Leah Lau

I thought about what I needed to do to clear my energy of the fear, sadness and worry that had built up. I hadn’t been to Mystic Journey in a week, since the gorgeous Grand Opening, but had missed the healing energy there. I remembered that the Dynasty Electrik Crystal Sound Bath is on Friday evenings. I hadn’t yet made it to one but had heard beautiful things about it from my old soul friend, Pritesh Shah. I double checked the schedule, and saw that I had just enough time to eat, shower, and drive to Venice.  


   On the stage, Seth Misterka and Jenny Deveau, of Dynasty Electrik, were setting up their crystal singing bowls, gongs, original compositions of electric tones, and theremin musical instrument. I gave Jenny a warm hug and told her I was so excited to finally experience the Sound Bath. She has such a comforting and light-­filled gaze. She made eye contact with me, and told me how happy she was to see me.

   The room was already filling with people, and Jenny and Seth had opened up the antique Indian doors connecting the Great Hall and the Crystal Gallery, for overflow and options for a variation on the Sound Bath experience. There were only spaces left in the center of the room or along the wall. Pritesh set up a little to my right, and I placed my yoga mat in the center of the Great Hall, leading to the Indian doors of the Crystal Gallery. Though I wasn’t fully cognizant yet of the energy field I was creating, I was following my intuition.

   The power and energy of the giant crystals already infuses all of the rooms at Mystic Journey with high frequencies. I’d oftentimes thought about bringing one of my personal handheld crystals with me to meditate. For the Sound Bath, the one that came to mind was a Super 7 crystal that Jeffrey Segal, the owner of Mystic Journey and the Mystic Journey Bookstore, had gifted to me. It’s a rare crystal that is only found in one place on earth, at Espirito do Santo, Brazil. A combination of Amethyst, Cacoxenite, Goethite, Clear Quartz, Lepidocrocite, Rutile and Smoky Quartz, it represents the seven main chakras to facilitate our highest transformation and spiritual growth. I knew that I needed a powerful clearing experience, and that it was the right time to work with the Super 7 crystal.

   After I set up my yoga mat, I placed the Super 7 at the top of it so that it would be above my crown chakra, in range of my soul star chakra. As the Sound Bath started and Jenny began to lead us in a centering breathing exercise, I felt like I wanted to hold the Super 7, so I leaned over to pick it up. I meditated for the first few minutes with it in my left hand, for receiving energy. When Jenny then guided us to lay back, I rested the Super 7 on my belly button, near my sacral and solar plexus chakras. At first, I was fully aware of its weight of a few ounces on me. I felt its energy working on clearing my chakras.

   Seth and Jenny began playing their original compositions which feature Jenny’s beautiful lilting voice layered with electronic tones. They played seven crystal singing bowls that are attuned to the seven main chakras, and Jenny played the theremin, which she explained vibrated with everything in the room, including all of the people in it, so that we were all becoming a part of the music, as well. As the sounds were bathing my body at a healing cellular level, I began to hear Seth and Jenny’s composition of water flowing and birds chirping.

   The sound of the water and the physical resonance from the crystal singing bowls transported me back to the jungle of Brazil 11 years ago, when I visited Iguazu Falls. They are the largest waterfalls in the world, are more than 1 1⁄2 miles wide, and span the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. After a dry season, the skies had opened up with thunderstorms and lightning. For four days, I’d trekked and explored the Falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, to experience different viewpoints and winding paths through the jungle while rain pelted down, and electricity crackled throughout the air, making me part of the elements.

Photo by Leah Lau

   On the Brazilian side, there is a giant steel catwalk called the Garganta del Diablo, the Devil’s Throat, where you walk out and are suspended over the Falls, with the mist soaking you and the roar of the water shaking your body. Rainbows interlaced throughout the Falls, and in moments when the rain cleared, they arced in the sky over the jungle and cliffs. It was elemental magnificence.

   So many years later, I thought how fascinating life is that a Sound Bath among crystals in Venice would transport me back to the Brazilian jungle. In those moments, there in the Great Hall of Mystic Journey, I was aware of the energy of the Super 7 Brazilian crystal on me, but I could no longer feel its weight. My body had gone into such a deep trance, I couldn’t feel it, nor move it. I was still except for my breathing.

   Most of the giant crystals in the Crystal Gallery are from Brazil, handpicked by Jeffrey during his trips there. As I was laying in front of the Indian doorway, with the Super 7 tracking with my breathing, and the powerful energy from the giant crystals flowing around my Soul Star chakra, my consciousness was back in Brazil, while in the present, the energy from the earth there infused me.

   The music from Seth and Jenny was so healing, and my memories were blending so fluidly with the present, that I didn’t want it to stop. Being there reminded me of connection. Of human connection to each other, and of our connection to the earth. These cells, these bodies we inhabit, are only borrowed from the stars. It had been such a long week. With all of the waiting, I had much time to reflect. And it reinforced my belief that our life purpose is to take care of each other and help one another transcend.

Photo of Iguazu Falls by Leah Lau

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About Leah

Leah Lau is Marketing Communications professional, Editor, Photographer, Costume Designer, Intuitive, Yogi and Palm Reader. She is a creative visionary with far-­reaching professional experience as a Director of Communications and Editor for fields as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, corporate philanthropy, nonprofits, and government. Her life’s work is dedicated to making the world more positive and equitable: For more than 20 years, she has been spearheading community advocacy at the local, national and international levels, with a focus on education, the arts, and health care.

With her lifelong dedication to philanthropic work and the arts, Leah has immersed in her communities locally, nationally, and internationally. She founded the Cambodian Children's Book Project benefiting the ELMA School in Sambour, Cambodia, building up their library collection and global roster of volunteers from 2008 – 2010. She was a Board Member for the UCSF Alliance Health Project from 2005 – 2012, where she also served in leadership roles for Art for AIDS, the largest charity art auction in San Francisco, as the Art Installation Chair, a Juror, a Planning Committee Member, and a contributing artist. Leah was honored to be an Official Photographer for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015; was a Photographer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America from 2011 – 2016, including for their annual report; and was a Photographer for Daraja Academy, a girls’ school, near Nanyuki, Kenya. In her native San Francisco, Leah had a series of solo photography exhibits from 1998 – 2004, and exhibited her fine art photography in group shows from 2002 – 2012.

Leah has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature from the University of Chicago. Through coursework at UChicago, UC Berkeley, and UCLA, she minored in Spanish, and also concentrated in Psychology, Art History, Political Science, Gender Studies, and Latin American Studies. She loves to learn new languages and also speaks conversational Italian, French, and Mandarin Chinese. An avid traveler, Leah spent a decade doing a series of solo international expeditions to wilderness at the edges of the earth, exploring all seven continents. She fulfilled a lifelong dream by completing a round­the­world trip in 45 days in 2013.