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Are you intuitive? Do you desire direct contact with the spirit realm? Maybe you have experienced, psychic or paranormal events that you cannot explain and do not know how they fit into your spiritual or religious beliefs? Perhaps you would like to simply feel the support and love of a higher presence guiding you in your daily life. Although she may seem to be an unlikely ally in our busy overstressed world, Mary offers you her timeless help.
For centuries traditional churches have frowned upon and been skeptical of an individual’s inherent ability to directly communicate and contact the divine. Why is this? In the Bible angels are mentioned from Genesis to Revelations. They guide, communicate, protect, warn of danger, intercede, comfort and help. The Bible is a book of prophecy, dreams, paranormal events, psychic happenings, miraculous healings and spiritual beings. Did all of this phenomenon end centuries ago? Of course not, the church’s denial of the intuitive and supernatural was deliberate. The story and legacy of the Virgin Mary provides us with insight into why this may be so.
Mary is likely the most globally recognized female saint. People pray for her help and intersession on every continent. Yet few are aware of her true message. Even though I grew up in a religious and church going family, the only time that Mary was referenced was during Christmas pageants. This is true in many churches and spiritual traditions. For centuries Mary’s spiritual contribution has been suppressed and denied.
To understand why Mary full spiritual message was pushed into the shadows, it is necessary to revisit the religious and political climate at the time when gave birth of Jesus. Thought of as second class citizens, women had no political, social or religious power and were not educated in the temples. For Mary’s spiritual message to be recognized in the patriarchal community that she was a part of would have been heresy. Previous to the miraculous conception, God was thought of as a judgmental, political and moralistic male. Mary took God out of the temple and synagogues and placed the divine within the individual. She demonstrated the ability to communicate with Archangel Gabriel, receive grace directly from the divine and miraculously conceive. The awareness of God as a spiritual presence of love and grace which all people have access to, was a threat to the religious and political institutions. If the divine spirit resides within self, then the power of the church as the intermediary between heaven and earth would have been diminished. The miraculous conception was viewed as a fluke and a one-time only event. It had to be. If an individual is not bound to the repetitive cycle of cause and effect and has the inherent ability to communicate with the spiritual realm and create from within, then temples and churches would have no authority and no claim to divine power.
Mary fully embodied her spiritual purpose while on earth. She accepted the cosmic plan for her life as given to her through Archangel Gabriel. When she did, she opened the gates for the interplay of the material and spiritual and created a new paradigm for divine co-creativity. This paradigm can be accessed through understanding the significance of the events of her life. Mary’s virginity, her communication with Archangel Gabriel, the miraculous conception, pregnancy, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth in the manger and her ascension are spiritual energy portals. These seven events form a blueprint for the development of divine intuition, angelic communication, living in the magic of synchronicities, accepting grace, co-creating miracles and ascension.
Just as with Mary and many other people in the Bible, you were born with the ability to tune into and connect with the spiritual and sacred realms. Your divine intuitive senses correspond with your five physical senses. There is divine intuitive sight, hearing, touch, smell and even taste. We have all at some time experienced one or more of these intuitive senses. Divine intuitive sight is the ability to “see the spiritual” realm. Quite often what we see are colors surrounding people, animals or plants or we may experience a flash or translucent sparkling lights or orbs. Some people are able to see angels and other divine beings.
Have you ever heard your name called? Looked all around and there was no one there. Maybe you have heard a voice warning you of an upcoming danger or accident. Many people inwardly hear music or particular songs that have deep meaning. These experiences are possible through divine intuitive hearing.
Divine intuitive touch is comforting and nurturing. It is the feeling of a hand on your shoulder or head, which calms and reassures. It can also be the sensation of warmth in your heart or tingling energy moving up your spine.
Have you ever experienced the scent of roses or lilacs or maybe a comforting perfume and yet there was no physical source from which it was emanating? This is your divine intuitive sense of smell connecting you to the divine realm.
