Sharon Ann Wikoff shares stories and experiences
about her journey in life which she hopes will inspire and empower readers
to use their life as a means for learning, growing and becoming.
|Posted on March 8, 2018 at 12:15 AM||comments (1)|
WHEN: Thursday, March 8
CALL IN NUMBER: (845) 277.9394
TIME: 11 AM Pacific Time
SHARON ANN WIKOFF has been in search of spiritual truth since the age of 10. She is passionate about sharing her experience with others, empowering them to find greater peace, self-understanding and a way to embrace all of life.
Hope you'll join me for this LIVE radio program!
|Posted on March 7, 2018 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Have you ever had a new insight…or new awareness…or feel you are at a new level of understanding and then loose it? I’ve actually wondered about this for years. My chiropractor for over 30 years in southern California shared with me once that he saw shifts in people, time and time again, and then 3 months later, they would come back and the challenge he had cleared had returned.
A couple of months ago, I went on a retreat for 12 days, and when I returned home, felt that I had had a shift in my perception, a heightened awareness. Then within 48 hours I saw it beginning to vanish.
The same thing just happened recently. I had been on a retreat, returned home with a heightened awareness and then felt I was getting caught up in the “old ways”. So, I’m recalling how this challenge was solved last time and hopefully this time too. It was so simple….all I had to do was…
SIT IN SILENCE…for a longer time than usual!
I recall that last time, all I needed to do was to sit in the silence, longer than usual and to be still and allow the pull of the outer world to fade away. When I did this, I found that my connection to the Presence returned. The pull of daily life was not so strong. For me, sitting in the silence, brought me back to the heightened awareness I had experienced during the retreat.
Amazing, how easily the mind forgets what we really need. Living in the world, there are many pulls on our attention, many things calling to us... grocery shopping, work, family challenges, children, parents, house cleaning, emails, etc. No wonder we are pulled away from being in the quiet, sitting in the silence.
And yet how wonderful it is to know though, that just going into the silence, can support us in keeping and maintaining a new level of consciousness!!!
However, it’s my experience that…
The deeper the shift in your consciousness, the more time in the silence is needed in order to stabilize the new level of awareness.
When one takes the time to sit in the silence, letting go of the day and all that happened, letting go of whatever the “mind” is thinking about, a new clarity comes, living in the “higher” state comes more spontaneously, without thought, a peacefulness returns.
I’ve also observed through the years, that if I’m very attached to a particular challenge, or something very important in pressing on me, I may need to sit more than once to really clear away the confusion. This is why, creating a daily practice of sitting is so important. When you create a life-style that allows for daily practice then many of the little challenges are handled by such a practice.
Join me this Thursday, March 8th at 11 am Pacific Time, on
Blog Talk Radio
for a conversation about this subject,
FINDING PEACE…A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE AND PRACTICE.
Here is the direct link.
Feel free to call in to the LIVE program directly. Here is the number for the LIVE show: (845) 277. 9394
I’d love to hear from you in regarding to your “sitting” practice.
My email is [email protected]
With love, Sharon
|Posted on March 6, 2018 at 2:35 AM||comments (0)|
As I was driving back to Nevada City today…looking at the mountains with AWE, gratitude came to mind.
I did have such gratitude for the gorgeous countryside I was driving through. Hugh mountains…spotted with snow, with the lake below, partly frozen over. I love our Mother Earth. And during this trip to the Reno area in Nevada I fell in love with the country side for the first time. I saw it in an entirely new way during this visit.
As I was entering the area last week…driving south from Reno into the Washoe Valley, the landscape was breath-taking. The valley was vast and wide-spread, surrounded by mountain peak after mountain peak, all covered in snow. I was in awe as I drove down into the spacious country side. I enjoy relating to our Mother Earth in a personal way. So, on this drive, what I saw was countryside, wide-open, vast, with great spaciousness…like a playground to explore and grow in. The land was fairly barren, open for planting and creating within with high mountain tops, to climb. There is so much to be grateful for.
I was reminded that years ago, a minister friend of mine, suggested to us studying with her to write down three things we are grateful for at the end of each day. I found this practice to be so inspiring. It allowed me to really honor the little things in each day that I was grateful for.
