Saturday, December 24, 2011

Contemplation

Contemplation is the practice of stilling ourselves before God, moving ever deeper into the core of our being and simply offering ourselves to God in a totally vulnerable, loving way.  By offering ourselves to God in this way, God leads us into a life of amazing centeredness.  Each day, in this way, we experience a life through which God LIVES IN US for others.

Thomas Kelly (a Quaker missionary, writer, & scholar) explains this concept further: 
"What is here urged are secret habits of unceasing orientation of the deeps of our being about the Inward Light, ways of conducting our inward life so that we are perpetually bowing in worship, while we are also very busy in the world of daily affairs.  A Practicing Christian must above all be one who practices the perpetual return of the soul into the inner sanctuary, who brings the world into its Light and rejudges it, who brings the Light into the world with all its turmoil and its fitfulness and recreates it."
I keep finding myself drawn to the spiritually delicious phrase "the PERPETUAL RETURN OF THE SOUL into the inner sanctuary".  Kelly is describing WHERE contemplation happens.  And then he details HOW: rejudging the world with the Light of the Soul (I read this to mean 'discernment of the Truth rather than past bias') and bringing Light into the world to recreate reality in a positive way.

Whether you are Christian or not, I hope you discern the value and weight of Kelly's words.  We each have the personal responsibility to create our own reality and therefore our own personal happiness and unhappiness.  We also have the added bonus of spreading Light into the world for the greater good.  And this can be done regardless of what human circumstances we find ourselves in.

A loving union with God is the indwelling presence of the Divine in our hearts.  This is not merely a theological concept; it is a vital, intimate, relational reality at the core of our being.  Experiencing the Divine is about practice, rather than dogma or creed.  And daily contemplation is a way to practice the presence of God and to allow God to live through us.

So let the Light of YOUR Soul be filled with the humble awareness of God today.  You are a wonderful expression of Infinite Intelligience and you are awakening to "the breadth, length, height, and depth" (Eph 3:18) of God's true being as well as your own.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A whole new life

While in the midst of holiday shopping, I had the pleasure to speak with someone whose life is changing in a couple of weeks.  This particular young man is excited to be moving onto a better life and enthusiastically shared the details with me.

His car was recently totalled.  Most people would feel devastated if their car was totalled.  Not this young man - he sees it as an opportunity - now he has a great new car! And this attitude paves the way for more good to come into his life.

After working in a small mall shop for four years, his 'ship has finally come in' and he has been hired to be a professional web designer in a different city.

New job, new home, new car. 

In a matter of weeks, his entire life has changed dramatically.  Opportunities have showed up in definitive ways.  He followed his intuitive hunches, labeled his life a SUCCESS, and now has a manifestation of good, happiness, and supply!  He is an example of attunement with Spiritual Natural Law. 

If you are in need of an positive affirmation for Success at this time, here is a great one:

"I make friends with hindrances and every obstacle becomes a stepping-stone.  Everything in the Universe, visible and invisible, is working to bring me my own.  What is rightfully mine is given me under Grace.  The tide of Destiny has turned and everything comes my way. 
 And I give thanks for my whirlwind success!" 


Blessings of Abundance to You All!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Decentered human existence vs. embracing true Divine self

Definition of DECENTERED HUMAN EXISTENCE:  having lost the true center of human identity in loving union with God, attempting to determine for itself the nature of its own being.*

Each one of us is created to experience our truest Self and deepest purpose through an intimate and loving union with God at the core of your Being.  When we play god in our lives, this union is lost.  We become self-referenced beings who have abandoned the center of our true identity in God.  And we see ourselves as APART FROM God instead of A PART of God.

Many biblical stories share this theme of decentered human existence.  In fact, a main example of this happens in the first chapters of Genesis.

After Cain murders his brother Abel, he "went away from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden".  Notice that God did not abandon Cain.  Cain turned his back on God and the result was extreme decentering in Cain's life.  He finds himself in a land of wandering (the Hebrew term Nod means "wandering").  He has no firm center of identity, no solid foundation of meaning, and no root of purpose.

When we identify our Self as separate and apart from God, we distance ourselves from others and the consequences of our destructive actions.  We can see in our world today the consequences of this kind of thinking.  The FALSE SELF is fearful, possessive, manipulative, destructive, indulgent, and self-promoting.  This is why abandoning the False Self in order to cultivate conscious awareness of our true nature is essential.  We must move beyond the wounds and agendas and entrust ourselves to God's flow.

By finding and maintaining our relationship with God, we know our relationship to all things and we wander no more.  We are practicing the presence of God. Our loving union with God is put first and foremost ("You shall love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength"). 

When we embrace our true Divine self, our souls know the healing, love, and light of the Divine.  We are beholding the Lord.





* = This is a term I became more acquainted with as I read M. Robert Mulholland Jr's book The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Empty bowls

I had the opportunity today to attend the Empty Bowls fundraiser.  What a wonderful event!  A friend and her daughter accompanied me and my son, and we saw many familiar faces. [Hi, again *smile* you know who you are!]

Do any of you have Empty Bowl fundraisers in your community? In case you are interested in finding/creating such an event in your community, I have located a helpful website: http://www.emptybowls.net/

What is the Empty Bowls fundraiser?  It is an event sponsored by the local potter's co-op and all monies raised go entirely to local food pantries.  Volunteers and businesses have generously donated the time, material and food. 

Local potters have donated bowls in a variety of shapes, colors and styles, which sell for $10, $20 or $30.  Also available is a simple meal of bread and soup. Purchased bowls are wrapped and taken home or washed and sanitized for a serving of delicious soups prepared by the BOCES Culinary Arts Students.

When I unwrapped our bowls at home, I noticed a small piece of paper that stated:

"This bowl was handmade using food safe clay and glazes.  It is both dishwasher and microwave safe. It was acquired at the Fredonia Potter's Co-op sponsored Empty Bowl Fund Raiser.  WHEN YOU FILL THIS BOWL, PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY HUNGRY PEOPLE NEARBY WHO'S BOWLS ARE EMPTY."

I love that this bowl is a vessel of Nourishment and Awareness of Many Blessings (Yours and Mine).  Gratitude and thankfulness fill my being and I send love, light, and healing to all those who are in TRUE NEED of basic survival things such as Food and Shelter.

Please join me in the World Hunger Grace now [that another friend reminded me of recently]:
For food in our world, where many walk in hunger,
For peace in our world, where many walk in fear,
For hope in our world, where many walk alone,
For light in our world, where many walk in darkness.
We give You humble thanks, O God.

Abundant blessings to All!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Exploring Spiritualism

I was the guest presenter at the Religious Explorations class for kids at the Unitarian Church today.  The class teacher, Sarah, invited me to give a little background about myself and to explain core concepts of Spiritualism, following by a brief Q&A.

 
So I thought I would give my loyal blogreaders and those who are new to me, an abbreviated refresher course on the Main Points of Spiritualism (see this old blogpost).

To begin...

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.

 
Some of the points below are part of a Declaration of Principles set forth as statements of spiritual truth by Spiritualists:
  • We believe in God (sometimes referred to as Infinite Intelligience) and we believe that God is all there is.
  • The spark of divinity dwells within each individual.
  • Life is Eternal. Death is not cessation of life but a change of condition.  Personality continues after the change called death.  (Mediumship offers proof of the continuity of Life and personality.)
  • 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 spiritual healing are expressions of God's love. 
  • The objective of a Medium's work is to prove survival of the human personality after death and thereby help the bereaved come to terms with their loss.
Many of you may also share these beliefs and express them as conscious truths in your own life. 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.


 

 

 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lessons from a Child: Dream movies

Over the past few weeks, I have been asking my 3 year old son about his dreams.  "Did you have a dream last night?"

At first, he looked at me with confusion, so I clarified, "did you see anything while you were sleeping?" He gave me the confused look again.

The following week, I tried again, "Did you have a dream last night?  Did you see any images or pictures in your head while you were sleeping?"  This time I got a response "I saw my bed."

Hmmm... how do I ask this question so that a 3 year old understands me?

