When I began down the path of consciences the first thing that I needed to work on for myself was learning how to ground my energy. My physical energy and emotional energy ran so high and in several direction, rarely together, that I felt as though I was running my life with laundry lists to check off and events to survive. I wasn’t living…I was surviving, not thriving. I needed to focus on being in the present so I could embrace all the wonderful experiences my life had to offer, rather than living from one check lists to another. It became crystal clear to me when I got sick at the end of summer right after the kids went back to school about 7 years ago. I had been exercising daily, eating very well and our kids had a fantastic summer full of camps. All was right in the world…but I got sick. I got really sick a couple of weeks into the school year. It was my energy vibration.
That was about the same time I became VERY aware of other peoples energy around me. I could walk into a room and tell you how each person felt. It was incredibly exhausting. It was also extremely painful at times since I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. Something had to change.
I need to connect to the planet, so I could connect to myself. I walked or ran daily outside among the trees and near water, however I needed to do it with intent. I began by focusing on the trees as I walked. I would watch them move with the breeze. I’d listen to them speak…it is amazing what you hear when you listen to the leaves rustle and the branches creek. Then I started watching the sky. I’d look at the clouds, the colors, the birds…whatever was in line of sight. The more I focused on what was happening around me the more present I felt. I opened up to the possibilities around me and connect to what really is important discovering that it actually made me feel better.
It took practice each day to connect to what was happening around me.
Shortly after that I learned a grounding meditation that anchored me into Mama Earth like the great white oak…Wow! I didn’t realize how fantastic I could feel. I liken it to spending a day at a quiet beach laying in the sand and burying feet deep, as I reach my hand in the water permitting the ocean to flow over my outstretched arm, with the wind sweeping across my body and the sun kissing my face. It is very intense… but in a positive way and one you just don’t forget.
Once I learned that grounding meditation and practiced it daily I realized that there was nothing I couldn’t do. I was able to find a balance in my life that I hadn’t had since I was a child playing on the shore of the West Bay. Life rocketed after that… I knew that there was something greater and deeper that I needed to do and grounding was going to show me.
It will show you as well… there are 7 simple and quick ways that you can begin grounding right now.
Taking time to ground may sound like another thing to do on what seems like an endless list each day, but using the few minutes that it takes actually gives you more time because it gives you clarity, focus, balance, presence and health. Give it a try…remember you are worth more than a “things to do” list.
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Kids gravitate to crystals like ducks take to water. Some people get all hinky when it comes to the SPARKLY power of crystals, and that blows me away since crystals are gifts from Mama Earth created to assist us. AND… we use them all over our tech industry whether or not we are aware of it, so why not use their vibe with awareness. Without making this sound too much like my Crystal 101 Workshop or my Crystals for Kids Workshop I’m going to share a couple of my favorite things to do with crystals that have really helped our kids, especially now that they are teens.
Before I dive into the crystal world I want to take this moment to point out that everything that I am sharing is what has been working for me and my family. I am sharing what works for us because I have learned over time that it has been open conversations, expanding possibilities and experimenting that has helped me discover what works for us. Sometimes, as with all experiments, I have had failed…but it’s okay, because I keep in mind that Thomas Edison created many failed light bulbs before he found the right recipe to make it work. That is the way life goes. I also am not a child expert, although I believe most parents qualify as an “expert” of their child/children. As I’ve walked this path of self-discovery I have remained open and kept myself open to all possibilities and opportunities that encourage personal growth. That is one of the reasons all three of my kids and my husband jumped 192 meter off the Auckland Tower last month… it was a leap of faith and something that proved to each of them that there is NOTHING that they can't accomplish is that put their fears and self doubts aside.
If anything I have shared, or ever share, doesn’t feel right to you I invite you NOT to try it. If is peeks your interest…give it is whirl, but make sure you do your own research to see what works for you.
Now to the good stuff…
I know it is every mother’s dream to have their kid’s bedroom’s cleaned, their laundry put away and in general all their belongings picked up. I wish I could say that all my fab tips for HAPPY, HEALTHY and ENERGETIC TEENS meant that the kid’s bedrooms were always clean, with bath towels hung and doors never slammed but alas I can’t, those are still things I have to remind them about constantly. As I have learned in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” it is the whole picture that matters rather than the things we can laser focus on especially when it comes to our kids. The other important lesson having kids has taught me is that the things I focus on with them is basically a direct reflection of my own faults. So, I have worked on being a bit more compassionate with them, my hubby and mostly myself...crystals have helped greatly.
