A column by Bles Carmona
For the week of April 22-28, 2015
THE AWAKENED LIVING EXPO 2015: FEEL THE ENERGY!
I wouldn’t have been part of this year’s Awakened Living Expo last April 19 from 2-5 PM at Fort Mason if not for my fairy godmother, Leslie Yee-Murata, the Reiki-infused jewelry designer of Purple Fire Gems (https://www.etsy.com/people/PurpleFireGems). One day in mid-March, Ms. Leslie emailed me about a fund-raising campaign for their spiritual group, apparently called Awakened Living (www.awakenedlivingsf.org; 415-410-4800).
There was a call for holistic practitioners who were willing to share their talent and time for the Expo, and the slots were filling up. With Ms. Leslie’s patronage, I was able to secure a spot as one of the 18 featured holistic practitioners in this year’s Expo, now on its second year.
Ms. Leslie told me to come early because she has nice tablecloths for me to borrow, so I arrived an hour before the gates opened. I was greeted at the entrance to the hall by no other than the charming and hospitable Mr. TJ Woodward himself, the founder and minister of the Awakened Living spiritual community in San Francisco. He really made me feel welcome. He told me to pick any booth among the 18 which were in the process of being set up, and I gravitated to the third one on the right, backed up by sunlight streaming from a closed yet transparent window.
When Ms. Leslie finally arrived, she and I started to set up our tables like the other practitioners were doing. My table was arrayed with my white candle, blue Buddha, Archangels Michael and Barachiel, Isis, a Singapore merlion, a figurine of two dragons back-to-back with a bejeweled sword between them, and a reclining ram with a small impression of Osiris under its chin. My choice of table figurines aren’t really that strange since it only reflects my personal interfaith orientation when it comes to the topic of “religion.”
In fact, let me quote the following from their flyer: “Awakened Living is a 21st century movement of people who consider themselves spiritual, but not religious, and have a deep hunger for personal and global transformation. We are a diverse group of like-minded people dedicated to joyous celebration, spiritual practice and connected community. Our mission is to encourage and inspire the awakening of human consciousness.” Mr. TJ founded this group in 2012 and since November 2014, they have been meeting at the Fort Mason Chapel at the corner of Franklin and Bay Streets, SF from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM.
Aside from his ministerial duties, Mr. TJ is in private practice as a spiritual counselor and life coach. He is also the host of “Awakened Living TV” and “Awakened Living Radio.” Among his most recent accomplishments is the publication and Spring 2015 worldwide release of his book, “Conscious Being: Awakening to Your True Nature.”
One ticket holder during the Expo raffle was lucky enough to win a copy of this book, which Mr. TJ said he’d be glad to sign! During the raffle which was held in the middle hour of the Expo, there were other exciting prizes to be won like complete sessions of Reiki, chiropractic, and acupuncture, among others, given by the respective practitioners. The raffle was just the perfect touch at 3:30-3:45 PM – and then it’s back to our tables again.
Here are the 18 practitioners who were gracious enough to participate this year, all of whom I’m sure Mr. TJ thanked with the warmth in his heart. He hugged me in all sincerity as we were closing shop, and Mr. TJ went around the room expressing his gratitude to everyone involved. This list can also be found in the Awakened Living’s website under “expo”:
Carsten Spencer, Energy Alignment Practitioner: http://www.carstenspencer.com/
Jill Nagle, Wisdom of The Body: Beyond Talk Therapy: http://www.wisdomofthebody.com/
Dr. Kirsten Hill, Chiropractor: http://www.dwlchiro.com/
Lenora Swan, Oneness Blessing Giver: http://www.bayareaoneness.com/
Leslie Ye-Murata, Reiki Infused Jewelry Designer: https://www.etsy.com/people/PurpleFireGems
Francine Brevetti, Legend Crafter and Ghost Writer: http://francinebrevetti.com/
Sahina Grinczer, Soul Coach and Emotional Clearing Counselor: http://sahina.weebly.com/
Alison Williams, Reiki Practitioner: https://www.facebook.com/alison.williams.75873/about
Rachel Katz, Spiritual Director: http://theurbanspirit.com/
Sandra Lloyd, Certified Hypnotherapist and Depth Hypnosis Practitioner: http://www.sandralloyd.net/
Cara Cordoni, Life Coach: http://www.flashlightcoaching.com/
Meisha Bosma, Yoga teacher, Meditation coach and Reiki Practitioner: http://meishabosma.com/
Connie Chuck, Acupuncturist: http://www.thriveacupuncturesf.com/
Bles Carmona, Astrology & Tarot: https://pilipinasblitzforever.wordpress.com/2015
Rebecca Farrar, Marketing Basics for Healers: simple ways to increase your business’ visibility without feeling stressed: http://www.tellem.com/
Rachel Ho, Energetic Healing (Reiki/Reconnection) with Crystal Therapy: http://www.crystalenergy444.com/
Rachael Webb, Spiritual Advisor, Multi-Dimensional Healer, Light Weaver: http://www.soulstarmedicine.com/about/
Matthew Chapman, Classical Feng Shui, I-Ching Readings, Chinese Astrology
I had fun conducting my 15-minute mini-sessions with the six women who signed up for my tarot/fairy/angel card readings. It’s always a privilege for me when my clients open up enough to share crucial details of their lives whenever I interpret something in the cards that truly resonates with them. I would also like to mention Ms. Cara Cordoni of Flashlight Coaching who took the time to visit my booth just to shoot the breeze during a lull.
She actually went to the prestigious Coaches Training Institute for her coaching certification, and she has her own personal breakthrough story to share with you about how she gave her power away and how she got it back. With Ms. Cara’s Leo Sun and Moon, she IS indeed in her element as a coach, and with Scorpio rising, she is well qualified to bring what was previously in darkness from beneath into the light up above. The energy in that Expo was rejuvenating and exhilarating! Would I be back next year? If Awakened Living would have me again, yes!
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