Similar to our ability to discern certain spices and foods, our divine intuitive sense of taste is our ability to discern particular spiritual beings. Without knowing how they know, people will often tell me, with complete certainty, that they have encountered an angel, a loved one in spirit, a ghost or even Mary. They know this not through their intellect and reasoning but through their divine intuitive sense of discernment.
As you become more familiar with your divine intuitive senses a magical journey unfolds. Your life takes on more meaning and purpose as you listen within. Confusion and stress lift as you begin to feel the underlying support and love that is available to you at all times.
Sherrie Dillard M.Div is a psychic-medium, New Thought Counselor and the author of the best-selling Discover Your Psychic Type, Love and Intuition and her recently released book, The Miracle Workers Handbook: Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary www.sherriedillard.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychic and medium, Sherrie Dillard writes a regular column for FemCentral, answering your questions about intuition. If you have a question for Sherrie, simply leave it as a comment to this post, or email email@example.com, with the subject, “Ask Sherrie.”
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching. – Tennessee Williams
For about one and half months now, I’ve been attending Metaphysical Church. This church resembles the traditional Christian churches that I’ve attended, in more ways than not. We sing some very old hymns. We say the Metaphysical Lord’s Prayer, which is almost exactly the same as the traditional Lord’s Prayer, but instead of “deliver us from evil,” we say, “deliver us from error.” The donation plate is passed every Sunday but before we give our tithe, we hold our money and recite an abundance affirmation. There is a large painting of Jesus on the wall. (Which actually, isn’t like the church where I grew up because it believed that images of any kind in the sanctuary, was idolatrous.) There is a message/sermon every week. But, the sermon often includes messages from Spirit. Or, the words of Buddha. Animal symbolism. In other words, just my kind of place! (I can’t believe this church exists, honestly.)
A couple of weeks ago, the Pastor talked about a message from Spirit that she had received when she was much younger. She was told that she would be receiving something wonderful soon. She didn’t know what she would receive, or how she would receive it. But, she was excited. And, she became obsessed with it. Will it come in the mail? Will it be a phone call? A person? Is it money? A job? Why is it not here? When is it coming? Is today the day? As time went on, she became more and more obsessed with WHEN this promised goodness would arrive, and WHY is wasn’t there yet.
Months later, she received another message from Spirit. It went something like this: “We’ll never tell you to expect something again. You became so obsessed with it that you BLOCKED it from coming.”
You wanna honestly know the first thoughts that went through my head?
Son of a bitch.
(Is that a sexist curse? I never thought of that before… but, you get my point.)
So, to create our reality, we must think the thought and say the word and do the deed. But, when we’re hanging out, waiting for everything to align perfectly, there is a possibility that we can BLOCK our own manifestations, just because we’re impatient?! You have got to be kidding me!
I get the point of Divine Timing. That there is value in the process. That there is a Yin component to my Yang creation. You can’t speed up the process of a caterpillar in the chrysalis; plants take time to grow…You get the chicken by hatching the egg – not by smashing it. – Arnold Glasgow
I get it. I do. But, what the pastor was telling me was that not only did I need to wait out the process but I had to be HAPPY ABOUT IT?! That seemed like too much. THAT seemed impossible.
The next week, I was taking the bus into the local university to do research on the American suffragists. I usually read on the bus, and my latest book is Sherrie Dillard’s The Miracle Worker’s Handbook: Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary. (Sherrie Dillard is a psychic and medium who also writes a monthly column for FemCentral.) I was raised in a Christian church but it was a church that was quite “anti-Catholic.” We did not have images in the sanctuary, and we certainly did not give Mary any special powers. Prayer to Her was considered heresy. I have family members who probably think that reading this book is more sinful than my astrology! (But, both will equally send me to the hell they believe in, so I guess ranking isn’t that important.)
Frankly, I’ve never given Mary that much thought. When I was in growing up, we didn’t talk about her, except at Christmas. And, after I left the church, she didn’t come up. But, Sherrie graciously provided a book to me, and asked if I would review it on FemCentral; I was highly curious.
