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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Happy Tuesday, folks!

I’m getting at’cha a day late this week since yesterday was my love’s birthday, and I set the whole day aside for him. Ahh… L O V E.

To my great pleasure, I see that Doreen has brought the Magical Unicorns with her this week. Following the trend of the readings for the past few weeks, this week’s spread encourages taking some quiet time this week (she uses the word ‘retreat’) for reflection, healing, and self-care again.

Also, she developed the Magical Unicorns deck to be used by children and to speak to the inner child within each of us. Therefore, this week’s reading carries an undercurrent of spending time with and caring for your inner child.

So that’s it for August, my friends, and fall will be here before we know it. Time for taking stock and making necessary changes once again. I think that this week’s reading suggests that it’s not too early for that work to begin.

Since I will not be teaching this week or next week, I’ll be taking it easy and spending time with my boys as summer wraps up.

Wishing you all the best and sending positive thoughts for any healing or transformation you may be working on right now.

Namaste!

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

The Romance Angels are with us this week!

Doreen points out in the beginning of her reading that the Romance Angels deck does not only address romantic or sexual relationships, but also other relationships- like business relationships, friendships, and the all-important relationship with one’s self. They can bring insight to any situation where a little love may move mountains.

I’ve certainly been in the ‘giving-to-receive’ mode with my loved ones recently. Today, I’m celebrating the third birthday of a loved one within a week! And I still have one more to go next week. It has been a great time for learning lessons about the relationship of giving and receiving love. You can’t have one without the other!

See what Doreen and the Romance Angels have to say about love and relationships this week (Hint: It goes something like this, “Love. Forgive. Be loved. Repeat.”).

Angelic blessings to all this week and always!

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The Siri Gaitri Mantra

Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung

This mantra (the Siri Gaitri mantra) has become a daily companion for me in the past few weeks.

Since I received my Reiki attunements last month, I have been paying extra attention to my etheric body and my chakras, especially as I am practicing healing on myself and others. As Ramdesh Kaur states in her article about the Siri Gaitri mantra, it is “a way of raising your vibration to the frequency of Divine Healing.”

Want to learn more? Also check out this great article with an expanded description of the mantra’s universal healing properties and how to incorporate it into meditation.

Let the healing begin!!!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Amazonite

Day 5… I’m alive! Thanks to the trusty amazonite in my pocket. Ha. Amazonite is a great protection stone, and it is known for blocking many types of stress.

Personally, I love the appearance of it. The beautiful blue-green color reminds me of tropical waters.

The property that I’ve most often heard associated with amazonite is its ability to protect the physical body from microwaves and cell phone emanations. It absorbs this ‘pollution’ and should be placed between you and its source (taped to a cell phone, for instance).

Here is more about its specific healing properties:

“Amazonite heals and opens both the heart and throat chakras to enhance loving communication. It also opens the third eye and intuition. The stone dissipates negative energy and blockages in the nervous system. It is beneficial in osteoporosis, tooth decay, calcium deficiency, and calcium deposits, balancing the metabolic deficiencies that create these conditions. The elixir rectifies calcium problems. Amazonite also relieves muscle spasms. A major property is the protection it affords from the health hazards of microwaves and other sources of electromagnetic smog.”
~Judy Hall, from The Crystal Bible

Beauty and magic! Ah, I’m in love… ♥

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Sum-sum-summertime.

Can I see by a show of hands who is excited for the summer solstice on Wednesday? It’s one of my favorite days of the year- the longest day of the year! Go, sunshine, go!

I’m still hoping that the gloom dissipates a little so that I could actually see a some sunshine. That would be nice. I taught my class under gloomy skies this morning, but we had a good time all the same. I always love teaching outside on Monday mornings. It sets a good tone for the beginning of the week. Which brings me back to…

Doreen and the angels are here once again to give us guidance about the upcoming week- the official beginning of summer. Such an active, exciting time of the year. See what the angels have to say about it.

Happy Monday!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Aventurine

Day 4 already! You know what that means? The summer solstice is getting near.

