Here I am. It’s Friday night about 9:15. I’m in my office at the Spiritualist Camp. About 15 minutes ago I realize that I hadn’t come up with an idea for this BLOG. I panicked for about two minutes. Got inspired. And go. It happens just about every Friday night.
Have I mentioned I love being a Spiritualist Medium? It is the best. Every time I do a reading I learn something new. Spirit works with what I have ever known through the course of my life, and then I build my vocabulary through meditation.
On Thursday, I had a few readings. Let’s not forget that I’m in an altered state during and after readings and don’t recall all of the specifics. I don’t remember now if I had brought the client’s mother or father in, but I do know the connection was made, evidence was given and received positively. To further the evidence, I was shown an image of Dennis the Menace and said so. I loved that comic when I was younger. She looked shocked and said that’s what my mother/father called my brother. I have to say I get so excited about this. Every single time. Thank you Spirit!
As I write on a deadline, because I’d like to sleep in on my one day that I am able, I have to believe Spirit waits for me to get home and is ready. Yes, we all have guides who assist us in life. Writing, for me, is just like getting into the zone for a reading. It puts me in that state of being. I live here sometimes too much. It’s what I do though – help people. It’s what we’re all here to do.
The Golden Rule is in just about every single religion that ever existed. It’s one of our Declaration of Principles. Spiritualism, a nondogmatic religion, has been around for a very long time. Spiritualists believe in the continuity of life, that we continue after we leave this earth plane.
What’s really cool right now is that we’re in the beginnings of the Aquarian Age. Won’t it be grand when peace prevails? Then again, I’m in my own little peaceful world now. It’s a really good place to be – coming from love and higher level vibrations. I strive for that. Think, if all of humanity would strive for it. I like that idea. All of humanity living in a peaceful state of being. Someone told me the other day that I live in a vacuum. Seriously, I know what goes on in the world. I’d rather not be one of the millions who feed it. I wake up and send healing to the universe. I do my part.
One might say I should take my rose-colored glasses off, but why?
Peace, Joy, Love and Light
You know, every now and again one must take a look at what they are letting into their lives, or doing in their lives. Go ahead, take a look around. Is it really something you want in your vibration? Or maybe just trimming down a bit would help in attaining the vibration you want to be at.
I had been toying with the entering the student Healing Program at Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association. To do such a thing, it is my duty to raise my vibration, to bring another level of calmness back into my life. Yes, we must all master living in this world, and still keep our mind at peace. It’s not always an easy feat.
To assist with this, I started practicing yoga again, once weekly. I do go to the gym four days weekly. One must when you’re a fire sign. LOL. Seriously though, I really thought about what I could change in my life to get my Zen on.
I have to work to live on this earth plane. I’m a Certified Medium in the Spiritualist Camp. I’m also a Permitted Teacher. I do readings and teach class. I’m also a paid writer, a professional writer. I was a freelancer for newspapers and magazines for 17 years and have written a book, novella and compilation of shorts stories. I’m working on my next book, although I haven’t picked it up in a few weeks. It’s because I’m too busy doing. I write this weekly BLOG, which I immensely enjoy. When you’re a writer, people want you to write things – all the time. You cannot even imagine. LOL I am a kind soul.
I decided Friday morning that it is now time to think about me. It’s not selfish. Go ahead do it. Think about you. You may go back and forth with decisions. You have to weigh them. Do so while removing your ego. Big thing there – the ego. And so I’m starting to trim some things away, but will add others that are more in line with Healing Body, Mind, Spirit.
Yes, in a lot of ways I am already a Healer. A Medium is a Healer, but in a different way. I am Healer because I heal myself daily. I do the inner work. We must all do the inner work to Heal.
Here’s something to repeat daily: It’s none of my business what other people think of me. People may think they know who you are, but yet they have no idea. You know who you are deep down inside. I know who I am, what I do, where it comes from. We all have to do what is best for us sometimes. Do you! And when you do, feel that Zen.
Change is constant. And during this month it is huge astrologically – five planets in retrograde, eclipses and a black moon – two new moons in a month. It’s been a ride this last week. I wrote a short post about the universe testing us daily on my Facebook page Life in Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp – Mayberry It Is. Maybe some things stay the same and others never change. Hmm. It’s up to each of us to choose – same or change, stagnate or do something different, continue the loop or move just one domino to change the outcome.
