Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Psychic Capitals Of America...!

I find it strange that places like this actually exist and seem to be faring well in what they do.

I can only wonder why I haven't heard of these places before, ya know? With all the strange stuff I see on the Web every day, seems as though I would have found some mention of them before.

The Most Psychic Spots In The United States
By Nolan Moore on Monday, November 30, 2015

Want to speak with the dead or learn a little something about your future? Well, if you live in the US, then you need to visit Lily Dale, New York, or Cassadaga, Florida. These little towns are jam-packed with psychics, modern-day Spiritualists practicing their trade in the most psychic cities in America.

Lily Dale, New York, isn’t your typical city. Sure, there’s a post office, a library, a couple of restaurants, and even a coffee shop. But the inhabitants of Lily Dale aren’t your typical American citizens. This city is home to around 500 psychics and mediums, people who specialize in communing with the dead, peering into the future, or healing the sick.

The city got started back in the 1870s when Spiritualism was all the rage. Hoping to establish a super psychic summer camp, a group of Spiritualists purchased around 20 acres of land and named their new hangout the “Cassadaga Lake Free Association.” Over time, the name evolved into Lily Dale, in honor of the local plant life.

Today, the psychics and clairvoyants of Lily Dale continue to ply their trade, but the town is especially busy during the summer. For about 10 weeks, thousands of visitors descend upon the city, hoping to contact long-deceased relatives, answer pressing questions about the future, or attend the numerous psychic seminars. As one of the town’s citizens said in an HBO documentary about the town, “Lily Dale is to Spiritualism as Rome is to Catholicism.”

Of course, not just anyone can set up shop inside city limits. Evidently, would-be mediums have to pass a series of specially designed tests. They’re even required to conduct readings for members of the Lily Dale board of directors. Then and only then can they practice their magic in the Spiritualist equivalent of the Vatican City.

However, Lily Dale isn’t the only psychic hotspot in the US. Travel down to Florida, and you’ll find the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. Alternatively described as a “psychic Disneyland” and “the psychic capital of the world,” this Spiritualist camp is directly connected to the denizens of Lily Dale.

Back in 1894, a man named George P. Colby—who wasn’t initially connected with Lily Dale—was instructed by his Native American spirit guide to move to Florida, buy a chunk of land, and establish a psychic utopia. Colby followed orders, and in 1894, Lily Dale sent a delegation to visit Colby’s Florida plot. Impressed with the warm weather, the Lily Dale committee wanted to start a wintertime Spiritualist camp. With Colby’s help, they turned his property into “the oldest active religious community in the Southeast.”

Today, veteran Cassadaga psychics train students in the ways of the Force for up to six years. And if you ever decide to visit the community, you might want to check out their schedule and see what special services the psychics are offering on a given day. You might want to drop by on “Embrace Your Fairy Day” or take a class like “The Art of Mediumship.” Visitors can take part in a “Reiki Healing Circle” or perhaps pose for skotograph, a special type of photography that “captures” the image of your spirit guide.

If you’re a thrill-seeker, you can stay at the (supposedly haunted) Cassadaga Hotel. Or you can even take a tour where you’ll learn which of the resident psychics have communed with celebrity spirits. Of course, you’ll need to bring along a bit of cash because these services aren’t free. Con artists, er, psychics have to make a living too, you know.

Guess the main reason I haven't found one of these places before now, is that I am not psychic. I had to go over to Knowledgenuts to find out about these places. Oh well...

Coffee in the kitchen again today. Still a bit chilly out.


Chickenmom said...

Wonder if all of them have picked the winning lottery numbers? LOL! I'll bring a warm crumb cake to share!

linda m said...

I have never early believed in psychics - too many fake ones out there. I do know some people can sense things but not to the degree that psychics claim. Another cold day here today, but at least it isn't snowing today. Thanks for the crumb cake Chickenmom.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Embrace your fairy day? Really? I knew that was in Florida, but I thought it was Disneyworld! Oh well, at least a good portion of the nut jobs are contained in a small space ~
Big hugs ~

Momlady said...

When I was a kid I used to have dreams that came true. One made me block that "ability". I believe that there are those who have talent but very few. Most psychics are just very good at reading people.

JO said...

Never knew that they actually had communities. What ever I stay away from those money grabbers and their nonsense.

Not to bad this morning at 49, but I still don't want to be outside with my coffee so the kitchen is fine my be.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Warm crumb cake sounds great today!
No lottery winners, I'll bet.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
Very hard to get behind all the claims and be a firm believer. Glad that the snow is leaving you alone for now.
Thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Sis...
I know! Sounds like keeping them in a community is a good idea. Wonder if they do readings for one another?
Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Momlady...
I believe you are spot on about them being able to read people. Glad your dreams are not a problem anymore.
Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Hey Jo...
Seems like a good spot for them all, ya know? The kitchen is nice and warm today.
Thanks sweetie, for dropping by today!