Of course, it also means that we’ve worked our way up to the heart chakra in our little ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon. And the stone of the day is…? Aventurine! You may have noticed that both chrysoprase and malachite (our two previous crystal superstars) are also strongly connected to the heart. Green is the color of the heart chakra, so many green stones have an association to the heart chakra.

In fact, aventurine can be a variety of colors, and each of these varieties has its own unique properties. Aventurine has a high quartz content, but it is the presence of other minerals that determines its color. Green aventurine, the type that I picked up in Oklahoma, is the most common variety. The green color is produced by the addition of fuchsite to the quartz crystals.

I think that my favorite quality of green aventurine is that it facilitates connection to the devic kingdom, making it a friend of the gardener. Any friend of the gardener is a friend of mine!

Aventurine is another great protection stone, protecting the heart and regenerating heart energy. It also balances male and female energies, and promotes leadership qualities.

On a physical level, aventurine promotes feelings of well-being and heals parts of the body found in the region of the heart and throat (heart, lungs, adrenals, and sinuses).

Here’s to you, aventurine! Welcome to the family!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Malachite

For so, so long I had been hoping to add a piece of malachite to my crystal babies. And guess what? I found it! I found it! I found my own very special little piece.

I remember malachite from the time of my first fascination with rocks and minerals when I was a small child. I loved the color, and I loved the beautiful swirl patterns in it. Malachite is a secondary copper mineral, and its deep green color is caused by the copper within it.

The high copper content in malachite is the reason for its pulsing electromagnetic energy field. It is a powerful protection stone that absorbs negativity and environmental pollutants. Because of its ability to soak up negative energies, malachite must be cleansed frequently.

It activates all chakras, especially the heart. Here are some of its associations with the chakras:

-On the solar plexus, it facilitates emotional healing and balances the heart and sacral chakras. Place it on the solar plexus to absorb negative emotions.

-On the heart, it promotes greater harmony and balance.

-On the heart and throat, it promotes the physical health of the heart.

-On the third eye, it activates the intuition and enhances insight, helping the individual to see clearly what is impeding spiritual growth.

For its properties of protection and increased insight, malachite is known as a stone of transformation. It is an excellent companion for anyone who is in a period of great change in their lives. It facilitates the ‘rebirth’ process.

So, can I get a ‘yay, malachite!’ now?

Thought so.

Welcome to the crew, malachite. I think you’re going to fit in just fine… ♥

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Crystal in the spotlight: Chrysoprase

Day 2 and we’re movin’ on up… to a stone that is associated with the sacral chakra, as well as the heart chakra- chrysoprase. Chrysoprase is an apple-green chalcedony (a type of quartz).

Its name derives from the Greek words “chrysos,” meaning gold/yellow, and “prason,” meaning leek. This name refers to its unique color, which is caused by the presence of nickel. The color can be lighter or darker depending on the amount of nickel present.

Chrysoprase promotes abundance and prosperity at the level of the solar plexus chakra, and it enlivens the sacral chakra by drawing out hidden talents and supporting creativity. It also supports “physical creativity,” enhancing fertility.

It is known for other healing properties within the physical body, like stimulating the liver. Like bloodstone, it is a powerful detoxifier.

Chrysoprase also detoxifies the emotional body and balances the heart chakra. In this aspect, it helps the individual to overcome egotism and judgmentalism- two critical steps in embracing the heart chakra’s lessons about universal love. These beneficial properties at the level of the heart foster greater compassion and forgiveness and grow the ability to express oneself without anger.

Additionally, it aids release of emotions that have been stored since childhood and heals the inner child.

On a spiritual level, it brings universal energy into the body and helps us to see our lives and their events as part of the Divine whole. Realizing the role of Divine will in the details of our lives, we are open to greater trust and security.

Learn more about chrysoprase today and let the healing begin!

