Feng Shui and the Festivals of Lights

The long-standing tradition of the festivals of lights are a tribute to celebrating all the good things in life and the joy of holiday seasons.  Filling the home with lights, music and hosting families and friends to celebrate is what makes festive occasions so memorable.

With another Holiday season coming around the corner homes, neighborhoods, city squares and parks will be glowing with thousands of twinkling lights and candles, lighting up the night skies at the darkest time of the year.  What would holidays be without the magical effect of twinkling lights? 

The action of twinkling lights turning on and off creates the effect of “new light” being continually generated, warding off the opposing darkness of night with each twinkle.  The result is the creation of happy energy and joyful vibrations to uplift the spirit. 

The ancient art of Feng Shui reveres light as a Yang activator, increasing the cheer and positive energy in the environment.  As a perfect reflection of the Tai Chi of Yin and Yang, the twinkling of lights represents new energy being created and the celestial balance of opposing forces of light and dark in harmony with each other.  One can’t help but feel affected by the positive energy created by the display of contrasting energies in a complementary dance of light. 

Throughout the world with all celebratory occasions, the power of lights has been creatively harnessed in grand displays of glowing triumph to inspire and uplift the senses.  No matter what culture, people naturally understand and celebrate the symbolism of the forces of light winning over darkness.  Many religious traditions, such as the Christians, Hindus or Buddhists have understood the effect of lights in the either the form of candles, lanterns or modern day electrical lighting, to signify offerings to God. 

With light being revered as the manifestation of yang chi, the more and brighter the lights at ceremonies and altars, the greater the spiritual strength and upliftment of the devotees and worshipers.

The magical science of Feng Shui regards twinkling lights as powerfully attracting the energy of good fortune, and as a tool for enhancing business and more customers.  The Chinese have known this for centuries and utilize twinkling lights and Chinese Wealth Trees in their homes and businesses.  It’s known that shopping malls with large Christmas trees and twinkling lights benefit from increased sales by naturally attracting customers, in comparison to trees with stationary lighting.  With each twinkle of light, energy is activating the positive vibration of the premises. 

In the home, twinkling lights offer a warm welcome to friends and family upon entering, lifting moods and increasing harmony, peace and joy.  Any home can benefit from utilizing twinkling lights at all times of the year, and it’s wise to incorporate this beneficial and ancient Feng Shui tool for happy ambience, abundance and good will.

The universal understanding of good is perfectly reflected in grand displays of twinkling lights.  Motivated by nostalgic sentiment, tradition, spiritual upliftment or the knowledge of Feng Shui, many cultures uphold collective ceremonies of lighting millions of lights on certain nights of the year.  So as the festive season approaches around the globe with Winter Solstice, various Religious holidays and New Year’s Eve, remember that a little twinkling lights can go a long way in creating a festive and joyful ambiance.

By Yvonne Phillips FSII

Yvonne can be reached at yvonnep909@gmail.com

 

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Dear Friends,

This is an exciting time here at Fellowships of the Spirit as we are preparing to launch our new blog. A lot of time and creativity are going into preparing what we envision will be a go to place for all of you.

We are inviting you to contribute and become a part of this new venture.  Email us at fots@netsync.net if you wish to be considered for publication.

Here are some of the topics we will cover:

Stories of Healing

  • True stories of how you or someone you know have overcome challenges through Spiritual Healing and/or Spirit Communication (stories about animals are welcome).

Uplifting Insights

  • Thoughtful remarks, philosophical musings, spiritual teachings, etc. that can serve as inspiration for yourself and others.  (This can include your favorite quotes from teachers, books, etc. as well.)

Where Are They Now?

  •  Updates on what our alumni have been doing since they graduated from the School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy.

Prayer Requests and Gratitude

  • Send us your name and/or the name of someone else who is in need of healing.  (Last names are not required but we recommend sending at least the First Name as well as City and State/Country where you/they are located.)
  • In this section we will also include messages of gratitude, expressing thanks for all types of blessings.

Did You Know?

  • How-to articles as well as tools, tips, and tricks for maintaining a balanced mind, body, and spirit for yourself, your home, your relationships, and your business.

Recommended Reading

  • Books that have helped us to expand our perspective on various topics related to Spiritualism, Meditation, Healing, Love, Spirituality, Philosophy, etc.

Questions & Answers

  • Send us your questions about Fellowships of the Spirit, the School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy, Spiritualist Philosophy, Mediumship, Healing, Meditation, Spirituality, etc. and we will do our best to answer you –with the help of Spirit!

