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iSpiritual Blog

  • New Business of the Year!

    2 Women Traders Award

    Our retail store, 2 Women Traders, was named New Business of the Year by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce!

    The Stars of Lake County program was initiated in 1998 by Judi Pollace, past president of the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce, (now the Lake County Chamber). The program was co-sponsored by Lake County Publishing and Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, for the first twelve years.

    The Lake County Chamber’s board liked the idea of providing recognition for the hardworking volunteers, businesses and organizations who do so much for Lake County and the Stars of Lake County Community Awards are the result. It is the only recognition program of its kind in Lake County.

    During the first fourteen years 1500 individuals, businesses and organizations have been acknowledged by community nominations for their efforts to improve the quality of life in the community of Lake County. We average over 100 nominations each year from throughout Lake County. The Selection Committee is comprised of individuals from every part of the County, who receive copies of each nomination before meeting to choose the recipients in each category. Once they come together, each nominee is reviewed and then a secret ballot is cast. Only three people know who the recipients are prior to the an-nouncement at the Awards Program.

    We love where we live and  appreciate the great people who make up our community and clientele! Stop by Two Women Traders in Middletown to see our iSpiritual labyrinths and spiritual gifts "up close and personal".

  • Koshi Chimes Video

    Though we dont have these colorful models, you will enjoy the same soothing sounds in the new wooden Koshi Chimes that we offer on our website.

  • Finger Labyrinth Video: Finger Walking the Chartres Labyrinth

    We have a great selection of finger labyrinths for your enjoyment and illumination! Here are some quick links to the choices:
    Chartres Finger Labyrinths
    Santa Rosa Finger Labyrinths
    Classical Finger Labyrinths

  • World Labyrinth Day is May 5th

    The third World Labyrinth Day will be held on Saturday May 5, 2012. World Labyrinth Day is an annual global event celebrated each year on the first Saturday in May, sponsored by The Labyrinth Society, an international organization founded in 1998.

    The Labyrinth Society invites the world to ‘Walk As One at 1’ in an attempt to create a wave of peaceful energy moving around the planet. To participate, people are invited to walk a labyrinth at 1:00 p.m. in their local time zone. While large group events are planned, no event is too small. Individuals who wish to participate may use a finger labyrinth in the comfort of their home.

    In the past, a variety of events were held at over 100 locations worldwide, including the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., churches, and even a maximum-security women’s prison. Countries joining the celebration included: the United States, Canada, England, the Bahamas, France, Spain, New Zealand, China, South Africa, and Australia.

    While the origin of the labyrinth is unknown, labyrinths have been found all over the world dating from earliest antiquity. Once popular in the Middle Ages, labyrinths have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity. It has become increasingly common to find labyrinths in schools, prisons, parks, hospitals, spas, churches, and retreat centers. The World Wide Labyrinth Locator, www.labyrinthlocator.com, an online database, lists over 3400 labyrinths around the world.

    Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity, and uses include problem solving, conflict resolution, walking meditation, modern day pilgrimage, and stress management. The American Cancer Society states that labyrinths "may be helpful as a complementary method to decrease stress and create a state of relaxation."

    Research studies conducted in a variety of settings consistently have shown that walking a labyrinth reduces stress. In fact, over the past few years, this has been the most commonly reported finding related to the so-called ‘labyrinth effect,’ according to John W. Rhodes, Ph.D. Chair of The Labyrinth Society Research Committee.

    The Labyrinth Society (TLS) is one of the foremost groups responsible for promoting the current international labyrinth movement. The Labyrinth Society is an international organization whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking, and opportunities to experience transformation. Since its inception, more than 1500 people have joined TLS. One of The Labyrinth Society’s greatest contributions has been helping to establish The World Wide Labyrinth Locator.

    Additional World Labyrinth Day information and resources are available on The Labyrinth Society’s website at http://labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day

  • Energy Keepers | A Circle of Loving Support

    The Energy Keepers is a very dedicated and active group of volunteers within the Labyrinth Society. We offer loving support to all our members as a way to be there for each other through life's transitions, challenges and celebrations.

    As requests come in, Energy Keepers imagine the individual or situation in the center of the labyrinth envisioning him or her returning to his/her sacred center to connect to the Source of All that Is. This is followed by using individual preferred methods of energetic healing including Reiki, prayers, meditation, or surrounding the situation in Light as well as walking or finger walking labyrinths with the individual in mind. This is done in the Energy Keeper’s own time. There are no requirements but the Energy Keeper’s willingness to serve, and the inner knowing that the highest solution is already in place for each situation.

    I have been a member of the Energy Keepers since 2001 and love the idea of being able to reach out for consoling and sharing .
    There are over 100 members that I know of. What a joy to know that you can send an e-mail sharing a need or question and someone somewhere will respond by offering a prayer, a consoling thought, or a smile, whatever the request might be.

    I personally read over every message and respond accordingly and I know that I'm not alone. I wrote to them when my mom died and it was such a comfort to know that I could pour my heart out and not have to answer any questions or feel a need to respond, but that prayers were being sent out on the universe of comfort.

    I encourage others to join Energy Keepers. The form is available online at the Labyrinth Society.

  • Sun Catchers from Aurora Glass

    Recycled glass Sun Catchers are catching on!

    Aurora Glass creates architectural accents, gift products and custom awards from recycled window glass.  Unlike bottle glass, window glass has few applications for recycling.

    St. Vincent de Paul melts the glass to a temperature of 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, colors it, and recasts it.  The result is beautiful tiles, wind chimes, suncatchers, awards, and many other products. Glass that cannot be melted is tumbled to create a product for landscapes, florists, and gifts.

