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Metaphysical fair provides opportunity for learning about spiritual alternatives

March 27, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — Visitors from around the Panhandle attended the Wyo-Braska Metaphysical Fair over the weekend to learn and attend classes on meditation, yoga, healing with archetypal gesture and attend a lecture on spiritual awakening and astrology with crystals.

The fair was the second one organized by Lisa Betz-Marquez, owner of Prairie Arts Yoga Studio. She moved the event to the Gering Civic Center from Hunts Acres to provide better exposure. She said some of the visitors come to learn about what goes on at a metaphysical fair.

“People hear about it and don’t necessarily know what it is,” Betz-Marquez said. “We’re here to introduce people to new ideas and practices and to let them explore, discover and learn.”

Visitors commented on how light, joyful and uplifting the energy felt at the fair. Betz-Marquez welcomed those who were willing to bring an open mind and an open heart.

Vendors from five states were on hand for attendees to spend time with intuitive readers, reiki and shamanic healers and sound healers. Vendors had a variety of items for sale, including handmade jewelry and leatherwork, clothing, crystals, essential oils, handmade beeswax products and biodynamic seed.

Jason Curtis, owner of the Avalon Metaphysical Shop, had several items available for sale. Curtis has always enjoyed doing arts and crafts, so he incorporated it into his business. At the fair, his stones, incense and jewelry were the most popular items. The incense sticks he sells are homemade, which take a lot of work to get just right. He purchases the sticks and then adds essential oils or herbs.

“It takes a long time to make because it has to soak up all the fragrance,” Curtis said. “If you take the stick out in five days, it won’t have a strong smell, but a month is just about perfect.”

Local resident Joy Greenwood spent several hours at the fair.

“It’s really interesting,” Greenwood said. “I participated in a meditation and it was a fun time overall.”

Visitors also participated in a community sound bath healing with Tibetan singing bowls, which are said to help soothe pain, stress, anxiety and open the body to be receptive to healing. Betz-Marquez said the sound layers of the singing bowls have a unique tonal quality to take the mind into a deep meditative state.

“The sound vibration has a calming and healing effect,” Betz-Marquez said. “It’s so relaxing and meditative.”

Curtis was so busy, he didn’t have time to take a lunch break, but that was OK with him.

“There’s a lot of good, friendly people here,” Curtis said. “People come from different areas (of the country), but everyone is like family.”

The next fair will be Oct. 5-6 at the Gering Civic Center.