Spirit Quest Books September 2013 Newsletter

The kids will be back in school soon, the weather is getting a little cooler, the nights are getting longer, and it’s been a very busy summer here at the store. Our teas are definitely a hit with customers, and the colourful tabbed curtains and wall tapestries we now have in stock are getting a lot of attention.

In this issue:

  • Tapestries and Tabbed Curtains

  • Blessing Rings

  • Candles

  • Ganesh

  • Sue Coleman Shooter Glasses

  • Incense

In India, tapestries are what locals use as bed covers. People also use them at home for tablecloths, bed-sheets, room dividers, curtains, window treatments, ceiling decor and quick cover-ups.

The corner loops make Sunshine Joy tapestries the perfect multipurpose outdoor traveling companion. Secure your picnic sheet down at the park. At festivals, stake out an appropriate amount of space for your friends. Tie up a sunscreen at the campsite. Add some privacy to your car. Great at the beach as a windproof beach sheet or sun cover-up.

100% Cotton – the Sunshine Joy tapestries and tabbed curtains are printed, not quilted or woven. Thin as a sheet, good, tight power loom construction, hemmed edges, and the corners have a small fabric loop attached. Built to last the loops keep your tapestry hole free. Blessing Rings are versatile charms that touch the heart. For your pocket, key chain or necklace; the size of a quarter, Blessing Rings express individual poignant messages about all of life’s biggest, unexpected and everyday moments.

The Blessing Rings back is engraved with different inspirational and thought provoking terms of endearment. Individually hand crafted in pewter, the center is outlined with a symbol for a specific subject.

We’re restocked with gorgeous, naturally scented candles, each with its own lovely lead-free pewter pendant, in a vast array of gorgeous, rich colours. Be sure to have a look (or sniff) next time you’re in.

Kuan Yin (also spelled Quan Yin, Kwan Yin, and often know as Kuan Shih Yin) is one of the most beloved Buddhist deities. She is known in the East as the bodhisattva of compassion. The name Kuan Yin translates as “one who hears the cries of the world.” It is this compassion that made her vow to forgo nirvana until every last being was freed from suffering. If you are feeling stuck in the Heart Chakra, in need of compassion, or want to deepen your practice if Loving Kindness, a practice to Kuan Yin will help open you to Love.

The goddess Kuan Yin is a symbol, not only of the Chinese assimilation of Buddhism, but also of the many hued flavor of karuna, expressed through the softer wisdom of a woman. She is a pointer to the re-emergence of the goddess and the gender transformation of Avalokiteshvara in China represents perhaps a universal imperative, which is similarly reflected in the emanation of the goddess Tara from the compassionate tears of the same bodhisattva. We have several Kuan Yin statues to chose from.

For over 25 years Sue Coleman has earned international recognition for her distinctive water-colour paintings. Especially popular have been her “Interpretive” Northwest Coast Indian images, which have been reproduced and sold to collectors worldwide. Sue’s years of research have culminated in a book entitled “An Artists Visions”.

Sue maintains a studio in Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island, Canada and paints a variety of subjects from misty west-coast scenes, wildlife, landscapes and more. Sue actively works to promote environmental awareness and wildlife.

We have two different designs of shooter glasses with Sue Coleman lithographs, one the Rufus hummingbird, and the other the Salmon.

Swagat Natural incenses are prepared with natural perfume oils, resins and wood powders. These materials are hand rolled over the thin bamboo sticks. They are used in temples, at home and work places to create a pleasant, peaceful, and holy atmosphere. Each pack includes 30 sticks – burning time 30 minutes.

Made in the finest masala tradition of India, Nag Champa incense is made with natural herbs and resins are combined with floral extracts to create a natural blend, which is skillfully hand rolled onto a bamboo stick. Each stick burns for about 45 minutes. Enjoy! We have five different Nag Champa blends available.

We also have many other varieties of incense available, so we’re sure you’ll most likely find at least one you love.

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