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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8th: ALIEN SCRIPTURES: Extraterrestrials in the Holy Bible with Rev. Michael J.S. Carter

UP-CLOSE LECTURE SERIES

with Rev. Michael J.S. Carter

Thursday, October 8th

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Join Reverend Michael J.S. Carter as he explores the possibilities that the Bible, Koran, and other religious texts contain clues to visitations from extraterrestrials.

Reverend Carter’s Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials in the Holy Bible is written from the point of view of a man or woman in biblical times, anything that came down from the sky would be considered a god, or at least sent by the gods. Now consider what the site of modern technology, such as a helicopter or rocket ship, would do to the mind of a 1st century man or woman. The explanation of this type of phenomenon would probably sound an awful lot like what we find in civilization’s most sacred books.

Whitely Strieber, author of Communion: A True Story considered Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials in the Holy Bible to be, “the best book ever written on the subject.

Rev. Carter’s books will be available for purchase that evening!

Space is Limited! Tickets will not be sold at the door!

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Save the Date for our next lecture on November 5, 2020!

About Rev. Michael J S Carter

Rev. Michael J.S. Carter is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He moved to New York City in 1980 and lived there for 27 years, working as a professional actor before moving to Asheville with his family. He is an ordained Inter-faith minister and received his BA Degree in Letters from the College of New Rochelle where he graduated cum laude and received his Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Rev. Carter is also trained as an anti-racism trainer and was recognized by President Clinton for his efforts. Rev. Carter now serves as the minister for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, in the beautiful mountains of WNC.

Rev. Carter is a contributing author on UFOs and Religion for UFO Magazine, Alien Encounters (a British Publication), The MUFON UFO Journal, Contact Forum, and The S.P.A.C.E. Newsletter (Support Program for Abductees Contact Encounters). He is often a guest speaker UFO Conferences including the Edgar Cayce ARE Ancient Mysteries Conference, The Annual Long Island UFO Conference with the late Budd Hopkins, Contact In The Desert, and The International UFO Conference in Arizona. Rev. Carter has appeared on radio and TV appearances across the nation including Japanese television discussing the Bible and UFOs.

A long-time UFO experiencer, Rev. Carter extensively speaks on the topic of Religion/Spirituality and UFOs appearing on such shows as Sci-Fi’s Steven Spielberg’s production of Abduction Diaries, The Real 4400, and is a frequent guest on the History Channel’s production of Ancient Aliens and the Travel Channel’s UFO’s The Hidden Evidence. He has also been interviewed by Academy Award winning actress Shirley MacLaine, George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM, Beyond Belief on Gaia TV with George Noory, and Late Night In The Desert with Heather Wade.  Rev. Carter has also spoken to Alabama MUFON Chapter about Science, UFOs, and Religion, and has also spoken to the Phoenix MUFON chapter on the same topic.

Rev. Carter is also the author of four books on  Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials In the Holy Bible; A New World If You Can Take It: God, Extraterrestrials and The Evolution of Human Consciousness;  God Consciousness: A 30 Day Meditation Manual To God Centered Thinking; and his latest work, The Metaphysics Of Spiritual Healing and The Power of Affirmative Prayer. 

Spiritual Fusions is proud to bring this lecture series to our community! Please visit www.SpiritualFusions.com for information on more festivals, expos and lectures! Explore the Possibilities!

Your True Birth Order and What it Means with Michelle Payton (September 2020)

Your True Birth Order and What it Means


Claiming the accurate Birth Order title
My first exposure to birth order is when I was reading theories about Adult Children of Alcoholics in the 1980’s. As years passed, information evolved to address the functional and order isn’t as cut and dry as many may think. Claiming the title of youngest, firstborn, middle, or only child has some nuances. To take a closer look, birth order “…is connected to the order of birth and role you played out within the family unit that raised you from infancy and beyond.  There are differing opinions on Birth Order theories.  It becomes quite intricate… as it takes into account years between births, gender Birth Order, physical/mental strengths and weaknesses (handicaps, body build, physical attractiveness…), size of family, adoption…   

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Some rules of thumb that a variety of experts embrace that have helped me in my baseline work:


If the siblings above you are both five years or more older and younger than you (and/or no siblings are below you or above you), you can take on only child traits.

