Sunday, April 22, 2012

5-3-2012 "Spiritual Dimensions of Alzheimers" seminar

On May 3, 2012, I will be teaching "The Spiritual Dimensions of Alzheimers", a non-credit course, sponsored by Jamestown Community College.

I am really excited to be offering this ground-breaking class. This seminar is also open to caregivers who work with Alzheimers patients or pallative care patients.

Is your family member experiencing Alzheimer's, dementia, or the dying process?  In this class, Willa will provide you with techniques for communicating soul-to-soul with them (especially during unconscious states), being in nostalgic moments together and sifting through memories to find the gems, including instruction on the intuitive use of 'cueing' and how to empathetically deal with their lack of recognition of you, other people, and present day situations.  More importantly, this spiritually uplifting class will offer peace and comfort so that you can enjoy special moments with your loved one and bridge the gap between your reality and theirs.
For more info about the class, visit http://www.willawhite.com/. The class meets from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jamestown JCC Campus. To register for the class, contact JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 716-338-1005.

Hope to see you at this very special seminar!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Playground project 4/16 & 17

Just in case you are wondering... I am an active resident of Lily Dale.  Among other things, I am the chairperson of the Lily Dale Children's Committee, and as such I have been in the thick of planning and implementing a playground refurbishment project for the Lily Dale Children's Acre.

Along with organizing a successful community work event, pricing and installation of playground-related items have been a main focus of mine lately.  In today's event, we will be removing old woodchips, laying down weedbarrier, and placing new woodchips.  This will be a drastic safety improvement to our playground areas.

Thankfully, a handful of student volunteers from Cassadaga Job Corps Academy have committed to work the event as part of "Global Youth Service Days".  And we have some great volunteers from the Lily Dale community that we provide labor, refreshments, and comic relief.

This is "National Volunteer Week" so here is a great opportunity to come together as a community!  If you would like to volunteer, please contact me via email at willawhite@hotmail.com or phone 716-595-3755.

If you would like to donate for this project and the other improvements for the Children's Acre, contact me to make arrangements.

You can check out what we are doing at the Lily Dale Children's Acre Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lily-Dale-Childrens-Acre/267119563351186

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

4-19-2012 "Twenty Wishes" Class

On April 19, 2012, I will be teaching "20 Wishes", a non-credit course, sponsored by Jamestown Community College.

There are plenty of ‘shoulds’ in a life, but do you have any wishes? This class will help you recapture your excitement about life and help your heart to let your head know what it wants. You will have the opportunity to bring 20 wishes into being in this special two-part class (part two on May 10). The genie is out of the lamp and waiting to hear your greatest desires. Come wish with us!

For more info about the class, visit http://www.willawhite.com/. The course meets from 6-7 p.m. both days at the Jamestown JCC Campus. To register for the class, contact JCC’s Center for Continuing Education at 716-338-1005.
Hope to see you at class!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

King Lion: Lessons from a Child

Ah, the adventures of parenthood.... as many of you know, they include watching children's films.  And recently my 3-year-old chose "The Lion King". Or he calls it "King Lion". 

As a Spiritual Medium, this film caught my attention for a particular reason as I shall detail below.

Briefly, it is a Disney animated film that tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to take his father Mufasa's place as king. However, after Simba's uncle Scar kills Mufasa, he must stop his uncle from conquering the Pride Lands and avenge his father.

With its' biblical and Shakespearian themes, this film offers audiences another take on Hamlet albeit a Disneyfied-one.  The voice cast consists of many top talents, including James Earl Jones' deep and distinctive voice of kingly command.  And Elton John wrote the hit songs.  This blockbuster film franchise became a quick favorite with critics and audiences alike, won many awards, and now has a Broadway version.

Because I enjoy watching the special feature documentaries about how films are made, I discovered "The Lion King" did not have an auspicious beginning. "Pocahontas" was also in pre-production at the time and was considered the favorite by many.  Some of the production people spoke about the flop it was going to be and some animators jumped ship to get on the Pocahontas crew.  Can you believe it? 

At that point in its' development, "The Lion King" script was unfocused and lacking a clear theme.  And then something interesting happened... one of the head guys on the production team left and the "new" team started working beautifully together.

With this new team in place, they retooled the script, making an important addition to the storyline.  They decided to have the spirit of Mufasa speak to his son (this is also one of the parts that smacks of Hamlet too).  They credit this particular element for taking the movie from a B film to an A plus. 

In other words, SPIRIT CONTACT is considered one of the big reasons for this film's success.  Hmmm... I wonder how many folks realize this?

This Disney musical classic also offers two universal messages in song:
  • "The Circle of Life", honoring the Life and Death cycles and that we are always connected with our loved ones and all that is, the seen and the unseen
  • "Hakuna Matata", a Swahili phrase meaning "There are no worries" 
After almost two decades, this movie is still beloved by children of all ages.  "The Lion King" has many of the essentials of a great story: spiritual themes, clash of archetypes, and easy-to-open (Disney) packaging. *smile*  Enjoy!