Allie’s message posted on Instagram applies to many issues our country is facing today. I am sharing her words in the hope that spreading light will also create clarity. There really is no “other” in this life. Our actions and our inactions have consequences. Here is to a 2020 filled with intention, connection, and finding common ground.
My favorite sight of the year, a fully lit menorah. We place our menorah on our fireplace mantle in front of the mirror so it can reflect through the windows across the room. This is our 5th Hanukkah in this home in Spencer, a place that I’ve grown to love in spite of likely being the only Jewish person in town. I have never experienced outright malicious anti-Semitism living here, but have witnessed micro aggressions and a fair amount of ignorance about what it really means to be Jewish. The visible rise in violent acts of anti-Semitism has the hair standing up on the back of my neck.
If you have a Jewish person in your life, check in with them. Ask them how they’re feeling, offer an open ear and heart. Educate yourself on what’s happening locally and globally to the Jewish population. Don’t make assumptions. Don’t feed into the stereotypes and the conspiracy theories. It’s time to examine whatever beliefs you have, and to start developing an understanding about why we are so scared.
But don’t mistake our fear for weakness, we WILL survive. We will, because we always have. We will continue to be a light in the darkest of days.
Bio: Allie, a former social worker, is also Reiki Master/Practitioner who works with crystals and essential oils in her energy work to amplify and optimize the healing potential of whatever medium she is working in. Allie believes in the healing power of human connection, and values opportunities to share her wares with others to provide an opportunity for healing and growth.
Info about Allie’s business – Allie & Tess: Based in Spencer, Indiana, Allie & Tess is a multifaceted business that includes jewelry design and energy work. Allie is an electroforming artist who enjoys using natural stones and crystals among other nature-inspired items to create wearable art. Allie carefully chooses stones and minerals which possess therapeutic healing properties, compliment any healing processes, and aid in reaching personal goals. Tess is Allie’s black cat, and the inspiration behind our logo. She’s not super helpful when it comes to getting work done, but she’s definitely cute and loves to hang out in the studio.