Introducing crystals into the family home is easy as 1, 2, 3. I recommend bringing Orange Calcite into the family living space. I bought a pound of raw pieces and placed them in a bowl in our living room. At first the kids didn’t notice them but once they did see them they started playing with the pieces. The novelty of them soon wore off but the energy in that area shifted. Like with the Himalayan Salt lights a calm presence was felt in the living space creating a sense of relaxation and peace for all of us. This is very important before and after school.
Who loves homework? Come on now…isn’t that the BEST part of the day?
Alright, homework time was AWFUL…I found myself getting all stressed out about getting homework done but knew that we needed a system. The habit we created was that the kids would get off the bus, have a snack and then complete their homework. Believe it or not it was a bowl of crystal chips on the table that really created a powerful impact for my kids homework habits because when they got/get all frustrated they run the crystals through their fingers while focusing on their breathing.
That simple action worked wonders. Truth be told about my “Bowl of Wonder” EVERYONE uses it; kids, hubby, friends, clients and students. I have a friend who stops by just to play in my bowl of crystal chips. It is FAB!!!
Focus is another big thing for kids and teens, so I created a mojo bag of crystals for the kids to carry with them in their pocket. As their needs shift and change we change the crystals to best suite their needs.
Now, I could write a book on the crystals we have used and for what reasons when it has come to my kids but overall it is about discovering what your needs are and using what is best for the situation. When I was personalizing crystals for each of my children I created a bowl for each of them to keep by their bed and it was marvelous since they each could then learn to sense what they needed most at that moment. Even today they each have their personal crystals in their rooms that they pull from should they need a little extra boost.
Here is a video for my school Focus and Communication Mojo bag...
The other night my daughter, 14 years old, pulled up a site we used every night for years but had kinda been placed on the back burner since our move to Australia. The site is FragrantHeart.com, the creator Elisabeth Blaikie is fabulous and has created guided meditations that my kids and I have used for years.
BONUS TIP is meditation...
If you teach your children how to connect with themselves you have given them a gift far more valuable that diamonds, gold or even fame, because they will always know where they need to be to find their center. Find their inner peace. Connect back to their soul.
I am going to start teaching Crystal Meditation classes at Our Sacred Space Australia, in Dural beginning next month. There is another instructor who teaches meditation classes for kids at the center. When the schedule is posted I will share it with you.
On another note if you are interested in learning more about working with Crystals I have ALL kinds of tips in my Crystal Dimensions Calendar that is sell out...I have a few left. If you are interested in ordering press here NOW! Also, I will be teaching my Crystals 101 workshop online February 15th. For more details follow this link!
Until next time... Keep being the BEST Version of YOU and remember now is the time to let your Soul Sing!
Being a parent has its challenges and I am not hear to preach about what we live, even though it is awesome to know that we are not alone on the parent front. Learning a couple of tools that you can have in your Mama Bear and Papa Bear toolbox is handy, especially items that pack a punch without much effort beyond using them.
I have been using essential oils since before I got pregnant with our first son. I had read some really neat articles in the early 90’s about the benefits of oils and really put them into use when we moved to Italy. I was wanting to create natural face and body washes and lotions because I couldn’t find anything on the market that I liked. What started out as self-care interest soon turned into a greater desire to learn more. When we decided to start having children I turned to herbs and essential oils to assist in the process, discovering what really made me relax. It was great!!!
Then my baby came along and I forgot everything… I became consumed with items on them market rather than following what I had been doing for the previous two years. Yes, it happens to the best of us. It took my second son to come along to help my brain remember to use essential oils. When I began using them again it was in the boys’ bath at night.
O.M.G… What a MAJOR difference it made to bedtime. We had a calmer bedtime routine that created minimal stress. I LOVE IT!!!
Happy Mama = Happy Family!
