Working with Crystal Families

I work with Crystals quite possibly more than I work with Reiki, maybe that will change as the years go by, but all in all, Crystals are my calling and I find an immense amount of comfort in them and their uses. It’s taken me years to hone my skills in this area, and contrary to what you may or may not believe, getting a certificate to say I’m ‘qualified’ been the least prevalent part of my Crystal education. That’s not to say that it’s not important, I value my accreditation and learned an awful lot on my course, but an awful lot of Crystal knowledge comes with time and experience.

I have found myself specialising in Crystal Jewellery; bespoke Crystal Jewellery, to be exact, and through working with individuals to create something unique for their needs, I’ve discovered my love of Crystal Families….and now I use them ALL. THE. TIME. Not just in jewellery, but in Crystal Pouches and prescriptions for people.

So, what do I mean by Crystal Families? It’s a phrase I’ve kind of coined myself, because it honestly seems the most appropriate description. Crystal Families are groups of stones that work together for a common goal, or purpose, or more often than that, person.

Crystals have a wealth of uses, each one can be used for a wide variety of conditions and situations, which is one of the things I love about them, and they all work in different ways; some are stronger, some are gentler, some deal with the emotional body, some the physical, some the energetic, and so on and so on…

We are complex and unique creatures, and often our situations and conditions are just as complex and unique, which is where my little Crystal Families come in…

Despite the amazeballsness (yes, that’s a word!) of Crystals, their uses can often be vague. Take Lepidolite, for example; it’s vibration is useful for treating allergies, but allergies can be any number of things and have any number of symptoms. If we want Lepidolite to get specific, we need to team it up with another Crystal, or two, and create a Crystal Family. This group of Crystals will be specifically grouped together to treat an individual with a specific issue, and they will draw out the benefits needed from each stone and amplify them.

So, to give you an example, if you are suffering from Hayfever, and you have itchy eyes and stuffiness, Lepidolite is definitely going to be your first port of call, but it alone will only do so much and you are after a Powerhouse of Crystal potency to ease your pain…

Group together Lepidolite, Aquamarine, and either Emerald or Aventurine.

Aquamarine helps to calm the autoimmune systems overreaction to stimulants, so is perfect for reactions such as hayfever, and Emerald and Aventurine are both soothing for the eyes.

Set the intention for the Crystals for be used for the purposes of easing hayfever, paying close attention to the person requiring them, and keep them together in a little pouch, or group in jewellery, and you have created a Crystal Family that will be much more potent than a single Lepidolite in your pocket.

You can do this for any condition or situation, you simply have to break it down into specifics.

I’ll be writing more about Crystal Families with specific prescriptions for certain things, but do you already use this method with your Crystals? Or do you have an issue or condition you’d like help with finding a Crystal Family for? Let me know!

Chakra Sunday – Third Eye Chakra

So, I’m aware that it is not Sunday, nor is it even Monday, but it’s time I posted the latest piece in our journey through the Chakras…I mean come on, you’ve all waited long enough.

So today is the turn of the Third Eye Chakra, which sits between the eyebrows connects us to our Inner Guidance and Intuition. It is closely connected to the higher Crown Chakra and is the link between our connection to Source and the Universe, and our Soul voice. Through a balanced and open Third Eye Chakra, we trust our intuition, we see our path clearly, and we have faith in our inner guidance. When this Chakra is out of balance it creates distrust, an inability to judge situations well, distraction and lack of focus, and often manifests its physical symptoms as headaches and problems with our eyes, insomnia, sinus trouble, and sometimes dizziness.

Sit comfortably for a few minutes when you know you wont be distracted. Take the time to let your breathing fall into a gentle rhythm, and begin to imagine the breath being drawn into, and out of, the Third Eye. With each inhalation, feel the cool breath begin to open the space where the Third Eye Chakra resides, and visualise a beautiful blue indigo colour spreading out before you. It’s common, when working with the Third Eye, to experience tingling sensations across the forehead. If you do feel anything out of the ordinary, simply acknowledge the sensation and let it pass.

