I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on BlogTalkRadio by Diahanna White on her program, Awakening Your Soul. Diahanna is a Life Coach and Registered Certified Hypnotherapist with both The American Board of Hypnotherapy and The National Guild of Hypnotists. She is also a gifted Intuitive. Diahanna has always had an interest in helping others improve the quality of their lives and I am so pleased to have had this opportunity to speak with her. Here is an excerpt from our lively chat. To listen to this interview visit Awakening Your Soul with Diahanna.
Diahanna: Can you take a moment and explain what do YOU mean by channeling?
Sheila: Absolutely. One way I like to think of this as like the channels of a television - the frequencies are always flowing. Whether you turn your television on, whether you plug it in, what channel you’re on - it doesn’t matter because in the airways all the other stations are playing whether you tune in to them or not. So channeling is as simple as just “tuning in” to the other channels and paying attention. The more we align ourselves with the divine spirit, with our own self awareness, the more we can move into that space of bringing in the frequencies and the messages that are out there. I believe everyone one does this and it’s really our natural state. If you’re an artist and you’re painting a picture and it seems like it becomes more than you’re own thought pattern - it’s inspiration. When we write something and look back and say “wow, that was really good” that is channeling. Even while talking to a friend…have you ever been talking to a friend who is struggling with something and you give some advice or share insight, then look back on it and say “wow, where did that come from?” I believe these are all layers of channeling and the more we tune in, the more we are able to navigate through those different vibrations, the more specific information we can bring forth.
Diahanna: Yeah, I agree, that often happens when you talk to friends and you think “where DID that come from? Were you always channeling? Were you practicing meditation all the time, was this something you were always comfortable with?
Sheila: Well, you know it’s interesting because the more I get interviewed, the more I start to look back at my childhood and see that perhaps I was. I did not have a framework for that as a child. I was raised Lutheran. One of my early memories is that I used to listen to Jesus Christ Super Star over and over and over. I especially resonated with the songs Magdalene sang. I can actually remember being in my childhood living room and feeling like I was her as I sang along. But again I didn’t have any context of that being a channel. I was very fascinated with spirituality my whole life - questioning everything, really tuning in to what was true and not true for me. I also used to wake up in the middle of the night and write, even as a kid. I did one school project in which the assignment was to write an essay about a tall wooden post. I woke up in the middle of the night and the whole crucifixion story from Magdalene’s point of view, using the wooden post as part of the cross, poured out of me for this assignment. This is a little odd for a teenager. So I probably did have this gift as a child but it wasn’t something I was aware of. In my first job after I earned my Master’s Degree my supervisor was attending a metaphysical christian church and she invited me to go. I attended this church and studied with the Minister. I learned through guided meditation which is why I teach guided meditation still. I think it’s the gateway for people to tune in to their own gifts.
Diahanna: I agree. that is exactly how I knew it too - with a lot of guided mediation for people who come here and that’s why I also put some of the guided meditations on my website. It’s for that reason because if you were to say to someone who doesn’t know much about channeling or meditating - you say “well just sit in silence, you’ll get it” - you can’t expect someone to sit in silence and not have a thought. They think if they have just one thought they’ve done it wrong which is “crazy”….
Sheila: Yes, it is! I tried that in college. It didn’t work for me. The brain is going to go… you want to bring your brain along with you so a guided meditation gives it something productive to do.
Diahanna: EXACTLY and it’s going in the direction of relaxation, wellness, a nice journey to the beach or something, and there you’re able to relax and not think “did I let the dog out?” That’s what I do love about guided meditation. That’s for me the way I found myself connecting…that’s for me how it started anyway - buying a cassette tape years ago and listening to someone’s guided meditation and starting to have my own experiences…I think it’s pretty cool. So you weren’t born with some innate gift of channeling? Your mother wasn’t a psychic and read tea leaves - you just literally started like any other normal human - well, you know what I mean - (laughter) you’re normal right?
Sheila: (laughing) I definitely would say that! You know I did run into a middle school/high school friend after years of not being around her, when I told her what I do, she goes “Oh that makes sense!” so there must have been SOMETHING in me….I think everybody can do this, everybody can learn it but some of us are going to be more inclined to, more passionate, just like everyone can be a basketball player or a physicist but some of us are going to want to do it and spend the time and energy, be passionate about it and some of us aren’t.
Diahanna: Right, it’s a learned skill I find that the more you practice the better you get, and the more you listen, the better you get.
Sheila: Exactly. Exactly.
*Quote Source: Gaiam Life blog
As a clinical therapist, motivational presenter, author & teacher, Sheila’s passion is to provide a forum for people to process emotion & integrate spiritual understanding into their daily lives. Her new book, Enchanted One: The Portal to Love, provides readers with a guide to embracing love in every moment. “Moving into a harmonic union between your heart and mind allows you to embrace life to its fullest.“