If you are second in birth line, but the sibling above you is of opposite gender, you are also first born, [… each] opposite gender and can take on first born patterns.

If you are second in birth line, but the sibling above you is handicapped, has problems with physical attractiveness/body build, you may take on the traits of first born (switching Birth Order in essence).

If you are from a large family, the family units can run in fours (first born number one and fourth born youngest). 

Middle children are not always predictable: can be the pleaser or the rebel, but generally a negotiator.

Adopted children can become rebellious at any order.

There are always exceptions to these rules and many, many, many opinions. 

(Excerpt from Birth Mix Patterns: Astrology, Numerology, and Birth Order and their effects on the Past, Present, and Future, pp. 17-18.)

Family Models
Look at some snapshots in time of family models and determine where you fit.

A Family of 4 may not have a Middle child identity. A common assumption is the 14 and 12 year old children would assume that they are Middle children.

(Identifies as) Girl, 16 years old—Firstborn girl, family A
(Identifies as) Boy, 14 years old—Firstborn boy, family A
(Identifies as) Girl, 12 years old—Youngest, family A

(Identifies as) Girl or Boy, 6 years old—Only, family B

A Family of 7 could have three divisions:
(Identifies as) Girl, 20 years old—Only, family A

(Identifies as) Boy, 14 years old—Firstborn boy, family B
(Identifies as) Girl, 12 years old—Firstborn girl, family B
(Identifies as) Boy, 10 years old—Middle, family B
(Identifies as) Girl, 8 years old—Youngest, family B

(Identifies as) Girl, 3 years old—Firstborn, family C
(Identifies as) Girl, 1 year old—Youngest, family C
 
While there is a gap in research for Fluid and Non-binary identities in birth order, it would be reasonable to consider that a family of 4 schematic might show three Firstborns and no Middle child.

(Identifies as) Boy, 14 years old—Firstborn boy, family B
(Identifies as) Girl, 12 years old—Firstborn girl, family B
(Identifies as) Non-binary, 10 years old—Firstborn non-binary, family B
(Identifies as) Girl, 8 years old—Youngest, family B

Personality Traits by Birth Order
Here are some basic traits of each birth order.

“First Born—The Achiever

Personality Theme:  In control.  The one in power.

Role:  Ambitious, goal-oriented, conformist, responsible, organized.

Best at:  Bringing people, projects, events together on time, following rules. 

Challenge(s):  Being too controlling and putting pressure on self and others to perform to their expectations.

Famous Firsts:  Majority of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, Sir Sean Connery (actor, “James Bond”), Albert Einstein (genius, inventor, E=MC2), William Shakespeare (author).

Only—The Turbo Achiever

Personality Theme:  The Center of the World.  Independent Creator.

Role:  Goal-oriented, accumulator of knowledge, independent problem solver/creator.

Best at:  Planning, setting and reaching goals that clearly benefit the Only. 

Challenge(s):  Seeing past the “Only” way. 

Famous Onlies:  Third ranked Birth Order for U.S. Presidents and First Ladies including Bill Clinton (9 year gap between brother) and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lena Horne (African American singer in beginning early 20th century), Leonardo da Vinci (painter, inventor, genius visionary), Elizabeth Dole (“Only” but youngest charm, Senator, 2000 U.S. Presidential hopeful/never ran)

Middle—The Negotiator
Personality Theme:
  Weaving own dreams with realism.
Role:  Diplomat, negotiator, risk-taker, competitor (larger family, at times less competitive).
Best at:  Compromising.  Making friends.  Being flexible and cooperative.  
Challenge(s):  Confrontation (rather please others) but can be rebel, independent, stubborn, and/or secretive (sometimes), competitiveness varies.

