Saturday, November 1, 2014

I love to teach!

The past couple of weeks, I have had so much fun teaching the Aura classes.  And as usual at JCC, the students were wonderful! 

In part One 'Understanding the Aura', the students learned about the chakras, the layers of the aura, and how the aura related to its' environment and other people.  They also had the opportunity to see and feel their own aura, and well as see the auras of other students.  And my healing chakra-cleansing meditation blissed everyone out.

In part Two 'Advanced Auras', the students measured and sensed the aura using various techniques, practiced opening the chakras and cleansing the aura of unwanted energy, and seeing a partner's energy on a deeper level.  Many of them remarked how much they enjoyed measuring the aura with the pendulum.

Students came away with the knowledge that they each have an aura and a soul.  They recognize they are on spiritual paths and are excited to practice what they have learned.

I love my work!!  And I truly enjoy helping others realize their intuitive abilities.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/29 Advanced Aura class

In conjunction with "Understanding Your Aura" (part one), I will be teaching Part Two of the Aura classes "Advanced Auras".  I regularly teach spiritual development classes at the Jamestown Community College (JCC) Jamestown NY campus.

"Advanced Auras" - Wednesday October 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

After learning the basics of seeing auras, it is now time to experience auras with your other senses, especially touch and feeling. This class expands on the Understanding Your Aura class and provides more advanced techniques. Participants will learn and measure the dimensions of the human aura, practice how to sense and read the aura, understand the symbols of the aura, and discover ways to enhance your aura and awareness. Prerequisite: participants need to have taken the Understanding Your Aura class or be familiar with auras, chakras, placements, etc…

To register, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. See you in class!

For more info, see my website's Coming Events page at:

Friday, October 3, 2014

10/22 Aura class

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

"Understanding Your Aura" - Wednesday October 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Everyone has an aura, which is the energy field that surrounds our body and holds important information about our physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

By understanding the energy that surrounds you, you can begin to see and experience sensing auras.

This is an interactive workshop designed for beginners where you will learn the basics about auras, practice how to see and sense auras, understand the meaning of the different colors, and discover ways in which you can cleanse and clear your aura for better health. 

For more info, see my website's Coming Events page at:

To register, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. See you in class!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lake pavilion

One of my favorite places in Lily Dale is the Lake Pavilion.  Some folks call it the Boat House, but it doesn't store boats so I call it by its' more graceful name.  In my opinion, it is a space that deserves grace because decades ago the swan house used to be next to it.

Perched on the shore of Cassadaga Lake near the Maplewood Hotel, the Lake Pavilion has a bench that wraps around the inside perimeter and with the picnic table stationed there as well, there is plenty of seating.  Various folks fish from it - in fact, this summer my older son caught six fish in a row there (or maybe it was the same fish over and over, haha).

In the more recent summers, my mother has taught a plein-air art class series at the Lake Pavilion and the Friday night drumming circle has gathered there.

My family enjoys stopping there on our walks around Lily Dale.  My children ooh and ahh over the small schools of fish gathering for morsels.  Swans and kayakers glide by.  The sky and water meet there too.

As I sit there, I notice the sunlight reflecting off the lake and dappling the ceiling of the Lake Pavilion.  The beautiful light dances on the ceiling while my older son climbs trees and my younger son watches dragonflies hover above the water lilies. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Rediscovery of Women's Health" 9/25 class at JCC

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

"Rediscovery of Women's Health:  a Personal Journey" - Wednesday September 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Join us in this special informational session for women only, where your instructor will give an overview of holistic techniques for reproductive health and talk about honoring our female cycles - from fertility, to pregnancy, to childbirth, and beyond.

We will discuss many exercises, techniques, and informational resources that are available for women, including various forms of massage, bodywork, pelvic care, and fertility awareness. You will discover a new and dynamic relationship with your own body as it becomes guide, gauge, and a source of knowledge, vital radiance, and well-being.

The concepts within this class reflect the instructor’s personal findings and experiences. Her goal is to raise awareness so that women are informed about some of the options that exist.


For more info, see my website's Coming Events page at:

To register, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. See you ladies in class!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Road toads in Lily Dale

My family and I were enjoying a walk the other evening.  The weather was warm and thunderstorms were predicted.  You could feel the water hanging in the air waiting to be released.

