Oh sweet October, let me begin this tale by taking time to be grateful for all of the good that life and nature extend to us each day. This couldn’t be more apparent and evocative during this time of year, than to simply look outdoors at the symphony of colors in the trees, cascading in hues of red, orange, yellow, green and purple. Add the blue hue from the Blue Ridge Mountains and we’re surrounded by all of the chakra colors on display!
These were some of my musings as I drove across North Carolina up into the mountains gently cradling the city of Asheville. I was on my way to the place that feels like my second home, the Omni Grove Park Inn to spend the weekend of October 31st through November 2nd in this magnificent Inn made of stone that resonates with energy. The stones in these mountains contain quartz crystal imbedded inside them and the inspired designers, craftsmen and architects who collected these stones and built the Grove Park, in essence created a temple that resonates with the energy expressed by each person who works and visits the Inn daily.
As I arrived at the Inn, which we refer to as GP, I could feel the heightened energy as everyone was checking in and excited about being here to enjoy the season.
Fall was in her glory as we entered the Great Hall and were greeted by the stunning view from Sunset Terrace. On a regular day, the Great Hall itself is striking, with large stone fireplaces flanking each side of the Hall, with inspirational quotes carved into the rock and rocking chairs surrounding the fire for guests to enjoy.
The Hall is massive yet comfortable, with an array of seating, the tinkling of music and the lure of comfort, inviting you to stay a while, enjoy a beverage and shift gears from the frenzied pace of life you just left outside those doors into a sense of timelessness, where one is free to do whatever pleases the mind, body and spirit.
The only time that I love the Great Hall even more, is during the holidays. The Christmas season being the most grand, with trees decorated throughout the Inn and the famous Gingerbread contest drawing in entries from around the world.
This time though, I was here to celebrate and participate in the Halloween festivities this year, beginning with a signing of my book, Ghosthunting North Carolina in the Great Hall on Halloween Eve.
The Great Hall was transformed on Halloween into a Hogwarts type castle, with an amazing array of carved pumpkins on display, and a chef presenting tasty offerings including hot apple cider and caramel apples.
Also in the Great Hall on this spectacular Halloween Eve was yours truly in my grand Green Chair, signing books and chatting with everyone about the resident ghost of the Grove Park Inn, the Pink Lady, who is often seen in the Palm Court of the Grove Park and in her room on the 5th floor of the Main Inn.
Yes, I was enjoying this Halloween Eve, swapping ghost stories with guests, enjoying their costumes, handing out my signature “broom pens” to everyone and delighting in the bounty of nature presented in the Great Hall, including carved pumpkins and gourds, bountiful colors of fall leaves, and the cool breeze blowing through, balanced by the warm fire. Surrounded by the energy bouncing off the quartz stones radiating happiness and excitement, I just couldn’t imagine how it could get any better on this particular weekend. Yet Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom and style, had bigger plans than we knew that evening…
The next morning I awoke excited to begin Day Two of my Author Adventures at the Grove Park, as I prepared to teach my workshop on How to Activate Your Aura at the Grove Park Spa. Guests had been invited to have their aura photo taken before and after a treatment in the Spa and then to join me for a workshop where they would receive a signed copy of my The Awakened Aura book and I would read their auras and explain what the aura does, how you can read and work with the aura and what the aura photograph was expressing about their energy field in that snapshot.
In my room I pulled back the drapes to let the light in and to my surprise and great joy, it was snowing! An almost record breaking feat of snow on November 1st, with surrounding areas receiving over ten inches of snow and from the measurements that my husband took from the snow piled up on our car outside, it looked close to six inches, a very healthy snowfall!
What a gift to be here in the mountains and to have enjoyed a beautiful Halloween in the full decor of Fall and then as we begin November, to be cleansed and renewed by the pure driven snow.
As I prepared to teach about how the ancient temples worked with the mind, body and spirit to bring good health and renewed energy through the aura by using the elements of earth, air, fire and water along with mother nature to heal the body and soul, I was reminded how perfectly the Grove Park Inn Spa has created this same temple here in the modern world.
Surrounded by stone and nestled into the mountains, the Inn is a safe and welcoming space to allow one to relax and let go of their cares. The warm fires in both the Great Hall and in and around the spa spark the flame within our heart and mind stimulating creative energy. The waterfalls leading into the Spa produce negative ion energy, soothing our emotional and spiritual auric layers, cleansing and washing away stagnant energy. Taking in a cool deep breath on the outdoor terrace of the Spa, the crisp mountain air is brought within and as we breathe in deeply and exhale, the air connects us to our center, as explained in the ancient teachings of As Above, So Below, As Within, So Without.
The entrance of the Spa has been carefully designed, intent on creating an experience from the moment one explores this area. Entering from the Vanderbilt Wing is my favorite way to begin, as you descend down into the corridor surrounded by stone, to the delight of discovering amethyst geodes embedded in the walls and trickling waterfalls as you round each corner. This leads to the giant waterfall heralding the entrance into the spa. It’s electric, intense and one can not help but to be affected by the pure natural energy rushing through the body.
Oh Grove Park, you never fail to delight and inspire. What a wonderful environment to teach about the aura and show others how they can be empowered by becoming conscious of the aura and the energy expressed through the conscious creation coming from our thoughts and emotions. When we take the time to nourish and care for ourselves, acknowledging the gifts that nature provides to nourish us and taking the time to nurture ourselves in a warm, welcoming environment like the Grove Park, we are provided the opportunity to explore our spirit and reconnect to who we are on a deeper level.
No wonder I think of you as my second home, not just in this lifetime my dear Grove Park Inn, but in the memory of those sacred ancient temples where one could be nourished and renewed by the transforming of the mind, body and spirit.
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