So this morning, I asked him and gave an example of my own.  "Did you have a dream last night?  I had a dream last night.  You and me and Daddy were in the car.  And our car could FLY!  Did you see anything while you were sleeping?"

"I saw a movie," he responded.  "I saw a movie in my bed."

(Now, we're getting somewhere... my next thought was 'why didn't I think to say "movie" when asking about his dreams???')

"What was the movie about?" I inquired nonchallantly (I didn't want to get too excited, yet.)

"Excavators!" he said with delight. (Typical little boy!)  "Lifting dirt ERRRR and putting it in the dumptruck WHOOSH!" he punctuated his statements with soundeffects.

"What a great dream!" I exclaimed.

"I like watching movies in my bed," he said proudly.

So there you have it, folks!  Dreams are movies while you sleep.  Sweet dreams, everyone!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday speaker at LD Spiritualist church service 11-20-2011

This Sunday, I will be the Featured Speaker and Medium at the Lily Dale Spiritualist Church. Church services are held at the Healing Temple in Lily Dale, NY at 11:00 a.m.

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

10:30 a.m. (before the official church service) - Healing time - opportunity to receive beautiful, channeled energy from one of the healers

11:00 a.m. - service begins
  • Lecture from the featured speaker (me, this Sunday)
  • 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.lilydalespiritualistchurch.com/.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Behold the Lord

What does it mean to “behold the Lord”? For the student of Truth, it means you look through every circumstance, every person, and every possession as if they were transparent glass and TRULY SEE the loving, compassionate God at work. It means you have an open awareness of the forces which create and uphold ALL life.

To behold the transcending mystery and wonder of the Divine, “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).

Affirm with me: I believe the Divine is working in me no matter what I may feel or how the situation may look. The Lord/God/Creator has begun a good work in me, and He will bring it to full completion. I see the deeper energies and worth of Each Person and Situation and this renews my SPIRIT and delights my Soul.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Today during the Unitarian worship service, I offered the Story for all Ages.  I chose a delightful book titled "Harold and the Purple Crayon".

Written in 1955 by Crockett Johnson, the story is about a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it.

Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path. He has many adventures looking for his room, and during his search he draws his own house and bed and starts going to sleep.

His creative adventures are a classic tale of the Power of Vision.  The purple crayon represents the vehicle for dreams to come to life.  And like Harold with his Purple crayon, YOU have the Power to create your world simply by drawing it.  So use your purple crayon to create your own beautiful adventure and find your perfect self-expression. 



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Buddhist lecture

Thought I would share...

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Buddhist scholar, Anam Thubten Rinpoche.  The Jamestown Meditation Group sponsored his visit and there was a wonderful turnout for his talk - in fact several more chairs had to be added and the room was full of people.

After a brief five minute meditation, he began speaking and he covered many topics, with a focus on Enlightenment.  One of the points he discussed was that Enlightenment is not a Celestial Awareness; Enlightenment is Being in the Now.  He went on to explain that animals are enlightened and they don't judge whether another animal is enlightened or not (reflecting on this statement now, I wish he had explained that point more). He encouraged everyone to not view Enlightenment to be a state of Consciousness but rather a permanent state of Being.

Then he did a Q & A session.  I was especially interested in one woman's question... she explained that her husband died three weeks ago and she was wondering where she will find the strength to endure the grief.  He responded with loving kindness and explained that because she has "lost a husband, we have all lost a husband because we are all connected."  Also, he reminded her that she has the strength within her to deal with all of life's challenges.  In fact, many of his comments are in line with the encouragement spirit gives my clients during mediumship readings!

He concluded his talk by guiding the group in a lovely Buddhist chant.  Afterward, I enjoyed chatting with friends and making new ones.  And I had the opportunity to meet him briefly.  He has a sincere and open way about him.

Some members of the local meditation group are attending a week-long Silent Retreat and lecture series with him.  I will interested to here more about his teachings.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday speaker at UU service 11-6-2011

On Sunday November 6th, I shall be the Guest Speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Northern Chautauqua (UUCNC).

Each month the church focuses on a discussion theme, and for November the theme is VISION.  Therefore, I am excited to announce that my lecture title for November 6th is "The Power of Vision". 

I will be sharing my thoughts on the difference between Visualizing and Visioning when receiving and understanding Spiritual Inspiration. I will also explore how to hold a clear and powerful vision of your Divine Journey and your Perfect self-expression while maintaining harmony with the Universe.

Hope to see you there! For more info, visit http://www.willawhite.com/ or http://www.uucnc.org/.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mother blessingway

Last week, I attended a Mother Blessingway for a friend. 

A Mother Blessing is intended to nurture, nourish, prepare, support and encourage the mum-to-be and positively prepare her for labor. And my friend invited a select few as special women in each life to be present for this occasion.

My friend asked me with offer the prayer blessing, so I composed an encouraging and positive affirmation prayer for the event.

Then, I opened up the blessing to the other lades attending with a symbolic ceremonial sharing.  We passed around a glass of water (water has been well documented to carry the vibrations of our thoughts and feelings, and this is a lovely way to symbolically reach both mother and child in his/her watery womb) so that verbally, silently, or through intentional action, we could ceremonially call in Divine support and love for the mother and the baby.

Each woman offered a supportive statement or brief prayer for the mother and child.  Then, the mom-to-be drank the Love blessed water.

We know that this new soul is the perfect creation of the Divine Mind. And that the birth event is under the supreme direction and protection of God.

A Mother blessing is a beautiful way to support our friend in her pregnancy, labor, and birth of a child of God.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jeremiah Carter presentation

During the Sunday morning church service at the Church of the Living Spirit on Oct 9, Alpha Husted presented a historical lecture on Jeremiah Carter, an influential founder of this place we now call Lily Dale.  For without Jeremiah Carter, there would probably not be a Lily Dale!

Alpha has had a long illustrious career as a newspaper journalist and she has lived the past 20 years in Lily Dale - this combination makes for a well-researched and loving look at the history of Lily Dale.

The hours that Alpha spent researching were evident and her presentation was full of vivid detail.  She told the story of the Laona Free Thinkers, Dr Moran, Dr Hedges, William Alden, and the beginnings of Lily Dale. 

Alpha also presented us with a remarkable ink drawing of Jeremiah Carter created by her son.  I have seen pictures of Jeremiah and it seems an accurate depiction.

As a lover of Lily Dale history, I enjoyed it all immensely, especially Alpha's story about how she found the gravestone of Dr Hedges.

I feel blessed to have attended Alpha's presentation and I look forward to more!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Divine compassion vs human sympathy

"The difference between Divine Compassion and human sympathy is as great as that between Light and darkness.  Divine compassion holds the student's attention anchored to [God's Presence] calling It forth to produce perfection.  Human sympathy is a rushing forth of energy, qualified by a feeling of imperfection, and but intensifies the imperfection already manifesting." ***


Here are two examples I shall use to demonstrate these concepts:

1) a child has a minor fall and the mother screams, rushes up, and says "oh you poor child" smothering him in sympathy - thereby reinforcing the scare, hurt, bump, or injury.  And the child (who wasn't crying before) starts to wail.  This first example is human sympathy, cementing the idea of imperfection. For human sympathy is an agreement with imperfection.

2) a child has a minor fall and the mother does not panic or express fear.  She waits for the child's reaction to the event before acting.  She assesses the situation compassionately.  The child follows the mother's lead, calmly picks himself up, and runs off to play.  This second example is Divine compassion. The mother assessed the situation, remained calm, and held perfection in her Mind.

As the mother of a small child, I have witnessed these scenarios many times - perhaps you have too.  And we must remember to apply the methodology of Divine Compassion to our lives, our children, and other people.


We would all do well to consider our reactions and attitudes to events.  For when a moment of doubt begins to enter, more doubt rushes in.  And this makes sense because, where the conscious attention is focused that is where the energy goes.  God's energy comes to the individual Pure and Perfect and it is the individual who requalifies the energy and imposes his negative thoughts upon it.  So keep your thoughts Pure and Perfect regarding yourself and your fellow human beings.