Change comes about by going inside, doing the inner work. Be aware of certain behaviors. Being a Sagittarius, I am compassionate when it comes to my words especially when it comes to change. I inspire, or at least that is my hope. I realized about a week ago that I was using a couple of words in my daily vocabulary that I didn’t care for, so I made a conscious decision to change that. I’ve done well with the one and hope to move to the next one soon. I lost those words long ago. Somehow they creeped back into my life. Cycling – something always comes back around to be sure we have learned, or changed, or gives us the opportunity to make the intended change again.
I feel a bit heavy right now. It’s the energy in the universe. Energy is always changing. I found a couple of quotes I enjoy. Hope you do too.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein
I am so looking forward to August – Jupiter, my ruling planet, is going direct. So very excited about this. I’ve pointed my arrow long ago. Change is constant. Here’s to August.
I do have babies on my brain. It’s really not my fault. My daughter announced that she’s in love with the person she’s with and they plan on having babies someday. Good news, right!
She told me that if they had a girl the baby’s name would Andromeda. I’m like OK. She also said that her partner thought they could call her Andy for short. I laughed. I reminded my daughter that Andy is the name based on her in “Two Worlds,” a book Mary Rose Gray and I wrote in 2008. I said, ‘I cannot wait to tell my granddaughter that her name came to light before she was even thought of, and that I have the proof.’
Apparently, babies are in my vibration. I went to the Bookstore in Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp the other day to sign in for appointments. I planned on taking the day off, but changed my mind. While there, I saw two young women and a little girl with long blonde hair. By the size of her, I thought her to be maybe 15 months old. She stood in front the door, so I could not leave. I said, ‘Hello’ and waved. Her mother picked her up. About 30 minutes later I received a phone call for a reading and then another. I recognized the phone number and asked if I was reading for her friend. She said yes. They both came down and guess what, they were the two women, one with the little girl in her arms. Usually I do one reading at a time, but allowed everyone to come in because it’s so hot out. As soon as her mother put her down, she ran to me and reached to come into my arms. I said, ‘I guess you wanna come up.’ I picked her up, rested her on my hip and chatted. When it was time to start the readings, her mother came to relieve me. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the little girl put her arm up in front of us, pointed her finger in the air and said something that meant no. I ended up starting the reading with her on my lap. It was precious. Eventually, she got down to roam. Not a good idea since my place is not baby proof. Her mother picked her up. She immediately did not like it. They left my office. I could still hear the little one fussing on the porch. I finished the reading. It must’ve been naptime because the other woman and her child didn’t come back.
That little girl changed my whole life for that moment and still when I think about it, I wonder if we knew each other from a previous life. Or maybe she just needed to sit in the energy.
To top it off, I went to Wednesday Night Message Service and got reading from the medium, who knows my family. She said she thought that a baby would be coming around the corner. I smiled and said I know. We chuckled.
I cannot wait. Babies it is! Granddogs are good too!
Angels are among us. It’s true. I’ve met them. Heck, I’ve seen them. There’s the people who hand a bag of groceries outside their car window to someone on the side of road with a sign: “Need Food.” And the person who gives $10 to someone in front of them at grocery to finish paying their bill. Maybe, it’s as simple as smile to a complete stranger that lights their day. Yes, those people are angels, people who make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Then there are those who are true angels, those who come down from the ethereal and become human for a moment in time.
Early on my spiritual journey, I worked as a freelance writer for the Lake Edition of the Orlando Sentinel. I wrote mostly feature articles on people, school happenings and other community events. One of my regular weekly columns was a spotlight, which included walking up to strangers, asking questions and taking their photograph. I was at one of my regular haunts, the Lady Lake Library when I saw this elderly man reading the newspaper. I asked if he would participate in the spotlight and he said no. I thought it was odd because I had this gift of just knowing who would do it and ultimately make a great feature. Imagine that. LOL. Moments later like 10 feet in front of him this woman came up to me, put her arm around me and said she thought that man would make a great spotlight. I agreed. I felt like she knew him. She encouraged me to go back, so I did. He said he couldn’t hear what I said the first time. I turned my back for a split second and she was gone. I raced up and down the aisles to find her and near the entrance of the library I asked the person behind the desk if they had seen a woman with long golden blonde hair with a beautiful tan. She had not noticed her and no else had either. I made my way back to the elderly man and asked if he had seen the woman I was talking with just a few feet in front of him, and he said he hadn’t and that he would surely remember someone that pretty, if he had. During the interview, I learned that his wife and life partner since high school had recently died. He shared stories about her that made my heart smile. When I left him, he seemed much lighter. I wondered if that woman could’ve been an angel. Later that night I went to my mediumship class and shared the experience with everyone. We decided she was indeed an angel. A few days later in mediation she appeared on my clairvoyant screen, miniature sized. When our eyes met, she disappeared just like that day. Poof! She was gone from sight. It was a confirmation.
