As a communicator, I am frequently fascinated with messages that are transmitted in a unique and colorful manner. One such way is on apparel, so that people becoming walking billboards for their beliefs. Christina Rideout and Noelle Meade decided to join forces and share their ideas about planetary healing via fabric and philosophy; a simple matter of spreading the world through wearables; thus Spiritual-i-tease was born. I had the delight of interviewing Christina as she offers her ideas about a life well lived.
How do you live your bliss?
My business partner, Noelle Meade, and I actively choose to be happy; joyful even. We each walk most every morning for an hour or more and immerse ourselves in the awakening day. This invokes a deep sense of gratitude and bliss in us both. We relish in our weekly meetings over 2 poached eggs and hash brown potatoes with extra grilled onions at our favorite café. Though these things would be characterized as “simple”, gratitude and joy are a natural and organic response for us. We both make sure we feed our souls so that we can extend the joy (or bliss) we feel to others.
Being of service to others is a natural high for both of us. I practice as a healer, nurture Spiritual-i-teaseTM,Inc., and “Medicine Ways” (more info @www.medicineways.tv ).
Noelle is a full-time Graphic Designer and serves the corporate community, nurtures Spiritual-i-teaseTM,Inc., and is a children’s book writer. Yes, our plates are full, but our lives are full and this is where our bliss is born! There’s also the steady flow of love and support among our families and friends.
What was the inspiration for Spiritual-I-Tease?
I’ve worked as a pastor/energy medicine healer for over 20 years. In that time, I have come to rely on certain phrases and principles to assist my client/friends. The seminal phrase was “Just Say Thank You”. I had several clients in the course of one week tell me that if I put it on a t-shirt, they would wear it. The flood gates of inspiration opened and I was deluged with, “What would happen if I combined these phrases with the colors of the Chakras to which one would most want to apply the principle?” I met Noelle right around this time, and during a discussion, we talked about Dr. Emoto’s work with the energy of water and how the molecular structure of water actually changes based on words and intentions. We both knew the powerful implications of Dr. Emoto’s studies and realized we were on to something. Our glassware is the direct result of our belief in his work. The next question was, “How could we make “enlightenment” fun and accessible to everyone?” Noelle and I set a deadline to have some ideas designed and she went to work. She teamed up with her angels and spent 2 full days barely eating and creating dozens of designs. When we looked over the completed designs, we knew that Spiritual-i-teaseTM was something we were energetically empowered (maybe even compelled) to create.
There is a science and art to what you are doing. How do the seeming disparate realms overlap?
Seeming is the right word for the question, as we really don’t differentiate. We are often saying “Energy is all there is.” We believe
Spiritual-i-teaseTM is designed to weave together the power of words/phrases, the principles of both spiritual/scientific “law”, the energetic resonance of color, and last, but certainly not least, humor. All too often, people are inclined to take “spirituality” (or even life) very seriously. When you lose sight of bliss and fun, you lose energy big time. The Dahli Lama is a wonderful example of an en-lightened-up soul.
More and more, we are seeing the link between spirituality and science; the concept that everything is energy and we are all connected. Quantum Physics, the String Theory and movies like “What the Bleep Do We Know: Down the Rabbit Hole” are great sources for examples. The gap between science (matter and energy) and spirituality is slowly closing. We believe that this moment in time and space is just right for a unique company like Spiritual-i-teaseTM.
Have you long been interested in metaphysics?
My interest in metaphysics began at 8 years of age when I started paying attention to Astrology. When I was 12, I had my tarot cards read and thought, “I can do that.” I went out that weekend and bought my first deck and set about using them. I was always drawn to reading Sci/Fi and Fantasy novels because they were the only books I could find that talked about energy fields and the connection between things/places/ideas…. “magic”. So, “many moons” is the short answer to your question and I continue to study/practice in metaphysics.
Noelle has the same strong belief in metaphysics which makes our partnership that much more compatible. She also has an absolutely amazing relationship with the I Ching.
The two of you have diverse backgrounds . How did you come together to co-create such beauty?
Thank you for the compliment. Noelle has been a Graphic Designer for over 17 years and her work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) prestigious Addy Creative Awards. So, it seemed fitting to have someone with talent and a great passion for what she does create the aesthetics of the Company. Although she is a designer and I am a healer, we both live the same truth: Passion for what we do!
We met at a women’s networking group and immediately felt the synergy between us. That synergy, along with our desire to create something wholly unique and fun, is what compelled us to co-create Spiritual-i-teaseTM, Inc.
Your messages seem to be in alignment with the pioneering work of Dr. Emoto. How do having positive messages on clothing make a difference in how we feel?
Part of the beauty of Spiritual-i-teaseTM is that you can choose a focus for your day – let’s say, balance. Put on a Tease-shirtTM that speaks to that: Bee Balanced. Now, you are literally “in-bodying” your intention to be in greater balance. Even when your attention wanders all over (as it will, all day and/or all night) you are in the energetic field of “Balance”. Specifically to the BeelineTM, you are also energetically lending support to the Bee Nation. For more information on what is happening with the Bees, you can read up on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). A portion of our BeelineTM proceeds goes to the North American Pollinators Protection Campaign.
Even if you didn’t know that all of this was built into your Tease-shirtTM, the shirt will still be bringing your life force into alignment with those principles and that energy. All of it is centered over your Heart Chakra, which is the power/transformer of energy for your body/life here on Earth. In addition to that, everyone who sees you in your Tease-shirtTM reinforces that energy with their recognition for both themselves and you! How wonderful is that! We believe what we say in our tagline: “Changing the World, One Tease at a Time.”
How do you plan on changing the world in this way?
For example, imagine a group Yoga class filled with budding yogis wearing a Tease-shirtTM that reads, “Prefer Progress to Perfection”. The entire class has set their intentions, and have dedicated their practice to love their journeys and appreciate their personal growth and Progress at their own wonderful pace. When we consider all of that focused collective consciousness, we can easily imagine the support and power those students will generate for themselves and for each other. It’s a perfect give and receive, if you will. You would literally amplify the physical field of aligned energy.
The same principal applies to, for example, a Boot Camp, for those who are trying to lose weight. That is sooooo much work and it takes time and commitment. A “Patience: Wait Training” Tease-shirtTM speaks both to the physical and emotional challenges while giving you something to chuckle about. AA meetings, mothers of young children, parents of autistic children, anyone with a challenge to their health…. we feel a little Tease could lift everyone’s spirits.
Additionally, we bless every garment that we offer to you with our deepest desire for your happiness, success, and most excellent health. Every shirt includes an individual tag that lets you know a bit about why we created the Tease-shirtTM in the way we did. What’s really nice is that our customers have told us that they often keep the tags in their wallets to pull out read again as a reminder of the intention behind the Tease.
We love ALL of our designs so much that choosing is difficult; however, I’ve attached one of the Tease-shirtTM mentioned and another that is a good example of the “Tease”. We have several new designs that we are launching this Fall/Winter that are just fabulous, so stay tuned!