Rumbling into Stillness: The Birth of Energy Alchemy


Here's a little background on the early rumble of how the

Energy Alchemy

course began.

Picture this.  Four feet of snow, piled mid-trunk across the Michigan trees.  It's February, and as I looked outside with no green grass nor sunshine anywhere in sight, my phone rang.  

"Uh, Sheryl, I'm not going to California next month."  


"Yes, you heard me, and according to another colleague's FB post this morning, you aren't either."


My mind ran like an angry bull, plowing through porcelain places inside me.  

It was one of those moments when you can't think straight.  One of those moments, that if you were a car, your red hazard lights would be flashing "Warning! Warning!  Warning!" from here to Mars.  

It was one of those moments when you want to blame, "Whose fault is this?", and shame, "Did I cause this?" and where you complain inside your own head, "It's so cold, and it was going to be so warm."  It was one of those moments.

Except suddenly, I realized that every person I was blaming, was going to feel my invisible blame.  That my bullishness was not just crashing and smashing internally, but each thought was like a poison arrow that I was flinging at people I loved and respected, unconsciously.  

Something happened inside that moment, and it awoke a willingness to do something kinda revolutionary, and evolutionary, and

Energy Alchemy


I asked myself, "What are you running from?  What is so blasted uncomfortable, that you're blaming, shaming and complaining?"  

Here's what I've discovered . . .

Each of us has a feeling that stalks us, that trips our inner wire, that incites us to press that inner eject button.  

It's a feeling so simple and simultaneously so profound that we've patterned a fight-flight defense system around it, such that if we even catch the scent of it, we're outta there.  What's fascinating here, is that we spend so much energy not feeling it, and then overeating, or overspending, or overhabituating whatever our self-soothing mechanism is, that we stop being present and often start behaving out of alignment.  Discordant.

So, I made a radical choice.

I consciously chose to do something else instead.  I consciously chose to sit and actually feel the feeling that I most did not want to feel.  You know what it was?  It was plain old disappointment.  

When I first began sitting with disappointment, it was unbelievably uncomfortable.  Picture cruising along a dirt road in a jallopy without shock absorption, I kept wanting to pop right out of my seat, to escape the discomfort, but then a series of potent meditation tools began to download and I began learning to stay.  The more I practiced, the calmer I grew, until something started to transform, to alchemize, and only oneness remained.  This really still, knowing, universal wisdom, experienced.

Energy Alchemy: Attunement 2015

teaches tools that reconnect you to you.

If you feel called to learn these tools, too, practical tools for Centering, Grounding, Connecting, Intuiting, Removing the Old Habits and Anchoring New Ways to Stay Present, inside you,



Energy Alchemy: Attunement 2015

is like upgrading your operating system to universal truth.

One Gigantic Launchpad


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January 5, 2015

For weeks now, I've been sensing. . .






for our dreams

A time when we think a thought and

it's like we've just jumped onto a trampoline and are soaring to the stars.


Increasing our ability to stay centered, grounded and connected amidst turbulence and to masterfully pilot both inner and outer space are now necessary skills. 

It's a time beyond waiting.  It's a time to transform dreams into abundance, and significant mindfulness tools are simply required.


Will Bloom a Flower

Thich Nhat Hahn wrote this poem in 1965 for the young people who risked their lives during war, recommending that they prepare to die without hatred. 


Here is a portion of that poem,


"The only thing worthy of you is compassion--

invincible, limitless, unconditional.

Hatred will never let you face

the beast in man.

One day, when you face this beast alone,

with your courage intact, your eyes kind,


(even as no one sees them)

out of your smile

will bloom a flower.

And those who love you

will behold you

across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying."

[excerpted from Creating True Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh]


I read this today and realized that each day we choose to experience the present moment as it is, without opposing emotions, but simply experiencing our anger, our hatred, our greed, our jealousy, our sadness, our humiliation, our grieving, and allowing ourselves the full courage to face each of these 'beasts' with kind eyes and untroubled hearts, knowing that this, too, shall pass.  That this moment is but a moment and no sensation is permanent.  

So essentially, the stronger we grow ourselves to experience life, the stronger we become, the more peaceful we become.  

For example, if someone cuts us off on the highway and we feel anger, and then suppress it believing we're not spiritual or good if we feel anger, we are still not blooming flowers.  We may be creating a whole lot of compost heap under which that anger is simmering, but the anger will still be there, waiting for the next moment to upheave it.  Instead, if we allow ourselves the natural anger, and face it, and feel it.  Really feel it.  Then it dissipates, releases, relaxes back from which it came, and hence we can then slide out of that old volatile skin, and allow the newness of a smile to emerge and compassion for all beings to follow and flower.

As those young people readied for war, Thich Nhat Hahn reminded them, "Our enemy is our anger, hatred, greed, fanatacism, and discrimination.  If you die because of violence, you must meditate on compassion in order to forgive those who killed you.  When you die realizing this state of compassion, you are truly a child of the Awakened One."

Thankfully, many of us will not ever experience the physical battlefields of war.  Yet, most of us experience a different kind of internal war daily.  The battles on the innerspace in which we catch the scent of feelings we'd rather not feel and we push the inner eject button. 

Instead, as we learn to stay present, courageously present, to face the strong emotions, we build the capacity to face our beasts with resiliency.  To smile and bloom flowers.

Blessings & Namaste.

Writing Challenge for Today: Gather a list of feelings as you experience them today, even if the irrational ones.  Especially the irrational ones.  You know, the sneaky ones that you'd rather stuff--those.  The part that celebrates a friend's success and also senses one's own sadnesses about perhaps not yet achieving that level of greatness.  Instead of pushing that down, instead of running from that, allow yourself to sit with it.  To actually feel it and witness it's dissolution.  Dissolving like sugar in water, sweetening it all the way down.