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Friday, May 27, 2011

June 2011 Notice

Hello Spiritual Spider readers! I will be away at school for the first week of June. My offer of 5 Free Readings for the month of June will be posted sometime after I get back. Please stay tuned.
Thank you!

Bright Blessings,

Thursday, May 26, 2011

An Unforgettable Meditation Experience

The last time I was at school at FOTS I had a few hours before the person who I drive with, Marie (one of the mentors at FOTS who just happens to live in New Hampshire, state neighbor to where I live in Vermont), and I were to leave for home.

The morning was bright and beautiful at Lily Dale, where all my classmates and mentors stay when attending school. I did as I always do when the weather is nice...took a nice long 'swing' on the swingset. Afterward, I decided to pray as I walked Lily Dale's labyrinth. For a brief, but excellent, write-up on labyrinths by Sig Lonegren (one of our amazing teachers at FOTS) and/or others at the The Labyrinth Society, please read: About Labyrinths.

Afterward, I settled on a bench near the labyrinth to meditate with the Sutras. Somewhere during that time I felt a STRONG presence of someone standing in front of me. The air around me had changed drastically. I resisted the feeling to open my eyes, knowing that a lot of earthbound spirits (perhaps you call them 'ghosts') walk the grounds of Lily Dale, and figured it was one of them. I have rarely, if ever, encountered earthbound spirits outside of Lily Dale...I'm no 'ghost buster' type and have a strong feeling that such work is not my calling. Let's face it, I don't go looking for ghosts and I know Chris would rather NOT have such uninvited guests in or anywhere near our house. But there was one, right in front of me.

I spoke to the man, for that is what he was...a middle-aged man with what I determined were intense stomach problems from his last incarnation. I asked him telepathically to sit next to me on the bench, which he did. He didn't feel scary in any way...just lonely. As he sat with me, I could feel his heavy energy lighten a bit. Next thing you know, other earthbound spirits joined him. It was getting...well...a bit too crowded for my liking. I then said a prayer to send them ALL to the Light. Then I literally SAW, albeit momentarily, an intense orange-yellow light with my eyes closed. I knew that they all had crossed over together and I felt very peaceful knowing they were finally where they needed to be. Nice.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Two Kinds Of Intelligence

Two Kinds Of Intelligence
There are two kinds of intelligence: One acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It's fluid,
and it doesn't move from outside to inside
through the conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.

Thank you,
ravenstar, for sharing this wonderful poem.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The 'Sour Grapes' Syndrome

As a kid growing up in Detroit I spent most of my elementary school days at a Catholic Parochial school. I was at one, particular school from 3rd grade to 8th grade. My family lived approximately a mile from the school and while I would get a ride in the morning, usually by my girlfriend's mom who lived across the alley from me, I was...for some reason or t'other...on my own to walk home each day.

Most of the kids in my class lived much closer to the school, and only a few went my way. There was one girl who occasionally would walk with me part of the way home. For the first few times things went nicely. We chatted and walked and chatted and walked. But for some unknown reason (at the time) to me, she became what I'll term as 'sour grapes.' In fact, let's call her 'Sour Grapes' to keep her anonymous.

Being just a little kid, I had no idea why this change in her happened. And being the deep-thinking, introspective child that I was (and still am) I pondered and pondered some more on why this occurred. Now I'm no fool to think that I'm everyone's cuppa tea (let it not be said that I think I'm everyone's darling*), BUT for the life of me, I couldn't figure this girl out, nor her reaction to least not at first. What was really weird was that I actually thought that this girl and I had some neat things in common. It must have been somewhere around 3rd or 4th grade that I actually named a syndrome after her. No joke. Because it's best to stick with her name as being 'Sour Grapes' (tho' please know that I used her actual full name for the syndrome), whenever I encountered in my life someone who just plain didn't like me, I called it the 'Sour Grapes Syndrome.' My kids have heard her name more than once over the years and just accept it as family legend. I'm 53 now so that's a long time to be bantering this girl's (now woman's) name about. I wonder what she'd think if she knew that she's gone down in the history of my family as the title for a not-so-nice syndrome. Sets me 'a worrying that it's possible that maybe I, too, am the name of some family's syndrome. eesh...hope Keeps me on my best-behavior-toes...well, at least as much as a spider can be...LOL!