As we approached what seemed to be a stone in the road, it moved.  Actually, it hopped.  "A toad!" my son said with delight.  We continued on our walk.  Several feet later up the same street, my husband said, "There's a toad!"  And my son spotted two more nearby.  Each street we walked had toads in the road like stony sentinels of the evening. 

In the semi-darkness of our twilight stroll, we greeted many toads.  It became a festive game of who-can-spot-the-toad-in-the-road first.  Their bumpy skin is so reminiscent of a stone in the darkness until they hop for the sides of the road, scrabbling to the safety of the grass.

"Why are there so many toads?" my son asked. 

"It will rain soon.  And they like the rain, " I replied.  "When we get home, I will look up the meaning of toad in my animal medicine book and we will read it at bedtime tonight."

"Yay!" my son cheered. 

According to my reference book, frogs (the closest option to toads) are able to call to the Thunder Beings (thunder, lightning, and rain).  Frog medicine is considered very cleansing and healing by shamans.

That night, we had terrific thunderstorms.  In the morning, my son commented, "The toads in the road did their job well." *smile* 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time flies by

The summer Season is flying by!  We have less than two weeks left.  It is incredible how fast the Time goes by. 

Whether I am in readings with clients or snatching moments with family, Time seems to be rushing at warp speed.  I blink and hours have gone by. 

A friend relayed a Sufi story to me recently about Time, so I am sharing what I recall with you.  Forgive me if I botch things in the retelling :)


One day, a king asked a Sufi master, "What is Time?  Help me to understand it."  The master said, "Come over to this pool of water and I will show you."  As the king leaned over the water, the master grasped him by the neck and held him under water. 

When the king surfaced, he was alone in an open sea.  Eventually, he spotted a fishing boat and swam to it.  The fishermen pulled him from the water.  When he tried to speak with them, he discovered they spoke another language. After a few weeks, he started to understand bits and pieces of the language and also began helping with the fishing. 

By the time the boat returned to shore, he was familiar with the nets and the boat and everyone on it.  The king's life became that of a fisherman and he was happy.  He married a woman from the village and they had children.  Life continued in this way until one day when he was fishing he fell into the fishing nets in the water.  Struggling against the nets, he was horribly tangled. 

When he eventually surfaced, he was kneeling beside the pool of the water and the Sufi master's hand was holding his neck.  Water streamed down the king's hair and face, as the master asked, "Now, do you understand Time?"

Time has flexibility at times and a firmness at others.  The pacing of Life seems to be directly determined by attitude.  Enjoy this moment!  Blessings to you All!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stand up Mediumship / Public Message Work

Many of you are probably familiar with the gallery-style messages of TV mediums such as John Edward and James Van Praagh.  They give short messages from loved ones in Spirit to audience members.  Well... here at Lily Dale this type of message work has been done for over 135 years. 

We refer to it as "public message work" or "stand up mediumship" because, rather than being in our individual offices (also known as private reading rooms), we are with a large group and we are standing.  We refer to them as "messages" because they are brief greetings lasting a couple minutes rather than a private reading session that can range from 30 to 60 minutes in length.

During the Lily Dale summer Season, 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.
Between the outdoor services and the afternoon service, these demonstrations of mediumship occur FOUR times a day every day of the Season
  • 1:00 p.m. at Inspiration Stump, an outdoor service in the Leolyn Woods
  • 2:30 p.m. at the Afternoon Service at the Auditorium
  • 4:00 p.m. at Forest Temple, an outdoor service located on East Street & Marion Street (except on Sundays, when there is an All Message Service in the Auditorium conducted by a single medium)
  • 5:30 p.m. at Inspiration Stump 
  • Oh, and let's not forget the Sunday Church Service where there is a message part of the service (so that makes a total of FIVE services on Sundays)
At the busiest times of the Season, there can be 300-400 people attending each service, so in recent years they have put in a sound system at the outdoor services to help folks in the back rows to hear the mediums.
During the Off-Season, the churches of Lily Dale have Sunday services where there is a message part of the service.  And on Wednesday nights, there is a community Healing Service with a brief message portion after the healings.
That is a whole lot of opportunity to possibly receive a message from a loved one in Spirit!!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Experiencing peace at Lily Dale

Season is in full swing here at Lily Dale.  There is an excitement and buzz about the various events and people are making their annual pilgrimage to Lily Dale.  Visitors frequently tell me about how Lily Dale makes them feel...
  • As soon as I entered the gate, I felt PEACE.
  • When I see the gate, peace fills me.
  • Walking around Lily Dales brings me peace.
  • I feel renewed!
  • This reading has brought me peace.
  • I can just "be" here.
Over 135 years of spiritual discussions, meditations, prayers, healings, and messages from Spirit have created a special energy at Lily Dale.  So many people feel the peace of this place!

