Move Over Red String

November 29, 2007 at 8:02 am 5 comments

Care for a gush of local pride to go with your morning coffee? Patricia Brightwater, who owns the BrightWater Gallery, a Native American crafts gallery on Metropolitan Ave., was featured in the NY Times’ Dining In section this week. She has her own brand of bottled water—now carried by two Whole Foods in NYC—that is specially treated to yield good energy to those who drink it.

It is a complicated process. Once the bottles arrive from their source near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Ms. Brightwater said, she lays out tumbled stones that she has “programmed for love, health and prosperity” around and on top of each case.

She burns sage and sweet grass, herbs used by the Native Americans, to clarify and purify the energy of the water, and prays for its drinkers to experience good health, good luck and prosperity. She said she then asks “the Great Spirit to help feed the hungry children, keep the waters clean and to protect the two- and four-legged on this planet.”

She plays CDs of Native American and Buddhist healing chants for 12 hours a day, until the cases of water are delivered.

I love when a quote leaves me speechless.


Entry filed under: food, Forest Hills, local notable, Metropolitan Ave., religion.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mara  |  November 29, 2007 at 8:41 am

    Oy! And the Kabbalah Centre says their water can cure cancer — ok, they don’t say that anymore but they implied it for years. Turns out it’s plain old water from Canada.

    Why do people think they need to do anything to something that is so fundamental to our survival and is perfectly fine just the way it is?

  • 2. Anne  |  November 29, 2007 at 10:04 am

    I saw the Times article, but didn’t read far enough to see Brightwater’s name, so I was glad to catch the local angle from this post.

    I never understood the bottled water craze any more than the Starbucks one, although clearly investors could $ee into the future at the gullibility of the masses.

    The mystical qualities of both are wasted on me, but my dollars are not.

  • 3. Anti-skeptic  |  November 29, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Sure, but where can I get some?

  • 4. karbeth  |  November 29, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Anti-skeptic, you got me. You’d have to call Whole Foods in Manhattan to locate the stuff.

  • 5. karbeth  |  November 29, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Anne, just think of the possibilities: if Starbucks hooks up with BrightWater, they can charge $10 for a small, I mean tall, coffee.


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