Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary
Last week, Sherrie Dillard wrote a guest post for Muse In The Valley, Nightly Encounters of the Divine Kind, in this post she discusses how Divine encounters often inspire and awaken us to new perspectives and possibilities that are like a passage in which transformation can take place. She states:
“One of the ways that we are spiritually guided, receive direction and help is through our dreams. Angels, Mary, and other spiritual beings and teachers come to us while we sleep. When the curtain of consciousness slips away at night, we are more able to allow and receive visits from the spiritual realm.”
Today, our interview is about her new book : The Miracle Workers Handbook – Seven Levels of Powers and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary . Find out what inspired Sherrie to write this book, some of her challenges, and favorite things. Also, note that you do not have to be religious or spiritual to receive Mary’s message (as Sherrie notes).
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
You are a woman of many talents and gifts. How did writing become part of your experience?
From a young age, I wanted to be an artist. In my early twenties I made my living as a fiber artist, weaving and painting silk. A car accident ended my short career. I love creating. But, I never thought of myself as a writer. One day about eight years or so ago I was standing in my backyard and I had one of those intuitive, electrifying and get your attention moments. I felt a woman in spirit standing in front of me and more or less instructing me to write. I said to her okay “but what am I supposed to write about”? Soon after I received the idea that was to become my first book, Discover Your Psychic Type, I have been writing ever since.
You have written several books, including Discover Your Psychic Type: Developing and Using Your Natural Intuition, and Love and Intuition: A Psychic’s Guide to Creating Lasting Love what inspired you to write The Miracle Workers Handbook: Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary?
I feel like the book is a spiritual download of Mary’s energy. Many people who have read it have told me the same thing. As wo-wo as it sounds, I felt “ lead” to write it. I knew that my publisher would not accept the book. I was going out on a limb writing about Mary. I can now say that I have been rejected by the Christians and by the Pagans. I had to find another publisher.
My books on intuition and psychic development have been selling well. In the world of marketing and book sales it was not a great idea to verge off this sure path. In this book I talk about developing divine intuition, synchronicity and communicating with angels and with Mary. For some it is difficult to understand Mary as a nondenominational spiritual being, who we can personally connect with and be guided by in this way.
Can you describe your connection to the Virgin Mary?
Since childhood I have had a strong personal connection to Mary. Not in the religious way. I am not Catholic and did not grow up knowing Mary as a religious icon. Mary has come to me in times of pain and confusion, comforting, healing and guiding me. She has been a guiding force in my work as a psychic and medium.
Is there a message in your book you want your readers to grasp?
You do not have to be religious, spiritual, enlightened, good or wise to receive Mary’s grace and experience miracles. When you invoke her presence, she is present. Within the events of Mary’s life there is a secret and powerful code that you can tap into. Her path is a blueprint for living within grace, synchronicity, intuitive awareness and the miraculous. It is fun and wonderful.
What are the “7 levels of power”?
The seven levels of Mary’s life are, her virginity, the encounter with Archangel Gabriel, the miraculous conception, her pregnancy, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus and her assumption.
- Mary’s virginity: Symbolic of the pure essence within each one of us- our spirit, untouched, unaffected by the material external world.
- Encounter with Archangel Gabriel: Our innate ability to intuitively connect with the angelic realm and with Mary through our divine intuition.
- Miraculous Conception : Our ability to receive divine ahha moments and invoke grace
- Pregnancy: Holding on to our inner truth, even when we do not yet see the outer evidence of grace at work in our lives.
- The journey to Bethlehem: Being guided by signs and synchronicities, becoming aware of divine direction.
- The Birth: Experiencing, noticing and acknowledging the miraculous as it makes its way into our day to day concerns.
- Assumption: Activating the power of our spirit in the world, the emergence of our spiritual gifts- the ability to heal, experience visions, refine intuition and psychic awareness, become a channel of the divine
What books have influenced you the most?
So many, I like the writings of the Saints, Rumi, Emerson, Joel Goldsmith, Caroline Myss and The Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda is an all-time favorite.
What are you currently reading, or what was the last book you have read?
I usually read a few books at a time. I have been reading the Hunger Games trilogy and the poems of Hafiz (What a combination)
What projects are you working on now?
I am writing some articles about Mary and thinking about maybe hosting a radio show. Undecided, but I am also leaning toward writing about the how intuition can change our lives and help us to heal.
What do you find challenging about writing?
I love the writing. It is the marketing of books that is a challenge for me. Publishers expect authors to do a lot of promotion on their own. I do not feel as if I am very good at this.
You are a psychic/medium, does this affect your writing in any way?
Absolutely, most of what I write I receive intuitively- I still have to work with the information but most of my ideas come through me, grab me and don’t want to let me go till I write them out.
Now for some fun questions:
If I were to walk into your office or writing space, what would I find?
Lots of window, quiet, my computer and a chair.
Name the song which describes you the most?
Tough one….maybe the Cosmic Game by Thievery Corporation
If you could be an animal, what would you be?
A bird or dolphin- I love the water and the skies
Name 5 of your favorite things:
Walking in the woods
Being close to water or swimming
Let us know how we can purchase your new book:
Thank you so much Sherrie for sharing you insights with us at Muse In The Valley. I wish you all the best on your journey with your books, and future projects. It is such an honor and blessing for me to have you here.
Sherrie Dillard is an author, psychic-medium, counselor and teacher. Psychic since childhood, she has been a professional psychic for over twenty years and has clients in Europe, Latin America, South America, Australia, Canada, the Middle East as well as the United States. Featured on television, radio and print for her work a psychic detective and medium, Sherrie has used her psychic abilities to uncover information in murder and missing person investigations for police departments in California, North Carolina and Florida, most notably working with the Raleigh NC police detectives, in solving the Stephanie Bennett cold case murder. She has taught intuition development classes at Duke University and her passion for the fusion of intuition, spirituality and conscious self growth have made her a popular speaker and teacher at retreats and conferences both nationally and internationally. Sherrie holds a B.S. In Psychology and M.Div. In New Thought pastoral counseling. Originally from New England she now lives in Durham N.C. She is an avid, swimmer and can be found wandering along the rivers and mountains of the area with her two dogs.
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