Famous Middles:  Second ranked Birth Order for U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (French Military Leader), Charles Darwin (naturalist on evolution and natural selection), Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, Donald Trump (entrepreneur, real estate developer)

Youngest—The Charmer
Personality Theme:
  Enjoy life.  Outgoing.  Expressive.
Role:  Fun, funny, people person, loving and lovable. 
Best at:  Working with small groups or one-on-one.  Creative, innovative thinking since they are more fun-loving, open and feel less pressure to perform.
Challenge(s):  Listening.  Being  grown up.  Following rules (question authority). 

Famous Youngests:  Last ranked Birth Order for U.S. Presidents and First Ladies but includes Ronald Reagan, Thomas Edison (inventor—light bulb and devices to expand usage, alkaline battery, motion picture camera…), Mohandas Gandhi (lawyer, peace activist), Mark Twain (author of classics like Huckleberry Finn).”

(Excerpts from Birth Mix Patterns: Astrology, Numerology, and Birth Order and their effects on the Past, Present, and Future, pp. 80-87.)


Order just Is

Remember that there is no good or bad order; the order just is. People have good days, bad days, and influences that create shifts. Dive deeper to decide how this fits for you.

More on Birth Mix Patterns
For more details on Birth Mix Patterns, Michelle has written three books on this subject, and they can be purchased at Crystal Visions. Training for free and fee can be found in the Education section on MichellePayton.com.

About Michelle
Michelle A. Payton is an academic and wholistic developmental and growth mindset professional, is the author of 9 mind-over-matter books, facilitates individual sessions and workshops at Crystal Visions, and teaches English at a local college. Find more information about Michelle and her offerings at www.MichellePayton.com

SAFETY GUIDELINES as of 07-02-2020

In accordance to the guidelines provided by the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services, we have marked 6 foot areas for easier social distancing.

Customers will be required to wear a mask – yes they are sometimes uncomfortable but it’s really about our responsibility to each other. We happily wear them for you and we appreciate you wearing them for us and other customers.

We have hand sanitizer and rest rooms for washing hands, so that you can help us keep Crystal Visions as virus-free as possible. We want everyone to feel safe so our cleaning protocols are in place and the number of customers in the shop at one time will be limited.

We hope you continue to enjoy your experience at Crystal Visions. We will do our best to ensure your comfort while you shop.

** STORE HOURS ** MONDAY – SATURDAY from 11 – 6 pm!


 

Books & Music!

Crystal Visions offers a comprehensive assortment of spiritual and self-improvement NEW and USED books. We are the premiere store for New and Used Metaphysical Books. We have an extensive selection of used books many of which are no longer in print. A great place to find books on Astrology, Energy Work, Psychic Development, Goddesses, Crystals, Chakras, Sound Healing, Buddism, Herbs, Wicca, Spirituality and More!

You’ll routinely find titles here by classic authors such as: Alice Bailey, Spalding, Ernest Holmes, Paramahansa Yogananda, and current best selling authors Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, Sylvia Browne, Eckhart Tolle and dozens of others. We also carry works from several local authors including Michelle Payton, Jonna Rae Bartges, Paige Bryant, H. Bryon Ballad and many others! Remember to ask about our book club! Looking for a particular title? Call us at (828) 687-1193 or send email to us at cvisions at crystalvisionsbooks.com.

In our collection of cd’s you’ll find selections from native American flute to Celtic dance. You are welcome to demo the cd’s in the store while you shop!

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Highlights of our 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration was a joy-filled fun day!

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The shop was really busy all day!

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Richard Shulman opened the day with his beautiful, inspired music!

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JanET Ledder tirelessly treated us to seated massage!

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Sherry, Coburn, Rachel, Sandra, Julie and Ethel were right on in the Message Circle!

