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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Review: "Walking Through Illusion"

Several weeks back a kind author e-mailed me, mentioned that she had happened upon my blog, and asked if she could send me a book that she wrote so that I would read and review it. A few days ago I finished her book and am happy to be able to comply. The book is "Walking Through Illusion - Jesus Speaks of the People who Shared His Journey," by Betsy Otter Thompson, O Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd., UK, 2010. Betsy added in the front matter that the book was "An Emotional Biography."

As I settled in to read, at first I was not quite sure what to make of what I was reading, despite Betsy's preface, because this book is rather unusual in how it is set up. On rereading the preface after completing the book, I have to say that Betsy actually explained well what she was offering: "Walking through Illusion was written from my conviction that hearts are free to express from the depth to which they go. Jesus is the energy that comes through my conviction." Betsy goes on to say in the preface, "My particular gift forces me to acknowledge the physics of action/reaction and the power it wields emotionally in every part of my life." The author, herself, explains that, "Walking through Illusion is not the usual format for historical reenactments, but like any novel, it is the author's interpretation of possible emotions that might have been experienced. The gift is in the message, whether the history is taken literally or not."

Much of the book focuses on interesting conversation. The conversation is between Jesus and the author. The dialogue has a "channeled" quality to it. Much of the conversation speaks of relationships between Jesus and those who either knew him or knew of him. Included in each chapter, in addition to this conversation, is a "worksheet" where the author asks questions of the reader relating to what was discussed in the conversation. It was stressed that the reader be as honest about answering these questions...literally taking part in this "game" possible. Also included were additional questions to ponder. Thoughtful quotes by the author that were applicable to the conversation were added in bold. And finally, each chapter ends with the author's "Personal Insights," which really gave a me, as a reader, the satisfying sense that the author entrusted me with being told her most private of thoughts regarding the topic(s) discussed in the conversations between Jesus and she.

The names of the chapters, diverse topics all, are listed as follows: Reform, Gifts, Obstacles, Morality, Nourishment, Beliefs, Opinions, Approval, Fairness, Curiosity, Truth, Advice, Complaints, Acceptance, Hearts, Handicaps, Betrayal, Identities, Hatred, Memories, Confusion, Death, and Time. The end of the book includes where the author had researched in the New Testament and other sources, in order to provide context, historically and otherwise, to the conversations she had with Jesus. Betsy did stress that, "Walking through Illusion is not a supplement to another book; it's a supplement to the heart. It offers an emotional accounting of what might have been, not a historical accounting. But in an effort to bring the two together, the following research was done."

Once I understood the format of the book, I thoroughly looked forward to each subsequent chapter. The conversations were thought provoking, yet not difficult to understand. I enjoyed discovering the various Apostles and other people discussed in the Bible...folks I had learned about in many religious classes during my Roman Catholic upbringing...and pondering how Jesus might have related to them when he walked the earth or what he may have felt about them after he left the earth plane. As I read, over and over again I found statements that related to what I was thinking of or experiencing that very day. It's as if the book gave me just what I needed right when I needed it, bringing up a range of deep emotions.

The chapters are quite short and never once did I get bored with the reading. The book was hard to put down, yet I didn't want to rush through it. I wanted to experience all that was offered. I think the only thing I would suggest would be a different cover picture other than the orange, yellow, and white sunburst. The cover does not do justice to the richness that is offered inside of the book.

Thank you, Betsy, for sending me your truly excellent book and for asking me to review it. 'twas a pleasure.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Romans 12: 6-8

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
If it is serving, let him serve;
if it is teaching, let him teach;
if it is encouraging, let him encourage;
if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously;
if it is leadership, let him govern diligently;
if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."
~ Romans 12: 6-8

Monday, September 20, 2010

Grandma and Grandpa Mayer

Chris drove "Ms. Jenny," so that she could attend Sunday service at TNSA yesterday. A wonderful service it was! It felt good to be back in the historic temple after not being able to go there for a few weeks.

Visiting Licentiate Minister and certified medium, Louisa Roof, presided over the congregation. Louisa is affiliated with the Church of Spiritual Life, in Methuen, Massachusetts. She was lively, interesting, and an excellent psychic medium who, during the message portion of the service, was able to connect with many crossed over loved ones.

