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Subtle Energy of Crystals & Minerals

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We know it’s the unique crystalline structure of a stone that causes it to give off a particular frequency. Certain crystals and minerals vibrate in a way that resonate with and strengthen particular energies inside a person. This is why they are applied to help heal, cause shifts in attitude, shifts in thinking, and enhance the ability to attract desired elements into one’s life.
 
When working with stones and crystals you are working with your subtle energies.

 

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These energies reveal themselves and shift in quieter ways than other physical types of energies. Thus for example, if you carry a crystal or stone as an amulet or in your pocket, you’ll notice its effects over time, rather than immediate.

 

 

So, when choosing crystals or stones to use or work with, it’s imperative to take your time and sense how they resonate with your own subtle energies. If having a bit of difficulty determining if a particular stone is good to use at this time, self -applied kinesiology or using a pendulum will help.

Individual stones give off a type of energy vibration very specific to that particular stone. Quartz crystals are unique in that they operate in a much broader way that amplifies all the subtle energy frequencies with which they come into contact. Simply put, a quartz crystal will amplify and intensify the energy you put into it by resonating with it and making it stronger. If you are feeling positive and loving, it will help amplify that sensation. Coupling quartz crystals with other stones and crystals will also amplify their effect.

 

big-mixbag2By using crystals and stones, you can concentrate your growth by working with one stone and one element about yourself, or several items at a time by using several stones.

 

 

 

I recommend patience, as working with these energies will bring to the surface what is happening inside you, and show what you need to work on in order to be a better, happier person.

Remember, it is you who must do the work. When something comes to the surface of your consciousness, you must address it.

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More on Crystals and Minerals for healing:
The Nature of Crystals and how they are able to do what they do!

Choosing Crystals for Healing

The Nature of Crystals & Minerals

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This weekend I attended a Crystal and Mineral Show. While perusing tables of glittering semi-precious stones and polished geodes, I watched a woman pick up a polished amethyst, hold it in her hands, close her eyes and smile. I smiled too because I’m familiar with that experience…

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What is it about certain stones and crystals that make us feel a certain way?

In other words: What are these mysterious properties that they have other then sparkling beauty and varied color?
Crystals and minerals have been used by many cultures throughout time for medicinal and other purposes. The ancient Egyptians and Native Americans would bury their dead with quartz crystals. In ancient Greece, hematite was used as protection for soldiers in battle and bloodstone to staunch bleeding. Aryuvedic medicine in India considers crystals valuable for healing emotional and metaphysical imbalances, as documented in the Hindu Vedas.

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As it turns out, because of the physical composition of a stone, it will naturally hold different frequencies of energy.

How does this happen?

 

 

About 90% of the elements in the Periodic Table conduct electricity. Everything on earth is made up of elements in the Periodic Table, elements being made of only one type of atom. That means most things on earth, crystals and minerals included, can conduct some amount of electricity and often maintain it, however meager.

Crystals and minerals simply have an inherent energy frequency due to their particular composition.

Because most things can conduct energy on some level, it helps explain why you can “feel someone” in an object or item they’ve held close for a long time. Or perhaps you can “feel an event” like an argument in a room, long after it happened. The energy frequencies of the individuals involved magnetized the article or location much the way a magnet will magnetize iron if it is near it for a period of time.

One can’t help but think of the mystery and beauty of the mechanics of life; and we ourselves are indeed the body electric. This is also why it’s important to regularly check-in with oneself and how your energy is feeling… and perhaps purchase a crystal that “feels” good to hold.

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More on Crystals and Minerals for healing:
The Subtle Energy of Crystals and Minerals
Choosing Crystals for Healing

Mindfulness, Empathy, and Emotional Intelligence

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Mindfulness.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Mindfulness. But, what is it? There are many things one can ascertain from the word itself, but what it’s really described as is: Focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Mindfulness recently is being employed as a therapeutic technique.

It is simply stopping, taking stock of your feelings and physical sensations in relation to the situation you’re currently facing.

Seems logical to be aware of your feelings, but actually, it isn’t always that easy; especially when your feelings are confusing or painful.

What can one do to better be aware of themselves and emotions? Your thoughts, actions and emotions are tied closely together. Thoughts create emotions, which create actions. Having this awareness will dramatically affect your life in very positive ways.

Empathy.
Empathy is built through an understanding of oneself and processes. This necessitates deliberate self-reflection and self-work. The more you understand your own thoughts, feelings and emotions the more you can understand the perspective, thoughts and emotions of others.
I’m referring a bit more towards cognitive empathy in this regard, yet emotional empathy definitely plays a role. Emotional empathy makes someone well attuned to another person’s inner emotional world, to the point that they themselves are also experiencing another’s emotions as thought it were their own. Self-work is also essential so that one can differentiate ones emotional state from another.

