Largest Selenite Crystals in the World a Million Years in the Making

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I came across an article last week about the Giant Crystal Cave connected to the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico. Strangely enough, this was the first time I had come across this information. All the research material I subsequently complied spoke about the geology of the caves.

As a scientific discovery the caves are nothing short of astounding, but from a spiritual point of view, there is a whole other dimension to explore. Not only from the size and composition of the crystals but also in terms of when they were discovered…

The Crystal cave was discovered by accident in April 2000 by two Naica miners, brothers Juan and Pedro Sanchez whilst drilling a new tunnel. The cave, which is at a depth of 300m below the surface, is in reality a gigantic geode of red walls filled with selenite crystals. The size of the crystals is nothing short of astounding, with most of the crystals measuring 6m in length and some even reaching 11m in length, with a thickness of up to a metre.

The conditions in the cave are nothing short of extreme, the temperature in the cave is around 50°C with 100% humidity, making it potentially lethal to anyone exposed to these conditions for more than 10 minutes without proper breathing equipment. These extreme conditions have perhaps been the cave’s biggest ally in ensuring that the caves remain relatively undisturbed.

Not only are these the largest selenite crystals discovered to date, but in 2011 research revealed that these are also the slowest growing ever measured. “Some crystals may have taken as much as a million years to form, growing by the width of a hair each century” (Crystalinks, 2011)

Selenite, like a number of other “new-age” crystals such as angelite and celestite, is a sulphate. Selenite’s chemical composition is CaSO4.2H2O. It is an incredibly soft crystal and because of the water in its crystal structure, it will easily dissolve if submerged too long in water.

Selenite is named for Selene, the ancient Greek Moon goddess, it glows with moonlight, bringing radiance and harmony. Selenite’s most important purpose is that it quickly opens and activates the third eye (brow), crown and soul star chakra. It is one of the best stones to bring about a rapid shift in energy. The discovery of these gigantic selenite crystals a mere 12 years before 2012 is highly significant.

2012 marked the beginning of a 26,000 year cycle, as the sun marches its way back through the signs of the zodiac. This cycle, also called the Great Year or Axial Precession, is a gradual shift in the earth’s rotation on its axis. The significance of this is that it heralded the beginning of a new age, the Aquarian Age, the re-awakening of the Divine Feminine.

The energy shifts, and resultant spiritual awakenings that have accompanied the onset of the Aquarian Age, may well have been assisted by these enormous selenite crystals, which just happened to have been discovered 12 years before. Even the numerology of 12 is interesting, if we simplify this number, i.e. 1 + 2, we get 3. 3 of course is sacred number in many religions linked too divinity.

If you would like to learn more about the re-awakening of the Divine Feminine energy, I am hosting a workshop in Durban on the 31st July entitled, “Crystals and the Divine Feminine Workshop”. The event details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/836210769818745/

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Crystal Cures – Menopause

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In our modern age, doctors prescribe hormones for birth control, to control acne, and to manage menopause. In essence this throws a woman’s natural cycles and hormonal balances out of equilibrium. I have known quite a few women who were placed on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), one of whom has used HRT patches for the last 30 years, meaning that she has had her menopause prolonged and never completed the process.

So this week, I am providing a list of the best crystals to help with menopausal symptoms to assist one to cope with menopause naturally.

1. SODALITE

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Dark blue aluminosilicate of sodium with chlorine. Useful for relieving menopausal symptoms. Women should wear this stone to come to terms with ageing issues such as a loss of fertility and the empty nest syndrome.

Sodalite is the crystal of wise women and is used with rituals and empowerments for post-menopausal women to enter a new phase of life.

2. SELENITE

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Selenite is the transparent, gem-quality variety of the common mineral gypsum. It forms long, blade-like crystals made up of parallel sheets of rock. Gypsum is incredibly soft and is easily scratched. It is formed from the evaporation of saltwater lakes and ancient seas.

