Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mistakes

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004)


“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

– John Wooden (1910-2010)


“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

– Buddha (563-483 BCE)


I made a mistake. Well, I think I made a mistake, anyway. Here’s the story… in a last-minute plan that seemed like a great idea at the time, I came to Hawaii in June and spent less than a week looking at the island and finding a home for my family to live. While I found great schools for my children, I ignored the warning signs of finding a suitable place for us to live. On our last day of the exploratory visit, I booked a rental house, only to find out now that the home is in poor repair and the landlord does not care to do what is necessary to fix it. The rental market is very tight, with few three bedroom homes. And it is impossible for us to purchase a comfortable home given the Hawaiian cost of living and our coming from a low cost of living area – Texas.

If I shared my story with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, she would advise me to go inside and to discover what it is I am supposed to learn. I would say that it has been a huge blessing to become closer to my stepson who lives here. His girlfriend has advised me on artwork for my first book and will serve as my editor, too! I would say that I appreciate the abundance of fresh tropical fruits and fish. I would say that I learned that I value a comfortable home that works well over panoramic views and access to beaches.

If I shared my story with John Wooden, he would commend me on being a “doer.” He would tell me about the many people who never take chances. He would say that doing often results in successes, too. Keep doing, he would say.

If I shared my story with The Buddha, he would ask me if I had gone all the way. I started this, to be sure, so no mistake there. But have I gone all the way? Could waiting for the manifestation of money bring us to a comfortable home? Or does going all the way mean I’ve accepted Hawaii for everything it is and exhausted all the possibilities for a pleasurable life here?

I am so glad to have these many mentors to help me. I know that if we return to Texas – our current plan now – I will spend plenty of time getting to know our new town so that our basic needs for comfort can be easily met. I will not make the same mistake again, at least, not on purpose!

Thank you, Creator of All, that you give me mistakes and life lessons, so that I may grow stronger. Thank you that I can be an example to others who may be considering the mistake I made. Thank you that I can model resilience, perseverance and a good attitude for those around  me.

Namaste, Sheryl

Adversity

“‘Cause when push comes to shove,
You taste what you’re made of.
You might bend ’til you break,
‘Cause it’s all you can take.
On your knees you look up,
Decide you’ve had enough.
You get mad, you get strong,
Wipe your hands, shake it off.
Then you stand,
Yeah, then you stand.

Every time you get up
And get back in the race,
One more small piece of you
Starts to fall into place.”
– from the song “Stand” by Rascal Flatts

What is adversity? Sometimes, it’s like sand paper, smoothing out our bumps and blemishes, and we are more beautiful for it. Sometimes, it’s like a hill that we are supposed to find our way around. Sometimes, it’s a mountain range, reminding us that we are supposed to appreciate where we are instead of trying to be somewhere else.

However adversity works for us in any given instance and at any stage in our lives, what is sure is that we can learn something from it. We don’t have to choose to be a victim in our adversity. Instead, we can choose to be a student of our adversity. We can choose to prepare ourselves, through our adversities, to become teachers to others facing similar adversity. How many times do we find our most gifted teachers went to the school of “hard knocks” for their training? Constantly, right!

Maybe we don’t consciously ask for adversity: “Creator of All, please send me serious problems.” But once we have it, we can choose what to do with it: We can Stand!

Namaste, Sheryl

Glenn Harrold

Glenn Harrold

Glenn Harrold is a hypnotherapist from the United Kingdom. His work is expansive, covering many topics:

  • weight loss
  • smoking cessation
  • healing the inner child
  • Solfeggio frequency meditations
  • sleep issues
  • sports performance
  • motivation
  • .. and many more

To get information about Glenn and his products, go to his website at www.glennharrold.com  He offers help in many formats: books, CDs, MP3 downloads and electronic apps.

Personally, his hypnotherapy has helped me with inner child healing and Solfeggio healing, too. He is forward about recommending people seek professional help from a live therapist to supplement and/or validate the hypnotherapy he offers.

Sometimes, we need a little boost to feel happy and healthy, and Glenn Harrold can help.

Namaste,  Sheryl

The Spiritual Spa

The Spiritual Spa

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

– Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Today, I went to the spa. This wasn’t the kind of spa you normally think about, with masseuses, New Age music or wheatgrass drinks. There was no one to offer a manicure or a pedicure. There were no mud baths.

