As mentioned in my Numerology Introduction, I planned this trip with a spiritual vibe to it which was why I chose Santa Cruz. I planned everything within 6 months time on an intuitive basis. I used my tarot cards, the help of another psychic and my visions and just gone with the flow. As a result, I had a very spiritual, and humbling trip to California. I just let go and was present. I think what helped set the mood for the trip was that I had a very stressful ride home from Washington DC. So by the time I was home and packing for California, I was very ready to soak my bones in a hot tub at Teahouse Spa when I arrived on Saturday! During my time at Teahouse Spa, I performed a water meditation. I focused on the movement of the jets and my emotions and the pain I was still carrying around at the time. I used the motion of the jets and visualized my pain ‘jetting’ out of my soul into the water of the hot tub (which then gets recycled)… I really think it jump started the healing process for the rest of the week. 🙂
I chose Airbnb because of the more humble feel and experience than staying at a hotel. I did end up staying at a hotel the first night in San Jose, mainly to get free transportation to and from the hotel to enterprise that night and the following day, but then drove down to Santa Cruz Saturday afternoon. I met my host, Caroline which I discovered that she and I had very similar experiences and interests – little did I know! But her cottage in her garden spoke to me while searching for a place to stay – I didn’t expect her to have the same interests that I did, nor have any interest in what I do professionally. I ended up giving her a reading and then she returned the favor. She did a cool spread that included the number of letters in your name and did a life – path spread. We decided to stay in-touch and I look forward to coming back to Caroline’s cottage in the future. 🙂
I planned the spiritualism part of the trip around my beliefs of the elements – air, fire, water, earth. The previous paragraph mentioned a little bit of my water experiences and how I incorporated that element into the trip. I also included going to the beach as my water element as well. For Air, I spent the day on a mountain in Big Sur. I really didn’t get a chance to work with that element as much as its’ difficult to work with, but the Big Sur trip really spoke to the element of air (as well as earth). I saw the redwoods at Big Sur and that included the earth element, as well as my trip to the Land of Medicine Buddha. I did an earth meditation in that I visualized the energy of the redwoods surging through me and grounding me. Really took my mind off things. 🙂 For fire, it was a bit tricky to find things to do that is associated to the element of fire. I think I would include the beach as part of the fire element – sitting under the fiery sun. I also included a creative project as well for the element of fire that included the fire element! Making candles. Glow Candle Lounge, was my creative project for the trip and totally satisfied that element. While at Glow Candle Lounge, the songs that I listened to while heartbroken happened to be on, and so now I think ironically, the energy of that situation is now molded into those candles. A co-worker of mine once told me that in order to really break free from someone is to use the fire element to visualize burning that bridge. I’ve been a bit wry to burn those candles now, not only because they are pretty, but because I’m not quite ready to let go.
As a closure for my trip, I thought I would go to a public ritual. I chose the Sacred Grove Full Moon and Mabon Ritual that they do. Unfortunately it ran a bit longer and I had made one last Teahouse Spa appointment before I left, so I had to leave early – which I kind of regret doing. But they were the most friendliest witches and pagans, I had ever met! They also set me to work setting up the altar which was a cool experience. Totally felt a nice vibe with them, and it was a strange feeling being amongst a group who was so open and welcoming to what you believe in. I may be an elementalist, but I do celebrate the sabbaths and do do circles/rituals so it was all very familiar to me. If I ever happen to be back there around a sabbath, I’ll definitely join again. One of the members told me something interesting about Seabright Beach. Around the equinoxes and other holidays, all the spiritual groups come out and do their variation of their spring, autumn, winter or summer ritual and sometimes you can hear an echo. The energy of that beach must be amazing.
Sunday afternoon I went to the Rosicrucian Park to the research library and the Egyptian museum with my friend Gwen. I read an old physics book and the Secret Life of Plants book. Got some info to support some theories and hypotheses that I have. I wished I had more time there, but it wasn’t meant to be I guess.
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