I wish I could say I didn’t forget to connect to the fantastic energy that using oils brought into the house once again but I did when we moved to Virginia. The flow became stagnant and bed time became a difficult trudge once more and by this time we added our daughter to the mix. The "witching hour" was multiplied by 3 and made me tired, cranky and ready for bed by 8 pm each night. Ugh… not fun! You would think I would have learned but I didn't. This time it took a few years of walking around half asleep and unable to see the possibilities. Oh boy, we all have lessons to learn and here I was at the threshold of hell all because I forgot the power of smell.
As with most lightworker’s walking in a fog I forgot my basics when it came to living life and especially when it came to parenting…life just got in the way and the white noise just kept coming from all directions. Rather than expanding to enjoy and embrace life I was crumbling inside. On the outside I looked perfectly normal, all put together, physically fit, but inside I was struggling to find inner peace all because I was focused on the wrong thing. Thankfully I snapped out of my fog and began to connect to what really mattered to me...
It wasn’t until my friend reminded me of Frankincense that it clicked… “Hey, I’m missing something in our routine here, but what is it?” that it actually dawned on me and my AH-HA moment occurred. A couple of days later I was at the A.R.E. Edgar Casey Foundation in Virginia Beach, browsing through their store, that a most beautiful scent caught my attention. It was the most fabulous incense EVER!
(Archangel Incense - Natural incense) I immediately picked up 2 packages and drove home like a bat outta hell so I could burn these luscious sticks. I remember the kids walking in from the bus all buzzy with school energy and watching them melt into a calm and relaxed state. It was heaven!!! My “witching hour” was no more…screaming and shouting turned into giggles and laughter. The kids went from being overwhelmed balls of energy to calm and happy kids. It was, and is, FANTASTIC. Over time I moved from incense back to essential oils, mainly because oils lets me create and I LOVE to create!
My second MUST HAVE is just as simple as the first…
Oil diffuser with essential oil....
Not all essential oils are created equally and one of the things I have learned over the years is you get what you pay for and it became more and more clear to me the deeper I dove into learning how to use the essential oils in all aspects of my family’s and client’s lives. Since I use oils in different ways I invest in high quality essential oils. Over the years I have learned that some oils are best used internally while others need carrier oils to be applied topically. Don’t let it discourage you from introducing essential oils into your home. Using a diffuser is the easiest and most effect way to get start. The diffuser I currently have downstairs runs for 6 hours and has and LED light that changes color. The colors bring another layer of awesomeness in to the house. Upstairs we have the diffuser that came with the doTERRA kit that I got, it too runs for about 6 hours. Depending on what energetic vibration needs to occur where usually depends on the oils I run in the diffuser.
Here are a couple of recipes I use for the kids that really helps to keep them happy and smiling. In the morning we put in uplifting essential oils into the diffuser to assist with getting everyone out of bed. ‘Rise and Shine’, as my husband loves to sing. During homework time we have oils for focus and calming since school is pretty full on for them. At night, after dinner I change things up a bit to get our minds and bodies ready for bed and run a sleepy time recipe that really helps everyone to sleep restfully. When we move later this year back to the US I will get a diffuser for each bedroom so that I can focus on using the oils that best suits each of us. As with anything in life what works well for one of us doesn’t always work the same for another. Thankfully we haven’t had too many incompatibilities. As a matter of fact I am finding that the kids are wanting to explore more about what each of the oils do, and find the reach for them rather than others items when something is bothering them. It has been a beautiful experience. Recently my husband has discovered the benefits of essential oils as well, especially when it comes to headaches.
Here are a few recipes that I use in our house that are winners!
Morning Wake Up recipe: Homework/Work Focus:
3 drops On Guard 4 Peppermint
3 drops Wild Orange 4 Wild Orange
Sleepy Time recipe:
3 drops Serenity
3 drops Balance
3 drops Lavender Peace
These recipes are all created with doTERRA oils…they are my primary go to at the moment. Although here in Australia I have fallen in love with Perfect Potion essential oils as well, especially their Chakra blend. If you want to know more about the oil’s I have mentioned email me and I will send you my personal link (I have also included at the bottom of this post).
Should you have questions please feel free to ask! In the next blog post I will share my LAST ULTIMATE MUST have for Happy & Healthy teens, with a BONUS item.
Until next time, remember NOW is the time to let your soul sing!
