Additional Element Choice- Sunrise/Sunset Paintings:

​Treasures of the Sea: Choose 1 of the Following:

Peace dwells on wings of butterflies ~K. D’Angelo

​​​​​​ “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

               Kurt Vonnegut

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”

                  Stella Adler

​​​​Building a Vivarium 

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Gifts of the Sea: Choose 2 of the Following:





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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Vivarium Kits:

The following are the elements that comprise a Vivarium.  Please read each carefully and then decide on the elements that you want to compile, and their meaning, to make your Vivarium a personal environment with an aura that you can connect to.  You then can use this as a meditative and healing tool which will help you grow along with the plant inside.

All Kits Include:

All Vivariums come with a 5" hand blown glass Orb with built in "hanger", a Epiphyte plant (commonly known as an air plant which requires almost no maintanence), and coral which is a true treasure from the sea (sizes, colors, and types may vary depending on current stock).

Sand & Reindeer Moss Color Choices:
How Colors Affect Us:
     Color is one of the languages of the soul.  They influence our mood, feelings, and emotions, have their impact on our sense of well-being, and shed light on our personality as a way of self expression.  Colors have a symbolic meaning which is immediately recognized by our subconscious. They influence the flow and amount of energy in our bodies.
     Since ancient time energy or spiritual healers have known that color has healing implications. When color is used in healing it is known as
Chromotherapy and can be implemented in a number of ways. One can mentally direct specific color rays into the client's aura and body. It has been known for eons that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind in all individuals as they are certain wavelengths of electro-magnetic energy seen through our eyes from the visible spectrum.
     Not only do they influence emotion, but they also hold meaning in religion and various cultures around the world.  A great deal of research has been done on this and the vocabulary list I have associated with each color is extensive.  Although the significance is different for everyone it is also amazingly universal.  For our purposes, below is a button leading to a comprehensive list of the meanings of colors that are associated with the healing properties of serenity.











Orb Content Symbolism:

     Below are the elements and their meanings of which you can comprise your Vivarium.  Again, please read each carefully and then select those that are most personal to you.


Conch Shells:
     The conch, or shankh, is the most ancient musical instrument known to man.  Obtained as a gift from the great ocean, it was held as sacred, and references are found all over ancient Indian literature.  It is seen in the hands of almost all gods and goddesses, whenever they were happy or going off to war.   
     In Buddhism, the conch shell is one of Buddhism’s eight auspicious symbols, signifying truthful speech and strength, and is a sign of victory over suffering.  In Chinese Buddhism, the conch shell signifies a prosperous journey, and in Islam it represents hearing the divine world.
     It also appears in the Hindu tradition of prayer, and was the weapon of choice of mystical mermaids and mermen, looking up to the magnitude of waves across the ocean.  As such, its mystical meaning alludes to strength and fortitude.
     The conch’s spiral formation inside is symbolic of infinity, and when related to water it also represents the beginning of existence. The hard casing is the creature’s protector throughout its life journey.  It physically has a high spire and a noticeable siphon canal as it is a shell which comes to a point at both ends (birth and death) with a top that gradually expands in a clock-wise direction.  This shell is like a metaphor for the human journey of life.


Starfish:
     It is said to be enchanted as it is a mysterious creature of delicate beauty.  These creatures have been mesmerizing sea- farers and beach combers for as long as they've graced the oceans. Throughout history this animal represents something to a great many cultures, including: patience, magical and healing powers, sensitivity, longevity, renewal, mystery, and resourcefulness.  In cultural myth and legend, starfish meaning ranges from symbolism of love to superior strength. Take a look...
Christianity:
      In Christian symbolism the starfish represents the Virgin Mary who lovingly creates safe travel over troubled waters and is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times. In addition to representing divine love, the starfish also holds characteristics   such as guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition.

Egyptian:
       In Egyptian legend, starfish meaning is connected to the goddess Isis. Her connection with the starfish deals with being a guardian to troubled seafarers on the Red Sea and abroad.

Roman:
      In Roman mythology the starfish is a symbol of the love goddess Venus. Venus shares a connection with the starfish because she is a sensory goddess and so too is the starfish. Venus and the starfish make a symbolic duo of love, sensitivity, emotion, and  physical wholeness.

Tsimshian:
     The Native American tribe Tsimshian from the Northwest Coast of North America picked  the starfish as an emblem because they observed it to be super-strong. Its ability to  crack into a mussel shell proved great strength. Haida also connected longevity with  starfish meaning. They observed the starfish ability to regenerate, and deemed the  starfish to be immortal.

