With its special crystals, stones, candles and talismans — not to mention the guard parrots — Psychic Reality on Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo may be the spiritually safest place around to have your future told, your hands-on healing or your aura photographed.
Husband-and-wife team Michael Todd and Ginny Carlson-Todd, both 60-something, said they relocated their 20-year-old business from Oakland to Vallejo shortly after they moved here in September. The store opened March 1.
“It was affordable here,” Carlson-Todd said. “We crossed a bridge and saved $100,000. It’s a lovely neighborhood, with lovely sycamores.”
Neighbor businesses and walk-in customers have made the couple feel welcome, they said.
“We carry everything metaphysical and also practice the healing arts, energy work, stones and crystals with healing properties, wind chimes, essential oils, an aura photo camera — it all contributes to healing,” she said. The store also carries drums, flutes, triangles, maracas, tambourines, xylophones, Zen gardens, jewelry and spiritual statuary. It also carries CDs of meditation music, vases, reiki-charged candles, herbs and oils infused during certain phases of the moon.
There are also books, more than 300 types of Tarot cards, dream catchers, Tibetan singing bowls, Zen altar clocks and Himalayan salt lamps which ionize a room, they said. There are also Buddhas, Native American and Egyptian statuary, amulets and charms.
Both ordained ministers of the non-denominational Church of Aesclepion, Todd and Carlson-Todd said they met more than two decades ago when their individual psychic/spiritual journeys converged at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, and have been married about three years. The business came first, undergoing several name changes and locations in the intervening years, including at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, they said.
“I figured everyone who goes to college eventually tries to create revenue with what they learned,” Carlson-Todd said.
Carlson-Todd said she’s always relied on her psychic abilities as her family’s “interpreter” and peace-keeper.
“I read (family member’s) mental image pictures, so I could tell when someone was misinterpreting someone else’s meaning,” she said. “Everybody’s psychic, it’s the ‘being’ part — the spiritual part — of the ‘human being.’”
A former VCR repairman, Todd says his journey to the psychic and spiritual healing arena was slightly different.
And he was hooked.
“It just felt right,” he said. The rest, as they say, is history.
Besides the retail portion of the business, the couple’s new Vallejo storefront at 345 Georgia St., also offers various forms of psychic readings, spiritual healing, hands-on Craniosacral Therapy and light touch work. Carlson-Todd also does therapeutic Swedish massage and deep tissue massage, reflexology, hot stone massage, astrology charts and ear coning, an ancient “aid in spiritual awakening and emotional clearing” that involves removing excess wax and other debris from the ear canal.
But, the couple doesn’t “program” people into believing they need a particular thing, they said.
“We let people recognize what they need,” Todd said. “We’re more facilitators in their growth.”
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Saturday’s Farmers Market, when they offer free aura healings, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, the couple is also planning to hold workshops and classes.
For appointments, call 800-557-3233 707-558-0535 510-251-6560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org