Monday, September 28, 2009

Weather prediction

My husband and I were out and about running errands through a good portion of a 20 mile radius of our home this morning. Weather was the hot topic of the day.

All morning, most people we encountered were talking about the Big Storm that would be passing through today. "It's going to be a biggie," many warned. "60 mile per hour winds," others said in awed tones. Everywhere we went people were preparing for the Big Storm. And the weather reports on the radio were full of wind and flood advisories.

My husband and I looked at the sky and felt safe. It had rained at our house earlier (and it was a good soak) and the wind was the normal blustery blow of autumn. [Our area gets a wonderful show of all four seasons (from the deep snows of winter to the lush and green summertime), and our autumn usually means some wind and rain on trees changing into vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows highlighted by beautiful moments of sunshine.] But the weather anywhere can be fickle at times.

As we journeyed, the clouds were hovering gray above us and the wind was picking up. At one of our stops, a friend glued to the TV weather channel rushed out of the house to tell us, "the storm is coming in 30 minutes. The sky is going to open up with rain. You better hurry." Again, my husband and I looked up at the sky and felt safe.

At the tail end of our errands, rain began to sputter hesitantly in sharp staccato on the windshield. "Is this the Big Storm?" we asked ourselves. "Should we rush home to avoid potential damage and destruction?" We were puzzled about what all the fuss was about and frankly very underwhelmed. Just as we were discussing faulty weather prediction, the clouds cleared and the sun shone radiantly upon us, confirming our faith.

Throughout the remainder of the day, the wind blustered now and again mildly. And in between the occasional splatter of raindrops, I thought about various forms of weather predication/divination that I have read about:

  • Aeromancy - Divination using the formation of clouds and other patterns in the skies and predicting events by wind direction - ie. "Red skies at night, sailors delight. Red skies in the morning sailors take warning" indicates that clouds in the morning could herald a storm's arrival.
  • Alectromancy - Forecasting the future through atmospheric or celestial conditions - ie. "Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight" as many people recite when wishing on a falling star is a form of alectromancy.
  • Austromancy - Divination by listening to the sound of the wind and interpreting the messages - ie. William Arthur Ward interpreted the wind thusly, "A pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." Some folks use austromancy when holding a shell to the ear and listening to the windy whoosh of waves crash on the shore.

I have no real personal experience or success with these forms of divination, but they are certainly interesting to contemplate. Given our fascination with weather prediction and weather reports as a species, we have yet to find a scientific tool or scientific method to accurately and exactly predict the weather. Could divination be the method?

Other than standing outside in the sun and/or precipitation to get the current weather and temperature, the only prognosticating tool that I know that works is listening clearly to our own souls. When the peanut gallery offers their opinion (and sometimes fear), ask yourself what the truth is. Practice the presence of God if you must, but listen to your inner guide.

Friday, September 25, 2009

EVP in readings

Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are electronically captured sounds that resemble speech, but are not the result of intentional voice recordings. Common sources include static, stray radio transmissions and background noise. Some people claim these sounds are spirit contact.

Over the years, some clients have contacted me after their reading to let me know of EVP on their recording. Sometimes clients have heard a name or words on the recording from a voice that is not mine or theirs and they often recognize the name as a family member.

One client reported that during a particularly sensitive part of the reading she had been thinking that she didn't want her mother to hear that section. When she got home to listen to it, that 10 minute section (and only that section) was gone! Spirit must have helped it along.

Another client told me that she didn't want her sister to hear the recording of her private reading. When they got in the car, her sister grabbed her tape and popped it in. The tape refused to work and my client was relieved! Perhaps this was another case of Spirit helping.

Other clients tell me they have experienced EVP in the following ways:

  • they hear a certain song on the radio and know it is from their spirit loved ones
  • they pick up the phone (usually a landline) and hear a voice say their name over the dialtone
  • the phone rings at the exact time of a person's death and the client finds out hours or days later that is when their loved one passed
  • when they are in the car the radio keeps going to static (white noise facilitates EVP)
Sometimes people receive EVP through a direct request to receive it. I know people who have gone out onto the battlefields of Gettysburg with a recorder and come back with EVP. They turn the recorder on and ask, "Is anyone here who would like to communicate? What is your name? Do you have a message?" They pause in between the questions in order to give the spirits an opportunity to reply. When they play the recording later on they hear a voice or voices (not their own) responding. Interesting to note, they did not hear the spirits at the original time of recording --- it is only on playback that the voices are heard.

