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2nd Sunday - Monthly


Join us for brunch in the Lily Dale Fire Hall ...

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3rd Sunday


Philosophy Class for anyone wishing to join the church.  ...

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Djembe Drumming Thursdays


Djembe drumming resumes this Thursday , November 19 at 7:30 in the Assembly Hall with George Cleese! ...

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September Speakers

 4 - Last Auditorium Service of 2016 Season
      Ellen Ratner

11 - Return to Assembly Hall
       Jewel Rozanski

18 - Patricia Bell

25 - John White

October Speakers

 2 - Joanne Copley-Nigro

 9 - Kindra McCabe

16 - Neal Rzepkowski

23 - Connie Griffith

30 - Ed Williams

emmy chetkin

Let it go!

Have you seen the commercial where the girl is holding on with all her might to her sleeping bag; a sleeping bag that an alligator has latched onto?! Her more clear thinking friend seeing this is a no win situation for the girl says, “Let go of the sleeping bag”! And in another version of the same story a man is hanging from a cliff with one hand, while holding onto a red bowling ball with the other hand. He cannot be rescued unless he is willing to let go of the bowling ball.

Again a friend says “let it go”! The girl cannot be safe until she releases the sleeping bag to the alligator! The man cannot be saved until he releases the bowling ball to the depths below! To the onlooker it is a no brainer. Let it go! We are often like the people in these commercials.

We hold on. We are afraid to let go even when the situation may be upsetting our well-being.

We are vibratory beings and when we stay locked into inharmonious situations the discord increases and this “sound” or vibration soon upsets our health, our temperament, and our balance.

What drives us to hold onto situations that threaten our peace of mind and often our physical health? Is it the fear of the unknown, or is it the fear of releasing the familiar? The familiar regardless of how uncomfortable can begin to feel safe. There is also something known as “the member of the tribe” syndrome. Long, long ago the strength of the tribe and our own physical safety may have depended on group need and not much room for independence. The fear of letting go is the member of the tribe syndrome. This fear need no longer exist, and yet buried deep within our DNA is the imperative to stay. To stay regardless of the situation and the stress it could be generating. And yet if we listen to our hearts desire; if we go within as urged by Cora Richmond and our pioneers we hear the song of life urging us to follow the current of our soul. God manifesting as Life through Life is always speaking to us.

Sometimes Life speaks in quiet urgings. Sometimes Life speaks in a burst of inspiration. And sometimes the river of Life takes drastic steps to keep us on track and save us from ourselves!

This can often mean leaving the familiar; a change of course. If we fear change we may turn from the new guidance as it comes in and fight the current as it attempts to take us a smoother way. As we look around us it is sometimes difficult to believe, but the Creator did not set us a course of misery! We forget that joy is a natural phenomenon……..misery is our own creation!

Do we know better than Creator what is best for us?

None of this negates free will. We are always free to exercise our free will and when we have suffered enough we will surely pick up and move on. Another lesson learned. Stay conscious and listen to your intuition and your heart. Trust God. Be still and allow your world to be transformed! Be still and your world will be transformed…….Maybe I was holding on too hard as I wrote this message because as I “thought” I was finished my words disappeared. I sent out a request for help to my techie friends but no one could undelete my words. And most of it is not found on this page! Forgetting “this message” I railed and moaned and was totally out of sorts. And then I started to laugh. The joke was on me! Not all lessons come wrapped and noted. God had changed course and I could not stay where I was feeling familiar. I had to rewrite and so this is the result.

Namaste! emmy chetkin

2016 is the year of the Red Monkey

2016 is the 4713th Chinese Year. According to Chinese Horoscope calendar, the first day of Red Monkey is on February 4, 2016. This day is not the Chinese New Year Day. Most of Internet Chinese horoscope sites use Chinese New Year Day to determine the Chinese zodiac sign, which is wrong. Chinese New Year Day of Red Monkey Year is on February 8, 2016. 

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