May 18th 2012 · 0 Comments
They have made the trip up from Elmira to Carolyne Cesari’s Counseling Center in Clinton on four occasions to complete the 70 healings and 70 readings for their course. The Benedicts asked their clients to make a donation to For The Good, Inc., the charity of Ms. Cesari’s choice. These donations have resulted in nearly $500 for the support of the work of FTG.
Martha is a retired Assistant Principal and Educator, and Bill is a retired Mental Healthcare Administrator, having been the CEO of a mental institution in the Elmira area. The Benedicts are both highly educated, highly successful, accomplished professionals, having turned to spiritual healing and prophesy after the death of their son, Seth.
Seth’s death was preceded by other tragedies, including a protracted separation in their marriage. Bill attributes the instability of their marriage to unresolved emotional trauma. As a child Bill witnessed the drowning death of his little brother.
“My brother died back when people tried to be stoic after the loss of a loved one,” he said. “My family was never the same after my brother’s death and I believe it is why my parents died early.”
“I never processed losing my brother. It was a terrible, traumatic event when he drowned and we were all right there. It was a tremendous loss. I eventually went for counseling and psychotherapy. And then in mid-life I lost my grandmother and both parents in rapid succession.”
“We got back together through our common participation in our Church. We reunited as a couple there and worked with several youth groups. When our son died, we were able to cope.”
Bill shared, “If you don’t have good mental health you can’t maintain good physical health.”
Bill stated that he had experienced a series of prophetic dreams about his son’s death, but didn’t understand them until the event and that Seth’s death drove them both to be more effective in people’s lives.
The couple delved into Native American spiritual teachings with the help of personal friends, Joseph and Sandy Windwalker. Their daughter Maggie introduced them to Lily Dale, NY, The Fellowships of the Spirit and the School of Healing and Prophecy.
Over the past 15 years, they have used all of these resources to continue on their spiritual path and healing.
Bill explained that he had felt unable to be happy after the loss of his son. “At first I didn’t want to hear the truth in the readings I was having. I wasn’t ready.
“It didn’t feel appropriate to dance or be happy. I needed to get back to being the person I was and not be constantly in an emotional state. I asked the Earth energies to cleanse my heart; to take the pain and sorrow, to heal my heart. The white light energy heals and regenerates.”
Martha Benedict can see auras. She commented on the size, shape and color of the auras of the people who attended the workshop, as one of the young healers who was there, interacted with the energy fields of those present.
Another young healer confirmed and agreed with Martha’s descriptions as the process went along. Martha spoke of feathers and birds as symbols of spiritual significance and how a woodpecker, rapped, or drummed, on their house the morning after Seth died and for several days afterwards.
Martha was drummed into a vision of Seth on the ‘otherside,’ saying as he waved, “Hey Mom, I’m fine!”
During the conversation, several Crows flew by the window as the sun was setting and a large Red Fox loped across the meadow and disappeared into the glade. Native Americans ascribe certain energies to animals. The host provided a book to share the meaning of Fox energy and offered her own interpretation of Crow.
One of the participants shared a story of having been ‘slain in the spirit’ during a blessing of the throat at a St. Blaise ceremony at a Catholic church. Her level of sensitivity caused her to be completely unconscious for the Mass that followed with the priest actually stepping over her while she lay on the altar. This event so disarmed her family and the priest that she became an outcast because no one there could explain what had happened.
A discussion followed on the low ebb of standard religion and churches and that, “people don’t know where to turn anymore.”
The Benedicts concurred that, “We are here to remind each other what is good about each other. Transformation is not necessarily pretty and it may cause suffering and pain. But the sign in the front office, ‘Hope Lives Here,’ is what’s important.
The importance of breath and breathing was discussed, as were references to ancient wisdom on the subject, as well as modern information on coherent breathing.
“We have to create the awareness and stay within that awareness. We are all one part of one great organism and are connected to each other. We have to establish trust and faith and be flexible and open to spiritual insights.”
The Benedicts recognized the importance of the work of Carolyne Cesari and the people and energy that have grown around her and thanked her for making them welcome.
By Mark Ziobro