Thursday, December 23, 2010

Allow the Universe

About one month I ago, I dashed into a store for a few things.  As I approached the cash registers, I noticed only one register was open with a line of five people in front of me. 

I groaned internally because I was due to pick up my son and husband in five minutes.  The store had plenty of associates (six people) stocking the shelves nearby and only one register open! 

As three more customers joined the line behind me, I saw one associate, and then another, go into the register area without urgency and then leave again without urgency.  They couldn't have missed the extremely long line of customers waiting to be checked out.  And they didn't seem in any hurry to correct the situation.

I felt impatience welling up in me.  I wondered: should put the items back on the shelves and leave without them? Or should I stay? A voice within me said: STAY.

This went against my rational mind's nagging fearfulness.  "You'll be late, you'll be late," it was chanting and jeering.

Deciding to consciously practice spiritual natural law, I just as quickly let that impatience go, saying to myself, "The Universe will handle this situation.  And I will not be late to pick my family up."  I instantly felt relaxed and I smiled calmly to myself. 

One minute later, an associate went to the check out area and slowly opened another cash register and stated in a monotone voice, "I can take the next person in line who is paying cash."

It took me a second to realize that all of the people ahead of me weren't moving to the now OPEN register.  "I am paying cash!" my voice rang out happily.  I was checked out immediately and on my way to my family without a hitch.  Only one other person joined the cash line behind me, and when I left the store ten people were still waiting in the original line. 

This is an example of allowing the Universe to handle the situation.  Time was expanded - those five minutes were extended infinitely.  A checkout line opened up almost exclusively for me.  And the best part, I was not late.  It was a wonderful lesson in Allowing the Universe.

Now that it's the Christmas holiday shopping season, I intend to remember this lesson and apply it liberally.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Non-Permanence, Impermanence

The issue of non-permanence is something I find fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) in many areas of Life.  After all, nothing stays the same. 

One of my favorite examples of non-permanence is the Sand Mandala. 

Groups of Tibetan Buddhist Monks have been visiting Lily Dale over the years.  And one of the things they do while they are here is construct a mandala design out of different colors of sand.  Each intricate design is painstakingly created from hours of patient work by the Monks - extremely time-intensive and exacting.  It is a working meditation, a blessing, and a work of art. 

I had the opportunity to get a taste of the level of difficulty the construction of the Sand Mandala presents.  Six years ago, they had a small mandala off to the side where we regular Joes & Jills could give it a try.  It was in tribute to the 125th Anniversary year of Lily Dale symbolized by a beautiful swan.  Using long narrow metal ridged cones filled with colored sand, the idea was to tap and rub a stick along the cone's exterior ridges to encourage small amounts of the colored sand to funnel down and sift gently into the design.  It was reminescent of using a long pastry frosting tube but instead of squeezing out too much frosting, I tapped out too much sand - POOF!  Thankfully, I had done it off to the side so I didn't effect the swan design, whew!

Anyway, back to the subject at hand: Non-permanence...  Immediately after the Monks finish creating the Mandala, they do special prayers and ceremony to deconstruct the Mandala.  Yes, you read that correctly - they destroy the art.  All of those beautiful hours and amazing perfection - gone. 

The sands are swept up in a specific order and placed in an urn.  Half of the sand is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

Bottomline:  This mandala exercise is done to as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. To remind oneself of change. To enjoy beauty and the moment of NOW while you have it. To give the best of yourself to each situation no matter the outcome.


Update: I just found a link if you would like to read more about the process of the Sand Mandala:  http://www.mysticalartsoftibet.org/Man-Proc.htm#top

Friday, December 10, 2010

NDE of nephew brings message of love for client

A client just called me to share something.  She enthusiastically told me that her nephew had almost died about a month ago.  He is almost fully recovered now, but during the event he had a near-death experience (NDE).

During the time the nephew was toe-dipping on the other side, he spoke with her dead husband.  The husband explained that it was not the nephew's time to pass and that he would be returning until the time he was officially called by God.  Also, the husband said that he is happy and doing well on the Other Side, even giving identifiers and information that my client understood as confirmation of his continued existence.

Needless to say, my client was thrilled to have this confirmation from her husband via her nephew.  She said that, while she could have done without the scare of her nephew's situation, she was overjoyed to have this special message of Love from her beloved husband.

Then, she explained that she called me because I am the one person she knows who would understand.  Because of our wonderful readings in the past when I have connected her with her husband, she felt she had to tell me "thank you". 

I feel honored that I have been a part of this special communication between a husband and wife.  And I feel happy that she has had confirmation of her husband's continued existence (proof of continuity of Life) from another source.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

100 Loons

My husband called my phone and left a message for me.  I could hear the excitement in his voice, "There are 100 loons on Cassadaga Lake right now.  When you drive past today take a look at them." 

Loons? Was my husband talking about some people doing strange things on the lake?

Sure enough, when I ventured out later that day, there were about 100 loons swimming in the lake.  Only to my pleasant surprise, the "loons" my husband referred to were bird loons.  Beautiful black and white patterned birds.  [And because I've finally figured out how to import a picture to my Blog, here you go!]



I've heard the call of the loon when visiting the Adirondacks. The bird call of the loon is a haunting trill that echoes across the still water to the tall pines. I look forward to hearing it whenever I visit there.

And now they are practically in my back yard.  I LOVE that they are visiting my part of New York state!  I accept their presence as a blessing and remain open to their message.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thoughts of fear can breed like rabbits

Have you heard about what rabbits did in Australia?

In 1859 [that's over 151 years ago], a man named Thomas Austin moved to Australia and made the astounding discovery that the Land Down Under didn't have a native rabbit population.  This was especially distressing to him because when he lived in Englad he was an avid hunter, regularly dedicating his weekends to rabbit hunting. 

So Austin asked his nephew in England to send him 12 grey rabbits and five hares so that he could continue his hobby in Australia by creating a local population of the species. At the time he had stated, "The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting."  However, when the nephew could not source enough grey rabbits to meet his uncle's order, he topped it off by buying domestic rabbits.

One theory as to why the Barwon park rabbits adapted so well to Australia is that the hybrid rabbits that resulted from the interbreeding of the two distinct types were particularly hardy and virile. Also, many other farms released their rabbits into the wild after Austin.
It is the nature of rabbits to reproduce extremely quickly, so they spread rapidly across the southern parts of the country. With mild winters, Australia has the ideal conditions for a rabbit population explosion because the rabbits were able to breed the entire year. And Australia's vast areas with low vegetations create an ideal habitat for rabbits.

Within ten years of their introduction in 1859, rabbits had become so prevalent that two million could be shot or trapped annually without having any noticeable effect on the population. It was the fastest spread ever recorded of any mammal anywhere in the world.

This is a classic example of unintended consequences!!!

Our thoughts can also breed like rabbits.  One negative thought can become two then become twenty until you are overrun by 100 scared-rabbit thoughts hopping around in your head.  As humans we are blessed with creative minds --- when left untrained, our minds revert to ego-based fears.

In those fear-driven moments, you rationalize that you are just being realistic, just preparing for the eventuality of "what could happen".  Your fears tunnel and burrow into your consciousness, leaving you riddled with panic and limiting your happiness.  This is one of the fastest ways to become frantic and shut out your Good.  Do not allow erroneous thoughts to run rampant.  Give those feelings of fear over to God.  There is no way that you can absolutely say that the feared outcome will result.  Are your feelings an excuse to continue hiding from your potential?  Focus on having no excuses and discover the deeper feelings of Truth.

Bottomline:  When you know a fear to be groundless, don't toy with it, don't indulge it.  Think of other matters.  Breathe steadily.  Relax.  As you attune to the presence of your Higher Self, you walk courageously forward.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Spiritual Food

In this time of feasting and Thanksgiving, we often review our blessings (health, family, home, etc) and we think about the food we will eat (the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie, etc).

This year, I am thinking about a different kind of food - Spiritual Food.  I am referring to:
  • reading inspirational books
  • attending a spiritual development class
  • walking in Nature and witnessing God in the sunlight, the trees, in everything
  • going to a church service or prayer service

Before my son was born, I had the opportunity to eat Spiritual Food every day and in every way.  I was like a sponge, soaking up my communion with God with gusto.  Each day, each week, each month, I found inspiration in Spiritual Food by feeding my mind and soul. 

After he was born, my time became so limited because I was focusing on tending to our family's Needs that my old schedule of Eating Spiritual Food was forgotten for a time.  Eventually, I lacked Spiritual Food in my life so much that I was feeling a disconnect from my spiritual center within.