Useful for blood cell regeneration, vitality, youthfulness, fertility, pregnancy, fluid retention, bloating, menstrual and menopausal problems.

3. CRYSOCOLLA

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Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper silicate. Chrysocolla helps older women to cope with dignity and resilience with the societal emphasis on youthful beauty, and the trend of replacing older women in the media or publicity-related areas of life with younger, less experienced women.

Chrysocolla is the stone of wise women everywhere, worn or carried in a charm bag to help older women express their knowledge and experience, through writing, painting, music, crafts or acting; give chrysocolla to first-time grandmothers and great-grandmothers to help them balance their new caring role with their own need for freedom and independence; good for all older people living alone, who may feel nervous at night.

4. LILAC KUNZITE

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Lilac kunzite is a spodumene variety of silicate. It helps relieve menopausal symptoms of all kinds and for older women to resolve gynaecological problems that reduce libido.

5. BLOODSTONE / HELIOTROPE

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Green jasper with red jasper inclusions. Bloodstone is good for blood pressure and circulation problems, PMS, menstrual problems and PMS, also for women who are giving birth to keep up their strength during labour.

6. YELLOW / PEACH MOONSTONE

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Variety of the feldspar with pale orange or yellow colouring. Helps with hormonal cycles, connected with fertility, menstruation, menopause, PMS, fibroids, IVF and surrogate mothering.

A consoling crystal for anyone who feels helpless because of weight problems, wear to love and value yourself as you are now and separate food from emotional needs.

7. ROSE QUARTZ

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Pale pink coloured quartz, coloured by trace amounts of Titanium. Helps with circulation, healing mothers after a complicated birth, headaches, fertility, female reproductive system, PMS and period pain, as well as the flow of fluids in the body.

 

References:

  1. Cunningham, S. (2012). Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, 11th Woodbury, Llewellyn Publications
  2. Eason, C. (2015). The Complete Crystal Bible – 500 crystals to heal your body, mind and spirit. London, Carlton Books.
  3. Lilly, S. (2012). The Crystal Healing Bible. London, Quantum Books
  4. Lilly, S & S. (2010). Healing with Crystals and Chakra Energies. London, Hermes House.
  5. Melody (2008). Love is in the Earth – A Kaleidoscope of Crystals. The Updated Reference Book Describing The Metaphysical Properties of the Mineral Kingdom. Colorado, Earth Love
  6. Simmons, R. & Ahsian, N. (2015). The Book of Stones – Who they are & what they teach. Berkley, North Atlantic Books.

 

Crystal healing and other types of energy work are not to be considered as a substitute for conventional medicine. If you have a serious health issue, you should consult your doctor and make complementary healing part of a complete health care programme. 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Cures – Headaches

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I met my sister for coffee earlier this week and on my way out the house to meet her, was compelled to put an amethyst tumblestone in my bag to give her, so she would be able to carry a crystal for headache relief with her. This got me thinking, maybe it is time for me to put together some healing lists. I have decided to kick that off with this week’s blog, essentially this is a list of the best crystals to use for headaches.

In most cases you can lie down and place the crystal in the centre of your forehead. You will not need more than 10- 15 minutes before the symptoms abate. As with all crystal healing sessions remove the crystal after 20 minutes. Give yourself a few minutes to re-ground and drink a class of water, before you return to your daily tasks.

1. Amethyst

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Quartz variety that is Violet / purple in colour. The trace mineral iron is responsible for the colour. Believed to benefit migraines and headaches, if you rub an amethyst that has been dipped in running water anti-clockwise on your forehead. Best to use a large polished tumblestone for this purpose.Natural all-round pain reliever. Works for all headaches.

2. Lapis Lazuli

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Conglomerate made up of the mineral Lazurite with associated minerals of calcite and pyrite. Simply touching the body with this stone improves your mental, physical, spiritual, psychic and emotional condition.  Especially effective for sinus headaches as it works on issues of eyes, ears and nasal passages, reduces pain and inflammation.

