Posted Sep 27, 2017 at 3:01 AM
SOMERSET — At their new business called Enlightenings, Lori and John Belche are offering services that include interactive consciousness exhibits, mediumship and card readings, energy work and focused meditations, a salt therapy cave and retail products that include essential oils, hand-selected crystals and stones, divination tools and other products.
John said the purpose of Enlightenings is to teach others to get better in tuned, to open their minds and to connect with the original Internet, which is consciousness.
“It’s a place like no other, certainly, in Somerset,” John said of the new business.
Enlightenings is located at 1078 County St. in Somerset. Product demonstrations, group meditations and spirit medium galleries will be done there. Lori that at the spirit medium galleries, she will be doing more than a connection with people who have passed away for the audiences. She said everyone in the audience will get something. She said if she can’t pick up a connection from the other side for someone, she will answer a question for them.
Lori started doing medium galleries in 2002. She said she has been able to see the other side since she was five years old. Lori said she started reading Tarot cards in the 1970s. John said they used to have people come to their house for readings or Lori would go to other places to do them. Now they have a place where Lori can do the readings at their new business.
“I’m just the conduit,” Lori said. “They’re talking. I get it and I pass it along.”
Lori said she was able to connect with someone who died in the Station Nightclub fire who was pushing someone out of the building. She said she also connected with a disc jockey from that fire who said one person in the audience called him the night before the fire. Lori said a person in the back of the audience raised his hand to say he was the one who called the disc jockey.
Lori said product demonstrations at Enlightenings will be done to show what products do, not just to promote the product. They will do webisodes and productions that show what the products do. Lori is the station operations manager for Somerset Access Television and John is a web designer and a Federal Aviation Administration certified drone pilot, so they will use some of their talents from those jobs for the product demonstrations.
“This is something that we have been talking about for years, and it really answers the question of what we’d rather be doing,” John said of Enlightenings. “This is something that we’ve always wanted to do. We’ve always been interested in the woo woo.”
John, who said they are making woo woo mainstream, and Lori will be continuing to work their regular jobs while they run their new business.
John said the business can be described with words like new age and metaphysical.
“This is where consciousness meets science,” Lori said.
The Belches are fans of Star Trek, Star Wars and Stargate. A sign in their new business reads “Advisory: Unattended children are sent through the Stargate to P3X 587.”
“We treat this seriously, but we have fun and we use humor,” John said.
In the retail part of the business, pendulum mats, incense, crystals and minerals that are underneath a metal pyramid hanging from the ceiling are for sale. All of the products that are being sold at Enlightenings have been hand picked by the Belches.
“You can’t get these on Amazon.com,” John said. “You can’t go to Amazon.com and smell them or feel them.”
Lori said at least 80 percent of the items sold in the store are under $20. John said a lot of the retail items make great gifts at those prices. Some of the other items that are being sold in the business include wind chimes, salt lamps, candles, Honeysuckle Soap and bracelets with lava stones that when paired with essential oils for scents, can help a person breath or with colds, Lori said. Lori said the lava stones and oils helped her with a headache. They sell fragrance, essential and blended oils at Enlightenings. John said the salt lamps are made with salt from the Himalayan salt mines.
There is a reading room in the back of the business as well as space to do reiki, restorative light sessions and sound healing with tuning forks.
Lori said one section of the business can be called a para psychology playground where people can practice asking questions with pendulum, moving things with telekinesis or palmistry at podiums. She has cards they can use to practice telepathy. She said the cards have different shapes and colors on them to help people open their minds. John says consciousness is the ability to get to the truth.
John said they will have an aura camera that will allow people to see energy and colors around other people and pets.
“It’s an energy impression,” Lori said. “That’s what that camera actually does. Some people, like myself and my daughter, can automatically do it.”
The Belches have created what is Somerset’s first salt cave. There is a cup on a wall where microscopic pharmaceutical salt comes out in the room.
“Some people feel it on their skin or can taste it,” John said.
Lori said she noticed her joints do not hurt as much in the salt cave.
“We all know we used to feel better when we went to the beach,” Lori said. “It was that salt.”
She said people do not have as much time to go to the beach as they used to, so the salt cave offers an alternative for getting the same benefits as they get at the beach where there is salt in the water and the air.
“And it’s a quieter place for it,” Lori said.
There are lamps in the room that change negative ions. The room is decorated with sea shells, the lights are dimmed and there is Himalayan sea salt on the floor.
“I wanted that feeling of being inside a cave, even though this is a room,” Lori said. “I went around painting the walls so they looked like rocks.”
Lori said they are offering 40-minute sessions in the salt caves. She said children can also go in the salt cave, as long as they are monitored by adults.
Lori said she will also do meditations in the salt cave.
On a video screen in the salt cave, people see waterfalls, aquariums or quiet scenes. They can choose what they want on the video screen or the Belches can choose the video for them. The Belches said the salt cave seems to help people with several health issues, such as allergies.
Lori said classes in mediumship, how to read Tarot cards, remote viewing and how to wrap crystals to make jewelry will be offered at Enlightenings.
“We have a local artist doing her work with us exclusively, which we’re excited about,” John said.
The Belche’s home school their two daughters, Brynna, 18, and Jillian, 16, and they are also using Enlightenings as a way to teach them about starting a business.
The Belche’s have been working on starting the new business since June. They had all of the trade work done on their new business space by local contractors.
Lori said they want people who come into Enlightenings to see that what they had thought were coincidences are actually things they created or expected to happen.
“Everyone is connected, like twins are connected,” Lori said. “But some people have blocked that. We’re going to show them how to open it.”