HOW TO BE PERFECT: A Conversation With Super-Conscious Mind
by Sherry Ann Sword, MS
Former psychotherapist, Sherry Sword questions God within, about her daily life in this authentic and revealing journal, and the answers will lead you through the universe.
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About the Book
June of 1997 my life changed. I had been twice married and divorced--to
a pro-football player and coach, then a lawyer--and had been living
with an English musician for 17 years. I had been a model, a psychotherapist,
an actor, a seamstress. As I sat one day trying to make sense of it
all for THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE article `Lives', I gave up.
I realized I had no idea what it all meant. I also realized I had
only one ambition, to somehow use it all to make life better. But
how? What could I do? After all my seeking--in the refuge of marriage,
in the halls of academia and the profession of psychology, in the
Hollywood night life of drugs, sex and rock & roll, in the acting-school
life of New York City, and in the volumes of literature on spiritual
enlightenment, I had no answer. And I wanted an answer more than I
had ever wanted anything. In frustration, I wrote the words, "I want
to be used. How can I help?" and heard the silent answer, "FINISH
WHAT YOU START".
That was the beginning of the dialogue transcribed in HOW TO
BE PERFECT. Over a period of nine months I wrote whatever
questions came to mind from, How am I going to pay the rent? to What
are black holes? Always I received an answer. Sometimes the answer
was silence and when I asked why, was told I needed to be clear about
what I wanted to know and I needed to be calm and patient in my ignorance.
The answers I wrote with my own hand amazed me, thrilled me, baffled
me and sometimes seemed dead wrong. I decided not to decide and to
just write. I was choosing faith. It felt a lot like learning to do
cartwheels when I was a kid. I would throw myself forward with only
the vaguest notion about what I was doing and with fear that I would
fall and hurt myself. I could `feel' a perfect cartwheel somewhere
inside me. The thrill of it egged me on, ever hopeful. Each time I
flopped I tried to figure out what I had done wrong and correct it
but quickly gave up in favor of just hurling myself forward with blind
faith in that feeling within. Suddenly it happened--a perfect cartwheel.
I hadn't figured it out and couldn't explain how I did it, but I could
do it--again and again. I had it! Something in me knew how. It wasn't
my mind and it wasn't my body. What was it?
From then on, every time I did a cartwheel I was performing a little
miracle and I knew it. The sheer joy of it. Look what I can do!
Now my desire for perfect love and understanding was egging me on
to ask questions, trusting that there were answers and that I could
have them. My dialogue continues and has been such a life-transforming
experience it became obvious early on I was realizing my ambition.
My heart's desire was spilling out on the page and in my life.
By publishing this very intimate journal I want to share, not the
sometimes embarrassing details of my ragged, thick-headed human life,
but the day-by-day process of learning to trust and use the infinite
wisdom that awaits us all.
New York City
RAY BENNETT of the progressive rock group FLASH says:
Reading HOW TO BE PERFECT will change your life and how
you feel forever. You can be perfect. Perfection is not only possible,
it is an undeniable fact. We are all steadfastly moving towards it,
each in our own way.
But why so slowly? Why not instantaneously? Perfection is always available
right now. We have all experienced those `magic' moments when, mysteriously,
things happen perfectly. This book will tell you how to be where you
want to be right now, how to be thrilled by your life, how to rid
yourself of fear, how to live PERFECTLY.
We all want a better life, and that means a happier more fulfilled
existence. Our life is made apparent to us by how we feel, and thinking
is reflecting on what is apparent, or "what is appearing before us".
The crucial relationship between feeling and thinking is explained
in this book and the distinction between feeling and emotion. This
all-important but over-looked distinction will change the way we think.
And our thinking will change the world.
Sherry Sword has devoted her life to searching for truth, as a psychotherapist
and in all her diverse endeavors. HOW TO BE PERFECT is an unedited,
authentic journal--a very personal journey into the human heart which
illuminates her life, and will your own, in a veiled and troubled
world, where all of us are looking for answers, and more--HAPPINESS.
I have shared some of the journey with her and have benefitted enormously
from her work. I recommend it to you.
RAY BENNETT, Musican
Did you know...
YOU CAN'T THINK AND KNOW AT THE SAME TIME?
YOU CAN'T JUDGE AND FEEL AT THE SAME TIME?
THE EXPRESSION `ALL IN ALL' REFERS TO THE ONE SUPERCONSCIOUS MIND
WE ALL SHARE?
FEAR IS NOT NATURAL. IT IS LEARNED AND ALWAYS DYSFUNCTIONAL?
SEX IS A MECHANISM OF LIMITATION AND REVEALS TRUTH?
ILLNESS IS AMBIVALENCE--A SPLIT MIND, WHICH CREATES A LETHAL MIXTURE
OF CHEMICALS IN OUR BODIES THAT PRODUCES ALL SICKNESS, AGING AND EVEN
DNA IS THE PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION OF YOUR MIND AT A GIVEN POINT IN
TIME AND IS ENDLESSLY ALTERABLE?
A LIE IS ALWAYS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN SENDER AND RECEIVER?
FEELINGS ARE PRE-THOUGHT, WHILE EMOTIONS ARE FEELINGS ALTERED BY JUDGMENT?
A DESIRE EXPECTS FULFILLMENT, A `WANT' FEARS DISAPPOINTMENT.
SUFFERING AND PAIN ARE ALWAYS THE RESULT OF RESISTANCE?
WE SLEEP IN ORDER TO STOP THINKING?
WITH SURRENDER DIFFICULTIES BECOME MIRACLES UNFOLDING?
TIME IS A DEVICE--A SLOWED-DOWN ILLUSION USED TO HOLD US APART FROM
EACH OTHER AS LONG AS THIS IS WHAT WE WANT, LIKE THE STILL FRAMES
OF A MOTION PICTURE?
WE HAVE THE POWER TO SUSPEND TIME?
ENERGY IS WILL IN ACTION?
WE CAN GROW YOUNGER?
EVERYONE IS WEALTHY, BUT FEW KNOW IT?
IT IS AN ILLUSION TO BELIEVE YOU ARE ALONE--EVER?
FIGHTING IS NEVER NECESSARY?
YOUR WILL IS THE MOST POWERFUL THING IN THE UNIVERSE?
Find all this and more in:
HOW TO BE PERFECT
|About the Author
Sherry Sword received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and her masters from the University of Southern California. She was licensed in 1979 by the State of California as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and now lives in Las Vegas, NV.