Liz: What was growing up like for you? Can you share a bit about your background?
Amarie: I had a pretty happy childhood. My parents were both military so I moved around a lot, but it was kind of fun for awhile. I was always really sensitive to people’s emotions, but I didn't realize I was until I was much older. I have a younger sister, and we were extremely close as children. We both shared the same sensitivity, but as we grew older her sensitivity dulled, and as a result we're not as close as we were when we were children
I've always been empathetic. I stopped eating meat when I was 11 because I saw a PETA video, and I had no idea that animals were being killed in such a violent way. My mom didn't believe me at first. When I told her I wasn't going to eat meat, she shrugged me off as going through another phase (I went through a lot as a child laughs), but after I made myself PB&J for a week straight and only ate the sides without meat in them for dinner she realized I was serious. She taught me how to make veggie food and purchased vegetarian meals and supplements for me. She was super amazing about the whole thing.
Liz: Do you feel like that empathy and sensitivity guided your studies once you went to college?
Amarie: I'm not sure if empathy guided my studies in college. My sensitivity was dulled in middle school and high school. It didn't awaken again until my sophomore year in college. But I always knew I wanted to help people. My mom found a project I made in second grade, and when it asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a veterinarian-president-ballerina that saves animals and the world. I also learned about recycling at school and after that forced my family to recycle everything. I'm sure my mom was like how is this girl so anal about everything? (laughs)
Liz: That's awesome. So what did you study in college?
Amarie: My bad. (laughs) I studied mass communications and geography. I originally wanted to work for National Geographic. I took a lot of anthropology classes though and studied how geography and environment can affect people: the way they eat, wear clothing, make housing, etc.
Liz: It sounds like you are deeply interested in people and culture.
Amarie: I think I am. I'm very observant. I’m always able to tell people’s true intentions. Not for myself, but for my friends. My best friend asked me once to meet a guy she liked. I told her he felt like absolute slime. They didn't work out, and a few months later he was openly cheating on his girlfriend.
Liz: How has this translated into your spiritual life?
Amarie: I think spiritually I'm very open and accepting of people. I'm not religious, but I grew up attending private Christian schools. I believe in a higher power, and I feel connected to the earth and the universe. I feel things and receive blessings. I just think it’s without the organized structure of religion. Does that make sense?
Liz: Yes that makes sense! What are some of the methods you use to deepen your spiritual practice or to go within?
Amarie: Living in New York City has been hard. Back in Texas I would meditate outside—feel the breeze and ground myself in the earth. The concrete of the city has forced me to find alternative methods. I recently started floating in a sensory deprivation pod once a month, in additon to meditating and doing yoga. I can't wait for it to be warm again so I can explore the Brooklyn botanical gardens again.
Liz: How do you feel about more "woo woo" means to spiritual engagement, like crystals, essential oils, and tarot?
Amarie: Oh goodness. I'm all for them. I honestly have so many crystals. And I use them all differently. When my energy is out of whack I know I should wear this stone or that stone. Or if I'm feeling overwhelmed by my empathy I'll wear something protective like rose quartz or amethyst. I love the stone selenite because it acts like sage. It cleanses your aura but you don’t need to recharge it in the sun like you do for other crystals.
I love essential oils but I don't use them spiritually. I read tarot as well but primarily when something big is happening or I feel very lost. I try not to rely on it too much because it's important to trust your instincts.
Liz: Ah, that's interesting. So I have had tarot readings from you that gave me clarity and have stuck with me. And you will be reading tarot at Woo Woo Weekend! Can you tell attendees a bit about what to expect?
Amarie: I would say to come with an open mind and heart. If you’ve tried reading tarot before and didn't feel a connection, I would love to help you work through that. Many times people feel as though they don't have the natural ability, but we all do. For the majority of us this ability is just lying dormant. Practice and being open can help awaken your abilities considerably—in addition to knowing what to do when you feel blocked or stifled. I'd also like to show attendees how to make soul tea. It’s a recipe from an old friend and it helps to pick me up when I feel weary from the world. I'm excited to meet everyone, and I hope we're able to create some real magic together
Liz: Ah I love it so much.