Jenni Przekwas is a self-proclaimed angel living on Capitol Hill. Her home is decorated in deep reds, calmed by candles and soft music. Quotes such as "On a good day I am so filled with love, I feel like my heart might burst" surround her kitchen. The 34-year-old single mom is giddy over every aspect of her life. She owns a house that she loves. Her four-year-old daughter, Love, goes to a great school. And Przekwas is about to launch a business that she believes will raise the energy vibrations of the world.
"I'm powerful. I'm amazing, and I am an angel," she says. "I am what I say I am. I am a teacher, and I am a student, and I am a mother, and I am a daughter. I can be whatever I want to be, and I want to be an angel. I want to spread love and light. Everyone on this planet is an angel; they just don't see it."
Starting this month, Przekwas's company, Made by an Angel, will produce bedding and apparel dressed with positive affirmations strategically placed along the body's seven chakras. By placing those words next to people's bodies, Przekwas intends to raise their energy vibrations while they sleep. Her inspiration -- and her proof that positive words positively impact water and thus positively impact our bodies -- came from a Japanese doctor of alternative medicine.
Six years ago, Masaru Emoto published Message From Water, which posits that there is an intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter, and that words influence those vibrations. Using a microscope in a cold room, Emoto photographed newly formed crystals of frozen water. When he presented his samples with loving words -- spoken or written -- they formed complex, colorful snowflake patterns. When the words were negative, the water either didn't crystallize at all or formed dull, incomplete patterns. His water-crystal photos were featured in last year's popular movie/documentary What the Bleep Do We Know!?, which used quantum physics and neurochemistry to tell the story of a woman learning to manifest her own reality. The film grossed over $12 million at the U.S. box office, reaching the third-largest audience ever for a documentary in this country.
When the movie came out and word of Emoto's research spread, Przekwas considered it the scientific proof she'd been waiting for, the proof that energy and God exist. "It's not God being this man with a white beard sitting on this throne," she says. "It's us and what we desire to be. Everyone on this planet is God. Everything on this planet is God."
Przekwas believes that everyone is an angel because everyone is magnificent, everyone has the power to manifest good things for themselves, as she has done. What sets her apart is that she realizes she's an angel. When, at age thirty, she left her husband and set out to start a new life with her one-month-old child, she imagined the life she wanted. She pictured the house she would rent -- right down to the pink tree and tulips in the front yard -- and when she went looking in Littleton, the town where she was raised, there it was, waiting for her. When she moved in, everything she needed -- a lawn mower, baby clothes and a stocked liquor cabinet -- was already there. "I was like, 'Are you kidding me? Sweet. I'll have a shot. I'll have a couple. God gave me a liquor cabinet! Thank you,'" she says. Two years later, she pictured herself owning a house in Capitol Hill. Her dream home -- and a loan officer who got her financed -- didn't take long to find her.
Being an angel didn't pay well, though, so to get by, Przekwas bartended at the Church, taught yoga and did healing work, something she discovered while working at a spa in San Francisco during the late '90s. She also read constantly and studied ancient religious texts and took a few personal-growth classes. "We've all got shit," she says. "We've all got issues. I just was tired of them affecting my life. Tired of thinking I didn't deserve the right man, tired of attracting the wrong one."
One of the most powerful classes she took was in June in California. When she got back, she decided she needed to figure out what she was going to do with her life. She enjoyed healing. She'd spend hours listening to people's problems, getting in tune with their emotions and applying things like touch therapy, energy transfer and acupressure to their specific needs. When it worked, it was a beautiful exchange. But it was a difficult, slow way to go about changing the world. So in August Przekwas posted fliers advertising herself as an angel on earth recruiting other angels in training. She wanted to teach people to realize their personal magnificence, as she had done. But no one called.
By September, she was ready to deal with everything that had come up at her California growth class. She spent 36 hours crying in bed, and when she was finished being depressed, she sat on her back porch and said aloud, "What now?" That's when the idea for the textile/clothing company came to her. She even found an angel investor. Randy Allen, a man from Kentucky whom she'd met at the class, offered to put up $25,000, no strings attached. The brilliance of the project, as opposed to the one-on-one healing, was that it would all be subliminal. She wouldn't have to convince people to do or believe anything, and she'd get to use her God-given fashion sense again.
"I am a devout angel, but I have Chanel sunglasses," Przekwas says. "I drink wine. I smoke cigarettes sometimes. The stipulations that we put on ourselves as humans, on things that are bad. No! Why can't we enjoy these things and have a good time? It's just about getting to know your own boundaries. It's about really getting to know your true self, and my true self drinks wine and wears Chanel sunglasses, but I also love God."
Przekwas is designing everything from home, outsourcing the actual production, and storing the merchandise in her basement. She's looking at boutiques in Vail, Aspen and Sedona, Arizona, and is planning to do the bulk of her business online at www.madebyanangel. com. She's starting out with 100 sheet sets, 65 duvets and 80 T-shirts, with a plan to design and order more as the business grows. The duvets, which run from $275 to $325, are made of organic cotton by a family-owned business in India. The sheets, $140 to $175, are made in Egypt of Egyptian cotton. She has two designs: Mom's Love and Ancient Wisdom. Mom's Love says "I Illuminate Wisdom -- I Speak My Truth With Love -- Through Creativity I Bring My Passion Into Balance," with the words "illuminate" and "wisdom" each on a pillow, and "truth," "love," "creativity," "passion" and "balance" spaced vertically down the duvet so that they are aligned with the proper chakras.
Przekwas's line will join this country's $11 billion personal-development industry, which includes mind/body/spirit or new-age products. Ray Hemachandra, editor-in-chief of New Age Retailer, says the popularity of angel products is booming in the new-age market, as is the popularity of Emoto's books. The reason, he speculates, is that both concepts appeal to a mainstream audience. The Christian understanding of angels leads atypical new-age customers to buy new-age products with an angelic bent. Likewise, Emoto's work is non-threatening because it speaks to underlying sensibilities, not belief systems.
Will Arntz, co-creator of What the Bleep Do We Know!?, stopped by the Tattered Cover earlier this month to talk about his new book, What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality. When asked about Przekwas's idea, he said that similar products had resulted from the movie, such as Bleep body pencils. "It's all intent, so if she puts the intent in it and people buy it with the same intent, then it's going to work," he says. Przekwas has written Emoto a letter asking for his endorsement; she'll also send him a business plan.
"He's coming to me," she says. "I connect with him and talk to him a lot. I am so excited to meet him when I do. God will bring him to me, just as God will bring Oprah to me. This is a divine project. It's a divine thing, and anything I do is going to work.
"Watch my life. It's going to be amazing. It already is amazing, but it's going to be so amazing."