An aside...I still get all excited knowing that there are churches...Spiritualist churches, to be exact...that include psychic medium messages in each and every service. How I wish I would have known this earlier in my life!!! Aah, but then again, maybe all things must wait for their proper time...

Here's what Louisa said when she gave a message to me: Art! I feel art. Visual art. Dancing. Louisa said that I had a little group of family members present. One woman, rather grandmotherly, said that she did "white work"...crochet, doilies, etc. (I have some of these doilies displayed in my living room right now!) The woman said she was good with her hands, as I was. The woman, who by now I knew for sure was my Grandma Mary Mayer (my Ma's mom...who only saw me as a baby once or twice before she crossed over), felt more comfortable at home. Grandma said her legs were like jelly when she had to speak, as she was doing now in front of a crowd. Grandma Mayer said she was a good cook. (Thankfully she didn't proclaim what a BAD cook her granddaughter is! LOL!) Next a man made himself known. At first I thought it might be my brother, Jack, but I was told myself, as Louisa spoke, that it was my Grandpa Leopold Mayer, who I had never had the chance to meet at all because he crossed over before I was born. Symbolism in the form of a bowling ball traveling down the lane spoke of how big, new, opportunities were in the making for me right NOW. 'course I knew this had to do with me going to school soon. Grandpa began talking of "math," which quickly segued into financial concerns. He said that given what was coming up, I needed to make sure the finances all worked. He showed Louisa the pockets of his jacket, saying that I needed to "squirrel" money away.

WOW! What a treasure of a reading!!! What a wonderful visit with my grandparents!!!!! Thank you so very much, Louisa!

During the sermon portion of the service, Louisa spoke about prayer, and among other things, of Theophan The Recluse. Wikipedia tells us that:
"St. Theophan the Recluse, also known as "Theophan Zatvornik" or "Theophanes the Recluse" (Russian: Феофан Затворник), (1815–1894) is a well-known saint in the Russian Orthodox Church. He was born George Vasilievich Govorov, in the village of Chernavsk. His father was a Russian Orthodox priest. He was educated in the seminaries at Livny, Orel and Kiev. In 1841 he was ordained, became a monk, and adopted the name Theophan. He later became the Bishop of Tambov."
"He is especially well-known today through the many books he wrote concerning the spiritual life, especially on the subjects of the Christian life and the training of youth in the faith. He also played an important role in translating the Philokalia from Church Slavonic into Russian. The Philokalia is a classic of orthodox spirituality, composed of the collected works of a number of church fathers which were edited and placed in a four volume set in the 17th and 18th centuries. A persistent theme is developing an interior life of continuous prayer, learning to "pray without ceasing" as St. Paul teaches in his first letter to the Thessalonians."
Louisa ended her talk by quoting a prayer by Theophan The Recluse that I found particularly beautiful. I'll end my post with it.
Hidden Treasure
May the Lord help you to be fully alive and to preserve sobriety. But do not forget the chief thing, to unite the attention and mind with your heart, and remain there unceasingly, before the Lord. Every effort that you make in prayer, must be directed towards this. Pray to the Lord, that he may give you this blessing: it is a treasure hidden in the field, the pearl beyond price.
~ Theophan The Recluse

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Fish Lesson

Over the course of this lifetime my family have been blessed by the presence of fish. There have been ups and downs with keeping fish tanks. I'll never forget the time my brother, Jack, who had a tank of HUGE, gorgeous, Angel fish, came home to find something went wonky with the tank's heater and all the fish were fried. We were devastated. Several years went by after that before any of us could even consider keeping fish in our home. Just thinking about this still creates pain in my heart.

Then there was the time, not long ago, that some fungus took out all of our Alexander's beautiful gold fish, despite dosings of medicine and following the advice of fish "experts"...made all the worse that Alex had already left home and this happened with me as their caretaker. It was a sad day when we buried a lovely, multicolored fish...her name, Ridelle...the size of a dessert plate, in the non-watery ground.

