Our Trip to India: Stories and Lessons

India is indescribable, although we will try…

Every morning in Goa, when the local mosque audio-casted their prayers over the loud speakers, we awoke and simply listened to India- and her morning song. As the man chanted prayers, the birds kept wild rhythm with their chirps, calls, and sounds unheard before; The clear sounds of the rhythmic cymbal, crashing waves of the Canacoma beach still crisp and refreshing; The dogs seemed to guard from looming dangers... or maybe just everything; and the roosters cry to the morning sunlight. Roosters who knew what to do- even here- all the way on the other side of the globe. This tempo and time is sacred. Nothing here has a sterile feel like back home. India allows even the dirty to become beautiful. The all-too-familiar feelings of protection or feeling alone don’t happen much in India at first. But this is simply the draw of India and exploration past the comfort zone. Mosquito nets drape over the bed at night, rudimentary wooden planks secure and barricade the front and back door, and that seems to be all the protection necessary. The Goan people have higher purpose and lead their lives without ideas of perfection, malice, jealousy, or get-rich-quick fixes. Life is simple, (beautifully dirty), and symphonic here.

The astrological journey began with the first lecture. Rick Levine, a man rich in not only astrological wisdom but nearly every subject, began our workshop. We sat on bolsters in a small covered auditorium with all open sides. The walls were replaced with beautiful colored draperies that billowed and fanned us as the tropical air blew thru. The talks were intellectual and philosophical. Rick jumped and wove from name to teaching back to historical date and from interesting tangent after the next psychedelic theory turned astrological. We believed that he was even entranced himself, as we all listened to his bite-sized insights, impeccably poignant quotes, and often timely humor. The lectures would easily and often leave some behind, but Rick warmly welcomed any questions or requests for clarity. Providing such a high level of congruency within so many subjects seemed impossible before the trip. We delved into the planets, their glyphic symbolism, their phonetic origins, and their connections with history. Retro-causality, crystallization thru super saturation, the geometry of meaning, the Golden Mean (Holy $&*% Batman), cycles, Phi, Epigenetics, Quintiles, Septiles … seriously the list goes on. In our chats, the world was expanded and contracted, shown thru macrocosms and microcosms. We felt liberated by learning and terrified of losing this current understanding. And if anything- one of the biggest lessons is that if we want to change anything in our lives, it all begins with awareness.

Our last stop was Hampi. There we saw Lakshmi, the elephant, and her famous morning bath in the river. Her keepers ride her down marble steps from her home at the temple to her bath at the Tunga-Bhadra river. No words can put the riverscape into perspective. The scene dates back to ancient times- and is still somehow preserved. The boats are made with bamboo, fabric, and coated with a tar-like material for waterproofing. The river is calm with smooth, scattered boulders only half emerging from the surface. Local people calmly bath and wash their clothes from the giant rock platforms. Across the river is an ancient staircase that spans a kilometer across the riverbank and climbs nearly the same height. Off to the right there are the ruins.

We sat waiting Lakshmi and soaked it all in. Then, Lakshmi made her princess-like walk down the ancient marble stairs. We met her half way and as she walked we could feel her massive, majestic presence. We walked closer up to her trunk- within a hands reach. She brought her trunk to her forehead and gave a blessing by resting her trunk on our heads! At last. Saved by an elephant 🐘.
We followed Lakshmi back up the staircase to her home- Virupaksha Shiva temple, an incredible display of architecture. The tower entrance reaches towards the heavens- and nearly touches it. How much more mesmerizing it would have been to witness it back in those ancient times. We walked thru the entrance, leaving our shoes at the shoe-check with a sign that read "leaf shoes hear." Undeniably insightful...

Things are so sad when they are winding down, but it is so important to remember that the sadness can only happen when we experience something worth keeping. Welcome it. Recognize it. And let it go.

Although aside from the choppy English, these Temples knew far more. Their close ties with higher power, the respect shown to elders, and the sovereignty of all life is unmatched. We walked through the temple and in different wings we came upon puja ceremonies. Aarti was the ritual we witnessed many times when we would line up to place our hands over a flame of oil lamps. We would always use the right hand and wave it over the flame and place it over our head, eyes, or heart. We would then hold out our right hand again to get a blessing from the Pujaris, Hindu priests, of Holy Basil water or sugar. We would finish our prayers and exit the temple- excited for the next site.

