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Living Reiki

October 9, 2013

I’m delighted to welcome guest blogger Sheri Seay to my Crystal Blog. She writes a very personal article on being a Reiki Practitioner. Sheri will be offering a Reiki level 1 training at The Crystal Cottage in Big Pine Key, FL in November In June, I celebrated my 9th anniversary as a Reiki Practitioner. I had no idea how my life would be so magically impacted by this one decision to become a Reiki Master. I can still remember my Reiki I Class. I remember my Reiki Master, how organized she was and how her words flowed as she described the things we would be learning. I remember my classmates, each of us seeking the higher aspects. I remember me; or at least the version of me that I was then. I remember being excited. I had done my reading. I had researched, experienced several Reiki sessions with different practitioners, […]

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The Practice Of Gratitude

September 30, 2013

I’m so pleased to welcome guest blogger Felicia Libo  who wrote this article on Gratitude. It is an honor to be writing this blog post about gratitude, one of my favorite subjects and practices. I wrote a blog about the practice of gratitude for three years, which included writing in a gratitude journal and sharing the stories of readers and their experiences. It was a surprising and transformative process (especially since I was so skeptical about the practice to start with). During this time I came across Leigh Fortson’s powerful book, “Embrace, Release, Heal: An Empowering Guide to Talking About, Thinking About, and Treating Cancer” (a review about the book and its connection to gratitude is on my blog if you are interested). She devoted an entire chapter to gratitude and its practice. She writes: “I have come to know that being grateful or appreciative and paying attention to the […]

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The Benefits Of Chanting OM

September 4, 2013

OM is a universal, sacred symbol. It is considered to be the primal sound of the universe. According to tradition, ancient sages were able to hear the subtle vibrations produced by everything in the universe, and they identified OM as the most elemental sound of creation. In the beginning there was sound, from that sound everything came into existence. In a quiet environment, you can hear the vibration of OM in the crashing of ocean waves, in the stillness of a forest, or in the rush of the wind. OM is often used by meditators as a mantra to assist in reaching higher states of awareness. Many mantras and prayers begin and end with the sound OM. When you chant this sacred sound you connect your body with spirit. Through chanting the sacred sound of OM you begin to experience the oneness with the universe and everything in it. Chanting […]

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Rhodochrosite The Gratitude Stone

August 22, 2013

Rhodochrosite is a lovely shade of pink, emitting a powerful vibration for the heart chakra. The energy current of this Stone of the Pink Ray is one of Gratitude. Gratitude brings about a feeling of peace, love and joy and these are the energy qualities of Rhodochrosite. Rhodochrosite can help you invite positive energy into your life through being grateful. Rhodochrosite emanates a tender loving energy that brings about harmony and well being. Gratitude Jewelry Rhodochrosite is a wonderful stone to wear as jewelry as a symbolic means to remind you to connect to the feeling of Gratitude in your life.  The more gratitude you have, the more positive your life becomes. Gratitude jewelry can serve as a tangible reminder to be grateful throughout the day. Each time your wear a piece of jewelry filled with the intent of gratitude you remember what it means to you and feelings of […]

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Crystal & Stone Chakra Alignment Layout

August 7, 2013

Aligning and balancing your energetic system through the Chakras can be very helpful during times of inner stress or external changes. So many events in our daily lives can upset the energy flow in our Chakra Energy System. For a short explanation about the Chakra System please see my chakra information page Chakra balancing helps us on all levels, emotional, physical and spiritual. Taking time to align the energy flow within our chakras provides us with a way to clarify and purify our energy. There are several easy ways to balance the chakras, so why not make it a part of your daily ritual of well being, just like washing your face each morning, check in with your energy flow and take a few moments to align and balance your Chakras. Crystal and Stone Chakra Alignment Layout Choose seven different crystals or gemstones that match the color of each Chakra […]

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How To Stay Calm Cool and Collected with the Gemstone Flourite

June 19, 2013

The heat of summer can take its toll, leaving us frazzled, moody and irritable. There is a fabulous gemstone remedy that offers a cooling, calming energy to rejuvenate us during the hot summer months, it’s Flourite. Flourite is my go to stone when it comes to beating the heat. Flourite comes in several shades of cooling green colors and soothing purple tones. Purple Flourite is often mistaken for Amethyst. Flourite even comes in shades of yellow and blue. When these colors combine it is known as Rainbow Flourite. Flourite feels so cooling to the touch, that just holding a piece can help you cool down. Flourite is known as the “ Cool, Calm, Collected Stone” for it’s ability to help you come back to center when life tries to push you around and tempers rise. So, remain cool, calm and come back to your center this summer both internally & […]

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Are You Living Up To Your Potential?

June 12, 2013

Recently I was offering Crystal Readings and Consultations at a local Intuitive Arts Fair. One of the main issues I saw coming up for people was the question of potential. The stone Nirvana Quartz kept showing up in the readings. When Nirvana Quartz pops up in a reading it often asks the question, ” Are you living up to your potential?” For some people being asked this question is like getting hit over the head with a board. This is the kind of question that can seriously wake you up. Somewhere deep inside we know if we are living up to our potential or purpose. We know that some how we are off track. We are derailed. Whether through outside circumstances, or just plain laziness, we have allowed ourselves to accept something less than we know we are capable of. It really doesn’t matter what the reason is, the important […]

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A Song For The Earth: “The Time Has Come”

May 9, 2013

This past Earth Day I offered a special “Healing Crystals Dancing Dolphin Retreat” to celebrate Earth Day, off the coast of Key West, FL with my friend Capt. Victoria of Dancing Dolphin Spirits Charters. Six women joined us in ceremony for Earth Healing. Together we created a Crystal Mandala energy grid in the sand of a uninhabited mangrove island using Earth healing crystals & gemstones. We offered prayers and blessings to the Earth and all its people. One of the woman on our retreat, Gail Lima shared an Earth Day song she co-wrote along with her husband Franco Richmond and Faith Ainbinder Lang. Because Earth Day is really everyday, this is a song that can be sung for the Earth all year long. The song was written for the Earth Summit in 1992 held in Brazil. Gail & Franco created musical bells made out of recycled aluminum, called Wow Earth […]

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Clear Quartz Crystals: The all purpose Crystal

April 26, 2013

Have you ever wondered which gemstone or crystal is right for you? It doesn’t matter if you are new to stones or have been collecting crystals for many years. This question always comes up. How do I know which stone to use in this particular situation?  Let this question be a start to the discovery of the amazing and versatile world of  Clear Quartz Crystals. What makes a clear Quartz so special?  Because it is clear, it contains all the colors of the rainbow. Quartz Crystals contain within them the full spectrum of light. They can be used like any other stone. There are so many beautiful, colorful gemstones with their vibrant colors,  unusual structures , unique forms and inherit energy properties that we often forget to reach for the Quartz Crystal. This clear stone can energetically act like any of the color stones. The clear quartz is your all […]

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Buying the Perfect Incense – A Guide

April 11, 2013

I’m so pleased to welcome my first guest blogger Rita Rova who wrote this informative article on how to buy the perfect incense. I too love to use incense. I often burn incense when creating and designing my gemstone jewelry. Incense may be a sort of look into the past, but it is one of the most enjoyed things of today. The right incense can help you relax after a long day, recharge you for the day ahead, send you off into a blissful sleep, get you in the mood for romance, and so on. But there are so many varieties out there. You are literally just a few clicks away from hundreds, if not thousands of different scents and aromas, which is certainly great, but also makes choosing quite difficult. Is there a way to narrow down the options? Before you choose a fragrance, you will first have to […]

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