At this stage, repeat the following affirmations either out loud or to yourself, for as long as you feel necessary;

“I see clearly. I think clearly. I trust my intuition. I know the answers I seek. I am wise and connected to my inner guidance.”

Surrounding yourself with a vibrant indigo blue is a great way to help heal this Chakra. Crystals such as Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Sodalite, and Azurite are also great companions for a little Third Eye love, and eating foods rich in deep blue hues, such as blackberries, blueberries, figs, grapes, and raisins, are perfect.

This Chakra can be a tricky one to keep open and balanced, especially if you are still struggling with your lower chakras, and haven’t yet mastered you self love and self worth. It’s easy to let your ability to trust your own inner voice slip by the wayside, but stick with it and with this one, more so actually than the others, the more you actively use it and trust it (your intuition), the easier it gets.

That’s all for today, folks…

Love and light xxx

 

 

Let’s talk about vibration!

I have touched upon this subject before, and truth be told, there is so much to this topic that it’s hard to stay on it without going off on tangents about all sorts of things, since, of course, everything is connected…But hopefully this goes into a little more detail so you can start to grasp just how important this subject is to your overall mental health and well being (as well as your physical health, but again, that’s a subject in itself).

I often find myself telling people that all they need to do is raise their vibration…it really does account for a multitude of sins and if we could all just vibrate a little higher, the world would be a much happier place! But most people are entirely confused by my statement. Most people have no idea that an awful lot of how they are thinking and feeling is directly associated to their vibrational frequency and that they are most likely trapped in an ever-increasing downward spiral, allowing their vibration to get lower and lower and lower…

So, what the heck and I talking about?

Well, we are all vibrational beings. This is an indisputable fact. You are made of atoms and molecules, at the very core of your being, that is what you are. The exact same atoms and molecules that make up the rest of the Universe…the seas, the skies, the mountains, and even the stars. All atoms and molecules, energetically charged and vibrating at their own frequency. As a being, you literally vibrate. As a result of this vibration, you emit a field of energy around your being that cannot be seen, by can be felt, or sensed, in the exactly the same way that sound waves cannot be seen, they are heard.

Have you ever met someone for the first time and instantly felt uncomfortable, without any explanation? That would be you sensing their energetic field and it not sitting well with your own. In other words, the vibration they are emitting clashes with yours. Now that’s not to say that their vibration will always clash with yours, they may just be having a bad day, and that brings me to my next point.

Everything about you effects your vibration, and therefore your energetic field. Your mood, your health, your thoughts and feelings, the food you have consumed, the colours you have chosen to wear, the events that have influenced your day or week, or longer, and even the people you have in your life and inner circle will all have an effect on the frequency with which you are vibrating. A healthy, happy, human being vibrates at around 62-78MHz, an unhealthy/unhappy person vibrates at less than 59MHz.

And here is where it gets interesting…everything in the Universe has its own vibration. Everything. Even actions and events carry the vibrational signature of their impact on the things and people they interact with. The Universe is made of energy. Nothing more. Nothing less. And it is all vibrating.

Higher frequencies are associated with more positive states of mind, with love being the highest frequency. You know that feeling you get when you are falling in love? That euphoria? That sense of all being right in the world, everything is more beautiful, more engaging, more pleasurable? That’s a higher vibrational state. Lower vibrational states are associated with negative emotions like hate and envy, fear and jealousy, anger and sadness.

We are all programmed to vibrate at the frequency associated with love, but life gets in the way and we are often bombarded with frequency-lowering agendas all day long. So many things lower our vibration, such as illness, trauma, tragedy, but also negative attitudes, feeling unworthy, feeling lack of abundance, and so on and so on. In the same way, the opposites raise our vibration; happy events, celebrations, positive attitudes, love, luck, good friendship, wellness, a sense of achievement, and in particular, gratitude.

