“Those who know
do not talk.
Those who talk
do not know.”
– Tao Te Ching
I readily admit, I ripped this off my Tao Te Ching (as translated by Wayne Dyer) perpetual calendar today. It struck a chord.
Here at Talking With The Creator, I affirm our need and ability to speak directly with the energy behind all of creation who has been given thousands of names. We who delve deeply into our quiet depths and learn from our Source know much. We know what newspapers cannot tell us. We know what our five senses could never pick up. We know truth–not, “THE Truth,” as if such a thing existed. We know what is true and right for ourselves in each situation and in each moment.
We do not talk about this. The closest I’ve ever come to talking about my conversations with God are in this forum, to you who share this interest and hopefully, this gift. You are the safest audience.
The Tao says, “Those who talk do not know.” And how true that is! We are seemingly outnumbered by those who cannot enjoy silence. Their egos are loud in their own heads. They must speak out publicly. Their lack of confidence and their need for assurance is often evident. Some months back, a friend admitted to me that he gets apprehensive if people don’t start “Liking” his Facebook posts within a few minutes of posting. I can’t say I’ve ever had that experience.
In our world of instantaneous messaging and ubiquitous social media, it can feel like you’re out of the loop if you’re not in constant communication on your favorite device. But don’t be fooled. The news that will keep your life on solid footing is not floating around the Internet. It is in the silent conversations with your Creator.
I woke up early today for a Talk with The Creator…
Sheryl: Hey, God…
God: Hi, Beautiful You. (*hug*) Let’s talk about body, mind and spirit. Humans are a bit complex in their make-up and yet simple when it comes to caring for themselves.
Sheryl: Are you talking about the maintenance of ourselves or about self-love or something else?
God: I’m talking about the things it takes to make a human healthy in body, mind and spirit. These three areas cannot be divided from each other, and they all work together. In many cases, you guys neglect one of them and then your entire body–your entire life, if you will–suffers.
The Buddha was on the right path with the middle path. This is the concept that moderation and upkeep of body, mind and spirit lead to a healthy life. By healthy, I don’t just mean being a fine physical specimen. I also mean that one’s spirit is carefree and happy and that one’s mind is active and engaged.
Sleep, nutritious food, exercise, and intimacy are all needed to take care of the body.Doing work you love at every age, whether it’s raising children, crunching numbers or playing card games, nourishes your mind. Taking care of the little child inside you by being aware of his/her needs nourishes your spirit.
Sheryl: You do make it sound simple.
God: Indeed, it is. But life as a human is full of challenges. You have physical ailments. You have other people’s opinions of how you should live. You have your own upbringings, so the human parents you chose have a great influence as to how you treat yourself. It’s all reversible, of course, but some things are easier to reverse than others.
Awareness is key and is the first step. Just notice if you are or are not sleeping well, eating well, etc. Notice if your mind is or isn’t usually engaged. And notice if your spirit seems weak and tired or happy and loved. Then ask yourself, “What can I do to make this better?” Listen. The answers are with you, inside you.
Sheryl: Thank you, I will pass this message along. And use it on myself, too.
May 6, 2015
Sheryl: Hey, God.
God: Hey, incredible Me.
S: There’s no need to tell you what’s been going on in my world. [For my readers, on March 20, 2015, my husband and father of four, including our two minor children, died suddenly and unexpectedly while we were on vacation in Florida.]
G: Yeah… (sadly)
S: It seems like a cruel joke, sometimes. It seems like so many things were going right. And then the world seemed just to crumble from underneath our feet.
G: Yeah… (sadly)
S: You didn’t cause this? But you had a hand in it?
G: That’s right. I have a hand in everything. And I’m here to pick up the pieces with you.
S: Thank you.
G: (hug) Your life is still perfection. It doesn’t feel that way, and no one would trade places with you; but still, it is perfect.
S: It just has the illusion of being a tumultuous, earthquake-shaken roller coaster in the dark?
