Ojai Recharge 6/21-22 2014
Rafaella and I are incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to provide our services at the Ojai Recharge by The Heal Center on the 21st and 22nd of June, 2014. One of the first people I met vending their goods was a guy named Zach, who sold the best and only cacao infused peanut butter I’ve ever had. On the final day, during the final time slot, I would realize that he would be doing his own workshop with his wife, Valerie, called “How to make love to your business.” Talk about full circle. Rafaella suggested that we attend and I’m very glad I went. They talked about their business techniques and gave us many good ideas and insights into running a business and making it more fun and interactive. Go support them on Kickstarter! Spread the Love Peanut Butter is the name!
We met Courtney, who had beautiful artwork and handmade dream catchers and the cutest baby in the world. There was some very unique art: mirrors that had been painted on with high gloss paint. It was really quite stunning.
Diane Steele was another vendor, who had amazing scared geometry prints on bags, mousepads, and much more. The artwork is amazingly phenomenal, and I like how she incorporated the designs into more day-to-day products.
Vickie Emanuele gave had a wonderful workshop about healing children and pets. Essentially, that we are completely connected to our families and pets (ok, pets are family too). What we feel, they feel. We got to practice psychometry on each other’s personal objects and it felt great to feel the energy of other people’s objects. We also practiced giving and receiving energy and how we felt afterward. Vickie also performed some psychometry on my glasses and and other people’s objects and she was so right on with all readings! I felt myself become much more sensitive to energy after this class, it was really powerful an experience for me and I got an itch to get into psychometry.
Logan Griffin led a beautiful workshop that really broke down walls that we have about the opposite sex and opened up a bright place in the hearts of us all. I got to look in the eyes of women and tell them that I didn’t want anything from them. It was so liberating.
At times in my life, there has been this secret urge, a “need” to please a woman or ask them out for a coffee. As a man, what I “picked up” when I was in school and growing up was that if you talk to a woman, you obviously want something more. That, or everybody thinks you’re dating.
It was very transcendent to let go of that feeling and just see a woman, see a person, as they are. I saw the fears that surface in me when interacting with women. I noticed that I thought that the person wouldn’t like me or find me attractive, or wouldn’t want to be my partner. I think that came from once when I was in Middle School and I had a dance partner for some kind of school event. I felt like she didn’t really like me, so I felt like I was unlovable and unattractive and so that made me close off from connecting with her and others. But, this workshop opened up those old wounds and made me face those fears, instead, embracing a calm, gentle intimacy with women and men.
Jennifer Wilson had a great class on grounding yourself and learning how to relax into your own energy. I had many wonderful moments, one being when we got to let out an “OM” to the whole group, and it really helped me find my own voice and notice if I was trying too hard or was nervous about my voice. Hearing other people all together chant “OM” was incredibly powerful because you got to feel other people’s energy and recognize how powerful they are. Also, I had a break-neck moment of Déjà vu. While doing a huge inhale, I noticed Jennifer talking, and she was saying something in particular, but the position I was sitting, the words, the fact that my glasses were off (And I don’t take them off too much) triggered something in my mind, and my neck literally whip lashed backward as I thought and felt “I’ve done this before!” I had a dream of this exact setting within the last year. It was an incredibly psychedelic moment that I got to see unfold and be in.
Kelly Schwegel gave a presentation on energy and how to tap into our non-judgmental selves: focusing on the space in the middle of our heads as opposed to the spot just behind our eyes. It really solidified the idea of speaking with your higher truth, which sometimes I have a hard time accessing, but from that point on, I can always go to that space.
Doing our readings was very enjoyable and I loved meeting all the people that we came in contact with. Thank you all so much! Rafaella is so great to work with and really keeps me on my toes, as far as how I phrase my words when I do my section of the reading. It still blows my mind when she’ll be saying something and I’ll be drawing the very symbol that she’s talking about! I’m grateful for such a superb weekend and I really learned a lot about myself and about life. Thank you Kelly and all involved in putting on such a fantastic event! Thank you to anybody else who’s name I can’t remember, but I will always treasure the moments that were created at this event.