Wisdom Wednesday

I am so excited about this audio! It is Everyday Wisdom by Wayne Dyer. I’m not sure how it came to me but I am compelled to share it with you. I have been listening to this amazing wisdom daily for about ten days and I have become quite attached. I hope you enjoy!!

How to use the Energy of Crystals for your Spiritual Growth

Have you ever wondered how to use the Energy of crystals for spiritual growth and well-being? Then you are in the right place! This is my obsession right now and I have been doing some intense research.

Welcome to week five of my Spiritual Journey series; 7 tools in 7 weeks. Thank you for joining me, I am so happy you’re here.

This week we talk about the energy of crystals

Earth is home to more than 4000 naturally occurring minerals. A mineral is an inorganic substance of definite chemical composition and specific crystalline structure.

Most minerals are crystals, but not all. A mineral has one specific chemical composition, where a rock is a mixture of minerals. Crystals have a repeating geometric molecular pattern.

Quartz is the most prevalent mineral on our planet, making up between 12 and 20 percent of the earth’s crust. That’s a lot of crystal. Mother Earth has been lovingly growing these crystals for millions of years.

Crystals carry the energy of the earth, the moon and the stars. Each crystal has an individual vibration just as we do. There are many ways we can put the energy of crystals to work in our lives.

How can I use my crystals?

Working with chakras:

The powerful energy of crystals can be used to clear and balance the body’s chakras. The seven chakras are our life force energy centers. They run along the spine, from the tail bone to the crown of your head.

Each of the seven chakras has its own healing color associated with it. When using crystals for this purpose, the color of the stone or crystal should correspond to the color of the chakra.

The energy of crystals for chakra balancing

 

 

 

 

 

 

The root chakra is the first energy center, located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. The root chakra’s color is red.

When choosing stones or crystals for root chakra work, they should be red or black in color. Some examples you can try would be red jasper, garnet, bloodstone, black onyx or black tourmaline.

The second energy center is the sacral chakra, located in the pelvic area. This chakra is associated with sensuality and creativity. The sacral chakra’s color is orange.

There are many great orange stones and crystals to try when working with this chakra. Good examples would be sunstone, carnelian, orange calcite and goldstone.

Moving up the spine:

The solar plexus chakra is our third energy center as we move up the spine and it’s location is right around the navel or belly button. This chakra’s color is yellow and it is associated with confidence, self-esteem and expression of will power.

Some awesome yellow stones to try when working with the solar plexus are citrine, yellow jasper, heliodor and yellow jade.

The heart chakra is our fourth energy center as we continue our way up, of course, located in the center of the chest. This is our love center. It is also the energy center of the chakras with three above and three below. The heart chakra is where the physical and spiritual come together.

The energy of crystals,; chakra stones

Green is the color of the heart chakra, however pink crystals also have great energy for work with this chakra. Some to try might be green aventurine, rose quartz (the love crystal), ruby in zoisite, green calcite, green jade, chrysoprase and emerald.

Moving above the heart to the fifth energy center which is the throat chakra. It is located at the center of the neck, in line with the shoulders. The throat chakra is associated with self-acceptance and speaking your truth. This chakra’s color is blue.

Many amazing blue stones and crystals are available for working with throat chakra. You might want to try blue calcite, aquamarine, sodalite or blue quartz.

The third eye chakra is the sixth energy center located in the middle of the forehead between the eyebrows. It is the center of intuition, associated with intellect and spiritual insight. The color for this chakra is indigo.

Great crystals and stones to try while working with this chakra might be iolite, lapis lazuli, kyanite, apatite and tanzanite.

The seventh chakra:

Located at the top of our head is the crown chakra. This is the seventh primary energy center. It is associated with enlightenment and spiritual awareness. This powerful chakra is our connection to the Universe and Divine intelligence.

The color for the crown chakra is usually depicted as violet-purple or white. White being beyond color, complete purity of spirit. Crystals with the most powerful vibrations are used when working with the crown chakra.

