‘The oracle’ of Landenberg05/03/2021 07:18PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Moving her bed from the east wall to the west and replacing the clock in her office with a mandala are two of the changes that Kristin M. Wistar has made to add positive energy to her Landenberg home.
“The new area [for the bed] is a prosperity area of our home where as the old area had the energetics of inner struggle and conflict,” she explained. “I felt that by arranging our bed on that wall it was a win-win. I got to receive better nighttime chi because I was facing one of my best directions and receiving more restful sleep, and we both benefited by spending our sleeping time in a prosperous area of our home, instead of the energetics of inner struggle and conflict.”
“And since moving the bed we have definitely gone into a higher different echelon of prosperity.”
Wistar sells such expertise in energy to homeowners, homebuyers, business owners and other interested clients, for similar changes in themselves and where they live and work.
“I had decorated my home as Kristin the interior designer, not as who I was and who I was becoming,” she recalled in an interview from her office, with the sacred geometry art of that mandala. “I had bought stuff because it was beautiful, but it wasn’t meaningful. There was a disconnect.”
How it all began
She connects a lifetime of experimentation (starting with frequently redecorating her childhood bedroom in Wilmington) and lots of training (starting with a bachelor of science in interior design from the University of Delaware) into a business that enlightens her clients.
It is a business not easily summarized. Often, her work involves “creating a more sacred space, not in a religious sense but in connecting their heart and their home. Whatever you put in your home should support you in a sacred union,” she said. To support that philosophy, she has trademarked two concepts: the Sacred Space Union Method and the Sacred Space Yoga Method.
She calls herself a sacred lifestyle designer, a beauty seer, a truth seeker, a vision keeper and a transformational hostess.
Husband Scott Wistar calls her “the oracle. She has all these healing powers.”
Her energy business began after she was hit by postpartum depression, after the 1998 birth of her daughter, Bri. “I wasn’t able to work. I had to give up my [interior design] business, and it was like giving up my first baby,” she said. “There was so much struggle and pain, and I looked at all these ways to heal myself.” She started with reiki. Transcendental meditation followed.
Then Marge Richards of West Chester gave her a feng shui consultation. Although she was at first doubtful, “It was the best therapy I had in my entire life, and I had been in a lot.”
Certified and customized treatment
Wistar continued studying and is certified in several healing techniques, including feng shui, dowsing, yoga, breathwork, qi gong and reiki.
In her business, she relies on what she’s certified in, plus house whispering, space clearing, meditation and interior design. She’s been trained in even more, including Psych-K; the emotional freedom technique, also known as EFT; neurolinguistic programming, also known as NLP; hypnotherapy; and transcendental meditation.
She customizes her techniques to what clients need, and the first part of many jobs is just determining that. “People call when something is off, when they don’t feel quite right but they can’t quite put their finger on it,” she said. “As I grow deeper, I often can see that they have blocks or limiting beliefs that go back to their childhood.”
She then read from a list of common issues that she confronts: major transitions, such as marriage, a death in the family, and becoming empty nesters; financial challenges; facing and recovering from illnesses; emotional problems; sleep disruptions, insomnia and nightmares; relationship issues, including finding a soulmate; buying and selling homes; and personal development.
Following a free 15-minute introductory conversation, she mostly charges by the hour, and the final bill reflects the complexity of the job and the size of the space.
“Kristin’s not motivated by profit and growing her business,” Scott said, “but by helping and healing people and making their home, their office be nurturing and grounded – and making them the best that they can be.”
Inner and outer issues
Her work also often involves decluttering but goes far beyond that.
Her usage of feng shui, similarly, goes deeper. “There’s always less clutter, a shift in how objects are arranged and addition of natural elements.” Feng shui also involves calculating a building’s energetic footprint, using the year it was built and its orientation. It’s like a person’s natal chart.
She treats both inner and outer issues, the former referring basically to the person and the latter to everything else, because they affect each other. “Your home is a mirror of you,” she said.
“We look at home as being separate from us, but everything in your home is like a vision board, showing what you care about – or the lack of it, if you don’t know where you’re going with life.”
Here’s another metaphor: “Our home is a matrix, like the movie. I believe in spirits. I’ve met many people who have a ghost in their home. There are some souls that get stuck. We need to create access so that they can cross over.”
“My most important tools are my heart, my intuition, my connection with others, my eye for design, my training, my body and voice,” she said. Important physical tools include incense for space clearing, dowsing rods for divining practice, copper cures, crystals, a crystal singing bowl and a frequency device.
What clients have said
When she’s done, clients feel “validation and closure,” now that something invisible, something that they didn’t understand, is gone, replaced by positive energy.
Ashley Sachs has hired Wistar twice, first for Awakened Beauty, her salon in New London, and then for her home in Lincoln University. “She walked through the door with a huge green bag like Mary Poppins filled with all kinds of beautiful tools that I instantly knew had some kind of special powers, capable of magic,” Sachs wrote about the service on her www.awakenedbeauty.life website.
Wistar’s work at the salon included extracting her feng shui information from her birth information, exploring the space with dowsing rods, asking some thought-proving questions and cleansing the space with burning incense. “The room felt lighter and stranger,” she wrote. “I felt lighter, an unexpected but delightful side effect.”
Wistar’s work at Sachs’ home was similar and expanded to include suggestions on how to rearrange rooms to bring in feng shui elements and improve energy. Sachs said that she hadn’t felt connected or complete in the home, which she and her husband Greg had bought five years ago. Her work “opened my eyes to what my home can be.”
Consider Leslie Moyer, a longtime friend. Moyer hired Wistar a few years ago to fix “an awkward passageway that no one liked” in her Londonderry Township home, one that dogs Angus and Fey shunned in moving between the foyer and kitchen.
Wistar identified a negative vortex in the basement, right under the passageway, and her cure involved careful measurements and taping two copper rods to the concrete. The dogs immediately stopped shunning the space, even using it for naps.
“If there was something negative, it’s not there now,” Moyer said. “The dogs proved it. There’s never been an issue again. What happened is fascinating and mind-blowing.”
The Landenberg Loft
Wistar’s own home, bought in 2004, exemplifies her beliefs in several ways. She feels that she and Scott are just “stewards of the land,” a 2.75-acre property overlooking pleasingly rolling hills, including undevelopable land traversed by a Colonial pipeline.
Three years ago they built a separate, three-story garage. The two lower levels are Scott’s man cave for his hobbies, and the top story is hers. “He’s the caveman, and I’m the oracle,” she said. “Everything I put into it I cherish. It’s like a retreat, a resort, nestled up like a treehouse.”
She calls the space the Landbenberg Loft, “a place for curious souls to gather for inspiration, empowerment and community.” She calls herself the transformational hostess.
She hosted a few workshops until pandemic restrictions pushed her to move the Loft Loves movement to Facebook and virtual sessions.
As she explains on https://kristinmwistar.com, “Kristin felt called to do this work, after getting off a rollercoaster of anxiety & depression in her own life, and realizing that it was not only a transformation of her home she needed, but also a deeper healing of her soul … and then forging a sacred union between the two.”