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Pam and Don McMahon offered their terrific Acoustic Music to Feed Your Soul!

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And, of course there was delicious cake!

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The Wisdom Circle, though somewhat of a roast of Blair, also took us from tears of joy to laughter !

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The day was joyfully filled with old and new friends, and we are very grateful.

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And the day closed with an energetic drumming circle!

(how did we not get any pics from that???)

March 22nd: Welcome Spring with a Labyrinth Walk

Labyrinth for web pageJoin hosts Blair and Joan to set intentions for dreams made manifest and to salute the Spring Equinox.

We will do ceremony and then walk the labyrinth to focus on our personal goals.

1:00 pm.

$10 suggested donation

Saturday, October 19th: Labyrinth of Divine God and Goddess Enlivening Ceremony

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We are called to share our healing vibration of harmonic group consciousness for enlivening the Labyrinth!

Bring your musical instruments and walk, sing, pray and bury seed crystals.

Join us monthly on the 3rd Saturdays, at 10:00 am:

October 19th * November 16th * December 21st

10:00 am

Monday, October 14th: Sacred Relationship with Earth Mother, with Mare Cromwell

Mare Cromwell 9-20-13Book Signings: 12:30-2:00 and 5:30 – 6:30pm

 & Workshop: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Mare Cromwell is the author of:

“Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother”, and

“If I gave you God’s phone number…. Searching for Spirituality in America”

“Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother” has won the following awards to date:
WINNER – Green Living Category, 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist – Spirituality Category, 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist – Nature Category, 2013 ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards

Evening Workshop:

Earth Mother or Pachamama goes by many names around the world depending on the culture one is in. While many raised in the Judeo-Christian culture don’t recognize Her existence, She most definitely exists. This workshop will discuss who Earth Mother is and different spiritual practices to develop a closer relationship with Her. We’ll go over what it means to claim our relationship with Her and how to do it, building an altar to Her, connecting with Her outside, and honoring Her through the month. We are all Her children and we are being called to reconnect with Her to help birth the New World ahead. This introductory workshop will provide spiritual tools to benefit Earth Mother and ourselves.

Mare Cromwell is an award-winning author, plant intuitive, sacred gardener, and worm herder. She has studied for seventeen years with Native American teachers and calls Western Maryland home. She sits on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. Her first book, If I gave you God’s phone number…. Searching for Spirituality in America, received awards from several national book competitions in 2003.

Blog: http://marecromwell.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.marecromwell.com
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6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $25

Saturday, July 20th: Labyrinth of Divine God and Goddess Meditation

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We are called to share our healing vibration of harmonic group consciousness for the highest of all living beings.

Bring your musical instruments and walk, sing, pray and bury seed crystals.

Join us monthly on the 3rd Saturdays, at 10:00 am:

July 20th * August 17th * September 21st * October 19th * November 16th * December 21st

10:00 am

Friday, June 21st: Summer Solstice Ceremony, with Diotima Mantineia

Diotima Mantineia

The Sun is the radiant heart of our solar system, and symbolizes the individuating life force within us all, the Greater Self.

Join us in a ritual to help us align our bodies with the Earth and the cycles of the Sun, and align our lives with the intentions of our Greater Selves.

The ritual will be facilitated by Diotima Mantineia (http://www.uraniaswell.com/diotima.htm) and will be in a Wiccan format, but respectful followers of any spiritual path are welcome.

During the ritual, we will create a talisman to help us become more attuned to the promptings of our Greater Self.

Ritual garb is welcome, otherwise, dress in a way that honors your Self.

If you play a hand drum, bring it with you!

We will gather at 6:30 pm. Please be prompt.

$10 suggested donation.

Books & Music

Books!