*** = from Discourse VI of 'The "I AM" Discourses' which is Volume III of the Saint Germain Series. Considered to be channeled information from Ascended Masters.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lessons from a Child: Silly songs

As the parent of a preschooler, I find myself doing things that are very silly.  Perhaps it is all part of becoming a Master of Distraction ... but my latest silly activity was making up silly songs to entertain my *almost* 3 year old son in the car. 

Yes, I am confessing to poor rhyming technique, poor pitch, nonsensical lyrics, and complete disregard for how the song is supposed to go.  Sprinkle in some giggling of my own and we have the perfect recipe for musical disaster.

Oh, and did I mention that I'm singing at the top of my lungs? [Just be thankful that the car windows are up, people!]

And my son LOVES it! 

How do I know he loves it? I have one of the mirrors you attach to the rearview mirror, so I have a good view of his big smile and twinkling eyes.  And there is (of course) the laughing.  His wonderful glee flows all around me.

And I realize in that special and imperfectly perfect moment that I am exactly where I need to be and where I want to be: making up silly songs about excavators, dumptrucks, horses, and trees for my happy little boy.  We are making "beautiful" music together.

***

So then I regale him with the song known the world over as 'The Wheels on the Bus' ... "the wheels on the bus go round and round... the wipers on the bus go swish swish swish...

Here is a special treat for you (sans audio) of my horrendous variation of 'Wheels on the Bus' [feel free to cover your ears *ahem* eyes]:

The horn on the bus goes ... moo moo moo
moo moo moo
Noooooo - that can't be right, what says moo moo? 
"A cow," my son says with a grin.

And the horn on the bus goes ... cluck cluck cluck
cluck cluck cluck
"Nooooo," my son says smiling. "That's a chicken!"

Oh whoops sorry, the horn on the bus goes ... ding ding dong
ding ding dong
"No mommy," my son happily corrects his silly mother. "That's a doorbell!"

Well, I'm glad you know these things...
Shall I try again?
What does a horn say?
"Beep beep beep," my son announces proudly and with a big smile.
Ohhhhhhh, that's right.  Let me try again.
The horn on the bus goes... beep beep beep
"Beep beep beep," my son joins the chorus.
Yay!
So are you singing along with us?  "...and the wheels on the bus go round and round..."  [I wonder how contagious that song is for you - given our group's proclivity for stuck song syndrome *smile*]

And just when I think I'm done with the song and with the singing, my little guy wants more silliness... "Sing a song about a bunny rabbit, Mommy!" he requests.  So I find myself making up a ditty about a bunny rabbit that my memory cannot recreate for you, my gentle readers.  I shall leave that to your imaginations.

Have fun making up your own silly songs!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

10-12-11 'The Game of Life & How to Play It' Class

On Wednesday October 12th, I will be teaching "The Game of Life and How to Play It", a non-credit course, sponsored by Jamestown Community College.

"Success is not a secret, it is a system..." 

Take this class where you learn how to use positive affirmations to create the life you want and how to claim all that is yours by Divine right.  At a personal level, this class is about overcoming discouragement, transforming your life, and renewing your joy and passion for living.

This class is based on and will include studying the works of Florence Scovel Shinn, a popular New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s whose teachings still hold true today. 

You will also have a GIFT to take home with you:  the book of Florence Shinn's complete works!  That way you will be able to study and apply these important concepts further on your own.

For more info about the class, visit http://www.willawhite.com/. The course meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Jamestown JCC Campus. To register for the class, contact JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 716-338-1005. Tuition is $35.

Monday, September 19, 2011

My husband caught a fish

My husband caught a fish.

We were camping near a big beautiful lake in the Adirondacks last week, so we made sure we had our fishing gear with us.  After making camp, we decided to go fishing for our dinner.

So there we were... fishing ... my husband (who is teaching me to fish), my son (who is almost 3 now and who is also teaching me to fish), and me.  My husband spends most of our 'family fishing' time tending to the needs of his family.  The scenario usually unfolds thusly:

My husband carefully selects and places lures onto our fishing lines and just about the time he is about to pick up his own fishing pole.... my son or I get our line snagged in a tree... then just after he has extracted it and replaced the lost lure... the other one of us gets our line snagged on a log... this continues for awhile until we work out the kinks...and we're finally casting the line out correctly, getting a smooth feel for it again, and feeling proud...

and then finally

my husband gets to fish
without interruption for oh about five or ten minutes
when it happens again

so it truly is a miracle that he caught a perfect 14 inch big mouth bass for our dinner.

And this fish was made possible by serendipity.

You see, my husband explained to me that fishing is about getting the right lure to wiggle in just the right way to attract the right fish.  He also told me that you have to land that lure in the immediate vicinity of that right fish because the fish won't swim across the lake just to check out the possibility of your lure. You have to bring the lure to the fish at just the right time when the fish is hungry and ready to bite.

Sounded like a whole lot of 'rights' to me... I was getting hungry so I asked God to bring the divine right fish in divine right timing to us.  I put it in God's hands because I figured that all we could do was hold onto the fishing poles and do our best.  I was asking God for that which was ours by divine right.

That is when we noticed that two beautiful loons were gliding on the lake with their baby loon.  We watched as they gathered up fish by diving down into the water, then surfacing several yards away.  Soon the three loons were driving the fish toward our shore until we could see the fish biting and jumping for bugs in the water.  My husband understood this as the synchronistic moment and put his line in, dancing the line in the water, reeling in, then casting again.

With my husband's skill and God's help via the loons, a fish arrived. 

You should have seen me scrambling with a bucket for the fish.  Such an exciting moment!  And such happy smiles on our faces to be part of serendipity.  I give thanks for this blessing.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sunday speaker at COLS church service 9-25-2011

Next Sunday, I will be the Featured Speaker and Medium at the Church of the Living Spirit. Church services are held at the Assembly Hall in Lily Dale, NY at 10:30 a.m.

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 (me, 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/.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wedding joys

I had the great joy of officiating a wedding today.  It was an outdoor event and we gathered on a small hill, surrounded by trees and tall grasses.

On the hill behind me was a gently curving path up to the hill's crest.  The bride and groom chose this site on their property because of the symbolic path they will walk as a married couple. 

Family and friends gathered for the event.  And then a singer with a beautiful alto voice sung the bridal attendants up a beautiful grassy aisle bordered by rose petals. 

Rain softly misted us during the event as the bride and groom committed themselves to each other. 

And although I officially conducted the ceremony and blessed the occasion as a minister, it is my feeling that only a couple can truly administer the sacrament of marriage to each other, and only a couple can sanctify it. Neither my church, nor any power vested in me by the State, can grant me the authority to declare what only two hearts can declare, and what only two souls can make REAL.  After all, marriage is a sacred union and a shared vision.


During the ceremony, I thought I saw a flash of something, but as I had to keep focused on officiating the event I couldn't take the time for a longer look.  Later on, I was told that a hummingbird came and fluttered near the bride and groom.  Hummingbirds are considered symbols of peace, love, and happiness.  As a symbol, the hummingbird teaches you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.

What a lovely occasion!  So I thought it share some of the joys with you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lessons from a Child: "Stoppppp!" she ordered him

A little boy was at the beach playing in the sand - one of his favorite things to do.  He enjoyed digging holes in the sand, scooping the tiny grains with a little shovel, then filling it back in to make mounds and hills to level off.  He was the perfect expression of loving absorption in his work.

He was drawing in the sand with a stick when a little girl came up to him and said, "Stop, stop, stop!"  Being a polite little boy, he looked up at her, pausing in his work briefly then resuming his sand process.

"Stop! Don't draw in the sand.  Don't dig in the sand. Stoppppp!" she ordered him.  "This is my sand!" she continued forcefully. 

The whole rest of the beach was wide open for her to explore and play, but she wanted the happy space the little boy was using. 

***
I found this scenario very interesting on many levels.  And I am wondering what you all feel about this, so please comment and share your thoughts.  Also - what symbols, archetypes, and lessons does this evoke for you?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Direct Experience vs. Intellectual Knowledge

I have learned that I have intellectual knowledge but I do not always behave in accord with that knowledge.

