Labradorite – The stone of transformation

Labradorite – The stone of transformation

The shimmering beautiful Labradorite stone seems to have flooded the US in the last past year, and rightly so. This beautiful stone, first discovered in Labrador Canada in 1770 by missionaries, where it gets its name, has amazing colors and “flash” that draw the eye.

Labradorite, also known as spectrolite or labrodite, is a member of the Feldspar Family with a Mohs Hardness of 6. Although it can be found in Newfoundland, India, Russia, Mexico, Finland, and the USA, most of today’s stone comes from Madagascar.

LAbradorite Wire Wrapped Pendant

Labradorite Wire Wrapped Pendant with Tree of Life. Click graphic to visit my Etsy site for wire wrapped jewelry

 

Labradorite appears as a grey stone but if cut correctly, the color changing “flash”, known as labradorescence , can result in iridescent flashes of brilliant blue, gold, green, or coppery red, reminiscent of the colors of a peacock. The shimmering, optical  effect is known as the “ Schiller” effect. The colors do not exist in the stone but are result of “light play”. Therefore labradorites beauty is best seen when the stone is moved or rotated within a light source. This stone makes for amazing jewelry since we are usually always in motion, it truly catches the eye

Labradorite has been used by shamans, and healers when seeking divine knowledge. The Eskimo Intuit people claim that it fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis and opened the Northern Lights.

As a metaphysical, healing stone Labradorite is known as the “Bringer of Light”, a Stone of Transformation and a stone of Magic. I often wear a Labradorite necklace reminding me that the world is a magickal place.

It’s a powerful protector, protecting against negativity and misfortune by deflecting energy away from your aura. It helps us connect to universal energies, helps us activate our psychic abilities, opens our intuitive nature. As a protective stone it works best at deflecting negative energies away from our Aura and places a protective barrier between your energy system and others. It also helps prevent subtle energy leaks. It allows for drawing  subconscious thoughts to the surface as well as it helps with bringing up past memories that have been forgotten so you can release them. An excellent stone for relieving anxiety and stress, it also helps with removing fears and insecurities, allowing for a sense of peace, calm and balance in one’s life. Labradorite is a wonderful stone to energize your imagination and creativity. Can be used as an elixir to dispel negativity and boost your well being

Labradorite falls under the signs of Sagittarius, Scorpio and Leo. It works well on the Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakras.

As for physical healing it is said that Labradorite works with Lung and Respiratory problems including  colds, and bronchitis. It helps with rheumatism, gout, and arthritis and resulting pain. It supports the Metabolism, digestion and Blood pressure. It can treat disorders of the eyes. Since it is associated with the moon it can help with hormones, PMS symptoms, pain and heavy menstruation. It can also help with detoxifying effects when trying to quit smoking, drugs or alcohol

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Selenite – the Moon Crystal

Selenite – the Moon Crystal

Several weeks ago  i went into a furniture store and they had the most amazing, huge selenite (Satin Spar) wand for sale. It was a most unlikely thing to find in this store. Needless to say this milky white gem came home with me.

Selenite is a very soft stone with a Mohs hardness of 2 so its not a very durable stone, and is easily scratched or damaged however its is one every energy healer should have in her tool box. As a thermal conductor it is often warmer to the touch.

Selenite is a crystalized form of the mineral gypsum and its very abundant, mostly found in Australia, Greece, Mexico and the USA. Because of its soft nature it is often used to bring light into home decor. The Basilica Santa Sabina in Rome, has white window panes made entirely from Selenite. Because of its soft nature and transparent beauty you can readily find Selenite carved into hearts, wands, and globes. It is also available as towers as a candle holder or a light.  In Chihuahua, Mexico the “Cave of the Crystals” located in the Naica Mines, houses some of the largest Selenite crystal formations. One is over 39 feet and weights over 55 tons.

Selenite is a cleansing stone and is often used to cleanse other stones. In my case, the selenite wand I spoke about has been placed in my crystal cabinet to keep all my other stones cleansed and ready to use. It is often stated that Selenite never needs cleansing itself but i personally like to cleanse it every once in awhile just to keep it vibrant. Since it is a soft stone never put this one in water to cleanse. My prefered method is a full moon cleansing. It is said that it is a strong enough to clean even crystal quartz.

Its an angelic stone and with it you can call upon the angels for protection. Placed around all corners of your home, Selenite can protect your home and create a place of calm and peace. In my pottery studio i have used Selenite to grid the space and people all the time tell me what a calm, nurturing space it is.

When you are wanting to make a connection to the spiritual realm, like angels, guides, ancestors  and our higher self, place selenite all around you to assist. Since Selenite is the color of the moon, and its named after Selene, the goddess lf the moon, it will help you tap into moon energy. Its energy is that of feminine goddess energy.

