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! – The Crown Chakra

I’m here on a Sunday! Yay! And ready to give you the final instalment of our Chakra series with the seventh chakra, located on the top of the head, the Crown. This Chakra connects us to our spirituality and belief system, it is directly connected to Source, and physically supports our central nervous system and brain functions.

When this vital Chakra is out of sync and off balance, we can experience depression and confusion about our place in life and it can trigger feelings of loneliness and detachment.

While there are Chakras above and below our physical bodies, the Crown Chakra is typically considered the highest, and vibrates with the colour purple, which vibrates directly beneath white light and pure energy. It is possibly one of the more difficult Chakras to balance and is one that requires work and effort in order to open, maintain, and nourish it. The Crown Chakra is associated most heavily with spiritual enlightenment, and therefore its ability to be balanced also relates quite strongly to the balance of the other six Chakras. Imbalance between the Chakras when the Crown is open can cause all manner of upset and can prove to be more troublesome, so work on this Chakra inline with the others, and concentrate on an energetic balance between them all.

To work with this Chakra and help bring it in to balance, sit comfortably and allow your breathing to fall into a steady rhythm. With each exhalation, imagine a beautiful violet lotus flower opening and unfurling on top of your head. As the lotus opens, imagine a beam of pure white light pouring into it from above and filling your whole body via each of the other Chakras in turn. Say out loud, or to yourself;

“I am connected to spirit. I am connected to source. I recognise the divine in all living things.”

Repeat as often as you feel necessary.

Surrounding yourself with the colour purple is a great way to help heal this Chakra, as is eating purple grapes, purple potatoes and carrots, aubergines etc, but remember that the Crown is connected to spirit and is more nourished by prayer and meditation than food itself. Drinking plenty of fresh water and making sure your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables will help all your Chakras, however.

Amethyst is the perfect crystal to hold and wear to connect with this Chakra, as well as Selenite and Quartz, which all vibrate at extremely high frequencies.

Remember to keep all your Chakras in check when you’re working with your Crown, allow it to connect to all six and make sure you practice good grounding techniques if your are working on opening it.

This whole series has been so much fun, there is so much you can learn about yourself by paying attention to your Chakra energies. So much of our emotional and physical wellbeing is influenced by these vital energy-organs and you can notice massive improvements in many areas of your life when you start to balance them.

Enjoy, you beautiful folks, you…but I have much more to share so don’t go too far away 😉 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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Crystal Cleansing – A Guide

Have you bought a crystal for yourself, or a piece of jewellery that claimed to have certain properties and have yet to see the effects of these so called properties?

If you’re wondering why your Crystals aren’t quite as potent as they once were, or even wondering if they have had any affect at all since you bought them, if may be that they need a good cleanse. Whether you bought them from a shop, an online supplier, or a friend, it’s highly likely that your crystal has picked up a smattering of energies that don’t belong within its bioelectric energy field (aura) but cling on anyway because that’s what energy does. Crystals get bogged down by negative or nonserving energies too, and they can get just as blocked as we can if they are not regularly cleansed.

Crystal Therapists will often cleanse, activate, and programme your crystal before you receive it, but this is certainly not the case when buying tumble stones from shops…Even crystal shops can’t possibly keep all their stock energetically cleansed.

Cleansing your crystals and crystal jewellery is easy! The simplest way is to hold it under running water for a few seconds. Take a deep breath and roll the crystal between your fingers while the water runs over the stone (or stones in your jewellery), imagine the negative or nonserving energies being washed away with the water until you intuitively feel they are clean. Be careful with soft stone crystals that could be soluble and get damaged by the water. Most crystals are fine to use this method of cleansing.

Another way is to reiki your crystals, if you are attuned to at least the first degree. Simply holding the stones or pieces in your hands and allowing the reiki to flow, picturing the stone being bathed in the light of reiki and it cleansing away all negative energies.

You can cleanse and charge your crystals in the moon light, or sun light, depending on the stone. Do a little research here and figure out which one is best for your stones. Some can be damaged by sunlight so be cautious. Most, if not all, crystals are charged best in the moonlight, but some, light Sunstone, get more benefit from the sun. Leave your crystals outside preferably, but on a windowsill within eye-line of the moon is fine. The absolute best time to do this is under a Full Moon, when the moon is at its strongest.

Finally, another simple way to cleanse your crystals is by bathing them in incense smoke. I have a printers tray full of crystals that I sit either Sage or Sandalwood incense beneath and just let the smoke rise and coat all the crystals. You can hold the crystals within the smoke yourself, but this can be messy and make your hands smell, which isn’t the most pleasant.

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So, now you know how to cleanse your crystals and jewellery, when should you do it? Well, as soon as you have it of course, but then you should cleanse it regularly afterwards too. Once a month if you are just wearing it routinely, but if you are using it for treatments, then it should be cleansed after every single treatment, particularly if it is being used on different people. If you are wearing crystal therapy jewellery, simply try to place it on a windowsill under each full moon.

You should notice a difference in the effects of the crystal straight away, some crystals will even look a little different. Rose Quartz, for example, can turn a pale almost white colour when it needs cleansing, and after a full cleanse will gradually regain its much deeper pink colour.

Crystals are energetic beings, they grow organically and the emit a bioelectric energy field in exactly the same way that humans, animals, and plants do. This is how they influence the body and assist with healing on all levels of the physical, emotional, and spiritual. Love them and they will love you in return…

From the Crazy Crystal Lady 😉

Namaste

xxx