Rise above the chaos. Do your best not to live there. Rise above it. Your act of kindness will make a difference no matter how large or small.
Acts of kindness are angelic – not so much the acts, but the results. Please Do! Blessings!
Here I am again taking a look at lower level vibrations. Perhaps, reminding me of where I do not want to live. Last week it was anger. This week it’s fear. I kind of toyed on the edge of it because I really wasn’t in fear; however my thoughts went there momentarily.
I went to my P.O. Box the other day and retrieved my mail, just like any other time. A manila envelope caught my eye. It had a folded piece of notebook paper stapled to the front of it with the return name and address and my name, Lori Carter, with the Bookstore address on it. Remember, this is Mayberry (Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp) everyone knows everyone including the mail clerk. It looked like a little kid had written it. Underneath the paper, it read: ‘the kids.’ And the back was sealed with a Disney sticker. Okay, so I’m a writer and came up with many scenarios. I really think I’ve been watching way too many NCIS episodes on Netflix. LOL I open it. There’s one piece of paper that is addressed to me. It reads: ‘My name is . . . ‘and I’m writing to you to ask for help. I have had the same nightmare and I’m scared. If you can please call me. I can tell you what happens in the nightmare. Sincerely. . .’ I hesitated to call. I looked up the address online and couldn’t find it. The next day I showed a friend and she found the address and more information, so I decided it was legit. I called later that day. The voice sounded like a young girl and I asked if she had sent a letter to me. She said no and hung up. I thought I called the wrong number at first. I called again. This time it went to voicemail. I left a message. Just the oddest thing. I still have the letter and envelope.
And then on Friday, I had a conversation with an elderly woman about religion while we waited for our vehicles to be vacuumed and wiped down. She said this place was farther away from home, but liked the service. She lived in Orange City and asked where I lived. I said Lake Helen first, but then thought better of it. ‘I live in Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. I’m a medium there.’ She replied: ‘I’m a Christian.’ I said, ‘I don’t talk religion.’ She then started talking about her God and how he forgives those who sin. I said, ‘My God is the same as yours.’ Drum roll. She asked if Jesus was my Savior. I said, ‘No.’ ‘Who is he to you?’ My reply: ‘He was the greatest prophet and healer of his time.’ And then I explained to her during Constantine times there was The First Council of Nicaea where the heads of church got together and put together the Bible, and that I believed it was done to control the masses. She thought about it. Finally she said being a Spiritualist is ‘better than being Muslim,’ and walked out the door. I could not believe my ears. Yes, this really happened to me. I just don’t understand why people cannot coexist peacefully. Blessings!
People are angry. I can feel it and see it. I’m sure a lot of you do too. Anger is an emotion that can be controlled.
Remember, I don’t watch the news, and yes, at times I must make my way out of Mayberry – Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. On the way out the other morning, I was greeted by a beautiful rainbow. I pulled my vehicle into the Bookstore parking lot, hopped out and took a few pics. What a way to start the morning. I continued on my way down Cassadaga Road, a winding, scenic road. The rainbow followed. Or perhaps, I chased it. I wondered if I could find the spot where it touched the ground. Now I’m at the stop sign. Did I mention it’s about 7 a.m.? A driver coming from my left in the right turn lane saw the rainbow too. He pulled off to the side and grabbed his camera. I could not see the oncoming traffic. Next thing I know someone is honking at me. I’m like this is not I-4 – calm down. I rolled my window down to wave to the person. She tried to get around me. I inched forward, so I could see beyond the vehicle that was off to the side. Good thing I did. I had to wait for a car to go by. I then was able to move forward. This all took less than a minute. And of course, the driver was stopped at the same light I was. I could not believe this just occurred.