Since it is a cleansing stone, Selenite can be used to cleanse your energy chakras as well as you aura. Wands made of Selenite are often used in Magic or to direct energy.

Other healing properties of this shimmering, high vibrational stone are: connecting to the crown or higher crown chakras, mental awareness, intuition. Its useful for meditation and scrying.

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Oh please Mr Sandman, I need some sleep.

Oh please Mr Sandman, I need some sleep.

Here it is 5:05 in the morning, I can’t sleep. I am playing around on my tablet with my website and I come across this unfinished draft about sleep. What synchronicity! I have been awake since 2 am. What woke me up I will never know but going back to sleep proved futile. So after 3 hours of tossing and turning I just gave up, got up, made a pot of coffee and decided today was the day to research and finish this post. My sleep habits have never been great and insomnia and restless sleeping has always been something that I have battled. As I have grown older, it seems to have gotten worse, adding pain to the equation. I have tried all the fancy beds, from Sleep Comfort, the “what is your sleep number” bed, to memory foam. Many say it’s all about the mattress and personally I love my memory foam mattress but it doesn’t stop all the nightly chit chat that your brain happens to do. Why does our brain decide it HAS to solve a problem at 3:00am! So for my own knowledge and for you, here are some tips for a better night sleep. First off, check the lighting in your bedroom. We sleep better the darker it is, turn off or block out as much ambient light as you can. Remember those picture frames that would rotate through your photos showing a new one every 30 seconds? I had one in our bedroom on my side of the room. Every time it rotated it changed the ambient light in the room. I was sleeping horribly. It was an article by Dr Mercola that opened my eyes to ambient light and how it effects our sleep. Once I unplugged that gadget my sleep improved! He had other great ideas like turning off the TV well before bedtime. We don’t sleep with the tv on but I know many people do. Not a good thing for a good night sleep. Actually his advice is to not watch TV before bedtime but that isn’t gonna happen in our home. Essential Oils You know I love my essential oils, right? On the night table is a bottle of Vetiver, which is my oil of choice to help calm and relax me as well as shut the dialogue down in my mind. Since I am not fond of the smell of Vetiver it is one I apply to the bottom of my feet. Other Essential Oils you can try are Lavender, Cedarwood, Bergomot, Ylang Ylang, Sandlewood and Roman Chamomile. Not sure which one to use? Try Serenity Restful Blend which is a wonderful blend of all of them and more and smells divine! PS: Don’t pay Retail for these wonderful oils. A wholesale account is easy and you get 25-55% off. Ask me how or Join and save today Crystals for sleep Crystals have a unique vibration so we will be looking at crystals that have a calming and grounding vibration. Remember to cleanse your Crystal and program it for a good night sleep before using AmethystAmethyst– this is usually top of my list because it is one of the most calming of the crystals. Try placing a piece inside your pillowcase. Plus it’s readily available and most crystal nuts have at least one piece. Black Tourmaline– I have a small piece sitting on my night stand (right next to my bottle of Vetiver). Normally thought of as a stone of protection this crystal can also be grounding and calming. Quartz (Clear) – Clear Quartz is usually the jack of all crystals and if this what you have then use it. Rose Quartz – this beautiful pink crystal is soothing and full of gentle love. Selenite– Selenite is a wonderful tool to use for clearing your aura and for protecting your space. Selenite was named after the Greek Moon Goddess Selene. With its translucent whiteness it brings the moon to you in a calm and grounding way. Unless you are wearing a piece of crystal jewelry specifically for sleep I do recommend removing all jewelry before bedtime. The jewelry you wore during the day to energize may be the culprit that is keeping you awake. Reiki and your angels Using Reiki will definitely help quiet the mind, relieve aches and pains, ground you and help relax you for a better nights sleep. Place your hands wherever you feel most comfortable, let Reiki flow and say a prayer allowing your angels to help quiet your mind and help you fall asleep. Sometimes I ask for an angelic lullaby! I read this article on Reiki Rays called Insomnia and the Reiki Blanket. What a cool idea and one I will most definitely try. I hope this gives you a few things to try because sleep is so darned important and something most of us struggle with. Please feel free to comment with your favorite methods and share this article with friends if you know someone this might help. Namaste and Blessings

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I think I am an Empath. What do I do, it’s driving me crazy?

I think I am an Empath. What do I do, it’s driving me crazy?

In my Reiki practice, whether I am talking to someone before a session or teaching a class, I often hear “Someone told me I am an empath, and it’s driving me crazy”. How do I stop it or control it?

The definition of an empath is basically someone who feels the emotions of other people, places or things.

Most everyone can sense other folks emotional changes but empaths tend to take it on as their own. They may physically feel the pain, they may actually start crying, they may appear to be moody, are often called over sensitive and because they pick up on so much of other people stuff they tend to stay away from crowds and are considered loners.

