Did you know that we are all natural healers? It isn't that some people are able to heal and some are not. We all have this gift. Energetic Healing is a matter of tapping into the Universal Healing Energies and acting as a conduit to them and then sending them along to a receiving source. The act is done with egoless love. It is all about finding a way that works for you. Once you begin the journey and you learn to listen hard enough, through all of your senses, the universe will send messages to you on exactly how it is that YOU should administer a healing. There are a number of methods out there that people practice and I encourage you to find yours.
Crystals are a fantastic way to begin your healing journey. I began healing work as an Energy Worker in a few different methods that I meshed together. I found that I was bringing crystals into my sessions and decided to become certified in Crystal Healing after some time. Crystals truly opened the door to the abundance that the universe has to offer. They powered up my healing sessions with clients, increased my intuition, and opened me to better health, more love, and abundance throughout my life. We are made of the same elements as crystals and vibrate uniquely, just as they do. Each of us will have an individual healing relationship with the Crystal Kingdom. This relationship is enhanced and fortified over time.
Quartz is the Master Healer. It is probably the crystal that the majority of people are attracted to initially. Quartz Crystal is the most common crystal found on the earth. Many other crystals and stones contain some Quartz. The Metaphysical Healing Properties that go along with this crystal are lengthy. It can be used to heal any chakra and is able to be programmed to do anything. You can buy one in a store or find a white stone in your yard and it is most likely Quartz. Quartz is a great stone to begin your collection with because of its versatility.
I encourage you to listen to your intuition when it comes to healing. This is one of the ways that the universe communicates with us. My intuition guides me in all my crystal and stone choices whether I am buying a new stone or using crystals in a session. It is also through my intuition that they communicate with me. I use a number of methods to open this dialog. I will be sharing numerous techniques in an upcoming class called "Working With Crystals: Awakening Your Crystal Connection". Crystals communicate with each of us differently. The workshop will cover How to Read Crystal Energy and Work With Crystals. Tickets are for sale on Eventbrite for $55 each and the class size is limited to ten to allow for individual attention. The workshop is being held Tuesday, September 12th from 7-9 pm in Arlington Center, MA.
The practice of attributing stones to specific months began in early times, as early as the 1st Century. Flavius Josephus first wrote of the natal crystals in the "Antiquities of the Jews". Josephus attributed the stones of the High Priest's Breastplate to the 12months. The first know High Priest's breastplate is said to be the Breastplate of Aaron written about in the Book of Exodus. Josephus' writings state that the virtues of the stones went thought to be carried on by the bearer. In the 5th Century St. Jerome contributed further writings on the natal stones and also linked them to the High Priest's Breastplate. In 335 the Christian Church took a stand against amulets and zodiac stones passing a Canon that would cast anyone out of the church for wearing them. This rule was ignored or employed, depending on convenience, by those in power for centuries. By the end of the Renaissance the church had clearly moved away from the use of Zodiac Crystals.
Today's Zodiac Crystals are tied in with the planets. Each sign is said to have a ruling planet and each planet has associated crystals and stones. The energies of the stones balance and/or accentuate the signs in the zodiac. They have been known to bring out one's strengths and fill the wearer with vitality. Zodiac Stones bring out the most positive traits of a sign while down playing the weaknesses. They are also said to be highly protective.
Did you know that we are all affected by whatever zodiac sign we happen to be in? Each of us is influenced by the push and pull of the planets. That's why we often find ourselves taking on traits of a zodiac sign while it is ruling over us even if it is not our own sign. In early times people had stones for each sign of the year. They found them to be essential tools for living. I encourage you to get a collection of stones together. It's easier that you think. Every sign has several zodiac crystals to choose from and many signs have stones that are identical to other months. Amethyst, for example, covers Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Only pick the stones you are attracted to, those are the ones meant for you.
