II. While Reading Activities
- mysticism ˈmistəˌsizəm| noun 1 belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.
- psychic |ˈsīkik| noun a person considered or claiming to have psychic powers; a medium.
- *breathed new life into – idiom : to give new energy, vitality, or hope to. Their leadership breathed new life into the movement.
- reiki |ˈrākē| noun a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
- taper |ˈtāpər| verb • [no object] gradually lessen: the impact of the dollar’s depreciation started to taper off.
- eclectic |əˈklektik| adjective 1 deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources: her musical tastes are eclectic.
- chakra |ˈCHäkrə| noun (in Indian thought) each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number.
- Wicca |ˈwikə| noun a form of modern paganism, especially a tradition founded in England in the mid 20th century and claiming its origins in pre-Christian religions: a guild for those interested in paganism, Wicca, and folklore.
- supernatural |ˌso͞opərˈnaCH(ə)rəl| adjective (of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature: a supernatural being.
- astrology |əˈsträləjē| noun the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.
New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
Directions: Students choose the correct word to complete the sentences taken from the article. They are to choose from the options presented.
Then there are readers: psychics, mediums, and tarot card interpreters. In popular culture, they’re seen as a window into the future, though Heather Meehan, a medium and psychic at Open Doors, disputes that notion.
“I can only provide a snapshot into your life,” Meehan said while seated at a red table, scattered with tarot cards.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
Directions: Read the following quotes from the speakers in the article. Then identify the speakers.
Richard Lanza owner of Open Doors, an eclectic Braintree storefront. “We’ve all gone through a period of uncertainty financially, health-wise, and career-wise…People are reevaluating what their life is about, and they’re looking for answers and insight.”
Laura Domanico, a psychotherapist at the Whole Living Center in Cambridge. “People instinctively search for a hand to hold in the dark, akin to the way many fall back on God and religion.”
Anita Jackson, a longtime Open Doors employee. “whenever the virus surges, there is particular interest in the anxiety relief and luck manifestation crystal kits.”
Heather Meehan, a medium and psychic at Open Doors. “I can only provide a snapshot into your life.”
Lori Grassey navigates customers’ conscience with the help of tarot mythology and semiprecious stones. “Pandemic or no pandemic,…you can’t ignore your soul.”
Jo Petrie, a psychic, medium, and angel intuitive, or someone who channels messages from the angels. “People were dying, dying, dying from COVID and for other reasons… So I was doing a lot of mediumship connecting to loved ones.”