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I have three happy, healthy and energetic teenagers, who have kept me on my toes since birth. What you may not know is that they actually enjoy hanging out with Mum and Dad. We are BLESSED. Very blessed and we thank the kids for their love every day and after spending 5 weeks traveling together I can safely say that we are stronger than ever as a family. Our first trip we traveled down to the Great Ocean Road, camping in the Otway National Forest before we crossed Bass Strait to Tasmania and camping in Cradle Mountain for a week. We used this time to hike, appreciate the gifts from Mama Earth and connect more as a family after having a very busy school year. It always amazes us how refreshed we all feel after camping, sleeping on the ground and enjoying the beautiful blessings of nature. Now, for some of you this kind of trip sounds way to crazy and out of the realm of possibilities in their life, however if you have kids, especially teenagers, this is a fun and easy way to really connect as a family. It just allows you to plug in with one another on a meaningful leave with little effort. A family that camps together, plays together creates an everlasting bond…
Bbbbbut, this isn’t about camping with teens.
It’s about MUST haves for a Happy, Healthy and Energetic Teenagers…
What has inspired me to share these thoughts was the observations and comments of so many strangers this summer, plus I have had several friends with teenagers ask me what my secret is for having such happy kids. To the point that 2 years ago one of my daughter’s teachers actually told us during a parent teacher conference that she is too happy and needs to learn to take life more seriously. It was ALL I could do not to laugh… I politely smiled and said “There is no such thing as being too happy… and there is plenty of time in life to be serious. Right now is a time for enjoying life.” She was not too impressed, but the Headmistress thought it was a great response, as she hid her smile from the teacher.
Why write about this now you may ask, well it is too easy and with it being the beginning of the school year why not share the wealth.
My first MUST have is Himalayan Salt Light…
Back in 2010 my girl friend gave me my first Himalayan Salt tea light candle holder and I haven’t looked back ever since. This was a really stressful time in our lives. My husband was deploying for 6 months, our youngest son was still recovering from a concussion that occurred early in the year and I felt like I was struggling to keep things together. And because life occurs other little things kept coming up that made just made me uneasy. Little did I realize that this one candle holder was going to have so much effect instantly. I remember dropping 3 candles in to my beautiful gift, lighting them and within minutes all the static energy that had filled my downstairs was GONE. The “white noise” was gone… WOW! If that was the only thing that happened I would have been thrilled, but what happened next made me a true believer in the power of Himalayan Salt.
My sons were playing the Xbox with a friend and as usual I felt the energy rising. The boys started getting louder and no matter how low I turned the volume of the system down it was just head splitting LOUD. So I decided to experiment with the salt candle. I moved it so it was in a safe place and in a central location. I lite the candles and noticed with minutes the entire house vibration shifting. Now this was ONE 3 light Himalayan Salt tea light candle holder. Just a quickly as the energy started to rise with the video game the boys began to settle down, sit down and the gleeful screaming turned into playful banter. My headache went away and I noticed that I actual started enjoying watching the boys play rather than feeling a need to run away. I experimented with this one tea light for a week before I brought more Himalayan Salt tea light candle holders to my house. I would get up early in the morning and light candles before the kids came down to get ready for school and that made our mornings soooooooooo peaceful. It reached a point that the kids noticed such a difference that if I hadn’t lite the candles by the time they came home in the afternoon they’d help replace the candles and light them for me. With the candles being such a hit I expanding our Himalayan Salt collection by purchasing lights for each of our bedrooms and the public rooms we spent the most time in.
The difference was amazing. The kids slept better, were more relaxed and responsive. When my husband came home he even noticed a more relaxed home environment. Our entire worlds changed with that one Himalayan Salt tea light holder. For me it is a MUST have! When we moved to Australia I sold all of mine in the US and replaced them with new ones here in Australia. When we move back this year I’ll do the same thing, the only difference is I know where to go in the US to purchase exactly what I need when I arrive.
If it speaks to you give it go…at worst it will not create any change in your family’s life. At best it will change your life forever!
Yes, salt lights weep and the salt melts. My solution is that I put tiles under all of my salt lights and wipe the tile weekly. Minimum mess…fantastic solution!
