Awakening from Ignorance to Service

"Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love"

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the great man said, we all can find a way — even many ways — to serve. In order to do that, we must first know all of humanity to be unified in spirit. And we must believe even the "lowly" are worth our time and effort.

I am reminded of the scene with the Ghost of Christmas Present in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. He stood wrapped in the richness and wonder and joy of his Christmas robes, (his spiritual life) yet he was helpless to aid the two starving, wretched, frightened children clinging to his ankles beneath his robe. Scrooge asked the spirit whose children they were.

"They are Man's," the Christmas ghost mournfully decreed of the destitute, hollow-faced little ones at his feet — as if that were not only the origin of the children's birth but also the reason for his own helplessness. "and they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree. But most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing is erased."

As a champion of the poor, Dickens was cautioning his readers about their lack of consciousness (ignorance) of the dire destitution (want) that defined existence for too many people during his time. The ghost was pleading to take action — to stop ignoring the needs of others.

Over the years, as I have read that passage many times, I have come to find more meaning in Dickens' vision than just the social comment which was so close to his heart. To me, Ignorance also became ignorance of the spirit — ignorance of the real self, the powerful, joyful self. And Want became the experience of lack — the loveless-ness and emptiness that can only be known when one attaches too greatly with the physical world and loses touch with that spirit within.

Today, as in mid-nineteenth century London, there is great lack, hunger, and want. There are those who only want a chance at a new start, a greater education. Perhaps we could see ourselves in the faces of our brothers, and share not just money or food or old clothes, but encouragement — real encouragement. That might make the greatest difference of all.

OPEN UP!

Close your eyes and think of one person in you life that you sometimes ignore, even if it's just because you're busy. See yourself embracing and encouraging this person to know your love and support, as well as their own unlimited possibilities. Feel the compassion that embraces you both.

You don't have to serve at a soup kitchen to serve in the world. All you need to do is encourage whomever you can to discover the spirit and the truth in themselves. Help them find the power to take action, to believe in themselves, and to know who they are inside.

Those who do not rise up out of their circumstances of birth or poverty often stay stuck out of their own ignorance. They are ignorant that there may be another way, that they have the power to change things if they make an effort to do so. We have an opportunity to encourage them to act, but to do this we must also lift ourselves out of our own ignorance. Ignorance implies lack of awareness. But actually it comes from the words "to ignore." In this way, disregarding anything or anyone is an act of ignorance.

Unfortunately, in spite of living in the information age of technology, we are a race of beings that have fine-tuned the act of ignorance! We ignore our habits. We ignore our bodies. We ignore our emotions. And most of all, we ignore our spirit. This may be the most devastating act of ignorance there can be. For it is this spirit, this divine spark, that provides us with the consciousness to change, the power to grow, and most importantly, the ability to love.

In Dickens' time, in cities, on trains, on ships, wherever one went, the lower class was separated from the gilded society. It is now gilding of the ego that separates us from our spirit. Loveless-ness is the greatest lack of nourishment there is. And, unhappily, it is a want that is created by our own hand and by the ignorance we find easier to maintain than to challenge.

The greatest service we can do is to share our spirit with the world. Share your spirit through love, through kindness, through compassion, through generosity. Encourage everyone who seems dispirited to take one little step in this discovery for themselves. And once they feel the excitement of knowing a new purpose that gives their spirit a voice, then together we can change the world.

(from The Journey Magazine, Awakening from Ignorance to Service, by Sharon Anne Klingler. All rights reserved.)

Consultation and Reading Testimonials

"Dear Sharon, our appointment was truly life changing, in so many ways. I really can't thank you enough for the world you have helped open up for me, and I look forward to speaking with you again.

—John G., Baltimore

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—J.D., Cleveland, OH

"I want to tell you that we love you and that we greatly appreciate your work and your willingness to get out there and help us to speak to our loved ones in spirit.

—Kathleen H.

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—K.M., New York

About Sharon's Speaking To Spirit Program:

"I just had to write and say how absolutely incredible I found this course to be. Sharon is truly a gifted teacher — and a most remarkable person — a bright light in this world.

—D.L., New York

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Workshop and Class Testimonials

With a degree in psychology and a private practice with high-profile clients around the world, Sharon also teaches a variety of subjects including mediumship, Tarot, past life discovery, working with spirit guides, colors, gemstones, the dynamics of self-empowerment, and other metaphysical directives. Sharon believes that hands-on experience is the key to learning. Here are a few words from some of Sharon's students.

"This is the second time I've taken Sharon's Advanced Mediumship Workshop, and each time I discover something new! It has so many layers — a very powerful workshop. I notice the difference in my mediumship already. Sharon is a wonderful and inspiring teacher…the best illustration of a wonderful medium and example of how the Spirit World can come through…It's mysterious and magical!"

—Jessie Furst, Registered medium, Lily Dale, NY

"Sharon is the best instructor! I have sat in development circles for years and never heard how to interpret what I was receiving in depth. Now I understand and am learning so much. This feels like a quantum leap to me — an expansion in gratitude for all that is."