After thoroughly cleaning and airing the once fungus-laden tank, I was determined to start again with 5 goldfish. Little beauties they all were. Persephone, the first one who died, had some kind of weird disease that caused her body to develop cancerous-looking growths. I was grateful all the rest of the fish didn't get it. Later on down the road, Aristophanes started to act weird, hiding in a cave dwelling within the tank. It's almost as if he died of fright or something. This left three fish, and I got sick to my stomach the day that Andromeda was having a hard time staying upright. I knew all too well what that meant.

Andromeda, orange and white, died about 3 weeks ago. She had "swim bladder disease" for MANY months. How did she live so long with such a dreadful disease? I hand-fed her. Twice a day I would take her out of the 55 gallon tank and hand-feed her. This took at least a 1/2 hour or more each time. I would use a net to help hold her upright, and when she fell sideways, I'd use my own hands to help her to remain stable. I talked to her the whole time, and sometimes I found my tears fell into her water as I did so. I told her how grateful I was to get to know her and love her. I thanked her for helping to teach me patience, which I so sorely needed. If folks think that fish have no personalities to share with humans, I would have to say they're very, very wrong.

When Andromeda died I buried her in a little cardboard jewelry box in the ground. I put a large stone...bigger than two fists...on her grave. This past week I saw that the stone was moved and her grave disturbed. Her little body was still stuck to some cotton I had laid her on. I reburied her. A few days ago the stone was pushed aside again and this time she was for a hungry, wild critter or perhaps a curious dog. No matter. No tears. I know her soul is swimming free in a clear stream. She is whole.

So who is left in our huge tank? Two googly-eyed, orange, goldfish named Eros and Aphrodite. I often just call them Frick and Frack. Such characters they are. I hope to enjoy their company for years on end. Something tells me that they, too, have much to teach me.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hopping Right Back On The Good-For-You Wagon

We're spirits housed in a human body. We've chosen to live another life here on earth. As humans, we're faced with lots of decisions over our lifetime. Some of these decisions involve choosing one thing over another...people, situations, practices, beliefs, etc. Sometimes we choose things that are good-for-us. Sometimes not. No matter what, free will comes into play.

There are things that I know which are good-for-me. For instance (in no particular order and not totally complete):
  • Surrounding myself with people I love and enjoy being with
  • Doing things which make me happy and help me grow: choices involving work, choices in learning/reading, choices in entertainment, etc.
  • Walking and talking my truth as best I can over each 24 hour period
  • Ingesting healthy food and drink
  • Daily exercise
  • Avoiding that which doesn't feed my body, mind, and soul
  • Monitoring and balancing throughout my day:
  • Not forgetting to smile and laugh
And sooo much more... Have you ever made a list of what's truly good-for-you? Consider trying it sometime. There may be revelations that surprise you!

One thing that I've been thinking a lot of recently is how we make choices to do something good- for-ourselves, and every now and again we "fall off the wagon." We stray from that which we earlier committed ourselves to. This can lead to all sorts of things, including guilt. We feel bad about not sticking to our plan. And sometimes this guilt leads us to moving even further away from the good stuff we chose. Perhaps we adopt a "What the heck" kind of attitude..."May as well let it all go." And then, to make matters worse, we start rationalizing why it was OK to leave that which is good-for-us. We may even start condoning our negative actions and come up with all sorts of reasons on why it's OK to let it all go to hell in a handbasket. And then blame comes into play. We may blame ourselves for falling in a downward spiral, but we may also find some scapegoats for which to blame. Things go from bad to worse...

How do we stop this negative mess? Love and forgiveness. Love and forgiveness of ourselves first is crucial. Love and forgiveness of anything or anybody that helped contribute to us falling off the wagon is next. Throw guilt out the doorway and tell it that it's not welcome. Give the boot to blame, as well. And if too much pride is playing an unsavory role in all of this, put it in its place. Take a deep breath. Assess what is needed to put you back on track. Bring the good-for-you stuff back into your life. And keep on keepin' on the best way you know how.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Spiritual Insight Training 2

This past weekend I, once again, excitedly headed to Lily Dale, New York. The first time I did this was when I took Spiritual Insight Training 1. This time 'round, I was immersed in Spiritual Insight Training 2, the second and final prerequisite before attending two years of Fellowships of the Spirit School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy, starting this November.