These are my three gratitudes for today:
1. I’m grateful for the gorgeous countryside on Mother Earth.
2. I’m grateful for the daily opportunity to learn and grow and for deeper self-understanding.
3. I’m grateful for the warmth of my home, even when it’s 36 degrees outside, the inside in warm and welcoming.
So, I invite you to consider such a practice.
What are YOU grateful for TODAY?
Wishing you a day of seeing life in a new way!
|Posted on March 5, 2018 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
Last night we had more SNOW…adding to the SNOW from yesterday and the SNOW from the day before. For me, having lived the majority of my life in Southern and Northern California, SNOW is a new experience.
Unlike living in southern California, if you want to go outside, you just don’t walk out the door! You PREPARE! Two pairs of pants, two sweaters, one jacket, one scarf, gloves, heavy socks and then the boots! THEN you are ready to go out.
Although the need to help take out the trash barrels was the main reason for preparing to going outside, after the task was completed, the snow called to me. It drew me into the mountains around the house, to explore this mountain of snow. It was captivating! Each step was an experience! Sometimes, the snow was 6 inches deep, sometimes just 2 inches deep. In the 6 inch snow, the steps were almost like a stomping, because the entire foot had to come up out of the snow, you couldn’t just do a regular “walk” in this snow. I actually became lost in the experience of walking around… not knowing what the next step would bring. Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! Even the sound was fascinating.
At one point I looked up and was once again mesmerized…this time by the hills all around which were spotted with the bright clumps of white snow. Hill after hill, spotted with the white snow was breath-taking. The bushes closest to me also had branches which were holding the snow, but as the sun rays touched them, clumps of the snow would fall to the ground.
As I continued walking the snow became deeper and deeper, thus my steps became higher and higher, making deep indentions in the sheet of snow covering the ground. The snow was calling to me…I needed to be closer to it, so I feel to the ground on all fours, playing in the snow. I flattened a section of it and then drew a large heart on it. I felt like a child…just me and the SNOW. It was magical! I continued crawling around in the snow and sensed I was being like an animal…with the bushes even with my eyes. I was at the same level as the bushes. One bush caught my attention. I stopped and starred at the bush, seeing all the intricate little needles coming off of a hundred small branches. The golden browns tones were gorgeous. I still wanted to be nearer to the snow, so turned around and just sat down in it, feeling the coldness on my legs, the wetness of my pants and the tingling in my hands from crawling in the cold snow.
My teacher, Sat Shree, often talks about being in the immediacy of life; noticing what is happening, feeling the sensations of the body, being immersed in the moment as it arises, without “thinking”. This SNOW experience certainly had me immersed in the immediacy of life...living in the now!
As I stood up and looked back toward the house, I glanced at the ground and the snow was sparkling like glitter….pinks, gold, blues, greens…it was gorgeous. Fascinated by the sparkling glitter I continued walking back toward the house. The different depths of snow on the mountainous terrain once again caught my attention, never knowing how deep my foot was going to go into the snow pack. Numerous animal foot prints caught my attention! Each left its own very unique imprint in the snow. One unusual one called to me. There were two small imprints side by side and behind (or in front of it) were two single imprints. As I glanced over the snow packed hillside, I could tell that many different animals had covered the same ground I was covering just a little earlier, some leaving trails for 20 or 30 feet. However, none were there now, except for an occasional rabbit here and there. And thus ended my experience in the SNOW for today!
Many teachings speak about Living in the NOW and the importance of being in this moment. AND I must say that after this mesmerizing time in the snow, I feel it gave me a deeper appreciation of being in the moment..."Living in the NOW”
Where were YOU when you felt you were Living in the NOW?
Do you want to live in the NOW, to a greater degree? What might that look like?
Have you ever observed a child at play, totally immersed in the moment? Can you think of a time when you could be like a child...and play? Does this sound like fun?
Wishing you a wonderful DAY of living fully in each and every moment!
With love, Sharon
|Posted on March 4, 2018 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
I’ll be hosting some radio programs this month that are aligned with some of the areas I’ve been blogging about, so I wanted to share with you these programs.
You can access them all online at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/VoiceOfChange or you can call into the program directly at: 845 277 9394 when it is live.
Program will be held on Thursday’s at 11 am, Pacific Time. However, they are subject to change which will be noted on the website.
Below are the dates, link and a description about the program. Join me! Call in!
I’d love to talk with you on air about these topics!