The ever-increasing downward spiral I mentioned earlier is commonplace today, and if left untreated, it can lead to ultra-low vibrational states that create depression and anxiety.

The problem is, The Law of Attraction states that like attracts like, therefore, when we find operating from a lower vibration, we inadvertently attract the things associated with this lower frequency; so people often associate it with a feeling like the world is against them, or they are having a run of bad luck, or that nothing ever goes their way. This feeling attracts more low vibrational states and events, even people that are wrong for us, and situations that make us uncomfortable, and thus we are knocked down lower and lower on the vibrational scale….Hence…The downward spiral.

The good news is, the exact same is true for the opposite, and as we raise our vibration, our circumstances and feelings regarding situations improve, which again raises our vibration even more, and so on and so forth. The difficulty is that raising your vibration is something that has to be a constant consideration, and when the world bombards us with things to lower our vibration (like adverts making us feel our lives lack, or pictures making us hate our appearance etc), it is a constant battle to remind ourselves to change the way we think about the world in order to keep our vibration climbing.

We can influence our vibration and help by looking after ourselves and allowing ourselves to be happy regardless of the opinions of others. This is no doubt one of the most challenging but most effective way to fly kick your vibration up several notches.

We can look after ourselves by eating clean, unprocessed, chemical and additive free foods, we can burn incenses like sage and sandalwood, we can meditate and take time to do the things we love, like spending time with loved ones, and relaxing with our favourite book, or keeping up with a hobby.

Crystals work by tweaking certain vibrations within the body, always raising them in order to heal, and helping us let go of those negatively associated emotions and energies.

The aim is to find as much in our lives to be happy and positive about right now and then sit in that feeling of happiness for as long as we can, constantly building on it and being outwardly grateful for it until we reach the realisation that happiness comes from within and our vibration will consistently climb with this kind of mindset, inviting positivity, opportunity, and abundance…Which starts the cycle in a very upwards and highly motivational manner.

The key here is realising that we have the control.

We create our reality.

We control our own vibration.

We can choose to raise or lower our vibration….It’s all about your state of mind.

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Crystal Crazy! Black Obsidian

I’ve been so busy lately making beautiful Crystal Therapy jewellery for so many lovely customers that I’ve hardly had time to write anything at all for either of my blogs (this one or The Big H). It’s amazing to be helping so many people and to be spreading the awesomeness of Crystals, but I really must find time to pop back here and write a thing or two, which is exactly what I’m doing now…

If you’ve not yet popped over to my jewellery page on Facebook, or you simply had no idea I even had one, it’s right here; Jewellery for Healing, so come and visit!

You may or may not notice in my pictures that I often lay my pieces over a lovely big black chunk of rock, and while it is partly for the aesthetics of the picture (because the big black rock is GORGEOUS by itself), it also serves an important purpose for the jewellery that I make.

The big black rock is a piece of beautiful Black Obsidian, and it is one of my favourite crystals from my own personal collection. I found it in a local crystal shop for the bargain price of £4 (I know, right!) and it is a vital part of my treatments and my jewellery making.

You see, Black Obsidian is a potent stone for grounding and releasing negative energies back into the Earth. It draws off these stagnant or non-serving energies and transmutes them into the ground, and back to source (since energy can be neither destroyed of created, on converted).

Obsidian is actually molten lava that has cooled rapidly and crystallised. It has an almost glassy quality about it but it usually completely opaque. You can get all sorts of colours from red, to green, and even rainbow, but black brings together the spiritual plane with the physical, and very quickly brings imbalances to the surface, dispelling them and protecting at the same time.

It is said that nothing can be hidden from Obsidian, exposing flaws, weaknesses, and blockages extremely quickly in order to deal with, heal, and move on from. Because of its potency and its ability to bring unpleasant truths to the surface, it is recommended to be used under the guidance of a Certified Crystal Therapist.