3. Moonstone

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Moonstone is a feldspar with a chemical structure of KAlSi3O8 making it a member of the alkali feldspar group which are mainly light in colour.This is a water element stone and is an extremely powerful feminine crystal very effective at balancing hormonal issues, which makes it the best choice for headaches brought on by hormonal imbalances during PMS and menstruation.

4. Clear Quartz

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Clear Quartz is a master healer. An elixir made from a clear quartz crystal can be drank to subtly improve your health.Quartz crystals can be worn to relieve headaches (especially if you are prone to headaches) and a small crystal is placed against the gum to give relief from toothache until dental treatment can be obtained.

5. Rose Quartz

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Pink variety of quartz. The colour is the result of trace amounts of Titanium (Ti). Local pain and inflammation responds well to the placement of rose quartz on the affected area, as it calms and restores life-force energy (or prana) to the area. The addition of clear quartz points around the rose quartz, with the points facing away from the area will help draw away the negative energy causing the imbalance. Like moonstone, rose quartz works well with hormonal imbalances and headaches that result from these.

6. Blue Lace Agate

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Blue Lace Agate is a light blue, banded microcrystalline quartz. The rich blue bands are created by larger quartz crystals inter-growing through chalcedony which originally seeped as solution into cavities within volcanic rock.Blue Lace Agate is a cooling calming stone, so is most effective for treating tension headaches.

7. Blue Sapphire

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Blue sapphire is a corundum (aluminium oxide), an extremely hard mineral (hardness of 9, being harder than quartz and just softer than diamond).It links strongly to both the brow and throat chakras can be used to help headaches, eye problems, inner-ear imbalances and vertigo.

8.Kyanite

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Elongated, flattened and bladed crystals which are often twisted and bent. Composition Al2SiO5. Kyanite works on healing the brain from head trauma, seizure and stroke. It can aid in creating new neural pathways around damaged areas.

9. Lepidolite

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Lepidolite is a lithium rich mica (sheet mineral). Being rich in lithium it is calming for all nerve-related disorders. This stone works strongly on both the brow and throat chakras.I find this one to be especially effective in relieving stress and tension headaches.

There are many other stones that will also assist with headaches, but this list, like most others that I publish, incorporates the stones that are common and easy to find.

References:

  1. Cunningham, S. (2012). Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, 11th Woodbury, Llewellyn Publications
  2. Eason, C. (2015). The Complete Crystal Bible – 500 crystals to heal your body, mind and spirit. London, Carlton Books.
  3. Lilly, S. (2012). The Crystal Healing Bible. London, Quantum Books
  4. Lilly, S & S. (2010). Healing with Crystals and Chakra Energies. London, Hermes House.
  5. Pellant, C. (1992). Eyewitness Handbooks – Rocks and Minerals. London, Dorling Kindersley
  6. Simmons, R. & Ahsian, N. (2015). The Book of Stones – Who they are & what they teach. Berkley, North Atlantic Books.

Crystal healing and other types of energy work are not to be considered as a substitute for conventional medicine. If you have a serious health issue, you should consult your doctor and make complementary healing part of a complete health care programme. 

Social Media – Blessing or Curse?

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In the last two decades our world has drastically changed. We have platforms to express our views, not only to our local communities, but to the world as a global community. Even the term global community indicates how much our world has changed.

As a holistic healer, I use Facebook as one medium to advertise my business and the workshops that I run. This can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that I can reach a much greater amount of people in my local area and make them aware of what services I offer, a curse because of the nature of Facebook (and other social media platforms). Meaning that anyone can comment, even those who not only do not agree with your healing modality but feel a need to berate you for what you are offering, by posting derogatory messages. One such occurrence this week has made me wonder about whether our society’s dependence on social media is really such a good idea.

