The Miracle Workers Handbook – Interview with Sherrie Dillard

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? 

Hmm …I’m a piece of light, a piece of dark and everything in-between.

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.

The corresponding power associated with each level is: 
  1. Mary’s virginity: Symbolic of the pure essence within each one of us- our spirit, untouched, unaffected by the material external world.
  2. Encounter with Archangel Gabriel:  Our innate ability to intuitively connect with the angelic realm and with Mary through our divine intuition.
  3. Miraculous Conception : Our ability to receive divine ahha moments and invoke grace
  4. Pregnancy: Holding on to our inner truth, even when we do not yet see the outer evidence of grace at work in our lives.
  5. The journey to Bethlehem: Being guided by signs and synchronicities, becoming aware of divine direction.
  6. The Birth: Experiencing, noticing and acknowledging the miraculous as it makes its way into our day to day concerns.
  7. 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

My family

My dogs

Giving readings

Let us know how we can purchase your new book: 

Most Bookstores and online at: and Barnes & Noble 

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.

Nightly Encounters of the Divine Kind – by Sherrie Dillard

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

– Anais Nin

Dear readers,  today’s DreamFriday post is written by Sherrie Dillard / psychic and medium and a New Thought pastoral counselor, and author.  Please welcome her with loving arms, as I am honored and excited to have her write for Muse In The Valley.



Nightly Encounters of the Divine Kind

I love a good dream. I feel myself blessed when my dreams have yielded important insights, comfort, exciting adventure or wise and kind company. My dreams seem to be born from different parts of me. Some of them I easily identify as stress and worry dreams. These often involve losing my car keys, giving away my dogs, being lost in a strange place and my teeth falling out. Although they alert me to areas in my life that I need to work on, these are not my most favorite type of dreams.

I often dream about the people in my life. Sometimes they are clients of mine and we are still working on issues. Frequently I dream of my family and friends. When I am able to decipher the accompanying strange, interesting or funny imagery, I understand myself, others and situations so much better.  Sometimes my dreams have no discernible characters or events and I cannot comprehend what they might be trying to tell me. When this happens I let the dream take its time to soak into my heart and mind without rushing to dissect it.

My favorite kind of dream is what I like to think of as a spiritual encounter. In these dreams I am in the presence of wise and loving beings that often come to me with a message or gift of love, guidance or direction. These dreams can be transformative. I feel an influx of new energy, awareness and a sense of renewal.

I recently had one such dream. In it a woman came to me and told me to follow her. We got onto an elevator and it shot upward at breakneck speed. Suddenly the doors opened and an Asian man who I intuitively knew to be a Buddhist handed me a yellow hat. The doors to the elevator then abruptly shut and we started to descend. As it did I admired the hat’s beauty. It was made of woven material and had jeweled designs embroidered all through it. It was a beautiful gift. Then, I woke up.

I knew the dream was significant, but I did not know why. The next day as I was walking my dog I thought about the dream. I intuitively knew that the dream was important, but I did not know why.  I did however hear an inner voice telling me to go home and goggle Buddhist and yellow hat. I thought this was silly, but I did it. As I was typing in Buddhist and yellow hat onto my search button, several sites quickly appeared.  I clicked on one and saw a picture of a yellow hat, surprisingly similar to the one in my dream. Reading the information on the site, I learned that there is a Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhists and that this is the sect that the Dali Lama belongs to. There is a long history and tradition which explains the Yellow Hat sect that I will not go into, but to be given this hat in my dream was clearly an honor.  Not one that I completely understood. But, this is how these dream encounters often are. They inspire and wake you to new perspectives and possibilities. Not simply mental activity, they are more like a passage through which we transform.

In my book The Miracle Workers Handbook: Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary, that has just been released, I talk about the importance of these nightly encounters. 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. It is interesting that I had this dream at the time that my book about the Virgin Mary was being released. My unconscious clearly was not dwelling on Buddhist thoughts. In this way the dream was a special treat to me because it spoke to the oneness of all religions and spiritual traditions. Although I know some of the basics of Buddhist philosophy, I do not know much of their practices and traditions. This dream transcended the parameters of my spiritual preferences and offered me a drop of pure spiritual juice.

Most spiritual traditions, the Bible included are full of instances and examples of holy visitations taking place through dreams. Battles have been fought. People have left their homes, wed unlikely partners, journeyed to distant places and changed the course of their lives because of the guidance that they received through their dreams.

Whatever you believe in, whatever is powerful, loving and wise, invite it into your dreams. It might change your life.

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, Love and Intuition and her newly released book, The Miracle Workers Handbook: Seven Levels of Power and Manifestation of the Virgin Mary