A human being knows enough, but that knowledge needs to be brought into daily life. If this is not done, the knowledge remains limited within the boundaries of "knowing" only.  We all know what to do and what not to do, but it is very hard to learn how to be. Real knowledge is found not in knowing but rather in being.

When you know truth directly, you do not need to ask your neighbor or your teacher. You don’t have to seek confirmation in books. Spiritual truth does not need an external witness. As long as you doubt, you have yet to know.

All these achievements depend on practice, not just on verbal knowledge of them. If you know all about the piano but don’t practice, you will never create music. Knowing is useless without practice. Knowing is mere information. Practice gives direct experience which alone is VALID KNOWLEDGE.

Tread the path of direct experience until you attain that state where everything is clear, until all your doubts are resolved. Direct experience alone has access to the source of REAL KNOWLEDGE. And look for self-experienced teachers.

Bottomline:  Direct experience is the highest of all ways of gaining knowledge. All other means are only fragments. Know truth directly.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lessons from a Child: Take the leap

My son and I were taking a child-directed walk recently.  And my little guy was using a stick to "weedwack" the grass (he loves this kind of imaginary play so much that maybe he'll have a lawn care business when he grows up, haha). 

So he's buzzing away happily like a happy worker bee - quite literally making buzzing noises with his mouth - and he slowly meandered over to a clump of trees.  And THEN he did something that made my heart pound.

He clamored up onto a little ivy-covered hill about two feet high.... and LEAPED forward into the air...grabbed a low-lying tree branch like a monkey... swung there for a few moments... and then let go in a perfect dismount!

I was stunned.

He's two.  Two going on three.

While I stood there flabbergasted, he proceeded to climb the little hill again, leap for the branch, swing, then dismount.  He did this 10 times in a row with only one fall.  He had a blast!

How freeing it is to be fearless!  To know that “I will do it; I have to do it; I have the means to do it.”

Fearlessness is an essential prerequisite for attaining enlightenment. Great are those who are always fearless. To be completely free from all fears is one step on the path of enlightenment.

My son shows this kind of fearlessness. If I had admonished him and made him afraid, he might not have taken the leap.

To cement this topic of "Taking the leap"...

The other day, I did a reading for a young lady.  Her dog and her grandmother in spirit came through and she was delighted, but then she asked, "what does my grandmother think about what I am doing?"  The grandmother indicated that:
  • the young lady is traveling to another country (she verified that she was leaving for Ecuador in a few days)
  • and that she is surprised that her granddaughter isn't worried about knowing the language (she is not worried)
  • and that the granddaughter doesn't know when she will be returning home (she is going for one year to teach abroad so she does not know her date of return)
  • and that many people are trying to talk her out of the trip, but she feels that she MUST go (she said her family and friends are attempting to strongly discourage her)
The young lady confirmed all of it.  She especially confirmed that she is TAKING THE LEAP.  She would rather go and have an amazing experience then live with regret.  She's following her Divine Hunch.

Bottomline:  Each day, I learning to respect "THE LEAP" for myself and for others, and most importantly to heed its' call.  When you feel the amazing combination of intuition, fearlessness, and faith - TAKE THE LEAP.  We each have the greatest safety net - it is sometimes called the Universe, God, and the Divine.  Be fearless.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Featured Speaker 8-18-2011 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 - (me this Thursday!) I will present a lecture on a spiritual subject.
  • Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium (registered medium Gretchen Clark, 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 us!

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Each session is unique

Q:  If you have consecutive sessions with family members, does the same information from spirit loved ones come through to each person?

A:  Each person has a unique relationship with the spirit individual, therefore the dynamics of the mediumship reading will be different. 

For instance, let's say two sisters come for mediumship readings... their father comes through during both of their sessions.  He may offer how he passed, health issues he had while on the earth plane, and other identifiers --- so these things may be similar content. 

But each daughter has a different kind of bond with the father.  He may offer personal information that identifies his connection with each daughter.  Maybe one of them went on a road trip to New Mexico with the father; while the other has wonderful memories of fishing with him.  Perhaps one of them was the favorite or Daddy's girl, while the other one felt he was too harsh with her.  Or perhaps one of them was the caregiver prior to his passing, while the other one followed in his footsteps in the family business.

And then, you have the content of the sisters' lives ... the father may express his opinions about the son of one of the daughters (his grandson) or he may talk about the other daughter's change of career.  He may thank one of the daughters for taking care of his wife (their mother).

These are just examples ... each session is different, unique, and special.  There may be similar information, but the content of the session is typically focused for the individual. 

***


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 Teaching Consultation with me, and if you need to connect with a loved one in Spirit, please book a Mediumship Reading.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

COLS FunFest 8-6-2011

Tonight, I am volunteering at the Church of the Living Spirit's Fun Fest.  This is an annual fund-raiser for the church.  The festivities begin at 8:00 pm at the Lily Dale Auditorium. 

(***Read my updated comments about the event below)

Fun for the Whole Family! 

Admission is $5.00 and you receive five tickets toward the Basket Auction.  Children 16 and under are free. 

Events include:
  • Mini Readings $10
  • Healing
  • Historical Presentation
  • Shabby Chic and Book Sale
  • Basket Auction
  • Children Activities
  • Refreshments
I will serve as a medium and offer mini-readings to benefit the church.  Hope to see you there – and remember it all helps the church!

***Update:

What a great night! I had so much fun doing mini-readings and afterward I enjoyed chatting with friends and acquaintances. Kudos to the many volunteers who made this event possible - you all did an incredible job!


I especially have to mention...

Mary Eileen McNamara (who looked lovely in an authentic-looking white Victorian dress and hat) did a wonderful Lily Dale history presentation.  I can't wait to chat more with her about Lily Dale history.

Danielle Reuther and Liz Hall who provided children's activities during the event --- thank you, thank you, thank you for organizing, purchasing, setting up, and running this part of the event.  This year, the church's FunFest truly became a family-friendly occasion.  I know that my son and the other children (and we the parents) appreciated it. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Featured Medium 8-7-2011 Auditorium Service

On Sunday, I will be the Featured Medium at the afternoon church service in Lily Dale. (***read my updated comments below)

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 Sunday, registered medium Jessie Furst will present a lecture on a spiritual subject.
  • Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium (me, this Sunday).
  • 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 http://www.lilydaleassembly.com/.

***Update:

Jessie Furst gave a great lecture about her passion for mediumship.  She shared her personal insights into mediums, stand-up mediumship, and private readings.

After the service, people that I gave spirit messages to approached me to share about their good experience.  I especially must note:

One young man stated that he was skeptical before he came to Lily Dale with his wife today, but after receiving a spirit message via me from his grandfather and the specific info that came through to confirm his wife's sensings of the grandfather's presence, he now believes.  I am truly blessed to have been part of his spiritual discovery. 

During one of the spirit messages, a woman's father and mother were coming through with their spirit greetings.  They mentioned an odd crank-handled object that she just found and they stated she doesn't know what it is 'yet'.  She sought me out later to confirm that she had indeed just the other day discovered an odd crank-handled object in one of her mother's trunks.  This is confirmation of her parents' presence around her.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Emotion vs. Intuition

You have probably heard the phrases: "Trust your feelings" and "trust your intuition".

Because people are told to "trust their feelings", they are often confused when facing life decisions especially when what they "feel" is anger, fear, and resentment.  I believe this happens because people confuse emotional feelings for intuitional feelings.  Emotions can lie.  Anger, fear, and resentment can cloud the issue. 

Intuitional feelings are feelings of knowing on a soul level. 

To discern true feelings of intuition, remember that the soul is not afraid, is not angered, and is not resentful. Our divine selves are clear and unfettered by these unqualified energies. Our divine selves exist in harmony with the qualified energies of love, peace, and joy.  This is our Truth; this is the Good that is ours by Divine Right.

Bottomline:  Listen to your inner guide and discern the Truth for yourself.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Featured Speaker 7-24-2011 *Assembly Hall

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

(Read my updated comments below***)

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 128 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.

*Update: this service has been moved to the Assembly Hall because the Auditorium is in use for a workshop.*

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 Sunday)
  • Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium. This Sunday, my mother Bonnie White 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 http://www.lilydaleassembly.com/.