Where once our opinions were shared personally, with friends, colleagues and acquaintances, now we can comment on any posting, share any video or photo with the potential for it to go viral and be seen by thousands, if not millions of people. Now more than ever we need to be aware of how much power our words hold.

Cyber bullying did not exist before the advent of social media and cell phones. When we tear down another person and ridicule them, and our derogatory actions are copied by others, we can do untold damage to that person. Take a moment and think of how many times, someone just stating their opinion in a comment to a posting, has been ridiculed for doing that, and the first person’s cruel comments, almost act as a license for others to join in.

Not agreeing with another’s opinion doesn’t call for one to be cruel or harsh. The purpose of social media is to allow interaction between people that are separated from each other geographically and to give everyone a voice. Having said that we must always remember to keep a healthy balance. Phones, tablets and laptops should not replace social interaction, it is much more important to be present in the moment than to take a photo of it to share on your Instagram… I find it unutterably sad to see a family out for Sunday lunch, yet instead of speaking to each other, everyone is fiddling with their phones.

Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Sadly that day is here…

Privacy has become virtually extinct, nearly every cell phone and tablet application that you purchase and install wants to access your personal information. Applications are linked and one will access information from another to setup our preferences, all in the name of convenience. This lack of privacy and more importantly the fact that all of your personal information can be accessed from the various programs and games that you install and use, is in my opinion the greatest curse.

My conclusion is that social media is both a blessing and a curse. It serves to remind us to watch our words. My Mom always told us, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. It really is time that we started seeing ourselves as part of a global community, one in which we choose our words carefully and if we can’t be kind, at least not do any damage.

Rose Quartz as an Emotional Amplifier

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This past weekend I facilitated my Colour Therapy and Crystals Workshop, during the course of the day, Rose Quartz became the topic for much discussion. One of the attendees had been given information about these stones by the crystal shop where she purchased them, that was not strictly in line with the true use of the stones and this has led to some drama in this person’s life…

In this time of spiritual awakening, there is a renewed interest in crystals as tools for healing and spiritual growth. As a result, there is much available on the internet and many books on crystals, however there are also many myths that are perpetuated by some authors that have now found their way across the web and into the everyday understanding of crystals.

Some of the things that I have found in reference to Rose Quartz include:

  • Rose Quartz dispels negativity and protects against environmental pollution, replacing it with loving vibes.
  • Bringing love in to life and daily situations…lowers stress and soothes those around
  • Rose quartz is a very happy and loving stone.
  • It is the stone of gentle love.
  • One currently very popular personality that sells internet crystal courses says “its energy is very calming, gentle & compassionate…a stone of love; love of all sorts. Whenever you feel the need to feel loved or you need or want to offer compassion, grab your rose quartz.”

I have found rose quartz has a tendency to amplify emotion. If you are sad, you will find yourself crying uncontrollably. If you are angry you will fly into a rage. This amplification of emotions starts subtly, in an almost imperceptible manner and builds from there. Because the build-up is so subtle, Rose Quartz is rarely recognized as the source of this over-emotional behaviour.

The fact that rose quartz is most often marketed as a gentle love stone, keeps people from realising just how powerful a crystal this is. Rose Quartz is readily available and at an affordable price and because of it being advertised as the ultimate love stone, many healers have an abundance of these stones in their homes and treatment rooms. In fact, rose quartz is one of the “starter crystals” most recommended by healers and light-workers to their clients, to the extent that that is not uncommon for large pieces to be found in each room of their homes and sometimes multiple large crystals. This over-abundance of crystals has the tendency to exaggerate its effects on the homes inhabitants. Added to this, I have found many of the clients who come to me, were never told about cleansing their crystals, so this over-abundance of crystals tend to be filled with stagnant and negative energy in desperate need of clearing.

As an example, I have one client who works in a day spa, there are multiple rose quartz crystals in the main room, as the owner has a love of them, but recently they have found, that they have had a huge increase in arguments with client’s and the owner who was known for her calm demeanour has become quite critical of her staff, often losing her temper. I recommended that they cleanse all the rose quartz crystals in the business thoroughly and look at replacing them with amethyst because of its calming and protective qualities.