I'm pleased to say that I was able to pay for SIT 2 by writing an article for Spin-Off magazine and gardening with my friend, Jenna. This felt really good! I now know I was silly to worry...and boy, worry I did...about how the two years of school was going to be paid for. Just as I was panicking, Chris landed a second job (He found out on the 4th of July, no less!) that will allow school to happen for me. Without a doubt, when there is a need, we are provided for.

And speaking of needs-provided-for, I was able to drive with two a mentor for SIT 2 and the 2-year program AND one a fellow classmate, also attending both situations. This is a blessing in and of itself, especially being able to share gas and toll costs for the 7-hour one-way trip and back. Thank you, Marie and Annie.

Fellowships of the Spirit is within easy-peasy walking distance from the heart of the Lily Dale community. Fellowships is where my SIT 2 class took place, but it's at Lily Dale that I stayed. I opted to stay at Angel House, which is not far from the entry gate into the community itself. I hadn't even checked out other places online when I made that decision..."Angel House" popped into my head immediately when I knew I needed a place to stay. I was in the "Goddess Room," splendidly outfitted in rich reds and golds. Do check out their virtual tour of rooms on their site as the rooms are definitely not run-of-the-mill decorated. Another cool thing is that the per room fee is about half of what an average motel is in the area.

We arrived near Lily Dale during the late afternoon on Friday. After supper at a local restaurant (which, of course, included french fries for me!), we checked in to our rooms and headed over to Fellowships for the evening class. A total of 9 folks took SIT 2 this time, with a few of them having come from my own SIT 1 class taken back in May. It was wonderful to see Rev. Elaine and all the staff and mentors, some of the mentors which I met that night for the first time. We began with a round robin introducing ourselves and talking briefly about what happened since we had taken SIT 1. I mentioned that I was now getting past life and medical intuitive information in my readings and that I was soooooo excited that I would be able to attend school come November.

Rev. Elaine then led us in a truly wonderful meditation. This time, rather than choosing to head to the various temples and buildings on the other side, I joined many crossed-over spirits from my family and had a joyous reunion on a beautiful garden patio, surrounded by various plants and fragrant flowers of all colors and sizes. This made me happier than I can possibly express with words. After the meditation, I was reminded just how special it is to be able to feel safe and secure as I meditate with friendly, like-minded, people.

Another highlight of Friday evening was the "walk about." We were asked to stand and mill around each other as music played, looking into the eyes of each person we passed. When the music stopped, we were to give a one or two sentence on-the-spot reading to the person. There was no time to worry about giving such a simply did it. It was grand fun! Then the music started up again and more readings were given to each other, etc.

Additional instruction was given by various people all weekend, including Rev. Don, Rev. Jessie, and Rev. Elaine's husband, Mark. ALL was fabulous. ALL kept me riveted. ALL helped me grow spiritually. I feel so grateful to be able to learn from such wonderful people.

I slept like a baby Friday night and was ready and raring to go Saturday morning. But I didn't go to sleep until I took an evening walk (with flashlight...I've been night blind all my life) and went on the swings at Lily Dale. I've loved to swing all my life and being 53 doesn't keep me from doing so. In fact, I took a walk and went swinging each night I was there. Lily Dale is a wonderful place to walk, with it's streets lined with quaint houses, most of which are homes to psychic mediums. Then there's the abundant, friendly cats that walk the streets and own the night. I had many a chat with various, interesting felines.

The weekend we were at Lily Dale was the last of the summer season, so quite a few people were out and about for the many classes and offerings throughout the community. Of course, they were also there for private readings from the many psychic mediums available, registered and otherwise. I look forward to someday having a private reading with a medium or two...

Saturday at Fellowships was action packed and included meditation, incredible instruction, small group healings, and small group readings. The small group readings, in our case, were comprised of three students with one mentor. At various times we practiced either giving regular readings, and/or past life readings, and/or mediumship readings. In each situation, a student would end up giving at least three readings and sometimes more. The instructor would have us call off numbers so that we didn't always end up with the same people in our small group, but it was funny how often we did end up with one of more of the same people anyways. Since I don't believe in coincidence, I figured that if I was with the same person/people over and over, there was something I was to learn from them or that situation, as there are no mistakes.

