Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Day Before

After a day of readings with clients and my son's soccer practice tonight, I went to my vegetable garden to water the growing plants.  And on the way, I observed the sights and sounds of Lily Dale preparing. For you see, today marks the DAY BEFORE the start of the Lily Dale summer season.

I noticed Lily Dale residents and visitors strolling the quiet streets of Lily Dale and enjoying the cooler evening air.  I heard the hammering and sawing of last minute home renovations.  Then came the joyful excitement of passerbys saying, "One more day 'til Season" and "Are you ready?"  And then the icing on the cake.... I glanced over from watering spray of the garden hose to see some of my neighbors playing basketball and kickball with the visiting Tibetan monks at the Children's Acre (some of the those monks have a great hook shot!).

In those hours that merge the "Off-season" with the "Season", I thought ... only in this special place could I be supported in the loving arms of my spiritual family as a Spiritualist and a Medium, see Tibetan monks playing basketball with my friends, and feel this brand of Peace. 

For today, we're all getting ready for wonderful.  And tomorrow, on the first day of Lily Dale's 133rd Summer Season, we shall all carry on a Legacy of Love.  We shall have the flag raising at 1:00 p.m. and the Silver Tea at 8:15 p.m. 

The next day, the Tibetan monks will begin the creation of a Sand Mandala demonstrating NonPermanence and the importance of the Now.  And the season will flash by with:
  • a full schedule of mediumship, healing, workshops, lectures, and other activities
  • many hearts uplifted (25,000 to 30,000 people visiting over the course of two months)
  • and everyone looking forward to the following year of sacred time together in this special place called Lily Dale. 
We will be flowing in the specialness of this moment, this summer, this time.  Wishing you a summerful of Joy!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Q&A: Spirit reality

Q:  Hi Willa,  I had a wonderful reading from you a few years ago, so thank you again.  My question, which I hope can be answered in your blog is:  Since spirits can create their surroundings with thought, how can they know if their loved ones that they reunite with on the other side are really them and not just a part of their made up new surroundings?  This has been a nagging question I've had for a long time, so I hope to hear from you!  Thanks.  Jeanne

A:  Great question!  Yes, spirits create their surroundings with 'thought', however Love and Truth are at the core of the experience.

The spiritual plane is not a place of illusions and the process of Enlightenment is not about playing mind games with the individual.  When they reunite with their loved ones on the other side, they truly reunite.  Just as we do!
Each soul has its own energy signature, much like a fingerprint. As my soul interacts with your soul, we are recognizing each others' energy signature and are more likely to recognize the energy signature again when we interact a second time, a third time. 
Those in Spirit recognize the energy signature and vibrational frequency of their loved ones here in the physical plane AND the spiritual plane. Essentially, they resonant with the energy of those they biologically share DNA with, those they shared time with, and most especially those they love, and so on.
This is why spirit communication is possible and this is why we are able to recognize our loved ones in Spirit and they us. 


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Friday, June 15, 2012

Restful Alertness & Pure Awareness

In the late 1960s, a UCLA physiologist named R. Keith Wallace proved besides its spiritual implications, meditation had profound effects on the body.  He was the first to show through his research that sitting in meditation with the eyes closed induces the nervous system to enter a state of "restful alertness" --- the mind remains awake while the body goes into a deeply relaxed state. 

When first discovered, the state of restful alertness became a curiousity in the medical professon because rest and alertness had previously been considered opposites.  [I know many of my students and clients who are not regular meditators may also consider it to be a paradox. *smile*]

Wallace found that these opposites were united in meditation. His test subjects went into a state of rest TWICE as deep as deep sleep and yet remained alert enough to push a button every time they felt the experience of 'pure awareness'.  In fact, they did so very quickly, usually within 10 minutes after shutting their eyes, compared to the 4 to 6 hours it takes us to reach our deepest relaxation in sleep.

'Pure awareness' is usually associated with Yoga because the aim of Yoga is to unite the thinking mind with its SOURCE of pure awareness.  For many, this means quantum space - the silent, empty void that is the womb of all matter and energy - and Deepak Chopra explains it so eloquently, pure awareness exists in the gap between thoughts and "is the unchanging background against which all mental activity takes place".

As you practice meditation, you will notice a sense of increasing calm and inner silence.  Although many people think that it takes years of practice to attain a deep meditational state, students of meditation notice that mantras and other techniques help to quickly produce profound relaxation and significant changes in the body chemistry. 

I encourage you to enter into Restful Alertness and Pure Awareness.  Allow yourself to relax deeply into a communion with your soul and the Divine.  Namaste.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The song of the church bells

You know those days when you're rushing around trying to get from point A to point B as fast as you can?  Today was such a day for me.  I was zooming here, zooming there - it was a case of drop off this person, pick up this from the store, run back for an appointment, hurry hurry, and so on.

I was the essence of the White Rabbit in the Alice in Wonderland stories ... "I'm late, I'm late.  For a very important date."

Urgently but carefully, I made my way through a string of traffic lights - sailing through the lights that were gloriously green and stymied by the lights that were repressively red.  I was filled with impatience to complete my duties, to meet other peoples' expectations, to get to the next event.

At one of the red lights, I was paused next to a church.  It was high noon and the church bells began ringing a beautiful tune.  Traditionally, the noon bell is rung as a call to prayer and to spread good-will to everyone on Earth. 

As I sat there carried away about the music, I was struck with a Joy so intense that I forgot my urgency, my errands, my time table.  It was peaceful sitting there listening to the church bells. 

When the light turned green, I didn't want to leave.  "Please let me stay and listen," I thought. But the line of cars behind me were waiting and the other drivers were hurrying on their own missions for the day.

With great regret, I moved my car forward slowly.  I didn't have the luxury of defying the Time and the flow of traffic, but I could carry the prayer of peace in my Soul.  So I moved.

The song of the church bells faded as I progressed further.  But I was uplifted.  In my heart, I thanked them for the sweet Joy and moment of Peace they had given me, especially the reminder that all is unfolding in Divine Right Timing.  And I carried the song with me for the rest of the journey.