The following happened to a friend of mine, to protect her privacy, I will call her Lucy…

Lucy was at work one day when she found a friend in thorough distress. We will refer to her friend as Jane for ease of reference… After asking what the issue was, Lucy was told that Jane was having problems with her kids. At this point Jane was crying uncontrollably. Lucy being well versed in crystals herself, noticed that Jane was wearing rose quartz, upon further investigation she discovered that Jane’s desk as well as under her chair was littered with rose quartz. Lucy asked Jane to remove the rose quartz jewellery and took away the rose quartz from around the office. Within a short time, Jane was able to calm herself down, although she was still upset, she was able to better deal with the situation…

Rose quartz is an important crystal removing blocked emotional stress. It is generally considered to encourage love and harmony. It is true that the vibration of pink does reduce aggression and promote understanding and empathy, but it is a mistake to think that because of this wearing rose quartz will make you happier.

Rose quartz opens and heals the heart chakra to make you ready to receive love, however it is not a gentle stone. It facilitates emotional release acting like a safety valve, it allows for a sudden release of emotional pressure. Whether or not you are aware of the need to release the pressure, it will be facilitated by rose quartz. In the long-term you will feel better for having released all the pent up emotion, but whilst it is happening it is an incredibly uncomfortable experience without understanding and guidance, and a little self-defeating if all it does is cause more anxiety….

The guideline with rose quartz, as will all crystals, is to explore the stone carefully, and if discomfort arises change the approach. May be a gentler crystal energy is called for, maybe combining rose quartz with rhodonite is a better choice, as it complements and stabilizes the release initiated by rose quartz. Rhodonite will restore a sense of equilibrium without stifling the release processes underway.

As humanity evolves into a new paradigm, our energetic centre is moving from the hara point below the navel to the heart chakra. As this shift takes place, it is highly important to clear and strengthen this chakra. The heart centre is the strongest generator of Light energy in the body – even stronger than the brain. The energy of Rose quartz helps the bud of the heart unfold into a thousand-petalled lotus of Light. Rose quartz can vibrationally support the energetic stabilization of the physical heart as it shifts to match the increasing frequency of the planet. It can aid those experiencing palpitations or skipped beats, irregular heart rhythm, hung and respiratory issues or emotional distress due to these energetic changes.

I think it may be time that rose quartz is given a new label instead of the stone of gentle love, it really should be the heart healer and emotional amplifier.

I will take this a step further, in that although pink stones are most often the one’s put forward as love stones, we shouldn’t forget some of our green allies who are strong love stones too, given their direct association with the green of the heart chakra. Here I refer to Chrysophase specifically.

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Chrysophase (an apple green Nickel rich chalcedony) helps one remain centred in the heart at all times, providing the courage to face difficult or threatening situations with steadfast resolve and truth-centred compassion.

Its energy expands the heart chakra and allows one to receive the infinite Love and Abundance of the Universe. Chrysophase is an excellent prosperity stone and a powerful Love attractor. It helps one prepare the heart for a new relationship.  It allows one to overcome bitterness and past disappointment and to approach new relationships with the curious heart of youth.

References:

  1. Crystal Vaults (2016). Rose Quartz Metaphysical Uses. [online] Available at: https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/rose-quartz [Accessed 18 Oct 2016].
  2. Cunningham, S. (2012). Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, 11th Edition. Woodbury, Llewellyn Publications
  3. Eason, C. (2015). The Complete Crystal Bible – 500 crystals to heal your body, mind and spirit. London, Carlton Books.
  4. Harton, R. A. (2016). Rose Quartz. [online] Available at: http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/rose-quartz/ [Accessed 18 Oct 2016].
  1. Healing Crystals (2013). Rose Quartz. [online] Available at: https://www.healingcrystals.com/Rose_Quartz_Articles_63.html [Accessed 18 Oct 2016].
  2. Healing Crystals for You (2016). Rose Quartz Crystal. [online] Available at: http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/rose-quartz-crystal.html [Accessed 18 Oct 2016].
  3. Lilly, S. (2012). The Crystal Healing Bible. London, Quantum Books
  4. Lilly, Sue & Simon (2003). Healing with Crystals and Chakra Energies, London, Hermes House
  5. Simmons, R. & Ahsian, N. (2015). The Book of Stones – Who they are & what they teach. Berkley, North Atlantic Books