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Crystal in the spotlight: Bloodstone

Day 1 of my ‘crystal in the spotlight’ marathon! And it feels so good! Or it may be that I picked up a piece of bloodstone in Oklahoma. It is a powerful healing stone and a blood cleanser. It has a lot of properties that I could use now that I’m hOMe again. It’s a grounding and revitalizing stone- two things I could certainly use after my trip (and also some strange and mysterious nutrition choices I made while on vacation). It’s time to ‘get back’ with the program in more ways than one. So? Revitalizing? Great. Grounding? Sounds perfect.

I also love some of the history associated with this stone, which is actually a combination of dark green jasper and iron oxide. Its name, for instance, derives from the Middle Ages when it was thought that it was created by Christ’s blood dropping onto the green earth. Also, it was known in ancient times as an “audible oracle,” meaning that it gave off sound as a means of guidance.

I only brought a small piece of it home, but Grandma Patsy (you know her, right?) had a mammoth chunk of it on her deck. It was bigger than my head. I spent some time out there admiring it in the last week, and it’s inspired me to learn more about bloodstone.

Wanna hear ’bout it? Here it go.

This cleansing stone is associated with the lower chakras. It grounds, protects, and revitalizes, anchoring us in the present moment. It cleanses the blood and the internal organs located near the lower chakras (detoxing the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen, and bladder). It also cleanses negative energy.

It grounds both the mental (by calming the mind and lessening confusion) and emotional (by grounding heart energy) bodies.

Welcome, bloodstone! So grateful to have you around!

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There’s no place like hOMe

Home at last!

My month of traveling has come to a close. I must admit… I feel so grateful to be home. My bed. My food. My pets and plants and places for asana and meditation. Adaptability is a wonderful (and necessary) quality, but there’s much to be said about the comforts of home, too.

My lil fam had waited waaaay too long to visit our loved ones far and wide. It had been nearly two years since I had been back to the area where I grew up. And I had never been to the town where my man was born- or even to the part of the country where he was born. My brother and I drove through there at high speeds during our cross-country relocation adventure, but I didn’t remember anything but a roadside rest stop with a view of bison. This time, I had much more time to look around and get a feel for the place.

So, what did I see? Much more than I could ever recap in one little post. I had so many great experiences and so many profound realizations- about people, family, time, space, the way people live their lives and see their world, the ways they give meaning to the things they do.

Faces, places, spaces.

How do we connect? How do we stay connected?

Often, things just don’t seem the same anymore. The faces. The places.

As the time was coming to leave the place where I grew up, I found myself thinking, “I didn’t go to Moundsville. I didn’t go down this road or that one. I don’t know how long it will be until I’ll be this close again. I came so close to updating the road maps in my head, and now I don’t know what’s become of it. It’ll stay frozen in time for me for at least a little while longer.”

The places and the faces.

That was my trip back to my childhood home, but what about my travels to Oklahoma- a place I’d never really been before? Mostly, I was struck by how new and different it seemed to me. There was no road map to update there- it was uncharted territory.

At times, it seemed like a foreign land. The hows, whys, and whens of my daily life- things I may take for granted- kinda took on a light like they were being beamed in from an alien planet (like, “Yes, I’d like a salad with no meat. Really. No, not even bacon bits. I don’t want any meat. I don’t eat it. Ever. Really.”).

Overall, seeing different people, places, and things gave me a new appreciation for my life. How lucky I am. How well my efforts to co-create my own little place in this world have come together. How I live in a field of endless possibilities for discovering my heart’s home.

I look all around here now, and I think, “Uh huh. That’s right. You’re speaking my language. Let’s do this.”

There are, of course, commonalities that tie us all together and make us more alike than we may ever realize. I met interesting new people and found aspects of home everywhere. I came home with excellent, inspiring new books. And rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. I was thoroughly impressed with the selection of rocks in both West Va. and Ok. I couldn’t wait to bring those babies home and welcome into my crystal family.

I’m still so excited (like a little kid in a candy store) that I’ve decided to feature one of them each day for the next week. 7 stones. 7 days. Beginning with a stone associated with the root chakra and working our way up- arriving at the crown on the 20th, the Summer Solstice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying them.

I’m so glad to be back, yoga lovers! Love to all!!

 

 

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