Tarot And Visualization Helped One Woman Achieve Her Dream
Bob Olson, OfSpirit.com Editor
Cathy Levine, owner of
Circles of Wisdom in Andover, wasn’t always the spiritual-seeking owner
of a metaphysical store; she used to work as an actuary at an insurance
company. Technical finances, numbers and spreadsheets were her thing—not
energy, crystals and aromatherapy. But that began to change the day Cathy
had her first tarot card reading.
“You should read
Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return
To Love,” the tarot reader told Cathy. Not what Cathy had
expected, but she followed the advice. Williamson’s book then sparked
Cathy’s interest in spirituality. It also inspired a deep-seated
interest in reading other
books, mostly spiritual, metaphysical and new age related. She became so
consumed with her interest in books that she kept a spreadsheet of all the
books she wanted to read (you have to keep in mind that she was an actuary
who worked with spreadsheets everyday). As the list grew, Cathy realized
she would love to own a new age bookstore one day.
Years later, Cathy
visited a second tarot
reader for some relationship insight, but received a career premonition
instead. “I see you surrounded by books,” said the tarot reader. Cathy
admitted that she would love to own a bookstore someday. “Do you want to
draw a card on that?” the tarot reader asked. Cathy drew the Sun card,
representing the life force and unlimited energy within us that is waiting
to be expressed. It is a sign of happiness and the source of earthly life.
In reference to Cathy’s bookstore dream, it is a positive affirmation
that she should explore this part of herself and let a rebirth unfold.
(It’s no coincidence that Cathy uses the sun in her logo for Circles of
Several months later,
Cathy frolicked in psychic phenomena once again at a fair in Northampton.
This third psychic reader had a more specific message for Cathy. She saw
Cathy owning a metaphysical store that had several rooms to it. This time,
Cathy wasn’t surprised. She knew she would own a new age bookstore one
day; she just didn’t know when
it would eventually come together.
Finally, two years after
meeting the first tarot card reader, a woman Cathy knew called her about a
metaphysical store that was for sale in Andover. Cathy had met this woman
in a support group for women who wanted to own their own business. When
this woman saw that Circles of Wisdom was for sale, she knew it was
perfect for Cathy.
Not long before this
woman called, Cathy had begun sampling new aspects of metaphysical
empowerment; she attended a four-day seminar on harnessing the power of
the mind. The seminar taught the Silva Mind Method. One aspect of the
Silva Mind Method involved using visualization to manifest your dreams.
When Cathy first visited Circles of Wisdom to consider buying it, she was
astounded to discover that it looked almost exactly as she had visualized
her dream store, including the stairway in the lobby.
The only disappointing
aspect that caused Cathy to hesitate in the purchase was the fact that the
store had been somewhat neglected. For one, there were not a lot of books.
And as a whole, the store had become run down from lack of attention and
care. She really had to use her imagination again to visualize what it
would look like under her own care.
Over the next few months,
Cathy looked at other stores and locations, but her mind kept returning to
Circles of Wisdom. She went back to see it more than once. Although the
fear of making such an enormous commitment and change in her life was
prominent, her intuition told her this was the right place.
One strong intuitive
signal came when Cathy took a short vacation from her actuary job at the
insurance company. She went camping for some personal grounding time while
she considered buying the store. When she got back from her camping trip,
she threw her back out of alignment before returning to her job—a clear
indication to Cathy that she didn’t want to return to that line of work.
With only a couple months
of retail experience behind her, Cathy took a leap of faith and became the
new owner of Circles of Wisdom. When her employer, Sun Life Insurance
Company, found out about her investment, they made her an offer she
couldn’t refuse; they gave her a part-time position and benefit package
that made her new venture even sweeter. Everything fell into place, and
Cathy knew she had made the right decision.
Today, almost three years
later, Cathy has transformed Circles of Wisdom into one of the most unique
stores of its kind. Circles of Wisdom offers workshops on crystals,
meditation, tarot, angels, magic and witchcraft, runes, intuition,
shamanism, Reiki, labyrinths, ascension, soul retrieval, transformational
workshops and even astral projection. These are classes taught by some of
the leading experts on these subjects such as Dr. Trish Whynot,
Christopher Penczak, Tricia Kibbe, and Leontine Hartzell to name just a
Circles of Wisdom is
known for having one of the largest CD collections of new age music in the
New England area. Practitioners travel from every state to peruse their
wide selection of CDs for meditation and relaxation. Plus, customers can
listen to over 200 CDs on their state-of-the-art system that allows you to
hear the music before you buy.
Naturally, Cathy has one
of the most comprehensive book selections on spiritual, metaphysical,
holistic and new age subjects. Each book has been carefully selected from
practitioner recommendations and customer favorites—not to leave out the
wish list from Cathy’s spreadsheet. They even have a used book section
that allows you to purchase books at about half their retail price.
The two most obvious
items offered at Circles of Wisdom are the incredible crystal selection
and the aromatherapy products. I use the word “obvious” because you
can’t enter the store without noticing them. Each crystal of this
enormous collection has been hand selected by crystal expert Dr. Trish
Whynot who also facilitates such workshops as “choosing the right
crystals” and “working with crystals.” The aromatherapy products,
such as candles, incense and oils, are immediately obvious because of the
incredible smell that hits you before you even enter the store. Circles of
Wisdom manager, Stephen Breen, said they would be millionaires if they
could bottle and sell the store’s aroma, which is created by the mixture
of scented candles and incense sticks. I have to admit I was wondering if
I could buy whatever it was that created the smell before he mentioned it.
If you’re into yoga,
Pilates or other instructional exercise videos, you can either rent or buy
them from Cathy’s store. Apparently this is an extremely popular program
because of the discounts you get as a Circles of Wisdom video club member.
Plus, the rental program allows you to see if the video is worth buying before
you spend your money on something you won’t use. If you rent it and
decide you want to buy it, you get both a discount and a brand spanking
new video—not the used tape you rented.
I kind of fell in love
with the selection of crystal bowls and Tibetan singing bowls they
displayed on a table in the middle of the store. Cathy played one of the
crystal bowls for me and it absolutely blew my mind! If you haven’t
experienced the sensation these bowls create when played, it is what I
expected an alien’s ray-gun to feel like when I was a child—the humming
sound resonates throughout your whole body. I imagine it’s a great
meditation tool just to sit there and play it. Cathy said someone recently
bought an entire set of them as a wedding gift. I wish I got a few less
woks and just one of these crystal bowls for my
wedding. Great gift idea!
It was an inspiring
experience to watch Cathy as she proudly walked me through her store. I
could tell she was at home, a place she had manifested in her dreams. I
wondered if her desire to own a new age bookstore was responsible for
attracting this business to her, or if it was a fateful calling that she
was drawn to like metal to a magnet. Apparently, both theories lead to the
same conclusion. Perhaps the biggest lesson is that all
dreams will lead to the Sun card—the source of life energy and
inspiration. Whether you believe in visual manifestation, tarot card
predictions or unalterable destiny, I’m sure Cathy has a book on hand to
teach you more about it.
of Wisdom is located
at 90 Main Street (next to Bertucci's Pizza) in Andover, Massachusetts. Give Cathy Levine or Stephen
Breen (manager) a call at 978-474-8010.
from the workshops and products mentioned above,
Circles of Wisdom also offers the following: greeting cards, chimes, dream
catchers, drums, paintings, statues, flower essences (including Australian
Bush Flower Essences), feng shui supplies, aromatherapy supplies, candles,
perfumes, incense, jewelry with gemstones, crystals, lots of books and
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