Following is a list of Zodiac Stones:
Aries - Diamond, Pyrite, Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Carnelian
Taurus - Emerald, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Peridot, Carnelian, Pink Tourmaline
Gemini - Citrine, Moonstone, Moss Agate, Pumice, Mica, Golden Tiger’s Eye
Cancer - Ruby, Red Japer, Sunstone, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Blue Tourmaline
Leo - Peridot, Carnelian, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Garnet
Virgo - Blue Sapphire, Galena, Magnetite, Emerald, Peridot, Citrine, Carnelian
Libra - White Precious Opal, Black Obsidian, Wulfenite, Pumice, Mica, Aquamarine
Scorpio - Yellow Topaz, Chrysoprase, Malachite, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Moonstone
Sagittarius - Turquoise, Jet, Labradorite, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Sodalite
Capricorn - Red Garnet, Amber, Black Onyx, Emerald, Peridot, Amethyst, Ruby
Aquarius - Amethyst, Rainbow Fluorite, Bloodstone, Pumice, Mica, Turquoise
Pisces - Blue Lace Agate, Blue Kyanite, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Blue Tourmaline
You can also choose crystals based on their healing properties. Maybe you’d like to wear an Amethyst because you are looking to be more intuitive, calm an addiction, or sleep better. Possibly you had an accident where you broke a bone badly and now you have chronic energy leaks in the area, well then wearing Labradorite may be the key. I bought a Turquoise ring because Turquoise is useful in meditation and for ascension. Turquoise is also one of the early natal stones attributed to August and I am a Leo.
Below are graphics with Early Zodiac Crystals for each Sign. Theses come from the Breast Plate of Aaron in the book of Exodus. Some healing properties are also included. Also listed are modern zodiac crystals for each. The zodiac calendar begins with Aries and ends with Pisces.
Art is an amazing medium of healing for both the artist and viewer. Art is known to be included under the title, "Healing Arts". Art making is said to be self healing. By creating art, artists are invited to explore and enhance various parts of themselves. The options are endless, it can be anything having to do with mind, body, or spirit. A series only serves to enhance the healing by allowing one to work through the process in stages. Viewers are invited to partake in the healing experience by exploring the effects the works have on them and what they point out concerning them personally.
My life changing series. In 2010 I did a painting of a flower. It was much larger than life to give it a wow factor. I had taken it out of its natural setting and placed it against a painterly background. The background was reminiscent of something you would find in a high end portrait studio. I had been in an artistic slump, one where I found myself unable to paint for a year until I came across this flower that I just had to paint. I decided to imagine this flower as being representative of myself. By the time I was completing the piece I decided that I wanted to do a series. I would call each, "Self Port as a Flower" The first was entitled "Self Portrait as a Flower #1" and they went on consecutively from there. The series was transformative for me and also allowed me to see myself at a higher level. I found that each was biographical on one level, but they also allowed me to see higher aspects of myself.
Working on the series allowed me to value myself as something beautiful and precious. I began this series when I was in a rough period of my life. My marriage was ending, I was middle aged, and I felt that the world was telling me that I had little worth. I wanted to say back, “I’m beautiful and I should be appreciated like a flower in bloom!” It seemed that with each flower I painted I began to see myself the same way that I was gazing at the bloom. Little by little I was taking my self worth back. In the end I can out more confident than I had ever been in my life. I wanted the viewer to feel the same effect when looking at and taking in the energy of the works.
In 2012 I did a Sketchbook about the series for the Brooklyn Sketchbook Library. The Sketchbook Library is available to visit in person or online. The sketchbooks are fantastic artist books created by artists of all levels. I wanted to create one about the "Self Portrait as a Flower" series. In it I described the series in story format with words, collages, and paintings. The Sketchbook Library is a great place to visit with books on absolutely every subject you could think of. It is something I'm truly glad I participated in. Blow are photos from my project. I hope you enjoy it. Remember whether you look at art or create it. It is a wonderful mode of self healing.
Did you know you can use crystals and stones to bring more abundance into all areas of your life? The summer is a great time for us to think about abundance when it comes to our lives. We're just past the Summer Solstice and it's the growing season. The earth is showing us it's abundance in our gardens, waters, and forests. Why not welcome that growing energy into our lives around health, wealth (many definitions), and love. Below I mention six crystals that you could pick up at most crystal shops. You can meditate with them or place them on your bedside table so they can work while you sleep.
