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In the town where I grew up almost everyone had a cement statue of the Virgin Mary strategically placed in their front yard. Some especially ambitious folks had Mary encased in what looked like a half bathtub dug into the ground. However, we were Protestants. My family did not have statues and pictures of Mary or of Jesus dying on the cross in our yard or home. Not only were we protestant, my parents were divorced, a strict no-no in my primarily Catholic community.
Church was a big deal in my early life. We went to the fire and brimstone Baptist church a few times a week. My best friends were Catholic and attended Catholic school. They went to confession, church service still spoken in Latin and talked about the holy mother and her miracles. In contrast I knew songs about Jesus and was warned of the evils of hell. I wanted, what seemed to me, to be the more mysterious and mystical holy encounters that my friends spoke of.
Except for the Christmas pageant, Mary was not spoken of or referenced in my church or home in any way. Yet, for as long as I can remember, I wanted to know her. Even though, in some ways, Mary was as abstract to me as genuflecting before sitting in the church pew I felt a genuine connection to her.
I did not know if Mary would cast her attention my way, but I secretly prayed to her in the woods behind my house. To my surprise, Mary seemed to hear and respond to me. Of course, I had no real evidence and no miraculous occurrences happened to confirm this. But when I spoke her name, I felt a rustling of love and kindness in my heart and sometimes when I imagined her close I could almost see her blue outline.
As I got older Mary faded in and out of my thoughts. At times I would reach out to her, but my attention was more focused in negotiating and dealing with the demands of growing up. In my early twenties I began to experience more and more spontaneous episodes of psychic awareness. This was not something I sought out. Even though I was always intuitive, I was not prepared for the intensity of spiritual and paranormal experiences I was experiencing. It was during this time that Mary began to reappear in my day to day life. Through synchronicities and surprising encounters, I felt her presence in a real and tangible way.
I know that I am not alone in this. People all over the world feel a personal connection to Mary. Some know of Mary through their church’s religious perspective, but others like me, know Mary in a more spiritual way.
The religious leanings of my childhood have long since evolved. I now walk a spiritual but not a religious path. In my work as an intuitive-psychic and medium, I have come to rely on Mary’s presence and her help and intervention. Some people with more religious and conventional views might consider it a sacrilege to invoke the spirit of Mary when communicating to the spirit world. I know all of the prejudices and misconceptions that some have when the authority of religion is replaced by the power of one’s inner spirit. Yet, to truly know Mary, you have to go beyond tradition and dogma. She was (and continues to be) a true rebel challenging the religious status quo.
Mary is a spiritual being whose true significance has been hidden for centuries. Her participation in the miraculous conception was viewed by the religious and political hierarchy of the time to be a divine fluke and a one-time only event. It had to be. If not, then the power of miraculous manifestation belongs to everyone.
Mary shifted the awareness of God as an authoritarian and judgmental male found in the temple and battlefield to that of a divine presence of miracles that can be found within. She took God out of the temple and synagogues and placed the divine within the individual. This knowledge and awareness was a threat to the religious and political institutions. Had it been known that the power of the divine resides within self, then the power of the church as the intermediary between the heaven and earth would have been diminished. If an individual is not bound to the repetitive cycle of cause and effect and has the inherent ability to create from pure source then temples and churches have no authority and no claim to divine power.
Within the events of Mary’s life there is a secret and powerful code that you can tap into. When Mary received the power of the heavens, directly, boldly, without fanfare and the need for outside structure and support, she set in motion a universal evolutionary pattern. Her path is a cyclical spiral that you can use to generate miracles in every condition, concern and challenging situation that you confront.
The seven phases of her life, her virginity, the encounter with Archangel Gabriel, the miraculous conception, her pregnancy, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus and her assumption, are levels of development which will lead you to co-create the miraculous. These seven phases will empower you to intuitively communicate with Mary and her angels, receive grace, discern divine signs and synchronicities, generate miracles and become a channel for the divine in the world.
As you become familiar with Mary’s path, you will recognize that her silent presence has been calling you, as she has me and many others to harness your inherent power and activate the miracle worker within. Mary, the unassuming gentle girl who brought forth the Messiah, so many years ago, again leads the way to the birth of a new you and a new world.
Sherrie Dillard M.Div. is a psychic and medium and a New Thought pastoral counselor. She is the author of the best-selling Discover Your Psychic Type and Love and Intuition, and her newly released book, The Miracle Worker’s Handbook: Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary. (email@example.com)
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