Legacy Letters and Spiritual Awakenings

I recently attended a Sisterhood Retreat at Camp Chesterfield. I have been curious about that place since finding out about it a few years ago. When a friend casually mentioned Camp Chesterfield during our conversation, I couldn’t believe I had no idea that a spiritual camp existed (since 1886!) just a few miles from my beloved Mounds State Park that I go to all the time.

I wanted to visit Camp Chesterfield immediately, but I hesitated because of my conservative religious doctrine where seances are taboo! Instead, I signed up for their mailing list and went on about my life. When I received the email about the Sisterhood Retreat, I thought it would provide a perfect opportunity to check the place out. So, I signed up with an open mind.

My adult daughter attended opening night with me, but when the spirit of past powerful women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, and Kuan Yin spoke to us through the Mediums, it freaked her out and she refused to return!

I, on the other hand, was fascinated. I mean where else would you ever get the opportunity to hear words of wisdom from saints and women who have paved the way for us to stand on equal ground? Even if it was inspired by the Medium’s meditation on these women, it was divine messages delivered in the most entertaining format I have ever seen. I was spellbound. It literally felt like I was in a vortex. I thought they should record it for millions to watch on YouTube or take their show on the road to enlighten the world!

The whole Sisterhood Retreat was about light and love. The leaders of the event came across with authenticity and authority. Gentle spirits with a fierce passion for helping us be the best version of ourselves we can be. I can best describe it as a spiritual awakening. None of us would ever be the same. We came face to face with the infinite possibilities within us and the calling to shine our light in a world of darkness.

One of the event leaders, Reverend Vicki Corkell, did a presentation on Ethical Wills also known as Legacy Letters which, as a writer, was something I was eager to learn about. How had this not come across my radar before either?!

Rev. Vicki shared some examples of legacy letters with us, including President Obama’s touching letter to his daughters. Her presentation inspired me to create my own legacy letter to my family. I started by writing in the journal we made in the previous workshop!

I’m glad part of my legacy is a passion for learning, a cat’s curiosity, and an open mind to discover the fun experiences and life lessons that awaits on the other side of the comfort zone!


The Lottery Exercise 


What would you do if you won the lottery? Would you build your dream house, go on a cruise around the world, donate to your favorite charities…

I love it when the lottery jackpot gets high because it gets people talking about their dreams out loud and thinking about the infinite possibilities that life can bring. It is in that space of believing in the impossible that the possible happens.

Sure, many dismiss it as a pipe dream, but what if you hang onto that thought of possibility for a moment and see where it takes you… What would you do with all your free time if you didn’t have to work? Would you keep doing what you are doing now? If not, what would you do? Would you write, travel, spend time with your family, volunteer… The answer to “What would do if you won the lottery” is a key that opens the door to happiness.

I started this lottery exercise years ago before I realized the power that it has to help turn dreams into reality. I said out loud what I would do if I won the lottery. Then I wrote it down. One of the things that I said out loud and put on my list was to go to Hawaii. Of course I thought it was way too expensive to do if I didn’t win the lottery or come into some big inheritance. But, “Go to Hawaii” stuck with me. I posted pictures of Hawaii on my vision board. Every time the lottery hype came up, go to Hawaii was on my list. I started talking about it more often. Eventually, it changed from “If I won the lottery I would go to Hawaii” to “I want to go to Hawaii” to “I am going to Hawaii.”

A few years after doing the lottery exercise, I decided that I wanted to go to Hawaii for my 25th wedding anniversary and that is when it changed from being an impossible dream to a goal. I researched the different islands in Hawaii, flights, car rentals, hotel accommodations…

Guess where I was for my 25th anniversary? Nope, it wasn’t Hawaii, I don’t even remember what I did for my 25th anniversary, but on my 30th anniversary, I went to the bottom of the Pacific ocean in a submarine, hiked in lush rain forests, checked out sugar cane fields, drank mai tai’s and ate fresh Hawaiian gold pineapples at a luau, and rode in a yellow Mustang convertible with the top down on Hana Road… in Maui, Hawaii!

So, now I let my imagination run wild when the lottery jackpot gets to astronomical amounts like it is now because I know what you think about consistently, you will bring about eventually.

Can you imagine becoming a billionaire overnight. What would you do?

Write on.

Kathy G