Citrine is probably the best known crystal for abundance and it's fantastic to have around when you are looking to manifest anything. Just visualize exactly what it is that you want. You'll find that it's easiest to manifest things that are inline with us at this specific time. It will also bring in a wealthy mindset where you will expect more than enough of everything to come your way so that you may succeed in life. This crystal works on both the Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras making you a more courageous and confident person when attending to all areas.
Many of or green crystals and stones bring in abundance and Emerald is one of them. It is such a wonderful stone for the heart chakra and if you buy one at a crystal shop they run rather cheap. These are not of the grade that go into rings. Emerald will harmonize all areas of your life with its abundance of love energy. This may be the stone to help you move forward with your life's gift (what you are here to share, whether it be your job or a hobby). It will bring an intensity and focus to your work.
Carnelian will root you deeply to the earth through your finger tips, Root chakra at the base of your spine, and feet (don't forget the toes). We are made up of the same elements as the earth. When we are rooted we are centered and can draw from the bounty of earth energies for our own healing purposes. So a rooting meditation with your carnelian where you picture yourself rooting to the earth. Picture the roots wrapping around the crystals and roots within. They breath in and inhale whatever healing the earth feels you require from it, the Crystal Kingdom, and the Plant World. Feel yourself fill with vitality.
Pyrite is also known as Fools Gold, but it is really good stone for attracting wealth. The Crystal Kingdom likes to supply us with cash when it's for good reason. Maybe it's money that you need to leave an unhealthy relationship or it's for something which aligns with your life path. We can even bring in extra money for trips when it's about advancing out Spirituality or something of worth. Pyrite is both a Solar Plexus and Root chakra stone. It will bring a plentitude of luck and protection.
Ruby is a Heart chakra crystal for an abundance of love and compassion. Looking to amp up the love in a relationship or to bring a big love in then Ruby is your friend. Like Emerald it's reasonably priced in a Crystal Shop. Tumbled stones are always the cheapest to get of anything. I'm one who believes in working with Zodiac stones during their period whether it be your sign or not. Ruby is one of Cancer's stones so it's perfect for now. This crystal is also great for compassion and can bring in an out pouring of forgiveness. Many of us need to forgive ourselves for some reason or another.
Moss Agate for an abundant garden. This little stone is wonderful for aiding things in their growth. Try gridding your garden with Moss Agate. Place some along the edges underneath the soil. It amplifies the energy within and is said to provide more veggies on plants. I use it in my gardens every year although I have potted plants. Beware that this stone will fade in sunlight just as moss bleaches when sitting in the sun.
Be sure to clean the crystals every now and then by leaving them in the moonlight. It's best to place them on the soil when you do so, but you can put them on your window ledge as well. Three or four hours will do for a cleaning. Don't worry about the Moss Agate which is already in soil because the soil keeps them clean.
Crystal Grids are a way of healing utilizing crystals, sacred geometry, and intention. They can bring healing energy towards any situation. Some grids are created for protection, while others are intended to increase love, bring in abundance, or to heal the body, mind, and spirit. A grid can be created for anything that you can think of. While the grid is active it sends healing vibrations out to where they are intended. No fancy materials are required. You can pick up all of the stones you need at the beach, by the river, in the woods, or in your yard. You'll need one larger stone for the center (the generator), six of similar size to be placed around the generator, and then six more of similar size to go around the circle you just laid.
The most important part of the grid is the intention you set. The intention tells the grid what your aim is for it, what you are looking to gain. Keep it simple! There is no need to get into a million and one details. That will only serve to confuse the situation. See if you can state it in a few simple words. Follow those words with plenty of heart felt emotion and images for how it will look and feel once your plan comes through.