Here is an article by Dr. Axe explaining HOW they work.
Next blog I will share my number 2 MUST have item and why!
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You’d think after spending a FANTASTIC 6 weeks traveling the Great Ocean Road in southern Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand that I’d feel refreshed and ready to go, but I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. It is funny how that happens. It was an experience that our family will remember forever with plenty of stories to share, laugh about, even if a few moments that will be shared through looks and fleeting thoughts. What happens on a cruise ship just needs to remain on a cruise ship. It was our first cruise and overall it was a unique experience. I had a couple of bout of seasickness, but not what you might think, more of a headache and problems finding my balance. I really was not expecting that since I sail and love being on the water. The crew was FAB! The ports were amazing! I am putting together a video or two to share with you because pictures are worth a thousand words.
A cool part for me when we travel I am forced to be off the grid for the most part and when I am off the grid I find that I am able to refocus, reconnect and find my balance. Now, before we got started on our trip I found that my word of the year for 2017 came through with ease, as did my crystal of the year and that lead to the colors flowing through…and all of that combined painted a very important picture for me. As I was working my Shining Year Workbook end of the year I realized that some very important parts of my life slipped. It was not at all intentional or with much conscious thought, but I stopped my self-care program that had been a vital part of my daily life for so long. Excuses and “white noise” became my norm rather than strapping on my sneakers and hitting the pavement.
This realization made me ask “Where else have I stopped living?”
Hmmm…interesting question, Krista…
This is raised a few things for me because 2016 started with our house in Virginia still being empty and at that point we were at the 6 month point, and my hubby and I were feeling the stress. Thankfully, by Feb 1st we had new renters in the house and we could begin our recovery. The house being empty did push me to make sure that I completed my 2017 Crystal Dimension Calendar, write my “Creating Abundance with Crystals and How to make them sing for you” eKit, my Crystal 101 Workshop and the Connecting to Your Crystals Challenge. That financial pressure forced me to get out of my comfort zone…the down side for me was then I got stuck. I couldn’t find my marketing space for these fab offers. Let me step back for a moment to the works I just used – I couldn’t find – Nope, not the actual case. When I took the time to feel the energy and see what was happening I realized that FEAR is what slowed my process down and the distractions, or white noise, from all kinds of other things going on around me. This is not the place for me to dive deep into all the stuff, the take away is that I slowed down and quieted myself to hear what happened in 2016.
The key is that I QUIETED MYSELF, removed distractions and reflected. Once I started the closing process of 2016 a lovely feeling of peace washed over me, permitting me to look forward to 2017 as the beginning that it is. My main word is BALANCE this year, with two supporting words CREATIVITY and STYLE. This is the first time I have felt a need for supporting words and I sense it has a great deal to do with the upcoming new chapter of our lives.
This year I will be focusing on finding BALANCE…being BALANCED in all aspects of the mind body and soul. First things first, is making sure I don’t over extent myself on social media, focus more on working from a schedule and making sure that I put my self-care back as a priority. A happy and healthy me, means I can give more to those around me. If I am going to talk the talk, I need to be walking the walk.
Now it is YOUR turn…
“Where have you stopped living and just started surviving?”
Take a few minutes and write 5 things that you love to do and stopped doing in recent years. Then, sit for a few more minutes, and write down WHY you stopped. Does it feel heavy or does it feel light? If the reasoning feels heavy, the energy you are tapping into doesn’t belong to you. That means you stopped doing something you enjoyed because of someone else. At this point it doesn’t matter who the energy/thoughts belong to, what matters is knowing that you can send that heaviness back to whomever it belongs to with love and light. Keep repeating “I send this energy back to who it belongs to with love and awareness.” until you begin to feel light. It may take one time or you could find that it takes several.
If the energy around the “WHY” is light, that means it is all you. Don’t worry it is not the end of the world…it means you need to ask yourself other questions to release your energy around it. Let’s also not forget that sometimes we stop doing things we once think we loved because we really didn’t love it and that is OKAY! Keeping the process ease, go through the list and the items that pop up with a light energy ask yourself the question “Why did I stop doing…..” then sit and see what comes up. You may find that the answers come up quickly or they may not show up until later.