Thankfully, I noticed this void - and instead of filling it with despair and depression - I recognized my need for Spiritual Food and began feeding myself again.  My son was older and could play for ten minutes or so by himself in the morning, so I would take the time to read some pages from an inspirational book, then allow myself to review the words throughout the day as their meanings resonated in me.  In essence this was similar to stretching before physical exercise, but this was stretching before spiritual exercise so that I could plunge into the depths of my Being and climb into the sacred mountains of my Divine Self. 

I then was able to arrange for him to be watched by loving family members so that I could take time to steady myself with walks alone in Nature, go to a development circle, or attend a church service.  With each step, I felt my spiritual self strengthening again.  It was wonderful to swim in the Divine Essence with prayerful intention again! 

After all, "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

Synchronistically, the importance of eating Spiritual Food was mentioned in one of the books I was reading yesterday.  In her book "The Beauty of Beholding God", Darien Cooper explained about a time when she was feeling empty spiritually and needed new Spiritual Food.  She recognized that, after she stopped teaching her Christian marriage seminars in order to tend to her family's needs, she became spiritually malnourished and began outlining a "plan to get moving toward spiritual health again".  She turned to God's word (in her case The Bible) and found a renewed sense of spiritual purpose.

As a second point, while spiritual work is energetically rewarding, spiritual malnutrition can be one of the hazards of ministering to others.  Mediums, healers, and spiritual teachers should be careful to take in Spiritual Food to the same or greater degree than they give out.

Bottomline: Don't starve yourself - eat Spiritual Food with gusto!  And feel your special relationship with God and your Divine Self grow more and more fulfulling in every way.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Waking up

During the past two years, I've noticed that my son and I are attuned to each other in many ways.    One of the ways we are linked has to do with sleep. (See my blogpost on Sleep Smiles.) Sometimes in the middle of the night, I will wake up and just a few moments later I will hear my son stirring, rousing from slumber.  I can usually get to him before he cries for food, diaper/potty, and cuddles.  I feel this is Nature's way of assisting me as a mother. 

I also noticed that this works in a slightly different way with my husband.  If he wakes up and quietly leaves, I wake up anywhere from instantly to 25 minutes later, even if it's the middle of the night.  Somehow a part of me knows and when I come to the end of a sleep cycle, I surface instead of entering another sleep cycle.

It's like some buzzer inside of me goes off, like an internal alarm clock, only it's set for random times and in accordance with my family's sleep cycles and their needs.

Has this happened to you?

Here's my take on it:  You energetically notice the shift of another person's aura out of your physical and energetic space, even though you are unconscious.  You recognize their energy signature - in the same way you recognize your loved ones in Spirit.

Remember from my Auras 1 blogpost"The aura is part of the energy signature.  The aura is usually a fluid thing. Changes occur in your aura with every change of thought, every move, every meeting. These changes can cause your aura to expand or shrink, to change color, to become denser or lighter."

In the case of my son, I energetically bonded with him during his gestation.  My aura became very practiced in blending with my child during those nine months. This continues after birth. As I mentioned above, I recognize his needs by his energy signature and vibrational frequency.

And in the case of my husband, our auras blend during the day and continue to blend while we sleep.  Although I have become accustomed to his breathing, body heat, and physical presence, I feel that - as a general rule - I discern the shifts in his vibrational frequency via my aura. 

I really appreciate having this energetic notification, so I consider it a blessing [most of the time *smile*].  I hope this helps you to understand your energetic bonds with your family so that you can use your powers for Good.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Relax...

Last night, I was trying to get to sleep and wasn't going into a peaceful slumber right away.  So I took stock of the situation. 

I noticed that I still had some little tensions in my body and that I was holding onto stress from the day.  I thought about how the techniques I use to facilitate and relax into meditation could help me sleep now.

During my meditation times, I close my eyes and consciously relax my body. My awareness travels the highways and byways of my body, releasing tension in my limbs, stomach, back, neck, shoulders, and head. I feel the tightness releasing and good energy flows into all the spaces of my Self. My breathing also relaxes and I focus on taking deeper and slower breaths. In a matter of moments, I shift my state of conscousness from alpha, to beta, to theta.  Light and love surround and embrace me, and I marvel at the peace I feel.

Using these principles last night, I consciously relaxed my arms and legs, my neck and shoulders, and my face and mouth.  Without realizing it, I had been clamping my jaw tightly.  Breathing through it, I allowed my entire being to relax and let go. 

As I was drifting off to sleep (finally moving into delta *yay*), I thought about how I would share these simple techniques with you my blogreaders to help facilitate your meditation and/or sleep.

Now, you are ready to experience time with your Divine expression with open energy and open arms.  What a wonderful way to prepare for renewal during the day or night!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The year of the train

My little boy is two years old now and we celebrated his birthday recently.  When it came time to open his presents, those gathered were astounded.

One set of grandparents gave him a set of handmade wooden train cars with wooden zoo animals.  The other set of grandparents gave him a Lincoln Log set with a train track and train engine.  And get this, my husband gave him a Thomas the Train set (I can't take credit as it was purchased without my knowledge).  Trains, trains, and more trains!

Prior to the gathering, no one knew that the others planned to gift him with trains.  Without conscious awareness, they were all tuned into the Univeral Mind and their intuitive selves were sharing vibrational frequency with one thought, one reality --- TRAINS.  This is an example of the spiritual natural Law of Attraction in action.  The Law of Attraction assisted the magnetic draw of the trains.

But it gets better... a few days later, a good friend gave my son a train cake muffin pan for his birthday, so now we can make an edible train!  And she didn't know about the other trains either.

We all got a good chuckle at the synchronicity of events.  This year, trains were definitely on the brain!!!

Have you been part of the synchronicity of gifting?

Monday, October 25, 2010

10-24-2010 church with my parents

Yesterday I served as the chairperson of the Sunday morning church service at the Church of the Living Spirit (my home church).  It was a wonderful gathering of my spiritual family

This particular Sunday, I had the additional bonus of being on the platform with my parents [my spiritual and biological family].  We have served together often over the years in some variation or another, but I am always impressed by what I learn from them still.  [You would think I had heard it all by now! *smile*]

My father, Bill White, presented a lecture about "Vision Quests".  He detailed the nature of the vision quest and gave some poignant examples of vision quests.  Vision quests involve going inward to develop a conscious awareness of the soul's connection with the Divine and usually have a healing and/or intuitive result.

I especially enjoyed his historical information in regard to Lily Dale's beginnings being a direct result of a vision quest and healing experience by Jeremiah Carter.  And I am looking forward to sharing the information with those of you who attend my "Lily Dale History" class in May 2010! [see my website's Coming Events page for more info about the class.]

My mother, Bonnie White, was the featured medium.  With her usual gentle joy, she gave uplifting and inspirational messages to various individuals.  She was also delighted to share with us a new way that Spirit indicates where she is to go in the audience - seeing a hand above the head of the intended recipient of the spirit message.  At one point she saw hands above everyone's heads and offered a beautiful group message that we each have the hand of God working with us in our lives.  What sweet comfort!

My parents have always encouraged the development of my mediumship and spiritual growth. In fact, their active spiritual search has molded mine and my spiritual search has continued to shape theirs.  Our spiritual journeys have intertwined and we assist in each others' growth.  I am filled with gratitude to have the parents that I do and give thanks for the opportunity to serve Spirit with them.

And it was also great to see some of you (my clients and blogreaders) there yesterday!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blink your eyes

Here is a technique that I found helpful in my beginning days with mediumship.

While I connecting with visual information from Spirit, I would notice that sometimes I would only see a spirit for a millisecond and then it would poof ! This quick look was not enough for me to formulate a good sense of the spirit's physical appearance, so when it would disappear I would be frustrated.

Well, one day, while I was engaging my clairvoyance (seeing of Spirit), this happened. And I blinked my eyes. I saw the spirit for another flash of an instant. So I blinked my eyes again. And I saw the spirit for another flash. So I blinked my eyes again. Bet you can guess what happened. *smile*

A pattern developed and with each blink I was allowed more and more clarity with my spirit vision. I had found a way through it!

Now I teach my students this technique. They have reported on its success as well.

So go ahead and blink, you might just see something.

Note: The rate of blinking might have an effect on the outcome of your use of my technique. My suggestion is to blink very slooooowly and lazily while taking relaxing breaths.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pumpkin patch

Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see. --- Quote from "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"

When it comes to pumpkins I head to a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch.

A local Amish family has a wonderful pumpkin patch that I like to go to every year. When we arrived, my son, my friend, and I looked over the field of pumpkins with a excitement. Bright orange balls dotted the ground for acres. Picking our way carefully through the pumpkins and pumpkin vines, we surveyed the ground, looking for the best and the brightest.