I created a grid for Abundance; abundance in health, wealth, and love. I mostly used stones from the beach for my grid with a few from a crystal shop. Colors which represent abundance are gold and green so I chose a gold rock from the beach. I wrote the word Abundance across it to further infuse the abundance energies into it and then I decorated it with some green. I surrounded that stone with some Carnelian I bought at a crystal shop. Carnelian is a wonderful motivator so it will motivate me to do work towards these areas of my life. Carnelian is an earth elemental crystal which makes it physically healing and revitalizing as well. The stones in the outer circle are Quartz. Quartz is considered the Master Healer because it can be programmed to do anything that any other crystal or stone can do. Quartz it is the most readily available crystal, it makes up the majority of our Crystal Kingdom.
You may also choose to buy a few stones from the crystal shop to supplement your grid.Small crystals and stones run from about $3-$8 each. Following are some crystals and a few of their associated properties. Citrine is all about abundance, manifesting, and increasing courage. Black Onyx is protective, it absorbs sadness, and is great for grieving. Jade is for luck, love, and abundance. Smoky Quartz transmutes negative energies to positive ones, it's great for pain relief, and is grounding. Your best guide is your intuition so always go with what your gut tells you to do.
Why do people set grids atop sacred geometric shapes? When we see crystal grids we usually see them resting on grid clothes with sacred geometric shapes printed on them. Grid sheets are readily available on the web and you can print them for free, grid clothes are available online, or at a metaphysical shop. The stones are laid in sacred geometric patterns to increase the effect of the healing. Sacred Geometry is the language of the universe and by using specific shapes we are partially communicating what we wish to accomplish from the grid. In the Abundance Grid I used the Seed of Life which is the unit cell of the Flower of Life. I was thinking of Abundance as the unit cell of life on earth. We need to be ready to take everything in with an attitude of abundance. Circles simply put are all about creation. Squares represent the earth and protection. Triangles represents empowerment and amplification. Octagons are all about transformation.
The most important part of a grid is the intention. You need to have a clear plan for what you'd like to get from a grid and you also need to expect that you will get it. When you lay each stone set them down with intention. Begin with the center stone (generator), writing on that stones or placing a sheet of paper beneath it with your aim written out, can be a great way to begin. Next place a circle of stones around the generator, beginning at the top and moving clockwise. Place these with intent as well. Finally place your outer circle of stones beginning at the top and moving clockwise, again set these with intention.
Be sure to activate the grid. We do this by connecting all of the crystals and stones with light. Point to the generator stone with your forefinger. Think about the aim for the grid while holding your finger over the generator. Next move your finger around the perimeter of the grid in a circle three times. See all of the stones connecting with an imaginary line of light. Hold the intention for the grid, in your mind's eye, throughout the process.
Finally meditate with your grid each day. Sit by it and visualize your aim coming into fruition ,watch every detail. Feel the energy of the stones and the intention going out through the generator and into the universe. They are working together to bring you your desire. When the universe sends signs that the grid is working, acknowledge those signs during your meditation. Recognize that your health is becoming more abundant, for example, and expect more to come.
Crystals are a great way to help us move further along in life. They come from the earth and have a multitude of healing benefits. Crystals and stones can be used to aid mind, body, and spirit which makes them an amazing form of self-healing. All we have to do is meditate with crystals or carry one around in a piece of jewelry or in your pocket. It is helpful to set an intention to let the stone know what you wish to receive from it. Remember that many of these little gems have been around for millions of years so respect them like your eldest ancestors. An example of an intention would be, "I am using this Rose Quartz for the highest good, to soften and open my heart". Finish the intention with, "... and whatever the crystal deems necessary." because the crystal might have even greater gifts to give at this time. Remember that each time you work with a crystal will be a little different so don't expect the same experience. They heal us a little more each time.
There are so many crystals out there so how do you begin? There are so many different types of crystals and stones and each one is different from the next. Even if you have two Amethysts, They will not heal exactly the same. The mineral make-up and growing conditions will vary in each even if they are from the same mine. Your best guide for buying is your intuition, buy what you are drawn to. If going this route be sure to ground and meditate for a little bit prior to shopping. Also pay close attention to any crystal gifts that you receive, there is a reason you were gifted the crystal.