***Update:

My topic was "the Presence of God in Our Lives".  But the truly noteworthy item of the service was my mother Bonnie White doing Spirit Art messages!  Incredible visual confirmation of spirit presence showed up on the paper!!!  And I know that those who received the Spirit Art messages truly appreciated them.  My mom is a Registered Lily Dale medium and a fantastic artist.  Visit her website at www.bonnspirit.com to view examples of her Spirit Art.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Inspiration Stump

There is a place in Lily Dale called "Inspiration Stump". If you follow the trail through the Leolyn Woods, you will find this special location. In a grove, surrounded by majestic old trees, a sacred space awaits.

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 Stump is an important location for the visitors and Spiritualists of Lily Dale. Since 1898, services have been held here. And every day during the summer Season, people gather twice 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.

(This week, my mother Bonnie White will be chairing the 5:30pm Stump service.  You may see me there to support her and offer spirit messages to the group.  Sunday July 10 to Saturday July 16, 2011.)

For over 113 years, people have felt reunion and reconnection with their loved ones in Spirit at these services. 

Visitors from all over the world come to sit in the energy of Inspiration Stump.  And I too enjoy sitting there among the ancient trees.  This old-growth forest is one of the oldest in this region of country and is protected by Lily Dale.  Some of the species of trees are over 500 years old!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Featured Medium 7-10-2011 at COLS church service

This Sunday, I will be the Featured Medium at the Church of the Living Spirit morning church service.  Because we are in the midst of the Lily Dale summer season, the service will be held in the Auditorium and it starts at 10:30 a.m.

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 (this Sunday is John White [no relation])
  • 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) 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 and I will get to personally wish you "Happy Summer!"

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

Friday, July 1, 2011

Teaching a person to fish

For the past few weeks, my son has been saying, "I want to go fishing, I want to go fishing."  We live on Cassadaga Lake and he has noticed people engaged in the activity and he wants to do it... desperately I might add.

Last week, he said it again "I want to go fishing" in a very determined tone.  So I told him to "ask Daddy".

This may seem like a cop-out to some of you, but I said it because...
  • I have only been fishing once in my life, so I rank as a complete novice
  • I know my husband has a fishing pole somewhere in the back of a shed, and said ownership of the item in question IMPLIES knowledge
So my son asked my husband to go fishing and I (the supportive wife and mother) asked my husband to go fishing with our son.  And it worked...
  • My husband immediately purchased our son a child-size fishing pole
  • then they went down to the lake and tried it out
  • and our son LOVES it!
He's almost 3 years old and he casts the line out with a smile and a flourish.  He can spend HOURS down at the lake casting with his fishing pole, reeling the little plastic tire on the end of it back to shore, and casting again.  And here's wonderful thing... He just knows that he is going to catch a fish someday.  He has absolute assurance that it will happen.  And right now, he believes that fishing is the BEST thing to do.  EVER.

Seems like we have a budding fisherman on our hands.  And his Daddy is going to teach him to fish.  Yay, husband!

So I thought my part in the whole fishing craze was going be to remain the observer of the fisherman(men) and that my boys would bond in this way together without me. I was wrong.

My husband just purchased fishing licenses for us both.  Both of us.  I guess I'll be learning to fish too.  So I started practicing with the boys today.  Looks like I'm a natural caster, folks.  Who knew? 

Now I just have to bait a hook and catch a fish and I'll gain full-blown amateur fisherwoman status. 

Bottomline:  There is always something more to do and to learn.  As the proverb states:  "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

7-5-2011 'Voices of Mediumship' class

On Tuesday July 5th, I will be teaching the 'Voices of Mediumship' class. 

(Read my updated comments below***)

This weekly event is hosted by the Mediums League and is a special attraction in Lily Dale's summer program.  It truly is 'voices' of mediumship because each week a different medium shares their unique version and insights into spirit communication.

More importantly, this event provides an encouraging atmosphere for mediums and guests to talk about the process of Spirit communication and spiritual development.

Location: The Azur Room in the Maplewood Hotel, Lily Dale NY
Time: Tuesday 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Cost: $10 per person

Hope to see you there!

***Update:

Tonight, I shared some of my personal insights into mediumship and spiritual development.  Many of those who attended asked great questions and I could tell they enjoyed learning about 'Willa-style mediumship'.   Thank you to all who attended - such wonderful sharing of experiences and confirmation of Divine Path!  This is why I love teaching! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Praying with my feet

A man marching with Dr Martin Luther King Jr in Alabama explained his experience by saying,"My feet were praying."

That is how I felt on Saturday morning as I participated in the Salvation Army 5K Walk/Run.

When I first decided to take part in this event, I knew it was a worthy cause and that by walking in it I would be supporting many individuals and families. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Salvation Army Anew Center in Jamestown NY which provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, rape, and child abuse. 

As I walked, I prayed.  I prayed for all those who need help in those ways.  And even though there were other people around me walking and talking, I silently prayed.  And because these physical actions accompanied prayers, I was experiencing Embodied Prayer.  "My feet were praying."

You see, our bodies can be places where prayer is actively happening. We can use our bodies to express ourselves in spiritual ways - and these physical expressions can be prayers too.  The meaning in our heads can become the meaning in our bodies.  When we use our bodies with spiritual intent, both our bodies and the occasion have become sacred.

Our actions and movements can be expressions of prayer to God.  We shouldn't just THINK our prayers.  We can show and express in our bodies what we say and express in our minds.  This is prayer in motion and it takes practice.  This is embodied prayer.

The Anew Center empowers individuals and the community to end violence and begin anew.  At the event, there were individuals and families who have needed and utilized the Anew Center's wonderful services - they were part of the grateful group cheering us at the finish line.  To me, they represented the culmination of my prayers.

I encourage you to experience embodied prayer and to use your hands and bodies to speak to God and to enrich devotion in word and process.  Perhaps this is through a personal form of embodied prayer such as daily devotions, yoga, or spiritual dance.  Or perhaps this helping out in a soup kitchen, mentoring a troubled teen, tending to a sick parent, or parenting your child with patience and love.
 
Discover for yourself what is a perfect self-expression of Divine Good.  And pray with your entire being.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunflower Summer

I am growing a Sunflower this year.  A friend gifted me with a few sunflower seeds recently, so I am excited to see what comes of it.
Some of you may haved noticed that I have sunflowers in the background of my website . . . well, there is a reason for that.

Sunflowers are a special symbol for Spiritualists: “As the Sunflower turns it’s face to the light of the sun --- so let Spiritualism turn the face of humanity to the Light of Truth”. In 1928 the Sunflower was adopted as the official badge of International Spiritualism at the conference for the International Federation of Spiritualism.

And here's a bit more history as it relates to Lily Dale ... in 1898 Lily Dale had it’s own newspaper, The Sunflower. The editor of the newspaper was William Bach, who with his wife Evielena erected the Sunflower PagodaThe Pagoda sold books, took subscriptions to Spiritualist publications, and sold supplies such as stationery, ice cream, candy, soft drinks, novelties and cigars. It served the summer residents and visitors in this manner for 49 years. Since then, it has continued to function in many ways during the Camp season and is currently being used as cafe.

But there's more . . . my house here in Lily Dale had an incarnation as a guest house and it was called (you guessed it) The Sunflower.

So this is my Sunflower Summer - a summer to honor the Light of Truth and Spiritualism in this way.  And I am looking forward to seeing the beauty of those flowers each time I return home.  Sunny blessings to you all!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Salvation Army 5K Walk/Run

I will be participating in this years Salvation Army Anew 5K Run/Walk on June 18th (less than 2 weeks from now).  This event benefits the Anew program caring for women and children in the domestic violence/abuse shelter here in Jamestown NY.

Please sponsor me:
  • you may use this handy-dandy link and process your donation online http://www.active.com/donate/anewrun/willawhite
  • or you may write a check made out to "The Salvation Army Anew Center" (in any amount you wish) and please mail to me at: Willa White, PO Box 114, Lily Dale NY 14752
Together, we will be empowering individuals and the community to end violence and begin anew.