Over my 31 years of marriage to Chris, he's heard me use the name of this syndrome whenever any of our family encountered folks we knew didn't like us. So over those years, Chris and I have chatted about the 'why-might-this-be-so' regarding each situation. I'd say that 99 times out of 100 (more or less) it had to do with jealousy of some sort. Jealousy is a real son-of-a-gun-tough-cookie because the person who the other is jealous about feels nigh to helpless to do anything about it. After all, jealousy often crops up when a person dislikes someone for simply being who they are and what they, themselves, are often not. It involves all sorts of issues, including lack of self esteem, insecurity, resentment, possibly even fear, and the potential for MUCH more on the part of the jealous person. Jealousy can be downright dangerous. It's a lose-lose situation because everyone feels bad when jealousy enters the picture.

Nowadays I know I CAN do something positive when I encounter the 'Sour Grapes Syndrome.' I quietly say the prayer taught to our class by Rev. Elaine at FOTS: May the God Power in me greet the God Power in thee, in the name of the Holy Spirit, for the Highest Good of all. This amazing...and I mean amazing...prayer allows my Higher Self to address the other person's Higher Self, where no jealousy or other untoward attributes exist. A good prayer indeed, that can be repeated as often as you like, for as long as you like, in whatever situation you deem it will help with. And know that it WILL HELP. You'll see...

* An aside, tho' related, and speaking primarily about myself...I've been known to say that one blazing Sagittarius Sun (that would be me) is about all an entire roomful of water signs (Scorpio, Pisces, and Cancer...who for some reason I am surrounded by in my lifetime; Chris included as a Cancer Sun) could take (shall we say 'stomach'?) in any given moment. As for the other signs and what they think about us Sag's...well, I think it may go downhill from Oh, and then adding the fact that I have Aquarius rising may lead one to the conclude that I'm a bit too...well, toooo something...for some folks to handle, let alone tolerate.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

No 'Buts' Allowed

Last weekend, once again, I was able to inhale all the wonderful energy and knowledge that is imparted at FOTS. Presently, I'm excited that a fellow spinning friend is taking Spiritual Insight Training I as I tap this post out. AND, another spinning friend who is finishing up Second Year School and will soon be a lifetime Minister of the Spiritualist Church, is actually mentoring the SIT 1 class the next weekend following this first session. How cool is that?!!!

During my last session at FOTS we were taught by three different instructors. On Friday evening and for the morning and afternoon of Saturday, Dr. Kenneth Koles amazed us with the depth and breadth of his wisdom. I've never seen anyone do what Dr. Koles does and I'm not sure I can adequately explain it. Among other things, he practices Applied Kinesiology. I've never seen anyone speak as fast as he does when he's doing alternative healing on someone. And I'd be hard pressed to say I know anyone who has such an extensive meditation practice when he wakes up in the morning...not that I've interviewed a whole lot of folks about Let's just say it's mind-blowing. At the end of our Friday session with him, I found myself scratching my head wondering what I've been doing with the majority of my 53 years on this planet, for goodness sakes! But after our Saturday workshop with him, I settled in to realize that what Dr. Kole does is a synthesis of MUCH rigorous study in various alternative healing practices and spiritual paths...perfect for him...and not necessarily something I have to do, nor would even want to do. That said, if I'm ever in the Cleveland, Ohio area, I would not hesitate to book a check-up appointment with this incredible man.

On Saturday evening at FOTS, we were led by Rev. Tom Cratsley, my school's Assistant Director, in group distance healing. It was an incredibly powerful experience, to say the least. I'm regularly involved in doing distance healing for clients myself, but when you gather a circle of healers together to send such healing energy to those in need...well, I'm surprised the roof didn't blow off the top of the building because the collective vibrations were indescribably heightened. We were encouraged to share what we were seeing and/or hearing and/or feeling throughout this work, and that, in and of itself, was a learning experience. WOW!

During the day on Sunday at FOTS we were instructed by Ed McGaa. What an honor to be in the same room as this man. I was situated front and center as he spoke, and I found myself mesmerized by the stories he told and the personal experiences he relayed. From his website: "Ed McGaa (Eagle Man) is a registered tribal member of the Oglala Sioux and was born on the Pine Ridge reservation." I hadn't planned on buying one of his books, but having this gentleman right there with us and knowing then and there that I'd love to own a book autographed by him, led me to purchase, "Creator's Code: Planetary Survival and Beyond," Four Directions Publishing, Minneapolis, 2007. I'm presently reading this book and savoring each word.