The awareness of one’s emotions, and the understanding of them culminate into something known as Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence an individual’s abilities to recognize and manage their emotions, and the emotions of other people, both individually and in groups.

This also includes: being conscientious and controlling your actions (not acting rashly); taking personal responsibility for your own behavior. Also, being adaptable to different situations, good communication skills and empathy- to understand yourself and another person’s emotional reaction.

Mindfulness: Being aware of one’s emotions in the present moment

Empathy: The ability to understand one’s emotions

Emotional Intelligence: Ability to recognize and manage ones emotions

Ultimately, we’re striving for a high level of emotional maturity through these practices, to be able to peaceably and appropriately manage situations and feelings as they arise and live happier, more productive lives.

 

Intuition: That Still Small Voice

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“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know why or how.”

― Albert Einstein

Dear Friends,
Oh, still small voice, whispering from the heart; inspiring sudden knowledge and bodily responses… What is it that inspires you?

Our intuition is our internal GPS. It is always on and talking to us all throughout the day and participates in all of our experiences. It is our constant guide and companion, yet not always easy to hear. We’ve all experienced a sudden knowing or inspiration, but often even when we do, we either just ignore it or don’t trust it and listen to our mind instead.

It is especially difficult when the issue at hand is very emotional. Sometimes then, we default to the mind and thoughts. The mind, however doubting, is much louder, insistent, and very logical.

So how do I know I’m even using my intuition?

Here are a few examples of ways you’ve been using your intuition:

You have a feeling you should avoid the highway and instead take the longer and thus less logical route to get home, only to find out the highway was blocked due to a major accident.

Maybe you are out at Starbucks and see someone across the room that smiles at you. You immediately know you like this person and will become friends, and you do.

You feel drawn to stop by the grocery store for some sundry items, only to run into an old friend you haven’t seen for a long time, yet you’ve been thinking about in the last few days.

Listening to your intuition is an incredibly valuable skill to have!

Here are a few tips to inspire your intuition and allow its guidance into your everyday life:

  1. Keep a journal: This allows you to free your mind to take on other tasks as well as provide a place to keep track of your intuitions and accuracy. This will help evoke confidence in your inner voice.
  2. Turn off your inner judge: Once the critic stops, you’ll be surprised how much information your intuition provides for you, simply because you’re allowing it.
  3. Time for quiet contemplation: Silence allows one to decompress from our over stimulating, noised based world. Allow room to explore your inner self, thoughts and feelings.

Honoring Your Empathic Nature

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I would venture to guess, that many of you hesitate at the prospect of going where there are large crowds. Maybe this is because events like parties, concerts, or even a short trip to the mall leaves you feeling weary and disoriented? Or perhaps you have that friend, (you know which one) whom leaves you exhausted with just a phone conversation?

I feel your pain… literally.

These are symptoms of being empathic. Empathy is your ability to feel, in your body, another’s experience. The experience may be physical, emotional, energetic, painful, or joyful. You may or may not receive any external reason why you’re feeling this, but you feel it anyway.
Being empathic is an asset, but it unusually makes you vulnerable to the emotions of others; taking them on much the same way that you’d catch a cold. Being this sensitive can result in anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and physical pain syndromes more often than those who are less empathic.

Empathic Checklist:

  • When you are around certain people or in crowds, do you feel drained?
  • Have you ever had an instant liking or disliking to someone?
  • Have you ever sensed how someone was feeling in spite of how they were acting or claiming?
  • Do you have trouble with boundaries? Sometimes it’s difficult to know which experiences are yours and which come from others; or when it’s appropriate to open yourself for connection or to close up.
  • Do you often need time alone to recharge and balance yourself?

Even when we’re aware of them, these patterns are hard to change. But, the most important step is being aware of these sensations; then you can sort out what they are, and how to manage them. To be a healthy empath requires daily practice.

Check back for follow-up articles. I plan on expanding greatly on the topic of Empathic Abilities.

Accepting Love

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Lent is known as time of spiritual purification and solemnity.

Typically, it’s marked by giving something up, to discipline and provide control over oneself to purify the heart and renew ones life. In recent years, I’ve forgone giving up simple physical pleasures such as chocolate or liquor, and chosen to give up deliberately intense things such as: Fear. Deliberately seeking the things that frighten me (within reason) and doing them. The result: Fear, anxiety, rejection no longer control me. I am free.

This year, I have chosen to actively accept Love in all forms. It is surprising and sometimes disconcerting facing my inner dialogue regarding Love. But, as I found when I faced Fear, I became more Fearless; when accepting Love, I’ve become more Loving. There is absolutely something to the law of attraction when it is truly taken to heart, as opposed to merely employed as a mental construct. Allowing love, and receiving love, I was surprised by these lovely roses delivered to my door.