Once you’ve done that spend some time reflecting on what you what your next year to feel like to you. For me, I am looking for the balance of life with ease and joy. You may discover that it appears with a feel, a vibe, a color, a crystal or even a song. There is no wrong answer because the answer is for you and you alone. Then the planning, implementing and following through bring it into action.
A great crystal to assist you in this process is a simply beautiful clear quartz. If you sit quietly and ask your questions holding your clear quartz you will find that your answers will come through with clarity. Hold the crystal in your least dominant hand that is your receiving hand, so that you can feel the vibe and receive the message.
Share what comes up for you. Let’s create our own Shining Year! If you don’t have your 2017 Shining Year Workbook follow this link they are now 50% off. Plus if you are local on February 2nd, 2017 we will be meeting at Java Lava in Pennant Hills for our first Mastermind group.
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It always amazes me to go back and look at the blog posts I wrote. There weren't very many and they were frequently far apart, but it is fun to look back and see where my mind was.
Every month I run a 'Connecting to YOUR Crystals Challenge' that runs 7 days. The original one I held last October ran 11 Days and finished on my birthday...I LOVE BIRTHDAYS, especially MINE! I think my idea came from having so much fun during my challenge with Hibiscus Moon way back when. The Crystal Challenges that I run a bit different in the sense that I really work at interacting in real-time with you...technology has changed so much. I love LIVESTREAM.
Anyhow...since we are in the midst of my 4th round of the Crystal Challenge and I came across these blog posts as I was cleaning up my accounts I thought that it was a great time to share my personal experiences from working with crystals. Even though I have been collecting crystals for eons, and have had them stuffed in draws, carried them in my purse or backpack I didn't really know what they did. I just knew they helped me feel more in balance and at peace when those around me where going nuts. We all have to start someplace. One of the things I didn't like back in the 80's and early 90's were my book choices...I found them to "fluffy" or as my hubby might say "airy fairy" and they just didn't resonate with me. Now, I understand why everything happened...it wasn't my time to tap in. I need a balance of science and knowing to help me understand what I 'feel'. I also needed more time traveling to the areas of the globe I have been to begin tapping into the Energetic Healer I have become and furthermore transforming further into. I am a firm believer that when it comes to energetic healing over time it teaches you more than you can imagine, we just have to be open to it.
Crystals are no different. The more you work with them, or in my case play with them, the more you learn. I find that once I let my intuition take over while I am working with a crystal I learn something knew. The most difficult in the process is letting go of having to be right and trusting that the process you are sensing is the best fit for the situation you are in. This is how my "Crystal of the Day" has come about...I turn my attention onto the energies I am picking up and ask "what crystal will serve me best today?" I'm frequently surprised by the crystal that volunteers to step forward and work with me but now that I trust the process I am able to tap into the flow more readily.
Creating the 'Connecting to YOUR Crystals Challenge' that I did was totally inspired by learning the process, that is why I created a meditation for my participants to use and that it why I developed the Crystal Journal printout because I remember what it has taken me to tap into my knowing. If you haven't joined the challenge yet sign up on the waiting list to be informed of the next challenge, they run monthly. Maybe you'll be able to share some incredible insight that will inspire others, or even me! I may be called the "Crystal Goddess of the South" but I am constantly learning and I LOVE it!
Onto an old memory...let me know what you think. What are your favorite crystal books?
Much Love! Crystal Blessings,
Crystal Challenge Day 1 - November 7th, 2012
"Ha! I guess I need to get better at this - once a month just ain't cuttin' it baby! Okay, it's been a crazy month with lots going on in the family, so my projects had to get put on hold, nevertheless, I shall work harder!
I am in the process of completing a 7 day challenge that Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy put out there...it is exactly what I needed. Starting today I am going let a crystal pick me and work with it through meditation, caring it in my pocket, holding it overall connecting with the stone. Each day I’m going to blog about my experience and thoughts...if you have crystals or stones may I suggest you do the same?
This has come a prefect time since tomorrow I start my Advanced Reiki and Master class, hopefully ending at the end of the month with my Teacher certification (I need a couple of students...interested? Let me know! It's gonna be wicked cheap!) I have also found this fab gal in Australia, Tara Bliss, which has put together a '5 Steps to Killer Confidence' eBook that I'm going to start as well. Boy, I am either going to be a hot mess or totally centered and balanced by the end of this process. BRING IT ON! I also forgot that starting Tuesday next week the JeDai Circle will be doing 'A Simple Truth, Find Your Destiny' book study...oh boy...ah, I've already done it once so now it's time to peal another layer of the onion. :) Lots going on.