Most notable would be amethyst and clear quartz, both considered to be master crystals. Other stones and crystals you can try when working with this chakra include charoite, lepidolite and eudialyte.

If you are interested in using crystals to work with your chakra centers, Amazon has sets containing all seven stones you will need. I am an affiliate with Amazon, which means if you make a purchase using my link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Have fun using the energy of crystals to balance your chakra energy centers and remove the blocks that are preventing you from being all you are meant to be!

Up next, using the energy of crystals for meditation:

Adding a crystal to your meditation practice can amplify the energy of your intention. You can hold the crystal in your hand during your meditation or place it close by. You may also want to try using the crystal as the focus of your attention by placing it in front of you and meditating with your eyes open.

Choose your crystal based on what you are wanting to work on or resolve within yourself. Some research into the many healing properties attributed to different crystals may be required.

For more information on how to start a solid meditation practice, see the first post in my Spiritual Journey Series.

Meditating with one of the chakra crystals mentioned above would be a great way to start. If you are already comfortable with using crystals for your meditation, you may want to try using all seven chakra stones.

To do this you will lie down on your back for the meditation. Place each stone on your body in the corresponding location of the chakra with the matching color.

As you follow your breath, spend a couple of minutes concentrating on each chakra center, beginning with the root chakra and working your way up to the crown chakra.

Massage therapy using the energy of crystals:

Crystal massage can be done with either a crystal massage wand or a smooth polished massage stone. No special talent is required to perform a massage using crystals, however some research may be required into the type of crystal you want to use.

There are many books and websites available to research the individual healing properties and energies of different stones and crystals.

A crystal massage wand is a stone or crystal with a slender cylinder shape that may be smooth or faceted. The wand will normally have a pointed end and a rounded end.

A crystal massage stone could be a palm sized smooth polished crystal, a crystal sphere or ball or a crystal roller. Choose a crystal massage tool that resonates with you. Your intuition will lead you to the perfect item for your needs.

Crystal grids:

What is a crystal grid? A crystal grid is a structured arrangement of multiple crystals used to combine, enhance and magnify the energies of the crystals used.

the energy of crystal grids

You may want to consider using a crystal grid if you have not been able to achieve your goal using a single crystal.

A crystal grid will include three to five different types of crystals and may contain other elements such as flowers or candles. Let your intuition guide you.

In the center of your grid will be the focus stone. This crystal will collect source energy and funnel it into your grid. The next stones in the grid are called way stones. They are the middle men between your focus stone and your desire stones. The outer stones of your grid will be your desire stones. These represent what you are desiring as your final outcome.

When choosing your grid crystals, begin with the desire stones. This will likely be whatever stone you were working with to achieve your desired result prior to assembling a grid. Next choose your way stones. Polished or tumbled stones with saturated color work well here.

The way stones are the intermediate between your desired result and the source energy that will provide it. The way stone energy will represent the steps necessary to accomplish your goal.

Finally you may choose your focus stone. Choose a stone that will amplify the energy of the other grid crystals. Clear quartz is always a great focus crystal but there are many other options.

Activating your grid:

Before assembling your grid, be sure to cleanse both your space and the crystals you plan to use. If you are into Feng Shui, you may want to locate your grid in the area of your home or office that relates to your desired outcome.

A sacred geometry pattern may be used for the placement of your grid crystals such as the flower of life pattern. If using a cloth, choose colors that coordinate with the grid crystals.

Assemble your grid by placing the crystals from the inside out starting with the focus stone. Write your intention or desired outcome on a small piece of paper and place it under the focus stone.

Activate your grid using a wand or quartz point. Standing or sitting next to your grid, hold the wand in your hand and focus on your intention for the grid. Slowly move the wand above each grid crystal, connecting them and there energies.

Leave your crystal grid in place for at least forty days.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Have fun using the energy of crystals and I hope all of your dreams come true!!!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual journey

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Mirror Work and how can it help me?