For all these reasons, my large piece of Black Obsidian is used to draw off energies and cleanse jewellery before they go off to their new homes. It is also placed at the feet of every client who takes a nap on my treatment bed, and almost everybody falls in love with it.

Black Obsidian, and a few other colours, are readily available in most crystal shops, although greens and blues may be quite rare. If you are lucky enough to come across a piece that grabs your attention, it is bound to become a favourite of yours too.

Namaste, you beautiful souls.

xxx

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Are you awake yet?

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According to numerology, 2017 is a year 1 (2+0+1+7=10, 1+0=1), and 2016 has been a year 9 (2+0+1+6=9), which means as far as numerology goes, 2016 has been a year of completions and of cycles ending, and 2017 is a year of beginnings. If you take a look at the events of 2016, I’m sure you will notice an abundance of cycles ending in and around your life, whether they be deaths (look at the celebrity deaths this year!), relationships ending, careers changing, friendships distancing, or simply changes in habit patterns and the letting go of emotional issues you thought would be with you for much longer. 2016 has seen us release over and over, sometimes painfully, sometimes surprisingly, sometimes difficultly, but always necessary.

Have you started to wake up? Have you started to feel different? Have you started to notice the world around you in a different way?

I’ve noticed so many people starting to wake up and seek advice or counsel regarding the way they are feeling right now. Some are confused; it’s ok, it can be confusing to navigate and difficult to accept when you’ve always viewed the world in a particular way. Some are excited; that’s ok too, but pace yourself, you are in no rush, there is no end game, just the journey.

Someone asked me recently my advice on where to start, what to read, where to look…The truth is, there is no right answer for this. The biggest lesson you are about to learn is that the only person you should be listening to is yourself.

Let me tell you, there is sooooo much out there that you are going to learn. Right now, it probably seems like you have an awful lot of catching up to do…and you do, an entire universal history of catching up because the reality is, none of this is new! Whether its energy flow, spirit, crystals, tarot, healing, angels, meditation, astrology, manifestation, and a whole abundance of countless other forms and mediums that make up the universal consciousness and things above and beyond our five recognised senses. None of it is new. And all of it is available to you. You just have to listen to what resonates with you.

You will hear that a lot, “What resonates with you…” It means, what speaks to your soul. What feels right. What makes your heart flutter and your stomach flip flop. What feels like love; you know that feeling of falling in love? That curious crush, that exciting new chapter, that feeling of coming home…that’s what it is. The Universe is going to offer you opportunities, so pay attention to the smallest signs. Notice that advert, listen to that conversation, look for that indicator, that coincidence, that thing you can’t shake from your thoughts…The Universe it talking to you and when you start to listen, amazing things will start to happen.

You will face challenges, you will hit brick walls, you will find yourself lost…Don’t panic. Come back to yourself, centre, reassess what’s going on and keep going. There are lessons out there for you to learn along the way…and FYI, they never stop. This is not journey to a destination. There is no award or certificate handed out when you get there… “Congratulations, you are enlightened!” Nuhuh…it doesn’t work like that; this particular journey is going to take you lifetimes! And I can’t even begin to tell you how much peace and happiness it is going to bring you 🙂 

You are about to spread so much light into the world simply by following your own path.

That’s the key though….YOUR OWN PATH.

No one else’s.

All you need to do right now is listen. Trust. Smile. You’re already here.

When the reiki doesn’t flow…

Reiki is a gift from the Universe, and it is available to you whenever your intention is set. It flows easily whenever you speak of, engage in, or even think about your relationship with reiki.

For many of us, the above statement is entirely true, and then some. Anyone who has a relationship with reiki will understand this. I call it a relationship with reiki because that’s what it is. It will never be an insignificant piece of your life, even if it sits quietly in the background for a long time, it is always there.

So, what do we do as practitioners, or even simply reiki-ists, when the reiki doesn’t flow?

