I have been struggling to write this particular blog. I have written it, deleted it, restarted more times than I can count, and purposely found other things to write about. I am starting to believe the reason I am stuck, is because of Lilydale itself. It is just too much to put into words. My words will never do it justice.
This will be my weak attempt to give a brief overview of Lilydale, NY.
Lilydale, NY sits between Fredonia, and Jamestown NY, right on Cassadaga Lake. It was known as the City of Light and then the name eventually changed to Lilydale Assemble around 1906.
It is a unique little town that was set up is 1879. The whole town was built for Spiritualists and Freekthinkers alike.
What is a Spiritualist? A spiritualist is a person who believes that when you die, you really do not die(google the Fox sisters if you want the full story of Spirituality). They believe that you still exist as much as you do in body form. Not only do you exist, but you can be communicated with. The people who live here believe this, and do communicate often with the departed. Death is not to be feared, it is just the natural order of things, and we still exist as we did here on earth.
One psychic claims the land is super charged due to so many spiritualists having lived on it for so many years.To live in this town and to own a house, not the land, you must be part of the Spiritualist Church.
I have been here maybe ten times in my life. It does cost to get in, but I think it is worth it. The place is seasonal as well, basically summer to fall.
I remember driving out many years ago wondering what this place has to offer. Will it be weird? Will it be hokey? Clearly …not since I keep going back. When I go back I sit and wonder why there aren't more places like this?
Here I found was a lovely community with super energy and interesting things to learn. Most who reside in Lilydale are licensed psychics, and you can make an appointment for a reading. You can also go to a few free gallery readings they offer and hope for a free on the spot mini reading. They often bring in famous psychics who will lecture and teach. The whole place has a very feminine energy vibe, and you can feel it while just being on the grounds. Locals report before power lines and cellphones interference, psychics of the town could move whole pianos with their thoughts and will.
There is a pet cemetery, where I left a picture of my best friend Leo, a fairy trail that has fairy houses , classes to take to increase your own gifts, drumming on Fridays and a nice beach to swim at. Sometimes they hold sweat lodges for those who are interested.
Lest not forget Inspiration stump, which is located in a LARGE grove of old growth trees. The stump sits protected as it was where the initial founders met and practiced their skills, and the power seems to resonate from it. People congregate there often, sometimes though it is nice to just sit in peace there when no one is around. I have found it to be a literal forest of solitude.
Finally, in the evening there is a Ghost tour, not a hunt, as we do not hunt ghosts, we commune with them. I am sure I am leaving so much out, but like I said there is too much to write about.
The accommodations are rather rustic as the building are very old. You get A/C you might not, you might get a private bath, you might not. Consider it GLAMPING? You really feel disconnected there, totally unplugged from the life you left, so the lack of luxury seems inconsequential.
I have stayed a few places. I felt I needed to stay at the Main Hotel, the Maplewood, for a few reasons. One it seems to a nice place to congregate. Mostly because of the paintings that hang in the sitting room. Off the main room is a parlour of sorts, with chairs, and places to spend leisure time. Hanging on the walls are amazing paintings. Some of the founders of Lilydale, one of a President, and a few of other notables, each with a story. What draws me to them is how they were allegedly created. It is said that no brush was used on some of them. That the paintings manifested from shear will. People were sitting around a table harnessing their energy and vibe and the paintings created themselves on the canvas. I look at these paintings and marvel. True or untrue, they are magnificent to me.
My other favorite thing about Lilydale are the people. One visit to Lilydale with my girl Shade, we bumped into a woman from Canada. She herself was on a spiritual journey and we hit it off. We had fun exploring the grounds with her, we ran through the woods, explored all the old buildings we could, and exchanged ideas. I think the best part was when we arrived at our homes our new friend had sent us some cards with positive affirmations and thanking us for being us. She made that trip so memorable. We in turn sent her a package of goodies that included manifesting stickers.
Sometimes it is nice and reaffirming to meet others who will listen to your free thoughts and give you their thoughts, sans judgment.
An ease…. We are all ok.
Meeting others, exploring energies/ideas and belonging means so much. If you are looking for a spiritual recharge, a place to check out of the hectic life we all live, this is the place. We all need a chance to heal, or quiet your mind.
Hopefully, in the future you will get a chance to explore, connect, and check out this wonderful place.