Hi. Welcome to Week four of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series. I am so happy you’re here. This week’s post is about Mirror Work. This is the perfect follow-up to last week’s post on affirmations.

What is Mirror Work exactly?

Mirror work is a very powerful practice for your journey that basically involves saying affirmations to yourself in a mirror. This may sound hokey to many of you and downright frightening to others.

Of all of the tools I now use, this one is my favorite and it also the practice I always show up for. I do this everyday, without fail. I believe mirror work is absolutely key to learning to truly love who you are.

Louise Hay was famous for practicing and teaching mirror work. She is the author of many books on the subject. She says “mirror work is the most effective method I have found for learning to love yourself and see the world as a safe and loving place.”

Robert Holden, Ph.D, was a student of Louise Hay who has taken up the teaching of mirror work himself. Robert says “you won’t find what you have been looking for until you look in the mirror.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Who can benefit by practicing mirror work?

I think everyone can gain more appreciation of self by doing this work. Those who suffer from low self-worth or low self-esteem will certainly benefit from doing this practice on a regular basis.

If you cringe at the thought of looking into your own eyes and saying “I am beautiful” or “I am smart”, “I am worthy”, or Louise’s favorite, “I am loveable”, then mirror work is definitely for you.

Do this! Face your fear. You are so much more than you believe!

Are you in? Awesome!

I was first introduced to mirror work in Janet Conner’s book, Writing down your soulThis is a wonderful place to start for many of the tools in this series of posts. In her book she encourages you to start by looking in the mirror and telling yourself “I am precious, I am important”.

She admits that this was too much for her when she began and had to kind of side glance at the mirror to get the words out. After much practice, however, she was able to look at herself straight on and say the words. Just as you will be able to if you keep at it.

I began my own mirror work with “I am beautiful”. For me this is not so much about physical beauty as it is seeing my inner beauty. I do believe that most of us focus on our flaws when we look in the mirror and telling ourselves we are beautiful, sexy, gorgeous or handsome can shift the focus off of what we consider to be less than desirable.

Shortly after starting my mirror work practice, I listened to the audio book Life Loves You by Robert Holden and Louise Hay. Now I was really hooked. This stuff works!

Learning from the best…

Louise Hay says “positive affirmations plant healing thoughts and ideas that support you in developing self-confidence and self-esteem, and creating peace of mind and inner joy.

Robert Holden offers his loving yourself free video series, focusing on mirror work. I have watched the entire series and I highly recommend. I tweaked my own practice to incorporate some of what I learned from Robert in this series. As he begins the first video, he says

“The one piece of equipment you need is a mirror. Any mirror will do. Make sure you give it a good polish before you begin. You are about to meet the most important person in your life”.

I love that! It is so true. Truly loving anyone else is not possible until you can learn to truly love yourself. Once you have done that, everything else will begin to fall into place.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thank you for reading!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual practice

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Positive Affirmations to Kick the Negative Self-talk Habit

Welcome to week three of seven of my Tools for your spiritual journey series. I am so happy you are here. This week’s tool is positive affirmations.

What are positive affirmations and negative self-talk?

Each of us has an inner monologue going on constantly inside our heads. We may not even realize this is happening. This is our self-talk and it seems to never run out of gas.

Unfortunately most us engage in much more negative self-talk than positive.  Thinking or even saying things like “I’m not good enough, smart enough or attractive enough to accomplish that.”

We are usually our own worst critics. And sometimes our inner voice can be a real asshole! Negative self-talk can become a habit and it can create troublesome issues in our lives. Anxiety, low self-esteem and even depression can stem from the way we talk to ourselves.

That is where daily positive affirmations can help. An affirmation is the assertion that something exists or is true. We are always affirming something with every thought we think and every word we say.

An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change.    Louise L. Hay

Why do positive affirmations work?