Throughout the journey, we learned lessons of humility, family, true beauty, and how to hold the sacred. Thank you India for all the love and lessons. Until we meet again.

Lessons (and photos) from Bali

Bali was on the list. A place to see. And just like the power of intention, the opportunity came thru one day. Taz Rashid, a transcendental + yogi DJ, was in the studio with Sandy. He had just finished the process of his first Intention Bracelet and Sandy was in-person with him guiding him through his first ceremony. Later when talking about his upcoming travel schedule, he said the magic word: BALI. Sandy and I asked more questions and found out that he was playing at the Bali Spirit Festival. Quickly we pulled up the website and discovered the festival was happening just after Sandy's 60th birthday (March 19). The intentions were set: Intention Beads would be a part of the Bali Spirit Festival and we would travel there early to celebrate Sandy's milestone. So, fast forward: Intention Beads was to sponsor the Bali Spirit Festival and flights were booked for a week and a half early arrival!

Arriving in Bali, we first stopped in the Kuta area: a big city with buzzing cars, quickly swerving motorbikes, and a hustle that excites. We stayed just outside the city limits in a quiet rice town called Seminyak at a private villa. There we reveled in the beauty and honesty of the town: the people were warm and welcoming, the food was hand delivered by the local farmers themselves, and everything had purpose. There was hardly no waste. Glass bottles were recycled to hold gasoline for a quick fill-up and the saying of "if it ain't broke...don't fix it" was widely accepted. We befriended many during our short morning walks to our favorite Bumbak Coffee, and had a Balinese 'friends-giving' feast before we set off to our next location: Ubud.

Ubud is the mecca for artisans. Nearly every storefront shows an open facade with the hard-at-work artists with their craft at hand. We saw everything from Teak wood sculptors, painters, potters, healers, farmers, and cooks. In Ubud, we discovered the people's connection to their land, ancestors, and deities. Everyday (and multiple times per day) the store owners/artisans/residents would give offerings outside of their stores and homes: collecting fresh flowers from trees, lighting a stick of Balinese incense, and placing it all (with a treat) on a woven plate made from palm. During which they would bow and meditate on their desires and gratitude (sounds familiar!). The mindfulness that we witnessed from the people was palpable and contagious. Before we had left, a mentor told me, Bali is a place where you don't have to meditate. The meditation is simply there. And he was exactly right!

Intentional Living Helps Mind & Body

#LiveYourIntention

It's right there all over our Instagram. Our mission at Intention Beads is to create an avenue for our customers to think positively about themselves, their actions and their lives. We offer our intentions and mantras in order for a person to get help accomplishing a certain thing they might be struggling with. For some it might not be enough to simply have a mantra to repeat everyday, so having an affirmation that you wear is a great way to remind yourself to recite and act on those words.

It is so important to live your life with a purpose and an intention, because otherwise what's the point of being put on this awesome earth with all these other fun people? Having a specific intention to work towards makes everyday great because you come closer and closer to the achievement of a goal, and who doesn't love being patted on the back? Even if the pat comes from yourself, it is an amazing feeling to know that you lived the day to the fullest and that you are being your best self.

We follow some seriously good bloggers, and we want to connect them with you! We chose some great ones that truly emulate our mission of positivity, self love and motivation. Positively Present is one in particular from which I grabbed a quote that really drives the point home:

"Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them." Brendan Francis

Imagine this...a world where our eyes and ears are not assaulted with the latest fads and trends when it comes to our physical health. Wouldn't that be something?! In my opinion, our health should not be governed by how many reps we can do of one exercise or how fast we can complete of another. Our health should be something individualized for our own body type, habits and lifestyle.

I for one abhor running outside. The impact of pavement hurts my knees and I get bored after running for even one suburban block. Gym memberships are totally affordable, but only so long as you don't consume anything but water and saltine crackers to make up the cost every month.

Don't get me wrong, physical fitness is important, and some fitness blogs we love to follow offer sage and sane advice for workout newbies like me. I especially like Born Fitness. The workouts they provide are so much more than my brain could spontaneously think to do while jamming to the new Walk the Moon album and regretting leaving my latest Netflix binge. If I was at all concerned about the amount of calories I put into my body, I would for sure reference these guys over at Born Fitness to give me delicious recipes, upbeat workouts and good stretching tips. Read Born Fitness

Something that is lacking in the department of Fitness blogs is one of the most important pillars of overall health- mentality. Here at Intention Beads, we strive to offer stability and strength to our clients in the way of Intentional Living. We are adamant in the belief that what you believe, you achieve. Our intentions are aimed towards those that are searching for a helping hand in a specific matter in their life.

