QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- Amidst the city noises, one will find peace and serenity in that small nook at the East Wing of that mall, just across the State’s labor export agency and beside the church erected on the place that witnessed the miracle of people power in 1986.
May last year when Ms. Yasmin S. Nuño, had decided to put up a metaphysical book shop. She said, in an informal sharing during the 1st anniversary celebration of the founding of the store last May, the idea came in the ‘90s when she was in the crossroads of her life.
“I was in Bath, England then, when I saw this hole-in-the-wall metaphysical bookstore. The two words that struck me were “Upper Astral.” And I said to myself, I wish that there’s a store like this in the Philippines, I want to have a feel-good store like this,” the visionary entrepreneur and family counselor told a handful of people inside one of the rooms of the store, including the famous John Calub, the “money magnet” man of the Philippines.
She said, she knows how it feels to be a pilgrim trekking the road less traveled. The path of self-discovery can be both exciting and challenging. Everyone has their own unique paths that they both discover as well as create, she said. And that realization had led her in founding the store, which is now attracting customers from different walks of life.
However, at first, she resisted the idea of putting her store inside a mall, the symbolism of consummerism.
“I did not want it inside the mall, I just wanted a small lungga (place),” she said.
However, it was her husband that “pulled” her out of her shell and convinced her to put Ripples inside the mall.
“He said,” Nuño shared, “if you want to help more people, you will have to put it in a place where you can reach many.”
The store is cozy and serene. It offers a lot of self-transformation and life learning seminars. Inside its seminar rooms, many souls have been touched and many minds and hearts opened and awakened. One of those was Niña Lopéz, a woman in her 30s.
“Ripples,” she said, “had helped me in starting my spiritual journey through their crystal awareness seminar with Noel Resella.”
One might say that the Ripples Books and Gift Store is just another “New Age” store that caters one’s curiosity to the unknown. But Ishilta, its intuitive marketing specialist, is quick in correcting the misconception.
“Yes it is true in one sense, but it is not what the store is all about. It is about personal transformation, self-empowerment, conscious lifestyle, giving our daily existence a different twist,” he said, in an earlier interview.
One of the primary attractions of the store is not only its homey and peaceful ambience but its collection of self-growth books that will guide you in your spiritual journey, and the seminars that they are offering for a very low price.
“Ripples,” Ishilta said, “had been offering seminars that focus on understanding the person’s inner self, in its wholeness and uniqueness; and how this “self” can relate to others in order to bring something good to the world.”
“Each seminar and workshop at Ripples help participants examine the life that they currently have, and how the forces that are not known or cannot be known easily simply by the five senses, affect their daily living,” Ishilta said.
Almost every week, they have seminars about personal healing, self-discovery, and life transformation. These seminars are handled by experts from aforementioned fields: life consultants, psychics and metaphysical healers, psychologists, family counselors, and seasoned writers. This month, they have a series of transformative seminars: Silence of the Mind Meditation Series by the Brahma Kumaris (June 6, 13, 20 & 27); Angel Speak: Contacting Our Angel Companions by Angel Visionary & Clairvoyant Nonoy Ozaeta (June 9); Laughter Medicine with Pinoy Laughter Yoga teacher Paolo Trinidad (June 10);Meditation on Twin Hearts by Institute for Inner Studies (June 12 & 26); The art & science of energy medicine through Pranic Healing by Institute for Inner Studies (June 16 to 17); Writing from the Soul by Rem Tanauan (June 23); Celebrating Our One Soul: The United Religions Initiative's 11th Anniversary (June 24); and Write Right Away! A writing workshop by Pido Aguilar (June 30).
Nevertheless, the “intuitive” side of knowledge, Ishilta revealed, is the one that attracts herds of customers. Asked why that is so, the answer Ishilta gave this author is simple: “As human beings, we are naturally inclined to fear the unknown. And as Filipinos, we are naturally curious in the unseen.”
Moreover, the store’s friendly staff is also a magnet to people that they keep on coming back to check on the the bulletin boards near the door for updates on upcoming seminars, and the shelves for new books and other niceties.
It is now safe to say, Ripples is a new haven for the seekers of higher wisdom and knowledge that can transform life for the better— the kind of knowledge that are beyond everyday mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry. More appropriately called applied spiritual-science.
It is also nice to know that amidst the chaotic and dense energies of our fast paced modern life, there can be a place where you can find things that are calming and unique—and those which can lead you to a deeper understanding of human nature and the interconnection of the physical and spiritual selves to other selves or persons.
Furthermore, just like the ripples in the water when a pebble has been thrown in, this author thinks and feels that the wisdom and the comfort that this store offered would soon touch your heart and soul, just like what happened to him, only in just a few visits…
For more information about the store, you can visit them at 3rd level East Wing, Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas Ave. cor. Edsa in Quezon City. You can als email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call them at +63 2 3401214; +63 2 6551982; and through mobile number +63 9228871158.