Following are my 8 top picks to begin a self healing collection. They will cover all of the chakras for optimal health and help you to excel in life.
1. Clear Quartz - If you can only have one crystal then it has got to be this! Clear Quartz is considered the Master Healer because it can be programmed to do anything that any other crystal can do. Some Crystal Healers only work with Clear Quartz for this reason. It brings in more light and transmutes negative energies into positive. Clear Quartz can be used on any chakra. This stone is fire elemental energy. It is too strong for some when used in a rough or terminated form. A tumbled Quartz like shown in the photo lets out a gentler energy.
2. Petrified Wood - A fantastic second choice for a healing stone is Petrified Wood. Petrified Wood is an earth elemental stone and will help to ground and root you to the earth. When we are connected to the earth we are confident and able to draw on her energies for healing. It is incredibly strengthening and revitalizing. Just like the tree had mineral split on it and developed into a beautiful stone, Petrified Wood aids you into developing into your strongest and best self. This is a root Chakra Stone and we always want to be grounded when healing.
3. Rose Quartz - My third pick would be Rose Quart which can be used for healing, attracting love, and personal growth. It is such a soothing crystal for the Heart Chakra. Most think of it as a stone to attract love, but it's great for attracting friendship as well. Isn't it best to have relationships that start out as friendships? Rose Quartz invites love and compassion energy. It's also a nice little stone to have around when healing the heart after a heart break. Lastly, we should consider that our biggest place of growth is from the heart. Bringing more love energy in brings on these growth spurts.
4. Amethyst - Is also from the Quartz family, but this is water/air energy. This is a great crystal for opening up your intuition. It connect you with your Third Eye and Crown Chakras allowing your guides to come through. It's wonderfully calming which enables you to read the messages and signs. This is also a great little crystal to have around to rid yourself of headaches and migraines. Because of it calming properties, Amethyst is also good for insomnia. Try bringing some into the bath for an extra relaxing tub. One by the bedside table can ensure a restful sleep.
5. Citrine - I love, love, love Citrine! It may be my favorite crystal. Citrine is the Abundance Crystal. If you are looking to manifest something of need more abundance in your life then Citrine is for you. This is a fire energy crystal so you may want to stick with the tumbled version for gentler energy. See how it feels in your hands. Cirine is great for the digestive system and personal power. It will make you feel confident and more abundant in all areas of your life. This is a Solar Plexus Chakra stone.
6. Amazonite - Is such an amazing stone for the creative process, it connects us with our higher selves. Amazonite aids us in creating the life we are meant to live. It reminds us of why we are here in this life. As a Throat Chakra stone it allows for confident and guided self expression. The Throat Chakra is in charge of creative expression and Amazonite will bring that to a higher form.
7. Carnelian - Carnelian is another of my favorites. It is wonderfully grounding as an earth elemental. This stone is highly revitalizing with its red energy which makes it great for your health. Carnelian will connect you with your tribe. It is both a Root and Sacral Chakra stone allowing for the integration of emotions and the release of all fears. Carnelian will keep you motivated.
8. Onyx - Is a wonderfully protective stone for anyone to have around them. The black absorbs negativity and changes it into light. It has been used for mourning and to absorb sadness since early times. Onyx is a Root Chakra stone which makes it great for grounding and releasing uneasiness. Black stones make wonderful protectors. Some choose to grid rooms with them by placing one in each corner.
Be sure to clean your crystals and stones every now and then. - Placing them in the moonlight for several hours is probably the safest way to clean crystals. Some dissolve in water and others fade in the sunlight. Moonlight is a great option so just place them on the sill. You can also smudge them or use incense. Feel free to ask any questions that arise.
Crystals can be placed around your home to enhance your well being? Crystals naturally heal mind, body, and spirit. The Crystal Kingdom is vast and there is a crystal for absolutely everything imaginable. Just having a stone in your vicinity will bring you some of its benefits. Crystals can also be used to further improve the quality of our lives, each has numerous gifts to offer. When we couple crystal energy with our activities the benefits become exponential. Strategically placing different stones throughout the home can help you to focus on what you would like, aid in relaxation, increase love, and group cooperation.