From the waters of beautiful Cassadaga Lake to the oldgrowth forest of the Leolyn Woods we are blessed by a gorgeous natural surrounding.  Add in a quaint village of summer cottages, year-round homes, and old historic buildings.  Blend in all the affirmations of personal connection to the Divine and awareness of Spirit that this group of Spiritualists experience through Mediumship and Spiritual Healing.  Now, fold in a bunch of educational and spiritually uplifting events attended by tens of thousands of people from around the world every summer.  And voila!  You have the Lily Dale summer season!!

Wishing you all the peace of this moment!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lessons from a Child: Our Family Garden

Have I mentioned we have a vegetable garden?  We have a small plot in the Lily Dale community garden area so we can grow food for our family. 

It is our space to nurture plants and experience the joy of reaping what we sow.  I agree with Gertrude Jekyll (a British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer):

"A garden is a grand teacher.
It teaches patience and
careful watchfulness;
it teaches industry and thrift;
above all
it teaches entire trust."

Tilling, planting, watering, nurturing, and weeding all take time and effort.  Waiting for the plants to grow over the course of two or three months takes patience and time.  While I do this, the children play and dig in the dirt too. 

My older son enjoys noticing the seedlings emerge from the soil, the white of the cauliflower peeking out among the leaves, the sweet pepper growing bigger on the plant, and the tender lettuce growing.  He is eagerly awaiting beets, green beans, and tomatoes.  Harvesting sugar snap peas is his favorite garden activity, although he tends to eat more than end up in his bucket. 

My younger son enjoys roaming around the garden with his plastic trowel in hand.  Occasionally we must shoo him away from a plant he is about to trample, usually the yellow squash, kale, and eggplant. 

Watching the stages of growth a plant goes through helps me and my children to understand our own life phases and stages of personal growth.  We are also having to trust that the plants will grow under our loving care and protection.  Weather, critters, and babies are all factors we can only attempt to control (and ultimately harmonize with).  *smile*

I know my children are learning to honor the process by witnessing it first hand as "vegetable farmers" growing food to sustain our family.  In years to come, I hope my children will remember this special time of growth and harvest in Our Family's Garden.

"The best place to find God is in a garden. 
You can dig for him there."
--- George Bernard Shaw


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Singing the tune of June

The month of June always goes by so fast for me.  June is jam packed with the normal work and family commitments, but it also has the added pressure of getting outdoor projects completed before the start of the summer Season here at Lily Dale.

This year, we have to paint the house exterior and the porch floor.  While my husband scrapes, caulks, primes and paints, I am his gopher while watching over our 2 children.  Fun times ;)  Chasing after a very mobile 1 year old AND various project supplies that are in the opposite direction is not easy.  Thankfully, my 5 year old helps from time to time.

Also, this year is the Woodchip Project at the Lily Dale Children's Acre.   In our effort to maintain the safety of the play areas, the Lily Dale Children's Committee (of which, I am the chairperson) entered into a labor intensive undertaking of moving a BIG mountain of playground woodchips.  Thankfully, we had the help of some community volunteers, a small group of student volunteers from Cassadaga Job Corps, and a tractor.

And this is just a sampling of what we are trying to organize and get done before the Season starts!

Yesterday, I saw a friend's shirt that states: "There is no Off-Season".  With all of the work to be done, it certainly feels like that! *smile*

The sounds of houses being repaired and renovated, bees visiting the flowers, and the general "chop wood and carry water" of everyday life resound.  My world is singing the tune of June. 

Hurry, scurry get things done.
Season has almost come.
Thoughts of "to do" lists fill the air.
Spruce, polish, mend, paint and repair.
Sounds of hammers, saws, and tools everywhere.
We do these projects because we care.
Hurry, scurry get things done.
Season has almost come.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lessons from a Child: Souls only love

This morning, my husband was saying goodbye before heading off to work when my son said to my husband, "Goodbye, I love you and I'll miss you!" 

Then, my son turned to me and self-corrected himself, "Souls don't miss anybody.  They only love." 

How simple and sweet from the mouth of a child. 

Love unites the Universe and keeps us connected with our loved ones.  My son has it right: We are souls and we love.  They love us and we love them.  Period.