Sand Dollars:
     The legend of the sand dollar is saturated in Christian lore.  The five slits on the edge represent the five wounds on the body of Jesus.  The Easter lily design in the center of the top with a five pointed star in the center represents the Star of Bethlehem.  On the back is an outline of a Poinsettia, the Christmas Flower.
     In addition; the legend tells of five white doves locked inside that, when cracking the surface of the sand dollar directly in the center, are released to fly away and spread peace throughout the world.  The lesson: While outwardly we show the marks of fear and frustration, inwardly we all contain the true symbols of peace=inner peace.

Sea Sponges:
     It absorbs freely; which is a symbol of obtaining and retaining new growth to maximum levels, as healing or recovery are taking place.

The Compass:
     Is an instrument to always help you find your way.  Also a powerful mandala if exploring the deeper meaning of the four directions (north, south, east, west) by placing it in an area that is aligned with appropriate energy.
     Symbolism of the Compass and the meaning of cardinal directions have been explored by various cultures since ancient times.  For example in ancient Celtic Symbolism and tradition, the cardinal directions were acknowledged in several ceremonies and festivals; outlined as: East = air, communication, new beginnings, new growth, South = fire, energy, passion, creativity, West = water, emotion, psyche, movement, North = earth, home, security, fertility
     In certain divinatory practices the directions represent time phases:
       North = Infinite Possibility (no-time), South = Present – Now, West = Past, East = Future.
     Native Americans have their own meanings of cardinal directions.  The Lakota, for example hold to the following guideline: North = wisdom/thought, East = salvation/spirit, South = beginnings/purity, West = conclusions/fullness.
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Message/Prayer in a Bottle (Also known as "God Boxes":
     The image that comes to mind is the image of the shipwreck victim, who writes a message (Help!), puts it in a bottle, and tosses it in the ocean, hoping it will be found and he will be rescued.  This is a metaphor for your life’s journey in connection with a higher power.  Therefore, the bottle can be used as a god box.  This powerful tool is when you write a message (or something that you would like to “give” (get rid of for the average human) to God by writing it down) and then place it in the bottle letting it go.  It is miraculous how well this works to alleviate stressful
situations.

     Furthermore, for friends of Bill W. several prayers can be placed inside depending on a person’s phase of recovery making them closer to that stage in their development.  The three available are: The Serenity Prayer, The Third Step Prayer, and The Eleventh Step Prayer.​




​​Pearls & Clam Shells:
     Myths and legends give pearls the powers of love, purity, harmony, humility, luck, protection, wealth, and wisdom through experience and life to the laws of karma.  For "The pearl owes nothing to man. It is absolutely a gift of nature on which man cannot improve." …quoted from the great gemologist of the late 19th century, George Fredrick Kunz. In fact, it is said that the pearl captures the rainbow after the storm.  It is a symbol of hope for all humanity."

Sea Urchins:
     The interesting fact about Sea Urchins is that even without eyes, they can see through their entire body.  Sea Urchins are related to star fish as they both share bodies with a distinctive fivefold symmetry (hence share the sacredness and symbolism of that fivefold energy). Sea Urchins even have five teeth/jaws alongside their fleshy tongue. Sea Urchins too have robust skeletons of calcium carbonate, which survives after they die and becomes fossilized, a symbol of transformation and a true testament to longevity


Abalone Shells:
     Abalone is a naturally iridescent shell purported to be especially useful for handling and calming emotional situations, and be very soothing to the emotions. Having abalone nearby when working through an emotional situation with someone can be beneficial and may enhance cooperation.
     Abalone is reported by intuitive sources to stimulate psychic development and intuition. It is also said to promote imagination in a healthy way and is associated with the first three chakras.​




Sunrise/Sunset Paintings:
     At dawn and at dusk the universes is a painted canvas which generates rebirth as each day is a new beginning, and each twilight is a brief ending before rebirth as you begin anew.  It is a solid reminder that each day is a new day and a new opportunity which should be embraced with awe, just like the sun set and the sun rise.
     Our ancestors have long considered the sun as the center of humankind's existence.  Modern mankind tends to overlook this priority, and perhaps takes for granted the life-affirming essence the sun exemplifies.
     These symbols can provide immensely enlightening meditations, and focus or affirmations through practice.