Crystals do need to be cleaned of negative energy. Be sure to cleanse your crystals after purchase by leaving them in moonlight for several hours. You should also give them a good moon bath once a month or more often if you suddenly feel them not working as well. Be careful with the sun, many bleach like Amethyst and Rose Quartz. Also take care with water as some dissolve in time, such as Selenite.
Following are my top picks for the home:
Main Entrance - Selenite An amazing crystal for you to keep on a table within the main entrance to your home. It is such a soothing crystal and extremely cleansing as well. When you've come in the door after a busy day where you feel all clogged up with negative energy the Selenite will clear you. Have either a palm stone (shown) or wand that you can run over yourself like a comb, from head to toe. Visualize the negative energy brushing off of you as you do it.
The Dining Area - Yellow Jasper Such a fantastic stone for stimulating conversation around the table. Yellow Jasper grounds while it increases confidence. It's wonderful for digestion and encourages perseverance and self discipline for those who are dieting. This stone even helps keep insulin levels balanced in Diabetics.
Living Room - Clear Quartz Cluster Clear Quartz is the Master Healer which means it pretty much heals everything. There are some Crystal Healers who only work with Quartz and no other stones because Clear Quartz can heal anything. Overall it stimulates the immune and circulatory systems while it brings the Chakras into alignment. Quartz is a soul cleanser. A Quartz Cluster will clear the energy in the room and encourage positive things.
Playroom - Lepidolite Lepidolite has been used to grid Shopping Malls and Schools for its calming and grounding effects. Lepidolite also reduces pain and depression while it increases group cooperation. You'll hear a lot less quarreling coming from the playroom with a Lepidolite set in place.
Study - Green Aventurine This earth elemental stone will stimulate intellectual development in kids struggling with schoolwork and hyperactivity. It will also assists adults and kids with any type of written or computer work.
Bathroom - Amethyst Such a great crystal for the bathroom! Amethyst is calming like bath salts so feel free to add a few to your tub. It will sooth your headache away. Just try placing one on your Third Eye, right between the eyebrows. This variety of Quartz is also know to calm our addictions.
Bedroom - Rose Quartz You couldn't ask for a better stone for the bedroom whether you are in a relationship or not looking. This little crystal will lull you to sleep. Rose Quartz gently opens the heart and fills it with love energy and who doesn't need a bit of that? It will renew old relationships and bring in some freshness while it aids new ones in their growth. An orb is the perfect shape because it emanates energy all around.
Please give me a little feedback, I'd love to hear about the crystal/s and/or stone/s you selected. Please feel free to write in the comments about what crystals or stones that called out to you for your home. Did you choose from my list or did you pick your own? How have things been going?
Looking for a little targeted growth? You know those connections that are the bones of life? The kind that make us grow beyond what we would ever have hoped or imagined. Through these relations we are strengthened or discover the best aspects of ourselves. It even seems as if, without effort, we offer the same gifts in return. It's sort of like the perfect connection fell into our lap. Whether a deep friendship or love relationship, these special relations and the effects they have on us stay with us, forever changing the fabric of our lives. What if we could choose what types of relationships we want to bring in with specific energies in mind? The Crystal Kingdom is an amazing tool for self development and inviting in specific energies. It is through our heart chakras that we have the most potential for life changing growth. Our love relationships, both friendship and deep love can really help to form and hone the gifts that we are here to share.
Did you know that crystals and stones can be used to help attract various types of people? The Crystal Kingdom offers numerous options whether you are looking for friendship, love, or both. Each stone can invite in particular sets of energies. I often suggest that people see what crystal they are attracted to because the intuition is a great guide. We are automatically attracted towards what we need for healing. Try doing a little mediation or grounding practice and then hit the Crystal Shop. Either spend a few moments focusing on the breath or do an exercise where you see yourself grounding to the the earth through roots that grow from your feet deep into the planet. See what stone you are immediately drawn to when perusing the stock. You may get the crystals in any shape. A heart shape adds more love energy to the mix. Once you have selected a stone ask the stone how it will help you. Center yourself and look and listen for the stone's answer. The crystal may answer you in words, pictures, or a combination or both. Keep your crystal around you with the intention that it will bring your special person.