All other expressions of anger, fear, worry, and lack are illusions.  Souls only love.  Our higher self knows this at all times.  It is the human ego side of us that fears and feels like something or someone is missing.  Love is the essence and nature of everything. And YOU are loved at ALL times. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

The philosopher's pebble

Prepare yourself:  I am going to become philosophical about a teeny weeny peeble *smile*.  Tongue in cheek, I shall refer to it as the Philosopher's Pebble.  No, I am not talking about the legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold or silver, commonly known as the Philosopher's Stone.  I am talking about the stone that came into my Life today and made me think about my Journey in a different way.

Have you ever had a stone in your shoe?  Wellll, a stone snuck into my sandal today.  It is amazing how a little itty bitty piece of stone can irritate.

Sometimes it feels like a nail being driven into a soft part of the foot with each step.  Other times it rattles into a place in the shoe where you can't feel it.  And still other times it bounces to various parts of the foot like a pinball game, bing bing bing.

As I walked along with this pebble, I pondered my options:
stop and remove my foot apparel in order to extricate the stone
live with it

Why would I live with it?  Why don't I stop right now and get the rock out of my shoe?  Which led me to... how sometimes I (and other people) live with nuisances in our lives.  We *sigh* endure the circumstance, hoping it will be over soon, and praying for deliverance (will someone else please remove this "stone"?)  So I decided to keep the stone for a while to see what I could learn about myself.

Perhaps the "stone" represents an emotion, a physical condition, or a spiritual test... hmmmmm....
During my analysis of "why don't we stop and take the stone out?"  A list of plausible reasons ensues:
  • Stopping on our Walk of Life can seem like such a monumental inconvenience.  We are in a hurry to get from point A to point B.  Or we are walking with someone else and don't want them to be inconvenienced. 
  • Perhaps we are lazy, distracted, or wounded.  If we stop, we may not start up again. 
  • We minimalize the situation, so we tell ourselves it is not that bad. Or on the flip side, we like to complain or to be a martyr.  
  • And then another thought swoops in --- maybe it is not about Us at all.  Maybe it is about what the "stone" needs.  Maybe the stone needs a safe harbor for a while.  Let it ride.
And the list continues ad nauseum.

I finally decide that I will use this as an opportunity to practice compassionate detachment and acceptance.  After all, I can turn my attention to something else.  So I do, and eventually I no longer notice the stone.  I am walking along focused on other things and it is as if the stone has ceased to exist. 

After a few more blocks, the stone jiggles into my awareness again.  Oh, that's right, there is a stone in my sandal.  Then, I allow myself to forget about the stone again and I walk a little farther. 

When I return home, I stop and (without haste or irritation) I release the stone.  "Thank you for the conversation and lesson," I say to the stone.  "Goodbye."  The stone falls to the ground and I never see it again.  Then again, maybe it has become indistinguishable from the other stones and I pass by it everyday without recognizing it.  But that's another conversation for another day. *smile*

Sunday, May 4, 2014

5/7 Aura JCC class

This week, I will be teaching a spiritual development class at the Jamestown Community College (JCC) Jamestown NY campus:

"Understanding Your Aura" - Wednesday May 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Everyone has an aura, which is the energy field that surrounds our body and holds important information about our physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

By understanding the energy that surrounds you, you can begin to see and experience sensing auras.

This is an interactive workshop designed for beginners where you will learn the basics about auras, practice how to see and sense auras, understand the meaning of the different colors, and discover ways in which you can cleanse and clear your aura for better health. 

For more info, see my website's Coming Events page at:

To register, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. See you in class!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lessons from a Child: Learning to Read (books)

My five year old has been learning to read.  Gone are the days of my husband and I spelling words in an effort to have private discussions about matters pertaining to playgrounds, toys, p-i-z-z-a, and other fun things.  He finds words everywhere and reads them.

This year, we have focused on increasing his understanding of the word sounds and sentence structure.  It is a delightful process of choosing books from the library that will positively challenge his growing reading abilities and then reading those books with him, encouraging him to increase his reading fluency and word recognition. 

I enjoy hearing his observations about language and the written word.  He grasps many of the 'rules' and defends his pronunciation along with the rule.

