Energy resources and conservation dominate international discussions, but this weekend, energy healing and focus will permeate personal discussions at the Hamilton Psychic Fair.
More than a dozen psychic and alternative medicine practitioners will occupy booths in the Between the Worlds shop throughout the weekend and offer readings, therapy and advice for those willing to consider unconventional options for healing.
Shop co-owner Rhea Acheson has allowed Chuck Hossfeld to transform her business into something that resembles a miniature shah's retreat complete with incense, draperies and muted lighting produced by lavender gauze obscuring the sky lights. Some of the display cabinets have been moved to the side to create spaces where tarot cards, palms and runes will be read.
"We even have this masseur coming in from the Paradise Valley who gives massages in time to the music provided by his patients," Hossfeld said. "People really love him."
Acheson said Hossfeld approached her about hosting the event and she thought it fit well with her business.
"This is the only store like it in Montana, maybe in the region, and it has the right feel," Acheson said. "Our reputation is important, so it's good that Chuck knows the right people to contact."
Hossfeld has participated in psychic and alternative medicine events since 2006. He organized a similar event in Missoula on New Year's Day as a fundraiser for the development of an ayurveda center. Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional practice from India.
When Hossfeld learned that Montana Integrative Therapies was searching for ways to raise money, he suggested the Psychic Fair.
Montana Integrative Therapies was started to provide alternative therapy to cancer patients at the Guardian Oncology and Wellness Center in Missoula to augment and improve their response to surgery and chemotherapy. Alternative therapies include naturopathic and homeopathic medicine, acupuncture and massage, and they were funded by a nonprofit cancer group,
Patients responded so well that MIT wants to expand the types of clients the organization serves, but it needs money to do so.
A representative from the Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in Arlee will also be on hand. Rosemary Roberson is giving up the opportunity to participate in the garden's opening weekend festivities in order to spread the word about Eastern thought.
"The garden is a Buddhist center, but they are glad for anyone to come out," Roberson said. "Just like the fair, they are welcoming to all and the garden has received both Swammi and Celtic blessings."
Acheson said all beliefs have to do with energy, so energy healing can help all.
"We're starting to get into quantum physics because we're realizing just about everything is energy," Acheson said. "It's even starting to seep into traditional medicine. So everyone is welcome and I hope people at least stick their head in to see what it's about."
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