Hoaxes, Truths, Urban Myths and Hidden Realities

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will undoubtedly be aware that I mostly write about crystals and crystal healing.

Today I was inspired to write about hoaxes. Earlier this month a story circulated around the internet and was reposted on Facebook by a number of different groups. In essence it advised that the signs of the zodiac had been updated by NASA. The article goes on to explain (plausibly) that:

The stars have shifted due to the wobbling effect of the Earth caused by the sun and the moon over the last two to three thousand years.

Being aware that many groups have reported massive changes to the Earth’s orbit, most notably the Inuit Elders who issued a warning to NASA about this, I read this original article with an open heart and agreed with much it said.

The article continues on to say that there are now 13 astrological signs and shifts the dates for every sign.

Unfortunately, although this story has a plausible foundation, when you start to break it apart it makes progressively less sense. The most important clue is that NASA has never had anything to do with astrology, so why would they announce new signs of the Zodiac?? Added to this many years ago when I was still in High School and studying Advanced Maths, I recall one of our teachers speaking about the reason why there was 360 degrees in a circle was related to the belief by the Babylonians that sun had a 360 degree path which in turn was the length of a year, the Babylonian Astrologers didn’t cut out an astrological sign, just so that there would be a neater Zodiac…

What this experience has reminded me, is that in our search for truth and our research, we must always remember to check and double check the facts and most importantly question everything.

You not only have a right, but you also have a responsibility to think for yourself. Humanity is shifting and waking up to a new reality where we no longer follow blindly, we however do hold within ourselves the programming to believe everything we are told, so we need to constantly remind ourselves that we have the freedom to choose whether we agree with what we read.

I often give a talk entitled “Debunking the Popular Myths About Crystals”. I originally wrote the talk as an introduction to what I cover in my crystal courses and workshops. Over time this talk has evolved to highlight some of the more popular myths perpetuated by the internet and certain authors.

Earlier this year I wrote a separate blog expanding on one of these myths, “Tektites for Protection and Grounding?” at https://violetsunblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/tektites-for-protection-and-grounding/ . In this article I look at what information is being disseminated and examine what is being said for what can be proved.

We live in an information age where anyone’s opinion and supposition can become fact. Anytime you do an internet search you are confronted by hundreds of websites all providing “facts”, some have pulled their information from authors who made errors in the science they have reported, others are publishing the opinion of their authors… So how does one separate fact from fiction? Many years ago when I first started by Degree, our professors set rules that we were never to refer to the internet as a valid source for research, unless it was a reputable website meaning that all of the information was sourced and referenced. Personally I also stay clear on any websites and books where the author uses slang and colloquialisms to the extreme, my thought is that if you are too lazy to write something properly, you are too lazy to have truly done your research. Finally, trust your intuition, if something doesn’t sit well with you and your feeling or experiences contradict what a book or website is telling you, trust what your intuition says.

