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Our Winter Solstice Celebration at The Crystal Cottage

December 19, 2013

This year I’m hosting a Winter Solstice Celebration at The Crystal Cottage for friends and the community to come together to share in welcoming in the light. For many, the Winter Solstice is considered to be the beginning of the new year as the days now begin to grow longer. We’ve made it through the shortest, or darkest time of the year. The Winter Solstice is a great time to reflect on our own lives and how we have made it through the dark times and now we can move forward into the light.  We will create sacred space by burning white sage as a cleansing ritual and everyone will gather together with an open heart. Together we’ll share in a Solstice Ritual exploring: What we have learned this year. What were some of our greatest challenges. What were some of our greatest gifts What intentions would we like to put […]

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Growing Your Soul with Love, Faith & Forgiviness

November 29, 2013

Our guest blog is written by Solaya, Certified Life coach, psychic and spiritual teacher. She is available for private consultations at www.solaya.net. In this article she offers us a deep reminder on growing our soul.  The soul has constant opportunities to cultivate its unique qualities and to look at its most shadowy parts. Opportunities to cultivate your potential are given through challenges. Letting go of negative beliefs sprout from past experiences is essential to transcend limitations.  To grow your soul requires loving yourself by embracing your authenticity. This will allow your soul to blossom in beauty, empowered by the integrity of love. Your contribution to humanity is also part of your soul purpose. This requires an investment of presence.  Being in the moment awakes you to your super-consciousness, your full presence. Your soul guides, comforts and supports you in the present moment, not in the past nor the future. It is in […]

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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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