Today, I spent most of the day at the Pathways Magazine Natural Living Expo in Bethesda, MD. It’s not a Pagan expo by any means, but since it’s New Age/metaphysical, I thought some of my lovely readers would be interested in hearing about it.
This was my first time attending the expo, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t attend many conferences/fairs/expos, etc., though I plan on changing that in future (I’m going to Karmafest in May, for example). What I found was a lot of booths offering metaphysical services, natural products, jewelry by the bucketload, gemstones, clothes, and aura photography. There were also 80-something workshops throughout the day. I chose not to attend most of the workshops so I could roam the tables more, but I did attend a 1:00 meditation. More on that later.
The aura photography was one of my favorites. I was literally the first customer for it, I was so excited. The last time I’d had my aura photographed was in Sedona, AZ in 2011, so I was curious to see how it had changed. I was rather surprised by the result. It’s very red now, when before it had been red with a mass of yellow. This seems like a huge change to me, and I’m not entirely certain of what it means. Because of the large line that had already formed behind me, the photographers couldn’t offer very much insight beyond a quick look at the picture and a few words of their initial impressions. That’s fine, I understand that at an event like this, everything is going to be more abbreviated than a normal session. If you’ve never seen what an aura photo looks like, here are two of mine:
The picture above isn’t very good, since I took it with my crappy cell phone, but you can clearly see that my aura today was very red with a hint of pink at the top. And it’s much smaller than it was in 2011 (pic on the left).
I’ve always believed in the existence of auras, but the aura photography has seemed a little more sketchy at times. I’m a skeptic by nature, so it’s a bit of a habit to doubt things. However, this being the third time I’ve had my aura photographed, my skepticism has (mostly) been laid to rest. Especially since the first two times were done by the same reader in Sedona, but nearly ten years apart, so there was no way she could remember me. She gave me a lot of the same information the second time as the first, but more than that, what she saw confirmed a number of things about my personal life and helped me get clear on a direction to follow. Anyway, while I know there are frauds out there (as there are in just about everything), I think aura photography is a fun thing to do and share. I don’t necessarily think that if a photographer tells you they see disease or something like that in your aura that you should take their word for it, but perhaps consider going to the doctor if you’ve had any symptoms, etc.
[By the way, I apologize if this is a bit rambling. I'm rather tired from spending the day in a crowd of mostly unshielded people. It's always draining for me, and the meditation I attended didn't help in that respect. So I'm a bit tired!]
After the photography, there was a table of polished, raw, and geode stones. I was in heaven. I adore stones. I’m always happy to go through stones and feel their differences and just appreciate these natural beauties. This particular merchant, Mahalo Minerals, had a lot of different stones on display, and very reasonable prices. I found a table of celestite geodes for very decent prices, and I ended up buying one. It’s so happy to be home with me, and I’m so happy to have it! Celestite is one of my favorite stones, for both its beauty and its properties. Mahalo also had a number of beautiful stone spheres, some very clear. They had spheres of selenite, which I had never seen before, and I ended up buying one of those as well.
Luckily that was the only money I spent!
After that, it was one booth after another. My particular favorites were Sranrom Urban Wellness and Melissa Feick’s table. At Sranrom Urban Wellness, they make natural products such as hand lotions, body cream, room mists, candles, etc. They don’t use animal ingredients, parabens, glycol, petroleum derivatives, or synthetic colors or fragrances. I tried the hand lotion and wanted to buy some on the spot. It left my hands feeling so moisturized and soft without the oilyness that usually happens with other products I’ve tried. And it lasts a long time–it’s been seven hours since I tried the hand lotion, and my hands still feel super soft! Sadly, by that time, the representative had already sold out of the lotion, so I didn’t get to buy any, but I am definitely wanting to get my hands on some of their products. They also have a men’s line, if any male readers are interested.
Melissa Feick is an excellent reader, and I was so happy to meet her in person today. I’ve had two readings with her in which she connects to my guides and passes to me the information they have (and answer my questions, of course). Both readings I’ve had with her have been spot on, and I would definitely go back to her in future. She teaches a number of classes and workshops, and also runs a webinar about ascension. I had never met her in person–my readings had been done over the phone for convenience, but she is such a warm and loving person, I felt immediately comfortable in her presence (and that doesn’t happen easily for me!) and just felt so welcomed by her. She’s a lovely person and I have great respect for her work. If you’re looking to go to an intuitive reader for a reading, I can suggest no one better and encourage anyone interested to explore her website. As I said before, I attended a meditation workshop this afternoon that she led, and the meditation she guided the class through was excellent. It’s difficult to do in that sort of setting because people want to come in and out, and I have to say, there were a number of rude and inconsiderate (and pushy!) people at the expo today, who thought it was acceptable to try to come into a meditation workshop more than halfway through the hour. I don’t understand people like that. Anyway, I’m glad I went, because I felt clearer and better at the end than I had been feeling when I went into it.
I should’ve taken more pictures through the day, but I was too busy looking at everything. The amount of jewelry was phenomenal, and I nearly spent more money than I had budgeted for the event because of the jewelry alone! Clothes too, but I just stayed away from those booths.
I can’t wait for next year’s expo! This was fun and exciting, and it was lovely to be surrounded by so many like-minded people who just want to live a better life, reach their individual potential, and share their experiences and learning with others.