It is my strong suggestion that if you want to work with EVP that you do this with right intention and practice. Remember that spirit contact is not for thrills and chills or spook and boo, so say a prayer, ask for the highest and best, and respect the process.

For those of you who want to know more about EVP, the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) is a nonprofit educational association that is dedicated to the support of people who are interested in or who are studying Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) and other forms of Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC). http://www.aaevp.com/ This website offers examples, techniques and concepts concerning these phenomena.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Panic Tree

I have a new phrase that I would like to share with you. And who knows --- maybe it will catch on.

Have you ever been so rattled and panicked that you feel like you are a cat stuck up in a tree? You climbed the tree and now you cannot even contemplate how to get down again. You are petrified. HELP! Where is the friendly neighborhood firefighter with his handy-dandy ladder when you need him? You are "up the Panic Tree".

Maybe the Panic Tree happened because of financial hardship, a job issue, a strained relationship, a health scare, fear of making a mistake, or hurt feelings. However, it happens it has taken you and your happiness hostage. Temporarily.

I acknowledge The Panic Tree because I've been up there a few times in my life. It's a scary place. You think that you just might be stuck in that misery of uncertainty for eternity. And then, somehow someway the phase passes and the panic fades.

I met someone the other day and I recognized that she was "up the Panic Tree". It took a few tries, but she finally realized that she could get back down the tree on her own. It was a nervewracking yet glorious moment for her. And I celebrate with her and for her because I have a pretty good idea what it took mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually to climb down off the Panic Tree.

Sometimes it requires looking at the various branches with a clear mind. Sometimes we have to climb all the way to the top and look out over the emotional landscape to gain perspective. Trees teach us not to be afraid of heights but to respect them. They show us the connection between our physical world (rooted in the earth) and the spiritual world (as they reach for the sky). Trees are wonderful symbols of growth and strength as well.

Eventually, we listen to our soul and leave the fear behind. And hopefully, find a graceful way to return to consciousness. So if you find yourself on the Panic Tree, remember you will find a way off it.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lessons from a Child: Walking

My little boy is learning to walk.

From a few hesistant steps, he has progessed to walking from one end of the room to another. He's pretty smooth, but he occasionally takes rests to hold onto a door frame, a chair, and a person's leg. Having that temporary oasis to cling to before adventuring again is crucial to his exploring. Many times, he will crouch down to rebalance or pick up a toy and then he's off again. Sometimes he returns to speed crawling when he wants to get somewhere fast.

You know what this means, right? My son is not a BABY anymore --- he is officially a toddler now! He has grown from a small sleeping infant nestled in my arms, to crawling, to standing and cruising, to taking a few hesitant steps, to becoming a walker (a toddler).

Perhaps you have experienced this natural and progressive force in your own life in the form of an idea, a child, or an awakening into awareness.

First, we birth an idea previously only part of the ethers (cosmic consciousness). Then, our creation begins to take form and take on action of its own. It gathers momentum slowly and deliberately (crawling). Then it pulls up to standing testing its strength, perhaps wobbling a bit. Gaining confidence and balance until one day it moves into an easy rhythm (walking). The joy of this momentum brings a smile to you and those around you --- a celebration of creation!

Nurture your spirit, your awareness, and your "children" --- and enjoy watching them grow.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Practice & Intention

Practice and intention --- these are the two main ingredients to developing good mediumship abilities. As I tell my clients and students frequently, without those key concepts the tires will just spin in the mud. I will explain further what practice and intention mean to me ...

