Nancy Lombardo is a multi-tasking, dedicated, knowledgeable and beautiful soul of devotion and strength! We are grateful Nancy accepted the presidency and we know the church will thrive with her strong and competent leadership along with our hard-working board and beautiful members. Thank you, Nancy!
Lovingly and consciously I pondered for over a year about stepping down from the presidency of our wonderful Church of the Living Spirit. I had no worries regarding our continued vibrancy. Nor did I worry about the dedication of our board of directors. My thoughts (sadly and much to my embarrassment) were of my own emotions and how I personally would fare. Thank goodness I was able to overcome those “pity party” thoughts and move to a slightly higher plane, and the well-being of our church! Life was easier once I ended the pity party, and today Nancy Lombardo, our newly installed president, gave me a wonderful gift… Nancy invited me to continue with writings for the newsletter. Thank you, Nancy! This column is yours when you so choose!
As I sat in meditation this morning my thoughts turned to Cora Richmond. I was never very attracted to Cora Richmond. However, one day I picked up a book by Cora entitled: My Experiences While Out of My Body and My Return After Many Days. I was intrigued by Cora and her opinions on thought. Opinions that also gave me a new perspective on the word perception. A viewpoint I had not come across. This understanding, that Cora experienced and learned in the spirit world, showed spirits dropping the thought process as they experienced knowing. This process of knowing is true perception and requires no thought. Entities are downloaded with what is and what can be. This process is also mentioned many times in the bible with the eating of the scrolls (i.e. Ezekiel and many more) and we know from our own experiences that a download comes spontaneously from within. It comes without notification; filling us with a knowing ……a knowing that we need not ponder nor question nor fear; it just is! Perception is a dropping away of space and time and a knowing that is not shaken by prior conditioning. This unfolds in the spirit world just as it unfolds for us when we experience the same phenomena here on earth. From this understanding Cora and our pioneers urged the necessity of going within. Meditation! This sensory world is a virtual reality created for our own enjoyment and like all organic material this body and this earth will pass away. Cora is quick to point out that we will receive a new body for our earthly or other world expressions! We will not pass away nor are we harmed by the experiences of the body. We are spirit now and forever. All else is illusion.
Namaste! emmy chetkin
Founding Member & Trustee
Church of the Living Spirit