What is the point of looking your best if you're not feeling your best? You can work out to your heart's content, but if the rest of your day is filled with negativity or sadness, your overall result is going to be hindered by this rather large nuance.

Workshops and Events

One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to create a sacred space to explore who we are and what we yearn for. Intention Beads hosts monthly workshops and events where our clients find the answers to questions they have and are given the chance to find an inner peace they have been searching for. 

NEW MOON CIRCLES

Every month there is a New Moon. It is opposite of the Full Moon and is representative of a time for action, new beginnings, a fresh start, etc. To celebrate this New Moon, we host a gathering in our studio to invite the powerful energy in and envision our path for the month. There is always a certain aspect about each month's New Moon that makes it unique. Depending on which planets or constellations are transitioning during the New Moon, the mediation and focus adjusts to align our focus with the universal shifts.

Clients come in and create their own handmade talisman while reciting a mantra they write. The experience can be extremely meaningful and truly resonates with our higher selves. Our goal is to connect you better with your own mind and emotions while giving you a physical totem to carry with you.

 CHATTING WITH THE STARS

Along with these New Moon circles, we have consultations, or as we like to call them, chats. Our Chatting With the Stars conversations are private and open. These two to one consults are geared towards answering questions that people have. These questions can be as general or as specific as needed during their allotted 15 minute time frame. Often, people know their 'sign' depending on their birthday. You know the one, the sign we skip to when reading the monthly horoscope in the back of a magazine which tells us that this is the month where we should wear a lot of red, or ask that guy out on a date but this small paragraph on the back cover page of a tabloid is not what we do at this event.

Some popular questions we answer are:

"I have to take this test in order to pass a class or get a promotion, when is the best time for me to take it?"

"I am so miserable in my job, I know I need to change careers, but I don't know when to make the move to this new field, can you tell me when the best time is?"

"What is astrology...?"

Every person has so much more than the initial sun sign which is dependent on their birthday. Whether a client is completely new to the field of astrology or they have been following it for years, astrology nights are perfect to answer any questions or reignite a passion they may have been neglecting for some time. We love hosting events and teaching new clients all about astrology, setting intentions and how to practice they're intention daily.

 

Interested in being a part of an upcoming event at our studio? Take a look at our calendar and workshops on Eventbrite and reserve a seat today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you Live Your Intention!

The Story

Over 20 years ago, Sandy Rueve discovered how to make handmade clay beads that were created with colorful designs that lasted for a long, long time. She started to sell these clay beads as necklaces, bracelets and earrings; thus She Beads, her original company, was created.

The years went by and business was growing and becoming well known. Sandy was proud that she was able to take one of her hobbies into a profitable business. Later, she started a new hobby- astrology. After traveling the world for seminars and meeting with astrology mentors, Sandy realized that she could pair her love of astrology with her love of making clay beads. And thus, Sandy transformed another hobby into her newest endeavor, Intention Beads.

Essentially, Intention Beads follows the same handmade process as She Beads, however Intention Beads has much more to offer those looking to have a bigger connection to their jewelry. Sandy researches when powerful astrological transits will be taking place, and depending on which planets are transitioning, that time is noted and a corresponding affirmation is written and attached. During that noted time, she makes the beads and recites the affirmation. In this mindful state, Sandy transfers the present energy to the beads. And all in harmony, the power of the transit, the handmade talisman, and the words involved in the affirmation become a mantra for whomever will wear the talisman.

 

Our mission is not simply to make jewelry. Our mission is to teach our clients how to live a life filled with positivity, courage and enlightenment. We provide different pieces in our Intention line such as bracelets, Orbit Necklaces and Mala prayer beads to give people a variety to choose from. We also host workshops and events in our studio such as Astrology Consultations and meditative circles to celebrate the New Moon every month.

We encourage everyone to get in touch with us on social media in order to hear the latest news as well as gain inspiration or motivation to #LiveYourIntention

 

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