Today, Aventurine chose me! Funny enough it's a stone I have NEVER worked with until this morning. As soon as I placed it in my left hand I got this warm melt away sensation running up my arms and directly to my heart chakra. I closed my eyes for a bit and meditated focusing only on what I felt or saw in my mind’s eye. Warmth ran from my chest up to my neck and then sharp pin pricks at me third eye. Interesting...suddenly I saw green...hmmm...this went on for a few minutes. When I opened my eyes to stare at the stone again I felt the warm melt away feeling running up my arms. I'm going to keep this new stone close to me and see what happens as the day goes on. I'm also going to pull out my handy dandy ‘Crystal Bible’ by Judy Hall to see what she has to say about my new found friend."
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Originally Posted 8/12/14
You may, or may not, know that every day I watch the moon. I’ve always been a moon watcher but about 3-4 years ago I really started watching her cycle and connecting to the energy. Since doing that my life has turned around in such a positive way and the more I learn about the moon’s energy and cycles the more at peace my mind, body and soul feels. This past spring my daughter, Genevieve and I, were taught a wonderful Native American water blessing ceremony, Nibi Wabo, that is performed during the energy of the New Moon and it is very powerful for those who experience it. Naturally, as I have traveled across the globe on our latest adventure staying connected to Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon has been important to me.
The first thing I did when I got out of the airport here in Sydney was look in the sky to see if I could find Grandmother Moon…honestly, I was so out of it, 15 hours on a plane does that to a person, I don’t remember if I saw her but I do remember looking!!! I did see the moon the next day clearly in the bright early afternoon sky which blew me away because the clarity was what I was used to seeing in the nighttime sky in the Northern Hemisphere. It also appears to be larger…absolutely STUNNING! As the weeks have gone by I have found the moon in the Australian sky every early afternoon except during the New Moon, dark of the moon, cycle. It is amazing how crisp and clear it is, plus it seems to sit higher in the sky most of the day. Now I’ve been trying to research information about the view of the moon here in the Southern Hemisphere to see if there was a so scientific explanation, I need to go to the Sydney Observatory to learn what I think I’m looking for so I can as folks the questions I want answers too. What I have found was even more mind blowing for me because I had never thought of it and that is the moon phases are look backwards from one another… yet all three of my kids gave me the information like they were ordering milk shakes from their favorite ice cream place, it is AMAZING what kids know.
Now, there are going to be those out there who are not blown away by this at all, but it NEVER crossed my mind. I was thinking about the toilets flushing in opposite way…not the moon.
The moon has been the center of many cultures for centuries. There are tales, traditions and life cycles that flow with the phases of the moon. An easy one that all women can identify with is our menstrual cycle, it flows within the 28 day cycle of the moon. I find people’s emotions flow in a similar cycle to the moon as well which makes sense to me since we are comprised of 75-90% water depending on the amount of fluids you drink, and since the moon governs our tidal flow why not us, right…at least that is my thought. Farmers use the moon to known when to plant, harvest, calf, bake bread, can and even cut their hair. Have you ever read the Farmer’s Almanac? I love that book…
About two years ago I was introduced to a fantastic book that really has taught me to follow the flow of life, “A Simple Truth - Discover Your Unique Destiny and Find Your Place in the World Using the 20 Day Symbols of the Aztec Calendar” by Luis Rodriguez Cedillo and Chuck Hagen. We did a book study over a course of several weeks and began to see the flow of life and how it changed, I also saw the correlation to the moon. It was impressive for me, so much so that I hosted another book study with the book months later, and learned even MORE. I hope to host another book study down here, especially once I learn more about the Aboriginal Australians.
