As we left our lakefront cottage for Lily Dale Assembly, situated in Western NY State, something special happened. My body began to buzz with the anticipation of what we were about to experience. Lily Dale is a community of enlightened spiritualists who live and practice on these sacred grounds. Annually around 25,000 people make the pilgrimage to seek out healing and answers to the burning questions. I feel very fortunate that we were able to receive the healing Lily Dale provides during the beautiful autumnal season. There is such a bright and positive aura surrounding this community!!!
I was looking forward to spending more time on their hallowed grounds and the healing I knew it would provide. I had been there the year before and knew it was a place I would return to to further explore. We turned on the road that Lily Dale is located on and the excitement grew even more powerful. As we passed through the gates, I was well aware of my ear to ear smile, it was so very great to be back.
Our faithful four-legged companions, Louie and Lexxi, were very excited to be there and were chomping at the bit to get out and explore. After parking we wandered down to Cassadaga Lake to take in the sights. The lake was quite peaceful with wildlife floating on it and fish swimming coming to check our presence. The rolling landscapes were perfectly accented by the falls colors. The trees were gently swaying as cleansing air blew by us. The lake is beautiful but I wanted to get a closer look at the angel garden that was glowing in the distance.
We wandered the streets of Lily Dale until we made it to the entrance of Leolyn Woods, also known as the woodland trail. The woods are full of trees of various species and of various age and is an “Old-Growth Forest”. In Lily Dale the life cycle of the trees is greatly celebrated. Just because a tree has fallen does not mean it no longer serves a purpose and must be hauled away. In fact the opposite is true as there are many example of how the trees have repurposed themselves and given new life to its surroundings. Along the trail there are signs with fun facts about the nature that surrounds them. It was great to look up and imagine what these trees have seen and experienced. The wind whipped through and rustled the branches and leaves. It absolutely looked and sounded like the tree were talking with each other. A loud siren attempted to break up the serenity of the experience. As it continued on I thought well if this is the end of this life this is a great place to be. Eventually the siren came to an end but as initially jolting as it was I found it fairly easy to not interfere with my concentration. For those visiting know that it is flat trail that anyone should be able to navigate and traverse.
The midway point of the trail features the Inspirational Stump. In addition to the stump, there are rows of benches as this area is used for gatherings of mediumship and healing, as well as for personal reflection. During the summer months services are held here twice a day and are free for anyone to attend. These services have been an on-going practice since 1898. This is an area of extremely potent energy and it is not unusual for people to have an increased connection with themselves and the spirit realm. My intuition could sense the presence of others even though I could only see us and the dogs. I looked out to the benches and I could see people sitting there in anticipation of an upcoming service with my third eye. It was quite a humble lesson of knowing that we are never truly alone. It was fantastic to take a few moments to sit, take in the surroundings and think about life. As sat there I peacefully calmed myself and I asked the universe for healing and help in my life. I was acutely aware of my senses and they were all enhanced. I was absolutely in an ultimate state of peace.
We continued walking through Leolyn Woods and eventually came across the community pet cemetery. Established in 1900, it is the oldest such cemetery in the United States. It provides a final resting place and memorial space for residents of Lily Dale. I felt a flood of emotions as I read numerous memorial signs, statues and gravestones. As I walked through I felt a brush against my leg, I knew I was not alone and it was very comforting. I asked for guidance and was led to the memorial of the collar on the rock. Every summer there is a memorial service dedicated to those animal companions of the community that have passed over. There is box at the entrance where visitors are encouraged to leave photographs. Their companions are also celebrated and remembered during this service.
There were many spaces that were closed due to it being the off-season. Because many of the residents leave during this time we were not able to get a reading. The dogs were absolutely attuned to the surroundings as well. They were on a level of alert and interest that I have never seen before. They were excited to explore but when either one of us would go out of their sight they would desperately try to get to and communicate with us. When we are able to travel back without them we absolutely look forward to receiving a reading. It was fantastic to be able to visit this community of free thinkers and a place where material possessions are not held in such high regard. It was so wonderful to walk around with nothing more than my camera. Possessions are unimportant all I needed was to be walking, relaxing and just being. I absolutely believe that it is very important to ground yourself as often as you can. It was fantastic to be able to share in the joy of Lily Dale with other who appreciated it as much as I did. Lily Dale is a wonderful place to get in touch with yourself and I greatly look forward to going back during the summer months!!!
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