I was nervous about the mediumship readings before the weekend began. I wasn't worried about the mediumship readings after I gave my first one. It was as simple as that. I needn't have worried at all.

I'd be remiss if I didn't rave about the food that is served to us at Fellowships. It's reaaalllllyyyyy delicious. Let's just say one doesn't have to worry about going hungry at Fellowships. But I did stay away from the desserts...amazing tho' they looked...because once I started that up, it would be hard to stop... Potatoes? Now that's another story...

On Saturday evening we were entertained by Rev. Jessie, who plays guitar and sings wonderfully, muchly influenced by the repertoire of Pasty Cline. She also gets us up dancing, which gets the blood going, not to mention revving the laughter.

Sunday morning began with meditation, more excellent instruction, more group healings, and more group readings. We had been taught small group healing techniques in SIT 1. Just as in small group readings, the small group healings were comprised of one mentor, and in our case, 3 students. One person sits in the chair at a time, beautiful music is played, and almost as if in an improvisational dance, the other three people are the instruments through which healing is given from the Divine. It is amazing to be part of any aspect of the healing process...either giving the healing or as one receiving the healing.

At one point during the weekend Rev. Don got everything flowing within our bodies, minds, and spirits through some Qigong exercises. Robert Peng is the Qigong Master at Fellowships and Rev. Don has studied with him. What Rev. Don led us to do was a truly wonderful experience. I look forward to learning more about Qigong in the future.

Sunday afternoon brought our SIT 2 class to a close. It was joyful as we held hands in a big circle, singing together, each thankful for sharing our lives for a few, unforgettable days. I look forward to seeing some of my classmates in the near future, as at least a couple of them have also proclaimed that they, too, will be going to school this November.

I wasn't going to be going home 'til the following day and was able to take part in the last of the offerings for the summer season at Lily Dale on Sunday evening. I attended "The Stump," the famous outside venue where registered and visiting mediums give messages to those in attendance. The Stump is an actual, huge, tree stump on which mediums have given readings for many decades. Folks don't get up on The Stump anymore (there's a fence around it) but the readings are still given in front of or near The Stump. Between the tall trees of the old-growth forest and the many spirits past and present who have visited there, the atmosphere all around The Stump feels magical and alive! Next, I scurried down the road to the Healing Temple for a candlelit service, where many healers, all dressed in white, fascilitated healings to those in attendance. It was sooooo beautiful! And finally, I was able to attend a "Home Circle" directed by Rev. John C. White. For $10, Rev. John gave us a two-hour class on mediumship and readings that included a wonderful meditation. It was great!

I ended Sunday evening with a peaceful walk and a nice swing...then to bed and a drive home the next day. It was fun unfolding all that happened at Fellowships and Lily Dale to Chris over these last days. I'm sure more memories will pop up to tell him as time goes on. If any of what I've described above sounds good to you, perhaps you, too, will decide to make the trek to study at Lily Dale and Fellowships of the Spirit at some point. Consider checking out all the websites above. Consider talking to folks at either place. See if this feels like "home" to you, too!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Five FREE Empath Readings - September

It's September! Time again for my offer of 5 free Empath readings. The FIRST FIVE PEOPLE who not only contact me via e-mail but send a pic that follows my pic requirements as described in this past post, Empath Readings + Testimonials, will be chosen. See the same past post for info on what an empath reading is. Send your request AND pic to my e-mail address: spinningjenny57@hotmail.

I will list the first names of the first five people who respond to this offer on this post. Once the five people are listed, that's it for the FREE readings for that particular month. I'll repost this offer at the beginning of each month and the process will begin again. One free reading per year, per individual, please. However, do tell your friends and family about the offer.

#1. Jenny - completed
#2. John - completed
#3. Ashley - completed
#4. Sandy - completed
#5. Bella - completed

Thank you! I look forward to doing a reading for YOU!