Our subconscious mind believes whatever we tell it. It can’t and won’t differentiate between the good and the bad. If we can change the words, we can change the way we feel.

Louise Hay explains in her book Experience your good nowthat when you state an affirmation, you are really saying to your subconscious mind: ‘I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.’

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”    Claude M. Bristol

Just because you have negative self-talk going on does not mean you are a bad person or wrong in any way. We all do it. It is time to stop doing it. Kick the guilt to the curb. You are an amazing, beautiful, miracle of life. Treat yourself gently and with love. You do not deserve your own abuse.

How to get started with positive affirmations:

The first step is to recognize your negative thought patterns. What are you saying to yourself? I’ve found the practice of meditation to be the easiest way for me to become more aware of my thoughts.

I wrote about meditation in Week One of this series. You can check out that post if you are interested in seeing what starting a meditation practice can do for you.

My introduction to affirmations was through Janet Conner and her book Writing Down Your SoulI mention her in my post for Week Two of this series on soul writing. I highly recommend.

As I progressed on my journey, I discovered Louise Hay, extraordinary teacher, healer, speaker, author and queen of positive affirmations. She has become a most inspirational teacher for me.

Please visit her website where you can look through some of her uplifting positive affirmations. Choose a few that resonate with you and begin saying them to yourself every day.

What can you expect positive affirmations to do for you?

Daily positive affirmations can be used to create self-love and to attract the abundance we desire and deserve into our lives. The key is to remain absolutely positive. This can be incredibly challenging.

If you are outwardly saying something positive, but the thought in your mind is contradicting it, the affirmation isn’t going to work. If you notice this happening to you, keep trying. Just as with anything else, it will become easier with practice.

One of my first affirmations was ‘I am Beautiful’.  My journey began a few months before I turned fifty and I was feeling a bit negative about my physical appearance.

Seven months later…I feel beautiful, inside and out. It makes no difference what clothes I have on, if my hair is done or if I am wearing make-up. I love what I see in the mirror!

What if your chosen affirmation is too much for you right now?

That’s totally fine. No worries. Your affirmation just requires a little bit of tweaking. Let’s say you have chosen ‘I love my body’ as your daily positive affirmation, but every time you think or say it, you cringe.

Obviously your mind is not accepting this affirmation as is. You must have at least a modest level of comfort with the thought you are creating. I would adjust this affirmation to ‘I am open to loving my body today’. You could also try ‘I have a healthy body that serves me well’.

Choose one that is acceptable to you now. As you become more comfortable with that thought you can up your game and choose a new affirmation to try.

Maybe you feel like you never have enough money. Affirming these thoughts will surely only bring more lack into your life. This has been a problem for me lately too.

Instead of concentrating on the months or weeks or even days ahead. I say to myself ‘Today I have all the money I need’. When my son asks for something we can’t afford right now, I don’t tell him that we don’t have enough money. I calmly say ‘we will have more money for that next month’ knowing that I am giving my subconscious mind instructions to make that happen.

Along with gratitude and forgiveness, positive affirmations have been working miracles in my life. I hope you have even more success!

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thank you for reading!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week two – Daily soul writing for your spiritual practice

Week four  – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Soul Writing for your Spiritual Journey

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.  Martin Luther

Thank you for joining me in week two of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series. This week is soul writing, also known as journaling.

The tool for week one was meditation. Check out How to Create a Solid Mediation Practice if you missed it. Hands down, soul writing and meditation have been the most powerful tools for my own soul work.

Why do I call it soul writing instead of keeping a journal?

Because for me, the quickest way to discover what my soul truly wants is to start writing. Soul writing has always been my default resource when life has me confused.

As a young teenager I kept a diary. Later in my teen years and through my early twenties, I wrote poetry. In my mid-thirties, when I wanted children and my husband didn’t, I wrote letters to my deceased best friend.

It wasn’t until my forties, when my marriage was coming undone, that I started keeping a journal. My soul writing took off like a rocket!