So, I’m sitting on the bus, with this message about blocking my own manifestations rattling around in my brain, and I open the Mary book to my bookmarked page, which just happens to be the chapter, “Doubt and Waiting: Pregnancy.”
In this book, Sherrie takes us through the levels of manifestation, using Mary’s life as an analogy – specifically, the time from the visitation by Archangel Gabriel, to the conception, pregnancy and birth. But, the book is much more than an analogy. Sherrie invites us to work with Mary, as a Divine Being. To ask her to help us as we create out lives.
I spent the majority of the first 20 years of my life in prayer. I’ve prayed to God. I’ve prayed to Jesus. I’ve never prayed to Mary. And, just a few years ago, I would probably not have been open to it. But, Sherrie’s examples of the miracles experienced by her clients, and herself, made me pause. I considered that maybe there was something to this. (Which seems radical to me but I realize a tradition of praying to Mary goes back for centuries and is quite standard in Catholicism.)
That day on the bus, this passage connected with me, “Waiting creates an inner vacuum which grace will fill. It is the ego self, that needs to know and becomes frustrated and stressed when it does not have a plan. The power of divine miraculous alchemy works in secret. Accept this. Do not rush about stressed, anxious and looking to others for affirmation and assurance. Go within and surrender to the unknown, the period of waiting and the deeper work of grace. Remember that this is a step in the process of spiritual refinement, one that brings with it inner transformation and eventual joy.”
Accept, surrender. I wanted to do this! I had no idea how. My mind races with doubts and worries and expectations. Mindfulness and meditation has calmed it down considerably but I’m far from passively waiting with great faith that a divine miracle is in the works.
I turned the page and found this prayer and meditation,
Divine Mary full of Grace
Holy Mother of all Creation
Fill my mind with your thoughts
You might want to close your eyes, inhale calming and clearing breaths and recite this stanza several times. With your divine intuitive senses see the soft glow of her presence, hear the whisper of her kindness and wisdom, smell the fragrance of a fresh spring breeze, feel her warmth and open your mind to the vibrations of her divine thoughts. Relax in this quiet stillness. Keep repeating the line: Fill my mind with your thoughts Feel your mind open…receive the divine mind… I am abundance… I am infinite supply… Divine creative activity manifests infinite possibilities… ask and it is yours.
Use this meditation when negativity, doubt or despair surfaces. Fill your mind with the truth of an unlimited source, which is always available, wise and loving. Hear the thoughts of the expansive realm of divine mind.
It’s been less one week since I read this passage. But, I’ve probably recited this prayer thousands of times since then (I told you my mind is obsessive). And the thing is, it’s working. I didn’t realize how skeptical I was, until I found myself being surprised that it worked! I am more at peace and have more faith that I can manifest what I want and need. But, of course, since I’m still in the “pregnancy” phase, you have to take my word for it. (Actually, I suspect I’m in labor, so WATCH OUT!)
Sherrie’s monthly FemCentral post will be featured this Sunday, and it is about Mary and the reemergence of the Divine Feminine. I have personally felt more connected to the Feminine, and to Mary, since I started working through her book. If Mary and this book call to you, I encourage you to explore it. If you’ve read the book, I encourage you to share your experiences below!
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One more thing…Sherrie also graciously gave me a copy of her book to GIVE AWAY. I’ve been thinking about how to do this, and decided to ask people to submit suggestions for the weekly, FemCentral “woman of the week.” The person you suggest must come from your country (or state, if you are in the US), and I will need a link to a biography. The “woman of the week” can be living, or have passed, but I do ask that she be “undeservedly obscure.” In other words, someone that most people have never heard of. If you’d like examples of previous “women of the week,” I’ve got over two years worth for you to browse through!
I will be accepting submissions for one week (until May 9). Then, I’ll put the name of everyone who submitted in a big bowl and draw the winner! Email your submission to email@example.com