I recently had a reiki crisis. I’m going to call it a crisis of faith because even though reiki isn’t a religious process or practice, it is, in my opinion, as near as I will likely get to one. I had a crisis of faith because the reiki wouldn’t flow and the crystals wouldn’t speak (I’m a crystal therapist too).

Even self treatments didn’t help. I found myself agitated…unable to complete a simple self treatment without feeling anxious…frustrated.

Within the space of a week all my clients had either cancelled on me, or I on them, for one reason or another. It was a giant, massive, not-to-be-missed sign from the Universe.

I stopped.

I stopped everything and I waited.

I am a firm believer in following divine guidance and I try as much as possible not to resist when I’m being shown something very clearly. I figured that something was off, that I was resisting whatever was meant to be, and when the time was right the Universe would give me a clear cut sign that I was continue treating with reiki and crystals.

It’s taken several months for the reiki to come back…not that it ever really went anywhere…but it’s taken me that time to realise two very, very, important things regarding my practice with this amazing modality.

Number One – Reiki is for Me. I’d forgotten that the reason I started my journey with reiki was because it had a profound effect on me. Not because I just wanted to treat others. Of course, I wanted to help other people and that had a huge influence on my decision to practice rather than simply receive, but ultimately, the reiki has to be for me before it is for anyone else.

This is the first thing you learn when you start to learn reiki…that self treatments are the foundation of your practice and ability. That you are your most important client and unless you are well, you cannot offer anything to anyone else. It is not selfish to take care of yourself first, it is your responsibility as a practitioner.

Number Two – I cannot have an attachment to the outcome. Reiki flows where it is needed for a person’s highest good. While I knew this, and I told my clients this, it has taken me this time away to realise that I was absolutely forming an attachment to the outcome…It just happened so subtly. As a new practitioner, I wanted clients to get the best possible results from my treatments. I am still learning my craft and I’m unintentionally praying for miracles so I can validate myself and the reiki. When a client told me their back was aching, I would treat their back, but I would also will the reiki to remove the pain rather than simply let the reiki do its thing.

Willing reiki to do something reiki doesn’t want to do is just counterproductive. I was setting myself up for failure. I never meant to create these attachments, and I didn’t even realise I was doing it until I carried out my most recent treatment.

I worked on myself for a long time before. I performed my Hatsurei Ho several times in the days leading up to it. I sat back and let the reiki flow for itself. I didn’t think about what I wanted as the outcome for the treatment, I thought about nothing but brilliant white light flooding my client’s body and I listened to what the reiki told me throughout.

It was an amazingly different experience and one that gave me the same high that I got when I started working with reiki.

It’s not all over, my recovery from my crisis of faith, but at least the reiki is flowing happily now, and the crystals have started to speak again. This is a journey, a learning curve that I feel may never be finished…I will always be learning thanks to reiki, but I must stop focusing on the outcome and start enjoying the journey.Reiki.png

Chakra Sunday! – Solar Plexus

Ok, ok, so it’s technically Monday, but I spent my Sunday evening preparing for a Crystal Therapy treatment and I don’t think ‘Chakra Monday’ is quite the same…and besides, when it’s this close to Christmas and the weather is cold and wet, we all need a little help from out Sunshine Chakra.

Moving up our Hara Line to the third chakra, the Solar Plexus is located just below the ribs and above the belly button. It is firmly associated with self-confidence, self-esteem, and personal power. When it is off balance it can create a fear of rejection, indecisiveness, passiveness, sluggishness, and a victim mentality that can lead to depression.

Sitting comfortably, ground yourself by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths and visualise that breath being drawn into your Solar Plexus. With each inhalation, imagine the breath becoming a bright yellow light that spreads outward from your body. Feel the warmth of the light like rays of the sun spreading throughout your body from the point of your Solar Plexus. Say out oud, or to yourself,

“I love myself. I accept myself. I am worthy. I am confident. I stand in my own power and release judgements placed upon me, by myself and those around me.”