30th Anniversary

This is our 30th year at Fellowships of the Spirit. We are here to serve you with inspiring and transformational experiences. So, whether you wish to strengthen your existing gifts of healing and mediumship, learn to meditate, explore new knowledge and skills, or just come and relax and renew your spirit, our exceptional instructors are here for you.

We invite you to look through our offerings and join us.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Rev. Elaine D. Thomas, Director

Fellowships of the Spirit Annual Campaign – 2017

Dear Friends,

As Fellowships of the Spirit begins its 30th year and our 12th year at Fellowships Lakeside Learning Center, I am pleased to share the great strides that we are making. Each year we add new programs and offerings. We also bring back your favorite instructors whose teachings are both tried and true and state of the art, with innovative and inspiring approaches to learning.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT Our webinar class options, have the capacity to stream live anywhere in the world with real time chat for student to faculty interaction. Our team is continually using ‘cutting edge’ technology-supported education tools.

SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL HEALING AND PROPHECY As we approach our 30th anniversary year we continue to engage the finest and most experienced faculty.

SPIRITUAL INSIGHT TRAINING I AND II These training weekends have received rave reviews from participants, many of whom continue to pursue their studies in the School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy.

OPEN SEMINARS The rich texture of our wide diversity of topics on spiritual growth and inquiry draws participants from all over the USA, Canada and yes, even Europe and Africa. Respected and inspiring spiritual leaders offer intuitive and integrative approaches to healing, mediumship and spiritual development, garnering enthusiastic reviews.

SPIRITUAL LEARNING LIBRARY Generous donor support and a special gift toward renovations have created a beautiful home for our collection of more than more than 12,000 books and periodicals. Our part-time librarian has almost completed the digitizing of over 29 years of video from all the instructors who have taught at Fellowships. We are so fortunate to have this archived treasure trove of so many excellent spiritual teachers. We are pleased to note that our library is a member of the Western NY Library Resource Council, which makes us eligible to seek grants and collaboration with other libraries.

FELLOWSHIPS OF THE SPIRIT FOUNDATION was established in 2010, as an interest-bearing fund to advance, support and sustain the mission and activities of our organization. As a result we have been able to improve our facilities and expand our programs in ways we could not otherwise have even considered. We are extremely grateful and look forward to the continuing generosity of you who have contributed and those of you who will do so in the future.

Looking ahead to 2018 we are greatly challenged to meet operating financial obligations. If you share our vision and would like to support our mission, we welcome your support in any amount. Your charitable gift is crucial to sustain the continuance of Fellowships of the Spirit’s mission and vision.

Please consider a gift to the 2017 FELLOWSHIPS OF THE SPIRIT ANNUAL CAMPAIGN.
A Pledge Form is enclosed for your convenience or use our Online Donations page.

Thank you for your support!

Blessings,

Rev. Elaine D. Thomas, MS, Foundational Pastor

Grief, Hope, Commitment

With a sadness that defies words, and the eternal hope for a better world, we at Fellowships share in the profound grief today that the senseless violence and killings have created in Baton Rough, Minneapolis and Dallas.

Our country and the world are moving through a time of great upheaval. The scars, wounds of fear, hatred, separateness, racism and inequality are ripping apart the soul of our humanity.

Let’s join together in a fresh commitment as individuals and collectively to be the light and shed the light wherever we are. In the words of Mother Teresa, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” From the back streets of Calcutta, one small woman changed the lives of millions and showed us what one person can do.

In this time of tragedy, let us renew our resolve individually and collectively to do what we can each day in prayer, meditation, words and deeds.

Peace and Blessings,
Fellowships of the Spirit

A Message from our Director…

For the past 28 years, on the shores of the Cassadaga Lakes, surrounded by the majestic old growth forest of the nearby Leolyn Woods at Lily Dale, we have offered a wide array of classes and programs on spiritual and metaphysical development for people just like you. We remain committed to delivering the best experiences of personal spiritual development through our high quality teachers, staff, and mentors.

This year is no different. We are very excited about our 2016 program! In response to demand, we have expanded our offerings to 62 events, from January through December. Our two keystone programs–the two-tiered Spiritual Insight Training and the mastery level School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy–still anchor our offerings.The open seminars continue to provide a wide variety of enriching classes, which explore diverse metaphysical subjects from mediumship, Akashic records, Qigong, MARI, to medical intuition. And, of course, what’s summer without our annual Fun Fest Psychic Fair?

So, whether you want to strengthen your gifts of healing or mediumship, explore new knowledge and skills, or come to relax and renew your spirit, our exceptional instructors are here for you. Please look through our offerings and pick a program that is right for you.

We look forward to seeing you!
Elaine D. Thomas, Director