Hello SPARKLE Possums!
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."
"Creating Abundance with Crystals" eKit
FIRST YEAR EVER!
13 month calendar full of Crystals, Moon Cycles, How to Tips and much, much more!
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
If you are interested in the book "A Simple Truth" please let me know... I have some of them in Australia with me and would love to share the wisdom.
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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!
Krista Ducharme, is an Intuitive Life Coach, Energy Healer and Teacher who 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...