It’s true – I was once a person who flipped an occasional finger to rude drivers and maybe said a few explicities. As I grew on my spiritual path, I now sent people peace signs. One time I looked in the rearview mirror and saw a woman laughing at the gentleman driver.
My new found growth was put to the test and still is at times. I was on the way to speak at a church in Kissimmee. I left like two hours early for the one hour trip. I-4 turned into a nightmare. I was diverted along with hundreds of others. I prayed I would make it. I called the church and they said not to worry. I did get a little hyper a couple of times. I just don’t understand why people cannot remain calm; take turns. We’re all going somewhere. We’re all in this together. Let’s get out of it together. By the time I made it to church, the service had already started. I used the restroom, walked to the podium and spoke. My topic: Overcoming Challenges. LOL. Oh boy, did I have a story to share with them. Everyone laughed when I said I made it without one curse word. LOL
Why do people react the way they do? Maybe it’s their upbringing; maybe they just spilled coffee on their suit pants; maybe they’re running late for work. There’s many reasons why we do what we do. Isn’t it time that we stop and think before doing?
The Golden Rule is something to live by and it just so happens it’s one of the Principles of Spiritualism. In fact, it’s pretty much in every religion that ever existed. Slow down and think about what is really important.
Mayberry it is! Blessings!
P.S. Just after writing this I saw a quote on Facebook by Yehuda Berg – “Remember: everything in your life is there for one reason and one reason only; to offer you the opportunity to grow.”
Love the synchronicity!
Have you ever ran into someone you know and have never met? This happens all the time. I’ve had clients come to my office in Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp that I’m sure I’ve met before. ‘You look familiar’ is what I say. And most times than not, they agree. Sometimes I say, ‘Or maybe I saw you in a dream, saw you coming for the reading. Heck, I’ve probably given the reading already.’ We laugh. I like to joke it off. It keeps the mood light. Maybe, it was a dream, but more than likely a past life recognition. Remember, everything is energy. We recognize what we know.
I love this story that I’m about to tell you. It’s about a very good friend, spiritual teacher. We loved and laughed about the story again today as she retold it for this column.
This happened in the Bookstore of the Spiritualist Camp, a place she worked many, many years ago. Now mind you she was married at the time and still is to the love of her life. But that one day in the Bookstore will never be forgotten. A Native-American man about 6’ 2” came into the store and my friend said, ‘You’re Crazy Horse.’ Gotta love that. She grabbed onto him and did not want to let him go. He was wearing a suit and tie. They agreed that neither knew one another. A friend nearby teased that she had lost her mind. The man who was now holding on to her said, ‘I felt something. You were shorter than me then too.’ He promptly got goosebumps and continued: ‘I can’t believe it was you. I always said I would find you this lifetime.’ He shared with her that he had driven past the Bookstore many times. He even stopped and sat on the porch several times. He never went in. Finally that day he decided to go in at closing time. They held each other for about 20 minutes and he went on his way.
That story is so amazing to me. Does this only happen in Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp? It’s kind of fun to think so. But I’m sure those who are awake have these experiences daily. One has to first realize what is truth? We’re on a planet suspended in a solar system. We must understand that we will meet people who are in our soul group. I know I’ve talked about this before. A soul group includes family, friends and once in a lifetime meetings. We make sacred contracts with those in our soul group to help us learn life lessons, so we are able to evolve. There could be 10s of thousands of people in a soul group. Even though we have sacred contracts with people in our soul group before we incarnate, those contracts do not have to be fulfilled. It’s all about freewill on this earth plane. But isn’t it great to meet someone from a past life. Blessings!
When I was in the student program in Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, I used to go on the Saturday night orb tour in the Camp. It starts at 7:30 p.m. on the porch of the Bookstore. It was either that or a séance, both intriguing in their own way.
Orbs are said to be how Spirit travels. I love this notion. I’ll always be a skeptic. It’s healthy when dealing with type of phenomena.
On one particular occasion, I was on the tour and the group walked by Blackhawk Park. A person next to me was looking at a photo she took. I looked, too. A Native-American in full headdress could be seen in the photograph. How cool is that?