When it comes to pumpkins the cream of the crop is in the eye of the beholder. The abundant variety of sizes and shapes accounts for each person's personal preference. Kind of like the variety of personalities, physical appearances, and soul journeys of my clients.

For some, pumpkin perfection is seen in the biggest, tallest, or most carvable. My son dashed into the field toward a small pumpkin and hefted it into his little arms gleefully. Eventually, I found mine, a tall pumpkin with a beautiful green vine handle. My friend found a good-sized round pumpkin without blemishes. And because we were planning a pumpkin-carving party, we chose out a few more pumpkins until we had eleven.

Just about the time I was wondering how long it would take two women and a small child to lug those eleven pumpkins to the car, my son called out "HORSEY!"

The Amish pumpkin farmer had just entered the field with a wagon pulled by two big Clydesdale horses. He brought the wagon over to transport our pumpkins from the field to our vehicle! So kind and considerate!

I think, if there is such a thing as the Great Pumpkin, there is a good chance he'll pick this pumpkin patch. *smile* Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye as see.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Meditation Class 10-19-10

I will be teaching a class next Tuesday at the Jamestown Community College - North County campus in Dunkirk, NY. Details below.

Meditation
Tuesday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Would you like to feel peace and transform your perception of yourself and the world? Then this meditation class is for you! Meditation has many benefits; it helps us regain our natural balance as well as it’s simple and easy to do and the rewards are wonderful: relaxation, peace of mind, and insight into your inner self.

In this interactive seminar, you will learn the various forms of meditation, practice relaxation and creative visualization to gain insight into your inner self, understand the mind/body/spirit connection and heal your life through personal transformation as well as discover ways to train the mind and quiet mind chatter during meditation.

For more class descriptions, see my website's Coming Events page at: http://www.willawhite.com/coming_events.htm.

TO REGISTER, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. Hope to see you in class!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Psychometry Class 10-14-10

This is a busy time of year for me due to my teaching commitments. It's also a lot of FUN! I enjoy teaching classes with plenty of hands-on activities that encourage the student to discover the answers of their own soul.
I teach spiritual development classes at the local college. There is the prepwork of putting the curriculum together, preparing the handouts and class exercises, and of course doing the teaching. So far, this autumn I have taught "Symbols: Methods for Guidance & Interpretation". Tonight, I will be teaching the "Lily Dale Experience". And next week, I will teach
"Psychometry Techniques"
Thursday October 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

What is psychometry? It is the ability to read the history of certain objects. Whenever we handle an object, we are laying down or leaving energy and information about ourselves on that object which is referred to as a signature. Strong emotions seem to be stored on objects and we are often able to pick up on these signatures ie. a location, a time, a feeling. In this class, we explore techniques to read information from objects by tuning into intuitive abilities. Please bring 2-3 personal objects to class that you or another person has had regular contact with such as a watch, a ring, a key, etc…


For more class descriptions, see my website's Coming Events page at: http://www.willawhite.com/coming_events.htm.

TO REGISTER, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. Hope to see you in class!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A starting place

For many months now, my toddler son has exhibited word recognition in several ways.

He reacts to my verbal directives and responds with his own.

  • Time to go outside. He collects his shoes and mine from the mat by the door, brings them to me, and says "shoosh".
  • Would you like a banana? He goes to the fruit bowl, hands the banana to me for peeling, and says "baaa-na" excitedly.
  • Grandma is going to be here soon. He stations himself at the window in anticipation looking for "Gaw-ma".
  • Let's water the flowers. He makes a beeline for the watering can while repeating "flour-rs".
  • Time to wash the dishes. He pulls a chair over to help with the "deeshes".
  • Let's go brush teeth. He makes a brushing motion toward his mouth along with a brushing noise.

He is learning word recognition, visual recognition, and other cues. This got me thinking about how novice mediums also go through a similar learning stage to toddlers.

By paying attention, a medium begins to receive impressions and learn how spirit works with them. The way in which a beginning medium labels and notices impressions during spirit contact is similar to way a toddler labels and notices objects, people, and places.

Beginning mediumship can be as simple as stringing together impressions from Spirit, in much the same way that a toddler begins to string together words to create sentences. "Moon [in the] sky." "Truck [loads] dirt."

As a medium, I take note of Spirit's directives and pass along these impressions in order to convey the essence of a spirit loved one. For example, in a reading recently, I received the following impressions:

  • man hooked up to oxygen
  • flag - my symbol for military service
  • father
  • bowtie
The client confirmed the information: "Yes, my father had emphysema so he was on oxygen, he served in the military, and I'm pretty sure that the bowtie is because he volunteered as a clown at the Children's Hospital."

As you learn to understand the ways in which Spirit works with you, remember to honor the information being given to you and to enjoy exploring the world of Spirit the way a child explores the physical world.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lily Dale Experience Class 10-6-10

Would you like to visit the Lily Dale Assembly, the world‘s largest center for the science, philosophy, and religion of Spiritualism?

Now is your opportunity! On Wednesday October 6th, I will be facilitating the:
"Lily Dale Experience"

This class is sponsored by the Jamestown Community College Continuing Education Department & the Chautauqua County Visitor's Bureau.

Learn about spirit communication, spiritual healing, Spiritualism, Lily Dale, and more. This fun informative class will be followed by the experience of attending a public demonstration of mediumship and spiritual healing, with a brief Q & A afterward. This is an excellent opportunity to explore facets of mediumship and healing and to visit historic Lily Dale, now celebrating its 131st year.

For more detailed class descriptions, see my website's Coming Events page at: http://www.willawhite.com/coming_events.htm.

I strongly suggest that your REGISTER EARLY for these classes. Call JCC at 716-338-1005. Hope to see you in class!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

24 butterflies

Q: Hello, Willa! I really want to know your opinion on butterflies! I do believe my family and friends that have crossed over do come to me as butterflies. Would you believe this to be true? Sincerely, A.G.

A: The short answer is YES. I do believe that spirit loved ones can convey messages using any method at their disposal, including butterflies. Not everything is a message from Spirit, so you have to use some discernment.

Case in point, the day I read your email I also [synchronistically] did a reading for a client who was felt a spirit loved one was communicating with her via butterflies.

After I brought through evidential information that established we were in fact communicating with her daughter who has passed almost a year ago, this client told me about seeing butterflies in the backyard. She explained that she later dismissed this as spirit contact because she found out a neighbor has a butterfly tree. So this caused her to doubt things.

Well, on a particularly bad day of grieving for her daughter, she was frustrated and desiring some real confirmation of her daughter's presence, so she asked for it. She was in the car driving to pick up her grandson. As she drove the three miles to his location, she noticed butterflies swooping down into her path, narrowly missing her windshield. Each one of them was yellow and she counted 24 yellow butterflies in all. Most importantly, she felt this was her beloved daughter's way of offering real evidence of her presence.

I said to the client, "The number 24 is significant. Your daughter doesn't want you to miss that point too. How old---"

"Oh, my!" the client gasped. "My daughter was 24 when she passed. She would have turned 25 the very next day."

So there you have it, folks! Those in Spirit will utilize what is available to them --- including butterflies!!!


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If you have a general question whose answer would benefit many people, you may submit a question any time and watch for the answer in this Blog. Email me at willawhite@hotmail.com.

I am unable to answer emails that involve requests for feedback or personal advice about a situation. If you would like guidance in your spiritual or intuitive development, please book a consultation with me, and if you need to connect with a loved one in Spirit, please book a reading.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Affirmation of peace

"I ask, receive, and gratefully accept the power and miracle of peace. I release my need for control over this moment and flow into now. I breathe in peace. I experience peace fully and joyously. I am peace."

This is my version of 'Serenity Now'. This is my positive affirmation --- a mantra that reminds me of my purpose, encourages me to let go, and creates my experience in this present moment and the moments to come. It is an Infinite Blessing.

Blessings of Peace to You All!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September 2010 JCC Class - sign up now!

This month, I will be teaching a spiritual development class at the JCC Jamestown NY campus:

"Symbols - Methods for Interpretation & Guidance" - Thursday September 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Symbols can provide a deeply personal look into self-discovery and one’s search for individual and spiritual meaning. Benefits of the exploration of symbols include problem solving, creativity, dream interpretation, spirit communication, and most importantly, personal awareness. Come and learn how to interpret and work with the symbols, images, and messages of your soul.

For more detailed class descriptions, see my website's Coming Events page at: http://www.willawhite.com/coming_events.htm.

