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In the Silence

“Silence is the true friend who never betrays.”

– Confucius

This one little sentence seems to hold many meanings. I wondered what Confucius was trying to teach in these few words, and so I researched it. Two items surfaced for me.

First, Confucius taught about the merits of recollection, introspection and deep thinking – he used the word “silence” to describe this process.

Second, Confucius taught that actions are much more powerful than words. Silence–not saying anything–was just fine, as it is our actions which define us and make us more or less valuable to ourselves and others.

Combining these two items could mean that using recollection and deep thinking can bring us to the truth of situations and help us to devise reactions and/or solutions. Staying silent and acting out those solutions makes our reactions unmistakable. Spoken words will not interfere with actions that can be seen and felt.

Confucius intrigues me! I will be reading his wisdom more regularly.

Namaste, Sheryl

Know Through Silence

“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.

Namaste, Sheryl

 

God Talks About Tragedy

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.

Namaste, Sheryl

pink bubble technique

Pink Bubble Technique

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer

Shakti Gawain is an author and speaker in the field of personal development. In a recent issue of Spirituality & Health magazine, she shared her favorite guided meditation for the purpose of manifesting.

  • Sit or lie down comfortably at a time you won’t be disturbed.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Focus on your breath, as you inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  • Relax!
  • Imagine something you would like to manifest in your life as if it has already happened. Picture it in your mind as clearly as possible.
  • Now, imagine a pink bubble and place your goal inside.
  • In your mind, imagine letting go of the pink bubble and imagine it floating up into the universe. It is free to float around to gather the energy it needs to manifest itself and return to you.

That is all. There is nothing more for you to do.

Note: I used a similar technique to manifest adopting a baby several years ago — and he’s almost three now! I just used this technique to imagine a successful launch of my first book. I will let you know the outcome.

Please share your experiences here. Have you used this technique? What happened? Can you think of a way it could be useful to you?

Namaste,   Sheryl

Meditation and Science

Meditation and Science

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.

Namaste, Sheryl

mindfulness

Mindfulness, Part Two

Would you like to learn more about mindfulness? The origins of mindfulness come from Buddhism; thus, the study of Buddhist meditation practices can be a good place to start. The Buddhist monk and author, Thich Nhat Hanh, has written several books on mindfulness, and he can also be found on Facebook. The Dalai Lama speaks often about mindfulness, as well.

Mindfulness: There’s an app for that. Really! There are several, actually. I recommend “Mindfulness Daily” by Inward, Inc.  I have set it to prompt me several times a day to pause to take mindful breaths. It asks me to check in with my level of mindfulness and offers many mindful practices.

Mindful Magazine (www.mindful.org) is a publication I recently stumbled across. This month Pete Carroll, the head coach of the championship Seattle Seahawks American football team, is interviewed regarding his use of mindfulness to create a winning team.

For a deeper experience of mindfulness, search online for “mindfulness retreat.” Private and group retreats are held regularly in locations across the western world. And individualized lessons can be obtained through a mindfulness coach.

To conclude, your practice of mindfulness could be as simple as taking mindful breaths several times a day or as deep as finding a mindfulness coach. The thing to remember is the goal of mindfulness: To gently set your mind aside, so that your soul can rise to consciousness and be The Creator of your life.

Namaste, Sheryl

mindfulness

Mindfulness, Part One

Mindfulness is a tool for us humans — whose minds drift up and down, sideways and backwards, into the past and into the future — to still our minds to just accept the present moment. Mindfulness is for everyone, not just for those who are stressed and not just for those who are relaxed. Mindfulness does not solve problems, and it does not change who we are.

Our minds and our egos are, by their nature, very busy and very distractible. If it is true that we are the creators of our own lives — and it is! — then putting a distractible mind in charge of that creation results in a life with a high level of chaos. Mindfulness gently and temporarily pushes the mind and ego aside. Mindfulness allows the soul — the truest part of ourselves — to rise to consciousness. When your soul is in charge of your life’s creation, what do you think the result will be?

For a short mindfulness practice, focus on your breath. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Feel the air come in through your nostrils and into your lungs. Hold it for two seconds. Then breathe out through your mouth, feeling the rush of air and your lungs deflate. Repeat two or three times. If you feel your mind lose focus, simply bring it back gently to your breath.

Tomorrow, I will present resources, quotations, gurus and ideas for incorporating mindfulness.

Namaste,  Sheryl

P.S. Thank you to The Creator of All for giving me the words to write this when I was at a loss for words.

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