurts you, it’s the most liberating thing to wish them well. But you do that from a safe distance. The part that IS personal is how you choose to respond. You don’t stick around to see if they want to push the knife in more deeply.

I say this to you because if you’re kind and open and trusting, if you want to hope for the best from people, you may need to look at whether you’re sacrificing your own well-being in the process of loving someone who is not able or willing to love you well. Or participating in a set of circumstances that insults your soul. Your work is to heal your own heart so you can open to all the love within you, and give it away freely. If you keep hanging out with people who crush your heart, thinking tomorrow might be the day they realize what they’re doing, that’s kind of like “expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian”, as Dennis Wholey says. Forgive if you can, for your own sake, so you’re not held hostage or made sick in your soul by the actions of someone else. But set up your boundaries, and be prepared to get out your hammer and nails and shore up those walls when you need to. Because some people just won’t get it. Not in the time-frame you’d like, and maybe never. If it’s a person you must have in your life, like a family member, then you figure out what it is you need to maneuver as safely as possible through painful terrain. You set up the best possible circumstances you can to take care of yourself. But if it’s not a person you need to be dealing with, run like hell, my dear.

Sending you love, Ally Hamilton

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

– Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971 CE)

Today, I ask you to take the next two minutes to read and reflect on this prayer. Its simplicity could be deceiving. Its ubiquity may mean it rolls off your tongue too easily. Would embracing it and making it part of the fabric of your life solve 80% of your problems? It just might.

Namaste, Sheryl