After a while, I saw orbs with my eyes, so I no longer went on the tour. It’s a great starting point. The first time I saw an orb with my eyes was at a friend’s house, which was a couple of miles from the Camp. I was sitting and chatting with her in the living room. I looked beyond her and saw an orb. She asked, ‘Do you see the face in the orb?’
First of all I was amazed she knew exactly what I was looking at, and as if on cue, a Spirit face with hair appeared in the orb. I was amazed.
These days it’s not unusual for me to see orbs while driving down the road. It’s usually around 7:30 p.m. The other day I was driving away from the beach, hundreds of orbs danced about. My friend also saw them. I get so excited every time that happens. There’s more to this 3D world than meets eye.
One of my Spiritual teachers is big into phenomena. I sat in a phenomena circle for 18 months. It met same time, same place with generally the same people once weekly. Lots of rapping and spirit lights going on there. The teacher channeled high spiritual beings that shared knowledge. Afterward, photos were taken around him. Yep, you guessed it – orbs galore.
One teaching I got from him and will share here is about meditation. If you are growing your gifts, meditation is a must. I know I have preached this over and over again. Decide where you’re going to meditate and take a picture of that space. After eight weeks meditating daily in the same space at the same time, take a picture of that space. There should be orbs there.
Here’s a fun little story. That teacher’s wife loves to blow bubbles. It’s great because it lightens the mood. One night she stood by Colby Memorial Temple with this large wand that made huge bubbles. After letting a few go, she and her husband heard people up the street screaming in excitement that they could see orbs coming of the street. LOL
Seriously though, orbs are a way for Spirit to get around. More importantly it’s a starting point for nonbelievers. Here’s a great pic of a couple of orbs in plane daylight with myself and two others. www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1495063134047186&set=pob.100006305411571&type=3&theater.
You cannot make this stuff up. Well, I guess some people do. But why? Blessings!
A lot of times when people come to me for a reading they don’t know what to expect. Who can blame them? The way being a medium is portrayed on television and in the movies isn’t always an accurate depiction.
I am blessed to be a certified medium in Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, which is in Volusia County. The nearest town is Lake Helen. People come to the Spiritualist Camp daily to see what it’s all about.
When someone calls for a reading, I first ask if they’ve ever had a reading with a medium. My spiel continues: ‘I connect with Spirit around you, give you evidence of that Spirit – I see what they look like, personality traits, the way of passing, possibly shared experiences, or other types of evidence – and life guidance. I also can give psychic information.’ I tell them I’m a clairvoyant, I see, I feel, I know and at times hear. Most importantly I tell them ‘if you are looking to hear from one particular Spirit, I cannot guarantee that. It’s not the way it works.’
If the possible client makes it through all of that, they come to my office or make a future appointment.
Being a medium is so very rewarding. I love to help people. We all need help at times. It’s super hard to remember readings, unless there is something unique about them. I had a couple come in for a reading. Yes, they made it through the spiel. Normally, I don’t do couple readings, but they were married for like 15 years. It was mostly for her, though. I saw a toddler running and swimming and that’s all I kept seeing. I described her and finally, the woman told me that her daughter had choked on a piece of food a week earlier and died. I looked for more evidence. The child finally showed me the letters L and O. I said it must have been on her bedroom wall. The mother broke down in tears. God bless that family!
On a lighter note, I did my first reading on camera for a YouTube channel. I have to admit I was a little nervous. There were three extra people in my room – two cameramen and a public relations committee member. Imagine all the Spirits that came with them. The reading was going great. The recipient connected with the Spirits I brought through. Out of nowhere I said something about Rome. I said, ‘You must be going to Rome.’ The PR committee member freaked. I saw her out of the corner of my eye. The recipient brought her hands close to her face and said, ‘Oh my God’ and explained that she would be going there. And then a few minutes later I said something about Africa. The same reaction all the way around. Thank you Spirit!
I wrote a BLOG earlier whether it’s mediumship or psychic information. The latter would be getting the information from the aura. Mediumship is connecting with Spirit. When I get images, I believe they come from Spirit. It’s always a wonderment, though. I love that God has given me these gifts to help others. It is a true Blessing!