Writing is the indelible fingerprint of my soul on paper.   Michelle L. Buckley

There is no one right way to begin soul writing.

Keeping and maintaining a soul writing practice is a very personal activity. What might feel perfect for one person could feel awkward for someone else.

Almost anything is fair game. You may wish to start by simply recording your thoughts and ideas with a daily entry. Or you could use your journal to release strong emotions you have trouble expressing otherwise.

I have also read about “dump” journaling, where you write very fast and fill the pages with whatever is in your head. The goal here is to clear the clutter from your mind before sleeping or meditation.

My soul likes to write letters, prayers and ask questions. I write letters to God, Universe, Source, whatever you prefer, they are all the same to me.

I write letters to my self, my inner child, my deceased loved ones and to people who are alive and well, but will very likely never get to read what I’ve written.

Expressing gratitude in your journal is a fabulous practice, especially if you can do it daily. Many people keep a separate journal or notebook just for this purpose. I posted my gratitude journal for four weeks last fall.

Soul writing can be more beneficial than talking to your best friend.

When you are soul writing, no opinions matter except your own. You cannot be swayed by someone else’s thoughts on any given subject.

No one is going to judge you for your soul writing. God already knows. The only advice you can expect will be divinely placed on the page.

Write whatever you need to write. There is nothing taboo here. If you can feel it, think it, or wish it, then it is perfectly acceptable and appropriate. No matter what It is.

The more important question is, if you are feeling or thinking something that makes you uncomfortable, why? And where does it stem from? This is what soul writing can help you discover.

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.   Natalie Goldberg

Daily Soul Writing for your Spiritual Journey

How can you get started with your own soul writing?

I’m glad you asked. I have some great suggestions! Just so you know, I am an Amazon affiliate, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase a product though a link in this post.

I consider this a win, win, win, win situation. You get a wonderful product, I get a small commission, Amazon gets their sale and in this case, the author does as well.

First, I am going to recommend a book called Writing down your soul by Janet Conner. Janet originally wanted to call this book Dear God, so you can see why it was exactly what I was looking for.

In this book Janet provides unlimited subjects for your soul writing and she tells her story of transformation as well.

She also introduces affirmations, mirror work and laws of attraction. All tools I will write about in the coming weeks. Her Prayer Sandwich is pure genius and she will guide through every step.

Also available is a companion journal, My soul pages. I used this cute little journal to start my soul writing while reading her book and I really enjoyed it. Janet has inspirational quotes and poems scattered throughout the journal pages. I love this sort of thing, it makes my heart smile.

The only caveat is that I had the journal filled from front to back in less than two months. So you decide what is right for you, all that is really required for soul writing is a notebook.

What if I don’t like to write?

Well, I have you non-writers covered as well. You can also gain access to your true desires through other creative avenues.

Maybe you like to draw or paint. Then I would suggest keeping a sketch journal, even if you don’t believe you have great talent. You do! This is only for you anyway.

I keep a dream journal on my nightstand. This does require some writing, but it is predetermined. Simply jot down what you remember of the previous night’s dreams.

And lastly, I saw this great little journal in the bookstore called Wreck this journal. I love this idea! This is perfect for the non-writer out there who still wants to try keeping a journal.

The author, Keri Smith, encourages journalers to engage in harmless destructive acts such as poking holes in pages, painting the page with coffee (or your favorite beverage) and coloring outside the lines. Creative expression at it’s best.

I keep imagining how satisfying it would be to stab my journal page over and over again, with my pen tip, of course, if I was angry about something. The goal is to allow yourself to feel the feeling or think the thoughts and then release them. I think this would work.

If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.

Thank you for reading!

Week one – How to create a solid meditation practice

Week three – Using positive affirmations to kick the negative self-talk habit

Week four  – What is mirror work and how can it help me?

Week five – How to use the energy of crystals for your spiritual growth

Week six – Try a manifestation box instead of a vision board

Week seven – Pay attention to your inner guidance