It started with an astrological chart.
When Craig resident Sharon Miller had one drawn for the day she wanted to open her new metaphysical store, Crystal Sanctuary, the results were “phenomenal,” she said.
“It all turned out that everything I wanted the shop to be — a learning place, a place where people can come and calm down and decompress — is all in the stars,” the 66-year-old Miller said.
“So, that was the energy that we opened with.”
That “energy,” Miller said, has served the business well since opening Nov. 26.
Miller’s store, located at 2029 W. Victory Way, specializes in beads, fossils, jewelry, crystals and various forms of readings.
Business has been good, she said.
“Everyone that comes in thanks us for being in business and spends their money,” she said. “So, it’s effortless.”
Miller said she was “absolutely terrified” to open the store.
It had been her dream for many years as an employee at similar metaphysical stores to open her own, but she needed to overcome her fears, she said.
“But, the doors flew open and this was the only way to bring people together,” she said.
Most of the residents who come in the store recognize and appreciate Miller’s goal, she said.
Simply put, her store and its goal is “speaking” to many residents.
“The other people are open to looking and they say, ‘Oh, I just found just the right gift for Christmas and I’ll be back,’” she said.
But, Miller contends her store is not just about money, but also service.
Specifically, Miller wants to create a “sacred space” in her store. She aims for Crystal Sanctuary to be a place where residents come to learn how to decompress, de-stress and relax.
“We are slowed down from the everyday pace,” she said of the store.
Miller said she hopes to use her abilities as a certified hypnotherapist to help Craig residents achieve inner peace.
Her philosophy is simple — “change your mind, change your health, change your life.”
“Our body hears everything that we say,” she said. “If we say that we are happy and healthy, then that is exactly what we are. If your verbiage is that you are unhappy and unhealthy, then you are absolutely correct.”
Miller, who was born on the East Coast and moved to Craig from Dolores, knows well the art of healing, she said.
In fact, she said she embarked on her own healing journey in her late 40s in the face of mounting medical problems.
“I decided I needed to make changes in my life starting with healing the emotional pain that I had not dealt with, and then I went into what is called the dark night of the soul,” she said. “I had to do my fire walk, and once I was on the other side of that, natural healing took place.”
As a result, Miller was healed, both spiritually and physically, she said.
“I live it seven days a week — how I feel toward my fellow beings, how I am in this world — these are all very important things to me,” she said.
Miller displays her faith and spiritual beliefs not only in her actions, but also by a “symbol of the goddess” tattoo located on her forehead, which represents enlightenment, she said.
Because of her healing experience, Miller made it her goal to help others heal through opening the store and the various classes she offers.
The beads, fossils and crystals she sells in the store do more than just pay the rent, she said.
Each item has a special purpose for those seeking spiritual help, she said.
Take the various crystals hanging around the store, for instance. Miller contends the crystals have energy of their own and assist those on spiritual journeys.
Miller also performs a variety of readings including the use of tarot cards and color therapy.
The readings are for those in search of answers to questions about life, death, love or sometimes more serious and personal issues, Miller said.
“It is teaching people to trust themselves that the answer sits right next to the problem, and all we are doing is accessing it,” she said.