Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The New Age

The first time I ever got a massage, I was awfully young and had received a gift certificate for Christmas. Nervous about relaxing, I went in and the woman lit a pink candle, told me I had a lot of negative energy, and informed me that I should avoid chocolate and caffeine, probably the most benign substances in my diet at that time. A person raised to believe that KFC was health food, I didn't fit into this world of soft instrumental music and crystals. I didn't like being touched by a stranger, having had that experience more than I cared to admit. I didn't like my negative energy being addressed in such an abrupt way. It had, after all, been with me for a long time.

Over the years, my attitudes have changed. My sister Beth became a massage therapist because I suggested that she might be good at it. I got lots more massages and have since been told I have a lively aura. In a photograph I had done at a psychic fair with my buddy Cal, I have a gold aura with patches of black at the edges which seems to make sense. I have had my chakras cleansed (probably very dirty I suspect) and have undergone reiki from a Vietnam Vet who told me that besides a few cobwebs, I look pretty good, energy-wise. I enjoy crystals and the whole nine yards of the metaphysical world. That music, though! I still don't like it. Would it kill a therapist to put on a little Miles Davis?

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone." George Eliot

Cocktail Hour
Memoir suggestion: Let's Take The Long Way Home Gail Caldwell

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Tuesday!


Dave said...

But negative energy is good for your writing!

Charles Gramlich said...

I've only had a couple of massages in my life and I loved 'em. I don't know why I don't get more, but it's so hard for me to lay and do nothing while I'm awake.

jodi said...

Hi Babe! I love massages but can do without the plinky plunky. I don't mind the ocean sound, tho. I know how you hate the outdoors do I can't see forest sounds doing anything but annoy you! Bring your own Miles next time! xoxo

Lana Gramlich said...

I was fully engaged in all of that new-agey stuff for many years. It was entertaining, but not for as long as I was into it. Y'live, y'learn...

DudeTheObscure said...

So was the Compuware building designed to be like this hotel on your pic?