Intention: This means asking for the Highest and Best in your mediumship. When you are connecting with those in Spirit, you want the highest vibrational frequency possible. Purity of intention is vastly important in spirit contact. You want to receive uplifting and healing messages (and sometimes guidance) from Spirit. Raising the vibration is another way of insuring right intention. Also, recognize that it is important you are not what I call a "leaky faucet", someone who pushes your intuition expressions onto others [more about this in future blogs]

Practice: This means absorbing and applying the techniques of right intention and spirit contact on a regular basis. Books and personal meditation can take you a bit down the road, but having real hands-on opportunities to practice your mediumship are most important. Here are some ways to have regular practice:

  • Commit yourself to your spiritual growth, even and especially on the days where you feel you have reached a plateau.
  • Develop mind focus through concentration techniques. This prepares your mind to assist you with spirit contact.
  • Attend a weekly development circle. My preference is a circle that offers weekly lessons (auras, spirit guides, messagework, readings, symbols, etc) followed by a brief meditation that leads into an exchange of spirit messages from and to your peers. Many Spiritualist churches offer these opportunities for mediumship development.
  • Attend mediumship workshops, classes, and seminars taught by instructors who exhibit right intention. For the beginner, intermediate, and advanced mediumship students, some of these classes will provide much-needed opportunities for guinea pigs as you fine-tune your gifts.

As you engage yourself in intention and practice, you will find your spiritual growth assists in the process.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Lily Dale: Off-Season

Lily Dale is now considered off-season, so there are no daily events, no gate entrance fee, and many of the public buildings are closed. Having made their happy pilgrimage to Lily Dale, many of the summer visitors have returned to their homes in other towns, other states, and other countries. But our little town is not empty.

Some of the mediums and residents stay on through the winter. A few of the gift shops may be open for browsing. Many of the guest houses are still open for boarders.

The churches offer their own Sunday services, workshops, and classes. The Church of the Living Spirit meets in the Assembly Hall. And the Lily Dale Spiritualist Church meets in the Healing Temple. Check their websites for more info.

If you are interested in having a reading, mediums are still available for readings in the off-season. At present, there are approximately 40 Registered Mediums. They have each been tested and approved by the Lily Dale Assembly. Each medium has their own distinct personality, has their own way of connecting with those in spirit, and keeps their own schedule. [This means: during the off-season some mediums live in Lily Dale year-round and are available for in-person readings in Lily Dale; some mediums are traveling or wintering in other climes. Therefore, appointments are strongly suggested.] You may see the list of Registered Mediums by visiting http://www.lilydaleassembly.com/.

Although the main hotels in Lily Dale are closed off-season, many of the guest houses are open and available for booking rooms. Most of the public buildings are closed, but visitors often remark on the wonderful peace and hush as they walk along the streets. In fact, some visitors deliberately schedule their time in Lily Dale for the off-season for some rest and relaxation.

If you want to visit the world's largest center for the religion of Spiritualism during "The Season" or the Off-Season, check out www.lilydaleassembly.com for more info.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lily Dale: The Season

"The Season". *** To those of you are not familiar with Lily Dale, this phrase may seem to indicate the time of year (winter, spring, summer, fall). But for those who know and love Lily Dale, it's so much more. And I shall attempt to describe some of "The Season" to you now.

Running from usually the last weekend of June until the day before Labor Day, "The Season" takes place during the summer months in a spiritual community called Lily Dale.

Whether summer visitors come for a day, a week, a month, or a season, they mention that they feel "an amazing peace when I enter the gate". For many, "The Season" has been a time for spiritual pilgrimage and renewal, education and fellowship, evidence of spirit contact, and healing.

During "The Season", there is plenty to do every minute of the day. The schedule is abundant with healing services, spirit message services, thought exchanges, lectures, circles, seminars, and classes. In my opinion, Lily Dale offers a wealth of educational opportunities for the student/developing medium.

Many visitors during "The Season" are seeking contact with their loved ones in spirit. This is done usually in a session (aka reading) with a Registered Lily Dale Medium [like me]. Currently, there are approximately 40 Registered Mediums at Lily Dale. They have each been tested and approved by the Lily Dale Assembly. Each medium has their own distinct personality, has their own way of connecting with those in spirit, and keeps their own schedule. Appointments are strongly suggested. You may see the list of Registered Mediums by visiting www.lilydaleassembly.com.

Visitors may also hear from their spirit loved ones in the form of brief greetings at the message services (Inspiration Stump & Forest Temple) or in the form of mini-readings at other events (Monday Nite Circles).

