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Practicing Yoga By The Lake

July 13, 2010

The  early morning sunlight filters through the Gambel Oaks and Ponderosa  Trees.  The hummingbirds are already active, searching for anything red, including my bandana.  There is a deep quite, a peace in these woods. I take my yoga mat down by the lake.  Big mountain views greet me. The lake is reflective this morning, gentle  ripples creating never ending patterns. I place my yoga mat on the grass, in the sun, craving the warmth. The  cool mountain air brings a chill to my still sleepy body.  As  I begin my yoga  practice I face the sun in the east and begin doing Sun Salutations ( Surya Namaskar), sweeping my arms up over my head, reaching towards the sun, giving thanks for the warmth it provides, shining light on these beautiful grasses that surround this mountain lake.  I bow down towards the earth, connecting to the Mother who provides me with everything […]

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Awakening on the Spiritual Path with Crystals & Stones

June 3, 2010

I went to Vermont in May to attend the  Stones of the New Consciousness: Healing, Awakening and Co- creating with Crystals, Minerals and Gems. The conference was led by Robert Simmons author of “The Book of Stones” which in the field of Crystals is now considered the “must- have” book on learning about the metaphysical properties of gemstones. This conference however went much further into the exploration of our relationship with the stones. I’ve been trying now for almost 2 weeks to put into words my experiences of this intensive workshop. What I’ve recently come to realize is,  my difficulty in finding the words to describe what I learned at the 4 day seminar is  beacuse this conference was more of an experience rather than “learning”. While my mind wants to make sense of the weekend, it was my heart, that was awakened into the awareness of a partnership with […]

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How to use Crystals & Gemstones to Communicate with the Angels

March 28, 2010

  Different Crystals and Gemstones can help us to facilitate our communication with the Angelic Realm. Some of the Angel gemstones like Serpahinite, Selenite, Celestite, Charoite, Angelite, and Danburite can assist us in contacting the angels. Angel stones can act as physical representations of the energies of the Angelic Realm. Certain stones have vibrations that closely match the angels and can be used as a gateway or bridge so that we can more easily enter into the world of angels. Stones can help us to open our inner vision to perceive the angels. Think of them as the Angel energy in form. Angel stones can be used to attract the angels into your life. Not because the angels need to be attracted in, they are always present, but because we may not be present to them. These stones open us to the angels. The Angels are just waiting for the […]

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Moldavite- ” The Stone That Fell From The Sky”

February 26, 2010

Of all the different gemstones I have worked with over the past 20 years, Moldavite is the one that has shown me the most dramatic responses from those who hold it. I have witness many first time encounters with Moldavite. What I have noticed when someone is new to the energies of Moldavite is a strong reaction to the stone. Sometimes to the point of the person throwing the stone down as if they can no longer be near its vibration. Sometimes the opposite happens and a person can not let go of the stone because it feels so good, so familiar. Rarely is there no response from Moldavite. One of the more common responses from someone who holds Moldavite for the first time is the experience of warmth or heat, usually felt in the hand then felt throughout the body like a wave. I have seen people become lightheaded […]

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Falling In Love With Rose Quartz- A Heart Chakra Meditation

February 1, 2010

 Over the past several weeks I immersed  myself in heart chakra stones. I wanted to put together a collection of Heart Chakra jewerly as part of my Valentine’s day jewelry sale. I took out all of my pink gemstone beads and began designing Heart opening necklaces.  The more I work with Rose Quartz the more I fall in love with this stone all over again.   All pink and green stones are Heart Chakra stones. There are many pink and green gemstones in the mineral kingdom and I have a vast collection of  these heart stones.  It is easy to over look the lovely soft Rose Quartz.  As I worked with Rose Quartz I began to connect once again to its amazing energies. While the vibration of Rose Quartz is soft and gentle, it is also very powerful.  This stone reminds us that love begins with ourselves. Rose Quartz is all about self love […]

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Using OM Jewelry To Renew A Spiritual Practice

