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Podcast Episode 14: Consciousness and Pledging Love and Kindness with Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer

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This podcast series focuses on the intersection of Consciousness and Self. This is our “Journey into Enlightenment.” At the core of human reality is Consciousness. Humans are self-defining creatures. We develop rule sets and stories that generate our experiences of reality. Consciousness is the state of awareness in each of us where our self-defined realities are only one of the many options in potential that could be expressed.

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Over the course of our lifetimes much will happen. How we react, how we choose to respond is up to us. Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer, the instigator of the Love and Kindness Initiative joins Janet in their shared awareness of what is possible. What happens when we let love be our only response? Not hatred, not complacency, not fear. From within our sense of Wholeness, is there a challenge of only extending love and kindness to others in our world?

Friend: Podcast Guest Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer

Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer

Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer studied phenomenological psychology and philosophy at Duquesne University before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She spent thirty-five years studying and practicing calligraphy, eventually becoming a traveling instructor. Her program “The Up Side of Screwing Up,“ was a loving look at how making mistakes during the creation of art can often be Divine nudges to ditch the original design and go with something very different.

A near-death experience in 1998 led her to study the healing arts. She has earned many certifications that helped her create her present work.

Her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury, which radically changed her personality and gradually led to dementia that ended her life four years later. Sheryl's first reaction was, “And now it's time for me to learn about love.“ She was a contributing writer for The Alzheimer's Reading Room website under the brand “Keeping The Love Alive.“

As a Love of Life Catalyst, she shares with clients the four point energetic support program she was intuitively given when her senior dog Laila was diagnosed with terminal spreading splenic cancer. Without surgery, chemo or radiation, and with the energetic support program and a holistic nutritional support program given by her veterinarian, Laila's tumor quickly disappeared and never returned. She lived a very happy life for two more years, dying at age sixteen of conditions associated with old age.

Sheryl credits her own living with the after effects of a life-changing stroke in 2012 as a key reason she questioned whether the veterinarian's diagnosis of terminal cancer really meant Laila had to die then.

When her cousin was killed in the October 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, she asked herself a question that led to her bringing forth The Love and Kindness Initiative. “If love and kindness could save my dog's life after a diagnosis of terminal cancer, what good might happen in the world if I went around celebrating people for being loving and kind?“ You can find out more at for The Love and Kindness Initiative.

Sheryl's first book, “Nine Roses for Chelsea“ was published in 2005. She is currently editing her second book, “Love, Laila.“ She was the host for “Glow With The Flow Radio“ on BlogTalkRadio and VoiceAmerica Radio, Catalytic Radio on BBS Radio, and several teleseminar series. She now produces what she calls “brief, heartfelt, and ultra low tech videos“ for her YouTube channel, “Transforming Through Love Love and Kindness.“

If you wish to reach Sheryl you can do so at her website and fill out the contact form.

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Our language is simple. It is from the heart. Our conversation is filled with spaces of our hearts acknowledging the history of humanity and its remarkable resilience and enduring quest to go forward. It is the nonverbal language of Essence, Soul, Spirit, Universe, Consciousness supporting the human endeavor.

Ageless: Consciousness CookiesCookies – Food for thought

“If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that God has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world, then it is you yourself that needs repair.“

Menachem Mendel Schneerson

“When we perceive people as being perfect, they will respond as being perfect.“

Many sources, including Sheryl’s experiences with caregiving for her mother after her brain injury

“Your life mission may be helping someone you only meet for a few minutes. You may never know your life mission.“

Lee Carroll

“You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.“

Pubilius Syrus

“I don't believe in reality. It doesn't work for me.“

Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer

“Run towards love.“


Roots: Associated WorksTree roots

Any book by the Dalai Lama is recommended. Here are some powerful quotes from him:

“Treat your enemies as precious jewels, as they are teaching you patience, tolerance and compassion on the road to your enlightenment.“

“Love is the absence of judgment.“

“You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them ¯ for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.“

Focus: Meditations by Tom Barrett

Listen to Truth, Love and Consequences from Interlude: An Internet Retreat. And while you're there, check out the extensive archive of meditations.

Blog: Consciousness and the Web of LifeQuan Yin

Our Pledge to Engage in Love and Kindness can be found in its entirety at on my blog page.

When we pledge or commit to engage in Love and Kindness we are really talking about the power in informed choice and Wholeness in Being. We are not talking pie in the sky or Pollyanna kind of thinking. We are not talking about denial of the stuff that Life encompasses. We are talking about choosing to engage and acknowledge love and kindness as our choice in response to events that challenge us.

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Podcast theme music composed by Boyd Martin, Mystic Broadcast Network.

Dr. Sheryl's theme arranged and produced by Boyd Martin, Mystic Broadcast Network.

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