G: Yeah. (sad laugh) That’s a pretty horrible disguise, isn’t it?
I offer my conversation with The Creator of All to you in love and peace. The truth is, each one of us who communicates directly with The Creator can learn different lessons about tragedy and death. Thus is the complexity and enormity of The Creator of All.
I invite you to go to that quiet place and reach out to The Creator to speak about life, death or whatever may be on your mind. Please share with us the message The Creator has for you.
January 19, 2015
Sheryl: Hey, God…
God: Hi, Supreme You! Look at you go. How does it feel to be your true self?
Sheryl: It’s hard to put it into words. I would say it’s magical, because I’m following what I love, what I’m good at and I have this certain innate knowledge that is “right.”
God: For our readers, let me ask you some questions. Are you concerned about money or that what you’re doing will earn money?
Sheryl: No. I have a conviction that every material thing I need is here and that anything I need in the future will be present in the future.
God: Are you concerned about other people or what they may think of you?
Sheryl: No. I feel no concern about others’ opinions of me. I will say that I have new confidence about embracing people who support me and about letting go of those who don’t. I want to draw near those who love me and say farewell to those with whom I’m not compatible. I don’t feel emotional about this. It’s just a practical understanding of what I need to be me.
God: What are you worried about?
Sheryl: Returning to my old way of living.
God: The past is in the past. Leave it there. (voice of strong authority)
How does it feel to be free?
Sheryl: I did not build the original prison of limitation that I lived in the last 50 years. However, I spent a lot of resources to maintain and reinforce it. Now, I have knocked a huge hole in the wall, enough to see a new, unlimited reality. I understand that the prison won’t dissolve like sugar in water, but it will slowly deteriorate without maintenance, and as you just said, I don’t have to look back at it.
So, it feels amazing to be me. I have not known real appreciation for myself until now, and my life is forever better.
God: Did you know that I am you and you are me?
Sheryl: You’ve impressed that upon me for a long time. Deep down I’ve known it. I am tempted to say that I wasted our creative power with my life so far, but I appreciate myself too much to be harsh.
God: Good girl.
Sheryl: It’s a journey, and I just get to be grateful for the present moment.
God: Your past brought you here, and it is gone. The future will be here soon enough. The present moment is the best gift I can give you.
Sheryl: Thank you. (hug)
“Students and teachers, and all others,
Who read the mere words of ponderous books, know nothing,
But only waste their time in vain pursuit of words;
He who acts righteously is wise.”
– Traditional Hindu Principle
The teaching of using actions over words comes not only from Hinduism but permeates through every culture and religious tradition. Not just a popular saying, we see it in action daily. How many parents tell their children one thing and set a different example through their actions? Then, the parents are confused or angry when the kids do what they DO, instead of what they SAY.
It turns out that we rarely listen only to a person’s spoken words. Dr. Albert Mehrabian, author of Silent Messages, conducted several studies on nonverbal communication. He found that 7% of any message is conveyed through words, 38% through certain vocal elements, and 55% through nonverbal elements (facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc). How many times have you listened to a speaker at a conference only to tune them in or out based on nonverbal cues? Me, too!
The question is, what does this have to do with Talking with The Creator of All?
First, when we tune into The Creator, we can hear Her/His words but that’s not all. We can also hear Her/His demeanor; it may be sympathetic, light-hearted or even serious. I had one day when every little thing was going haywire — nothing terrible, just everything went wrong. I tuned into God and heard uproarious laughter. I was the Divine’s butt of the joke for the day!
Second, we look at The Creator’s actions. When we pay attention, we can see The Creator creating what we wish and work for. We can see The Creator putting people in our way for so many reasons: To help us accomplish our goals; To keep us from straying from a path; To teach us a lesson and many more.
Finally, we see how The Creator works in other’s lives. There’s nothing like being inspired by a story of a person with a dream 100 times greater than her making her hopes a reality. And in contrast, how many times do we see people who complain about their illnesses or dramas only manifesting more of the same?