    Click the link to see a great video of the process:  Aurora Glass Foundry

  • Dancing Woman Labyrinth - Dedicated to Breast Cancer Research

    In October, we are donating all profits from the Dancing Woman Labyrinth to the fight against Breast Cancer. In this article,  artist Lisa Gidlow Moriarty shares the story of her creative process.

    The Dancing Woman Labyrinth is a woman’s story about cancer survival and loss. She is dedicated in memory of my mother who died of breast cancer 14 years after the discovery of cervical cancer and, later, two radical mastectomies several years apart. I am, myself, a cancer survivor, celebrating many years since ovarian cancer surgery shortly after the birth of my only child, beautiful daughter Erin in 1983. The Dancing Woman knows grief; she bears the tears, embraces the heart pains and celebrates the days of joy and survival. She is a symbol of women’s strength and compassion. She dances with wild abandon in release of pain and celebration of enduring love.

    The symbolism of the Dancing Woman design includes outstretched and uplifted arms that both reach out in a welcoming, supportive embrace and reach up in celebration; wild and flowing hair suggesting natural freedom as well as the crazy and unexpected ways hair may grow back after chemotherapy; entrances under the arms reminiscent of a mother’s or friend’s support and protection (e.g. a mother bird hiding offspring under her wings, taking someone under your wing); flowing skirt and leaping movement in pure grace and beauty; path center located within a womb or birthing space, a place for transformation, rebirth; number of circuits 4/5 symbols of earth, creation/creativity and transformation/ regeneration; location of figure as if rising out of the labyrinth, a phoenix-like rising upward or, if turned downward, a re-birth from the womb-like shape of the labyrinth. Dancing Woman can also be created with additional circuits – see Other Labyrinth Designs section.

    Dancing Woman’s name is also based in a personal story. When my mother was dying from cancer, I moved her into our home where we could share the final days together. As her physical health deteriorated, transferring her from the bed posed a challenge. I would place her arms around my neck and reach my arms around her weakened body in a full embrace. We would turn and move together with awkward steps that we jokingly referred to as dancing. My mother soon became too weak to move from the bed. When she was restless, I would ponder her needs and she said softly, “I just want to dance.” Some weeks after my mother died, a young child wisely explained to me that when people die they go up to heaven where they dance with the angels. I understood this divine message and since that time have envisioned my mother doing just that. Released at last from the pain of her disease, she was once again free to dance.

    Dancing Woman’s design is based on the Baltic Wheel, from my ancestral area of the world. I discovered this beautiful, flowing pattern as it was depicted in a labyrinth from Academy of Boldern, Switzerland. This slide was presented during a Labyrinth Society conference keynote speech by Susanne Kramer-Friedrich, with the Labyrinth Project International. Interestingly, the project’s symbol also depicts a woman, this one holding the labyrinth, using the 7-circuit classical labyrinth design. The design is similar, yet quite different from the Dancing Woman design. For more information on this beautiful women’s labyrinth story, please see the project’s website at www.labyrinth-international.org

    A portion of the proceeds from the rental of the Dancing Woman labyrinths is donated to the American Cancer Society, specifically for woman’s cancer research.

  • Outdoor Labyrinth in Houston

    Excerpted from The Houston Chronicle and the St Pauls United Methodist Church website.

    After years of utilizing a canvas labyrinth on the gym floor, St. Paul’s will have its own outdoor labyrinth. Builders recently began laying down a 50-foot-wide spiritual labyrinth in the front yard of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in the museum district.
    The labyrinth, built by Illinois-based company Labyrinths in Stone, will not be a walled maze, but a path created with an intricate pattern of paving stones. The St. Paul’s outdoor labyrinth is being constructed with pavers on a concrete base on the lawn of the church between the Christ statue and the entrance to the building near the choir room and bell tower, replacing the sidewalk that was there.

    People in many cultures, including Christianity, have used labyrinths for centuries as a meditative and spiritual tool. The best known labyrinth is at the Chartres Cathedral in France, which dates back to about 1200 A.D. It often served as a pilgrimage journey when circumstances prevented people from going to the Holy Land.  The design at St Paul's will replicate the labyrinth of Chartres, as does the church's canvas labyrinth.
    All those who walk that area will have the opportunity to acknowledge sacred space whether or not they take the disciplined journey of the full labyrinth path.

    Labyrinth design

  • Introducing Our New Website!

    We have launched a new site design. Same beautiful products, same great team, and a fresh new look. Please bear with us as we iron out all the kinks.

    We'd love to hear what you think of the site. What products would you like to see added to our online store? What are some of your all time favorites?

    Have you seen the new jewelry items? We love these  pendants!

    Earth PendantTriple Moon Pendantchartres labyrinth pendant

  • New Koshi Chimes

    We are excited to present this new product  from the same artisan who made the popular Shanti chimes. The Koshi Chime is a new concept in chimes, with a new design and new melodies.
    From the artist: The ‘Koshi’ chime is an authentic musical instrument, an original creation of high quality. Hand made at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains, each chime is the result of meticulous craftsmanship.
    Eight chords are welded with silver into the metal plate at the base of the resonance tube. Precise tuning creates a play of clear tones that is rich in overtones. The overtones of the shorter chords gradually dominate and become fundamentals, thus forming a circular tone range.
    Koshi chimes come in four tunings. Each has a specific magic timbre and can be played harmoniously with all others.
    The tube, made in our workshop, consists of bamboo veneer treated with natural oil. I have used bamboo veneer as it is much stronger than the natural bamboo. A true “resonance tube” of a high acoustic quality is made with thin layers of bamboo. This and a new tuning technique that I developed give the sound even more depth and enrich the harmonics.

    Move the chime gently holding it by its cord: the crystalline, relaxing sound may leave you in quiet wonder. Outside, as it plays with the wind it will carry you away on an unexpected melody.

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