I am very excited to be part of this worthy cause.  Thank you for your consideration and help!!

Love & light,
                 ~Willa

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Knowledge of Spiritual Law

Freedom from all unhappy conditions comes through knowledge - a knowledge of Spiritual Law. It is as Jesus Christ said, "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."

How do we begin? "The fear of the Lord (law) is the beginning of wisdom." [Lord means law - if we read the word Lord as Law, it makes many passages in the Bible much clearer.] Obedience precedes authority so the law must be obeyed before it can become man's servant. When handled ignorantly, it becomes man's deadly foe. So remember to use Spiritual Law with care.

And remember that the more Man knows, the more Man is responsible for, and a person with knowledge of Spiritual Law is responsible for his own Good.

Next, recognize God's will. Have you been forcing events with your own strong personal will? Or are you flowing with God's will?

Anything forced into manifestation through personal will is always "ill-got" and has "bad success." Desire can be a tremendous force and must be directed in the right channels or chaos ensues. So ask for that which is yours by Divine Right.

When working with Spiritual Law and manifesting, the more important step is ASK ARIGHT. Man should always demand only that which is his by divine right. Divine selection gives perfect satisfaction and brings good to all. Therefore, the divine pattern is the only safe pattern to work by.

And the curious thing is - Man always gets just what he desires when he relinquishes personal will, thereby enabling Infinite Intelligience to work through him. This is the meaning of "Let Go and Let God."

Your alignment with your Source frees you from pushing yourself to act in a forceful manner.  Lao-tzu (author of the Tao Te Ching) offers his 2500 year-old wisdom: "Things that are forced grow for a while, but then wither away... things in harmony with the Tao remain."  Affirm that you are opening to allow what needs to happen and live by letting go.

I am the Eternal Student of the Law, so Spiritual Law is something which fascinates me. Over the next few months, I will be sharing some aspects of Spiritual Law in my blogposts - such as the Law of Karma, the Law of Forgiveness, and more.  So stay tuned!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Death Vigil versus Sudden Death

Q:  Is it easier on those still here (on the earth plane) if a person passed suddenly or if a person passed after a long illness?

A:  My answer is: It depends on the person grieving.

So often, clients who have lost someone suddenly to a car accident or a heart attack will say, "I didn't get to say 'goodbye'." They are falling apart because they feel they didn't get closure. And they want their loved one back.

Just as frequently, clients who have lost someone after a long illness will say, "I got to say 'goodbye', but it was painful waiting and watching them fade away in front of my eyes." Many say that they are angry because they couldn't make the illness stop. And they want their loved ones back alive and healthy. Sometimes, they are missing the habit of the death vigil because they became accustomed to that life.

Not everyone fits this criteria, of course, but the above question is still interesting and seems to only have a subjective answer.

And of course, this leads us to another question: What level of understanding/faith/experience does the grieving person have about the afterlife? 

If the grieving person understands/knows/feels that they will connect with their loved ones in spirit again and that love never dies, then grief is experienced differently.  The death event is looked upon as a step on the loved one's spiritual journey and accepted more as the cycle of life.  This is one of the gifts of Spiritualism.

***


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 Teaching Consultation with me, and if you need to connect with a loved one in Spirit, please book a Mediumship Reading.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

the Third Eye

Development of the "third eye" is strongly associated with intuitive unfoldment and clairvoyance.

The third eye is located above the physical eyes in the middle of the forehead and is also known as the brow chakra.  The third eye is often referred to as "the Eye of Knowledge". And many Hindus wear a tilaka to represent the third eye and some Hindu women wear a bindi.

With third eye clairvoyance, visions show internally in the mind's eye (like on a movie screen).  For me, this manifests occasionally as still pictures and mostly as extremely-fast moving pictures (sometimes as 3-D images - which I think is funny because it's the "3rd" eye).  Clairvoyance helps me to see spirit.

In the beginning of my intuitive and mediumship development, I would occasionally feel a tightening in my brow chakra area, akin to a sinus headache.  I eventually realized this was my 3rd eye getting used to being operated on a frequent basis.

This led me to understand the following about development of spiritual gifts:
Just like our physical muscles are trained thru physical exercise, our spiritual muscles are trained thru spiritual exercise.  With consistent training and right practice, we can rely on our physical muscles to benchpress an impressive amount of weight and we can rely on our spiritual muscles to do amazing things too!
Applying this understanding to my 3rd eye, I began to do meditations and spiritual exercises to:
  • bring my awareness to the 3rd eye area
  • practice opening and closing the brow chakra (much like stretching)
  • clear the energy of the brow chakra (energy can become congested in energetic or physical ways sometimes)
  • set right intention to utilize the 3rd eye with right practice for the purpose of clairvoyance
  • regularly practice clairvoyance to keep the area toned (regular exercise)
One of my favorites ways of preparing the 3rd eye is an East Indian method.  You lick your thumb and place the saliva on your 3rd eye.  This immediately brings your awareness to the area so that you have a physical reference and you can begin to clear the energy of the brow chakra and start stretching. 

Please be gentle with your self as you begin this process - start slow and build your endurance over months and years of practice.  Remember that right practice and right intention are essential for good and consistent development of your spiritual gifts and the 5 Cs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Heightened Awareness

Perhaps it's because I am a "sensitive" but I regularly go through phases of (what I call) "Heightened Awareness".  During those times, I have increased sensitivity to my external environment, especially to the vibrations and emotions of people, places, and energies.

When I am in a phase of Heightened Awareness, I tend to be easily stirred up energetically and emotionally.  I FEEL intensely.  This can serve me well in my work as a medium and spiritual intuitive, but in everyday life it can become exhausting or jangling.  This is why I diligently strive for balance with my energy.

For when I feel energetically jangled, I can easily move into a state of Hypersensitivity.  Noises, loud voices, and bright lights can overstimulate me.  The least little thing can upset my apple cart emotionally.  I crave silence and solitude.  I suppose it's like having a migraine without the physical pain. 

This is another reason I strive for balance and right practice of my spiritual gifts.  And this is also why I monitor myself so closely so that I don't get overloaded.  Thankfully, I know how to recognize my particular signs and have coping measures in place.

I am blessed to live in Lily Dale where we have beautiful Cassadaga Lake and many trails in an old-growth forest.  So when I am overloaded, my number one coping stategy is walking alone in nature.  I hit those trails and it's just me and the trees. 

Like a zooming telescopic lens, I see the minutest details of leaves, spiderwebs, rocks, treebark, water ripples, etc.  I hear the soft thud of my footfalls on the trails, the sweet whoosh of the wind through the trees, and the geese honking and flapping over the brilliant lake waters.  I let my thoughts and feelings tumble out of me. 

With each step, I feel a release, and I become calm and enamored with Nature.  I am refocused into BEING.  And I move from a hypersensitive jangled state into a place of Peace where I can joyfully and compassionately respond to God and others. 

I hope that my sharing this in a blogpost will help you and others move through your lives in a more peaceful (and centered awareness) state.  For easy reference, here are some of my other coping strategies that I have blogged about in the past - including Spiritual Food, My Affirmation of Peace, Giving Thanks, Practicing the Presence of God, and many more.

Wishing you a centered awareness and much peace! ~W

Monday, May 2, 2011

Seeing history

Because I am teaching a class on Lily Dale History, for the past few months much of my time has been spent on the computer typing or with my nose in a history book. 

I have become obsessed with sifting through many tidbits of information relating to the creation of, maintenance of, and history of the special community I call home, Lily Dale.  I have been so immersed in my subject that I am living and breathing the history.  Like a good cup of tea, I have been steeped in it.  For with each new fact, I find myself looking at Lily Dale and the surrounding area with new eyes. 

As I drive home to Lily Dale on Glasgow Road, I see the space where the trees are not growing (the large swath cut between the trees next to the road that I thought were for power lines) and know now "that is where the train rumbled on its tracks toward Lily Dale, bringing people from far and wide to experience spiritual upliftment."