"Mommy, why is it .... when it should be ...."  Words such as:
  • what - looks like w-hat such as you wear on your head, but we pronounce it w-hut such as a dwelling place
  • great - appears like it should be pronounced greet, but we pronounce like grate
  • right - appears like it should be pronounced rig-hit, but we pronounce it r-hi-t
  • write - the w is silent in a wr combination, to a 5 year old this seems w-rong indeed
As many of you have also noticed, the English language has many inconsistencies.  Such is life.

Thankfully, he looooooves books.  He has always enjoyed being read by us and also paging through the books studying the pictures with rapt attention.  It is normal for me to walk into his bedroom and find a pile of books he has pulled off his bookshelves and 'read' one by one. 

When I think back, I recall when he was 7 and 1/2 months old and he crawled over to my bookshelf and pulled off a bunch of books and started looking at the book covers and paging through them.  Maybe that is when I knew he would be a Reader.  I shared this with you all in a blogpost at the time.  I admit to a large amount of Mother Pride over this, perhaps amplified because of my own Love of Books and Reading.

Chapter books here we come!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

4/30 'Your Inner Guide' class

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

"Your Inner Guide" - Wednesday April 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
There is a power in each of us which gives us strength, comfort, and peace. We use this power to some degree in our daily lives, yet few realize its full potential.

In this class, learn how to use your intuition to receive guidance, wisdom, and daily upliftment; focus on your goals; understand events from a spiritual perspective; and increase awareness of your personal inner journey of enlightenment.

In-class exercises will include a guided meditation and examples of how to develop your conscious spiritual connection.
For more info, see my website's Coming Events page at:

To register, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. See you in class!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lessons from a Child: Climbing the stairway

My baby son is 10 months old now and one of his favorite pastimes is climbing up the stairs. 

More and more frequently, he heads to the stairs for his climbing exercise.  Sometimes we head him off at the pass and sometimes we allow him to climb with supervision.  I let him go at his pace, but I am his safety net for now.

As I hovered behind him during one of his stairclimbing adventures, he stopped halfway up.  Usually he climbs up as fast as he can go.  He climbs with a smile on his face and jabbering his excitement as his ascends each step.

This time, he paused to examine his pathway. 

He intently studied the light and dark variation of the wood grain, touching the pattern with his little baby fingers.  He was fascinated by the knotholes in the wood, tapping at them.

As he examined the steps, I found myself thinking about how we as humans often use the ladder or stairway as a symbol for spiritual development.  It seems universally accepted that vertical is good, horizontal is not as good, down is bad.  Given the physical natural law of gravity at work on our Earth, if you have ever fallen downward the injury cements this notion.

While we climb to our spiritual summits, we often examine our pathways.  We study the light and dark variations of our journey.  We try to understand the pattern.  We are fascinated by the knotholes of our life, tapping at them.  Sometimes we spend a lot of time obsessing over those knotholes and we are paused on a plateau.  Sometimes we are afraid to move - frozen in place - where going up or down is unthinkable.  Perhaps we feel pressure from ourselves or from others to get a move on.  Then, we finish our analysis lesson, stop feeling stuck or pressured, and continue onward (and hopefully in a positive direction).

And like small children, we have loving presences around us to support our spiritual Journey. 

Angels, spirit guides, loved ones in Spirit, the Divine, and even our own Higher Selves are the safety net.  The loving power of God exists in our life, permeating everything we do.  The Universe is constantly conspiring for our Greater Good.

My wish and hope for all of us is that we remember to climb our stairways (physical and spiritual) with smiles on our faces and jabbering with excitement as we ascend each step with Gratitude and Joy.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Language of Spirit

For those who attended my 'Language of Spirit' class on Friday March 7th, I wish to share the book quotes I read regarding the development of Mediumship.
Speaking from the Spirit World, W.T. Snead said, "I do not transmit words.  I speak to you in the language of spirits, that is to say, I think, and the vibrations of my thoughts are transmitted by the intermediary of our spirit bodies.  Your spirit body then gives consciousness of my thoughts to your brain." 
I feel this is an excellent way of describing the process of spirit communication.  Mediumship is about speaking soul to soul, using the faculties of the mind and thought to give expression to the impressions received from the spirit world.

Another important point to remember is the great part which is played in mediumship by the subconscious. 
All spirit messages come through the subconscious, which is the seat of the most wonderful organ of all, the memory... A mediums reacts to her ethereal environment by means of her ethereal senses, and whatever stimuli she experiences, is registered in her memory.  This, when in the form of a spirit message, must therefore rise to her material consciousness, through the subconscious, before it can be given to the recipient.
We live in two worlds: ethereal and material.  Communication between the two worlds is made possible by a development of the spiritual gifts of Mediumship.  As we learn the language of spirit, we decipher symbols, impressions, and feelings.  Cultivating a greater understanding of symbols, archetypal and otherwise, will serve you well in your study of Mediumship.