Walk your own pathDo you think you are an empath? This article on ReikiRays.com has a great eye opener list of traits to tell if you are. I honestly did not think I was until I fell under the majority of these “symptoms”

Empathy can be seen as a gift or it can be seen as a curse, that choice is yours

It can be a pretty difficult way to live and many empaths tend to think of it as a curse. But it doesn’t have to be, it can actually be a gift. Empaths make wonderful healers and counselors. They can often times sense more clearly what is wrong. They can be compassionate because they can “feel” as their client feels.

But until you learn how to discern between your own emotions and feelings and those of others, the path of an empath can be quite unsettling. You may find yourself taking on others emotions to the point of causing you emotional stress or even physical illness. You may wonder what is wrong with you, why can you not be happy. You may walk into a room and feel overwhelming sadness to a point where you can not enjoy going out. Certain people may make you very uncomfortable, drained and overwhelmed. You are drained by the end of the day.

Does this sound familiar? So let’s talk about a few things you can do.

First, recognize that you are an empath. It’s not going to go away so you need to learn to live with it. Think of it as a gift, not a curse.

When you wake up in the morning, prepare yourself for the day by setting intention through the use of affirmations. Affirmations are short, powerful and positive statements that when repeated daily become part of your subconscious.

  • I am a compassionate, kind person who is respected and well loved
  • I only feel emotions and energy that are mine, and I release of all that does not belong to me
  • I don’t have to fix everything and everyone.
  • The energy that I receive and surrounds me is of the highest good for me.
  • I am protected from all energy that does not belong to me
  • I surround myself with white healing light.
  • I only hear, see, feel, and sense emotional information that is important for me to know and act upon.

Before leaving the house for the day visualize a big long zipper from your feet to the top of your head. Zipper up and lock as if you are zipping into a bag that surrounds you,

Get a Reiki Session. Reiki is a one way flow using divine energy. As an empath, you have probably blocked your energy pathways and Chakras as a defense mechanism. In order to live a happy balanced life your life force energy needs to be able to flow smoothly, without restriction. A Reiki session will unblock these pathways and raise your energetic vibration.

Learn Reiki. If you are in a healing position already, like nurse, counselor, therapist etc, Reiki can be an extra tool for you to help others by focusing on the areas you already know needs work. Empaths make wonderfully healers, Reiki also helps keep your own energetic and physical body in a place of calm and joy.  Empaths make terrific Healers.

Ask your angels to protect you from other people Energy allowing you to know which is your feelings and what are others feelings

Empathy is a gift. Do not shun from it but embrace the fact that you will make a wonderful healer.

Crystals For EmpathsCrystals for Empaths

Carry or wear these crystals. You can also use them in your work or healing space to draw out negative energy and create a loving, compassionate environment. I have tried to choose common, easy to find crystals that any crystal shop will have or you may already own. Remember to cleanse them often so that all the negative energy they absorb will be released, I also suggest placing them out under the full moon every month for a cleansing moon bath.

  • Rose quartz- the beautiful pink, easy to find crystal is the crystal for self love. It will help sooth your heart chakra and bring love to the forefront
  • Black tourmaline- this highly protective stone repels negativity.
  • Amethyst- this beautiful purple stone is connected with the brow (third eye) Chakra as well as the crown chakra. Not only is it a protective stone but it will help you connect to your inner self and spiritual self.
  • Unakite to help keep your emotions in balance

Feel free to leave a comment. I would love  to hear about your experiences and what may have worked for you.

Namaste.

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Traveling with Reiki and Crystals

Traveling with Reiki and Crystals

Traveling can be an absolute joy but it can also be filled with anxiety and anxiousness. Whether you are traveling by car, train or airplane make it a less stressful, safer trip with the use of Reiki and Crystals, As I write this I am in Utah visiting with my son and his beautiful family. The trip was anticipated with joy as we would be able to spend 3 wonderful days playing with our two youngest grandchildren. We were flying out of a small airport in Fort Smith Arkansas, 1/2 hour from our home, changing planes in Dallas and arriving in Salt Lake City by 7:30 that evening. The schedule was perfect, no rushing, hustling, standing in lines. We had a decent layover in Dallas, enough time to comfortably find our next gate and then have a leisurely lunch before the final leg of our journey.

As I always have Crystals on me, for this trip I chose several that would help with the journey.

  • Malachite– Malachite is the perfect crystal for traveling especially when traveling by plane or car because it is a protective stone.  Rumor has it that malachite will crumble if there is danger ahead so it works well as a warning signal. It also helps if you are afraid of flying, which I am not, but many are. It also helps with jet lag.
 
  • Moonstone– Moonstone is known as a stone for travelers offering protection as well as helping with jet lag. I wore my moonstone and garnet ring just for this reason.
 