If you are looking to connect with some of the ancient ones, Lily Dale has a beautiful old growth forest full of some of the oldest species of trees in this region. Some of the message services are held under the canopy of tall trees in a sort of outdoor cathedral. Their green majesty adds to the uplifting experience of feeling at one with the world.

There are also places to eat and stay in Lily Dale --- there are hotels, guest houses, restaurants, and gift shops. Or you can enjoy walking the trails, swimming at the beach, or sitting on a bench. Lily Dale is situated on beautiful Cassadaga Lake and many times the lake is like glass mirroring the trees, hills, and the gorgeous sky above.

As you can tell, there are plenty of opportunities at Lily Dale to seek the truth within your soul and see the reflections of your heart.

If you want to visit the world's largest center for the religion of Spiritualism during "The Season" or the Off-Season, check out www.lilydaleassembly.com for more info.

*** = I am capitalizing the first letters of the words 'the' and 'season' to emphasize the phrase's importance to me.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mediums Recognition Day

Today is Mediums Recognition Day. What does this mean?

The Mediums League of Lily Dale is sponsoring a day to recognize the work and dedication of the Registered Mediums. This includes:
  • a special lecture at the afternoon church service in the Auditorium educating people about mediumship
  • expressing gratitude to the Registered Mediums of Lily Dale [I am proud to be one]
  • spirit messages from the Executive Board of Directors of the Mediums League [I am a board member, so you will see me on the platform today!]
  • a reception at the Mediums League Building in the evening [fellowship and fun!]

I think this is a wonderful way for mediums and visitors alike to join together and acknowledge mediumship and express gratitude for the wonderful mediums at Lily Dale.

I hope you can join us! [if not inperson, at least in spirit] *smile*

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lessons from a Child: 'Let me stand where you stand'

My adventurous little boy is enjoying exploring his world. He is also enjoying MY world.

There I was washing dishes at the kitchen sink (minding my own business) when he decided that he wanted to know what it was like to stand exactly where I was standing.

Hanging onto the kitchen cabinets for assistance, he walked his way toward the cabinet under the sink. He then squeezed his little-baby-boy body in between my legs and that cabinet door. Having gained his objective, he stood there quietly nestled in my legs. With his energy and his actions, he was saying, 'Let me stand where you stand.' I could feel his energy reaching out to me, blending with my energy.

Moments passed until I looked down at him. At that same moment, he looked up me. Those adorable blue eyes scanned my face and then he smiled. 'Show me what you see,' he babbled in babyspeak.

With soapy wet hands, I picked him up, helping him grow taller so he could see over the sink edge. Together we looked into the sudsy water. 'Ooooooooooo,' he toned seriously. 'Oooooooooo,' I said back.

So often he expresses delight at being a part of my activities. Whether I am unloading laundry from the dryer, making the bed, cooking a meal, or typing on the computer, his curiousity and sense of togetherness insist that he be included. He is saying:

  • Let me help remove the clothes from this echo chamber. Aaaaaaa! Take a few more shirts out, now the acoustics are better. AAAAAAAAAAA!
  • Let me wiggle and giggle under the sheet while you attempt to straighten it 17 times.
  • Let me stand in the open refrigerator door while you remove the veggies, meat, and other food supplies. I'll take out all the salad dressings, ketchup, mustard, and other containers I can find.
  • Let me squeak open the cabinet doors and take out the bags and boxes of flour, sugar, and rice. Oh, and you want this spaghetti on the floor, right?
  • Let me sit here on your lap while I reach for the computer keyboard, hunting and pecking my very own baby babble message to world.

I hope he never loses that delight and appetite for the world. He is an example of openness and receptivity. He is a reminder to dive deeper into life.

By allowing him to take part in my activities, he is learning about this world, absorbing my reactions to events and situations, and experiencing the energetic ways of connecting with people. I have the very important job [and fabulous joy] of sharing my life [and sharing where I stand] with my child.

I hope you share your life with others. I hope you look with compassion upon others and take a moment to stand where they stand. It's a wonderful lesson in empathy and compassion. And it may help you with your own intuitive abilities too.