No, today, I visited The Sacred Garden of Maliko for the first time. I was met first by Bodhi, a wonderfully huge dog, who is the official greeter and  mascot. Then, I met Eve, the owner, and Joey. The Sacred Garden is a spa, not for the body, but for the soul. After a short introduction to the grounds, I made my way to the outside labyrinth. At once, I felt the energies of peace and bliss.

I walked the outside labyrinth and spoke with The Creator with so many questions:  You directed me to come to Maui, but the environment is so demanding of my body. Am I really supposed to be here? How am I supposed to receive and share my spiritual gifts when my body can hardly function? I am desperate! I need what I don’t have. I need help, Your help. (I remembered what I read from The Circle Maker and I prayed…) God, I need a comfortable home here in Upcountry Maui. I cannot bring it to myself in natural time, and so I ask you and thank you for bringing it.

As I reached one edge of the labyrinth, I stepped off the path and over rocks to a currently-dry river bed. I found a large rock in the shade, sat on it cross-legged and felt the cool wind on my face. (The picture above is similar to the scenery around me.) Minutes and half hours passed as I bathed in the soothing breezes and simple sounds of the jungle. The outside stimulations that had overwhelmed my senses in past weeks were absent here. I didn’t have to wish my ears couldn’t hear or my eyes couldn’t see or my skin and intuitions couldn’t feel. I could allow my senses to function as they do and be glad to be alive, too.

I thank The Creator for directing me to The Sacred Garden today. And I offer my story to you. I believe The Creator is bringing everything my family and I need to be comfortable on Maui, and I can’t wait to tell you how it unfolds.

Namaste,  Sheryl

unobstructed view of god

Unobstructed View of God

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

– Stephen Hawking (1942 -)

Do stars twinkle? Does our sun twinkle? Does it flash on and off intermittently, so that a life form on another planet millions of light-years away sees it twinkling?

No, no, and no. When we are able to get an unobstructed view of stars, they all become steady points of light. What causes us to not be able to see a star clearly is the obstruction — the atmosphere of the Earth as it is changing above and around us. Astronomers call this scintillation.

I bring you this astronomy lesson as an example of how the physical and spiritual worlds are interconnected. I ask you, does God twinkle? Does She/He appear to flash on and off intermittently? I would have to say yes, myself. Sometimes, I am certain God is right with me, but other times, I wonder where She/He is.

My guess is that The Creator of All is like scintillation. When we can establish an unobstructed connection with Him/Her, we can better understand what She/He is really like and how we can best get along with each other.

Namaste,  Sheryl

faith

Faith

“Thank you, Creator of All, for the gift of faith. Sometimes, my journey seems too uncertain to bear, and it is my faith in a bright future that keeps me going. Thank you for the strength to keep a smile on my face and in my heart, no matter what.” – Sheryl Miller

This prayer reminds me to fake it until I make it. One of the most difficult things I do is to pretend I am having a good time when life is hard. Praying to The Creator in this way helps me to keep smiling through the rough times, too.

Namaste, Sheryl

Your Next Opportunity

I find it fun, interesting and educational to look at real life and link it to spirituality. After all, the separation of our physical and spiritual worlds is an illusion.  Like Elizabeth Barrett Browning once  wrote, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God.”

This weekend, I had the chance to observe west Maui beaches busy with surfers. I saw one surfer in particular getting ready to go into the ocean. I would guess he was in his 50’s, with a deep tan and a well-used surfboard. He prepared his surfboard by waxing it. He observed the other surfers for a few minutes. Then, after rubbing wet sand on his board, he walked into the ocean and paddled out about 30 yards (27 meters). He watched and waited. After a few minutes, a big wave came along, and without much trouble, he mounted his surfboard and rode it in. After that, he paddled back out to watch and wait again.

I don’t know how long my guy stayed out in the surf, but I do know from watching other surfers that the cycle of paddle out, watch and wait, and surf in, can be repeated for a very long time.

Do you think that opportunities are like waves, that they are constantly appearing? Or maybe you believe that opportunities happen rarely, like the sighting of a comet?

My guess is that those of us who believe in numerous opportunities get them, just like those who believe in the rarity of opportunities get them, too. Which belief works better for you?