Following are five crystals for life changing friendships and love:
Green Aventurine - Green Aventurine will bring friends and loers with an abundance of love and joy to share. It is also sometime called Green Adventurine, attracting relationships filled with adventure. Through your connection to this Aventururine match, you'll find your adventurous spirit rekindled.
Red Jasper - Red Jasper draws helpful people into one's life. These friendships tend to be more grounded in nature and connect us with individuals from our own tribe. The red energy of this stone draw those who'll bring one's innate strengths to light.
Howlite - Howlite invites companionship based on a our higher selves. A spiritual connection, whether it be an intuitive connection or perhaps a religious match. Howlite is sure to bring the most positive people into your life, absorbing negative any vibes that don't serve us. Looking for spiritual growth with your match then Howlite is the choice.
Septarian - Septarian is a stone that draws in relationships that are based on patience and flexibility which allows for this perspective to manifest within the self as well. Wonderful for a deep love or best friend type of connection. Much growth and empowerment comes from these relationships. You'll truly figure out your place in the world at this time.
Rhodonite - Rhodonite brings relationships that benefit the heart chakra whether it be a new friend of romantic interest. Rhodonite inspired connections open one to unconditional love and increased service to mankind. Love and compassion is the name of the game with Rhodonite. A wonderful stone to have around if you are going into some type of "service" work or are looking for the "love of your life"
I'd love to hear about the crystal/s and/or stone/s you selected. Please feel free to write a comment about what crystal or stone that called out to you. Did you choose from my list or did you pick your own? When you asked it how it was going to work for you what did it say?
Did you know that crystals can help to ease physical pain? I'm a Certified Crystal Healer and I do not believe in using Crystal Healing to replace conventional medicine, but I do believe that it helps fill in the gaps. It can even bring conventional medicine a step further which is why we're starting to see holistic practices meshed with traditional in some of our most reputable medical centers. Sometimes medications just aren't doing the trick to completely alleviate symptoms of pain and that's when I turn to crystals. Read on for information about stones to alleviate headaches, back pain, muscle spasms & cramps, arthritis, migraines, and nerve pain.
Amethyst - to treat headaches and bring in a sense of calmness. Lie down and relax. Try placing an Amethyst on your Third Eye Chakra which is just above and in between the eyebrows. You may also place it above the Crown Chakra which is on the top of your head, right in the center. Just place it on the surface that you are lying on over the head. See yourself inhaling in the beautiful violet Amethyst energy which brings calming healing energy. On the exhale visualize yourself releasing all tension and pain.
Rainbow Fluorite - to treat back pain. Lie on your stomach and relax. Try placing one Rainbow Fluorite in the middle of your back, right in the center of the pain. Rainbow Fluorite is great for the bones and teeth. It's also anti-inflamatory which covers any recent injuries. Additionally this crystal will aid in relieving pain. If you find that this treatment works well and you are someone who suffers from chronic back issues then I recommend your buying three additional stones so they can be placed in a square shape on your back. The square should generally encompass the area of pain. In Sacred Geometry the square represents the earth, strength, and vitality. Have someone place the stones on your back for you and lie with them until you intuitively feel it is time to stop the treatment.
Smoky Quartz - to treat muscle spasms and cramping. This crystal is great for calming muscles, whether it be spasms due to injury or cramping from menstruation. You could lie down and for a DIY traditional crystal treatment or take this little gem on the go. If you do have the time to relax then lay back and place the Smoky Quartz at your Root Chakra which is around the pubic bone. Allow the Smoky Quartz energy to sooth those spasms away. Taking it on the go, then place it in your pocket. Just beware that there aren't coins and such to bang into it and scratch it up. Be mindful that you are carrying medicine in your pocket throughout the day. Feel the grounding effects of the Smoky Quartz.
