The Great Earth Lore FAQ – Part 4: The Cats

Baby Leo

Baby Leo

As anyone who has been to our store (and thus anyone receiving this newsletter) probably knows, we have a tradition at Earth Lore of keeping a cat in each store.  While we aren’t the only shop ever to do this, it is unusual enough to warrant a wide variety of questions on the subject.  Since this IS the ‘Great Earth Lore FAQ’, it is only fitting to dedicate this installment to the most popular members of our staff, the cats.

Q: What are the cats’ names? How old are they? What kinds of cats are they?

A: Actually, in a previous issue, I misrepresented the ages of the cats.  So let this serve as an official correction.  Angus, the Livonia cat, most resembles a ‘Bombay’ breed, and is just over 8 years old.  Leo, the Plymouth cat, is a ‘Tuxedo’ cat, and is a little more that 2 years old.  Neither of them is a pure bred cat, and (despite many people’s ideas to the contrary) neither is actually a black cat.  Angus appears that way, but actually has very dark tiger striping.

Q: How do you train your cats not to go out the door?

A: Everyone who works here is a cat owner, so between us there is a great amount of experience with felines.  Without going into too much detail, we start training them from the day they get here to avoid the door by using a squirt gun.  We prop the door open, then watch closely as the cat becomes curious about the outside. When they get too close, we spray them with a little water to condition them to believe that it’s always raining near the door, and to therefore stay away.  Eventually the behavior matures into a simple understanding not to go out the door.  Leo is so well trained that we can leave the door open all day long and he will never set a paw beyond the door sill. We’re also trying to teach him to use the toilet in the bathroom, but that’s a slow process.

Q: Where did the cats come from?

A: Ah, that is something of a story. Without writing a page for each cat, we will make a long story short and say that both cats are street rescues.  I personally picked Angus up off of Telegraph road as a kitten after he had been hit by a car. Leo was found with his brother, Bailey, under a dumpster in our employee Ben’s apartment parking lot.  Bailey still lives with Ben.  Both cats required much care and nursing to get them back to health, but the effort is always worth it.

Q: Will you find the cat so I can see/pet him?

A: No. The stores are the only homes the cats know, and it’s not fair to them for us to impose our will on them for anyone’s entertainment.  If they are feeling social, they will come out and say ‘hi’.

Q: How are the cats cared for?

A: Both cats are given Eukanuba, the best cat food we can buy, and bottled water.  Neither is declawed, though they don’t tend to use their claws even when playing. They are taken to the vet regularly and have all of their necessary shots.  Angus has some kidney problems, but we mix in some special food for him to keep the problem from progressing. They get plenty of love and attention during the day, and stay at their respective stores at night.

Q: So, nobody takes them home at night?  Aren’t they lonely?

A: These cats get ten times the amount of attention and affection during the day than my own (very spoiled) cats get at home at any time.  I can’t imagine that they are starved for attention – we tend to believe that the cats are happy to have the peace and quiet once everyone leaves.

Q: How much for the cat?

A: Our cats are priceless.

Hope this laid some more common questions to rest.  Thanks for reading!

Chakra Basics

Chakras

Chakra Points

‘Chakra’ is a sanskrit word which means “wheel”. There are hundreds of chakras within the human body (“spinning wheels” giving and receiving energy). Today we will talk about the 7 major chakras most commonly discussed. The 7 major chakras run vertically along the front and back of the body. The front side of our bodies/chakras receive energy, while the back of our bodies/chakras give energy. Each chakra has organs, colors, scents and sounds associated with it. We will briefly discuss this to give you a basic understanding of each chakra.

Base (Root) Chakra

Located: between the legs, at the base of the coccyx

Color: Red

Energy: stability (money, home, etc.)

Sacral Chakra

Located: two finger widths below the navel

Color: Orange

Energy: sexuality and creativity

Solar Plexus Chakra

Located: two finger widths above the navel

Color: Yellow

Energy: self-esteem and self-power

Heart Chakra

Located: center of the breast bone

Color: Green

Energy: love and relationships

Throat Chakra

Located: center of throat

Color: Light Blue

Energy: communication (communicating the truth of the heart)

Third Eye Chakra

Located: between the two physical eyes, just above the brow

Color: Indigo

Energy: clairvoyance (seeing past, present and future)

Crown Chakra

Located: on top of the head

Color: Violet

Energy: claircognizance (divine guidance)

When a chakra is unbalanced, it can cause dis-ease or disharmony within our bodies. This can happen in a number of ways. For example, our chakras close automatically if we feel threatened, or if we are thinking or worrying to much about one thing (using one chakra more than the others) our chakras will over or under compensate to try to bring balance to the whole system. This usually resulting in our whole chakra system getting thrown off balance. That’s why it’s beneficial to charge and re-balance our chakras at least once a month. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that working with stones.

One really good stone to work with is KYANITE. It doesn’t matter which color, they all open and align the chakras automatically and immediately. You don’t need to know how to use it, just by holding kyanite or wearing it, it will work. We carry Kyanite in it’s natural form, polished and in jewelry. The other two methods involve a little more work. When working with the chakras and stones, we are going to pick a stone that matches the associated color for each chakra. For an example the stones I most commonly work with are: (remember it’s the color, not the specific stone, explore what feel’s good to you!) Base chakra, red, garnet; Sacral chakra, orange, carnelian; Solar plexus chakra, yellow, citrine; Heart chakra, green, aventurine; Throat chakra, light blue, aquamarine; Third eye chakra, indigo, iolite; and Crown chakra, violet, amethyst. Some books will give different colors for each chakra, I use these colors because these were the ones found in the ancient vedic scriptures, the oldest existing text on the chakras. So now that you’ve picked 7 stones for the 7 different colors of the chakra system, let’s do a chakra layout.

In a quiet comfortable space, lay down on your back. Make sure you’re comfortable – we’re trying to bring harmony back to our bodies. Place the stones on the chakras one at a time, starting with the base chakra. We start with the base chakra to help keep us grounded during and after the layout. Red stone on base chakra, orange stone on sacral chakra, yellow stone on solar-plexus chakra, green stone on heart chakra, light blue stone on the throat chakra, indigo stone on the third eye chakra and the violet stone on the crown chakra (resting on the floor, by the crown of the head). Relax and lay there for 15-30 minutes. When finished remove the stones in the opposite direction you laid them on, this will also help keep you grounded. That’s it! You have just opened, balanced and aligned your chakras. Nice Job! Be careful, stones really do work, after doing the chakra layout you may experience dizziness, or emotional release, this is just the stones working to remove any blockages you may have had, causing an imbalance in your chakra system. Just drink a lot of water and the feeling will pass.

If you feel like one chakra is really out of balance (as an example, you feel like you have a broken heart [heart chakra] or if you’ve really been worrying a lot about money [base chakra]), You can determine what chakra it is and pick a stone to work with using the same color as the chakra. Then you could carry or wear the stone all day or just do a single stone layout by only placing that stone on the specific chakra that need’s work. Lay there for 15-30 minutes, get up when you’re done. Nice Job! Earth Lore carries a variety of items to help you learn and understand more about your wonderful chakra system.

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