I strongly suggest that your REGISTER EARLY for these classes. Call JCC at 716-338-1005. See you in class!

Monday, August 30, 2010

The day after

It's the day after the Season. As I walk around Lily Dale, I notice the change in the energy - the extra hush of the place.

What a difference from Opening Day of the season and the past two months! By now, the majority of the summer visitors have departed and the public buildings are closed. The off-season begins.

I feel a sense of waiting for the next moment, that space between before and after. This is probably the way a teacher feels when her students leave a classroom on the last day of school - desks are empty, the hallways are clear, and the chalk dust has settled. Or the feeling after a dinner party - as you clear the table and reminisce about the evening's conversation.

It is the breath a singer takes between notes. It is moment after the sun has set and before night begins. This is a relaxing moment that is bittersweet because something incredible is ending and because it is a much-needed pause before something glorious begins.

This pause in time can blink by as quick as a milli-second or can span an eternity. It is my decision how I choose perceive this moment.

I embrace this moment of hush. I embrace now.

For more info about what to do in Lily Dale during the Off-Season, click here.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Last day of season - Featured Medium 8-29-2010 Sunday service

This Sunday, I will be the Featured Medium at the Church of the Living Spirit's Sunday morning church service. It will be held in Lily Dale's historic Auditorium. This day is also very special because is the LAST DAY of the 2010 Lily Dale summer program.

For those of you who are not familiar with a Spiritualist church service, here is a basic outline of events:

•Lecture from the featured speaker (Patricia Price, this Sunday)
•Healing time - opportunity to receive beautiful, channeled energy from one of the healers
•Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium (me, again!) giving short messages to those in the audience
•Music - songs with live music accompaniment
So there you go! If you are coming to church, you will see me!

For more info, visit http://www.willawhite.com/ and http://www.churchofthelivingspiritlilydale.com/.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Medium's Recognition Day 2010

This Friday August 27th is Medium's Recognition Day in Lily Dale.

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!]

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*

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Featured Medium 8-26-2010 Auditorium Service

On Thursday, I will be the Featured Speaker at the afternoon church service in Lily Dale.

During the summer season, the afternoon services are held in Lily Dale's historic Auditorium starting at 2:30 p.m. The Auditorium platform has been a place for speakers of spiritual philosophy, social causes, and Spiritualism for 127 years. Several big names have spoken there - Susan B. Anthony, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and more! I have had the honor of speaking on the summer platform for over a decade.

For those of you who are not familiar with this service, here is a basic outline for this one hour event:

Lecture from the featured speaker - This Thursday, my father William White will present a lecture on a spiritual subject.
Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium (me, this Thursday).
Music - songs with live music accompaniment (hopefully from our very historic and beautiful pipe organ)
So there you go - if you are coming to the service, you will share sacred time with me!

For more info, visit www.willawhite.com and www.lilydaleassembly.com.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The magic of ice cream in the summer

I don't know what it is, but ice cream is *magical* - especially during the summer. Someone can be having a bad day, a dull day, a hectic day, or a great day - and another someone can suggest going for ice cream and the day gets better.

For a funny ice cream story, read my blog post: Falling off the ice cream wagon.

In fact, ice cream is soooo fantastic that there are ice cream shacks dotting the landscape. These special places usually have a wall that is completely taken up by the list of ice cream flavors offered and just enough room inside to house the ice cream, the cones, and a couple of ice cream scoops. I love those places.

For around the same amount that a person would pay for a half gallon of ice cream at the store, you can have one, two, or three scoops of the ice cream(s) of your choice in a cone. [Ice cream sticker shock]

And for some strange reason [that I have not yet discovered], the ice cream tastes better from these places - making the cost worth it.

Folks stand in line for their ice cream treat, eagerly scouring the list of flavors to find a favorite. Then, you are finally at window to declare your choice. And a beautiful stack of an ice cream cone floats toward you.

As the ice cream hits the summer heat, drips form on the exterior of the cone. Your job now is to quickly lick the melting ice cream in order to maintain a mess-free cone.

Frequently, I watch the joy and the relaxed posture of those enjoying their ice cream around me. It's difficult to maintain a serious stance when indulging in ice cream. Silly grins and child-like delight fill the moment. I love watching people find joy in simple pleasures.

Ahhhhhhh, summer.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Spirit temperature & density

On these hot summer days, it feels so refreshing to take a dip in the lake. As I move through the water, I feel the warm and cold pockets of water.

As I float, I am thinking . . .

Feeling spirit is a lot like feeling warm and cold pockets of water. Sure, you are on land, but the space feels different.

Depending on a spirit's vibrational frequency, the spirit can feel warm, cold, light, dense, murky, clear, effervescent, etc. This discernment of the variation of temperature and density makes the spirit's presence a sensory experience.

In this way, the method of perceiving a spirit's energy is similar to the way we perceive a living person's energy --- it is an energetic recognition of the vibrational frequency or energy signature of the individual.

Have you felt spirit energy in this way?

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Rainbow

I saw a rainbow today.

Low in the sky, below the misting clouds and sun peeking thru, there was a big beautiful rainbow. Brilliant colors arced over the trees, bending down toward the earth.

My heart filled with joy at the sight. And the words that Judy Garland immortalized in the Wizard of Oz came to mind.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?


This optical and meterological phenomenon has delighted and confounded many throughout the ages. And there are many ways that various cultures have explained the rainbow's existence.

My favorite: In Greek mythology, the rainbow is considered to be a path for a messenger between Heaven and Earth.

Did you know that white light is composed of the light of all the colors of the rainbow? I think it was Isaac Newton who demonstrated that fact. Light can also bend, act like a wave, and interfere playfully with itself. That's why scientists say a rainbow can happen.

Scientists now have a satisfactory explanation for the light refraction of the rainbow, but this does not diminish its beauty and specialness.

When we pass to spirit we are embraced by the Light and Love of God in a superilluminary way. I think maybe the Greeks were right.

So I ask you now: where do rainbows come from?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Forest Temple

One of my favorite places in Lily Dale is the "Forest Temple". Located on East Street, it is an area of tranquility.

As you approach, you will see benches where hundreds of people sit each day in the summer, eager to receive a message from their loved ones in Spirit. Looking up, beautiful stately trees create an outdoor cathedral effect. This natural space offers a calm and peaceful way to connect consciously with your higher self and the spirits of your loved ones.

The Forest Temple is an important location for the visitors and Spiritualists of Lily Dale. Since 1894, services have been held here. And every day during the summer Season, people gather once a day for a public message service.

During the summer, demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the mediums in the form of short messages to those in the audience. There is a chairperson for the event who calls the mediums one at a time to serve as message ministers at the service. Various kinds of mediums generously volunteer their time to give messages and greetings from Spirit --- registered Lily Dale mediums, visiting mediums, and student mediums.

For over 116 years, people have felt reunion and reconnection with their loved ones in Spirit at these services.

This week, you will probably see me at the Forest Temple. My mother, Bonnie White, is chairing the service. I will be there to help and support her and Lily Dale.

Monday, July 26, 2010

What language do spirits use?

Q: Hi, Willa,

I saw the documentary "No one dies in Lily Dale", and was fascinated by it. I'm doing my research online, and read your blogs. I have a silly question, but it's kind of important for me. What language do spirits use? Does it matter if the passed one does not speak the same earth language as the medium?

Thanks,
JM

A: During readings, sometimes spirits come through who spoke a different language (meaning other than English) while on the earth plane.

If I am experiencing spirit contact with them clairaudiently, then I may hear the different language pattern and indicate this to the client. The client will then confirm, "Yes, my father spoke Greek. Literally." Quite honestly, it sounds like gibberish because they are usually talking too fast - so I tell the spirit to give me information another way.

Spirits convey information in a multitude of ways using the 5 Cs. This means that impressions and information can be conveyed in other ways than verbal speech. The primary language of spirit is symbols. And I am also strongly clairsentient, so I feel impressions and feelings from spirit.

Bottomline: It is not necessary for the loved one in spirit to speak the same language as the medium. Mediumship is a soul-to-soul connection.

Additional note: I have clients worldwide and their loved ones in Spirit come through without issue - no matter what language they speak. Language is not a barrier for spirit contact.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Spirit lights & fireflies

On a summer evening, you've probably seen those sparks in the night called fireflies or lightning bugs. These flying insects offer a tantalizing flash of light as they search for a mate. Nature's bioluminescence teases us with "now you see it - now you don't - there it is again".

During a walk one evening, my husband and I pointed out these curious creatures to our son. Eventually, we found a big group of fireflies having a party down by the lake. It was wonderful to be in such proximity to this beautiful display of light.