 

References:

  1. Robb, S (2016). Did you hear that Nasa had changed signs of the zodiac? It isn’t true (online). Available at: http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/18/did-you-hear-that-nasa-had-changed-signs-of-the-zodiac-it-isnt-true-6135646/ [Accessed 27 Sep 2016].
  2. Spirit Science (2016). Your Astrological Sign Has Shifted: Nasa Updated The Zodiac Signs For The First Time In 2,000 Years (online). Available at: http://thespiritscience.net/2016/09/02/your-astrological-sign-has-shifted-nasa-updated-the-zodiac-signs-for-the-first-time-in-2000-years/ [Accessed 27 Sep 2016].
  3. White Wolf (2015). “Earth has shifted”-Inuit elders issue warning to NASA and the world (Video) [online]. Available at: http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2015/04/earth-has-shifted-inuit-elders-issue.html [Accessed 27 Sep 2016].

 

Recommended Crystals Every Empath Should Have In Their Homes

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I came across an article today that listed crystals and stones that every empath should have in their homes and sadly didn’t agree with the list, the reason being that many of the pure empath stones were excluded. As a result, I decided to supply my own list of recommended crystals.

Being an empath means you are affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others.  Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and emotions.  Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to moods.  Empaths can perceive physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, as well as just knowing the motivations and intentions of other people.  You either are an empath or you aren’t, it is not a skill you can learn.

Empaths who don’t protect themselves, often find themselves overwhelmed and energetically depleted, it is also very difficult for an empath to work as a healer without protection, as they will not be able to distinguish the clients ailments from their own, or even worse they may take on the clients symptoms.

As an empath myself, there are many specialized empath stones that I carry and have around me all the time. The list below are the one’s that use most often:

  1. SUGILITE

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Sugilite is exceptionally protective. Carrying or wearing sugilite sets up a psychic shield around the wearer, making one impervious to the negative influences of others. This is especially beneficial to empaths and sensitive souls who absorb the energies around them.

2. LABRADORITE

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One of labradorite’s most important characteristics is the ability to protect the auric field and prevent energy being drained by other people. The play of colour in labradorite helps to disperse enervating external energies to maintain personal energy integrity.

3. LEPIDOLITE

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Lepidolite works as a support stone for emotional imbalances. Even protected empaths will be affected by the emotions of others, especially when these are very strong such as grief and despair. Lepidolite helps to restore the balance to your own emotions, thereby allowing you to maintain an emotional separation between you and other people.

4.SCHORL / BLACK TOURMALINE

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Wear schorl or carry it in your pocket or purse to shield yourself from psychic attacks and energy vampires. It is one of the best crystals for protection, making it a powerful way for how to protect yourself from negative energy. It also helps to put an energy boundary between yourself and others, so that you don’t pick up other people’s energy, then making it your own, which will leave you feeling depressed, anxious and depleted.

5. AMETHYST

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With its purifying energies, amethyst helps to clear and transform energies in the environment where it is placed. Therefore it is an aid to help you release imbalanced energies during the day or protect yourself in an imbalanced environment. This is especially useful as empaths particularly need a safe place in terms of their homes, which acts as a safe haven where they can organise their thoughts and separate their emotions from others.

6.TIGER IRON

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Tiger iron brings stability during times of emotional change and mental fatigue and increases stamina. It is an incredibly powerful grounding stone that enables you to remain present and grounded in your physicality. It stimulates your inner fire, brings emotional balance and clarity of thought. Tiger iron stops you from taking on the problems or ailments of your patients or becoming physically or mentally drained during your healing sessions.

7.CARNELIAN

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Carnelian is used to counteract doubt and negative thoughts, and also confers patience. Another aspect of the energy of Carnelian is its ability to strengthen and fortify the physical body, enhancing the flow of life-force energy and its expression through physical vitality. When we neglect the physical, we are neglecting the temple in which our spirit resides. This stone helps to bring balance emotionally and physically.

 

I hope that you will find this list useful. If you are interested in learning more about crystals and energetic protection, I run a mini workshop on this topic. The next offering will be on the 13th November at Shanthi sanctuary. Further details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/866746440127014/

In case you were wondering, as I sit here writing this at my desk, I have 3 lepidolite tumblestones and a tiger iron pyramid in front of me on the desk, a labradorite in my pocket and a sugilite around my neck…

 

References:

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