When you next talk with The Creator, listen for Her/His personality. I find The Creator’s range of nonverbal expressions to be wide. How about you?
Sheryl: Hey, God!
God: Hey, me. (hug)
Sheryl: I was at a loss as to what to write today, so I thought I’d do what we do best: just have a conversation and write it down. Here’s an open forum for you!
God: Okay. You know I’m never at a loss for words.
Sheryl: Indeed. So, I have a question for you. We are made in your image, right?
God: Yes. Actually in one of my many images. It’s like the story of the blind men with the elephant. Each man thought he understood what he was contacting based on touching one small part of the elephant. All were right in understanding the texture of what they touched, and all were wrong guessing they knew the whole beast. I am the elephant. Humanity is a big group of blind men.
Sheryl: So that goes to the second part of my question. My personality makes it easy to meditate, and go deeply to speak with you. However, I struggle with loud places and prefer intimate conversations to those at parties. And I get tired after a day with lots of people interaction. If you are like that, too, then don’t you wear out with so many people contacting you?
God: Great question, sad answer. You see I have the capacity to speak with billions of people. All while governing billions of processes and creating billions of manifestations. I use the word “billions,” because it’s a number you can see in your head. The real number is billions to the billionth power. I am the largest of the supercomputers, and the second place computer is light years behind me.
The sad part of the answer is that I am utterly underutilized. While I could speak with billions of people simultaneously, there are only millions trying to reach me. The manifestations that I am asked to co-create are so small, too. So, I’m a little bored.
I might be tired at the end of my “day,” like you, if I were busier.
Sheryl: So, we need more of us reaching you with bigger dreams?
God: Exactly!! How about instead of praying, “God, please help me get through my day” (a common one), pray “God, help me be a leader in my community” or “God, make my dream of ground-breaking research a reality.” Pray bigger. You don’t need me to help you get through your day. A clock will do that. But putting together people and resources out of your reach to help you realize a dream — that you need me for! And I want to help.
So reach out to me. Talk to me. And give me your best talents and biggest dreams.
Sheryl: Thank you!
The November 2014 issue of Scientific American magazine features a study of meditation. In 2000, the Dalai Lama launched the sub discipline of “contemplative neuroscience” by bringing scientists together with expert Buddhist meditators – those with at least 10,000 hours of practice. Since then, at least 20 universities, 100 meditation practitioners of all levels, and scientists have studied meditation’s effect on the body. Advances in technology have allowed neuroimaging and brain activity to help guide their research and understand the findings.
Here are a few highlights of the studies… Meditation can rewire the brain to produce health-giving effects to the mind, brain and entire body. In pain studies, it was found that while meditation did not reduce the amount of pain, it did bother the meditators less than the control group. The more experienced the meditator, the more quickly he/she became accustomed to the pain, as well.
Mindfulness training — observing sights, sounds and other sensations without being carried away by them — resulted in a physical decrease in volume of the amygdala. This region of the brain is involved in fear processing.
Finally, there is evidence that the practice of meditation may diminish biological stresses on the molecular level and thus, slow the process of cellular aging.
There is much more in the magazine article than I could cover in a blog, so if you’re interested in learning more, feel free to continue your research at Scientific American or at the Dalai Lama’s Mind and Life Institute.
This is the second half of a two-part blog. If you’d like to read (or re-read) the first half, please click here.
To summarize, The Creator is speaking about the need for us to rise to the top of our respective fields, in the work that fits us. I have just asked Her/Him the question, “What can we do to make this happen?”
God: Great question! (Yes, I did inspire that. I wanted you to ask.)
Sheryl: Funny, funny!
God: There are three steps.
First, you question yourself. Question what am I good at? What makes me excited? What comes naturally and easily for me? Then, listen to all the answers. Discounting or tossing out any answers means you are throwing out the possibility of discovering your greatest potential.