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So, my Friends, I urge all of you to look deeply into your hearts at the things you may be resisting, and go there. Maybe a little discipline and a inner reflection is all that is needed for profound and uplifting change in your life.

Heightened Sensitivity

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I realize that may of us, myself included, have a heightened sensitivity to our environment. What that means, as a highly sensitive person, your nervous system picks up a lot more information than the average person about what’s happening around you.

This phenomenon isn’t something that’s readily addressed in our culture and only recently in science. Often we don’t realize how different our highly sensitive experiences actually are because we don’t have a standard with which to compare them against.
Being sensitive, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by emotions or energy that isn’t your own and this can cause problems. Often it’s just easier to shut down because you don’t know how to process the information…

It is important to become aware of your unique situation, so you can learn to manage it effectively. An essential part of this is learning about the human energy field or aura, the subtle bodies, chakras, and other elements of our physical bodies, sensations, and energetic nature.

The human aura has appeared in pictures and paintings in a multitude of cultures throughout history. Often, it is depicted as a radiant light around the head, or emanating around the body. This electromagnetic field is the first line of defense so-to-speak when encountering external influences and energies. It is through this field that all the energies of the environment, electrical device energies, radio frequencies, and human interactions, pass through and affect us. Our aura contains our subtle energy bodies and has different colors that change depending on our spiritual, physical, and mental states. A lot of information about our environment and ourselves flow in and out of our aura.

It’s important to learn about the aura, the subtle bodies and other energy channels as well as understanding how your environment affects your health and well-being.

I will expand on the aura and subtle bodies in following updates.

When you have a deeper sense of who you really are and your sensitivities, then you can learn to make choices, which are most appropriate and even healing for you.

Giving & Receiving

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.
― Buddha

I’ve been reflecting a lot on the process of Giving and Receiving.
Receiving creates a moment of connection

Why is it easier and seemingly more acceptable to give than to receive?

There are several reasons for this.
To an extent, resisting receiving, whether it’s help, a compliment or a gift may stem from a fear of intimacy.  It is a subtle way to defend the heart and the risk of connection. Giving can provide a type of control; and there also may be the belief that it’s selfish to ask or receive.

These are very sensitive observations.
Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin of intimacy…and ultimately, love.

Recognizing we too, deserve help and love not only provides the pleasure of giving to the giver, but opens our hearts towards acceptance of one’s self. Receiving allows us to reveal a vulnerable part of ourselves. Acknowledging and staying in this tender place, we’re more available to receive the gifts we’re offered every day.

Whenever we obstruct or inhibit the flow of energy, it will result in limitation, frustration, and stagnation. Therefore, it only makes sense that we embrace the way of giving as well as joyful receiving.

By receiving with a tender self-compassion, we’re allowing ourselves to be touched by life’s gifts. Allowing ourselves to receive graciously is a gift to the giver. It conveys that their giving has made a difference.

Each day, each encounter, bring a gift may it be a smile, a compliment or a flower.

Each day, each encounter, be open to the gifts life has to offer; be it warm sunlight or first snow.

Each day commit to the flow of giving and receiving, especially the gifts of appreciation, caring and love.

Understanding Forgiveness

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What is forgiveness? Sometime I think it’s easier to understand what it is to not forgive than to forgive. It’s easy to point your finger and feed the resentment towards someone who has wronged you. But, what is it to forgive?

To forgive is a shift in thinking toward someone who has wronged you. Forgiveness is a decision to let go of the desire for revenge and anger toward the person and sometimes even shift to feelings of goodwill.

Forgive is based on the latin root “perdonare” which means to give completely without reservation.

With that in mind, when you forgive you give a gift of freedom to yourself. When you play scenarios of revenge over and over, it’s easy to become consumed by it. These thoughts are very painful. Also, berating yourself for what happened for whatever reason: naivety, ill-timing, gullibility, what-have-you, just brings more pain.

Forgive yourself.
Forgive the other person.

The first step is to just be willing – be willing to forgive.

Forgiveness is not condoning or excusing. Forgiveness does not minimize, justify, or excuse the wrong that was done. You don’t have to keep that person in your life, or trust them again. But, if you do choose to keep them in your life, they will have to build trust again over time.

Forgiveness is also a natural resolution of grieving, which is the necessary acknowledgment of pain and loss. This process takes time. It takes time to reflect on what happened, to decide how you want to think about it, and how you wish to proceed with the relationship or situation. Often, time reveals more information about the situation and this can dramatically change your outlook.

Forgiveness is a powerful choice you can make which can lead to healthier relationships now and in the future.

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