Apatite - to treat arthritic pain. Apatite is healing to the bones while it encourages new cells to form. It also aids in calcium absorption, a plus for those suffering from arthritis. This stones is healing to bones, cartilage, and motor skills. Apatite can be worn in a piece of jewelry, carried in the pocket as a tumbled stone, or used in a DIY healing treatment. If going the healing treatment route then lie down and place the stone at the Crown Chakra (over the top of the head).
Fulgerite - to treat migraines and nerve pain. Fulgerite is made when lightning strikes sand and it re-crystalizes changing it's vibration. I have found it to be extremely effective in treating both migraines and nerve pain. It's sort of like it goes in and resets the nervous system. To work with Fulgerite place it at either your 3rd eye or Crown Chakra. See which one you are intuitively drawn to place it on. Visualize the Universal Healing Light entering through your Crown Chakra as you inhale. It brings healing throughout the mind, body, and spirit. As you exhale feel any tension or anything that doesn't serve you going out with that breath.
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Happy Spring Equinox! What better time to start or renew a Mindfulness Practice. Read on for some helpful hints and feel free to make some of your own in the comments. I'd love to hear from you! - Liz
What is Mindfulness? The definition varies a little depending upon whom you ask. For some it is a meditation practice while for others it is a practice outside of meditation. When I meditatr my goal is to reach Samadhi which is a higher level of consciousness. For me mindfulness is something I do when beginning a meditation session. I'll make myself aware of the present moment through all of the senses before settling into my mantra. A mantra is a word or phrase silently repeated which opens the consciousness. I also practice mindfulness outside of meditation to bring myself to the present moment and the task at hand. Both Mindfulness and Meditation can be defined as awareness of the present moment. You keep an open acceptance and curiosity of what IS without trying to manipulate it, you're merely the watcher.
How does mindfulness help with meditation? Meditation is all about being in the present moment. Mindfulness is one way we can move into the present moment and begin a meditation. A great way to settle in is by hearing all of the sounds around you can move into it. First hear all the sounds near and far.. Then become aware of the sensations within your body, like how you feel sitting on the seat. Next notice the air against your skin and how it feels as you breath in and out. Focusing on the breath and how it feels is just another way of being present. People often get stressed because they believe that they aren’t allowed to think during meditation. Even the most experienced at meditation have thoughts creep in. After some time the spaces between the thoughts gets larger. Just allow thoughts to go and return to the mantra or watching the breath. Don’t get involved with thoughts. Don’t get so tied up in a thought that you have a million thoughts about that one thought, building them into larger stories. Return to the present, the breath.
Meditation is when the thinking mind ceases and that does happen. With steady practice gaps will begin to form between thoughts. Those gaps are meditation and the gaps increase over time. When thoughts arise in the background of your breathing, it is called mindful awareness. So generally we float between the two states. If stressed the thinking mind may become monotonous. If there has been a break from meditation practice for a few weeks the ego begins clinging again. You may notice yourself plagued with thoughts once again. Just return to mindful awareness and whatever your meditation practice is, rest assured, things will get better.
Mindfulness can be practiced anytime at work or home. Like meditation it is staying in the Now. Staying present requires letting go of thoughts regarding the past and the future. This allows for a lot less worry and anxiety. In mindful awareness you take things in through all of your senses. Practicing mindfulness while doing a task will have one noticing every minute detail. Every step becomes a task within itself. It brings greater pleasure to the simplest of things. The result is a much more joyous life.
Remember that everyone has good days and not so good days with meditation and mindfulness practices. Great pleasure can be obtained from both so it is worth steady practice,. The trick is to not try and manipulate the experience to make it into something lovely that you felt the last time. Meditation and mindfulness are all about letting go. When mindfully doing something the end product becomes so much more magnificent. It opens the creative capacities which is a wonderful tool for artists and anyone wishing to bring more creativity into their lives. It improves cognitive function, lowers blood pressure, and relieves depression and anxiety.