Crystal Visions offers a comprehensive assortment of spiritual and self-improvement NEW and USED books.. You’ll routinely find titles here by classic authors such as: Alice Bailey, Spalding, Ernest Holmes, Paramahansa Yogananda, and current best selling authors Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, Sylvia Browne, Eckhart Tolle and dozens of others. We also carry works from several local authors including Michelle Payton, Jonna Rae Bartges, Paige Bryant, H. Bryon Ballad, Tareh Cox and many others! Remember to ask about our book club! Looking for a particular title? Call us at (828) 687-1193 or send email to us at cvisions at crystalvisionsbooks.com.

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Music!

In our large collection you’ll find audio/musical selections from native American flute to Celtic dance, as well as the Hemi-Sync series. While browsing the shop just ask to hear demos.  Artists include Carlos Nakai, Richard Shulman, Stephen Halpern, Liquid Mind and many, many more.

Labyrinth of Divine God and Goddess

On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, we held ceremony for Enlivening our new Labyrinth of Divine God and Goddess.

Many, many thanks to Donna Askew and Sam Richardson for their incredibly hard work,
generous contribution, and dedication in creating our new Labyrinth!

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The night of our celebration we were blessed with many Spirit Beings:

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We welcome you to walk our beautiful, sacred Labyrinth:

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Donna Askew, who graciously co-created our Labyrinth with Sam Richardson, shared this:

This Labyrinth was called into the 3rd Dimension by 13th Dimensional Beings.  The Human Co-Created Manifestation is in Honor of All Living Beings.

Labyrinth Winter Solstice Healing GridThe Winter Solstice Healing Grid is buried in the center of this Labyrinth and hundreds of small crystals are buried within the rocks.

We humbly provide a space for all to visit and share in the frequency band that has been co-created to hold this sacred

Labyrinths can be used as walking meditation/prayer healing modalities.  As we walk in clockwise we repeat a prayer or request out loud and create an energetic hologram of vibrational intent. Once we reach the center, we stand in silence for a moment as the energy slows down and achieves a balance.  As we walk out counter clockwise we are silent as we are sending the energy in the opposite direction to once again find a balance.  We have just created a Frequency Band of Our Intent.

We invite you to participate at whatever level you are comfortable with.  We are honored to have you at our Labyrinth!

For a suggested prayer to use while walking the Labyrinth, click here.

Enjoy the Garden Labyrinth!

Thursday, September 20th: Fall Equinox Ceremony

with Ann Running-Wolf

The Fall Equinox has long been honored by our ancestors who followed the cycles of our earth mother. It is a time of celebration and thanksgiving with drumming, songs, and the exchange of gifts!

This is a time for thanking our earth mother for the way she has taken care of us this past season, and letting go of the old and bringing in the new!

The exchanging of gifts between each other was a way of blessing each family with prosperity throughout the winter months.

Come and join Crystal Visions for the Fall Equinox Ceremony filled with joyful drumming and inspirational songs hosted by Ann Runningwolf.

Bring a small gift to share with someone and expect to be blessed!

See you in the Circle! Aho!

6:30 – approximately 8:00 pm

$10 Suggested Donation

Friday & Saturday, March 16th & 17th: Gregg Braden

Friday, March 16th:

An Evening with Gregg Braden

with Special Guest Howard Martin

at Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock
(note: this is NOT at Crystal Visions, but we’ll be at this event, selling books & CDs!)

“A New World is emerging before our eyes…”
When we read this quote from Gregg Braden we hear the truth at a soul level. This amazing best-selling author of cutting-edge books such as The God Code, The Divine Matrix and The Spontaneous Healing of Belief returns to Flat Rock during this momentous year with revelations from his new book, Deep Truth.

 

PURCHASE EARLY AND SAVE  Very Limited Seating!
Tickets Purchased from January 1, 2012 to Event  $50

CLICK TO BUY THIS EVENT OR SAVE WITH A PACKAGE

 Sponsored by:
Charlotte McGinnis and Lindsay Babich
Crowning Light Productions LLC
and Event Co-Producer Ellen Sherman

Crystal Visions will offer books for sale at this event!

