By Lori Szepelak
Editor's note: Writer Lori Szepelak, the author of "An Angel on My Shoulder," will also be a speaker at the event.
HOLYOKE – For centuries, 2012 has been written, prophesized and spoken about leaving many of us in a quandary as to what the significance of 2012 is and what it means to each of us personally and globally. Much of the information is sometimes associated with doom and gloom, but one Southwick woman has another view of the world as we know it.
"There is a lot of scary misinformation," Wendy Birchall, owner of Earth Angel Design, said. "My research shows something different and more profound."
Birchall is hosting A Healing Spirit Expo on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holyoke Hotel, 245 Whiting Farms Road. A panel discussion during the day titled "The Energy of 2012 and Beyond" was the motivation behind making the expo happen this year.
Birchall noted during an interview with Reminder Publications
that her reason for hosting the expo was to "bring a meaningful, purposeful, holistic event to Western Massachusetts, the place where I live, raise my family and work each day."
For the last four years she has traveled extensively throughout New England and as far as Arkansas to participate in metaphysical expos and showcase her business, Earth Angel Design. Birchall is also a Reiki Master, Angel Healing Practitioner, Soul Therapy Practitioner and Angel Reader.
"After meeting many talented, intelligent and interesting presenters, healers, readers and metaphysical authors at other shows, I felt it was a good time to bring it home," she said.
Birchall said that in her travels she has seen how these types of events are embraced by the masses.
"There is a real need for people to get answers to many metaphysical topics," she said, adding the most pressing questions are the importance of 2012 and how one can find balance mentally, physically and spiritually.
"Whether it's just a conversation with someone you can learn from, where to find a class on meditation, how to treat an ailment holistically, or finding a good book to read on a metaphysical subject, people are searching for this information and my goal is to provide it," she said.
The daylong event includes:
• 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. – Charles Edgarton, Barbara Hardie, Charmian Redwood and Wendy Birchall presenting a panel discussion on the energy of 2012.
• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. – Author presentations and book signings with Barbara Hardie, author of "Creating Heaven on Earth," Lori Szepelak, author of "An Angel on My Shoulder," and Suzy Graf, "The Enlightened Psychic."
• 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Bailing Li discussing "The Importance of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Total Health," followed by a lunch break from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
• 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. – Victoria Pendragon presenting "Sleep Magic: Surrendering to Success."
• 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. – Deborah Ravenwood presenting "The Arcturians and Their Role in the Dimensional Shift."
• 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. – Charmian Redwood discussing "Journeying Through the 2012 Dimensional Shift."
A host of regional businesses will be participating as vendors throughout the day, and will offer chair massage, readings and metaphysical products, aura photography, Reiki-sound healing, stones and crystals, sole readings and intuitive foot reflexology, Tarot card readings, psychic/mediumship readings, and original cement products.
Also, crystal ball demonstrations, angelic jewelry, astrological readings, Ocean Oracle readings, vibrational mysts, essences, essential oils, lotions, candles, Celtic harp music, original artwork, mugs and postcards, Orgone Pyramids, Art and Soul drawings, Reiki treatments, Heaven Seas readings, and Tibet Malas, crystal grids and spiritual gifts will be offered.
The cost of the expo is $5 at the door or $3 if you "Like" A Healing Spirit Expo on Facebook.
Birchall's goal for participants is to have a personal, meaningful experience.
"Whether it's something they hear in a workshop, a reading or healing work that gives them peace, or purchasing a meaningful product for themselves or a friend, I want them to walk away feeling like they were inspired and encouraged to continue their personal spiritual journey," she said.
For more information, visit www.earthangeldesign.com.