With love, Sharon
MARCH 8: Finding Peace- A Spiritual Perspective and Practice
Do you seek a greater PEACE? Would you like to find a way to be at peace with all that is going on in the world. There is a way to be in the world, fully engaged and totally at peace. Creating a life-style that allows you to begin a couple simple practices, can make all the difference in the world. Tune in for this introduction to three simple practices which can transform your life and the way you look upon the world. We'll also touch on how to create a life-style that supports your spiritual practice and some basis truths...universal truths, the world revolves around.
MARCH 15: Meditation Made Simple
Meditation can be a very simple way. It does not have to be difficult or impossible. During this program I’ll talk about how to begin a practice of meditation in a very simple way. In addition, I’ll share with you two ways it can be helpful. One, is to bring greater clarity to your Outer World...your day to day living. And the second, is how to explore your Inner World and discover more about you.
MARCH 22: Creating a Life-Style that Really Works for You
Do you yearn for a less hectic life? Do you yearn to have time to take a walk in nature? Do you yearn to have less stress? All of this is possible if you are willing to "re-think" your daily life. Join us for this program today and be inspired to create a life-style that works for YOU.
MARCH 29: The Power of Your “Self-Talk”
On the program today, Sharon will speak about the POWER of Self-Talk. Have you ever listened, REALLY listened to your "self-talk". Self-Talk is that inner dialogue that is going on through the day. Listening to what you are saying to yourself, can be very revealing. Sometimes, we don't realize the messages we are giving our self, every day, all day long. Tune in and learn a simple way to check yourself and discover if your self-talk is empowering or disempowering for you. In addition, learn a simple way to transform your self-talk immediately.
SHARON ANN WIKOFF has been in search of spiritual truth since the age of 10. She is passionate about sharing her experience with others, empowering them to find greater peace, self-understanding and a way to embrace all of life. She is author of the ebook, Honoring Your Spiritual Journey.
|Posted on March 3, 2018 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
From my own remembrance of my infancy, and feeling my awareness as an infant, just weeks old, I personally know that the newborn is aware.
Dr. Thomas Verny, M.D., through years of research, has also revealed how aware the unborn child is. His book, written in 1982, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, was instrumental in revealing how aware a little one is even before he or she enters the world.
In his book he writes, “This book is about many things…but principally it is about the shaping of the human mind, about how we become who we are. And it is based on the discovery that the unborn child is a feeling, remembering, aware being, and because he is, what happens to him – happens to all of us – in the 9 months between conception and birth molds and shapes personality, drives and ambitions in very important ways.”
Now he has another book called, “Pre-Parenting: Nurturing your Child from Conception”. Because there has been so much research and revolutionary discoveries in neuroscience and developmental psychology in recent years, much new information is available. Dr. Verny translates the research in these fields into practical advice for parents and parents-to-be.
I’m now in the process of creating a new series of the “Dear Little Ones” letters. These are for expectant parents to read to their unborn baby. The work of Dr. Verny touched me deeply and made me so conscious of how sensitive and aware the unborn child. So, these are to invite you… the expectant mother…and the expectant father to connect with your little one and let him/her know, YOU know he/she is there! Here is the first letter.
NOTE TO PARENTS TO BE: Know that these are just a beginning point for you. Use them to give you an idea of how you might connect with your little one. However, I invite you to go beyond the letter. Tell your little one, about yourself, let him/her hear your voice…his/her Daddy’s voice. Tell him about the home he/she will be coming into. Tell him about your pets, other children, grandparents, etc. Just allow these letters to be a jumping off point from which you can share your selves with your unborn little one. Enjoy. Have fun! Your little one is listening. Through the tone of your voice, he/ she will pick up your love…your caring…your kindness.
ONE MORE WORD: After each sentence, stop. Feel into the words. Feel into your little one within you…listening. Touch your belly. He’ll know you are there. Take time for the words to penetrate you and your baby. Even if you don’t feel a connection at first, continue. He is listening.
Dear Little One….
I’m so so delighted you are growing within me. Already you are part of our family. I feel you presence here. I already love you. Know you are deeply loved by so many. Know you will be looked after as you enter into life here, once you are a little older… and a little bigger. For now, know you are safe within me…protected. I cherish you. I long to hold you in my arms and tell you how precious you are to our family.