At class this coming Friday, we will be exploring Mediumship Exercises to Enhance Awareness.  Hope to see you there!

*The above quotes are from the book 'The Teachings and Phenomena of Spiritualism' by Ernest Thompson.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

the Nudge & Synchronicity

The other day, a client came for a reading.  During the course of the session, the client's loved ones in Spirit explained how they were witnessing her life, the ways they noticed she was feeling overwhelmed, and they offered their loving support and encouragement.  And then I got the "nudge".

Frequently, spirit loved ones offer their "two cents" about situations and sometimes they nudge me to share something I have learned about, read about, or experienced directly.  These are things they feel are helpful to the client.  And every time this happens, clients are very grateful to have the validation and discussion. 

Because I prefer to be a clean slate for the reading and also because I need and deserve my down-time to live my own life, I make it a rule to NOT receive spirit information in advance of a session. 
However, I still make room for Spiritual Natural Law.

This means that I allow the Divine to work with me through the Law of Synchronicity which is a close cousin to the Law of Attraction.  Occasionally before a session, I will be drawn to learn about or read about a topic, technique, or information that ends up being helpful to a client.  Sometimes a random discussion with a person a few days prior prepares me for the topic that becomes the focus of the session. 

However it comes about, receiving the occasional "nudge" is a wonderful and normal phenomenon of working with Spirit as a Medium.  I am happy to be guided, directed, and encouraged in these helpful ways.  And I give thanks for my connection with Spirit everyday.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

3/7 & 3/14 Mediumship classes

Next month, I will be teaching two classes: 

"The Language of Spirit"
Friday March 7, 2014


"Mediumship Exercises to Enhance Awareness"
Friday March 14, 2014

These classes are part of a 15 week series hosted by the Church of the Living Spirit in Lily Dale NY.  Each week, an experienced Medium will share their unique version and insights into spirit communication.

Students may attend all, or one, or any number of Fridays  they choose. Those attending 8 of the 15 classes will receive a certificate of completion. This class gives the aspiring medium the benefit of our most experienced teachers and is for everyone interested in greater spirit connection. Wisdom of what lies within enhances our own lives and the lives of those around us. The expression of that wisdom through mediumship is the gift of this class. 

A discounted price for attendance at all classes paid in advance will be $250.  Singular classes will be $20 each.    

Please contact COLS president Emmy Chetkin 716 595 2697 if you wish more information or to pay in advance. 

For more information and to see the topic titles and teachers for each week, visit

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter, winter

In honor Groundhog's Day and because I am wrapping my mind around his prediction of six more weeks of winter (SIX MORE WEEKS!), I am writing a diatribe about winter.  Maybe another time I will be able to write an account of the glories of winter, but today is not that day.

Very often, clients ask me about the winters here at Lily Dale.  Even in the heat of summer, I can still shiver as I recall winter.  My standard reply is: "We get a LOT of snow!"  When I say it, I don't feel they truly comprehend what I mean or maybe it's because I haven't found the right way to convey it through words.  Add in this year's "polar vortex" and I'm ready to move to sunny Florida.

So here we go...
  1. We live in a zone called the Chautauqua Ridge.  We consistently get loads of lake-effect snow dumped on us because of our close proximity to Lake Erie and our higher elevation. 
  2. On Route 60 (the major road that runs from Dunkirk NY to Jamestown NY), there is practically a line of demarcation of the snow band on the road.  I have been tempted to get out of my car at that point in the road and take a picture with one foot in snow and one foot on green grass.  It frequently can be snowing here in Lily Dale and sunny in Fredonia or Jamestown. 
  3. We get so much snow we don't know where to put it.  Some winters the snow pile in front of our house has been up to the porch roof.  To that end, my ingenious husband custom-made plastic and wood barriers for our porch to keep the snow at bay.
  4. Humungous icicles form on many of the houses.  They are more aptly termed ice pillars.  Like running streams frozen in time, they slide down the roof valleys and root themselves to the ground.
  5. I call my husband the "Snow Conqueror".  He loves snow.  He snowblows, shovels, scrapes, salts, knocks icicles off the house, and sweeps the porch.  Without him, it would be tempting to stay inside the house and hibernate until winter is all over.
  6. It has been so cold this year already we have used five out of five allotted snow days (versus many other school districts in the county who have only used two snow days thus far).  Turtlenecks, sweaters, longjohns, heavy wool socks, slippers, and a lap blanket are part of my winter uniform.
Today we received another foot of snow.  Enough said. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Don't dread the path

Today I was driving home and I had the choice of two possible paths that would take me there. So I asked my soul which path to take - what path is the highest and best for me.  I immediately felt drawn in one direction.