Spirit lights are often like fireflies in summer. Flash-flash-gone, flash-flash-flash-gone. Quick as Peter Pan's Tinkerbell, spirit is onto other things.

Sometimes I notice spirit lights around a client. To me, it looks like all of a spirit's light has been condensed visually into the space of a firefly's glow. Very cool.

And although I see this condensed form, I know it is their father, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife, etc because of the other impressions offered at the time.

Of course, not all spirits manifest using spirit light flashes. Many show themselves in other ways or using the other 5 Cs.

Have you seen spirit lights this way? Perhaps in side vision?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Featured Speaker 7-16-2010 Auditiorium Service

On Friday, I will be the Featured Speaker at the afternoon church service in Lily Dale.

During the summer season, the afternoon services are held in Lily Dale's historic Auditorium starting at 2:30 p.m. The Auditorium platform has been a place for speakers of spiritual philosophy, social causes, and Spiritualism for 127 years. Several big names have spoken there - Susan B. Anthony, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and more! I have had the honor of speaking on the summer platform for over a decade.

For those of you who are not familiar with this service, here is a basic outline for this one hour event:

  • Lecture from the featured speaker (me, this Friday)
  • Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium. This Friday, Patricia Price (one of my favorite people) will be the medium. She will give brief spirit messages to those in attendance.
  • Music - songs with live music accompaniment (hopefully from our very historic and beautiful pipe organ)

So there you go - if you are coming to the service, you will share sacred time with me!

For more info, visit www.willawhite.com and www.lilydaleassembly.com.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wait time between readings

Q: What is the suggested wait time if any, between readings?

A: It is my policy that my clients wait at least six months before scheduling another mediumship reading with me. Here is my reasoning...

I have several repeat clients and some of them want readings regularly. In fact, if I permitted, some clients would have a reading once per month. So I began this policy many years ago in order to protect us from using spirit contact as a crutch or entertainment. Even though mediumship can offer solace during some of life's most difficult times, it should never take the place of listening to one's own soul.

In addition, frequent readings don't make sense because no new information would be given in such a short space of time. For example, if a client had another reading in one month, some of the same information would most likely come through.

For me, spirit contact through mediumship is an empowering and sacred experience that can offer comfort and guidance during life's challenges. Thankfully, the vast majority of my clients understand that mediumship is a conversation with their loved ones and (while those in spirit may offer suggestions and/or guidance) ultimately they must listen to their own souls in order to navigate their lives --- so they appreciate my policy.

Six months is a good amount of time for people to have absorbed the information from the previous mediumship reading, verified many of the impressions given by their spirit loved ones, and shifted into a new phase in the understanding of their lives and spiritual awareness.

Bottomline: Any time after that six month mark is fine for many clients - for some it is a year or two or longer between sessions. Listen to your own soul and you will know the if and when to have another reading.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Between us

I did it. I finally looked at my husband and said, "Someone has come between us." [*gasp*]

Thankfully, my husband chuckled and said, "She's mine, buddy."

We looked down at our son wedging his small body between us. We were dancing to a song on the radio and he was 'cutting in'. Our little boy was looking up at us with urgency in his blue eyes and tugging on our legs.

We both sighed "Alriiiiiiiight" and lifted him up to join us. With a happy grin, he swayed with us for awhile, but eventually squirmed down to run off and play --- just enough time for the romantic song to end.

When our son joined our circle of love, the dynamic of our love relationship changed. Suddenly we were parents with new responsibilities and new joys. Having a third (albeit small) person nestled between us was/is wonderful, but we're finding out:
  • we can't dance without a certain someone cutting in
  • we can't cuddle on the couch without a certain someone climbling up and perching between us
  • we can't kiss without a certain someone interrupting and wanting a kiss too
  • we can't sleep without a certain someone taking up the whole middle of the bed
  • we can't share a meal and give each other undivided attention
  • we have so many responsibilities between parenting, work, and other commitments that most days we don't have time for us

When I pointed this fact out to a friend, she said "Marriage is work. Marriage is a lot of work. Children make it even harder." Well, I don't like that. Loving someone shouldn't be work. And children should (by and large) add to the experience of marriage.

I think that marriage needs attention. My husband wants/needs/craves my full and undivided attention at times. My attention is a hot commodity with a two year old in the room. And I admit that I want/need/crave my husband's full and undivided attention at times.

Between our jobs and family life, it's sometimes difficult to carve out time for us --- to find time to just sit, talk, share and reconnect.

Marriages often fall victim to the same behaviors that wreck our bodies, our friendships, and our dreams --- we don't dedicate focused time to our most important priorities.

So I am making the affirmation that I will carve out that time (even if it's only five minutes). Every day, I shall joyfully and easily create the time to talk, share, and reconnect with my husband, giving him my undivided attention.

I know that the time and attention I give to my marriage will pay exponential dividends in joy, companionship, and teamwork. And more importantly, I will not look on my marriage as work --- I shall look on my marriage as a beautiful dance between us.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Silver Tea

The 131st Lily Dale summer season started this weekend and one of the signature kick-off events of opening day is the Silver Tea.

Long ago, glorious Victorian ladies and gentlemen would gather for a respendlent tea, complete with real silver tea service and scrumptious goodies. Neighbors, friends, and visitors would enjoy greeting each other after the long winter months at this Opening Day celebration.

Here at Lily Dale, we continue the tradition. We no longer use a silver tea service, however fun, fellowship, and enjoyment of an array of yummy goodies pervail.

Some people dress up, wear pearls, hats, and other finery in memoriam of days gone by. Others wear street clothes, jeans, and shorts in style with today's fashions.

This year....we found ourselves sitting with a group visiting from Ohio. They were friendly and an easy repoire developed. We also mingled with some of our friends and neighbors, exchanging pleasantries and commenting on the lovely update to the Auditorium platform. When the visiting Buddhist Monks arrived, they joined their voices in sacred song to celebrate the event.

Every now and then during the evening, I could sense people from a bygone age celebrating with us --- Victorian ladies in gorgeous hats, men impeccably dressed, and other spirit visitors --- at our sides as we discussed the spiritual journeys that led us to Lily Dale, God, spirit contact, healing, and Spiritualism. This is where history and the events of today blend. The same beautiful tradition, power, and intention of gathering on opening day at the Silver Tea remains.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Spiritual family

There are people in our lives that become dear to us because they share our core spiritual beliefs. Sometimes they become closer to us than our biological family because they 'see' our souls and nurture our spiritual selves.

These folks are our spiritual family.

And while I am blessed by a biological family who is also my spiritual family (a rarity I am told), my spiritual family also consists of:
  • close personal friends (a.k.a. kindred souls I trust)
  • members of my church (a Spiritualist church I have attended for over 15 years)
  • other residents here at Lily Dale (a spiritual community and the world's largest center for the religion of Spiritualism)
Certain friends of mine are open to discussing spiritual ideas and sharing spiritual experiences. They are supportive of my work and I am supportive of theirs. Most of them are not professional mediums or healers, but they are aware of using their intuitive abilities in their everyday life. It is wonderful to trade stories of synchronicity, dreams, and life path with kindred souls I trust. We help each other on the journey.

During church services, I feel a kinship with those who have gathered. We share similar spiritual beliefs and spiritual philosophies. Our group energy raises the vibration exponentially. We express this through inspirational speaking, song, church-style spiritual healing, and messages from spirit. When I serve as the featured medium, featured speaker, chairperson and/or volunteer healer for these events, I know I am serving my spiritual family.

Living in Lily Dale, I am surrounded by neighbors who know and support mediumship and spiritual healing as expressions of God's Love. A plethora of educational and spiritual opportunities exist here. In addition, enjoyment of Lily Dale's special places, woodland trails, and waterways offer attunement with Nature and with other souls on a conscious spiritual journey.

Bottomline: Finding fellowship with kindred souls is important for spiritual development. Gathering with others of like-mind and like-intention is a way of creating positive spiritual awareness and sharing 'truths'.

Who is your spiritual family?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ensuring contact with a certain spirit in a reading

Q: I want to connect with a specific person in Spirit. Is there anything I can do (as the client) prior to our session to help bring a certain loved one in Spirit through during the reading?

A: Prior to your appointment, you can speak to your loved ones, either verbally outloud or silently within, to notify them of the opportunity to communicate via a medium.

Here is a possible script: "Hello, (name of spirit loved one) - I have an appointment for a mediumship reading at (this time) on (this date), please show up." You have now officially notified your loved one of the appointment.

There is no guarantee that a certain spirit will connect during a reading - all you can do is request and see what happens.