Turning the corner onto Dale Drive, I envision the train depot on the left where only trees and tall grasses stand now.  I clairvoyantly see its long platform big enough to accommodate eight traincars and its occupants.  And the boat launch transforms into the three story Iroquois Hotel brimming with life, dancing, and laughter.  As I cross the bridge over beautiful Cassadaga Lake, I see the old planks that were there for crossing to "the Island" where so many picnicked and enjoyed Alden's Willow Lake Grove before Lily Dale was officially established.

I pass through the current Lily Dale Assembly gate and see the "C.L.F.A" sign and the "City of Light" sign arch overhead.  And I enter into a world of bygone days, of Victorian men and women celebrating the pioneering spirit --- working with hands and bodies to clear the land and build houses, working with minds and souls to create a space for Spiritualism and spiritual learning.  They were paving the way for us, for mediumship, for spiritual healing.

As I slowly drive the streets to my house on North Street, the tall old trees of the Leolyn Woods whisper and I hear the voices of the past sharing their visions for the future and my heart lifts in glorious song to meet it - I am Home, in a place between the worlds and of the worlds. 

For those of you who are coming to class on Wednesday night, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history of Lily Dale too!  May you be inspired and illuminated to share in the joy of this place!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

5-11-2011 Recognizing Spirit Contact class

On Wednesday May 11th, I will be teaching "Recognizing Spirit Contact", a non-credit course, sponsored by Jamestown Community College.

Would you like to recognize the ways your loved ones in Spirit are communicating with you? Do you receive signs or other communication from them already and want to understand them more?

Participants will learn about the senses used to perceive spirits, the ways in which mediumship facilitates spirit contact through right practice and intention, and techniques to establish and enjoy occasional contact with friends, family, and pets.

Join me for a lively evening of looking at the ways the ‘dead’ communicate with us as well as learn techniques that can foster contact. You may be your own best medium.

For more info about the class, visit http://www.willawhite.com/.  The course meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Jamestown JCC Campus. To register for the class, contact JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 716-338-1005. Tuition is $29.

Hope to see you at class!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Strong winds

Strong winds have been blowing and whirling around us --- and physically, emotionally, and spiritually, many people seem to be experiencing important changes in their lives. 

When we go through phases such as this, it is important to practice self-discipline with our thoughts because things that were only thoughts manifest quickly into the physical through words and actions.  So harness your thoughts and expect Good, expect a change for the better. 

Begin to act as if you expect success, happiness and abundance.  Prepare for your good by doing something to show you expect it to come, for active faith impresses the subconscious and creates Good.

As spring brings the shift from snow to sunshine, we may experience gentle showers one day, heavy rainstorms the next, and gusting winds the next. These are excellent symbols of how some thoughts may cloud the sunshine of the mind. Remember that these are temporary states of existence and these too shall pass into beautiful weather. 

Experience the renewal of Spring:  Allow your soul to bloom and accept the good God has for you.  April showers bring May flowers!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

5-4-2011 "Lily Dale History" Class

I teach spiritual development classes at Jamestown Community College.  And NOW is the time to register for my JCC spring classes! 

On the evening of Wednesday May 4 (in 3 weeks), I will be teaching "Lily Dale History".  This is a non-credit course sponsored by the Jamestown Community College Continuing Education Department & the Chautauqua County Visitor's Bureau.  Here's the class synopsis:

Deep in the heart of Chautauqua County is a special place called Lily Dale, a Spiritualist community that is the worlds’ largest center for the science, philosophy, and religion of Spiritualism.
How did Lily Dale come into existence? And what has propelled it forward for over 130 years?
Learn about the history of Lily Dale and the evolution of modern-day mediumship, spirit communication, and Spiritualism from spiritual medium and teacher Willa White, a registered Lily Dale medium and resident of this charming village.
Usually my JCC classes meet the college in Jamestown NY (about a half hour from Lily Dale), however this time we will have the wonderful opportunity to meet on my home turf in Lily Dale at the Assembly Hall.  With the many pictures of the Spiritualism's pioneers on the walls, the Assembly Hall is a great place to discuss the history of Lily Dale.


As a special bonus:  My class will be allowed exclusive access to Lily Dale’s Museum (which is normally closed during the off-season) for an intimate look at some of the museum’s special artifacts.

See the above photo: That is me standing in the Lily Dale Museum among some of the artifacts and portraits.  That is a spirit trumpet in my hand, one of the items used for physical phenomena in old-time seances. 

Class size is limited, so register EARLY.  The class fee is $35.  Contact the JCC Center for Continuing Education at 716-338-1005.  This 3 hour class class starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Hope to see you at class!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"The Power of Embodied Prayer" VanPraagh chat event 4/12/11

Via his website, well-known medium James Van Praagh offers teaching seminars via online chats on Tuesdays evenings. During JVP Chat Events, a variety of authors, speakers and practitioners share seminar-type chats on interesting and diverse topics. Chat Events include a text-only seminar from the guest speaker as well as an interactive question and answer session.

Over the years, this has been a fun and educational way for student mediums to explore and learn online!  Chat events are free and they last about one hour.  And this week, I will be returning as the special guest for James' chat seminar to teach and inspire.

Tuesday April 12th
The Power of Embodied Prayer"
9:00 pm Eastern Time

Brief synopsis of my topic for the chat event this week:

Prayer is the most universal expression of the Presence of God. Many of us express devotion, anger, love, and many other emotions in prayer using mental or verbal prayer. Now is the time to learn how our actions and movements can be expressions of prayer using the spiritual practice of Embodied Prayer.

During this uplifting chat event, Embodied Prayer will be defined and explained. Join us as we explore the ways our bodies can embody prayer and recognize how our bodies can be places where prayer is actively happening.

Being a strongly clairsentient (feeling) medium, I have had ample opportunity to experience how my body can embody prayer.  I utilize this special understanding in my professional life as a Medium-Spiritual Teacher and in my personal life. During this chat event, I will share ways to express active recognition of the Presence of God through Embodied Prayer, including some of the techniques of Embodied Prayer I personally use in my spiritual practice.

The chat event will be begin at 9:00 p.m. in the JVP Chat Special Events Room!  To join me at the chat event, you must first register as a JVP member (click the link and follow the instructions), then you will be allowed access to the Chat Room.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guest on "Patricia Price Show" 4-5-2011

On Tuesday, I will be the Special Guest on "The Patricia Price Show"!

Patricia Price is one of my mediumship mentors and friends.  Her loving presence and sacred example are blessings in my life.  And I am excited to be a guest on her show. 

Patricia's radioshow focuses on various aspects of Spiritual Natural Law and hot spiritual topics.  And she also usually interviews the guest Medium (me, this week!) and then the Medium does brief mini-readings for people who call in.

Check it out by going to BlogTalkRadio.com - here's the link!

The radioshow starts at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time USA (4:00 p.m. PST). 

Call-in Number: (877) 633-9454

Join us!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mother & child

"Look a mommy and a baby!"

My little guy loves to point out 'Mother and Child' instances whereever he observes them.  He can be talking about the mommy duck and the baby duck he sees on the lake, the mommy bear and the baby bear he sees in one of his books, or he can even be talking about his breakfast. 
 
Yes, just this morning, he held up a bite of wholewheat toast and said, "A baby!"  And he pointed to the big part of the toast on his plate and said, "a Mommy".  He says these words with tenderness and delight.  He says these words softly and reverently.
 
A big chair is a mommy chair, a little chair is a baby chair.
A big cloud is a mommy cloud, a little cloud is a baby cloud.
A big stone is a mommy stone, a little stone is a baby stone.
 
For my son, the mommy-baby duo is important to his life and understanding about life.  After all he's spent over two years in my vibrational frequency being nourished physically, emotionally, and spiritually by me.  And I am thrilled that he feels such love from me and for me, that he is modeling the behavior in his play, and that it is showing up in his observances of life.  What a special and precious time this is!
 
Update:  My son just tapped on my arm to show me a "baby tractor", immediately followed by the "Daddy tractor".  Hmmmmmmm.....