January 7, 2010

  As 2010 begins, it’s time to re-commit to our spiritual practices. For me that is Yoga and Meditation. I find it very helpful to use the OM symbol to remind me that I am renewing my connection to “the practice” The ancient symbol OM holds an important significance for me and helps me acknowledge my practice. By wearing OM jewelry and OM pendants, I am reminded to stay in the present moment.  I remember to connect to my breath.  Wearing OM jewelry allows me to stop and reflect throughout the day. As I see the OM pendant around my neck, I pause, take in a deep breath and connect to the NOW. I use my OM necklaces as tools to support my inner spiritual practice.    I enjoy making jewelry with the sacred OM symbol, combining OM pendants with healing gemstones that also assist to inspire a Yoga or Meditation practice.  I am always on the look out for unique and unusual […]

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Get Some Sleep With The Gemstone PETALITE

December 28, 2009

While the holidays can be a time of celebration and fun they can also be a time of exhaustion. Traveling, parties, “on- the- go” can lead to sleep deprivation. Do you need a good nights sleep?   The stone I use to help me get to sleep and  for going back to sleep if I awake during the night is the beautiful, soft energy of Petalite. Because Petalite is a Lithium bearing mineral it offers a soft balanced energy. Petalite’s energy is one of rest and healing.  Petalite can take me to a space where worries and concerns melt away, so that I can easily drift off to sleep, worry free of the days events and tomorrows concerns. Petalite gives me a sense that all is right in the world.  With a calm mind I can move into a restful state and give my body the sleep it needs so that I can be energized and vibrant to embrace […]

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Tips For A Relaxing Holiday Season Using Crystals & Gemstones

December 10, 2009

During the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the parties, shopping and busy activities of the season. This year the best gift you can give your friends and loved ones is a healthy, relaxed YOU!  If you truly want to enjoy this special time of year, give yourself some self nurturing.  Crystals and gemstones can help you stay calm, centered and focused during this stressful time of year. Here are some ways to use Crystals & Gemstones to help you stay  in the holiday spirit of love, joy and happiness.   1. Stay focused.  We lose so much of our energy when we aren’t clear and focused on the project at hand.  Instead of multi-tasking, give yourself the joy of focused attention.  If you are having trouble staying focused, try using a Hematite or wear a Hematite necklace or bracelet. Hematite is know as […]

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Shamanite: A Newly Discovered Stone

November 17, 2009

Shamanite is a rare Black Calcite from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I was first introduced to Shamanite by my friend Charlie Mark from Florida of Mountain Mark Trading. Charlie is the world distributor for North American Black Calcite now known as Shamanite. I have been buying stones from Charlie for more than 16 years. Charlie is a distributor for the beautiful blue gemstone Larimar. So when Charlie contacted me that he would be selling the Shamanite at this years Denver Gem & Mineral show, I made sure I visited his booth and purchased a few rough polished pieces he had for sale. Shamanite was recently discovered (2005) on privately-owned remote alpine property in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. After a year of geological research, this is now the only known deposit throughout the entire Rocky Mountain range and North America. It is said to be over 540 million years […]

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Entering A New Consciousness with Crystals & Gemstones

October 2, 2009

I visited with Robert Simmons author of “The Book Of Stones” in September at Denver Gem Show. He was there with his company Heaven & Earth signing copies of his newest book, “Stones of the New Consciousness: Healing, Awakening & Co-creating with Crystals, Minerals & Gems”   Its always an enlightening experience talking with Robert as we share a passion for the Stone Beings. This year he introduced me to several new stones including Rosophia a stone he discovered just last year in New Mexico.  The name comes from the phrase “Rose of Sophia” meaning the “Heart of Wisdom”.  Robert tells the story of how he came to find this stone and the significance it has for him in his new book.   I had a very special visit with Robert several years ago. I owned a metaphysical gift store, “The Crystal Loft” in the Florida Keys.  Robert was on tour with his novel “Earthfire”.  He came […]

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