Rest peacefully within me. Know that all is well. Grow. Be strong. One day I will hold you, touch you… until then little one…know that I am here...
With all our love, your Mother and your Father
I wish for you a great connection with your little one...
with great love,
I would love to hear from you about your experience with this. I can be reached at [email protected]
|Posted on March 2, 2018 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.”
|Posted on March 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
Some months ago I was reflecing on the idea of PEACE, both World Peace and Inner Peace. And after reading some materials, I deeply realized that PEACE is dependent on the peace of its people! Of course, I realized, how could it be any other way?
So, that means, we each have an opportunity to find that inner peace for our self…and as we do so, we actually take a step toward creating a peaceful world.
Have you found a way to live in a peaceful way? What has worked for you?
For me, I’ve learned to accept for the most part, that which I can not change. I’ve learned to live in a state of “allowing” whatever is to be.
This means allowing the world situation to be.
This means allowing my past to be.
This means allowing my adult children to be.
This means allowing my friends to be just as they are.
This means for the most part to accept What Is.
But one thing happened some years ago, that I had a hard time allowing to be. This was when I had a spontaneous remembrance of my infancy. I saw myself so uncomfortable in my mother’s arms because of the strong distasteful odor of cigarettes! Seeing this and feeling this, I was deeply saddened. Even today, I do not like being around cigarettes, and realized how difficult it was for me as an infant. And in time, I deeply realized that my mother was doing the best she could at that time, so really didn’t blame her… but still was very sad.
So, my solution at the time was to write a series of letters, which I called “Dear Little Ones”. These were a series of letters written to the “little one” from their Guarding Angel. I wrote a variety of letters, each for a different stage of the little one's development. The letters were ones we could read as an adult, comforting that "little one" within.
Following is one such letter:
Dear Little One…
You are such a beautiful Little One! Know that as your Guarding Angel I want the best for you always! You are so special. You are unique…one of a kind. We have been awaiting your arrival. And YOU have arrived and your journey on Planet Earth has begun! You are so loved!
I feel your pain from all that goes on around you.
The gruff voices you hear.
The uncertainty of who is going to pick you up.
The times it’s so hard to breathe…with all the cigarette smoke around you.
But know that you have great courage within…courage that will carry you through life.
You have great strength within also… a strength that will allow you to go through the challenges.
And within you is faith…to carry you forward always…
And within you in great love….love that will always surround you….
Right now, just rest and take in this love…
Feel this love….
Allow it to fill you completely….
I am always with you…
With love, Your Guardian Angel
So, if you have had a bitter-sweet experience in your childhood, I hope you can take in the LOVE that is in this letter…from your guardian angel… from the Universe of love…and KNOW you are loved!!!
Just a year ago or so, during meditation, I felt just a HUGE HUGE LOVE from the Universe. It was like the Universe was loving ME! It was a love greater than any love I’ve ever experienced.
I just cried in its presence…not feeling worthy of such GREAT LOVE! So, as we come to spend time with the Universe during sitting in times of Silence…the Universe does find us at some point…and lets us know we’ve been “FOUND”, as my teacher Sat Shree would say. This is a gift.
However, right now if it is difficult for you to feel such love from the Universe or the “Dear Little One” letter, if you are still feeling the pain, there is another VERY potent way of being with all that you are feeling…AND that can heal it.
Just be with all that you are feeling.
And then, put the story aside, and just feel the “energy” of your pain.
Find its location in your body…and focus on that place in your body.
BE with it! Stay with it, without any story.
It will do one of three things:
First, it just may leave… and it will be gone.
Second, it may speak to you. It may tell you more about it.
Third, you may feel a heat in the area or in your body in general. Stay with it. This is the transformation of that energy into light.
What I've come to understand is that events in our childhood, which may not be what we would call "traumatic", can actually leave us with symptoms of "trauma".
When we are little, our system is very open and thus we easily take in whatever is happening around us. And seemingly “common happenings” or every day events can cause trauma in the little one. Peter Levine has spent a life time writing about how such experiences can be healed. So, know that if you did have a difficult childhood, there is a way you can come to peace with it. I invite you to seek support. Find the resources that work for you. Feel free to connect with me here or by email at: [email protected] You are not alone.
Sending much love to you….