I went off on another topic…Give yourself the joy of watching the moon and observing how you feel for the next couple of months. See what kind of changes or emotions come up for you. Don’t be surprised if you are suddenly moved to clear out stuff around the house or release hurts that no longer serve you. You may even have so fantastic surprises come up, like an old friend reaching out, or the dream job you’ve always wanted appearing. Perhaps the perfect partner will walk into your life. When we watch the cycles of nature, we connect with nature…you don’t have to go camping or traipsing through the woods (Traci) to connect with nature. Frequently all you need to do is look up!
Blessings my SPARKLY Friends!!!
Hugs, Love, Laughter & Light,
January 31st, 2016
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POSTED ORIGINALLY in 10/11/2012
Welcome to my 'Sparkly' Journey! I need to apologize from the start because I am NOT a writer...yes 'Rann I see you nodding in agreement. :) My spelling is awful and my grammar is worse but I'm inspired to share my experiences, especially the in the last couple of years, in hopes that it will touch everyone to find their path.
In recent weeks I have posted on YouTube and Facebook about my spiritual journey and holistic/metaphysical healing passion. Yes, I am a Reiki Practitioner studying to be a Reiki Master/Teacher - I'll take that class next month, but long before energy healing came into my life I worked in the fitness industry so in many ways it has was the beinging of my path.
I have spent the past 20 plus years helping people connect to their body. Part of it started when I spent a month being partially paralyzed, April 1990. The only thing that the doctors were able to determine is that I had one full length artiers in my left leg and that one of the specialists I saw believed I'd NEVER walk again or if I did I'd be in a wheelchair by 30 years old. Just to clear things up...I'm over 30 and I am NOT in a wheelchair but best of all do I walk, run, swim, jump, climb and rarely sit down.
A major life lesson I learned from that experience was no matter what a doctor tells you the only person who controls what happens in my health was going to be me. I remember looking at the very optimistic doctor (NOT) and telling him he could be in a wheelchair not me...I don't think he took to kindly to a 19 year old questioning his prognosis but I really didn't care because I wasn't rolling over to his negative comment and accepting his opinion as my destiny. After that I started exercising and learning more about my body which quickly turned into a water fitness instructor. That progressed into more and more certifications - the list is OMG long...bottom-line my last fitness cert was personal trainer. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE all the health and fitness stuff I have accomplished and truly find/found inspiration in my clients but it wasn't enough hence all the certifications, oh yeah, and a degree that I don't really use but proves I am trainable.
What really opened my heart up to my life's path was a couple of years ago my soul was awaken by a wonderful friend...a 'soul sister'. The day I met her a flood gate cracked opened and over a couple of months the doors flew open washing over me an abundance of knowledge. I knew what I needed to do, what I wanted to do and that I was going to be able to accomplish it...what a liberating feeling. In some ways it's scary because anything out of the social 'norm' can be intimidating but overall it is exciting and I'm thankful to be surrounded by a strong spiritual community that keeps growing and growing in our area but mostly to have a wonderfully supportive husband open to what I'm pursuing and doing. Our kids think it's pretty cool as well!!
So, this is about lessons learned...here are a few I have taken to heart
I have learned that only I have control over my health, happiness and wellness
I have learned that the only person who can make you angry is you
I have learned that you are not too old, dated or out of touch to learn new things about technology
I have learned that there is a lot to be said about the 'old ways' when it comes to living your life
I have learned that love is free to give and wonderful to receive
I have learned that when you try focusing on what you can't change you miss out on what you can
I have learned that being myself makes me a much happier person allowing me to be a better wife, daughter, sister, mom and friend.
I have also learned that my friends and family enjoy my sparkles and that it's okay to let them shine!
It's only too late once you have left this side of the dirt
If you are living life you are always learning. The good, bad and the ugly are full of lessons it's what we do with those lessons that will determine the outcome. Think of it like this if you are always looking for the next bad thing to occur then it will consistently happen and you will feel like bad luck follows you everywhere. If you focus your energy on the moment you are in and drink up all the good around you then those bad things appears as hiccups instead of mountains. Then again, even mountains are meant to be climbed...just think how FANTASTIC the view is once you get to the top!
Hugs, Love, Laughter & Light!
The Crystal Goddess of the Southern Hemisphere... also known as Krista Ducharme, is an Energetic Healer and Teacher has combined her love of health and fitness with her passion of Mind, Body and Soul balance to create a SPARKLY love of life. Join me on my adventures around the globe...