I’ve followed the teaching and writing of Sherrie Dillard for many years, and I’m delighted for her to participate in my Five Questions series. Whatever your view of spirituality you are sure to benefit from Sherrie’s clarity and insights. I’ve read all her books and her latest, Sacred Signs and Symbols, is now on my bookshelf.
For the past thirty years you have been a psychic, medium and medical intuitive. Beginning with the publication of your first book, Discover Your Psychic Type, you have now also become a bestselling author. What prompted you to branch out into writing?
Sherrie Dillard: I always wanted to write, but couldn’t seem to make it happen. I read about writing and sought advice from others, but the task of writing was difficult. One day I was playing with my dog in my backyard and I felt a presence telling me to write. It wasn’t a request or a polite suggestion. It was more like a directive, as in “go do it now.”
Once you begin a book project do you keep to a schedule, such as devoting a certain amount of time to it every day/week or establishing the number of pages you will produce in a given time period?
Sherrie Dillard: When I started to write I gave myself permission to do it the way that worked best for me. I have no schedule or expectations as to how much or when to write. This has made writing easier and more enjoyable.
Sometimes there is a lot that wants to come out and I write page after page in a short amount of time. Other times, I have to do other things and be inspired to write. Even if I am not writing, it’s always about writing.
Are there tips you can give authors who aspire to write about spirituality? Do you have tips for beginning authors of any genre?
Sherrie Dillard: Writing about spirituality requires personal experience and an understanding of self and others. It is both an art and a practice. You cannot study spirituality and write about it. You have to draw from your own inner soulful self. This is true for other types of writing as well, but for spirituality, it is more direct. You have to have the courage to lay it all out and expose the bare bones. I am not a fiction writer so I am not sure I can speak to this genre, but I would say that self trust and honesty are essential in all forms of writing.
You have a worldwide clientele for whom you give energy readings not only face-to-face but also by telephone and through Skype. I understand how you can read someone’s energy when you are seated across from them (okay, I can’t really), but I don’t know how it works at a distance. Can you explain it?
Sherrie Dillard: Energy is not limited by time and space and physical laws do not apply to it. When I do readings I tune into another’s energy, not their physical self. We all have an energy body which is imprinted with our thoughts, feelings, experiences, past, present and future and our soul. It holds a perfect record of our multidimensional self.
What do you want readers to know about your seventh and latest book, Sacred Signs and Symbols
Sherrie Dillard: Everyone receives sacred signs. Sometimes we notice them, sometimes we don’t or we dismiss those that we do become aware of. Whether it is a feather, a coin, a butterfly, or something else, signs offer us a sense of comfort, guidance and the assurance that we are not alone. Someone or something is watching over us.
Signs are a form of external intuition and a dialogue with the spirit realm and all of life.
When we pay attention to signs, they increase and we are better able to discern their meaning.
I wrote Sacred Signs and Symbols to help others to better notice, understand and invoke signs and messages. A large portion of the book is a glossary to assist the reader in interpreting many of the signs that might be encountered in urban areas.
See also: Five Questions Series
This post was written by Julie Tetel Andresen