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.