7:00 – 10:00 PM

at Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock

ALSO:

Saturday, March 17th:

A Full Day with Gregg Braden

with Special Guest Howard Martin

At Kenmure Country Club, Flat Rock
(note: this is NOT at Crystal Visions, but we’ll be at this event, selling books & CDs!)

Have you ever had the feeling of wanting more – more science, more spiritual wisdom from expert, author and presenter Gregg Braden?

It is time to fulfill your dream of a full day with Gregg at the Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock, NC.

This full day presentation to an intimate audience includes gourmet lunch.

AND a surprise fun-filled evening event only for day seminar attendees – a unique gift from Gregg Braden and his wife Martha.

Here’s a Hint: Musical performance!

PURCHASE EARLY AND SAVE  Very Limited Seating!
Tickets Purchased from January 1, 2012 to Event  $159

CLICK TO BUY THIS EVENT OR SAVE WITH A PACKAGE

Sponsored by:
Charlotte McGinnis and Lindsay Babich
Crowning Light Productions LLC
and Event Co-Producer Ellen Sherman

Crystal Visions will offer books for sale at this event!

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

At Kenmure Country Club, Flat Rock

Service to our community

There are many ways in which you, as an individual, can directly participate in improving the lives of those facing hunger in Western North Carolina. The most direct way in which you can have an impact is by donating food.  You might just create a habit of buying a few extra cans when you go to the grocery store, keeping a box by your front door where you deposit these extra cans and when the box is full, bringing it to Crystal Visions on your next visit.

We will gladly receive and distribute your food donations to local food banks.

Needed items include:

  • Canned meats (beef, chicken, tuna)
  • Peanut butter (plastic jars only, please)
  • Dried/Canned Beans (pork & beans, pinto, kidney, black)
  • Hearty Soup (pop-top cans preferred)
  • Meals in a Box or Can (beef stew, chili, mac & cheese, hash)
  • Canned Fruits (fruit cocktail, raisins, apple sauce)
  • Canned Vegetables (green beans, carrots, corn)
  • Cereals and Grains (rice, pasta, cereal in a box or bag)
  • Fruit and Vegetable Juice (100% juice preferred)
  • Dry Milk (instant non-fat)

For more information, see this recent article in the Mountain Xpress

Our Beautiful Garden Area!

In our beautiful backyard garden, we host two outdoor fairs a year (the Garden Party and Weave the Web) and a beautiful labyrinth!

Views of Crystal Visions – May Pole Celebration

One of our favorite Spring celebrations!

Crystal Visions – busy shopping day

Views of Crystal Visions – shop front

Welcome to Crystal Visions!  Your Sanctuary for the Spiritual Seeker, providing resources for transformation and growth including books, music. crystals, jewelry and more, serving the greater Asheville, NC community since 1989.

A Wide Selection of Crystals and Gemstone Jewelry

In our mineral case you’ll find treasures from around the world with a large assortment of sparkling clusters, spheres, points and rough minerals.

If you’re seeking massage points, crystals for healing, or beautiful mineral specimens for display, you’ll find them here.

Diverse traditions and designs are found in our jewelry department! Most pieces are Sterling Silver with gemstones, with several being unique, one-of-a-kind items.

 

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Creating Sacred Space!

Sacred Space can be as small as the breath taken in during prayer, as large as a cathedral or as expansive as an ocean view. From the reflective to the whimsical, you’ll find the angelic and the fairy realms, as well as the world of the dragon.

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Incense – including standards such as Nag Champa and smudging tools! Candles of all sizes and shapes, Space Clearing Sprays and more!

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Small Reading Room

The Green Room

The “Green Room” is our cozy meditation space.

Aptly named for the warm, rich green carpet, this room is perfect for one-on-one readings and/or healing sessions, and comfortably allows space for a massage table.