After our class on Sunday I was blessed to be part of a Sweat Lodge, led by Dr. Neal Rzepkowski. Here's what is written about Dr. Neal on the FOTS website: "Dr. Neal Rzepkowski has been interested in Spiritualism since he came to Lily Dale when he was 16 and received his first reading. That started a spiritual journey of adventure. He was ordained as a Spiritualist minister in June of 1978, one month after graduating as an "M.D.", and is also a registered medium in Lily Dale. Spirit led him to begin doing sweat lodges in Lily Dale 15 yrs. ago, and he continues to do them. As a medical doctor, his specialties include HIV Medicine and Family Practice with a holistic approach. He himself has been HIV positive for over 24 yrs., and in part credits the healing vibrations around Lily Dale to his continuing good health."
Dr. Neal is a knowledgeable, gentle, caring, and loving person. He set up, patiently instructed, and led several of us...all newbies to the particulars of what happens in a Sweat this incredible healing ritual. I shall never, ever, forget his kindness and my first experience in a Sweat Lodge. For more info on Sweat Lodges, please see: Sweat Lodge.

Last but not least, I had a wonderful talk with the owner of the Sunset View Guest House (please see: Lily Dale Assembly » Guest Homes), where I have lodging reserved during both years of school. We were chatting about next year's schooling and beyond. She reminded me of our earlier NLP training at school. We had been taught to remove the word 'but' from our vocabularies. Why? Because 'but' negates everything said prior to it. We were encouraged to replace 'but' with 'and.' Good, positive advice. Not easy to do...and...worth striving for.

I'll end with a quote I saw on the fridge of the FOTS office. I'm not sure who is the author of this quote. It tickles me so much that I laugh out loud whenever I think of it.

"Enlightenment takes a long time - unless it doesn't." more thing...consider checking out this inspiring video: Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee Beans
Thank you, Neil, for posting this little gem on Facebook!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Many years ago my husband, Chris, a jazz pianist, was gigging in Turkey. One evening Chris went to Naima Jazz Club in Istanbul, where the great jazz saxophonist, Jim Pepper (1941-1992), was playing. Jim was the son of a Creek Indian mother and a Kaw father. At the time Chris saw him, Jim was already very ill. Chris was asked to sit in and play with him. It was an experience my husband has talked about many times since, and goes down as one of the highlights of his life.

Here's a YouTube video that celebrates one of Jim Pepper's wonderful tunes, "Witchi-Tai-To":

Witchi Tai To

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Five FREE Skype Or Phone Readings - May

It's May! Time again for my offer of 5 free Skype or phone readings. The first 5 people to respond to this offer will get a free 30-minute reading during the month of May. PLUS, I can...for no extra charge...send a MP3 recording of your reading to you via e-mail. Send your request with the type of reading you prefer to my e-mail address: spinningjenny57@hotmail. If you have a webcam and are signed up with Skype, this is as close to an in-person reading as we can presently get. Skype-to-Skype does not cost anything for either of us. If you do not have a webcam, a phone reading is instead offered. In either case, we simply agree on a day/time that is convenient for each of us. With regards to phone readings, if you are one of the 5, you will be required to call me on the day and at the time we agree upon.

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 re-post 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.

Please note that now that I am in seminary (see My First Week Of School), I can count my Skype/phone readings for my homework reading requirement. I will send a brief questionnaire t0 each person who requests a reading to kindly fill out and send back to me after they receive their reading. These questionnaires are then handed in to my teachers as proof that a reading has been completed.

An additional service of free distance healing energy work (distance Reiki) will be offered to all who request a Skype/phone reading. This is optional on your part but hopefully something that you will desire. Once your reading is done and the questionnaire is filled out, I will set up a 1/2 hour time slot with you to facilitate the distance healing energy work. Again, I can use this energy work for my healing homework assignment and so will ask that you fill out a brief questionnaire relating to it.

#1. Winifred ~ completed
#2. Shonna ~ completed
#3. Kris
#4. Jean ~ completed
#5. Patti ~ completed

Thank you! I look forward to doing a reading and healing energy work for YOU!

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