The chakra really is the Sunshine Chakra and vibrates with the colour yellow and the energy of the sun. Eating yellow foods such as sweetcorn, pineapples, bananas, and turmeric will help keep this chakra in balance, as will wearing the colour yellow and carrying crystals like Citrine, Sunstone, Amber, or Tiger’s Eye.

Pay close attention to this one, folks…Of all the chakras, this one can cause the most trouble when it’s out of balance, even by being too open (which can lead to arrogance), but it can also bring you the most peace and happiness when it is balanced and taken care of.

Love and Light to you all

xxx

Chakra Sunday! – Sacral Chakra

Chakra Sunday! Tonight is the turn of the second Chakra, the Sacral Chakra and is located in the reproductive area of the body. The Sacral Chakra is associated with creativity, sexuality, and our emotions. When the Sacral Chakra is blocked we can feel guilt and shame, possessiveness, and jealousy. Physically, it can also contribute to fertility issues or low libido.

Sit comfortably and take a few deep breaths. Breath into your pelvic area and try to visualise a orange light emanating from below your naval. With each breath, make the light brighter, until it fills the lower part of your body. Say out loud, or to yourself,

“I feel. I create. I am enough. I am a beautiful, radiant, passionate soul. I attract and nurture only positive relationships.”

This Chakra resonates with the colour orange, so eating oranges, passionfruit, pumpkin, butternut squash, or anything of the bright, vibrant, orange variety will really help if you’re focusing on bringing your Sacral Chakra into balance.

Red Aventurine, Citrine and Red Carnelian are good crystals to have on your person.

So, there you have it 🙂 Enjoy this one, peeps, it’s one of the most commonly blocked of the chakras and, I think, can often reap the most rewards when it is in balance.

xxx

Mind Your Language!

I am a writer. As a result of this, I have learned one very valuable lesson above all others – to mind my language!

It seems obvious but, the most challenging thing I have to do on a day to day basis when I am writing for an audience is to pay close attention to exactly what I am saying; and I mean word-for-word.

Even the most hardcore and devoted reader can often side step the odd punctuation mistake, spelling error, or (heaven forbid!) the occasional grammar mishap – but saying the wrong thing; now that is unforgivable.

Of course, writers write from the heart, they write from experience, and they often write with an opinion; and we all know that you cannot please all of the people all of the time. It is impossible. There is always a chance you will offend someone…Nine times out of ten, you cannot, no way, no how, in any true sense, write a single sentence that everybody can wholeheartedly agree with. And of course, writing should be written with passion. But, all that aside, if you knew the time and energy that goes into wording each sentence, each paragraph, with enough care and attention to detail so as to make what I am trying to say as open, as honest, and as understandable as possible, it would almost certainly surprise you.

There is a fundamental need for clarity.

Every article I have penned has gone out into the world with an intention. Be it mine, or my client’s, there is a very clear and defined intention behind each and every piece, and I am careful with the language I choose. I am always aware that I have an audience.

We all have an audience. The Universe is listening to every thought, every word, every intention.

It occurs to me, that I need to take the same care and pay as much attention to my thoughts and my language in my every day life, as I do in my professional one. I don’t want to send negativity out into the world any more than I want to write a harshly worded article. My audience is listening, and I am creating a reality for it that I willfully attach myself to.

If I write, or think, angrily, then I send anger out into the world, into The Universe, to my audience. I should not expect to receive, or fuel, anything but anger in return, afterall, I set my intention.

On the flip side of this, if I write, or think, or speak with love, with compassion, with honesty, if I choose to look for the positive light, to side step the negativity and turn it on its head, then I send a message to The Universe, to my audience, that can only be received as it is intended; with love, with compassion, with honesty.

I choose to set my spiritual voice with the best possible intentions, in order to receive the very best that The Universe has to offer me.

Recognise the language that you use. Be aware of the thoughts that you have. Be mindful of the words that you speak. You have an audience.