Several of my clients have told me they use the above technique. I also suggest that you raise the vibration by setting your divine intention for the Highest and Best to happen in the reading.

For those who have had readings, what have you done to ensure communication with a certain spirit during a reading? Post a comment to share your method with the group.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dragonfly wings

Something magical has happened.

Today at the park, a dragonfly landed on my son. My little guy was playing on the steps to the slide when a dragonfly swooped down and attached itself to his shirt!

The dragonfly took up residence exactly between my son's shoulderblades and a few inches from his neck of his shirt. It looked like my son had wings!! Beautiful irridescent angel wings.

Incredibly, the dragonfly remained perched on my son while he explored some of the other playground equipment, stayed on him as he rambunctiously ran to the basketball court to pick up and throw the ball several times, and entered the maze hedge with him. He even stumbled a few times. All told, it remained unmoving on my son's back for over 20 minutes.

Eventually, I saw the dragonfly fly on. It buzzed over a field of flowers and was gone.

What was the message?

The dragonfly has been a symbol of happiness, new beginnings, and change in many cultures. Some animal symbolism has the dragonfly representing good luck, prosperity, swiftness, purity, harmony and strength.

Some Native Americans believe dragonflies are the souls of the dead. There are also many cultures that believe that the meaning of a dragonfly is happiness, courage and subconscious thoughts.

And with the constant changing of the world, it is no wonder that more and more people are adopting the dragonfly as their totem and admiring this beautiful insect. What a blessing to have this dragonfly land in our lives this day!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The importance of parks for quality of life

Today's post is about parks --- city parks, state parks, national parks --- well it's really about the importance of parks.

Research verifies what we intuitively know about the value of parks and related open spaces: parks reduce energy use and storm water runoff, parks increase the value of neighboring property (The National Homebuilders Association claims that park and recreation areas may enhance the value of land up to 20%), and parks improve academic performance among children and teens.

In addition, studies have also shown that crime is lower in the neighborhoods where parks exist and visits to hospitals and emergency rooms are reduced when kids are given a safe alternative to playing in streets and parking lots. The availability of recreation opportunities and park amenities is also an important quality-of-life factor for businesses choosing where to locate and for individuals choosing a place to live.

All of the above are very viable reasons for having, utilizing, and maintaining parks. But let's really bring this point home in terms of spiritual needs.

When I think of the physical, emotional, and spiritual ramifications for just myself alone if I didn't have a park or green space to go to.... wow, that's huge. I use nature to reset myself spiritually, to clear energy, and to attune more fully with the Divine. Other people need (dare I say crave) this too. They may not use those words exactly but that's what is happening. Having a green space to visit is crucial.

Case in point: Summerlike weather with its sunny 80 degrees has finally arrived, so my husband and I decided take our son to one of the nearby city parks. We packed up food for a picnic and headed toward Lake Erie. One of my favorite local parks has a sandy beach, playgrounds, lots of green grass to run and play on, and plenty of picnic pavilions. It's also a great spot for sunsets.

As soon as we arrived, we set up at a picnic table and my son dashed over to the nearby playground slides. Food has little appeal when up against the fun of slides and teetertotters.

It was a Tuesday evening and I was surprised at the number of groups and families there --other people obviously had the same great idea. They were grilling out and relaxing with their folks in the warmth of the day.

And I (of course) was people-watching.

Children would go swimming in the lake, run over to the picnic tables for food, and then skip over to the swings, slides, and climbing equipment. Thankfully, the kids graciously made way for my curious and adventurous toddler son.

Little girls and boys in bright neon bathingsuits and the beginnings of sunburns grinned from ear to ear with wet watermelon smiles. Ah, to be six years old again...

The parents were also relaxed. And I am happy to report that I observed parents being really good parents - they were kind to their children, pushing them on swings, cooing over the babies, and patiently helping their toddlers negotiate the play equipment.

There was a free and easy feeling in the air.

Occasionally, guys in muscle cars and on motorcycles would drive past slowly. "Mustang, GTO, Harley," my husband would comment in recognition as the vehicles enjoyed a meadering cruise along the lake road view.

My favorite thing to watch was my family, especially my son's squeal of delight, ready smile, and his blond hair curling in the humidity. A close second favorite was my husband's actions - his athleticism as he played next to our son, the time when he assisted four little girls play safely on the teetertotters, and his tenderness toward me and our boy.

At sunset (an amazing display of color, sky, and water), the waters gentled into a mirror-like surface. A middle-aged woman was walking arm-in-arm on the beach with her elderly mother. A young couple was snuggling on a beach-weathered log of a tree. And a man and woman were kayaking along the shoreline.

My husband and I were perched on another driftwood log, alternating between glimpses at the sky display and our son playing with sticks in the sand. We smiled at each other as we told our son about the sun going to bed. Just then, our little guy looked behind us and pointed as he said, "Mooooon". And just like that, the day was over, like the end of a concert or movie - and we padded through the sand to the car and headed home.

It seemed like everyone brought the best of the themselves to the park that day. Maybe it's the glow of my own childhood memories that make this day sparkle. Regardless, I feel that having a place to go like this park is important, vastly important to the growth of people's souls.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Doors of happiness

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." ~ Helen Keller

Sometimes in life we dwell on unhappy events. We despair, we worry, and we keep ourselves tortured by thoughts of the past AND the future. We analyze, we evaluate, we go over the scenario, we pick it apart in the hopes of understanding. The remnants resemble pulverized dust, crumbles of thought.

In regard to past events, I feel this is our way of determining our levels of responsibility, guilt, victimhood, and understanding. Perhaps it becomes a wish to hit the rewind button. Or the way to have the fantasy of replaying the events in a better way. Or a way of "making sure it NEVER happens again".

In regard to future events, we bring our fears of future outcome, reliving past feelings of mis-takes, and dreading what we "expect" might or might not happen. Just like little children who have learned that the stove is HOT, we remember and fear being burned. When we do this, we are living from energetic memory stored in our bodies and minds.

Then you have the people had it soooo good at one phase in time, that they don't think they can be that happy ever again. They focus on that point as the pinnacle of their happiness and everything is downhill from there. For example (a simplistic one, but it works) when people say "the day we got married was the happiest day of my life"---well, that doesn't say much for the years of marriage that come after, does it?

As Spiritualists, we know that we create our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey the physical and spiritual laws of Nature (aka Spiritual Natural Law). Dwelling on fears or disappointments of the past or future engages the Law of Attraction, the Law of Thought, the Law of Creative Reality, etc. Simply put, we attract to us what we bring our attention to. I have seen this happen in my own life, time and time again. It's tried and true, folks.

Happiness begets more happiness. In this case, lightning (figuratively speaking) can strike more than once. [Interesting to note: Statistically speaking, a person who is struck by lightning (real lightning) is twice as likely to be struck again. But, back to the case at hand...] Life provides many opportunities for happiness.

Bottomline: Living from the point and place of NOW is difficult when when we dwell on closed doors. Don't be blind to the opportunities for happiness TODAY --- open your soul to the beautiful possibilities and NOW becomes easy.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Paralyzed by Grief

Recently, I spoke with a client who is paralyzed by grief. Her husband died five years ago and she is in the throes of intense prolonged grief.

What defines her as 'paralyzed by grief'?
  • she dwells constantly on the death and loss of her husband
  • she cannot find interest in hobbies, people, or life in general
  • she feels extreme loneliness.

After our session, she told me that having a mediumship reading has helped her immensely for the following reasons:

  • she knows her husband's soul lives on
  • she recognizes ways he is still with her
  • she knows he loves her still and always
  • she knows she will have spirit visitations from him
  • she knows she will connect with her husband on the other side when it is her time to pass
  • she feels comforted
  • she is beginning to feel beginnings of hope again

Our time with spirit helped her to ease the pain of grief, but the efforts and opportunities and steps she takes today and into the future are going to make the difference in moving her beyond the grief and ending her grief paralysis.

To help her cope and to help her find a new balance in her life, I suggested the following ideas:

  • counseling
  • support groups
  • prayer
  • reconnecting with loved ones who are still living (family and friends)
  • figuring out who she is without her husband
  • taking up old hobbies
  • pursuing new interests (perhaps taking classes)
  • understanding her spirituality and her personal connection with the Divine
  • focus on the next door of happiness

She admits to feeling a 'wall of grief' between her and other people. She has grown comfortable being alone. And while I do feel that cocooning after a death can be helpful for a while, eventually it is important to consciously seek out positive personal and socialization opportunities. Taking one day at a time, she will gain understanding of herself.

Bottomline: Perhaps for the first time you will understand what the Psalmist meant when he said: "Yea, though I WALK THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death." The important words are 'WALK THROUGH' You 'walk through'; you do not remain where you were.