Moonstone and Garnet Ring

My moonstone and Garnet ring

  • Amethyst– because of its calm nature having a piece of Amethyst with you can help overcome anxiety. Also a protective stone Amethyst can also help with being flexible with changes which often occur during travel. You just never know what’s going to happen. I carried a chevron Amethyst in my pocket as a worry stone and when things got crazy in our trip I relied on it heavy.
  There are other stones that will be perfect for traveling and they are beautifully outlined on OriginStones.com. I had several other stones they recommended but I just chose a few since I wear most of my crystals in a medicine bag (which, by the way, I had to remove and place in a bin during security check). I always have a tumbled Quartz crystal in my bag to enhance the other crystals. My natural Citrine is there to keep whatever is in my bag energetically cleansed and black tourmaline as an overall protective stone.

Reiki comes through for me.

On this particular flight there were delays from the very beginning which could have been very anxiety creating. Our first flight was delayed 1 1/2 hours which was all the time we had to make our next flight. I had never missed a flight before so I had no idea how to deal with the situation so I started sending Reiki. As we finally boarded our first flight the online schedule still showed our connecting flight on time. We would not be getting into the airport to connect with it in time. As I sat in my seat I began sending Reiki.  I used the Power symbol to send Reiki to the overall situation, then the Emotional symbol for myself to keep me calm. I sent Reiki to the future with the long distance symbol that we would be able to get something resolved. Then I started visualizing. I visualized us getting on the next flight, our original flight. I visualized us seeing our family and grandkids as we arrived at their airport on time. I saw us giving big bear hugs, finding our luggage and driving to their home. While we were in the air I continued to check flight status in case our connecting plane was delayed, just long enough for us to reach the gate. What I found instead was that we had automatically been booked on the next flight out of Dallas, at 7:30. (Big shout out to American Airlines for this). Ok, I thought, I could live with that! A slight delay but it would still get us into Salt Lake City at a reasonable time. We did not hurry as we deplaned because we had a few hours to kill before boarding the new flight. As we were walking out I happened to glance up at the flight board and saw that our original flight was delayed by 20 minutes! Enough time for us to make it. Dallas Airport is big and can be confusing but they have an amazing and fast tram system. We were able to get on our original flight and all our luggage was there waiting for us when we arrived. It turned out exactly how I envisioned it. I sometimes feel that I have magic at my fingertips when I am able to use Crystals, Reiki and Law of Attraction for my highest and greatest good. It never ceases to amaze me when using these gifts gives me personally such great rewards. It reminds me that we are able to create out our life by sending out the highest and best vibrations. The Universe is listening. What are you saying to it?
Crystals, Essential Oils and Chicken Soup Kick Some Serious Butt!  

Crystals, Essential Oils and Chicken Soup Kick Some Serious Butt!  

Yesterday was an icky day, one of those days when you know you should have stayed home but decided to be a Warrior Goddess and tough it out. It was storming outside and cold. The day before was a really long day and I slept pretty awful so I was really tired and dragging.

I had a Reiki appointment first thing in the morning but my day was open for the rest of the day which I was really grateful for. It was my intention to be gentle and kind to myself, straighten up the studio, do some product photography, pet the cats. Easy Peasy stuff.

But as the day wore on I got more and more tired and my head started to ache. I was dragin, that is whenever I decided to move.

I started searching for chocolate, a sure sign that I was heading down the wrong path. 

By 3:30, with my head pounding  I knew it was time to call it quits and head home.

 

When I got home I scrounged around looking for my Blue Lace Agate, a crystal perfect for headaches. The house was quiet so I laid down with the stone on my forehead and immediately fell asleep (or under the spell from the crystal)! 20 minutes later I woke up, a bit dazed, but with my headache considerably better.

But not gone

And I knew it wanted to come back. Not wanting to search high and low for my Essential Oil headache blend I grabbed the first thing I could find that I thought would help, Frankincense. I applied a drop to my forehead and temple.

My next thought was food…. I was hungry, yet still cold so some chicken soup sounded good.

When Ben came in he asked if I was coming down with a cold because I was stuffy sounding and coughing.

What?   I ain’t got time for that crap.

So out came the OnGuard, which I rolled on my feet.

I settled in for some TV watching, curled up on the couch under a blanket, feeling sorry for myself.

An hour later (I kid you not) I noticed that I stopped coughing, I stopped sniffling, I wasn’t tired and I wasn’t headachy.

Crystals, Essential Oils and Chicken Soup Kicked some serious butt!

And I am pretty sure I threw some Reiki into that mix as well.

Today I feel great, back to work and ready to go.

I love all the natural things I have at my disposal to keep me healthy. I love talking about Crystals, Essential Oils, Reiki. I am not a big fan however on cooking so don;t ask about the chicken soup.

Got a comment or question?  Ask below or send me a private message. I will be glad to help.