—Marilyn W., Meadville, PA

"Thank you again for your wonderful class and for sharing your insight and wealth of knowledge. I know I will be incorporating these lessons into my mediumship. People at church have told me the difference it has made in my platform work!"

—JoAnn Radovich, Medium

"Many, many thanks for a wonderful class. It was very meaty, full of great info and lots of fun. I appreciate you knowledge, humor, and the detail you put into your classes and materials. You are truly an outstanding person, teacher, and medium."

—Gayle Kirk, Medium, Boston

"Sharon's class was the most powerful that I have ever taken."

—Tina Zion, Author of The Reiki Teacher's Manual

"I have to say that Sharon's workshop was the best that I have ever had. I have attended many…finding myself on this pathway, but Sharon's techniques and her spirit brought out the best in me. I am so grateful!”

— D.H. New York

"It has been a great adventure to participate in Sharon's class. Rich and broad-reaching knowledge and talented teaching have again surpassed expectations!”

—Barbara D.

"Sharon is the best teacher of mediumship I've ever known!”

– Timothy F., Philadelphia

"Sharon's techniques are wonderful…I have not been this open ever…my readings have been amazing!"

—Kim W., OH

About Sharon's Advanced Mediumship & Public Clairvoyance Intensive:

"I enjoyed learning techniques and theories — and then having the experiential practice. The coaching and video taping were incredibly valuable to see how I worked and areas that I need to focus on. This class really helped me to stretch and move out of my comfort zone. Thank you for your loving instruction and creating such a sacred space to flourish and grow in!"

—R.W., Ontario, Canada

"Sharon Klingler really gives you so much more than you could ever expect."

—K.M., New York

"Sharon is such a great teacher…I had never heard the material she covered explained in such a clear, concise way. And her CDs are wonderful! I am so thankful."

—Nancy E., New York, New York

"Sharon Klingler possesses deep insight about spirit and, more importantly, has the ability to show others how they might cultivate knowing spirit in their own lives."

—Mark A., New York, New York

"Thank you for a wonderful experience once again. You are a great teacher and you share Spirit so well. Your heart radiates beauty, kindness and patience. I have much appreciation for teaching me how to surrender to Spirit and in doing so received names from those in sprit — So exciting!"

—Rev. Addariah H., Ontario, Canada

"It will take a while for all the new and wonderful ideas to sink in — and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to work with Sharon again! Thank you again for the course and for all you give in service to Spirit!"

—Dr. Rom Weber, Medium, NYC

"Sharon is a truly gifted and special person! Thanks for all the great help and inspiration! Looking forward to classes with her at Lily Dale."

—B.C.S.

"My guides and I would like to thank you for a marvelous, insightful and thoroughly useful presentation!!"

—M.V., Sydney, Australia

"Your workshop gave me an inspiring doorway into metaphysics."

—D.L., London, England

"It was really an incredible experience — so many spirits and so much information. Thanks for your guidance."

—C.C., New York, New York

About some of Sharon’s courses in Lily Dale, New York:

"It was very informative and added many practical exercises to enhance the overall training. Sharon is an extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher. I would take another course from her."

“Sharon was excellent. A variety of experiences and exercises were provided. We went home with a lot!"

"It was a fabulous course with a beautiful, wonderful, loving teacher!"

"Thank you for the powerful workshop. Words cannot describe the energy which filled the room and the phenomena of meeting our spirit guides."

"Excellent presentation as always. She is a wonderful and loving teacher."

"I've had Sharon for classes before — she's great! I'll have her again for sure.”

"Learning new techniques in Mediumship is made that much easier, and lots of fun, when taught by someone as talented and genuine as Sharon."

—S.K. Toronto, CA

"I take Sharon's workshops as they always raise my vibration and open me to new ways of working!

—N.W.

Notes from Sharon's Spiritual Leadership Workshop:

"Excellent workshop, a lot of information digested in a very short time. Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course."

"Thank you, Sharon! Looking forward to your next course."

"I received so much from this workshop — absolutely fantastic. Thank you!"

"This has been such a wonderful week. It has opened new insight, opportunities, and growth for me."

"Dear Sharon, heartfelt thanks & praise to you for being such a generous and amazing teacher! I have learned more from you, and you have attuned me to Spirit — a prayer answered! I am now able to be a more open channel to help people holistically — a dream come true!"

—J.P., New York

"Sharon's class is not just a wealth of much needed information, it is also filled with well designed exercises simple enough to grasp conceptually but challenging enough to master the techniques! Her charisma and unique individuality while remaining a very approachable and genuine people-loving person made it an overwhelming experience!"

—L.D., Cincinnati, Ohio

“Thank you for the wonderful class. Life has a whole new color to it. Everything is brighter and so much more comforting. The information I received was invaluable and life altering. You are such a blessing to the heart.”

–Paula B., Washington D.C.

From participants at a workshop in Cincinnati:

"I loved the whole weekend!…It was a great event…Sharon is such an excellent speaker & teacher… It was wonderful…The meditations were awesome!…I enjoyed it all…Please! Please! Please! Have more!"