And wishing you great peace…
|Posted on March 1, 2018 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
“To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it.” ~
Jean Shinoda Bolen
What exactly is meant by the term ‘heart’? It’s not just the physical organ, through which we feel emotions as the heart pounds faster or relaxes. The heart also corresponds to the heart chakra of subtle energies and information, and it has a built-in nervous system of its own linked to emotions and intuition. It also aligns with the right-brain way of thinking holistically and non-verbally, whereas the ego mind is more left-brain and verbal - in the head. So when we talk about “listening to our heart,” it means being mindful of our soul’s perspective, our inner knowing, our intuitive feeling, our essential loving core.
The above commentary is by Peter Shepherd
The best and most beautfiul things can not be seen or even touched - they must be felt by the heart.
“Use your heart. Understand. Learn to see things in the now, not as they were or will be, or as they might or should be, but as they are, right now, in this moment. The heart sees the now; the mind only sees the next. If you can't learn to see the now, you'll never see what's truly there, and then where will you be?”
E.J. Patten, Return to Exile
Listen To Your Inner Voice
Listen To Your Inner Voice
It Speaks Within Your Heart
Oh Listen To Your Inner Voice
It's Silent Like The Wind
Oh Listen To Your Inner Voice
It Sings The Sound of Love
by Larry Kiser
The Mature Human Heart
The human heart expands through trials, troubles, disappointments, losses and failures. Human maturity is the capacity to include everything in our lives. The purified heart carries a capacity to accept and love without repulstion or judgment.
The mature heart surrenders to what IS.
by Sat Shree www.SatShree.org
|Posted on March 1, 2018 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Listening to Your Heart is the topic for today’s blogging.
Some time ago, I heard a friend say that she was doing a collage on “Listening to her Heart”. She’s collecting pictures and arranging them on a board with the focus of listening to her heart…what does her heart say, what does her heart want…what does he heart feel. I thought, what a beautiful way to connect to her heart…to her depth longing…to her passion.
Another young woman I know yearns to work less, to have more free time, to say NO to the 9-5 routine. However, those around her strongly believe that a strong work ethic is the 9-5 routine, and she is following them, not wanting to disappoint them… and not listening to her heart. Years ago she longed to move to Colorado…she felt pulled there, however, she never did.
As I write this, I’m deeply sensing the depth of different between these two individuals and their situations.
The lady who is creating the collage about listening to her HEART, is on a path of discovery…of listening to her inner thoughts…to discover, to learn, to change, and to grow. With such a practice she’ll be moving ever more into alignment with her purpose, with her authenticity.
In the second situation, even though his young women is doing great service in the world and making a huge difference in people's lives as a therapist, she is following her "head", what she feels is the “right” thing to do in the world and not her heart…or that which she wants to do.
As I listen to my heart, I see that I have such a deep longing to share truth, to sing it from the mountain tops…to shout it from the mountain tops!! I yearn to support people as they yearn to live and grow in the world.
As I write this, I’m asking myself…WHY is this so strong in me. I wonder about the WHY behind this. Perhaps it’s because I myself, have had such a difficult journey finding the TRUTH about the way this whole works…the underlying principles behind it...the principles LIVING it.
Perhaps I think I’ll ease my own pain…. if I support others. Perhaps I want to try and save others years of searching…years of going from one teaching to another… years of struggle.
And yet I know we each have our own path to follow…and our own timing. And if this is so, perhaps it really doesn’t make a difference at all…if I share my experience… because each one will discover their own path… in their own timing. AND the truth is that everyone, is time… makes it to the mountain top…to the truth of who they are…to the truth of what life is all about. SO, why do anything at all….why care….why work… why write…why do anything at all?
I do know that truly it does matter what we do or don’t do! And it matters what you do or don’t do. We each make a difference.
If it hadn’t been for those who went before me…I would not know what I know today. If it hadn’t been for the books that have been written… that I’ve read… I would not be where I am today. SO, we each do make a different…We each have a role to play….We are all interconnected… and thus do make a difference.
The trick is, we need to do whatever we do…with the deepest truth we know and without expectation. We must do our work, without expectation for any reward, without any need for acknowledgement, without any need for compensation. And thus, we live freely…and rightly…and honestly.
So, I ask…
What is your deepest desire?
What do you yearn to do?
What do you yearn to be?
What do you yearn to share?
Wishing each of you great love and the courage to listen to YOUR heart…and follow.