Second, be ready for these answers to change as you change. Your life is one of constant change, from the moment your body is conceived to the moment your body dies. When life seems to be at a stalemate, when it is in neutral, or when you are up against a wall or facing serious troubles, go back to the first step. Listen to the answers, again. Make a plan to transition from where you are in your life to where you need to be in your life.
Third, take all the limits off yourself. Imagine yourself being the best ________ (insert your talent) that there is. Expect that the level you will achieve in reaching your potential is the highest possible level. When your mind wants to present you with an excuse why you won’t get there, then stop, decide how that excuse (or fear) is surmountable or unfounded.
Sheryl: This would work with our children, too.
God: Yes, exactly! Help them to go through these steps. Help them to imagine being the best singers, doctors, dancers and teachers that they can be. As they change, give them full permission to change their destinies. A little girl (like yours) can dream of being a dancer but as she grows, she finds she wants to be something different.
Few of us who become our best selves have a childhood story of fighting against all odds to achieve it. Most successful people are the ones whose families supported them in their greatest dreams, even when the world thought they were weird or lost.
So, yes, support your children’s dreams. Show them how you believe, so they can believe, too.
That is the end of Chapter 3. I can tell my editor will have a few changes, but no doubt the message of The Creator is clear!
We are given a metaphorical garden patch by The Creator. Tending it to help it yield a bountiful harvest is a way to show gratitude to The Creator, a testament to our personal power of creation and a gift to feed and inspire those around us.
Below is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Talking With The Creator, Book One. This is the first half of Chapter 3, “The Price of Leadership.” I will blog the second half of the chapter tomorrow. Enjoy!
Chapter 3, “The Price of Leadership”
God: It’s lonely at the top, but that never bothered me.
It’s lonely for humans when they pursue their true, intended destinies. They have to break a lot of ties. They have to go (often) against what their families want and expect of them. Sometimes, they have to leave friends they have known well.
I would like to say that a life lived to one’s fullest potential is overflowing with joy, but I will be honest: There is a degree of loneliness that goes along with it.
I want you to think of some of the most incredible people now or in history.
Sheryl: There’s Einstein, Moses, Jesus, the Buddha, Mother Theresa, and Maria Montessori. Plus, I can think of sports figures like Michael Jordan and business people like Sam Walton. I know this book is for people of all backgrounds, but my imagination is kind of limited to American history and Western religions.
God: Not to worry, everyone who reads this will use their imaginations to find their own heroes and heroines who depict people who lived to their fullest potential.
My point is, think of the lives of these people. Most were considered weird, strange and anomalies at some point or other. Most of them, if they reached fame in their lifetime, had serious doubts as to whom their friends really were. Who wanted to be in their company just to get a picture or autograph and who was really interested in making the investment to be a friend? Many are considered leaders and worshipped. It’s a challenging life.
Sheryl: You’ve said that this is what they wanted. They brought it into their lives.
God: Yes, and the world is better for that. Becoming a superstar in any realm is a person’s invitation and acceptance of everything that comes with it.
What is funny is that I would find it most satisfying if everyone — well, if most people, anyway — would reach their fullest potential. Then, there would be a huge population of superstars who could all hang out together and appreciate each other’s amazing talents and gifts.
Sheryl: So, I could be at the park with the other moms and kids, and someone would say to me, “Hi, I heard you have a book signing soon.” And I would say, “Yes, and I read that you’re a guest lecturer at the local university.”
God: Right! And pretty soon, we’d have a lot fewer anomalies, and a lot more people who fit in with each other because they were superstars together. They would be in different fields or specialties, of course, but their striving to be their best selves and developing their unique talents would bind them together.
It wouldn’t be so lonely at the top, would it?
Sheryl: No, it wouldn’t. With more people being true to themselves, there would be more happiness and satisfaction. How cool is that? (smiling)
What can we do to make this happen?
Yes, The Creator gives me an answer! Come back tomorrow to read it!