Namaste, Sheryl

You Deserve What You Seek

Dearest friends, I don’t often share about my personal life. There are so many better examples out there of the miracles of life, in my opinion! Still, I have been urged by my dear husband to share with you this dialogue I had recently with The Creator of All.

The backstory is that our family is in transition moving from the Mainland U.S. to Maui, Hawaii. We have been in Hawaii for about 6 weeks. We are struggling in our rental home because of unresolved maintenance issues and are preparing to have to terminate our lease and move to another home.


September 10, 2014

Sheryl:  Hi, God…

God: Hey, us.

Sheryl: I am dreaming of a home that works well, fits our family well, is where we want to live upcountry.

God: Stop dreaming it. Instead, accept it. Find it, and accept it. It is yours if you accept it. You are spending your energy wishing for it and wanting it, instead of bringing it to yourself. You know what you want. You know what fits and where it will be. You keep asking me for it. Why? Why aren’t you thanking me for it? Don’t you remember your baby Joe and how you began thanking me for him and then he came to you?

Sheryl: I apologize. I am so sorry. You are absolutely right. I accept your goodness. I thank you for the monetary wealth needed for this house. I look for what I need, and when I find it, I accept it with gratitude.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn from our stay at our current home. Thank you for the ability to seek and find. I don’t just want it to fall into my lap. I seek it, I find it, and I accept it as what I deserve.

We deserve what we seek. Would you say that’s true?

God: Yes. And that is why you must be SO CAREFUL what you think about!!! You are seeking to want, and so I am giving you more to want.  When you seek to accept, then I give you what you can accept.  No, that didn’t come out right.

You are coming from a place of not having, and so I am giving you not having.  Come from a place of having everything you need, and I give you everything you need.

Sheryl: So, therefore, I seek only a standalone home, that is upcountry, with a minimum of three bedrooms plus office space, that allows a dog, with at least 2000 square feet, that’s in a neighborhood setting which is peaceful.

God: That place exists. Will you accept it?

Sheryl: Yes. Thank you for that place.

God: Now, actively look for it and for the ways in which you can fund it. Accept it. You deserve what you seek, so seek only the best.


I hope this is helpful to you. Taking on life in the way The Creator has described is new for me, so it is a good thing I like to experiment! Yesterday, our family went for a drive to Upcountry Maui and found a neighborhood that created much excitement for our family. My husband, daughter and I connected with it immediately. Even the baby seemed to enjoy it, or maybe he was picking up on our energy. We found our home — our neighborhood, at least. Now, we look for the ways to fund it, and they will be there. I will keep you informed.

As easily as we breathe the perfect amount of air that we need, let us also accept the perfect amount of the world’s other gifts, too.

Namaste, Sheryl

 

Ask for What’s Positive

We all have the choice as to what and how to think. When we think about what brings us success, joy and happiness, we get those things. When we choose to think of what weighs us down and causes us pain…  well, we get that, too.

But don’t take my word for it! I’ve attached quotations from a few famous people and invite you to explore this spiritual “truth” on your own.

Thank you for sharing!

Namaste, Sheryl


“Ask — it’ll be given to you; seek — you’ll find; knock — it’ll be opened for you. Rest assured: everyone who asks receives; everyone who seeks finds; and for the one who knocks it is opened. Who among you would hand a son a stone when it’s bread he’s asking for? Again, who would hand him a snake when it’s fish he’s asking for? Of course no one would! So if you, shiftless as you are, know how to give your children good gifts, isn’t it much more likely that your Father in the heavens will give good things to those who ask him?”

– The Gospel According to Matthew, 7:7-11


“A thought is the most powerful force in the universe. You can make of your life whatever you wish if you learn to make your thoughts work for you.”  – Wayne Dyer


“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” – Henry David Thoreau

The Power of No

“You  don’t have to do what everyone else in society is doing. You are a unique combination of DNA, environment, culture, and personal experiences. For you to say yes to something, it has to be special to YOU.”

From The Power of No, by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher

I only just started reading this book yesterday, but it has me so excited that I must share it with you. In a new and refreshing way, the Altuchers teach about setting boundaries, about understanding our special uniqueness, and about questioning all that we have allowed in our lives. If something in your life is causing anxiety or problems, they say, it is probably because you said Yes when you should have said No.

“Should I say No to this?” is the question they are teaching me to ask. If you experiment with this in your own life, please let me know how it is working for you.

Namaste, Sheryl