Monday, March 14, 2011

External confirmation

"No one checks with an expert outside themselves before saying 'I am happy' or 'I am in love.'  We rely on our ability to know ourselves from the inside out." --- Deepak Chopra

No one?  On the contrary, I know plenty of people who take a survey before deciding for themselves. They are swayed by others' opinions and pronouncements.  Sometimes this is quite evident in my conversations with them.  A barrage of questions and concerns cause panic about every life choice imaginable, such as:
  • Should I take this job?
  • Am I happy?  Will I be happy?
  • Is _____ my soul mate?
  • Am I really in love?
  • Should I stay married?
  • Can I trust my husband/wife/sister/brother/mother/father/child/friend/coworker/lawyer/doctor?
  • Am I going to have children?
  • Should I move to Arizona or New York?
  • Should I worry about my children's life choices about education, career, finances, spouses, and children?
They are seeking advice, the green light to go ahead. Many people are looking for the "burning bush" or the "lightning from God" (otherwise known as external confirmation). Why is this? I believe this is because they don't trust themselves to make good decisions.  "Just tell me what to do!" they say.

Personal responsibility can be a bit daunting sometimes and assigning blame and accountability seems easier.  However, choosing the doorway to happiness is up to you, up to each person.

Outer knowledge is objective and inner knowledge is intuitive.  Yes, there is a tug of war between Reason and Intuition from time to time, however you must depend on your connection with GOD thru your own Soul for discernment. 

We each have FREE WILL. By going inside of ourselves and LISTENING we can gain awareness of our inner guide (that space within where God talks to).  Here is the link to Part One of my "Listening to Your Inner Guide" series of five posts that I wrote a couple of years ago.

Refresh yourself with practice and knowledge of these key concepts. Take Deepak Chopra's statement to heart. And more importantly, become a person who is consistently "happy" and "in love" with Life by knowing yourself!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Radiance of the Soul

During my sessions with clients, I frequently notice their Inner Light.  I also call this the Radiance of the Soul.  I see this at other times as well, but quite noticably when I am in the "zone".

This goes beyond seeing the smile in a person's eyes or mouth. The soul radiates light outward and the person has a "glow".  Regardless of the person's level of physical beauty, the inner beauty of the soul shines through.

The brightness of the glow seems to correspond with:
  • level of spiritual enlightenment
  • positive nature of the person
  • happiness
  • wisdom
Sometimes I notice the glow for the entire duration of the session.  And sometimes I see just a quick glimpse, a flash of soul light.

For you see, there is a sacred energy that flows through each one of us.  And a person's etheric light flows from the inner spaces of the spiritual body (soul) and shines through the physical body (matter). 

When I see the Inner Light of a person, I relate to them in terms of the divineness that is flowing through them.  My higher self experiences the manifestations of the divine energy supporting the physical world, and I view the spiritual truth of a person (even if they have forgotten it themselves). 

We are all Beings of Light and Love!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Margaret Fuller

I had the opportunity to attend the church service at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fredonia yesterday for the wonderful sermon presented by Reverend Theresa Kime about an important Unitarian historical figure, Margaret Fuller. 

Many people associate Margaret Fuller with the American transcendentalism movement (The term Transcendentalism was derived from the philosopher Kant, who called "all knowledge transcendental which is concerned not with objects but with our mode of knowing objects"), especially because she moved in those circles with well-known figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Peabody, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  In fact, several of those authors (they were also her "friends") modeled some of their characters after her.

Here's an example of Fuller's transcendentalism:
"We will worship by impromptu symbols, till the religion is framed for all Humanity. The beauty grows around us daily, the trees are now all in blossom and some of the vines; there is a Crown Imperial just in perfection, to which I paid my evening worship by the light of the fire, which reached to us, and there are flashes of lightening too."(Letter IV to James Nathan)
She's even a student of Emanuel Swedenborg (one of my heros)!  She quotes him and positively refers to his spiritual experiences and understandings in some of her writings (see this link for one such article I found, curtesy of Googlebooks).

Between what I learned from Rev Terry and my own research, I discovered that Fuller wore many hats --- she was an American journalist, a women's rights advocate, a war correspondent, a teacher, and a mother. Among her accomplishments:
  • First American to write a book about equality for women, the landmark book "Woman in the Nineteenth Century"
  • Learned Latin at age 6, Greek at age 10, and went on to learn other languages including German and Italian
  • By the time she was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a reputation as the best-read person in New England, male or female
  • First editor of "The Dial" (the top Transcendentalist journal of the time), appointed by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • First woman to be allowed to enter Harvard Library
  • First woman journalist on Horace Greeley's "New York Daily Tribune"
  • Advocated reform at all levels of society, including prison, the homeless, and the rights of Native Americans and African Americans
  • Stayed overnight in Sing Sing Prison, interviewing women prisoners and encouraging a more humane system for its women inmates
  • First woman literary critic who also set literary standards, especially as a book reviewer
  • First woman foreign correspondent and war correspondent to serve under combat conditions
  • In the summer of 1843, she traveled to Chicago, Milwaukee, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York: while there, she interacted with several Native Americans, including members of the Ottawa and the Chippewa tribes.  She reported her experiences in a book called "Summer on the Lakes"
  • Took part in the Italian revolution as a nurse while her husband fought in the stuggle.
Many people considered Fuller to be head-strong, blunt, and brilliant.  She confused, unsettled and quite simply scared many of the men she met.  After meeting her, Edgar Allan Poe said "Humanity is divided into three classes:  men, women, and Margaret Fuller."

Fuller was an incredible woman who traveled widely, was out-spoken about her beliefs and experiences, and entered frontiers that women of that time did not dare to tiptoe near.  She helped educate the women of her day by leading a series of "Conversations" in which women were empowered to read, think and discuss important issues of the day. She empowered generations of women (and men) to explore intelligiently, especially through her ground-breaking writings and experiences.

By now, you have probably noticed that Fuller was an unconventional woman and seemed to have an uncanny ability to attract the unusual.  She certainly had a life full of many adventures, and with that list of amazing accomplishments listed above, I was somewhat surprised to learn that Margaret Fuller only lived 40 years on the earth plane. She was born in 1810 in Cambridgeton, Massuchessetts and died in 1850 (as I will detail below).

Here's something else I found out (as an intuitive, this is of special interest to me):  She had premonitional feelings about her death.  Early on in the year of her death (1850), Fuller wrote to a friend: "It has long seemed that in the year 1850 I should stand on some important plateau in the ascent of life ... I feel however no marked and important change as yet."  Also that year, Fuller wrote: "I am absurdly fearful and various omens have combined to give me a dark feeling ... It seems to me that my future upon earth will, soon close ... I have a vague expectation of some crisis—I know not what".

Fuller was correct --- a few days after writing this, she began a five-week return voyage from Italy to the United States aboard an American merchant freighter carrying cargo.  Her husband and their one-year-old son traveled with her. 

As they crossed the Atlantic Ocean, their ship captain died of small-pox and the inexperienced first mate took over.  Fuller and her family never made it to their destination.  They died with land in sight in a tragic shipwreck off of Fire Island, NY.  A memorial was erected on Fire Island for Margaret Fuller and her long-time friend Emerson composed the inscription:
By birth a child of New England
By adoption a citizen of Rome
By genius belonging to the world

I plan to learn more about this incredible woman.  And here's my opportunity AND YOURS!!!  For as Margaret Fuller stated "If you have knowledge, let others light their candle with it" --- I have knowledge of a Margaret Fuller re-enactment performance to share with you.

On Thursday March 10th, tribute artist and author Laurie James (from NYC) will present “Men, Women and Margaret Fuller”, an orginal solo drama about this brilliant woman who shaped philosophical, literary, and social dialogue in America’s early 19th Century.

The performance will take place at 7:00 pm at The 1891 Fredonia Opera House in Fredonia NY and is sponsored by The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua. Tickets are available by calling the Opera House at (716) 679-1891.

I hope to see some of you at the Opera House for the Fuller re-enactment! May Fuller’s life inspire us to deepen and expand the living of our own lives!!!

Links about Margaret Fuller: 
http://www.margaretfuller.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Fuller
http://fredopera.org/home/men_women_and_margaret_fuller for tickets