With that decision now made, I eased out of the store parking lot. I trundled along happily until I spotted up ahead the distinctive orange sign indicating men working. Ugh, I thought. Now I will delayed.

I immediately cancelled that thought, replacing it with "My journey will not be interrupted for long and there is a reason that this path was chosen. I shall have the opportunity for another blessing in my life."

The cars ahead of me began to slow and I noticed two more orange signs "Single lane" and "Road closed on the left". But I refused to be upset, I was calm.

And I was right not to dread the path. Our lane was open and the cars flowed without stopping.  Barely a pause on the trip. A tree was being cut and removed. As I passed by, I smelled the delicious aroma of pine from the tree and its feathery branches. There was another blessing.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

the place called Perfect Health

Deepak Chopra shares in his book "Perfect Health": "There exists in every person a place that is free from disease, that never feels pain, that cannot age or die. When you go to this place, limitations which all of us accept cease to exist. They are not even entertained as a possibility. This is the place called perfect health."

As a Spiritualist, I believe in personal responsibility and that individuals create their own reality according to Spiritual Natural Law. This also means that suffering is a choice. Suffering in our relationships, our finances, and our lives is a choice.

When I first read about this concept, I was blown out of the water, especially in terms of Health. For when personal responsibility and spiritual natural law are applied to health, this means that suffering with sickness is a choice.

On top of that, when one examines the cause of disease, it seems to involve a mysterious factor called "control by the host", meaning that we as the host of germs somehow open or close the gate to them.  I suppose this would be a combination of Spiritual Natural Laws.

As one of my favorite metaphysical writers Florence Shinn explains: "Germs do NOT exist in superconsciousness or Divine Mind, therefore they are the product of man's 'vain imagination'." One can only contract germs while vibrating at the same rate as the germ.  According to Shinn, fear drags men down to the level of the germ. The disease-laden germ is the product of the carnal-mortal mind, because all thoughts objectify.  This leads to the spiritual understanding that one can be fearless and undisturbed in a germ-laden situation, and he will be immune. 

And this is reiterated in Wayne Dyer's book "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life" ... "Suffering with illness just isn't an option when one lives in harmony with the Divine".

I believe each of us can overcome adversity in our lives.  In fact, I hear stories firsthand and in the news about people who are overcoming physical, mental, and emotional challenges every week. Their amazing examples encourage me to dig deeper to find resources within myself to overcome the perceived challenges in my life (health and otherwise) and to remember suffering is a choice.

In his book "Living with the Himalayan Masters", Swami Rami (founder of the Himalayan Institute) writes: "The power of self-healing is buried in the tomb of every human life. By uncovering the potentials of that power one can heal oneself."

So how do we achieve and/or maintain Great Amazing Perfect Divine Health?

Metaphysical teachers seem to agree that having a positive outlook is key:

    - Refuse to anticipate that things will get worse
    - Perceive any discomfort, fatigue, ache, or sniffle as a message to follow the body's signals back to a natural state of well-being
    - Know that the body is capable of healing infirmities because it knows it isn't a human creation, but a product of the Divine
    - Trust in the capacity of the body to live without sickness or suffering.

Also, examine your habits. Don't be weakened by destructive pursuits. And really listen to and trust the messages from your body - then listen to what your soul tells you about those signals. Cultivate a happy mindset which will not entertain sickness thoughts. 

Affirm with me: I choose to be healthy and live from the place called Perfect Health.

Here is the Prayer for Spiritual Healing used in Spiritualist Churches:
I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force
to Remove All Obstructions from my Mind and Body
And to Restore Me to Perfect Health.
I ask this in All Sincerity and Honesty and I will Do My Part.
I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to
Help both Present and Absent Ones who are in Need of Help
and to Restore Them to Perfect Health.
I put my Trust in the Love and Power of God.