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From the Minister’s Study

At the end of October, we celebrate “Samhain” or Hal-loween where we don masks and costumes all in good fun. As we do so, let us take note of the many masks we wear everyday.

We identify ourselves by various conditions that are false and not our true selves. We have many masks that we have accepted as real; I am a doctor, I am an engineer, a stay at home mom, a clerk, etc…We are a societal position, a cor-porate status, a family lineage, name, nationality, religion, race, or affiliation.

All of these are but incidental parts of our human ex-pression, not our true nature or selves. These various identi-ties may change or fall as we grow and widen our understand-ing. Can we expand and free ourselves from this age old cycle? Remember!! We are Spiritual Beings experiencing life as a Human Beings—spirit in action! We are not human “doings” who are too busy identifying with career, personality, family, social status or our imagined selves.

Take time this month to see how “authentic and real” you can be. Drop the role you play and be who you really are-

 

A BRILLANT, BRIGHT, LOVING SPIRIT

In and through the power of light and love, I remain your servant.

David Kazmierzak

(Guru Darshan Singh)

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Where it all began...

I work for the Church of Holistic Science which owns Peace of Mind Books, Aquarian Age Massage and Spiritworks Gifts located on beautiful historic Cherry Street in Tulsa, OK.  A little history concerning the place, I feel is in order.

According to legend, Peace of Mind was founded in 1975 as a little used bookstore in the corner space of what then was a run-down old hotel called the Lincoln Lodge…the kind of place where Tulsa’s indigent were more than likely to end up.   The then owner and founder of Peace of Mind soon after, with the help of our current boss, opened Aquarian Age Massage; Tulsa’s very first spa that still boasts the best steam and sauna in Tulsa.  In 1980, it was incorporated as the Church of Holistic Science a non-denominational organization.

From its inception, this was no ordinary place.  First of all, it is a metaphysical bookstore.  We carry books covering every religion in the world, a very large and extensive astrology section, hundreds of decks of tarot cards, and an herb room where we weigh up herbs by hand from over 200 types that we keep in stock.  We also pour our own essential oils and carry a very large selection of incense, gemstones, runes, wands, and anything else an esoteric practitioner may need.

And books…lots and lots of books.  It was said back in the 90’s, when I first came on board, that we were the largest metaphysical bookstore in the Mid-West.  In that 20 year span of time, we can now boast that we are the largest in the nation.  And I have even heard it said by bibliophiles who travel the globe, that we may be the largest in the world.  Yes, that’s right….in Tulsa, Oklahoma….right smack dab on the buckle of the Bible Belt which makes for a very interesting dichotomy.  If I were to estimate, I’d say we have over 100,000 books in our collection.  Some so rare that you cannot find them anywhere else in the world.

Upstairs at the Peace of Mind Bookstore

Once you enter here, it feels as if you have stepped back in time.  As soon as you walk in the door and smell the incense soaked walls and top those ancient marble stairs, it feels like home.  It is the only place that some feel is where they belong.   Peace of Mind is just that for many others besides me.

And now here we are at the dawn of the digital age.  Bookstores are dying by the hundreds everyday, and this ancient beauty has nearly succumbed to that same economic peril.  How does a store that sells print material compete in the age of the Kindle Fire and digital downloads?  How do you retain the idenity that makes you who you are but not become obsolete??  That is our current challenge…not only with the store…but with the church as well.  People just don’t crave the social interaction they once did before Facebook and Twitter satisfied the need for socializing from the comfort of our couches.  How do we make the turn? Navigate these unknown waters?  Not become a dying relic that no longer has a useful purpose??

That is the question dear readers.  And the more I ponder it, the more I realize it is a question for us all to ponder…individually, as a community, as a specie and as a planet.

How do we make the turn??

First Attempt Successful?

 

It is currently 65 degrees and sunny here in Tulsa.  Fall is here. Got on my wooly socks and turtleneck sweater …how can it get any better than this?

I must keep asking myself that.  If I stop and allow my toe to dip in the waters of regret…even for a moment…I will drown.  Stupid Oklahoma weather.

After spending countless hours over the past two months working on a special event that I was coordinating between the Church of Holistic Science and dontevergo.com, Mother Nature decided to throw a jealous hissy fit yesterday.  We knew there was always a chance that the weather would turn on us…but I am nothing if not an eternal optimist and thought, “We can tough it out. A little drizzle and cooler temperatures won’t dampen our spirits or our mission.”  We were not prepared for freezing 25 MPH winds and sleet.

