Being in the Present Moment

This morning, as I was spontaneously scrubbing down the shower walls along with my body scrub, I was reminded of this passage from the Black Madonna Diaries book:”As I ladle the homemade chai from its pot into my bright yellow mug, I notice the stove is covered in brown speckles from the simmering herbs. It needs cleaning. I turn off the flame, remove the pot and dip the small blue sponge into warm soapy water to scour the range top. While I’m at it, I may as well replenish the pot of herbs I have simmering throughout the winter season, keeping an instant cup of tea handy with pleasant warm aromas saturating the flat. I return the renewed pot of green tea, ginger, clove, cardamom, and cinnamon to the burner and relight the flame. Stepping back from the counter to survey my accomplishment, I savor a sip of the spicy warm tea.
Now, what was I doing? Oh yes, writing. I’m so scattered
these days, doing a little of this, a little of that. What’s happened to my organizational skills?
“You’re not scattered, you’re finally beginning to live in the present moment,” Madonna’s reading my thoughts again. “As you’re preparing a cup of tea, a dirty kitchen catches your attention. Rather than think ‘I should clean the kitchen’, then put it on your to-do list, you simply do it. You’re no longer living in a world of ‘shoulds’. You choose in the moment: to either clean the kitchen, or let it go. There are no ‘shoulds’. Did you get your cup of tea?”
“Are you heading back to what you were doing?”
“With a clear mind, no dirty kitchen looming over your present activity. Sometimes the appropriate choice is to ignore the kitchen, but then put it aside without any ‘should’ attached to it. Thus, you’re living in the present moment, free of mind clutter. You’re not scattered. Let that old curriculum go,” she says with a wink.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~Excerpt from “Revelations of Love” Volume I of Black Madonna Diaries series

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Illusion of Control

“Control is an illusion that’s fueled by fear,
fearing the loss of love, acceptance, abundance, health, security, etc.
But control freezes the energy and what’s lost
is the freedom of expansion and creativity.

We are the expressions of Creation,
not the controllers of it.”
~ Black Madonna ~

Courage to Leave Behind

“When you have the courage to leave behind a world that you love, know that which you are stepping into is far superior to what you are leaving behind.”

~ Black Madonna ~
artwork: Blessed are the Pure in Heart by Satoshi Matsuyama

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Renaissance of Black Madonna

Meet the Black Madonna the primordial womb and genesis of Creation, veiled in mystic and intrigue for thousands of years. Until present day, when she has come forth to midwife humanity into our next phase of evolution as the embodiment of Divine Love. As the amalgamation of all aspects of the Divine Feminine, without any specific religious affiliation, she is the perfect docent for our inner journey to rediscover our Self as the Divine.

The Black Madonna and I began our intimate relationship in Seattle during meditation via her invitation to move to Spain. At her request, I tossed my known persona to the winds and ventured into the unknown. In this unfamiliar environment I was forced to become fully conscious in order to survive. Thus my twenty year journey with the Black Madonna into the depths of Love was initiated with pen in hand to record her words of guidance in her own personal diary.

I began writing the story of our journey together in 2006 once I settled into my own home after seven years of bohemian travel with a 500 year old Black Madonna statue in my backpack. Madonna’s words flowed with such ease and grace as our story grew into a series of books. The manuscripts morphed through a series of editing. And then Madonna went quiet and the flow stopped.

When I queried her about it, she always had the same answer, “The time isn’t right. The world isn’t ready to hear our words.” After several years I put it all aside and decided if Madonna wanted it published she would bring it to fruition.

The day after Notre Dame Cathedral caught on fire in Paris (April 2019), Madonna came to life with exuberance. “It’s time!” she announced. And with that, I began the process of self publishing. Within four weeks, I formatted the manuscripts, designed book covers, and waded through all the back matter that’s required in self publishing. All within Madonna’s bubble of ease and grace.

“Voila!” Madonna exclaimed when I pushed the final “publish” button for “Revelations of Love” on Mother’s Day, twenty years after her persona as a statue was placed in my arms. This has been a twenty year journey of miracles upon miracles. At first I thought miracles were the “Way of the Madonna” but I have come to realize miracles are the “Way of the World”, unless we abort them by getting in our own way.

Tears began to flow as soon as I held the physical copy of the book in my hands. I was unprepared for the dam of emotions that burst forth. Remembrances of twenty years of Madonna’s guidance to release all my fears, judgments, and struggles with her all encompassing love and compassion.

With the physical copy of the book in my hands it feels like it has all come to fruition. There is a sense of joy and relief that the publishing aspect is finally complete. I would have thought there would be a sense of accomplishment. But that has been replaced by a sense of humbleness for the gift of the journey and the ability to share it.

Madonna’s diaries are a living codex, infused with her transformative energy as a sacred gift of support for humanity’s expansion of consciousness through the upcoming years. Her words of wisdom comfort us in times of need, empower us in times of challenge, and take us into the juicy depths of our hearts.

“I am the Black Madonna, the ultimate Divine Mother,
she who wraps her arms  around you in times of transition
dissolving the old and birthing the new.”
~ Black Madonna ~

I now pour myself a glass of celebratory champagne and open the book that has taken 20 years to be published. Today, I begin reading our story, free of editing, formatting, or thoughts of book covers. Today, I relax into the gift of my life with Black Madonna as she initiates our present day renaissance of the remembrance of ourselves as the Divine.

The “Black Madonna Diaries” series is available in paperback and ebook HERE. 


~Sharon Lyn Shepard~

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