Life continues. Never underestimate your ability to survive.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

View from tree top

I have a long-standing love affair with nature. I love looking at the sky and trees and water. I find that my walks in nature provide me with fresh air and a greater sense of at-one-ment with the world.

While on a walk recently, I looked at the trees - really looked. I noticed the beautiful spring leaves looking fresh and green against brown and grays of tree bark. Old trees with thick strong trunks towered over flexible saplings. And my eyes traveling upward to the treetops of the old forest- some 100 feet above me.

My attention became focused on the tippy-top part of the trees. Splendid green leaves swayed in the spring breezes against the blue sky. Glorious! As they danced in the sun, I felt like my soul danced with them.

Clear and free in the air, the top of the tree is the first to feel the sun, feel the rain, feel the snows, and see the birds skimming the air currents above. My awareness was perched at the highest part of the trees and I could touch the sun and experience the higher reaches too. Surveying the landscape via remote viewing with my soul and communicating with the trees on this vertical level was awe-some.

This beautiful tree-top experience helps me to realize that I've gotten into the habit of looking at the houses and trees and animals within 20 feet from the ground. It was wonderful to be reminded and feel the divine connection in this exulted way. Let us lift our thoughts, perspectives, and souls upward.

And now I find myself humming lines from some of my favorite Spiritualist church hymns:

"Upward ever upward, let our thoughts arise, May we know God's power than caused earth and skies." -- from Onward and Upward

"Highest heights in truth's domain, I shall reach and thus obtain
Every longing of my heart, for no blessing can depart;
All of health and good are mine, since like God, I am divine." -- from Destiny at My Command

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Too much time with technology gadgets?

So you think you spend too much time with technology ---- hmmm, you may be right.

In the past century, we have come a long way in communications. We have welcomed televisions, computers, and cell phones into almost every home in America. These technologies have virtually taken over our lives and almost every room of homes.

For some, this represents progress and ways of staying connected with our friends and family around the world. For others, these technologies represent a disturbing replacement of face-to-face communication. For still others, technology is a bad word synonomous with robot takeovers and mindless human zombies with eyes glued to the lit-up screen.

Well, I thought I would share a few of my thoughts regarding technology's effects on mediumship/spiritual development with you.

I have used all of those implements I listed above (television, cell phone, & computer). In fact, I am using one right now to communicate with you via this blog. Technology can assist me in certain arenas and has a place in my life (at this time).

However, technology has its limits (of course).

When you are developing mediumship, you are involved in attunement with Nature, God, and Spirit. None of those are technology-based.

Certain spiritual websites, blogs, and media programs can assist you on your soul journey. Afterall, words of wisdom and spiritual examples are helpful. However, none of these can replace right practice, right intention, and the importance of attunement in mediumship development.

Some other things to consider with high-level technology use:

  • Do you obsessively check your voicemails/emails/texts? Set a reasonable time limit on your technology use. Spend time with the people you are in the physical presence of.

  • Do you fill every minute to the extent that you can't sit quietly when you find yourself with some downtime? Focus on communication with your soul. Become comfortable with spending time with your own thoughts. Perhaps a daily meditation routine would help you cope with stress, find spiritual solutions, and experience comfort.

  • Are you sitting up almost every night in front of the television watching reality shows and/or crime dramas? Vegging out like this with mindless antics and/or fear-producing images is not helpful. For attunement to the Highest and Best, I have found that quiet time with family, reading, journaling, and other methods of unwinding produce healthy sleep and a healthy mindset.

  • Speaking of sleep ... Are you sleeping well at night? Getting good and deep sleep is important. Some of the best spirit visitations happen during deep natural sleep. When you are well-rested, you have clarity of mind (needed for good strong mediumship). What is your proximity to electronic devices? The electric and magnetic frequencies of alarm clocks, TV or computer monitors, and cell phones all have a physiological effect on you. Is it dark in your sleeping area? Darkness is vastly important for your body cycle and circadian rhythm.

In my own life, I have noticed the vast difference between my days of high-technology use and my days of little to no technology use. When I have set aside and/or used technology in moderation, I grow my relationships in accordance with Spiritual Natural Law and attune myself to awareness of God.

Bottomline: Strive for moderation in all things, especially (in this case) technology. I strongly encourage you to evaluate this for yourself. We LEARN from interaction with other souls. We need prayerful solitude to CONNECT with the quiet voice within. We THRIVE when we have a good balance.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Setting boundaries for spirit contact

Q: Hi, Willa. Thank you very much for the reading recently. It was very comforting. I'm enjoying the blog and have a question that I think is of general interest. I wonder whether mediums, such as you, are bombarded by your sixth sense receptors when you go about the day-to-day business of life--passing people on the sidewalk, or in the grocery store, or at the drycleaners, etc. Also, if you watch those stirring documentaries on television that make us all cry, do your psychic senses become involved or can you disconnect from emotionally charged situations? I guess I'm asking how a medium protects herself when she wants to turn the answer machine off for a while or maybe: So, how is life on this plane for a medium? Do you ever get any peace and quiet?

A: Yes, I cry while watching movies and I find it especially difficult to watch the news or other kinds of drama trauma. I have learned to set limits on tv watching and exposure to that kind of thing. And while I sometimes strongly empathize with people I pass on the sidewalk, I have learned to keep my aura and intention strong.

Early on in my mediumship development, I learned that I had to set boundaries for spirit communication and intuitive information. In order to not be bombarded by the energies of other people (spirit or those here on earth plane), I had to set healthy limits. Therefore, I informed my spirit guides and helpers that I would be open to receive spirit communication for clients at the following times:
  • during mediumship readings
  • during public messagework (ie. church services or Lily Dale message services)
  • during development circles and workshops
Notice that these occasions for spirit communication are for clients and students who have arranged time with me for that purpose. Ethical mediumship is very important. And I feel strongly about not crossing other people's boundaries by going up to strangers in the grocery store or other places to inflict impressions on them.

And just like any other job or profession out there, a medium needs to take breaks and needs down-time from working. Spending time with family, friends, and in peaceful solitude (without work interruptions) is important for a balanced life. In fact, my family and friends are good at helping me to remember that I am human --- a spiritual being experiencing a human existence.

Self-awareness and commitment to personal growth are essential in the study and practice of mediumship so early on in my development, in addition to the occasions I mentioned above, I also told spirit that I would be open to receive spirit communication and intuitive information for myself at the following times:
  • during meditation
  • during dreamtime
  • during times of great personal or family need
To maintain a good balance in my life, I have found it is extremely important to set these boundaries and keep them. I have noticed another benefit --- when I do have spirit contact it occurs in very concentrated form with good direct communication. I encourage you to set your own healthy boundaries with your spirit loved ones and the other people in your life.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Newborn's Conversation With God

I am sharing this with you all in honor of Mother's Day. I received this lovely story from a friend. The author is unknown. I give thanks for the 'angel' who nurtured me and showed me how to be a mother. Many blessings ~W

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you." The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?" God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?" God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?" God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore." God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name." God said, "You will simply call her, Mom."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The 3 main constants in a mediumship reading

Mediumship is a interesting process, especially because we have little to no control on the outcome of each session. Each reading is unique and has it's own special personal earmarkings. No mediumship reading is alike and you will not experience it in the same way even twice.

Mediums are as almost as varied as their readings. Each medium has their own unique personality and style of working. But there are some constants in mediumship that you should be aware of.

SPIRIT CONTACT: True mediumship establishes communication with those in Spirit --- family and friends who have passed. See what is a medium blogpost here.

VALIDATION : True mediumship seeks validation from the spirits that come through and share their essence and opinions. You, as the client, have a very special job during a reading (ie. confirmation). This shows proof of spirit contact.

CONTINUITY OF LIFE: True mediumship uplifts, comforts, and shows that there is no 'death' and there are no 'dead' because we and our loved ones live on. Mediumship frequently proves the continuity of life.

These are the three main constants that are usually present in a mediumship reading or message.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lessons from a Child: Puddles are for splashing

April showers bring May flowers . . . and big wet puddles.

The spring rains have filled up the holes and low spots in the road and created beautiful big puddles. Normally, I would have dismissed the puddles overall, occasionally noticed a random puddle for its mirrorlike surface, and generally avoided them by going around or leaping over, and moving on. Now, my son won't let me.

All that wet stuff beckons to him and he runs in with a little squeal of delight to splish and splash. Without regard for the water temperature or his footwear, he tap dances a little patter of joy in a few inches of water. Slap-slap. Slap-slap-squish, water squirts and fountains below him. His pant legs are soaked up to his little knees and he is laughing and grinning with glee to match Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain.