Daniel Contreras, founder of dontevergo.com and myself had been organizing this event to bring together Ministers, Natural-Paths, Nutritionists, Massage Therapists, Life Coaches, Musicians, other Healers and like-minded individuals to promote Suicide Prevention and raise Mental Health Awareness. Our mission was to share alternative treatments for mood disorders and to raise awareness in general.  The initial response we had for the idea was overwhelming.  Fifteen vendors and several local musicians all volunteered to come out and do lectures, acupuncture, massage, reiki, drum, sing, and meditate all in support of this, in my humble opinion, very worthwhile cause.

Another important issue in understanding how this all went down is the weather in our state.  For all of you who do not live in Oklahoma, you must understand how wild it is to live in a climate where the temperature can and will plunge 80 degrees in 2 hours.  Yes, you read that right…80 degrees…I believe the record is 82 degrees over a four hour period.  We live in a geographical area where high and low pressure fronts fight for dominance over our heads, resulting in the most extreme weather in the world.  Meteorologists from all over the globe come to Oklahoma to study the weather here.  True story.  So even though the forecast called for precipitation, you can honestly just never tell what will happen.  So we decided to toughen it out…the energy had been built up… and to be honest…I didn’t want to reschedule.  For one reason, the further we get into Fall, the more likely it is that we will be hit with an ice storm.

I arrived at 6:00 a.m. to pitch our tent which would act as the check in spot for all vendors.  By 7:00 a.m. I was receiving emails and texts from vendors and lectures alike who were not willing to brave the cold.  By 8:00 a.m.,  it starts to sleet which is odd for this early in the year, even for Oklahoma.  But, by 9:00 others began to show. My husband (God bless his heart) sent me a text, “People are showing! You are going to have an event after all!!”  Yeah!!  We ended up with 10 vendors who showed. And I cannot show enough appreciation to those who did.  However, “mom” was jealous and those temps kept plunging after the sleet ceased its assault…and then the winds began to blow.  Those lyrics, “O-O-O-O-klahoma, where the winds come sweeping down the plains…” it really is more of a tearing…but I digress… the lectures get started an hour later than scheduled due to the late arrival of some and the cancellation of others, but most everyone was able to speak.  Our line up was fabulous:

10:30                     “Massage for Depression” by Indira Allfree, LMT

11:00 a.m.          “Brain Fitness Strategies” with Susan Phariss

11:30 a.m.          “Nutritional Approach to Mood Disorders”,by Michelle Smith

12:00 p.m.          “Synergistics” Dr. Diane Doty

12:30 p.m.          “Acupuncture for Emotional Well-Being” by, Merut Williams,  MS; ADS

1:00 p.m.             Meditation with Guru Darshan Singh

2:30 p.m.            “Herbal Remedies for Mood Disorders”

3:00 p.m.            “School of Metaphysics” Jillian Marie

We were able to get through the first five, and all would hSchool of Metaphysicsave had a chance had not a spectacular gust of wind literally ripped the tent up from the ground!!  After that, everyone kinda decided that was a good enough sign for them that it was time to go.

Daniel went around and explained that it was just too much for some to stay and continue to battle the elements.  Everyone was very understanding and gracious about the whole thing.  This was a first attempt and I learned SO much from doing it this year…which I keep telling myself was worth doing in the first place.  The store that the church owns, Peace of Mind Books, sold a few books and scarves, so it wasn’t a complete loss for them financially… if the weather had only cooperated.  We are, however, determined to do this again next year.  Only this time, with a built in rain date!!

Other supporters who weren’t on the lecture circuit also need mentioning for coming out; Keith Moyo and the Moyo Tribe for the great beats! Kyle from the School of Metaphysics, Jaylene Johnston- a wonderful healer, Phyllis Arnet- Life Coach Strategist, Tulsa’s Local Chapter of BACA,  Tulsa Fire and Rescue, Kristin from Whole Foods, and Anna for bringing her hand-wrapped gemstones.  Thank you all again and again!!

We are currently working upstairs opening up more space to host classes, lectures and workshops,  so I will be gathering the forces again soon!

Until then, many blessings!!!