He has so much fun doing this that I have purchased rain boots so he has appropriate gear for his latest hobby.

And I've caught myself thinking, when did I stop splashing in puddles? Because I can't remember the last time, it must have been over a decade or two ago. And now I recall (from the furthest reaches of my memory) enjoying squishing barefoot in mud puddles when I was eight years old on a warm summer day and how refreshing it was. Was that the last time?

Sometimes we forget past joys, we mature and become adults, and we certainly don't splash in puddles [said with a sophistated superior tone]. When I did become too busy and stodgy for puddles? Well, I've decided that while I have the excuse of my little boy (and probably beyond that), I'm going to rejoin the ranks of puddle-splashers ... because puddles are for splashing. Maybe I'll see you out there, fellow splashers.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Distinguishing between your thoughts and spirits

Q: In studying mediumship, how does one also tell the difference from the mind chatter of our own thoughts and true communication from spirit loved ones?

A: The ability to distinguish between the thoughts coming from the self and the thought which come from spirit is sometimes very hard to ascertain in the early days of mediumship development.

Practice is the only way. First identify and know what is yours. In other words, before engaging in meditation or mediumship sessions, I frequently:
  • Take stock of my body (I take note of any sensations, wellness, and/or pain in my body)
  • Have awareness of my own thoughts at this time (what mundane thoughts and events are happening in my life)
Knowing yourself helps to establish a benchmark for your consciousness and allows you to put those sensations and thoughts aside as yours. It is important for an aspiring medium to possess a mind that is strong, purposeful, and capable of self-knowledge and self-discipline.

Now that you have established what is yours, attune yourself to the Highest and Best and receive the messages from Spirit. Clear your mind of mundane thoughts to allow the incoming vision or sound or sensation to register.

Gently allow a smooth merging of your good thought intention and the thoughts coming from spirit sources. As the two streams of thoughts merge together, you will link with spirit loved ones and connect their messages.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Proof of the Continuity of Life

As Spiritualists, we often use the phrase "proof the continuity of Life." Spiritualism offers this proof through mediumship.

EVIDENCE is provided by the communicating spirit loved ones to prove their continued existence beyond the change called 'death'.

Kinds of evidence that prove the continued existence of a loved one:

  • Male or female

  • Relationship to client - family members, friends, mentors, teachers, others

  • Description - size or build, hair clothes, distinguishing features

  • Behavior or activity

  • Objects linked to loved one - ring, watch, china, furniture, books, tools, flowers, and other things

  • Health condition before passing - cancer, stroke, heart attack

  • Situation around passing - accident, recent passing, other circumstances

  • Concerns of client with regard to passing - things unsaid, financial or family issues, other concerns

  • History of loved one - origins, orphaned, other facts

  • Name

  • Personality

  • Voice - accent, warmth, other features

  • Words used by loved one

  • Colors associated with loved one

  • Home or surroundings - garden, special chair, room or view

  • Work or talent or expertise - nurse, teacher, owned own business, pianist, interest in history, mechanic, veteran

  • Smells or tastes associated with loved one - perfume, pipe tobacco, apple pie

  • Close relationship to people on this plane - child, husband or wife, other

  • Additional kinds of evidence

Some of the evidence is proof in itself, other categories require several pieces of information.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Attunement

Attunement is the first objective of the developing medium for creating a Sacred Connection. By seeking alignment of your mind, body, and spirit, you reach a deeper space of knowing that comes from feeling unity with the Divine Source.

Those practicing attunement may:

  • aspire for growth and development (spiritual intention)
  • meditate daily (to experience a quieting and clearing of the everyday consciousness, to practice self-discipline, to make a habit of connecting with Divine self and Spirit)
  • be actively involved in self-care (health of mind, body, and spirit)
  • express honesty and compassion for self and others (in accordance with Spiritual Natural Law)
  • embrace learning opportunities (soul contracts with family, friends, others; teaching mentors; life events)

Eventually, attunement becomes a part of your daily spiritual practice. Because of your practice and intention, you have a better understanding of the workings of the Universe and your Divine place in this World. You have a prayerful purpose in your ministry and mediumship.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Workshop "The 5 Cs and the Language of Spirit" on 4-10-10

This Saturday, I will be teaching a Mediumship Development workshop as part of the Spiritual Training Enlightenment Program (STEP) of the Church of the Living Spirit of Lily Dale, NY.

"Mental Mediumship - Applying the 5 Cs and the Language of Spirit"
Saturday April 10, 2010
2:00 p.m. ***

In this class, we will discuss the 5 Cs as they relate to mediumship and explore ways that spirits communicate specific information. This workshop offers a wonderful hands-on opportunity to clarify your mediumship strengths and practice the principles of spirit contact.

Geared toward developing intermediate student mediums, the workshop is the second class in a 6 week series with open enrollment, so you may attend this class by itself or take the whole series.

Call me at 716-595-3755 if you would like to join us for a fun, informative class!!!

***For those interested in attending, I am also notifying you of a change of class time. Our class will begin at 2:00 p.m. Originally scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the workshop has been moved to the afternoon in order to accommodate the memorial service of a church member who passed to Spirit recently.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Main teaching points of Spiritualism

Because Spiritualism is a science, a philosophy, and a religion, it is a religion of self-mastery, consolation, joy, and most importantly a religion of knowledge not belief.

Spiritualists believe that there is an intelligience which is greater than the human mind can conceive, but they go further and say that they know that there is an Infinite Force working in this vast universe, of which we are all a part.

Here are some main teaching points of Spiritualism:

  • We believe in God. (sometimes also referred to as Infinite Intelligience)
  • We believe that God is all there is.
  • The spark of divinity dwells within each individual.
  • Man is a soul, animated by spirit, occupying a body with a mind to serve him.
  • Life is Eternal. Death is not cessation of life but a change of condition.
  • Personality continues after the change called death.
  • Those who have passed over are not sleeping but are awake and conscious.
  • Spiritual progression is eternal and infinite.
  • Communication between all planes of existence is a reality.
  • We affirm the divine right of individuals to seek the truth within their own hearts.
  • We believe in personal responsibility and that individuals create their own reality according to Natural Law.
  • The innate gifts of mediumship and healing are expressions of God's love.
  • The development of receptivity and sympathy together with the manifestation of love and kindness in one's daily life leads to true success. (Love thy neighbor as thyself.)
Some of the above points are part of a Declaration of Principles set forth as statements of spiritual truth by Spiritualists.

The author H. Gordon Burroughs does a good job summing up Spiritualism's truths in his book Becoming a Spiritualist:


"We know that God lives; we know that our friends live; we know there is a world to which we are going; we know we are to become a part of the angelic throng that can return, though usually unseen, to loved ones left behind; we know we are going to the state of consciousness that we have created through our own effort. We also know that no soul is lost in God's kingdom; that the door to reformation is never closed; that though we may wander and suffer much, somewhere and somehow we must find our way back to God. He is ever-ready to welcome us, this unseen God, who is not a person, but Law, intelligiently manifesting, creative in its activity."
Because I am a Spiritualist medium, you will find many of the above concepts discussed in my workshops & classes, mediumship readings, teaching consultations, and other blogposts.

Many of you may also share these beliefs and express them as conscious truths in your own life. As you experience this physical human existence, I encourage you to attune yourself to Infinite Intelligience, to higher thinking, to prayer, and to your spiritual aspirations by listening to the truth within the infinity of your soul.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring 2010 JCC Classes - sign up now!

About four years ago, a representative at Jamestown Community College called me up and requested that I teach for them. So I did. To date, I have taught many subjects there ... auras, spirit guides, meditation, launching your intuition, etc. And it's been great to be part of a community education program and to help people understand their spiritual gifts.

This spring 2010, I will be teaching two classes at the JCC Jamestown NY campus:
  • "Recognizing Spirit Contact" - April 29th --- Learn techniques to establish and enjoy occasional spirit contact with friends, family, and pets
  • "Working with Spirit Guides" - May 6th --- Learn how to meet and interact with spirit guides and understand the ways they enrich our lives
And this past winter, a representative from the North County JCC campus called me to request I teach at their venue in Dunkirk NY:
  • "Meditation" - April 15th --- learn various forms of meditation, gain insight into your inner self, and discover ways to train the mind and quiet mind chatter during meditation

For more detailed class descriptions, see my website's Coming Events page at: http://www.willawhite.com/coming_events.htm.

I strongly suggest that your REGISTER EARLY for these classes. Call JCC at 716-338-1005. See you in class!